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Shorty Robinson wins 1,000th career race

on 07/10/2009 2:00 AM
History was written at Ocean Downs on Thursday night as Ray \"Shorty\" Robinson Jr. posted career victory number 1,000. The evening definitely belonged to Robinson as he also recorded the track\'s first Grand Slam of the meet. In the first race, Ray drove All Spades, a 6-year-old gelding trained by his wife, Carolyn. He didn\'t place in that race but achieving his milestone wasn\'...
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Saratoga kicks off NYSS season with late-closers

on 07/10/2009 2:00 AM
The 2009 New York Sire Stakes season at Saratoga got off to a strong start on Thursday night as the late-closers took center stage at the Spa, with I’mkindofabigdeal, Dali Hanover, Goodnight Goodluck and Bet On Roulette scoring victories in their $12,700 divisions for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers on a beautiful summer night. Local drivers Brian Cross, John Stark Jr. and Frank C...
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Slots appear close in Ohio

on 07/10/2009 2:00 AM
Friday\'s Columbus Dispatch is reporting that an agreement is nearly complete that will allow the introduction of slots machines at the seven racetracks in Ohio. The newspaper reported that sources have revealed that Ohio\'s full House and Senate will vote on a two-year budget early next week and that the framework of the agreement calls for Gov. Ted Strickland to issue an executive order allowing...
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Hoosier driving title locked up by Wrenn; trainers close

on 07/10/2009 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing and Casino concludes its 80-day meet Saturday with the Million Dollar Indiana Championships featuring $1 million in purse money over the 14-race program. Several Indiana Sire Stakes finals will be contested, and leading driver Peter Wrenn will be involved in nearly every race to close out the 16th season of harness racing. A native of Michigan, Wrenn has led the standings...
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Trainer Chris Ryder wins with three 2-year-old filly pacers

on 07/09/2009 2:00 AM
Chris Ryder certainly has a way with the ladies as the trainer scored a hat trick of wins with 2-year-old filly pacers Wednesday night at the Meadowlands. His three-race streak started with Lover Of Art, who pounced off a ground-saving journey to win the seventh race, the first of two $58,500 New Jersey Sire Stakes for freshman filly pacers on the card.  Driven by Tim Tetrick, Lover Of Art sa...
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NYSS 2CTs in action at Buffalo

on 07/09/2009 2:00 AM
You can’t deny the fact that Proper Villain ($10.60) had home-field advantage in his first pari-mutuel race at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night in one of the $26,404 legs of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings.   Having won his last four baby races here at Buffalo, the Conway Hall offspring, trained by Alan McCarty, went wire to wire in a lifetime...
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Wind Surfer sets Meadows track record

on 07/09/2009 2:00 AM
Wind Surfer split horses late and captured the $27,500 Preferred Handicap Trot in a track record 1:53.4 on Wednesday at The Meadows. Wind Surfer assured a speedy mile when he parked Master Begonia, winner of five straight, in a swift first quarter of :27.2. But when Michaelrowyourboat challenged Master Begonia around the far turn, it appeared that Wind Surfer might be trapped in the pocket. Eric...
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Shorty now one win short of 1,000

on 07/09/2009 2:00 AM
Some 22 years after first receiving his driving license, Ray "Shorty" Robinson is just one win shy of reaching a milestone 1,000 wins in his career. Robinson recorded win number 999 on Wednesday night at Ocean Downs. In the first race of the evening, Robinson was in the sulky behind DVC Fine Tuned ($24.60), a 3-year-old filly. The horse trained by Doris Lineweaver was a longshot to win at 11...
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Freshman pacing fillies impressive in Reynolds splits

on 07/09/2009 2:00 AM
The second night of Grand Circuit Week at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, held Wednesday, featured 2-year-old pacing fillies grabbing the spotlight and producing the fastest times of the 2009 season for freshman fillies on a five-eighths-mile oval. Hope Lane Hanover, an Allamerican Native-Harlow Hall filly trained by Randy Bendis and driven by Mike Simons, strutted her stuff with a front-end victory...
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Tug River Princess prevails in Chester Open

on 07/09/2009 2:00 AM
In a showdown between millionaires Tug River Princess and Chancey Lady, Tug River Princess ($2.80) prevailed, holding off a stand-side charge from Cuz She Can for a 1:51 victory in a $35,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace on Wednesday at Harrah\'s Chester. The 4-year-old Badlands Hanover mare settled in midfield before brushing to the front with a lap to go, strung out by Chancey Lady...
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Muscle Hill, Honorable Daughter win Big M qualifiers

on 07/09/2009 2:00 AM
Hambletonian favorite Muscle Hill, who has won both his starts this year, romped to a 1:54.2 win in a qualifier Thursday morning at the Meadowlands, easily besting his stablemate My Back Pages by 10 lengths.   Trainer Greg Peck was in the sulky behind My Back Pages as the Brian Sears-driven Muscle Hill sat right behind in second. Muscle Hill took the lead at the top of the stretch and with ...
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Ohio won\'t pay Sire Stakes money without state budget

on 07/09/2009 2:00 AM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen\'s Association has announced that because the state of Ohio is currently operating with an interim budget, purse money earned in the Ohio Sire Stakes cannot be distributed at this time.   Sire Stakes purse checks from July 3 at Northfield Park and July 4 at Scioto Downs  probably won\'t be distributed until a state budget is adopted by the legis...
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Hempt winner Johnny Z heads Reynolds field at Pocono

on 07/09/2009 2:00 AM
Johnny Z, trained by George Teague Jr. and the 2009 Max C. Hempt winner at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, heads up a field of 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings that will be racing at Pocono Friday night in the W.N. Reynolds Memorial Stake. This will be day three of Grand Circuit Week at the Northeastern Pennsylvania racetrack. There will be three divisions of the Reynolds for 3-ye...
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NA Cup winner Well Said headlines field for $1 million race

on 07/08/2009 2:00 AM
Well Said, the North America Cup winner, headlines the list of 17 three-year-old colts now in pursuit of the $1 million Meadowlands Pace on Saturday, July 18.    One of three horses entered by trainer Steve Elliott, Well Said tops the field for the first of the two $50,000 eliminations for the Meadowlands Pace on Saturday, July 11. He will start from post six with Ron Pierce in the...
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Reynolds action gets underway at Pocono

on 07/08/2009 2:00 AM
Tim Tetrick and McGibson (McArdle-Armbro Althea) opened Grand Circuit Week at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Tuesday night with a wire-to-wire victory in the first of four divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies of the W.N. Reynolds Memorial Stake. In the first race of the 16-race card, McGibson, driven by Tetrick, left quickly from the five post, taking the seven-horse field of fillies to the ...
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Biletnikoff continues his winning drive at The Meadows

on 07/08/2009 2:00 AM
Biletnikoff found the seas stormy in the Battle of Lake Erie, but he righted the ship Tuesday, capturing his fourth consecutive $27,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Saddled with post position eight for the Battle, Biletnikoff was parked the entire mile, finishing a creditable fifth. He had no such problems Tuesday, making the front from post position seven in :26.2. When Aaron Merrima...
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Distinctive wins at Vernon on Family Night

on 07/08/2009 2:00 AM
The pacer Prettyasapageant and trotter L’argent Hall each raced with distinction during Tuesday’s Family Night program at Vernon Downs. Prettyasapageant captured the $5,000 featured seventh race in 1:54.3 and tied fellow side-wheeler My Girl Lora at five for most equine victories after 34 programs, while L’argent Hall finished first in the $3,000 third test and deadlocked at four with Crow...
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Dr. Jerome Rini dies

on 07/08/2009 2:00 AM
Dr. Jerome M. Rini, who once operated Mac-Jay Stables in partnership with Jack MacDonald, died Thursday, July 2. He was 84. Dr. Rini was associated with such stars as Castle Knight p,4,1:59.4f ($140,209); Bye Time p,6,2:01.1f ($173,180) and Phyllis Diller 4,2:04.2f ($28,756). He received the Appreciation Award from the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association in 2003 for his long-sta...
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Yonkers\' promotions manager indicted for fixing contests

on 07/08/2009 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway\'s promotions manager has reportedly been indicted on charges of grand larceny and scheming to fraud after allegedly arranging for friends and relatives to win contests that included cash prizes.   Donna Cronin, 44, was indicted on allegations that she and two co-defendants at the track\'s casino area, known as Empire City Gaming, helped acquaintances win prizes such as cash...
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NJSEA to open second OTW in Bayonne

on 07/08/2009 2:00 AM
The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) has announced plans to open a new off-track wagering facility in Bayonne, located directly across the Bayonne Bridge from Newark International Airport, south of Jersey City and with a view of the Statue Of Liberty on its eastern border.   This will be the Authority’s second off-track wagering parlor, already operating one in...
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