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Monticello winner has lifestyle of the witch and famous

on 02/26/2009 12:00 AM
Woody Hoblitzell’s Witch And Famous has been a consistent breadwinner throughout his career. Last year the trotter won seven races and over $14,000 in purses and has a career bankroll in excess of $120,000. This year again the 7-year-old Corleone gelding is off  to another fruitful season. On Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Monticello Raceway with Brent Holland at the controls, Witch And Fam...
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First foal of 2001 Pacer of the Year wins Saratoga qualifier

on 02/26/2009 12:00 AM
The 3-year-old filly pacer Bunny’s Legacy, the first foal of 2001 Pacer of the Year Bunny Lake, made her long-anticipated career debut Wednesday at Saratoga Harness Raceway, scoring easily in a qualifier. With trainer-driver John Stark Jr., Bunny’s Legacy won by six lengths in 2:02.1, rallying from fifth at the half and posting a final quarter of :29.1 to draw clear from her rivals.   A...
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Stratton wins six at Monticello

on 02/25/2009 12:00 AM
Just four days after Jordan “The Kid” Stratton notched his 1,000th career win, the 21-year-old driver put on a clinic at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, reining six winners on the card. Stratton began his assault with a victory in the second race behind Robert Bogigian’s Spongbobsquarepans ($7.80) in a time of 1:58.3 and followed with a 2:01 victory with ...
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Back-to-back Goodell feature sweeps at Dover

on 02/25/2009 12:00 AM
Eric Goodell is making a habit of winning Dover Downs\' feature races. After sweeping both lucrative co-features Monday, on Tuesday Goodell swept both features again driving two 6-1 shots to come-from-behind victories: Chloes Silver Star in the $33,000 mares Open Handicap and Wannahuckaloogi in the $26,000 mares Jr. Open. Goodell completed the program with four wins. In front of the grand...
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Provisions to help horse owners in Stimulus Bill

on 02/25/2009 12:00 AM
President Obama has signed into law the Stimulus Bill, which is intended to provide a jump-start to the U.S. economy. The Stimulus Act continues the bigger write-off for horses and other property purchased and placed in service during 2009. These benefits were part of the 2008 Tax Stimulus bill, but expired at the end of 2008. The Stimulus Bill also includes a few other provisions t...
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Wilder/Parker/Key are dancing with fire at Meadows

on 02/25/2009 12:00 AM
Dancing With Fire was ablaze in the third leg of the Opening Bell, lowering his lifetime mark 1 1/5 seconds while scoring in 1:53.2 on Tuesday at The Meadows. It was his second win in the series for 3- and 4-year-old pacing colts and geldings, which will culminate in next Tuesday\'s final for approximately $30,000. After Mike Wilder gunned Dancing With Fire to the lead, the 4-year-old son of The...
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Interests in new ownership at Meadows ask to withdraw names

on 02/25/2009 12:00 AM
Because of concerns of what an attorney called “confidentiality,” three groups involved in a partnership that is purchasing The Meadows Racetrack & Casino have asked to withdraw because they don’t want to publicly disclose their names. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board requires that all names of the new ownership group be known, and what percent each would have. Crown Ltd. of Austra...
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Horse slaughtering plants endorsed by Montana House

on 02/25/2009 12:00 AM
The Montana House Tuesday easily endorsed a bill to allow and encourage horse-slaughtering plants in the state, as supporters said it will address a national crisis of horse abandonment and bring jobs to Montana.“This bill is really about providing a humane and regulated processing plant,” said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Ed Butcher, R-Winifred. “This is a business. And we want to look at it....
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Harrah\'s Chester application now available online

on 02/25/2009 12:00 AM
The 2009 racing application for Harrah’s Chester is now online. Anyone wishing to race at Harrah’s Chester during the year must submit the online application before entering to race.   The racing application and other pertinent material regarding the upcoming meet can be found at www.harrahschester.com.   The 2009 racing season begins on Monday, April 13. Race days will be Mond...
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Bold move enough to win Pompano feature

on 02/25/2009 12:00 AM
With a bold three-wide move coming to the three-quarter mile marker, Lucy Lucy ($9.20) and driver Anthony Napolitano were able to collar race leaders Chapsboots N Spurs and Pasta Lavista to win the $16,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace Tuesday at the Isle Pompano Park.   The feature saw newcomer Pasta Lavista (Joe Pavia Jr.) scoot to the early lead to the opening quarter mile in :28. But t...
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One division goes to post in Ontario Boys Series leg

on 02/24/2009 12:00 AM
Windsun Twister and driver Luc Ouellette successfully navigated a bulky field of 12 to win Monday’s single $20,000(C) division in the second leg of the Ontario Boys Pacing Series for 4 year olds at Woodbine Racetrack. The hulking son of Camotion-Buena Hanover, who stands 17 hands tall, left sharply from post two and took the early lead through the first quarter of :27.2. Approaching the ...
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Goodell/Green sweep Dover features; Tetrick wins five

on 02/24/2009 12:00 AM
The Eric Goodell-Josh Green combination accounted for both top class winners on the Monday program at Dover Downs.   Gary Minner and Pete Richardson\'s Sharky Osborne made it two in a row in the $40,000 feature. With three horses leaving the gate, Goodell took the altered son of Cam\'s Card Shark-Shady Past right to the top sticking Ron Pierce and Cool Cal in the two hole and forcing...
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Empire reigns at Pompano Park

on 02/24/2009 12:00 AM
With a quick brush to the lead after the half mile marker, Keystone Empire ($9.40) and driver Richard Simard were able to score their second victory of the year with a 1:56.3 triumph Monday in the $16,000 Open Handicap Trot at the Isle Pompano Park.   The fifth race feature saw Karpathos (Wally Hennessey) out duel Cisco Hall (Dan Clements) for the early lead to the opening quarter mile in ...
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WEG drivers meet with ORC senior judge

on 02/24/2009 12:00 AM
On Saturday night at Woodbine, just prior to racing, members of the WEG driver colony met with Ontario Racing Commission senior judge Patti Webb to go over a number of issues. The ORC judges have committed to more stringent enforcement of drivers keeping holes filled and maintaining a reasonable pace during conduct of WEG races. Along with these items, some of the other issues discussed were th...
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NJ horse racing interests to meet with Christie

on 02/24/2009 12:00 AM
Representatives of New Jersey’s racing interests will be meeting on Tuesday night with former U.S. attorney Christopher Christie who is making a bid to be the Republican gubernatorial candidate. Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey president Tom Luchento and first vice president Edward Razzetti as well as Thoroughbred representatives Dennis Drazin and Thomas Swal...
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Trotter gets no respect, but he\'s irresistible

on 02/24/2009 12:00 AM
Irresistible Mel has become the Rodney Dangerfield of the Big TARP, a series for 3- and 4-year-old trotting colts and geldings at The Meadows. He won his third series start Monday in as many legs, but in none of those races was he sent off as the favorite. On Monday, Irresistible Mel got away fourth as the 2-1 second choice. At Aaron Merriman’s urging, he unleashed a long, uncovered bid that c...
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SBOANJ negotiates NJSS purse enhancement

on 02/24/2009 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) has successfully negotiated a $400,000 purse enhancement for the New Jersey Sire Stakes events contested at the Meadowlands in 2009 as well as a $1.2 million supplement to overnight purses to benefit New Jersey-owned or bred horses. The $400,000 will be applied to the preliminary legs of the New Jersey Sire Stakes. This ye...
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Michigan\'s Boyd sends letter to governor to save industry

on 02/24/2009 12:00 AM
Michigan Harness Horsemen\'s Association president Brett Boyd has written a letter to the state\'s governor, Jennifer Granholm, in the hope she will reconsider her 2010 budget proposal that shifts state funding in a way that will likely lead to decreased purses and the possible extinction of the industry. The following is that letter:   February 22, 2009 The Honorable J...
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Goldstein tribute in the New York Times

on 02/23/2009 12:00 AM
New York Times writer George Vecsey wrote a glowing tribute in Monday\'s newspaper to the late publicist Joe Goldstein, who died Feb. 13. It was in that newspaper in 1959 that Goldstein made his first splash as a harness publicist when he took out an advertisement searching for artichokes to feed the French trotty Jamin who was entered in the International Trot at Roosevelt.   To read Vecse...
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Americans dictate in races at Invercargill

on 02/23/2009 12:00 AM
Drivers from the United States dominated from the front at Ascot Park in Invercargill on Feb. 22, in both the races designated as part of the five-raceday American/New Zealand Amateur Drivers series. Gregg Keidel driving Seldomgetit scored convincingly in the first of the 2200m mobile events while Boa Holmes with David Seigel in the sulky \'fell-in\' to win the second contest. Although the pa...
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