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Track condition causes Freehold cancellation after four races

on 01/23/2009 12:00 AM
Freehold Raceway canceled live racing after four races on Friday due to track conditions. The mild temperatures were to blame for the rapid thawing of the racetrack, causing unsafe conditions. Simulcasting was to continue as scheduled for the remainder of the afternoon and evening. Live racing resumes at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, Jan. 24, with a first race post of 12:30 p.m.
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Presidential final set at Meadowlands

on 01/22/2009 12:00 AM
If Boulder Creek can pull off the upset in the $125,000 Presidential Saturday night, driver Dan Dube will have the distinction of winning the race with the two richest male pacers of all time.Dube won the 2003 edition of the Presidential with Gallo Blue Chip, who retired as the leading money-winning pacer of all time with $4.2 million in earnings.  On Saturday night, Dube and Boulder Creek wi...
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Ferraras Girl pulls off upset at Pompano

on 01/22/2009 12:00 AM
Even after a bold first-over move at the three-quarter pole, Ferraras Girl ($28.40), a 13-1 long shot, was able to win in a romp Wednesday at the Isle Pompano Park in the feature trot.   The $8,500 seventh race trot saw Better By Design (Bruce Ranger) go right after the early lead with Rovasreadytorumble (Wally Hennessey) grabbing the two-hold spot by the opening quarter mile in :28.1. &n...
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USTA\'s David Carr to receive Messenger Award

on 01/22/2009 12:00 AM
David Carr, the United States Trotting Association’s Director of Information and Research for the last 24 years and an inexhaustible source of information in that role, has been named the 2009 winner of Harness Tracks of America’s Stan Bergstein Messenger Award, the track association’s highest honor.     Carr, 57, joined USTA as a publicity and Hoof Beats staff writer in 1982. T...
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Field set for Prix d\'Amerique; watch Moni Maker\'s historic win

on 01/22/2009 12:00 AM
The field has been finalized for the 1 million (euro) Prix d\'Amerique, which will be contested Sunday at the Vincennes racetrack in Paris.  Offshore Dream, who has won the race the last two years, is among the starters this year.   No horse has won three consecutive Prix d\'Ameriques since the great Ourasi, who performed a sweep in 1986, 1987 and 1988, and then came back and won aga...
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2009 Online Stallion Station now available

on 01/22/2009 12:00 AM
The Horseman And Fair World\'s 2009 \"Breeders Book\" Stallion Directory is now online. All of the 2009 stallions that were advertised in the December printed edition and in the Breeders Book Supplement are now available here on our website. The Online Stallion Station features a searchable database that lets the user select individual horses, stud fee ranges, particular farms, or stallions f...
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Terry named LBJ general manager

on 01/22/2009 12:00 AM
The board of directors of the Delaware County Fair approved Phil Terry to be general manager of the Delaware County Fair and the Little Brown Jug. Terry, who has served as interim manager of the fair since July of 2008, will also continue as director of marketing.“I look forward to continuing the challenge of managing a county fair racing program in Ohio,” said Terry, who first began...
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Balmoral Park readying for 2009 season

on 01/22/2009 12:00 AM
With live racing set to resume at Balmoral Park in less than one week on Wednesday, Jan. 28 (post time 7:20 p.m. central), another exciting year of stakes filled action at the Crete plant has been announced with the first stakes event of the season on Saturday, April 4 with the $15,000 Taurus Bomber Stake putting this year’s 3-year-old colt pacing crop front and center.     ...
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Dr. Melvyn Aylor in serious condition after training accident

on 01/22/2009 12:00 AM
Dr. Melvyn Aylor, a prominent Florida horseman and mainstay of the Florida harness racing community, was seriously injured in a training accident at the Gilcrest training center on Tuesday.   “It was a freak accident. Melvyn was jogging a 2-year-old filly,” said friend and partner Dr. Mark Wooten. “She had the hopples on for the first time and got spooked. She took off, got going too...
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Florida horsemen say 2009 racing meet will end 3 months early

on 01/22/2009 12:00 AM
The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA) has issued a press release stating that the Isle Casino at Pompano has asked the state of Florida to approve a reduction in the number of Standardbred racing days for the 2008-2009 race meet from 160 to 140. In addition, the FSBOA release noted that the Isle Casino at Pompano Park confirmed that they have applied for a sum...
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Leading driver scores four wins at Dover Downs

on 01/21/2009 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick made his first start of the year at Dover Downs a winning one and then added three more on Tuesday, while Easter Egg Hunt took the $27,000 distaff feature. Tetrick picked right up where he left off last Dec. 7 with five wins as he returned to his home track for the first time since hip replacement surgery and notched four wins in six races. In the feature rac...
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Esmeralda loops field to win Pompano feature

on 01/21/2009 12:00 AM
With an impressive three-wide move from last place on the final turn, Esmeralda Semalu ($3) and trainer-driver Joe Pavia Jr. were able to post a 1 1/4-length triumph in winning the $16,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace Tuesday at the Isle Pompano Park.   The seventh race feature started off with Biggest Big Bertha and driver Richard Simard taking the early lead from the rail with Golden Falcon ...
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Campbell says he\'s not driving in Prix d\'Amerique

on 01/21/2009 12:00 AM
John Campbell told harnessracing.com Wednesday morning that despite some websites reporting he was heading to Paris to drive in Sunday’s prestigious Prix d’Amerique, he is not and instead will be on the golf course with his wife, Paula, in celebration of her birthday.   “I’m doing what?” Campbell answered with a laugh when told he had been listed to drive the 4-year-old mare Retur...
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Jack L. Bailey dies

on 01/21/2009 12:00 AM
Jack L. Bailey, son of Vernon Downs all time driving champion, Jack Bailey, died on Jan. 19, at the age of 49, after losing his battle with cancer. Bailey, who also spent time in the bike as a trainer and driver, worked for his father and at Mohawk Correctional Facility for many years. Bailey was also an avid fan of baseball, amusement parks, roller coasters, motorcycles and car races.   H...
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Judges hold first 2009 Yonkers drivers\' meeting

on 01/21/2009 12:00 AM
With Yonkers Raceway\'s 2009 harness season underway, the Raceway\'s driving colony met with presiding judge Robert (Cammie) Haughton, associate judge Nick Ferriero and Standardbred Owners Association of New York field representative (and 3rd Vice President) John Brennan. Among the racing-related items discussed in this first scheduled meeting of 2009 were keeping holes closed, maintaining a pace...
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Celestial Hanover scores in Monticello feature

on 01/21/2009 12:00 AM
Celestial Hanover rallied down the homestretch and gained command in the final strides to win the weekly mares pacing feature at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday. Owner and trainer Dave Emanuel II handed the lines to Bruce Aldrich, Jr. and the hot-handed reinsman drove the 8-year- old  the The Panderosa mare to her first victory of the season, scoring a nose decision over Drinking Games and dri...
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Afternoon Dreams wins Lifetime Dream

on 01/20/2009 12:00 AM
Afternoon Dreams used an eye-catching final quarter rally to haul down the favorites and win Monday\'s $57,100(C) Lifetime Dream Trotting Series final for 4-year-old mares at Woodbine Racetrack. Racing as part of a Ben Baillargeon-trained entry, the daughter of Dream Vacation-Form Fitting was handled patiently at the start by driver Sylvain Filion who got her away sixth in the field of...
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Sample blazes to MLK victory at Freehold

on 01/20/2009 12:00 AM
Deshawn Sample, driving CJ Blaze, won the seventh race on Monday in the inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Pace at Freehold Raceway. The field of seven featured the talents of African-American drivers. Callie\'s Candyman ($4.40), with Jim King Solomon, was leading from the start, but tired in the stretch and was passed by CJ Blaze ($9) and second-place finisher Mo Mo Munny, drive...
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I Ain\'t No Fool scores in Dover feature

on 01/20/2009 12:00 AM
Jim Morand, who got a late driver assignment, took I Ain\'t No Fool right to the front and led at all stations, en route to a convincing 1:51.1 victory in the $26,000 Open Handicap Pace Monday at Dover Downs.   Brian Sears moved race favorite Art Director to the outside after the half and took a shot at the leader at the three quarters but could not get there. In the stretch Cool Cal clos...
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Karpathos scores again in Pompano open

on 01/20/2009 12:00 AM
Karpathos ($6.80) and driver Joe Pavia Jr. used perfect cover from pacesetter and rival Battleshoe Victor (Anthony Napolitano) to score a one-length victory in winning the $16,000 Open Handicap Trot at the Isle Pompano Park Monday. Battleshoe Victor cut fractions of :27.3 and :57.4 before getting challenged on the outside by Splendid Yankee (Denis St. Pierre) and Diva Diva (Andy Santaram...
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