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Yonkers moving post time to 7:10 p.m.

on 02/23/2009 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway is moving its first post to 7:10 p.m. every racing night, beginning next Monday, March 2, it was announced by general manager Bob Galterio. The Raceway maintains a five-per-week (Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday) live harness schedule, so first post moves up one-half hour the first four nights and back 20 minutes Saturday evening. The new uniform first post, app...
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Upsets abound at the Meadowlands

on 02/22/2009 12:00 AM
In a stunning victory, Southwestern Dream established stakes records for the fastest mile (1:49.4) and highest payoff ($108.00) in the $84,000 Aquarius Series Final, one of three series finals contested on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Southwestern Dream ($108.00, $29.80, $10.40) drafted behind Lucky Man, who fired to the front in a :26.3 opening panel, then followed Proper Respect as he pr...
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Digital Z Tam wins at Yonkers

on 02/22/2009 12:00 AM
Digital Z Tam took full advantage of his assigned pole position on Saturday night, going the distance to annex Yonkers Raceway\'s $31,000 Open Handicap pace. With trainer Pat Lachance doing the honors, Digital Z Tam -- fresh from a life-best, 1:51.4 effort across the river a week ago -- set sail through fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:25. Johnny Walker (Jason Bartlett) was perched in the p...
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Macombers hot at Pompano

on 02/22/2009 12:00 AM
Right now they are one of the hottest percentage winning father and son teams in harness racing. Richard Macomber as the trainer and Ricky Macomber, Jr., as the driver and this Saturday night at the Isle Pompano Park saw their numbers only increase. Going into Saturday’s program at the Pompano Park, Richard Macomber’s Universal Rating as a trainer was .552, and Ricky Macomber, Jr’s Unive...
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Cowboy Hanover guns to the win at Cal-Expo

on 02/22/2009 12:00 AM
The pace was pedestrian and he was sitting last into a sprint, but that didn\'t prevent Cowboy Hanover from winning his fourth in a row. Open Handicap pacers, racing for a $6,500 purse, were featured at Cal-Expo on Saturday night, on which Cowboy Hanover flew home again. Coming away last from post four in the field of the same number with the scratch of Keystone Eli, driver Luke Plano wasn\'...
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Martha Maxine, Yellow Diamond sparkle at the Meadowlands

on 02/21/2009 12:00 AM
Driver Andy Miller scored his second straight win in the Cape & Cutter as Martha Maxine motored to a career best 1:50.4 victory in the $87,500 final Friday night at the Meadowlands.  Martha Maxine [$3.80, $2.40, $2.10] sat fourth on the rail until her stablemate, Glory Bee, moved out to challenge Sportsfancy down the backstretch.  Miller tipped Martha Maxine off her cover in the stre...
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It\'s a Romp in the Count B

on 02/21/2009 12:00 AM
Midnite Romp used a perfect cover trip to capture the C$52,400 Count B Pacing Series Final for 3-year-old colts and geldings at Woodbine Racetrack on Friday night. With regular driver Rick Zeron at the controls, the son of Million Dollar Cam--Late Nite Out was taken off the early speed and watched as My Gift To You blasted out from post 10 to take the field past the first station in :27. As th...
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Just one Wrinkle in this win

on 02/21/2009 12:00 AM
Overcoming a terrible draw, Wrinkle Hanover found the pocket early, then kicked past the heavy favorite late to win a division of the Early Call Series, a series for 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare pacers, on Friday at The Meadows. Despite leaving from post position nine, Mike Wilder hustled Wrinkle Hanover to a good seat behind Serenity Hanover, who was hammered down to 1-5. Wrinkle Hano...
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Just another Friday night for Manzi and Cito

on 02/21/2009 12:00 AM
Unless you happen to be driver Cat Manzi and/or trainer Csrl Cito, Jr., these sort of Friday night theme stories would probably border on the boring. For Manzi and Cito, these are the sort of reruns they can live with, as stablemates American Lane (trot) and Nip N Attack (fillies and mares pace) once again took care of Yonkers Raceway business in the $31,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. Ame...
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Fisher-Iversen sweep General Brock splits

on 02/20/2009 12:00 AM
Trainer Ira Fisher completely dominated Thursday’s opening leg of the General Brock Trotting Series for 4-year-olds at Woodbine Racetrack as he sent out three of the four divisional winners, and all three winners are owned by Ely Iversen of Moffat, Ontario. The pair clicked first with HP Forte in the first division in 1:58.2 for driver Mark MacDonald. The son of Muscles Yankee-HP Espoir ...
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Rohr hoping to find the awful truth in Exit 16W final

on 02/20/2009 12:00 AM
Heidi Rohr traded a career in finance for one in harness racing, a decision that will pay big dividends if The Awful Truth wins the $73,800 Exit 16W final on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.    The Awful Truth is listed as the 4-1 second choice from post two in the Exit 16W for 4-year-old pacers. Rocknroll Band, winner of five straight, looms the one to beat as the 2-1 favori...
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Billy Dobson wins 1,000th career race

on 02/20/2009 12:00 AM
Billy Dobson won the 1,000th race of his career Thursday afternoon at Monticello Raceway, with the milestone event coming with Doubloon.   Last September the 24-year-old Dobson ventured to Monticello Raceway from Michigan and even though he came without any horses it didn’t take much time for the youngster’s talent to be recognized by the local training colony. Thoug...
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First-time 2009 winners score at Dover

on 02/20/2009 12:00 AM
A pair of first-time 2009 winners, Wholeftthegateopen and Deborah Ad Barak won the co-feature paces at Dover Downs on Thursday. Mike Cole and Jason Cribbs\' Wholeftthegateopen had just enough to hold off Ruffled Tux (Tony Morgan) at the wire in 1:54.3 to win the $14,00 mle pace feature. An altered son of Mattuity-Pier Twenty One, the 6 year old had a neck advantage posting his first win of 200...
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Dylan Rocks, Who I Am win Ideal Society splits

on 02/20/2009 12:00 AM
With 17 colt and gelding pacers dropped into the entry box for the opening leg of the Ideal Society Series, Maywood Park\'s racing secretary Doc Narotsky was forced to split Thursday’s first leg into a pair of $6,500 tussles. In the first division, Rock & Roll Stables Dylan Rocks took advantage of his inside starting spot as he made every call a winning one in a snappy 1:56.2 on a chi...
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Fly Emily Fly flies fast in fillies and mares series at Meadows

on 02/20/2009 12:00 AM
Fly Emily Fly, who needed three qualifiers in the past month due to persistent gaiting problems, was flat and fast on Thursday at The Meadows, winning the swiftest division of the Closing Bell Series for 3- and 4-year-old trotting fillies and mares. Coyote Lara, Elizabeth Lane and Graceful Sister captured the other $12,000 divisions in the series\' second leg. A 4-year-old daughter of Pegasus S...
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Magna in danger of defaulting

on 02/20/2009 12:00 AM
MI Developments, parent company of Magna Entertainment, announced late Wednesday that it would not proceed with a reorganization proposal, and now there is speculation that Magna Entertainment, which owns and operates racetracks across the country--and manages racing at The Meadows--could default on loans as early as March.   MI Developments Inc. decided not to move $50 million in...
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Case has parole transfered to NY, hopes for NY or Pa. license

on 02/20/2009 12:00 AM
The New York Daily News is reporting Friday that Walter Case Jr., who was released from an Ohio prison last year after serving more than four years for felony assault, has been approved for a parole transfer to New York. Case, who resumed his driving career immediately following his release at Plainridge Racecourse in Massachusetts, told writer Dave Little that he hopes to gain a license to race i...
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Tioga to close for simulcasting Mondays and Tuesdays

on 02/20/2009 12:00 AM
Tioga Downs will be closing its simulcast operations on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning on Monday. The simulcast facility will be open on days that NYRA is racing, days that Tioga Downs is hosting live racing, and holidays such as Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day.   The decision was made by management after handle numbers for Mondays and Tuesdays were dismal with the lack of ra...
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Freehold announces changes to racing and stakes schedule

on 02/20/2009 12:00 AM
The management of Freehold Raceway announced today that they received approval from the New Jersey Racing Commission to amend their live racing schedule.  Freehold will be dropping three Tuesdays in March and adding three Wednesdays in May.  The dates being dropped are March 10, 17 and 24. The added dates are May 6, 13 and 20.   Freehold Raceway also announced that it has cancelle...
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Sportsfancy ready for Cape & Cutter final

on 02/19/2009 12:00 AM
With her hoof problems behind her, Sportsfancy looks to get off on the right foot in 2009 in the $87,500 Cape & Cutter final for open pacing mares Friday night. The Cape & Cutter, which shares the spotlight with the $76,000 Tender Loving Care for sophomore fillies, is one of five stakes finals to be contested this weekend at the Meadowlands.   The $84,000 Aquarius, $82,500 Junior Tr...
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