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Northern Chief scores 12th straight at Monticello

on 11/10/2010 12:00 AM
On the warm and sunny afternoon Wednesday Northern Chief notched his 12th consecutive victory at Monticello Raceway, thus extending his track record for most wins in a row at the Sullivan County oval. Mike Merton was again in the sulky when the veteran pacer rambled to a two-length triumph in a time of 1:59.   In his three previous victories Northern Chief started from outside pos...
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American Nationals attract star performers

on 11/10/2010 12:00 AM
Breeders Crown champions Put On A Show, Won The West, Enough Talk and Buck I St. Pat have drawn into Saturday night's American Nationals at Balmoral Park. The entries for the Am-Nat for 3-year-old colt pacers include Meadowlands Pace winner One More Laugh and Monument Circle winner Allthatgltrsisgold.   Put On A Show, who won the $500,000 Crown final for 3-year-old filly pacers, has dr...
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Average at $34,921 after 3 days at Harrisburg

on 11/10/2010 12:00 AM
The third day of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company's annual yearling auction in Harrisburg concluded and drove the overall average to $34,921 for 845 horses sold. The average for the first three sessions of the sale in 2009 was $35,542 for 828 head sold. The yearling portion of the sale concludes Thursday with 289 horses cataloged.   Although the quality was not as strong in the Wed...
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Jersey awards dates, but expects changes

on 11/10/2010 12:00 AM
The New Jersey Racing Commission awarded dates for 2011 at its monthly meeting on Wednesday at its offices in Trenton, but massive changes are expected before those dates are finalized by the end of this year. The New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority’s general counsel Ralph Marra asked that the awarding of dates be tabled until the completion  of legislation, which would result in a...
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Rockin Image leads Progress Pace field

on 11/10/2010 12:00 AM
Trainer Ron Burke was happy to see his 3-year-old colts World Of Rocknroll and Dreamlands Art finished second and third, respectively, behind Rockin Image in last weekend’s Progress Pace elimination race. He was less thrilled by the margin of defeat – seven lengths – but is hopeful his three-horse entry, which also includes Fred And Ginger, can do damage in Sunday’s $320,000 final.  ...
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Harlingen Hanover posts 17-1 Dover upset

on 11/09/2010 12:00 AM
Harlingen Hanover zoomed from far back at 17-1 to win the $35,000 Preferred Handicap Pace and Roy Orbisong ground out a 6-1 surprise in the $32,500 Delaware Special, the Monday twin features at Dover Downs.    Roger Plante raced Harlingen Hanover from off the pace as race favorite Schoolkids and Ron Pierce was shoved three wide on the clubhouse turn. With the front horses battling...
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Dark Lightning wins Meadows Preferred

on 11/09/2010 12:00 AM
 Dark Lightning, a mid-range claimer earlier this year, completed his ascent to the top when he captured Monday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Although Dark Lightning rose steadily through the ranks for trainer Paul Kennedy, success in the Preferred Handicap eluded him until Monday. He made a quarter-pole move to the lead for Eric Ledford, backed down the field in a ...
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Michigan’s Micallef seizes Florida opportunity

on 11/09/2010 12:00 AM
To hear Mike Micallef tell it, the relocation of his training and driving endeavors to South Florida could not be going any better than they are. “When I first decided to race at Pompano for the 2010-2011 season it was largely a lifestyle choice and it’s met my expectations and gone well beyond” the 37 year old horseman says. “Just for starters, a few years ago I moved from the Hazel Park...
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Top Windsor trainer Haskell among 3 arrested

on 11/09/2010 12:00 AM
Three Ontario-based horsepersons, including Chris Haskell, one of the leading trainers at Windsor Raceway have been arrested and charged with one count each of cheat at play, fraud, and offenses under the pari-mutuel regulations of the Criminal Code as a result of an investigation into the use of non-therapeutic, performance-enhancing substances on Ontario racehorses.   Also charged are Der...
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Illinois horsemen hold slots rally at Hawthorne

on 11/09/2010 12:00 AM
With a gambling expansion package that includes a plan to allow slot machines at Illinois racetracks expected to be filed later this week in the state legislature, Prairie State horsemen and track officials on Monday gathered at Hawthorne Race Course for a pep rally/news conference.   Included among the gathering was Illinois Horsemen's Association president Dave McCaffrey and Balmoral Park...
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Lucky Jim to skip Am-Nat, return in 2011

on 11/09/2010 12:00 AM
Lucky Jim will skip this weekend’s American National Stakes for older trotters at Balmoral Park and is freshening up for next year’s campaign.   Trainer Julie Miller is excited about seeing last season’s Dan Patch Award winner come back for another season. Last year, Lucky Jim won 17 of 18 races and earned $1.06 million. This year, he won six of 13 starts and banked $489,14...
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With Harrisburg buys, Guida returning to U.S.

on 11/09/2010 12:00 AM
Trainer Greg Peck told harnessracing.com Tuesday afternoon at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, Pa., that among his 14 new yearling purchases are six he purchased on behalf of Hall of Fame owner Lou Guida, who moved his racing operations to Italy several years ago but decided earlier this year to return in part to racing in North America.   "He actually called me the day ...
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Kentucky AG rules commission can search vehicles

on 11/09/2010 12:00 AM
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has received a favorable opinion from state Attorney General Jack Conway that it may search property of licensees at racetracks, including vehicles owned by veterinarians.   The Commission had asked Conway's office for an opinion last January if it could have its agents search and seize material they deemed relevant to a commission investigaton without a...
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Saturday's OSS Super Finals drawn

on 11/09/2010 12:00 AM
Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack, eight $300,000 OSS Super Finals will take place featuring the provinces best pacers and trotters. Horses competing in the Gold eliminations and finals throughout the season accumulate points based on performance and the top point earners are eligible to compete in rich finals this Saturday.  Western Silk, Buckhams Bay, Peach Martini, Mystician, Mach Drea...
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Art Major colt tops day 2 at Harrisburg

on 11/09/2010 12:00 AM
The second day of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company’s annual yearling auction in Harrisburg took place Tuesday, beginning at 10 am and wrapping up a little less than eight hours later. The average for the first two sessions now stands at $44,426 for 516 horses, which is up from the $42,877 figure attained for the 559 yearlings that were sold in the opening two sessions in 2009. The pacing co...
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Unique paintings by horses benefit SRF

on 11/09/2010 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation continued to use unique art to aid its cause to provide a haven for retired Standardbred horses when two paintings were auctioneed off at the Standardbred Horse Sales Company's second yearling session on Tuesday afternoon.   A painting by the stallion Rocknroll Hanover was sold to Jim Simpson, president and CEO of Hanover Shoe Farms, for $3,200. Russel...
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Lucky Bettor cashes in at Harrah's Chester

on 11/08/2010 12:00 AM
The Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and the JJK Stables' Lucky Bettor ($5.60) narrowly prevailed in the featured $28,000 winners-over pace on Sunday at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack, digging in gamely for a 1:51.1 victory.   The 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding was unopposed while setting a leisurely pace, reaching the half in :56.3 while keeping the pace under si...
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Longtime Canadian owner Bob Anderson dies

on 11/08/2010 12:00 AM
Longtime Ontario-based owner Bob Anderson, whose horses included the stars Pampered Princess, Southwind Allaire and Cabrini Hanover, has died after suffering a heart attack while vacationing in Florida, He was 64.   "It is with profound sadness and sense of loss that I inform you of the passing of Robert (Bob) M. Anderson, on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010," said David S. Wil...
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NJ Senate committee approves bills to help racing

on 11/08/2010 12:00 AM
A New Jersey state Senate committee on Monday reportedly passed four bills that are designed to help the state's horse racing industry. The Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee approved allowing racing to open off-track wagering site, allow exchange wagering, place all pari-mutuel wagering into one betting pool, and reduce the number of mandatory race dates at the Mead...
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Deo Volente, TLP buy interest in Blue Porsche

on 11/08/2010 12:00 AM
Trainer Blair Burgess told harnessracing.com Monday afternoon that a 20-percent interest in Valley Victory winner Blue Porsche has been purchased by Mike Gulotta and Andy Willinger's Deo Volente Farm and Thomas and Lou Pontone's TLP Stable from Burgess's wife, Karin, and his father, Bob. The 2-year-old son of Glidemaster won the $539,000 Valley Victory final Saturday, Nov. 6, at Woodbine...
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