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Sportsbook cell-phone ban lifted in Vegas

on 08/22/2008 2:00 AM
The Nevada Gaming Commission has lifted the decade-old ban on the use of cell phones and other electronic devices inside sports books in the state for a one-year test period. Commission chairman Pete Bernhard was quoted as saying that regulators realize there is a lot of “purely innocent use of cell phones in casinos” leading to confusion as to the reasons. The commission will monitor cell-ph...
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American Nationals feature 3-year-old trotters at Balmoral

on 08/22/2008 2:00 AM
Some of North America’s finest 3-year-old trotters will be on display Saturday night at Balmoral Park as a pair of prestigious American National Stakes share top billing on the 14-race program.   Sophomore trotting fillies will get the action underway in race four as a field of 10 ladies battle for a purse of $185,000. Headlining this group is Falkbolagen Ab’s Lantern Kronos, the runner...
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Meadville fair closes with 3-year-old colt pacers

on 08/22/2008 2:00 AM
Three-year-old pacers were in action on Thursday, the final day of racing at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Meadville, Pa.   Two $5,101 divisions of the PA Sire Stake filly pace opened the day. Peak-And-Boom earned her first victory of the season with a 2:05.1 mile. Steve Schoeffel drove the filly, who had been winless in eight previous starts for trainer Hoye Rickert, who lea...
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Rockingham strangles restrictions lifted at Pompano, Plainridge

on 08/22/2008 2:00 AM
Pompano Park has announced that all strangles testing requirements have been lifted for any horses shipping to that track from Rockingham Park, while Plainridge Racecourse has announced effective Aug. 31, that track will accept entries on horses that were stabled at and/or raced at Rockingham on or after July 17, provided that a negative PCR result can be produced for any horses drawn in to trace....
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Ontario Commission to conduct inquiry into Georgian workout

on 08/22/2008 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) is conducting an inquiry into the circumstances of the qualifying race involving the horse Anderlecht, held on August 13, 2008 at Georgian Downs. The role played by all officials in the staging of the race will be part of this inquiry.   Concerned over the circumstances surrounding the qualifying race, and in accordance with the Rules of Racing, on August...
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PASS announces changes to championships

on 08/22/2008 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission has announced changes in the dates and location of some of its Sire Stakes Championships, due to construction at The Meadows that would inhibit owners and others to experience the full “thrill of victory.” The 3-year-old pari-mutuel Championships (and consolations) will still be held on Sunday, Sept. 7, at Harrah’s Chester. The 2-year-old par...
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Nine George Ford Morris offerings added to 31st auction

on 08/22/2008 2:00 AM
In a hugely significant art development for harness racing and art collectors, and a giant boost for Harness Track\'s of America\'s (HTA) College Scholarship Fund, the upcoming October 4 HTA art auction at the Tattersalls Sales Pavilion in Lexington, Ky., has had nine original paintings and drawings by George Ford Morris consigned to the sale.   The paintings are from the estate of Sandra V...
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ORC confirms strangles outbreak near Barrie

on 08/22/2008 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has issued a release that there has been an outbreak of Strangles at a horse training center near Barrie, Ont. Strangles is a highly contagious and serious infection of horses and other equines caused by the bacterium Streptococcus equi.   Local veterinarians are dealing with the situation and have implemented control measures. Provided that these measure...
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Additional books available for sale at Harness Racing Museum

on 08/22/2008 2:00 AM
Due to recent generous donations from museum members and friends, The Peter Haughton Research Library has announced an updated online listing of used harness racing books, including John Hervey’s Lady Suffolk: The Old Grey Mare, Chester’s Complete Trotting and Pacing Record, and a complete collection of Wallace’s American Trotting Registers, Wallace’s Year Books, USTA Year Books,...
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PA Preferred sale on Sunday

on 08/22/2008 2:00 AM
The second annual PA Preferred Yearling Sale will take place at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg this Sunday, August 24,  beginning at 1 pm.
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$3.7 million carryover for bet offered at Big M, Freehold

on 08/21/2008 2:00 AM
The Swedish V64 wager which can be played at the Meadowlands, Freehold Raceway and Monmouth Park, will carry a jackpot pool of $3.7 million for next Wednesday\'s (August 27) V64 races.   The reason for the huge carryover is because there was no payout for four correct due to the fact that the payment did not meet the minimum threshold required by the Swedish government on the V64 ra...
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Kevin\'s a hit at Saratoga

on 08/21/2008 2:00 AM
Kevin’s Hit visited the Saratoga Gaming and Raceway winner’s circle for the third time in his last five starts when taking the featured $5,500 non-winners trot on Wednesday in a lifetime-best 2:00.1. Guided from the inside post by Frank Coppola Jr., Kevin’s Hit was content to settle along the pylons in third place as Prize Persona (Dan Cappello Jr.) marched aggressively on the lead throug...
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Four late-closer splits held at Batavia

on 08/21/2008 2:00 AM
Another exciting installment of New York Sire Stakes late-closers for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters was raced at Batavia Downs Gaming Wednesday night, with four races having purses in excess of $10,000.  This edition was for the 3 year old colt and gelding trotters.   The first stakes race of the evening was the second race on the card with a purse of $10,700. Winning ...
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Juanita\'s 1:58.2 ties Ocean Downs track record

on 08/21/2008 2:00 AM
Not only did Juanita win her eighth of nine races this year on Wednesday night  and make it 16 of 18 lifetime, but the CR Commando filly out of Nice Juan by Super Juan also tied the Ocean Downs and Maryland Standardbred Race Fund trot record of 1:58.2 for a 3-year-old filly. Both of those marks were set August 21, 2002 by Yankee Maxi (Balanced Image-Yankee Mama). Driven, owned and bred by ...
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RCI reclassifies anabolic steroids

on 08/21/2008 2:00 AM
The RCI Board of Directors unanimously has approved a drug reclassification of stanozolol, boldenone, nandrolone, and testosterone, moving the anabolic steroids to Class 3 from Class 4. This change in classification clears the way for racing commissions to impose tougher penalties for a positive test consistent with the Model Rules or their individual jurisdictional practices.   The co...
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PASS could see $12 million in purses in 2009

on 08/21/2008 2:00 AM
Based on the amount of money flowing into the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes account from its several sources, it is possible that the program in 2009 will distribute $12 million in purses, up from $10 million this year, it is said by the Pennsylvania Racing Commisions.   “The money going to Sire Stakes from the slot machines totaled $4 million after six months this year,” said Dan Tufano...
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Offutts sweep half of Meadville card

on 08/21/2008 2:00 AM
The red-hot trainer-driver team of Joe and Tim Offutt accounted for the back half of the six-race card at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Meadville, Pa., on Wednesday. Team Offutt had a Sire Stakes win with the consistent SJ’s Caviar colt Tooth Ache, who’s won six in a row and nine overall at the fairs this year. The sophomore trotting colt tallied in 2:06.3; the other division of the e...
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Stratton wins seven at Monticello

on 08/21/2008 2:00 AM
There’s little doubt that Jordan Stratton is a rising star. The 21-year-old reinsmen, who has been atop the leaderboard  at Monticello Raceway all season long enjoyed his best day ever in the sulky  when he won seven races on the Wednesday, Aug. 20, card at the Mighty M. Arguably his most notable victory of the afternoon came behind Charles Strukel’s Hogies Cam whe...
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National Championship Horse Show set

on 08/21/2008 2:00 AM
Presented jointly by the Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of New Jersey and the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, the 14th annual Standardbred National Championship Horse Show will take place September 28 at the Horse Park of New Jersey.   This year the show offers more than $5,400 in prize money as well as class ribbons, divisional championship...
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Fillies in spotlight in SBOA at Mohawk

on 08/21/2008 2:00 AM
Friday night’s Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association Stakes at Mohawk celebrates the cream of the crop of 3-year-old fillies. And this year, two sophomore lasses are poised to dominate in their fields. On the trotting side, last year’s standout filly, Bella Dolce, is the 1-5 morning line favourite for the $201,300 SBOA contest (race #3, post time 8:10 p.m.). The daughter of Kadabra a...
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