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Harrah's Chester announces 2011 dates, stakes

on 12/20/2010 12:00 AM
Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack has announced their 2011 schedule, with 150 dates spanning two meets. The 105-day spring/summer meet commences with a special 6:30 p.m. program on Friday, March 18, and continues through Friday, Sept. 9. Post time has been bumped ahead five minutes to 12:40 p.m. for the spring/summer meet with a few 5 p.m. twilight cards scattered throughout. A Wednesday, Th...
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Gural issues statement about Meadowlands

on 12/20/2010 12:00 AM
Jeff Gural, who last Friday reached an exclusive agreement to negotiate a lease for a harness meet at the Meadowlands, issued the following press release on Monday (Dec. 20) afternoon.   "I think by now, everyone knows that the Governor has given me, in conjunction with the SBOANJ, until March 31st to negotiate a long term lease for the Meadowlands.  What most people don’t ...
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Golden Receiver wins at Meadows for Harder

on 12/20/2010 12:00 AM
Golden Receiver waited patiently in the pocket Monday, then poured through the Lightning Lane to capture his second straight $22,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Mark Harder trains Golden Receiver, who hit the wire in 1:51.1.   Marty’s Charm led the field through a sharp three-quarters in 1:23.3 but could not withstand the late surge of Golden Receiver, who blazed the final pan...
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Trio of winning streaks at Dover

on 12/20/2010 12:00 AM
Winning streaks continued in the top three events on the Monday card at Dover Downs. Solano won his fourth in a row with a gritty 1:52.4 triumph in the $32,500 Delaware Special while Summer Camp and Nova Artist won their $18,000 sub-feature paces.   In the feature, Corey Callahan drover Solano into the lead from outside post eight and then shook off a lengthy challenge from Cadence N and To...
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Niagara elims raced at Woodbine

on 12/18/2010 12:00 AM
A trio of $25,000 Niagara Stakes eliminations took place tonight at Woodbine Racetrack featuring three-year-old pacing fillies.In the first elimination, post time favorite, Only The World and driver Jody Jamieson prevailed a first-over attack to score in 1:54.3.Ella V Horse (Luc Ouellette) soared off the gate to take command of her six rivals and led past the opening panel of :27.4, ahead of Smoki...
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Jamieson wins five at Woodbine

on 12/18/2010 12:00 AM
Driver Jody Jamieson had a stellar Friday evening at Woodbine Racetrack as the Moffat, Ontario pilot scored five victories on the 12 race program.Jamieson delivered a pair of victories in the Niagara Stakes eliminations aboard Only The World (Race 2) and Bullet Speed (race 4).Jamieson would return to the winners circle again with Skyway Cruiser (race 6), Warrawee Koine (Race 10) and finally, Defto...
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Holiday draw schedule for Woodbine

on 12/18/2010 12:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack will have plenty of live racing for fans over this holiday season. The final live race card prior to Christmas will be held on Monday, Dec. 20, with a 7:20 pm post time.   The Toronto, Ont., oval will be dark both Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and Christmas Day (Dec. 25) with live racing returning on Boxing Day (Dec. 26), with a 1:20 p.m. special post time. Entries must be decl...
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Mr Feelgood wins big Victoria Cup race

on 12/18/2010 12:00 AM
Mr Feelgood won Saturday night's $425,000 Victoria  Cup at the Tabcorp Park Melton track outside of Melbourne, covering the 2,240 meter distance (about 1.4 miles) in a mile rate time of 1:55 9/10ths. Luke McCarthy trains and drives the 8-year-old son of Grinfromeartoear who won the 2006 Little Brown Jug for Jimmy Takter.   McCarthy tried to put his horse on the lead, but ende...
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Dragon King's victory at Yonkers bittersweet

on 12/18/2010 12:00 AM
The victory by Dragon King in a $19,500 conditioned pace at Yonkers Raceway Saturday night was bittersweet. Dragon King, who was driven by Yannick Gingras, was a mainstay in the barn of co-owner/trainer Roy Williams Sr, who passed away earlier this week at age 73.   Dragon King, a  career winner of more than $340,000--he grabbed the final payday in the 2008 Art Rooney Pace he...
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Classic Puzzle gets up to win in final stride

on 12/18/2010 12:00 AM
It took Classic Puzzle until the final stride to win the $14,500 trot feature at Dover Downs on Saturday, Dec. 18.   Classic Puzzle sat behind Timbogo (Brad Hanners) from the start, then rolled along the passing lane to challenge the leader and was finally able to put his nose in front at the wire to score a 1:57.3 victory. Corey Callahan steered the Classic Photo-Chinese Puzzle Box co...
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Jackets Required's 1:52 fastest in WEG series

on 12/18/2010 12:00 AM
Trainer Murray Brethour made his trip to Woodbine Racetrack count as he sent out a pair of $25,000 Valedictory Stakes elimination winners while trainer Bob McIntosh delivered with heavily favored Jackets Required in the final elimination on Saturday night. The $60,000 Valedictory Final will go as part of a special matinee program on Sunday, Dec. 26.   Rock Me Amastreos was the first of the ...
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Noble Falcon wins by nose at Meadowlands

on 12/18/2010 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands closed out its 2010 meet on Saturday night with a solid card of 13 races and full fields, and the handle hit $2,345,923, the best of this year's fall winter meet. Across town at Yonkers Raceway, handle on a 12-race card--and the fewer entries that come with a half-mile track--was $653,031. A 12-race card at Woodbine on Saturday night generated a handle of $1,444,467.   At th...
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Dodekaphobia, Caviart Tyler win Dover features

on 12/17/2010 12:00 AM
A snow laden racetrack could not prevent Dodekaphobia from winning the $14,500 and Caviart Tyler features for 3,4&5-Year-Old pacer on  Thursday, Dec. 16 at Dover Downs.   Matt Kakaley drove Dodekaphobia, a 5-1 shot, to a 1:57.2 victory in the top purse event of the day. Lynda Wozny and trainer Eric Ell own the sophomore Village Jolt-Spunky Gal gelding recording his fifth win of the...
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Miss Dangles wins Autumn stakes final

on 12/17/2010 12:00 AM
Despite a post 10 start and being parked the entire mile, Miss Dangles with trainer/driver Rick Zeron scored a minor upset to take the $60,000 Autumn Series final for three-year-old trotting fillies tonight at Woodbine Racetrack.Closeness (Jody Jamieson) blasted to the lead from post seven and led her rivals past the opening panel in :27.4, ahead of Northern Fragrance (Paul MacDonell). Zeron float...
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Hawk's Copperstone ekes out a win

on 12/17/2010 12:00 AM
It was a good thing the race wasn't a mile and a step, but nevertheless, Hawk's Copperstone was a game winner.Conditioned-claiming pacers, racing for a $3,200 purse, were featured at Cal Expo on Thursday night (December 16), on which Hawk's Copperstone never looked back.Before starting from the outside in the field of a half-dozen, how did Rick Plano approach his first time behind the pacer?"It lo...
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Pennsylvania's Kenneth Weaver dies

on 12/17/2010 12:00 AM
Kenneth Weaver, who bred the Pennsylvania notables KT Troublein Dixie and this year's 2 year old KT Tag I'm It, died Thursday at Armstrong County Hospital. Weaver, of Home, Pa., was 71.   Weaver bred many Pennsylvania trotters and used the initials "KT" in most of their names. KT Troublein Dixie was a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes winner at age two and took a mark of 1:59.2f as a 3 yea...
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Changes finalized for PA award money

on 12/17/2010 12:00 AM
On Thursday at a meeting of the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission, Chairman Roy Wilt and Commissioner Richard Welsh voted to implement recommendations on the Pennsylvania State Standardbred Breeders Development Fund that had been put forth last month by the state’s Standardbred Breeders Advisory Committee.   Both of the changes will take effect for the 2011 racing season, which ...
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Gural gives specifics about the Meadowlands deal

on 12/17/2010 12:00 AM
Standardbred breeder, owner and racetrack operator Jeff Gural took his hefty resume of New York City real estate expertise and horse racing smarts to Trenton, NJ, early Friday morning and convinced the administration of Gov. Chris Christie that he could put together a group to lease the Meadowlands Racetrack and take the operation off the state's hands.   "We have reached an agreement that ...
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Governor's statement on Meadowlands deal

on 12/17/2010 12:00 AM
Trenton, NJ – Governor Chris Christie today announced a break-through agreement to keep live Standardbred racing at the Meadowlands beginning in January via a secured short-term financing plan to bridge the gap to a potential long-term solution that will make the Meadowlands racetrack a privately run, self-sustaining venture without taxpayer subsidies. The agreement meets the Governor’s foremo...
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Meadowlands extends LC deadline!

on 12/17/2010 12:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack has extended the nomination deadline for its 2011 winter late-closers to Friday, Dec. 31. Stakes applications are available under the Horsemen section at MeadowlandsRacetrack.com(http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/content.aspx?id=1509)   The 2011 harness meet will open Friday, Jan. 7. Post time is 7 pm for the Thursday-Saturday racing schedule. The series action kicks...
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