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Badlands Nitro, Its That Time win Hempt elims

on 05/18/2008 2:00 AM
Badlands Nitro and Its That Time captured the two Max C. Hempt Memorial Pace elimination races Saturday afternoon at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs as the nine-horse field for next week’s approximate $300,000 final is set.   In the opening elimination, Badlands Nitro, driven by Brian Sears, came from off the early torrid pace to win in 1:51.1 with Blueridge Western (Yannick Gingras) s...
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Europe\'s top sprint race set for next Sunday

on 05/18/2008 2:00 AM
The draw for the Elitlopp was held live on Swedish TV on Sunday and two eight-horse fields will compete in elimination races next Sunday, May 25, at the Solvalla track in Stockholm. Enough Talk, who will represent the USA, has drawn post four in the second elim. The top four finishers will return for the $500,000 final heat. The distance of the Elitlopp is one mile.   Heat/elim 1.Post-Hor...
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Bullville Powerful leads Empire Classic elim winners

on 05/18/2008 2:00 AM
Bullville Powerful and Yannick Gingras won the second division of the Empire Breeder’s Classic at Tioga Downs on Sunday afternoon in 1:52.2 over a track listed as good. The 3-year-old colt by Bettor’s Delight just lost to Blueridge Western last week in the Berry’s Creek final, but will get another shot at a big pay day in the final of the Empire Breeder\'s Classic on Sunday, May 25.   ...
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Upsets in NJSS 3FP splits

on 05/17/2008 2:00 AM
The closing kick of Knock Three Times was heard the loudest as she thundered down the stretch to win the first of two New Jersey Sire Stakes legs for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Friday night at the Meadowlands.  Driven by David Miller, Knock Three Times closed from seventh at the top of the lane to take the $38,900 event in 1:52.1. Best Place was second best, finishing 3 ¼ lengths behi...
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Real Velocity wins Hoosier feature

on 05/17/2008 2:00 AM
Real Velocity and Jason Dillander charged down the stretch to earn her third consecutive win in the $23,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Friday at Hoosier Park. The duo won the event in a time of 1:52.4. Racing out of the gate, JD’s Lady Lynn, guided by Brandon Bates, dashed to the early lead with Ready to Rumba, controlled by Brad Hanners, and Marvel Sahbra, guided by Don Irvine Jr., right b...
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Stonebridge Capri surprises in Pompano pace

on 05/17/2008 2:00 AM
Stonebridge Capri ($15.20) scored an impressive upset victory at odds of 6-1 in capturing the $12,000 winners-over pace for mares Friday at Pompano Park.   Driven by Bruce Ranger, Stonebridge Capri shot to the lead from post three and was able to stuff race favorite Velvet Eileen (Wally Hennessey) into second place by the opening quarter mile in :27.1.   Leading the field to the...
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Schnittker teams Armbro Barrister to wet Yonkers win

on 05/17/2008 2:00 AM
Co-owner and trainer Ray Schnittker drove the veteran Armbro Barrister to a 13-1 upset in the co-featured $30,000 Open Handicap Trot on a rainy Friday night at Yonkers Raceway. After track record-holder (and slight 9-5 race favorite) Victor\'s Vicky (Jordan Stratton) jumped it off at the outset, second choice No More Gold N (Greg Grismore) made the lead from his assigned eight-hol...
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Roosevelt project underway at Harness Racing Museum

on 05/16/2008 2:00 AM
Historic Roosevelt Raceway, Long Island’s landmark entertainment venue, is the focus of a three-phase project being conducted by the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame.  With the aid of two Museum Collection & Research Grants from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a state agency, the museum has begun to record and digitize the more than 8,000 photographs, videos, pro...
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Favorable depreciation schedule could soon be law

on 05/16/2008 2:00 AM
After months of negotiations between the House and Senate, Congress passed the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, commonly known as the Farm Bill, and it could shorten the timespan for the depreciation of racehorses.   The House passed the bill on May 14 by a vote of 318 to 106. The Senate passed it a day later, May 15, by a vote of 81 to 15. President Bush has announced ...
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Buck I St. Pat, Before He Cheats favored in Chester elims

on 05/16/2008 2:00 AM
Twelve of harness racing’s most accomplished trotters will do battle on Sunday in two $40,000 divisions of eliminations for the Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack. The first four finishers in each elimination will advance to the $250,000 final on Sunday, May 25. The 7-5 morning line choice in the first elimination is Taylor, Gold, Basen and Fuller’s Buck I St...
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Three straight for Odessa Angus

on 05/16/2008 2:00 AM
Odessa Angus extended her winning streak to three on Thursday when capturing the $4,000 fillies and mares claiming pace at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway in 1:58.3. Starting from post six with Frank Coppola Jr. at the lines, Odessa Angus took her customary spot near the back of the field, settling in sixth place through the early stages of the race as Shaftsbury Filly (Brian Cross) took the f...
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New Jersey governor honors World Cup amateur drivers

on 05/16/2008 2:00 AM
New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine, at the request of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, has declared Wednesday, May 21, as World Cup Amateur Drivers Championship Day.   The proclamation notes that a pair of New Jersey tracks–Freehold and the Meadowlands–will host an international cast of amateur drivers in events contested on May 21. The last o...
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SRF golf tournament rescheduled for July 1

on 05/16/2008 2:00 AM
Inclement weather caused the Standardbred Retirement Foundation’s (SRF) 16th annual Charity Golf Tournament to be rescheduled for July 1, 2008 at beautiful Knob Hill Country Club in Manalapan, NJ. The popular outing is now almost completely sold out, so hurry and reserve your tee-time today. All proceeds benefit the SRF, the oldest, most productive, award-winning program that finds homes for non...
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Polo Johnny was steamin at Scioto

on 05/16/2008 2:00 AM
Polo Johnny broke his maiden on Thursday night at Scioto Downs with a four-length win in 1:56.1. His victory for driver Sam “Chip” Noble and owner Jerry Kutschbach came in the first of two divisions of the Steamin Demon, a series honoring a double-gaited star from the 1950s.   The other division of the Steamin Demon went to Firms Randsome in 1:59.4 after cold rains hit the area. Kyle At...
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The Deuce is ready for Ontario Sire Stakes debut

on 05/16/2008 2:00 AM
Harness racing fans across Ontario have been waiting impatiently for Saturday’s 3-year-old pacing colt Gold Series season opener at Mohawk Racetrack, eager to see Metro Pace winner Somebeachsomewhere make his debut in the provincial program and Super Final champion Deuce Seelster begin defense of his freshman crown.Unfortunately, Somebeachsomewhere’s connections were forced to withdraw the col...
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Millionaire Special Report takes aim at Graduate final

on 05/16/2008 2:00 AM
Special Report rebounded from foot and knee injuries to become harness racing’s newest millionaire last week and on Saturday night he will try to continue his rise to the top of the pacing ranks in the $284,000 Graduate final at the Meadowlands.  Special Report is the 9-2 third choice on the morning line from post nine in the Graduate, which is slated as race eight. Driver-trainer...
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Breedings to benefit Harness Racing Museum still available

on 05/16/2008 2:00 AM
More than 50 stallion breedings were donated to the Harness Racing Museum this year, and several breedings are still available to stallions standing in Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania.The following breedings are still available:   New York – Giant Hit Pennsylvania– Arturo, Magical Mike, Slade Hanover and Nuclear Breeze Maine– Serious Hanover Michigan...
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Santanna rocks in Mohawk qualifier

on 05/16/2008 2:00 AM
Last season\'s Governor\'s Cup and Breeders Crown champion, Santanna Blue Chip, turned in a sparkling effort in his second qualifier of the season this morning at Mohawk Racetrack as he stopped the clock in a sharp 1:53.2. The colt is one of the early season favorites for this year\'s Pepsi North America Cup on June 14 at Mohawk. The son of Art Major went straight to the front for driver and co...
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Stakes record set in Big M trotting series

on 05/15/2008 2:00 AM
Snazzy Hot Rod coasted to a stakes record 1:52.3 in the $45,300 Hiram Woodruff on Wednesday night at the Meadowlands. 
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Blue Punch remains unbeaten at Hoosier

on 05/15/2008 2:00 AM
An inside post and undefeated record proved to be lethal for the 11 opponents against Blue Punch Wednesday in the Tubby Trimble Series at Hoosier Park. Blue Punch and driver Shawn Christner were in complete control, picking up a new lifetime mark of 1:55 over the sloppy surface. Starting from post one, Blue Punch had a straight shot for the lead early, but Ricky Macomber Jr. placed Hoosier A...
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