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Chasin Racin amends in one of six Levy splits

on 04/03/2010 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway hosted the second of five preliminary rounds of the George Morton Levy Memorial  Pacing Series Saturday night. As was the case in the opening leg, a half-dozen, $50,000 divisions comprised half the card.   The first Levy division saw pole-sitting, 9-5 favorite Chasin Racin (Corey Callahan) make amends for a poor 2010 debut a week ago. He lasted on the  lead (:27.4,...
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Pennsylvania honors best of 2009

on 04/02/2010 2:00 AM
The western Pennsylvania “dynamic duo” of driver Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke, the top trotting mare Hidden Viggorish, and the supergenerous owner Francis Azur were among the winners of awards for excellence in Pennsylvania harness racing in 2009 according to recent voting of the Keystone Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Palone won his 21st straight driving title at Th...
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Keidel retires at Northfield; Bianconi takes post

on 04/02/2010 2:00 AM
Gregg Keidel, Northfield Park’s Director of Racing, is retiring from the Route 8 Oval on Friday, April 2, after 30 years of service to the track. Originally hired as a part-time publicity aide in 1980, Keidel became the full-time Director of Publicity and Promotions in 1985. On Nov. 1, 1987, Keidel became Director of Racing, a position he has held ever since.   During his career...
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Cab company owner hopes to fare well at Big M

on 04/02/2010 2:00 AM
An unconventional training regimen has helped Pilgrims Toner move up the class ladder from claimer to invitational winner at Meadowlands Racetrack. The 6-year-old son of The Panderosa bids for his fourth straight victory in the $32,000 Invitational on Saturday night. He is rated as the 8-5 morning line favorite from post two with Yannick Gingras listed to drive.   Pilgri...
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Vernon to hold qualifiers April 6

on 04/02/2010 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs will begin preparations for its 2010 live race meet with a card of qualifying races on the evening of Tuesday, April 6, at 6:55 p.m. The races will serve as a dress rehearsal for Vernon staff and media in anticipation of opening night of the live meet set for Friday, April 16. The box will close for qualifying declarations at noon on Monday, April 5, and the race office phon...
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3-year-old trotters shine at Pompano

on 04/02/2010 2:00 AM
It was a night to remember for 3-year-old trotters and driver Trevor Ritchie on the Friday evening,card at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   Ritchie was in the bike to pilot 3-year-old Celebrity Blue Chip to an impressive 1:58.2 victory. It was the season's debut for the Credit Winner-Precious Lindy colt, a $170,000 purchase from the Lexington Selected Sale.   All Power, in...
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Meadows shipper wins Hoosier Park feature

on 04/02/2010 2:00 AM
Northern Lei Ann and Hoosier Park’s leading driver Peter Wrenn picked up another win against the track’s top female pacers Friday. The duo fought hard to the wire to win by a nose in a time of 1:53.2 during the evening’s featured $23,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational.   Starting from the outside post position in the nine-horse lineup, Northern Lei Ann watched as High Speed Life and R...
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He's Great claimed after win in Pocono feature

on 04/02/2010 2:00 AM
He's Great, a winner of eight of 33 starts and a lifetime mark of 1:51.3 in 2009, lived up to his name, winning the $20,000 claiming pace Friday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in the horse's initial start of the 2010 season.   The 6-year-old gelding, trained by Laura Shock and driven by Eric Goodell, stopped the timer in 1:52.3 over a fast track, winning by five lengths over The Quiet...
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Favorites rule in Art Unger opening splits

on 04/02/2010 2:00 AM
Favorites Allamerican Chief, Bet The Town and Eragon won their respective $12,500 divisions of the opening round of the Art Unger Series for 4-year-old pacers Friday night at the Meadowlands.   Yannick Gingras directed Allamerican Chief to a career-best 1:51.3 score in the first of the three Unger divisions that were carded as the first three races on the Good Friday evening program. T...
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Lucky Jim wins first Clash of the Titans

on 04/02/2010 2:00 AM
The 2009 Older Trotter of the Year Lucky Jim got a stern test from the 2008 Older Trotter of the Enough Talk but the current reigning champion held off his rival down the stretch to score a 1:52.1 victory in the opening round of the Su Mac Lad Series Friday night at the Meadowlands.   The "Clash of the Titans' lived up to its billing as the two trotting heavyweights trad...
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Matchmaker Series continues at Yonkers

on 04/02/2010 2:00 AM
Round Two of Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker Series led the Friday frolics, with three, $40,000  sewing circles for mares going at it.   Fleur de Lil A (Mike Vanderkemp, $26) upset in the first division as the sixth choice, proving more than ready for her first pari-mutuel start since mid-December. The 7-year-old Down Under Armbro Operative lass picked off dueling favorites McGi...
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Justice served again in Youthful split

on 04/02/2010 2:00 AM
Legal Justice was a repeat winner while Ashton Seelster posted an upset win in Friday night’s second leg of the Youthful Pacing Series for 3year-old colts and geldings at Woodbine Racetrack.   Ashton Seelster surprised with a 1:52.1 victory in the opening $25,000(C) split for driver Jody Jamieson. The son of Camluck - Angelina Seelster got away second from post one and followed Lil Bit Li...
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RT Sun Poco is double trouble at The Meadows

on 04/01/2010 2:00 AM
Sporting earplugs for the first time, RT Sun Poco powered to the front from post eight and proved unassailable on the lead as she captured Wednesday’s $25,000 final of the Double Trouble, a series for 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare trotters, at The Meadows. In last week’s series leg, Lucky Charm used the Lightning Lane to nip the front-ending RT Sun Poco, a result that prompted t...
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Harold Zahn to be remembered at Balmoral

on 04/01/2010 2:00 AM
On Saturday, April 10, family members and friends will gather at Balmoral Park for the ninth annual Harold Zahn Memorial Race, a tribute that was initiated by his son, Dale Zahn, and his wife LaVonne, now residents of Holland, Mich. The group will present a specially prepared Purple and White Blanket in the winner’s circle following the race.   Why purple? It’s because Harold was awarde...
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Yonkers adds Wednesdays, drops Thursdays

on 04/01/2010 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway is changing its live racing schedule, beginning in the muiddle of April. Effective the week of Monday, April 12, Yonkers will add Wednesday nights (first one April 14) and eliminate Thursday nights (first one April 15). This change remains in effect until further notice.   Effective April 12, Yonkers' weekly five-night live harness schedule is Monday, Tue...
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New post times at The Meadows

on 04/01/2010 2:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has announced new post times for its Wednesday and Friday harness cards. Wednesday cards will now begin at 6:55 pm and post time on Fridays will be 12:55 pm.   The Meadows currently offers live racing Monday through Friday each week, with first post Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 12:55 pm. The four-day, one-evening format will remain in effect, with ...
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Trotting titans in Su Mac Lad opener

on 04/01/2010 2:00 AM
While Clash Of The Titans opens at the box office Friday night, Meadowlands Racetrack will feature its own 3-D version as Lucky Jim and Enough Talk meet in the $50,000 opening round of the Su Mac Lad Series.   The last two Older Trotters of the Year will face each other for the first time this season in the Su Mac Lad, which is carded as race 10. Joining them is trainer Trond Smedshammer’...
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No vote on bill to add Delaware casinos

on 04/01/2010 2:00 AM
The bill to expand casinos in Delaware beyond the three currently at Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway and Delaware Park failed to come up for a vote in the state legislature before it recessed for a two-week Easter break. The sponsor of the bill pulled it Wednesday, lacking the 21 votes needed to pass.   House Bill 194 drew nine amendments in the Wednesday discuss...
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Pocono adding jumbo screen on toteboard

on 04/01/2010 2:00 AM
Taking advantage of the great weather, heavy equipment began grading and moving tons of earth for improvements to the infield at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Among the changes will be the addition of a large jumbo screen on the toteboard.   A large pond will be created to the left of the current toteboard. Also, a Mohegan Sun emblem, comprised of stone and various flowers, will be...
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Australian Hancock to start at Hoosier Park Saturday

on 04/01/2010 2:00 AM
Newcomer Darren Hancock will make his Indiana debut Saturday at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The Australian-born driver-trainer made the trek from Down Under earlier this year to try his luck in the United States. After a brief stop at Cal-Expo near Sacramento, Hancock and his family relocated to their final destination in the Hoosier State.   Hailing from Pheasants, Australia, Hancock...
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