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MTR says racino at Scioto possible

on 08/10/2010 2:00 AM
In a conference call on its second-quarter earnings on Monday, Aug. 9, MTR Gaming Group indicated  it could spend up to $100 million to construct a video lottery terminal casino at Scioto Downs. MTR officials also said they are waiting to see if the opportunity develops in Ohio, where the state lottery is in the process of writing rules for allowing VLTs at the state's racetracks per a 2...
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Waples steers pair of OSS Gold elim winners

on 08/09/2010 2:00 AM
Flamboro Downs fans were treated to four exciting Gold Eliminations on Sunday afternoon, led off by the talented three-year-old trotting colts.   Randy Waples had fan favourite Text Me ready to roll as soon as the starting gate pulled away from the field for the first $40,000 Gold Elimination, and the Kadabra son had opened up a three length gap on the field by the time he posted the :28 op...
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McIntosh fillies score in OSS Gold elims

on 08/09/2010 2:00 AM
When Steve Condren packed for Sunday’s two-year-old pacing filly Gold Series Eliminations at Rideau Carleton Raceway, the veteran reinsman should have tossed a pair of water wings into his duffle bag.   With the Ottawa area pelted by rain for several hours prior to the start of Sunday’s program, the racing surface was rated a sloppy two seconds slower than normal by the time the freshma...
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Takter appealing Haughton disqualification

on 08/09/2010 2:00 AM
Trainer Jimmy Takter told harnessracing.com Monday morning that he plans on appealing the decision by the Meadowlands’ stewards last Saturday afternoon to disqualify his horse Pastor Stephen from first to sixth in the $500,000 Peter Haughton Memorial final for causing interference. Despite later winning the Hambletonian with Muscle Massive and overall having one of the best days a trainer ever ...
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Brooks jury to reconvene on Tuesday

on 08/09/2010 2:00 AM
A source involved in the prosecution of David Brooks told harnessracing.com that jury deliberations in the trial of David Brooks are scheduled to resume on Tuesday, Aug.10.   In an unusual move, federal judge Joanne Seybert gave the jury a full week off to attend to personal matters and vacation plans. The trial had started on January 25 in federal district court in Central Islip, Long...
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Yonkers announces "Back to the Track" giveaways

on 08/08/2010 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced a night of giveaways--some edible, all enticing--in conjunction with this coming weekend's US Trotting Association "Back to the Track" promotion.   Saturday evening; the Raceway is offering nine dinners for two in the Empire Terrace Restaurant, with one lucky winner drawn after each of the first nine races. The grand prize of a USTA-sponsored trip to the Little...
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J Pa's Fod paces NYSS action at Vernon

on 08/08/2010 2:00 AM
Jo Pa’s Fod was the only favorite to finish first in Saturday night’s (August 7) $151,664 New York Sires Stake feature for 3-year-old male pacers at Vernon Downs.   With Jim Morrill, Jr. driving for trainer Jim Campbell and the Emposimato Stables in Saturday’s initial NYSS contest (race five), Jo Pa’s Fod rallied from fourth at the half to reach the front by the three-quarter mark, ...
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Scioto hosts Ohio State Fair stakes

on 08/07/2010 2:00 AM
Sing Jesse Sing won a division of the Ohio Governor’s Cup by a nose on Friday night at Scioto, allowing driver Mike Wilder to breathe a huge sigh of relief.   “I got him beat the last time he raced at Scioto,” said Wilder after his colt beat My D Sammy in 1:58.1. “He had more trot this time. We trotted home in :28.1 tonight.”   Sing Jesse Sing’s prior defeat at Scioto cam...
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Jezzy stays unblemished in NYSS at Tioga

on 08/07/2010 2:00 AM
Jezzy kept together her perfect record on Friday night at Tioga Downs scoring in convincing fashion in one of five NYSS divisions for 2-year-old filly trotters.   Ray Schnittker who co-owns, trains, and drives Jezzy put her on the lead past the grandstands the first time around through an opening quarter of 28.4. From there Schnittker eased the filly through fractions of 59.2 and 1:29.4 bef...
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Morrill scores six in NYSS action

on 08/07/2010 2:00 AM
Jim Morrill Jr. dominated the action at Saratoga on Friday night as part of the New York Sire Stakes. One of the nation’s top drivers, Morrill piloted seven winners on the card, including six victories in the Sire Stakes.   2-year-old pacing fillies were featured and Morrill made his way back to the winner’s circle with six freshman fillies and continued his winning ways with classy ve...
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Likeabatoutahell takes Hambo Day opener

on 08/07/2010 2:00 AM
Brian Sears and Likeabatoutahell took control early and held off a late charge by favored Misterizi to win the $75,000 Paris – Vincennes Invitational Trot to kick off the Hambletonian Day card. The duo stopped the clock in a lifetime best 1:51.3 for breeder and owner Michael Andrew. Don’t Know Chip was third.   Lining up third, Sears sent the SJ’s Caviar-Miss Molly Tamale gelding...
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Buck I St Pat sizzles in Perretti Matchmaker

on 08/07/2010 2:00 AM
Two-time Dan Patch award winner Buck I St Pat captured Saturday’s $100,000 Perretti Farms Matchmaker for free-for-all trotting mares in a track record 1:51 performance. Sent off as the 3-5 favorite, the seven-year-old mare wore down second-place Windsong Soprano in the stretch to win her fifth of the season. Jersey As and Autumn Escapade followed in third and fourth respectively.   Starti...
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Thatsnotmyname equals record in Merrie Annabelle

on 08/07/2010 2:00 AM
New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Thatsnotmyname set a new standard in Saturday’s $437,000 Merrie Annabelle final for freshman filly trotters with a track record equaling 1:55 effort. Driven by John Campbell for trainer Jimmy Takter, the 1-5 favorite earned her third win in four starts. Crème De Cocoa finished second, followed by Fitness Girl.   The Windsong’s Legacy filly got away third...
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World Record for Hypnotic Blue Chip

on 08/07/2010 2:00 AM
Hypnotic Blue Chip and Jody Jamieson, at 11-1, upset heavy favorite Shark Gesture in the $182,500 first division of the US Pacing Championship for free-for-all pacers in a world record 1:47.2 triumph. Owned by Francis Azur, the four-year-old son of Art Major, dropped his previous mark by two full seconds, lowering Jenna’s Beach Boy’s and Lis Mara’s track and world record 1:47.3 miles. ...
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Dancinwiththestarz takes Mistletoe Shalee in world record

on 08/07/2010 2:00 AM
World records continue to fall at the Meadowlands Saturday as Dancinwiththestarz and Brian Sears won the $275,000 Mistletoe Shalee final for sophomore pacing fillies in 1:48.4. Rock N Soul finished second and A And Gs Princess rounded out the trifecta as favored Put On A Show wilted in the stretch.   Yannick Gingras placed Rock N Soul on the lead from post eight early, followed by A and Gs ...
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The Lindy Reserve inherits Haughton Memorial victory

on 08/07/2010 2:00 AM
Pastor Stephen crossed the wire first in Saturday’s $500,000 Peter Haughton Memorial for freshman colts and geldings, but a disqualification resulted in 35-1 The Lindy Reserve getting the victory. Neal, driven by John Campbell, finished third and was placed second while favorite Leader Of The Gang raced fourth and was placed third.   After a recall in the first attempt, Pastor Stephen too...
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Slave Dream scores Nat Ray win in 1:52

on 08/07/2010 2:00 AM
Slave Dream and John Campbell slipped up the rail late and held off favorite Enough Talk to capture the $300,000 Nat Ray Invitational Trot Saturday in a lifetime best 1:52. The victory was the first of the season for the five year old. Reven Damour finished third.   When the gate folded, Slave Dream spotted the field significant real estate, but Campbell dropped the Pearsall Hanover gelding...
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Bar Slide wins $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks

on 08/07/2010 2:00 AM
Bar Slide played catch me if you can as a breaking Poof She’s Gone scattered the field turning for home and scored victory in the $750,000 Hambleonian Oaks Saturday at the Meadowlands. Tim Tetrick guided the Yankee Glide-Marla Bar filly to her biggest career win, followed by Ultimate Cameron and Springtime Volo, in 1:53.4.   Tetrick fired the 3-1 Bar Slide to the front from post five at t...
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Muscle Massive flexes in 85th Hambletonian

on 08/07/2010 2:00 AM
Muscle Massive and Ron Pierce made the most of their pocket trip, springing the upset in the $1.5 Million Hambletonian Saturday with a 1:51 performance. Sent off at 6-1, the Muscles Yankee-Graceful Touch colt reeled in favorite Lucky Chucky and John Campbell in the stretch, edging in front just before the wire to capture the 85th edition. Wishing Stone covered a considerable amount of ground for G...
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On The Glass captures Lady Liberty final

on 08/07/2010 2:00 AM
Joseph Di Scala and Cynthia Lynn Massari’s On The Glass kicked away racing out of the turn and held off a fast-closing Tug River Princess to win the $248,000 Lady Liberty final for free-for-all mares in 1:49. Dreamfair Eternal, sent off as the 7-5 favorite, finished third.   Yellow Diamond fired from post eight when the gate folded, posting a :26.3 first quarter as Not Enough (Tim Tetrick...
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