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2010 Ohio Super Night set for Sept. 4 at Scioto

on 12/12/2009 12:00 AM
Members of the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) scheduled the state’s sire stakes finals for 2010 at Scioto Downs on Sept. 4.Purses for the championship events are estimated at $70,000 with the stipulation that payment of purse checks to owners will be delayed at least a month.  Ohio Sire Stakes final were contested at Northfield Park this year for $80,000 purses.OSDF administrator...
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Jamieson sets new Canadian record

on 12/11/2009 12:00 AM
A six-win performance on Thursday afternoon at Flamboro Downs vaulted Jody Jamieson into the history books as the leading single-season Canadian dash-winning harness driver of all time.   Jamieson entered the day four wins shy of the previous mark of 739 set by Mark MacDonald in 2006. He won three of the first four races on the afternoon before equaling the mark in race seven with pa...
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Racing leaders hear about innovation

on 12/11/2009 12:00 AM
How to foster innovation was a hot topic on the final day of the 36th annual Symposium on Racing & Gaming in Tucson, Arizona. Dale Dauten, founder of The Innovators’ Lab, gave the keynote speech “The Gifted Boss – To Think Like A Hero and Work Like an Artist.”   Dauten has spent over a decade studying leaders and how they inspire innovation in their teams.   “The ordina...
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Autumn eliminations held at Woodbine

on 12/11/2009 12:00 AM
Found An Angel and Road Trip Girl both battled high winds and frigid temperatures on Thursday night at Woodbine to emerge victorious in their respective $25,000(C) Autumn Stake eliminations for 3-year-old filly trotters.   Found An Angel took command just past the quarter in the opening contest for driver Paul MacDonell and then led the rest of the way for a 2:01 victory. Good Poker Face ...
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The No's have it at Dover Downs

on 12/11/2009 12:00 AM
No Radar Installed N and No Kisses No More won the co-feature races at Dover Downs on Thursday, with meet-leading driver Ron Pierce posting four winners and Ross Wolfenden adding three.   A 7-1 shot, Joe Muscara's Radar Installed N came on to win a 1:53.3 dash to the wire to take a $15,000 pace. It was the first of two wins for trainer Jeff Clark. In the battle down the lane, Tu...
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Francis Azur wins Unsung Hero Award

on 12/11/2009 12:00 AM
Francis Azur, a horseman and resident in the western part of the state of Pennsylvania, gathered a few of his friends for a “road trip” on Aug. 21 this past year. The destination was the Orleans County Fair in Barton, Vermont, Azur’s hometown fair. Already in Barton was a check for $16,000, a gift from Azur to Barton to help improve the purses at the fair. (He would also donate $4,000 for ad...
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British drug-testing lab receives Kentucky incentives

on 12/11/2009 12:00 AM
The world-renowned HFL Sport Science Inc., the largest sports-drug surveillance lab in the world, is reportedly planning on opening a drug-testing lab in Lexington, Ky. On Thursday, the England-based company received approval for $800,000 in tax breaks and a $425,000 forgivable loan to bring its services to the Bluegrass. HFL is proposing to invest more than $4 million, including the state incent...
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Meadows horsemen to help Lebanon horsemen

on 12/11/2009 12:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association and The Meadows Racetrack and Casino are teaming for a special event to raise money for the Lebanon Horsemen's Relief Fund, to benefit the victims of the Dec. 2 fire at the harness track in Lebanon, Ohio.   Two horsemen and 42 Standardbreds perished in the Lebanon Raceway fire. "The entire industry is coming together to help our fellow horsemen i...
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Wendymae Hanover, dam of Western Hanover, dies

on 12/11/2009 12:00 AM
Wendymae Hanover p,T1:57, best known as the dam of the multiple Classics Winner and super sire Western Hanover p,2,1:52.1, 3,1:50.4.($2,541,647), died of natural causes and the infirmities of old age at the age of 26 at Hanover Shoe Farms Thursday evening.   In addition to Western Hanover, she was the dam of the stakes-winning filly Wendy M Hanover p,2,1:56.1, 3,1:54 ($337,132) and sev...
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Lebanon Raceway mutuel clerk sent to jail

on 12/11/2009 12:00 AM
A mutuel clerk at Lebanon Raceway has been sentenced to six months in jail for stealing $31,300 from the track, monies owed from betting on races while working the betting windows. Haley Baldwin, 27, was also ordered by a Warren County Common Pleas judge to repay the money to Lebanon Raceway.   Baldwin entered an "Alford" plea in October, meaning she did not admit guilt but could bypas...
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VIP Internet purchases interest in Dali

on 12/11/2009 12:00 AM
VIP Internet Stable has acquired an ownership interest in the world champion pacer Dali from Aaron and Isaac Waxman’s Uncirculated Stable of Ontario. No financial terms were disclosed about the deal that was completed this week. Dali is a multiple stakes winning 4-year-old horse with career earnings of just under $1.2 million. At two, the son of Real Artist captured the prestigious Woodrow Wils...
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Looking Hanover repeats at Dover

on 12/10/2009 12:00 AM
For the second straight week, Looking Hanover won the $26,000 Open Trot, the featured event at Dover Downs on Wednesday.   In the week's top trot, Ron Pierce got the call to drive Looking Hanover to a 1:55 victory. After Chosen Voyageur and Zitomira dueled through a :26.3 opening panel and to the half, Chosen Voyageur opened up a comfortable lead at the three-quarters. P...
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Heza Challenger is a winner at The Meadows

on 12/10/2009 12:00 AM
Forced three wide early and chasing an untested leader, Heza Challenger kicked it into high gear in the lane Wednesday at The Meadows to capture the $27,500 Preferred Trot.   While even-money favorite Master Begonia worked out a comfortable first half in :59.3 over a “good” surface, Heza Challenger and Brett Miller languished 6 1/2 lengths back before picking up live three-wide cover fr...
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Florida fundraiser set to aid Lebanon horsemen

on 12/10/2009 12:00 AM
There's a charitable dimension this Sunday at The Isle Pompano Park added to the annual Florida Breeders Annual Sale. Pompano based trainer John Hallett has stepped up to spearhead with a fundraiser for the victims of the recent fire at Ohio's Lebanon Raceway.   "It's just what we do in times like this," Hallett in a live trackside TV interview before the Wednesday evening program in Sout...
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Analysts say flat growth will hurt racing with government

on 12/10/2009 12:00 AM
Attendees of the 36th annual Symposium on Racing & Gaming got an in-depth look at the world of racinos Wednesday, as well as a sneak peek at what lies ahead on the technology front.   Even in this unsteady economy, “slots are where the money is,” said Will Cummings, president of Cummings Associates and a longtime industry insider. Cummings moderated the panel “Looking Back ...
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SOANY directors all re-elected; Faraldo remains president

on 12/10/2009 12:00 AM
On Saturday, Dec. 5, at a meeting of the Board of Directors, Joseph A. Faraldo was re-elected president of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York by unanimous vote. At that meeting, it was announced that the following, all incumbent directors were re-elected without opposition: John Brennan; Irv Atherton; Henry Gargiulo; Michael Kimelman; and Peter Venaglia.   The following slate o...
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2:00 Club auction to help Lebanon horsemen

on 12/10/2009 12:00 AM
The 2:00 Club at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will stage its 21st annual Chinese Auction for Charity, an event that through the years has raised nearly $123,000 for worthy organizations, on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Meadow Lands Holiday Inn adjacent to The Meadows. Organizers have decided to use some of the proceeds to aid those who lost horses in the barn fire at Lebanon Raceway last week. ...
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Gulotta is USHWA's Good Guy

on 12/10/2009 12:00 AM
Mike Gulotta, a noted horseman and philanthropist who is becoming the face of New Jersey racing as the sole “equine” member of new New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s transition team, has been elected the winner of the W.R. Haughton Good Guy Award as voted by active members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association.   Gulotta is among the partners operating the state-of-the-art Deo Vol...
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Meadowlands qualifiers begin Dec. 22

on 12/10/2009 12:00 AM
Morning qualifiers will be held at Meadowlands Racetrack on Tuesday, Dec. 22, and Monday, Dec. 28.   Here is the entry schedule: Tuesday, Dec. 22--Box closes Monday, Dec. 21 at 9 am Monday, Dec. 28--Box closes Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 9 am   Call toll free at 877.782.2537 to enter. (Meadowlands)
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Kentucky Senate seat stays Republican

on 12/09/2009 12:00 AM
The special election in Kentucky for a seat that the horse industry was hoping would go to a Democrat has instead stayed in Republican hands. Republican Jimmy Higdon defeated Democrat Jodie Haydon in a special Senate election on Tuesday.   The horse industry--and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear--had hoped the seat would be won by a Democrat and thus reduce Republican control of the Senate and a...
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