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Is The Matrix wager the bet of the future?

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
New and innovative horse-racing wagers are rare but Churchill Downs has announced it will begin offering on Wednesday “The Matrix,” which gives bettors a package of all 15 win, exacta and trifecta plays on three horses for a minimum of $9, which works out to 60 cents per wager. Bettors—who can bet as much as they want over the minimum—will receive three win bets, six exacta bets and six t...
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Update on New Jersey sales

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
Entries have closed for the 2008 New Jersey Classic yearling sale, while entries for the Tattersalls July Mixed Sale will close on Friday, June 13.   The New Jersey Classic will be held Sunday, Sept. 7, at the New Jersey Horse Park. The catalog is comprised of 225 yearlings, and catalogs will be available Aug. 1.   The Tattersalls July Mixed Sale will be held Sunday, July 20—the da...
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Insurance now in place to cover Americans racing in Canada

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
The USTA is partnering with racing groups in the United States and Canada to provide insurance to American horsemen who compete north of the border, with USTA president Phil Langley announcing Wednesday that Van Gundy would, in 2008, be providing a $250,000 policy for trainer and drivers who are in Canada to race.   The need for such a policy came to light after John Campbell suff...
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Horsemen injured at Pocono

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
Horsemen Irwin Lubar and Rocco Vinci were injured Wednesday morning in a pre-qualifying mishap involving three horses at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Lubar, of Tamarac, Fla., who just celebrated his 64th birthday yesterday, and Vinci of Chillicothe, Ohio, along with Vinci employee James Marine, were on the main track at approximately 9:40 when the accident occurred.   Lubar and V...
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Handle at Scioto up 117.2 percent

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
After the first month of its 2008 racing season, Scioto Downs is up 117.2 percent in total betting and that makes Stacy Cahill, general manager of racing operations, extremely pleased.   “We’re certainly off to a strong start this year in total handle,” Cahill says. “You always worry about the weather and the impact of high gas prices, but Scioto’s racing fans have more than doubl...
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Davis wins Billings division at The Meadows

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
Brent \"The Zanesville Clipper\" Davis won the CKG Billings Amateur circuit Midwest Regional contest Wednesday afternoon at The Meadows, driving Colonel Talbot to a 2:02.1 victory over longshot Tropicante, who was in rein to \"Trader Bud\" Hatfield, with Spit Happens and \"Chicago George\" Bonomo third.  In 2003, Davis was named the Amateur Driver of the Year, but in recent ...
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Native Bride looking for fifth in a row in Lynch Memorial

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
Native Bride, a winner of four straight at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, has drawn post four for the $250,792 James M. Lynch final set for Saturday at the northeastern Pennsylvania racetrack.   The 3-year-old AllAmerican Native filly produced the fastest time of the three Lynch elimination winners last Saturday, stopping the timer in 1:51.3 while scoring by 3 1/2 lengths over...
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Horseman Clarence Walters dies

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
Horseman Clarence Walters, 58, was killed Wednesday morning when he was kicked by a horse while working in the Mike Palone Stable at a private farm near The Meadows racetrack.   Walters reportedly entered the stall of a horse and was kicked in the chest by the animal. The Observer-Reporter newspaper reported that Walters was taken to Washington Hospital, about a 10-minute dri...
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1,900 more slots in Indiana

on 06/10/2008 2:00 AM
Hot on the heels of Hoosier Park opening its 92,000 square-foot casino June 2, Indiana Downs began the slots era in Shelbyville Monday, June 9. Indiana Live! Casino opened the doors of its 70,000 square-foot temporary facility to the public at 10 am. The structure offers 1,900 slot machines and a Wolfgang Puck restaurant, and the casino is being marketed as Vegas attitude with an Indiana address. ...
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Four straight for Eagle Real One

on 06/10/2008 2:00 AM
Frank Dettore\'s Eagle Real One ($5.60, Jon Roberts) earned his fourth straight victory Monday in the $21,000 Junior Open Pace at Harrington Raceway.   The Josh Green trainee left hard from post five and set fractions of :27.1, :56, and 1:24.3. Immortal Quest N fought gamely first-over throughout but lost by a nose to a stubborn Eagle Real One, who earned his sixth win of the year as ...
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HHBNYS website adds features

on 06/10/2008 2:00 AM
The Harness Horse Breeders of New York State has announced two new features for www.hhbnys.com website, with visitors now having the opportunity to hypothetically match mares with the currently listed 85-registered New York-based stallions from the stallion menu section, which will be updated for 2009 season.   The TrackIt hypothetical matching service is a useful inform...
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Whitney, Pennacchio win Billings splits

on 06/10/2008 2:00 AM
Two more races in the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Driving Series went into the books on Monday at Monticello Raceway with Todd “The Downeaster” Whitney and “Joltin’ Joe” Pennacchio each reining a winner in their respective divisions. Whitney scored behind Woody Hoblitzell’s Tennis Champ from post seven as they turned back Final Legacy and driver Peter “The President” Gerry in a ...
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War Boots is good enough to set Meadows mark

on 06/10/2008 2:00 AM
On a hot, steamy Monday made for records, War Boots took full advantage of the conditions by sizzling to victory in 1:49.4, fastest ever for a 4-year-old gelding pacer at The Meadows. Maltese Artist set the previous mark, 1:50.3, in 2005. The time was just a tick slower than the all-age Meadows record held jointly by Riyadh (1996), Timesareachanging (2004), Georgia Pacific (2004) and Santas...
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8-5 fav SBSW to start from post 2

on 06/10/2008 2:00 AM
The post position draw for Saturday\'s $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk has taken place and Somebeachsomewhere will start from post two, with elim winner Deuce Seelster starting from post three and Badlands Nitro, also an elim winner, lining up in post four.   The winners of the Cup eliminations gained the right to select post positions for Saturday\'s rich final. Th...
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Moon Beam wins qualifier in 1:53.1

on 06/10/2008 2:00 AM
After three lackluster qualifiers last month, and a bout of atrial fibrillation, the 3-year-old colt pacer Moon Beam finally got untracked Tuesday morning, winning a qualifier at Harrah’s Chester in 1:53.1. With trainer Eric Abbatiello in the sulky, Moon Beam sat a pocket trip until sprinting home with a final quarter of :27.4 to draw clear from his competition by 3 ¾ lengths.   A $750,0...
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Commander Crowe wins 20th straight race

on 06/10/2008 2:00 AM
Commander Crowe (Juliano Star-Somack, by Mack Lobell) set a record for the longest winning streak by a Swedish horse when he posted his 20th straight victory on Tuesday at the Jaegersro track in Malmo, Sweden.   Johnny Takter drove Commander Crowe to the victory.   The 5-year-old Commander Crowe had been invited to the Elitlopp, but his owners declined, electing to instead pursue the...
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Don\'t forget to make changes in your jugbarn stable

on 06/10/2008 2:00 AM
Attention Little Brown Jug Fantasy players, you have until 10 am Saturday morning, June 14th, to make changes in your stable.You may make up to five changes in your active roster of horses for the North America Cup Final at Mohawk Racetrack.  The list of starters who will race in the NA Cup Final and who are eligible to the Little Brown Jug are listed below.It is not too late to enter th...
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USTA names executive vice president search committee

on 06/10/2008 2:00 AM
U.S. Trotting Association president Phil Langley has announced the composition of a search committee that will review candidates for the currently vacant position of USTA executive vice president. USTA director Russell Williams, chairman of the Standardbred Horse Sales Co., will preside, and be assisted by committee vice chairman John Schuberg, also a director and an owner, breeder and trainer w...
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$4.6 million embezzlement charges from Hazel Park\'s owners

on 06/10/2008 2:00 AM
A former bookkeeper for Hartman & Tyner Inc., which owns Hazel Park Raceway in suburban Detroit, appeared in Oakland County Circuit Court on Monday on charges she embezzled more than $4.6 million from the company’s property management company.   Hanan Dallo, 41, was arraigned on the embezzlement charge that alleges she wrote work orders for services that were never done at several met...
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Barry joins Peninsula Farm

on 06/09/2008 2:00 AM
Carter and Helen Duer are pleased to announce that Jim Barry has joined their staff at Peninsula Farm in Lexington, Ky.    \"We needed someone with Jim’s background and experience so when he became available we hired him,\" said Carter Duer. \"I’ve known Jim for many years. He has worked in just about every aspect of harness racing from cleaning stalls to selling some of the highe...
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