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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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NJSEA seeks $30M state subsidy as losses mount

on 03/03/2010 12:00 AM
The Newark Star Ledger (at nj.com) is carrying a report about the details of testimony given on Wednesday, March 3 by Dennis Robinson President and Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority as he testified before the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee at the Statehouse in Trenton. The committee has been tasked with examining the future role of the NJSEA. The a...
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Pelling testimony in Brooks' trial

on 03/02/2010 12:00 AM
Steve Kallas, a New York attorney, longtime Standardbred owner, and correspondent for The Horseman and Fair World magazine, is covering the trial of David Brooks, and offers the final analysis of testimony given by trainer Brett Pelling:   On Thursday afternoon, Feb. 25, Brett Pelling took the witness stand in the federal courthouse in Central Islip, N.Y., as a governmen...
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Stanley Banks dies

on 03/02/2010 12:00 AM
Stanley E. Banks, a longtime fixture among the driving colony on the Chicagoland racing circuit, died Monday, March 1, at his home in Dwight, Ill. after a long illness. He was 73.   Mr. Banks, who was always among the leading drivers at all Chicagoland harness tracks throughout the late 1970s until the early 1990s, retired with 3,513 lifetime victories and $17,167,654 in purs...
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Strada Memorial canceled

on 03/02/2010 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands has announced that the Strada Memorial for older pacing mares scheduled for Saturday, April 3, has been canceled.
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Team Baillargeon dominates in General Brock

on 03/01/2010 12:00 AM
The tandem of Ben and Mario Baillargeon once again dominated the General Brock Trotting Series for 4 year olds on Sunday afternoon at Woodbine as they captured two of the three divisions that went postward. The pair had swept all four divisions in the first leg last weekend.   Jilted Pride took the field gate to wire in the opening $20,000(C) split for driver Mario Baillargeon in 1:59.2 o...
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Mr. Feelgood draws post 9 for ID final

on 03/01/2010 12:00 AM
The field is set for the $1 million (Aus.) Inter Dominion championship, set for Sunday at the Tabcorp Menangle Park outside of Sydney, and Mr. Feelgood, the defending champion and 2006 Little Brown Jug winner, will be starting from post nine in the field of 10 on the seven-eighths mile oval.   The Inter Dominion championship will be contested at a distance of 2,300 meters. A field of 10 wil...
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Legislation introduced for VLTs at Big M

on 03/01/2010 12:00 AM
Assemblyman Ralph Caputo on Monday announced he and several other Assembly Democrats have introduced legislation that would seek voter approval to place video lottery terminals at the Meadowlands horse racing track.   "Let's face it - times have changed and so must we if Meadowlands racing and gaming are going to continue to be a strong part of New Jersey's economy," said Caputo (D-Essex). ...
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