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Kakaley leaving Florida, heading to Pocono

on 03/11/2010 12:00 AM
Matt Kakaley, the youngest driver in harness racing history to surpass 1,000 wins, has wrapped up his first season in the driving colony in South Florida and he's on the move for the next phase of his career.   "I'm leaving Florida on Thursday morning to go to Streetsboro, Ohio, to pack up my things and I'm moving to Wilkes-Barre, Pa., to race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs r...
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Sells scores a pair at Pompano

on 03/11/2010 12:00 AM
Tom Sells turned in a pair of superb come-from-behind wins on the Wednesday night card at Isle Pompano Park.   Sells was at his crafty best in a field sweeping win with $6,000 claiming trotter Southern Beauty. Sells had his charge away last in the field of eight starters and stayed there approaching the half before methodically mowing down all rivals to br...
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Rockingham cancels 2010 race meet

on 03/11/2010 12:00 AM
Rockingham Park, the home of Thoroughbred and harness racing in the state of New Hampshire for the past 104 years, will not host a live horse racing meeting in 2010.   The New Hampshire legislature passed legislation in the final minutes of the 2009 session which eliminated funding for the New Hampshire Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission to regulate live racing in New Hampshire for thi...
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Sears one win from reaching 7,000

on 03/11/2010 12:00 AM
Five-time leading driver Brian Sears is just one win shy of the 7,000-career mark entering the Thursday night card at Meadowlands Racetrack. He is listed to drive in all 10 races on the program, which kicks off at 7 p.m.    The U.S. Harness Writers Association named Sears the 2009 Driver of the Year for campaigning Muscle Hill into harness racing’s record books last season. ...
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$4 million in stakes lined up for Tioga, Vernon

on 03/11/2010 12:00 AM
Tioga and Vernon Downs will offer over $4 million in stakes over the course of the 2010 racing season and the time is upon us to secure eligibility for those lucrative races.   The $1 million Empire Breeders Classic for New York-sired 3 year olds kicks off the season for state breds on Memorial Day weekend, offering $250,000 (est.) finals for all divisions. Due by March 15 are the 3-ye...
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Tioga WPS takeout lowered to 15 percent

on 03/11/2010 12:00 AM
Tioga Downs, in its relatively short history, has consistently been on the cutting edge of adapting the racing model toward a more positive result. In a direct response to the vocal concerns of horseplayers, Tioga Downs will reduce its takeout rate across the board to the state minimum allowed by New York law for the 2010 racing season pending regulatory approval of the New York State Racing and W...
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Pennsylvania Sire Stakes payments due March 15

on 03/11/2010 12:00 AM
Horsemen are reminded that several payments into the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes program must be sent in and postmarked by this Monday, March 15.   TWO YEAR OLDS: If a 2 year old was not paid in as a yearling, the horse can still be supplemented to the Sire Stakes at a cost of $1,500 for the pari-mutuels and $500 for the fairs. All 2 year olds must make the following payments to...
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Meadowlands announces schedule changes

on 03/11/2010 12:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack has moved several dates on its Standardbred racing schedule starting next week.    There is no longer racing on the following dates: Wednesday, March 17; Sunday, March 21; Wednesday, March 24; Sunday, March 28; Wednesday, March 31; Sunday, April 11; Sunday, April 18; Memorial Day, Monday, May 31; and Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20. (There is live racing on ...
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Hambo Society's March 15 stakes deadline nears

on 03/11/2010 12:00 AM
March sustaining and nominating payments for Hambletonian Society stake events are due Monday, March 15 and per USTA Rule 12 section 4, must be postmarked by midnight on Tuesday, March 16. The Hambletonian Society services 109 of harness racing’s richest and most prestigious events. The website www.Hambletonian.org contains all the tools and information necessary to stake your horse yourself...
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Apache Dame back on winning track

on 03/10/2010 12:00 AM
Apache Dame got back on the winning ledger scoring a 1:51.1 triumph in the $30,00 Mares Open Handicap Pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday, while Sherri On Ice took the $20,000 distaff sub-feature. Ross Wolfenden had four trips to the winner's circle.   After starting from the outside in her previous two races, a change to the inside post was just what Apache Dame needed as last season's H...
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Marohn returns to action at Monticello

on 03/10/2010 12:00 AM
Two years ago Jimmy Marohn Jr. won the Rising Star Award at Monticello Raceway and in the following years he was well on his way to prominence as an outstanding catch-driver. But his rise toward the top was stalled earlier this year on Jan. 13 when he sustained a broken collarbone in a freak accident in a morning qualifying race.   Up until three weeks ago he was still recuperating and then...
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Mystery Chase rebounds at Meadows

on 03/10/2010 12:00 AM
Rebounding from a rare out-of-the-money finish, Mystery Chase roared to the front and never faced a serious challenge in capturing Tuesday's $25,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Although he had won two straight in wire-to-wire fashion, Mystery Chase ducked last week and tired from the ensuing first-over bid. Eric Ledford took no chances Tuesday, gunning the 5-year-old Real Arti...
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Kentucky horseman James Buchanan Jr. dies

on 03/10/2010 12:00 AM
James "Bucky" Buchanan Jr., a trainer-driver on the Kentucky circuit, died this past weekend. He was 61. Mr. Buchanan was born in Danville, Ky. and was active in the sport for more than 20 years. As a driver, he piloted 83 horses to $160,178 in earnings, while his trainees won 33 times and cashed $61,562 in checks. His last starts were on Sept. 6, 2009 at The Red Mile.
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World Trotting Derby's future in doubt

on 03/10/2010 12:00 AM
The 2010 World Trotting Derby is in jeopardy following the announcement Wednesday by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn that proposed budget cuts to alleviate a $13 billion deficit include eliminating state funding for the race for 3-year-old trotters at the Du Quoin, Ill. fairgrounds.   “It hasn’t officially happened because the governor’s budget has to be approved by the legislature…but at t...
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Sale of eight Bulletproof horses cancelled

on 03/10/2010 12:00 AM
Wayne Preszcator, Bob Dickenson and Robert Burgess have announced that Bulletproof Enterprises has paid, in full, the monies to satisfy the specific lien forming the basis of the sale previously advertised for today at Victory Lane Farms. As a result of payment, the sale has been cancelled. Eight horses were scheduled to be sold at the auction. Auction co-ordinators apologize for any inconvenien...
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Rags-to-riches story continues at Dover

on 03/09/2010 12:00 AM
Gottaservesomebody, Southwind Lynx, Dontloseyourday Job, Wambam Sam, Escapefromalcatraz and Life Up Front won on the power-packed Monday program at Dover Downs.   In the top race for a $40,000 purse, Gottaservesomebody continued his rags-to-riches climb up the ladder of success as Tony Morgan drove the Artiscape-HH Sapphire gelding to his biggest career win holding off a strong stretch-l...
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Nick Callahan hurt in training accident

on 03/09/2010 12:00 AM
Veteran trainer Nick Callahan has returned to his home in Greenwood, Del., following a weekend training accident and pelvis surgery.   Callahan was completing a training trip behind Tom's Toy, a 4-year-old pacing mare recentty added to the stable. When coming around the final turn his sulky wheel ran over an obstruction with Callahan being ousted from his bike. He fell hard to the track b...
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McGibson powers to Meadows victory

on 03/09/2010 12:00 AM
McGibson powered to a front-end score in 1:52.1, the fastest mile this year by a 4-year-old pacing mare on a five-eighths-mile track, in Monday's $25,000 Fillies and Mares Preferred Pace at The Meadows.   As she did in her victory last week, McGibson vaulted to the lead for Dave Palone, cutting a wicked :26.3 first quarter. That blazing panel did little to tire her, though, as the dau...
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A Bigmizndrstnding at Western Fair

on 03/09/2010 12:00 AM
Bigmizndrstnding scored the first victory of his 2010 campaign in Monday’s $13,500(C) Preferred Pace at Western Fair Raceway.   Mike Sumner put the 5-year-old son of No Pan Intended on the front from the start and never looked back to win in 1:57.3. Oakley Seelster, the winner in this class last week, sat second most of the race and came within a nose of the winner but had to be content w...
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Paragon claimed again at Pompano

on 03/09/2010 12:00 AM
The claiming tug of war for pacer Paragon continued on the Monday evening card at the Isle of Capri Pompano Park.   For this start he was dropped from the Open-3 class back to a $15,000 price tag and scooping up the Cambest-Lola 8-year-old pacer this time was Melvin Fink of Michigan. After two starts in the Peter Pellegrino barn for Coral Springs owner David Schneider, Paragon will return t...
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