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Illinois horsemen, racetracks at stalemate

on 12/15/2010 12:00 AM
After two days of lengthy meetings, members of the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association (IHHA) and the management of Balmoral and Maywood Parks have reached an impasse.   "Right now, we have no contract for 2011, and this is a real concern," said IHHA executive director Tony Somone. "The tracks gave us an ultimatum saying they want twenty percent more in recapture money for 2011....
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Winner's circle photo taken of Photo Maxx

on 12/15/2010 12:00 AM
Photo Maxx was strongest in the stretch to win the $26,000 Open Handicap Trot and in similar matter Good Feeling came on to take the $17,000 sub-feature trot on another windy and cold Wednesday at Dover Downs.   In a flash, the Lauren Allen-owned and trained Photo Maxx came jetting down the outside to overtake front-trotting Starsel and Daryl Bier in deep stretch to score a 1:56.2 victory i...
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Manzi poised for 14,000; Series forms available

on 12/14/2010 12:00 AM
In the cold and wind-driven snow of Yonkers Raceway, the Cat Manzi Countdown Clock advanced ever so slightly Monday night Manzi won once in his seven Westchester drives, leaving him at 13,999 driving victories--third all-time--for his career. He prevailed with the odds-on McArdle Park ($3.30) in the $14,000, third-race pace (1:57.2).The quest for his latest milestone continues here Tuesday night, ...
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Pompano races through freeze warning

on 12/14/2010 12:00 AM
Though there is no need for the municipality to stockpile snow plows or sand and salt for the roads, the Winter Capital Of Harness Racing is sharing to some extent the cold wave gripping northern parts of the continent.The US National Weather Service issued a wind chill and freeze warning prior to the Monday, December 13 program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. There was a forecast overnigh...
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Changes to Dover's draw schedule

on 12/14/2010 12:00 AM
The Dover Downs annual Christmas Holiday Week Break begins on Dec. 21 and continues until Dec. 26 with live racing returning on Monday, Dec. 27.The draw schedule for upcoming race days:Draw date - Wednesday, Dec. 15 for Monday, Dec. 20 card.Thursday, Dec. 16 for Monday, Dec. 27Saturday, Dec. 18 for Tuesday, Dec. 28Sunday, Dec. 19 for Wednesday, Dec. 29Monday, Dec. 20 for Thursday, Dec. 30Monday, D...
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Former North American star Mr. Feelgood is favorite

on 12/14/2010 12:00 AM
Former North American star Mr. Feelgood is the favorite for Saturday night’s $A425,000 Group 1 Victoria Cup (2240m) after drawing perfectly in barrier three Tuesday. And the draw was also fairly kind to the other US import, Lonestar Legend, who will start from barrier five.Mr. Feelgood’s trainer-driver Luke McCarthy let out a huge sigh of relief when Mr. Feelgood’s frustrating run of awful b...
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St. Elmo still the hero in Road to Riches Series

on 12/14/2010 12:00 AM
The story so far in the Road to Riches Late-Closing Series at Harrah's Chester has been the undefeated St. Elmo Hero ($2.20), who kept the streak alive Monday with a 1:50.4 victory in his $20,000 third round Blue Route Series division.   The 4-year-old son of Western Hero floated to the front on the first turn, clearing 9-2 second choice Ab's Attack (Yannick Gingras) at the completion of a ...
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McNair to try again for 1,000 Tuesday at Western Fair

on 12/14/2010 12:00 AM
If Doug McNair’s luck is a little better Tuesday than it was Wednesday, he could make history. The 20 year old has 10 drives on Western Fair’s 12 race program and if he wins just one, he’ll become the youngest driver to win 1,000 races.   McNair missed the first five races on Monday’s program when his flight from New Jersey was delayed and his keys wouldn’t work in his...
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Big M lease agreement on the horizon?

on 12/14/2010 12:00 AM
Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey president Tom Luchento confirmed to harnessracing.com Tuesday morning that an agreement is currently being worked on between the governor’s office and a group of investors and harness racing groups to lease the Meadowlands Racetrack. The track is scheduled to close its fall meet on Saturday, Dec. 18, with its January 2011 re-opening cu...
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Arlene Siegel Dies

on 12/14/2010 12:00 AM
Arlene Siegel, matriarch of the Siegel family and half of the powerhouse team of Fashion Farm, as well as USHWA’s 2002 and 2009 Owners Of The Year, died on Monday, Dec. 13, after a battle with lung cancer. She was 79. Originally from Scotch Plains, N.J., Mrs. Siegel was a nurse and her husband, Jules, a pharmacist. The Siegels at one time were owners of a chain of several dozen drugstores such ...
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Michiganders making mark at Mighty M

on 12/14/2010 12:00 AM
Always known as a stepping stone into metropolitan New York, many drivers often ply their trade at Monticello Raceway before moving on. In particular, two Michigan teamsters, Brad Kramer and Kevin Hough, have now settled in at the Mighty M and have been  more than holding their own.   Kramer, one of the best drivers in the Wolverine State, has made a move eastward and after a slow...
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Bourbon Slush goes viral--and sells out!

on 12/14/2010 12:00 AM
“They talk about when things go viral—this went viral,” trainer Frank Antonacci told harnessracing.com Tuesday afternoon of the overnight sellout of shares in the trotter Bourbon Slush, who was purchased at last month’s Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg for $11,000.   Last Friday, Antonacci and his family’s Lindy Farms Racing Stable reached out on the farm’s website, Faceboo...
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Ky. Instant Racing decision due by Jan. 1

on 12/14/2010 12:00 AM
A Kentucky Circuit Court Judge said on Tuesday that he will issue a ruling on the legality of Instant Racing machines at the state’s racetracks by Jan. 1. Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate said after the 90-minute hearing that he would render his decision prior to the beginning of the Kentucky General Assembly session.   Instant Racing machines allow bettors to wager on previous...
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2011 Historic races to be at Tioga/Vernon

on 12/14/2010 12:00 AM
The Historic Series races, which have recently resided at the Meadowlands, will get a new home for the 2011 race season at Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs.   The 2-year-old races, including the E.H. Harriman Cup, Acorn Stakes, Goshen Cup and Debutante Stakes, will all be raced on Friday, Sept. 2, at Vernon Downs, the same night as The Muscle Hill for Open mare trotters and The Credit Winn...
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Corey Callahan wins four at Dover

on 12/13/2010 12:00 AM
Corey Callahan drove the winner of both feature races on rainy Sunday, Dec. 23 at Dover Downs, Hoorayforthegray won the $17.000 pace and It’s A Breeze, the $14,000 filly pace, both races for 3,4&5-year-olds. Callahan completed the night with four winning drives.In a driving finish Hoorayforthegray steamed between horses to reach the finish line in 1:55.1 for his sixth win of the year raising...
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Yonkers Raceway's "Christmas Spirit" toy, coat drive

on 12/13/2010 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway and Catholic Charities are once again teaming up to make the holiday season happier for the less fortunate, hosting a week-long “Christmas Spirit Coat and Toy Drive” from Monday, December 13th until Sunday, December 19th.        Patrons are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys and/or new or gently-used coats to the Gotham Palace promotions booth...
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Hoosier Classic Offering Yearlings Online

on 12/13/2010 12:00 AM
Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale Company will open up bidding on a group of well-bred Indiana-sired yearlings beginning Monday, December 13 at noon EST and the auction will conclude Thursday, December 23 at noon EST. The yearlings were first sold at Hoosier Classic’s annual sale, held October 29th and 30th, but are now being offered to settle the account of a buyer found in default. Hoosier Classi...
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Northfield cancels Monday's live race card

on 12/13/2010 12:00 AM
Because of heavy snow, Northfield Park has canceled live racing on Monday. The track will remain open for simulcasting. Live racing is scheduled to resume Tuesday, with first post at 6:15 p.m.
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Storm Damage Dies

on 12/13/2010 12:00 AM
Storm Damage, the great son of Bret Hanover, who won $659,296 during his two season’s of racing in 1979 and 1980 died on Monday, Dec. 13, at the Jerry and Betty Smith family farm in Niles, MI at the age of 33. The Smiths purchased a one-third interest in the strapping bay colt from Castleton owner and breeder Fred Van Lennep. The son of a Worthy Boy mare named Breath O Spring was...
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Breedings needed to benefit New Vocations

on 12/13/2010 12:00 AM
New Vocations is currently organizing its 13th Annual Stallion Auction to be held through OnGait.com Feb 2nd – 8th, 2011.  “This is a dangerous time for unwanted horses, and a successful stallion auction is essential to our ability to handle the staggering number of horses that need us,” said Executive Director Dot Morgan. New Vocations annually offers hundreds of former racehorses a ...
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