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Brad Kramer wins 6,000th career race

on 07/29/2008 2:00 AM
Brad Kramer scored his 6,000th lifetime driving win in the seventh race at Hazel Park on Monday night, piloting Mystery Thriller to a 2 3/4-length victory in 2:00.2, which also set a new lifetime record for the 4 year-old mare trotter by Catch A Thrill out of Priority Jay Dee. It was the fourth win this year for Mystery Thriller and owner-breeder Gus Lopez; she is tra...
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First Jug future odds announced

on 07/29/2008 2:00 AM
The bettors have responded and Somebeachsomewhere is a solid 3-1 favorite in the first of three future wagering pools for the 2008 Little Brown Jug.  Despite trainer and co-owner Brent Macgrath’s statement that Somebeachsomewhere will not start in the Little Brown Jug because of the possibility of having to race heats, the bettors have shown that they still want him to race in Delaware...
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Shetler wins four at Red Mile

on 07/29/2008 2:00 AM
After kicking off the Red Mile meet Sunday night with two victories, driver Dan Shetler tallied up four more victories on Monday night’s card, including one with El Mistress Chesea, a daughter of Andover Image out of the mare EL Chelsea, she a $425,000 yearling purchase and a full sister to the $1.8-million winning mare Cameron Hall.   Shetler started off the Monday night card with a...
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Lantern Kronos favored in Hambletonian Oaks final

on 07/29/2008 2:00 AM
In the draw for the $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks at a press conference Tuesday at the Meadowlands, the name of Creamy Mimi came out first in the hunt for post-position order for the elimination winners, and trainer Trond Smedshammer took post one, noting the filly left from that same spot in her elim victory. Smedshammer had to change drivers though as Brian Sears—who swept all three Oaks elims—...
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Elim winners take inside posts for $1.5 million Hambletonian

on 07/29/2008 2:00 AM
Choosing first among the connections of the three Hambletonian elimination winners at the press conference draw held Tuesday at the Meadowlands, trainer Frank Antonacci chose post two for Crazed for Saturday’s final, while trainer-driver Ray Schnittker selected post one immediately afterward. Trainer Trond Smedshammer finished out the selection of posts for the $1.5 million contest by selecting ...
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Celebrity Farms will “Race from the Heart” in Hambo

on 07/29/2008 2:00 AM
The Celebrity Farm and Polo Electric Family, home of champions Celebrity Secret and Celebrity Tribute, lost one of the youngest members of their family this week. Chris Vasiliou, age 14, lost his battle with Wegener’s Granulomatosis Disease. His father, Harry, is a long-time employee of Polo Electric, the company founded by Sam Stathis, the principle behind Celebrity Farm. Harry is also&nbs...
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Paisley keeps busy with trotting filly, and cutting grass

on 07/29/2008 2:00 AM
A trotting filly has brought Walter Paisley back to Hawthorne Race Course, and the 67-year-old horseman, who retired from active driving in 1993 with purses earned in excess of $34 million and over 5,700 victories, is scheduled to drive the 2-year-old filly trotter Petruccelli in a $50,000 Night of Champions final on Saturday at the track.   Looking a bit further, Petruc...
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A few comments from the Hambo press conference

on 07/29/2008 2:00 AM
The Hambletonian press conference was full of quips from the participants, who gave their takes on everything from post positions to their careers, and here’s a quick sampling of the comments given in response to questions from Meadowlands statistician Bob “Hollywood” Heyden and announcer Sam McKee.   “If we could eliminate trotting hobbles for this year’s Hambletonian, I might wi...
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Gingras takes homes $25,000 prize in Tioga championship

on 07/28/2008 2:00 AM
Yannick Gingras defended his crown as defending champion of the Driver’s Championship at Tioga Downs on Sunday afternoon. Gingras’ hopes looked slim as halfway through the competition he was sitting in last place with only two points on the board. However, he ripped off three straight victories in the final three races to take down the competition for the second straight year with 32 points. ...
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HTA art catalogue now available online

on 07/28/2008 2:00 AM
Harness Tracks of America’s 2008 art catalogue, with 200 oil paintings, watercolors, bronzes and woodcarving treasures, is now online.  The full color, enlargeable photographs can be seen at www.harnesstracks.com.  All work will be displayed the week of Sept. 29 at the Red Mile and sold Kentucky Futurity morning, Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8 to noon for the benefit of the HTA College Schol...
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Favorites prevail in In Free Trotting divisions

on 07/28/2008 2:00 AM
Favorites Raising Rachel and Hindright were both easy winners in Sunday\'s second leg of the In Free Trotting Series for 2-year-old fillies at Mohawk Racetrack. It was the second straight win in the series for Raising Rachel who captured the opening $20,000 division in 2:01.4. Jack Moiseyev guided the daughter of Yankee Glide-Raising The Bar to a 5 1/2-length tally over Streetsmart and Fra...
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Batavia kicks off 62nd meet on Monday night

on 07/28/2008 2:00 AM
When Batavia Downs Gaming kicks off its 62nd racing season on Monday night patrons will be treated to free on-track programs, a sparkling new $1.5 million Bar and Grille with a distinct respect for history named Grandstands, and a lively promotions schedule.   Racing will be Monday (except Aug. 25), Wednesday, Friday and Saturday through Labor Day and then Wednesday, Friday and Saturda...
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Freshman My Old Friend John sizzles in 1:53.2 in Red Mile opener

on 07/28/2008 2:00 AM
Divisions of the Kentucky Fair Stakes and an Open pace seemed to highlight the Red Mile’s opening night card on paper, but the fastest mile of the night was--unbelievably--produced by a 2 year old in a $2,200 conditioned race. My Old Friend John, a 2-year-old Cambest-Mystique Margie colt, easily defeated his elder counterparts by more than six lengths, in 1:53.2. The colt was completely w...
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Art Official to start Saturday in Indy Downs\' Monument Circle

on 07/28/2008 2:00 AM
Art Official used a triumph in the $500,000 Hoosier Cup in late June as a springboard to a world record 1:47 score and upset of undefeated Somebeachsomewhere in the $1.1 million Meadowlands Pace. Now, trainer Joe Seekman is returning to Indiana, pointing the son of Art Major to the newly-created $150,000 Monument Circle, Indiana Downs’ lucrative stake for 3-year-old pacers on Aug. 2. “We laid...
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Harness Racing Museum gets $35,000 in funding

on 07/28/2008 2:00 AM
The Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund is providing $35,000 in funding to the Harness Racing Museum in Goshen, NY, for the museum to provide equine education programs to school children. \"We are happy to provide this grant to the Harness Racing Museum,\" said Peter Goold, executive director of the Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Devel...
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Ontario Racing Commission to examine use of the whip

on 07/28/2008 2:00 AM
In response to calls from the horse racing community, an industry initiative to explore the use of the whip in Ontario horse racing was announced today by John Blakney, Executive Director of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC).  Representatives of the industry will be brought together to a special working session in early September to assess current practice, policy and rules to determine w...
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Betting up on Hambo elim card at Meadowlands

on 07/27/2008 2:00 AM
Despite one fewer race, the handle for Hambletonian elimination night, July 26, at the Meadowlands was up 7.5 percent over 2007, when the elimination card began at twilight. This year the Hambo elim card began at 7 pm.   A total of $3,835,401 was bet on the 13-race card compared to $3,568,522 on a14-race card in 2007. The per race handled average of $295,000 also marked a 16 percent increas...
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Likeabatoutofhell sets Scarborough record

on 07/27/2008 2:00 AM
The opening round elimination legs of the Joseph Ricci Memorial Trotting Series were contested at Scarborough Downs on Sunday and Likeabatoutofhell scored with a 1:58 mile, equaling the track record for older gelding trotters.   While Mister Lucky Vec (Jonathan Roberts) took top honors in a hotly contested first flight, the mile of the day was turned in by the locally owned L...
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EJ\'s Copperstone equals lifetime mark in ISS victory

on 07/26/2008 2:00 AM
Sophomore EJ’s Copperstone picked up where she left off at Hoosier Park, winning the opening round of Indiana Sires Stakes competition for filly pacers Friday night at Indiana Downs. With Don Irvine Jr. in the bike, the daughter of Lease On Life captured the $12,000 contest in 1:53.2. It was the sixth win in as many starts for EJ’s Copperstone, a winner of the $100,000 ISS final last month. I...
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