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Tioga Downs teams up with United Way

on 11/18/2010 12:00 AM
Tioga Downs wrapped up its 2010 United Way campaign for Tioga County this past week and thanks to the gratitude of the employees, they were able to exceed their 2010 goal.   Tioga Downs’ employees donated in excess of $8,000 to the local community led by Tioga County campaign chairman for the United Way, Jason Settlemoir. Tioga Downs as a company will also be matching the money donated by...
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Meadowlands extends LC payment deadline

on 11/18/2010 12:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack has extended the nomination deadline for its 2011 Winter Late Closing Program from December 1, 2010 to December 10, 2011.  Stakes applications are available on MeadowlandsRacetrack.com: http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/content.aspx?id=1509  Horsemen with questions or concerns may contact the Meadowlands race office toll-free at 877-782-2537.   (Meadow...
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Brennan to stay at Yonkers through 2010

on 11/18/2010 12:00 AM
Driver George Brennan won his first-ever Meadowlands dash title in 2010, but the 43 year old has been conspicuous by his absence at the New Jersey track since its fall meet opened Oct. 23. Instead of regularly driving on the Friday-Saturday cards at the Big M, Brennan has opted to compete across the Hudson River at Yonkers Raceway, a track where he stands third in both wins (275) and purse earning...
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KYSS to have $250,000 finals in 2011

on 11/18/2010 12:00 AM
Thursday afternoon the administrators of the Kentucky Sire Stakes program revealed that purses for the races will be as follows in 2011: two legs of $30,000 each and a final worth $250,000. Also, based on projections, these amounts should hold up through 2014.  
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Victory Is Coming wins at The Meadows

on 11/17/2010 12:00 AM
Victory Is Coming, at 3 the youngest in the field, showed her elders how it’s done when she slipped through an opening in the stretch and captured Tuesday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.Victory Is Coming was fifth by 3-1/2 lengths at the top of the lane and pinned inside. But when Mike Wilder guided her off the cones, the Victory Sam-Norse Comer filly threade...
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Not Enough scores in 1:53 at Dover

on 11/17/2010 12:00 AM
Million-dollar-winner Not Enough scored a 1:53 victory in the $26,000 Open pace, one of two Ron Pierce winners, on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick drove three winners. Pierce moved to the outside as the horses past the half and quickly took the lead from Fleeting Flirt N (Jon Roberts) before reaching the three-quarters. Once ahead, Not Enough, was in command holding off Omen Hanover, ...
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Betfair loses Aussie court case

on 11/17/2010 12:00 AM
Racing New South Wales, the Thoroughbred group which owns and operates tracks in the province of New South Wales (which includes Sydney) in Australia, has won a major court case against the betting exchange company Betfair.   An Australian federal court has ruled that Betfair, which is based in the United Kingdom, must pay the fee of 1.5 percent of turnover specified under th...
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More NJ legislators respond to Hanson report

on 11/17/2010 12:00 AM
Legislators from New Jersey's Monmouth County are calling for the state's horse racing industry to be given a fair chance to reach sustainability. Their comments regarding the latest Hanson report follow below. The comments were also posted on www.senatenj.com.The Legislators from Monmouth County would like to see further discussions take place before the latest recommendations on horseracing from...
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Dr. Albert Grass, 84, dies

on 11/17/2010 12:00 AM
Albert “Doc” Grass, 84, of Brattleboro, Vt., died Nov. 13, 2010. Born in Sugar Hill, N.H., Dr. Grass practiced equine veterinary medicine in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts for over 50 years.   He was passionately involved in the Standardbred business as an owner and breeder for over 40 years and bred and raced such horses as Damon Runyon 1:54.2f ($337,142), Etouffee 1:56...
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Five series finals on tap Saturday at Big M

on 11/17/2010 12:00 AM
More than $250,000 in stakes purses is on the line as five fall series draw to a close Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   The late-blooming Whats New Pussycat looks to stop Nutmegs Cider from the series sweep in the $46,200 Savilla Lobell for 2-year-old filly pacers. The blue-blooded lass has been first or second in four of her six career starts, including a 1:56.1 victory in t...
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Giddy on up to the Dover Downs' winner's circle

on 11/16/2010 12:00 AM
Giddy Up Lucky with a 1:50.2 effort proved much the best in the $35,000 Preferred Pace while Barber Pole posted a 1:50.3 win in the $32,500 Delaware Special and Next Flight took the $26,000 Open Pace on a sometimes foggy Monday at Dover Downs.    Leaving from post eight in the feature, David Rovine and Baron Racing Stable’s Giddy Up Lucky continue on a winning tear registering his ni...
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Watch My Wake a $333 winner at Pompano

on 11/16/2010 12:00 AM
When a field of claiming pacers turned to the starting gate on Monday at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park it was obvious the overwhelming majority thought number six, Watch My Wake, had little or no chance.   Precisely one minute, 55 and 1/5 seconds later, Watch My Wake proved that majority wrong by delivering a flawless front-end win at the jaw-dropping odds of 165-1. Joe Sanz...
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Trainer had a good feeling about Lugar

on 11/16/2010 12:00 AM
Trainer Mark Friedman admitted he had a good feeling about the prospects for his 2-year-old trotter Lugar going into the $32,814 Florida Stallion Stake on the Monday evening program at The Isle Casino-Racing Pompano Park.    “Things went a little better than I expected,” Friedman proclaimed after the Famously-Chili Vanili freshman gelding captured a life’s mark of 1:58.3 in ...
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Dorothy Manges dies

on 11/16/2010 12:00 AM
Dorothy J. Manges, died Saturday, Nov. 13, in Dover, Del. She was 85.   Mrs. Manges was a member of the USTA and owned many horses which were raced by her late husband, Del, mostly in the Western New York area and Delaware.   She is survived by her children, Dean (Jonnie), Gene, Larry (Jeannie), Randy, Brian (Margie) and Diana (Richard) Finch; 10 grandchildren; an...
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A closer look at Hanson's report

on 11/16/2010 12:00 AM
The latest recommendation by Jon Hanson, advisor to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on horse racing and casino gaming, is that there should be only six days of harness racing at the Meadowlands in 2011, with an additional 30 dates in the fall of 2011 at Monmouth. At face value, the news is devastating to harness racing. But picking through Hanson’s latest report, a simple three-page narrative fu...
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Luchento: We can't accept Hanson report

on 11/16/2010 12:00 AM
If the Hanson Report was implemented, it would be the end of horse racing in New Jersey. “While New Jersey is trying to entice industries and jobs with expensive tax incentives, the state is in jeopardy of losing one of its most important employers – horse racing,” said Tom Luchento, president of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.   Luchento was respon...
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One More Laugh draws post 7 in Windy CIty

on 11/16/2010 12:00 AM
Friday night’s $200,000 Windy City Pace at Maywood Park is a rematch of sorts from last Saturday’s $245,000 American National at Balmoral Park as the one-two-three finishers, One More Laugh, Aracache Hanover and Razzle Dazzle, have all been entered. One More Laugh drew post seven in the eight-horse field, while Aracache Hanover and Razzle Dazzle will start from the inside two posts, respective...
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NY may approve new Indian casino

on 11/16/2010 12:00 AM
The New York Times has reported that New York Gov. David A. Patterson is ready to approve a casino development in the state's Catskills region. That's the same region where Monticello Raceway is located.   The story said the governor is close to an agreement with the Stockbridge-Munsee, a Mohican tribe based in Wisconsin that has roots in New York. If Patterson approves the project, the tri...
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Canadian driving championship in PEI

on 11/16/2010 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada has announced that Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park, Prince Edward Island, will be the host track for the 2011 Canadian National Driving Championship.   The NDC will take place on Saturday, May 7, and the winner will represent Canada in the World Driving Championship hosted in concert with the World Trotting Conference in the United States....
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NJ elected officials: Hanson's plans wrong

on 11/16/2010 12:00 AM
Some of New Jersey's elected officials are publicly criticizing the second report by the Hanson commission, which has recommended racing just six days of harness racing at the Meadowlands and then closing the track permanently. Their comments were reported by writer John Brennan in The Record (www.northjersey.com).   Sen. Jennifer Beck, a Republican legislator who attended a racing symposiu...
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