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Progress Pace, Matrons on tap at Dover

on 11/12/2010 12:00 AM
The $320,000 Progress Pace and seven rich Matron Stakes highlight the biggest weekend of the Dover Downs season Saturday and Sunday.   On Saturday, Chapter Seven, driven by Hall of Famer Mike Lachance for suburban Philadelphia owners, Richard Gutnick and Gary Cocco, an early 2011 Hambletonian favorite, drew the outside in the $132,075 male trot, the first of four Matron freshman events...
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NJ commission proposes new starting rule

on 11/12/2010 12:00 AM
The New Jersey Racing Commission has proposed amending its starting rule for harness races to add a fair start pole approximately 200 feet before the starting point, and if a horse has not reached the fair start pole when the horses are released by the starter, then that horse would be scratched from the mutuel pools.   According to the proposal, the fair start pole will be yellow in color ...
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BC champion showdown set for Am-Nat

on 11/12/2010 12:00 AM
Trotting enthusiasts are in for a treat in Saturday’s fourth race at Balmoral Park as two of North America’s top diagonally gaited specialists in Buck I St. Pat and Enough Talk will lead a compact field of five to the gate for the $124,000 American National Aged Trot.  Buck I St Pat comes into Saturday’s tilt as the number five rated horse in North America in the Breeders Crown/Hamblet...
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The Horseman, Huston named Proximity finalists

on 11/12/2010 12:00 AM
The Horseman and Fair World, the longtime harness reporting stalwart which has stretched its magazine capabilities to the 21st century with a strong computer presence, and Roger Huston, a member of the Communicators Harness Hall of Fame, voice of the Little Brown Jug, and one of the sulky sport’s top ambassadors, have been selected as this year’s two finalists for the prestigious Proximity Awa...
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World champion mare Caramel Sundae dies

on 11/12/2010 12:00 AM
Former world-champion pacing mare Caramel Sundae, who produced the world-champion Falcon Seelster colt Ultimate Falcon, was euthanized at Michigan State University on Nov. 1 at the age of 30.   Caramel Sundae was owned her entire life, including as a racehorse and as a broodmare, by Charles and Barbara Keesler. Trained by Keith Crawford, Caramel Sundae started 68 times with 31 wins, 13...
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Median price for yearlings steady at Harrisburg

on 11/12/2010 12:00 AM
The yearling portion of the Standardbred Horse Sale Company's fall Harrisburg auction concluded on Thursday with the average price settling at $30,730, a decline of 3.5 percent from last year, while the median price held steady at $22,000.   The median price at last month's Lexington Selected Sale fell to $20,000 after attaining a figure of $25,000 in 2009. The average price for a year...
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Breeding shares for popular studs sold

on 11/12/2010 12:00 AM
Shares for stallions sold well at the first day of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company's mixed sale, which traditionally features breeding stock. The sale got underway at 10 am on Friday.   The top price for a share was the $95,000 that Fashion Farms paid for a share of trotting sire Muscle Hill, who stands at Southwind Farm.   On the pacing front, Diamond Creek Farm paid $80,000 fo...
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Bright Idea, Napolitano, Fusco team for 5 straight wins

on 11/12/2010 12:00 AM
Bright Idea, driven by George Napolitano Jr. and trained by Carmine Fusco, captured his fifth straight win at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Friday evening.   Napolitano Jr. took Bright Idea to the front early on in the mile and stopped the timer in 1:57.4 in the $7,000 claiming trot. Fusco and Napolitano Jr. are now a perfect three for three with Bright Idea, who was claimed Oct. 15 by Napoli...
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Western Graduate takes Yonkers mare feature

on 11/12/2010 12:00 AM
Western Graduate (George Brennan), fastest filly or mare ever at Yonkers Raceway, won Friday  night's co-featured $38,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace with a 1:54 score.   Leaving from post position six as the just-under-even-money favorite, Western Graduate watched a three-headed early scrum in the presence of  Hannah Isabel (Cat Manzi), Breakheart Pass (Jason Bartlett)...
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Victors Vicky wins Dover open

on 11/11/2010 12:00 AM
Victors Vicky scored an impressive 1:55 win in the $26,000 Open trot while Nice Dream scored in the $18,000 sub-feature on Wednesday Nov. 10 at Dover Downs. Ron Pierce drove four winners. Ron Pierce made good use of starting from post one with the heavy favorite Victors Vicky, the only female in the field of eight starters. The Valley Victor-Deaconess seven-year-old was never troubled scoring her ...
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B Intensified captures distaff open at Pocono

on 11/11/2010 12:00 AM
B Intensified, driven by George Napolitano Jr. and trained by Lou Pena, won the $24,000 open handicap pace for fillies and mares Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.Leaving from the two post, Napolitano Jr. put the winner on the front end early on in the race, taking the field to the half in 55.2, three-quarters in 1:23.2 before winning with a new lifetime mark of 1:52.This was only the...
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Fancy Shot pulls up in Pompano winner's circle

on 11/11/2010 12:00 AM
Instead of stressing out his connections by inexplicably pulling himself up during a race, trotter Fancy Shot has decided for at least the time being he likes pulling up to the winner’s circle after a race instead.   "He’s had that quirk for a lot of years now and he keeps us on edge because we never know when he’s going to do it,” said co-owner Doug Culham of Oakville, Ont. in a li...
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Fox Valley Helena repeats at Balmoral

on 11/11/2010 12:00 AM
Fresh off a win in the Sarah Myers Stake last Wednesday, Desyllas Racing and William Beck’s Fox Valley Helena made it two in a row as she cruised to a 3 3/4-length victory in an $18,380 ISOBA Super Sale Stake for 2-year-old trotting fillies on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park.    Using the inside starting spot to his full advantage driver Marcus Miller eased the daughter of...
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Delaware's Oberle being honored by HHI

on 11/11/2010 12:00 AM
William A. Oberle Jr., a representative from Delaware's 24th District (Newark, Del.), has been selected to win the 2010 Dominic Frinzi HHI Person of the Year Award.  Representative Oberle Jr. is regarded as the architect of the agrarian "racino" model that is based on preserving the horse racing industry in states that have adopted slots.  He is also the outgoing president of the Na...
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PA study shows live racing boosts slots biz

on 11/11/2010 12:00 AM
A report issued by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, which looks at the impact of slot machines on the state's horse racing industry, states that business is higher for slots play when live racing is held than on days when there is no live racing.   The 56-page report notes the following: In 2009, on Mondays-Thursdays, average daily gross terminal revenue generated from slot machine ga...
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Monticello looking to say 'Au Revoir' to 14 year olds

on 11/11/2010 12:00 AM
Don’t hang up the harnesses of the 14 year olds just yet. According to Eric Warner, Monticello Raceway’s director of racing, the Raceway will again offer a final race for the aged veterans in late December, an event which has gone by the name of “The Au Revoir.”   "We will be racing on New Year's Eve day, Friday, Dec. 31, but if a date earlier in the final week of December work...
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Pardon earned her supplement to Am-Nat

on 11/11/2010 12:00 AM
The 2-year-old pacing filly Pardon will get the chance to grab national recognition on Saturday night as she tries to turn an $8,000 supplement fee into a big payday when she takes on eight other distaffers in the $95,000 American National Stake for 2-year-old pacing fillies.   After completely dominating Illinois-bred company to the tune of 13 victories in 14 attempts, the daughter of Rich...
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Butenschoen continues branching out

on 11/10/2010 12:00 AM
Like many horsemen from Illinois, John Butenschoen is following the opportunities. But he's still hopeful something positive might happen for racing in Illinois soon.   "I know there is supposed to be a bill (legislation) introduced this week, and it sure would be great if something positive can happen," said Butenschoen, who purchased a Rocknroll Hanover colt at Harrisburg on Mon...
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Omen Hanover repeats at Dover

on 11/10/2010 12:00 AM
Omen Hanover repeated in the $26,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace and Mightymachthree took his third straight in the $22,000 sub-feature on Tuesday at Dover Downs. Ron Pierce had a five-bagger while Tim won four.   KDM Stables’ Omen Hanover had just enough to reach the finish line first to win the week's top distaff event in the similar time of 1:53 with Tetrick at the con...
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Foiled Again returns to Yonkers Saturday

on 11/10/2010 12:00 AM
Foiled Again, marching inexorably toward $2 million in career cash, returns to Westchester Saturday night, leading Yonkers Raceway's $38,000 Open Handicap Pace.   It's the first local appearance by Foiled Again since easily winning May's $440,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (his second consecutive Levy victory). Jason Bartlett, who drove that night, is reunited wi...
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