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Kentucky Democrats, Republicans at odds again over gaming

on 10/21/2009 2:00 AM
Although two Kentucky Senate Republicans announced plans to file constitutional amendments regarding expanded gaming in the Bluegrass State, Democrats quickly voiced their disapproval, including Gov. Steve Beshear, who released a statement calling the two proposals “cynical” and “political.”  At a meeting Tuesday of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, Senate president David Willia...
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Shadow Play retired

on 10/21/2009 2:00 AM
Dr. Ian Moore has announced that 2008 Little Brown Jug and Adios winner Shadow Play has been retired, with the son of The Panderosa already at Blue Chip Farms in New York awaiting the beginning of his stallion career. Shadow Play retires with 20 wins in 49 career starts, including a career-best 1:47.4 effort, and $1,549,881 in earnings. Writing in a blog on the Standardbred Canada website, Moore...
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Howard “Buck” Norris dies

on 10/21/2009 2:00 AM
Longtime horseman, Howard "Buck" Norris of Pinehurst, N.C., died peacefully at home Sunday, Oct. 18. He was 87. Perhaps best known as the trainer of Governor Skipper, one of the great pacers of the mid-1970s, Mr. Norris campaigned the William Wirtz-owned stallion through a three-year million-dollar career against the likes of such titans as Rambling Willie and Whata Baron.   More tha...
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Pacer keeps on truckin' at Monticello

on 10/21/2009 2:00 AM
Southbound Trucker certainly deserves the accolade he’ll be receiving on Sunday, Oct. 25, as Horse of the Year at Monticello Raceway during the 2009 racing campaign. The 6-year-old Sharky Spur gelding just keeps truckin’ and on Tuesday, Southbound Trucker once again defeated the best pacers on the grounds in a time of 1:56.2 for driver Greg Merton.   Merton quickly angled Southbound Tr...
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Mister Big, Foiled Again win Quillen elims

on 10/20/2009 2:00 AM
The third annual Bobby Quillen Memorial eliminations at Harrington Raceway were contested Monday as Joseph Muscara’s Mister Big ($2.40, Brian Sears) and Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JJK Stables’ Foiled Again ($4.60, Yannick Gingras) each won their respective divisions.   The Ron Burke-trained Foiled Again set all the fractions in his 1:51 victory over a game Won The West a...
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Sears looks back at Muscle Hill on Crown eve

on 10/20/2009 2:00 AM
Brian Sears is having the time of his life with 3-year-old trotting superstar Muscle Hill. The time, though, has almost passed too quickly. On Saturday, Sears and Muscle Hill will attempt to complete a perfect season in the $600,000 Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack. Muscle Hill has won all 11 of his starts this year and 19 races in a row since losing his career debut by a neck in July 2008. &...
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Sportswriter ready to make Crown headlines

on 10/20/2009 2:00 AM
Mark MacDonald says Sportswriter is the best 2 year old he has ever driven. He might be even more than that. MacDonald and Sportswriter enter Saturday’s $700,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old colt pacers with a perfect seven-for-seven record and world-record performance in the $1 million Metro Pace to their credit. Sportswriter, trained and co-owned by Casie Coleman, will start from post tw...
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Breeders Crowns to be carried on Sirius radio

on 10/20/2009 2:00 AM
The Breeders Crown, harness racing's greatest night, will be carried Saturday on a two-hour special edition of Sirius XM radio’s “Race of the Week.” The show will air from 9 to 11 p.m. (EDT) and can be heard on Sirius Channel 126 and XM Channel 243.   The two-hour show was made possible through the generosity of Hanover Show Farm and Standardbred Horse Sales Company, which h...
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Captain Sully lands another at The Meadows

on 10/20/2009 2:00 AM
Captain Sully made a confident move to the front past the quarter pole, and strode out to an effortless, two-length victory in a division of the A.W. Capone Memorial Series for freshman colt and gelding trotters on Monday at The Meadows, stamping himself as the favorite in next week’s $20,000 added final.   Mr. Caviar and Most Wanted Lindy also captured $12,000 splits in the series’ sec...
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Muscle Hill lands post one in Crown final; Well Said gets nine

on 10/20/2009 2:00 AM
Muscle Hill, on the verge of setting a new single-season earnings mark, drew post one for Saturday’s $600,000 Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old colt trotters at Woodbine at a press conference held Tuesday afternoon at the racetrack. The son of Muscles Yankee comes into the race riding a 19-race win streak, including a perfect 11-for-11 record in 2009.   Muscle Hill has earned $2,156,041...
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Luchento re-elected SBOANJ president

on 10/20/2009 2:00 AM
Thomas F. Luchento was re-elected president of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) when the board of directors re-organized after the group’s annual membership meeting on Monday, Oct. 19, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in East Windsor, N.J.   Luchento was a unanimous selection to head the executive board which includes Edward Razzetti as fi...
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Lolique pulls upset in Colonial Invitational Trot

on 10/19/2009 2:00 AM
Lolique and trainer/driver John Wagner upset heavily favored Buck I St Pat in a $40,000 Invitational Trot on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 18) at Colonial Downs. The race was the richest non-Virginia bred event on Colonial’s fall calendar.   Buck I St Pat, sent off at odds of 1-9, came first over at the top of the stretch and seemed in perfect striking position to defeat four other trotters. Rog...
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Favorites sweep Sarah Myers Stakes action

on 10/19/2009 2:00 AM
Sarah Myers Stake action continued on Sunday, Oct. 18th with a total of 17 Illinois conceived and foaled two-year-old pacing fillies slugging it out in a pair of $26,735 splits. On a night that was a “chalk” player’s delight these divisions fit right in as the 3-2 favorite Ellamakailey prevailed in the first division while 6-5 favorite Mystical Victress prevailed in the nightcap.   N...
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Hanover yearling videos online

on 10/19/2009 2:00 AM
Due to the combination of the Lexington yearling sale taking place a week later than normal and significantly adverse weather conditions which severely hampered their production, Hanover Shoe Farms has been later than normal in posting the Harrisburg yearling videos on its website.   The videos are being posted to the website (www.hanoverpa.com) as they become available. At present, more th...
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Pacing colt brings $27,000 at Winbak sale

on 10/19/2009 2:00 AM
Winbak Farm held its annual Select Sale at its main farm in Chesapeake City, Md., just a stone’s throw from the Chesapeake Bay, on Friday, Oct. 16. The average price paid for a yearling was $7,576, a drop of 13.2 percent from the average of $8,728 posted in 2008. The gross for the 46 head sold was $3,485,000.   The Winbak sale featured yearlings by the Winbak sires, including the popular ...
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2010 Breeders Crowns now on Oct. 9

on 10/19/2009 2:00 AM
The Breeders Crown, harness racing’s $7 million year-end series, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010 instead of the previously announced date of Nov. 6 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.   When the 2010 World Equestrian Games displaced the Grand Circuit meet at Lexington’s Red Mile, a window opened to move the Breeders Crown back to its traditional October date. ...
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Trainer Greg Peck launches website

on 10/19/2009 2:00 AM
Trainer Greg Peck told harnessracing.com Monday that he has launched a website, www.gregorypeckhorseracing.com, in the hopes of attracting new owners to the sport. Peck, the trainer of Muscle Hill, the strong favorite to be voted Horse of the Year, said his wife Nancy is instrumental in maintaining the site.   “I have great owners, but I want to grow the business,” explained Peck, who i...
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Mr Wiggles locks up spot in BC colt pace final

on 10/18/2009 2:00 AM
Mr Wiggles didn’t just worm his way into next Saturday’s lucrative Breeders’ Crown final for three-year-old pacing colts. He did it decisively, converting off a pocket trip to score by two lengths in 1:50.2.   Though driver Corey Callahan sent Mr Wiggles off the gate to the early lead, he allowed Mario Baillargeon and an aggressive Bay Of Sharks to overtake at the quarter pole, conten...
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Yonkers' Fall Harvest Festival a success

on 10/18/2009 2:00 AM
The idea behind Yonkers Raceway's first Fall Harvest Festival Saturday night was to showcase the close relationship between horse racing and agriculture in New York State.   Throw in the cooperation of Mother Nature, who held off her predicted deluge to the delight of a very enthusiastic turnout, and the evening turned out to be an unqualified success.   The track apron featured pon...
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Fields set for Breeders' Crown sophomore filly finals

on 10/18/2009 2:00 AM
Following two eliminations, the field for the $600,000 Breeders' Crown final for three-year-old trotting fillies has been drawn.   Here are the entries for the October 24 final:   Post Position Filly Driver Trainer1 - Margarita Momma, Ron Pierce, Jan Johnson2 - The Ice Queen, Jim Morrill Jr., Trond Smedshammer3 - Yursa Hanover, Tim Tetrick, Ben Baillargeon 4 - Elusive Desire, Paul M...
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