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SBSW makes final start on Canadian soil in OSS Super Final

on 11/13/2008 12:00 AM
Ontario Sire Stakes Super Finals night at Woodbine racetrack on Saturday will be a star-studded evening featuring some of the most stellar 2- and 3-year-old Standardbreds on the continent--including freshman sensation Nebupanezzar and sophomore trotters Define The World and Bella Dolce.   But racing fans could be excused for feeling that one entry in particular eclipses all...
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SBOANJ asks racing commission to sanction Freehold

on 11/13/2008 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) Thursday called on the state’s Racing Commission to take sanctions against the owners of Freehold Raceway for actions highly detrimental to racing by refusing to sign the current casino purse supplement agreement. SBOANJ president Tom Luchento noted that the supplement agreement would provide $1.6 million in additio...
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Storm derails Hogies Cam\'s quest for Mighty M win mark

on 11/13/2008 12:00 AM
Golden Storm GB’s record of 22 wins during a single season is safe---for now. On Thursday afternoon, Hogies Cam, with 21 wins under his belt this year, failed to equal the Monticello Raceway track record for the most wins during one campaign when the venerable pacer finished third with regular driver Jordan Stratton aboard. One doesn’t need a clairvoyant to conclude that after 37...
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New Jersey commission to meet over SBOANJ/Freehold impasse

on 11/13/2008 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey has agreed to a special meeting of the New Jersey Racing Commission to address the group’s intention to pull simulcasting signal rights from Freehold Raceway. “While we could pursue this right in federal court, we will defer to the request from the New Jersey Racing Commission and meet with them on Dec. 3, 2008,” said SBOAN...
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Santanna Blue Chip to retire to Kentuckiana of Ontario

on 11/13/2008 12:00 AM
Kentuckiana Farms has announced that 2007 Breeders Crown and Governor’s Cup winner Santanna Blue Chip p,1:51.3 ($1,608,732) will stand the 2009 breeding season at Kentuckiana Farms of Ontario, located at Emerald Ridge Farm in Rockwood. Kentuckiana Farms will serve as syndicate manager and along with Emerald Ridge Farm will manage the son of Art Major\'s breeding career. ...
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Horsemen to Freehold: Sign or Sell

on 11/12/2008 12:00 AM
The membership of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey met Tuesday and came away with a message for the owners of Freehold Raceway: if the track will not sign the agreement to accept casino supplement funds for the track’s purses, it should sell the track.   “We, the horsemen, would be one of the bidders to buy the track,” said Standardbred Breeders...
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Fox Valley Lover wins ISOBA at Balmoral Park

on 11/12/2008 12:00 AM
Freshman trotting fillies grabbed the headlines on a cold and rainy Tuesday at Balmoral Park as a field of eight diagonally gaited state-breds squared off in a $15,000 ISOBA Super Sale Stake, with Fox Valley Lover emerging the winner.   The tough conditions did not slow down Paula Smith and James Runyan’s Fox Valley Lover as the good looking daughter of Vaporize-Love You More t...
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Shady Sabrina wins Veteran\'s Day feature at Dover

on 11/12/2008 12:00 AM
Shady Sabrina enjoyed a perfect trip on the way to a 1:53.1 victory in the $22,000 filly and mare winners-over pace at Dover Downs on the Veteran\'s day card on Tuesday. Ladyfield and longshot Seamstresforthepan won the $18,000 distaff paces. With Riley Rose cutting out a smart pace, Ron Pierce sat second driving Lorna Cohen\'s Shady Sabrina, until midstretch when the Cam\'s Dignity-...
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Dobson, Holland quick learners to Yonker\'s winner\'s circle

on 11/12/2008 12:00 AM
A couple of drivers with solid off-Broadway credentials have taken their acts to the big city...and thus far, the reviews have been quite favorable as Billy Dobson and Brent Holland have both invaded Yonkers Raceway of late, with each finding the winner\'s circle in relatively short order. The 24-year-old Dobson, a native of Ann Arbor, Mich., was enjoying a career season in both wins (...
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Primo Spur rallies to win Meadows trot

on 11/12/2008 12:00 AM
Trailing by six lengths at the half, Primo Spur unleashed a powerful three-wide move that carried him to victory in the $25,000 Preferred Handicap Trot Tuesday at The Meadows.   Dismissed at 11-1 in the wagering, Primo Spur scored in 1:56.2 for his fifth victory in his last seven starts. Classical Man fell a half-length short in the “Lightning Lane” while Pembroke Prayer was third. &nb...
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Colonial Downs closes OTB

on 11/12/2008 12:00 AM
Colonial Downs has closed one of its off-track betting operations. According to reports, the facility closed on Sunday. Track president Ian Stewart told the Daily Racing Form that the lease at Military Highway was going to expire in a year and a half, contributing to the decision to close the facility.   Colonial Downs\' fall harness meet closed last Wednesday. The trac...
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Mister Big\'s year is over

on 11/12/2008 12:00 AM
Mister Big, who finished eighth in the American National Stakes on Nov. 1 at Balmoral Park, will not race again this year. The connections of the 5-year-old pacer had considered racing in Canada once more prior to the end of the season, but trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. decided it was better to stop with the horse after blood work indicated he was sick. “His white count was high after the race at ...
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SBOA issues second statement on Freehold situation

on 11/12/2008 12:00 AM
Following a general membership meeting and resulting discussion about its impasse on purses with Freehold Raceway, the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey issued a second statement, released to the media on Wednesday afternoon, about the purse supplement.   The statement reads as follows: \"There has been much conjecture about the dispute between the Standa...
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Muscle Mass to stand at Kentuckiana of Ontario

on 11/12/2008 12:00 AM
Kentuckiana Farms has officially announced is that world champion Muscle Mass, by Muscles Yankee out of Graceful Touch, will stand the 2009 breeding season at Kentuckiana Farms of Ontario, located at Emerald Ridge Farm of Rockwood, Ont. Kentuckiana Farms will serve as syndicate manager and along with Emerald Ridge Farm will manage his breeding career.   The 2009 service fee f...
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Thin Blue Line takes straight line into Dover winner\'s circle

on 11/11/2008 12:00 AM
Ron Pierce took Thin Blue Line into the early lead and stayed there en route to a 1:51.2 victory in the initial $32,500 Delaware Special of the meet Monday at Dover Downs. The win was the second in a row for the Browning Blue Chip-We Be Fast 6 year old, now a seven-time winner in 2008 owned by Paul McDougall and WJ McDougall Racing Inc. Race favorite Art Director (Brian Sears) closed well f...
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Gale Warning blows by Pompano field

on 11/11/2008 12:00 AM
Sweeping four wide at the top of the stretch from sixth, Gale Warning ($8.40) was able to blow by the field in winning the $16,000 feature trot at the Isle Pompano Park Monday. Driven by Wally Hennessey, Gale Warning waited until the final turn to make his move and come on in the stretch to win by one length over pacesetters Karpathos (Denis St. Pierre) and Battleshoe Victor (Anthony Napoli...
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Charm prevails once again at The Meadows

on 11/11/2008 12:00 AM
Marty’s Charm, a confirmed closer throughout his career, switched styles effectively on Monday at The Meadows and captured the $25,000 Preferred Pace for the second consecutive week. Last week, Marty’s Charm used an impressive first-over bid to score. On Monday, Randy Tharps sent the 4-year-old gelded son of Aces N’ Sevens-Bets Mae to the lead. Marty’s Charm endured a parked-out first qu...
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Qualifiers set for Friday at Gaitway

on 11/11/2008 12:00 AM
Qualifiers will be held at Gaitway Farm on Friday at 9:30 am, and the entry box closes at 10 am Thursday. Horsemen can enter at the Meadowlands race office or by calling 1-877-STABLES.   The Meadowlands 2008 Holiday Harness Meet begins Friday, Nov. 21. Post time is 7 pm. Applications for the 2009 Winter Late Closers are available at: http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/stakes...
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Jackson\'s Rakieten tenders resignation

on 11/11/2008 12:00 AM
Jackson Harness Raceway president and general manager Dan Rakieten told harnessracing.com Tuesday morning that he has resigned his positions effective immediately, ending a family association at the track that began with its founding in 1948 by his grandfather, Leon Slavin. In 2004, Jackson Raceway was purchased by Mountaineer Gaming Group (MTR Gaming), with Rakieten and his family retaining ...
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RCI adopts model rule requiring continuing ed for trainers

on 11/11/2008 12:00 AM
The Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) has adopted a model rule that will require all trainers—including in harness racing—complete at least four hours yearly of continuing education courses as a condition of maintaining a valid racing license. RCI hopes the new rule will take effect Jan. 1, 2010.   The rule reads: Beginning no later than January 1, 2010, in order t...
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