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Ohio horsemen gathering steam for Tuesday\'s rally

on 05/15/2009 2:00 AM
A rally at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus by the Ohio horse racing industry Tuesday, May 19, is just four days away and the forces behind the gathering continue to drum up support, including getting the word out via a radio interview with former Scioto Downs director of racing Jim Ewart on Thursday.   The purpose of the 10 a.m. rally is to show the horsemen’s support for the Ohio State R...
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Nebupanezzar sidelined by tendon injury

on 05/15/2009 2:00 AM
Word comes from the stable of trainer Bob McIntosh that last year’s O’Brien Award winner in Canada in the rookie pacing colt division, Nebupanezzar, has suffered an injury that will keep him on the sidelines for a good portion of the summer. “I had him scheduled to make his first start for the OSS around the first of July, but about a week after we made that decision and everything I came ...
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Bartlett has win Friday in World Driving Championship

on 05/15/2009 2:00 AM
New Zealand\'s Peter Ferguson posted a first, second and third to take a 71-60 point lead over Bjorn Goop in the World Driving Championship in Norway Friday while the United States’ entry, Jason Bartlett, broke into the win column with a victory in the second of four races in the second round, but two disqualifications caused by breaks and a sixth place finish left him in eighth place -- an impr...
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Bettor Sweet scratched from Graduate

on 05/15/2009 2:00 AM
World record holder Bettor Sweet has been scratched from Saturday\'s $210,000 Graduate Final at the Meadowlands due to a lung infection. \"We had some sick horses in the barn and when I scoped him earlier this week, he was clean,\" trainer Joe Poliseno said Friday afternoon.  \"Today, I scoped him again and he has a guttural pouch infection in his lung.\" Host Mike Curci talked with...
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Balmoral spill results in \'no contest,\' no injuries reported

on 05/14/2009 2:00 AM
Wednesday night’s fourth race at Balmoral Park was declared “no contest” after a nasty wreck prevented any of the seven starters from finishing the race. The accident happened midway around the final turn when Moses Hanover, who was being driven by Mike Oosting, made a nasty break. Darcy Pletcher, who was driving Pappy, was sitting right on his back when the wreck occurred causin...
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Palone directs trotting mare up Lightning Lane for win

on 05/14/2009 2:00 AM
Shuffled to fourth at the top of the stretch, Tom\'s OK Lady found salvation in the Lightning Lane as she drew off to capture the $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot on Wednesday at The Meadows. Flashing uncharacteristic gate speed, Tom\'s OK Lady found the pocket behind I\'m Justa Lady, a trip that began to look like a nightmare when I\'m Justa Lady was challenged by several rivals...
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Seven bucks for Fivedollarsforsox at Harrington

on 05/14/2009 2:00 AM
George and Tina Dennis and Ask W Stables\' Fivedollarsforsox ($7.60) earned his second straight win Wednesday in the $18,700 Junior Open Trot at Harrington Raceway in 1:56.4. George Dennis also trained and drove the 6-year-old SJ\'s Caviar gelding, who received a perfect two-hole trip behind pacesetting Go Nano Go. At the top of the stretch Fivedollarsforsox found room and surged by the lea...
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Earlivic upsets in Pompano feature

on 05/14/2009 2:00 AM
Earlivic, a 46-1 longshot, was able to grind out an impressive first-over victory in capturing the $11,000 co-feature trot at the Isle Pompano Park Wednesday, paying $94.40 to win. El Hombre Dan and driver Tom Sells cut the mile with Keystone Empire (Richard Simard) enjoying a pocket-trip behind the race leader through the opening quarter mile in :28.2 and the half mile in :58. But the pace pic...
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Bartlett arrives in Norway for World Driving Championship

on 05/14/2009 2:00 AM
The mood was light on the eve of the opening of the 2009 World Driving Championship in Bergen, Norway, where some of the drivers who will compete in the 20-heat series had the opportunity to enjoy some local seafood and trade racing stories. Jason Bartlett, who will represent the United States, met Canada’s Brad Forward, Australia’s Gareth Rattray, and the defending World Driving Champion, B...
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Roosevelt Raceway reunion in the works

on 05/14/2009 2:00 AM
The Roosevelt Raceway Hall of Fame and several former horsemen are organizing a Roosevelt Raceway reunion, for horsemen and employees that raced or worked at Roosevelt Raceway. The date, time and place are still to be determined. We are looking for feedback as to determining the best location or locations. Suggestions range from having the reunion correspond with the Hambletonian and having...
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Play Little Brown Fantasy at Jugbarn.com

on 05/14/2009 2:00 AM
Sign-ups for the 2009 Jug Fantasy Stable contest ARE UNDERWAY, so just go to www.jugbarn.com and create your own stable of 10 Little Brown Jug-eligible 3-year-old pacers, and remember the first race of this year\'s contest is the May 30 Hoosier Cup at Hoosier Park. Be sure to create your stable and start earnings points right away.   Great prizes are in store for th...
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New racing channel to show simulcast feeds

on 05/14/2009 2:00 AM
DISH Network Corporation has announced that it has entered into a long-term agreement with Racetrack Television Network (RTN) and HorseRacing TV (HRTV) for the creation of a subscription racing package. The subscription package will be offered to DISH Network subscribers under the brand name \"Racetrack Television Network,\" and will consist of up to 80 channels of live harness, Thoroughbred,...
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Three Hempt elims featured at Pocono Saturday

on 05/14/2009 2:00 AM
Barber Pole, River Shark, Chasin Racin, Arctic Warrior and Dan Carter head up a field of talented 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings that will be converging on Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs for the 2009 Max C. Hempt Memorial Pace elimination races on Saturday. There will be three divisions of the Hempt elimination races with the top three finishers from each of the races moving on to the following...
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Monticello trotter still getting all the money

on 05/14/2009 2:00 AM
Though less than five months of the 2009 racing season are in the books at Monticello Raceway, Getthemoney is making a serious bid for Trotter of the Year honors at the Catskill Mountains oval. On Wednesday, for the fifth time in 13 seasonal starts, the 7-year-old Credit Winner gelding has copped another of the track\'s top trots. With Jimmy Marohn at the controls, Getthemon...
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Divisional champ Muscle Hill strong in 2009 qualifying debut

on 05/14/2009 2:00 AM
Trainer Greg Peck told harnessracing.com Thursday afternoon, shortly after his reigning divisional champion trotter Muscle Hill won his 3-year-old debut in a qualifier at the Meadowlands, that “Operation Hambletonian” is now fully underway.   “I decided on May 1 when I was bringing him up here to train, I told (co-owner) Louie Pontone that ‘Operation Hambletonian’ starts today,”...
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Two series get underway at Scioto

on 05/14/2009 2:00 AM
The Killbuck Mary Series for trotters and the Floating Dream Series for pacers got underway on a sloppy track at Scioto Downs on Wednesday night.   The first division of the Killbuck Mary was taken by Master’s Sweetie for driver Jeff Nisonger and owner-trainer Edward Birmele. The daughter of Master Lavec scored by two lengths in 2:05.2.   The second split was tak...
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Mister Big, Dial Or Nodial win qualifiers

on 05/14/2009 2:00 AM
Reigning Older Pacer of the Year Mister Big scored a 1:52 qualifying victory Thursday morning at the Meadowlands, with Dial Or Nodial, one of this year’s leading contenders in the sophomore pacing colt class, also coming up with a win in 1:52.3.   For Mister Big, it was his fourth straight win in a qualifier this year—two at Hoosier Park and two at the Meadowlands—as trainer Virgil Mo...
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Sports betting, table games signed into law in Delaware

on 05/14/2009 2:00 AM
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed the recently-approved sports betting bill Thursday morning which will allow the state’s racetracks to offer sports betting and table games in addition to the slots already offered. Dover Downs, Harrington Raceway and Delaware Park Thoroughbred track are expected to begin sports wagering in about three months and have the table games such as blackjack, poker, cra...
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Southern Rocketop, Welchkin score in Balmoral splits

on 05/13/2009 2:00 AM
Southern Rocketop and Welchkin scored at Balmoral Park Tuesday night as the sophomore trotting colts were back in action for the second consecutive week as a total of 14 state-breds met in two $13,750 divisions of the Illinois Standardbred Owners and Breeders Association stake.   The first split featured last year\'s top three colts in the division as Southern Rocketop, Defin...
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Robin rolls to second straight Hoosier invitational win

on 05/13/2009 2:00 AM
The time wasn’t as quick as the week before, but the performance was equally impressive as Robin I Scoot rolled to his second straight victory in the featured $25,000 Invitational Tuesday. Under the direction of leading driver Peter Wrenn, the 4-year-old I Scoot Hanover gelding out stepped Rocket Fuel to the finish line for the victory in 1:51.   Starting from post two, Robin I Scoot slid...
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