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Mister Big, Dial Or Nodial win qualifiers

on 05/14/2009 2:00 AM
Reigning Older Pacer of the Year Mister Big scored a 1:52 qualifying victory Thursday morning at the Meadowlands, with Dial Or Nodial, one of this year’s leading contenders in the sophomore pacing colt class, also coming up with a win in 1:52.3.   For Mister Big, it was his fourth straight win in a qualifier this year—two at Hoosier Park and two at the Meadowlands—as trainer Virgil Mo...
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Sports betting, table games signed into law in Delaware

on 05/14/2009 2:00 AM
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed the recently-approved sports betting bill Thursday morning which will allow the state’s racetracks to offer sports betting and table games in addition to the slots already offered. Dover Downs, Harrington Raceway and Delaware Park Thoroughbred track are expected to begin sports wagering in about three months and have the table games such as blackjack, poker, cra...
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Southern Rocketop, Welchkin score in Balmoral splits

on 05/13/2009 2:00 AM
Southern Rocketop and Welchkin scored at Balmoral Park Tuesday night as the sophomore trotting colts were back in action for the second consecutive week as a total of 14 state-breds met in two $13,750 divisions of the Illinois Standardbred Owners and Breeders Association stake.   The first split featured last year\'s top three colts in the division as Southern Rocketop, Defin...
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Robin rolls to second straight Hoosier invitational win

on 05/13/2009 2:00 AM
The time wasn’t as quick as the week before, but the performance was equally impressive as Robin I Scoot rolled to his second straight victory in the featured $25,000 Invitational Tuesday. Under the direction of leading driver Peter Wrenn, the 4-year-old I Scoot Hanover gelding out stepped Rocket Fuel to the finish line for the victory in 1:51.   Starting from post two, Robin I Scoot slid...
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Hoerdt wins first in Indiana after move from western Canada

on 05/13/2009 2:00 AM
Driver-trainer Kelly Hoerdt is seeing his move to Indiana turn successful. In only his 10th start of the meet, he recorded his first win with Blue Star Majesty Tuesday at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino. Blue Star Majesty sat just off the leaders and moved through in the stretch to earn his first United States victory in a time of 1:53.4. The 6-year-old horse by As Promised added $6,000 to his ba...
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Ladyfield repeats again at Harrington

on 05/13/2009 2:00 AM
Joyce, Kathleen and Linda Keeler\'s ($3, Tony Morgan) was a repeat winner Tuesday in the $18,700 Mares Junior Open in 1:53.4 at Harrington Raceway. The 6-year-old Armbro Cadet mare grinded away at pacesetter Dill and Grace A (Justin Hite) and got by in the stretch for a one length win over Madges Lil Fortune (Corey Callahan) and Boots Place (Jon Roberts). It was the third win of the year for...
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Prism K equals track mark at The Meadows

on 05/13/2009 2:00 AM
Prism K not only thwarted the determined bid of Primo Spur in the $25,000 Preferred Trot on Tuesday at The Meadows, but he also equaled the track record of 1:53.4 in the process. With Prism K on the lead throughout, Primo Spur drew even before the three-quarter pole and turned the race into a two-horse duel. Prism K and Tony Hall were up to the challenge, holding off Primo Spur by a neck while O...
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Jeremiah was a Maine runaway

on 05/13/2009 2:00 AM
It wasn’t reported exactly where the 7-year-old pacer Jeremiah Jones was going, but the gelding apparently got loose from barn at Bangor Raceway on Tuesday and found his way onto the nearby interstate before being stopped by passengers in a truck.   Published reports state that Jeremiah Jones, trained by Kirk Charters and owned by Paivi Brown, got loose around noon on Tuesday with his sul...
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Napolitano, Ranger set for final showdown for Pompano title

on 05/13/2009 2:00 AM
As the racing season in South Florida heads into its final week, the battle for the leading driver honors between Anthony Napolitano and Bruce Ranger may be decided on the final night.   Despite having moved his own stable of horses to Pennsylvania to race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Napolitano flew back to Florida last Saturday to compete on the 14-race card in hopes of capturing his f...
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Sports betting approved in Delaware

on 05/13/2009 2:00 AM
Sports betting is coming to Delaware after the Delaware state Senate gave its approval Tuesday by a vote of 17-2 with two abstentions. The senators voted to suspend its regular protocol of sending the bill to a committee for debate and allowed it to be debated in the full chamber. Now, the bill needs just a promised signature by Gov. Jack Markell to become law.   Delaware was one of four st...
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Peter Stratton keeps premier trainer spot at Monticello

on 05/13/2009 2:00 AM
Before Jordan Stratton ever laid eyes on Monticello Raceway his uncle, Peter Stratton, had been a regular here since 1991.   By Peter Stratton’s own admission, the six foot, 220 pounder isn’t the best driver in the business and doesn’t usually sit behind his stock instead using his training prowess which quietly has established him as one of the premier conditioners here at the M...
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$60,000 invites at Yonkers; no entries taken from Saratoga

on 05/13/2009 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced a pair of $60,000 Invitationals for next weekend, with a trot going Friday, May 22, and a pace scheduled for Saturday, May 23.   In another matter, and in response to the case of Strangles detected at Saratoga Raceway, Yonkers Raceway shall not accept entries from horses who  have raced at Saratoga from April 10 forward. (Yonkers)
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Honorable Daughter heads list in Empire Breeder\'s Classic

on 05/13/2009 2:00 AM
World champion Honorable Daughter leads the list of 12 New York-bred trotting fillies in to go on Saturday night at Vernon Downs in the eliminations of the $225,000 (est.) Empire Breeder’s Classic.   Drawing post position number two in the first elimination slated for race number six, Honorable Daughter’s trainer Larry Remmen has listed Jim Morrill Jr. down for the driving assignment. J...
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Warrawee Koine in mild upset in Ontario-sired final

on 05/12/2009 2:00 AM
Warrawee Koine converted off a perfect pocket trip to score a mild upset in Monday’s $54,400(C) Ontario-Sired Spring Series final for 3-year-old pacing fillies at Mohawk Racetrack. With Mike Saftic at the controls, the daughter of Astreos-My Gal Hall left sharply to grab the early lead and took the field through a first panel of :28 before yielding in the second quarter to the heavily fa...
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Zeke Parker packs six-pack at Monticello

on 05/12/2009 2:00 AM
Zeke is up to his old tricks…tricks that earned him 13 driving titles here at Monticello Raceway. Two weeks ago Billy Parker, Jr. won five races on the Monday card and on Monday again he not only showed shades of his old self but proved that age is no deterrent after he drove six winners on the 13-race card. Skunked in the first few races, Parker began his assault in the  third when...
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Incredible Art scores eighth of year in Harrington feature

on 05/12/2009 2:00 AM
Niel Gargiulo\'s Incredible Art ($3.40, Brandon Givens) was a decisive winner Monday in the featured $18,700 Junior Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:53.1. Driven by Givens for trainer Wayne Givens, the 7-year-old Incredible Finale mare was a two-length winner over Art Director and Fields of Honour A. \"Art\" won his eighth race of the year and second straight as his seasonal earning...
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Fourth time still a charm at The Meadows

on 05/12/2009 2:00 AM
Martys Charm reluctantly yielded to the pocket early, a move that proved wise late as he roared through the stretch to capture the $25,000 Preferred Handicap on Monday at The Meadows, his fourth consecutive victory in the track’s top pace. When Aaron Merriman sent Biletnikoff to the front, Martys Charm was keen to wrest that early lead from him. But the determined Biletnikoff blazed the first ...
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\'Crazy Good\' to be released in paperback

on 05/12/2009 2:00 AM
Simon and Schuster book publishers will release a paperback edition of Crazy Good: The True Story of Dan Patch, the Most Famous Horse in America, by Charles Leerhsen, on June 2. The book, released in 2008 in hardback, was a strong seller, prompting the decision to release a paperback edition, to sell for $16. “Crazy Good” was positively reviewed in USA Today, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly,...
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Michigan Standardbred Horse Sale cancels yearling and mixed sale

on 05/12/2009 2:00 AM
The Michigan Standardbred Horse Sale Co. regrets to announce that it is cancelling the Classic Yearling and Fall Mixed Sales for this year.  The economic climate in Michigan will no longer support these events. We feel that it is in the best interest of our industry for both the seller and buyer that all Michigan yearlings be sold in one event. We thank our clients for their loyalty and suppo...
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Santeramo returns home to New York

on 05/12/2009 2:00 AM
New York native Andy Santeramo has found himself back in the state he was born in after 10 years of racing at Pompano Park in Florida. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Santeramo began his driving career at Roosevelt and Yonkers back in the mid \'70s and has been driving horses ever since. Santeramo classifies himself as an aggressive driver, and that seems to have worked well for the winner of more than 1,...
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