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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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Shark Gesture, Vintage Master get the Benjamins

on 07/11/2010 2:00 AM
Shark Gesture and Vintage Master prevailed in their respective $50,000 Ben Franklin eliminations on Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack.   Shark Gesture, dispatched as the overwhelming 1-9 favorite, had no issue clearing the front and making the pace in the first elimination, floating from midfield and clearing Mr. Wiggles (Corey Callahan) just past a :27 first ...
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Wrenn, Burke win Hoosier titles

on 07/11/2010 2:00 AM
Driver Peter Wrenn set the tone early at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino to earn his second straight Gregg Haston Leading Driver Award Sunday, July 11. Wrenn scored 184 wins during the 80-day race meet. The reinsman with more than 8,300 career wins polished off the meet 100 wins ahead of second place finisher Ricky Macomber, who earned 82.“I know everyone says this but you really have to than...
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Dalhousie Dave sweeps Summertime Series

on 07/10/2010 2:00 AM
Dalhousie Dave competed a sweep of the Summertime Pacing Series on Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack and did it in style with a stakes record 1:49.4 effort for driver Jody Jamieson.   Leaving from post two in the field of 10, the son of Astreos-My Precious Katie got away fourth in the early stages and watched Outrageous Art and Dreamlands Art exchange leads through a quarter in :26.4 and a ...
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Back-to-back winners at Maywood

on 07/10/2010 2:00 AM
As was the case in Thursday night’s Mi Metallica Stake for 2-year-old pacing fillies, a pair of stakes winners from last week were right back in the charmed circle on Friday night at Maywood Park as TJ’s Rocky and Fox Valley Libero made it back-to-back scores with each taking a $7,000 division of the Fox Valley Barzgar Stake.  The opening leg was contested as a non-wagering event and it ...
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Hannah Isabel, Master Pine win Yonkers features

on 07/10/2010 2:00 AM
For Yonkers Trot Eve--soon to be a recognized holiday--Yonkers Raceway offered a pair of $42,500 co-features.    Hannah Isabel (Cat Manzi) went up and over longshot leader Little Mermaid N (Pat Berry) in the Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. She then held off her one serious threat to prevail in a season's-best 1:53.4. Leaving from post position three, "Hannah" moved from fifth after ...
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Veteran Mypanmar wins Meadows feature

on 07/10/2010 2:00 AM
At nine, the oldest pacer in the field, the venerable Mypanmar showed that he still has plenty of spring in his step as he captured Friday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows, in front-end fashion.   Entering the race off two victories in his last three starts, Mypanmar rolled to the lead for Dave Palone and held off the late charge of Valentowner to down that rival by a...
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Tioga record for Drop The Ball in NYSS

on 07/10/2010 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs hosted nine division of New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Friday night.    Ray Schnittker and My Girl’s A Star captured one of the first divisions of the night, as the daughter of Art Major-Ifuwantitcumngetit made it look easy. Schnittker sent the pacing filly to the front as the field passed the quarter-mile mark in :28.3, and from there the duo ...
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Spicy Wings hot in 299G Hudson Filly Trot

on 07/10/2010 2:00 AM
Spicy Wings rolled from pocket to passing lane to pay dirt Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $299,050 final of the Hudson Filly Trot and leading a sweep of the medal stand for the three-horse, odds-on coupled entry.With Cat Manzi driving for trainer Jeff Webster, Spicy Wings stalked Costa Rica (Ron Pierce) to the lane, then easily went by. she won by a couple of lengths in a tepid 2:00.1.C...
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