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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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Give Delaware Special winner proper respect

on 11/10/2009 12:00 AM
Proper Respect stepped up to the $32,500 Delaware Special to score a 1:51.3 victory by a nose in the Monday feature race at Dover Downs. Southwestern Dream notched the fastest win in 1:50 to take the $26,000 Open Pace. Ron Pierce fashioned a four bagger.   In the feature, Corey Callahan drove Proper Respect into the lead just past the first quarter pole and led the rest of the way for his...
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Tracys Song sings winning song at Meadows

on 11/10/2009 12:00 AM
Tracys Song, whose previous ventures into The Meadows’ top distaff pace brought minor checks only, showed how sharp she has become Monday when she captured the $27,500 Fillies and Mares Preferred pace for her third straight victory.   Unhurried early, Tracys Song fell back by 7 1/2 lengths before launching a bid for driver Tony Hall that was largely uncovered. She tackled the 1-2 favorite...
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Pompano hat tricks for Hennessey, Sells

on 11/10/2009 12:00 AM
The Monday evening card at The Isle Pompano Park featured some masterful driving by Wally Henessey and Tom Sells as each of the veteran reinsmen turned in three-win performances.   Among Hennessey's wins was a 1:58 life's mark score with claiming trotter Flowing Joey. The 5-year-old gelding by Ilooklikemymom-Flowing Jody had been campaigning in Ontario at Georgian Downs and w...
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Preps held for weekend's Am-Nat finals

on 11/10/2009 12:00 AM
While no eliminations were needed for Balmoral Park’s $1 million, six-race American National night set for Nov. 14, a handful of contenders vied in preps on Nov. 7 and 8 at the Crete, Ill., oval.   Trainer Joe Seekman harnessed Annieswesterncard to a resounding 1:52.1 victory, giving the gelding his final tightener for the $300,000 American National for 3-year-old male pacers. The&nb...
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Explosive Matter to Hanover

on 11/10/2009 12:00 AM
Jim Simpson, president of Hanover Shoe Farms is pleased to announce that multiple world champion Explosive Matter 2,1.55f, 3,1.52.3-1.53f ($1,510,542) will be joining the farm’s stallion ranks beginning with the 2010 breeding season.   Explosive Matter set a world record in winning the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs in only his third lifetime start last year at two. At three, he established...
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Titles, big money up for grabs in Indy Downs finale

on 11/10/2009 12:00 AM
Indiana Downs will close out its 80-day harness meet Tuesday evening with a “Mini Super Night” program offering nearly $200,000 in purses. A group of nine mini-series and closing series finals make up the bulk of the 13-race program, slated to begin at 4:55 p.m. The Shelbyville track will also honor leading driver Ricky Macomber, while the battle for leading trainer will be decided between Ron...
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Southbound Trucker rallies to win Monticello feature

on 11/10/2009 12:00 AM
Talk about horses for courses. How about Southbound Trucker at Monticello Raceway? The veteran 6-year-old Sharky Spur gelding, who was recently named Horse of the Year at the Mighty M, just keeps on winning and on Tuesday Southbound Trucker scored yet another victory in the winners-over pace, this time in 1:56.1.   Greg Merton was again in the sulky as the pacer recorded...
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Vintage Master, Schoolkids wins Progress elims

on 11/09/2009 12:00 AM
Vintage Master and Schoolkids scored off-the-pace victories in $35,000 Progress Pace eliminations and while Showherthemoney, Swan For All, Howthehaloareyou, and Yursa Hanover won Matron 3-year-old elim divisions Sunday at Dover Downs.   Daniel Dube pulled Vintage Master out to follow the cover of Bunkmiester (David Miller) on the final turn and then exploded past the leaders for a 1:50.2 ...
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