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Crawford, Niccum elected to MHHA board

on 01/07/2011 12:00 AM
The Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association (MHHA) announced its election results Friday morning and two new directors, Keith Crawford and Rich Niccum, will be joining the MHHA Board in February. The MHHA membership elected Crawford in the Driver/Trainer category by a vote of 66 to 44, and in the At-Large category, Niccum was elected by a vote of 260 to 195.   Crawford, a l...
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Mohegan Sun at Pocono sets slots record

on 01/07/2011 12:00 AM
The Morning Call newspaper of Allentown, Pa., is reporting the casino at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs set a one-week record when its slot machines had $68.3 million in handle, generating revenue of $5.7 million for the week ending Jan. 2. The report stated Pennsylvania’s 10 casinos brought in a record $672 million in slots wagers that week, which generated revenue of a record $56 millio...
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Meadowlands cancels qualifiers

on 01/07/2011 12:00 AM
Due to heavy snow at the Meadowlands, Friday morning’s qualifiers were canceled after two races.   “There’s a lot of snow and very poor visibility,” said Big M paddock judge Ron Walters. “We had two races go, the first one in 2:02 and the second in 2:00. We’ve rescheduled the rest of the qualifiers for Saturday morning.”   As of 11 am there was no word on the whether th...
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Florida's new gov wants Vegas-style casinos

on 01/07/2011 12:00 AM
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday that he could allow Las Vegas-style casino resorts, although legislation would be required for any such development. While he was running for governor he said that he was against the expansion of gambling in the state.   A story in the Thursday Miami Herald said a hearing could be held as early as next week for the Florida Senate about a proposal for "d...
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More racing news for free!

on 01/07/2011 12:00 AM
The debut card of the 2011 meet at the Meadowlands Friday night will go on as scheduled despite the accumulation of a few inches of snow and harnessracing.com has all the tools you need to enjoy a great weekend of racing from the comfort of your home.  Just go to this website and sign up for our free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. In it you’ll find features on races from the Meadowlands a...
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Yonkers' 2011 season begins Jan. 13

on 01/07/2011 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's 2011 racing season begins Thursday night (Jan. 13), with a dozen races and the usual 7:10 PM first post.        After programs of next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the customary five-night-per-week live schedule (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and  Saturday) returns the week of Monday, Jan 17.        ...
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Bill introduced to allow Meadowlands lease

on 01/07/2011 12:00 AM
Bipartisan legislation that would allow the Meadowlands Racetrack to be operated jointly by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, or NJSEA, and a private lessee has been introduced by Assemblymen Ronald S. Dancer (the son of the late Harness Racing Hall of Famer Stanley Dancer), Joe Malone and John Burzichelli.   The bill allows for a one-year transition period as the Meadowlands,...
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Laughandbehappy takes invite in 1:51.4

on 01/07/2011 12:00 AM
Laughandbehappy shook loose late in the stretch and got up to win the $32,000 mares invitational on opening of the 2011 harness meet at Meadowlands Racetrack on Friday night.   Driven by David Miller, Laughandbehappy capitalized on a perfect three-hole trip behind the leader Red Star Hottie and out sprinted the pocket sitter Bet The Ranch to win by 2 1-4 lengths in 1:51.4.  Eric Cherry...
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Hamlin Hanover fastest in Snowshoe elims

on 01/07/2011 12:00 AM
A pair of $20,000 Snowshoe Stakes eliminations took place Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack with the post time favorites failing to find the winner's circle. In the first elimination, Hamlin Hanover survived a first-over trip for driver Randy Waples to earn his first lifetime win in 1:52.   Chanceofa Lifetime (Mark MacDonald) flashed the quickest speed off the gate, then allowed Midwest Ha...
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Idol takes Meadows distaff pace

on 01/07/2011 12:00 AM
Idol endured a demanding first quarter and went on to capture Friday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. As a 4-year-old last year, Idol scored in 1:50, equaling the fastest mile ever by a distaff pacer at The Meadows. On Friday, she added a Murphy Blind left and flashed mid-season form, jetting to the lead for Brett Miller despite a parked-out opening panel. ...
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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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