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Dream State fastest in NYSS at Mighty M

on 08/04/2010 2:00 AM
On Tuesday, August  3 Monticello Raceway played host to three divisions of  sophomore trotting fillies  in the New York Sire Stakes late closer program  and when the results of each event were official  Dream State,  Dream Speech and Study Hall emerged victorious in their respective $13,200 divisions. And Zeke Parker won two of three trots.Dream State, a daughter of D...
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Farifant sets new track mark at Pocono

on 08/04/2010 2:00 AM
Farifant, driven by Andrew McCarthy, captured the $24,000 Open I Trot in track-record fashion Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.Winning by two lengths over a fast-closing Dennis, Farifant stopped the timer in 1:52.1and equaled the second fastest trot ever in the history of the Northeastern Pennsylvania five-eighths mile track.Farifant, an eight-year-old And Artifant stallion trained by ...
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Schnittker goes for first Pace-Hambo double

on 08/04/2010 2:00 AM
When Ray Schnittker won the Hambletonian with Deweycheatumnhowe in 2008, he became one of a handful of trainer-drivers to win the event over the past 25 years.This year, he can do something unprecedented. If Cassis is victorious in Saturday's $1.5 million Hambletonian, Schnittker will be the first trainer to win both the Hambletonian and million-dollar Meadowlands Pace in the same season. Schnittk...
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NYSS for 3YO filly pacers at Saratoga

on 08/04/2010 2:00 AM
A full week of New York Sire Stakes action at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway got started on Tuesday when the 3-year-old pacing fillies took center stage on a rainy night. There were three divisions of the $83,000-plus purse stakes for the state’s top young ladies on the 14-race card.   The Stake Your Claim Stable’s Galimony (Artiscape) was the fastest winner of the stakes races as Jim Mo...
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Plainridge lays off 160 employees

on 08/04/2010 2:00 AM
Earlier this week Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said he would not support a legislative plan to allow slots at the state's racetracks. Now Plainridge Racecourse has layed off nearly 160 employees and contractors, and blames the governor's stance as causing unemployment in the state.   “He took a position contrary to the overwhelming support of the Legislature a...
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Bonus at PA's Wayne County fair

on 08/04/2010 2:00 AM
The Wayne County Fair, located in Honesdale, Pa.,  is ready to start a new decade with a new track record. As an incentive for the old records to fall, Race Secretary Jeff Firmstone has worked with the fair board to secure a $500 bonus for the first horse - pacer or trotter - to break the existing track record in the free-for-all.   Honesdale, located in the northeast corner of the sta...
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Running Aces handles record $133,910

on 08/04/2010 2:00 AM
An all-time record handle and a pair of 1:54 wins in the co-featured races highlighted the Tuesday night (August 3) program at Running Aces Harness Park.   The $133,910 pushed through the windows was the highest ever at the third-year Minnesota track and the 12th time in 37 nights thus far this season that the handle has exceeded $100,000, a figure that was never reached in the first t...
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Track conditions prompt Indiana Downs to cancel Wednesday

on 08/04/2010 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs has announced that because of ongoing track maintenance that racing Wednesday has been canceled. On Monday, deteriorating track conditions through the card finally came to a head when a horse in the 12th race broke down on the track and was subsequently euthanized, which prompted the cancellation of that night’s 13th race as well as the Tuesday race program.   The track is s...
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Draw for the 85th Hambletonian

on 08/04/2010 2:00 AM
Post positions for the $1.5 million Hambletonian were drawn at a luncheon press conference held at the Pegasus dining area at the Meadowlands Wednesday, and the elimination winners will line up from the rail out.   From right to left, the starter will see Cassis, Lucky Chucky, Pilgrims Taj, Mystery Photo, Wishing Stone, Muscle Massive, On The Tab, Hard Livin and Holiday Road.   Train...
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Draw for Hambletonian Oaks

on 08/04/2010 2:00 AM
The three winners of the Hambletonian Oaks eliminations will start from posts one, two and three when the starting gate's wings open for the $750,000 Oaks final Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands.   From right to left, the starter will see Boinga, Poof She's Gone, Behindclosedoors, Bar Slide, In The Mean Time, Bramalea Hanover, Southwind Samurai, Ultimate Cameron and Fashion Feline....
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Indy Downs brings in track consultant

on 08/04/2010 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs and the Indiana Standardbred Association have elected to bring in Dan Coon of Charles Coon & Sons to address issues with the Shelbyville track’s racing surface.   According to ISA president Jack Kieninger, Coon was expected to arrive Wednesday afternoon to assess the track. Indiana Downs has cancelled two consecutive programs, with a decision on Thursday’s card ye...
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Back to the Track 'Dueling Doubles' for Monticello, Tioga

on 08/04/2010 2:00 AM
On Back to The Track Night, Saturday, Aug. 14, Monticello Raceway and Tioga Downs have joined forces to offer the betting public a series of wagers which is being  dubbed “Dueling Doubles.”   "The bet will be a daily double with the only difference  being one of the races will be from Monticello Raceway and the other from Tioga Downs,” noted Monticello assistant&nb...
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Hambo day packed with entertainment

on 08/04/2010 2:00 AM
“Every race works out differently,” reminded John Campbell when asked to discuss the Hambletonian draw and his chances with morning-line favorite Lucky Chucky.   [In addition to being the morning-line favorite, Lucky Chucky is  the sentimental favorite in Saturday’s race. Sylvester’s 45-year-old son, Troy, passed away last year on Hambletonian Day, Aug.  8, as the re...
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Support the Meadowlands Saturday!

on 08/03/2010 2:00 AM
If you’ve been wanting to do something to support the Meadowlands, there are a few things you can do to help keep harness racing alive in New Jersey.  First, how about making a trip to the track on Saturday for the big Hambletonian Day program? First post is at 11:35 a.m., with the Hambletonian scheduled for 3:43 p.m. The entire card is estimated to be completed by 6 pm.  Second, if ...
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Longshot Enchantment in fastest OSS win

on 08/03/2010 2:00 AM
Longshot Enchantment turned in the fastest clocking in one of four Ontario Sires Stakes Gold eliminations for two-year-old filly trotters contested on Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack.It was Peach Martini who delivered as expected in the first elimination.The daughter of Striking Sahbra left from post seven for trainer-driver Rick Zeron and cleared to the lead before the opening quarter of :28.1.P...
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Big Jim sets Dream Maker record, is fastest freshman

on 08/03/2010 2:00 AM
Big Jim and driver Phil Hudon established a 1:51.1 record in the $50,000 Dream Maker Pacing Series final tonight at Mohawk Racetrack and marks him as the fastest two-year-old in North America.The son of Western Ideal left from post one and settled away in sixth as the field past the opening quarter in :27.Neptune Blue Chup and driver Jack Moiseyev cleared to the lead from post eight and controlled...
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My Old Friend John fastest at Pocono

on 08/03/2010 2:00 AM
My Old Friend John, piloted and trained by Tom Jackson, turned in the fastest time on the Monday night card at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.The five-year-old stallion edged Bugatti Hanover (Andrew McCarthy) at the line with the timer stopped in 1:51.1. Time also was a new life mark for My Old Friend John.Jackson collected another win on the evening with Make It Hot in the ninth race. He trains this...
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Monticello going "Back To The Track"

on 08/03/2010 2:00 AM
Monticello Raceway has added a special Saturday night racing program on August 14 to coincide  with the industry-wide  “Back to The Track” promotion.“With the permission of the NYS Racing & Wagering Board we added a special Saturday  program  to be part of the Back to the Track  National harness racing  promotion,” said Mighty M assistant general manager, ...
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Battle of Waterloo record for Prodigal Seelster

on 08/03/2010 2:00 AM
Prodigal Seelster, a Camluck colt out of a Western Hanover mare, captured the $300,000 Battle of Waterloo for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Industry Day at Grand River Raceway in a 1:53.2 stakes, track and Canadian record time, providing driver Randy Waples with his fourth victory in the track’s signature race. The 3-2 favorite, Mystician (Jody Jamieson), fired off the gate ...
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Tuesday racing canceled at Indy Downs

on 08/03/2010 2:00 AM
Although six divisions of Indiana Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies were successfully raced at Indiana Downs on Monday night, track conditions deteriorated and when a horse competing in the 12th race, an overnight, broke down on the track, the last race of the card--the 13th--was canceled. Racing officials then decided to cancel the Tuesday night card.   Dan Shetler was driving...
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