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Pennsylvania passes table games bill

on 01/06/2010 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania House passed a bill permitting table games at state casinos and racinos early Wednesday night, which moves the bill to the desk of Gov. Ed Rendell. The vote on the bill was 103-89.   The Senate passed the bill Tuesday night by a 28-22 margin and Rendell has said he will immediately sign the bill since it will allow him to balance the state's budget and avert laying off...
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Invocation steps up for Super Bowl

on 01/06/2010 12:00 AM
Lightly raced 4-year-old Invocation upset the field at 18-1 in one of seven $12,500 Super Bowl Series divisions on Thursday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Driven by Jordan Stratton, Invocation caught the leader Aachoo in the final strides for a career best 1:57.4 clocking. He paid $18 to win the fourth race. Stratton’s father, David, purchased the son of Like A Prayer for a modest sum ...
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Three Of Spades goes all in at Dover

on 01/05/2010 12:00 AM
The fast-finishing Three Of Spades scored a 1:51.4 victory to win the $27,000 Open pacing feature at Dover Downs on a cold Monday, and That's Justice wrapped up the $23,000 co-feature.   Jon Roberts steered the lightly-raced Three Of Spaces to his first win since mid-November for Bill DeLodovico and Bib Roberts in the week's top pacing event. The Cam's Card Shark-Triple Flip gelding ha...
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Oosting, Hochstetler take Balmoral honors

on 01/05/2010 12:00 AM
The 2009 Balmoral Park racing season has come to a close with a familiar result in the driver standings, as Mike Oosting toted home his fifth Balmoral Park driving championship, while veteran conditioner Homer Hochstetler grabbed the honors as top conditioner at the Crete oval.   The 47-year-old Oosting added yet another trophy to his mantle despite missing six weeks of the 2009 season wit...
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Owner of Merrie Annabelle to be honored in Ohio

on 01/05/2010 12:00 AM
Prominent breeder and owner Byron D. Kuth has been chosen by the Ohio chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers to join the list of Immortals in the state. Kuth was the owner of Merrie Annabelle, the first juvenile trotting filly to win in 2:00. Shortly after that miraculous effort at Lexington, Ky., the roan filly was injured and later died from her injuries. One of the most coveted race...
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Cam Fella Award to New Brunswick's Ross Galbraith

on 01/05/2010 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada has announced that Ross Galbraith, chair of the New Brunswick Horse Racing Industry Association and one of the committee members responsible for the creation of Horse Racing New Brunswick. has been voted the 2009 recipient of the Cam Fella Award.   The Cam Fella Award will be presented to Mr. Galbraith at the annual O'Brien Awards Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Del...
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Youth Foundation to honor Martin Scharf

on 01/05/2010 12:00 AM
Martin Scharf's generosity to harness racing through his Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship will be on display on Saturday night, Jan. 16, at the Meadowlands Racetrack, when he presents Maddie Dudka with a $15,000 check as the 2009/10 Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship recipient.   Then on Feb. 28 at Yonkers Raceway, during the annual U.S. Harness Writers Association banquet,&nbs...
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Keystone Rideau wins Monticello feature

on 01/05/2010 12:00 AM
During the latter part of the 2009 racing season at Monticello Raceway there were no better confrontations than the ones between Keystone Rideau and Southbound Trucker in the weekly pacing features. In the four races in which they went head-to-head each gelding was victorious twice while the other finished second in those events.   Carded to once again confront each other in the $7,700...
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Ontario commission dismisses Waxman, Vandalay appeal

on 01/05/2010 12:00 AM
On May 10, 2006, the Executive Director of the Ontario Racing Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Order to suspend the ORC licences of Daniel Waxman and Vandalay Racing for five years with imposition of a $100,000(C) fine pursuant to Sections 21 and 22 RCA 2000 for violation of the hidden ownership rule (11.08 – horses not under lease must race in the name of the bona fide owner). On M...
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Table games bill moves forward in Pennsylvania

on 01/05/2010 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania State Senate approved a bill to legalize table games at the state's casinos and racinos on Tuesday evening by a vote of 28-22. The bill will move on to the House on Wednesday, and Gov. Ed Rendell has said he hopes it will be on his desk by Friday so he can avoid laying off about 1,000 state workers.   The table games bill is expected to have implications for the horse racin...
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San Pail, Sakic Seelster win in series action

on 01/04/2010 12:00 AM
Class horses San Pail and Sakic Seelster both prevailed in Sunday’s first leg of the Glorys Comet Trotting Series for older horses at Woodbine Racetrack. Sakic Seelster, who had been struggling towards the end of the 2009 campaign, started off the new year with a sharp first-over victory in the opening $50,000 division for driver Mario Baillargeon in 1:56. He was able to grind out a half-lengt...
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Andover Hall mare wins series leg

on 01/04/2010 12:00 AM
A strong winning favorite and a big upset headlined Sunday’s first leg of the Lifetime Dream Trotting Series for 4-year-old mares on another cold, blustery afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack. In the opening $25,000 contest, Margarita Mary seized control in the first quarter and then cruised to a very impressive 1:57 victory for trainer/driver Rick Zeron. The daughter of Andover Hall - Pacific Ph...
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Dailey to be honored by Ohio Harness Writers

on 01/04/2010 12:00 AM
James “Bill” Dailey, a horseman from Mechanicsburg, Ohio, will receive the Winner’s Circle Award from the Ohio chapter of the United States Harnewss Writer’s Association for his achievements in 2009.   The Winner’s Circle Award honors the Ohioan with the most outstanding achievements in harness racing in a given year. In 2009, Dailey trained the winners of $801,727, tripling ...
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Jamieson, Palone dead heat for HTA Driver of Year

on 01/04/2010 12:00 AM
Jody Jamieson, Ontario's new driving champion, has added North America's top harness racing award for drivers to his honors. Jamieson finished in a dead heat with Dave Palone of Pennsylvania for Harness Tracks of America's Driver of the Year award for 2009.   It is Palone's fifth HTA cup, and Jamieson became the first Canadian driver ever to win while competing almost exclusively in Ca...
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Ohio native, Standardbred vet new AAEP VP

on 01/04/2010 12:00 AM
John S. Mitchell, DVM, a native of Cadiz, Ohio, and a Standardbred racetrack practitioner in Pompano Beach, Fla., has joined the American Association of Equine Practitioner (AAEP) Executive Committee as vice president. Mitchell was sworn in at the 55th annual AAEP convention, held in in Las Vegas in early December. With this appointment, he will serve as AAEP president in 2012.   After...
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Tidewater Tomahawk wins in 1:52

on 01/03/2010 12:00 AM
Tidewater Tomahawk was one of several stakes eligibles tuning up for the start of next week’s winter series action on Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   The son of Western Hanover came first up on the final turn and fired off a final quarter of 26.4 to win the $27,500 sixth race, a preferred event for 4-year-old pacers, in 1:52. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Tidewater Tomahawk bested...
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Record Pick 4 payoff; $50,000 Saturday pool guaranteed

on 01/02/2010 12:00 AM
Longshots lit up the toteboard in every leg, producing a record $67,998 Pick Four payout on Friday, Jan. 1, at Meadowlands Racetrack. The winning ticket was purchased at Nassau OTB and correctly chose Image Of Dawn [$11.40], Swan Image [$29.40], Leanback Coco [$35.40] and Sam’s Shuffle [$31.80] to take down the entire pool. The previous payoff record was $55,466 on March 25, 2009. The total hand...
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Image Of Dawn wins in 1:51.4

on 01/02/2010 12:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack kicked off its 2010 Harness Meet with an unusual twist as the opening night feature, the “We’re Not So Young Anymore” pace, was restricted to horses 10 years old up. The quirky race was the idea of Racing Secretary Peter Koch, who played on the idea that all 10 horses in the field turned 10 or older on January 1, 2010.   Image Of Dawn, who turned 11 on Friday, ra...
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Clements, Napolitano back in action at Pompano

on 01/02/2010 12:00 AM
They had delayed their first appearances in the 2009-2010 campaign until Jan. 1 at The Isle Pompano Park, but drivers Anthony Napolitano and Dan Clements received notice immediately upon arrival for duty.   Clements executed a sweep of the field in the third quarter in Friday evening's fifth race in South Florida in his first drive at the meet. Sitting last in a field of seven $10,000 claim...
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Brainard takes WEG title; Blizzard Series underway

on 01/01/2010 12:00 AM
It was a disastrous day for favorites as the Blizzard Pacing Series for fillies and mares kicked off on New Years Eve Day at Woodbine Racetrack, the final program of the 2009 racing season in Toronto.   In the first of two $20,000 divisions, it was heavily-backed Kims Quest who faltered after an inside following trip and ended up third behind mild upsetter Miss Sand Creek and driver A...
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