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Aussie racing club sells Sydney track

on 12/10/2010 12:00 AM
The New South Wales Harness Racing Club, which operates harness racing in the Australian province which includes Sydney, has agreed to a deal to sell its Harold Park racing property near downtown Sydney to a development group. The deal is reported to be worth $200 million.   NSWHRC chief executive John Dumesny said details of the deal remain confidential and refused to comment on the agreed...
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Lucky Chucky ready for stud duty

on 12/10/2010 12:00 AM
Lucky Chucky, a top contender for 3-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year and Trotter of the Year honors, recently passed his fertility test with flying colors, Perretti Farms has announced. Lucky Chucky, who won the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic and was the runner-up in the $1.5 million Hambletonian, will be standing at stud at Winbak Farm of New York.   Lucky Chucky, who was trai...
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Muscle Hill OMT on 2011 calendar at Vernon

on 12/10/2010 12:00 AM
Vernon Downs is proud to announce one of its newest sponsors for one of the top Open mare trotting events in North America to its 2011 stakes schedule in the Muscle Hill. Recently known as the Conway Hall, The Muscle Hill Syndicate has stepped up to sponsor one of the top mare events for an estimated purse of $200,000.    “We are very pleased to be involved with the management of Ver...
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Antonacci marketing ownership with Bourbon Slush

on 12/10/2010 12:00 AM
Horseman Frank Antonacci is delivering a gift idea for the holidays, and he’s using a horse rather than reindeer. He hopes it ends up being a present to the industry, as well.   In an effort to promote the sport and attract new owners, the 27-year-old trainer and the Lindy Farms Racing Stable are selling shares of their trotter Bourbon Slush, who was purchased as a yearling for $11,0...
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Andover America is an overachiever

on 12/09/2010 12:00 AM
Five year old gelding trotter Andover America has become a living testimonial to the complete horsemanship of Pompano’s top driver Bruce Ranger in 2010 by winning 15 of 30 starts.“He’s overcome so much and for him to win half of his starts in the top class this year is really incredible” Ranger said in a trackside TV interview after he executed the win from back in the pack with his stable...
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Racing leaders still working on Jersey solutions

on 12/09/2010 12:00 AM
Those working behind the scenes on behalf of harness racing believe there is still time for solutions to be crafted so harness racing can open a 2011 meet at the Meadowlands in early January. Harness racing stakeholders are continuing to lobby at the state legislature and also were scheduled to meet with the governor's office on Thursday to discuss progress on solutions.   According to sour...
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Peter Haughton purses to be released

on 12/09/2010 12:00 AM
The New Jersey Racing Commission confirmed on Thursday that the purse for the $500,000 Peter Haughton Memorial Trot will be released with The Lindy Reserve receiving first place money.   Pastor Stephen crossed the wire first in that race, held August 7 at the Meadowlands, but was disqualified for interference and The Lindy Reserve placed from second to first. The connect...
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Gural, Faraldo talk about NYC Off-Track Betting

on 12/09/2010 12:00 AM
So is the demise of New York City Off-Track Betting (NYCOTB) good or bad for harness racing? On Wednesday a group of New York horsemen and breeders, under the collective title of Empire State Harness Horsemen’s Alliance, issued a press release that said that while the closure of NYCOTB “will obviously generate short term challenges for New York’s harness racing industry, in the long term it ...
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Muscle Massive passes breeding exam

on 12/09/2010 12:00 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms has announced that Muscle Massive has passed his official breeding soundness exam. He has been declared by the University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center to be a satisfactory prospective breeder for a book of 140 mares (the maximum permitted by the U.S. Trotting Association).   Muscle Massive is currently being syndicated and interested breeders are encouraged to a...
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Doug McNair heading to BIg M this weekend

on 12/09/2010 12:00 AM
Doug McNair will make at stop at Meadowlands Racetrack this weekend on his quest to become the youngest driver to reach 1,000 career wins.   Entering Thursday, the 20-year-old Canadian needed six wins to supplant Matt Kakaley as the youngest driver to arrive at the milestone. He will have ample opportunity to do so this weekend. McNair is booked to drive seven horses on Friday nig...
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14 straight for Northern Chief at Monticello

on 12/09/2010 12:00 AM
Northern Chief extended his own Monticello Raceway track record for consecutive victories  when  the veteran pacer cruised to his 14th win in a row on Thursday, Dec. 9.   Mike Merton was again at the controls and he guided Northern Chief to a wire to wire triumph in a time of 2:00.   "He’s just unbelievable. What else can I say? He hasn’t raced in two weeks and he still...
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Go On BB wins Dover debut

on 12/08/2010 12:00 AM
Go On BB made her first appearance at Dover Downs a winning one taking the $26,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap pace on a cold and windy Tuesday, Dec. 7.After coming east from the Midwest a month ago, Matt Kakaley drove $1.1-million winning Go On BB to a 1:54.1 victory, her second win in a row and eighth of the season for trainer Ron Burke and owner Frank Baldachin. The Dontgetinmyway-Challo BB fi...
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Esmeralda Semalu's career winds down

on 12/08/2010 12:00 AM
She’s provided a wealth of memories and a track record performance in her career in South Florida, but the racing career of six year old pacing mare Esmeralda Semalu is now in it’s final stages."This year I was never able to get her past about 60% of what she used to be” trainer and driver Joe Pavia Jr. declared in a live trackside TV interview after his stable stalwart’s romp in the Tuesd...
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Last call for Tattersalls entries

on 12/08/2010 12:00 AM
If you want to sell a horse at the January Tattersalls Mixed Sale, don't hesitate to make your call now. Year after year, the January Select Mixed Sale offers buyers and sellers a marketplace for racehorses and broodmares. At the 2010 sale, Hypnotic Blue Chip, who set a 1:47.2 world record on Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands, was the sale-topper at $325,000. He was followed by ...
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Meadowlands LC nominations due Friday

on 12/08/2010 12:00 AM
Nominations close Friday, Dec. 10, for Meadowlands Racetrack’s 2011 Winter Late Closers. Stakes applications are available at MeadowlandsRacetrack.com: http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/content.aspx?id=1509. The three-week parade of series, which consist of two preliminary legs and a final, are anchored by the Presidential for free-for-all pacers, Su Mac Lad for free-for-all trotters and O...
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Batavia wraps up 64th season

on 12/08/2010 12:00 AM
Harness racing this year in Western New York came to an end when Batavia Downs Casino wrapped up its 64th racing season on Saturday night, Dec. 4. This year's summer-fall meet, which began on July 26, saw seven track records fall, defending champions for top driver and trainer honors, five high school students dashing for cash in the first ever college scholarship race, a third-time winner in the...
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NJ governor vetoes 2011 racing schedule

on 12/08/2010 12:00 AM
Although the Meadowlands was scheduled to open its 2011 harness meet on Jan. 7, on Wednesday New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the racing schedules for both the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park, saying that he needs time to review the second Hanson Commission report. The news was reported on www.nj.com.   "While the recommendation is being reviewed, it would be inappropriate to approve the...
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Libra Vita takes Dover open in 1:56.2

on 12/08/2010 12:00 AM
Libra Vita won for the fourth time in his last five outings, scoring a 1:56.2 victory in the $26,000 Open Trot on a chilly Wednesday night at Dover Downs.   Corey Callahan took Libra Vita three wide in mid backstretch to challenge leader Victors Vicky at the three-quarters. Libra Vita then trotted away for an impressive two-length victory.The only blemish on the Striking Sahbra-Ba...
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Autumn Stakes finals decided at Woodbine

on 12/07/2010 12:00 AM
With three scratches heading into tonight’s Autumn Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts, Protégé Seelster and driver Roger Mayotte scored a narrow victory over post time favorite Roush Hanover in1:57.3.With just a seven horse field, I Aint No Worser (Jody Jamieson) was able to easily gain top position and lead his rivals past an opening first quarter of :29.3. Roush Hanover (Sylvain ...
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Giddy Up Lucky wins 11 in a row

on 12/07/2010 12:00 AM
Giddy Up Lucky notched his 11th consecutive win in the $35,000 Preferred, Solano captures the $26,000 Open and Southwind Lynx takes the $23,000 Jr. Open, the Dover Downs tri-features on another cold and windy Monday, Dec. 6.   All six of Giddy Up Lucky’s rivals stacked up behind the leader, as this week’s elite field turned for home. The five-year-old Camluck-Sweet Art gelding a...
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