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Cohen has commentary on NJ racing industry

on 03/18/2010 2:00 AM
Standardbred owner and former harnessracing.com blogger Andrew Cohen has written an opinion piece on New Jersey's racing industry that appears on the Newark Star-Ledger's nj.com web site.   Cohen writes, "It seems to me that your state’s leaders can no longer afford to talk and wait and bicker while this revenue stream flows by. It’s time to act—time to compromise. Give peop...
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Fund-raiser held for KY candidate Andy Roberts

on 03/18/2010 2:00 AM
A fund-raiser was held at The Red Mile clubhouse on Wednesday night for Kentucky veterinarian and Standardbred owner and breeder Andy Roberts. Roberts is running for the Kentucky state Senate and must face an incumbent in a May primary to be the Republican party's name on the ballot in November.   The fund-raiser was attended by veterans of Kentucky's Standardbred breeding an...
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Odds On Moinet now 4 for 5 this year

on 03/18/2010 2:00 AM
Odds On Moinet extended her streak to three wins as she wired the field in one of two divisions of the Night Styles Series Thursday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   With George Brennan at the lines, Odds On Moinet went straight to the front and paced comfortably through fractions of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:24.2 en route to a career best 1:51.4 clocking.   Laughandbehappy angled out of th...
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Callahan in freak accident; to return later this week

on 03/17/2010 2:00 AM
Corey Callahan, driving pacer Elizabeth Ann, was injured in a freak accident in the first race at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Callahan was standing up in his bike trying to help his horse by untangling her hobbles, when a horse directly behind bumped into Callahan's sulky, throwing him to the track. Afterwards he complained that his upper arm was bothering him.   Callahan was immedia...
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Boots Place returns to Dover winner's circle

on 03/17/2010 2:00 AM
After a second-place finish last week, Boots Place returned to the winner's circle for the third time in four weeks in the $30,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday.   Eric Goodell got Boots Place away sitting second behind front-pacing Apache Dame until deep stretch when the Park Place-Put The Boots 5 year old closed along the inside to score a 1:51.3 lifetime best mile...
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Dougs Fame wins after 11-week layoff

on 03/17/2010 2:00 AM
Dismissed at 10-1 and returning from an 11-week layoff, Dougs Fame scored in a sizzling 1:51.1--fastest mile this year at The Meadows--in Tuesday’s $25,000 Preferred Handicap Pace.   Sitting second down the backside, Dougs Fame and Dave Palone confidently brushed past the leader, Hennessy Hanover, and opened up four lengths, just enough to hold off the desperate late charge...
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Kentucky Instant Racing appears back on track

on 03/17/2010 2:00 AM
The Kentucky legislature will apparently leave it to Gov. Steve Beshear or the state’s racing commission to authorize Instant Racing machines at racetracks after Senate president David Williams announced Tuesday a change to the proposed bill would now require a 1.5 percent tax on wagering to go directly to purses and breeders incentives.   The Instant Racing machines-where bettors wa...
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Dam of Jenna's Beach Boy dies

on 03/17/2010 2:00 AM
Five O’Clock Cindy, the dam of two-time Pacer of the Year Jenna’s Beach Boy, died Feb. 25 at Peninsula Farm in Kentucky at the age of 23.   A daughter of Cam Fella and the Windshield Wiper mare Eyewash, Five O’Clock Cindy was bred by JEF’s Standardbred Country Club and raced for Rose Guida’s Wilshire Racing Stable. She took a mark of 1:54.4 as a 3 year old and earned $116,375. &n...
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Update! Callahan says he hopes to return Saturday

on 03/17/2010 2:00 AM
Dover Downs’ leading driver Corey Callahan told harnessracing.com Wednesday morning that his return to racing is on a day-to-day basis after a pre-race accident before the first race on Tuesday sent him to the hospital. Callahan said in a best-case scenario he hoping to resume driving on Saturday, March 20.  Callahan said the incident occurred when his horse, Elizabeth Ann, fell shortly af...
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Windsor paddock judge Lew Clark dies

on 03/17/2010 2:00 AM
Windsor Raceway paddock judge Lew Clark, who also had a successful career training horses and served as an Ontario Harness Horse Association director, died Tuesday, March 16. He was 66.   Mr. Clark was a leading trainer at Windsor Raceway and Hazel Park in the 1970s and ‘80s, winning dash titles at both racetracks. He retired from training in 1998. According to Standardbred Canada records...
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Whoa! Kentucky Instant Racing bill stalls

on 03/17/2010 2:00 AM
Although early indications were that a bill that would allow Instant Racing machines at Kentucky Racetracks appeared on track for approval, the measure stalled Wednesday in a state Senate Committee. Reports from Frankfort stated that Sen. Damon Thayer decided against bringing the bill to a vote in the State and Local Government Committee because of increasing opposition. Although there are just 1...
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Indiana third in gaming revenue in 2009

on 03/17/2010 2:00 AM
The Associated Press (AP) has reported that Indiana has climbed to third in the nation in terms of adjusted gross revenues from commercial gaming. Nevada and New Jersey are first and second.   The AP report said Nevada held the top spot in 2009 with $9.76 billion and New Jersey was second at $3.9 billion. Indiana passed Mississippi with gaming revenues of $2.58 billion versus $2.46 billion....
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SOA New York states position on OTB restructuring

on 03/17/2010 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOA) has submitted the following document expressing support for the plan to restructure New York City OTB. It is being posted in its entirety.   We have reviewed the proposed New York City OTB (NYCOTB) restructuring plan released by Assembly Racing & Wagering Chairman Gary Pretlow on March 15, 2010 and would like to offer the support of ...
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Handicapping qualifiers added at The Meadows

on 03/17/2010 2:00 AM
Can’t make it to Meadowlands Racetrack? National Harness Handicapping Chanpionship qualifiers are still being held across the country.   Dates were just added for The Meadows (March 25 and April 5) in Pennsylvania. Tournaments are also coming up at Buffalo, Harrington, Hawthorne, Rosecroft, Tioga/Vernon, Western Regional OTB and Penn National OTW.   Check the NHHC calendar for more...
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Kims Quest upsets in Silver Reign leg

on 03/16/2010 2:00 AM
Kims Quest and driver Simon Allard scored a huge upset in Monday’s second leg of the of the Silver Reign Pacing Series for 3-year-old fillies at Woodbine Racetrack with a lifetime-best 1:54 clocking.   The daughter of Royal Mattjesty-Michelle's Destiny got away third and then moved up to challenge the pacesetting Western Dancing right at the opening half in :57.1. The top pair then hook...
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Staying Smooth is smooth in Meadows victory

on 03/16/2010 2:00 AM
Staying Smooth, his gait smoothed by hobbles, cruised to an effortless victory in Monday's opening leg of the Triple Diamond, an early-closing series for 3- and 4-year-old colt and gelding trotters at The Meadows. Boiler Spur Blur captured the other $15,000 opening-leg division.   Staying Smooth had displayed flashes of ability but also breaking problems before trainer Steve Bush rigged him...
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Three Of Spaces trumps Badlands Nitro's return

on 03/16/2010 2:00 AM
Three Of Spades spoiled the return of Badlands Nitro to the races by scoring a 1:51 victory in the $40,000 feature over a "sloppy" track at Dover Downs on Monday. Southwind Lynx also tasted defeat at the hands of Kentucky Rebel in the $37,000 Delaware Special.   In the featured race, Jon Roberts hustled Three Of Spades up quickly to step past 1-2 Badlands Nitro heading to the thre...
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HFL Sport Sciences to test in Kentucky in 2011

on 03/16/2010 2:00 AM
Following the recommendations of the Governor’s Task Force on Horse Racing, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) Tuesday approved an agreement with HFL Sport Sciences to provide drug testing for Kentucky race tracks. It is anticipated the laboratory will begin processing samples no later than Jan. 31, 2011. HFL will replace services now being provided through an agreement with the Un...
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Fox Stakes day moved to Friday, Aug. 20

on 03/16/2010 2:00 AM
The Fox Stakes and Grand Circuit day at the Indiana State Fair have been moved from their traditional Saturday slot for 2010. The Grand Circuit program is slated for Friday, Aug. 20, this year, one of many adjustments the State Fair is making during a transition period it is currently undergoing.   “This is the second year of the expanded fair schedule,” said Andy Klotz, spokesperson ...
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Arrangements set for publicist Joe Hartmann

on 03/15/2010 2:00 AM
Joe Hartmann, the former communications director at Pompano Park, Pocono Downs and Foxboro Raceway, and a recent nominee to be placed on the ballot for the sport’s Communicator’s Corner of the Hall of Fame, died Sunday evening, March 13, at his home in Deefield Beach, Fla. He was 59.   After attending Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., Mr. Hartmann began working as a sports report...
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