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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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Pennsylvania Sire Stakes payments due March 15

on 03/11/2010 12:00 AM
Horsemen are reminded that several payments into the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes program must be sent in and postmarked by this Monday, March 15.   TWO YEAR OLDS: If a 2 year old was not paid in as a yearling, the horse can still be supplemented to the Sire Stakes at a cost of $1,500 for the pari-mutuels and $500 for the fairs. All 2 year olds must make the following payments to...
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Meadowlands announces schedule changes

on 03/11/2010 12:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack 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 ...
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Hambo Society's March 15 stakes deadline nears

on 03/11/2010 12:00 AM
March sustaining and nominating payments for Hambletonian Society stake events are due Monday, March 15 and per USTA Rule 12 section 4, must be postmarked by midnight on Tuesday, March 16. The Hambletonian Society services 109 of harness racing’s richest and most prestigious events. The website www.Hambletonian.org contains all the tools and information necessary to stake your horse yourself...
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Apache Dame back on winning track

on 03/10/2010 12:00 AM
Apache Dame got back on the winning ledger scoring a 1:51.1 triumph in the $30,00 Mares Open Handicap Pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday, while Sherri On Ice took the $20,000 distaff sub-feature. Ross Wolfenden had four trips to the winner's circle.   After starting from the outside in her previous two races, a change to the inside post was just what Apache Dame needed as last season's H...
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Marohn returns to action at Monticello

on 03/10/2010 12:00 AM
Two years ago Jimmy Marohn Jr. won the Rising Star Award at Monticello Raceway and in the following years he was well on his way to prominence as an outstanding catch-driver. But his rise toward the top was stalled earlier this year on Jan. 13 when he sustained a broken collarbone in a freak accident in a morning qualifying race.   Up until three weeks ago he was still recuperating and then...
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