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Gurfein trainees sweep in Pompano series

on 04/23/2010 2:00 AM
A pair of the newly implemented spring season late-closing series in South Florida had the open round go the starting on the April 23 program. Three-year-old fillies trained by Ron Gurfein and driven by Bruce Ranger for owner-breeder Brittany Farms of Kentucky swept both $8,000 divisions of the The Longshot Trotting Series.   Secret Magic, by Cantab Hall-Chorine Hanover, remained ...
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Campagnuolo wins first Billings event of 2010

on 04/23/2010 2:00 AM
The home field advantage at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park provided the edge for 48-year-old John Campagnuolo of Loxahatchee, Fla., as he won the opening event of the year for the C.K.G. Billings Harness Driving Championship Series for avid amateur drivers.   "I talked about it with Larry Silber, the owner and trainer of Southern Joy, before the race, and this was the be...
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Mersky's Hokie girls score at The Meadows

on 04/23/2010 2:00 AM
 Friday’s second leg of the Jans Luck at The Meadows became a showcase for owner/breeder Ron Mersky’s “Hokie Girls” as his homebreds Hokie Heart and Hokie Spirit; each won a $15,000 division of the series for 3-year-old filly pacers for driver Mile Wilder and trainer Dan Altmeyer. Smoke Pan Mirrors captured the third division in 1:54.2, fastest mile of the leg.   Hokie Heart, w...
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Bulletproof hearing set for New Jersey

on 04/23/2010 2:00 AM
On Friday, harnessracing.com spoke with Andrew Goodman, Esquire, the attorney for plaintiffs Jeffrey Brooks and Bulletproof Enterprises in their federal lawsuit against the USTA and members of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.  Both the USTA and New York State have indefinitely stayed the ban against Bulletproof Enterprises so Bulletproof can now race horses in New York State...
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Brooks trial continues Monday

on 04/23/2010 2:00 AM
There have been two interesting recent developments at the criminal trial of David Brooks, who is presently being tried in federal court in Central Islip, Long Island.  The chief government witness, Dawn Schlegel, a former top executive at DHB Industries, who was indicted with Brooks but pled guilty and is now cooperating with the government, recently completed about a month on the witne...
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Christoforou wins first drive since February

on 04/23/2010 2:00 AM
Former O’Brien Award winner Chris Christoforou returned to the race bike on Friday night at Woodbine, after not having driven since February 1, and promptly scored in his first drive of the night with Bunny In The Bank in race four.   The 4-year-old daughter of Astreos, trained by Chris’s father, Charalambos, used a pylon-skimming trip to record her first victory of the season. &n...
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Feeling You fastest of Five Wilkes-Barre divisions

on 04/22/2010 2:00 AM
Feeling You, driven by Jim Morrill Jr. and trained by George Berkner, turned in the fastest time of the five divisions of the Wilkes-Barre Pace for three-year-old fillies Wednesday (April 21) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.In the fourth division of five of the first leg, Morrill Jr. left quickly from the six hole and grabbed the lead with Feeling You, a three-year-old Cambest filly who had three w...
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Hoosierdega nights!

on 04/22/2010 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will be hitting all cylinders Saturday, April 24 with the first annual Hoosierdega Nights, bringing a NASCAR feel to the 14-race program. A total of $492,000 in purse money will be distributed throughout the card, featuring 11 divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes action for sophomore pacers and trotters.Included in the lineup of Indiana’s finest are returning divisi...
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Daley youngsters unleashed at Pompano

on 04/22/2010 2:00 AM
The four new late closing series for the Spring season developed by racing secretary Greg DeFrank have all filled and the first round of action goes to the starting this weekend at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. Youngsters from the care of veteran colt and filly developer Dan Daley will be in the spotlight on both Friday and Saturday evening. In the opening round of the Spring Training ...
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Taylor's top trotters qualify at Balmoral

on 04/22/2010 2:00 AM
Wednesday mornings qualifiers at Balmoral Park drew plenty of attention as two of Illinois most dominant state-bred trotters over the past two seasons, Southern Rocketop and Miss Vickie, were both sent out for their first preps of the 2010 season.Drawing into the same race, things went exactly as trainer Robert Taylor had planned as his prize pupils hooked up in an exciting duel through the final ...
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Coal Younger rebounds at Cal-Expo

on 04/22/2010 2:00 AM
He disappointed as the public's choice in his last, but for those who gave him a second chance, Coal Younger backed their confidence.Conditioned-claiming pacers were featured at Cal-Expo on a special Wednesday night (April 21) card, on which Coal Younger got back on the winning track.In advance of starting from post-position two in the field of a half-dozen over a sloppy track, driver Luke Plano h...
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Auckland Reactor ready to qualify

on 04/22/2010 2:00 AM
Kelvin Harrison reports that just days before the long awaited qualifying debut of Auckland Reactor, the pride of New Zealand is, “doing great. He looks fantastic and came out of the winter in super shape.” Although Harrison has been very pleased with the son of Mach Three’s adjustments to life in New Jersey at Magical Acres in Chesterfield, he has added something new to the horse’s routi...
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Powerhouse weekend on tap at Chester

on 04/22/2010 2:00 AM
A total of 356 entries jammed the box for a powerhouse opening weekend at Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack, with strong fields slated to contest the $32,000 features on both the Friday and Sunday cards.   Friday’s Open Trot could very well shape up as a battle of the sexes between millionaires Corleone Kosmos and Buck I St Pat, both of which are making their 2010 debuts. Corleone K...
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May 15 deadline for stakes nominations

on 04/22/2010 2:00 AM
Important payments are due May 15 to make and keep horses eligible to the lucrative N. J. Sire Stakes Program and other special stakes races for New Jersey-sired horses. Nominations are due for foals of 2009 that are yearlings in 2010. All horses nominated must be registered with the U. S. Trotting Association (USTA) or Canadian Standardbred Horse Society (CSHS). For eligibility to the S...
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Divisional champions star in Big M qualifiers

on 04/22/2010 2:00 AM
Reigning divisional champions Poof She’s Gone and Fancy Filly were among the winners at qualifying races Thursday morning at the Meadowlands, with the Dan Patch Award winners just two of a star-studded cast of performers that took to the racetrack.   Included among the other qualifying winners were the sophomore colt pacers One More Laugh, who blazed a final quarter of :25.4 to score in 1...
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SBOANJ scholarships for 2010 announced

on 04/22/2010 2:00 AM
The deadline is June 15 for applicants wishing to be considered for the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey 2010 college scholarships. Scholarships, which can range from $2,500 to $5,000, are for qualified students who plan to attend a two or four-year college or university, who are the son or daughter of a full-time participant in New Jersey harness racing or are themsel...
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With six you get Zeke at Mighty M

on 04/22/2010 2:00 AM
Billy “Zeke” Parker Jr .began the Monticello Raceway Thursday afternoon card needing only 26 more driving victories to reach the coveted milestone of 10,000 career wins, and he really put on a show winning six races on the program.   Parker, 56, started the day winning both ends of the early double. He won the first race, a trot, with Jennifer Lappe’s Wicked Winner in 2...
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Grain Of Truth wins again at Pocono

on 04/21/2010 2:00 AM
For the second time in three outings at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Ray Schnittker came up the inside with Grain Of Truth to emerge victorious in the $28,000 open handicap trot Tuesday (April 20).Leaving from the five post in the seven-horse field, Grain Of Truth was quickly taken to the front, getting to the open split in 27.2 before giving way to Celebrity Playboy and Jim Morrill Jr. Celebrity ...
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Valentowner makes it 4 in a row

on 04/21/2010 2:00 AM
In the Silky Sullivan style that has become his signature, Valentowner blazed the back half in a first-over 54.4 to capture his fourth straight in Tuesday’s $25,000 Winners Over $10,000/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Valentowner, who has erased deficits of at least 6-1/2 lengths in each win in the streak, moved uncovered down the backside for Mike Wilder after the leader, Upfront H...
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New Jersey slots campaign needs you

on 04/21/2010 2:00 AM
A statewide grassroots campaign in New Jersey to get video lottery terminals installed at Meadowlands Racetrack continues to chug along, and its organizers are asking for financial help from horsemen.The next step in the campaign is a series of radio ads across Garden State stations, which is scheduled to begin Monday, April 26. Campaign organizer Mike Gulotta is asking those with an interest in s...
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