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Ruling expected to decide location of NYSRWB trial

on 02/01/2010 12:00 AM
Justice Eileen Rakower will soon decide where the case of Ford, et al v. the New York State Racing and Wagering Board (NYSRWB) will be decided, New York County or Schenectady County The NYSRWB, which has already been restrained by Justice Rakower from enforcing its new “out of competition” testing rules, wants the case moved to Schenectady  where its main office is located. But on Fr...
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Purse bump at Pompano

on 02/01/2010 12:00 AM
In Florida, horsemen racing at Pompano Park have seen a recent “bump” in purses with races like the Open Pace for Fillies and Mares as well as the Open Pace and Open Trot all up from $13,000 to $20,000 at the end of January. “I wouldn’t call it a purse increase,” said Greg DeFrank, Pompano’s race secretary. “But there will probably be another one in a couple of weeks. Our fisc...
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Arianna Brown not only senator's daughter, she's a horse owner

on 02/01/2010 12:00 AM
To most of the country, Syracuse University freshman Arianna Brown is known as the youngest daughter of newly-elected U.S. Senator Scott Brown from Massachusetts. But  the 19-year-old pre-med student is known as an owner-breeder as well as accomplished equestrian.   The Brown family is close friends with Plainridge Racecourse owner Gary Piontkowski, who convinced her in March of 2008 t...
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Michigan-based Charles Jordan dies

on 02/01/2010 12:00 AM
Longtime Michigan-based horseman Charles "Chuck" Jordan, the father of East Coast-based horseman Mark Jordan, died Saturday, Jan. 30, at his home in Portage, Mich. He was 84.   A native of Springfield, Ill., Mr. Jordan was the trainer of several well-known horses, including the trotter Final Notice, who competed against Nevele Pride, the $150,000-winning pacer Pay Taylor, who competed ...
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Canadians hand out O'Brien Awards

on 01/31/2010 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada hosted the 2009 O’Brien Awards this evening to honor and recognize the horses and people who have made the greatest contribution to Canadian harness racing over the past season. The awards are named for the late Hall of Famer Joe O'Brien. Casie Coleman took home two O’Brien trophies, one for Trainer of the Year and one with her star performer Sportswriter in the Two-Year-O...
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Dave Ain't Here wins Yonkers feature

on 01/31/2010 12:00 AM
Dave Ain't Here (Jim Pantaleano) went the distance Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway, winning the $32,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position No. 2, "Dave" stepped around Diamond Stick Pin (Jeff Gregory), making the lead before a :28 opening quarter-mile.  He then rated a :57.2 mid-point before Fox Valley Tribal (Stephane Bouchard) tried it first-up. Dave Ain't H...
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Oyonnax surprise Prix d'Amerique winner

on 01/31/2010 12:00 AM
It took some American blood to win this year's Prix d'Amerique, even if the horse wasn't officially representing the USA. Surprisingly, the French-owned and trained Oyonnax won the 89th Prix d'Amerique Sunday afternoon at the Vincennes track in Paris. Quaker Jet finished second, and last year's Prix d'Amerique winner, Meaulnes du Corta, who was the betting favorite, held on for thir...
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Plight of New Jersey racing in New York Times

on 01/31/2010 12:00 AM
Sunday's New York Times contains a story written by Bill Finley discussing the financial plight of racing in New Jersey, including the fallout of a recent report released by New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie that notes that one of the solutions to aiding the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority includes the possibility of the closing of the Meadowlands or reducing race dates. Finley ...
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7,500 wins for Wally Hennessey

on 01/30/2010 12:00 AM
Although he'd posed for winner's circle photographs 7,499 times prior to the $20,000 Mares Open Pace on Friday evening at the Isle Casino Racing at Pompano Park, Wally Hennessey found it tough to contain his enthusiasm upon reaching a major career milestone. "I wasn't on edge pressing for it or nervous about it like I was when I was close to my first 1,000 wins," Hennessey said in a live TV ...
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Count B Series for 3YOs underway

on 01/30/2010 12:00 AM
The Count B Pacing Series for 3-year-old colts and geldings kicked off Friday night at Woodbine with Totally Empressive and Come Back drawing first blood in their respective divisions on what was another chilly night at the Toronto oval.Totally Empressive took charge early in the opening $20,000 contest for driver Randy Waples and was able to last on the lead for a 1:55.2 victory. The gelded son o...
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Cold conditions for Miss Vera Bars splits

on 01/29/2010 12:00 AM
A Pippin Hanover and Slimsplace both battled temperatures of -11 Celsius (12 degrees) to post victories in Thursday’s opening leg of the Miss Vera Bars Pacing Series for three-year-old fillies at Woodbine Racetrack.   In the opening $20,000(C) contest, A Pippin Hanover got away third in the early going from post one and followed in that position throughout for driver Mark MacDonald befo...
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Whelan takes dash lead at Western Fair

on 01/29/2010 12:00 AM
A five-win haul at Western Fair Raceway on Thursday vaulted Michael Whelan on top of the drivers’ leader board at the London, Ontario track and put him over the $5 million(C) mark in career earnings.   Going into Thursday’s card Whelan was tied for wins at Western Fair with Trevor Henry, but he put himself squarely on top thanks to his five trips to the winner’s circle. Putnam Fanta...
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Trainer Carl Conte testifies in Brooks trial

on 01/29/2010 12:00 AM
Steve Kallas, a New York attorney, longtime Standardbred owner, and correspondent for The Horseman and Fair World magazine, attended the Thursday session of the trial of David Brooks and filed the following report.  Late in the day on Thursday, harness horse trainer Carl Conte took the witness stand in Courtroom 1030 of the federal district court in the Eastern District of New York (in ...
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Get your Meadowlands winners right here!!

on 01/29/2010 12:00 AM
Harness Eye editor Derick Giwner has decided to rest on his laurels of handicapping success at the Meadowlands this weekend and turned the lines over to associate editor Matt Rose, whose picks for the weekend cards at the Big M are available by clicking the Harness Eye icon located midway down the home page of harnessracing.com.   Still, Giwner left some words of wisdom, which can be found ...
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Lights go on at Menangle Park

on 01/29/2010 12:00 AM
On January 29, Menangle Park located just outside of Sydney, Australia, held its first racing card under the lights. The seven-eighths mile track is Australia's largest and the first nighttime card featured a new track record set by exported American pacer Lonestar Legend. The 5-year-old son of Western Hanover won the Tabcorp Golden Mile, the fifth race, in 1:53.   Now owned by Cold Mounta...
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Table games approved in Delaware

on 01/29/2010 12:00 AM
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell on Thursday signed legislation legalizing table games at the state's racetracks, with patrons being able to play blackjack and craps as soon as four months. The state Senate had previously approved the bill by a vote of 15-4, with the addition of table games expected to bring in $40 million in revenue the first year.   The legislation also created 40 state jobs to...
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First foals by Crazed born in NY

on 01/29/2010 12:00 AM
The first foals by the trotting stallion Crazed have been born.   Dari Blue Chip, a Self Possessed daughter, gave birth to a filly by Crazed on Jan. 8 at Blue Chip Farms in New York. Then on Tuesday, Jan. 26, Armbro Xanadu, a Garland Lobell mare out of the great Armbro Keepsake, delivered a colt at Stirling Brook Farms in New York.  Crazed stands at stud at Blue Chip Farm in New York....
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Bulletproof horses out of O'Brien consideration

on 01/29/2010 12:00 AM
After a meeting of the O'Brien Awards Committee on Friday to make a decision on the eligibility of horses owned by Bulletproof Enterprises for the O'Brien Awards, it has been decided that the O'Brien for 3-year-old filly pacer--of which Not Enough and Yellow Diamond were the finalists--will not be awarded at the dinner on Saturday night. The decision comes after the Ontario Racing Commission annou...
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Swan Image wins Meadows trot

on 01/28/2010 12:00 AM
Swan Image gobbled up the field with a backside blitz that carried him to a decisive victory in Wednesday’s $25,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Swan Image was trotting comfortably in sixth when Brett Miller sent him uncovered for the lead. In a matter of seconds, the 7-year-old Balanced Image-Swan Lake gelding made the front en route to a :57.1 back half. He scored in 1:56,...
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Eternal Revenue upsets at Buffalo

on 01/28/2010 12:00 AM
Dismissed by the bettors at 21-1, Eternal Revenue, a 6-year-old Artiscape gelding, out of the No Nukes mare Eternal Sweetheart, won the $5,000 featured pace in 1:59.2 for the Ultra Racing Stable at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night.   Eternal Revenue ($44.20), with Jimmy Whisman in the sulky, made a strong backside brush to overtake the favorite in the race, Tessters Odd Sock (Ri...
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