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After 1:53.3 mile, Southern Rocketop headed to Goodtimes

on 06/04/2009 2:00 AM
After early miscues took out three of the main contenders in Wednesday’s night’s $50,200 Cardinal Stakes at Balmoral Park, the race figured to be a two horse battle between division leader Southern Rocketop and the highly regarded Dr. McDreamy, but in reality it was just another showcase for Southern Rocketop.   Southern Rocketop, who is owned by Claude Powers, equaled th...
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Special NJ SBOA meeting at Freehld on June 4

on 06/04/2009 2:00 AM
Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey President Tom Luchento will hold a special meeting on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. in the Paddock at Freehold Raceway. Horsemen are urged to attend this important meeting on the future of racing in New Jersey. (SBOANJ)
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New Hampshire state Senate backs slots at tracks

on 06/04/2009 2:00 AM
The Concord Monitor is reporting that on June 3, the New Hampshire state Senate, overwhelmingly backed bringing slot machines to New Hampshire as a way to patch the state\'s 2010 and 2011 budget. The plan passed the Senate 16-8, which surprised both fans and foes of expanded gambling. The plan, part of the budget passed by the Senate yesterday, would allow 13,000 slot machines - 5,000 at Salem\'s ...
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In qualifying news, Mr Cantab, 2YO brother to Mypanmar win

on 06/04/2009 2:00 AM
Pang Shui, a colt by No Pan Intended, won a qualifier by 11 3/4 lengths in 1:58.3 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Thursday morning for his breeder-owner, Peter Pan Stables. The colt is a half brother to Mypanmar p, 1:48.3, a winner of $1,259,035.   Ray Schnittker trains Pang Shui and drove him to victory in the qualifier.   In other qualifying news, the 3...
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Kentucky governor decides to add racetrack gaming to agenda

on 06/04/2009 2:00 AM
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced on Thursday that he has changed his mind and has decided to add legislation that would allow slot machines at Kentucky’s racetracks to the agenda of the special legislative session that begins June 15.   On Wednesday Gov. Beshear said the special session\'s initial agenda did not include any consideration of gaming legislation....
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Arizona Liar fastest ever at Running Aces

on 06/03/2009 2:00 AM
On a cool clear June 2 night, Arizona Liar broke the all-age track record at Running Aces Harness Park, winning in 1:53 on the five-eighths mile oval. He shaved two-fifths of a second off the old track record held by West Bound Train and driver John DeLong. The 1:53 clocking is also the fastest harness mile ever recorded in the state of Minnesota. The Mark A. King owned, trained and dri...
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Fox Valley Lover wins Violet final in 1:57.2

on 06/03/2009 2:00 AM
Despite winning two of her first three starts this season, Paula Smith and James Runyan’s Fox Valley Lover was still overlooked at the betting windows in Tuesday’s $49,800 Violet Stakes Final and the daughter of Vaporize made her doubters pay as she cruised to a deceptively easy three-quarter-length victory in 1:57.2.   Handled perfectly by veteran Dale Hiteman, Fox Valley Lover floated...
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Expanded gaming at KY tracks still a political issue

on 06/03/2009 2:00 AM
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear called a special legislative session to begin June 15 to address a revenue shortfall, but said the subject of video lottery terminals at racetracks isn\'t on the agenda at this time.   \"I still have under consideration other issues and will likely be amending the call in the next few days as we develop more consensus on some of those issues,\" Beshear said a...
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Huston turns on lights at The Meadows

on 06/02/2009 2:00 AM
After Meadows track announcer Roger Huston literally flipped the switch to turn the lights on for the first time since 2007, Jans Luck made it three in a row Monday when she effectively used a second-quarter breather to capture the $27,500 filly and mare preferred handicap pace in 1:52.4. Assigned post position eight, Jans Luck had to labour for the lead through an opening panel of 27....
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Parker wins five at Monticello

on 06/02/2009 2:00 AM
Billy “Zeke” Parker, Jr.  showed he still has the talent that has made him the ninth winningest driver in the history of the sport.  On  Monday afternoon, June 1, Monticello Raceway’s leading driver added five more wins to his seasonal total and now has 107 for the meeting, 17 more than runner-up Kyle DiBenedetto.Parker began the day with a 1:58:4 triumph behind  Bob Heim...
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Wind Surfer equals career best at The Meadows

on 06/02/2009 2:00 AM
Wind Surfer made a decisive quarter-pole move to the lead and went on to a comfortable victory in the $25,000 Preferred Handicap trot Wednesday at The Meadows.Wind Surfer, who shipped to The Meadows after performing creditably in the Horse & Groom, Su Mac Lad and Father Foley series at the Meadowlands, got away second behind the speedy Prism K. Eric Ledford sent the 4-year-old gelded son of Mu...
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Threepeat for Jans Luck at The Meadows

on 06/02/2009 2:00 AM
Jans Luck made it three in a row Monday at The Meadows when she effectively used a second-quarter breather to capture the $27,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace.Assigned post position 8, Jans Luck had to labor for the lead through an opening panel of 27.1. But when Dave Palone was able to slow the second quarter to a comfortable 30, that was all the help the 5-year-old daughter of Camluc...
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Teague looks for third Rooney win

on 06/02/2009 2:00 AM
A total of seven 3-year-old colts have been entered for the 2009 edition of Yonkers Raceway\'s Art Rooney  Pace. It is the 19th edition of one of Yonkers\' premier pacing events. The number of entrants has made the \'09 Rooney a \"one-dash-for-the-cash\" event, worth $421,850, a week from Saturday night, June 13.Barber Pole, twice a winner in four seasonal starts, looks to give trainer George...
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Michigan to lose 41 harness dates

on 06/02/2009 2:00 AM
Michigan Racing Commissioner, Christine C. White signed orders on Tuesday eliminating 101 live race dates for the remainder of the 2009 fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and that includes 41 days of harness racing.   The budget for the Office of Racing Commissioner (ORC) was reduced by $1.4 million in the Governor’s Executive Order issued on May 5, 2009. The budget for the ORC...
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Margie\'s Melody living out her years at Winbak

on 06/02/2009 2:00 AM
Margie\'s Melody, the dam of the great champion Nihilator, is now 33 years old and living at Winbak Farm in Middletown, Delaware, and her presence at the farm is part of a story on delawareonline.   To read the story, click here.          
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Saratoga Harness Hall to honor locals next Tuesday

on 06/02/2009 2:00 AM
The Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame hosts its annual Open House on Tuesday evening, June 9, at the Hall of Fame located at 352 Jefferson Street in Saratoga Springs. Starting at 5:30 pm, guests are invited to browse through the museum. The induction ceremonies will start at 6:30 pm featuring the installation of driver-trainer Kim Crawford and equine stars Bunny Lake and JM Gregory.   Alwa...
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Northfield adds Wednesday card on June 17

on 06/02/2009 2:00 AM
Due to an unexpected overage of horses, Northfield has scheduled a live racing date for Wednesday night, June 17, with a 7 pm post time. This is a make-up date for a weather-related cancellation this winter.   The track\'s $100,000 Battle of Lake Erie, an invitation-only event, is scheduled for Saturday night, June 27. Northfield returns to a four-night-per-week live schedule in July...
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Russell Hill edges Donttellmywife

on 06/02/2009 2:00 AM
The build-up concerning the confrontation between Russell Hill and Donttellmywife in New York Sire Stakes action at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday was everything one could ask for, that is, unless if you were in the latter’s camp since it took every foot of the homestretch for Russell Hill to finally get up and collar the pacesetting Donttellmywife by a head in their $35,843 d...
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Art Official to start in June 20 Dan Patch

on 06/01/2009 2:00 AM
Trainer Joe Seekman and Sawgrass Farms came away from the $500,000 Hoosier Cup empty handed with the 10th-place finish of Annieswesterncard, but the connections locked in a return date to Hoosier Park Racing and Casino with 4-year-old Art Official.   A winner of $1.5 million last season, including a victory in the Hoosier Cup, Art Official is returning from a torn muscle that prematurely en...
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Meadows post now 6:20 pm

on 06/01/2009 2:00 AM
Harness racing will take place under the lights at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino tonight for the first time in nearly two years. When the Adios Day card in August 2007 concluded, the old grandstand was torn down to make way for the new casino. Also taken down at that time were the lights that illuminated the homestretch and had been anchored to the 40-plus year old building. Tonight, for ...
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