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Pilgrims Stunner in Meadows upset

on 01/06/2011 12:00 AM
Pilgrims Stunner unleashed a decisive first-over bid that erased a 4-1/2-length deficit in a heartbeat and carried her to victory in Wednesday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Facing colts and geldings for the first time in the track’s top trot, the 8-1 Pilgrims Stunner gobbled up the leader, newcomer TV Mom, and scored in 1:56 for Dave Palone, 3/4-lengths better than Dia...
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Ranger resorts to Plan B

on 01/06/2011 12:00 AM
The talent and improvisational abilities of leading horseman Bruce Ranger were tested to the limit and he devised yet another way to win in the top trotting class feature at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park on the Wednesday, January 5 program. With his stable stalwart Andover America on the sidelines after five straight wins, Ranger summoned his bench strength to execute a big win from bac...
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Cal Expo series honors Peter Lobell

on 01/06/2011 12:00 AM
This weekend at Cal Expo kicks off the Peter Lobell series, named for the outstanding pacer who is one of the greatest sires to ever stand in California.“We bought Peter Lobell as a syndicate in 1976,” recalled longtime California owner and breeder Neil Kelly.  “There were several of us, including Gene Vallandingham and Bobby Gordon.“He raced once for us at Sacramento and I believe he...
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Michigan horsemen's home damaged by fire

on 01/06/2011 12:00 AM
The home belonging to Jan and Bill Darnell, Sports Creek race office staffer and Owosso area trainer, was heavily damaged in a mid-day blaze Tuesday. Corunna-Caledonia Township fire officials report that the fire may have started in or near the garage and spread through about half the house before being brought under control. The remainder of the home sustained severe smoke damage and Bill’...
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Indians hope to open casino at Mich's Pinnacle

on 01/06/2011 12:00 AM
The Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, which last year purchased seven acres of land adjacent to the Pinnacle Thoroughbred Race Course in Romulus, Mich., has announced plans to build a casino at that site. If built, the tribe would be defying state and federal gaming laws as it would not have gained any such approval. Pinnacle, which purchased the land it sits on near the greater Detroit ...
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Hanover sets new money-earnings mark

on 01/06/2011 12:00 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms has set a new purse earnings record as a breeder. Since the U.S. Trotting Association began compiling breeder's statistics, Hanover Shoe Farms has led the annual money-earnings totals every year. In 2010 it eclipsed its previous record when horses it bred won $25,938,618 in purses.   “Our active broodmare band has been in the 450 range for the last several years,” sai...
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Scott Warren named Vernon race secretary

on 01/06/2011 12:00 AM
Vernon Downs is proud to announce that Scott Warren will be joining the race team as race secretary for the 2011 race season. Warren comes to Vernon Downs after serving more than 15 years at Rosecroft Raceway in which he played many different roles.   Since 1995, Warren has held numerous titles including assistant race secretary, clerk of course, program director, simuclast director, announ...
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Monticello's program director Employee of Year

on 01/06/2011 12:00 AM
John Flynn, Monticello Casino and Raceway's longtime program director, has been named the 2010 Employee of the Year. In late December a special dinner was held for the nominees and their guests and Flynn, of Wolf Lake, N.Y., was chosen over 11 other worthy candidates.   Earning this honor was astonishing to Flynn. “I was surprised when I was named Employee of the Month a wh...
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Malinowski gives $100,000 to NJ equine center

on 01/06/2011 12:00 AM
Karyn Malinowski, director of the Rutgers Equine Science Center and professor of animal sciences, and a staunch supporter of horse racing in New Jersey, recently made a personal gift of $100,000 to support new initiatives, programs, and better horse care through research and education at the Center. Rutgers Equine Science Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2011.   "I am extremely...
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Young looking for some love in Blizzard elim

on 01/06/2011 12:00 AM
When Thursday night's first elimination of the Blizzard Stakes takes place at Woodbine Racetrack, trainer Bob Young will be looking for a much improved effort from his entry, I Love Too Much. After finishing third in her elimination of the Niagara Stakes two starts ago, the 4-year-old daughter of Western Terror finished a disappointing ninth in the $60,000 final.   "That was just a h...
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Web Cam a Snowshoe contender

on 01/06/2011 12:00 AM
After finishing fourth and failing to advance to the $60,000 Autumn Stakes final two starts ago, trainer/owner/breeder Dave Drew was pleased to see his star pacer, Web Cam, return to the winner's circle last week.   The now 4-year-old son of Astreos scored a wire-to-wire victory in 1:53.1 for driver Randy Waples on December 27. He will headline his class in a pair of $20,000 Snowshoe Stakes...
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Hat Trick Honey, Hustleonhome win elims

on 01/06/2011 12:00 AM
This photo of Hustleonhome shows the Blizzard Stakes lived up to its name at Woodbine Thursday night. Tan Micallef and owner/breeder Stuart Bolender swept both $25,000 eliminations under blizzard-like conditions.   IIn the first elimination, Hat Trick Honey scored the minor upset for trainer-driver Roger Mayotte. The daughter of Million Dollar Cam settled away in third at the opening q...
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Cherry has another good mare, and ideas

on 01/06/2011 12:00 AM
While two of his superstar pacing mares have retired this year, Eric Cherry still has a lot to smile about with Laughandbehappy. His contender in the $32,000 mares invitational Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack has proven to be a solid investment.   Cherry purchased Laughandbehappy, a 5-year-old mare, for $55,000 in late November 2009 and she earned just under $150,000 during her p...
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Cane Ridge takes Dover feature in 1:54.3

on 01/06/2011 12:00 AM
Cane Ridge, the first of two wins for Matt Kalaley, scored a 1:54.3 victory to win a $14,500 conditioned pace for 4 and 5 year olds at Dover Downs on Thursday, Jan. 6.   After just missing by a neck in his previous start, Can Ridge, an altered son of Cambest-Camus, had just enough to hold off a fast-finishing Headbutt Harley (Daryl Bier) in the feature race. Furious Frank (Roger P...
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Go On BB wins 2011 Dover debut

on 01/05/2011 12:00 AM
Go On BB picked right up where she left off in 2010 winning the first $26,000 Mares Open of the New Year at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Jan. 4.Matt Kakaley wait until her rivals had gotten away to take the lead and Go On BB continued on to set winning fractions in a 1:52.3 victory, her second in a row and third in three local starts. The sport’s defending champion trainer Ron Burke conditions the Do...
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Esmeralda Semalu may stay active

on 01/05/2011 12:00 AM
Hold the phone, not so fast, maybe Pompano's legendary pacing mare Esmeralda Semalu won't be retired from racing next month after all. A few weeks ago her trainer and driver Joe Pavia Jr. said she'll soon begin her second career as a broodmare. "After her performance tonight the thought entered my mind that maybe we should keep her racing" says co-owner Stanley Levin of the AGC Stables of Hig...
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Bartlett steers On The Brink to Mighty M win

on 01/05/2011 12:00 AM
Last year Jason Bartlett won 27 of 66 races--mostly New York Sire Stakes--at Monticello Raceway, and now he's back and obviously prepping for the upcoming meet at Yonkers Raceway. On Tuesday afternoon's card at the Mighty M, Bartlett reined On The Brink to a 1:57.1 victory in the weekly winners-over pace.   Sent off at odds of 2-5 from the three hole, On The Brink got aw...
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Arrests made in Meadows slot-rigging plot

on 01/05/2011 12:00 AM
Three men have reportedly been arrested in connection to a plan that allegedly rigged a slot machine at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino that resulted in winnings of nearly $430,000. One man pleaded guilty on Monday to three counts of receiving stolen property and received a sentence of one year of probation for each count, and another pleaded guilty and was expected to testify against the third m...
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Snyder, McNair granted ORC appeals

on 01/05/2011 12:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has granted an appeal by owner Jeffrey Snyder regarding a positive test for DPO in 2007 on his then 3-year-old filly pacer Michelle’s Power which called for the return of an estimated $250,000 to $300,000 in purse earnings. Michelle’s Power was originally blood tested under the ORC’s out-of-competition testing program in August 2007, but the initial test...
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Concord Stud purchases Kosmos Breeding Farm

on 01/05/2011 12:00 AM
Concord Stud Farm is pleased to announce the purchase of the former Kosmos Breeding Farm in Littlestown, Pa.   Concord is offering foaling and care of mares with Pennsylvania-sired foals due in 2011 at this facility and will continue operation in New Jersey for all other mares.  Concord will be accepting mares for the 2011 foaling season. Concord Stud Farm is pleased to help you i...
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