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Junior Trendsetter resumes at the Meadowlands

on 02/12/2010 12:00 AM
The second round of the Junior Trendsetter Series was in the spotlight as harness racing resumed amid the snowdrifts on Thursday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Terlingua romped to a career-best 1:52.4 clocking in the first of the $12,500 divisions for 3-year-old pacers. Driven by Tim Tetrick, Terlingua took command down the backstretch and drew off to a five-length tally over Z...
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Northville Downs set to open Friday

on 02/12/2010 12:00 AM
Northville Downs will open its 2010 live racing season on Friday, Feb. 12, with a 7:15 p.m. post time. Live racing will be held every Friday and Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. and every Sunday night at 5:15 p.m.   New for 2010, we will now be offering nine-horse fields. The ninth starter will score from the second tier. We also plan on carding 14 races most racing nights. In addition...
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Hot Thursday for Harness Eye's Giwner

on 02/12/2010 12:00 AM
Harness Eye editor Derick Giwner had a strong handicapping night at the Meadowlands on Thursday, and he is confident the good fortune 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.   Three of Giwner’s winners on Thursday were on his “Horses To Watch” list, and overall he ha...
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Format change set for 2012 Zweig trots

on 02/12/2010 12:00 AM
The Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial trot for 3-year-old trotters (an open and filly division) will have a new format and a new purse when the rich and historic race goes postward in 2012. Starting with the yearlings being nominated in 2010 to race as 3 year olds in 2012, the single final and consolation format that is taking the harness racing world by storm will replace the current practice ...
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Winbak cleaning up from snowfall

on 02/12/2010 12:00 AM
All week the Mid-Atlantic has been blasted by two snow storms wreaking havoc across the region.  Winbak’s main farm, located right in the heart of Mid-Atlantic, took on close to three feet of snow over the week and snowdrifts up to five feet in certain areas.   Winbak Farm, thanks to the maintenance team and dedicated individuals, was able to work through the arctic blasts, continuin...
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Stakes payments delayed for Balmoral/Maywood

on 02/12/2010 12:00 AM
Balmoral Park and Maywood Park have announced that all Feb. 15 stake nominations have been moved back one month and will now be due on March 15. The stakes affected will include all aged stake events and both tracks 3-year-old events for both open and Illinois conceived and foaled pacers and trotters.   The main reason for the delay in nominations is both tracks hope that a resolu...
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Lady Godiva set for Monday at Mighty M

on 02/12/2010 12:00 AM
When the pacers come down the homestretch in Monticello Raceway’s Lady Godiva Pace on Monday afternoon one thing will be for sure and that is a lady driver will win the event.   "It’s a foregone given, especially since every driver in the race will be a woman,” chuckled Eric Warner, the track’s director of racing. “It is again our pleasure to offer a harness race especially for th...
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Paragon a hot commodity at Pompano

on 02/11/2010 12:00 AM
Paragon has suddenly become one of the hottest claiming properties at the 2009-2010 meet at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. For the second time in his last three starts, the 8-year-old pacer by Cambest from the Artsplace mare Lola was claimed after winning. On Wednesday, the career winner of over $305,000 was a well backed front-end winner over $12,500 claiming compan...
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Meadowlands open Thursday

on 02/11/2010 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands has announced that live racing resumes at 7 p.m. Thursday night. The 11-race card features the second round of the Junior Trendsetter Series for 3-year-old pacers and a $35,000 guaranteed Pick Four. The track was closed Wednesday due to the major snowstorm that hit the East Coast.   Meadowlands Racetrack and Favorites at Woodbridge are open for day and ni...
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More hope for VLTs in NJ?

on 02/11/2010 12:00 AM
In a move that is being cheered by horse-racing advocates in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie is backing away from a previously stated position that he would protect Atlantic City casinos from outside competition. The statement from Christie spokesman Mike Drewniak was reported on Wednesday, Feb 10 by pressofAtlanticCity.com and came in the wake of an audit that found city officials had presided o...
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Notice of public sale at Pine Hill Stables

on 02/11/2010 12:00 AM
A public sale will be held Monday, March 1, at Pine Hill Stables in Cohocton, N.Y., with eight Standardbreds being sold.   Under a notice of public sale: Pine Hill Stables of Cohocton, N.Y., will be selling eight Standardbred horses under Article 9 of the New York State Lien Law. Said horses include: Ms. Pro (15-year-old trotting mare in foal to New York stud Sand Vic, due June 1); Time Tro...
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39 inches of snow at Hanover Shoe Farms

on 02/11/2010 12:00 AM
A broodmare romped through the snow at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania on Thursday. The snowfall for the first part of “Snowmageddon” 2010 totaled 25 inches, and another 14 inches fell late Tuesday night and Wednesday.   Despite the record snowfall, the farm's staff cleared snow from roads, foaled mares and went about their duties.
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Kentucky governor asks House members to reconsider VLTs

on 02/11/2010 12:00 AM
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear reportedly sent a letter to members of the state House on Thursday, asking to reconsider a proposal that would allow video lottery terminals to be added at the state’s racetracks. Beshear’s budget plan announced last month assumed $780 million in gaming revenues, and the governor is asking for the legislators to readdress his proposal that would help alleviate the s...
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Canadian owner Robert Murphy dies

on 02/10/2010 12:00 AM
Prominent harness racing owner Robert Murphy of Surrey, British Columbia died Monday. He was 77.   A long-time horse breeder and owner known by his popular Red Star moniker, horses owned in whole or in part by Mr. Murphy had earned over $100 million as of March 2009. In 2008 the BC Standardbred Breeders Society proudly recognized Murphy and his wife Mary by renaming the BC Breeders Sta...
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Brooks trial news: Horse doping informant expected to testify

on 02/10/2010 12:00 AM
According to a government document in the David Brooks case, a New Jersey State Police “horse doping” informant is expected to testify as a prosecution witness. Glenn Hartung’s “informant work related to doping race horses,” according to the government.   The trial, now in its third week of testimony, is expected to mainly deal with accounting issues this week.  Next week, ho...
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Starting list for Prix de France

on 02/10/2010 12:00 AM
The starting list for the 400,000 euro Prix de France, set for Sunday at the Vincennes racetrack in Paris, has been announced. Unlike the Prix d'Amerique, the 2,100 meter race is starting with a mobile gate. The field will likely include the world champion Workaholic-sired mare Premiere Steed.   The starters include: Meaulnes du Corta, Opal Viking, Oiseau de Feux, Nouba du Saptel, Pr...
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No mystery to this winner at The Meadows

on 02/10/2010 12:00 AM
Mystery Chase took all the mystery from Tuesdays $25,000 winners-over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows when he powered to the front and clicked off an unchallenged victory.   Eric Ledford sent Mystery Chase toward the lead, where he briefly engaged Transcending before clearing. Following a :29.3 second-quarter breather, the 5-year-old son of Real Artist-Search For Cam cru...
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Who's got the most snow?

on 02/10/2010 12:00 AM
Who in harness racing is dealing with the most snow these days? We'd like to know, so email a snow report or a photo from "Snowmageddon" to editorial@harnessracing.com.   But the snowfall record might be at farms along the Pennsylvania-Maryland border.   "We're at 50 inches and it's still snowing," said Dr. William Solomon, who operates Pin Oak Lane Farm on Wednesday m...
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Maureen 'Mo' Dolan is Groom of the Year

on 02/10/2010 12:00 AM
Maureen 'Mo' Dolan, a veteran groom in the Jeff Smith stable based at Showplace Farms in New Jersey, has been named Groom of the Year in the annual competition sponsored by Harness Tracks of America and Hanover Shoe Farms. Ms. Dolan, currently caring for the $208,814 older trotting gelding The Mighty Mr K, from Jeff Gural’s Little E Stable, has cared for some major stars in the past, working fo...
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Drivers and Trainers Stir Up a Night for SRF

on 02/10/2010 12:00 AM
Can you cook up a prize worthy recipe for chicken wings, or fill a room with a tune good enough to win a karaoke contest? You might want to practice so you can join harness racing’s drivers and trainers for a night at Redd’s Restaurant in Carlstadt, NJ to benefit the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF). On Sunday, March 21 a delicious menu of fun is planned but the highlight of the n...
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