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Joe Thomson named to Jug Wall of Fame

on 06/11/2009 2:00 AM
Joe Thomson, breeder of Little Brown Jug winners Bettor\'s Delight and No Pan Intended and master of Winbak Farm, has been elected as the 25th Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame honoree by a panel of national and international harness racing enthusiasts.  The native of Cynthiana, Ky. will be officially inducted and presented a commemorative gold ring at the Mayor’s Breakfast to be held in the Ho...
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WEG lowers triactor takeout rate

on 06/11/2009 2:00 AM
Effective Wednesday, June 17, Woodbine Entertainment Group will reduce the takeout on its live Thoroughbred and Standardbred triactors to a total takeout of 27 percent, from 28.3 percent, when all of the mandatory regulatory deductions are included. Unlike U.S. racetracks where taxes are primarily applied to winnings, Canada has its taxes applied as a percentage of wagering. More specifically,...
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Kentucky VLT backers to hold rally at State Capitol

on 06/11/2009 2:00 AM
Due to current threats to the equine industry, Governor Steve Beshear unveiled a bill on Tuesday that, if passed, will allow video lottery terminals (VLTs) to be placed at Kentucky’s racetracks, and to show support for the Governor’s proposal, the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) will hold a rally at the Capitol on Wednesday, June 17.   Revenue from expanded gaming will benefi...
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Meadowlands/Mohawk handicapping challenge

on 06/11/2009 2:00 AM
Serious cash and a seat in the 2010 National Harness Handicapping Championship are up for grabs in the new Meadowlands/Mohawk Handicapping Challenge on Saturday, June 27. The tournament, which showcases the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup simulcast from Mohawk Racetrack, will be held in Raceworld Teletheater at the Meadowlands.   Woodbine Entertainment Group’s Greenwood Teletheatre w...
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Peter Doherty, 55, dies in New Jersey

on 06/11/2009 2:00 AM
Peter A. Doherty, 55, of Clifton, N.J., a hroseman and the brother of Hall of Famer Jim Doherty, died after a short illness on June 10. Mr. Doherty was born Dec. 15, 1953 in Saint John, New Brunswick, the son of the late J. Frank and Mary (Clancy) Doherty. He was a graduate of Saint Malachy’s Memorial High School in Saint John and attended Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia...
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Seven draw into $421,950 Rooney Pace

on 06/10/2009 2:00 AM
Post positions have been drawn for both of Yonkers Raceway\'s Saturday night stakes finals, with the draw for the $421,950 Art Rooney Pace, with seven 3-year-old colts in a \"one-dash-for-the-cash\" event, like this:           1--Fireintheshark (Jason Bartlett)         2--Monkey Off My Back (Cat Manzi)  &nb...
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My New Dawn scores in Egyptian Grande

on 06/10/2009 2:00 AM
After a dynamite performance by a state-bred freshman pacing colt here on Sunday night it was the girls turn to shine on Tuesday night as a field six Illinois conceived and foaled 2-year-old fillies went toe to toe in the $5,000 Egyptian Grande Stake.   Although the final time race was nowhere near as fast as Sunday’s national season\'s best the finish was just as thrilling as Virginia B...
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Donteventrytopass defies odds

on 06/10/2009 2:00 AM
Most trainers are excited to get their horses to the races, and trainer Jim Shelton is just glad to have Donteventrytopass among the 30-plus horses in his barn this summer.   Last year, while prepping for the summer stakes series in Indiana, Donteventrytopass had an unfortunate incident that threatened her life. Her return to the track in 2009 is truly remarkable and she’s returned strong...
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Dial Or Nodial favored in New Jersey Classic

on 06/10/2009 2:00 AM
Dial Or Nodial, one of the top earning 2-year-old colts last year, was installed as the prohibitive 6-5 morning line favorite in the $500,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The event for 3-year-old colt pacers headlines a card featuring $1.1 million in stakes for N.J.-sired horses and shares the spotlight with the $175,000 Thomas D\'Altrui Miss N...
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Burgess hopes to master Classic with Passmaster Hanover

on 06/10/2009 2:00 AM
Passmaster Hanover may have his trainer puzzled, but one thing is certain: when big money is on the line, Blair Burgess is sure to he heard from. Burgess, the leader in earnings per stakes starter in Meadowlands history, will send out his first finalist in the $500,000 SBOA/Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic for 3-year-old colt pacers on Saturday night. Passmaster Hanover was made the 5-1 sec...
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Lady Liberty rescheduled day earlier to June 26

on 06/10/2009 2:00 AM
The $200,000 (est.) Lady Liberty for free-for-all mares has been re-scheduled to Friday, June 26, at the Meadowlands. Eliminations will be raced Friday, June 19. The Lady Liberty was originally slated for Saturday, June 27. (Meadowlands)
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Book signings on July 5 at Harness Racing Museum

on 06/10/2009 2:00 AM
Recently published authors Dave Brower and Kim Rinker will be on hand for a book signing and meet-and-greet as part of the Hall Of Fame Day celebrations at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 5.  They will be available at the Museum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (post time next door at Historic Track) and from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. before the induction ceremony.   Bot...
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Classic Series finals on tap Saturday at Mohawk

on 06/10/2009 2:00 AM
Mohawk Racetrack will host the $1.4 million(C) finals of The Classic Series (TCS) on Saturday night.   The Trotting Classic (race two) kicks off the Series with a field of seven racing for $353,710, the purse for each of the four finals. Corleone Kosmos returns to defend his 2008 title in this division and must again face his frequent rival, Arch Madness. Chick N Tell upset the to...
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NA Cup hopefuls have to get through Burlington first

on 06/10/2009 2:00 AM
Over 100 colts and geldings on the eligibility list have now been whittled down to 72, and with two weeks to go to the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk racetrack (Saturday, June 27), a clearer picture of the serious contenders is finally starting to emerge. This coming Saturday, Mohawk will present four $100,000(C) divisions of the Burlington Stakes, the Woodbine Entertainment Gro...
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Somebeachsomewhere tribute at Mohawk

on 06/10/2009 2:00 AM
In 2007 and 2008, Mohawk racetrack was the home track for Somebeachsomewhere, and now the track is honoring the great pacer and his trainer, Brent MacGrath, with a wall-sized pictorial collage of his amazing career, just inside the main entrance to the grandstand. The Somebeachsomewhere tribute wall also features an adjacent kiosk, which houses a computer and touch screen. Touch the scree...
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3YO filly Timelesswinner Two trots 1:54.4

on 06/09/2009 2:00 AM
Timelesswinner Two rocketed to the lead and didn’t stop until she had trotted a stakes record 1:54.4 in an elimination of the $168,215 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old fillies Monday at The Meadows.   SJ’s Minolta, sporting hobbles for the first time, captured the other elimination. The final, worth approximately $100,000, is set for next Monday.   Making her second start after ...
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Copeland steers 6-1 winner in Chester feature

on 06/09/2009 2:00 AM
With Macho Lindy and Lets Get Serious both scratched, a select field of six went to post in the Green Speed, Monday\'s featured $35,000 Open Handicap Trot at Harrah\'s Chester Casino and Racetrack. With Bet to Win carving out vicious fractions, LT\'s Best ($15.20) was able to circle the field and close with authority, drawing clear late for a 1:53.3 victory. Last of the sextet through a ha...
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Kentucky Rebel surprises at Harrington

on 06/09/2009 2:00 AM
Johnny Waite and Rodney Mitchell\'s Kentucky Rebel ($26, Ross Wolfenden) was an upset winner Monday in the featured $19,800 Junior Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.4. The 7-year-old Armbro Operative gelding exploded with pace in deep stretch and earned his fourth win of the year.   Art Director finished second, while Areyouinorout was third. \'Rebel\' has now banked more than $450,000 in ...
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Recent Bangor winner dies after being spooked by dog

on 06/09/2009 2:00 AM
Rich Camelot, an 8-year-old pacer who won at Bangor Raceway last Friday night, died Sunday morning at the track after being reportedly spooked by a dog. The incident has resulted in the immediate banning of dogs from the stable and paddock areas at the Maine racetrack.   Rich Camelot, owned by Gardner Patterson and trained by Shawn Gray, had just completed jogging when he was atta...
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Tioga \'jetts\' qualifiers this week to Saturday

on 06/09/2009 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs would like to inform all horsemen of a change in qualifying days for this week only. Tioga Downs will move qualifiers to Saturday morning, June 13, at 11 a.m. due to the Joan Jett concert on Friday. Please have your entries for qualifiers in to the race office by 10 a.m. on Friday morning. The Tioga race office can be reached by calling (607) 699-7688. (Tioga Downs)
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