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NJ sophomores dominate speed ratings

on 03/05/2010 12:00 AM
New Jersey-sired trotters, led by Il Villaggio, dominate the sport’s speed ratings for 2010 by capturing five of the top seven spots on a list of the projected fastest three-year-old trotters in the nation. According to the latest Experimental Championship ratings compiled by harness racing authority Stan Bergstein, Il Villaggio, a son of Yankee Glide, was estimated to register a 1:51 mark this...
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Gaming legislation to be filed in Massachusetts

on 03/05/2010 12:00 AM
Gary T. Piontkowski, President of Plainridge Racecourse, today applauded Speaker DeLeo's plan to file gaming legislation that includes the 100 acre horse track in Plainville, Massachusetts, located at the intersection of Routes 1 and 495. "Speaker DeLeo's vision and continuing support of the blue collar workforce that is horse racing and breeding in Massachusetts, could be the economic jump start...
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Harness Horse Youth Foundation's summer schedule

on 03/05/2010 12:00 AM
Family Days – for ages 9 and up and their familiesJune 5 – Harrington RacewayJune 6 – Goshen Historic Track Harness Racing Youth League – for ages 12 to 14June 16 to 20 – Odds On Racing/Balmoral Park, Crete, ILJuly 6 to 10 – Vernon Downs, Vernon NYJuly 18 to 22  - Goshen Historic Track, Goshen, NYJuly 27 – 31 – Mohegan Sun @ Pocono DownsAugust 6, 7 – Meadowlands (by invitat...
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Michigan slashes dates; Hazel down to just 29

on 03/04/2010 12:00 AM
Because of reduced funding, the Michigan Gaming Control Board on Thursday issued a mandate that all racetracks significantly decrease the number of live racing dates in 2010, including cutting the dates at the state’s flagship harness track, Hazel Park, to just 29 programs. The Michigan Harness Horsemen’s Association called for an emergency meeting of its board of directors on Thursday afterno...
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Dover's open winner the chosen one

on 03/04/2010 12:00 AM
Chosen Voyageur made it two-in-a-row winning the $30,000 Open Handicap Trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday. Corey Callahan left sharply with Chosen Voyageur and cut out all the fractions to score his third win of the year in five starts posting a 1:54.1 victory in the week's top trot.   Owned by Tamara Williams and trainer Dylan Davis, the Balanced Image-Ms. Vic gelding opened up a big lead ...
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Busy weekend on tap for Wrenn in Florida

on 03/04/2010 12:00 AM
The red carpet will be out this weekend for horseman Peter Wrenn in Florida both off and on the track. Preceding his induction into the Florida Hall Of Fame by the State's chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) at Sunday's banquet, Wrenn has an busy evening awaiting on the Saturday evening doubleheader program at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   Trainer ...
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Witness: Brooks had DHB pay for porn, dry cleaning

on 03/03/2010 12:00 AM
Newsday’s Tuesday, March 2 coverage of the David Brooks’ trial, written by reporter Robert Kessler, revealed that the prosecution is contending that Brooks illegally had his company pay for much of his life-style, ranging from the ordinary to the over the top, from the lighting bill on his Old Westbury mansion to his dry cleaning, and from family vacation flights to St. Barts to the trainers o...
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Boots Place wins again at Dover

on 03/03/2010 12:00 AM
For the second consecutive week, Boots Place chalked up an impressive 1:52.2 win in the $30,000 Mares Open Handicap pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday, March 3.  Eric Goodell ushered Boots Place quickly to the lead and never looked back registering a lifetime mark of 1:52.2. It was Goodell's second win on the card. Mike Hall trains the Park Place-Put The Boots 5-year-old for owner Bernard Segeb...
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NJSEA seeks $30M state subsidy as losses mount

on 03/03/2010 12:00 AM
The Newark Star Ledger (at nj.com) is carrying a report about the details of testimony given on Wednesday, March 3 by Dennis Robinson President and Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority as he testified before the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee at the Statehouse in Trenton. The committee has been tasked with examining the future role of the NJSEA. The a...
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Pelling testimony in Brooks' trial

on 03/02/2010 12:00 AM
Steve Kallas, a New York attorney, longtime Standardbred owner, and correspondent for The Horseman and Fair World magazine, is covering the trial of David Brooks, and offers the final analysis of testimony given by trainer Brett Pelling:   On Thursday afternoon, Feb. 25, Brett Pelling took the witness stand in the federal courthouse in Central Islip, N.Y., as a governmen...
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Stanley Banks dies

on 03/02/2010 12:00 AM
Stanley E. Banks, a longtime fixture among the driving colony on the Chicagoland racing circuit, died Monday, March 1, at his home in Dwight, Ill. after a long illness. He was 73.   Mr. Banks, who was always among the leading drivers at all Chicagoland harness tracks throughout the late 1970s until the early 1990s, retired with 3,513 lifetime victories and $17,167,654 in purs...
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Strada Memorial canceled

on 03/02/2010 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands has announced that the Strada Memorial for older pacing mares scheduled for Saturday, April 3, has been canceled.
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Team Baillargeon dominates in General Brock

on 03/01/2010 12:00 AM
The tandem of Ben and Mario Baillargeon once again dominated the General Brock Trotting Series for 4 year olds on Sunday afternoon at Woodbine as they captured two of the three divisions that went postward. The pair had swept all four divisions in the first leg last weekend.   Jilted Pride took the field gate to wire in the opening $20,000(C) split for driver Mario Baillargeon in 1:59.2 o...
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Mr. Feelgood draws post 9 for ID final

on 03/01/2010 12:00 AM
The field is set for the $1 million (Aus.) Inter Dominion championship, set for Sunday at the Tabcorp Menangle Park outside of Sydney, and Mr. Feelgood, the defending champion and 2006 Little Brown Jug winner, will be starting from post nine in the field of 10 on the seven-eighths mile oval.   The Inter Dominion championship will be contested at a distance of 2,300 meters. A field of 10 wil...
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Legislation introduced for VLTs at Big M

on 03/01/2010 12:00 AM
Assemblyman Ralph Caputo on Monday announced he and several other Assembly Democrats have introduced legislation that would seek voter approval to place video lottery terminals at the Meadowlands horse racing track.   "Let's face it - times have changed and so must we if Meadowlands racing and gaming are going to continue to be a strong part of New Jersey's economy," said Caputo (D-Essex). ...
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Mr. Coolie wraps up Ontario Boys title

on 02/28/2010 12:00 AM
Mr. Coolie effectively overcame on off track and a tough post position to complete a sweep of the Ontario Boys Pacing Series for 4 year olds on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack.   With Doug McNair in the driver’s seat in the $60,000(C) final, the son of No Pan Intended-Armbro Vertical got away fifth in the first quarter and watched as Justalittleluck put up an opening panel of :26.2....
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Dead-heat drama at Pompano

on 02/28/2010 12:00 AM
The co-winners Alarming Quick and Andover America raced a mile and couldn't be separated at the wire in the $15,000 Open-1 Trot at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park on Saturday evening.   Andover America, with Bruce Ranger in tow, was sent off as the race favorite as he attempted to follow up a life's mark of 1:55 last week. Ranger had the Andover Hall-Armbro Array 5-year-old gelding...
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Muscle Hill is 2009 Horse of the Year

on 02/28/2010 12:00 AM
Muscle Hill turned the competition for harness racing’s Horse of the Year honor into another romp. Muscle Hill, the trotter who was undefeated in 12 races as a 3 year old in 2009, received 164 of 173 votes from the members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association to outdistance the older trotter Lucky Jim and the pacer Well Said to claim the sport’s top award. He also won Trotter of the Year ...
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Blacks A Fake edges Mr. Feelgood in Australia

on 02/27/2010 12:00 AM
Australian racing legend Blacks A Fake rode on the outside of Mr. Feelgood for most of the 2,300- meter second leg of the Inter Dominion Series and then forged by in the homestretch. Mr. Feelgood, the 2006 Little Brown Jug winner, held on for second.   The second Inter Dominion leg took place Saturday night at the Newcastle track, in the port city of the same name about 2 hours no...
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Smashbox sweep in Ontario Girls

on 02/27/2010 12:00 AM
It was a nail-biter, but Smashbox came through in a tight photo finish to complete a sweep of the Ontario Girls Pacing Series for 4-year-old mares by winning the final on Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack.   Rick Zeron got the daughter of Mach Three-Sunone away fourth in the early going of the $60,000(C) final, and watched Cat’s Meow put up a hot first quarter of :26.2. As soon as things...
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