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SRF has breeding to Badlands Nitro available

on 04/16/2009 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) has a new breeding donation available to Badlands Nitro standing at Winbak in NY. Additional breedings are available to Conway Hall, Valley Victor, Modern Art and Wearable Art, plus several more.   Please visit our website at www.adoptahorse.org for the complete 2009 Stallion List, or contact Dana Letual at (609) 324-1500. (S...
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Crystal Chris upsets in opening round of Florida series

on 04/15/2009 2:00 AM
Crystal Chris ($29.40) and driver Tom Sells showed a field of eight pacing fillies and mares what its like to step out at the Isle Pompano Park to capture the $25,000 first leg of the Girls Night Out late-closing event Tuesday night.   Wally Hennessey rushed Atlantic Filly from post four looking for the top spot but had to settle for the two-hole trip when Fern Paquet Jr. and Hypnotize acce...
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Star shines in Indiana mud

on 04/15/2009 2:00 AM
A muddy track and rainy conditions did not dim the light on Royalton Star and driver Andy Shetler during the $25,000 Invitational Pace Tuesday at Hoosier Park. The 5-year-old son of Threefold pressed through the mud to win in a time of 1:52.1, a new lifetime mark. Starting from post two in the eight-horse lineup, Royalton Star got a seat right behind early leader Robin I Scoot and Bill Dailey thr...
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Levy Series continues this weekend at Yonkers

on 04/15/2009 2:00 AM
It\'s getting to the nitty and the gritty in both of Yonkers Raceway\'s series for older marquee pacers this weekend, with the fourth of five preliminary legs scheduled for this weekend.. The George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series continues Saturday night with three, $50,000 events, going as races 6, 8 and 9 on the 11-race program. The first Levy event finds King Cat Anvil N (Jordan Str...
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WEG stakes nominations up

on 04/15/2009 2:00 AM
The Woodbine Entertainment Group’s lucrative summer stakes schedule has drawn an outstanding number of nominees for many of its 2009 events. In February, the nation’s premier standardbred event, the $1.5 million(C) Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old colt pacers, attracted a record number of initial payments as 133 colts were nominated to the race. That number is up from 92 last season. ...
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Vivid Photo wins first of \'09 at Pocono

on 04/15/2009 2:00 AM
Vivid Photo shook off a slow start to his 2009 season with a winning performance in Tuesday night’s $25,000 Open Handicap Trot at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The 2005 Hambletonian champion and earner of more than $3 million in his career had come up empty in four starts at The Meadows and Dover Downs in 2009. Leaving from the outside post in a field of six as the 1-2 favorite on Tuesday nigh...
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Monticello adds Derby Day live race card

on 04/15/2009 2:00 AM
With the permission of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, Monticello Raceway will add Saturday, May 2, to its live racing schedule. Post time will be at the usual 1:10 p.m. “We thank the Racing Board for letting us add this day, which is also the date of the Kentucky Derby,” noted Shawn Wiles, assistant general manager. “On that day besides our live race card and the simulcasts ...
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Pompano Park gets OK for expansion

on 04/15/2009 2:00 AM
Although there are no firm plans in place, officials at Isle Pompano Park were given permission Tuesday by Broward County commissioners to expand its site, including the building of a 500-room hotel and 60,000 square feet of new retail space. The approval allows for the issuance of building permits and site planning.   The proposal has met with some resistance by nearby residents as the pl...
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Vernon opens meet Friday

on 04/15/2009 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs has carded 10 races for its opening night on Friday, April 17, with a post time of 6:55 pm. Race Day t-shirts and 2009 schedule magnets will be passed out to patrons at the door beginning at 6 pm, while supplies last. Immediately following the 10-race card will be a fireworks display to celebrate opening night of the 2009 race season.   Highlighting the night’s...
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Patricia McIlmurray dies

on 04/15/2009 2:00 AM
Pat McIlmurray, the mother of Michigan-based horsemen Arthur McIlmurray and Wally McIlmurray Jr., Lella Montgomery, a former amateur driver married to agent Bryan Montgomery, and racing official Adam Brownlee Sr. died Sunday. She was 80.   Mrs. McIlmurray was formerly married to the late Michigan Hall of Fame horseman Wally McIlmurray Sr. She is also survived by a brother, Gilbert John...
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Trotter hoping to parlay last week\'s Tie Silk win

on 04/15/2009 2:00 AM
After his powerful performance in the opening round of the Tie Silk Series last week, all eyes will be on Ricky MacPhee trainee Parlay Thursday night as he seeks to repeat that triumph at Woodbine. Ten sophomore trotting colts will be going postward in the $20,000(C) Tie Silk sequel, but it\'s Parlay, a son of Kadabra who has just three lifetime starts under his belt, who is getting all th...
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Harrah\'s Chester begins 2009 race meet

on 04/14/2009 2:00 AM
CR Dream Catcher ($15.40) kicked off cover at the head of the stretch and drew away from the field in the final strides to take the opening night feature at Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack, a $22,000 conditioned trot, in 1:56. The 8-year-old Royal Troubadour gelding angled third-over after a bit of a slow beginning, moving three wide in the far turn behind Rapid Strategy (Yannick Gingras...
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Kandor Hanover positioned for Celias Counsel sweep

on 04/14/2009 2:00 AM
Kandor Hanover positioned herself for a possible sweep of this year\'s Celias Counsel Trotting Series with a hard-fought victory for driver Randy Waples in Monday\'s second leg at Woodbine Racetrack. The daughter of Tagliabue-Katelyns Glory left well from post one and got away in third position through an opening quarter of :28.2. She then brushed to command before the half in :59 and conti...
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Trots and Slots series begins at Pompano

on 04/14/2009 2:00 AM
Cisco Hall ($13.20) scored his second win of the season and a new lifetime mark of 1:55.2 in the $20,000 first leg, first division of the Trots and Slots late-closer series on Monday night at the Isle Pompano Park. Driver Richard Simard and Cisco Hall took full advantage of the early lead when favorite Tweedle Dum (Wally Ross Jr.) made a costly break leaving from post four. Simard took ...
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PA Gaming Board says Meadows can open; here\'s a video tour

on 04/14/2009 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has approved the opening of the new $175 million, state-of-the-art Meadows Racetrack & Casino, after Monday\'s testing of casino operations. The 350,000-square-foot casino will open at 10 am Wednesday, April 15, following a brief ribbon cutting ceremony.   Thousands of invited guests helped test the casino Monday with proceeds benefitting ...
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Raceway Park to open Saturday with Otis Boring Memorial Series

on 04/14/2009 2:00 AM
The 2009 racing season at Raceway Park begins on Saturday with the first leg of the Otis Boring Memorial Trotting Series. All horses nominated that wish to compete in the first leg need to enter with the racing office on Thursday, April 16, by 9 a.m.    In addition to the Boring Memorial, Raceway Park is also offering overnight events for trotters and filly and mare pacers o...
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Hall of Fame to spotlight county fairs

on 04/14/2009 2:00 AM
The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has an exhibit that spotlights county fair harness racing. Part of the exhibit includes brochure racks for fair information. If you would like to introduce your great summer event to more than 28,000 people this year send a supply to us just as soon as they are available. We will be happy to help you promote your activities!   As part of our...
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Vera Burgess dies

on 04/13/2009 2:00 AM
Vera Burgess, the wife of prominent Standardbred owner and breeder Bob Burgess and the mother of the O\'Brien Award-winning trainer Blair Burgess, died at Oakville Trafalgar Hospital with her family at her side on Saturday after a very brave and long fight against cancer. She was 70.   Mrs. Burgess was born on March 19, 1939 in Zilina, Czechoslovakia and immigrated to Toronto in...
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River Shark wires field in series final

on 04/12/2009 2:00 AM
River Shark flew out of the gate and coasted wire to wire for an easy win in the $22,500 first leg of the Robert J. Suslow Stake Pace Saturday night at the Meadowlands. With driver Daniel Dube in the bike, River Shark ($5.20) held off the challenge of 4-5 favorite Glad To Be Back after driver George Brennan made a backstretch brush right before the three-quarter pole. The two locked in a duel with...
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Blue Boy sweeps Sagamore Series

on 04/12/2009 2:00 AM
Blue Boy completed a series sweep Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway\'s $70,600 final of the  Sagamore Hill Pacing Series for 3 and 4 year olds, the Raceway\'s richest \'09 race to date. With Jason Bartlett driving for trainer Julie Miler, Blue Boy--three for three in prelim action--left from post position six as the 3-4 wagering favorite. He wasted no time taking matters into his...
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