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Michigan\'s Jackson Raceway ceases operations immediately

on 12/04/2008 12:00 AM
Jackson Raceway in Michigan, founded in 1948 by the late Leon Slavin, has been closed immediately by its parent company, MTR Gaming Group, which in 2004 purchased a 90-percent interest in the track. In an emailed letter sent to Michigan Harness Horsemen\'s Association general manager Nancy Corrion shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday evening, MTR Gaming\'s secretary and treasurer Ros...
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Rescue Ride raises funds for Standardbred Retirement Foundation

on 12/04/2008 12:00 AM
The reports are in, the sneakers and saddles are off, the horses are rested and the walkers are all in their recliners. The National Rescue Ride, the first fundraiser designed to raise awareness of the plight of unwanted, abused and neglected horses, was a success for all involved.   The Oct. 19 National Rescue Ride attracted horse and animal lovers from 85 charities with 850 registered rid...
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Illinois-bred sophomore pacing fillies battle at Balmoral

on 12/03/2008 12:00 AM
Sophomore pacing fillies took center stage on a cold and windy Tuesday night at Balmoral Park as a total of 18 state-bred 3 year olds battled in a pair of $5,000 Incredible Finale Series splits, with Kissmeallover and Howboutthatsweetie coming up winners.   In the first division, Michael Parisi’s Kissmeallover made every call a winning one in 1:57.2. Sent right to the top by driver Ryan ...
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Hey to the hoop at The Meadows

on 12/03/2008 12:00 AM
Fresh thanks to a ground-saving trip, Hoopie drove the lane to score a 23-1 victory in the $25,000 Preferred Handicap Trot Tuesday at The Meadows.   It was Hoopie’s first start in the Preferred Trot after months of conditioned races; perhaps mindful of that, Dan Charlino kept the 4-year-old gelded son of San Pellegrino-Crystal VW snug against the pylons until the final turn. When Charlino...
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Recount confirms no slots at Scarborough Downs

on 12/03/2008 12:00 AM
A recount conducted Tuesday in Scarborough, Maine, has confirmed voters turned down a proposal to allow the installation of slot machines at Scarborough Downs, with more than 11,000 ballots hand counted. The recount resulted in eight ballots being challenged and eight ballots being disputed, so the 16 votes were thrown out since there was no overall impact on the voting, which showed a 5,804-...
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Faraldo receives President\'s Award

on 12/03/2008 12:00 AM
The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) has announced that Joe Faraldo, president of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York and North American Amateur Drivers Association, has been chosen to receive the 2008 USHWA President\'s Award, bestowed by USHWA president Debbie Little. “Joe Faraldo\'s dedication to this sport is unmatched,” said Little. “Hosting this yea...
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CHHA\'s John Klark, wife Janet, seriously hurt in car accident

on 12/03/2008 12:00 AM
Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association director John Klark and his wife, Janet, were seriously hurt in a single-car accident while driving back to their home in Vermont after attending the Breeders Crown program at the Meadowlands Saturday night. John suffered broken ribs and other injuries and was released from the hospital at New Hampshire’s Dartmouth University, but Janet remains in a com...
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Down Under import scores in Dover feature

on 12/03/2008 12:00 AM
With a picture-perfect drive by Brandon Givens, Lady Bess N, a recent Down Under import owned by Sherrie and Blake Baker, scored a 1:53.4 victory in the $27,000 Open Pace for fillies and mares Tuesday at Dover Downs.   Making good use of starting from post one, Givens took the early lead but gave it up quickly as Shady Sabrina (Ron Pierce), and then Ladyfield (Tony Morgan) took the lead. ...
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Bob McNulty dies in North Carolina

on 12/02/2008 12:00 AM
Former Vernon Downs regular Robert A. (Bob) McNulty, 80, died on November 20, 2008, at his home in Carthage, NC. A native of Scranton, PA, McNulty followed his father, Tony, into the Standardbred sport, competing at tracks in his home state and throughout the northeast.  Although he later trained trotting and pacing horses at the Norwich, NY, fairgrounds, the 5-10, 160-pound horseman was s...
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Dial Or Nodial named NJSS Horse of the Year

on 12/02/2008 12:00 AM
Dial Or Nodial, winner of both New Jersey Sire Stakes Pari-Mutuel finals, $175,000 at the Meadowlands and $85,000 at Freehold Raceway, has been selected overall NJSS Horse of the Year for 2008.   The award, which is voted annually by the Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, is based only on performances in races for New Jersey-sired horses, including NJ Sire Stakes events and other major stakes f...
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Slaley wins on day better suited for ducks than horses

on 12/02/2008 12:00 AM
Slaley made her first start at Monticello Raceway a winning on when the sophomore daughter of Grinfromeartoear  defeated the best distaff pacers on the grounds when she copped the weekly $10,400 Preferred Pace for fillies and mares in 1:58.1 over a soggy racetrack on Monday afternoon.   In a day better suited for ducks than racehorses, Mark Beckwith guided Slaley to a wi...
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Print It makes Dover headlines

on 12/02/2008 12:00 AM
The racing was fast and some payoffs high as Print It, Prince Of Luck and 41-1 shot The Midnight Owl N won the tri-features at Dover Downs on Monday. Print It led only once, that with his last step, as Eric Goodell piloted The Panderosa-Framed Print gelding to an off-the-pace 1:51.2 victory in the $27,000 Open Pace. Owned by former Minnesota Twins World Series winning manager Tom Kelly, the red...
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Woodbine sets marks with seven-eighths experiment

on 12/02/2008 12:00 AM
Monday night, Woodbine Racetrack began its once-a-week experiment with seven-eighth mile (seven furlong) races, and it took just one event to break an 83-year-old world record which was subsequently lowered twice more during the card.   When the 3-year-old filly trotter Summerhill Abra won the first seven-eighths mile race on the program with a 1:43.1, effort it broke the previous...
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Whiskey is what the bettors needed at Woodbine

on 12/02/2008 12:00 AM
On a blustery winter night such as Monday, a shot of whiskey is favored by some bettors to warm the cockles of the heart. At Woodbine, Blended Whiskey did indeed do the heart good, as he delivered a smooth two-length victory in the single $20,000(C) elimination for the Ontario-sired Autumn Series contest for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Sent off as the marginal favorite, Blended Whiske...
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Four-length win for Battleshoe Victor

on 12/02/2008 12:00 AM
After getting great live cover to the three-quarter mile pole, Battleshoe Victor ($6.80) and driver Anthony Napolitano then pulled the pocket and zoomed home as easy winners in the $16,000 Open Trot Monday at the Isle Pompano Park.   It was a big night for Anthony Napolitano as he won four races on the program.   The feature saw Battleshoe Victor leave from post four to take th...
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Paging a winner in the Autumn Series 3CT final

on 12/02/2008 12:00 AM
The 7-5 favorite, Joe Page, pounced from mid-pack to catch a flagging Southwind Rew and win the $47,500(C) Ontario-sired Autumn Series final for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings Monday evening at Woodbine. Leaving from post four, Rick Zeron settled Joe Page into a stalking position in the middle of the pack while Mr. Go and Tom Strauss bore the brunt of a nasty winter wind, up front,...
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Ledford approved in Pennsylvania, listed to drive at The Meadows

on 12/02/2008 12:00 AM
Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission executive director Anton Leppler confirmed to harnessracing.com Tuesday afternoon that Eric Ledford has been approved to race in Pennsylvania and is listed to drive one horse on Friday night at The Meadows. Ledford is scheduled to drive Cher Bono for trainer Mark Goldberg, a 5-year-old pacing mare who won her last start Nov. 28 at The Meadows, and has a...
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Brooke Nickells injured in fall from her riding horse

on 12/01/2008 12:00 AM
Brooke Nickells is recovering in Delray Beach, Florida, from a fall from her riding horse that left her with three cracks in her pelvis and a broken right wrist. According to her father, trainer Bruce Nickells, “she coming real good, and her doctor said ‘it won’t be any problem, it just takes time to heal and don’t worry about your wrist, it will be as good as new.’”   The acci...
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Honorable Daughter Gets Up for 1:55.3 2YO Filly Trot victory

on 11/29/2008 12:00 AM
Honorable Daughter had to grind it out down the home stretch, but caught Yursa Hanover in her last stride at the wire for a 1:55.3 victory in the $700,000 Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly trot at the Meadowlands Saturday night. Southwind Wasabi and Cat Manzi finished third in a close finish with I Wanted Wings.   Yursa Hanover, with Daniel Dube in the bike, took the lead from Musical Mystery...
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In Focus upsets Deweycheatumnhowe in 1:53.4

on 11/29/2008 12:00 AM
For the second year in a row the country’s leading Standardbred has met defeat in the Breeders Crown, Last year it was Donato Hanover, this year it was Deweycheatumnhowe, who gave up his lead in the stretch as In Focus and Dave Palone swept into the lead and scored a 1:53.4 victory in the Breeders Crown $500,000 3-year-old colt and gelding trot. Holiday Credit and Ron Pierce also passed Dewey in...
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