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Hoosier Park set to open slots era in Indiana Monday

on 05/30/2008 2:00 AM
The slots era in Indiana will officially kick off Monday when Hoosier Park opens its 92,000-square-foot facility to the public. The Anderson-based operator has scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony for 9 a.m. Dignitaries that will be on hand for the grand opening include Anderson mayor Kris Ockomon, Rod Ratcliff, Centaur chairman and CEO, Jim Brown, general manager of gaming for Hoosier Park Racing ...
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New Jersey\'s Luchento honored

on 05/30/2008 2:00 AM
Thomas F. Luchento, president of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, has been selected to receive the Stanley Dancer Media Award for 2008 from the New Jersey Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association.   The Dancer Award honors an individual whose efforts on behalf of racing and cooperation with the media are in keeping with the example set by the la...
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Casual Breeze splits at Mohawk

on 05/30/2008 2:00 AM
Favourite Amy Kane tasted defeat for the first time in her career tonight when she broke stride and gave 14-1 shot, Global Glamour, a wide-open stretch of track in which to capture the first of four $75,000 divisions of the Casual Breeze Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies Friday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. Mario Baillargeon sent the unbeaten Amy Kane straight to the front from post #7, w...
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Full fields for Casual Breeze divisions

on 05/29/2008 2:00 AM
It’s Ladies’ Night on Friday night, May 30, at Mohawk Racetrack, as fans get to view a fantastic fanfare of feminine horsepower as 11 of the 13 races on the card are slated for fillies and mares, with the highlight being four full $75,000(C) divisions of the Casual Breeze stakes for 3-year-old distaff trotters. In the first of these divisions, rookie standout Bella Dolce has drawn...
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Sugar Valley Alley upsets at Harrington

on 05/29/2008 2:00 AM
Carlo Poliseno\'s Sugar Valley Alley ($21.20) earned his fourth win of the year in 1:56.1 in the featured $22,000 Junior Open Trot at Harrington Wednesday. It was the fastest time of the meet thus far for a trotter.   Driven by Poliseno, the 6-year-old Big Victory gelding surged by pacesetter Vicki Gram in deep stretch for the upset win. Vicki Gram was the previous week\'s winner and is t...
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Gale warning up again at Pompano

on 05/29/2008 2:00 AM
Gale Warning ($3) avenged his nose defeat last week with an impressive 1 1/4-length triumph Wednesday at Pompano Park in the $12,000 winners-over trot. The feature first saw Battleshoe Victor (Tom Sells), who edged Gale Warning last week at the wire, shoot to the lead from post six over Guy Gets Girl (Bruce Ranger). The passed by the opening quarter mile teletimer in :28 fla...
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No Pain No Gain, Fantasy Yankee win opening-round sire stakes

on 05/29/2008 2:00 AM
Two daughters of Muscles Yankee, No Pain No Gain and Fantasy Yankee, captured the first round of the New Jersey Sires Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters on Wednesday night at the Meadowlands.   
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Larrimore gives Snow White update

on 05/29/2008 2:00 AM
Co-owner Curtis Larrimore told harnessracing.com Thursday morning that the 3-year-old filly trotter Snow White is on the road to recovery after undergoing throat surgery earlier this year, although he admits there is still some uncertainty as to her future.   Larrimore said the reigning Dan Patch Award winner is training well, and that although trainer Kevin Lare has heard her make some noi...
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Perfect record in jeopardy due to trainer questions

on 05/29/2008 2:00 AM
The Delaware Harness Racing Commission has disqualified the undefeated Tug River Princess from her win last month in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final at Dover Downs and fined and suspended trainer Trevor Warwick six months in a ruling that stated he “was not the actual trainer of Tug River Princess…and fraudulently listed himself as the trainer of the horse for this race....
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Meadowlands website target of hackers

on 05/29/2008 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands has sent out a release noting that their website has been under the attack of hackers which has caused problems. According to the release: \"As some of you have already noticed, we have been encountering difficulties with our web site. Our site has been the target of a relentless rash of \'malicious code attacks\' ince Saturday. This is why you may have experienced unusually l...
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New York Board recommends steroid regulations

on 05/29/2008 2:00 AM
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board (the Board) Thursday voted to pass a proposed rule making for new steroid restrictions in New York State for both the Thoroughbred and harness industry. Based on a national model rule supported by both the Racing Medication Testing Consortium and the Association of Racing Commissioners International, the new guidelines would limit the use of s...
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Franco-American bred wins in Scioto\'s Billings

on 05/29/2008 2:00 AM
The amateur drivers in the popular C.K.G. Billings series came to central Ohio to compete on Wednesday and the crowd at Scioto Downs was treated to some nice miles by the trotters.   The first division went to the Franco-American bred Canaco Olymed, whose sire Victory Force is a son of Valley Victory and whose dam Hegemonie Wood represents some of the best French trotting blood.   C...
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June 14 card added at Vernon Downs

on 05/29/2008 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs has announced that it will add a racing program on Saturday, June 14, with post time for the card set at 6:55 pm. Vernon will also NOT be racing on Saturday, Aug. 16, and the leg of the Kindergarten Series scheduled for 2-year-old colt and filly pacers will be moved to Friday, Aug. 15.   Both schedule changes have been approved by the New York State Rac...
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Increased purses for all NYSS divisions; \'08 schedule available

on 05/28/2008 2:00 AM
Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Executive Director Peter Goold announced on Wednesday the New York State Sire Stakes purses and schedule for 2008. The total purses for 2008 are expected to be $15 million. The season kicks off on June 8 with the 3-year-old filly trot at Saratoga Gaming & Raceway. The races are held at the seven pari-mutuel harness t...
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Daley Deposit Only gets morning-line nod in NJ Classic

on 05/28/2008 2:00 AM
It took a photo to separate Daley Deposit Only from Mr. Nice Guy in their elimination race, but this Saturday a nose could nab the lion\'s share of the $500,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic at the Meadowlands.Daley Deposit Only was given the slight 5-2 nod as the morning line favorite after narrowly holding off Mr. Nice Guy to win their New Jersey Classic elimination in 1:51.4 last week.&...
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It\'s \'Announcer Idol\' at Grand River Raceway

on 05/28/2008 2:00 AM
Grand River Raceway in Elora, Ont., has launched a new contest to showcase aspiring race announcers, with the Grand River Raceway Race Announcer Contest kicking off Friday. Audition race calls will be accepted until June 20.   The top six entries will be posted at GrandRiverRaceway.com beginning June 25. Online voting will determine the three semifinalists, who will duke...
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Trots fill for Classic Series, pacers remain on sidelines

on 05/28/2008 2:00 AM
The second preliminary leg of The Classic Series (TCS) will be raced on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Normally a four-race event, the Series is reduced to two, the Trotting Classic and Classic Oaks, as both the Pacing Classic and Classic Distaff fell short of the number of entries required to card the race. Those horses entered in the two pacing divisions will be awarded one series point...
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Moon Beam still a NA Cup possibility

on 05/28/2008 2:00 AM
After turning in a trio of very discouraging qualifiers so far this season, trainer Eric Abbatiello remains confident that Moon Beam will be at Mohawk for the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations on June 7. He was eligible to this Saturday\'s Burlington Stakes at Mohawk, but his connections have opted to bypass the event which will feature many of the top prospects for this year\'s $1.5 million ...
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Sharbaugh to leave USTA post

on 05/28/2008 2:00 AM
Eric Sharbaugh, executive vice president of the U.S. Trotting Association, will be leaving that position effective July 1. Sharbaugh was the eighth individual in the history of the organization to hold those positions. He served in that capacity at the USTA since March 2005.   The USTA\'s board of directors were notified of Sharbaugh\'s impending departure from the USTA via email on Tu...
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Springfield racing bill dies in Senate committee

on 05/28/2008 2:00 AM
The Springfield (Ill.) Journal-Register web site is reporting that a bill to expand harness racing at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in the capitol city, stalled in Senate committee Wednesday, making it unlikely the bill will pass this year.   Sponsored by Rep. Raymond Poe, R-Springfield, the bill would have established an authority to hire a contractor to conduct a pari-mutuel harness mee...
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