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3YO trotters in Tie Silk action at Woodbine

on 04/08/2010 2:00 AM
Go Go Red Marty delivered as the heavy favorite while Vermo posted a big upset in Thursday’s first leg of the Tie Silk Trotting Series for 3-year-olds at Woodbine Racetrack Thursday night.   Go Go Red Marty, who entered the second $20,000 split undefeated in two starts this season, won handily for driver Mike Saftic in 1:58.3. The chestnut gelded son of Striking Sahbra - Clarice Mari...
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Greg Merton reaches 3,000 wins at Yonkers

on 04/07/2010 2:00 AM
Greg Merton may do the bulk of his entertaining in the Catskills, but his act plays in the big city as well.Though not a downstate regular, Merton had his name above Yonkers Raceway's marquee Tuesday night, winning his 3,000th career with the handy Undersky Torpedo.Leaving from both position No. 4 in the $12,000 pacing opener, the odds-on ($3.70) favorite went to the house, winning by a length-and...
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Ontario requires license for non-residents

on 04/07/2010 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC)  announced that,effective May 1, 2010, non-residents will be required to apply for and obtain an ORC licence in order to race in Ontario. Its press release said the move, "...will treat non-residents in the same manner as Ontario residents who apply for and pay for a license to race in Ontario."   To view the complete Notice, access the ORC website...
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Breedings for sale to benefit Museum

on 04/07/2010 2:00 AM
Alan J. Leavitt, president and general manager of Walnut Hall Limited and member of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame class of 2008, has donated breedings to the first season stallion Groton Hall. They are available, for a limited time, for a non-refundable $250 donation to The Harness Racing Museum.   Could Groton Hall http://www.harnessracing.com/ads/10-mar24-whallltd.pdf (a Conwa...
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Celebrating Campbell as he turns 55

on 04/07/2010 2:00 AM
Meadowlands statistician Bob "Hollywood" Heyden has used his blog on the Meadowlands web site to celebrate some of Hall of Famer John Campbell's accomplishments as Campbell turns 55 on Thursday, April 8.   Here are a few of Heyden's gems--That Campbell holds 16 national money-winnings titles to lead in that category, with Billy Haughton second on the list at 12; he was the fi...
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Illinois horsemen frustrated when meeting canceled

on 04/07/2010 2:00 AM
On Monday, April 5, the Illinois Racing Board (IRB) called a meeting between horseman’s groups and racetrack representatives to discuss the future of “slots at the tracks” legislation. The IRB agreed not to negotiate for either party, but merely to facilitate the meeting.   The meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, April 7, at the James R Thompson Center at 10:30 am. Several racing boa...
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Amateur driver challenge set for this weekend

on 04/07/2010 2:00 AM
Now that the Super Bowl, the Olympics and March Madness are behind us, the eyes of the world will be on Sacramento, California for the two-day, East versus West, Amateur Driving Challenge.   This year, given the weakness in the economy, the directors of the event have lowered the ticket prices from $250 each to the normal admission price at Cal-Expo, the host of the event.   Perhaps ...
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50-1 shot wins Pocono feature

on 04/07/2010 2:00 AM
Sky Queen, sent off at 50-1 with Joe Pavia Jr. in the sulky, won the $15,000 claiming pace for fillies and mares Wednesday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   With unseasonable warm temperatures, several new lifetime marks were established over the last two racing nights at the Northeastern Pennsylvania racetrack.  Sky Queen, trained by Michael Rashkin, was one of those horses that ...
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Valentowner shocks at The Meadows

on 04/07/2010 2:00 AM
Trailing by as much as 13 lengths, Valentowner was widest and fastest of all through the lane as he pulled off a 26-1 shocker in Tuesday’s $25,000 Winners Over $10,000/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.Dougs Fame, the 2-5 favorite as part of an entry, controlled the fractions, taking the field through three-quarters in a wicked 1:22.4. When he tired and broke stride, the dash home became a ...
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Grain Of Truth and Rompaway Alvin win at Pocono

on 04/07/2010 2:00 AM
It was Grain Of Truth and Ray Schnittker winning the $28,000 open 1 handicap trot Tuesday (April 6) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.Schnittker sat second or third for three-quarters of the race while Vivid Photo (Yannick Gingras) took the field to the opening quarter in 27.4, half in 58.1 and three quarters in 1:26.2 before getting nosed out by Grain Of Truth, who charged up the Pocono Pike (passin...
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Tessallation named Ohio Horse of the Month for March

on 04/07/2010 2:00 AM
The five-year-old pacing gelding Tessallation won three of his four starts at Northfield Park in March, enough to earn him honors as the Ohio Horse of the Month. He was selected by members of the Ohio chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Assn.The son of Cambest started the month on March 6 with a grueling trip to win over Jeff The Builder in 1:55.4. That trip seemed cushy compared to his start a we...
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Shady Sabrina, All Or None win at Dover

on 04/07/2010 2:00 AM
On Tuesday, April 6, Shady Sabrina won the $30,000 Mares Open/Handicap pace for the second straight week with a career fastest clocking of 1:52 at Dover Downs. Earlier All Or None came within a fifth-of-second of a track record winning the $20,000 Mares pace in 1:50.1.Tim Tetrick chalked up his fourth win on the card, steering Shady Sabrina to victory in 1:52. It was the Cam's Dignity-Mymymymyshar...
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Threepeat for Autumn Magic at Meadows

on 04/06/2010 2:00 AM
Taking a page from her own book, Autumn Magic sprinted to the lead, controlled the fractions and held on late to capture her third straight in Monday’s $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Back on March 29, Autumn Magic took the lead from post 6, pocketed Spring Break and downed that rival by a head. It was déjà vu all over again Monday when Dave Palone sent Au...
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Winners impress in Celias Counsel opener

on 04/06/2010 2:00 AM
Bramalea Hanover and Little River Dance were both impressive winners in their respective divisions of the opening leg of the Celias Counsel Trotting Series for three-year-old fillies on Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack.Bramalea Hanover, a $180,000 yearling from the 2008 Harrisburg Sale, used first-over tactics to capture the first $20,000(C) split for driver Steve Condren in 1:58.2. The dau...
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Cheesebrew bubbles up in Florida

on 04/06/2010 2:00 AM
It seemed like just a matter of time before trainer Dennis Cheesebrew would have a breakout career year and he's taking in stride the fact that it appears to finally be at hand for him in 2010. "I would like to think I've paid my dues in the business since I first got licensed as a groom in 1989. Basically, I decided to go out on my own because I got tired of being a second trainer, though ev...
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Booze Cruzin wins at Dover

on 04/06/2010 2:00 AM
On a Summer-like Monday, April 5, the accent was on speed. Booze Cruzin won the $40,000 Preferred/Handicap pace and Solano and Delivered From Zin continue to step up winning the $38,000 Delaware Special and $30,000 Open paces respectively.In the feature, Tim Tetrick rolled Booze Cruizin away quickly in the feature, a field reduced to six when Victor Vuitton N was scratch. After reaching the half i...
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Vernon press night draws nine races

on 04/06/2010 2:00 AM
The Vernon horse colony will be on display Tuesday evening for the first qualifying races of the 2010 season. The 6:55 post time is designed to "knock the dust off" the venerable racing facility and local press will be invited to attend and enjoy refreshments along with the nine race card.   The Howie & Jessica Okusko stable has a horse in every race, led by local favories...
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Mazel Tov! Charles wins first race in 18 years

on 04/06/2010 2:00 AM
Before this year’s Passover Pace went to post on Monday,  the race had  were more ups and downs than any other in the 12 years that Monticello Raceway has been presenting the “Race for the Matzohs.” But for one happy participant the day and results could not have been better. Alan Charles, who raced horses in metropolitan New York years ago and who now is trying a comeback of ...
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Pocono moves qualifiers up a day to April 14

on 04/06/2010 2:00 AM
A qualifying date scheduled for Thursday morning, April 15, at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs has been moved to Wednesday, April 14. Post time is 10 a.m.   Dale Rapson, vice president of racing, and Saul Needle, director of racing, stated the date was moved to accommodate contractors working on an infield renovation project at the Northeastern Pennsylvania racetrack.   The renovations i...
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Florida agrees to blackjack deal with Seminoles

on 04/06/2010 2:00 AM
The state of Florida has reached an agreement with the Seminole tribe that allows the Seminoles to have blackjack at five facilities in the state, in exchange for paying the state at least $1 billion over the next five years.   What does this mean for the South Florida pari-mutuel operators? The pact with the Seminoles, which still must be approved by the Florida House and Senate, includes ...
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