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Last call for HOF souvenir journal

on 06/03/2010 2:00 AM
The deadline has passed and time is running out to honor, congratulate and remember, in this year’s journal, those who have made significant contributions to the world of Harness Racing. The Sunday, July 4, 2010 honorees are Living Hall of Fame: Hal S. Jones and Dave Palone; Bunny Lake and Varenne. Immortals of the Hall of Fame: Alden Goldsmith, Richard Stone Reeves, Dr. Harry Zweig and Three Di...
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Rocknroll's sons look to repeat in NJ Classic

on 06/03/2010 2:00 AM
It was spring of 2005 and Rocknroll Hanover was beginning his three-year-old campaign with three starts at the Meadowlands.  He won all three – a New Jersey Sire Stakes on May 14, his elimination division of the New Jersey Classic on May 21 and the $500,000 New Jersey Classic Final on May 28.  This series of successes would jumpstart a Horse of the Year season that included victori...
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Konchie in Monti track record

on 06/03/2010 2:00 AM
Bruce Aldrich, Jr. has had many  good days in the sulky this year at Monticello Raceway  and his 168 wins(prior to today) continues to lead the driving colony. But the afternoon of June 3 could possibly be his best thus far. Not only did he rein six winners on the card, his 1:57:4 triumph with Konchie in the featured  $8400 winners/over trot  was also a new track record for old...
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You’re Next wins open trot at Pocono

on 06/02/2010 2:00 AM
You’re Next, driven by Joe Pavia Jr., won his second consecutive open handicap trot race Tuesday (June 1) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.The eight-year-old Yankee Paco gelding trotter, trained by Chris Carrubba, came charging down the stretch after Pavia Jr. found racing room on the outside, going thee deep and beating Grain Of Truth (Ray Schnittker) by one-half length. Time of the mile was 1:53...
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Scioto dropping Wednesdays

on 06/02/2010 2:00 AM
After its June 2 racing program, Scioto Downs will drop the three remaining Wednesdays that it is scheduled to race during the 2010 season. The track was slated to race on June 9, 16, and 23, but those race nights will be dropped.
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Yonkers returns Saturday with 6-shooter

on 06/02/2010 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway returns from its brief hiatus Saturday night...and not a moment too soon. Saturday night's 12-race extravaganza (first post 7:10 PM) launches the Metro 6-Shooter, a unique Pick-6 wager featuring a pair of Yonkers races and  four races from the Meadowlands.   The $1 base wager is spiced up with $30,000 added to net pool and one "overflow" race at each track (12-horse Me...
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New Jersey Classic elims top Saturday Big M card

on 06/02/2010 2:00 AM
 The $500,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic, the richest race for New Jersey-sired horses, drew 17 entrants for Saturday's elimination races at Meadowlands Racetrack. The top five finishers in each of the $25,000 eliminations will advance to the final on Saturday, June 12.  Early season standout BG's Folly looks to regain his winning form in the second of the two elimination...
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Bulletproof sues New Jersey commission

on 06/01/2010 2:00 AM
In a blockbuster complaint dated May 12, 2010, plaintiffs Jeffrey Brooks and Bulletproof are suing Frank Zanzuccki, both individually and in his capacity as executive director of the New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC or Commission), and the following, all both individually and in their respective capacity as commissioners of the NJRC:  James Aaron, Anthony Abbatiello, Anthony Caputo, Noel Lo...
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Metro 6 Shooter starts on Saturday

on 06/01/2010 2:00 AM
The Metro 6 Shooter, a cooperative effort of Yonkers Raceway, the Meadowlands and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, is set to begin on Saturday, June 5. The SOA of New York has begun publicizing the new wager and has assembled some quick facts about it.   Of particular note, two of the races will have "overflow" fields--12 horses at the Meadowlands, and 10 at Yonkers. Below a...
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Only 4 entered in Rooney Pace at Yonkers

on 06/01/2010 2:00 AM
Only four 3-year-old were entered for Yonkers Raceway's Art Rooney Pace, and only four fillies were entered in its companion event, the Lismore. Both races shall be contested a week from Saturday night, June 12. The purse of the Rooney is $250,000, while the Lismore goes for $150,000. Post positions will be drawn Tuesday, June 8.   The entrants for the Rooney are He’s Gorge...
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I’m Justa Lady makes career start 200 a winner

on 06/01/2010 2:00 AM
In the 200th start of her distinguished career, I’m Justa Lady showed that she still can trot with The Meadows’ elite, as she captured Tuesday’s $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap with a Lighting Lane charge.Tony Hall hustled I’m Justa Lady to the lead, where the 9-year-old daughter of Inquirer-Quite Becoming yielded to the quarter-pole move of Southwind Wasabi. As Southwind Wasab...
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63 remain eligible to North America Cup

on 06/01/2010 2:00 AM
The connections of 63 colts made the final May 15th sustaining payment to this year’s $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup and remain eligible to North America’s richest race for pacers.Headlining the group is Metro Pace champion Sportswriter and Rock N Roll Heaven, who recently won a NJSS final at the Meadowlands in 1:48.3.Breeders Crown champion All Speed Hanover also made the final payment ...
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Richie Ingrassia memorial breakfast at the Harness Racing Museum

on 06/01/2010 2:00 AM
Richie Ingrassia was taken away suddenly on March 30 and left a loving wife and two adorable children who will need help. They will face a future of some uncertainty.Alan Schwartz, President of the Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association, organized a Breakfast fund-raiser at the suggestion and, with the support of, many of its Board members and other horsemen moved by Richie’s sudden passing.T...
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15 percent purse increase at Hoosier Park

on 05/31/2010 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino announced a purse increase effective Sunday, May 30, for the remainder of the 2010 Standardbred racing season, which continues through Sunday, July 11. An average of 15 percent will now be added on all overnight purses.   “As we head into the final 30 race days of Standardbred racing for 2010, we are pleased to announce a purse increase on all of our overn...
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Text Me takes OSS Gold at Mohawk

on 05/31/2010 2:00 AM
Text Me rebounded from a sub-par fourth-place effort in last week’s elimination to capture the $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack - the first OSS event of the season in this division.   With Randy Waples in the bike, the son of Kadabra - Dial Nile shot straight to the front from post nine and laid down spli...
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Southwind Samurai, Strong Hope win EBC trots

on 05/31/2010 2:00 AM
Southwind Samurai recorded the fastest trotting mile of this 57th season at Vernon Downs while capturing the $234,900 filly flight of the Empire Breeders Classic for 3-year-olds in 1:54.4 on Memorial Day afternoon. Strong Hope was a 1:55.2 upset winner in the earlier $235,900 colt/gelding clash.   Pat Berry did the steering for trainer Bjorn Noren as Southwind Samurai went right to the fron...
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A lot of Rocknroll in Hoosier Cup

on 05/30/2010 2:00 AM
World Of Rocknroll and Hall of Fame Driver Ron Pierce turned in a dominant performance to win the 14th edition of the $500,000 Hoosier Cup at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The duo covered the one-mile event in a time of 1:50.3, winning by three lengths in front of a packed house.   Starting from the second tier in post 12, World Of Rocknroll floated out at the start surrounded by horses...
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Free-legged world mark for Major Hottie

on 05/30/2010 2:00 AM
Major Hottie shocked fans at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday night with a world-record performance for free-legged pacers which came in the $42,000(C) Open.   The five-year-old son of Art Major came first over on race favorite Bigtime Ball as the field passed the third marker in 1:21.1 and then wore down that rival in the late stages to post an electrifying 1:48.3 victory. Dali was flying lat...
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Sportswriter second in 2010 debut

on 05/30/2010 2:00 AM
Metro Pace champion Sportswriter made his 2010 debut on Saturday night at Mohawk and finished second for driver Mark MacDonald behind Kid Carson by a quarter length in 1:50.2. Sportswriter rallied from sixth at the top of the stretch with a strong :26.3 final quarter to just miss in the last strides.   Afterwards, co-owner/trainer Casie Coleman confirmed that the horse will stay in Ontario...
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Show stolen from Lynch elims at Pocono

on 05/30/2010 2:00 AM
Fancy Filly, Feeling You and Ruffle’s Kiss won James M. Lynch Memorial Stake elimination races on Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, but Pilgrims Toner and Brighten Up stole the show.   Pilgrims Toner, trained by Frank Catalfamo and driven by Brian Sears, equaled the world record of 1:48.2 in winning the $24,000 Open Handicap Pace.   The 1:48.2 clocking also equale...
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