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A Sintillating win at Cal Expo

on 06/12/2009 2:00 AM
A class drop from the Filly & Mare Open, combined with a perfect trip, was too much for the competition of Sintillating.   A field of mostly conditioned ladies, and one in for a tag, were featured at Cal-Expo on Thursday night for a purse of $5,300, on which Sintillating took full advantage of her trip.   Leaving three wide from post-position four in the field o...
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Lorentzon dreaming of making Hambletonian history

on 06/12/2009 2:00 AM
Anette Lorentzon’s bid to become the first female trainer to harness a Hambletonian winner begins Saturday night as she sends out her top contenders in the $200,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Championship for 3-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands.   Lorentzon’s entry of Vesuvio AS and Howthehaloareyou is rated at 7-2 in the third race, one of four stakes worth a combined $1.1 million for J...
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29 Jugbarn.com eligibles racing in Burlington, Rooney

on 06/12/2009 2:00 AM
You’ve still got time to play in the 2009 Jug Fantasy Stable contest. Round one is complete with Mr. Wiggles’ victory in the $500,000 Hoosier Cup. Next up are four $100,000 divisions of the Burlington at Mohawk and the $421,950 Art Rooney Final at Yonkers Raceway. Both will be raced Saturday, June 13.Even if you missed the opening round, you can still sign up at  www.jugbar...
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My Heart Was True remains unbeaten in Filly Maywood Pace elim

on 06/12/2009 2:00 AM
With six starting spots for next week’s $100,000 Filly Maywood Pace up for grabs a field of eight Illinois conceived and foaled 3 year olds went postward in a $10,000 elimination battle on Thursday night. The top six finishers will be joined by Native Hotspur and Honey B Skipalong, who received byes, in the final which will be held on Friday, June 19. Coming into this battle sporting a pe...
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My my, Mylyn Myers wins debut at The Meadows

on 06/12/2009 2:00 AM
Mylyn Myers, a 2-year-old daughter of Revenue named for harnessracing.com/The Horseman And Fair World’s advertising manager Lynne Myers, won her first career start in a baby race Thursday morning at The Meadows, trotting the mile in 2:05. Driven by Wilbur Yoder for trainer Greg Wright, Mylyn Myers moved from fourth at the half and took the lead at the stretch call before going on to win by 1 ½ ...
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Tidewaterdragonfly now a millionaire

on 06/11/2009 2:00 AM
A change of tactics proved most beneficial for Tidewaterdragonfly ($9.20), who held off all comers in near pillar-to-post fashion, recording a 1:50.3 victory in Wednesday evening\'s $35,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Harrah\'s Chester Casino and Racetrack. The $17,500 winner\'s share pushed Tidewaterdragonfly just over the $1-million mark in career earnings. Off the board in her fi...
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Wind Surfer breezes to Preferred win at Meadows

on 06/11/2009 2:00 AM
Wind Surfer used a mid-race breather to fashion a handy victory in the $27,500 Preferred Trot Wednesday at The Meadows. Although Wind Surfer endured a demanding first quarter over the sloppy track to secure the lead, driver Eric Ledford was able to back down the second panel to :30.2. With that, Wind Surfer easily repelled the uncovered bid of Near The Limit and the late thrust of Tom’...
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Three straight for Ball Gown A

on 06/11/2009 2:00 AM
Peter Tritton\'s Ball Gown A ($4, Ross Wolfenden) won her third straight race Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in the $17,500 featured event for mare pacers. The 8-year-old Presidential Ball mare was sent immediately to the lead and led wire to wire for a 1:55.1 triumph over Sixteen Candles and Boots Place. Tritton also trains Ball Gown A, who is approaching $450,000 in career earnings. Driv...
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Freshmen set marks at Scioto Downs

on 06/11/2009 2:00 AM
Trainer-driver Jim Dailey took the wraps off a pair of fast freshman pacers and trotters on Wednesday  at Scioto Downs. The winners in the non-wagering events scored the fastest miles by freshmen of both gaits on a five-eighths-mile track this season. Dailey scored an impressive 1:56.2 win with McMantle, a gelded son of McArdle from the Dragon’s Lair broodmare Fortheloveofthegame. Dailey ...
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1,000 wins for Jimmy Marohn Jr.

on 06/11/2009 2:00 AM
Jimmy Marohn Jr. captured his 1,000th career driving victory on Wednesday afternoon at Tioga Downs behind 3-year old pacer Spill The McBeans. It was part of a driving triple on the day for the 27-year old New York native who has already steered 113 winners thus far in 2009.  “It has been a great ride so far,\" he said. \"I couldn’t ask to do anything else; it\'s been a blast. It co...
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NYSS 3CT divisions held at Buffalo

on 06/11/2009 2:00 AM
Big Sky Domino won the fastest of three $52,106 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) divisions for 3-year-old colt trotters Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway, with Judge Joe and Calchips Brute also coming away with victories. Big Sky Domino, a son of CR Excalibur, crossed the wire 3 ½ lengths ahead of Monaghan Man in 1:59.4 for driver Jim Morrill Jr. for his second win in three starts this year. Chris M...
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PA Sire Stakes championships to be worth $200,000 this year

on 06/11/2009 2:00 AM
Now that all of the May 15 payments for the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes have been tallied, the projection for the purses being paid out in the series this year should be a record $12.4 million, with the championships set to carry purses of $200,000, up from the $150,000 purse they carried in 2008. The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes pari-mutuel races feature four preliminary legs per division, each worth $...
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Joe Thomson named to Jug Wall of Fame

on 06/11/2009 2:00 AM
Joe Thomson, breeder of Little Brown Jug winners Bettor\'s Delight and No Pan Intended and master of Winbak Farm, has been elected as the 25th Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame honoree by a panel of national and international harness racing enthusiasts.  The native of Cynthiana, Ky. will be officially inducted and presented a commemorative gold ring at the Mayor’s Breakfast to be held in the Ho...
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WEG lowers triactor takeout rate

on 06/11/2009 2:00 AM
Effective Wednesday, June 17, Woodbine Entertainment Group will reduce the takeout on its live Thoroughbred and Standardbred triactors to a total takeout of 27 percent, from 28.3 percent, when all of the mandatory regulatory deductions are included. Unlike U.S. racetracks where taxes are primarily applied to winnings, Canada has its taxes applied as a percentage of wagering. More specifically,...
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Kentucky VLT backers to hold rally at State Capitol

on 06/11/2009 2:00 AM
Due to current threats to the equine industry, Governor Steve Beshear unveiled a bill on Tuesday that, if passed, will allow video lottery terminals (VLTs) to be placed at Kentucky’s racetracks, and to show support for the Governor’s proposal, the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) will hold a rally at the Capitol on Wednesday, June 17.   Revenue from expanded gaming will benefi...
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Meadowlands/Mohawk handicapping challenge

on 06/11/2009 2:00 AM
Serious cash and a seat in the 2010 National Harness Handicapping Championship are up for grabs in the new Meadowlands/Mohawk Handicapping Challenge on Saturday, June 27. The tournament, which showcases the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup simulcast from Mohawk Racetrack, will be held in Raceworld Teletheater at the Meadowlands.   Woodbine Entertainment Group’s Greenwood Teletheatre w...
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Peter Doherty, 55, dies in New Jersey

on 06/11/2009 2:00 AM
Peter A. Doherty, 55, of Clifton, N.J., a hroseman and the brother of Hall of Famer Jim Doherty, died after a short illness on June 10. Mr. Doherty was born Dec. 15, 1953 in Saint John, New Brunswick, the son of the late J. Frank and Mary (Clancy) Doherty. He was a graduate of Saint Malachy’s Memorial High School in Saint John and attended Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia...
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Seven draw into $421,950 Rooney Pace

on 06/10/2009 2:00 AM
Post positions have been drawn for both of Yonkers Raceway\'s Saturday night stakes finals, with the draw for the $421,950 Art Rooney Pace, with seven 3-year-old colts in a \"one-dash-for-the-cash\" event, like this:           1--Fireintheshark (Jason Bartlett)         2--Monkey Off My Back (Cat Manzi)  &nb...
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My New Dawn scores in Egyptian Grande

on 06/10/2009 2:00 AM
After a dynamite performance by a state-bred freshman pacing colt here on Sunday night it was the girls turn to shine on Tuesday night as a field six Illinois conceived and foaled 2-year-old fillies went toe to toe in the $5,000 Egyptian Grande Stake.   Although the final time race was nowhere near as fast as Sunday’s national season\'s best the finish was just as thrilling as Virginia B...
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Donteventrytopass defies odds

on 06/10/2009 2:00 AM
Most trainers are excited to get their horses to the races, and trainer Jim Shelton is just glad to have Donteventrytopass among the 30-plus horses in his barn this summer.   Last year, while prepping for the summer stakes series in Indiana, Donteventrytopass had an unfortunate incident that threatened her life. Her return to the track in 2009 is truly remarkable and she’s returned strong...
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