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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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Freehold\'s Taft recovering from surgery after spill

on 04/17/2008 2:00 AM
Karen Taft, the clerk of the course at Freehold Raceway, is recovering from shoulder replacement surgery and hopes to be released from CentraState Medical Center in Freehold on Friday.   Taft was jogging a horse on Tuesday who bolted, unseating her. Taft shattered her right shoulder into 21 pieces, she said. The shoulder joint replacement surgery took place on Wednesday. ...
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Green Day gearing up for Su Mac Lad

on 04/17/2008 2:00 AM
Jim Raymer is gearing up Green Day for his first big performance of the season in the $50,000 Su Mac Lad on Friday night at the Meadowlands, and Raymer knows he\'ll have to step up as he\'ll be facing his  toughest test so. The lone 4-year-old in the field, he is rated at 10-1 from the rail in Friday’s sixth race. His competition includes world record holder Giant Diablo, Swan Image, Americ...
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Trotter makes it two straight at The Meadows

on 04/16/2008 2:00 AM
Casperdfrendlyhors was fully extended but won his second straight $13,000 leg of the South Strabane Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings on Tuesday at The Meadows. Making his first start for new owner J.D. Snyder Jr. and trainer Rich Gillock following a private acquisition, Casperdfrendlyhors and Dick Stillings were content to stalk Pembroke Lane in the pocket. But the gelded son of SJ\'s...
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Court held again in Pocono open

on 04/16/2008 2:00 AM
Conway Court captured the $22,000 Open Trot for the second straight week at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Tuesday afternoon. Leaving from post seven in a field of nine, Conway Court sat third early while the 7-5 favorite, Snazzy Millie, set the opening fraction of :27.4. Driver Dan Dube sent Conway Court on the outside around the first turn of the Pocono oval and passed Snazzy Millie ...
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Took takes post two in Levy split Saturday at Yonkers

on 04/16/2008 2:00 AM
The penultimate preliminary leg of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series--round four for the uninitiated--goes Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway, with the pair of $50,000 events going as races eight and nine. Took Hanover, who took last week off after a snappy 1:51.1 effort in the second Levy round, landed post position two in Saturday night\'s second Levy divisi...
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Buck I St Pat\'s owners explain why mare won\'t be in Elitlopp

on 04/16/2008 2:00 AM
Dr. Ron Fuller, who bred Buck I St Pat and still owns an interest in the mare, has traveled to many European trotting events and says he wanted to race the mare in Sweden\'s Elitlopp, but \"with a partnership, I didn\'t have the only vote.\"   The 5-year-old mare is also owned by Ed Gold, Abraham Basen, and Philadelphia attorney Howard Taylor. Writing on the harnesslist, an e...
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Tigerama the 7-5 favorite in Battle of Lake Erie

on 04/16/2008 2:00 AM
Canadian invader Tigerama, a winner of five straight races, has been named the 7-5 favorite in Saturday’s $100,000 Battle of Lake Erie, a by-invitation pace, in a field that will also include Bono Bests and Western Ace. It is the 23rd edition of the race at Northfield Park.   Tigerama, owned by Robert Hamather of Exeter, Ont., drew the inside post, which makes him a prohibitive...
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Lis Mara\'s book full at 175 mares

on 04/16/2008 2:00 AM
Kentuckiana Farms has announced that Lis Mara\'s book for 2008 is full and closed at 175 mares, and it includes such notables as Lifetime Member (1:50.2, $472,721), Little Miss K (1:52.2, $530,089) and Worldly Beauty (1:49.3, $1,900,255).   Lis Mara is standing his first season at stud in 2008 at Kentuckiana Farms of Ontario, located at Emerald Ridge Farm of Rockwoo...
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Campbell to drive Giant Diablo

on 04/16/2008 2:00 AM
World champion trotter Giant Diablo will make her 2008 debut Friday at the Meadowlands in the opening round of the Su Mac Lad Series, and John Campbell will get the first-time drive after David Miller opted off to direct Swan Image.   Coming off a 1:54.3 win in a qualifier April 10 at the Meadowlands with Miller driving, the Swedish-owned Giant Diablo has not started in a purse race since l...
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