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Yonkers handle tops $1 mil Friday night

on 11/21/2009 12:00 AM
On Friday night, Nov. 20, Yonkers Raceway enjoyed its first all-source seven-figure handle night on a Friday since the glory days of New York City harness racing decades ago. The achievement of the $1 million-plus handle during a 12-race program without a carded stakes event marks the progress of the sport at a legendary venue. (SOA New York)     
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In Over My Head gets the nod in Windy City

on 11/21/2009 12:00 AM
Sporting a name that seemed to describe his chances in Friday’s $225,000 Windy City Pace for three-year-colts at Maywood Park Greg Carey and Shawn Swenson’s In Over My Head pulled off a shocking upset at odds of 55-1as he rallied the final stride to win by a head in 1:52.2.    Given a perfect steer by veteran Dale Hiteman this son of I Am A Fool paced in mid-pack as If I Can Dre...
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Night Talker speaks loudly at Dover

on 11/20/2009 12:00 AM
Night Talker was strongest in the stretch to win the $16,800 feature on a rainy Thursday at Dover Downs, while ultra-consistent Mighty River A won the $20,000 Delaware claiming pace.   Ron Pierce moved Lauren Allen and Foulk Stables' Night Talker, a Western Ideal-Peaceful Feeling 5 year old, into contention at the three quarters and then collared leader Artsbred Camotion (Vince Copeland) ...
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Meadowlands announces 2010 dates

on 11/20/2009 12:00 AM
The 2010 harness meet at Meadowlands Racetrack begins the first weekend of the New Year with 7 p.m. cards on Friday, Jan. 1 and Saturday, Jan. 2.   The track will follow a Wednesday-Sunday racing schedule through March. Post times are 7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 1:10 p.m. Sunday. In addition, a matinee card will be raced at 1:10 p.m. on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 15.   Th...
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Heza Challenger repeats at The Meadows

on 11/20/2009 12:00 AM
Heza Challenger enjoyed a second-quarter breather, then flew home in :56.2 Thursday at The Meadows to capture his second straight $27,500 Preferred Trot.   Heza Challenger dueled with Master Begonia and DC Northern for the early lead, but once he reached the front, Brett Miller was able to give him a comfortable second panel in :30.3 over a sloppy surface. The 5-year-old gelded son of Chip ...
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Heavy fog prompts Woodbine cancellation Thursday

on 11/20/2009 12:00 AM
Heavy fog forced Woodbine Racetrack to cancel its Thursday night program after the second race of the 11-race program. Heavy fog enveloped the track around five o'clock and continued to worsen, and when it became virtually impossible to see the horses on the track as well as rendering the cameras and photo finish equipment useless, the decision was made to cancel.    
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Sam Houston Race Park opening "Rookie Room"

on 11/20/2009 12:00 AM
Sam Houston Race Park in Texas has announced it is introducing a "rookie room" for first-time customers when the track opens its Thoroughbred season the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 27. Staff members will be at the entrance to the track's main building and will invite customers who appear to be new to the sport to the "rookie room" for a lesson in racing.   Persons in the room will ...
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ORC panel denies OHHA hearing request

on 11/20/2009 12:00 AM
Hearing an appeal by the Ontario Harness Horsemen's Association as to its status to bargain for horsemen at Woodbine Entertainment Group racetrracks, an Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) panel has ruled that the ORC has no jurisdiction to convene a hearing to listen to arguments.   In issuing its ruling, the panel stated: On Aug.18, 2009, the Ontario Harness Horse Association requested a...
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Allmar Surprise takes Dover feature

on 11/19/2009 12:00 AM
Allmar Surprise turned in a lifetime-best clocking of 1:54 on the way to victory in the $26,000 Open Trot on Wednesday at Dover Downs, while Starsel won the $18,000 sub-feature trot.   Vic Kirby moved Allmar Surprise out of third on the first quarter turn then led seven rivals en route to a 1:54 conquest in the feature race. It was the Angus Hall-Benita Victory 4 year old's seco...
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Anticipation mounting for Florida Super Night

on 11/19/2009 12:00 AM
The anticipation has been ratcheted up another notch for the Dec. 5 Florida Super Night as 2-year-old trotting filly Pocohontas Fame won again on Wednesday at The Isle Pompano Park. Her hopes thus remain alive of sweeping the four races needed to capture all of, or a share of the $100,000 bonus offered by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA). "This ...
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Lively Moment scores in Mighty M trot

on 11/19/2009 12:00 AM
With not enough horses entered in the winners-over trot, Lively Moment  scored her second consecutive victory against some of the better trotters on the grounds  when she copped the featured $7,500 non-winners of $800 per start trot at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday afternoon.   Bruce Aldrich Jr., who was in the sulky for trainer Bob Lounsbury, sent the 6-year-old mare ...
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Go On BB goes up Pocono Pike for victory

on 11/19/2009 12:00 AM
After being a bridesmaid in two consecutive starts at Mohegan Sun at Pocono in the $30,000 Open Handicap Pace, Go On BB made it to the “altar” by winning in the same condition Wednesday evening.   Pior to winning Wednesday night, the Ron Burke-trained 5-year-old mare had finished second in the Nov. 4 and Nov. 11 starts to Ubetterthink Think and Marietta Hall, just missing out by le...
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Want your 14 year old to say 'Au Revoir?' Call Monticello

on 11/19/2009 12:00 AM
According to the United States Trotting Association, 59  fourteen year olds have raced this year and many are still competing at this time which may give Monticello Raceway director of racing Eric Warner a bigger pool of possible entrants in the track's Au Revoir exclusively for 14 year olds.   “I’ve had multiple inquiries already concerning our Au Revoir Pace which over ...
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Perretti names foal Governor Chris

on 11/19/2009 12:00 AM
Governor Chris a reality. Fulfilling the pledge it made after the November gubernatorial election in New Jersey, Perretti Farms has named its 2009 Muscles Yankee foal of the mare Malexandria after New Jersey governor elect Chris Christie.   Governor Chris is a full brother to Muscles Malone, named after New Jersey Assemblyman Joseph Malone. ...
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Windy City blows into Maywood on Friday

on 11/18/2009 12:00 AM
Maywood Park will play host to its biggest night of the year on Friday as some of North America’s top horses and drivers visit the half-mile oval for a quartet of stakes events headlined by the $225,000 Windy City Pace for 3-year-old colts.  Among those going postward in Maywood’s signature event, which has been carded as the seventh race on the 14-race program, is Breeders Crown champio...
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Vertical Horizon, Straight Shooting lead Matron elims

on 11/18/2009 12:00 AM
Vertical Horizon, surprise winner of the $350,000 Progress Pace last Sunday, and Straight Shooting, upset winner of the American National in Chicago, are in separate $39,082 Matron 3-Year-Old Colt Pace elimination divisions this Sunday at Dover Downs. Both sophomores are owned by Bulletproof Enterprises and will be part of separate entries.   Again this time, Vertical Horizon will be coup...
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Females streaking at Dover

on 11/18/2009 12:00 AM
It was a big night for streaking female pacers with two lengthening win streaks and another back on track. After a second last week, Perfect M Forever retuned to the winner's circle winning the $26,000 Mares Open pace on Tuesday at Dover Downs. All Or None made it four wins in a row taking the $23,000 winners-over pace while Donttellmewhattodo wins number three in a row. Driver Jim Morand and tr...
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Five straight for Dougs Fame at The Meadows

on 11/18/2009 12:00 AM
An unhurried sixth at the half, Dougs Fame swooped the field with an uncovered :27.4 backside blitz and captured Tuesday’s $27,500 Preferred Handicap Pace--his fifth consecutive win--at The Meadows.   Dougs Fame hadn’t been further back than second at any point in his current streak, but Dave Palone allowed him to settle before launching his assault on the leader, War Boots. As Dou...
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Beshear believes Kentucky Senate would pass VLTs at tracks

on 11/18/2009 12:00 AM
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday was quoted as saying he believes the state Senate would pass a bill allowing video lottery terminals at the state’s racetracks if given a chance. In speaking after a conference in Louisville, Beshear said, “I’m pretty confident that we will have enough votes to pass the bill if it gets to the floor.   “That’s not saying all Democrats will vot...
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Southbound Trucker keeps on truckin and truckin

on 11/18/2009 12:00 AM
If you think the announcement that Southbound Trucker wins the Open Pace again at Monticello Raceway sounds redundant, it’s because it probably is. But then think about how all the horses, drivers and owners who have been chasing the veteran pacer all season long must feel and it’s a safe bet that redundancy is probably not the most prominent emotion.   On Tuesday afternoon, S...
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