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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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Upsets prevail in Pompano features

on 01/26/2010 12:00 AM
A pair of 10-1 upset winners highlighted the Monday program at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   Under a room temperature setting of 70 degrees, driver Don Cromer cleverly sat just behind the battling leaders Revington and Tweedle Dum in the card's featured $10,000-$12,500 claiming trot event. In the stretch, Cromer fanned out four wide to pick off that pair with Perfect Bubbles in 1:5...
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Exclusive! First-hand report on David Brooks trial!

on 01/26/2010 12:00 AM
Steve Kallas, a New York attorney, longtime Standardbred owner, and correspondent for The Horseman and Fair World magazine, attended the opening day of the trial of David Brooks on Monday and has filed the following report.   Assistant United States Attorney Richard Lunger stood before 20 jurors on Monday morning at 10:55 in Courtroom 1030 in United States District Court in Central Isl...
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The Meadows approved to add fifth race day in April

on 01/26/2010 12:00 AM
The Meadows announced Tuesday that it will extend its schedule of four live cards per week through March 2010, adding a fifth live card beginning in April.   The track originally planned to offer five live cards per week starting in February but now will feature its enhanced schedule during warm-weather months. The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission has approved the revised schedul...
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2010 Grand Circuit schedule announced

on 01/26/2010 12:00 AM
The Grand Circuit will make 19 stops during its 2010 racing season according to the schedule announced Tuesday by G.C. president Tom Thomson.   The Grand Circuit has been in existence since 1871, when representatives from three racetracks in different states met to create a racing circuit. The first campaign for the Grand Circuit took place in 1873, when four tracks offered $169,300 in...
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What's in the Brooks indictment about horses?

on 01/26/2010 12:00 AM
Steve Kallas, a New York attorney, longtime Standardbred owner, and correspondent to The Horseman And Fair World magazine recently reviewed the 72-page federal indictment against David Brooks and discusses what facts from Brooks’s harness racing holdings have been deemed relevant by the government in its prosecution.  Brooks is being prosecuted for, among other things, securities fraud, ma...
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Johnson, Kuebler enter CA Hall of Fame

on 01/25/2010 12:00 AM
The California Harness Horsemens Association has announced it’s inductees for the class of 2010. Robert “ Bob “ Johnson, Fred Kuebler, Hunters Star and Stand By N will be inducted at the annual CHHA meeting in March.   In 1967 Bob Johnson left his home state of Texas and headed to Pompano Park to work with the harness horses, and later that year went to Chicago to work under the sta...
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First day of Brooks's trial held

on 01/25/2010 12:00 AM
The federal trial of David Brooks, who won the Little Brown Jug with Timesareachanging and has campaigned numerous other stakes winners, got underway in U.S. District Court in Central Islip, NY, on Monday. Part of the opening day session included federal prosecutors showing the belt buckle worn by Brooks in the Jug winner’s circle. The design of the belt buckle shows the American flag, with rubi...
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Series finals at Meadowlands

on 01/24/2010 12:00 AM
Blatantly Good and driver Richie Silverman rallied four-wide to win the $117,000 Presidential Final, the first showcase of the season for older pacers, Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.Starting from post eight, Blatantly Good benefited from an active flow on the outer tier to work his way into contention. Silverman moved Blatantly Good four-wide around the final turn and they stormed home t...
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Bulletproof's Ideal Race wins at Woodbine

on 01/24/2010 12:00 AM
Ideal Race completed the sweep of this year’s Willowdale Pacing Series at Woodbine Racetrack, but it took a stretch-drive inquiry to help the Tracy Brainard trainee to earn the victory in Saturday’s $77,100 final.   After posting a 1:52.4 score in come-from-behind fashion in the opening leg and a 1:51.2 tally in front-stepping triumph in last week’s second leg, Ideal Race opted to emp...
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Tom Cango wins in 1:55.4 at Pompano

on 01/24/2010 12:00 AM
 It was a relieved trainer Bill Gallagher in the winner's circle at the Isle Casino and Racing Pompano Park on Saturday evening, January 23, after his charge Tom Cango scored a dominant front-end win in the $13,000 Open Trot. "This finally ends what has been more than a month of hell getting this guy back to what we know he can be," Gallagher said in his post race live trackside TV inte...
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Laughandbehappy wins White Ruffles

on 01/22/2010 12:00 AM
Hall of Fame driver John Campbell had plenty to smile about Thursday night at Meadowlands Racetrack. Hours after welcoming a new grandson into the family, Campbell steered Laughandbehappy to victory in the $53,000 White Ruffles final.   The mare cleared the lead from Jawjackin before the half and accelerated away to a 2 1/2-length victory in 1:53.3. Balasun and Bryan’s Ideal were a d...
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Landy wins first on 18th birthday

on 01/22/2010 12:00 AM
Harry Landy of Monroe Township, N.J. gave himself the best birthday present he could ever have. On his 18th birthday, on the first day he could hold a professional harness driver’s license, he posted his first official victory.   “This smile and dirt in my teeth won’t come off for the next week,” Landy told his friends on Facebook minutes after he scored a half-length victory with J...
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