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RT Sun Poco, Gaylewinds NY win Meadows series openers

on 03/18/2010 2:00 AM
Sporting a hood for the first time, RT Sun Poco atoned for a break last week when she came first over to capture a division of Wednesday’s opening leg of the Double Trouble, an early-closing series for 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare trotters, at The Meadows. Gaylewinds NY took the other $15,000 opening-leg division. RT Sun Poco had been a virtual win machine, taking 16 of 18 career starts bef...
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Johnson seeking two straight

on 03/18/2010 2:00 AM
Based on the increasing number of young horses arriving at the races for their early career starts, Spring has arrived in earnest at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. Jan Johnson will be gunning for a second straight win with his young charges in 2010 when he sends out three year old Yankee Glide-Shops For Dresses filly Dressedforsuccess in the 8th race on Friday evening, March 19. She's had a...
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Joey The Jet still flying high

on 03/18/2010 2:00 AM
For the second straight week, Joey The Jet JT trotted home in 1:55.4, good enough to get the winner's circle again to win the Wednesday feature race, the $30,000 St. Patrick's day Open/Handicap trot at Dover Downs on March 17. Joey The Jet JT sat patiently as Chosen Voyageur and Ron Pierce cut out the early fractions and appeared strong until halfway down the lane when a convoy of challengers we...
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Rosecroft to host NHHC qualifier Saturday night

on 03/18/2010 2:00 AM
Rosecroft Raceway will be hosting a qualifying round for the NHHC this Saturday, March 20, starting at 7 pm. The fee to enter is $200 ($100 registration fee/$100 bankroll). The contest will consist of win/place wagers and the tracks being used for the contest include Dover (In-progress), Meadowlands, Yonkers and Woodbine.   Rosecroft will be sending the first- and-second-place finisher...
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Qualifying action at Meadowlands

on 03/18/2010 2:00 AM
The top older trotters Arch Madness, Enough Talk and Classic Lane tuned up for the 2010 season with qualifying wins at the Meadowlands Thursday morning. Arch Madness was put on the point by trainer Trond Smedshammer and won in 1:55 over Enough Talk. The mare Classic Lane won by a whopping 11 3/4 lengths in 1:56.2 (last quarter :27.3), with Tim Tetrick driving for trainer Ed Loh...
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Cohen has commentary on NJ racing industry

on 03/18/2010 2:00 AM
Standardbred owner and former harnessracing.com blogger Andrew Cohen has written an opinion piece on New Jersey's racing industry that appears on the Newark Star-Ledger's nj.com web site.   Cohen writes, "It seems to me that your state’s leaders can no longer afford to talk and wait and bicker while this revenue stream flows by. It’s time to act—time to compromise. Give peop...
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Fund-raiser held for KY candidate Andy Roberts

on 03/18/2010 2:00 AM
A fund-raiser was held at The Red Mile clubhouse on Wednesday night for Kentucky veterinarian and Standardbred owner and breeder Andy Roberts. Roberts is running for the Kentucky state Senate and must face an incumbent in a May primary to be the Republican party's name on the ballot in November.   The fund-raiser was attended by veterans of Kentucky's Standardbred breeding an...
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Odds On Moinet now 4 for 5 this year

on 03/18/2010 2:00 AM
Odds On Moinet extended her streak to three wins as she wired the field in one of two divisions of the Night Styles Series Thursday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   With George Brennan at the lines, Odds On Moinet went straight to the front and paced comfortably through fractions of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:24.2 en route to a career best 1:51.4 clocking.   Laughandbehappy angled out of th...
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Callahan in freak accident; to return later this week

on 03/17/2010 2:00 AM
Corey Callahan, driving pacer Elizabeth Ann, was injured in a freak accident in the first race at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Callahan was standing up in his bike trying to help his horse by untangling her hobbles, when a horse directly behind bumped into Callahan's sulky, throwing him to the track. Afterwards he complained that his upper arm was bothering him.   Callahan was immedia...
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Boots Place returns to Dover winner's circle

on 03/17/2010 2:00 AM
After a second-place finish last week, Boots Place returned to the winner's circle for the third time in four weeks in the $30,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday.   Eric Goodell got Boots Place away sitting second behind front-pacing Apache Dame until deep stretch when the Park Place-Put The Boots 5 year old closed along the inside to score a 1:51.3 lifetime best mile...
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Dougs Fame wins after 11-week layoff

on 03/17/2010 2:00 AM
Dismissed at 10-1 and returning from an 11-week layoff, Dougs Fame scored in a sizzling 1:51.1--fastest mile this year at The Meadows--in Tuesday’s $25,000 Preferred Handicap Pace.   Sitting second down the backside, Dougs Fame and Dave Palone confidently brushed past the leader, Hennessy Hanover, and opened up four lengths, just enough to hold off the desperate late charge...
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Kentucky Instant Racing appears back on track

on 03/17/2010 2:00 AM
The Kentucky legislature will apparently leave it to Gov. Steve Beshear or the state’s racing commission to authorize Instant Racing machines at racetracks after Senate president David Williams announced Tuesday a change to the proposed bill would now require a 1.5 percent tax on wagering to go directly to purses and breeders incentives.   The Instant Racing machines-where bettors wa...
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Dam of Jenna's Beach Boy dies

on 03/17/2010 2:00 AM
Five O’Clock Cindy, the dam of two-time Pacer of the Year Jenna’s Beach Boy, died Feb. 25 at Peninsula Farm in Kentucky at the age of 23.   A daughter of Cam Fella and the Windshield Wiper mare Eyewash, Five O’Clock Cindy was bred by JEF’s Standardbred Country Club and raced for Rose Guida’s Wilshire Racing Stable. She took a mark of 1:54.4 as a 3 year old and earned $116,375. &n...
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Update! Callahan says he hopes to return Saturday

on 03/17/2010 2:00 AM
Dover Downs’ leading driver Corey Callahan told harnessracing.com Wednesday morning that his return to racing is on a day-to-day basis after a pre-race accident before the first race on Tuesday sent him to the hospital. Callahan said in a best-case scenario he hoping to resume driving on Saturday, March 20.  Callahan said the incident occurred when his horse, Elizabeth Ann, fell shortly af...
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Windsor paddock judge Lew Clark dies

on 03/17/2010 2:00 AM
Windsor Raceway paddock judge Lew Clark, who also had a successful career training horses and served as an Ontario Harness Horse Association director, died Tuesday, March 16. He was 66.   Mr. Clark was a leading trainer at Windsor Raceway and Hazel Park in the 1970s and ‘80s, winning dash titles at both racetracks. He retired from training in 1998. According to Standardbred Canada records...
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Whoa! Kentucky Instant Racing bill stalls

on 03/17/2010 2:00 AM
Although early indications were that a bill that would allow Instant Racing machines at Kentucky Racetracks appeared on track for approval, the measure stalled Wednesday in a state Senate Committee. Reports from Frankfort stated that Sen. Damon Thayer decided against bringing the bill to a vote in the State and Local Government Committee because of increasing opposition. Although there are just 1...
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Indiana third in gaming revenue in 2009

on 03/17/2010 2:00 AM
The Associated Press (AP) has reported that Indiana has climbed to third in the nation in terms of adjusted gross revenues from commercial gaming. Nevada and New Jersey are first and second.   The AP report said Nevada held the top spot in 2009 with $9.76 billion and New Jersey was second at $3.9 billion. Indiana passed Mississippi with gaming revenues of $2.58 billion versus $2.46 billion....
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SOA New York states position on OTB restructuring

on 03/17/2010 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOA) has submitted the following document expressing support for the plan to restructure New York City OTB. It is being posted in its entirety.   We have reviewed the proposed New York City OTB (NYCOTB) restructuring plan released by Assembly Racing & Wagering Chairman Gary Pretlow on March 15, 2010 and would like to offer the support of ...
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Handicapping qualifiers added at The Meadows

on 03/17/2010 2:00 AM
Can’t make it to Meadowlands Racetrack? National Harness Handicapping Chanpionship qualifiers are still being held across the country.   Dates were just added for The Meadows (March 25 and April 5) in Pennsylvania. Tournaments are also coming up at Buffalo, Harrington, Hawthorne, Rosecroft, Tioga/Vernon, Western Regional OTB and Penn National OTW.   Check the NHHC calendar for more...
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Kims Quest upsets in Silver Reign leg

on 03/16/2010 2:00 AM
Kims Quest and driver Simon Allard scored a huge upset in Monday’s second leg of the of the Silver Reign Pacing Series for 3-year-old fillies at Woodbine Racetrack with a lifetime-best 1:54 clocking.   The daughter of Royal Mattjesty-Michelle's Destiny got away third and then moved up to challenge the pacesetting Western Dancing right at the opening half in :57.1. The top pair then hook...
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