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Stablemates stand out in Miss Vera Bars

on 01/28/2009 12:00 AM
Just 12 three-year-old fillies are going postward at Woodbine in the opener of the Miss Vera Bars Pacing Series on Thursday night, but among them are a couple of stand-outs, both hailing from the shedrow of Murray Brethour. In the first of the two $20,000(C) splits, the lightly-raced lass, Artists Dynasty, has been highlighted as the 3-5 favorite coming out of three solid performances in the ...
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Track cancellations Wednesday due to winter storms

on 01/28/2009 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands, The Meadows, Freehold, Buffalo Raceway, Monticello and Northfield Park have announced that their Wednesday live racing programs have been canceled due to the winter storm on the eastern portion of the country. 
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Harrah\'s Chester amends dates, delays opening until April 13

on 01/28/2009 12:00 AM
Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack has received permission from the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission to amend its 2009 racing dates. The original racing season was from April 5 through Dec. 22. The new opening day has been moved back a week to Monday, April 13.   Additionally, effective May 22 Harrah’s Chester will conduct a 5-day race week that includes Friday augmenting the ...
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Farmer Jones wins first of the year in Pompano feature

on 01/27/2009 12:00 AM
Farmer Jones ($5.60) and driver Kevin Wallis made their way to the winner’s circle after taking the $16,000 featured trot at the Isle Pompano Park in 1:55.2 on Monday.   Karpathos (Wally Hennessey) battled head and head with Battleshoe Victor (Anthony Napolitano) before taking over the lead at the quarter in .27.4. As the field passed the half in .57.3, Richard Simard sitting fourth pull...
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Baillargeon express on track in Don Mills

on 01/27/2009 12:00 AM
The Baillargeon express continued to roll along on Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack with the combination of brothers Mario and Ben taking two of the three divisions in the opening leg of the Don Mills Trotting Series for 4 year olds.   The tandem clicked first with Afternoon Dreams who ran her unbeaten streak to five in the second $25,000(C) split in 1:55.1--the fastest of the three ...
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I Ain\'t No Fool repeats at Dover

on 01/27/2009 12:00 AM
For the second consecutive week and third time this meet, I Ain\'t No Fool won the $26,000 open pace on Monday at Dover Downs. In a carbon copy performance, I Ain\'t No Fool, this week from post eight, took the lead at the start and cut out all the fractions for a 1:51.2 victory. Tim Tetrick was in the bike for trainer Kevin Lare and owners Tom Lazzaro and Harness The Power. JK Lullabye and Ron ...
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New blog gives insight into Diamond Creek Farm

on 01/27/2009 12:00 AM
Diamond Creek Farm owner and manager Adam Bowden may be constantly busy just maintaining his daily routine at the farm in Paris, Ky., the 27 year old has found time to start a blog that gives an inside look into the breeding facility. The blog is called \"From The Inside Out,\" giving readers into what\'s happening on the farm as well as an insight into Bowden\'s decision-making process. &nb...
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Steelers QB Roethlisberger has roots in harness racing

on 01/27/2009 12:00 AM
As this year\'s Super Bowl between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals approaches, there is virtually no stone unturned in the quest for stories, and that includes Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger\'s tie to harness racing, which dates back to his teenage days in Ohio helping out Dr. Hobart Schoonover.    Roethlisberger, a record-setting quarterback at Findlay High...
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New York suspends Case, Sumner, Kash for milkshaking

on 01/27/2009 12:00 AM
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board has announced that three Standardbred trainers, Tim Case, Robert Sumner and Keith Kash, have been handed severe penalties as a result of alleged milkshaking of horses.   “The integrity of racing is a top priority for this Board and those who flout our medication rules are going to have to accept the consequences of their actions,” Racing and ...
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Balmoral Park president makes NBC/MSNBC news

on 01/27/2009 12:00 AM
Balmoral Park president John Johnston made the NBC and MSNBC national television newscasts on Tuesday night when his name was mentioned by Rob Blagojevich, brother of embattled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, in regard to making a cash donation, allegedly to be made in exchange for favorable treatment with legislation. The legislation was the bill which was passed that gives...
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Betfair buying TVG television, betting company

on 01/27/2009 12:00 AM
Tuesday afternoon the European betting shop Betfair, an internet wagering platform that features horse racing, announced it is entering the United States gambling market by spending $50 million to purchase of the TVG television network and account wagering company, according to a press release. The Meadowlands is among the harness tracks featured on TVG.   TVG is being s...
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He\'s just a chipoffablueblock at Dover

on 01/26/2009 12:00 AM
Vic Kirby piloted ultra steady Chipoffablueblock to his fourth win in five starts overtaking race favorite Wesmokempeacepipe (Brandon Givens) in a strong stretch move to win the $25,000 claiming allowance pace Sunday at Dover Downs in 1:53.4. Equinox Hanover (Jon Roberts) finished third. Howard Birney and trainer Archie Peel own the Tulsa Blue Chip-Harmony Oaks lady gelding. Maheer Lord N,...
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Keeping top horses on the track topic in Vegas

on 01/26/2009 12:00 AM
Industry leaders in the Standardbred sport are once again gearing up for the Racing Congress in Las Vegas in early February, and one of the many subjects they will discuss is “How to keep our Equine Stars on the Racetrack” past the age of three.   The second meeting on this subject will be held Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 11:45 am (PST) at the Bellagio. The meeting will take place aft...
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Meaulnes du Corta gets revenge this year

on 01/25/2009 12:00 AM
Last January Meaulnes du Corta broke stride in the homestretch while making a bid to win the Prix d’Amerique, but this year driver Franck Nivard made sure the 88th edition of the race belonged to the 9-year-old stallion. They got their revenge on Sunday afternoon in Paris by defeating Nouba du Saptel and the Jean-Pierre Dubois-driven Qualita Bourbon, who were second and third, respectively. Offs...
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You\'re Next edges Spice Queen in 1:55.1

on 01/24/2009 12:00 AM
You’re Next, who was undefeated in nine starts in 2006 and then won eight of 16 races in 2008, got back on the winning track at the Meadowlands Friday night when he edged Spice Queen, a mare with a mark of 1:53, by a head in 1:55.1. You’re Next enjoyed a trip in the pocket while Spice Queen, who started from post nine, got away 10th and was forced to take an outside route to advance through t...
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Manzi, Bouchard each win three

on 01/24/2009 12:00 AM
It was just Manzi being Manzi--Cat Manzi won three times Friday night at Yonkers Raceway, and his wins included the $31,000 Oepn Handicaps with reformed claimer Nip N Attack (Filly and Mare  Pace) and another feature with track record-holder American Lane (trot feature). Not to completely be overshadowed, Stephane Bouchard also drove three winners on the card.   All three winners ...
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Third straight big Pick 4 payoff at Big M

on 01/24/2009 12:00 AM
Another Meadowlands night of racing, another gigantic Pick 4 payoff.  For the third time in the last six nights, the Pick 4 paid more than $10,000 for a $1 wager on Friday night.   Friday\'s Pick 4 paid $11,061 for the 10-5-8-5 combination.  Two days earlier, the Pick 4 paid $17,054 and last Friday the payoff was $16,035.   The Pick 4 is offered on races six through nine every ...
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Winbak Speed wins fourth straight in $125,000 final

on 01/24/2009 12:00 AM
Winbak Speed completed a series sweep as he rolled to his fourth straight win in the $125,000 Presidential Series final on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.  Winbak Speed was parked through the first half, finally clearing the lead from Boulder Creek as they reached the midway point in :55.  Winbak Speed rebuffed the challenge of Shark Gesture on the final turn and held off the fast-fly...
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Allamerican Idol, Rocknroll Band score in Big M finals

on 01/24/2009 12:00 AM
Allamerican Idol  pulled off a series sweep as he held off the late charge of Lookout Hanover to win the co-featured $72,500 Complex Series final for conditioned pacers Saturday night at the Meadowlands.  Starting from post seven, driver Brian Sears urged Allamerican Idol to the lead in a swift :26.3 opening quarter. Prize Art and Ron Pierce fired to the front next, but Sears retook...
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Oh, what a lucky man

on 01/24/2009 12:00 AM
Lucky Man was anything but lucky as he thoroughly dominated the $60,000(C) Willowdale Pacing Series final on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack in a clocking of 1:51.4. The 4-year-old son of Camluck-Under Her Spell was able to score despite parking through much of the first quarter for driver Randy Waples in a strong :26.4. The top pair then led the field past the half in :55.2. with Real Nice s...
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