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Splendid Kisser wins Sportsnet final

on 04/18/2008 2:00 AM
Despite drifting closer to the grandstand with every stride, Splendid Kisser was able to hold on for a 1:50.1 victory in the $46,300 Sportsnet New York Final on Thursday night at the Meadowlands. Driver Yannick Gingras seized the lead with Splendid Kisser as the field approached the final turn in a swift 1:21.1. As Splendid Kisser pulled away, he drifted toward the outside. However, his lead was e...
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Somebeachsomewhere now in Ontario

on 04/18/2008 2:00 AM
Not many 3-year-old colts get surrounded by TV cameras whenever they step on or off a trailer, but Somebeachsomewhere seems to take it all in stride and showed his poise when he arrrived at Baycairn Training Centre near Campbellville, Ontario, on Thursday afternoon.   The pride of Truro, Nova Scotia made the trek from his home base to Ontario this week, and attracted media attention both ...
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Heza Challenger beats Vivid Photo in 1:54.1

on 04/18/2008 2:00 AM
Heza Challenger outkicked Vivid Photo in the $20,000 Open/Preferred Handicap Trot on Thursday at The Meadows, though he had to set a track record of 1:54.1 to beat the champ. Coming off a worrisome eighth place finish in his seasonal debut in the Classic Series, Vivid Photo was assigned the outside post and was sent right to the lead by Roger Hammer. However, Heza Challenger and Randy Tharp...
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Darlin\'s Delight, Southwind Tempo to square off

on 04/18/2008 2:00 AM
The top pacing mares Darlin\'s Delight and Southwind Tempo will square off for the first time ever on opening day at Harrah\'s Chester on Sunday when they compete in the first leg of the Betsy Ross Series.   Darlin\'s Delight will be making her first start of the season while Southwind Tempo is a winner of three of four starts this year, with her second-place finish in the first leg of...
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Pennsylvania horsemen hire marketing person

on 04/18/2008 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen\'s Association (PHHA) has hired Edward Kobesky to serve as its own Director of Media & Marketing, a position that has been created to \"create and administer new channels of communication between the PHHA and its members...\" and \"expand public awareness of harness racing and grow the sport\'s fan base.\"   Kobesky began his career with Pocono Dow...
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Enough Talk secures first leg with 1:52.2 score

on 04/18/2008 2:00 AM
Apparently, Enough Talk still had more to say. The trotter followed up his world record performance at Dover with another impressive victory in the $50,000 opener of the Su Mac Lad Series on Friday night at the Meadowlands.    George Brennan hustled Enough Talk off the gate and yielded to American Lane and Cat Manzi around the opening turn.  Brennan and his charge quickly retook the...
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Go On BB now two-for-two at Hoosier Park

on 04/18/2008 2:00 AM
Racing down the stretch, Go On BB, driven by Ricky Macomber Jr., was able to edge out JD’s Lady Lynn, controlled by Jason Dillander, to win the $23,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace Friday, April 18, at Hoosier Park. Neither mare would give in, with Go On BB getting the slight edge at the wire by only a neck. Dashing out of the gate, JD’s Lady Lynn was able to take the lead with Go On B...
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Tell Me A Story, J K Pure Pearl win Yonkers features

on 04/18/2008 2:00 AM
Classy veterans Tell Me a Story and J K Pure Pearl padded their pensions Friday night, winning the $30,000 co-features at Yonkers Raceway. Tell Me A Story sat a tight pocket in the Open Trot. With Jim Pantalteano driving from the pylons for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr., Tell Me a Story stung even-money favorite Beach Nut Brand (Pat Lachance) before that one made the lead. He put up intervals of :28....
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Mary Artman scores third straight at Pompano

on 04/18/2008 2:00 AM
Mary Artman ($10.20) took advantage of a miscue in deep stretch by pacesetter Stonebridge Capri in posting her third straight win with a 1:54.2 triumph at the isle pompano park Friday. The 9th race feature pace saw Mary Artman and driver Wally Hennessey go right to the lead with Splenda (Eric Irving) grabbing the pocket-seat in second place by the opening quarter mile in :27.4. But that lead was ...
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Filly scores easy win in Blossom final

on 04/17/2008 2:00 AM
The undefeated 3-year-old pacing filly Tug River Princess extended her streak to 12 races in the $68,900 Blossom final on Wednesday night at the Meadowlands.  Driver John Campbell brushed Tug River Princess to the lead earlier than he had intended as the field crawled through a :29.3 opening quarter. She paced comfortably down the backstretch and easily repelled the challenge of Erma La Em o...
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Blue Punch, My Man Moe take Landess splits

on 04/17/2008 2:00 AM
The duo of Shawn Christner and Blue Punch were able to ease into victory during the second leg of the Jerry Landess Series at Hoosier Park Wednesday. The win was the second in a row in the series, which heads to the $16,000 final Wednesday, April 23. Racing out of the gate Real Tricky, controlled by Ricky Macomber Jr., was able to take the early lead with Skyway Commander, driven by Jay Cros...
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Trotter wins his first battle of 2008 at Pompano

on 04/17/2008 2:00 AM
Battleshoe Victor ($3.60) was finally victorious after 12 starts this year with an impressive three-length score in 1:56.2 at Pompano Park Wednesday in the $10,000 winners-over trot.   Driven by Wally Hennessey, Battleshoe Victor was not to be denied from the start of the feature race as Hennessey sent the 6-year-old gelded son of Valley Victory right to the lead from the ra...
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Windsor to keep schedule, cut purses by 25 percent

on 04/17/2008 2:00 AM
Published reports state Windsor Raceway officials and representatives of the Ontario Harness Horse Association reached an agreement Wednesday with the Ontario Racing Commission that will keep the 2008 racing schedule intact, but cut the purses by 25 percent nightly. In March, Windsor Raceway had asked the commission to drop eight days of racing due to declining slot revenue. Racetrack officials t...
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Pennsylvania homeowners benefiting from slots

on 04/17/2008 2:00 AM
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell promised that slot machines at the state\'s racetracks would reduce property taxes, and according to an Associated Press story, proceeds from slots will reduce school property taxes by 10 percent for the next school year. So far the state has collected $90 million from slot machines.   The AP story said that on average, a home or farm owner outside of&...
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ISOBA office temporarily closed; new contact number

on 04/17/2008 2:00 AM
The ongoing infrastructure work on the Illinois State Fairgrounds has caused the ISOBA office, located on the backstretch to temporarily close because of lack of power.   The office is expected to be fully functioning on April 25, but if anyone has questions about stakes payments they can contact John Cisna at 217.546.5258. If he\'s unable to immediately answer phone calls, he will r...
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Hall of Fame still has stallion breedings available

on 04/17/2008 2:00 AM
The Harness Racing Museum thanks all donors and bidders for a very successful 2008 Stallion Breeding Auction. Over 50 stallion breedings were donated to the Museum with the majority receiving successful bids by the February 16 deadline. The following breedings not receiving appropriate bids as well as newly received services are still available and interested parties are urged to contact...
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Adrian Chip wins first start of 2008

on 04/17/2008 2:00 AM
Adrian Chip, the runner-up to Donato Hanover in last year\'s Hambletonian, made his first start of the 2008 season Thursday night at Sweden\'s Boden track and won in a mile rate time of 1:59 over 2,160 meters.   With Robert Bergh, his usual driver, in the sulky, Adrian Chip started easily with the standing start race and had the lead by the quarter mark despite his 20-meter handic...
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Shorter meet equals bonus money at Pocono

on 04/17/2008 2:00 AM
Earl Beal Jr., president of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association (PHHA), announced Thursday that PHHA members have earned more than $75,000 in bonus monies during the first eight days of the 2008 meet at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   The bonus, which is 20 percent for any Pennsylvania-owned, trained or sired winning horses, was created by the PHHA board of directors speci...
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It\'s time to blog on harnessracing.com

on 04/17/2008 2:00 AM
If you\'ve got something to say about harness racing, take a \"First Over\" trip with Andrew Cohen in his new blog here on this web site. Cohen will moderate the blog and says his goal \"...is to turn this site into a must-read for you and every other harness fan in North America; a place you can go to when you want a quick summary of what’s worth knowing.\"   Cohen will ma...
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Freehold purses to increase five percent

on 04/17/2008 2:00 AM
Freehold Raceway has informed the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey that it will increase purses by five percent, effective with the next condition sheet. Additionally, the preferred pace and mares preferred will be added to the offerings.   These steps are being taken prior to the availability of the casino purse supplement.   For owners whose horses lost...
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