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Harness Tracks of America offers scholarships

on 03/22/2010 2:00 AM
The Harness Tracks of America College Scholarship Fund is offering five, $5,000 scholarships for post-secondary education to students actively involved in the sport of harness racing or to the children of harness racing professionals (living or deceased), including licensed drivers, trainers, caretakers or management officials.   Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, fina...
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Kakaley ready to take on Pocono

on 03/22/2010 2:00 AM
Matt Kakaley, the youngest driver in harness racing history to surpass 1,000 wins, begins a new chapter in his life when Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs opens its 2010 live harness racing meet Tuesday night. First post is 6:30 p.m.   It won’t be an easy task for Kakaley, whose hometown is Streetsboro, Ohio, when he takes to the racetrack to challenge the likes of Jim Morrill Jr., Joe Pavia Jr...
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NY horsemen reinforce support for Pretlow proposal

on 03/22/2010 2:00 AM
In response to Monday’s bankruptcy court ruling to uphold the proposed bankruptcy of New York City Off Track Betting, the Standardbred Owners Association of New York reinforced their support for a restructuring proposal released last week by NYS Assembly Racing & Wagering Committee chairman Gary Pretlow.   The following was the decision released Monday by the bankruptcy cour...
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Pebble Creek rallies for Silver Reign win

on 03/22/2010 2:00 AM
Pebble Creek swept from off the pace to capture the $60,000(C) Silver Reign Pacing Series final for 3-year-old fillies on Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack.   Mike Saftic had the daughter of Modern Art - Hayser Creek sitting well back in eighth position in the early portions of the mile before coming to the outside to follow cover. The lead would change hands four times before the three-qu...
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Three Of Spades has winning hand again

on 03/22/2010 2:00 AM
Three Of Spades displayed his closing punch in a 1:50.3 victory in the $40,000 Preferred Handicap Pace while Proper Respect took no prisoners winning the $37,000 Delaware Special Handicap on a track labeled 'good," at Dover Downs on Monday.   After scoring a powerful 1:51 victory last week, Jon Roberts called on Three Of Spades late this time closing fast to secure a triumph in th...
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USTA continues stay of Brooks's suspension

on 03/21/2010 2:00 AM
In a full board session on Sunday morning, the board of directors of the U.S. Trotting Association agreed to continue the stay of its suspension of Standardbred owner and USTA member Jeffrey Brooks and family members and various stables associated with Brooks.   On Feb. 2 the USTA suspensed the licenses of Jeffrey Brooks, various family members, and stables, most notably...
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Brent Holland drives 4,000th winner

on 03/20/2010 2:00 AM
Brent Holland, Call Me Yours and Winnin' Image engaged in March Marquee Madness as stars of Yonkers Raceway's Friday night fare.   Holland won the 4,000th race of hia career, guiding Bet to Win in the evening's $27,000, 10th-race Preferred Trot. The 6-year-old Credit Winner gelding, who owns the fastest local trot mile of the season (1:55.3), negotiated the mile in 1:57 as the 11-10 ($...
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Lil Bit Lil Bit wins Woodbine final

on 03/20/2010 2:00 AM
Lil Bit Lil Bit made short work of his six rivals in capturing Friday’s $60,000 Apaches Fame Pacing Series final for three-year-old colts and geldings at Woodbine Racetrack in 1:53.4.   The son of Rambaran - Little Bit Famous shot straight to the front from post six for driver Luc Ouellette and established command well before the first quarter in :27. Once on top, the colt raced prettymu...
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Lucky Jim back; could go to Elitlopp

on 03/20/2010 2:00 AM
Trotting powerhouse Lucky Jim got his 5-year-old campaign off to a triumphant start in the $32,000 invitational trot Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   The 2009 Older Trotter of the Year got away fifth off the gate and was prompted to move around lagging cover mid-way down the backstretch as Likeabatoutahell carved the fractions up front. Lucky Jim floated up into second as they reach...
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O Lucky Me overcomes post 9, wins Meadows series opener

on 03/20/2010 2:00 AM
Fresh off a second-place finish in the Hopeful final, a sharp O Lucky Me overcame post 9 and captured Friday’s $15,000 opening leg of the Quarter Mile, an early-closing series for 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare pacers, at The Meadows. O Lucky Me endured a tough first-over trip in the slop at Yonkers to earn her big Hopeful check, a show of determination that may have persuaded trainer/dri...
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She was Really Special

on 03/20/2010 2:00 AM
The first and final quarters of 26.4 pretty much told the story of the dominant performance by I'm Just Special in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace on the Friday evening, March 19 program at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. With Kevin Wallis named for bike duty this week, I'm Just Special stepped off the gate to the quarter in 26.4 on the 68 degree (20 C.) evening in South...
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USTA board begins meetings

on 03/20/2010 2:00 AM
The annual board of directors meeting of the U.S. Trotting Association got underway Saturday in  Columbus, Ohio. The board’s first action after convening was the election of Dick Brandt Jr. as treasurer of the organization. Brandt, a director representing Ohio, replaces Judy Roland of Iowa. Also, Ivan Axelrod was re-elected chairman of the board, and Russell Williams was returned as vice ch...
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Alexie Mattosie scores in 1:49.1 in "Clover"

on 03/20/2010 2:00 AM
The first day of spring produced heated battles in the second round of the Four Leaf Clover Series Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Alexie Mattosie stopped the teletimer in 1:49.1 after a tussle to the wire with Beeeyouuuuuu and Golden Receiver in the first of the $25,000 divisions for conditioned pacers. Alexie Mattosie and driver George Brennan fired to the lead off the gate and...
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Joey The Czar rules in Hopeful final

on 03/20/2010 2:00 AM
Odds-on favorite Joey The Czar (Jim Meittinis) ruled with an iron fist Saturday night, winning Yonkers  Raceway's week-delayed $49,700 final of the Hopeful Pacing Series for 3-year-old colts and geldings   Leaving from post position two, "Joey" watched early as Vintage Fenom (John Sheehan) worked around Fox Valley Valkari (Jeff Gregory), grabbing  command before a :27.2 opening qu...
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Sixdaysontheroad takes Cam Fella final

on 03/20/2010 2:00 AM
Sixdaysontheroad turned in a dazzling victory in the opening leg of the Cam Fella Pacing Series earlier this month, but he was a disappointing third-place finisher in last week’s second leg.  That left some handicappers asking themselves which Sixdaysontheroad would show up in Saturday’s $80,000 final at Woodbine Racetrack. It didn’t take very long for the Gord Remmen trainee to answer ...
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Jamieson sweeps Damsel splits

on 03/19/2010 2:00 AM
Dance With Me Dee and Village Java, both driven by Jody Jamieson, captured their respective $35,000(C) divisions in Thursday’s second leg of the Damsel Pacing Series for 3 and 4 year olds at Woodbine Racetrack.   Dance With Me Dee was making her first start of the season in the opening contest and showed she was up to the task with a sharp off-the-pace win in 1:52. The clocking was...
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Frog Juice squeezes out Dover victory

on 03/19/2010 2:00 AM
Frog Juice picked up his first win of the year while Puppetandmee N made it two wins in a row in the $16,500 and $16,000 twin features at Dover Downs on Thursday. Jim Morand had a driving triple.   Gary and Barbara Iles' homebred Frog Juice, one of a handful of older horses in the George Teague Stable, registered his first win of the year as Montrell Teague put the Badlands Hanover-Hair ...
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Speed Bomb holds off Vivid Photo at The Meadows

on 03/19/2010 2:00 AM
Speed Bomb wrested the early lead from Vivid Photo, then held off his celebrated rival in a stirring, stretch-long duel to capture Thursday’s $25,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Vivid Photo shot to the lead for Roger Hammer, leaving Speed Bomb and Dave Palone parked before they cleared past the quarter. They raced that way until the top of the lane, when Hammer tip...
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Lucky Jim's debut, Overbid on tap at Big M

on 03/19/2010 2:00 AM
The $115,000 Overbid final and season debut of Lucky Jim in the $32,000 invitational trot highlight the Friday night card at Meadowlands Racetrack.   After a dominant victory in round two of the series, Ginger And Fred was installed the 9-5 morning line in the Overbid final for free for all mares, race five on the card.  Among the competitors she will take on are Cape & Cutter Ser...
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Illinois House votes to fire all Racing Board members

on 03/19/2010 2:00 AM
The Illinois state House on Wednesday voted 89-24 in favor of a bill that would fire all 11 members of the state’s Racing Board over its handling of a labor dispute at Fairmount Park Thoroughbred racetrack earlier this year. The bill now goes to the Senate, and if approved in that chamber, the 11 Board members will all lose their jobs unless Gov. Pat Quinn reappoints them. The dispute arose ove...
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