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USTA's SOS program a positive force

on 11/30/2010 12:00 AM
The 12-year-old pacer Give Chrome, with 56 starts in two countries, undoubtedly had tough trips around a racetrack in his life, but none was quite so tough as that taken recently in south central Pennsylvania. What happened there has made him the 23rd horse to benefit from the U.S. Trotting Association's SOS (Support Our Standardbreds) program.   The son of Keystone Raider had raced at...
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Final DSBF prelims held Sunday at Dover

on 11/29/2010 12:00 AM
Powerful Mist rang up his ninth win of the season in winning his second straight Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $20,000 prelim Sunday night at Dover Downs, holding off Three Martini’s easily in a 1:53.1 mile. Jim Morand drove the freshman son of Powerful Toy-Misty Speed for owners Niel Gargiulo, Louie Paglierani and Legacy Racing. Wayne Givens trains the winner of $207,537 this ye...
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Maryland studs must be registered by Dec. 1

on 11/29/2010 12:00 AM
All stallions standing in Maryland for the 2011 breeding season must be registered with the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund by Dec. 1, 2010, for their foals to be eligibile to the Maryland Sire Stakes.   To ensure receipt, all payments should be sent by certified mail. Please note the mailing address: P.O. Box 540, Union Bridge, MD 21791-0540.   Stallion Registration forms ...
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With lower takeout, Tioga, Vernon handle up

on 11/29/2010 12:00 AM
Tioga Downs and the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen’s Association (STHHA) opted to try a lower takeout rate initiative for the 2010 race season, where all takeout rates were lowered to New York state minimums. The results of the takeout initiative were promising compared to industry standards where most other handles are dropping, the Tioga Downs handle showed an increase of 7.8 percent over 2009...
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Illinois legislature may deal with racino bill

on 11/29/2010 12:00 AM
The slots at the track debate in Chicago continues to gain momentum, as legislators reconvene on Nov. 30 after a brief hiatus for the Thanksgiving holiday.   “When the senate returns to Springfield this week, we hope that our bill (SB3970) will get called on in committee,” said Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association (IHHA) executive director Tony Somone. “Two weeks ago it was discu...
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Southwind, Silva buy interest in Chapter Seven

on 11/29/2010 12:00 AM
Southwind Farms and Jerry Silva announced Monday that they had acquired an interest in the 2-year-old trotting colt Chapter Seven 2, 1:55f ($211,549) (Windsong’s Legacy – La Riviera Lindy) from owners Richard Gutnick and Gary Cocco.   The colt has won seven of eight lifetime starts, including the Matron Stakes, Matron Preview, Harold Dancer, and two legs of the New Jersey...
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$50,000 guaranteed pool Monday at Woodbine

on 11/29/2010 12:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack presents a $50,000 guaranteed pool for its early Pick-4 Monday night,  and it figures to be another challenging task of weeding out the contenders from the pretenders in races 4 through 7.   Track announcer Ken Middleton scanned through those four races and offers the following thoughts on constructing a Pick-4 ticket for tonight:   Race 4 This $10,000 to $...
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Diamond Star loses bid for bonus

on 11/28/2010 12:00 AM
In a $13,300 division of the FSBOA Sale Stake Saturday night at the Isle Pompano Park, Diamond Star was defeated by a determined Palm Beach Boy. The loss eliminates Diamond Star from the $100,000 bonus offered to the connections of any two year old able to sweep all four events in the state-bred Fall Series.   “Palm Beach Boy had license to go out there and upset Diamond Star,” said tra...
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Rock N Roll Heaven wins final career start

on 11/28/2010 12:00 AM
Rock N Roll Heaven closed out his career with a win on Sunday night at Dover Downs, coasting to a 1:50.1 victory in the $181,913 Matron. He started from post one, took control of the race at the outset and was never threatened.   Driven by Daniel Dube, Rock N Roll Heaven paced to the first quarter in :26.3 as Brian Sears took a tuck in the two hole with Delmarvalous. No one was foolish...
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Smoken Up beats Blacks A Fake in Miracle Mile

on 11/27/2010 12:00 AM
The Lance Justice-trained and driven star Smoken Up battled on the outside with legendary pacer Blacks A Fake virtually from the word go and still put his nose on the wire first to win the $500,000 Miracle Mile Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle north of Sydney. The time for the mile was 1:50 3/10ths, a new Australasian record.   Smoken Up’s time eclipsed the previous mark of 1:...
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Dreamfair Eternal scratched from Open

on 11/27/2010 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada has reported that Dreamfair Eternal has been scratched from tonight's Open Pace at Woodbine. “She won't go tonight as she has a slight temperature of 101 and she only ate half of her feed,” owner/breeder John Lamers told Trot Insider. “So rather than race her well get her 100%. It must be the up and down change in temperature. She hasn't been sick all year.”  ...
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Blueridge Western takes Yonkers feature in 1:55.1

on 11/27/2010 12:00 AM
Millionaire Blueridge Western (Jason Bartlett) rolled from second-over in the winners-over, winning  Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night $33,000 pacing feature.   Jimmie Hanover (Dan Dube) and Southern Allie (Yannick Gingras) were on alert early, with "Jimmie"--the slight 2-1 choice--retaking right after the :27.3 opening quarter-mile.  Dube then rated a :57.3 intermission befor...
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Jamieson doubles in Autumn Series

on 11/27/2010 12:00 AM
A pair of $25,000 Autumn Stakes elimination for 3-year-old pacing colts took place Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack with driver Jody Jamieson scoring both victories aboard Rock Me Amastreos (1:52.4) and Sparky Mark (1:51.4).   Rock Me Amastreos posted a mild upset in the first elimination for trainer Murray Brethour returning $13.40. Driver Jason Brewer sent High Bar quickest off the ga...
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Rock N Roll Heaven's last start Sunday

on 11/27/2010 12:00 AM
Rock N Roll Heaven and Delmarvalous, winners of last week’s elimination divisions, lead a select contingent of six starters in the a $181,913 Matron 3-Year-Old Final  on Sunday at Dover Downs. On the strong card are four $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) second leg preliminaries.   Rock N Roll Heaven displayed the season-long form that brought the sophomore pacer to ...
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60 career wins for Escape The Wind; Aracache scores

on 11/27/2010 12:00 AM
Escape The Wind earned his 60th career victory Saturday night by winning a conditioned pace in 1:51. The 10-year-old gelding was driven by Roger Mayotte, who has also trained the horse throughout his career.   Escape The Wind, a son of Artiscape, has a career bankroll of $1.9 million and a lifetime mark of 1:48.3. Mayotte put him on the lead in his latest race and he showed his class by hol...
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Tell All moving to Ontario for 2011

on 11/26/2010 12:00 AM
Tara Hills Stud and Brittany Stallion Management announced today that 2007's "Pacer of the Year" Tell All will relocate to Tara Hills Stud in Ontario beginning with the 2011 breeding season. His stud fee for next year has been set at C$5,000. Tell All had previously stood in New Jersey.   "It's an exciting time to stand a horse of his stature," said Tara Hills manager Dave Heffering. "His f...
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Blacks A Fake chasing Gallo's money mark

on 11/26/2010 12:00 AM
With a big purse check in Saturday night's $500,000 Miracle Mile, the legendary Australian pacer Blacks A Fake will pull virtually even with Gallo Blue Chip as the world's richest pacer. The Australian dollar is presently worth almost 99 cents in US currency.   The race will be contested over the American-designed seven-eighths mile Tabcorp Park Menangle track north of Sydney, where a South...
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Ford Looks For First $5 Million Season

on 11/26/2010 12:00 AM
With a Horse of the Year and training facility to his credit, Mark Ford has already achieved what few others in racing have ever done. This year, he looks to reach another milestone.   "We're trying to hit the $5 million mark for the first time, and we're about $260,000 away," Ford said.  "December is usually a month of famine for us, but we're hopeful."   Ford has $4,741...
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Wind Surfer beats Master Pine at Yonkers

on 11/26/2010 12:00 AM
Breakheart Pass (Yannick Gingras), the timid favorite and one of three, 2-1 propositions, lasted on a  Friday night lead, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $38,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace.   Leaving from position four, Breakheart Pass worked around pole-sitting LR Dancing Dream (George Brennan) before 27-second opening quarter-mile.   Slomotion (Jason Bartlett) took a shot ...
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Thibodeau's Sparky Mark ready for Autumn

on 11/26/2010 12:00 AM
There will be a pair of Autumn Stakes eliminations for 3-year-old pacing colts taking place tomorrow night at Woodbine Racetrack and trainer Mark Austin believes Sparky Mark can repeat in this event.   After scoring the victory in the $39,800 final last year in the 2-year-old division, the 3-year-old son of Astreos has posted back-to-back dominating victories at Georgian Downs in 1:51.2 and...
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