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Gulotta calls for privatizing Meadowlands

on 08/22/2010 2:00 AM
Standardbred breeder and owner Mike Gulotta has written a letter about harness racing's contributions to New Jersey that appears in Sunday's Newark Star-Ledger, and on its website, nj.com.   Gulotta, who operates Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey and has owned such notable horses as Lis Mara, says the state should privatize the Meadowlands Racetrack in 2011. Gulotta and others have ...
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Yursa Hanover wins Tioga Miss Versatility leg

on 08/22/2010 2:00 AM
Yursa Hanover and driver Bruce Ranger captured the $25,000 second leg of the Miss Versatility on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs. With only four trotting mares being entered Tioga Downs held it as a non-betting race between races three and four on the 12-race card.   Ranger put Yursa Hanover on the engine through fractions of :28, :57, and 1:26.2, with Windsong Soprano (Randy Waples) sitti...
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Put On A Show's 1:50.1 sets track mark

on 08/22/2010 2:00 AM
Put On A Show is back! The 3-year-old pacing filly rebounded from her poor showing in the Mistletoe Shalee by winning the $350,000 Valley Forge at Harrah's Chester Sunday in 1:50.1. The time was a stakes and track record over the track rated "sloppy," but upgraded to good immediately after this race.   Put On A Show started from posts four and driver Tim Tetrick left the gate with just enou...
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Lucky Chucky dominates in 1:53 in Colonial

on 08/22/2010 2:00 AM
A huge crowd got drenched when they joined Lucky Chucky in the winner's circle following his 1:53 world-record performance in the $500,000 Colonial Trot on Sunday at Harrah's Chester.   By the time they left the winner's circle, the rain had stopped and a rainbow had appeared, prompting driver John Campbell to say, "That's a Troy Sylvester rainbow behind us," remembering the late son of Luc...
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Kid Cruiser upsets in OSS action at Scioto

on 08/22/2010 2:00 AM
Kid Cruiser scooted up the inside to overtake Doc’s Yankee and score a 33-1 upset in a division of the Ohio Sire Stakes for sophomore pacers at Scioto on Saturday. He defeated Doc’s Yankee (2-1 in the betting) and the 2-5 favorite, Trick Man.   Driver Dan Noble shot Doc’s Yankee to the lead in an opening panel in :27 and then Ray Paver moved the long-striding Trick Man to challenge. T...
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Rock N Roll Heaven tops One More Laugh

on 08/22/2010 2:00 AM
Rock N Roll Heaven showed his versatility and speed when he came from off the pace to win the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine in a stakes record time of 1:48.4 Sunday at Harrah's Chester. He followed One More Laugh, who beat him by a head in the Meadowlands Pace, and then paced away from his rival to win by 2 1/2 lengths and snag a big victory.   The Battle got underway wit...
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2 tickets hit Big M Pick 6 for $142,769

on 08/21/2010 2:00 AM
With a quartet of top stakes and a Pick-6 carryover in excess of $100,000, the Meadowlands Racetrack posted its highest live and total handle figures for a Friday night in 2010. Live handle, the amount wagered at the Meadowlands on the evening's live harness racing, was $592,092, while total handle from all sources reached $3,365,885. The live handle was the highest for a Friday card in three ye...
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Waldorf Hall's 1:57.1 fastest in NYSS

on 08/21/2010 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Friday night fare was highlighted by the $283,848 New York Sire Stakes for for 3-year-old colts and geldings, with each split worth $70,962.   Celebrity Bluechip scored with style in his division of the New York Sire Stakes and was the easiest of winners for driver Jason Bartlett. Leaving from post position number two, he led at every pylon through comf...
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Mohawk cancels; stakes set for Monday

on 08/21/2010 2:00 AM
Mohawk Racetrack cancelled its Saturday night harness program after three races due to a power problem in the surrounding area. Two races were completed and the third race - a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes - was three-quarters of the way complete when darkness enveloped the Mohawk oval.   The remaining divisions of the Nassagaweya Stakes and Eternal Camnation Stakes have been resc...
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1:52.3 mile at Skowhegan, Maine, track

on 08/21/2010 2:00 AM
Rodeo Du Ruisseau paced to a 1:52.3 victory at the Skowhegan, Maine, fair on Saturday, setting a record with his score in the Walter Hight Invitational.   With Drew Campbell in the sulky, Rodeo Du Ruisseau was first off the gate while getting pressure from All Pro Hall (Ron Cushing) and rail-sitter Roman Conqueror N (Kevin Switzer). Campbell was determined to cut the mile and pushed Ro...
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Handsome Prince looks best in Yonkers Open

on 08/21/2010 2:00 AM
Handsome Prince (Yannick Gingras), parked two turns, nevertheless held Saturday night sway, winning Yonkers Raceway's $42,500 Open Handicap Pace.   In play early from post position seven, Handsome Prince had to wait patiently to grab the lead somewhere between the :28.3 opening quarter-mile and :57 second intermission. Arduous, as the 6-5 choice, came first-up as the gang app...
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Valentowner is best in Meadows Preferred

on 08/21/2010 2:00 AM
Valentowner waited patiently behind a suicidal duel for the lead, then attacked the tiring leaders to capture Saturday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   While Mypanmar and Upfront Hoosierboy battled through withering fractions of :25.4 and :54.2, driver Dan Noble kept Valentowner along the pylons, in fourth. Noble adroitly slipped Valentowner outside before Upfront Hoos...
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Drive All Night rallies to win Pocono feature

on 08/21/2010 2:00 AM
Drive All Night, a 19-1 long shot, rallied from last to first in the final quarter mile to win the featured Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried the night’s top purse of $24,000.   George Napolitano Jr. guided Drive All Night, trained by Carmine Fusco, to the outside around the final turn to get by the horses in the back. In the stretch, he...
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Part Shark is all bite in Gold Cup & Saucer

on 08/21/2010 2:00 AM
The 51st edition of the Gold Cup & Saucer at the Charlottetown Driving Park lived up to the hype as Scott Zeron became the youngest driver to ever win the event and Part Shark paced the fastest mile in the history of the half-mile oval on Saturday.   Part Shark roared to immediate command for his 21-year-old teamster and they led the multi-talented field through fractions of :26.4,...
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Sons of Art Major sweep Saratoga NYSS

on 08/21/2010 2:00 AM
Driver Jim Morrill Jr. won three of four New York Sire Stakes divisions for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers Saturday night at Saratoga Harness--all of which went to sons of Art Major--while Arts Ragin Heart came up a winner in the $124,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. final and Armbro Scorpion scored in the $66,000 August Fun final.   Morrill directed Major Work Of Art to a three-quart...
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OSS Gold elims at Mohawk

on 08/20/2010 2:00 AM
On Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack four Ontario Sires Stakes Gold eliminations took place for two-year-old trotting fillies. The top two finishers from each elimination advance to the $130,000 final plus two third place finishers.A mild upset occurred in the first elimination at Beach Party As stopped the timer in 1:59.3.The Kadabra filly left the gate from post six for driver Peter Wallinder a...
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Chris Page scores 1,000th driving victory at Scioto

on 08/20/2010 2:00 AM
Chris Page, driving champ last season at Scioto and leading driver this year, passed the 1,000-win milestone on Thursday night when he won the fourth race with Launch Angle.Page, 26, a native of nearby Mt. Vernon, Ohio, didn’t hit the board in his first three drives of the evening, but then sent Launch Angle to the front at the start from post one and led all the way to win by three-quarters of ...
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New Jersey voters disagree with Hanson report

on 08/20/2010 2:00 AM
New Jersey media outlets are reporting that voters in the Garden State want state government to stay involved in the horse racing industry and to keep out of Atlantic City. A poll by Quinnipiac University revealed voter sentiment on the two subjects addressed lasts month by the Hanson Commission, which called for the state to close the Meadowlands Racetrack.   A majority of the voters--69 p...
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New Canadian Hall of Famers inducted

on 08/20/2010 2:00 AM
Ten inductees joined the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame as part of the induction ceremony that took place Thursday night at the Mississauga Convention Centre in Mississauga, Ont. The Standardbred class of 2010 is headlined by racehorse Mister Big, the second richest pacer of all time. He is joined by the outstanding broodmare Classic Wish along with trainer Robert McIntosh, builder R. Peter H...
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Another twist in the Brooks trial

on 08/20/2010 2:00 AM
Newsday.com is reporting that the newest twist in the ongoing saga that is the trial of Bulletproof Enterprises David Brooks is that Brooks was transferred Thursday from a Jamaica jail cell to an isolation cell in the Nassau County jail for security reasons, according to several sources. Newsday's Robert Kessler writes that the move to the high security isolation cell comes as a result of Federal...
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