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Celebrity Playboy in Horse & Groom shocker

on 03/26/2010 2:00 AM
A photo was needed to declare the winner in both stakes races contested Thursday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.Celebrity Playboy stopped the pacesetter Impel Hanover by a nose to pull off a 32-1 upset in the $96,000 Horse & Groom Final.  Driver Ron Pierce and Celebrity Playboy drafted behind Impel Hanover the whole way and burst through late on the pylons en route to a 1:53.3 clocking.&n...
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Cats Meow wins Damsel Final

on 03/26/2010 2:00 AM
Cats Meow survived a close four-way photo to win the $80,000 Damsel Pacing Series Final for three and four-year-old fillies and mares on Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack.With Randy Waples in the driver’s seat, the four-year-old daughter of Goliath Bayama - Cataclysm got away second in the first quarter behind longshot Keepers Destiny who shot straight to the front from post 10.Cats Meow made...
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Sir Churchill wins at Hoosier

on 03/26/2010 2:00 AM
The 17th  season of Standardbred racing got underway Thursday, March 25 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino over a sloppy track surface with a newcomer to Indiana taking the first race of the night. Sir Churchhill, driven by Dan Shetler, won the season opener in a time of 2:01.2 to break his maiden in his first start for 2010.Starting from the second tier post 10, Shetler got away in mid-pack...
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OG's Si Bon earns a win at Cal-Expo

on 03/26/2010 2:00 AM
After a string a fine efforts, OG's Si Bon finally got through the door she had been knocking on. Conditioned-claimers were featured at Cal-Expo on Thursday night (March 25), on which OG's Si Bon never looked back. Leaving, but while out-left, driver James Kennedy accelerated his mare to the first-turn before getting the lead well after an eighth of a mile.  Did Kennedy use his charge into ...
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Announcer Huston heading to Truro

on 03/26/2010 2:00 AM
The Truro Harness Horse Owners Association (THHOA) has announced that Roger Huston, voice of The Meadows and the Little Brown Jug, and one of the most recognizable voices in harness racing history, will serve as guest speaker at its upcoming banquet on Saturday, April 24, at the Truro Horsemen's Club. Huston will also announce the races at Truro on the following day, Sunday, April 25.   The...
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More action on proposed Red Mile plan

on 03/26/2010 2:00 AM
Lexington's Urban County Council approved an ordinance Thursday that established the Red Mile Development Area, allowing the developer to apply to the state for $54 million in tax-increment funding.   Last spring The Red Mile began the process of having the zoning of its property changed from agriculture to a commercial mix. At those meetings representatives of The Red Mile said t...
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Harness Eye Giwner's picks sharp at Big M Thursday

on 03/26/2010 2:00 AM
Harness Eye editor Derick Giwner got the weekend off to a good start at the Meadowlands with a three-win night on Thursday. Giwner started fast when an exacta box using his top three horses in the first race was a winning ticket returning $148.40, and he added five more exactas to his successful card by the end of the night, including a $36.40 payoff in the 11th race.   Giwner’s picks are...
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Purse increase at Freehold

on 03/26/2010 2:00 AM
The month of March roars to a conclusion at Freehold Raceway with the second purse enhancement in six weeks, bringing the total increase to 60 percent, it was announced today by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey and Freehold Raceway.   Effective with the March 31, 2010 program, the Freehold purses will reflect a 30 percent increase since the first adjustment i...
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Tioga approved to reduce takeout rates

on 03/26/2010 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs’ application to reduce the take-out on all wagers to the minimum allowable by New York State statute for the 2010 live racing season was approved at the New York State Racing & Wagering Board’s monthly meeting. The reduction for each pool is as follows: WPS from 18 percent to 15 percent ; Daily Double and Exacta from 20 percent to 17 percent; and all other wagers...
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Broadway Schooner in foal to Muscle Hill

on 03/26/2010 2:00 AM
Broadway Schooner, queen of the 2009 three-year-old trotting filly class, and 2009 trotting king Muscle Hill, last year's Horse of the Year and Trotter of the Year, are now working on a joint production. Broadway Schooner, a daughter of Broadway Hall, has been pronounced in foal to Muscle Hill.   Owned by Arlene and Jules Siegel, Broadway Schooner won the Hambletonian Oaks and fin...
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Portland Meadows GM hopes to win "Clover"

on 03/26/2010 2:00 AM
Racetrack executives give out hundreds of stakes trophies each year, but few ever stand on the receiving end in the winner’s circle. Will Alempijevic, the 31-year-old general manager of Portland Meadows in Oregon, could experience that thrill if Alexie Mattosie wins the $132,000 Four Leaf Clover Final Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Alexie Mattosie, a 4-year-old pacer, bid...
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Larry Baron on Big M show Saturday

on 03/26/2010 2:00 AM
Two-time Meadowlands leading owner Larry Baron will sit In The Sulky on Meadowlands Racetrack's Saturday pre-card television show. Fans can e-mail questions for Baron to answer on-air to racing@thebigm.com. The broadcast begins at 6:30 pm.   Can't make it to the track? Watch the live video at: http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/liveVideo.asp
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Nominations up at Tioga, Vernon

on 03/26/2010 2:00 AM
The number of horses nominated to stakes at Tioga and Vernon Downs suggest a reversal to current industry trends, as indicated by the March 15 payments.   The inaugural Bettor’s Delight “Bred in New York to take on the World” for open pacers has commanded a response that will see the race exceed its estimated purse of $200,000 at Tioga on Sunday, June 13. Down Under import Auckland Reac...
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Youthful action for 3YOs at Woodbine

on 03/26/2010 2:00 AM
Recent Apaches Fame Series winner Lil Bit Lil Bit extended his win streak to four with a narrow decision in one of two $25,000 splits in the first leg of the Youthful Pacing Series for 3-year-old colts and geldings on Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Legal Justice posted a huge upset victory in the other division.   In the opening contest, Lil Bit Lil Bit watched Top Gear and Totally Emp...
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Wrenn ready for marathon--literally!

on 03/26/2010 2:00 AM
Racing fans at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino got very familiar with Peter Wrenn’s new role as The Challenger Friday, March 26. Wrenn pulled in six wins on the 11-race program to catapult himself into the early lead among all drivers. Tagged as The Challenger to the popular Fab Five promotion from 2009, Peter “The Wolf” Wrenn now has 9 wins in only two nights of racing.   Wrenn will...
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Daughter, mother both bred to Rocknroll

on 03/26/2010 2:00 AM
Me and My Baby, a longtime staple in the Brooke Nickells barn and a favorite at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, proved to be too tough for her opponents in the sixth race Friday, March 26. Now six, the daughter of Artiscape rolled to the top and never looked back, winning in a time of 1:54.1. But she won't have too many more starts as she was recently bred to Rocknroll Hanover, who stands at s...
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Enough Talk scores in 1:52.2

on 03/26/2010 2:00 AM
Enough Talk made a strong statement in his return to the racetrack on Friday night at the Meadowlands. The 2008 Older Trotter of the Year crushed the field in the $32,000 invitational trot in his first start off an eight-month layoff, scoring in 1:52.2.   With regular pilot Ron Pierce at the lines, Enough Talk sat a pocket trip behind Green Day, angled out on the final turn and drew off to ...
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Big M Pick 4 pays record $70,446

on 03/26/2010 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Pick 4 paid a record $70,446 on Friday, March 26. The winning ticket, which was purchased at New York City OTB, correctly chose was LR Dancing Dream [$16.40], Ms Maggie [$28.40], Captain Primeau [$50] and Gottogetoutmore [$9.60] to take down the entire $83,364 pool.   Offered nightly on races six through nine, the Pick Four is a “must bet” at the Meadowlands with its low...
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Ford sweeps first leg of Matchmaker

on 03/26/2010 2:00 AM
The opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series attracted 21 of the finest pacing mares in training, perfectly proportioned in three, $40,000 events.  A full third of the starters came from the Mark Ford Stable and his harem won them all.   Ubetterthink Think (Brandon Simpson) beat the gate and her six rivals, easily going the distance in 1:54.2. Leaving from post position five, "...
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This night was Solid Cromer

on 03/25/2010 2:00 AM
Don Cromer took a page out of baseball's Spring training manual in Florida when the long serving horseman at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park batted 1.000 with his starters on the mid-week program. The fine run of fortune for Cromer, originally from Troy, Ohio, began in a claiming pace with his mare Splenda. The seven year old Tough Sir-BJ's Can veteran was given a textbook pocket trip by ...
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