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Stillings scores 4, including back-to-back longshots

on 11/06/2009 12:00 AM
Dick Stillings drove four consecutive winners including 28-1 and 18-1 bombers on Thursday's 13-race card at The Meadows.   Stillings launched his streak by guiding 18-1 First Sonata, a 2-year-old Windsong's Legacy-Pleasure First trotter, to her maiden victory, then followed up with the 28-1 surprise behind Waiting Game, the $5,000 claiming pacer's first win in 25 starts this year.   ...
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Rusty's For Real at Dover

on 11/06/2009 12:00 AM
Rusty's For Real and Allamerican Mobile shared the Thursday spotlight, winning the male and filly and mare pacing features, respectively, at Dover Downs.   In the $13,000 male pace, Bret Brittingham drove Rusty's For Real to a 1:53.2 triumph, one of two winners trained for Carter Racing Stable. The win was the second for the Real Artist 5 year old. Denim Hanover (Corey Callahan) was se...
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Muscles Yankee masterpiece sells famously

on 11/06/2009 12:00 AM
The inaugural painting of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation’s (SRF) “Harness Horse Masterpiece Collection” sold at the Harrisburg Sale to a tremendous fan of Muscles Yankee, Bill Perretti. “It is touching to know that those whose lives have been touched by this great stallion were so generous when bidding for his artwork,” expressed Paula Campbell, SRF’s President. Among those bid...
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Mack returning as Hoosier Park race secretary

on 11/06/2009 12:00 AM
Kevin Mack, longtime Standardbred official, is returning as Standardbred racing secretary to Hoosier Park Racing and Casino for the upcoming 2010 racing season.   A native of Holton, Ind., Mack brings more than 30 years of experience to Hoosier Park. He has served as an official in numerous capacities at tracks in the Midwest, including starter, announcer, judge, and racing secretary. ...
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Average at Harrisburg climbs by 6.5 percent

on 11/06/2009 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Horse Sales Company concluded its 2009 yearling sale in Harrisburg on Thursday, and when the last horse had been sold, sales totaled $34,185,000. That resulted in an average price of $31,859 for the 1,073 horses sold.  The average increased 6.5 percent from the average of $29,897 posted in 2008, when the sale was held just after the world economic collapse.  The median...
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Maine horseman Bud Cianchette dies

on 11/06/2009 12:00 AM
Ival “Bud” Cianchette, a prominent Maine horseman and former U.S. Trotting Association director, died Thursday evening, Nov. 5. He was 83. Funeral arrangements were not immediately known.   Known for both his interests in the Standardbred and construction industries, Mr. Cianchette became involved in the Standardbred business in 1962. He operated a breeding farm in Pittsfield, Mai...
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Harness Racing Museum catalog available

on 11/06/2009 12:00 AM
Looking for something different for your business, corporate giving or a friend or relative who loves horses (and doesn’t everyone?) The answer is in the Harness Racing Museum’s latest gift shop catalog.   It’s brimming with great gift ideas for the holiday season. Prices are reasonable and most important of all, orders will be sent out the same day they are received! Catalogs ca...
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Zorgwijk Kingpin wins OSS Gold final at Woodbine

on 11/06/2009 12:00 AM
The third time was the charm for two-year-old trotter, Zorgwijk Kingpin, who after placing second and third in two previous Ontario Sires Stakes $130,000 Gold finals, made this one his own Friday night at Woodbine racetrack.   Randy Waples sent Bob McIntosh trainee, Text Me, to the lead off the wings, with Wayne Henry and Pointe To Pointe drafting in his wake. Zorgwijk Kingpin, sent off as ...
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Hawaiianphotograph repeats in Meadows feature

on 11/06/2009 12:00 AM
In a carbon copy of her victory last week. Hawaiianphotograph secured an easy lead, backed down the second quarter and waltzed home to capture her second straight $27,500 Filly & Mare Preferred trot Friday at The Meadows.   Brian Zendt hustled Hawaiianphotograph to the front in 28.4, then worked out a comfortable second panel in 30 seconds. It was no contest from there, as the daughter ...
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Matron Stakes elims to highlight Dover program

on 11/06/2009 12:00 AM
The stakes portion of the Dover Downs 41st season gets underway on Saturday, Nov. 7 with four Matron Stakes events. First post is 5:30 p.m.   The two Matron freshman trots are previews with all contestants qualifying for next Saturday’s lucrative finals. The top four finishers in each of the two $33,213 filly sections return for the final.   In the $52,600 filly preview, Costa Rica...
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Tony Morgan reaches $100 million

on 11/05/2009 12:00 AM
Tony Morgan joins an elite list of only 10 drivers to reach $100 million won by horses that they have driven. The momentous occasion came at Dover Downs in a $26,000 Open Pace on Monday, with the Morgan-driven Warning Zone finishing second to put his money-winning into seven digits. John Campbell is the all-leading money-winning driver with $262 million. The others with $100 million an...
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Sarah Myers splits held at Balmoral

on 11/05/2009 12:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled trotters of both sexes shared top billing on the Wednesday, program at Balmoral Park as diagonally gaited freshmen battled in Sarah Myers Stakes action. With a total of 13 fillies dropped into the entry box a pair of $18,350 divisions were contested while eight of their male counterparts battled for a purse of $29,180 later in the night.   In the first fil...
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Joey The Jet JT overlooked at Dover

on 11/05/2009 12:00 AM
Overlooked at 7 -1, Joey The Jet JT returned to the winner's circle for the first time in two months to notch a 1:55 victory in the $26,000 Open Trot on Wednesday at Dover Downs. Impel Hanover and Coco Count won the sub-feature trots.   With Eric Goodell in the bike for owners Ken Wood and Bill Dittmar, Joey The Jet JT, a gelded son of Wesgate Crown, scored his fourth win of the...
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Kentucky governor pushing slots bill by winter

on 11/05/2009 12:00 AM
On Wednesday, one day after Ohio voters passed Issue 3 that allows casinos in four cities, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear issued a statement that stated "Clearly, the time to act on expanded gaming (in Kentucky) is now." In releasing the statement, Beshear said he hopes to have a bill approving video lottery terminals in the state by winter.   "Ohio citizens are going to reap the benefits of t...
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Thursday could be shutdown day at Michigan tracks

on 11/05/2009 12:00 AM
Although a supplemental bill that provides funding for horse racing in Michigan, including more than $2 million to operate the state's Office of Racing Commissioner overwhelmingly passed the state House last week, because it is not scheduled to come up for a vote in the Senate until next Tuesday, all racetracks in the state are scheduled to close at midnight Thursday.   The impending closur...
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MTR Gaming, owner of Scioto, holds out hope for slots

on 11/05/2009 12:00 AM
Columbus Business First  is reporting that  MTR Gaming Group, the parent company of Scioto Downs, has not given up on the possibility of installing slot machines at the track, despite the Election Day passage of Issue 3 which allows for four freestanding casinos to be built in Columbus, Toledo, Cincinatti and Cleveland.   To read the article click here.
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Michigan tracks avoid closure

on 11/05/2009 12:00 AM
The Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association (MHHA) is reporting that HB4311, the Senate version of legislation to restore $2.5 million in funding for the Michigan Office of Racing Commissioner passed late this morning and as of 2:37 p.m. the bill was concurred with in the House.   The bill now moves to the desk of Governor Jennifer Granholm’s desk for her signature.  The Association ...
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Christie, NJ horsemen look to a new start

on 11/05/2009 12:00 AM
The future of New Jersey’s racing industry will be one of the issues confronting Chris Christie, who was elected the state’s governor on Tuesday, November 3, 2009.   Christie has promised to bring horsemen and casino interests to the table and find a solution that will ensure that both can prosper.   The newly elected governor disputed the approach of the man he defeated in the e...
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Issue 3, opposed by Ohio horsemen, passes

on 11/04/2009 12:00 AM
Issue 3, the constitutional amendment for casinos in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo, passed easily on Tuesday night with 53 percent of the vote, thanks in large part to voters in Northeast and Southwest Ohio. Tuesday's election transformed Ohio from an anti-gambling state to one that will welcome four major casinos. The Buckeye State now joins its neighbors in Michigan, Indiana, West ...
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Christie wins in New Jersey

on 11/04/2009 12:00 AM
Chris Christie, the Republican candidate for Governor in the Garden State, was declared the winner late on Nov. 3, election night.Christie, a former United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, is thought to be more receptive to the plight of the New Jersey horse racing industry.Christie is the first Republican governor elected in New Jersey in 12 years.
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