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Lenore 'Lee' Bowen dies

on 04/05/2010 2:00 AM
Lenore "Lee" Vinnedge Bowen, the wife of The Red Mile's director of sponsorships Charlie Bowen, died Sunday, April 4. She was 82.   A graduate of Miami University, Mrs. Bowen was a member of Alpha Omega Pi sorority and in 1947 named queen of Miami's Recensio Yearbook. For many years she was a member of Childhood League and continued as an assistant board member. She was a past member of the...
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Rosecroft to close on April 19

on 04/05/2010 2:00 AM
Kelley Rogers, president of Cloverleaf Enterprises Inc., notified employees and Standardbred horsemen that Rosecroft Raceway would cease operations on April 19, 2010 without the help of the Maryland legislature.   "The Cloverleaf Enterprises board of directors felt that it was important to notify our employees and horsemen that Rosecroft would close on April 19. It is very sad when you cons...
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Meadowlands stable area to remain open year-round

on 04/05/2010 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) and the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority have reached an agreement to keep open the Meadowlands Racetrack’s stable area all year.   “Traditionally, the stable area would close at the conclusion of the racing season in August to allow the Meadowlands to prepare for its fall thoroughbred meet,” said To...
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Ramegade Bruiser, Dali win SPC splits at Woodbine

on 04/04/2010 2:00 AM
A pair of familiar faces, Ramegade Bruiser and Dali, were victorious in their respective divisions of the second leg of the Spring Pacing Championship for older pacers on a windy Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack.   Ramegade Bruiser turned in a determined effort to captured the opening $50,000(C) split for driver Roger Mayotte in 1:54.3.   The 7-year-old Rambaran gelding was par...
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Pilgrims Toner fares best in Meadowlands invite

on 04/03/2010 2:00 AM
 Pilgrims Toner extended his winning streak to four races in the $32,000 Invitational Pace on Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   With Yannick Gingras at the lines, Pilgrims Toner sat a pocket trip behind Western Shore, angled out approaching the far turn and drew off to a 2 1/2-length margin in a career-best 1:49 clocking. Letsgetitstarted and Mr Hallwell were second and t...
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Mystery Chase repeats at Pocono

on 04/03/2010 2:00 AM
The $28,000 Open Handicap Pace Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs once again found Jim Morrill Jr. in the winner’s circle with Mystery Chase.   Last week it was Mystery Chase, a 5-year-old Real Artist stallion trained by Donnie Russell, closing fast to win by a nose over Western Bay and Matt Kakaley. The second time around it was Mystery Chase getting a solid trip in the pocket ...
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Aerobic Linda takes Dover trot

on 04/03/2010 2:00 AM
A pair of $16,000 events shared the Saturday feature roles at Dover Downs. Aerobic Linda scored a 1:57.3 win in the trot while Sweet Bobbie Ann had just enough to win the distaff pace in 1:55.1.   The females excelled in the top trot as Graham Grace Stable's Aerobic Linda, a daughter of Dream Vacation-Aerobics, driven by Jon Roberts romped to a 1:57.3 victory in a $16,000 trot and the other...
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Cammabis, Baseball Express repeat at Pompano

on 04/03/2010 2:00 AM
The horses laying claim to the fastest wins on each gait of the 2009-2010 meet at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, Cammabis and Baseball Express, held their strong form for repeat wins on the first Saturday evening program of April.   "In the 45 starts I've had Cammabis he's never ceased to amaze me after his big wins," trainer Paul Holzman declard after his stable leader scor...
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Johnson, Svendsen double up at Hoosier

on 04/03/2010 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has a new ruler among the trotting ranks. Claudius Augustus and Lemoyne “Mooney” Svendsen proved supreme again with their second straight win in the co-featured $23,000 Invitational Trot on Saturday.   Starting from post four in the 10-horse lineup, Claudius Augustus left for the top, but was content to let Blowlowsanta and Elliott Deaton go ahead and le...
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Jamieson heading to Finland

on 04/03/2010 2:00 AM
Jody Jamieson, the leading dash-winning driver in 2009, revealed Friday night on the Woodbine Racetrack in-house TV show that he is soon heading to Finland to compete over a 10-day span at tracks across that country. Jamieson said he will leave April 8 for what he termed a "whirlwind tour" overseas.   Jamieson, voted the 2009 O'Brien Award as Canada's leading driver after scoring a Canadian...
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Chasin Racin amends in one of six Levy splits

on 04/03/2010 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway hosted the second of five preliminary rounds of the George Morton Levy Memorial  Pacing Series Saturday night. As was the case in the opening leg, a half-dozen, $50,000 divisions comprised half the card.   The first Levy division saw pole-sitting, 9-5 favorite Chasin Racin (Corey Callahan) make amends for a poor 2010 debut a week ago. He lasted on the  lead (:27.4,...
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Pennsylvania honors best of 2009

on 04/02/2010 2:00 AM
The western Pennsylvania “dynamic duo” of driver Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke, the top trotting mare Hidden Viggorish, and the supergenerous owner Francis Azur were among the winners of awards for excellence in Pennsylvania harness racing in 2009 according to recent voting of the Keystone Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Palone won his 21st straight driving title at Th...
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Keidel retires at Northfield; Bianconi takes post

on 04/02/2010 2:00 AM
Gregg Keidel, Northfield Park’s Director of Racing, is retiring from the Route 8 Oval on Friday, April 2, after 30 years of service to the track. Originally hired as a part-time publicity aide in 1980, Keidel became the full-time Director of Publicity and Promotions in 1985. On Nov. 1, 1987, Keidel became Director of Racing, a position he has held ever since.   During his career...
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Cab company owner hopes to fare well at Big M

on 04/02/2010 2:00 AM
An unconventional training regimen has helped Pilgrims Toner move up the class ladder from claimer to invitational winner at Meadowlands Racetrack. The 6-year-old son of The Panderosa bids for his fourth straight victory in the $32,000 Invitational on Saturday night. He is rated as the 8-5 morning line favorite from post two with Yannick Gingras listed to drive.   Pilgri...
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Vernon to hold qualifiers April 6

on 04/02/2010 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs will begin preparations for its 2010 live race meet with a card of qualifying races on the evening of Tuesday, April 6, at 6:55 p.m. The races will serve as a dress rehearsal for Vernon staff and media in anticipation of opening night of the live meet set for Friday, April 16. The box will close for qualifying declarations at noon on Monday, April 5, and the race office phon...
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3-year-old trotters shine at Pompano

on 04/02/2010 2:00 AM
It was a night to remember for 3-year-old trotters and driver Trevor Ritchie on the Friday evening,card at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   Ritchie was in the bike to pilot 3-year-old Celebrity Blue Chip to an impressive 1:58.2 victory. It was the season's debut for the Credit Winner-Precious Lindy colt, a $170,000 purchase from the Lexington Selected Sale.   All Power, in...
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Meadows shipper wins Hoosier Park feature

on 04/02/2010 2:00 AM
Northern Lei Ann and Hoosier Park’s leading driver Peter Wrenn picked up another win against the track’s top female pacers Friday. The duo fought hard to the wire to win by a nose in a time of 1:53.2 during the evening’s featured $23,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational.   Starting from the outside post position in the nine-horse lineup, Northern Lei Ann watched as High Speed Life and R...
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He's Great claimed after win in Pocono feature

on 04/02/2010 2:00 AM
He's Great, a winner of eight of 33 starts and a lifetime mark of 1:51.3 in 2009, lived up to his name, winning the $20,000 claiming pace Friday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in the horse's initial start of the 2010 season.   The 6-year-old gelding, trained by Laura Shock and driven by Eric Goodell, stopped the timer in 1:52.3 over a fast track, winning by five lengths over The Quiet...
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Favorites rule in Art Unger opening splits

on 04/02/2010 2:00 AM
Favorites Allamerican Chief, Bet The Town and Eragon won their respective $12,500 divisions of the opening round of the Art Unger Series for 4-year-old pacers Friday night at the Meadowlands.   Yannick Gingras directed Allamerican Chief to a career-best 1:51.3 score in the first of the three Unger divisions that were carded as the first three races on the Good Friday evening program. T...
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Lucky Jim wins first Clash of the Titans

on 04/02/2010 2:00 AM
The 2009 Older Trotter of the Year Lucky Jim got a stern test from the 2008 Older Trotter of the Enough Talk but the current reigning champion held off his rival down the stretch to score a 1:52.1 victory in the opening round of the Su Mac Lad Series Friday night at the Meadowlands.   The "Clash of the Titans' lived up to its billing as the two trotting heavyweights trad...
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