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NJ commmission approves dates, expects changes

on 12/22/2010 12:00 AM
Although the racing season in New Jersey will most certainly be shorter in 2011 than in 2010, on Wednesday afternoon the New Jersey Racing Commission approved 141 days of racing for both Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds next year.   That's the same number Gov. Chris Christie vetoed earlier this month, but the NJRC went back and approved the same days--as specified by present law--following a...
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Registration open for Meadowlands Survival Challenge

on 12/22/2010 12:00 AM
Cash prizes and a seat in the National Harness Handicapping Championship are up for grabs in Meadowlands Racetrack’s Winter Survival Challenge, a free online handicapping competition that begins Friday, January 14.Enrollment for the game is now open at www.WinterSurvivalChallenge.com ( http://%20www.wintersurvivalchallenge.com/ ). During the challenge, “survivors” build mythical bankrolls ba...
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Purse increase at Pompano

on 12/21/2010 12:00 AM
No complex calculations were needed at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park when a purse increase went into effect on Monday, December 20."Our Race Secretary Greg DeFrank decided we would make it user-friendly number, so as of tonight's program the purse was raised $500 for every race that went to the starting gate" explains John Yinger, the South Florida track's Director Of Racing Operations.Perce...
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Takter, Brennan take USHWA Trainer, Driver honors

on 12/21/2010 12:00 AM
Jimmy Takter, trainer of Hambletonian winner Muscle Massive but now also known for his abilities as a conditioner of horses foreign to his native Sweden – pacers – and George Brennan, #1 against the toughest driving colony in the world at The Meadowlands in 2010, have respectively been named the Glen Garnsey Trainer of the Year and the Driver of the Year in balloting recently conducted by the ...
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St. Elmo Hero wraps up 19-for-19 year

on 12/21/2010 12:00 AM
Facing his toughest foe yet in Meirs Hanover, John Barnard's St. Elmo Hero ($2.20) capped a perfect 19-for-19 season with a 1:50.1 triumph in the $50,000 final of the Blue Route Late Closing Series, which culminated Monday afternoon at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack.   After winning his three preliminary legs by a combined 12 lengths, St. Elmo Hero used the same tactics which ...
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Illinois horsemen reach agreement with tracks

on 12/21/2010 12:00 AM
The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association (IHHA) president Dave McCaffrey posted the following statement on the IHHA website, noting a contract agreement with Balmoral and Maywood Park:   After a negotiating session on Sunday (Dec. 19), the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association and representatives from Maywood/Balmoral came to an agreement on a 2011 racing contract. The agreement w...
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Joe Bongiorno named Amateur Driver of Year

on 12/21/2010 12:00 AM
Joe Bongiorno, a 17-year-old high school junior at Colts Necks High School in Colts Neck, N.J. ,  has been named the National Amateur Driver of the Year. Bongiorno was chosen over several other worthy candidates.   In his first season of competitive driving, Bongiorno not only won six  pari-mutuel races in 14 starts—he also had two seconds and three thirds and a UDR of .579...
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Silverman set to return to Meadowlands

on 12/21/2010 12:00 AM
More than six months after he was seriously injured in a racing accident, driver Richie Silverman is almost ready to return to the races. On June 18, in the second race at the Meadowlands, Silverman was one of six drivers thrown to the ground in a chain reaction accident. He suffered a severe concussion as well as two broken ankles. Daniel Dube, who was the second most seriously injured driver ...
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O'Brien Award nominees announced

on 12/21/2010 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada on Tuesday announced the finalists for the 2010 O’Brien Awards, which honor Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season. The awards are named in honour of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding horseman and a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. The winners will be announced at the annual O’Brien Awards Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 29. &...
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Riggins To Stand In Delaware

on 12/21/2010 12:00 AM
Safe Haven Farms in Ellendale, Delaware has announced that Pocono track record holder Riggins p,1:48.3f-’10  ($872,198) will be standing his first season at stud there in 2011. With his 1:48.3f record and a total of three sub-1:50 wins, Riggins is the fastest stallion to stand in Delaware and the third fastest son of super sire Art Major. Riggins also showed tremendous early speed taking...
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Jersey purse supplement still could happen

on 12/21/2010 12:00 AM
The New Jersey Bergen Record website has reported that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has indicatedhe might sign legislation for a purse supplement for horse racing even though he is opposed to any supplements or subsidies.   “Listen, there are things that we amend all the time,” Christie said, referring to a bill that creates an Atlantic City Tourism District, but also p...
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Mark Ford and wife welcome first child

on 12/20/2010 12:00 AM
Top trainer Mark Ford welcomed his first child on Sunday evening, Dec. 19. Ford's wife, gave birth to a 21-inch, seven-pound, one ounce baby daughter. Reagan Elizabeth Ford was born at Horton Memorial Hospital, Middletown, NY.   "Both mother and baby are doing well and are expected home mid-week," said Ford.   The night before the birth, Ford won meet honors as both le...
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Ivegivenwhatigot good enough at Dover

on 12/20/2010 12:00 AM
Ivegivenwhatigot and Odds On Demi-queue checked in with wins in the $16,500 co-feature races at Dover Downs on Sunday, while George Dennis drives four winners.   In the first feature, Tony Morgan was content driving Ivegivenwhatigot to sit second as Big Guy (Eric Goodell) cut out all the fractions until midstretch. Morgan then pulled the sophomore altered son of Grinfromearto...
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George Bellino dies

on 12/20/2010 12:00 AM
George Bellino, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven's owner, Frank Bellino, died Sunday, Dec. 12. He was 49.   A 1979 graduate of Roosevelt High School who attended Georgia Tech on a football scholarship, Mr. Bellino was the former owner of a Sunoco Station. He was involved with his father and brother, Joe, in Standardbred racing, including the purchase of the likely 2010 Horse of the Year Rock N...
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Chocolatier to stand in Pennsylvania in 2011

on 12/20/2010 12:00 AM
World champion Chocolatier, whose first crop raced as 2 year olds this year, will be moving to Pennsylvania beginning with the 2011 breeding season. He will stand at Marion Farms, which is located just across the New Jersey border in New Hope, Pa. The World Champion son of Credit Winner had stood in New Jersey since he first went to stud in 2007.   Chocolatier's syndicate manager Geoffrey S...
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Alan Schwartz is king of the Metamucil Mile

on 12/20/2010 12:00 AM
At 65 years of age Alan Schwartz was the youngest of the eight “oldtimers” who participated Sunday afternoon in Monticello Raceway's second edition of the Metamucil Mile, a race for drivers 65 years and older. However, the few years edge he had on his competitors didn’t really make the difference. It was 1-5 shot Haley And Taylor who the bettors thought was the best in the contest. And with ...
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Horseman And Fair World wins Proximity

on 12/20/2010 12:00 AM
The Horseman And Fair World magazine, which can trace its roots back to 1880 but continues to stay on the cutting-edge forefront of accurate, informative, and insightful coverage of all facets of harness racing, has been voted the 2010 Proximity Award in voting conducted by the United States Harness Writers Association.   The Proximity Award, named for the great Harness Horse of the Year in...
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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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