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Zeke Parker closing in on 10,000 wins

on 05/04/2010 2:00 AM
Billy “Zeke” Parker, Jr. is moving ever closer to the 10,000 win plateau. At Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, May 3 Parker reined three more winners and now needs just nine to reach 10,000  career driving victories. And when he reaches that milestone he’ll be just the ninth driver in the history of the sport to have 10,000 or more wins.Parker started the afternoon like ...
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Woodbine moving toward first turn

on 05/04/2010 2:00 AM
If you tune into racing from Woodbine on Thursday, make sure you catch the early race, with a post time of 6:45 pm. The race will be conducted with a starting post moved closer to the first turn at the seven-eighths mile track. The start and finish will be 350 feet farther down the stretch.   Woodbine has been experimenting with races at seven-eighths mile distances and with moving the star...
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Kirschenbaum to hold CHHA post for 2010

on 05/04/2010 2:00 AM
The California Harness Horsemen's Association (CHHA) elected Alan Kirschenbaum as permanent president of the association for 2010. Kirschenbaum has been serving as interim president since Jan. 24.   At its board of directors meeting on Sunday, May 2, the board voted unanimously to elect Kirschenbaum. The board also re-elected Dave Haness, a prominent Sacramento horsemen, to c...
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Meadowlands Survival Challenge online

on 05/04/2010 2:00 AM
Enrollment is now open for Meadowlands Racetrack’s Summer Survival Challenge, a free online wagering game featuring real cash prizes, and it's no risk, all reward for horseplayers.   The game begins Friday, May 28, and concludes Hambletonian Day, Saturday, Aug. 7. The winner is determined by the highest total bankroll at the end of the Challenge based on a $2 "across the board" wager [win...
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It's time to play Jug Fantasy Contest!

on 05/03/2010 2:00 AM
The 2010 Little Brown Jug Fantasy Contest begins today, Monday, May 3. Contestants age 18 and over can play for free and can win any of 50 prizes, topped by a package that includes box seats for the 2010 Jug, admission to the Hospitality Pavilion, three nights at the Sheraton Suites, a $250 betting voucher, a ride in the starting gate, a chance to join the Jug trophy presentation and more.  ...
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Il Villagio suffers season-ending leg injury

on 05/03/2010 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old trotting colt Il Villaggio, rated Number 1 in this past spring's USTA Experimentals, suffered a season-ending leg injury this past Thursday while out in his paddock.   Il Villiaggio’s record last year earned him the O’Brien Award for 2-Year-Old Trotting Colts.  He started eight times last year, won six, and was never beaten while on gait. He won the Bl...
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Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame nominees announced

on 05/03/2010 2:00 AM
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2010 nominees, with a total of 29 horses and people, including 15 nominees in Thoroughbred racing and 14 nominees in Standardbred racing, on the ballot for induction into the Hall of Fame.  The two 20-person Election Committees will declare the winners in the respective categories and they will be announced on Tuesday...
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69 remain eligible for North America Cup

on 05/03/2010 2:00 AM
The connections of 69 colts made the April 15 sustaining payment to this year’s $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup and remain eligible to North America’s richest race for pacers. Only 20 colts have dropped off the NA Cup trail since initial payments were made on Feb. 15.   Headlining the group is Metro Pace champion Sportswriter along with Breeders Crown winner All Speed Hanover. Othe...
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Saunders gives his take on tough trip

on 05/03/2010 2:00 AM
Rock N Roll Heaven, one of last year’s top 2-year-olds, with nearly $600,000 in earnings and a stakes win in the Bluegrass and runner up in the Metro Pace,  got a long look at this year’s competition this past weekend – from the long way around the track. Stuck on the outside throughout all fractions (:27.2, :55.1, 1:23.1, 1:50) of his Berry’s Creek elimination race at the Meadow...
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Millers, Lucky Jim getting ready for Sweden

on 05/03/2010 2:00 AM
Lucky Jim, North America’s top older trotter last year, with 17 victories in 18 starts and $1.06 million, is getting ready for his trip to Sweden for a shot at the world’s best on May 30 in the Elitlopp. Trainer Julie Miller, whose husband Andy is the 5-year-old gelding’s regular driver, confirmed Monday that they are ready for the trip, but first comes the Cutler Memorial at the Meadow...
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Favorites defeated in Ontario Spring Series

on 05/03/2010 2:00 AM
It was a tough night for the favorites in Monday’s second leg of the Ontario Spring Series for 3-year-old fillies at Woodbine Racetrack as the top choice in both $20,000 splits went down to defeat.   The first victim was Manvers Short Cut, who rallied from seventh in the early stages to finish third behind longshot On The Cusp who clicked in a sparkling 1:53. That daughter of Camluck - H...
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One More Yankee in 1:49.4 at Pocono

on 05/02/2010 2:00 AM
Golden Receiver made it three straight in the $28,000 open handicap pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Saturday (May 1) but it was One More Yankee “hitting” the home run in Race 3 of the 16-race card.Driven by Tony Morgan, One More Yankee turned in the fastest mile of the meet thus far, stopping the timer in 1:49.4 in a race for non-winners of $13,850 in last five starts or 11 extended pari-m...
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Thisbigdogwilfight just keeps winning

on 05/02/2010 2:00 AM
Coming into Saturday’s $14,000 Rambling Willie stake with three straight Free For All victories under his belt Redbud Stable and Michael Mcneely’s Thisbigdogwilfight figured to be an overwhelming choice with the move back into the state-bred ranks. The seven-year-old gelding proved to be just that as he was hammered down to 2-5 at the betting windows and the gelded son of The Big Dog did not d...
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French-bred wins Finlandia Ajo

on 05/02/2010 2:00 AM
Quarcio de Chene, a French-bred horse trained by Olle Goop and driven by Bjorn Goop, won the Finlandia Ajo at the Vermo track in Helsinki, Finland, Sunday afternoon. He won the race with a second-over trip in a new race and track mark record of 1:53.3.   Enough Talk, who is owned and trained by American Peter Kleinhans, finished fifth.   Quarcio de Chene is by the French sire Capricc...
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Lotteria held in Naples, Italy

on 05/02/2010 2:00 AM
There were three eliminations, all three with Italian-breds in top, but a little bit of American blood was needed to win the 498,000 (euro) Lotteria on Sunday in Naples. The winner was Italiano.   Pietro Gubellini sent Irving Rivarco to the front in the final, when most of the other serious challengers got traffic problems during the way. Italiano had the best of trips in the pocket an...
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Cactus Creek equals all-age Tioga mark

on 05/02/2010 2:00 AM
Cactus Creek and Jordan Stratton equaled the all-age track record, and broke the track record for aged gelding pacers, on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs. With the help of the warm muggy weather, the duo flew through torrid fractions of :25.1, :52.3 and 1:20 before waltzing home in :30 to stop the teletimer in 1:50.   The win was the third of the year for the 7-year old son of Art...
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Lubbock wins Hiram Woodruff final

on 05/01/2010 2:00 AM
Lubbock extended his winning streak to five races with a 1:53.1 score in the $46,000 Hiram Woodruff Final Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack. Lubbock pressed Rompaway Alvin through an opening quarter in :28 before taking the backseat through brisk middle fractions of :55.3 and 1:24.3.  Driver Ron Pierce angled Lubbock out of the pocket in the stretch and he rolled past the tired leader for...
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Hokie Spirit wins Meadows series final

on 05/01/2010 2:00 AM
In the wake of the horrific 2007 mass shootings at Virginia Tech, breeder Ron Mersky, who earned his doctorate at the university, wanted to express his solidarity in a special way. So he named two babies he intended to campaign Hokie Spirit and Hokie Heart to embody the nickname of the school’s sports teams, Hokies. On Friday at The Meadows, Hokie Spirit symbolically carried the Maroon and ...
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$4,000 claimer In 1:52.3 at Pompano

on 05/01/2010 2:00 AM
Horsepeople and track officials are still buzzing about what is believed to have been a precedent setting performance this week at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   "Certainly for my eleven years here and probably in the track's entire 46 year history there has never been a $4,000 claimer win in a time of 1:52.3 like Rare Bunny did on April 28", says the track's Director Of Racing Op...
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Terror Time scares up a win

on 05/01/2010 2:00 AM
Terror Time positioned himself for a sweep of this year’s Ontario Spring Series for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers with an authoritative victory in Friday night’s second leg at Woodbine Racetrack.   The other split went to High Net Worth who finished second in leg one of the series. That speedy colt turned in an eye-catching rally to capture the first $20,000 division for driver Pau...
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