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Richard Sams named director of Kentucky testing lab

on 06/23/2010 2:00 AM
HFL Sport Science previously announced that it has been selected by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to perform drug testing and analysis from February 2011 at its new laboratory facilities in Lexington, Kentucky, the “Horse Capital of the Word.”  HFL is now proud to announce that the inaugural Director of the new Laboratory will be Professor Richard Sams, Ph.D., currently the Program...
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Rick Sams to head new laboratory in Kentucky

on 06/23/2010 2:00 AM
Following HFL Sport Science’s announcement that it has been awarded the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s drug testing program from 2011, it can now announce that the Laboratory Director is to be Professor Rick Sams - currently  the Program Director at the Florida Racing Laboratory.   Dr. Sams is no stranger to harness racing. For many years he ran the lab at The Ohio State Univer...
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Opportunity knocking in Big M PIck 4

on 06/23/2010 2:00 AM
Meadowlands players will likely have bonus money to aim at in the Pick Four pool this Saturday.  For the first time in 2010, the Meadowlands Pick Four fell short of the guaranteed pool amount on Saturday, June 19. The Meadowlands Pick Four offers a $75,000 guaranteed pool every Saturday, but only $71,972 was wagered last weekend, resulting in an additional $3,028 being added to the pool...
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Clint Galbraith in rehab recovering from injuries

on 06/23/2010 2:00 AM
Hall of Fame trainer/driver Clint Galbraith is in an upstate New York rehabilitation facility after a serious head injury on May 16.   Galbraith had returned home from racing four horses at Tioga Downs when he was knocked over and fell to the ground, striking his head. He was admitted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester and placed in an induced coma for several days.   Barbara G...
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NYSS 3YOFT to compete Saturday at Yonkers

on 06/23/2010 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes are on tap again at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday night with 3-year-old trotting fillies competing for $280,752.   Saturday night's sire stakes six-pack (races 2,4,6,8,9 and 11) includes several ladies who already flaunt gaudy resumes.   Southwind Samurai (Pat Berry, post 4) looms a short-priced number in the first ($47,542) Cipriani division, an event named for Yo...
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Shark Gesture 5-2 favorite in Dan Patch Invite

on 06/23/2010 2:00 AM
A field of nine will go to post Saturday in the 17th edition of the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational for older pacers. The race is part of a special evening tagged as Thrillyard 200, presented by the membership of the Indiana Standardbred Association. The evening will also include several divisions of the Indiana Sires Stakes, bringing total purses for the evening to $445,500.   Heading the ...
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Real Joke qualifies in 1:49.3

on 06/22/2010 2:00 AM
Real Joke, a 4-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding, whose last two pari-mutuel starts were a pair of 1:47.3 wins at the Meadowlands, qualified at Gaitway Farms on Monday, June 21, in 1:49.3. George Brennan was in the bike for trainer Lou Pena and owners the Lightning Lane Stable as Real Joke already had 2 1/4 lengths on the field by the quarter in :27 and increased that to 12 as he sauntered past t...
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Chicago's Johnston says he was pressured for donation

on 06/22/2010 2:00 AM
Maywood and Balmoral Park owner John Johnston testified Monday at the alleged corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich that he felt pressured by his own lobbyist to make a $100,000 campaign contribution in exchange for the governor’s signature on a bill that required the riverboat casinos to share profits with the racetracks.  In reported testimony, Johnston stated that lob...
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Meadows lowers purses 10 percent

on 06/22/2010 2:00 AM
Because Pennsylvania legislators passed a bill earlier this year diverting money meant to boost the horse racing industry into the state’s general fund, The Meadows will take a 10 percent purse cut effective July 1.   Earlier this year, before their meets opened, Mohegan Sun and Harrah's Chester lowered purses by 22 percent and 25 percent, respectively.   The Pennsylvania...
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Terry Todd Millhoan 2010 Lady Pace honoree

on 06/22/2010 2:00 AM
Terry Todd Millhoan, a harness horse owner, trainer and champion amateur driver, is the 2010 Lady Pace honoree at the Delaware, Ohio County Fair. The widow of the late William Millhoan will be honored in winner’s circle ceremonies following a 3-year-old pacing filly division of the Ohio Breeders Championship to be raced Jug Day afternoon.   The daughter of noted veterinarian and trai...
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Draw complete for North America Cup

on 06/22/2010 2:00 AM
Pepsi North America Cup elimination winners We Will See, Rock N Roll Heaven and All Speed Hanover will leave from posts one, three and four, respectively, after their connections chose their starting slots at the Tuesday afternoon press conference for this Saturday's $1.5 million final at Mohawk Racetrack. Rock N Roll Heaven was installed the 2-1 morning-line choice, followed by All Speed Hanover ...
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Silverman and Dube progressing

on 06/22/2010 2:00 AM
Drivers Richie Silverman and Daniel Dube, two of the six drivers most severely injured in a Friday, June 18 crash at the Meadowlands, are each making progress recovering from their injuries. Dube, 41, fractured two vertebrae in his lower back and a carpal bone in his right hand.  He also received stitches in his left elbow and knees. He has no memory of the accident and was released from the...
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Rock N Roll Heaven favored in NA Cup

on 06/22/2010 2:00 AM
Ten of the continent's finest 3-year-old pacers, headed by Rock N Roll Heaven and All Speed Hanover, will contest Saturday's $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time for the 27th edition of the Cup, the richest pacing event in the world, is 9:40 pm, with the winner earning $750,000. Canada's The Score will air a special one and one-half hour telecast nationally from 8:...
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Charity Chariots out of the gate at Hoosier

on 06/21/2010 2:00 AM
The second annual Charity Chariots, featuring Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s Fab Five and Challenger Peter Wrenn, got underway Saturday, June 19. The event raises money for the drivers’ selected charities while offering race fans a unique opportunity to sit behind a racehorse around Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval.For a $20 fee, racing fans age 12 and over can sign up to ride with...
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Records fall at Running Aces

on 06/21/2010 2:00 AM
An unprecedented three track records fell Sunday (June 20) at Running Aces Harness Park, as horses strutted their stuff before a packed Father's Day crowd at the lightning quick Minnesota five-eighths-mile oval.Carol Jean (Jon Anderson) got the ball rolling in the very first race with a three length score in the $2,500 first leg of the Future Stars late-closing trotting series for non-winners of o...
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Windfall Blue Chip's 1:54.4 fastest in NYSS

on 06/21/2010 2:00 AM
He's Gorgeous, last year’s 2-year-old New York Sire Stakes champion pacer, won for the first time this year in 1:55.4 for owner Ken Jacobs here at Buffalo Raceway Sunday afternoon (June 20). With only four divisions contested, each division was worth $39,638.   The prohibitive favorite in the race, He’s Gorgeous ($2.40) settled in fourth as Real Gentleman (Jim Morrill, Jr.) hit the...
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Campbell drives Rock N Roll Heaven in NA Cup

on 06/21/2010 2:00 AM
Trainer Bruce Saunders told harnessracing.com Monday morning that John Campbell will drive Rock N Roll Heaven in the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The decision came after Rock N Roll Heaven’s regular driver, Daniel Dube, was injured in a race accident at the Meadowlands last Friday and is expected to be out of action six to eight weeks with back and han...
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Member of NJ gaming committee met with casino officials

on 06/21/2010 2:00 AM
The Press of Atlantic City is reporting that communications in the form of letters and email show that a member of Gov. Chris Christie’s gaming advisory committee met with representatives of an Atlantic City casino project and then helped guide the administration’s planned policy on casino issues The story, written by Juliet Fletcher, goes on to say that between late February and mid-Ap...
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Takeout reduction at Tioga shows positive results

on 06/21/2010 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs made headlines this spring when a reduction in take-out on wagers to the minimum allowed by the NYSR&WB was announced. The results are in for the first 18 live cards (May 1-June 13) and, in the face of handle declines across the entirety of North American horse racing, it appears as though there is merit to the theory of price reduction.   Overall handle is&n...
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More than $12,000 raised for Ingrassia family

on 06/21/2010 2:00 AM
By all accounts the Richie Ingrassia Fundraiser Breakfast, held on Sunday, June 20, at the Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY,  was a success as more than $12,000 was raised from the event alone. In a magnanimous gesture, Jeff Gural owner and chairman of America Racing Entertainment, which operates Tioga and Vernon Downs, said his company will match the gate and Gural himself donated $...
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