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Empire reigns at Pompano Park

on 02/24/2009 12:00 AM
With a quick brush to the lead after the half mile marker, Keystone Empire ($9.40) and driver Richard Simard were able to score their second victory of the year with a 1:56.3 triumph Monday in the $16,000 Open Handicap Trot at the Isle Pompano Park.   The fifth race feature saw Karpathos (Wally Hennessey) out duel Cisco Hall (Dan Clements) for the early lead to the opening quarter mile in ...
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WEG drivers meet with ORC senior judge

on 02/24/2009 12:00 AM
On Saturday night at Woodbine, just prior to racing, members of the WEG driver colony met with Ontario Racing Commission senior judge Patti Webb to go over a number of issues. The ORC judges have committed to more stringent enforcement of drivers keeping holes filled and maintaining a reasonable pace during conduct of WEG races. Along with these items, some of the other issues discussed were th...
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NJ horse racing interests to meet with Christie

on 02/24/2009 12:00 AM
Representatives of New Jersey’s racing interests will be meeting on Tuesday night with former U.S. attorney Christopher Christie who is making a bid to be the Republican gubernatorial candidate. Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey president Tom Luchento and first vice president Edward Razzetti as well as Thoroughbred representatives Dennis Drazin and Thomas Swal...
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Trotter gets no respect, but he\'s irresistible

on 02/24/2009 12:00 AM
Irresistible Mel has become the Rodney Dangerfield of the Big TARP, a series for 3- and 4-year-old trotting colts and geldings at The Meadows. He won his third series start Monday in as many legs, but in none of those races was he sent off as the favorite. On Monday, Irresistible Mel got away fourth as the 2-1 second choice. At Aaron Merriman’s urging, he unleashed a long, uncovered bid that c...
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SBOANJ negotiates NJSS purse enhancement

on 02/24/2009 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) has successfully negotiated a $400,000 purse enhancement for the New Jersey Sire Stakes events contested at the Meadowlands in 2009 as well as a $1.2 million supplement to overnight purses to benefit New Jersey-owned or bred horses. The $400,000 will be applied to the preliminary legs of the New Jersey Sire Stakes. This ye...
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Michigan\'s Boyd sends letter to governor to save industry

on 02/24/2009 12:00 AM
Michigan Harness Horsemen\'s Association president Brett Boyd has written a letter to the state\'s governor, Jennifer Granholm, in the hope she will reconsider her 2010 budget proposal that shifts state funding in a way that will likely lead to decreased purses and the possible extinction of the industry. The following is that letter:   February 22, 2009 The Honorable J...
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Goldstein tribute in the New York Times

on 02/23/2009 12:00 AM
New York Times writer George Vecsey wrote a glowing tribute in Monday\'s newspaper to the late publicist Joe Goldstein, who died Feb. 13. It was in that newspaper in 1959 that Goldstein made his first splash as a harness publicist when he took out an advertisement searching for artichokes to feed the French trotty Jamin who was entered in the International Trot at Roosevelt.   To read Vecse...
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Americans dictate in races at Invercargill

on 02/23/2009 12:00 AM
Drivers from the United States dominated from the front at Ascot Park in Invercargill on Feb. 22, in both the races designated as part of the five-raceday American/New Zealand Amateur Drivers series. Gregg Keidel driving Seldomgetit scored convincingly in the first of the 2200m mobile events while Boa Holmes with David Seigel in the sulky \'fell-in\' to win the second contest. Although the pa...
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Yonkers moving post time to 7:10 p.m.

on 02/23/2009 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway is moving its first post to 7:10 p.m. every racing night, beginning next Monday, March 2, it was announced by general manager Bob Galterio. The Raceway maintains a five-per-week (Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday) live harness schedule, so first post moves up one-half hour the first four nights and back 20 minutes Saturday evening. The new uniform first post, app...
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Upsets abound at the Meadowlands

on 02/22/2009 12:00 AM
In a stunning victory, Southwestern Dream established stakes records for the fastest mile (1:49.4) and highest payoff ($108.00) in the $84,000 Aquarius Series Final, one of three series finals contested on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Southwestern Dream ($108.00, $29.80, $10.40) drafted behind Lucky Man, who fired to the front in a :26.3 opening panel, then followed Proper Respect as he pr...
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Digital Z Tam wins at Yonkers

on 02/22/2009 12:00 AM
Digital Z Tam took full advantage of his assigned pole position on Saturday night, going the distance to annex Yonkers Raceway\'s $31,000 Open Handicap pace. With trainer Pat Lachance doing the honors, Digital Z Tam -- fresh from a life-best, 1:51.4 effort across the river a week ago -- set sail through fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:25. Johnny Walker (Jason Bartlett) was perched in the p...
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Macombers hot at Pompano

on 02/22/2009 12:00 AM
Right now they are one of the hottest percentage winning father and son teams in harness racing. Richard Macomber as the trainer and Ricky Macomber, Jr., as the driver and this Saturday night at the Isle Pompano Park saw their numbers only increase. Going into Saturday’s program at the Pompano Park, Richard Macomber’s Universal Rating as a trainer was .552, and Ricky Macomber, Jr’s Unive...
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Cowboy Hanover guns to the win at Cal-Expo

on 02/22/2009 12:00 AM
The pace was pedestrian and he was sitting last into a sprint, but that didn\'t prevent Cowboy Hanover from winning his fourth in a row. Open Handicap pacers, racing for a $6,500 purse, were featured at Cal-Expo on Saturday night, on which Cowboy Hanover flew home again. Coming away last from post four in the field of the same number with the scratch of Keystone Eli, driver Luke Plano wasn\'...
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Martha Maxine, Yellow Diamond sparkle at the Meadowlands

on 02/21/2009 12:00 AM
Driver Andy Miller scored his second straight win in the Cape & Cutter as Martha Maxine motored to a career best 1:50.4 victory in the $87,500 final Friday night at the Meadowlands.  Martha Maxine [$3.80, $2.40, $2.10] sat fourth on the rail until her stablemate, Glory Bee, moved out to challenge Sportsfancy down the backstretch.  Miller tipped Martha Maxine off her cover in the stre...
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It\'s a Romp in the Count B

on 02/21/2009 12:00 AM
Midnite Romp used a perfect cover trip to capture the C$52,400 Count B Pacing Series Final for 3-year-old colts and geldings at Woodbine Racetrack on Friday night. With regular driver Rick Zeron at the controls, the son of Million Dollar Cam--Late Nite Out was taken off the early speed and watched as My Gift To You blasted out from post 10 to take the field past the first station in :27. As th...
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Just one Wrinkle in this win

on 02/21/2009 12:00 AM
Overcoming a terrible draw, Wrinkle Hanover found the pocket early, then kicked past the heavy favorite late to win a division of the Early Call Series, a series for 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare pacers, on Friday at The Meadows. Despite leaving from post position nine, Mike Wilder hustled Wrinkle Hanover to a good seat behind Serenity Hanover, who was hammered down to 1-5. Wrinkle Hano...
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Just another Friday night for Manzi and Cito

on 02/21/2009 12:00 AM
Unless you happen to be driver Cat Manzi and/or trainer Csrl Cito, Jr., these sort of Friday night theme stories would probably border on the boring. For Manzi and Cito, these are the sort of reruns they can live with, as stablemates American Lane (trot) and Nip N Attack (fillies and mares pace) once again took care of Yonkers Raceway business in the $31,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. Ame...
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Fisher-Iversen sweep General Brock splits

on 02/20/2009 12:00 AM
Trainer Ira Fisher completely dominated Thursday’s opening leg of the General Brock Trotting Series for 4-year-olds at Woodbine Racetrack as he sent out three of the four divisional winners, and all three winners are owned by Ely Iversen of Moffat, Ontario. The pair clicked first with HP Forte in the first division in 1:58.2 for driver Mark MacDonald. The son of Muscles Yankee-HP Espoir ...
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Rohr hoping to find the awful truth in Exit 16W final

on 02/20/2009 12:00 AM
Heidi Rohr traded a career in finance for one in harness racing, a decision that will pay big dividends if The Awful Truth wins the $73,800 Exit 16W final on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.    The Awful Truth is listed as the 4-1 second choice from post two in the Exit 16W for 4-year-old pacers. Rocknroll Band, winner of five straight, looms the one to beat as the 2-1 favori...
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Billy Dobson wins 1,000th career race

on 02/20/2009 12:00 AM
Billy Dobson won the 1,000th race of his career Thursday afternoon at Monticello Raceway, with the milestone event coming with Doubloon.   Last September the 24-year-old Dobson ventured to Monticello Raceway from Michigan and even though he came without any horses it didn’t take much time for the youngster’s talent to be recognized by the local training colony. Thoug...
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