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Gov. Blagojevich signs casino bill

on 12/16/2008 12:00 AM
There is some good news out of Illinois regarding Governor Rod Blagojevich. Monday he signed House Bill 4758 which sets aside three percent of the adjusted gross revenue from Illinois’ four most profitable riverboat casinos for the horse racing industry in the state. The bill is a three-year extension of HB1918 which was passed in 2006, but has been held up in the courts and now awaits a decisio...
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N Y Times says Good Bye to Dewey

on 12/15/2008 12:00 AM
A feature article on Deweycheatumnhowe appeared in today’s edition of the New York Times. Writer Jane Schwartz visited with trainer, driver and co-owner Ray Schnittker and reported on not only Dewey’s career, but also delved into Schnittker’s history, from his nights working on a radiator assembly line to his unorthodox methods of training Dewey.   To read the story click here.
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Repairing Hambletonian barn would cost $100,000

on 12/15/2008 12:00 AM
The city Planning Board in Chester, N.Y., must soon decide if a barn believed to have been the home for Hambletonian should be renovated at an estimated cost of $100,000 by the developer of the property where the barn is located.   According to a story in the Middletown, N.Y., Times Herald-Record, Jon Shafran, the developer of the Eagle Crest subdivision, has already spent thousands of doll...
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Fout drives 4,500th winner at Dover Sunday

on 12/15/2008 12:00 AM
Jeff Fout scored his 4,500th driving victory at Dover Downs Sunday, while Bullion Bill A, Livestrong, Definitely Maybe and Perfect Swing also scored feature wins.   Winbak Farms\' Celebrate America\'s second straight triumph was a celebration occasion for driver Jeff Fout. The 56-year-old Ohio native and leading driver for a number of season in the Buckeye stat...
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Panel recommends increased funding for regulation

on 12/15/2008 12:00 AM
The Governor’s Task Force on the Future of Horse Racing in Kentucky has been sent to Gov. Steve Beshear with recommendations that funding to regulate the sport be increased and that it be paid for through increased fees and taxes. The report which was released to the media Monday and reported on the Lexington Herald-Leader’s website Kentucky.com, also recommended increasing purses and establis...
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Manzi drives Bettor Sweet, Camshaft Hanover to Oil Burner wins

on 12/14/2008 12:00 AM
Driver Cat Manzi scored back-to-back wins with Bettor Sweet and Camshaft Hanover in the second round of the Oil Burner Series Saturday night at the Meadowlands.    Starting from the outside post, Manzi and Bettor Sweet sat third-over and soared home to edge Valentower in 1:50.4.  Boodle Boy held third after cutting the mile.  Sent off the 6-5 favorite, Bettor Sweet paid $4.2...
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Vapor In The Wind scores second straight

on 12/14/2008 12:00 AM
For the second straight week, Vapor In The Wind ($5.60), showed that that he is the horse to beat at the Isle Pompano Park, capturing the $16,000 Open Handicap Pace Saturday in 1:52.   Leading from start to finish in the fifth race feature, driver Wally Hennessey held the field at bay with Vapor In The Wind, cutting fractions of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:25.3 to the three quarters and then unleas...
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Tetrick watches Kelly\'s Spur, Yarborough Hanover score at Dover

on 12/14/2008 12:00 AM
Tim tetrick was among the fans watching the races at Dover Downs Saturday as Kelly\'s Spur and Yarborough Hanover won the twin-features while Corey Callahan drove four winners. Tetrick, the nation\'s leading money-winning driver for 2008, had hip replacement surgery last Monday and was on crutches as he said hello to friends and watched several races during the evening progra...
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Barlett scores at Yonkers with a Johnny Walker

on 12/14/2008 12:00 AM
While Yonkers Raceway  would never, ever condone drinking and driving, Jason Bartlett was seen speeding with a Johnny Walker in both hands...and broke no laws, as far as we could figure. Jason, the driver, and Johnny, the horse, teamed to win the weekly Saturday night $40,000 Open Handicap Pace, getting by a stubborn Biletnikoff (Mike Micallef) in a snappy (and life-best) 1:51.3. Leaving f...
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Guest who\'s coming to dinner at Woodbine?

on 12/13/2008 12:00 AM
Dinner Guest turned in the fastest clocking in one of five divisions in the opening leg of the Valedictory Pacing Series for 3-year-old colts and geldings at Woodbine Racetrack on Friday night. The gelded son of No Pan Intended-Beach Guest, competing in the first $20,000(C) split, went gate to wire for driver Randy Waples in 1:53.4. It was his seventh win overall in 14 starts this season and secon...
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Grismore sweeps Yonkers features

on 12/13/2008 12:00 AM
Driver Greg Grismore made an early holiday haul Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway\'s pair of $40,000 Open Handicaps with Beach Nut Brand (Trot) and Binions (Filly and Mare Pace). Beach Nut Brand, leaving from penultimate post position seven, was shy early as American Lane (Cat Manzi) stepped around both Indiana Hall (Jeff Gregory) and upstate invader Pablo Angus (Dan Capello Jr.). American ...
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Gingras donates Friday earnings to Toys For Tots

on 12/13/2008 12:00 AM
A charitable pledge proved to be good luck for driver Yannick Gingras on Friday night at the Meadowlands as he landed in the winner’s circle twice after announcing he would donate his earnings for the night to the track’s annual Toys For Tots drive for the United States Marine Corps.   By the end of the 12-race card, Gingras had picked up checks in seven races and earned $1,436 for...
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Snow Angel splits highlight Meadowlands\' Thursday card

on 12/12/2008 12:00 AM
Apere Hanover caught Artexpress in the final strides to win the first of three $25,000 Snow Angels divisions for 3-year-old filly pacers on Thursday night at the Meadowlands. Artexpress, a 17-1 shot, led the field at every call but could not hold off the late run of the 6-5 favorite and driver Brian Sears. Apere Hanover notched her sixth win in 19 starts this season with a 1:54.3 clocking. ...
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Nyalation in Autumn Series final at Woodbine

on 12/12/2008 12:00 AM
Lil Miss Nyalation and driver Mike Saftic pulled off a mild upset in Thursday\'s $40,300(C) Ontario-sired Autumn Series final for 2-year-old pacing fillies at Woodbine Racetrack. The pair overcame the outside post in the field which was reduced to eight starters with the scratch of Paid In Silver. Saftic called on the daughter of Apaches Fame-Armbro Ozone to use her early speed and she took...
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A spunky victory at Dover

on 12/12/2008 12:00 AM
Spunky Vic, overlooked at 13-1 from the rail, splashed his way to a 1:57.4 victory on a rain filled Dover Downs on Thursday. Tom Jackson left fast with Arty Foster\'s Spunky Vic, a Valley Victor-B Cor Spunky 4 year old, and cut out all the fractions in a convincing 1:57.4 triumph. The gelding fought off a sustained challenge from Early Shirley (Clifton Green) on the backstretch until reac...
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150,000 race calls for Roger Huston

on 12/12/2008 12:00 AM
The Meadows\' announcer Roger Huston called the 150,000 race of his Communicators Corner career Thursday afternoon, reaching the milestone in the ninth race.   According to Huston family lore, when Roger was no more than a tyke, he gave early indications of the career he would choose.   \"I don’t ever remember saying, ‘I want to be an announcer,’” Huston recalls, “but my pa...
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Trolley Square, Wheres The Beach named Broodmares of the Year

on 12/12/2008 12:00 AM
Trotting broodmare Trolley Square and pacing broodmare Wheres The Beach, the dams of season-long champions Deweycheatumnhowe and Somebeachsomewhere, respectively, have been named Broodmares of the Year in balloting conducted among members of the United States Harness Writers Association. Deweycheatumnhowe is the last of nine foals by the late Trolley Square, a daughter of Speedy Somolli. This ...
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Lone mare in Open Trot prevails at 33-1

on 12/11/2008 12:00 AM
The 33-1 longshot Vicki Gram got up to win the $26,000 Open Trot while Ruffled Tux won for the third straight time in the feature pace at Dover Downs on a rainy Wednesday.   Race favorite Joey The Jet JT and driver Tony Morgan escaped from being locked in at the three-quarters, moved three wide at the head of the lane and appeared on the way to catching the leaders in deep stretch wh...
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Magic in the air at Pompano

on 12/11/2008 12:00 AM
Magic was in the air for Canadian trainer-owner Denitza Petrova Wednesday night at the Isle Pompano Park as her 3-year old Dauntless Bunny gelding, Ben Magic ($7.80), made his debut at Pompano to capture his first pari-mutuel win in 26 lifetime starts.   Driver Anthony Napolitano and Ben Magic sat nine lengths behind the leader, HT’s Kroeger (Tyler Sheehan) at the quarter-mile marke...
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Danny Noonan springs Incredible Finale surprise

on 12/11/2008 12:00 AM
After first round action at Maywood Park, round two in the Incredible Finale series for 3-year-old pacing colts shifted to Balmoral Park Wednesday as a field of eight state-breds went postward for a purse of $5,000, with Danny Noonan springing an upset.    Despite missing by only a neck in his third-place finish in round one, Z Tam Racing and David McCaffrey Stables\' Danny Noona...
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