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Drivers escape Pocono spill with no serious injuries

on 09/02/2009 2:00 AM
Drivers involved in a race mishap in the 16th and final race of the evening Tuesday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs escaped serious injuries.   George Napolitano Jr., former multiple driving and training champion at the Northeastern Pennsylvania racetrack, appeared to have sustained a severe head injury when he went flying backwards after being unseated in the accident near the three-qu...
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Elmer Smith to be inducted to New England Wall of Fame

on 09/02/2009 2:00 AM
A fixture in New England harness racing for more than 40 years, Elmer Smith, 75, will be inducted into the New England Harness Racing Wall of Fame at Plainridge Racecourse on Labor Day, Sept. 7.   Born July 29, 1934 in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Canada, Smith has been breeding, owning, training and driving horses for more than 50 years, first in the Canadian Maritimes and then th...
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New whipping rules in Ontario now in effect

on 09/02/2009 2:00 AM
All participants in horseracing in Ontario are reminded that new rules governing the urging of horses came into effect on Sept. 1. The rules – which will apply to Standardbred, Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing – focus on the safety of the participants, the welfare of the horse and the perception of the product.   Among the provisions in the new rules: for Standardbred racing, ...
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Muscle Hill draws post six in World Trotting Derby

on 09/02/2009 2:00 AM
Hambletonian winner Muscle Hill, fresh off an easy victory in the American National at Balmoral Park last Saturday, has been installed the 3-5 morning-line choice for this Saturday's $540,000 World Trotting Derby at the Du Quoin State Fair, leaving from post six in the nine-horse field. Trainer Greg Peck will have regular driver Brian Sears in the sulky behind the sophomore colt.   Nine hor...
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More than $830,000 on tap for Ohio Super Night

on 09/02/2009 2:00 AM
Northfield Park hosts the Ohio Super Night on Saturday with over $830,000 in purses available in eight $80,000 Ohio Sire Stakes finals, four Scarlet and Gray Stakes for veteran Ohio-breds and two Open events. First race post time for the 15-race card is 7 p.m. (EDT).   Things will be contentious from the start as undefeated 2-year-old trotting filly Jesse’s Messenger (6-for-6, $68,75...
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'Little fever' prompts Explosive Matter's Pocono scratch

on 09/02/2009 2:00 AM
Explosive Matter, the Adam Victor & Sons Stable standout 3-year-old trotter, was scratched "sick" from the Open Handicap at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Tuesday night, following his recent victory in the Colonial Trot at Harrah’s Chester.   The runner-up in the Hambletonian behind Muscle Hill in early August at the Meadowlands, Explosive Matter was appointed post position nine at Po...
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Poof She's Gone wins Gold

on 09/01/2009 2:00 AM
Poof Shes Gone survived a brief power outage and a grueling, parked-out trip to capture Monday’s $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final for two-year-old filly trotters at Mohawk Racetrack.   Regular driver David Miller guided the daughter of Kadabra - Travelin Superlite from post six and had her sitting near the back of the field in the early stages, but elected to keep her to the outsi...
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Art Director nearing $1-million mark

on 09/01/2009 2:00 AM
Kovach Stables’ Art Director ($8, Victor Kirby) earned his 36th career win Monday in the featured $25,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway.   The 8-year-old Artiscape stallion has now banked nearly $960,000 in his career. Trained by Bobby Clark, Art Director sat a perfect pocket trip behind pacesetter Sniper Hall, who set fractions of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:25.2. Art Director then found r...
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Bobnoxious notches Preferred win at The Meadows

on 09/01/2009 2:00 AM
Bobnoxious, one of harness racing’s newest millionaires, kept right on rolling to the next milestone on Monday at The Meadows, as he converted a pocket trip to victory in the $27,500 Preferred Handicap Pace.   Aaron Merriman sent Bobnoxious for the lead, but the 9-year-old son of Nude Beach-Blue Autumn settled into the pocket behind the 1-5 favorite, Noble Falcon. They raced that way...
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Indy Downs hosts six ISS contests

on 09/01/2009 2:00 AM
Stakes action was abundant Monday, August 31 at Indiana Downs as the Shelbyville track played host to a half-dozen Indiana Sires Stakes contests for trotters and pacers. Sophomore colt trotters Who’s Unreal and Bar One captured their respective $25,000 divisions, which were offered as non-betting contests after being cancelled Friday evening, August 28. J Rs Star picked up another win in ISS act...
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Florida deal could lock out pari-mutuels from casino games

on 09/01/2009 2:00 AM
Florida Governor Charlie Crist has reached a deal with the Seminole tribe for a new gambling pact, and while it could mean up to $6.8 billion to the state of Florida over the next 20 years, it also would lock some pari-mutuel operators out of the casino business. Florida lawmakers must now approve the deal negotiated by the governor.   According to a story posted by the South Florida S...
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Mary Lib Miller, Delvin Miller's widow, dies

on 09/01/2009 2:00 AM
Mary Lib Miller, the widow of Hall of Famer Delvin Miller, died Tuesday morning at her home in the Bay Hill section of Orlando, Fla. She had been in ill health for several weeks.   Mrs. Miller was born December 6, 1920 in Winston-Salem, NC.  After graduation from high school she was employed by the 8th Air Force where she met her first husband, John McCrary Jr.  M...
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Earlivic wins Joseph Carney Memorial Trot

on 08/31/2009 2:00 AM
Rockingham Park wrapped up the 103-year-old track's 2009 live harness meet on Sunday (Aug. 30) with overall gains in handle as Earlivic rallied from far off the pace to score the biggest upset in the history of the Joseph Carney Memorial Trot.Earlivic, a 6-year-old son of Valley Victor driven by David Ingraham and trained by Maurice Bazinet, was overlooked by the closing day crowd as they let him ...
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Valley Victory, Goldsmith Maid elims at Chester

on 08/31/2009 2:00 AM
A track-record performance from Bar Slide ($11.00) earned her top billing on Sunday (Aug. 30) afternoon at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack, as she held off overwhelming 1-5 favorite Costa Rica in the last of four $20,000 Goldsmith Maid eliminations.The 2-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Marla Bar found an easy lead and a hassle-free pace, clearing Costa Rica (Ron Pierce) and Fouroclocktea (...
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Stage now set for KYSS finals

on 08/31/2009 2:00 AM
Kentucky-sired sophomores took to the track on Sunday night at The Red Mile for the third and final preliminary leg of the Kentucky Sire Stakes (KYSS) before next Sunday night’s $2.4 million "Night of Champions." Three-year-old colt and gelding trotters were the only sex and gait requiring multiple races, as 13 dropped in the box and were split into two $15,000 divisions.   The ...
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WTG (Way to go) Text Me in OSS Gold final

on 08/31/2009 2:00 AM
Text Me had an easy time of it in winning Sunday night's $130,000(C) Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Final for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:57.3.   Randy Waples had the son of Kadabra on top at every call and led through splits of :29, :58.3 and 1:28 before kicking away with a :29.3 final quarter to win over a hard-charging Zorgwijk Kingpin. Grumpy Jake a...
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Magna leaves Meadows Sept. 1; Jeannot new head

on 08/31/2009 2:00 AM
Cannery Casino Resorts (CCR) today announced longtime racing executive Mike Jeannot has been named president of the newly formed Meadows Racing, which will assume all racetrack management responsibilities of The Meadows Racetrack & Casino on Sept. 1 from Magna Entertainment.   Jeannot has extensive experience in racetrack operations, beginning more than two decades ago in Chicago at Int...
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Gold Cup and Saucer win leads to $34,000 fine

on 08/31/2009 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission has fined Kerry and Shirley House, the owners of recent Gold Cup and Saucer winner All The Weapons, $34,687(C) for racing the horse who was ineligible due to provincial restrictions in the contest at Charlottetown Driving Park. The Kerrys had claimed All The Weapons on July 3 at Mohawk, but Ontario rules prohibit a claimed horse racing outside the province for the nex...
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Appeals Court rules again against Delaware sports betting

on 08/31/2009 2:00 AM
Sports betting in Delaware took another major hit on Monday when a federal appeals court ruled that the three Delaware racetracks that plan to offer sports betting—including Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway—can only offer parlay betting, meaning that bettors have to correctly pick the winners of at least three NFL games in a single wager.   A three-judge panel of the Third U.S. C...
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Won The West Wins

on 08/30/2009 2:00 AM
Won The West used a strongoff-the-pace rally to capture Saturday night'single $50,000elimination for the Canadian Pacing Derby in 1:50.1.Yannick Gingras picked up the drive behind the five-year-old gelded sonof Western Hanover - Gabrielle and had him in seventh position in theearly going as Shadow Play hung up the first quarter of :27.1.Shadow Play continued on top past the half in :55.3 and three...
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