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Derby drawing to benefit Harness Racing Museum

on 04/16/2010 2:00 AM
Plainridge Racecourse is again including The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in its $10,000 Kentucky Derby Charity Give Away Drawing. On Tuesday, April 27, three lucky winners will receive: 1st Place-$4,000, 2nd Place-$1,500 and 3rd Place-$500, to wager on the Derby, on Saturday, May 1. Winners do not have to be present (Plainridge will assign a representative to place wagers fo...
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Empire Resorts ordered to pay $65 million

on 04/16/2010 2:00 AM
The New York Supreme Court has ordered Empire Resorts, which owns Monticello cCasino & Raceway, to pay $65 million to its bondholders. After major bondholders had called in notes,  Empire Resorts had filed a lawsuit last August in New York Supreme Court to try to block payments.   A story in the Middletown (NY) Herald-Record reported the news and included the following comment...
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WEG adds video features

on 04/16/2010 2:00 AM
As part of the ever-expanding features for the new WoodbineEntertainment.com websites, video features are now available to watch on the Woodbine Racetrack website. WEG's online video inventory will continue to expand on a daily basis providing horse racing fans and handicappers with unique coverage and insight from trackside to one-on-one interviews. Woodbine's media and broadcasting teams ...
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Lucky Jim holds on to win Su Mac Lad final

on 04/16/2010 2:00 AM
The $125,000 Su Mac Lad final was a nail biter to the finish as Lucky Jim narrowly held off Arch Madness to win the richest of three stakes races Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.    Starting from the outside post, Lucky Jim worked his way to the top in a :27.1 opening quarter and lengthened his lead when In Focus broke stride behind him. With the pocket sitter out of the way...
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Upsets in Jersey Girls, Unger finals

on 04/16/2010 2:00 AM
Andy Miller made it four wins in a row as he steered Four Starz Molly to a 60-1 upset in the $65,800 Jersey Girls final for filly and mare pacers Friday night at the Meadowlands. Miller moved Four Starz Molly three wide on the turn and she rallied to a length-and-a-half victory over Harper Lee in 1:52. Laughandbehappy held third after carving the early fractions. Four Starz Molly, t...
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Joinusforsomefun at Hoosier Park

on 04/16/2010 2:00 AM
Joinusforsomefun pinned her ears and took down the entire field for the victory in the featured $23,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace Friday night at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Guided by Sam Widger, the petite powerhouse went from last to first down the stretch for the victory in a time of 1:53.4.   Starting from post seven in the eight-horse lineup, Joinusforsomefun was m...
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Blue Chip Matchmaker continues at Yonkers

on 04/16/2010 2:00 AM
The fourth of five preliminary rounds of the Blue Chip Matchmaker highlighted Yonkers Raceway's Friday  night fare, with three, $40,000 divisions of pacing mares in play.   The first event saw pole-sitting Little Mermaid N (Jim Pantaleano) elect to sit pocketed to rank outsider She's a Fan (Brandon Simpson), then live to tell  about it.   Little Mermaid N, carried to the la...
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Lolique wins at Dover; Josh Green clinches training title

on 04/15/2010 2:00 AM
Lolique made his seasonal debut a winning one in the last $31,000 Open Handicap trot of the Dover Downs meet on its penultimate program of the 2009-2010season on Wednesday, April 14. Josh Green clinched his fifth straight Leading Trainer crown.John Wagner driving Lolique battled Impel Hanover (Jim King) from the three-quarters until mid stretch before pulling away for a 1:54.3 victory in the $31,0...
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Omen Hanover upset winner at Pocono Downs

on 04/15/2010 2:00 AM
Yannick Gingras gave Omen Hanover a perfect two-hole trip Wednesday (April 14) to emerge the winner of the $28,000 open handicap pace for fillies and mares.Leaving from the one post, Omen Hanover and Gingras followed No. 7 Flirtiscape (George Napolitano Jr.) right around the track with the opening quarter timed in 27.3, half in 56.3 and three-quarters in 1:24.1 before tipping out and outpacing the...
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Hennessey hits $1 million in Pompano dollars

on 04/15/2010 2:00 AM
The name of 53-year-old driver Wally Hennessey can now be added to that of Bruce Ranger on the list of reinsmen surpassing $1 million in purse earnings for the 2009-2010 campaign at The Winter Capital Of Harness Racing. Hennessey swept both ends of the daily double on the Wednesday, April 14 program to surpass the milestone for the current Pompano meet, which will conclude on May 22. It shoul...
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Voila American wins in 1:54.1, equals Meadows record

on 04/15/2010 2:00 AM
So deep in the Lightning Lane he was barely on the course, Voila American burst through the cramped quarters Wednesday to capture a $16,500 conditioned trot in 1:54.1, equaling The Meadows track record for older trotting stallions.Voila American was shuffled to fourth at the top of the stretch, 2-1/2 lengths back, and seemingly headed for a minor award behind the front-ending Big Star Chuck. But w...
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Battle of the brain trusts - part 2 - at Monticello

on 04/15/2010 2:00 AM
Expect the unexpected from Monticello Raceway. The racetrack that has presented such unforgettable events  as the Battle of the Bosses, the Bartenders Derby, the Battle of the Broadcasters, the Legal Eagle Pace, the Battle of the New York Legends and the Passover Pace, now has plans to resurrect its Battle of the Brain Trusts, a unique non-wagering one mile race, that will feature CEO’s, tr...
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Brooks former company Point Blank files bankruptcy

on 04/15/2010 2:00 AM
Standardbred owner-breeder David Brooks’s former company Point Blank Solutions, which made body armor for the U.S. Army and for which he was CEO before being indicted on several charges including fraud, reportedly has filed for bankruptcy due in part to the legal costs involved in the case.   Brooks, who is accused of stealing millions of dollars from the company to pay for a lavish lifes...
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RMTC launches new rulings database

on 04/15/2010 2:00 AM
Based on the recommendation of its Scientific Advisory Committee, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors has revised its recommended threshold for the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) phenylbutazone from 5 micrograms per milliliter to 2 micrograms per milliliter of plasma or serum.   Under the current model rule, one of three approved NSAIDs is pe...
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Racing helps slots, but needs promotions

on 04/15/2010 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has released its third annual Pari-Mutuel Benchmark Report that details the impact of slot machine play on the state's pari-mutuel horse racing industry. One of the most notable findings: In 2009, the average daily gross terminal revenue generated from slot machine gaming at horse and harness racing facilities was 15.27% higher on racing days vs. non-raci...
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Six wins for Tetrick at Dover

on 04/14/2010 2:00 AM
It was another big day for Tim Tetrick on a rainy Tuesday, April 13 at Dover Downs. Tetrick, who broke the sport's all time one season dash win record at the track three season's back, drove six winners, including Shady Sabrina in the $30,000 Mares Open/Handicap pace. He also guided Alpine Gold N to victory in the $24,000 Mares Jr. Open.Shady Sabrina was nowhere in sight and hadn't gotten a recent...
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Go Get Em sets season's mark in Meadows series

on 04/14/2010 2:00 AM
Go Get Em did exactly that Tuesday at The Meadows, dominating his Lookout Hanover Pace division wire to wire in 1:53.3, fastest mile this year by a 3-year-old gelding on a 5/8-mile track. Wayne The Lefty captured the other $15,000 opening-leg division of the series for sophomore colt and gelding pacers. Go Get Em prepped for the series with two sharp overnight miles at Mohegan Sun at Pocono D...
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Salutation Hanover wins at Pocono

on 04/14/2010 2:00 AM
Salutation Hanover, driven by Matt Kakaley and trained by Ron Burke, won the $28,000 open handicap trot Tuesday (April 13) night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.Kakaley caught a break in the race when Vivid Photo (Yannick Gingras) went on a break near the five-eighths pole. Kakaley was second over behind Impressive Earl (George Napolitano Jr.) with Grain Of Truth (Ray Schnittker) taking the nine-ho...
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Rosecroft to remain open at least to July 1

on 04/14/2010 2:00 AM
Although Rosecroft Raceway officials recently announced the Maryland racetrack would be closing April 19, it will now remain open until at least July 1 after the state’s Racing Commission on Monday voted 5-1 to approve a racing license after prospective buyer Mark Vogel offered to front money. “We live to fight another day,” Sharon Roberts, executive director of Cloverleaf Standardbred Owne...
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DJ Wonder still king of the hill at Mighty M

on 04/14/2010 2:00 AM
Since he came up from Yonkers Raceway in mid March DJ Wonder has been the king of the hill at Monticello Raceway, annihilating the best pacers on the grounds for the fourth time in five starts on Tuesday. The 7-year-old gelding Space Shuttle gelding romped to an easy four-length victory in a 1:55.3 clocking, a seasonal best for the Libertino Arrigo-owned, John Berger-train...
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