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Graceful Sister answers the Closing Bell at Meadows

on 03/06/2009 12:00 AM
Passed before the three-quarter pole and seemingly racing for a minor check, Graceful Sister rallied in the lane to capture the $32,000 final of the Closing Bell Trot, a series for 3-and 4-year-old fillies and mares, on Thursday at The Meadows. The track has staged three series finals so far this week, and Bob Key homebreds have won them all. In the Closing Bell, Graceful Sister surrendered the ...
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Purses reduced at the Meadowlands

on 03/06/2009 12:00 AM
Purses at the Meadowlands have been reduced by 10 percent, effective last Sunday, with the reduction coming as a result of a recent decline in wagering. A Meadowlands official told harnessracing.com the track is trying to avoid an overpayment; in 2008, the Meadowlands had nearly $1 million in purse overpayments.   “We had to take a conservative approach to avoid any large overpayment situ...
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NJ governor appoints commission on horse racing

on 03/06/2009 12:00 AM
On Friday New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine signed an Executive Order creating the Governor’s Commission on the Horse Racing Industry.  The commission is to identify, assess, and recommend possible funding solutions for horse racing meets after 2010 and propose long-term funding solutions that will promote the future sustained viability of the horse racing industry in New Jersey. “...
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133 colt pacers nominated for $1.5 million North America Cup

on 03/06/2009 12:00 AM
A record 133 horses have been nominated to the 26th edition of the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup, set for Saturday, June 27, at Mohawk Racetrack. The previous high came in 2005, when 112 three-year-old pacers were named. The 133 total is 41 more than last year when 92 were kept eligible, representing a 31 percent increase. Headlining this year\'s group of nominees is 2008 Metro Pace and ...
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Buffalo adds two racing days

on 03/06/2009 12:00 AM
Buffalo Raceway is pleased to announce two additional racing days, Sunday, March 22, and Sunday, March 29. The first of 13 races will go off at 1:05 p.m. at the Hamburg oval on the extra racing days. The cancellations due to winter weather has caused the bonus racing days. (Buffalo)
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Is Pangiorno another vincitore for Kleinhans?

on 03/06/2009 12:00 AM
With the help of his racing manager, Anthony Altomonte, trainer Peter Kleinhans has carved a niche for himself by acquiring green horses with great potential. Wearable Art, the 2007 Berry’s Creek winner, and current winter series standout Oliver Cleo are among their shrewd purchases and on Friday night they will send out their most recent prospect, Pangiorno, in the opening leg of the Matt...
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Bunny Lake\'s Bunny\'s Legacy wins in debut

on 03/06/2009 12:00 AM
The 3-year-old filly pacer Bunny’s Legacy, the first foal of 2001 Pacer of the Year Bunny Lake, won her career debut Thursday night at Saratoga Harness Raceway, capturing a maiden event by 1 1/2 lengths in 2:01.4.   With trainer-driver John Stark Jr., Bunny\'s Legacy dropped in fifth early from post position seven and then moved to the lead at the half. From there she led the rest of the ...
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Sportsfancy joins sub-1:50 club

on 03/06/2009 12:00 AM
Sportsfancy became a sub-1:50 performer on Friday night when she won the $50,000 first leg of the Overbid Series with a 1:49.4 score over Cape & Cutter champion Martha Maxine. Sportsfancy had finished a fading fifth in the Cape & Cutter final two weeks earlier, hence she slipped by most of the bettors and paid $29.60 for her Overbid win. Brian Sears drove Sportsfancy to the victory for ...
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Likeabatoutahell trots in 1:52.2

on 03/06/2009 12:00 AM
Michael Andrew\'s homebred Likeabatoutahell continued to show his best form on Friday night at the Meadowlands as he picked up his third victory in nine starts and lowered his lifetime mark to 1:52.2 by winning the $31,500 Invitational Trot.   Brian Sears drove Likeabatoutahell, a 6-year-old gelding by SJ\'s Caviar out of the Final Score mare Miss Molly Tamale. Trond Smedshammer trains the ...
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JK Reunited sweeps series for fillies/mares at The Meadows

on 03/06/2009 12:00 AM
JK Reunited completed her sweep of the Early Call series for 3- and 4-year-old filly pacers Friday at The Meadows, capturing the $28,700 final in 1:52.2, the fastest mile this year for a 4-year-old mare on a five-eighths mile track. The daughter of Bettors Delight-JK On Broadway so dominated the series that the combined margin of her four victories was 22-3/4 lengths. Dave Palone sent JK Reunited...
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Spunky Vic captures top Delaware trot

on 03/05/2009 12:00 AM
While LT\'s Best and Vince Copeland and JM Vangogh with Tony Morgan continued a head-to-head battle that began on the backstretch, Ross Wolfenden sped down the passing lane with Spunky Vic to overtake the battling pair plus other contenders to notch a 1:55.1 lifetime best in the $32,000 Open Trot. Arty Foster owns and trains the Valley Victor B Cor Spunky gelding, now a two-time winner this ye...
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Dingy\'s Model shocks in Balmoral Park series

on 03/05/2009 12:00 AM
After two legs of preliminary action a group of seven filly and mare pacers gathered in Wednesday’s ninth race at Balmoral Park to contest the $9,000 final of the Fox Valley Redhot Series.   With preliminary winners Smiling Angel, Haylie Sue and Not So Slim taking most of the betting action  James and Teri Blackman’s Dingy’s Model may have been  overlooked at the betti...
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Scooterlastchamp upsets in Bret Hanover final

on 03/05/2009 12:00 AM
Scooterslastchamp, a 6-year old Direct Scooter gelding out of the Beach Towel mare Gene’s Last Ride, won the $20,000 Bret Hanover final, for horses who have raced for a $10,000 claiming tag, in 1:56.4, for owner Barbara Russo, at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night.   Driven by reinsman Dan Yetman, Scooterslastchamp ($37.80) left sharply from post two, and settled behind the earl...
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$40,010 Pick Four Thursday at Big M

on 03/05/2009 12:00 AM
A hefty $40,010 Pick Four carryover tops the Thursday night card at the Meadowlands. Offered nightly on races six through nine, the Pick 4 features a low 15 percent takeout and nightly guaranteed pools ($25,000 Wednesday–Friday and $50,000 Saturday).   The Thursday night Pick Four begins with the second leg of the Night Styles Series, with Teenage Paige the one to beat as she bids for her...
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Major In Art leads Meadowlands Pace nominees

on 03/05/2009 12:00 AM
Major In Art tops a list of 73 colts nominated to the $1 million Meadowlands Pace on Saturday, July 18, and the total represents a 7 percent increase from last year\'s nominations (68).   Elimination races on July 11 will determine the 10 finalists who advance to the 2009 Meadowlands Pace.The 2008 Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year Major In Art counted the Woodrow Wilson at the Meadowlands...
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Trotter gets all the money at Monticello

on 03/05/2009 12:00 AM
This winter at Monticello Raceway the winners-over classes have been dominated by two horses. On the pacing side where the weekly feature is presented on Tuesdays, Southbound Trucker notched his fifth win in six starts, and on Wednesday Getthemoney won the winners-over trot and now he has three wins and two seconds against the best trotters on the grounds. Getting a driver change to Jimmy ...
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Darlin\'s Delight makes 2009 debut on Friday

on 03/05/2009 12:00 AM
Darlin’s Delight makes her 2009 debut in the $50,000 opening round of the Overbid Series on Friday night at the Meadowlands. The 6-year-old mare, trained by Jeff Stafford, is rated 9-2 from post eight in the sixth race field, which includes Cape & Cutter winner Martha Maxine. A winner of $2.5 million lifetime, Darlin’s Delight was first or second in 10 of 16 starts in 2008 as she battled ...
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Magna files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

on 03/05/2009 12:00 AM
Magna Entertainment Corporation (MEC), which owns Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park, Thistledown Racetrack, and manages the harness racing operation at The Meadows, announced early Thursday afternoon that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and has agreed to sell Gulfstream, Golden Gate Fields, Palm Meadows Training Center, Lone Star Park, its interests in AmTote International, and ...
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Pocket-rocket trip scores in Pompano feature

on 03/04/2009 12:00 AM
Fred Monteleone’s U All BB ($14.80) was the pocket-rocket at the Isle Pompano Park Tuesday, using perfect cover in capturing the $16,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace.   Pasta Lavista and driver Dan Clements went right to the lead at the start of the feature with U All BB and driver Bruce Ranger grabbing the two-hole dream trip. Pasta Lavista led the field to the opening quarter mile in ...
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Still Electric wins at Dover; Pierce thrown from sulky

on 03/04/2009 12:00 AM
For the third time in her last four starts, Still Electric won the $32,000 Mares Open Pace impressively on Tuesday at Dover Downs, while Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce was thrown from his sulky in the second race. Taken to a nearby hospital, he was checked and released, complaining only of a sore neck.   The racing accident happened when the Pierce-driven She\'s Real Wild apparently ch...
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