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Balmoral cancels Sunday program

on 12/14/2009 12:00 AM
After a nasty rain and sleet storm pelted the Chicago area on Saturday, Balmoral Park was forced to cancel its Sunday program due to unsafe track conditions.   After conferring with driver and trainer representatives on Sunday night, general manager Jim Hannon agreed with the horsemen to cancel the regularly scheduled 12-race program due to unsafe track conditions. Both parties ag...
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VIP Internet auction to benefit Lebanon fund

on 12/14/2009 12:00 AM
VIP Internet Stable has announced an auction of several partnership shares to benefit the Lebanon Horsemen’s Disaster Relief Fund. All proceeds from this online auction will go to the Relief Fund.   “One of our partners suggested we sell a few of his holdings and give the proceeds to the Lebanon Relief Fund, and we thought it was a great idea”, said VIP Stable’s Tom Janes. ...
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Siegels named Owners of the Year for second time

on 12/14/2009 12:00 AM
Arlene and Jules Siegel, Pennsylvanians who are perennially near the top of the national standings as both owners and breeders, had an excellent year with their racetrack stock in 2009, thus earning selection as the Norman Woolworth Owners of the Year in voting among active members of the United States Harness Writers Association. This is the second time the Siegels have been so honored, having al...
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Barn fire at Zorgwijk Stables causes substantial damage

on 12/14/2009 12:00 AM
A barn fire at Zorgwijk Stables in Ontario on Friday caused what investigators are calling “hundreds of thousands of dollars” of damage but the two horses inside the barn were led to safety. The first started around 11 a.m. and was filled with hay and machinery; initial reports indicate the blaze may have started when a tractor inside caught fire.   Horses were also moved out of adjoini...
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Lebanon relief coming by the truckload from Pompano

on 12/13/2009 12:00 AM
The relief effort by horse people at Pompano Park has exploded over the weekend, and the rig of accomplished horseman Tom Harmer will now be used to haul the collections to those in need following the Lebanon Raceway barn fire."We had to decide on a central collection point because of the volume of items that people brought forward," Pompano-based trainer John Hallett said. He is spearheading the ...
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Sire stake finals decided in Sacramento

on 12/13/2009 12:00 AM
Four $25,000 California Sires Stakes Finals were contested at Cal-Expo on a rainy Saturday night, and adverse weather might have played a role in a couple of cases.In the first of the four finals, all contested over a sloppy track, of which the first three were non-wagering events held prior to the start of the betting portion of the card, Dani California got the job done in the filly trotting div...
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Gotcha Covered, Stonebridge Deputy in Valedictory wins

on 12/13/2009 12:00 AM
The favored Gotcha Covered and the longshot Stonebridge Deputy drew first blood in Saturday night’s first round of the Valedictory Pacing Series for 3-year-old colts and geldings at Woodbine Racetrack.In the opening C$20,000 split, Gotcha Covered followed up on an upset victory last week with another sharp, off-the-pace score for driver Paul MacDonell, in 1:52.The gelded son of Western Ideal--Da...
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7,500 for Fitch

on 12/12/2009 12:00 AM
A veteran harness driver and a veteran trotter teamed up to make history on Friday (December 11) as 64-year-old Leigh Fitch piloted the 14-year-old Another Lindy to victory at Scarborough Downs -- the 62nd lifetime win for the trotter and the 7,500th career victory for Fitch.Respectfully known as 'The Fox' for his caginess on the racecourse, Fitch worked out a pretty crafty front-end strategy to g...
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Sears sweeps Friday night at Yonkers

on 12/12/2009 12:00 AM
Brian Sears walked into Yonkers Raceway and walked out with some holiday spending money, winning Friday night's $36,000 co-featured events.Native Bride found her way to the altar from third-over, taking the Fillies and Mare Open Handicap pace, going away.Leaving from post position seven, Native Bride watched early as the pole-sitting 3-2 favorite, Ramona Disomma (Greg Grismore) -- a bit fumbly gai...
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Second no more - Andover America wins

on 12/12/2009 12:00 AM
A string of four-consecutive runner-up finishes was not stretched out into five for the trotter Andover America on Friday night at Pompano Park. He finally had everything go his way to capture the program's $9,500 featured event, and a life's mark of 1:56, in the process on the 75 degree evening in South Florida.The 4-year-old Andover Hall--Armbro Array gelding is trained by Stewart Nemiro for McT...
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Coppola and Prime Interest win again

on 12/12/2009 12:00 AM
It was business as usual on Friday night at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway for Frank Coppola, Jr. and the Open trotter Prime Interest: The tandem teamed up for their 14th Open win of the season, overcoming post eight to record a wire-to-wire win in the $15,000 feature.Coppola pointed the defending Saratoga Raceway Horse of the Year right to the lead, and they would never face a challenge. The race’...
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Cherry Tree Luke blooms

on 12/12/2009 12:00 AM
A classy foe came at him strong at the head of the lane, but Cherry Tree Luke wouldn't be denied.Open Handicap trotters, racing for a $6,800 purse, were featured at Cal-Expo on a wet Friday night, on which Cherry Tree Luke won for the 45th time in his career.In advance of starting from post position five in the field of a half-dozen, trainer Rick Plano knew the sloppy track condition and a new foe...
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A generous gesture rewarde

on 12/12/2009 12:00 AM
A turn of good fortune seemed in order for the Michelle and John Hallett Stable at Pompano Park on the Friday evening program, and they were rewarded with a win.John has reached deep into his personal collection of whips carried over the years by many of the sport's greatest reinsman in numerous rich and historic victories for auction on Sunday, in support of those suffering losses in the Lebanon ...
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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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