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Chips And Wings equals Meadows record

on 04/08/2010 2:00 AM
Chips And Wings, a conditioned claimer only five weeks ago, used his early speed to secure the pocket, then powered home Wednesday to score in 1:54.1, equaling The Meadows’ track record for 4-year-old trotting stallions. Owner/trainer Bethie Murdock claimed Chips And Wings from his Feb. 26 conditioned claiming event and quickly advanced him to the Preferred Handicap ranks, where he was hamp...
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JM Vangogh wins Dover open; DSBF fillies compete

on 04/08/2010 2:00 AM
JM Vangogh won the $30,000 Open/Handicap trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, April 7, Black Tie took the sub-feature trot while No Bad Luck, Badlands Kate and Sucha Bad Girl won Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 2nd leg $20,000 filly pace preliminaries and Status Symbol and Punk's Embrace won the filly trot prelims. Vince Copeland had a driving triple.Tony Morgan and JM Vangogh made up three lengt...
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Trainers' titles a Pompano photo finish

on 04/08/2010 2:00 AM
It's way too soon to declare a winner or even a favorite in the trainers' dash wins and cash earnings categories with six weeks to go in the 2009-2010 South Florida campaign at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. No less than six trainers are in the hunt in the wins category. Dan Hennessey harnessed up his 48th winner of the current campaign at the Winter Capital Of Harness Racing on the Wed...
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Rare pick 3 at Woodbine

on 04/08/2010 2:00 AM
The Saturday, April 3rd program at Woodbine featured a very odd occurrence when three horses wearing the number 10 saddle pad won three consecutive races on the card.The 10-10-10 winning pick-3 combination is the first in recent memory and believed to be the first ever at the Rexdale oval. The rare pick-3 combination was worth $187.75.The claiming action was quite intense this past week with 10 ho...
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Last chance for a spot on Walk of Fame

on 04/08/2010 2:00 AM
Knock on memory's door, visit a while, plant a smile, brush a tear and kiss a dream at harness racing's Walk of Fame. Before visitors even enter the Museum they begin to celebrate harness racing. The Walk of Fame, the sport's memory lane, provides a wonderful introduction to the world of the Standardbred.  It is harness racing's field of glory: its yesterdays, todays and tomorrows. It is a we...
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Date set for 18th SRF charity golf outing

on 04/08/2010 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) will host their Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at beautiful Knob Hill Country Club in Manalapan, New Jersey.  A very popular event, the SRF golf outing is strongly supported by the racing industry and is always sold out.  Greens fees, cart, lunch, cocktail hour, dinner, charity auction, raffles, trick golfer, trivia, a...
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Credit Winner responding 'positively'

on 04/08/2010 2:00 AM
Credit Winner, one of harness racing's leading trotting sires, is at home at Blue Chip Farms in New York after spending time at the University of Pennsylvania's famed New Bolton Center to evaluate problems he was having breeding.   In a press release issued Thursday, April 7, Blue Chip said Credit Winner was taken to New Bolton on Feb. 20 for a "comprehens...
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Dali overcoming allergies, quarter crack

on 04/08/2010 2:00 AM
Following a punishing victory in last week’s second leg of the Spring Pacing Championship, Dali will look to duplicate that effort as the 5/2 morning line choice in Saturday night’s $90,000 final at Woodbine Racetrack.   Dali enters the final fresh off a sparkling 1:50.3 victory last Saturday night. In that race, driver Luc Ouellette sent him from third to first in the second quarter ...
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Stars step out in Big M qualifiers

on 04/08/2010 2:00 AM
The qualifying card raced at the Meadowlands on Thursday, April 8, was as deep as or deeper in talent than many pari-mutuel cards, with loads of black-type performers dropping in behind the starting gate. The card kicked off with a three-quarter length, 1:57.4 win by Mr Cantab, a 4-year-old son of Cantab Hall, trained by Erv Miller and driven by George Brennan. In the first start toward his pari-...
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Could Churchill Downs move to Indiana?

on 04/08/2010 2:00 AM
Harness racing fans--and sports fans in New York and New Jersey--have seen it happen. Major league sports teams make the best deal they can with a "stadium" landlord, even if it requires moving the New York team to New Jersey, as has happened in the case of the NFL Jets and Giants, who both play in New Jersey at the Meadowlands Sports Complex.   So William Shanklin, a longtime racing and ga...
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3YO trotters in Tie Silk action at Woodbine

on 04/08/2010 2:00 AM
Go Go Red Marty delivered as the heavy favorite while Vermo posted a big upset in Thursday’s first leg of the Tie Silk Trotting Series for 3-year-olds at Woodbine Racetrack Thursday night.   Go Go Red Marty, who entered the second $20,000 split undefeated in two starts this season, won handily for driver Mike Saftic in 1:58.3. The chestnut gelded son of Striking Sahbra - Clarice Mari...
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Greg Merton reaches 3,000 wins at Yonkers

on 04/07/2010 2:00 AM
Greg Merton may do the bulk of his entertaining in the Catskills, but his act plays in the big city as well.Though not a downstate regular, Merton had his name above Yonkers Raceway's marquee Tuesday night, winning his 3,000th career with the handy Undersky Torpedo.Leaving from both position No. 4 in the $12,000 pacing opener, the odds-on ($3.70) favorite went to the house, winning by a length-and...
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Ontario requires license for non-residents

on 04/07/2010 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC)  announced that,effective May 1, 2010, non-residents will be required to apply for and obtain an ORC licence in order to race in Ontario. Its press release said the move, "...will treat non-residents in the same manner as Ontario residents who apply for and pay for a license to race in Ontario."   To view the complete Notice, access the ORC website...
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Breedings for sale to benefit Museum

on 04/07/2010 2:00 AM
Alan J. Leavitt, president and general manager of Walnut Hall Limited and member of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame class of 2008, has donated breedings to the first season stallion Groton Hall. They are available, for a limited time, for a non-refundable $250 donation to The Harness Racing Museum.   Could Groton Hall http://www.harnessracing.com/ads/10-mar24-whallltd.pdf (a Conwa...
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Celebrating Campbell as he turns 55

on 04/07/2010 2:00 AM
Meadowlands statistician Bob "Hollywood" Heyden has used his blog on the Meadowlands web site to celebrate some of Hall of Famer John Campbell's accomplishments as Campbell turns 55 on Thursday, April 8.   Here are a few of Heyden's gems--That Campbell holds 16 national money-winnings titles to lead in that category, with Billy Haughton second on the list at 12; he was the fi...
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Illinois horsemen frustrated when meeting canceled

on 04/07/2010 2:00 AM
On Monday, April 5, the Illinois Racing Board (IRB) called a meeting between horseman’s groups and racetrack representatives to discuss the future of “slots at the tracks” legislation. The IRB agreed not to negotiate for either party, but merely to facilitate the meeting.   The meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, April 7, at the James R Thompson Center at 10:30 am. Several racing boa...
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Amateur driver challenge set for this weekend

on 04/07/2010 2:00 AM
Now that the Super Bowl, the Olympics and March Madness are behind us, the eyes of the world will be on Sacramento, California for the two-day, East versus West, Amateur Driving Challenge.   This year, given the weakness in the economy, the directors of the event have lowered the ticket prices from $250 each to the normal admission price at Cal-Expo, the host of the event.   Perhaps ...
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50-1 shot wins Pocono feature

on 04/07/2010 2:00 AM
Sky Queen, sent off at 50-1 with Joe Pavia Jr. in the sulky, won the $15,000 claiming pace for fillies and mares Wednesday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   With unseasonable warm temperatures, several new lifetime marks were established over the last two racing nights at the Northeastern Pennsylvania racetrack.  Sky Queen, trained by Michael Rashkin, was one of those horses that ...
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Valentowner shocks at The Meadows

on 04/07/2010 2:00 AM
Trailing by as much as 13 lengths, Valentowner was widest and fastest of all through the lane as he pulled off a 26-1 shocker in Tuesday’s $25,000 Winners Over $10,000/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.Dougs Fame, the 2-5 favorite as part of an entry, controlled the fractions, taking the field through three-quarters in a wicked 1:22.4. When he tired and broke stride, the dash home became a ...
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Grain Of Truth and Rompaway Alvin win at Pocono

on 04/07/2010 2:00 AM
It was Grain Of Truth and Ray Schnittker winning the $28,000 open 1 handicap trot Tuesday (April 6) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.Schnittker sat second or third for three-quarters of the race while Vivid Photo (Yannick Gingras) took the field to the opening quarter in 27.4, half in 58.1 and three quarters in 1:26.2 before getting nosed out by Grain Of Truth, who charged up the Pocono Pike (passin...
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