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World champion Esmeralda Semalu wins again

on 03/25/2009 2:00 AM
She is not the newest world record holder in harness racing by chance as Esmeralda Semalu ($2.60) strutted her stuff once again, winning the $16,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace Tuesday at the Isle Pompano Park.   Racing again against rival world record holder, U All BB, Esmeralda Semalu and trainer-driver Joe Pavia Jr. left little doubt what she is the top pacing mare currently in harness rac...
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31 older pacers flavor opening round of Levy Series

on 03/25/2009 2:00 AM
A Baskin Robbins-approved 31 horses have entered the opening round of Yonkers Raceway\'s George  Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. That number necessitated four $50,0000 divisions Saturday night. The million-dollar (est.) series, the Raceway\'s premier free-for-all event, is comprised of five preliminary legs, contested over consecutive Saturdays,  leading to a $200,000 (est.) final ...
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Gulotta talks slots with New Jersey committee

on 03/25/2009 2:00 AM
Owner-breeder Michael Gulotta told a panel of state senators that slots in New Jersey’s racetracks will be a winner for the state’s budget as well as horsemen. Gulotta presented 2,000 words of testimony at a public hearing of the New Jersey State Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee on Tuesday at Montclair State University. Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association presid...
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Zahn to be remembered at Balmoral April 4

on 03/25/2009 2:00 AM
Right up until his death two months before his 80th birthday in 2002, Harold Zahn could be found in the second-floor clubhouse at Balmoral Park, watching and wagering on the harness races. It didn\'t take long for his son and daughter-in-law, Dale and LaVonne Zahn, to launch what has become an annual tradition in honor of this dedicated race fan and one of the proudest Americans you\'d ever want t...
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Balmoral photographer profiled in Chicago Tribune

on 03/25/2009 2:00 AM
Wednesday’s Chicago Tribune carries a story of David Baum, the 22-year-old college senior who is also the Balmoral Park track photographer. The Tribune story gives Baum’s insight on taking his finish-line shots at the racetrack located in Crete, Ill. To read the Chicago Tribune’s story on Baum click here.
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First Day of Racing with Indiana’s New Whipping Rule

on 03/25/2009 2:00 AM
Tuesday was opening day for season 15 of racing at Hoosier Park, but it was the first day of racing in compliance with Indiana’s stringent new whipping rule. The rule, recently adopted by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, is the first-of-its-kind regulation and requires handholds to be taut with the elbows in front of the chest while limiting whipping to wrist action only – minimizing elbow...
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Warrawee Koine sweeps Woodbine series

on 03/24/2009 2:00 AM
Even if she hadn’t gone to the gate at odds of 1-2, there would have been little question who was the filly to beat in the $45,800(C) final of the Silver Reign Pacing Series. Warrawee Koine, a strapping black filly sent out by Warrawee Farm in Rockwood, Ont., has been utterly dominant in this series, and she didn’t disappoint tonight at Woodbine, showing her heels to a field of nine other so...
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Ohio Attorney General says no to casino ballot

on 03/24/2009 2:00 AM
On Monday Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray refused Monday to certify a petition to place an issue authorizing casinos on the statewide ballot in November, saying the petition must be more specific in naming the locations of the casinos. The proposal calls for casinos in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Toledo, but Cordray says exact locations must be named.   Cordray also...
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Pompano trot comes with a winning dash of salt

on 03/24/2009 2:00 AM
Too Salty ($14.80) proved to be at his best at the Isle Pompano Park Monday, taking it to race favorite Slave Dream in capturing the $16,000 Open Handicap Trot in 1:55.   The feature race started off with Keystone Empire (Wally Hennessey) shooting to the early lead from post five and cutting the mile to the opening quarter in :27.3 with O-Georgie (Bruce Ranger) right on their back.  ...
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Purse increase set at Yonkers

on 03/24/2009 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced an across-the-board purse increase, effective next Monday, March 30. The increases range from $1,000 for the bottom claiming/conditioned class to $9,000 for the weekly Open Handicaps--trotters, pacers and distaff pacers. That trio shall now race for $40,000 each. Of special note are a pair of restricted events for 2 and 3 year olds (both gaits), with non-winner...
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DSBF 3CP preliminaries underway at Dover

on 03/24/2009 2:00 AM
Ray\'s Big Bubba, Everlasting Pride, Al Ibad Spider and Three Ten won the four Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-year-old preliminaries Monday at Dover Downs, while longshot Idle Hour won the $40,000 Open Preferred Handicap Trot and Art Director took the $37,500 Delaware Special.   Ray\'s Big Bubba scored the most impressive victory in his $20,000 DSBF sophomore first leg ...
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Suit filed in New Jersey to gain sports betting

on 03/24/2009 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey has joined a group headed by New Jersey State Senator Raymond J. Lesniak which filed suit in federal district court on Monday morning to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PAPSA) and open the door to legal sports wagering in the state. Party to the suit, in addition to the SBOANJ and Senator Lesnia...
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Two straight wins at Big M for Share The Delight

on 03/24/2009 2:00 AM
Trainer Linda Toscano says Share The Delight, a winner of two straight at the Meadowlands, will race at tracks not far from his home base at Showplace Farms this season.   “We learned a lot about him last year and how easily he gets stressed. He seems to really thrive on a routine. Every time we got him to where we were really pleased with him, I’d put him on a truck and ship him s...
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Michigan Hall of Famer Charlie Kline dies

on 03/24/2009 2:00 AM
Michigan Harness Racing Hall of Famer Charlie Kline died on Sunday at age 85. Mr. Kline was the presiding judge at county fairs in Michigan for more than 40 years. He was the speed secretary at the Midland County Fair since 1958 and was instrumental in starting the Spartan Futurity in 1996.   Mr. Kline was the owner of many Standardbreds over the years, including Spartan Futurity winner Tre...
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Historic finish highlights Tuesday card in Pittsburgh

on 03/24/2009 2:00 AM
The Meadows had its first-ever triple dead heat Tuesday afternoon in the 10th race on the card as Tsm Goldenridge, Serious Damage and Teen Elvis all reached the wire simultaneously in 1:53.4. It was the first triple dead heat since Feb. 28, 2008, at Saratoga Raceway and the 25th overall in harness history, and also the fastest, surpassing the previous triple dead-heat mark of 1:57 set at Rose...
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1990 Horse of the Year suffers colic in New Zealand

on 03/24/2009 2:00 AM
Beach Towel, the 1990 Harness Horse of the Year and the broodmare sire of 2008 Harness Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere, died Saturday following a severe attack of colic. The news was reported by Dr. Andrew Grierson of Woodlands Stud in New Zealand, where Beach Towel had stood for several years, and had been in retirement since 2007. Dr. Gierson said that the 22-year-old stallion had been in e...
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Shetler wins four on opening day Hoosier card

on 03/24/2009 2:00 AM
Robin I Scoot, Indiana’s 2008 Horse of the Year, proved he hasn’t lost his touch, winning the season opener at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino Tuesday, March 24. The victory for Robin I Scoot and driver Bill Dailey was recorded in their first start of the season in the $23,000 Inaugural Pace for invitational horses. Robin I Scoot hustled out of the gate for the top spot, getting to the first ...
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DSBF gets underway at Dover for 3-year-old fillies

on 03/23/2009 2:00 AM
The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 3-year-old preliminaries got underway with Tom\'s Toy, AJ\'s Lilgamblngal and Little Bit Tricky winning the three $20,000 first leg filly paces on Sunday at Dover Downs.   Tom\'s Toy, a Powerful Toy-Glowing Hans bay, the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 2-year-old winner of the $100,000 final last year, breezed to a 1:55 victory in the first $20,00...
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Hoosier Park celebrates Sweet 15

on 03/23/2009 2:00 AM
When Hoosier Park Racing & Casino opens its doors for a 15th season of harness racing on Tuesday, March 24, few aspects of the program will resemble what was offered in 2008. Much has changed since last July, with new officials overseeing the racing program, a new post time schedule and the promise of slots-enhanced purses. Based on the early response from horsemen, many are anxious to compete...
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Auckland Reactor draws poorly; still favored by bettors

on 03/23/2009 2:00 AM
Auckland Reactor became the favorite to win the $1A million Inter Dominion final on March 28 after he captured the last qualifying round on Saturday night, March 21, and not even the worst possible starting position--gate 13, outside the second tier--has stopped bettors from unloading their cash on the largely North American-owned Auckland Reactor.   Auckland Reactor, a 4-year-old...
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