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BC starter Take My Picture a turnpike treat

on 10/08/2010 2:00 AM
The toll cost was worth every cent for Joe Davino. A couple years ago, Davino was driving down the New Jersey Turnpike to the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, Pa.   "I had a friend there and I called him and asked where they were in the order," Davino said. "I asked him if there was any that looked good and he said one at (hip) number 40 looked pretty good. I said all right, let’s...
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'Hypnotic' ready to battle 'The Shark'

on 10/08/2010 2:00 AM
Hypnotic Blue Chip will be making his first ever Breeders Crown appearance tomorrow night at Pocono Downs and driver Jody Jamieson likes his chances with the four-year-old son of Art Major.The Kevin McDermott trainee has won $730,605 this season with a 1:47.2 World Record performance taken earlier this year in his division of the US Pacing Championship at The Meadowlands.With over $1.3 million ear...
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Giwner; Ciuffetelli; NAADA winners at Yonkers

on 10/08/2010 2:00 AM
The second leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Fall Trotting Series went on Thursday, October 7 in two divisions at Yonkers raceway and when the judges declared the events official Derick Giwner and Anthony Ciuffetelli won their respective divisions. Giwner ,  the editor of Harness Eye, scored with Christy Rae in 2:03 and Cuifetelli won with  Bank On Rosie in 2:03:2.In his split, G...
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Western Graduate, Wind Surfer win at Yonkers

on 10/08/2010 2:00 AM
Western Graduate (George Brennan) rallied from well off hot Friday night fractions, winning Yonkers  Raceway's co-featured $42,500 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.Leaving from the always-popular eight-hole, Western Graduate spectated early. Up Front Kelli Jo (Jordan Stratton) made the lead just before a :27.2  opening quarter-mile. Cuz She Can (Yannick Gingras) was pressing on as the 1...
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Pocono all-age mark tied on eve of Crown finals

on 10/08/2010 2:00 AM
Vlos, a 6-year-old Dragon Again stallion, put on a pre-Breeders Crown show on Friday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in the $24,000 Open Handicap Pace, pacing a mile in 1:48.2, which equaled the all-time track mark of Shadow Play and Pilgrims Toner.   With George Napolitano Jr. in the sulky, Vlos left from the nine hole and was fourth at the opening quarter with Dial Or ...
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Easy winners in Vernon Simpson splits

on 10/08/2010 2:00 AM
The Evictor romped to a 14 3/4-length victory in the second of two $15,447 divisions of the John Simpson Memoria for 2-year-old colt trotters Friday  night at Vernon Downs, while Surface Tension cruised to a 4 1/4-length win in the opening split.   A son of Valley Victor, The Evictor easily scored a 1:56 victory for driver Brandon Simpson and trainer John Butenschoen. Aequitas was seco...
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Boo’s Boy wins Pocono's Wednesday feature

on 10/07/2010 2:00 AM
Boo’s Boy, driven by George Napolitano Jr., won the Wednesday night featured race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.Trained by Carmine Fusco, the nine-year-old gelding was winning the $20,000 claiming pacers for horses, colts and geldings with a time of 1:54 over a sloppy racing surface.It was the second straight evening that the pacers and trotters were competing over a sloppy track.This was the 1...
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Sir Caviar repeats in Meadows top trot

on 10/07/2010 2:00 AM
Abandoning the pocket before the five-eighths, Sir Caviar opened a daylight lead and cruised to victory — his second straight — in Wednesday’s $22.500 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Brian Zendt guided Sir Caviar, the 4-5 favorite, to the pocket from post 6. But with a handful of trotter, Zendt made his move early. Sir Caviar responded by opening a 2-1/2-length lead on the slopp...
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World of Rocknroll to stand in Indiana

on 10/07/2010 2:00 AM
World of Rocknroll (Rocknroll Hanover – Worldly Beauty – Artsplace) is coming back to Indiana. Deo Volente Farms, LLC, Flemington, NJ has reached an agreement with Victory Hill Farm, Lagrange, IN, where World of Rocknroll will stand stud beginning with the 2011 breeding season.World of Rocknroll was last in Indiana on May 29, 2010 when he was the winner of the Hoosier Cup at Hoosier Park &...
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Bergstein writes about Jersey for DRF

on 10/07/2010 2:00 AM
Writing for the Daily Racing Form, Harness Tracks of America's Stan Bergstein has painted Jon Hanson, chairman of the New Jersey commission calling for the Meadowlands Racetrack to be closed, as a bear who finally came out of the cave for last week's Democratic-led Summit on Gaming at Monmouth Park.   Bergstein writes that when Hanson reflected on the opening of the...
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Rock N Roll Heaven could be headed to Perretti

on 10/07/2010 2:00 AM
It appears that Rock N Roll Heaven will be joining his sire Rocknroll Hanover at Perretti Farms in New Jersey. Owner Frank Bellino and Perretti Farms have been talking for weeks and while a deal has not been finalized, Rock N Roll Heaven could be the latest son to join a successful father in the same stud barn.   Rock N Roll Heaven drew post three in the Breeders Crown championship and is t...
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Black Book 2 now online

on 10/07/2010 2:00 AM
The 2010 edition of The Black Book 2 can now be found on Standardbred Horse Sales Company's website www.theblackbook.com. Hard copy volumes of the catalog are expected to be available on October 16.   The mixed portion of the Harrisburg sale begins on Friday, Nov. 12 and ends on Saturday, Nov. 13. It follows the conclusion of the select yearling sale which takes place from Monday, Nov. 8 th...
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BC starter Swan In A Million a late bloomer

on 10/07/2010 2:00 AM
The 2-year-old colt trotter Swan In A Million finished second behind Broad Bahn in the first of three Breeders Crown eliminations last Friday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, and placed in the open draw among the group of non-winners, landed post nine for Saturday’s $600,000 final. Although trainer Erv Miller said the post position gods were not friendly to Swan In A Million, the outs...
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Maintenance completed at Spring Garden

on 10/07/2010 2:00 AM
The annual project to rejuvenate the racetracks at Spring Garden Ranch Training Center in Florida has been completed. Track manager Greg Coon explains the process.   "Every fall, two to three weeks are spent removing the grass from the tracks," said Coon. "The mile clay track is then scarified (dug up) to a depth of 4-6 inches. This year, 250 tons of clay were added to the main track. Then ...
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The ones to beat in BC Open Trots?

on 10/07/2010 2:00 AM
In both divisions of the Breeders Crown for older trotters – the $250,000 Mare Trot and the $600,000 Open Trot – the two horses many consider the ones to beat are Buck I St. Pat and Lucky Jim. Each horse was a handy winner in their 2009 Crown races and each went on to divisional honors.But driver Ron Pierce, who drives Windsong Soprano in the Mare Trot and Enough Talk in the Open Trot, sees it...
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Dan Coon putting finishing touches on new track

on 10/07/2010 2:00 AM
Charles E. Coon & Sons Inc., the leading builder of Standardbred tracks in North America, is putting the finishing touches on Palema Trotting, a 58-acre training facility in Vero Beach, Fla., which hopes to attract young horses for the winter training months. Dan Coon is scheduled to put the cushion on the track within the next week.   The Palema Troting facility is owned by&n...
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Beer-drinking pacer fav of Mohawk track crew

on 10/07/2010 2:00 AM
Evidently, Art N Charm lives up to his name. He seems to have made an art of charming everyone around him. “He’s spoiled rotten,” owner/trainer Kathe Troy said. “Everybody at Mohawk loves him. He’s got more fans over there. He’ll drink beer with the boys and begs for candy. He’s a real ham.”   And of those four legs that moved fast enough to place Art N Charm fourth in his e...
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The Quiet Village makes noise at Pocono

on 10/06/2010 2:00 AM
The Quiet Village, driven and trained by Matt Romano, was making some “noise” at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Tuesday night.Sitting fourth for the first half of the mile, Romano came first over with The Quiet Village down the backstretch on a sloppy track and kept grinding it out before winning the $25,000-$30,000 claiming handicap pace with a time of 1:54.3.This was the fifth win of the year f...
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Crowns being simulcast Down Under

on 10/06/2010 2:00 AM
For the first time ever, the Breeders Crown championship races will be simulcast Down Under, to the countries of Australia and New Zealand. The races will available through the UNiTAB, NSW TAB and New Zealand wagering systems. The races will also be televised through Australia's wide-reaching Sky Racing television broadcast.   Sky Racing will also have color commentators including legendary...
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Local media coverage for Crown night

on 10/06/2010 2:00 AM
The local newspaper is promoting Saturday's big Breeders Crown championship night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. In today's edition of The Times-Leader, longtime track executive Dale Rapson says the event is the biggest thing that's ever come to the track.   The big night of 12 Crown championships will also include a giveaway for a $70,000 Chevy Corvette sports car. Pocono has a long and s...
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