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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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Xtreme Horsepower set for Aug. 28 at Georgian Downs

on 08/03/2010 2:00 AM
Georgian Downs in partnership with Standardbred Canada Tuesday unveiled the condition sheet for the fourth edition of Xtreme Horsepower, set for Aug. 28.   “Xtreme is the biggest party of the year at Georgian Downs. For racing fans, it offers something that can’t be seen anywhere in the world,” said Chris Roberts, director of racing operations. “Of course, we’ve gon...
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Don't forget to call Jersey lawmakers!

on 08/02/2010 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 am.   The buses will leave Gaitway, Showplace and White Birch Training Centers at 8 am and from the Paddock parking lot at the Meadowlands at 7:30 am. It is anticipated that the buses will depart from Atlantic C...
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Bunkmeister tops Tattersalls sale at $70,000

on 08/02/2010 2:00 AM
Bunkmeister, a 4-year-old son of The Panderosa with a mark of 1:50.4 taken last year, topped the Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands on Sunday, bringing a final bid of $70,000 from Burke Racing.   Bunkmeister is a half brother to Badlands Nitro. He had been racing in conditioned events (nw $6,500 last 4) at Pocono Downs for trainer Steve LeBlanc. Thus far this year he has compi...
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USTA looking for financial support for 'Starness'

on 08/02/2010 2:00 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association has announced it is in search of financial support of an ambitious multi-media project that includes a reality TV show called "Starness" in which five aspiring models "will enter the horse and farmland of Kentucky to compete in a number of down-and-dirty athletic and lifestyle challenges, to ultimately prove which player has the most talent, passion and grit..." &nbs...
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Hambo-winning owner John Thro dies

on 08/02/2010 2:00 AM
Longtime breeder and owner John L. Thro died on Saturday, July 31, in Mankato, Minn. In recent years, he’d owned trotters with Hall of Famer Doug Ackerman, but his involvement in harness racing dates back many decades.   Mr. Thro’s birthday was easy to remember---12-12-12, or Dec. 12, 1912. He was 97 at the time of his death and had been in good health until just before his passing. &n...
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Dancin Barefoot steps to fastest Adioo volo score

on 08/01/2010 2:00 AM
Dancin Barefoot twirled up a storm in Saturday’s $227,913 Adioo Volo stake for 3-year-old pacing fillies at The Meadows, taking the fastest division in a career-best 1:51.4. Also taking splits in the stake, known as the Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo, were Farouche Hanover and Northwest Hanover. Yannick Gingras enjoyed a driving double behind Dancin Barefoot and Farouche Hanover.  ...
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Put On A Show, Seriously are first in Mistletoe Shalee elims

on 08/01/2010 2:00 AM
Heavily-favored Put On A Show won the first of two $25,000 eliminations for the Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old filly pacers, while Seriously posted a mild upset in the second split. Put On A Show, sent off the 1-9 bettors' choice, crossed the wire first in 1:50, with Seriously scoring in 1:50.1.   Tim Tetrick was in the sulky behind Put On A Show as she held off a late-closing Dancinwithth...
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Chalk is best in OSS 3CP Gold elims

on 08/01/2010 2:00 AM
Both favorites emerged victorious in their respective Ontario Sires Stakes Gold eliminations for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers over a track rated "good" on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack.   Big Bay Point ran his current unbeaten streak to three with another front-end victory in the first $40,000© split for driver Doug McNair. The strapping son of Camluck-Great Memories took o...
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Hambletonian elims go to Cassis, Chucky and Taj

on 08/01/2010 2:00 AM
Ray Schnittker is well-poised to make harness racing history after Cassis won the fastest of three $70,000 Hambletonian eliminations on Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Schnittker will try to become the first trainer to win the $1 million Meadowlands Pace and $1.5 million Hambletonian in the same year on Saturday, August 7.  His colt One More Laugh upset Rock N Roll Heaven...
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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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