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Lightning Elvis strikes at Pocono

on 08/01/2010 2:00 AM
Lightning Elvis, driven by North America’s leading driver George Napolitano Jr., won the featured Saturday night race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.The 4-year-old McArdle gelding stopped the timer in 1:51. Lou Pena trains this winner.Rader Detector (Larry Stalbaum) finished second with third-place going to The Perfect Escape (Matt Kakaley).Napolitano Jr., collected five wins through the first e...
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Sprouts wins at Northfield

on 08/01/2010 2:00 AM
Bob Schlabach's Muscle Sprouts ($4.00) cruised to a comfortable victory in Northfield's $5,500 Open Handicap Trot Saturday night. A crafty drive by Robin Miller secured the win for the ten-year-old Muscles Yankee gelding who missed all of 2008 and 2009. Miller put Muscle Sprouts on the lead and walked (or trotted slowly) to a 1:00.2 opening lap, allowing him to hold off the late bids of Master Buc...
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Communicators Corner member Virginia O'Brien dies

on 08/01/2010 2:00 AM
Virginia O'Brien, the first woman elected to harness racing's Communicators Hall of Fame, died Saturday in her beloved Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She was 91.   Ms. O'Brien assisted and helped develop generations of publicists, writers, and racetrack executives while working in various capacities at Saratoga Harness! (as it was then known) earlier in her career. Later, she rightfu...
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Crys Dream sets In Free stakes record

on 08/01/2010 2:00 AM
Crys Dream established a new In Free Trotting Series stakes record with a 1:57.4 victory in the $50,000© final on Sunday night at Mohawk Racetrack.   With owner Jean Pierre Dubois in the driver’s seat, the daughter of Taurus Dream–Crystas Image, racing as part of a four-horse entry, left hard from post eight and was parked past the first quarter in :28.2 before clearing her entry mate...
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Pierce wins Tioga Drivers' Championship

on 08/01/2010 2:00 AM
Ron Pierce was a bridesmaid no more on Sunday as the Hall of Famer took home the $25,000 first-place prize in the fourth annual Drivers’ Championship at Tioga Downs.   Pierce ended the six-race championship with 33 points on the day, and earned 10 points each for driving winners Handsome Prince and Blazing Winner in the second and third legs of the contest. Pierce steered Blazin...
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Only 3 double winners so far in Jug Fantasy Contest

on 08/01/2010 2:00 AM
So far this season, there have been eight stakes races in the Little Brown Jug Fantasy Contest. One More Laugh, who captured the Art Rooney final and the Meadowlands Pace final, Rock N Roll Heaven, who won eliminations for the North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace, and Rockin Image, winner of eliminations for the Meadowlands Pace and Adios, are the only double winners this season. &nbs...
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SBOANJ buses to NJ Gaming Summit - Updated

on 07/31/2010 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey will have buses to the Atlantic City Convention Center on Friday, August 6 for the Gaming Summit which begins at 10 a.m.The buses will leave Gaitway, Showplace and White Birch Training Centers at 8 a.m. and from the Paddock parking lot at the Meadowlands at 7:30 a.m.  It is anticipated that the buses will depart from Atlantic Ci...
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Up Front Juansteen wins Arden Downs division

on 07/31/2010 2:00 AM
Shaking off the problems that have plagued her all season, Up Front Juansteen worked out a cozy pocket trip and captured a division of  Friday’s $66,614 Arden Downs stake for 3-year-old trotting fillies at The Meadows. Full Tank took the other split.The event, known as the Ned McCarr, was part of Grand Circuit Week at The Meadows, which is highlighted by Saturday’s $500,000 final of the D...
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Lucy Lucy wins at Tioga

on 07/31/2010 2:00 AM
Lucy Lucy tasted victory once again in Tioga’s feature the $15,000 Fillies & Mares Open Handicap pace on Friday night at Tioga Downs. Anthony Napolitano picked up the catch drive and settled Lucy Lucy in fourth as Biggest Big Bertha (Luke Plano) took the field through fractions of 28.3 and 57.3. Just past the half Napolitano tipped Lucy Lucy first over and had the leader collared as the fiel...
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Delmarvalous sparkles in Adios win

on 07/31/2010 2:00 AM
The 45th edition of the Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows, carrying a purse of $500,000, was won by 17-1 longshot Delmarvlaous in a seven-horse, one-length blanket finish in 1:49.2 lifetime best win for the Badlands Hanover colt.Driven by Brian Sears, in his second Adios win, for trainer George Teague and owners Badlands Racing, George Teague, Elmer Fannin,and Howard Dorfman, Delmarvalous, who ha...
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Poof She's Gone, Springtime Volo, Boinga win Oaks elims

on 07/31/2010 2:00 AM
Divisional champ Poof She's Gone found the form that has eluded her in recent starts with an explosive come from the pylons win in the first of three $35,000 Hamo Oaks elims at the Meadowlands on Saturday night.Driven by Dave Miller for trainer Richard Norman and owners Hartman, Liverman,  and McDuffee, Poof She's Gone let Bar Slide and Tim Tetrick do the heavy lifting through fractions of :2...
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Favorites rule in Ohio Sire Stakes action

on 07/31/2010 2:00 AM
Chalk players liked the five divisions of Ohio Sire Stakes at Scioto Downs on Saturday as favorites won each one. The sophomore fillies were using the Ohio Sire Stakes event as preps for the Ohio State Fair races to be contested at Scioto next week.   Reigning Ohio Horse of the Year Jesse’s Messenger jogged to an easy 5 1/4-length win for Ryan Stahl in 1:57.1. The 1-5 favorite trotte...
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Luchento: We cannot let this franchise die

on 07/30/2010 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey held a meeting with nearly 150 trainers, drivers, breeders, owners and caretakers on Thursday, July 29, at the Meadowlands Racetrack, calling on the horsemen to support efforts to revitalize racing in the state.“Horses have been a cornerstone of New Jersey since colonial days and a major component of the state’s agri-busines...
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Aruba Vacation, Blacktuxwhitesocks fastest in NYSS

on 07/30/2010 2:00 AM
Guy Howard is a happy man. And why shouldn’t he be, after all his sophomore trotting colt Aruba Vacation scored his third consecutive triumph when  Fern Paquet, Jr. guided the Dream Vacation gelding to a solid 1:58:4 victory in his division of the $190,000 NY Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings at Monticello Raceway on July 29.Howard was on hand to join in  the photo...
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Strike An Attitude wins Mohawk series final

on 07/30/2010 2:00 AM
The $50,000 Whenuwishuponastar Pacing Series final came down to a three-horse battle in deep stretch Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack and, when the dust settled, it was Strike An Attitude emerging victorious for driver Steve Condren in 1:53.3.The rookie daughter of Western Hanover – Strike A Balance, racing as part of a three-horse Bob McIntosh-trained entry, left alertly from post seven in th...
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Sir Caviar in Meadows shocker

on 07/30/2010 2:00 AM
Dissed at 23-1, Sir Caviar found late trotting room and blazed by Rembrandt Spur in deep stretch to pull off the shocker in Thursday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Sir Caviar won five straight races — none of them in the Preferred — at The Meadows between May 24 and July 10, only to see his streak snapped by a poor performance at Mohawk that had players looking elsewh...
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I D K beats freshmen maiden pacers

on 07/30/2010 2:00 AM
I D K broke his maiden in convincing fashion on Thursday night at Scioto Downs, winning gate-to-wire for Jack Dailey in 1:57.1 in a 2-year-old pace.Dailey sent the Stand Forever gelding to the fore at the start and never looked back. Second favorite Cruise Thru broke stride soon after the start and trailed the field throughout the mile.David Myers put Cam’s Tuck (Cam’s Card Shark)  in beh...
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NJ lawmakers meet with governor

on 07/30/2010 2:00 AM
The Associated Press reported that on Thursday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie met with 12 New Jersey lawmakers who represent Monmouth and surrounding counties that form the heart of New Jersey's horse racing industry, and told them to come up with solutions for saving horse racing in the state. Monmouth County is the home to Monmouth Park racetrack and picturesque Standardbred and ...
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Conditions available for Maryland Stakes at Ocean Downs

on 07/30/2010 2:00 AM
The condition sheet is now available for the Maryland Standardbred Fund and Maryland Sire Stake Races at Ocean Downs that will be held on all four Saturdays in August. It is available at www.msrfonline.com.    All Maryland Staking information including all the requirements of Ocean Downs, License applications, W-9 forms, detailed race info and lists of eligible horses can be found on t...
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Horsemen urged to call Gov. Christie

on 07/30/2010 2:00 AM
The SBOANJ is asking New Jerseyans to call the Governor's Office of Constituent Relations, starting today. The number is 609-777-2500. You are asked to call as often as you can with a brief, respectful comment, expressing your concerns about the future of the horse racing industry in New Jersey.  If applicable, you might mention that you are a taxpayer and landowner who will have to sell and...
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