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Pompano horseman trying to beat the odds

on 01/28/2010 12:00 AM
Robert Arnold of Pompano Beach, Fla., an underdog in many of the harness racing fields he's faced, is again facing health challenges he's overcome before. The 56-year-old hobby horseman originally from Newark, N.J., is facing long odds again in a struggle that he admits is becoming increasingly tough to win.   "My need for a kidney and pancreas donati...
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Employees owed money after Attractions Hippiques bankruptcy

on 01/28/2010 12:00 AM
The Montreal Gazette reported Thursday that Attractions Hippiques, which at one time operated the four racetracks in Quebec, was declared bankrupt on Wednesday when its proposal to creditors was rejected by the creditors. The story reported that the liquidation of equipment and fixtures at the tracks brought in more than $400,000, but there was nothing remaining for more than 1,000 unsecured credi...
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Brennan to answer Big M fan questions Friday

on 01/28/2010 12:00 AM
George Brennan will answer racing fans' questions live on Meadowlands Racetrack's Friday night pre-card television broadcast. E-mail questions for "The Minister of Speed" to racing@thebigm.com.   The broadcast begins at 6:30 p.m.  Can't make it to the track?  Watch the live video on: MeadowlandsRacetrack.com: http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/liveVideo.asp (Meadowlands)
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Field set for Prix d'Amerique

on 01/28/2010 12:00 AM
The field has been set for the 2010 Prix d'Amérique, which will be held Sunday afternoon at Hippodrome de Vincennes, in the Vincennes park, in Paris, France.   The race, worth about $1.4 million US, appears to be the domain of French trotters this year as no top horse based outside of France has garnered much respect in the preps leading up to the race. Last year's winner, Meaulnes du Cort...
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Ontario commission suspends 3 after 2 horses die

on 01/28/2010 12:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission announced Thursday that it has suspended the race licenses of three individuals as it investigates the deaths of two racehorses on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The owner-trainer licenses of Jason E. Robertson, Chantell L. Robertson, and Brittany M. Robertson, all of Sudbury, Ont., were suspended after an investigation revealed that the pacers Bensalem and HBF's Slapsho...
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Maywood to open Thursday with changes

on 01/28/2010 12:00 AM
The longest consecutive racing streak in the Chicagoland area reaches 64 on Thursday night as Maywood Park kicks off its 2010 harness racing season with an 11-race program which gets underway with a new starting time of 7:10 p.m. (CST). In an effort to stimulate handle, management and horsemen have now agreed to allow a “trailer” in five races on the Friday programs and two races on the T...
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Ontario suspends, freezes, all Brooks-related entities

on 01/28/2010 12:00 AM
On Thursday, the Director of the Ontario Racing Commission ordered the immediate suspension of the ORC licenses of the following individuals: Terry S. Brooks, Jeffrey R. Brooks, Andrew S. Brooks, Victoria S. Brooks. The Director also suspended the ORC licenses of the following stables: Perfect World Enterprises, Bulletproof Enterprises, Goldfinger Enterprises, Seize the Day Industries, V...
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Guy Crouch dies in Indiana

on 01/28/2010 12:00 AM
Guy Crouch Jr., 89, a lifelong farmer in Tipton County, Ind., and a former Standardbred breeder and owner, died Wednesday morning at Tipton Hospital in Tipton, Ind.   Crouch's son, Tom, founded Kentuckiana Farms and was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2009.   Guy Crouch served as Madison Township trustee and had also served as a Tipton County Councilman. He was a mem...
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SC to meet on Bulletproof eligibility for O'Briens

on 01/28/2010 12:00 AM
Further to the Ontario Racing Commission’s announcement Thursday of the suspension of Bulletproof Enterprises, Standardbred Canada’s O’Brien Awards Committee will meet on Friday to determine whether or not the three O’Brien finalists owned by Bulletproof Enterprises are eligible for O’Brien Award consideration.   In the 3-year-old pacing filly category, finalists Not Enough a...
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Lutman Memorial finals held at Monticello

on 01/28/2010 12:00 AM
The finals of the four-week Sherry Lutman Memorial Pacing Series went to post on Thursday afternoon at Monticello Raceway and when the results were declared official Against The Best won the $9,300 horse and gelding final and Summer Vacation copped the $7,300 fillies and mares final. Against The Best scored in a time of 1:58.4 while Summer Vacation was an eased-up win...
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Quality Western to be retired Saturday

on 01/28/2010 12:00 AM
Horseplex of Indiana has announced that Quality Western, a winner of nearly $1.3 million during his career, will be formally retired from competition Saturday evening, January 30 in a ceremony at the Meadowlands. The ceremony will be held after the third race on the program. With a mark of 1:49.2 and 42 career wins to his credit, the son of Western Hanover is slated to stand his first season for H...
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KY vet to run for legislative seat

on 01/28/2010 12:00 AM
More than 230 Kentuckians have filed to run for the state legislature, and one of them is veterinarian and Standardbred owner-breeder Andy Roberts. Roberts has filed to challenge Republican incumbent Alice Forgy Kerr in the primary for the Senate District 12 seat, which encompasses most of the Lexington area. The primary will take place in May.   Roberts, 42, said he decided to run becaus...
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USTA withholds Brooks transfers

on 01/28/2010 12:00 AM
Based upon the events of earlier this month and other information solicited and received, effective Jan. 28, 2010, the United States Trotting Association has elected to withhold action on transfer requests submitted in recent weeks by Bulletproof Enterprises, pending the results of an internal investigation concerning the ownership of those horses in question.   Earlier this week, the USTA ...
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Dover Horse of the Meet scores in feature

on 01/27/2010 12:00 AM
Apache Dame, reigning "Horse of the Meet" last season, recorded her second $26,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace in a row while Kellytuck Sophie won the $18,500 sub-feature on Tuesday at Dover Downs.   Teamed with Ross Wolfenden, Apache Dame made short work of six rival distaffs to score a 1:51.4 victory in the week's top female event. This time it was more of a challenge as Gabrielles Girl an...
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Harrah's Chester announces 2010 stakes schedule

on 01/27/2010 12:00 AM
Nearly $5 million will be on the line in stakes purses at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack for the upcoming 2010 season, which offers once again a powerhouse stakes program.   The centerpiece of the meet is Super Stakes Sunday III, scheduled this year for Aug. 22.  The 34th renewal of the Battle of the Brandywine (3-year-old open pace,  purse $500,000), the 40th edition of th...
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Kirschenbaum new CHHA president

on 01/27/2010 12:00 AM
At its Board of Directors meeting on Sunday, the California Harness Horsemen's Association reluctantly accepted the resignation of association president Ben Kenney and elected Alan Kirschenbaum, who is currently serving on the Board of Directors, as its new president.   Kirschenbaum, a prominent owner and breeder of Standardbred horses, has served as a CHHA director for almost two...
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Ohio fair board considering two barns to replace destroyed barn

on 01/27/2010 12:00 AM
Published reports state that the Warren County Fair Board is considering building two smaller barns to replace the large Barn 16 that was destroyed in a Dec. 5 fire that killed two caretakers and 45 horses at Lebanon Raceway.   The county would receive $717,747 in insurance funds if it builds a barn the same size as the 80-stall Barn 16, or $532,421 if it decides to build somethin...
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Some support for casinos at Meadowlands

on 01/27/2010 12:00 AM
According to a story on newjersey.com, at least a couple of New Jersey legislators are in favor of putting a full-fledged casino at the Meadowlands. They voiced their support for such a plan at a panel discussion presented by the Meadowlands Liberty Convention and Visitors Bureau in Lyndhurst.   The story said that New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority chairman Carl Goldberg, a re...
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Three Of Spades trumps competition

on 01/26/2010 12:00 AM
Three Of Spades rolled three wide around the final turn to overtake the leaders on the way to a 1:51.2 triumph in the $26,000 Open Pace on Monday at Dover Downs.   Jon Roberts put Three Of Spades into high gear turning for home and the Cam's Card Shark-Triple Flip gelding roared down the lane, completing his victory with a :27.2 final panel in the week's top pace of the week. Owned by Bill...
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Spring Break arrives at The Meadows

on 01/26/2010 12:00 AM
Locked in around the final turn and seemingly racing for a minor check, Spring Break threaded her way to daylight and powered home to capture Monday’s $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Spring Break left for position but found herself seriously shuffled as the field turned for home. Once Mike Wilder guided her through traffic, the 6-year-old daughter o...
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