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Pacific Admiral in a nail-biter at Cal-Expo

on 03/07/2010 12:00 AM
Digging down for everything he had was what was needed for Pacific Admiral to prevail.A mixture of conditioned & claiming ($20,000) pacers, racing for a purse of $5,200, were featured at Cal-Expo on Saturday night (March 6), on which Pacific Admiral scored in dramatic fashion.In advance of starting from post-six in the field of nine, driver James Kennedy had several thoughts."I thought I had t...
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Hoosier Park owner Centaur files for bankruptcy

on 03/07/2010 12:00 AM
Centaur LLC, owner of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, announced Sunday, March 7 that the company has filed for bankruptcy in an effort to restructure and emerge with less debt. According to a company press release, Centaur and its subsidiaries, which include Hoosier Park, Fortune Valley Hotel & Casino in Central City, Colorado, and Valley View Downs & Casino, elected to file a voluntary ...
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Odds On Moinet wins Tender Loving Care

on 03/06/2010 12:00 AM
Odds On Moinet tracked down Rev Me Up in the final strides to win the $61,000 Tender Loving Care Final for pacing fillies on Friday night at Meadowlands. Odds On Moinet and driver George Brennan made the top in a brisk :27.2 opening quarter until Tryst and Ron Pierce reclaimed the lead from them before the half-mile marker.  Odds On Moinet sat snugly in the pocket as Rev Me Up pressured Tryst...
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Pavia's Friday streak continues

on 03/06/2010 12:00 AM
The latest streak of winning at least one race each Friday night in South Florida now stands at three for Joe Pavia Jr. The March 5th program saw him rein in the winners of the top two races on the card at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. In the $15,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace, Pavia's Florida stable leader, Esmeralda Semalu, was back on her best game with a dominant front end win. The 6...
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Swan Image takes $25,000 Meadows Trot

on 03/06/2010 12:00 AM
First over forever, Swan Image persevered until he collared the front-ending Wind Surfer and captured Friday’s $25,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. With Wind Surfer enjoying a moderate 58-second front half, victory seemed like mission impossible for Swan Image, who was 6 lengths back in fifth at the half. But when Brett Miller sent Swan Image on his uncovered bid, the 7-year-old ...
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Claudius Augustus reigns at Cal-Expo

on 03/06/2010 12:00 AM
The task turned out to be tougher, but the result was the same - - another triumph for Claudius Augustus.Open Handicap trotters, racing for a purse of $6,100, were featured at Cal-Expo on Friday night (March 5), on which Claudius Augustus got the hat-trick.Despite being assigned post-nine in the field of the six, yes post-nine, driver Steve Wiseman wasn't fazed."The nine-hole didn't really bother ...
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Ninety nominated to Pepsi NA Cup

on 03/06/2010 12:00 AM
An impressive group of 90 horses has been nominated to the 27th edition of the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup, one of standardbred racing's most prestigious events, set for Saturday, June 26 at Mohawk Racetrack. Headlining this year's group of nominees is 2009 O'Brien Award two-year-old champion Sportswriter. The Casie Coleman trainee won seven of eight races en route to the title. All Speed...
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Games of skill at KY tracks?

on 03/06/2010 12:00 AM
A recent story in the Lexington Herald Leader reported that legislation was filed this week to allow "electronic games of skill" at Kentucky racetracks and supporters say it could generate more than $28 million for Kentucky purses and $3.14 million in purse supplements, breeders awards and other incentives, if it passes.The bill, House Bill 601, was filed by Rep. Harry Moberly, D-Richmond, and wou...
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Master Pine still perfect in 2010

on 03/06/2010 12:00 AM
"Hobbles?! I don't need no stinkin' hobbles!"If Master Pine could talk, that's what we surmise he would have said Friday night after easily winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $32,000 Open Handicap Trot.The win maintained Master Pine's perfect 2010 resume and gave Jason Bartlett a sweep of the evening's co-features.Sent right to the lead from post position No. 3, the 8-5 favorite had nary an anx...
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Owner Sherman Steinberg dies

on 03/06/2010 12:00 AM
Sherman Steinberg, 78, of Holmdel, and Fort Plain, N.Y., died Thursday, March 4, 2010, in Cooperstown. Mr. Steinberg was born in New York City and taught Chemistry at NYU before becoming owner of an industrial paint manufacturing company, North American Technologies, Ocean Township. His true love was horses. He became involved in the Harness Racing industry over 25 years ago and raised and raced m...
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Race fixing probe underway in Michigan

on 03/05/2010 12:00 AM
The Detroit Free Press today is carrying a story about a year-long investigation into possible race fixing at all three Michigan tracks - Hazel Park Raceway, Northville Downs and Sports Creek Raceway. The story said that as many as 30 drivers, trainers and owners may be implicated and that three homes were raided on Thursday, March 4. Cooperating witnesses are being sought. Anyone with informatio...
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Biggest Big Bertha is in Top-Flite

on 03/05/2010 12:00 AM
It came down to the draw and strategy, and both were to the advantage of Biggest Big Bertha. Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pacers, racing for a purse of $6,100, were featured at Cal-Expo on Thursday night (March 4), on which Biggest Big Bertha won for the 51st time in her fine career. Before starting from her assigned post four, was trainer Rick Plano concerned that his mare had been off a coup...
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NJ sophomores dominate speed ratings

on 03/05/2010 12:00 AM
New Jersey-sired trotters, led by Il Villaggio, dominate the sport’s speed ratings for 2010 by capturing five of the top seven spots on a list of the projected fastest three-year-old trotters in the nation. According to the latest Experimental Championship ratings compiled by harness racing authority Stan Bergstein, Il Villaggio, a son of Yankee Glide, was estimated to register a 1:51 mark this...
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Gaming legislation to be filed in Massachusetts

on 03/05/2010 12:00 AM
Gary T. Piontkowski, President of Plainridge Racecourse, today applauded Speaker DeLeo's plan to file gaming legislation that includes the 100 acre horse track in Plainville, Massachusetts, located at the intersection of Routes 1 and 495. "Speaker DeLeo's vision and continuing support of the blue collar workforce that is horse racing and breeding in Massachusetts, could be the economic jump start...
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Harness Horse Youth Foundation's summer schedule

on 03/05/2010 12:00 AM
Family Days – for ages 9 and up and their familiesJune 5 – Harrington RacewayJune 6 – Goshen Historic Track Harness Racing Youth League – for ages 12 to 14June 16 to 20 – Odds On Racing/Balmoral Park, Crete, ILJuly 6 to 10 – Vernon Downs, Vernon NYJuly 18 to 22  - Goshen Historic Track, Goshen, NYJuly 27 – 31 – Mohegan Sun @ Pocono DownsAugust 6, 7 – Meadowlands (by invitat...
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Michigan slashes dates; Hazel down to just 29

on 03/04/2010 12:00 AM
Because of reduced funding, the Michigan Gaming Control Board on Thursday issued a mandate that all racetracks significantly decrease the number of live racing dates in 2010, including cutting the dates at the state’s flagship harness track, Hazel Park, to just 29 programs. The Michigan Harness Horsemen’s Association called for an emergency meeting of its board of directors on Thursday afterno...
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Dover's open winner the chosen one

on 03/04/2010 12:00 AM
Chosen Voyageur made it two-in-a-row winning the $30,000 Open Handicap Trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday. Corey Callahan left sharply with Chosen Voyageur and cut out all the fractions to score his third win of the year in five starts posting a 1:54.1 victory in the week's top trot.   Owned by Tamara Williams and trainer Dylan Davis, the Balanced Image-Ms. Vic gelding opened up a big lead ...
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Busy weekend on tap for Wrenn in Florida

on 03/04/2010 12:00 AM
The red carpet will be out this weekend for horseman Peter Wrenn in Florida both off and on the track. Preceding his induction into the Florida Hall Of Fame by the State's chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) at Sunday's banquet, Wrenn has an busy evening awaiting on the Saturday evening doubleheader program at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   Trainer ...
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Witness: Brooks had DHB pay for porn, dry cleaning

on 03/03/2010 12:00 AM
Newsday’s Tuesday, March 2 coverage of the David Brooks’ trial, written by reporter Robert Kessler, revealed that the prosecution is contending that Brooks illegally had his company pay for much of his life-style, ranging from the ordinary to the over the top, from the lighting bill on his Old Westbury mansion to his dry cleaning, and from family vacation flights to St. Barts to the trainers o...
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Boots Place wins again at Dover

on 03/03/2010 12:00 AM
For the second consecutive week, Boots Place chalked up an impressive 1:52.2 win in the $30,000 Mares Open Handicap pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday, March 3.  Eric Goodell ushered Boots Place quickly to the lead and never looked back registering a lifetime mark of 1:52.2. It was Goodell's second win on the card. Mike Hall trains the Park Place-Put The Boots 5-year-old for owner Bernard Segeb...
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