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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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Rose Run Kevin; Valcyon Days win at Monticello

on 03/25/2010 2:00 AM
Woody Hoblitzell  is a happy man after his Rose run Kevin won a division of the daily trotting features at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday afternoon,  March 24. But then again so were Brenda Messenger and Dr. Scott Woogin when their Valcyon Days copped the other featured trot. Rose Run Kevin, trained by Bruce Aldrich, Sr. and driven by Greg Merton, had a soft pocket trip behind the pace...
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Expanded gaming in New Hampshire?

on 03/25/2010 2:00 AM
The Eagle Tribune is today reporting that the New Hampshire Senate passed a bill on March 24 permitting expanded gamling – in the form of slot machines and table games to be allowed at Rockingham Park, two dog tracks and a golf resort as well as two as yet to be determined locations. The Senate voted 14-10 in favor of the measure and will now be considered by the House Of Representatives. If ...
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Kentucky Instant Racing bill appears dead

on 03/25/2010 2:00 AM
A bill that would have approved Instant Racing machines at racetracks in Kentucky is essentially dead after the senator who proposed the measure said Thursday he was no longer working on it and that only a "perfect storm" would allow it to proceed.   On Thursday, Sen. Damon Thayer was quoted on the Louisville Courier-Journal's website as saying that he believes negative comments by leaders ...
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Deo Volente buys into Holiday Road

on 03/25/2010 2:00 AM
Mike Gulotta, owner and operator of Deo Volente Farm in Flemington, NJ,  said Thursday that the farm had acquired a 20 percent interest in last year’s Peter Haughton Memorial Trot winner, Holiday Road, for an undisclosed sum. The 3-year-old Yankee Glide colt earned $312,530, while winning three of six starts and set a national season’s mark of 1:54 in winning the Haughton. The Haughton w...
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Tioga qualifier for handicapping contest set for Saturday

on 03/25/2010 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs wrapped up its 2010 Nation Harness Handicapping Championship (NHHC) qualifier on Saturday, March 20, with Earl Andrews from Edmeston, NY, winning the contest and qualifying for the final at the Meadowlands set for April 23.   Tioga Downs will host its NHHC qualifying event on Saturday, March 27, with five races from Yonkers Raceway, along with five from Saratoga. Entr...
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CPMA upholds refund of Northlands race

on 03/25/2010 2:00 AM
A conference call between the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA), Horse Racing Alberta, AmTote and Northlands Park has resulted in the determination that since monies wagered late on the 10th race last Saturday at the Alberta racetrack the decision at the time to refund all the betting pools was the correct one.  There was total wagering of $13,783 on the race, but because of what Northlands...
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Callahan will win Dover dash title

on 03/25/2010 2:00 AM
The Dover Downs meet is heading down the homestretch with closing day on April 15, but Corey Callahan has sewn up the leading driver title.   Through Wednesday, Callahan, who is also second in 2010 North American standings, has driven 242 winners since meet opening day last Nov. 1. Ron Pierce is second with 188 wins. Ross Wolfenden, who has been red hot lately, is third with ...
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