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Tasmanian Daniel picks up sixth win in last two months

on 12/20/2008 12:00 AM
Tasmanian Daniel (Larry Stalbaum), ultra-consistent in the latter part of the season, took final 2008 Yonkers Raceway feature honors by winning Saturday night\'s $40,000 Open Pace.   \"Daniel,\" leaving from post position 5 in the open-draw octet, made an immediate lead before surrendering to the pole-sitter--and 11-10 favorite--Psilvuheartbreaker (Jim Meittinis). That one led through...
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Mojo N The Morning scores on Thursday evening

on 12/19/2008 12:00 AM
Mojo N The Morning showed her moxie Thursday evening, defeating Frenchfrysnvinegar to win the $46,600(C) Ontario-sired Autumn Series final for sophomore trotting fillies at Woodbine. With Shopaholic (Roger Mayotte) and Foamy (John Brooks) self-destructing at the start, eight fillies were left to tussle for the lead off the gate, with Paul MacDonell sending Frenchfrysnvinegar smartly to the...
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Winner comes motoring off the pace to win Dover feature

on 12/19/2008 12:00 AM
Motoring Astreos N won a $16,500 pace while Letmetellusumthin came on to win the $15,000 trot on Thursday at Dover Downs. The track will be dark until live racing resumes on Saturday, Dec. 27, on Customer Appreciation day. Brandon Givens piloted Motoring Astreos N from off the pace to score a 1:53.4 victory in the feature pace. Sired by the late Astreos from the dam Withjulie, the gelding owne...
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Meadowlands announces 2009 stakes schedule

on 12/19/2008 12:00 AM
The $1.5 million Hambletonian on Aug. 8 and $1 million Meadowlands Pace on July 18 headline nearly $19.5 million in stakes races scheduled for the 2009 harness meet at the Meadowlands. The 151-date season kicks off Jan. 1 and runs through Aug. 21.   The sport\'s premier events for 3-year-old trotters, the Hambletonian, and $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks for fillies, will be contested Saturd...
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New PA Stallion Series adds opportunity for 2YOs

on 12/19/2008 12:00 AM
There will be a new series for Pennsylvania-sired 2 year olds, and events will be scheduled the day before a Sire Stakes race at a given track in order to provide another option for racing youngsters.   Named the Stallion Series, money for the program will come from the horsemen\'s purse pools in the state (via the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen\'s Association and Meadows Standardb...
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Nominations up at the Meadowlands

on 12/19/2008 12:00 AM
Nominations to 12 Meadowlands winter and spring stakes events are significantly higher in 2009. The Four Leaf Clover and Berry’s Creek Pace lead the way with nearly double the nominees over the previous year. The three-week Four Leaf Clover Series for older pacers drew a 91 percent increase in nominees, 42 in 2009 vs. 22 in 2008. The Four Leaf Clover features two $25,000 legs that culminate in...
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Schedule changes in 2009 for Lebanon, Northfield

on 12/19/2008 12:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission approved Friday changes in the racing schedule at both Northfield Park and Lebanon Raceway, the latter of which includes conducting two weekends of live racing which conflicts with Scioto Downs. Lebanon Raceway and the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association had reached an agreement in which the track would race twice a week beginning in mid-February and continuing ...
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Dewey, Somebeachsomewhere honored by HTA

on 12/19/2008 12:00 AM
Racing secretaries of Harness Tracks of America’s 38 members have selected their season’s champions of 2008 with the owners of the 12 divisional champions receiving their prized Nova Awards at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Wednesday night, Feb. 4, 2009, during the Harness Racing Congress. The winners are: 2-year-old trotting filly: Paolo Rosanelli a...
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Crawdad scores in 1:52 at Meadowlands

on 12/18/2008 12:00 AM
Over a year after an infection threatened to end his life, Crawdad returned to the Meadowlands in triumphant fashion Wednesday night as he crushed the competition in the $10,000 ninth race.    The Illinois-bred pacer shipped to the Meadowlands in early 2007 and quickly became a fan favorite as he piled up nine victories that winter, including sweeps of the Four Leaf Clover and Fox...
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Ashcos Scotty captures feature trot at Pompano in 1:58

on 12/18/2008 12:00 AM
Ashcos Scotty ($8.40) was the pocket-rocket in the seventh race feature trot at the Isle Pompano Park Wednesday, using perfect cover from pacesetter Vals Empress to win in 1:58.   Driven by David Ingraham, Ashcos Scotty followed race favorite Vals Empress (Bruce Ranger) from right out of the starting gate. Cutting fractions of :28.2 to the first quarter and :59.1 to the half mile, Vals Emp...
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Funeral service set for Eric Sharbaugh

on 12/18/2008 12:00 AM
Eric M. Sharbaugh, 51, former executive vice president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Trotting Association, died Wednesday in Harrisburg, Pa., as the result of an apparent stroke. Sharbaugh had served as a vice president of a Pennsylvania information technology firm. He was a 1980 honors graduate of Penn State University and a lifelong fan of harness racing. Mr. Sharbaugh h...
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Joey The Jet JT breezes to 1:54.3 feature trot win at Dover

on 12/18/2008 12:00 AM
Joey The Jet JT got back into the winner\'s circle, winning the $27,000 Open Handicap Trot Wednesday at Dover. Tony Morgan drove Tuna Whip to one of his six wins, taking the $18,000 sub-feature.   In the week\'s top trot, Ton Jackson shot Joey The Jet JT past race-favorite Sauce Two K (Corey Callahan) at the three quarters to take the lead and then breezed to a 1:54.3 triumph. LT\'s B...
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Dover Downs may be closed after another EHV-1 case discovered

on 12/18/2008 12:00 AM
Hugh Gallagher, executive director of the Delaware Harness Racing Commission, is considering stopping racing at Dover Downs after a second horse, a 2-year-old trotter, has tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1. The first positive resulted in the 7-year-old mare Tintabella N being euthanized. \"This latest positive is not good,\" Gallagher, said in a delawareonline.com story. \"The [infected] ...
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Ontario issues two suspensions for DPO

on 12/18/2008 12:00 AM
As a result of an investigation by the industry-funded Equine Medication Control and Drug Task Force, and after tests confirmed the presence of darbepoetin-alfa (DPO) in horses, the director of the Ontario Racing Commission has ordered the immediate suspension of the licenses of two people, Daniel McFadden of Windsor, Ont., and Scott McFadden of Cottam, Ont. Investigators had received ...
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New series for pacing mares at Yonkers

on 12/18/2008 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced a new series--the Blue Chip Matchmaker--a $750,000 (estimated) free-for-all event for pacing mares, with a twist, that being free breedings to Bettor\'s Delight, Art Major and American Ideal.   The series is a companion event to the popular George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The Blue Chip Matchmaker offers five preliminary legs, scheduled for cons...
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Fox Valley Lector wins series final at Balmoral Park in 1:56.2

on 12/18/2008 12:00 AM
Freshman pacing colts grabbed the headlines on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a field of seven Illinois conceived and foaled youngsters battled in the $7,000 final of the Incredible Finale Series.               Coming off back to back scores in the opening two legs of the series G & B Stables Fox Valley Lector was backed to th...
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New Vocations seeking donations

on 12/18/2008 12:00 AM
New Vocations is currently organizing its 11th annual Stallion and Merchandise Auction to be held in conjunction with the Blooded Horse Sale on Feb. 9 and 10.   “This is a dangerous time for unwanted horses, and a successful stallion auction is essential to our ability to handle the staggering number of horses that need us,” says Executive Director Dot Morgan.   New Voc...
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Tetrick tops driver standings at Harrah\'s Chester

on 12/18/2008 12:00 AM
Highlighted by Artistic Fella\'s world record performance of 1:48 in the Ben Franklin, an equally remarkable 1:52.2 mile by trotting mare Buck I St Pat in the Maxie Lee, and the successful debut of Super Stakes Sunday, the recently-completed 2008 harness racing meet at Harrah\'s Chester showed improvements in purses and handle, with a bright outlook ahead for the 2009 season. \"We had a great se...
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Tim Rooney to sell interest in Steelers

on 12/18/2008 12:00 AM
The Pittsburgh Steelers will soon be owned by only two Rooneys, and among those selling their interest is Yonkers Raceway president Timothy J. Rooney, the National Football League announced on Wednesday. Tim Rooney\'s sale of his 16 percent interest was prompted by the NFL\'s requirement that the football team be separated from the Rooney family\'s gambling businesses, which also include...
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It\'s official: No steroids in NY

on 12/18/2008 12:00 AM
New York is the latest state to ban certain anabolic steroids in race horses, with new rules, which specify thresholds, taking effect on Jan. 1.   “New York’s new rule is just the right prescription to counter the use of unnecessary steroids while ensuring violators will be held accountable when caught,” said New York State Racing and Wagering Board chairman John D. Sabini.&...
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