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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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Fox Valley Lover rallies late to win Balmoral feature

on 07/08/2009 2:00 AM
Division leader Fox Valley Lover continued her incredible start to the 2009 racing season on Tuesday night at Balmoral Park as she came flying down the lane to capture the $12,000 Sorce Ann Stake by a neck in a lifetime-best 1:55.   Showing supreme confidence in this 3-year-old daughter of Vaporize-Love You More regular pilot Dale Hiteman was content to stay glued to the pylons near th...
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Eighteen entered in Friday's Zweig Colt Trot at Tioga

on 07/08/2009 2:00 AM
Eighteen sophomore trotting colts have entered into the $303,340 Zweig Memorial Trot on Friday night at Tioga Downs. Sixteen of the eighteen trotters are eligible to the $1.7 million dollar Hambletonian on Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Meadowlands.   In the first $151,670 division, the entry of Cruisealong, Citation Lindy and Even Better Odds have been given the nod as the morning line favorite....
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Zweig Filly Trot draws 27, split into three divisions

on 07/08/2009 2:00 AM
Co-featured on the Friday night card at Tioga Downs is the Zweig Memorial Trot for 3-year old filly trotters, with 27 seven sophomore fillies split into three nine-horse fields going for $45,447 per division. Fifteen of the 27 are eligible for the Hamletonian Oaks, seven of which are in the first division slated for race number five on the card.   Leading what looks to b...
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No Meadowlands Pace deal for Dial Or Nodial

on 07/08/2009 2:00 AM
One prominent name missing among the entries for the upcoming $1 million Meadowlands Pace is two-time New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Dial Or Nodial, who suffered a bruised right hind foot while finishing fifth in the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup June 27 at Mohawk. Trainer Jim Campbell told harnessracing.com that the sophomore gelding was not entered because he is still recovering, with no...
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Two-year-old fillies spring upsets at Mohawk

on 07/07/2009 2:00 AM
The Big Scoop and Major Girl were both upset winners in Monday night's pair of $95,200(C) Robert Stewart Stakes divisions for 2-year-old fillies at Mohawk Racetrack. In the opening contest, The Big Scoop sat inside for much of the mile before popping out late in the stretch and overhauling race favorite Rockn Highland in 1:56.1. It was another length back to St. Lads Trixie who finished th...
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Brooklyns Best, My Red High Heels score in Town Pro splits

on 07/07/2009 2:00 AM
Brooklyns Best and My Red High Heels both emerged victorious in Monday night's second leg of the Town Pro Pacing Series for 3-year-old fillies at Mohawk Racetrack. Brooklyns Best, who missed the first leg of the series after arriving late for retention, took advantage from an inside, following trip and was able to split rivals in the late stages for driver Luc Ouellette to prevail in 1:52....
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Bartlett wins six on the sixth at Yonkers

on 07/07/2009 2:00 AM
For the sixth of July, Jason Bartlett cracked open a six-pack...of victories. Yonkers Raceway's leading driver padded that ; came in the first eight races.   Bartlett swept the first three races, winning the $18,000 pacing opener with the invader Born With Class ($5.50) in 1:55.1, the $7,500 second-race trot with Maritime interloper Rustico Trisox ($3.20, $13.20 early double) in a...
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Lolique goes back to back at Harrah's Chester

on 07/07/2009 2:00 AM
Winning in first-over fashion in last week's Open Trot, Lolique was impressive just the same in Monday evening's $35,000 Nevele Pride at Harrah's Chester, turning in a 1:52.4 performance. The 6-year-old Tagliabue gelding brushed to the front up the backstretch, overtaking Too Salty (David Miller) and Classic Lane (Mike Lachance) just past their point of departure. Lolique continued to...
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Ryan Anderson to set up Sunday shop at Tioga

on 07/07/2009 2:00 AM
Ryan Anderson has announced that beginning Sunday he will become a regular pilot on Sunday afternoons at Tioga Downs. Anderson, who just celebrated his 29th birthday on June 21, made the move from Chicago in mid-December and now finds himself sitting fifth in the drivers\' standings at Yonkers Raceway. He also competes quite regularly at Pocono Downs and Saratoga.   “I absolutel...
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Jack Ackerman dies

on 07/06/2009 2:00 AM
Veteran horseman John (Jack) Ackerman, the brother of Hall of Fame horseman Doug J. Ackerman and the uncle of Doug R. Ackerman, died at his home in Noblesville, Ind., on Saturday morning, July 4. He was 83.   Mr. Ackerman was well known as a trainer and driver of Standardbreds. Born into a family of horse lovers, he drove in his first race at the age of 13. Even whi...
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Kidnapped a year ago, Daguet Rapide found safe on Italian beach

on 07/06/2009 2:00 AM
Daguet Rapide, one of Italy’s great racehorses and sires, who was kidnapped one year ago, has been found on a beach near Naples, in Italy.   Daguet Rapide, a son of Pine Chip out of the Workaholic mare Hangone, was kidnapped June 18, 2008 at Allevamento di Mordono, the farm where he was standing, outside Bologna. Although the kidnappers reportedly demanded ransom, owners Marco Folli and J...
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Paul Doherty dies

on 07/06/2009 2:00 AM
Paul Doherty, assistant trainer to Ray Schnittker and caretaker to 2008 Hambletonian winner Deweycheatumnhowe, died early Monday afternoon. He was 52. Mr. Doherty had been in critical condition and on a ventilator in recent days with a series of medical complications. Mr. Doherty’s wife, Roxanne, also works in racing and has been employed by the Meadowlands for many years. Mr. Dohert...
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Palone, Jones nominated for placement on Hall of Fame ballot

on 07/06/2009 2:00 AM
Dave Palone, perennial driving king at The Meadows and the winningest driver of the 1990s as well as the last 20 years, and Hal Jones, whose introduction of artificial insemination to harness racing profoundly changed the techniques and theories of the sport, were chosen Sunday for final ballot spots in this summer’s election for the Harness Racing Living Hall of Fame. As stated, the picking of...
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Lucky Jim, Vertical Horizon win

on 07/05/2009 2:00 AM
The winning streak is now 14 races for Lucky Jim, who took the longest route to victory in the $203,000 Titan Cup Saturday night at the Meadowlands.  Driver Andy Miller angled Lucky Jim off the pylons early and the trotter gradually worked his way up to the wheel of the leader Lanson entering the far turn.  Lucky Jim [$3.00, $2.20, $2.10] responded when called upon and soared past Lans...
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Doc\'s Yankee kicks off Ohio Sire Stakes

on 07/05/2009 2:00 AM
Doc’s Yankee got the Ohio Sires Stakes season for juveniles off to a fast start by winning the first race of the day at Scioto Downs on Saturday afternoon (July 4) in 1:55.2. It was the fastest mile of eight OSS legs for juveniles on the holiday matinee at Scioto and the first lifetime start for the gelded son of Yankee Cruiser. Doc’s Yankee is trained by Ron Potter for the Bay Racing Stabl...
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