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Mickey Burke agrees to four-month suspension by NJRC

on 06/22/2009 2:00 AM
Harnessracing.com has learned that trainer Mickey Burke has reached agreement with the New Jersey Racing Commission that calls for him to serve a four-month suspension and be fined $2,500 for two lidocaine positives on horses dating back to late 2006 and early 2007 at the Meadowlands. In addition, Burke has agreed to voluntarily surrender his trainer license at the conclusion of his suspension, wh...
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Yonkers announces rich night for state breds

on 06/22/2009 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway, in conjunction with the New York Sire Stakes, has announced a $400,000 evening on Saturday, Oct. 17, featuring eight $50,000 events for New York-bred 2 and 3 year olds of both sexes and gaits.   The events are open to those horses who did not race--or were not eligible--to the Sept. 26 Night of Champions. Each class is to be filled with remaining eligibles from the 2009 New...
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VLT legislation in Kentucky fails to pass Senate Committee

on 06/22/2009 2:00 AM
Three days after the Kentucky House voted in favor of legislation to allow video lottery terminals at the state\'s racetracks, a Senate committee early Monday evening rejected the proposal, effectively killing the bill before it could even reach the full Senate floor for discussion. Senate president David Williams, who has been outwardly opposed to expanded gaming at the tracks, said shortly ...
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Power outage forces Mohawk to cancel after race 5 Monday

on 06/22/2009 2:00 AM
A sudden power outage after race five forced the cancellation of the remainder of Monday night’s program at Mohawk Racetrack. Racing is scheduled to resume this Thursday night with a first post of 7:30 pm. Fans and media are reminded that the post position draw for the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup will be held on Tuesday at 12:00 noon at the trackside tent. Honorary drawmaster for this y...
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Elusive Desire\'s 1:54.3 fastest in Elegantimage elims

on 06/20/2009 2:00 AM
Favorites Windsong Soprano and Elusive Desire scored in two of the three $35,000 eliminations for the upcoming Elegantimage stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies, and second choice Celebrity Juliet prevailed by a neck in the third at Mohawk Friday night. Race #1 was the first Elegantimage elim, which pitted 3-5 favorite Windsong Soprano against Raising Rachel once the other favored lass, Sea...
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Native Hotspur wins Maywood Filly Pace final in 1:55.4

on 06/20/2009 2:00 AM
Native Hotspur stayed undefeated in six starts this year when she held on for a nose in the $100,000 Maywood Pace final Friday night for driver Sam Widger and trainer Nelson Willis.   Widger sent Native Hotspur to the lead from post four and the 3-year-old filly by Ft Apache Hanover cut out the fractions before the stretch drive. Honey B Skipalong, who had enjoyed a ride in the pocket,...
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Favorite scores 1:49.2 triumph at Hoosier Park

on 06/20/2009 2:00 AM
Mister Big lived up to the hype and grabbed the victory in the 16th edition of the Dan Patch Invitational Pace Saturday, June 20 at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino. The powerful son of Grinfromeartoear rallied through the stretch to pick up the victory and add to his already hefty bankroll of $3.2 million. Starting from post six in the stellar field of 10 that included $10.5 million in career ear...
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Duded Up\'s 1:55 score fastest of 3 Goodtimes elims

on 06/20/2009 2:00 AM
Undefeated Duded Up and Chris Christoforou were the class of the first of three eliminations for the Goodtimes Stakes, for sophomore trotters Saturday night at Mohawk, while Canada’s two-year-old trotting colt of 2008, Federal Flex, proved untouchable in the second Goodtimes elim, and Illinois champ Southern Rocketop scored in the third elim.Hurrikanebiggeorge and Yannick Gingras were faste...
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Brainard, Bulletproof sweep Fan Hanover elims

on 06/20/2009 2:00 AM
Tracy Brainard trainees swept the three eliminations for the Fan Hanover Saturday night at Mohawk, with Yellow Diamond getting the sweep underway, and the march continued with Shacked Up a decisive winner in the second of the three $35,000 eliminations and Not Enough sealing the deal by delivering in the final elimination, which also resulted in a sweep for owner Bulletpro...
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1-2 finishers, plus Chasin Racin, Millionaire Cam advance

on 06/20/2009 2:00 AM
If I Can Dream and Mr Wiggles won the last two $50,000 eliminations Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, to qualify for next Saturday\'s $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup, the richest harness race on the continent, joining Well Said and Dial Or Nodial.   The owners/connections of the winners will get to choose post positions for the final, prior to the balance of the field being dr...
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Four Empire State divisions contested at Yonkers

on 06/19/2009 2:00 AM
The Empire State continued its sublet of Empire City Thursday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting four  consecutive--and soggy --$55,056 divisions of the $220,224 New York Sire Stakes Mount Vernon Pace for 3-year-old fillies. This class of lass was also here last week. Eagle Way, 2008\'s rookie divisional champion, earned her first 2009 meet and greet with the photographer in the third divi...
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Master\'s Sweetie, Striking Lauren win Scioto series splits

on 06/19/2009 2:00 AM
Master’s Sweetie made it five victories in a row at Scioto Downs on Thursday evening as she took a division of the fourth leg of the Killbuck Mary Series for trotting mares. The 4-year-old daughter of Master Lavec scored another easy win for driver Jeff Nisonger in 2:01.4.   Nisonger moved the 1-5 favorite to the front before the half-mile and she turned back the challenges of Tk’...
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Toucam Sam wins Harrah\'s Chester feature

on 06/19/2009 2:00 AM
Taking advantage of an early duel between Noble Falcon and Atochia, Toucam Sam ($14.40) continued off cover to a 5 1/2-length victory in the $35,000 Isle of Wight for open pacers on Thursday evening at Harrah\'s Chester Casino and Racetrack. With Atochia (Yannick Gingras) caught wide of Noble Falcon (Eric Goodell) for three-eighths of a mile, Toucam Sam set up perfectly off the pace, with ...
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A winning photograph at The Meadows

on 06/19/2009 2:00 AM
Hawaiianphotograph waited patiently along the pylons, then unleashed a powerful uncovered bid that carried her to victory in the $27,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Trot on Thursday at The Meadows. Hawaiianphotograph broke stride in her last two starts, reason enough for Dave Palone to keep her covered up in fourth until the field approached the three-quarter pole. When Palone asked her for trot,...
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$486 winner, yes, $486 winner, at Saratoga

on 06/19/2009 2:00 AM
In the 69-year history of Saratoga Raceway, no horse has ever paid a higher win mutuel than Nuclear Heat did in the Thursday finale as at odds of 242-1, Henry Pratt Jr.’s Nuclear Heat overcame post eight to win the evening’s 13th and final race.   A win price of $486 resulted, the highest win price in the track’s history. The previous record was set in Decembe...
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Cactus Creek favored in New Hampshire Sweepstakes final

on 06/19/2009 2:00 AM
Cactus Creek, the going away winner of his elimination race here a week ago, has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite for the $30,000 New Hampshire Sweepstakes final at Rockingham Park on Saturday. Cactus Creek will be partnered with Chris Long again and he is a deserving favorite in the full field of nine pacers slated to go postward in Rockingham\'s signature race. The 6-year-old...
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Merriman to drive five at the Big M Saturday

on 06/19/2009 2:00 AM
Aaron Merriman, currently the nation’s leading dash winner with close to 400 wins, will venture to the Meadowlands on Saturday for a busy night of drives.  
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New PA stakes series set to begin at The Meadows

on 06/19/2009 2:00 AM
A new stakes series will make its debut at The Meadows on Tuesday night, June 23, and 16 two-year-old pacing fillies will be the first to take to the track for the event. Each of the two divisions will go for $26,600. The Stallion Series is designed for PA-bred, 2-year-old pacers and trotters that may not as yet be able to compete at the top level of Pennsylvania Sire Stake competition. The pur...
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Pennsylvania Sire Stake time standards clarified

on 06/19/2009 2:00 AM
In response to a number of recent inquiries, the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission would like to provide a handy summary of the qualifying times required for participation in this year’s Keystone stakes events: PENNSYLVANIA PARI-MUTUEL SIRE STAKES – This is the first year (foals of 2007) that the new freshman qualifying times for Sire Stakes are in place: 2:03 for pacers, 2:05 for tro...
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Woodbine and TVG sign broadcast and account wagering deal

on 06/19/2009 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) has reached an agreement with TVG, America’s leading horseracing network, to broadcast both its thoroughbred and standardbred live racing products from Woodbine and Mohawk racetracks throughout the United States. As part of the deal, TVG will also offer online wagering on all WEG races through its TVG.com Web site. \"Woodbine offers very competitive racing with...
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