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Wind Surfer cruises to Meadows win

on 03/13/2010 12:00 AM
Waiting patiently behind the dueling leaders, Wind Surfer gobbled them up with a third-quarter burst and went on to a comfortable victory in Friday's $25,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   While Vivid Photo and Speed Bomb exchanged the lead over a wicked front half in :26.4 and :55.4, Eric Ledford had Wind Surfer well positioned in third. When Ledford pressed the accelerator, Win...
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Sears scores win number 7,000

on 03/13/2010 12:00 AM
Harness racing’s 2009 Driver of the Year Brian Sears reached career win No. 7,000 on Friday night at the Meadowlands.    Sears guided trotter Muscles Marinara to an easy score in the $14,400 first race to reach the victory milestone. On the earnings side, he surpassed $100 million in 2009, ranking him eighth on harness racing’s all-time list. The United States Harness Wri...
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Meadowlands, Yonkers cancel Saturday cards

on 03/13/2010 12:00 AM
Due to high winds and unsafe racing conditions, the Meadowlands and Yonkers both cancelled its Saturday night live racing programs. The Meadowlands is scheduled to resume live racing Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m., with racing at Yonkers resuming Monday night at 7:10 p.m.   At Yonkers, the final and consolation of the Hopeful Pacing Series for 3-year-old colts and geldings has been resc...
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Night Styles underway at Meadowlands

on 03/12/2010 12:00 AM
Fresh off an upset in the Tender Loving Care, Odds On Moinet picked up another victory in the opening round of the Night Styles Series on Thursday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Driven by George Brennan, Odds On Moinet slipped up the rail after a pocket trip to win the second of the two $16,000 splits for pacing fillies and mares in a career-best 1:53. Despite her stakes win the wee...
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Cats Meow fastest in Damsel splits

on 03/12/2010 12:00 AM
Cats Meow used off-the-pace tactics while Yankeelicious wired the field in respective $35,000(C) divisions in the opening leg of the Damsel Pacing Series for 3 -and 4-year-old fillies and mares on Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack.   Cats Meow rallied from fifth to first in the first split for driver Randy Waples to stop the clock in 1:53--the fastest of the two divisions. The 4-y...
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Melvin's Dream scores in 1:52.4 at Dover

on 03/12/2010 12:00 AM
Bad Rusty, Melvin's Dream and I'm Outtahair cane through with impressive victories in the tri-feature at Dover Downs as heavy fog crept in early in the Thursday card before lifting for the last two races.   In the $16,500 pace, Rodney Long's Bad Rusty, one of four Ross Wolfenden wins, set a lifetime mark of 1:52. Fresco Blue (Mike Cole) was next. Music Man NZ (Corey Callahan) pi...
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Meadowlands draw and stakes schedules amended

on 03/12/2010 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands has moved several dates on its Standardbred racing schedule starting next week.    There is no longer racing on the following dates: Wednesday, March 17; Sunday, March 21; Wednesday, March 24; Sunday, March 28; Wednesday, March 31; Sunday, April 11; Sunday, April 18; Memorial Day, Monday, May 31; and Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20. (There is live racing on Moth...
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Aldrich stays hot at Monticello

on 03/12/2010 12:00 AM
When you’re hot, you’re hot---and Bruce Aldrich Jr. is and has been hot. The former New Englander reined four more winners on the Thursday card  at Monticello Raceway and now has 78 for the meeting.   Aldrich began the afternoon with a one- win lead over Billy Dobson and after he reined the four horses to victory on the matinee card he opened some breathing room betw...
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Speed prevails in Pocono qualifiers

on 03/12/2010 12:00 AM
With temperatures in the high 50s and a lightning fast track, speed was the order of the day as Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs held its first qualifying races of the 2010 harness racing season Thursday morning. Of the 10 qualifying races conducted, the initial race produced the fastest clocking of 1:55.1 for 3-year-old pacer DVC Givemeattitude. Mike Micallef was in the sulky with this qualifying winn...
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Instant Racing appears headed to Kentucky

on 03/12/2010 12:00 AM
A Kentucky Senate committee on Thursday approved a proposal by a vote of 11-1 that would allow “Instant Racing” machines at racetracks in the state. The bill is expected to head to the Senate next week with bipartisan support, which was confirmed by Senate president David Williams, who has been an adamant opponent to any expanded gaming at the racetracks.   “I think it has considerabl...
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Woodbine to guarantee Pick 4 pool on Mondays

on 03/12/2010 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) has added a new twist to the early Pick-4 wager on Monday nights by offering a guaranteed pool of $35,000 starting this Monday, March 15.   The early Pick-4, which asks fans to pick the winners of four consecutive races beginning in Race 4, is one of the track's most popular nightly pools and consistently generates some of the largest payoffs of the week...
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Giwner's Harness Eye picks hot; $30 winner Thursday

on 03/12/2010 12:00 AM
After a five-win night on Wednesday and a pair of longshot winners on Thursday at the Meadowlands, Harness Eye editor Derick Giwner is off to a strong start this week and he is confident his good fortune at the Big M will continue through the weekend. Giwner’s picks are available by clicking the Harness Eye icon located midway down the home page of harnessracing.com. Along with having five...
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Illinois horseman Paul Dudzik dies

on 03/12/2010 12:00 AM
Paul Arthur Dudzik, 62, of Sandwich, Ill., died Friday, Feb. 26, at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Ill.   Dudzik trained horses for over 40 years, and at the time of his death at the Sandwich fairgrounds, along with his son Jerry. He mainly raced at the Chicago tracks and traveled the Northern Illinois Colt Association fair circuit each summer.   Besides training, ...
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When he's a jet he's a jet all the way

on 03/11/2010 12:00 AM
Joey The Jet JT won a three-horse photo to take the $20,000 trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday at Dover Downs.   Racing third from the start following leader Jeter Marvel (Daryl Bier) and Early Shirley (Jack Parker Jr.), driver Ross Wolfenden took advantage of the opportunity to trot down the passing lane with Joey The Jet JT after Early Shirley moved to the outside. All three horses were s...
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Kakaley leaving Florida, heading to Pocono

on 03/11/2010 12:00 AM
Matt Kakaley, the youngest driver in harness racing history to surpass 1,000 wins, has wrapped up his first season in the driving colony in South Florida and he's on the move for the next phase of his career.   "I'm leaving Florida on Thursday morning to go to Streetsboro, Ohio, to pack up my things and I'm moving to Wilkes-Barre, Pa., to race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs r...
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Sells scores a pair at Pompano

on 03/11/2010 12:00 AM
Tom Sells turned in a pair of superb come-from-behind wins on the Wednesday night card at Isle Pompano Park.   Sells was at his crafty best in a field sweeping win with $6,000 claiming trotter Southern Beauty. Sells had his charge away last in the field of eight starters and stayed there approaching the half before methodically mowing down all rivals to br...
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Rockingham cancels 2010 race meet

on 03/11/2010 12:00 AM
Rockingham Park, the home of Thoroughbred and harness racing in the state of New Hampshire for the past 104 years, will not host a live horse racing meeting in 2010.   The New Hampshire legislature passed legislation in the final minutes of the 2009 session which eliminated funding for the New Hampshire Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission to regulate live racing in New Hampshire for thi...
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Sears one win from reaching 7,000

on 03/11/2010 12:00 AM
Five-time leading driver Brian Sears is just one win shy of the 7,000-career mark entering the Thursday night card at Meadowlands Racetrack. He is listed to drive in all 10 races on the program, which kicks off at 7 p.m.    The U.S. Harness Writers Association named Sears the 2009 Driver of the Year for campaigning Muscle Hill into harness racing’s record books last season. ...
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$4 million in stakes lined up for Tioga, Vernon

on 03/11/2010 12:00 AM
Tioga and Vernon Downs will offer over $4 million in stakes over the course of the 2010 racing season and the time is upon us to secure eligibility for those lucrative races.   The $1 million Empire Breeders Classic for New York-sired 3 year olds kicks off the season for state breds on Memorial Day weekend, offering $250,000 (est.) finals for all divisions. Due by March 15 are the 3-ye...
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Tioga WPS takeout lowered to 15 percent

on 03/11/2010 12:00 AM
Tioga Downs, in its relatively short history, has consistently been on the cutting edge of adapting the racing model toward a more positive result. In a direct response to the vocal concerns of horseplayers, Tioga Downs will reduce its takeout rate across the board to the state minimum allowed by New York law for the 2010 racing season pending regulatory approval of the New York State Racing and W...
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