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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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Burke Stable takes three of four Levy splits

on 04/12/2009 2:00 AM
Four $50,000 divisions on the third round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series were contested Saturday night at Yonkers, the Raceway\'s premier Free-for-All event, with the Burke Stable winning three times. The first Levy grouping saw Atochia (Greg Grismore) leave from post two, sit a three hole to 4-5 choice King Cat Anvil N (Jordan Stratton), then get that one in the ...
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A win with pride in Pompano feature

on 04/12/2009 2:00 AM
Sugar’s Pride ($9.20), a 5-year-old gelding by Allamerican Ingot won the $18,000 Open Handicap Pace at the Isle Pompano Park Saturday night.    Driver Kevin Wallis rushed Sugar’s Pride from post five but had to settle for the two spot when Bruce Ranger and I Can Only Imagine toke over the lead just before the quarter in .27. I Can Only Imagine took the field of six past the h...
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Spring Pacing Championship goes to Ramegade Bruiser

on 04/12/2009 2:00 AM
Ramegade Bruiser completed a sweep of this year’s Spring Pacing Championship with another rock-solid front-end effort in Saturday’s $87,100(C) final at Woodbine Racetrack.   There were no anxious moments for the 6-year-old gelded son of Rambaran-Love You Dear as driver Chris Christoforou simply waited for things to settle in the opening eighth before making his move to command just befo...
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Stahl scores in both Northfield opens

on 04/12/2009 2:00 AM
Diamond Hunter ($3.20) remained undefeated in two seasonal starts with an impressive 1:59 win Saturday night in Northfield Park’s $5,500 Open Handicap Trot.   Assigned the outside post seven, Ryan Stahl left quickly with the 4-year-old Fortune Five Hundred gelding, but was unable to wrest the lead from Lucca’s Revenge and settled in third as the field hit the quarter in :29.1. Stahl pul...
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Native Hotspur wins delayed Direct Balance

on 04/12/2009 2:00 AM
State-bred pacing fillies headlined Saturday’s Balmoral Park program as a field of eight Illinois conceived and foaled ladies squared off in the $15,000 Direct Balance Stake. Originally scheduled for the April 5 card, this event was forced to be rescheduled after the latter half of last Sunday’s card was wiped out by heavy snow.   The extra week off certainly did not seem to matter to ...
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McFlirty, Watts Of Money win Hoosier\'s Future Stars divisions

on 04/12/2009 2:00 AM
McFlirty and Brad Hanners kept up their winning ways on Saturday in the $6,000 third round of the Future Stars Series at Hoosier Park. The duo turned in a quick performance, stopping the timer in a new lifetime mark of 1:53.2. Starting from post seven, Hanners opted to stay out of the early quest for the top spot as Lilasue and Roger Cullipher took over by the quarter-mile marker in a time of :26...
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Seven-win day for Coppola at Saratoga

on 04/12/2009 2:00 AM
Frank Coppola Jr. is the defending driving champion at Saratoga and has returned in peak form in 2009. Coppola again proved why he is atop the standings on Saturday as the talented reinsman recorded seven wins within the two racing cards on the day. The second and final scheduled doubleheader took place at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway on Saturday and the meet\'s leading driver padded his lead in t...
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