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Commissioner proposes slots at the tracks through Lottery

on 03/13/2009 2:00 AM
An Ohio racing commissioner says that tracks in the Buckeye State can get slot machines without asking the state’s voters for approval.   Thomas M. Zaino, a former Ohio tax commissioner and now member of the racing commission, said that each track could install 2,000 slot machines, working in cooperation with the Ohio Lottery Commission or the racing commission to administer the mach...
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Raceway Park announces late closers

on 03/13/2009 2:00 AM
Raceway Park, which opens its harness meet on April 18, has announced its late-closer schedule for the 2009 racing season. One event for trotters, and three pacing events are scheduled.  Each event will consist of two legs and a final, with nominating fees of $50 for each event.   The nomination forms are available on Raceway Park’s website: www.racewayparktoledo.comon the Racin...
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Grismore drives 7 winners at Yonkers Thursday

on 03/13/2009 2:00 AM
The night before \"unlucky\" Friday the 13th, Greg Grismore rolled a lucky seven, winning that many  Yonkers Raceway dashes from 11 drives. Grismore-driven horses made momey in all of his races. \"It\'s by far the best night I\'ve had since moving east,:\" Grismore said. The Ohio expatriate matched the then-North American record of 10 wins in a single program in June of 2004 at Northfield Pa...
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Damsel Series opener at Woodbine

on 03/13/2009 2:00 AM
Rip Rockin Lady came from way off the pace to win by a neck in the first of two $20,000 divisions of the Damsel Pacing series opener on Thursday night at Woodbine, while Designated Leader took the faster second split in 1:54. With favorite The Three Of Us scratched due to lameness, the field was wide open for the first Damsel split. B M Mcw and Sylvain Filion took advantage to shoot t...
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Walter Case planning to resume driving at Plainridge

on 03/13/2009 2:00 AM
Walter Case Jr. will return to driving once again at Plainridge Racecourse during the 2009 Spring Meet which begins next Monday, March 16. Case, who recently located to New York from Ohio, is working on the final details of a release from the New York State Parole Board which will allow him to travel to Massachusetts in order to go back to work driving horses.   Although he will n...
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Goodtimes to be first big stakes for Federal Flex

on 03/13/2009 2:00 AM
Less than eight weeks ago, their owners were accepting O’Brien Award trophies for their accomplishments in their two-year-old years. Suddenly, it’s March, and Canada’s champion freshman trotters, one filly and one colt, are gearing up for the biggest year of their lives.   On the distaff side, all eyes will be on the Angus Hall filly, Elusive Desire. Last year, her trainer Mike Keelin...
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SBOA/NJ saves $600,000 for NJ Sire Stakes purses

on 03/12/2009 2:00 AM
The efforts of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOA/NJ) have saved $600,000 in New Jersey Sire Stakes funds which had been frozen by the New Jersey Office of Management and Budget.   SBOANJ president Tom Luchento spearheaded a drive to reach out to nearly a dozen key state legislators to demand the release of the funding which is critical to the New Jersey ...
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Vallandingham on the road to recovery

on 03/12/2009 2:00 AM
Gene Vallandingham can laugh about it now, but the 68-year-old driver and trainer escaped a scary accident at Cal Expo.        \"I must have been in 300-plus wrecks,\" said the veteran. \"Pylons are the best thing that ever happened to racetracks. People have a chance to escape now. I was lucky -- again.\"        Cleared by d...
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Drivers injured in Woodbine spill moving forward in recovery

on 03/12/2009 2:00 AM
The three drivers who were the most severely injured of the eight involved in a chain-reaction pile-up at Woodbine on March 2 are all on the mend and looking forward to being back in the bike. Roger Mayotte, who sustained a broken right arm, dislocated shoulder, and torn ligaments in his pelvis while parting company with Shiny Mach, has this week returned to his barn at Mohawk, though he’s wa...
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Indiana adopts new whipping regulations

on 03/12/2009 2:00 AM
The most stringent regulations in North America harness racing regarding the use of the whip are now in place in Indiana. The Indiana Horse Racing Commission voted unanimously at its March 12, 2009 public meeting to adopt whipping reform measures. The first-of-its-kind regulation requires handholds to be taut with the elbows in front of the chest while limiting whipping to wrist action only – mi...
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Ontario group issues discussion paper on whipping

on 03/11/2009 2:00 AM
  The Standardbred Working Group under the Use of the Whip Initiative is considering a number of proposals to change the rules that would lead to restrictions to the use of the whip. The Group is interested in receiving your comments and opinions on one of the proposed solutions. This proposal describes a practice of a hand on each line that has been put into place in some US locations and...
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World record set by Esmeralda Semalu

on 03/11/2009 2:00 AM
Esmeralda Semalu became the world’s fastest older pacing mare on a five-eighths mile track Tuesday at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, winning the third race $16,000 Open in 1:49.4. It was the first time ever that an older mare has broken the sub 1:50 mark for a one mile race.  The five-year-old daughter of Electric Stena, trained and driven to victory by Joe Pavia, Jr. led from start ...
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Pacific Philly, Apache Dame, First Draw win at Dover

on 03/11/2009 2:00 AM
Pacific Philly, after five seconds this season, broke into the win column in the top distaff event of the week the $32,000 Open, while Apache Dame won the $25,000 Jr. Open and First Draw, a $21,000 female pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday, March 10. Tim Tetrick drove five winners; Ross Wolfenden won three.    Eddie Davis Jr. drove Pacific Philly along the passing lane to a 1:52.3 victory...
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New Pocono paddock to be ready March 19

on 03/11/2009 2:00 AM
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will open the 2009 season with a brand new, state-of-the-art paddock area.  The $6.2 million project is scheduled to be operational in time for the track’s first qualifiers on March 19 in preparation for opening night on April 1.   To accommodate the construction necessities and ensure the paddock’s readiness for this year, Pocono had to shorten its 2008...
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Monticello cancels Wednesday card

on 03/11/2009 2:00 AM
Monticello Raceway has cancelled its Wednesday card because of unsafe track conditions, which marks the third straight day the track has cancelled live racing. Current track conditions are the results of a very cold winter in which the frost has been has permeated deep into the ground.   With the recent unseasonably warm weather the earth, is thawing and there is little that can be don...
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Standardbred Canada has $1 million budget already lined up

on 03/11/2009 2:00 AM
Standardbred Canada on Wednesday announced a multi-year initiative to help re-energize horse racing across Canada through the launch of Adrenaline-Canada\'s Racing Festival, an event that will present four days of events to generate awareness of harness racing.Speaking at Sarnia\'s Hiawatha Horse Park and Entertainment Centre before local politicians, industry stakeholders and ...
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Artists Rally draws pole, favoriite for Hopeful final

on 03/11/2009 2:00 AM
Artists Rally drew the pylons and was made the 6-5 morning-line favorite for Yonkers Raceway\'s $49,400 final of the Hopeful Pacing Series for 3-year-old colts and geldings on Saturday night. The feature will go as the ninth race.   Artists Rally, a Real Artist colt, missed the first week of the series before prevailing in 1:56.1 and 1:56.2, respectively. Ryan Anderson retains the ...
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Harrah\'s Chester announces nomination numbers

on 03/11/2009 2:00 AM
The 2009 early-closers at Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack has attracted 1,352 nominations in the 10 events, which includes nominations to the Final Four, the races for 2 year olds previously held on a rotating basis between the Meadowlands and Woodbine.   Last year’s Dan Patch Older Pacer of the Year Mister Big and Meadowlands Pace winner Art Official lead the list of ...
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Group describes its plans for casinos in Ohio

on 03/11/2009 2:00 AM
A group behind the \"Ohio Jobs and Growth Plan\" has issued a news release in which it explains its plan for full-fledged casinos in Ohio. The group includes Penn National Gaming, which owns Raceway Park, but the Ohio Jobs and Growth Plan\'s only benefit to horse racing would be that the horse industry receive 3% of gaming revenues (estimated at $18 million) to help \"revitalize the...
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Indiana to consider tougher whipping rule

on 03/10/2009 2:00 AM
Indiana is well-known as being a strict jurisdiction when it comes to rules enforcement, and on Thursday, March 12, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) will consider new emergency rules that will drastically change the way drivers use the whip in competition at Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs--a new rule would limit whipping action by drivers to wrist action only. The proposal has ...
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