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Clyde Hirt win 5th in a row for Summer Camp

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
Summer Camp extended his winning streak to five in the $18,000 first leg of the Clyde Hirt Series for 4-year-old pacers on Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Summer Camp and driver Andy Miller ducked into third on the rail as Meirs Hanover carved out fractions of :27.1, :55.1 and 1:22.4. Miller angled Summer Camp out on the final turn and he flew down the lane to nail Meirs Hanover by...
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Breakheart Pass, Mystical Starlight win

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
Breakheart Pass (Yannick Gingras) justified her outside assignment Friday night, winning Yonkers  Raceway's first Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace of the season.Floating out from behind the eight-ball, Breakheart Pass landed fifth while Symphony in Motion (Jeff Gregory) put forth early intervals :28.1 and :58.2. Special Sweetheart (Dan Dube) was pocketed, with Twin B Tiara (Eric Goodell...
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Premiere Intel in Snowshoe Series upset

on 01/14/2011 12:00 AM
In an action-packed $60,000 Snowshoe Stakes final, it was Premier Intel and driver Rick Zeron scoring the 1:53.2 victory tonight at Woodbine RacetrackIn the early going, Playing Solitaire (Mario Baillargeon) left aggressively to strike the front as the field headed around the first turn. The Platinum Guy (Mark MacDonald) was enjoying a pocket trip as Web Cam, who was still on the outside, had st...
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Photo Maxx develops another Dover win

on 01/13/2011 12:00 AM
Photo Maxx made the winner’s circle photo for the second straight week in the $26,000 Open trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday Jan. 12.In previous starts Mike Cole drove Photo Maxx from behind to win the week’s top trot last week and twice in the last three starts. This time the SJ’s Photo-Affinity gelding wasted little time getting the lead and then never looked back in a 1:55.4 victory for ow...
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Ranger awaits a milestone

on 01/13/2011 12:00 AM
Driver Bruce Ranger found ways to win twice early on the Wednesday evening, January 12 program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park but he was then shut out of the winner's circle for the final eight races on the program. He'll have ample opportunity though to notch the two wins needed on Saturday night to join harness racing's elite 8,000 win club.In the 3rd race Wednesday evening, Ranger broug...
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Bettis holds on for Meadows win

on 01/13/2011 12:00 AM
Customarily a closer, Bettis found the front end to his liking Wednesday at The Meadows when he powered to an early, contested lead and held on late to capture the $22,500 Preferred Trot. Aaron Merriman sent Bettis toward the front, where the 6-year-old Sierra Kosmos-SJ’s Shad Roe gelding encountered congestion that parked him in a 27.4 opening quarter before he could take the point. Althou...
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Report on Aussie floods; Genuwine survives

on 01/13/2011 12:00 AM
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer’s splurge into harness racing has been dealt a huge blow by this week’s devastating floods in the country's state of Queensland. Palmer confirmed 14 horses – all North American-bred – drowned at his Cold Mountain Stud in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley on Wednesday morning.   The racehorses to survive included the likes of former U.S. pacers Ge...
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Big M raises Saturday Pick 4 guarantee to $75G

on 01/13/2011 12:00 AM
Starting Saturday, Jan. 15, the Meadowlands Pick Four pool will be guaranteed at $75,000 on Saturdays. Offered nightly on races six through nine, the Pick Four features a low 15-percent takeout and high return rate. The Pick Four pool averaged $76,662 per card with an average payoff of $4,313 in 2010. Over 50 percent of the time, the Pick Four returned more than $1,000. Th...
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Witten's HFW photo wins Smallsreed Award

on 01/13/2011 12:00 AM
Mark Hall of Hoof Beats magazine and Bea Witten of The Horseman And Fair World magazine were named winners in the annual George Smallsreed Awards for excellence in harness racing photography, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced Thursday.Claus Andersen and Dave Landry, both from Canadian Sportsman magazine, received honorable mentions. The contest is sponsored by harness racing exec...
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WEG tracks add Autostart innovation

on 01/13/2011 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) looks to offer the best services and facilities for horsepeople and the latest evidence of that is the implementation this month of the Autostart Speed Control system at Woodbine.   Autostart Speed Control is a system developed in Sweden and widely used throughout Europe which automatically controls the speed of the starting gate car during the start seque...
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Muscle Hill has first foal at Diamond Creek

on 01/13/2011 12:00 AM
The first foal sired by 2009 Horse of the Year Muscle Hill hit the ground around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, about two weeks sooner than expected, but in good shape at Diamond Creek Farm in Kentucky. A colt, he is also the first foal for dam Silicone Valley.   “Everything is good right now,” said Adam Bowden, the farm’s owner/general manager. “So far so good. He was about 15 days e...
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Taxi Dancer waltzes to Cal Expo win

on 01/12/2011 12:00 AM
Taxi Dancer has been very photogenic of late, as she’s returned to greet owner Robin Clements and trainer Vickie Desomer in the winner’s circle following three of her last four outings.The dark-hued daughter of Givemewhatineed said goodbye to 2010 in style on New Year’s Eve with a last-minute burst for Lemoyne “Mooney” Svendsen, then came back last weekend to rally from double-digits off...
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Whiteland Will plays Pompano hardball

on 01/12/2011 12:00 AM
Trotter Whiteland Will is continuing to be a shining example of the Standardbred breed for his durability at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park."I don't know of many horses of any breed that could have overcome not one, but two potentially career ending injuries like Whiteland Will has" stated owner, trainer and driver Leon Cable after a front end victory in the January 11Florida Amateur Driving ...
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Photo Maxx faces six in Dover Open

on 01/12/2011 12:00 AM
Photo Maxx, a winner of two of his last three $26,000 Open Handicap trots, faces Starsel and Libra Vita, previous winners, in the Wednesday, Jan. 12 feature at Dover Downs.  An $18,000 trot the under-card. First post is at 4:30 p.m.Lauren Allen’s Photo Maxx with Mike Cole at the controls won last week and drew post 1 this time. Howard Taylor and Tom Lazzaro’s Libra Vita closed from far ba...
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Illinois slot bill dies as legislature adjourns

on 01/12/2011 12:00 AM
Any chance of slot machines at Illinois racetracks in the near future died Tuesday night when the state legislature adjourned its session without calling for a vote on the expanded gaming package.   The bill passed the state Senate last year and was approved by a House executive committee last week. However, the bill was never put through for a vote before the full House, and now a new Illi...
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National handicapping contest set for July

on 01/12/2011 12:00 AM
The 2011 National Harness Handicapping Championship has been set for Saturday, July 9, at Meadowlands Racetrack. The NHHC is the only championship tournament for harness players to feature a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool. Players may earn their way into the 2011 championship through participation in a qualifying tournament at an NHHC partner outlet or by direct buy-in. The cost to enter the 2011 N...
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Tim Tetrick is HTA Driver of the Year

on 01/12/2011 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick, harness racing’s 29-year-old driving star, has won Harness Tracks of America’s Driver of the Year honors for the third time in four years.   Tetrick edged six-time winner Dave Palone by half a point, 85.5 to 85, in the competition that requires a driver to finish in the first 25 nationally in money won, races won and in-the-money percentage standings.   Points are aw...
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NY tracks protest Catskills Indian casino

on 01/12/2011 12:00 AM
The Saratogian newspaper has reported that six New York racino operators, including four harness tracks, on Wednesday called on state officials to cancel plans for a Catskills Indian casino, saying it might kill the state’s racing industry. Shortly before leaving office on Dec. 31, former New York Gov. David Paterson announced a compact with a Wisconsin-based tribe to open a ...
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One miracle rescue, two shots at glory

on 01/12/2011 12:00 AM
After watching a pair of their horses win their $25,000 Blizzard Stakes eliminations from a laptop on a cruise ship last Thursday, Stuart and Patty Bolender were looking forward to this Thursday night's rich final at Woodbine.   However, when they returned home early Monday morning, they received news that one of their retired broodmares had broken through a wooden lid, slipped through a ...
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San Pail & Action Broadway take Glorys Comet splits

on 01/11/2011 12:00 AM
A pair of $40,000 Glorys Comet eliminations took place tonight at Woodbine Racetrack with millionaire San Pail and Action Broadway capturing the victories.San Pail extended his unbeaten streak to eight as he posted an open-length victory in 1:53.4 for regular pilot Randy Waples.Up Front Ben (Mike Saftic) posted the quickest speed off the gate from post five and took his rivals past the opening pan...
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