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Cactus Creek continues to churn out victories

on 07/14/2010 2:00 AM
Four years ago Cactus Creek won an elimination of the prestigious Little Brown Jug and then was second to Mr Feelgood in the finale.That same year he won the Adios final at The Meadows in 1:50.1. But since then the veteran pacer continues to chug along and continues to be a value commodity. Earlier this year the 7-year-old Artsplace gelding lowered his lifetime record to 1:50 at Tioga ...
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Meadowlands Pace field is drawn and ready

on 07/14/2010 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Pace elimination winners Rockin Image and Rock N Roll Heaven will leave from posts two and three, respectively, in Saturday’s $1 million final at the Meadowlands. OK Commander, who was the winner of the third elim, was scratched earlier Wednesday prior to the draw after coming up lame due to an abscess in his right front leg.   The connections of the two Pace elim winners earn...
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NJSS finals for 2YOS at Meadowlands Saturday

on 07/14/2010 2:00 AM
The leading New Jersey-sired 2-year-old pacers and trotters will compete Saturday night (July 17) at The Meadowlands in four New Jersey Sire Stakes Night of Champions races worth $800,000 in total purses.   The $200,000 NJSS Championship Final for two-year-old pacing fillies will feature a match of the two distaffers who broke the NJSS divisional record that had stood for 19 years.   ...
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Scholarship winners announced

on 07/14/2010 2:00 AM
For the past three years, David Yarock, a financial planner and amateur driver, has coordinated the  Edward Yarock/Edward Weiner Equine Scholarship Fund for students studying in the  equine field and/or for children of employees in the industry.   “Our scholarship funds, which began in 2008, honors the memories of my father Edward Yarock and my stepfather, Dr. Edward Weiner,” ...
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He's Gorgeous looks good in NYSS

on 07/13/2010 2:00 AM
Standout state-bred He's Gorgeous (Jason Bartlett) went up and over his competition--and the $400,000 career earnings plateau, winning the fastest Monday night division of Yonkers Raceway's $276,000 New York Sire Stakes Bruce Hamilton Pace.He's Gorgeous was the prohibitive 3-10 favorite in the $69,650 first grouping for the 3-year-old colts and geldings.       He's Go...
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First timers take OSS Gold elims

on 07/13/2010 2:00 AM
A trio of first-time starters all emerged victorious in this season’s first set of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold eliminations for two-year-old colt trotters on Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack.Buckhams Bay turned in a flawless performance in the opening $40,000 eliminations for Hall Of Fame horseman Jacques Hebert and scored easily in 1:57.3. The son of Ken Warkentin - Merles Image left alertly from...
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BV’S Sister overcomes tough trip at Meadows

on 07/13/2010 2:00 AM
Pushed six wide into the final turn, BV’s Sister showed her class and talent Monday at The Meadows as she swooped the field late to capture the $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. Assigned post 9 because of the two wins in her last three starts, BV’s Sister ducked from the gate, waiting patiently for cover. When Ray Paver moved the 6-year-old daughter of Big Victory-First Br...
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Teague trainess dominate in Reynolds

on 07/13/2010 2:00 AM
The final day of Grand Circuit Week at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs saw four two-year-olds out of the George Teague Jr. Stable find the winner’s circle through the first 11 races.With a heavy downpour creating a sloppy track, the first of the Teague Jr. winners was heavy favorite Custard The Dragon, piloted by David Miller.Custard The Dragon grabbed the lead at the three-eighths marker and finish...
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Race-fixing scandal in Australia

on 07/13/2010 2:00 AM
ONE of Australia’s most prominent owners and punters Michael Achurch could be banned for life. Achurch, who shot to prominence as part-owner of star thoroughbreds Polar Success (winner of the Golden Slipper) and Savabeel (winner of the Cox Plate), is alleged to have paid a trainer-driver to get a pacer called Regal Hawk beaten last September.   New South Wales stewards allege Achurch...
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Sports giant George Steinbrenner dies

on 07/13/2010 2:00 AM
George Steinbrenner III, the longtime owner of the New York Yankees and in past years an owner of Standardbreds, died Tuesday morning in Tampa, Fla, at age 80.   Steinbrenner, a native of Cleveland, owned Breeders Crown winners Personal Banner (who defeated Moni Maker at Vernon Downs) and Pacific. He also owned Incredible Finale, the first Illinois-bred to win $1 million, and his family sha...
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No Miller time for Costa Rica

on 07/13/2010 2:00 AM
Trainer Jimmy Takter told harnessracing.com Tuesday morning that Costa Rica was not entered for Friday’s $280,000 (est.) Delvin Miller Memorial Trot at the Meadowlands after the filly developed an abscess in her throat as a result of being stung by an insect. The sting occurred just prior to last Saturday night’s $299,050 Hudson Filly Trot at Yonkers. Takter said after examining Costa Rica he...
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Maple Leaf byes for Lucky Jim, Enough Talk

on 07/13/2010 2:00 AM
With only 13 horses entering for this year's $850,000(C)Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Racetrack, three horses were offered byes and the connections of Lucky Jim, Enough Talk and Armbro Chronicle all accepted. Ten horses will go behind the gate Saturday, July 17, with the top seven advancing to the July 24 final where they will join the three trotters who sat out the elim.   The 2009 edition o...
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Byes given in Roses Are Red, Armbro Flight

on 07/13/2010 2:00 AM
The post draws for eliminations in both the Roses Are Red, for older pacing mares, and Armbro Flight, for older trotting mares, were conducted Tuesday at Mohawk Racetrack. Like the Maple Leaf Trot, just a single elimination was required for each with the top money winners this season receiving the option of a bye straight to the final.   To Helen Back, APs Money Maker and Shanghai Li...
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Delco Willobee wins at Balmoral

on 07/12/2010 2:00 AM
Delco Willobee returned to his winning ways for driver John De Long on Saturday night as he captured the second of two $7,000 Hothead Stake splits in a career best of 1:50.3. My Miss Caroline romped to a five-length victory in the first of two $4,000 Vaporize Stake divisions on Sunday night at Balmoral. Mystical Victress held firm for driver Marcus Miller as she knocked off nine other th...
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Cal Expo announces fall incentives

on 07/12/2010 2:00 AM
Stables wishing to come out to Cal-Expo and race now have an added enticement as Cal-Expo & the California Harness Horsemen's Association (CHHA) have announced their fall meet incentive programs, totaling $150,000.   Cal-Expo, in concert with the CHHA, have agreed to offer purse incentive programs for horses competing at Cal-Expo during the Fall meet beginning August 13, 2010.  "W...
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Abscess won't keep OK Commander out of Pace

on 07/12/2010 2:00 AM
Trainer Gregg McNair told harnessracing.com Monday morning that despite an abscess in one of OK Commander’s feet discovered about 90 minutes after he won his Meadowlands Pace elimination last Saturday night, the colt will be entered for this Saturday’s $1 million final. Post positions—with the connections of the three elim winners choosing their spots—will be drawn Wednesday afternoon. ...
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N.J. gaming summit to be held in August

on 07/12/2010 2:00 AM
Coinciding with the expected Aug. 1 public release of recommendations made by New Jersey’s Advisory Commission on Gaming, Sports and Entertainment, a gaming summit will be held next month. An exact date or site has not yet been announced. Industry leaders, legislators and policy experts are expected to participate in the gaming summit, which will be overseen by former Atlantic City mayor Sen. J...
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Wrenn dominates at Hoosier's Night of Champions

on 07/11/2010 2:00 AM
Peter Wrenn was the star of the show Saturday, July 10 during Hoosier Champions Night at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The track’s leading driver brought home six wins on the 14-race program, including three Indiana Sires Stakes finals, two of which came from his stable.Msnaughtybynature and Earl’s Glider, both trained by Wrenn, kept their records perfect for the year, each earning their f...
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Jate’s Boy repeats in Scioto’s fastest

on 07/11/2010 2:00 AM
It was déjà vu for Jate’s Boy on Saturday night at Scioto Downs as he repeated his 1:53.3 victory of last week. It was his second straight win after being shut out in his first nine starts this season.This week Dan Noble was in the bike while Kayne Kauffman drove Jate’s Boy last week. This week he led all the way to win while last week he came from off the pace.The 6-year-old son of Arturo i...
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That’s Justice prevails at Tioga

on 07/11/2010 2:00 AM
That’s Justice and Phil Fluet got their redemption in the $15,000 Open Handicap pace on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs. Just a week ago the duo came across the wire first in the Open, but were disqualified and placed second due to a lapped on break at the wire. This week Fluet backed That’s Justice off the gate from post four and avoided the early battle to the quarter in 26.3. Heavy 2-5 favo...
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