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Woodbine cancels Saturday card

on 12/28/2008 12:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack canceled its Saturday night program due to unsafe track conditions. Unseasonably warm temperatures and heavy rains throughout the day took its toll on the oval. Despite the best efforts of Woodbine\'s track crew, the surface contained several soft spots which were deemed unsafe for the horses and drivers. Racing is scheduled to resume Monday night with a 7:20 p....
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Todd Christy dies

on 12/28/2008 12:00 AM
Ohio horseman Todd G. Christy, 71, died December 26 after a brief illness. A native of Napoleon in the northwest corner of the Buckeye State, Mr. Christy grew up in harness racing as his father also trained horses. He first trained in Napoleon, but relocated to Scioto Downs in the 1980s. He and his wife lived in nearby Grove City. This past summer he attended the races every ...
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Big M Friday handle tops $4 mil for first time since \'06

on 12/27/2008 12:00 AM
Total handle from all sources wagered on Meadowlands races on Dec. 26 was $4,054,847, the highest Friday night total of the year. The previous high for a Friday card this year was $3.8 million, handled on April 4. The last time more than $4 million was bet on a Friday Meadowlands card was February 3, 2006 ($4.3 million). (Meadowlands)
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Valedictory repeat winners at Woodbine

on 12/26/2008 12:00 AM
Dinner Guest and Warp Speed were both repeat winners in Friday\'s second leg of the Valedictory Pacing Series for 3-year-old colts and geldings at Woodbine. The other divisional winners included Steals A Kiss and P H Bestman   Dinner Guest used gate-to-wire tactics to score in his $20,000 split for Randy Waples in 1:52.2. It was a new lifetime mark for the gelded son of  No Pan I...
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Lucy Lucy repeats repeats in Pompano open

on 12/24/2008 12:00 AM
Lucy Lucy ($4) and driver Anthony Napolitano won their second straight $16,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace at the Isle Pompano Park on Tuesday in 1:53.2.   As the field of five swung by the first quarter in :27.4,  Hypnotize and Dan Clements muscled their way to the top only to have Lucy Lucy take command at the half-mile marker in :55.1. Lucy Lucy paced strong down the backs...
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The Meadows\' Horse of Year Primo Spur wins feaured trot

on 12/24/2008 12:00 AM
Primo Spur, the Horse of the Year at The Meadows, demonstrated again Tuesday why he deserved the honor by capturing the $25,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. Primo Spur and trainer-driver Dick Stillings worked out a pocket trip behind 4-5 favorite Prism K, then charged past in the lane to score in 1:55.1. Prism K, who finished second, was off stride late and placed back to third while Michaelrowyourb...
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Lone mare upsets at odds of 14-1

on 12/23/2008 12:00 AM
Diva Diva ($30), the lone mare facing eight male rivals, upset the field at odds of 14-1 in capturing the $16,000 Open Handicap Pace at the Isle Pompano Park Monday.   Driven by Andy Santeramo, Diva Diva left from post six in the fifth race feature race and parked out race favorite Battleshoe Victor (Anthony Napolitano) to the opening quarter mile in :28.1.   Battleshoe Victor then...
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Change for Signal signals Niagara victory

on 12/23/2008 12:00 AM
Signal and Aqua Rosa were both repeat winners in Monday night\'s second leg of the Niagara Pacing Series at Woodbine and positioned themselves for a chance at the series sweep. This week\'s other divisional winner was Windsong Experanza who rebounded from a surprising loss in last week\'s first round. Signal changed up tactics this time and rallied from well off the pace at the quarter to win i...
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You can get foiled again at The Meadows

on 12/23/2008 12:00 AM
Foiled Again, who already had amassed 12 wins and $324,639 in earnings this year, extended those flashy figures Monday at The Meadows when he charged through the Lightning Lane to take the $25,000 Preferred Handicap Pace. Assigned the outside post position, Foiled Again hustled to the pocket and exploited the escort service provided by early leader War Boots. When the Lightning Lane beckoned, Da...
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Tell All to stand at Deo Volente in New Jersey

on 12/23/2008 12:00 AM
Brittany Farms Stallion Management and Kentuckiana Farms announce that Tell All will be standing at Deo Volente Farm located in Flemington, N.J. Deo Volente is the recent Hoof Beats recipient of the “Farm Of The Future” award from Hoof Beats. Michael J. Gulotta and partners Andy Willinger and Otis Ray are the masterminds behind the new operation and no expense was spared to build a first class...
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We remember 20 years ago in racing

on 12/23/2008 12:00 AM
It was 20 years ago today, the trotter Mack Lobell once again showed the way; he was once again in style, and had to generate a smile. So may we introduce to you, the act that won the year, the 1988 Horse of the Year. And yes, if you think the lyrics are familiar, google The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.   Yes, it was 20 years ago this week that the 4-year-old ...
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Illinois Gaming Board awards 10th casino license to Des Plaines

on 12/23/2008 12:00 AM
The Illinois Gaming Board voted 3-1 Monday to award the state’s 10th riverboat casino license to Midwest Gaming & Entertainment, which wants to build the casino in suburban Des Plaines. According to the Chicago Tribune, Midwest’s bid of $125 million for the license was the lowest of the three companies seeking the license. Also bidding were Trilliant Gaming at $435 million, which wanted to...
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PA legislators want more gaming in state

on 12/23/2008 12:00 AM
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper reported on Tuesday that two southwestern Pennsyvlania Democratic legislators plan to push for table games at the state\'s casinos, plus putting a small number of slot machines at bars, taverns and other establishments with a liquor license.   The two legislators are Rep. Tim Solobay of Canonsburg (the next town over from The Meadows casino an...
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Somebeachsomewhere Canada\'s only unanimous winner

on 12/22/2008 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada Monday announced the finalists for the 2008 O\'Brien Awards, which honor Canada\'s best in harness racing over the past season, and Somebeachsomewhere has unanimously won his category as Canada’s 3-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year. Seventy-two voters from across Canada awarded the Mach Three colt his third O’Brien trophy. Following a perfect freshman season...
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Balmoral cancels Sunday card too

on 12/21/2008 12:00 AM
Due to the extreme cold that has moved into the Chicagoland area, Balmoral Park has been forced to cancel its live racing card for Sunday, Dec. 21. The track also canceled the previous night\'s card due to weather conditions.   With high temperatures only expected to reach single digits and winds of 20 mph and higher, wind chills are expected to drop to as low 20 to 30 degrees below zero t...
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Jans Luck wins 14th race of the year

on 12/20/2008 12:00 AM
Thwarted in the Lightning Lane last week, Jans Luck made her own luck Friday at The Meadows, going wire to wire in the slop to capture the $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. It was her 14th victory this year.   Although she raced well in her last outing, Jans Luck finished a neck back when she found racing room too late. On Friday, Dave Palone sent the 4-year-old daught...
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Running Aces to host 51 harness dates in 2009

on 12/20/2008 12:00 AM
Running Aces Harness Park has received approval from the Minnesota Racing Commission to race from May 15, 2009 to August 9, 2009, with 51 race dates. Running Aces Harness Park will host live racing on Friday, Saturday and Tuesday evenings starting at 7 pm and Sunday afternoons starting at 4 pm.   Running Aces Harness Park features a five-eighths mile, state of the art track w...
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John Marshall leaving The Meadows

on 12/20/2008 12:00 AM
John Marshall, who has served as vice president and general manager at The Meadows for Magna Entertainment for several years, has been named vice president and general manager of racing for Calder Race Course, Churchill Downs Inc. announced on Friday. He will report to Calder president and general manager Tom O’Donnell and begins his new role effective Jan. 19, 2009. “This is...
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Deweycheatumnhowe taking up residence at Walnut Hall Ltd.

on 12/20/2008 12:00 AM
Deweycheatumnhowe was officially welcomed to his new home at Walnut Hall Ltd. outside Lexington, Ky.,  Saturday morning by Alan and Meg Leavitt. Looking none the worse for wear after his accident-interrupted trip from Goshen, N.Y., the 3-year-old son of Muscles Yankee was quite observant of the other stallions in their nearby paddocks and mares grazing in a distant field. Retired from racing ...
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Bettor Sweet takes Oil Burner; Four Start Melody wins Snow Angel

on 12/20/2008 12:00 AM
Amid the bitter cold and falling snow, Bettor Sweet unleashed a stakes record 1:49.4 mile to win the $63,500 Oil Burner Final Saturday night at the Meadowlands, and Four Starz Melody took the $51,000 Snow Angel final in the very next race.  
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