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Getting hot for the National Harness Handicapping Championship

on 04/25/2009 2:00 AM
It\'s Saturday afternoon and just a few hours away from the beginning of the 2009 National Harness Handicapping Championship at the Meadowlands and hopefully what will turn out to be a big story on this website and The Horseman And Fair World with the headline \"Gordon Waterstone Comes Up A Winner!\"   The festivities actually began last night with a very nice cocktail party and thanks...
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CJ\'s Super Secret wins Hoosier series final

on 04/24/2009 2:00 AM
CJ’s Super Secret and Mark O’Mara polished off a lucrative series Thursday, winning the $20,000 final of the Ralph & Dorothy Rose at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino. The victory for the trotting mare was her first career win after only three starts this season.   Starting from post three in the 10-horse lineup, O’Mara got away well in mid-pack with CJ’s Super Secret. Ripken...
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Apaches Fame-sired filly wins first series leg

on 04/24/2009 2:00 AM
Driver Jack Moiseyev worked out a perfect pocket trip for Topaz Seelster in Thursday night’s first leg of the Princess Pacing Series for 3-year-old fillies at Woodbine, and the daughter of Apaches Fame had no problem turning the trip into a 1:52.2 win. Topaz Seelster, who hangs her harness bag in the barn of trainer Mark Cecile, drafted behind pacesetter Gargantua Hanover through splits of :2...
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Amigo Hall-sired Breewood Gringo beats Parlay

on 04/24/2009 2:00 AM
Breewood Gringo played giant killer at Woodbine Racetrack on Thursday evening for trainer/driver Stephen Loughran, who managed to find the chink in the armour of the previously undefeated Parlay by winning the $47,200 final of the Tie Silk Trotting Series for 3-year-old colts in 1:56.Parlay, who was sent off as the 1-9 favorite, had to settle for the runner-up spot behind the 18-1 upsetter in...
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Lucky Jim still undefeated this year with Father Foley tally

on 04/24/2009 2:00 AM
Lucky Jim kept his perfect 2009 record intact as he breezed to his seventh straight win in a $20,000 Father Foley Series leg Thursday night at the Meadowlands, scoring in 1:54. Lucky Jim assumed command from Wind Surfer in a :28.1 opening quarter and eased through fractions of :57.3 and 1:26.4. Driven by Andy Miller, Lucky Jim paid $2.40 to win the featured third race. Swan Image was 2 3-4 lengths...
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Winbak closes Badlands Hanover\'s 2009 book

on 04/24/2009 2:00 AM
Winbak Farm has announced that the 2009 breeding book for Badlands Hanover, sire of millionaire world champion Badlands Nitro, and 2008 Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year Tug River Princess, closes Friday. Badlands Hanover, who retired as the fastest 2-year-old ever, was booked  to outstanding mares this year, including French Panicure, Moving Pictures, Carolina Sunsh...
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Meadowlands plans to be dark on Wednesdays in May

on 04/24/2009 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack’s three-week Hiram Woodruff Series for trotters has been moved to Thursdays, May 7, 14 and 21, from its original Wednesday schedule. Pending New Jersey Racing Commission approval next week, the Meadowlands will be dark Wednesdays May 6 and 20. The change will reduce the racing schedule those weeks from five days to four, as special matinee cards will be held Sunday, May 10 ...
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Learn to read a program by watching Racing 101 videos on YouTube

on 04/24/2009 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack has uploaded the first in a series of Racing 101 videos to its YouTube Channel. In this week\'s edition, learn how to read past performances in the racing program with track announcer Ken Warkentin.Click here to watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dg5ltkuSLIc (Meadowlands)
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Arch Madness pulls away in 1:51.4

on 04/24/2009 2:00 AM
Arch Madness held off a challenge from favored Four Starz Speed around the far turn and pulled away in the stretch to a 1:51.4 victory in Friday night’s featured $31,000 Invitational Trot at the Meadowlands. Driven by Brian Sears, Arch Madness [$6.40, $4.20, $2.80] assumed the lead from Prayer I Am midway down the backstretch through fractions of :28 and :55.1.  It took a :27.1 second quart...
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Vertigo Hanover wins season debut

on 04/24/2009 2:00 AM
Making his first start of the year, the 3-year-old pacing colt Vertigo Hanover stayed game despite racing at the back of the field and turned in a late stretch rally that gave him a neck win in 1:52.3 at the Meadowlands Friday night.Vertigo Hanover, a son of The Panderosa, started from post nine and was settled eighth in the nine-horse field by driver John Campbell. But Campbell\'s patience and th...
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3YO pacing colts battle in series action at Woodbine

on 04/24/2009 2:00 AM
The red hot Oscar Oscar ran his career unbeaten streak to five with a punishing 1:52.1 effort in one of two $20,000 divisions in the opening leg of the Ontario Sired Spring Series for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Friday at Woodbine Racetrack while his stablemate Blue Suede Shoes stopped the clock in 1:51. Both colts are conditioned by Tracy Brainard. Oscar Oscar took his time leaving the ...
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Late rally enough to capture featured trot at The Meadows

on 04/23/2009 2:00 AM
Trailing by six lengths at the half, Michaelrowyourboat unleashed a powerful close that carried him to victory in the $25,000 Preferred Handicap Trot Wednesday at The Meadows. When 3-5 favorite Primo Spur took the field through a comfortable half in :59, it appeared that the race was for place. But Michaelrowyourboat responded to the urging of trainer-driver Jimmy Smith and sailed by Pri...
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Comindown to the Hoosier winner\'s circle

on 04/23/2009 2:00 AM
Yourcomindown got her second victory of the season at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino Wednesday night in the third leg of the Future Stars Series. The mile trot had a purse of $6,000 and gave driver Neil Coleman a good start to his day with a victory in the first race.  Starting in the outside post eight, Yourcomindown turned in a controlled race and was seventh at the quarter, trailing...
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Gelding was Bettor Thantherest at Pompano

on 04/23/2009 2:00 AM
Bettor Thantherest ($2.40) certainly lived up to his name once again as the 4-year-old gelding won the $8,500 second leg of the Springboard Pacing Series in a romp by 4 1/2 lengths Wednesday at the Isle Pompano Park.   And for the third time in his last four starts, Bettor Thantherest won the race in the identical time of 1:53.4, his lifetime mark.   The sixth race co-feature saw Mr...
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Fox Valley Lover hot in 2009 debut at Balmoral

on 04/23/2009 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled trotting fillies made their first stakes appearance of the season on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a full field of 10 sophomores slugged it out in the $15,000 Trotting Tilly Stake.   After closing out her 2-year-old season with an impressive win in the ISOBA Super Sale Stake back in November, Paula Smith and James Ruyan’s Fox Valley Lover picked up rig...
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American amateurs set to take on Italy\'s best

on 04/23/2009 2:00 AM
Though the Italian amateurs are yet to land in America the first races in the Italy vs USA Friendship Competition have already be drawn at Monticello Raceway with wwo races on Monday, April 27, comprising the Mighty M leg which will be followed by two races at Yonkers Raceway the next day. Four top amateur reinsmen from northern Italy  will be winging their way to the St...
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Ideal Newton upsets in Pocono open

on 04/23/2009 2:00 AM
Ideal Newton stayed perfect in 2009 by pulling off an upset win in the featured $25,000 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   A 4-year-old mare trained by Noel Daley, Ideal Newton moved up to the Open after winning back-to-back condition paces at Pocono to start her season. Leaving from post position four in an eight-horse field a...
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Standardbred Committee of RCI aims at abusive whipping

on 04/23/2009 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Committee of the Association of Racing Commissioners International approved changes to the whipping rule in an effort to crack down on abusive uses of the whip during the running of races. The rule was approved by the committee during a meeting at the Lexington Hilton Downtown Hotel and Conference Center on Wednesday.   The committee recommended in all Standardbred races th...
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NYCOTB sends $2 bets as $200 bets; Monticello only harness track

on 04/23/2009 2:00 AM
Association of Racing Commissioners International president Ed Martin said a wagering system foul up April 22 poisoned wagering pools in five states, affecting bettors across the country.   According to the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, $2 bets placed at New York City Off-Track Betting and processed through AmTote were deposited into wagering pools as $200 bets. Racetracks ...
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Tetrick named to drive world-champion mare in Sweden

on 04/23/2009 2:00 AM
Trainer Ron Burke told harnessracing.com Thursday afternoon that an offer from Solvalla officials to race Buck I St. Pat in the Elitlopp the last weekend of May has been accepted and that Tim Tetrick has already agreed to also head to Sweden to drive the 6-year-old trotting mare.   “It took two seconds (to accept the invitation),” said Burke with a laugh. “We already pretty much knew ...
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