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O\'Donnell resigns as OHHA president

on 05/01/2009 2:00 AM
Bill O’Donnell, who replaced Jim Whelan as president of the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA) four months ago, resigned the position Thursday following a vote by OHHA board members that approved supporting Whelan’s request for financial backing in his fight against Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG).   Whelan has refused to sign a WEG access agreement which must be signed by...
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Another Monticello hat trick for Zeke

on 05/01/2009 2:00 AM
In what has become commonplace of late, Billy “Zeke” Parker Jr.  again won three races on a Monticello Raceway afternoon card, with his latest hat trick coming on Thursday.   For the last two weeks, “Zeke” has won anywhere from two to five races on a daily card and is driving like he did decades or so ago. In fact, winners have been coming so often that he is pressuri...
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Ten Hambo eligibles lining up in Dexter Cup elims at Freehold

on 05/01/2009 2:00 AM
For 10 of the 16 entrants divided in two $30,228 Dexter Cup elims on Saturday at Freehold, the road begins toward the $1.5 million Hambletonian on Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands. Five of those Dexter Cup entrants and Hambletonian hopefuls are New Jersey-sired--Anders Bluestone by Yankee Glide, Wishful Sir by Revenue, Muscle Mayhem by Muscles Yankee and two sons of the late Windsong’s Legacy, ...
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Annieswesterncard Seekman\'s ticket to top 3YO pacing colt event

on 05/01/2009 2:00 AM
The road to the $1 million Meadowlands Pace begins with the Berry’s Creek eliminations Saturday night and last year’s Pace winning trainer, Joe Seekman, has another prospect ready for the journey in Annieswesterncard. Seekman will send out Annieswesterncard in the first of two $25,000 elimination races for the Berry’s Creek, the first major stakes test for 3-year-olds. The son of Western Ha...
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Lifetime efforts capture trio of late-closer finales

on 04/30/2009 2:00 AM
Whosgoinwhosstayin, Bettor Thantherest and Doc’s All Class each captured their respective $20,000 late-closer series finals Wednesday at the Isle Pompano Park. Both Whosgoinwhosstayin and Doc’s All Class each scored lifetime marks while Bettor Thantherest equaled his lifetime record.   The action started off in the fifth race $20,000 final of the Aime Choquette Trotting Series with Who...
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Rose Run Flash wires Harrington feature

on 04/30/2009 2:00 AM
Lauren Allen\'s Rose Run Flash ($11, Mike Cole) was a decisive wire-to-wire winner in Wednesday\'s $17,000 Junior Open Trot in 1:58. The 8-year-old Armbro Laser gelding was sent for the lead from post three where he would command fractions of :28.3, :58.3 and 1:28. He held pocket-sitting Go Nano Go safe for the two-length triumph. Adam Gram was third. Good Feeling, the 6-to-5 favorite, made two b...
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Blueridge Western leads field into Saturday\'s Levy final

on 04/30/2009 2:00 AM
Spending money to make money...and already playing with house money, such is the saga of Blueridge Western, whose owner, Francis Azur, plunked down $240,000 for him at Harrisburg last fall and reaped the rewards. And that\'s even before Saturday night when Blueridge Western drew post position seven for Yonkers Raceway\'s $370,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The race, f...
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Rakieten named Michigan Harness Horsemen\'s Assn. GM

on 04/30/2009 2:00 AM
The Michigan Harness Horseman\'s Association (MHHA) is proud to announce that Dan Rakieten will become its next general manager in May. During a transitional period, Rakieten will be working together with current general manager, Nancy Corrion, who is retiring from the organization after 21 years of outstanding service. Rakieten brings over 30 years of experience in the horse racing industry ...
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VIP Internet Stable purchases interest in River Shark

on 04/30/2009 2:00 AM
VIP Internet Stable has acquired an ownership interest in the multiple stakes winning racehorse River Shark. The deal with owners David Sabatelli, Aaron Waxman and Carmine Fusco was completed Tuesday, with financial terms not disclosed. River Shark is a 3-year-old gelding from the first crop of stallion Four Starzzz Shark, a career winner of over $2.5 million, out of the Life Sign brood...
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Will the Palone brothers try out for Amazing Race?

on 04/30/2009 2:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will host tryouts for the popular television reality show, “The Amazing Race,” from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday.   Couples will be asked to step in front of the camera and tell CBS why they should race around the world for a chance to win $1 million. Show host Phil Keoghan will be at The Meadows signing autographs from 3-5 p.m.   The Meadows, w...
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Hidden Viggorish sets Meadows track record

on 04/30/2009 2:00 AM
Already a world champion, Hidden Viggorish added to her laurels on Wednesday at The Meadows, when she captured the $25,000 Fillies and Mares Preferred Handicap trot in 1:54.1, a track record for older trotting mares. At age three, Hidden Viggorish went an electrifying, 1:53.1 mile at The Meadows, fastest ever by a sophomore trotter regardless of gender on a five-eighths mile track. Since then, t...
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River Shark, Vertigo Hanover favored in Berry\'s Creek elims

on 04/30/2009 2:00 AM
Eliminations for the $225,000 (est.) Berry’s Creek and a quartet of Classic Series divisions for older horses will highlight the weekend racing action at the Meadowlands. The first major stakes test for 3-year-old pacers, the Berry’s Creek drew 16 colts split between two $25,000 eliminations Saturday night. The first five finishers in each elimination will advance to the Berry’s Creek Fina...
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Honorable Daughter, Donttellmywife strong in sophomore debuts

on 04/30/2009 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old filly trotter Honorable Daughter, the reigning divisional champion, made her 2009 debut as part of a star-laden qualifying card Thursday morning at the Meadowlands, and the daughter of Malabar Man came up a winner in 1:58.2.   A nine-time winner as a freshman, Honorable Daughter’s victories included the Merrie Annabelle, the Matron and the Breeders Crown. Regular driver Joh...
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The Meadows producing state-high slot revenue

on 04/30/2009 2:00 AM
The recently-opened permanent slots area at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino is an early success, according to figures released by the Pennsylvania Gaming Board that show the $175-million site generating total revenue of $15.36 million its first two weeks of operation.   The casino had revenue of $15,366,367 and after paying taxes and other fees, the site made $6,767,977, exclusive of wag...
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Meadowlands approved to amend schedule, adding days in December

on 04/30/2009 2:00 AM
Following approval by the New Jersey Racing Commission Wednesday, the Meadowlands will amend its 2009 race dates as follows: The Meadowlands will be dark Wednesdays May 6, 20 and June 17. The change will reduce the racing schedule those weeks from five days to four, as special matinee cards will be held Sunday, May 10 (Mother\'s Day), Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day) and Sunday, June 21 (Father\'s Da...
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Ultimate Desire takes Vesuvio Grande

on 04/29/2009 2:00 AM
Ultimate Desire paced a career-best 1:52.3 to capture the $33,800 final of the Vesuvio Grande, a series for 3-year-old colts and geldings, Tuesday at The Meadows. Mobile stung Ultimate Desire the first quarter, hanging the son of Real Desire-Bolero Ultimate in a demanding 26.4. Trainer/driver Ed Hensley was able to back the second panel down to 29.1, although Hensley said his horse didn’t n...
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The Classic Series at the Meadowlands

on 04/29/2009 2:00 AM
Harness racing’s top older performers will convene at The Meadowlands this coming weekend for leg two of The Classic Series (TCS). Trotters will be featured on Friday, May 1 with two seven mare divisions of the Classic Oaks racing for $60,000 each and one field of ten horses and geldings for the $85,000 Trotting Classic.Lantern Kronos makes her debut against older in the first Oaks division and ...
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Rosecroft ordered to cease operations

on 04/29/2009 2:00 AM
Just days before the Kentucky Derby, Rosecroft Raceway, which hasn’t had live harness racing in nearly a year, was ordered to cease operations by the Maryland Racing Commission on April 28, thereby losing substantial income from simulcasting Thoroughbred racing. The track suspended live racing in 2008 saying that harness racing could return next year depending on what happens with slot machines ...
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Big Boy Lloyd rolls on at Pocono

on 04/29/2009 2:00 AM
Big Boy Lloyd ran his winning streak to four with a win in the featured Open Handicap trot on Tuesday Night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.  The race carried a purse of $25,000.Big Boy Lloyd, a 4-year-old stallion from the barn of Ken Rucker, came into the race having won consecutive conditions at The Meadowlands and a condition trot at Pocono.  Leaving from post position #7 as the 7-5 f...
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Billings Series begins

on 04/29/2009 2:00 AM
Quick…. What’s the significance of May 2nd ?Most racing fans would say that is the date of the Kentucky Derby this year. And that’s absolutely correct. However, for a group of amateur harness drivers  May 2nd  is also the date in which the 28th season of the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Driving Series commences.On Saturday the first event(s) in Billings-2009 will be contested at  M...
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