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2010 Scholarship race a success at Tioga Downs

on 06/15/2010 2:00 AM
Sunday afternoon held a few firsts for Tioga Downs in Nichols, New York. It had its first sub 1:49 mile in history, and also held its first High School Scholarship race for five high school seniors from the local area.  The students worked on three separate occasions with trainers from the Tioga Downs backstretch, and then teamed up with drivers on Sunday afternoon between races two and three...
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Blagojevich trial focuses on Johnston contribution

on 06/15/2010 2:00 AM
The Chicago Tribune reported today that in testimony given Monday in the trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on alleged corruption charges, a lobbyist told how he and Blagojevich rehearsed how they were going to get a $100,000 contribution from Maywood and Balmoral Park owner John Johnston. “He’s gonna sign the bill, and all of a sudden you’re gonna give a contribution,” lobbyi...
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SOA of NY announces scholarship winners

on 06/15/2010 2:00 AM
Bob MacDougall, Chairman of the SOA of New York Scholarship Committee, has announced that Christine Miecuna is the winner of the Association’s 2010-2011 Scholarship Award in the amount of $2,500 and Carrie Silver is the winner of the Association’s $1,500 award. Christine Miecuna has just completed her second year of study at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass., majoring in Management and C...
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Three elims for North America Cup

on 06/15/2010 2:00 AM
Thirty sophomore colt pacers have been divided into three eliminations this Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack for the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup on June 26. The connections of each elim winner will have the chance to select their horse’s post position for the final, with all the second– and-third-place finishers as well as one four-place finisher drawn by lot advancing to the final ...
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Do you have the funniest horse racing video?

on 06/15/2010 2:00 AM
The Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) at the University of Arizona has announced the “$1,500 Funniest Horse Racing Video Contest” that encourages racing fans to use their camcorders or camera phones to capture or create clips that reflect the lighter side of horse racing.   This is the first time the RTIP has offered a public contest in connection with it’s annual Symposium on Racing...
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DSBF 3CT elims held at Harrington

on 06/14/2010 2:00 AM
Four $20,000 elimination divisions of the first leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3-year-old trotters were contested at Harrington Raceway Sunday.   Rod Allen’s Airborne Commando (2:01, Allen) was the fastest of the two colt divisions with a front-stepping seven-length win over Par Done My Putt and Wygant Knight.   Susan Durham and Linda MacDonald’s...
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Rock N Roll Heaven must qualify

on 06/14/2010 2:00 AM
After making an unexpected break in his $97,000 Burlington division on Saturday, June 12, and being charted as not finishing the race, Rock N Roll Heaven was placed on the judge’s list. That means trainer Bruce Saunder must race him in a qualifier at Mohawk Raceway on Tuesday, June 15 in order to drop him in the box for this Saturday’s (June 19) North America Cup eliminations. “That’s a b...
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Poll of voters shows support for slots at Big M

on 06/14/2010 2:00 AM
The addition of slot machines to the Meadowlands and other existing racetracks in the state is favored by New Jerseyans, according to a recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s (FDU) PublicMind.   Voters support the proposal to expand slots to the Meadowlands by 52 to 37 percent, and among those who consider themselves Independent voters, the rate of support is nearly 2-1 [58-33].&...
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Metro 6 Shooter pays $50,847

on 06/13/2010 2:00 AM
A Saturday night dominated by longshots yielded a $50,847 payday for one lucky bettor who took down the entire Metro 6 Shooter pool. Comprised of four races at the Meadowlands (four through seven) and two at Yonkers (five and seven), the winning 6-of-6 sequence was (9-5-5-6-2-4).   There were 24 tickets with 5-of-6 correct, which returned $706.20. The Metro 6 Shooter began with $3...
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Shark Gesture's 1:48.3 sets Tioga record

on 06/13/2010 2:00 AM
Getting close to Shark Gesture at the finish line is one thing. Getting past the 7-year-old pacer is another. Shark Gesture, with regular driver George Brennan at the lines, won Sunday’s $228,000 Bettor’s Delight at Tioga Downs by a neck over Hypnotic Blue Chip in 1:48.3.   The time was the fastest mile ever at Tioga Downs, eclipsing the mark of 1:49.4 established last week by Drea...
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Ombre Art paints a Hoosier win

on 06/12/2010 2:00 AM
The Binkley Stable had another successful Indiana Sires Stakes evening, this time with a different horse making it to the winner’s circle. Ombre Art bested a field of eight in a division of the $40,000 event for three-year-old pacing colts Friday, June 11 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.Driven by Josh Sutton, Ombre Art made his presence known early from behind the Todd Nixon starting gate. H...
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ABC Photo wins Indy sire stake

on 06/12/2010 2:00 AM
ABC Photo and Lemoyne “Mooney” Svendsen embarked on a fierce stretch battle with race favorite Solvent and Jay Cross Friday, June 11. They were successful in their quest, taking home the prize in the third round of Indiana Sires Stakes action at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.Starting from post three, Svendsen dropped to the rail quickly as Canwecheatumnwhen, driven by trainer Charlie Conrad...
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Buckeye Man repeats in Dream Of Glory

on 06/12/2010 2:00 AM
Buckeye Man won the fastest of three divisions of the Dream Of Glory Series at Scioto Downs on Friday night. He hit the wire in 1:56.4 for Ohio Hall of Famer Chip Noble.Noble moved Buckeye Man before the half-mile marker and then the 3-year-old gelding sprinted to the lead in the third quarter. From that point, only the final margin was in doubt as the son of Jailhouse Jesse coasted to the wire 3-...
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First-time sires Glidemaster, Cash Hall have Big M baby winners

on 06/12/2010 2:00 AM
My Girls A Star, a daughter of Art Major from the Ray Schnittker barn, scored a 1:56.3 victory to take pacing speed-badge honors among 13 baby races Saturday morning at the Meadowlands. The Gorgeous One, a son of Art Major trained by George Teague Jr., won in 1:57.2, while the Teague-trained Skyway Major, also a son of Art Major out of a half sister to the $300,000-plus winners Before Su...
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Merriman undergoes surgery; likely out awhile

on 06/12/2010 2:00 AM
Aaron Merriman, harness racing's leading dash driver in 2010 who was injured Friday in a spectacular four-horse pile-up at The Meadows, is being treated for two broken wrists and a broken left elbow.   His sister, Kerry Merriman, said he underwent successful surgery on his right wrist shortly after arriving at Allegheny General Hospital and will undergo surgery on his broken elbow over the ...
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World record for Dreamfair Eternal in Ellamony elim

on 06/12/2010 2:00 AM
Dreamfair Eternal, Canada’s 2009 Older Pacing Mare of the Year, blazed her way to a 1:51.4 mile equaling the world record for older pacing mares on a half-mile track in the first of two $20,000(C) Ellamony Stake eliminations at Flamboro Downs on Saturday afternoon. The Patrick Fletcher-trained Dreamfair Eternal and driver Randy Waples cleared the lead after being parked out from post ...
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One More Laugh wins Rooney

on 06/12/2010 2:00 AM
One More Laugh (Tim Tetrick) outsprinted He's Gorgeous (Jason Bartlett) Saturday night, winning  Yonkers Raceway's $250,000 Art Rooney Pace in 1:53.3    The four-horse, non-wagering event for 3 year olds (three colts and one gelding) saw pole-sitting He's Gorgeous meander through fractions of :29 and  :58.3. One More Laugh, starting outside his rivals, negated the draw by fal...
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Fred And Ginger dances to Meadows mark

on 06/12/2010 2:00 AM
Fred And Ginger danced through the wire Saturday in 1:48.4, fastest mile ever at The Meadows, in a Pennsylvania Sires Stake division. The time shaved a tick from the previous all-age Meadows mark set by Well Said last year in an Adios elimination. The $265,920 stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, known as the Bye Bye Byrd, was contested over four divisions, with Versado, Pang Shui and F...
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BG's Folly, Put On A Show reign in Jersey

on 06/12/2010 2:00 AM
BG's Folly held off All Speed Hanover by a nose to win the $500,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic for 3-year-old colt pacers Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.     BG's Folly ($18.40) was forced to come first-up at the half, towing All Speed Hanover into perfect, second-over striking distance as they reached the top of the stretch. With the even-money favor...
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Trotters step out to NJSS victories

on 06/12/2010 2:00 AM
A pair of $200,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Championships for 3-year-old trotters also shared the marquee at the Meadowlands Saturday night. Trainer Jan Johnson netted the lion's share of the jackpot in the fillies division as Glide Power held off her stablemate Springtime Volo by a neck in 1:54.2. Costa Rica was third.   Glide Power has now won four of 11 starts for Johnson and own...
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