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2006 NHHC champ Alberg wins 2008 NHHC qualifier

on 02/27/2008 12:00 AM
Scott Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping Champion, once again showcased his prowess for picking winners in the NHHC qualifying tournament held last Saturday night at the Meadowlands.  Alberg, a 46-year-old resident of Washington Township, N.J., nailed eight winners on the card and finished the tournament with a $1,897 bankroll, securing him the $10,880 top prize and a $1,000 entry...
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Hoosier Park seeking to purchase land it sits on

on 02/27/2008 12:00 AM
Published reports state Hoosier Park in Indiana won approval Monday to purchase the 110 acres of land it sits now that it now leases from the city of Anderson. In a vote of 3-1, the Anderson Parks Board approved the plan which would guarantee the parks department at least $150,000 annually over five years.   The current lease agreement calls for Hoosier Park to pay $128,000 a year plus .5 ...
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Politics playing big role in Kentucky casino proposals

on 02/27/2008 12:00 AM
After a day of political maneuvering and an initial setback Tuesday, a proposed casino plan in Kentucky appears to be gaining support—although the plan no longer guarantees racetracks will automatically receive a gaming license. Garnering the support of Democratic House Speaker Jody Richards, the revised bill provides for open competition for a possible nine licenses, which is now being opposed ...
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Giant Diablo coming to Meadowlands for Su Mac Lad

on 02/27/2008 12:00 AM
Harnessracing.com European correspondent Lars G. Palm reports that world champion trotter Giant Diablo is headed to the United States next week where the 8-year-old mare will spend 17 days in quarantine before being prepped to race in the Su Mac Lad Series at the Meadowlands, which begins April 18.   Giant Diablo, an 8-year-old daughter of Supergill who has earnings of more than $1.8 millio...
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Monticello drops Friday racing

on 02/27/2008 12:00 AM
Beginning Feb. 29 and continuing throughout the month of March, Monticello Raceway will discontinue racing on Friday afternoons. The raceway will continue to offer live harness action four times weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Beginning in March post times for all the live racing programs will be at 1:10 p.m. Monticello Raceway will also offer simulcast...
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National Raceline now cell-phone friendly

on 02/27/2008 12:00 AM
The National Raceline, which since 1989 has provided instant race calls and race results from tracks coast-to-coast over the telephone, now allows horseman to dial directly using their cell phones. The number for instant access is 1-888-370-RACE (7223) for a charge of $1.99 per call.   Until now, the National Raceline was only available through a 900# but this new innovation ...
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Racetracks not guaranteed in new Kentucky casino bill

on 02/27/2008 12:00 AM
A Kentucky House Committee on Wednesday afternoon passed by a vote of 7-2 a bill that will allow casinos at nine locations in the state--but does not guarantee that any racetrack will get one of the available licenses. Although the racetracks are not guaranteed to get a license, they may still get up to five of the nine licenses that will be available. An earlier version of the bill that guaran...
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Mack Lobell final field set

on 02/26/2008 12:00 AM
Indian Hill Rocket appears to be entering the Mack Lobell Trotting Series final in peak form after taking the $25,000 second leg of the series at Pompano Park on Monday in a career-best 1:54.3.   Driven from post four by Kevin Wallis, Indian Hill Rocket showed the way through an opening quarter mile in :27.3 before contently yielding the top spot to Railee Possible (Dan Clements), who carv...
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Stonebridge On Ice wins Ontario Boys division

on 02/26/2008 12:00 AM
Stonebridge On Ice was able to turn the tables on stablemate Eagle On It in Monday\'s single $18,000(C) division in the second leg of the Ontario Boys Pacing Series at Woodbine Racetrack. The strapping son of Camluck, in rein to Mike Saftic, was able to control the fractions after moving to the front just past the :28.1 opening quarter. From there, he cruised through middle-half splits of ...
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Immortal Quest N game in Dover victory

on 02/26/2008 12:00 AM
Razor sharp Immortal Quest N, Art Director and Dream Rocket won the $40,000 Preferred, Delaware Special and Open Paces, respectively, Monday at Dover Downs. Brian Sears led the drivers with three wins; Tony Morgan, Ron Pierce and Eric Goodell had doubles. Recently resurrected Immortal Quest N took the lead at the start, fought off a lengthy stubborn challenge from Slickest Hanover wi...
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Kentucky House Committee rejects casinos, Beshear responds

on 02/26/2008 12:00 AM
A Kentucky House Committee Tuesday morning rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize casino gaming in the Bluegrass State by a vote of 5-3, with three members passing. The bill that was rejected was a modified one from the original proposed earlier by Gov. Steve Beshear, one that called for five of nine casino licenses going to racetracks; the original proposal called for licenses t...
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NJ governor officially proposes eliminating Ag Dept

on 02/26/2008 12:00 AM
New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine has formally proposed that the state\'s Department of Agriculture be eliminated, along with the state departments of personnel and commerce, a move which he says will cut 3,000 jobs from the payroll. However, even if the Department of Agriculture is eliminated, it will not affect the New Jersey Sire Stakes, which will be likely then fall under an...
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Monticello cancels Tuesday after two races

on 02/26/2008 12:00 AM
After two races were completed on Tuesday afternoon the remainder of the racing card at Monticello Raceway was cancelled when the drivers claimed poor visibility and hazardous conditions caused by the heavy falling snow made it unsafe to compete. Weather permitting racing will resume Wednesday, Feb. 27, with first post slated for 12:40 p.m. (Monticello)  
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Tuesday\'s card at Balmoral canceled due to winter storm

on 02/26/2008 12:00 AM
One of the worst Chicago winters in recent history continued to wreak havoc with the racing schedule at Balmoral as heavy snowfall has forced the cancellation of the Tuesday racing program at Balmoral Park.   With 20 to 25 mph winds whipping around the four to six inches of snow that was dumped on the Southland area, track management and horsemen agreed that conditions would be unsuit...
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New announcer at Pocono Downs

on 02/26/2008 12:00 AM
James (Jim) Beviglia has been named track announcer at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, it was announced by Dale Rapson, vice president of racing, and James Wise, vice president of marketing. Beviglia was hired by Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in 2006 as a publicity assistant and served in that capacity the past two years in addition to being a co-host for the racetrack’s live television show. “Ji...
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Bob\'s Alibi uses first-over route to win Senior Trendsetter

on 02/25/2008 12:00 AM
Bob’s Alibi took the longest route to victory in the $72,100 Senior Trendsetter on Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands, scoring by a neck over Isaac Newton in 1:51.4.Driver Brian Sears slowly inched Bob’s Alibi into contention along the outside as Asbury Juke and Yannick Gingras carved the early fractions.  Bob’s Alibi easily passed the tiring leader at the head of the stretch and held ...
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Horsemen\'s plight told in South Florida Sun-Sentinel story

on 02/25/2008 12:00 AM
A story posted today on the web site of the South Florida-Sun Sentinel carries the headline, \"Horse industry cut out of gambling profits at Pompano racetrack,\" and proceeds to tell the story of how horsemen and horsewomen lobbied for slots at the racetrack, but are not seeing a boost in their own economic situation.   \"Combined with South Florida\'s soaring costs for feed and grain, the ...
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NJ Sire Stakes NOT in jeopardy, says spokesperson

on 02/25/2008 12:00 AM
Reports are swirling around New Jersey that Governor Jon Corzine plans to announce the elimination of the Department of Agriculture and State Board of Agriculture when he gives his annual Budget Message on Tuesday, but because the New Jersey Sire Stakes is a legislated program, the Sire Stakes are not in jeopardy.   A spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture told harnessracing.com,&nb...
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USTA board of directors convene in Columbus

on 02/24/2008 12:00 AM
Although the skies over Columbus, Ohio were sunny Saturday, the winter storm that hit the East Coast on Friday precluded several directors of the U.S. Trotting Association from arriving in time for the annual meeting\'s opening session. When chairman Ivan Axelrod asked for the roll call there were 41 directors present, although a few arrived during the afternoon after long travel woes.   Sp...
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Panaramic Art extends streak to 20 with Exit 16W win

on 02/24/2008 12:00 AM
The streak is now at 20 races for Panaramic Art, who picked up his 20th straight victory and third stakes trophy in the $75,700 Exit 16W on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. He also turned in an astounding stakes-record time of 1:49.4 on the cold night when the track was listed as \"good.\".Panaramic Art, driven by George Brennan, followed Captain Cambest to the lead and opened up entering t...
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