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A charismatic victory at Saratoga

on 03/27/2009 2:00 AM
Last year\'s Trainer of the Year at Saratoga, Colin Johnson, has picked up right where he left off. Starting out the year atop the trainer standings, Johnson has been dominant since coming to town midway through last season. On Thursday night, Johnson had a training double as Chasing Hope and Charismatic each scored victories on the 13-race card. Chasing Hope paid dividends right away for Johnson...
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Likeabatoutofhell seems to like treadmill time on Horse Gym2000

on 03/27/2009 2:00 AM
A new training regimen has helped Likeabatoutahell become the toast of the open trotting ranks this year, and he\'s now bidding for his fourth straight win in the $50,000 second leg of the Su Mac Lad Series on Friday night at the Meadowlands.   One of two entrants trained by Trond Smedshammer, the six-year-old gelding drew post two (head number three) in the sixth race feature. ...
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Cal-Expo trainer wins in first-ever start

on 03/27/2009 2:00 AM
Conditioned distaffers, racing for a $4,000 purse, were featured at Cal-Expo on Thursday night, in which Tawny Reserve provided her trainer with a special win. Getting the lead a sixteenth of a mile past the start from post two in the field of eight, Tawny Reserve and driver Steve Wiseman reached the quarter pole in a deliberate :30 flat. Pacing a :30.2 second quarter against a moderate...
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Ont. announces $26 million Horse Improvement program

on 03/27/2009 2:00 AM
At its meeting on Wednesday, the Governing Board of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) approved the $26.2 million(C) budget for the 2009 Standardbred Horse Improvement Program. This approval provides for increased purses for the 2009 Ontario Sires Stakes Program (OSS), future enhancements to the rewards program for Ontario Bred racehorses, and the establishment of 2011 Ontario Sired awards payabl...
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Marohn wins St. Paddy Pace at Monticello

on 03/27/2009 2:00 AM
Due to unforeseen circumstances Monticello Raceway’s St. Paddy Pace went to post nine days after its initial schedule, but the wait didn’t make any difference to Jimmy Marohn Jr. who guided Ya Gotta Belief to an easy 1:59.3 triumph in the race for drivers of Irish descent on Thursday. That clocking established a new events record erasing the former mark of 2:00.2 set by Marohn’s dad, Jimm...
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Standardbred wagering conference early bird deadline this week

on 03/26/2009 2:00 AM
The early bird deadline for the 2009 Standardbred Wagering Conference is this Friday, March 27. The discounted delegate fee of $375 CND, which includes evening events, meals and conference sessions, will only be available up to that date.   The 2009 Standardbred Wagering Conference will take place at the newly renovated Caesars Windsor from Tuesday, April 28 – 29, 2009. It is open to...
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Wigwam Baby wins top trot at Hoosier Park

on 03/26/2009 2:00 AM
Wigwam Baby, under the direction of driver Mark O’Mara, proved to be back to winning form in her first start of 2009 Wednesday, March 25. The six-year-old daughter of Padre Hanover won the $22,000 Fillies and Mares Open Invitational Trot in a time of 1:57.2, marking her 20th career win.    Glide Sally Glide and Doug Rideout jumped out for the first call, but it was ultimately Wigwam ...
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Time running out to qualify for 2009 NHHC at Meadowlands

on 03/26/2009 2:00 AM
Only a few weeks remain to qualify for the 2009 National Harness Handicapping Championship.    Harness racing\'s only tournament to feature a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool, the NHHC will bring together the nation\'s top handicappers on Saturday, April 25 at Meadowlands Racetrack.  Players may earn their way into the championship through participation in a qualifying tournament at...
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Pick four pays record amount at Meadowlands

on 03/26/2009 2:00 AM
Long shots lit up the tote board in every leg, producing a record $55,410 Pick Four payout on Wednesday, March 25 at the Meadowlands.   The winner correctly chose Southern Comfort [$18.60], Not Quite Forty [$38.80], Riding The Rapids [$85.00] and Julie\'s Shadow [$13.00] to take down the entire pool, marking the second consecutive Wednesday the Pick Four paid more than $50,000.  The wa...
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A Soprano visits Pompano

on 03/26/2009 2:00 AM
Sopranos star Vincent Pastore, who portrayed Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero on the hit TV series and recently completed a stint on the soap opera General Hospital, was at Pompano Park on Wednesday evening. Pastore came to the track to watch a friend of his compete, trainer/driver Raymond Vizzi, who had Ferraras Girl in the fifth race - an $8,500 featured trot. Lewies Lulu and trainer/dri...
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Triactor, superfecta rules changed in Ontario

on 03/26/2009 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission has released a notice to the industry regarding changes made to triactor and superfecta wagering stating that the ORC Board has approved new directives dealing with triactor and superfecta wagering, reducing the number of betting interests required for the featured bet types to be permitted.   For triactor wagering, the required number of separate bet...
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All 12 races set for November 6, 2010

on 03/26/2009 2:00 AM
The Breeders Crown, harness racing’s $7 million year-end series, will race all 12 divisional championship events on the same night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in 2010 and at Woodbine in 2011. Next year\'s Pocono date has tentatively been set for Nov. 6. The 25-year-old series has typically crowned champions in every division for trotters and pacers and been the deciding factor in Horse of the...
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Mister Big nominated to defend Winbak Farms title

on 03/26/2009 2:00 AM
Mister Big, the best older pacer in North America and winner of both the Dan Patch and Nova awards in 2008, headlines an all-star cast of 36 free-for-allers eligible to the $100,000 (est.) Winbak Farms Pace, scheduled for Thursday afternoon, Sept. 24, at the Delaware, Ohio County Fair. Mister Big won last year’s Winbak Farms Pace and among those who were nominated to challenge him are 2008 Lit...
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Florida Senate says ok to no limits on Texas Hold\'em

on 03/26/2009 2:00 AM
The Florida state Senate has passed a bill allowing for no limit on Texas Hold\'em games at pari-mutuel operations, as well as Seminole tribal gaming facilities. Presently, card games at the pari-mutuels have a $100 limit, a stake players have complained is too small.   The Isle Pompano Park operates a card room at its facility in Pompano Beach.
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New yearling sale in Pennsylvania

on 03/26/2009 2:00 AM
A new yearling sale, the Breeders Select Sales Company, has been formed and will be held at Pocono Downs on Monday, Oct. 12, and consignments from Nandi Farms, Winbak Farm, Walnridge of PA, Vieux Carre Farm, Fox Den Farm and others have already been accepted. The new sale, which will be limited to 120 horses, will take place in the new race paddock at Pocono.   Sam Beegle, Ea...
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Books closed for stallions Mach Three, Jereme\'s Jet, Kadabra

on 03/26/2009 2:00 AM
Tara Hills Stud has announced that the 2009 books for its stallions Mach Three, Jereme\'s Jet and Kadabra are now full and closed. It is expected that the book on No Pan Intended will also be closing soon.   \"We would like to thank all of our customers for their continued support to our stallions this year,\" said general manager David Heffering.   Tara Hills Stud is located in...
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A dame takes the Dover feature on pacing ladies day

on 03/25/2009 2:00 AM
It was pacing ladies day Tuesday at Dover Downs with Apache Dame winning the $32,500 Mares Open Pace and Wannahuckaloogi taking the $25,000 Jr. Mares Open. Apache Dame held off Lady Mach and Corey Callahan in deep stretch to score a 1:53.1 triumph with Ross Wolfenden holding the lines. The Apaches Fame-Amerissa 8 year old made the winner\'s circle for the fifth time in ...
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World champion Esmeralda Semalu wins again

on 03/25/2009 2:00 AM
She is not the newest world record holder in harness racing by chance as Esmeralda Semalu ($2.60) strutted her stuff once again, winning the $16,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace Tuesday at the Isle Pompano Park.   Racing again against rival world record holder, U All BB, Esmeralda Semalu and trainer-driver Joe Pavia Jr. left little doubt what she is the top pacing mare currently in harness rac...
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31 older pacers flavor opening round of Levy Series

on 03/25/2009 2:00 AM
A Baskin Robbins-approved 31 horses have entered the opening round of Yonkers Raceway\'s George  Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. That number necessitated four $50,0000 divisions Saturday night. The million-dollar (est.) series, the Raceway\'s premier free-for-all event, is comprised of five preliminary legs, contested over consecutive Saturdays,  leading to a $200,000 (est.) final ...
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Gulotta talks slots with New Jersey committee

on 03/25/2009 2:00 AM
Owner-breeder Michael Gulotta told a panel of state senators that slots in New Jersey’s racetracks will be a winner for the state’s budget as well as horsemen. Gulotta presented 2,000 words of testimony at a public hearing of the New Jersey State Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee on Tuesday at Montclair State University. Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association presid...
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