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Windsong Grand Ave wins Spring Series

on 05/11/2010 2:00 AM
Windsong Grand Ave thumped her nine rivals in Monday’s $60,000 Ontario Spring Series final for three-year-old pacing fillies at Woodbine Racetrack with a sparkling 1:51.4 stakes record victory for driver Jody Jamieson.The well-bred daughter of Camluck - Jasper Avenue was let go at generous odds of 12-1 despite an easy victory in last week’s second leg of the series.In Monday’s contest, Winds...
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Apple Plush peels 13 seconds off of record

on 05/11/2010 2:00 AM
Apple Plush, who had only a baby race victory in the Maine mud to her credit, roared through the stretch Monday at The Meadows to capture a Pennsylvania Stallion Series division for 3-year-old filly trotters, lowering her lifetime mark 13.1 seconds in the process. Agenda Tom Ridge survived a brutal first quarter to take the other $20,000 split. Since her victory in 2:10.3 last July over a mud...
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Committee approves legislation preserving NJ racing

on 05/11/2010 2:00 AM
The Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee unanimously approved a plan that would permit the Meadowlands Racetrack and Monmouth Park to run fewer races, which would increase the amount of purses and revive New Jersey's horse racing industry. It is sponsored by Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande and Assemblyman Ronald S. Dancer. The legislation, A-2507, codifies an agreement between the...
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Lexington Herald-Leader endorses Andy Roberts

on 05/11/2010 2:00 AM
Kentucky-based Standardbred horseman Dr. Andy Roberts received a big boost in his campaign for state Senator on Tuesday when the Lexington Herald-Leader gave its endorsement in an editorial in the newspaper and posted online. A Republican, Roberts is running in the state's 12th District that includes The Red Mile and Keeneland against incumbent Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr.   The winner in the May...
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Live coverage set for Sirius XM Radio

on 05/11/2010 2:00 AM
SIRIUS XM Radio announced on Tuesday that it will offer live coverage of some of harness racing’s biggest events on a new horse racing series set to debut Saturday, May 29.   Saturday Night at the Races will air on Saturdays for 11 consecutive weeks and will offer listeners nationwide wire-to-wire coverage of some of the biggest races of the summer including the Meadowlands...
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Three Pocono wins for Grain Of Truth

on 05/11/2010 2:00 AM
Grain Of Truth continued his run of success at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with a win in the featured Open Handicap trot on Tuesday night.  The race carried the evening’s top purse of $24,000.   With Mike Simons in the bike for trainer Ray Schnittker, Grain Of Truth, leaving from post position seven in an eight-horse field, quickly settled into the pocket behind Autumn Escapade, the ...
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Last call for yearling nominations

on 05/11/2010 2:00 AM
Yearling nominations for all stake races serviced by the Hambletonian Society are due Saturday, May 15. Payments for foals of 2009 who wish to nominate to any of the stakes events administrated by the Society should be mailed by May 15, and must be postmarked no later than midnight on Monday, May 17.   This is the most important eligibility payment to make for those events that do not allow...
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Poll says Kentucky voters for VLTs at tracks

on 05/10/2010 2:00 AM
The front-page headline in the Monday edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader says Kentucky voters now support the expansion of gambling in the state, and say adding electronic slot machines at the state's racetracks is the best way for the state to raise money.   The poll was a telephone survey of 600 "likely" voters by Research 2000 of Olney, Md., from May 2 to 4. The poll was commissioned...
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Illinois slots bill stalled

on 05/10/2010 2:00 AM
A slots-at-tracks bill that Illinois horsemen had hoped would pass last week has been stalled until the end of May.   Members of the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association (IHHA) and Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (ITHA) have been lobbying strongly in Springfield for the past two weeks in favor of SB3146, and on May 6, the bill unanimously passed out of a House committee....
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Judy Baldwin, wife of horseman Russ Baldwin, dies

on 05/10/2010 2:00 AM
Judy A. Baldwin, 69, of Plain City, Ohio, the wife of longtime driver/trainer Russ Baldwin, died May 8 in her home.   Mrs. Baldwin was born August 4, 1940, in Columbus. She was a 1958 graduate of Hilliard High School and a past member of the Sulky Sweeties, where she had served as secretary and treasurer.   In  addition to her husband, she is survived by&nbs...
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No horses seriously hurt in Plainridge barn fire

on 05/10/2010 2:00 AM
Proper planning was the key to averting disaster early Sunday morning when fire struck a barn at Plainridge Racecourse.   "This fire speaks volumes about fire prevention," was how Plainville Fire Chief Ted Joubert characterized the event to the Sun Chronicle.   Joubert added that the sprinkler systems located in each barn at the Massachusetts track were essential to quickly knoc...
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Horseman Bill Arthurs dies at 72

on 05/10/2010 2:00 AM
Well-known Vernon Downs horseman William L. Arthurs of Verona, NY, died last Friday evening (May 7) in St. Luke's Hospital Memorial Hospital in Utica, NY.  He was 72.   Born on January 24, 1938, in Aiken, SC, Mr. Arthurs was the son of the late William T. and Mary Elizabeth (Reese) Arthurs.  He was educated in South Carolina's Gloverville school system.   Prior to his ...
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Apple Plush wins PA Stallion Series in 1:57.2

on 05/10/2010 2:00 AM
Apple Plush, who had only a baby race victory in the Maine mud to her credit, roared through the stretch Monday at The Meadows to capture a Pennsylvania Stallion Series division for 3-year-old filly trotters, lowering her lifetime mark 13.1 seconds in the process, to 1:57.2. Agenda Tom Ridge survived a brutal first quarter to take the other $20,000 split.   Since her victory in 2:10.3 last ...
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Tetrick sweeps Hoosier features

on 05/09/2010 2:00 AM
Robin I Scoot was back on top in the week’s featured $23,000 Invitational Pace Saturda at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Driven by Trace Tetrick, the 5-year-old Indiana-sired gelding roared down the lane to a 2 3/4-length advantage at the end in a time of 1:52.2.   Starting the mile on a chilly evening through windy conditions, Robin I Scoot, who is versatile, was asked to lay off the ...
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Sammy's one cool winner at Hoosier Park

on 05/09/2010 2:00 AM
Sammy’s Cool Win kept his 2010 undefeated streak alive Sunday, winning the final race of the day at Hoosier Park in a new career-best time of 1:52.1. Guided by Kyle Ater, the 4-year-old son of Nobleland Sam cruised under the wire easily to win against a field of 10 conditioned pacers.   Starting from post six, Sammy’s Cool Win rallied out from behind the gate and reached the top sp...
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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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