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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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Chloes Silver Star shines at Dover

on 12/09/2009 12:00 AM
Chloes Silver Star turned back eight rivals for a 1:52 victory in the $27,000 Open Pace feature on Tuesday at Dover Downs, while Pacific Philly registered her second win in a row in the $23,000 Mares Jr. Open.   Ron Pierce drove Chloes Silver Star to her second $27,000 Mare Open Pace win of the meet recording her ninth win of the season. The Intrepid Seelster-Silver Chloe 5 year old&...
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Dougs Fame scores in feature at The Meadows

on 12/09/2009 12:00 AM
His win streak snapped at five last week, Dougs Fame got back to work Tuesday at The Meadows, notching a hard-earned victory in the $27,500 Preferred Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post eight for Dave Palone, Dougs Fame raced outside for most of a :26.3 opening quarter before finally securing cover from Mystery Chase, his vanquisher last week. Dougs Fame blew by that rival in the stretc...
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Looking for some tens at the big M

on 12/09/2009 12:00 AM
Meadowlands’ Race Secretary Peter Koch is looking for a few good tens; 10-year-old and older open class pacers that is. With the Meadowlands set to ring in the 2010 harness meet on New Year’s Day 2010, Koch is looking to write an open pace just for pacers who turn 10 or older on January 1, 2010. The pace will carry a purse of $25,000. “I just thought it would be a nice way to ring in t...
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Costa Rica NJ Horse of the Year

on 12/09/2009 12:00 AM
Costa Rica, who dominated 2-year-old trotting filly competition winning both New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division championship finals, has been selected overall NJSS Horse of the Year for 2009.   The award, which is voted annually by the Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, is based only on performances in races for New Jersey-sired horses, including NJ Sire Stakes events and other major stake...
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Contributions growing from Yonkers to aid Lebanon fire fund

on 12/09/2009 12:00 AM
Driver Greg Grismore told harnessracing.com Wednesday afternoon that fundraising efforts at Yonkers Raceway to benefit the victims of last weekend’s barn fire at Lebanon Raceway in Ohio is off to a fast start and he hopes that the eventual financial contribution from horsemen racing at the New York racetrack will be substantial.   Grismore, who was one of Ohio’s leading drivers before r...
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Hoosier Park to open for harness racing March 25

on 12/09/2009 12:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing and Casino recently received approval from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission for dates and post times in 2010. The facility will offer 80 days of Standardbred racing and 63 days of Thoroughbred racing with 26 of those days including Quarter Horse racing action during the 2010 calendar year.   Live Standardbred racing will return to Hoosier Park Thursday, March 25. Raci...
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Betfair in Arizona: Shrinking doesn't work

on 12/09/2009 12:00 AM
The growing presence of Betfair, the changing face of today’s racing fan, and the progress made in racetrack safety and integrity highlighted a busy opening day for the 36th annual Symposium on Racing & Gaming.   Gerard Cunningham, president of Betfair USA, discussed the exchange betting model in the panel “A New Perspective on Racing – How Times Change.”  “Racing should...
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