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Down-Under night at Dover

on 11/13/2009 12:00 AM
A pair of Down Under-bred pacers, Commander Turk N and Bullion Bill A, won the twin-feature races on another rainy and windy Thursday at Dover Downs.   Corey Callahan drove Commander Turk N to a 1:53.2 victory in the $15,000 pace holding off late-charging Baby Teeth (Tony Morgan) and Richard Henry N (Ron Pierce), the second and third-place finishers. The win was one of two for the f...
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DiBenedetto wins six at Monticello

on 11/13/2009 12:00 AM
When you’re hot you’re hot. And Kyle DiBenedetto was hot on Thursday 12 when he reined six winners on the afternoon card at Monticello Raceway. It marked only the second time in his career that DiBenedetto, who earlier this year passed the 5,000 career-win plateau, has won six on one card.   He didn’t get his milestone day underway until the fourth race which he won with John Gagnon...
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Art Official sold for $2.75 million

on 11/13/2009 12:00 AM
Owner James Jesk has told harnessracing.com that he has sold double-millionaire 4-year-old pacer Art Official to Joseph Muscara for $2.75 million, with the son of Art Major changing hands after Saturday night’s American National at Balmoral Park. Although Muscara’s plans for Art Official have not yet been officially announced, it is believed that the horse will stand stallion duty in 2010. &n...
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Swan For All to stand at Kentuckiana Farms of Indiana

on 11/13/2009 12:00 AM
The 3-year-old colt trotter Swan For All, scheduled to start in Saturday’s Matron final at Dover Downs, will stand stud in 2010 at Kentuckiana Farms of Indiana, located at Jeff and Maria King’s Victory Hill Farm in Lagrange. Kentuckiana will serve as syndicate manager and, along with Victory Hill, will manage Swan For All’s breeding career.   A son of Andover Hall out of the Lindy Lan...
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PHHA partnership with Mohegan Sun leads to renaming of arena

on 11/13/2009 12:00 AM
The Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., will be renamed the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, thanks in part to the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association’s (PHHA) partnership with the northeastern Pennsylvania track.   “We’re pleased to team up with Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and glad they invited us to be part of this venture,” said PHHA president Earl Beal Jr. “This r...
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2010 stud fees for Hanover stallions set

on 11/13/2009 12:00 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms has released the 2010 stud fees for its stallion roster with some changes from the 2009 season. Trotting stallions Andover Hall and Donato Hanover top the list with a stud fee of $20,000 each; they are joined by pacer Somebeachsomewhere who remains at $20,000 in his second year at stud. Trotter Cantab Hall remains at $15,000 while Well Said begins his stud career with a fee of $...
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Ten for Napolitano

on 11/12/2009 12:00 AM
In the second race on Wednesday evening's card at Harrah's Chester, George Napolitano Jr. drove Sand Katie to victory.  In the next race, he won again. And again. And again. All told, the 43-year-old reinsman partnered an 10 horses to victory on the `4-race card, just one shy of the one-card record set by Roger Hammer (York, Pa. fair, 2003) and Dave Palone (Meadows, 2008). The 10 wins broke N...
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Florida-breds in action at Pompano

on 11/12/2009 12:00 AM
A big night for the state-bred program provided numerous highlights as over $111,000 in purses was awarded over five races staged in the Florida Stallion Stakes and late closer Hurricane Stakes at The Isle Pompano Park on Wednesday evening.   The marquee match-up of the night was in the $17,500 Hurricane Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters. BK's Luv raced first over for the final...
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Allmar Surprise wins Dover feature

on 11/12/2009 12:00 AM
Allmar Surprise lived up to her name in the $26,000 Open Trot at Dover Downs on a rainy Veteran's day program on Wednesday. With co-owner, trainer and regular driver Vic Kirby sidelined by the flu, John Wagner pinch hit and hit a home run, driving Allmar Surprise from post eight to a wire-to-wire 1:56 victory, her 10th of the year for Kirby and Matt Ivory.   The Angus Hall-Benita Victory ...
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Heza Challenger upsets in Preferred at The Meadows

on 11/12/2009 12:00 AM
Heza Challenger used a quick backside burst to get the jump on 2-5 favorite Master Begonia and pull off a 6-1 upset victory in the $27,500 Preferred Handicap Trot Wednesday at The Meadows.   Sitting third for Brett Miller, Heza Challenger blew by the leader, Primo Spur, so quickly that Heza Challenger could not respond immediately from the pocket. When Heza Challenger blazed the final ...
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Ubetterthink Think charges to Pocono victory

on 11/12/2009 12:00 AM
Ubetterthink Think came charging down the stretch to win the $30,000 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares Wednesday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   A winner by three-quarters of a length over Marietta Hall (Andrew McCarthy), Ubetterthink Think (Joe Pavia Jr.) went over the $500,000 mark in lifetime earnings with the 1:51.4 win. This also was the 13th win in 37 starts for Ube...
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Churchill to purchase Youbet for $127 million

on 11/12/2009 12:00 AM
In a deal worth about $127 million, Churchill Downs Inc. has agree to purchase Youbet.com Inc., giving Churchill about half of the $1.4-billion online horse-wagering market. Churchill already owns and operates TwinSpires.com, which earlier incorporated Brisbet.com, as well as HorseRacing TV (HRTV), nine racetracks and 19 off-track wagering sites.  Youbet owns United Tote, which manages the w...
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Beulah Park installs slot-like machines

on 11/12/2009 12:00 AM
The Beulah Park Thoroughbred racetrack in Ohio last Thursday, two days after voters in the state passed Issue 3, which allows four casinos to be built in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo, installed 30 Sweepstakes machines which are similar to slot machines, which are currently prohibited. Players on the machines purchase pre-paid phone-Internet cards and then swipe them in a reader attac...
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Dougs Fame wins fourth straight

on 11/11/2009 12:00 AM
In his debut at The Meadows, Dougs Fame found the track and the company to his liking Tuesday as he sailed to victory — his fourth in a row — in the $27,500 Preferred Pace.   His previous wins in the streak came at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, but the change in venue made little difference to the 4-year-old son of Apaches Fame-Armbro Vertical. Dave Palone sent him to the front at the qu...
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Progress Pace field set

on 11/11/2009 12:00 AM
The biggest race of the week and the biggest in Delaware harness this year, the $350,000 Progress Pace, is this Sunday (Nov. 15) at Dover Downs.   One of this season's top rags-to-riches stories concerns one of the horses racing in the track's signature event. Go Go Solano was sold to an Amish horseman in Maine for $700 six months ago. The owner qualified the 3-year-old in 2:04 and the...
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Chloes Silver Star shines at Dover

on 11/11/2009 12:00 AM
Ron Pierce gunned Chloes Silver Star to a 1:52.2 victory in the $26,000 Mares Open/Handicap pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Nov. 10.   One of the most consistent female pacers at the track last meet, Chloes Silver Star, owned by Gary Evans and Foulk Stables, picked right up in the distaff feature. Race favorite Still Electric (Corey Callahan) made her first appearance of the meet and led fr...
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Indiana Downs closes out 2009 racing program

on 11/11/2009 12:00 AM
Racing in the Hoosier State came to a close Tuesday, November 10 as Indiana Downs hosted the final program in its 80-day harness meet. The 13-race card featured several series finals for Indiana-sired horses. Ricky Macomber finished the season as the leading driver, while Ron Burke was awarded leading trainer honors.   Named the top driver at Hoosier Park in 2007, Macomber earned his second...
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Despite reports, KYSS funds appear safe

on 11/11/2009 12:00 AM
Despite published reports to the contrary, although revenue going to the Kentucky Standardbred Breeders Incentive Fund will be reduced significantly in 2010, purses for the Kentucky Sire Stakes (KYSS) program appear to be on safer ground. There is optimism at the state’s racing commission that the eight finals for 2 and 3 year olds that are raced at The Red Mile will still carry individual purse...
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Bacon Hill Scott wins Monticello feature

on 11/11/2009 12:00 AM
Trotters are featured on Wednesdays at Monticello Raceway, with five or six events usually carded for the marching gait. However, on Wednesday, Nov. 11, only four trotting races  filled, one of which was the weekly winners-over class which features the best on the grounds.   The contest once again pitted Getthemoney, the track's Trotter of the Year, agains...
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Makerbark makes new world mark

on 11/10/2009 12:00 AM
After withstanding pressure from Lightning Dragon through a shell-shocking :25.4 first quarter, Vicki Fair and Roger Hammer's Makerbark ($2.80) became the fastest 4-year-old pacing mare on a five-eighths mile track, drubbing the field by 10 1/4 lengths in a 1:49.2 mile on Monday evening at Harrah's Chester.   Under regular driver Yannick Gingras, the daughter of Dragon Again was i...
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