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New blog gives insight into Diamond Creek Farm

on 01/27/2009 12:00 AM
Diamond Creek Farm owner and manager Adam Bowden may be constantly busy just maintaining his daily routine at the farm in Paris, Ky., the 27 year old has found time to start a blog that gives an inside look into the breeding facility. The blog is called \"From The Inside Out,\" giving readers into what\'s happening on the farm as well as an insight into Bowden\'s decision-making process. &nb...
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Steelers QB Roethlisberger has roots in harness racing

on 01/27/2009 12:00 AM
As this year\'s Super Bowl between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals approaches, there is virtually no stone unturned in the quest for stories, and that includes Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger\'s tie to harness racing, which dates back to his teenage days in Ohio helping out Dr. Hobart Schoonover.    Roethlisberger, a record-setting quarterback at Findlay High...
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New York suspends Case, Sumner, Kash for milkshaking

on 01/27/2009 12:00 AM
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board has announced that three Standardbred trainers, Tim Case, Robert Sumner and Keith Kash, have been handed severe penalties as a result of alleged milkshaking of horses.   “The integrity of racing is a top priority for this Board and those who flout our medication rules are going to have to accept the consequences of their actions,” Racing and ...
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Balmoral Park president makes NBC/MSNBC news

on 01/27/2009 12:00 AM
Balmoral Park president John Johnston made the NBC and MSNBC national television newscasts on Tuesday night when his name was mentioned by Rob Blagojevich, brother of embattled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, in regard to making a cash donation, allegedly to be made in exchange for favorable treatment with legislation. The legislation was the bill which was passed that gives...
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Betfair buying TVG television, betting company

on 01/27/2009 12:00 AM
Tuesday afternoon the European betting shop Betfair, an internet wagering platform that features horse racing, announced it is entering the United States gambling market by spending $50 million to purchase of the TVG television network and account wagering company, according to a press release. The Meadowlands is among the harness tracks featured on TVG.   TVG is being s...
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He\'s just a chipoffablueblock at Dover

on 01/26/2009 12:00 AM
Vic Kirby piloted ultra steady Chipoffablueblock to his fourth win in five starts overtaking race favorite Wesmokempeacepipe (Brandon Givens) in a strong stretch move to win the $25,000 claiming allowance pace Sunday at Dover Downs in 1:53.4. Equinox Hanover (Jon Roberts) finished third. Howard Birney and trainer Archie Peel own the Tulsa Blue Chip-Harmony Oaks lady gelding. Maheer Lord N,...
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Keeping top horses on the track topic in Vegas

on 01/26/2009 12:00 AM
Industry leaders in the Standardbred sport are once again gearing up for the Racing Congress in Las Vegas in early February, and one of the many subjects they will discuss is “How to keep our Equine Stars on the Racetrack” past the age of three.   The second meeting on this subject will be held Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 11:45 am (PST) at the Bellagio. The meeting will take place aft...
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Meaulnes du Corta gets revenge this year

on 01/25/2009 12:00 AM
Last January Meaulnes du Corta broke stride in the homestretch while making a bid to win the Prix d’Amerique, but this year driver Franck Nivard made sure the 88th edition of the race belonged to the 9-year-old stallion. They got their revenge on Sunday afternoon in Paris by defeating Nouba du Saptel and the Jean-Pierre Dubois-driven Qualita Bourbon, who were second and third, respectively. Offs...
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You\'re Next edges Spice Queen in 1:55.1

on 01/24/2009 12:00 AM
You’re Next, who was undefeated in nine starts in 2006 and then won eight of 16 races in 2008, got back on the winning track at the Meadowlands Friday night when he edged Spice Queen, a mare with a mark of 1:53, by a head in 1:55.1. You’re Next enjoyed a trip in the pocket while Spice Queen, who started from post nine, got away 10th and was forced to take an outside route to advance through t...
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Manzi, Bouchard each win three

on 01/24/2009 12:00 AM
It was just Manzi being Manzi--Cat Manzi won three times Friday night at Yonkers Raceway, and his wins included the $31,000 Oepn Handicaps with reformed claimer Nip N Attack (Filly and Mare  Pace) and another feature with track record-holder American Lane (trot feature). Not to completely be overshadowed, Stephane Bouchard also drove three winners on the card.   All three winners ...
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Third straight big Pick 4 payoff at Big M

on 01/24/2009 12:00 AM
Another Meadowlands night of racing, another gigantic Pick 4 payoff.  For the third time in the last six nights, the Pick 4 paid more than $10,000 for a $1 wager on Friday night.   Friday\'s Pick 4 paid $11,061 for the 10-5-8-5 combination.  Two days earlier, the Pick 4 paid $17,054 and last Friday the payoff was $16,035.   The Pick 4 is offered on races six through nine every ...
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Winbak Speed wins fourth straight in $125,000 final

on 01/24/2009 12:00 AM
Winbak Speed completed a series sweep as he rolled to his fourth straight win in the $125,000 Presidential Series final on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.  Winbak Speed was parked through the first half, finally clearing the lead from Boulder Creek as they reached the midway point in :55.  Winbak Speed rebuffed the challenge of Shark Gesture on the final turn and held off the fast-fly...
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Allamerican Idol, Rocknroll Band score in Big M finals

on 01/24/2009 12:00 AM
Allamerican Idol  pulled off a series sweep as he held off the late charge of Lookout Hanover to win the co-featured $72,500 Complex Series final for conditioned pacers Saturday night at the Meadowlands.  Starting from post seven, driver Brian Sears urged Allamerican Idol to the lead in a swift :26.3 opening quarter. Prize Art and Ron Pierce fired to the front next, but Sears retook...
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Oh, what a lucky man

on 01/24/2009 12:00 AM
Lucky Man was anything but lucky as he thoroughly dominated the $60,000(C) Willowdale Pacing Series final on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack in a clocking of 1:51.4. The 4-year-old son of Camluck-Under Her Spell was able to score despite parking through much of the first quarter for driver Randy Waples in a strong :26.4. The top pair then led the field past the half in :55.2. with Real Nice s...
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Five-win night for Napolitano at Pompano

on 01/24/2009 12:00 AM
Anthony Napolitano had a dream night at the races Saturday at the Isle Pompano Park, winning five straight races including the feature pace.   It all started in the third race $16,000 Stave Kamler Memorial Handicap Pace. Leaving from post seven with I Can Only Imagine ($4.40), Napolitano sent the 7-year-old stallion right to the lead and never looked back. They cut fractions of :27, :55.3 ...
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Tasmanian Daniel wins Yonkers feature

on 01/24/2009 12:00 AM
Tasmanian Daniel lasted on the Saturday night lead, winning Yonkers Raceway\'s $31,000 Open  Handicap Pace in a hard-fought 1:54.2. With Larry Stalbaum taking his customary seat for owner-trainer Kim Asher, \"Daniel\" left from post position four. He stepped around Noble\'s  Grand Slam (Greg Grismore), grabbing the throttle before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. He then found a :57.3 int...
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Breeders Crown champ Kadealia wins first of \'09

on 01/24/2009 12:00 AM
Breeders Crown champion Kadealia won her first 2009 start in the $14,500 feature trot, one of three wins for driver Jim Morand, while Commander Turk N takes $15,000 top pace on Saturday at Dover Downs. Kadealia doesn\'t get much respect. The 75-1 Breeders Crown winner after a 61-1 victory in the Ontario Sire Stakes final was second choice in her first start her fourth year. Jim Morand got the...
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White Ruffles sweep for Orphan Annie

on 01/23/2009 12:00 AM
Diamond Hunter rallied off a perfect pocket trip to win the $67,500 Super Bowl Final in 1:56.2 on Thursday night at the Meadowlands, and Orphan Annie took the White Ruffles final in 1:53.2. Diamond Hunter and driver Eric Goodell drafted behind Tropicana Ron and burst through late on the rail to win. Hypnotic Kris benefited from a ground-saving journey to finish a half-length behind in second, w...
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Yonkers to pick up tab for owners with winner

on 01/23/2009 12:00 AM
If your horse wins a race here, you might just win again as Yonkers Raceway has announced that it will pick up the dinner check for an owner and up to three guests (even if the horse has more than one owner, we take care of the tab for each…and up to three guests).   According to a press release, here\'s how Yonkers\' offer works:   1--Make a reservation in the Empire Ter...
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Allmar Surprise wins third straight at Dover

on 01/23/2009 12:00 AM
Allmar Surprise scored her third straight win in the $15,000 feature trot and Fountain Of Youth won the $12,500 top pace on Thursday at Dover Downs. Vic Kirby and Corey Callahan had driving triples. For the second straight night, an Ontario expatriate won the feature trot. Just as Starcel on Wednesday, Allmar Surprise went right to the front for trainer-driver and co-owner Kirby and led...
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