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Major changes planned for Meadowlands dining areas

on 01/09/2009 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands has announced plans to revamp both Terraces and the top floor Pegasus dining areas, and among the changes to Terraces, the clubhouse dining room on the glass at the track, will be a new VIP area. For years regular racetrack attendees and horse owners who ate in Terraces  frequently reported poor experiences.    In a press release issued on ...
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Presidential Series kicks off Saturday night

on 01/09/2009 12:00 AM
Just a year ago, Winbak Speed was racing against $30,000 claimers at Dover Downs, but on Saturday night he will take on a trio of millionaires in the Presidential Series at the Meadowlands, the first major stakes of the season for free-for-all pacers. The three-week Presidential Series culminates in a $125,000 final on Saturday, Jan. 24. Winbak Speed will star from post six as the 9-5 morning...
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Flamboro Downs announces new Ellamony Stakes for pacing mares

on 01/09/2009 12:00 AM
Flamboro Downs has announced the creation of a new major stakes event named in honour of a Canadian racing legend, the great Ellamony, with the $130,000 (C)(est.) Ellamony Stakes becoming the crown jewel of the track’s \"Spring Into Summer\" event, a promotion launched last year to kick off the summer racing season at Flamboro Downs.  Open to aged pacing mares, The Ellamony S...
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Vernon horsemen get to stay in stable area this winter

on 01/09/2009 12:00 AM
New York State Racing and Wagering Board Chairman John D. Sabini announced on Friday that a new agreement has been reached that allows horsemen to keep their horses at the Vernon Downs harness track through the spring of 2011 and thus retains vital jobs in the Oneida County region. “This agreement was struck in the spirit of compromise after days of delicate negotiations,” said Chairman...
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Pro Bono Best moving to Perretti of Indiana

on 01/09/2009 12:00 AM
Pro Bono Best, the sire of top free-for-aller Bono Bests p,4, 1:49.3, will stand at Perretti Farms of Indiana effective with the 2009 breeding season. He was previously scheduled to stand at Schwartz Boarding Farm in Indiana.   Pro Bono Best was a world champion 2-year-old on a five-eighths mile track and also won the Metro. Since his retirement from racing he has stood at stud in...
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No racing at Meadowlands Sunday due to Giants game

on 01/09/2009 12:00 AM
Due to the New York Giants’ playoff game at home on Sunday, live racing and simulcasting has been canceled at the Meadowlands. If the Giants prevail, the racetrack will also be closed Sunday, Jan. 18.
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Foreman puts up his Duke at Dover Downs

on 01/08/2009 12:00 AM
Former world heavyweight boxing and Olympic champion George Foreman came out a winner in his first effort of the year as Major Duke, a well-bred 4-year-old pacer that Foreman owns scored a convincing victory, a veritable knockout, at Dover Downs in the rain on Wednesday night.   Conditioned by George Teague, one of the sport\'s most successful trainers, Major Duke led from the s...
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Super Bowl Series kicks off at the Meadowlands

on 01/08/2009 12:00 AM
Trotters took center stage on Wednesday night at the Meadowlands, as the three-week Super Bowl Series kicked off with six $12,500 divisions. After breaking stride in his three starts prior, Mr. Principal ($4.40) redeemed himself with a 6 1/2-length romp in 1:57.4, the fastest of the Super Bowl clockings. Andy Miller steered the 4-year-old son of Andover Hall to his fifth win in 13 career st...
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Brian Webster dismissed at Forest City sale

on 01/08/2009 12:00 AM
Brian Webster has announced that he has been dismissed as president and sale manager of the Forest City Yearling Sale in Canada.   In a press release which Webster issued on Thursday morning, he wrote as follows:  \"After 9 years as President and Sale Manager of Forest City Yearling Sale, I have been notified that my employment will end on February 28, 2009 (the company year end) ...
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WEG calls off negotiations with OHHA

on 01/08/2009 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) issued the following statement Thursday afternoon regarding its contract negotiations with the Ontario Harness Horse Association: WEG finds it regrettable that OHHA continues to act in bad faith by, among other things, attempting to engage third parties to interfere with WEG\'s private commercial matters. WEG is in receipt of a letter sent by OHHA on Jan....
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New marketing manager for Tioga/Vernon

on 01/08/2009 12:00 AM
American Racing and Entertainment has announced that Patrick Coleman is its newest addition to the racing department for Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs. Coleman has joined the racing team as the Regional Racing Marketing Manager for both properties and will oversee all racing marketing operations during the 2009 race seasons.   Coleman previously worked for the compan...
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Palone, Tetrick tie for honors as HTA\'s top driver

on 01/08/2009 12:00 AM
Western Pennsylvania\'s perennial driving champion Dave Palone and record-setting driver Tim Tetrick have finished in a tie for harness racing\'s highest honor for drivers, the Harness Tracks of America Driver of the Year Award.   The award, the most difficult in harness racing to win, requires a driver to finish in the top 25 in North America in money won, races won, and driver percentage ...
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Hearing on disputed Western Fair race scheduled

on 01/08/2009 12:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission on Thursday afternoon issued the following: The judges\' ruling of a race at Western Fair last October is one of the appeals being heard next week by the Ontario Racing Industry Board of Appeal. The appeals are scheduled to be heard Tuesday, Jan. 13, commencing at 9:30 a.m. in the Hearing Room of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC). The ORC is taking st...
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Chapsboots N Spurs wins Mares Open in 1:52.1

on 01/07/2009 12:00 AM
Chapsboots N Spurs posted her fifth straight victory Tuesday at the Isle Pompano Park, winning the $16,000 Mares Open Pace in a lifetime-best time of 1:52.1.   The third race feature saw Biggest Big Bertha (Anthony Napolitano) go right to the lead like she was shot out of the cannon. Leading by four lengths at the opening quarter mile in a blistering :26.3, Biggest Big Bertha held the...
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Crazy Good author Charles Leerhsen leaving SI

on 01/07/2009 12:00 AM
Charles Leerhsen, executive editor at Sports Illustrated and winner of Harness Tracks of America\'s Dan Patch award for exceptional media contributions to harness racing last year with his book on Dan Patch, is leaving the magazine to pursue other writing opportunities. The paperback version of Crazy Good: The True Story of Dan Patch, the Most Famous Horse in America, will be released in May. Th...
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Watson will return for Martin Luther King Pace

on 01/07/2009 12:00 AM
When Monticello Raceway presents its 8th annual Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Pace--a race featuring the talents of African American drivers--on Jan. 15, last year\'s champ, Dennis Watson, will be back for this year’s competition.   Last season the Lakewood, N.J., resident guided BJ’s Jetstream to a 2:02:2 victory in the annual Dr. King Memorial event and he’s chomping at the bit...
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More racing for NY-sireds at Yonkers in 2009

on 01/07/2009 12:00 AM
At a meeting of the Agricultural & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund on Tuesday morning, the Fund unanimously approved a significant addition of the number of sire stakes legs to be contested at Yonkers Raceway during 2009. The action came following a request for more legs from Yonkers Raceway, and it was supported by the Standardbred Owners Association of New York. &nb...
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Apache Dame wins second straight after year off

on 01/07/2009 12:00 AM
For the second consecutive Tuesday, Apache Dame turned back eight adversaries to win the $27,000 Mares Open pace on Jan. 6 at Dover Downs. In addition, Chloes Silver Star and Erma La Em won the $23,000 and $18,000 co-features and Tony Morgan racked up a four-win night. Following a one year absence from racing, Apache Dame has made a successful return to the track, and on Tuesday fashioned her se...
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Florida Standardbreds receive high scores in dressage

on 01/07/2009 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of Florida, Inc. (SPHOFL) and member Tina Bombardo have announced that two Standardbred mares have received multiple awards this year from the U.S. Dressage Federation (USDF). Both horses were participants in the 2008 USDF/Adequan All-Breed Award Program.   The organization’s 10-year-old ambassador horse Sea The Gray (Laag--Arbiter), won the T...
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Glide Sally Glide fastest in three series splits at Woodbine

on 01/06/2009 12:00 AM
All three favorites emerged victorious in Monday night\'s first leg of the Lifetime Dream Trotting Series for 4-year-old mares at Woodbine Racetrack. Mojo N The Morning went wire to wire in the opening $25,000(C) split for driver Jack Moiseyev in 1:59.2. The daughter of Angus Hall-Lukes Secret overcame the outside post seven in turning back Nashotah and La Dolce. The victory boosted the Frank ...
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