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Services for Meadows vet Dr. Barry Betts

on 05/08/2010 2:00 AM
Dr. Barry Betts, a longtime veterinarian based at The Meadows, died suddenly Friday night shortly after watching his son play in a high school baseball game. He was 56.   A native of Barnesville, Ohio, Dr. Betts was the son of horseman Richard "Gibby" Betts. Dr. Betts was a graduate of The Ohio State University. He established the Hickory Ridge Equine Center in Washington, Pa., and practice...
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Flex The Muscle wins Dexter Cup

on 05/08/2010 2:00 AM
Flex The Muscle powered through the stretch to overtake stablemate Shaq Is Back and win Saturday’s $156,000 Dexter Cup for 3-year-old trotters by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:56.2 at Freehold Raceway.   Driven by David Miller, Flex The Muscle is undefeated in two races this year. He won five of 13 starts in 2009 and has earned $179,395 in his career.   Flex The Muscle’s victory was th...
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Psilvuheartbreaker adds to big night for connections

on 05/08/2010 2:00 AM
As if owner Frank Bellino and trainer Bruce Saunders didn't have enough Saturday night fun (see Rock N' Roll Heaven in the Berry's Creek), Psilvuheartbreaker (Cat Manzi) added to it, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $37,000 Open Handicap Pace.   The even-money favorite, leaving from post position five, offered minimal suspense. He cleared pole-sitting Image of Dawn (Pat Lachance) like a h...
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Rock N Roll Heaven rocks in Berry's Creek

on 05/08/2010 2:00 AM
Rock N Roll Heaven brushed to command at the half and held off all challengers to win the $220,000 Berry's Creek fnal on a blustery Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   The opening quarter was a swift :26.4 as Europan Union engaged Cambassador around the first turn and took the lead as the latter went offstride. Kyle Major worked to clear the front next, but driver Daniel Dube and Rock...
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Won The West, Shark Gesture take Graduate elims

on 05/08/2010 2:00 AM
Two $50,000 eliminations for the Graduate for free-for-all pacers were contested on the Saturday night card at the Meadowlands. Won The West, the 2009 Older Pacer of the Year, sat a second-over trip and held off last year's Berry's Creek champion Annieswesterncard by a nose to win the first of the splits in 1:52. David Miller was in the sulky for trainer Ron Burke, who sent out a qu...
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Mcaracas strong in Diplomat Series final

on 05/08/2010 2:00 AM
After suffering his first loss of the season in last week’s second leg of The Diplomat Pacing Series, Mcaracas bounced back with a devastating win in Saturday night’s $80,000(C) final at Woodbine in 1:51.4 on what was a very blustery night in Toronto.   Driver Mario Baillargeon sent the strapping 3-year-old son of McArdle-Smooth Latin N straight to command from post two and had the fie...
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Master Pine, Soiree take Yonkers features

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
Favored Master Pine (Jason Bartlett) and Soiree (Jordan Stratton) grabbed Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $37,000 co-featured Open Handicaps.    Leaving from post position five in the weekly featured trot, Master Pine watched the early happenings as the three inside entities--Upsidedown (Jim  Pantaleano), Bad Boy Billy (Pat Lachance) and Bet to Win (Brent Holland)--eac...
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Meadowlands reschedules August stakes

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
A quartet of Meadowlands stakes finals originally slated for Saturday, Aug. 21, have been rescheduled one night earlier to Friday, Aug. 20.   The Aug. 21 racing program has been canceled due to a pre-season football game at New Meadowlands Stadium. The stakes finals affected are the William R. Haughton Memorial, Woodrow Wilson, Sweetheart and Golden Girls. Elimination races for the Hau...
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PASS gets underway at The Meadows

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
The stars of the Keystone State’s sophomore filly pacers division shined as expected Friday at The Meadows, but it was Panagler who stole the spotlight with an electrifying backside burst that carried her to victory in the $265,556 opening leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes.   The event, known as the Adios Betty, was contested over four divisions, with Fancy Filly, the Dan Patch award wi...
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Lady Suffolk splits in the books at Freehold

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
In the first half of the 51st edition Lady Suffolk Trot, Mentally Stable and Jerry Silva’s Religulous took the lead at the start and never looked back while holding off Keystone Tabby in a long stretch battle.   The daughter of Muscles Yankee went the distance in a clocking of 2:01.4 to win by a length. The runnerup finished 2 1/2 lengths in front of Kitefin Hanover.   With Hall of...
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Cowboys Dreamer wins Princess Pacing Series

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
Cowboys Dreamer used a strong rally in the final quarter to capture the $80,000 Princess Pacing Series for three-year-old fillies on Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack in 1:53.The long-striding daughter of Hawaiian Cowboy might have been considered a hunch play considering she is out of the Jate Lobell mare Mothers Day Dream.In Thursday’s contest, driver Luc Ouellette took the filly back to ei...
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Simpson Memorial on tap at Tioga and Vernon

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
The three year old trotting divisions of the John Simpson Memorial stakes will be raced at Vernon Downs on Saturday, May 15 (box closes on Wednesday, May 12 at 9:00 AM) with the pacers set to go on Sunday, May 16 (box closes on Thursday, May 13 at 9:00 AM) at Tioga Downs. The purse for both trotting races and the filly pace purses are estimated at $50,000, while the pacing colts purse w...
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Smoke Pan Mirrors fastest in Pa Stallion series

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
Smoke Pan Mirrors, whose steppiness last week might have cost her cash, was both sure footed and fleet footed Thursday at The Meadows in capturing the fastest division of a $120,000 PA Stallion Series stake. The event for 3-year-old pacing fillies, which kicked off The Meadows’ 2010 stakes season, was contested over six $20,000 divisions, with Feel The Jolt, Budgirls Hanover, Hokie Spirit, ...
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Lachance heads into stakes season with top trotters

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
The return of Mike Lachance to the Meadowlands Racetrack driving colony is a sure sign that summer is near.The 59-year-old Hall of Famer and second leading money winner of all time returns Friday night to sit behind Lanson in the $40,000 prep race for the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial.  Lanson, trained by Don Swick, banked more than $450,000 last year while racing in the shadow of dominant divisi...
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R Sam, Boinga win opening legs of new Big M series

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
The inaugural Mr. Muscleman and Windylane Hanover series for 3-year-old trotters got underway Thursday night at the Meadowlands. Both late-closers are for trotters that are non-winners of three pari-mutuel races or $75,000 up to and including Feb. 1, 2010, with the Mr. Muscleman for colts and geldings and the Windylane Hanover for fillies.   Thursday’s $18,000 leg of the Mr. Muscleman wen...
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USTA offers support for Standardbreds in peril

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
The United States Trotting Association announced today its intention to offer support to Standardbred horses in the care and custody of animal control authorities because of neglect, abuse or abandonment.    The program, to be called “Support Our Standardbreds” (SOS), will extend assistance in providing feed, veterinary and other care to Standardbred horses in the legal custody of...
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Michigan amateur driving series to begin at Hazel

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
Amateur driving in harness racing has long been a part of the sport’s rich history. Tough economic times have made it difficult for racetracks  to survive and when it came to amateur driving, many tracks were reluctant to put such races on the card in front of the betting public. But a renaissance of sorts is taking place in Michigan, at least in terms of putting die-hard amateur ...
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TVG Amateur Driving Series starts May 8

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
What has become an annual event at Cal-Expo (Sacramento), the first legs of the TVG Amateur Driving Series starts on Saturday, May 8
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Lucky Jim digs in to win Cutler prep

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
Lucky Jim repelled a late rally by Arch Madness to win the $40,000 prep race for the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial on Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Lucky Jim and driver Andy Miller took command from In Focus entering the backstretch and opened up to a two-length lead as they passed the half-mile marker in a tepid :57.2. Arch Madness reached Lucky Jim's throat at the top of the s...
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Sloppy track no obstacle for Mambo Italiano

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
Mambo Italiano splashed his way to victory in Friday night’s $60,000(C) Ontario Spring Series final for 3-year-old colts and geldings with a 1:54.1 tally over a sloppy Woodbine racing oval.   Paul MacDonell engineered the winning effort with the son of Modern Art - Killer Queen who sprinted from fourth to first in the second quarter of the race after a half in :56.3. Once on top, he was ...
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