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Julie's plans for Jim in Sweden

on 05/20/2010 2:00 AM
“I don’t usually get emotional about these things,” said trainer Julie Miller. “But when the doors to the van closed and Lucky Jim left for the Elitlopp, I felt like I was sending my first-born off to his first day of kindergarten by himself. I’ve never been one to get really emotional about that kind of thing and I’ve always prided myself on raising independent kids, but when Jim left...
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Scioto holds press conference to discuss future

on 05/20/2010 2:00 AM
Speaking at a press conference at Scioto Downs Thursday morning arranged by the racetrack’s parent company, Mountaineer Gaming Inc., chief operating officer Stacy Cahill said the Columbus track could close without legislative relief that includes the introduction of video lottery terminals. Cahill spoke briefly to the gathering that consisted of three Columbus television stations as well as Mid...
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Ohio governor to meet with Ohio horsemen

on 05/20/2010 2:00 AM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and the Ohio Horseman’s Benevolent and Protective Association, which represents Thoroughbred horsemen in the state, have announced that Governor Ted Strickland will meet with all Ohio horsemen and discuss the horse industry in a one-on-one setting.   The meeting with Governor Strickland is scheduled for Sunday, June 6, from 6:30 p.m. to ...
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Good results for WEG with Pick 4, TVG

on 05/20/2010 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) has announced that it will now be offering a guaranteed pool of $50,000 for the early Pick-4 wager on Tuesday nights. This comes in addition to a similar guarantee of $50,000 on Monday’s early Pick-4 pool.   WEG began offering a guarantee of $35,000 on the Monday early Pick-4 back in early March and then bumped the guarantee to $40,000 at the begin...
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You're Next first at Pocono

on 05/19/2010 2:00 AM
You’re Next moved up in class from the claiming ranks to pull off an upset win in the featured Open Handicap trot on Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.  The race carried the night’s top purse of $24,000.Starting from post position #4 in a field of eight as a 13-1 long shot, You’re Next was sent for the early lead by driver George Napolitano Jr.  He then allowed favorite ...
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Big M video on how to develop a young horse

on 05/19/2010 2:00 AM
In the latest video feature from the Meadowlands, trainers talk about how tough it is to turn a good 2-year-old horse into an even better 3 year old. Click here to watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxMZLbDeSC0
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Another gold strike at Harrington

on 05/19/2010 2:00 AM
Robert Aerenson, Joe Cicatello and Ctc Stable’s Alpine Gold N ($7.20, Tony Morgan) became the first repeat winner in Tuesday’s Mares Open with a 1:54.1 triumph at Harrington Raceway.   The Mike Hall trainee assumed command approaching the quarter-mile mark and never looked back in her half-length win over Ireneonthemove and Miami Diva N.    It was the fourth win of the year ...
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Cowboys Dreamer leads Courageous Lady field

on 05/19/2010 2:00 AM
A well-matched field of ten 3-year-old pacing fillies will contest Saturday’s Miller Lite Courageous Lady at Northfield Park, led by $10,000 supplemental entry Cowboys Dreamer. Not originally eligible to the race, her connections, Lou Carlo and Joe Berry, paid the extra fee and their filly was made a 5-2 favorite by director of racing Dave Bianconi.   Racing in Canada, Cowboys Dreame...
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Vernon switches May 27 card to June 3

on 05/19/2010 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs would like let all horsemen, fans, and simulcast outlets know that they will be switching race dates. Vernon will not be racing as previously scheduled on Thursday, May 27, and will be moving that day to Thursday, June 3. This has been approved by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board. (Vernon Downs)
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Auckland Reactor in to go at Meadowlands

on 05/19/2010 2:00 AM
After three sparkling qualifiers, New Zealand pacing sensation Auckland Reactor is set to make his U.S. racing debut in the $32,000 tenth race invitational Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack. Auckland Reactor will start from post three in the seven-horse field with Brian Sears at the lines. In his final morning tune-up on May 13, Auckland Reactor romped to victory by more than 14 lengths and ...
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Poof She's Gone returns a winner

on 05/18/2010 2:00 AM
Champion trotting filly Poof She's Gone picked up right where she left off in her rookie campaign with an impressive 1:55.3 victory in one of two C$40,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold eliminations for 3-year-old filly trotters on Monday night (May 17) at Woodbine Racetrack. The other split went to Wilsonator, who was just two ticks slower, stopping the clock in 1:56.  Poof She's Gone, making he...
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Southwind Nitro explosive PA Stallion Series

on 05/18/2010 2:00 AM
Southwind Nitro, the 2009 divisional Pennsylvania Fairs champion, showed that he may be ready for bigger and better things on Monday (May 17) at The Meadows when he took the fastest of five divisions of a $100,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Hoboken Sonny, Nates Choice, Tag The Lady and Eggipus Complex also captured $20,000 splits over a sloppy track. Tim Te...
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Tramonte to be honored at Northfield

on 05/18/2010 2:00 AM
Saturday’s $100,000 Miller Lite Courageous Lady Stake at Northfield Park will honor the late Jack Tramonte, whose Tramonte Distributing has been instrumental in securing Miller’s sponsorship of the Courageous Lady, and in past years its companion stake, the Cleveland Classic.   A long-time supporter of harness racing in Ohio, Tramonte passed away on May 4 after a long illness. Among the...
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Mitchell strikes first in amateur opener at Hazel

on 05/18/2010 2:00 AM
Sloppy track conditions could not dampen the spirits of nine hearty Michigan amateur drivers as they competed in the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association season opener at Hazel Park Raceway on Monday night. The new series, to be presented on the racing card each Monday throughout the meet, will benefit charities of Hazel Park's choosing thanks to declaration fees paid by eac...
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Zeke Parker notches win 10,000

on 05/18/2010 2:00 AM
The 10,000-win club welcomed its newest member on Monday as Billy “Zeke” Parker Jr. reached the milestone with Deliver Val in the 12th race Monday at Monticello Raceway. The 56-year-old Parker is only the ninth driver in North American racing to reach 10,000 career wins; he has purse earnings just shy of $27 million.   Parker’s momentous victory came when Deliver Val held on by a head...
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22 top free-for-allers in Molson Pace elims

on 05/18/2010 2:00 AM
A record total of 22 of the top free-for-all pacers in North America have been entered for eliminations of Western Fair’s signature event, the Molson Pace, led by Bigtime Ball who will make his first lifetime appearance at the London half-miler on Friday night.   Last year’s O’Brien Award winner as Canada’s Older Pacer of the Year, Bigtime Ball comes into Friday’s eliminations a...
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Testing for steroids in place in New Jersey

on 05/18/2010 2:00 AM
A ruling last month by the New Jersey Racing Commission sets the procedure for testing for steroid use in Standardbreds.   NJAC 13:71-23.16 was adopted on April 19, 2010 and in recognition of the “wash out” period to return metabolism levels to a normal range, penalties will be imposed, starting Aug. 18, 2010. Horses which test positive during the “wash out” period will be disq...
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McIntosh among Canadian Hall of Fame electees

on 05/18/2010 2:00 AM
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Tuesday announced its 2010 inductees, which includes six horses and four people. The Standardbred class of 2010 is headlined by racehorse Mister Big, the second richest pacer of all time. He is joined by the outstanding broodmare Classic Wish along with trainer Robert McIntosh, builder R. Peter Heffering and A Worthy Lad in the Veterans category. Miste...
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Waples, Baillargeon take Woodbine titles

on 05/18/2010 2:00 AM
Randy Waples took over the lead in the Woodbine driver standings in early February and never looked back to take the coveted title at the conclusion of the Toronto oval's 2010 winter-spring harness meet on Monday night. The 44-year-old resident of Milton had 129 wins overall, 30 more than nearest rival Sylvain Filion (99). Mark MacDonald was third with 98 wins.   Waples was second...
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Vernon closed for simulcasting Wednesday

on 05/18/2010 2:00 AM
Due to problems with transformers last week, Vernon Downs will be forced to close simulcast operations on Wednesday, May 19, to replace the transformers. The transformers will be installed on Wednesday and simulcast operations, along with live racing, will resume on Thursday, May 20.   For more information on Vernon Downs please visit www.vernondowns.com. (Vernon Downs)
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