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Dewey, Snow White begin to prepare for sophomore stakes

on 02/21/2008 12:00 AM
Trainer Ray Schnittker reports that the 3-year-old colt trotter Deweycheatumnhowe has arrived at the Meadowlands to prepare for the upcoming stakes season, while co-owner Curtis Larrimore has revealed the 2008 schedule for the 3-year-old filly trotter Snow White.   Schnittker and Larrimore were both in St. Petersburg, Fla., accepting Harness Tracks of America 2007 Nova awards on b...
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Arcade Hall game in third straight victory

on 02/21/2008 12:00 AM
Last season Canadian native and longtime California resident Bruce Clarke packed up lock stock and barrel and moved east to compete where the money is. He settled in Northeast Pennsylvania, competing at Pocono Downs and later at the Meadowlands. From all indications he had a very successful year, winning 110 races and over $3.4 million in purse earnings. At the start of thi...
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Series finals set for Meadowlands

on 02/21/2008 12:00 AM
Six winter series finals and one lengthy winning streak top the first big stakes weekend of the 2008 harness meet at the Meadowlands, with the $88,700 Cape & Cutter for older pacing mares headlining the Friday night card.   Stylish Solution, whose 13-race streak was snapped last week by My Little Dragon, is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the Cape & Cutter. She will try to ave...
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Upset in Dover\'s Tuesday feature

on 02/20/2008 12:00 AM
Ultimate Bet led from start to finish in 1:53.3 to prove a 25-1 surprise in the 32,000 Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday, while Shady Sabrina and Badlands Iron Lady won the $25,000 mares winners-over paces. UNN saw her nine-race win streak snapped and the sport\'s leading driver Tony Morgan had a triple. Sean Bier urged Three Point Acres\' Ultimate Bet into the lead just before the...
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Racinos examined at HTA/TRA session

on 02/20/2008 12:00 AM
Are racinos simply purse builders or can they offer meaningful opportunities to broaden patronage? That question was addressed by five leading authorities in American horse racing on Tuesday morning at Harness Tracks of America’s joint meeting with Thoroughbred Racing Association in St. Petersburg, Fla.   Chris McErlean, former general manager of the Meadowlands and now with Penn National...
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A second romantic adventure at Monticello

on 02/20/2008 12:00 AM
Last year the Keystone Raider mare, Romantic Adventure, won 11 races and earned over $72,000 and paced top her lifetime record of 1:55:2 at Saratoga Raceway. On Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Monticello Raceway the Kevin Sywyk-owned 5 year old made it two in a row at Monticello when she once again won the daily pacing feature in 2:00.1, which was 1 1/2 seconds faster ...
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Stonebridge Kisses reaches milestone mark

on 02/19/2008 12:00 AM
It was just a fifth-place finish in the second round of the Cape & Cutter Series at the Meadowlands Friday, Feb. 15, but the $2,000 check earned by Stonebridge Kisses brought the career earnings of the 8-year-old mare to more than $1 million. The accomplishment comes two years after an injury—ironically coming in a Cape & Cutter division—nearly cost her her life.   “She fell i...
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Mack Lobell divisions held

on 02/19/2008 12:00 AM
Buck I St. Pat tallied her first win of the year, while Indian Hill Rocket got his picture taken for the fourth time this season, after capturing their respective $17,500 divisions of the opening leg of the Mack Lobell Trotting Series at Pompano Park on Monday.   Starting from post four with Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines, Buck I St. Pat wasted little time seizing control of her Mack...
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Sharky Osborne wins Dover\'s President\'s Day feature

on 02/19/2008 12:00 AM
Sharky Osborne required an overland journey on the way to a 1:52.3 victory in the President\'s Day $40,000 Preferred Pace feature over a track rated as \"good\" at Dover Downs on Monday. Thin Blue Line and Home Run Hudson posted supporting wins.   With meet leading driver Tony Morgan at the controls, Sharky Osborne raced on the outside for more than a half mile before steaming home in: 27...
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Eagle On It takes Ontario Boys opener

on 02/19/2008 12:00 AM
An airborne Eagle On It used a sparkling off-the-pace rally to upend his stablemate Stonebridge On Ice in the lone $18,000 division in the first leg of the Ontario Boys Pacing Series Monday at Woodbine Racetrack. After leaving from the trailing post 11, Eagle On It got away eighth in the early going for driver Rick Zeron and watched Just The Begrining and Daylon Chance duel through a first half...
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New Jersey horsemen expressing frustration

on 02/19/2008 12:00 AM
While New Jersey horsemen receive assurances from Trenton that there will be a purse supplement this year, the frustration levels are rising as weeks go by and no agreement has been finalized.   “There are issues that are being discussed that are out of our hands,” said Tom Luchento, president of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. “These have to do...
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Mitchell new HTA president

on 02/19/2008 12:00 AM
Hugh Mitchell, a veteran racing executive from Western Fair Raceway in Ontario, was elected president of Harness Tracks of America on Monday (Feb. 18) at HTA’s sixth annual joint meeting with Thoroughbred Racing Associations. Mitchell replaces Brock Milstein, chairman of Northfield Park in Ohio, whose term expired. Jim Boese of Harrington Raceway in Delaware was elected as senior vice-presiden...
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$3.1 mil Santa Anita ticket sold at Big M

on 02/19/2008 12:00 AM
The lone winner of Santa Anita’s $3.1 million Pick 6 on Monday purchased his ticket at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The $4,320 ticket yielded a $3,120,256 payout, a Santa Anita record. The winner netted $2,381,423 after federal and state taxes. He also cashed the $7,786 five-of-six consolation payout 24 times, for another $186,878.   A three-day carryover of $1,269,223 heading into the Mond...
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Pompano trimming purses, dates

on 02/18/2008 12:00 AM
Horsemen at Pompano Park got a rude awakening for the third week of February as the track\'s condition sheet announced that purses would be cut 35 percent, effective immediately, and Monday and Wednesday cards will be dropped within the next two weeks.   The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association was alerted to the changes and immediately began exploring its options regar...
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New operator for Cal Expo harness meet

on 02/18/2008 12:00 AM
The Sacramento Harness Association (SHA) is turning over operation of harness racing at Cal Expo to the California State Fair Exposition effective March 1. The last SHA card will be held March 1, with Cal Expo\'s first card scheduled to be March 6.   Dick Feinberg, who has served as general manager for SHA, will not join the Cal Expo team.   \"I\'ll stay for a month to make...
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French owner Wildenstein dies

on 02/18/2008 12:00 AM
French horse owner Alec Wildenstein, who campaigned such notable trotters as Kaisy Dream, Kesaco Phedo and Jardy, the winner of the Prix de Paris, died Monday (Feb. 18) after a long illness at age 67, Paris Turf reported on its website.   Wildenstein, the son of the late well-known owner Daniel Wildenstein, professed a love for the trotting horse, but also owned many suc...
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Balmoral cancels Sunday\'s live card

on 02/17/2008 12:00 AM
Heavy rains that pelted the Southland area throughout the night and early this morning along with a quick thaw due to rising temperatures have created unsafe racing conditions, forcing Balmoral Park management to cancel the Sunday racing program. With more rain expected and the possibility of the precipitation changing to snow as the day continues track management and horseman have agreed to cance...
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Round one of Isle of Capri is in the books

on 02/17/2008 12:00 AM
Recent Presidential Series hero Mr. Feelgood and the millionaire pacer Maltese Artist put forth impressive performances at Pompano Park on Saturday night, prevailing in their respective $30,000 divisions of the first leg of the $350,000 Isle of Capri Pacing Series under the South Florida lights. Guided away from post four by Pompano Park\'s leading driver, Bruce Ranger, Mr. Feelgood paced confid...
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My Little Dragon ends Stylish Solution\'s streak

on 02/16/2008 12:00 AM
Stylish Solution\'s 13-race streak came to an end when My Little Dragon coasted to victory in the $40,000 second round of the Cape & Cutter Series on Friday night at the Meadowlands. My Little Dragon, with Ron Pierce at the lines, seized the lead from Stylish Solution in a :55 half, and held off the pocket-sitting favorite for a one-half length tally, in 1:52. Street Dancer closed along the ...
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Agreement reached at The Meadows

on 02/16/2008 12:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners’ Association (MSOA) has announced an agreement, set forth  between the MSOA and the Meadows Racetrack and Casino. The two-year contract paves the way for 208 days of racing each year, and forges a good working relationship between horsemen and track management. \"The MSOA Board of Directors, especially the Negotiating Committee, worked very hard to come t...
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