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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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Burlington upsets throw NA Cup into a fog

on 06/12/2010 2:00 AM
The Pepsi North America picture became more murky after all three favorites faltered in Saturday’s trio of Burlington Stakes divisions on a foggy night at Mohawk Racetrack.   Kyle Major left sharply in the opening $100,000(C) split from post three and landed in third position through a first quarter in :27.1. Driver Jody Jamieson wasted no time in sending him to command in the second qua...
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Cotton Candy in sweet Maywood win

on 06/11/2010 2:00 AM
Sophomore pacing fillies were the center of attention on Thursday night at Maywood Park as Peggy Hood & Mystical Marker Farms Cotton Candy knocked off seven other Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-olds by a half-length in 1:55.1 to take the $10,000 Filly Maywood Pace elimination.  The top six finishers will now move on to next Friday’s (June 18) $100,000 final where they will be ...
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Peeeeyouuuuuuuu impressive at Scioto

on 06/11/2010 2:00 AM
The sophomore pacing lass Peeeeyouuuuuuuu broke her maiden impressively in taking a leg of the Floating Dream Series at Scioto Downs on Thursday. She was clocked in 1:57.4 and won by 3-1/4 lengths.Trainer-driver Billy Walters sent his Yankee Cruiser filly to the lead at the start and never looked back. He stole a soft second quarter and had more than enough left to rebuff any challengers. Favored ...
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Plano wins seven on the card

on 06/11/2010 2:00 AM
The ageless veteran put on a show on Thursday night (June 10) when he won the last seven races on the card.Featured on the program were claiming distaffers, on which Stick Up repeated for the star of the night.Leaving from post six in the field of the same number and racing three-wide for the first eighth of a mile into a :28 opening quarter, the eight year-old didn't clear the lead until the 5-16...
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Trotter hoping to break the bank in NJSS final

on 06/11/2010 2:00 AM
A pair of $200,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes finals for 3-year-old trotters will be contested on Saturday at the Meadowlands.   Break The Bank K was installed the 5-2 favorite in the final for trotting colts and geldings. The colt by Revenue won his 2010 debut in 1:56.3 on May 28, but came up short in the second leg of the series, finishing third to Muscle Massive. He looks to rebound Saturd...
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Meadows qualifier video now online

on 06/11/2010 2:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA), which represents horsemen and owners at The Meadows, has announced that effective immediately, video of all qualifying races held at The Meadows will now be available on its website, www.themsoa.com.  Videos will generally be available within 72 hours of the completion of the races.   Qualifiers from Wednesday, June 9, are now po...
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SBOANJ scholarship deadline is Tuesday

on 06/11/2010 2:00 AM
The deadline is this Tuesday, June 15 for applicants wishing to be considered for the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey 2010 college scholarships.   Scholarships, which are valued at up 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 raci...
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