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Goshen selling holiday wreaths

on 11/21/2008 12:00 AM
Goshen Historic Track, the world’s oldest harness track, is selling holiday wreaths as a fundraising event. The wreaths may be reserved ahead of time and picked up at the track office.    The public is welcome to purchase the wreaths Monday through Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m. at the track office located under the grandstand.   In addition, the wreaths will be available during...
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Illinois bill will give horsemen $90 million over three years

on 11/21/2008 12:00 AM
Thursday the Illinois General Assembly passed the second bill in two years that would provide for the horse racing industry to receive three percent of the adjusted gross revenue from the four most profitable riverboat casinos in the state over the next three years. It is estimated that the legislation will provide $30 million a year for horse racing in the Prairie State.   “It was a good...
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No Isle of Capri, Mack Lobell; Pompano to add late-closers

on 11/21/2008 12:00 AM
Pompano Park announced Friday it would not hold its signature races this winter, the Isle of Capri Pacing Series, the Mack Lobell Trotting Series and the Frances Dodge Van Lennep Pacing Series, due to the additional expenses incurred from the purse account. Instead, the track will hold 10 new late-closing stakes series, some very similar to the prior major stakes events. The new series...
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Ohio commission meets; rules on TB dates, harness licensee

on 11/21/2008 12:00 AM
The longstanding feud between Thoroughbred horsemen and tracks in Ohio played out before the Ohio State Racing Commission on Friday while Standardbred horsemen and track officials looked on as spectators.   River Downs in Cincinnati requested two Thoroughbred and 14 Quarter Horse dates for 2009. The commission rejected the request for only two Thoroughbred dates, but approved the Quarter Ho...
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Takter switches to Campbell behind Lantern Kronos for Crown

on 11/21/2008 12:00 AM
Breeders Crown eliminations for 2 year olds will go postward Friday night at the Meadowlands with the 3 year olds taking to the track Saturday, but on Friday morning several eligibles who didn\'t have races this weekend competed in qualifiers at the Big M, including Lantern Kronos and new driver John Campbell.   Lantern Kronos romped home a 13-length winner in 1:56.3 with Campbell aboard fo...
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Trotter is a pain in the............Pompano winner\'s circle

on 11/20/2008 12:00 AM
Cool weather has been hanging around the Sunshine State but driver Andy Santeramo and EW Royal Pain turned up the heat in Pompano Park\'s Wednesday night\'s $12,500 claiming trot for a purse of $7,300 to win in 1:59.4 with a payoff of $42.40.   Doc’s All Class and Bruce Ranger were quickest off the gate to command the trotters through fractions of .29.2, 1:00 and 1:29.3. Santeramo a...
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A Dover win with a little extra sauce

on 11/20/2008 12:00 AM
Sauce Two K became the first three-time winning trotter at Dover Downs this meet as Corey Callahan piloted the Valley Victory-Colors Of The Wind gelding to his 12th win of the year Wednesday in the $26,000 Open Handicap. Richard Johnson who conditions the 4 year old, now a winner of $173,391 this season.   Joey The Jet JT (Tony Morgan) battled the winner the length of the stretch and...
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Dewey at Cornell with throat abcess; might miss Crown

on 11/20/2008 12:00 AM
According to a report on theharnessedge.com web site, a \"freakish abcess\" in the throat of Deweycheatumnhowe could result in him being scratched from next Saturday night\'s $500,000 Breeders Crown, and the colt is at Cornell University in New York for a diagnosis.   The web site said trainer Ray Schnittker shipped the 3-year-old colt to Cornell. The harnessedge.com story reads...
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Dover Dolly upsets at Dover

on 11/19/2008 12:00 AM
Longshot Dover Dolly won the $22,000 winners-over pace for fillies and mares while Ladyfield and Emma Rose Ben copped the sub-feature events at Dover Downs on Tuesday.   Victor Kirby moved Dover Dolly three wide on the far turn and then proceeded to overtake the leaders in the stretch to get up at the wire in 1:54.4 at 27-1 odds. The winner of the $100,000 DSBF filly final at Harring...
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Palone sets new win mark at The Meadows

on 11/19/2008 12:00 AM
Dave Palone broke his own record for wins at The Meadows in a season when he piloted Fox Valley Thor to victory in the ninth race on Tuesday\'s card. It was victory number 729 for Palone at The Meadows this year, and it enabled him to eclipse the mark of 728 he established in 2000.   Palone, harness racing\'s third leading driver by wins all-time, didn\'t stop with the record-setter as...
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Scott Smith, brother of Ohio breeders, dies at 49

on 11/19/2008 12:00 AM
Scott A. Smith, 49, the brother of Standardbred breeders Senena Esty and Stephanie Smith-Rothaug, died Nov. 16, 2008, at his residence. Mr. Smith was a self-employed farmer for many years. He was born April 11, 1959, in Newark, Ohio, to Roger M. and Patricia Ann (Holton) Smith. He was an Eden Township trustee and a member of Eden Church of Christ, Utica FFA Alumni, Licking County Cattlemen\'s A...
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Case on verge of Plainridge return

on 11/19/2008 12:00 AM
It’s still not a 100-percent done deal but it appears as if Walter Case Jr will indeed be back in the sulky Friday at Plainridge Racecourse after submitting a license application Tuesday afternoon to the Massachusetts Racing Commission that was subsequently approved by the state stewards at the racetrack.   After Harness Tracks of America reported Wednesday afternoon that Case had be...
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SBOANJ meets, Luchento expresses frustration

on 11/19/2008 12:00 AM
Wednesday afternoon the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey threw the purse supplement matter back in Freehold Raceway’s lap. “I’m tired of fighting everybody and going in circles,” said SBOANJ president Tom Luchento. “Freehold’s fate is in its own hands.  If they want to race 192 dates with an anemic purse structure and watch horsemen migrat...
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Northfield cancels Wednesday program

on 11/19/2008 12:00 AM
A fire in a transformer in front of the Northfield Village Police Department knocked out power to most of Northfield Park Wednesday, and due to the fire, repairs to the transformer cannot be made in time for the track to complete tonight\'s card by the state-mandated midnight finish time.   The Police Department is about a half mile south of the track. (Northfield Park)  
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Bartlett betters Stratton in Monticello\'s Battle of Rising Star

on 11/19/2008 12:00 AM
Jason Bartlett defeated Jordan Stratton in Monticello Raceway\'s Battle of the Rising Stars on Wednesday. In the driving competition which encompassed 12 of the 13 races on the card, Bartlett finished with 106 points, which was 21 points better than Stratton’s total of 85. Bartlett, 26, the leading driver at Yonkers Raceway garnered the most points on the strength of driving five winner...
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Last quarter of :26.2 seals Delaware victory

on 11/18/2008 12:00 AM
Winbak Speed won the $32,500 Delaware Special while Cool Cal and Print It turned in victories in the sub-feature races at Dover Downs on Monday. Ron Pierce drove four winners, Tim Tetrick three. In the Delaware Special, Brandon Givens took Winbak Speed to the front and kept the opposition at bay the rest of a 1:51.3 mile. A :26.2 last quarter was too much for his seven rivals ensuring...
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Gale Warning posted again at Pompano

on 11/18/2008 12:00 AM
Can’t say you weren’t “warned” the first time! Gale Warning ($8.40) gave warning last week when he won the $16,000 Open Trot and the 5-year-old gelding did it again Monday at the Isle Pompano Park, going off once again at odds of 3-1.   The feature started off with the lone mare in the field, KM Sweet Dreams (Joe Pavia Jr.) going to the early lead with Karpathos (Denis St...
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Abraxas rallies for Meadows win

on 11/18/2008 12:00 AM
Abraxas, loving the duel for the lead in front of him, used his customary late kick to capture the $25,000 Preferred Handicap Pace on Monday at The Meadows. When Hennessy Hanover grabbed the early lead and wouldn\'t release challenger KF St. Patrick, the two battled through a first half of :55.2, a demanding pace over the sloppy track. Abraxas and Rodney Bolon picked up first-over cover from Tar...
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Dobson rewards backers with six-win day at Monticello

on 11/18/2008 12:00 AM
If East Coast racing fans haven’t heard of Billy Dobson its because he has spent most of his career racing in the Midwest, but a few weeks ago he arrived with just his colors and his driving gloves and the talented reinsman is opening the eyes of railbirds, especially at Monticello Raceway where the 24 year old put on a driving clinic Monday when he scored six victo...
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No license application yet for Walter Case Jr.

on 11/18/2008 12:00 AM
Although Walter Case Jr. is listed to drive at Plainridge Racecourse Friday, the chief racing investigator for the Massachusetts Racing Commission told harnessracing.com Tuesday morning that Case has not yet applied for a state license.   The commission’s Larry Rooney said that although Plainridge management “wants to help Case get back on his feet,” the driver, who was recently relea...
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