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PA legislators want more gaming in state

on 12/23/2008 12:00 AM
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper reported on Tuesday that two southwestern Pennsyvlania Democratic legislators plan to push for table games at the state\'s casinos, plus putting a small number of slot machines at bars, taverns and other establishments with a liquor license.   The two legislators are Rep. Tim Solobay of Canonsburg (the next town over from The Meadows casino an...
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Somebeachsomewhere Canada\'s only unanimous winner

on 12/22/2008 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada Monday announced the finalists for the 2008 O\'Brien Awards, which honor Canada\'s best in harness racing over the past season, and Somebeachsomewhere has unanimously won his category as Canada’s 3-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year. Seventy-two voters from across Canada awarded the Mach Three colt his third O’Brien trophy. Following a perfect freshman season...
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Balmoral cancels Sunday card too

on 12/21/2008 12:00 AM
Due to the extreme cold that has moved into the Chicagoland area, Balmoral Park has been forced to cancel its live racing card for Sunday, Dec. 21. The track also canceled the previous night\'s card due to weather conditions.   With high temperatures only expected to reach single digits and winds of 20 mph and higher, wind chills are expected to drop to as low 20 to 30 degrees below zero t...
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Jans Luck wins 14th race of the year

on 12/20/2008 12:00 AM
Thwarted in the Lightning Lane last week, Jans Luck made her own luck Friday at The Meadows, going wire to wire in the slop to capture the $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. It was her 14th victory this year.   Although she raced well in her last outing, Jans Luck finished a neck back when she found racing room too late. On Friday, Dave Palone sent the 4-year-old daught...
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Running Aces to host 51 harness dates in 2009

on 12/20/2008 12:00 AM
Running Aces Harness Park has received approval from the Minnesota Racing Commission to race from May 15, 2009 to August 9, 2009, with 51 race dates. Running Aces Harness Park will host live racing on Friday, Saturday and Tuesday evenings starting at 7 pm and Sunday afternoons starting at 4 pm.   Running Aces Harness Park features a five-eighths mile, state of the art track w...
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John Marshall leaving The Meadows

on 12/20/2008 12:00 AM
John Marshall, who has served as vice president and general manager at The Meadows for Magna Entertainment for several years, has been named vice president and general manager of racing for Calder Race Course, Churchill Downs Inc. announced on Friday. He will report to Calder president and general manager Tom O’Donnell and begins his new role effective Jan. 19, 2009. “This is...
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Deweycheatumnhowe taking up residence at Walnut Hall Ltd.

on 12/20/2008 12:00 AM
Deweycheatumnhowe was officially welcomed to his new home at Walnut Hall Ltd. outside Lexington, Ky.,  Saturday morning by Alan and Meg Leavitt. Looking none the worse for wear after his accident-interrupted trip from Goshen, N.Y., the 3-year-old son of Muscles Yankee was quite observant of the other stallions in their nearby paddocks and mares grazing in a distant field. Retired from racing ...
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Bettor Sweet takes Oil Burner; Four Start Melody wins Snow Angel

on 12/20/2008 12:00 AM
Amid the bitter cold and falling snow, Bettor Sweet unleashed a stakes record 1:49.4 mile to win the $63,500 Oil Burner Final Saturday night at the Meadowlands, and Four Starz Melody took the $51,000 Snow Angel final in the very next race.  
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Tasmanian Daniel picks up sixth win in last two months

on 12/20/2008 12:00 AM
Tasmanian Daniel (Larry Stalbaum), ultra-consistent in the latter part of the season, took final 2008 Yonkers Raceway feature honors by winning Saturday night\'s $40,000 Open Pace.   \"Daniel,\" leaving from post position 5 in the open-draw octet, made an immediate lead before surrendering to the pole-sitter--and 11-10 favorite--Psilvuheartbreaker (Jim Meittinis). That one led through...
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Mojo N The Morning scores on Thursday evening

on 12/19/2008 12:00 AM
Mojo N The Morning showed her moxie Thursday evening, defeating Frenchfrysnvinegar to win the $46,600(C) Ontario-sired Autumn Series final for sophomore trotting fillies at Woodbine. With Shopaholic (Roger Mayotte) and Foamy (John Brooks) self-destructing at the start, eight fillies were left to tussle for the lead off the gate, with Paul MacDonell sending Frenchfrysnvinegar smartly to the...
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Winner comes motoring off the pace to win Dover feature

on 12/19/2008 12:00 AM
Motoring Astreos N won a $16,500 pace while Letmetellusumthin came on to win the $15,000 trot on Thursday at Dover Downs. The track will be dark until live racing resumes on Saturday, Dec. 27, on Customer Appreciation day. Brandon Givens piloted Motoring Astreos N from off the pace to score a 1:53.4 victory in the feature pace. Sired by the late Astreos from the dam Withjulie, the gelding owne...
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Meadowlands announces 2009 stakes schedule

on 12/19/2008 12:00 AM
The $1.5 million Hambletonian on Aug. 8 and $1 million Meadowlands Pace on July 18 headline nearly $19.5 million in stakes races scheduled for the 2009 harness meet at the Meadowlands. The 151-date season kicks off Jan. 1 and runs through Aug. 21.   The sport\'s premier events for 3-year-old trotters, the Hambletonian, and $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks for fillies, will be contested Saturd...
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New PA Stallion Series adds opportunity for 2YOs

on 12/19/2008 12:00 AM
There will be a new series for Pennsylvania-sired 2 year olds, and events will be scheduled the day before a Sire Stakes race at a given track in order to provide another option for racing youngsters.   Named the Stallion Series, money for the program will come from the horsemen\'s purse pools in the state (via the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen\'s Association and Meadows Standardb...
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Nominations up at the Meadowlands

on 12/19/2008 12:00 AM
Nominations to 12 Meadowlands winter and spring stakes events are significantly higher in 2009. The Four Leaf Clover and Berry’s Creek Pace lead the way with nearly double the nominees over the previous year. The three-week Four Leaf Clover Series for older pacers drew a 91 percent increase in nominees, 42 in 2009 vs. 22 in 2008. The Four Leaf Clover features two $25,000 legs that culminate in...
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Schedule changes in 2009 for Lebanon, Northfield

on 12/19/2008 12:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission approved Friday changes in the racing schedule at both Northfield Park and Lebanon Raceway, the latter of which includes conducting two weekends of live racing which conflicts with Scioto Downs. Lebanon Raceway and the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association had reached an agreement in which the track would race twice a week beginning in mid-February and continuing ...
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Dewey, Somebeachsomewhere honored by HTA

on 12/19/2008 12:00 AM
Racing secretaries of Harness Tracks of America’s 38 members have selected their season’s champions of 2008 with the owners of the 12 divisional champions receiving their prized Nova Awards at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Wednesday night, Feb. 4, 2009, during the Harness Racing Congress. The winners are: 2-year-old trotting filly: Paolo Rosanelli a...
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Crawdad scores in 1:52 at Meadowlands

on 12/18/2008 12:00 AM
Over a year after an infection threatened to end his life, Crawdad returned to the Meadowlands in triumphant fashion Wednesday night as he crushed the competition in the $10,000 ninth race.    The Illinois-bred pacer shipped to the Meadowlands in early 2007 and quickly became a fan favorite as he piled up nine victories that winter, including sweeps of the Four Leaf Clover and Fox...
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Ashcos Scotty captures feature trot at Pompano in 1:58

on 12/18/2008 12:00 AM
Ashcos Scotty ($8.40) was the pocket-rocket in the seventh race feature trot at the Isle Pompano Park Wednesday, using perfect cover from pacesetter Vals Empress to win in 1:58.   Driven by David Ingraham, Ashcos Scotty followed race favorite Vals Empress (Bruce Ranger) from right out of the starting gate. Cutting fractions of :28.2 to the first quarter and :59.1 to the half mile, Vals Emp...
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Funeral service set for Eric Sharbaugh

on 12/18/2008 12:00 AM
Eric M. Sharbaugh, 51, former executive vice president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Trotting Association, died Wednesday in Harrisburg, Pa., as the result of an apparent stroke. Sharbaugh had served as a vice president of a Pennsylvania information technology firm. He was a 1980 honors graduate of Penn State University and a lifelong fan of harness racing. Mr. Sharbaugh h...
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Joey The Jet JT breezes to 1:54.3 feature trot win at Dover

on 12/18/2008 12:00 AM
Joey The Jet JT got back into the winner\'s circle, winning the $27,000 Open Handicap Trot Wednesday at Dover. Tony Morgan drove Tuna Whip to one of his six wins, taking the $18,000 sub-feature.   In the week\'s top trot, Ton Jackson shot Joey The Jet JT past race-favorite Sauce Two K (Corey Callahan) at the three quarters to take the lead and then breezed to a 1:54.3 triumph. LT\'s B...
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