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Croghan suspended 6 months, appeals ruling

on 12/17/2009 12:00 AM
The New Jersey Racing Commission issued a ruling dated Dec. 1 suspending trainer Ross Croghan for 180 days and fining him $2,500 as the result of the horse Cammabis violating the state’s total carbon dioxide (TCO2) regulations on June 6, 2007, at the Meadowlands.   According to the ruling, Croghan’s suspension will be April 1, 2010, through and including Sept. 27, 2010. Frank Zanzu...
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New method found to detect Mircera

on 12/17/2009 12:00 AM
Austrian researchers have successfully developed a new electrophoretic method for detecting MIRCERA® and other erythropoietins (EPO) in the blood. The technique, using SARCOSYL-PAGE, has specifically enhanced sensitivity for MIRCERA, but does not alter the performance characteristics of SDS-PAGE for detecting other EPOs. Details of this study, funded by a grant from the World Anti-Doping Agency (...
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New decision on 2010 Ohio Super Night coming soon

on 12/17/2009 12:00 AM
Although members of the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) had voted on Dec. 11 to schedule the state’s sire stakes finals for 2010 at Scioto Downs on Sept. 4, with finals estimated at $70,000, the date, location and value of Super Night are all now in question. “All of our races are from May to September,” said OSDF administrator Doug Thomas.  “I get my revenue  from the...
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Buy a halter, help save Standardbreds

on 12/17/2009 12:00 AM
Halters For Hope collects worn halters, with engrave nameplates, from the sport’s top racehorses, sires and broodmares, and offers them for sale to benefit horse rescue organizations that cater to saving Standardbreds. 100 percent of the proceeds from these halters go to the rescue groups! Halters are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. E-mail your request to haltersforhope@ustrotting.co...
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In PA table games take a small step forward

on 12/17/2009 12:00 AM
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette is reporting that the Pennsylvania Senate has approved table games, but trouble looms in the house. The article reads as below.   State lawmakers are about to test that theory as House members take up a controversial gaming bill that the Senate approved last night with amendments that House leaders say they can't support.   The Senate voted 27-22 and then ...
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SRF in search of new home

on 12/17/2009 12:00 AM
It’s been nearly 21 years since the Standardbred Retirement Foundation helped its first horse, and three years since the move to the farm. Housing 25-30 horses at a time made adoptions and youth programs ideal. But in five months all must be packed and ready to go as the farm is being sold and SRF has nowhere to go. “Ideally, staying in the south central part of New Jersey would be most...
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NYSWRB rules Yonkers owed millions

on 12/16/2009 12:00 AM
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board on Tuesday ordered four off-track betting corporations in the state to pay Yonkers Raceway several million dollars owed as part of legislation passed six years ago that guaranteed that harness tracks would not be financially impacted by the nighttime simulcasting of Thoroughbred signals. The ruling comes in addition to monies already owed to Yonkers. E...
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This Meadows winner is no mystery

on 12/16/2009 12:00 AM
Parked for most of the opening quarter and first-up down the backside, Mystery Chase overcame it all Tuesday at The Meadows as he captured the $27,500 Preferred Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post six, Mystery Chase was stuck outside in a wicked :26.4 opening panel before Eric Ledford found a spot fourth along the pylons. From there, the 4-year-old son of Real Artist-Search For Cam moved unc...
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Sherri On Ice upsets at Dover

on 12/16/2009 12:00 AM
The 36-1 longshot Sherri On Ice closed with a rush to win the $26,000 Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday.   Sherri On Ice lurked on the outside while Sportsfancy and Chloes Silver Star battled for the lead as the field turned down the stretch. Vince Copeland turned Sherri On Ice loose and the Sportsmaster-Snappy Image 6 year old roared down the lane to score a 1:53.2 ...
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Pembroke Prayer answers the call in Monticello Marathon

on 12/16/2009 12:00 AM
Before the 1 3/4-mile Monticello Marathon the query was "will class prevail over the longer distance?" Not surprisingly, it did. Pembroke Prayer, the undisputed class of the contest sent off at odds of 1-2, won the 1 3/4-mile trot in world record time on the windy but sunny Wednesday afternoon at Monticello Raceway. Mike Micallef drove the winner to a 6 1/2-length triumph in a time ...
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A thrilling victory at Dover

on 12/15/2009 12:00 AM
Romantic Thriller, second, beaten by a nose last week, was at his best winning the $27,000 Open in 1:51.3 at Dover Downs on Monday, while Corey Callahan had a hot hand driving five winners.   Mike Cole rushed Todd Wise's Romantic Thriller into the lead after the half and then held off favorite Art Director (Ron Pierce) on the backstretch as a trio of rival converged on the final turn...
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Pair of maiden freshman pop big winners at Pompano

on 12/15/2009 12:00 AM
A pair of maiden 2 year olds trained by William Popfinger turned in impressive winning performances on the Monday evening program at The Isle Pompano Park. The 73-year-old horseman makes his winter home in Lighthouse Point, Fla.   Hanks Kid, a Bettors Delight-Hank's Girl 2-year-old gelding topped the NW1 class to start the Monday evening proceedings under clear skies and a 77 degree se...
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Niagara Series divisions held at Woodbine

on 12/15/2009 12:00 AM
Thrillionaire stamped herself as the filly to beat in this year’s Niagara Pacing Series for 3-year-old fillies with a dominant 1:55.2 victory tonight for driver Sylvain over a sloppy racing surface at Woodbine. The other $20,000 split went to Allamerican Tout who upset at odds of 10-1 for driver Rick Zeron in 1:54.3.   That daughter of Dragon Again-To The Manor Born overcame a post-nine...
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Tracys Song sings winning tune at Meadows

on 12/15/2009 12:00 AM
Tracys Song, coupled in the wagering with the venerable Jans Luck, showed little respect for her stablemate on Monday at The Meadows, edging past her down the backside and going on to a tight victory in the $27,500 Fillies and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace.   Jans Luck has captured 30 races over the past two years, but Tracys Song boasts strong credentials as well, including a four-race win ...
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Pompano raises more than $20,000 to aid Lebanon horsemen

on 12/15/2009 12:00 AM
A total donation of cash, horses and merchandise valued at more than $20,000 from horsepeople and the public at The Isle Pompano Park is expected to arrive on Tuesday 15 to the victims of the Ohio barn fire at Lebanon Raceway.   "The Florida Breeders were really great about integrating the auction of the whips I'd collected and donated into Sunday's annual yearling and mixed sale here,...
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Tioga, Vernon, STHHA, Gural donate to Lebanon

on 12/15/2009 12:00 AM
A combination of Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen’s Association and Jeff Gural personally will donate a total of $7,000 to the Lebanon Horsemen’s Disaster Relief Fund. The Fund was set up by the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association to provide relief for the horsemen affected by the barn fire at Lebanon Raceway.   "The fire at Lebanon Raceway was a trag...
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Well Said team honored in New Jersey

on 12/15/2009 12:00 AM
It was a job well done for the team behind a pacer named Well Said. This year the New Jersey Sports Writers Association is acknowledging Well Said’s trainer, Steve Elliott, as the New Jersey Standardbred Man of the Year and the colt’s breeders, Mark and Ed Mullen of Fair Winds Farm and Steve Jones of Cameo Hill Farm, as the New Jersey Standardbred Breeders of the Year.   The team b...
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Express trip to Dover winner's circle

on 12/14/2009 12:00 AM
A 10-1 Artexpress and second-favorite Next Flight won the co-feature races at Dover Downs on Sunday, while leading driver Ron Pierce had another five-win day, his third of the week, giving him 21 wins since Monday.   Artexpress and driver Daryl Bier emerged from a wing of fast moving pacers across the track in mid stretch to score a 1:55.4 victory in a $14,000 filly pace. David ...
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Balmoral cancels Sunday program

on 12/14/2009 12:00 AM
After a nasty rain and sleet storm pelted the Chicago area on Saturday, Balmoral Park was forced to cancel its Sunday program due to unsafe track conditions.   After conferring with driver and trainer representatives on Sunday night, general manager Jim Hannon agreed with the horsemen to cancel the regularly scheduled 12-race program due to unsafe track conditions. Both parties ag...
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VIP Internet auction to benefit Lebanon fund

on 12/14/2009 12:00 AM
VIP Internet Stable has announced an auction of several partnership shares to benefit the Lebanon Horsemen’s Disaster Relief Fund. All proceeds from this online auction will go to the Relief Fund.   “One of our partners suggested we sell a few of his holdings and give the proceeds to the Lebanon Relief Fund, and we thought it was a great idea”, said VIP Stable’s Tom Janes. ...
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