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Shapiro says racing needs national commissioner

on 02/05/2009 12:00 AM
There was more of stating the obvious in the second of the two general sessions of the 2009 Racing Congress—that is, racing is struggling to remain competitive—and speakers in the second session threw out a few ideas for making sure horse racing is still around in the future.   But one of the last speakers delivered one of the most dire messages. Richard Shapiro, former chairman of the ...
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USTA full board meets new executive vp

on 02/04/2009 12:00 AM
The US Trotting Association, Harness Tracks of America, Harness Horsemen International and several   other horse racing organizations gathered at the Bellagio in Las Vegas Tuesday for the opening of the 2009 Racing Congress. In the 90-minute opening session, the USTA\'s current slate of officers ran unopposed and were returned, with Ivan Axelrod as chairman, Phil Langley as presid...
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Racing of horses their 4-year-old year discussed at Congress

on 02/04/2009 12:00 AM
A Tuesday meeting of the Stars of Racing Committee attracted a crowd of nearly 100 during the first day of the Racing Congress at the Bellagio hotel/casino in Las Vegas, with the subject being a proposal that would mandate the racing of horses past the age of three before heading to stallion duty.   Impassioned speeches were made on both sides of the equation, a discussion that will be cont...
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Shytown Lightning Strikes in Pompano\'s Open

on 02/04/2009 12:00 AM
Shytown Lightning ($14.20) and driver Andy Santeramo battled every step as they paced for home to take top honors in the $16,000 Fillies & Mares Open in 1:54 on Tuesday at the Isle Pompano Park. David Ingraham and Golden Falcon N went right to the lead to take the top pacers through fractions of .27.3, .56.4 and 1:25. Santeramo pulled Shytown Lightning from the pocket as they turned for home...
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ORC rules on McFadden appeal

on 02/04/2009 12:00 AM
Scott McFadden appealed against the deputy director’s rulings S.B. 180/2008 and 181/2008 to render the horses, Dr Sharkey and Reason To Celebrate, ineligible to race in Ontario for a period of 90 days and placed on the Judges’ List from December 8, 2008 to March 8, 2009, pursuant to Rules 11.10.01 and 20.01.01(i) of the Rules of Standardbred Racing. The Rulings were issue...
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Freehold cancels Wednesday card, moves qualifiers to Friday

on 02/04/2009 12:00 AM
 Due to icy conditions, Freehold Raceway has cancelled live racing on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 and rescheduled qualifiers to Friday. (Freehold)
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NJSEA\'s Robinson draws parallels between pro sport, racing

on 02/04/2009 12:00 AM
The first general session of the 2009 Racing Congress got underway on Wednesday morning in Las Vegas, and presentations included a pep talk about getting through tough times, a prediction that horse racing will be a marginal sport in five years, and a comparison of the organization of professional sports such as the NBA and NFL and horse racing by Dennis Robinson, CEO of the New Jersey Sports and ...
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Kentucky Horse Council offers more information on slots bill

on 02/03/2009 12:00 AM
Some members have requested the link to the actual wording on HB 158 (the “slots” bill). This is excellent, because it is not until you read the details (hard as that often is) that you understand what legislators are actually voting on. Also, be aware that there are changes made to the bill by the bill’s sponsor right up until the moment it is submitted for voting, and there can be fl...
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Afternoon Dreams, Sand Wyndham score again in Don Mills

on 02/03/2009 12:00 AM
Afternoon Dreams and Sand Wyndham both positioned themselves for a possible sweep of this year\'s Don Mills Trotting Series with victories in the second leg on Monday night (Feb. 2) at Woodbine Racetrack. It was Afternoon Dreams extending her win streak to six with a front-end tally in the first C$25,000 split for driver Mario Baillargeon in 1:56. The 4-year-old daughter of Dream Vacation-Form Fi...
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George Patterson, Sr., Dies

on 02/03/2009 12:00 AM
  George F. Patterson Sr., 86, a former Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission, died Jan. 29, 2009. He was living in Naples, Florida. Mr. Patterson made his mark in the industrial world as the founder of EUR Datacenter Inc. He was the father-in-law of Gerald Hempt, son of Harness Hall of Famer Max C. Hempt, and came to serve on the Harness Racing Commission, often a...
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Hot N Sporty by a nose at Dover

on 02/03/2009 12:00 AM
 Hot N Sporty won the $32,500 Delaware Special by a nose while I Ain\'t No Fool took his third straight $26,000 Open on Monday at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick had five winners, Tony Morgan piloted four and Jim Morand had three. Hot N Sporty found room coming down the middle of the stretch while Art Director came from the outside with only a nose separating the two at the wire in 1:52 i...
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Battleshoe Victor trots to victory at Pompano

on 02/03/2009 12:00 AM
Mother Nature wasn’t very kind in South Florida once again as the skies opened up with rain on Monday night at the Isle Pompano Park. But it didn’t stop Battleshoe Victor ($5.00) and driver Anthony Napolitano from being victorious in the $16,000 Open Trot on a \'sloppy\' track. Keystone Empire (Kevin Wallis) got the first call with Hellava Hush (Richard Simard) and Battleshoe Victor rushing o...
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Blue Boy is the big boy in Art Unger

on 02/02/2009 12:00 AM
David Miller unleashed Blue Boy off cover down the stretch to take the $12,500 first leg of the Art Unger Stakes Pace Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands. David Miller scored his third win in the day\'s tenth and final race with Blue Boy in 1:52.1. Harrah’s Best finished 1 3-4 lengths behind in second and Golden Receiver was third. Blue Boy paid $6.00, $4.20, and $2.40. Owned by t...
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Meadowlands adds live card on Feb. 18

on 02/02/2009 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands has added a live racing date on Wednesday, Feb. 18, with post time at 7 p.m. 
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Prix de France kicks off European Grand Circuit

on 02/02/2009 12:00 AM
The prestigious European Grand Circuit kicks off on Feb. 8 with the $448,542 Prix de France, which is raced at Hippodrome Paris Vincennes. Foreign bred horses will be looking for revenge against the French born Prix d’Amerique winner, Meaulnes Du Corta. The best finish by a foreigner in the Prix d’Amerique was Opal Viking’s fifth place.   But, Pierre Levesque, trainer of Prix d’Amer...
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AHC Issues Forum to highlight welfare of horse

on 02/02/2009 12:00 AM
The American Horse Council has announced that the focus of this year’s National Issues Forum will be the “Welfare of the Horse.”  The Forum will be held June 16 in Washington, DC as part of the AHC’s annual meeting.   Over the last year, concerns about the welfare of horses used in racing, showing, recreation, or work have been raised by our fans, the general public, the media,...
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Winbak Speed named January Horse of the Month

on 02/02/2009 12:00 AM
Melvin \"Wayne\" Givens and Niel Gargiulo put up $30,000 to claim Winbak Speed from a race at Dover Downs one year ago, and now they have a Horse of the Month honoree.   Givens and Gargiulo bought themselves an accomplished pacer who has returned their investment many times over, in large part thanks to sweeping the Presidential Pacing Series during January at the Meadowlands...
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Beach Party’ At O’Brien Awards

on 02/01/2009 12:00 AM
It was one big ‘beach’ party at the O’Brien Awards, Canada’s national harness racing awards on Saturday night as world champion pacer, Somebeachsomewhere and his connections took home four of the evening’s trophies. The O\'Brien Awards are named for the late Hall of Famer Joe O\'Brien and recognize the horses and people who have made the greatest contribution to Canadian har...
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I Can Only Imagine does at Pompano

on 02/01/2009 12:00 AM
It was a cool night in south Florida, but driver Bruce Ranger and I Can Only Imagine ($3.60) turned in a hot mile of 1:51.1 in the $16,000 Open pace at the Isle Pompano Park on Saturday. Sugar’s Pride (Joe Pavia, Jr.) got the first call off the gate, but Gotta Go Moe and Wally Hennessey charged right to the lead to take the top pacers to the first quarter in :26.4. Ranger pulled I Can Only I...
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Tasmanian Daniel wins at Yonkers

on 02/01/2009 12:00 AM
Even though the public couldn\'t get enough of the Saturday night invader, it was proven local talent winning Yonkers Raceway\'s $31,000 Open Handicap pace. Tasmanian Daniel (Larry Stalbaum) went the distance from post position six, holding sway through intervals of :28.1, :57.4, 1:25.1, and 1:53.1. Sent postward as the 11-1 fifth choice, he stepped around J P Jackpot (Stephane Boichard), ...
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