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Big Brothers Big Sisters on Big M backstretch

on 04/02/2009 2:00 AM
New Jersey Nets star Devin Harris visited Meadowlands Racetrack with 30 children from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Morris, Bergen and Passaic Counties on Tuesday, March 31.   Harris and the kids, who ranged in age from eight to 16, visited the barns of trainers Robbie Siegelman and John McDermott and the Meadowlands Equine Clinic, run by Dr. Brian MacNamara, to examine and learn about Standa...
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Spoiled Beach edges Terroronthebeach in series opener

on 04/02/2009 2:00 AM
Less than two weeks after Beach Towel died in New Zealand, fillies out of mares sired by the 1990 Horse of the Year swept the top two positions in the $22,500 opening round of the Blossom Series Wednesday night at the Meadowlands. Spoiled Beach crossed the wire first over Terroronthebeach in the 1:54.1 mile contested over a “sloppy” track and through rainy conditions.   Spoiled Beach, a...
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Makerbark upsets in Pocono opener

on 04/02/2009 2:00 AM
Makerbark, a 15-1 shot, pulled off an upset in the first race feature on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race was the opener of the 2009 season and marked a return to night racing at Pocono. Makerbark, driven and trained by Roger Hammer, cleared her competitors in the conditioned pace for fillies and mares at the three-eighth-mile mark of the race. The mare kept the lead from...
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Cottonwood Farm cancels 2009 yearling sale

on 04/02/2009 2:00 AM
Cottonwood Farm has announced that it will not be holding a yearling sale at the farm this fall due to an insufficient number of entries.   \"We are making this announcement at this time to allow those customers who were planning to sell with us again this year enough time to make alternative plans for their yearlings,\" said Cottonwood Farm owner Terry Hunt. \"I would personally like ...
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NAADA contests final leg in series for Juvenile Diabetes

on 04/02/2009 2:00 AM
The final preliminary leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association\'s Trotting Series, which is raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, was presented in two divisions at Monticello Raceway on a rainy Wednesday afternoon. Alan Schwartz won the first split with Iroquouindianmagic and Joe Pennacchio won the second division with Wishwell Sugarplum. For Schwa...
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$76,566 carryover for Meadowlands Pick Six

on 04/02/2009 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Pick Six boasts an eight-day carryover pool of $76,566 heading into Thursday night’s card, whien it begins in the fourth race and includes the $71,400 Jersey Girls Final for filly and mare pacers.   Don’t Deny Me bids for her fourth straight win and a Jersey Girl Series sweep as the 9-5 morning line favorite from post one in the third leg of the wager, race six.&nbs...
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Four Starz Speed wins in record time

on 04/01/2009 2:00 AM
Four Starz Speed not only survived a wicked 26.4 first quarter in Tuesday’s $25,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows, but he also went on to score in 1:54, a track record for 4-year-old geldings. Dave Palone gunned Four Starz Speed to the front, a mission abetted by the break of 2005 Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo, who continues to seek his initial 2009 victory after three starts. Loliqu...
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Chloes Silver Star, Shady Sabrina win at Dover

on 04/01/2009 2:00 AM
Chloes Silver Star, one of four Ron Pierce wins, took the  $32,000 Mares Open pace while Shady Sabrina and Tim Tetrick won the $25,000 Mares Jr. Open Tuesday, March 31 at Dover Downs.   A late charge by Chloes Silver Star resulted in a 1:52.3 victory in the $32,000 female feature. Hopefull N cut out the early fractions with Brandon Givens in the bike until nearing the finish line, whe...
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Horseplayers unite to show bettors can make an impact

on 04/01/2009 2:00 AM
A concerted effort by Horseplayers Association of North America (HANA) to impact wagering has apparently worked as betting on the first target race, the sixth at Will Rogers Downs in Oklahoma on Tuesday, increased what the group is calling “100 percent.” HANA had asked its members to wager on a specific race so as to show how much impact bettors can have.   According to figures posted o...
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Champion trotters qualify at Hoosier Park

on 04/01/2009 2:00 AM
Indiana Sire Stakes champions Mya Tri and siblings ABC Mercedes and ABC Bay Bee saw their first action over Hoosier Park’s oval Tuesday as each of the trio qualified with impressive efforts. Both Mya Tri and ABC Mercedes will be stepping up to the open ranks this season after successful 3-year-old campaigns. Mya Tri, who grabbed headlines while winning 21 straight contests to start her career, ...
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Royalton Star shines brightly at Hoosier

on 04/01/2009 2:00 AM
Royalton Star and driver Andy Shetler showed true guts and determination in the featured $24,000 Invitational Pace Tues., March 31 at Hoosier Park. The duo overcame several obstacles to score the victory in a time of 1:53.4, just one tick of a second off their personal best turned in the week before.   Starting from post three in the eight-horse lineup, Royalton Star was moving up in cl...
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SF Aceinthehole splits rivals for win in Hoosier\'s top trot

on 04/01/2009 2:00 AM
SF Aceinthehole gave another victory to 2009 Hoosier Park\'s leading driver Peter Wrenn Tuesday, March 31 in the $25,000 Invitational Trot. The longshot selection trotted over the sloppy track surface in a time of 1:58.4 to earn his third win of 2009 in eight outings. Starting from post two in the nine-horse lineup, SF Aceinthehole abided by Wrenn’s instructions, opting for a seat near the...
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Three hurt in Plainridge spill

on 04/01/2009 2:00 AM
Great work by the starting crew at Plainridge Racecourse on Tuesday afternoon (March 31) lessened the results of a spill which caused injuries to three drivers after two horses went down during the eighth race. Drivers Robert Dinning, Kevin Switzer, Jr., and Brad Irvine were taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in nearby North Attleboro. Late Tuesday night track officials reported that all...
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Michigan commissioner says no to steroids

on 04/01/2009 2:00 AM
Michigan racing commissioner Christine C. White on Wednesday gave notice to Michigan\'s horse racing industry that beginning on April 1 the presence of anabolic steroids will be prohibited in all horses entered to race at any pari-mutuel track in Michigan.   \"Integrity remains our priority,\" said White. \"By incorporating a testing program for anabolic steroids, we are let...
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SRF golf tournament set for May 11

on 04/01/2009 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) will host its annual Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, May 11, at Knob Hill Country Club in Manalapan, NJ. All proceeds benefit the SRF, the award-winning program that finds homes for non-competitive Standardbreds and ensures their lifelong care. SRF also reaches out to children at risk through its after school Youth in Focus Program and inca...
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Ray\'s Big Bubba wins fastest Dover split in 1:53.4

on 03/31/2009 2:00 AM
Allamerican Idol won the $42,000 Open/Preferred Handicap, while four $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund colt pace second-leg events highlighted the racing on Monday at Dover Downs. Ray\'s Big Bubba went right to the front and Ross Wolfenden pointed him forward and the Badlands Hanover-Miss Rae Bonnie colt did the rest in cruising to a 1:53.4 victory in his $20,000 DSBF prelim. Don...
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Florida steroid rules now in effect

on 03/31/2009 2:00 AM
Florida\'s Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering new rules banning the use of anabolic steroids in race horses went into effect on Monday.   “The adoption of these new rules ensures that Florida is keeping pace with the national racing community and providing for the safety and welfare of the horses, drivers and jockeys,” said secre...
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105 fillies nominated to 2009 Jugette

on 03/31/2009 2:00 AM
The $400,000 (est.) Jugette Filly pace may be the most wide open in years, with Pedigree Snob and Hawaiian Drink the slight preseason favorites among the 105 fillies eligible to the 39th Jugette to be raced Wednesday, Sept. 23. at the Delaware, Ohio County Fair.Steve Jones of Montgomery, N.Y. and David Scharf of New York City own Pedigree Snob, bred by Jones at his Cameo Hills Farm. ...
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The Meadows to go dark for 2 weeks as casino nears opening

on 03/31/2009 2:00 AM
Live racing at The Meadows will be suspended from Wednesday, April 1, through Tuesday, April 14, to allow for completion of the track\'s permanent casino. During that two-week dark period, on-site simulcast racing also will be suspended. Patrons are invited to attend any of the track\'s four off-track facilities, where simulcasting will continue without interruption. Since racino construction c...
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Widger to drive at Hoosier Park 2 days a week

on 03/31/2009 2:00 AM
Several new names have graced Hoosier Park’s entry sheets during the first week of racing, including Sam Widger, a veteran of the Chicago circuit. Widger was on hand for the opening day program Tuesday, March 24, winning the $25,000 Invitational Handicap trot behind Speed N The Tunnel.   “The plan is to spend Tuesdays and Saturdays here,” the winner of more than 3,300 races expla...
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