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Divisional champions star in Big M qualifiers

on 04/22/2010 2:00 AM
Reigning divisional champions Poof She’s Gone and Fancy Filly were among the winners at qualifying races Thursday morning at the Meadowlands, with the Dan Patch Award winners just two of a star-studded cast of performers that took to the racetrack.   Included among the other qualifying winners were the sophomore colt pacers One More Laugh, who blazed a final quarter of :25.4 to score in 1...
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SBOANJ scholarships for 2010 announced

on 04/22/2010 2:00 AM
The deadline is June 15 for applicants wishing to be considered for the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey 2010 college scholarships. Scholarships, which can range from $2,500 to $5,000, are for qualified students who plan to attend a two or four-year college or university, who are the son or daughter of a full-time participant in New Jersey harness racing or are themsel...
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With six you get Zeke at Mighty M

on 04/22/2010 2:00 AM
Billy “Zeke” Parker Jr .began the Monticello Raceway Thursday afternoon card needing only 26 more driving victories to reach the coveted milestone of 10,000 career wins, and he really put on a show winning six races on the program.   Parker, 56, started the day winning both ends of the early double. He won the first race, a trot, with Jennifer Lappe’s Wicked Winner in 2...
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Grain Of Truth wins again at Pocono

on 04/21/2010 2:00 AM
For the second time in three outings at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Ray Schnittker came up the inside with Grain Of Truth to emerge victorious in the $28,000 open handicap trot Tuesday (April 20).Leaving from the five post in the seven-horse field, Grain Of Truth was quickly taken to the front, getting to the open split in 27.2 before giving way to Celebrity Playboy and Jim Morrill Jr. Celebrity ...
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Valentowner makes it 4 in a row

on 04/21/2010 2:00 AM
In the Silky Sullivan style that has become his signature, Valentowner blazed the back half in a first-over 54.4 to capture his fourth straight in Tuesday’s $25,000 Winners Over $10,000/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Valentowner, who has erased deficits of at least 6-1/2 lengths in each win in the streak, moved uncovered down the backside for Mike Wilder after the leader, Upfront H...
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New Jersey slots campaign needs you

on 04/21/2010 2:00 AM
A statewide grassroots campaign in New Jersey to get video lottery terminals installed at Meadowlands Racetrack continues to chug along, and its organizers are asking for financial help from horsemen.The next step in the campaign is a series of radio ads across Garden State stations, which is scheduled to begin Monday, April 26. Campaign organizer Mike Gulotta is asking those with an interest in s...
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$10,000 handicapping contest at Cal-Expo

on 04/21/2010 2:00 AM
The next two weeks at Cal-Expo will find Wednesday racing, and those two cards will feature qualifying rounds for the $10,000 Spring Harness Handicapping Challenge.  There will be no Thursday programs over the next two weeks, with the trotters and pacers in action on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the month.The Handicapping contest will take place at participating California satellite ...
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Perfect M Forever scores at Harrington

on 04/21/2010 2:00 AM
KSJ Stables’ Perfect M Forever ($8.60, Brad Hanners) scored a wire-to-wire win Tuesday in the $23,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway.   The 5-year-old Stand Forever mare held pocket-sitting Cruzin For a Livin N at bay with a one-length win. Alpine Gold N overcame an early miscue to finish third. "Perfect," trained by Josh Green, earned her 33rd career win in 74 starts.   Jeff Cl...
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NJ legislators call for bids

on 04/21/2010 2:00 AM
New Jersey Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande have called on the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to seek proposals to place video lottery terminals at the Meadowlands, following a recent $600 million offer from a group of casino industry executives.   “This proposal to pay the SEA $600 million shows that placing VLTs or s...
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Nebupanezzar returns with a bang

on 04/21/2010 2:00 AM
Trainer Bob McIntosh told harnessracing.com that he may have had a restless night prior to the return of 2008 O’Brien Award winner Nebupanezzar in a qualifier, but he was thrilled with the 1:52.4 winning performance by the 4-year-old son of No Pan Intended at Windsor Raceway on Wednesday morning.   The richest freshman pacer of 2008 with $946,365 in earnings, Nebupanezzar did not mak...
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Bramalea Hanover sweeps Celias Counsel

on 04/20/2010 2:00 AM
Bramalea Hanover completed a sweep of the Celias Counsel Trotting Series with a 1:56 tour de force in the $60,000 final on Monday night for driver Steve Condren.The daughter of Windsongs Legacy - Bramasole got away third in the early going but as soon as things settled up front, she blasted to command just past the first quarter of :27.4. From there, she cruised through splits of :58 and 1:28 befo...
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Another Hall Of Famer heads to Pompano

on 04/20/2010 2:00 AM
If all goes according to plan there will be another Hall of Fame-inducted horseman in the South Florida driving and training colony for the 2010-2011 season--Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee Doug Brown. Since the award's inception in 1989, Brown is the only seven-time winner of Canada's prestigious O'Brien award as the top driver in his home nation. "We've thought about winter...
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B Winner K, Tommaso take Meadows splits

on 04/20/2010 2:00 AM
B Winner K opened a daylight lead, then survived a late break and an inquiry as he captured a division of the Michaelrowyourboat Trot at The Meadows. Tommaso took Monday’s other $15,000, second-leg split in the series for 3-year-old colts and geldings. B Winner K had shown talent as well as gaiting problems since shedding the hopples he wore at 2. He appeared to be home free in Monday’s l...
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Prewitt named KHAA executive secretary

on 04/20/2010 2:00 AM
The Kentucky Harness Horsemen's Association has made their decision for the position of executive secretary. After interviewing 14 applicants, the KHHA directors chose Gabe Prewitt at their board meeting on Monday afternoon, April 19. Prewitt's appointment comes after the death of former KHHA executive secretary Bill Napier last month.   Prewitt, a University of Kentucky graduate, is a harn...
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Ocean Downs summer season in limbo

on 04/20/2010 2:00 AM
Delmarvanow.com is reporting that this summer’s racing season at Ocean Downs is in question, as the track owners and local horsemen disagree on if and where to hold a meet while construction on the slots facility continues. Meanwhile, county officials say Ocean Downs must host at least one race by August or risk forfeiting the zoning exception that will allow slots operations on the site. "If ...
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Enough Talk heading to Finland

on 04/20/2010 2:00 AM
Following their one-two finish in the $125,000 Su Mac Lad final April 16 at the Meadowlands, Lucky Jim and Arch Madness are headed for starts in next month’s Arthur J. Cutler Memorial. But Enough Talk, who won the second round of the Su Mac Lad and then finished third in the final, will apparently be bypassing the Cutler as trainer and co-owner Peter Kleinhans told harnessracing.com he plans on ...
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Date for Maxie Lee Memorial Trot changed

on 04/20/2010 2:00 AM
The Harrah's Chester race office has announced that the Maxie Lee Memorial Trot, an invitational event for 2010, has been moved to Sunday, Aug. 29, which is one week following Super Stakes Sunday. (Harrah's Chester)
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Illinois Ag. director says 2009 purses still in limbo

on 04/20/2010 2:00 AM
Tom Jennings, the director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, confirmed to harnessracing.com Tuesday afternoon that monies owed from races held at Du Quoin and Springfield last year will remain unpaid for an undetermined amount of time because there simply isn’t any funding available.   Horsemen who raced at the two state fair tracks in Illinois in 2009 have received only half the...
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Wolf Creek Pass wins Balmoral ICF race

on 04/19/2010 2:00 AM
The first Illinois conceived and foaled stake action of the year for 3-year-old trotting colts headlined Sunday night’s Balmoral Park program as a field of eight were sent postward in the $9,000 Speedy Rodney Stake.   As is often the case in these early season tests a longshot emerged victorious as Steven Poore’s Wolf Creek Pass made up what looked to be an insurmountable deficit turnin...
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Harrington's 64th season gets underway

on 04/19/2010 2:00 AM
A capacity crowd filled the grandstand of Harrington Raceway Sunday night as the track’s 64th season of live harness racing began with a 15-race program.   Reigning driving champion Tony Morgan picked up where he left off with three wins on the program, while past champ Brad Hanners returned with a bang, also registering a hat trick. Meanwhile, 2009 Harrington leading trainer Tim Crissman...
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