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Takter trainees remain perfect in Haughton elims

on 07/30/2010 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter trainees Leader Of The Gang and Pastor Stephen kept their perfect records intact as both 2-year-old colt trotters won their respective $20,000 eliminations for the Peter Haughton Memorial Friday night at the Meadowlands. Leader Of The Gang is now four for four after his career-best 1:55.3 effort, while Pastor Stephen scored his third straight win with a career-best 1:56.1 clocking. &...
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Elusive Desire upsets in Miss Versatility opener

on 07/30/2010 2:00 AM
Elusive Desire was all out in the final strides to hold off a late-closing Windsong Soprano and score a 1:52.1 victory in the $25,000 first leg of the Miss Versatility for open mare trotters. Driven by John Campbell, the 19-1 Elusive Desire held on by a neck to post her third win of the year in seven starts, as well as a new career mark.   Autumn Escapade finished third, while the 2009 Olde...
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Jezzy still perfect in New York Sire Stakes

on 07/30/2010 2:00 AM
The highly-regarded 2-year-old trotting filly Jezzy remained undefeated after five lifetime starts after her 1:58.2 performance in Friday night’s $134,150 New York Sire Stakes feature at Vernon Downs.   With part owner and trainer Ray Schnittker in the sulky, Jezzy charged to the lead from third in the clubhouse curve and never looked back en route to a 6 3/4-length score that raised...
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Freshman filly pacers in NYSS action at Yonkers

on 07/30/2010 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway hosted the $245,456 New York Sire Stakes Clyde Hirt Pace Friday night, eith eight divisions of fillies going postward.   The so-far-misnamed Drop the Ball (Jim Morrill Jr., four NYSS winners) made it three for three to begin her career, easily winning the $30,157 second  division in 1:57.4.   In no hurry early--as is her custom--the 1-20 favorite was away th...
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Sing Jesse Sing wins as OSS take over Northfield

on 07/30/2010 2:00 AM
Traditionally, Northfield Park Fridays feature fillies and mares. But July 30, the 3-year-old colts and geldings invaded for their Ohio Sire Stakes second leg, with four $15,000 trotting heats and two $20,900 pacing splits.   Wolf Creek Ted ($5.80) won his fourth straight race in the first trotting heat as Dan Noble left aggressively from post seven and inherited the lead when several ...
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My Miss Caroline is a Fox Valley Flan winner

on 07/29/2010 2:00 AM
Making it look even easier than she did while taking her career debut by five lengths La Bella Vita Stables, Robert Taylor & Kevin Dixon’s My Miss Caroline completely overwhelmed nine rivals as she rolled to an 8 ½ length victory in Wednesday’s $7,000 Fox Valley Flan Stake elimination. The top nine finishers will join Bonnies Star in next week’s $46,000 (est.) final.Confidently handled ...
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Jogging Home Jogs in $100,000 Grand Circuit at Meadows

on 07/29/2010 2:00 AM
Jogging Home flew home for trainer/driver Marty Wollam to win a division of Wednesday’s $100,000 Grand Circuit stake for 2-year-old filly trotters at The Meadows. The event, known as the Judge Joe McGraw, was contested over five divisions, with Hall-N-Flori, Swing Anna Cash, Catching Katie and Sister Kate taking the other splits. Tony Hall enjoyed a stake driving double with Swing Anna Cash...
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Not Nice is very nice to Dave Palone

on 07/29/2010 2:00 AM
Abandoning his front-end style, Not Nice came first over to capture a division of Wednesday’s $60,000 Grand Circuit stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters at The Meadows and help Dave Palone to a driving sweep of the three-split event. Mythical Hall and Triomphe De Vie also took divisions of the stake known as the Henry Oliver. The event was part of Adios Week at The Meadows, which ...
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Centaur gets extension on PA track project

on 07/29/2010 2:00 AM
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has reported that Centaur LLC, the owner of Hoosier Park, is still trying to find a way to build a racino in Pennsylvania, even though it is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.   On Wednesday the company asked the Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission for another two-year extension of its racing license, which was originally granted in 2007. Centaur said it needed m...
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USTA sends letter to New Jersey governor

on 07/29/2010 2:00 AM
 The US Trotting Association has posted the following letter on its website, which it sent to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.   Dear Governor Christie:   On behalf of the United States Trotting Association’s members in New Jersey, our thousands of members nationwide, and the hundreds of thousands of Meadowlands fans nationwide and worldwide, we ask that you seriously consider ...
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Dube back, second at Monticello

on 07/29/2010 2:00 AM
A little over six weeks after driver Dan Dube, 41, fractured two vertebrae in his lower back and a carpal bone in his right hand in a June 18th racing accident at the Meadowlands, he is more than ready to get back to work. Dube finished second in a New York Sire Stakes at Monticello Raceway Thursday afternoon and is scheduled to drive in 11 races on Friday, July 30, and Saturday, July 31 at the M...
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Governor's Day card held at Harrington

on 07/29/2010 2:00 AM
More than $600,000 in purses were up for grabs Thursday as part of the annual Governor’s Day of racing at Harrington Raceway during the Delaware State Fair. Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals were contested for 3 year olds, as well as four $20,000 consolation events.   Erika Paradee’s Chocolate N Roses ($11.60, Bret Brittingham) was the first DSBF final...
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SC announces initiatiave for "sustainability" plan

on 07/29/2010 2:00 AM
Standardbred Canada today announced the development of a comprehensive plan to revitalize Ontario’s harness racing industry, and it's asking for help.   The formation of the Ontario Racing Development and Sustainability Plan has been in the works for well over a year and is the result of two Wagering Conferences, months of consultation with industry stakeholders, and numerous committee me...
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Margarita Man wins by 16 in NYSS

on 07/29/2010 2:00 AM
Guy Howard is a happy man. And why shouldn’t he be afterl his sophomore trotting colt Aruba Vacation scored his third consecutive triumph in a New York Sire Stakes at Monticello Raceway on Thursday.   Fern Paquet, Jr. guided the Dream Vacation gelding to a solid 1:58.4 victory in his division of the $190,000 NYSS for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Howard was on hand to join in&nb...
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SBOANJ spearheads Hanson Report opposition

on 07/29/2010 2:00 AM
A large crowd gathered in the Meadowlands back paddock on Thursday, July 29, to attend a meeting called by the SBOA of New Jersey to discuss a response to the Hanson Report, which called for selling off or closing of the Meadowlands.SBOA president Tom Luchento and members of the board of directors as well as other industry reps were in attendance, as was a concerned crowd of owners, breeders,...
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Rosenheim taking a shot with Temple Of Doom

on 07/29/2010 2:00 AM
Robert Rosenheim,has made the 2010 Hambletonian cast with his colt, Temple Of Doom.   The Yankee Glide son drew the 3 hole in the third “Hambo” elimination at the Meadowlands on July 31. Rosenheim knows anything can happen in that race but remains confident that “Doom” will make the final.   “We drew into the softest division,” he said from his office in Connecticut. “...
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Merrie Annabelle eliminations contested

on 07/29/2010 2:00 AM
Thatsnotmyname, a half sister to world champion Muscle Mass and 2010 Hambletonian starter Muscle Massive, and Hey Mister, out of the Malabar Man mare Pick Me Up, winner of the 2002 Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Filly Trot, won their respective Merrie Annabelle eliminations Thursday night at the Meadowlands.   Thatsnotmyname ralied first-over past the half to win by 3 1/2 lengths in 1:55.1 for d...
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In Focus sharp in Pocono win

on 07/28/2010 2:00 AM
ln Focus, piloted by provisional driver Jim Takter Jr., won the Open I Handicap Trot Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.It was young Takter’s second lifetime victory in five starts. In Focus, the five-year-old SJ’s Photo gelding left from the one hole in the seven-horse field and sat second behind BigPepper (George Napolitano Jr.) with the opening split in 27 seconds and half in 57.T...
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All Summer Long wins second leg of Dream Maker

on 07/28/2010 2:00 AM
All Summer Long delivered as the heavy favorite in last night's lone division in the second leg of the Dream Maker Pacing Series at Mohawk Racetrack.Leaving from post six, driver Paul MacDonell sent All Summer Long to the front through the opening quarter of :27.3.Eighteen and driver Luc Ouellette enjoyed a two-hole trip as All Summer Long controlled pace through the half in :57 and three-quarters...
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Munis Blue Chip leads quintet of NYSS winners

on 07/28/2010 2:00 AM
Downstate New York Sire Stakes action continued Tuesday night, with Yonkers Raceway entertaining the $278,050 New Rochelle Trot for 3-year-old fillies. Five divisions went postward.Defending state-bred champion Munis Blue Chip (Ray Schnittker) did nothing to ruin the resume, toying with 'em in the $56,419 second event in as-she-pleased fashion.Leaving from post position No. 2 at two bits on the do...
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