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Standardbred Canada announces

on 04/30/2008 2:00 AM
Following two days of panel sessions and industry meetings, late Wednesday afternoon Standardbred Canada announced the development of a Standardbred Wagering Action Plan.   The plan, which was discussed and agreed upon by a wide range of industry stakeholders, is the culmination of months of planning leading up to this week\'s Standardbred Canada Standardbred Wagering Conference. The c...
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Final list of NA Cup eligibles

on 04/30/2008 2:00 AM
The owners of 66 three-year-old pacers have made the April 15, 2008, sustaining payment for the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup, with the 25th anniversary of the race set for June 14 at Mohawk Racetrack. Eliminations will take place Saturday, June 7, with the final one week later. The horses that were kept eligible are listed below. ANDERLECHTART GLASSART OFFICIALARTIC STRETCHARTIST CAF...
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Tetrick youngest to drive 4,000 winners

on 04/30/2008 2:00 AM
Tim Tetrick became the youngest driver to reach 4,000 career wins in the eighth race on Wednesday night at the Meadowlands, driving Cheyenne Barry to victory.Tetrick, 26, supplanted Walter Case Jr. as the youngest driver to reach 4,000 lifetime triumphs; Case was 29. No other driver was under the age of 31 when he reached that plateau.Tetrick entered Wednesday needing eight wins to reach the miles...
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Italy\'s rich Lotteria attracts field of 22

on 04/29/2008 2:00 AM
The 59th edition of the Gran Premio Nazionale delle Lotteria, with a total purse of approximately $939,000, of which nearly $300,000 will go to the winner, will be raced Sunday, May 4, at the Agnano track in Naples, Italy. A field of 22 has been divided into three eliminations with 10 coming back for the final. The race is over 1,600 meters with an auto start.   The three eliminations,...
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Purses to increase at Mohawk six percent

on 04/29/2008 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group and the Ontario Harness Horse Association have announced a six-percent increase to overall Standardbred purses beginning with the season opening of Mohawk Racetrack Thursday, May 1. \"There are a number of factors in place that allow the purse increase,\" said Bruce Murray, vice president of Standardbred racing. \"Though wagering this year is off ap...
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Canadian trainers Elliott, Pindur suspended

on 04/29/2008 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission has announced trainer Bill Elliott has been immediately suspended for an undisclosed period of time and trainer Evzen Pindur has been suspended for a period of 10 years, plus two more years for breach of probation, and fined $40,000, for positive tests for Darbepoetin-alfa (DPO), a potent long-lasting form of Erythropeietin (EPO).   Elliott\'s positive came fro...
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Wagering conference a strong exchange of ideas

on 04/29/2008 2:00 AM
The first-ever conference dedicated solely to Standardbred wagering got underway in Montreal on Tuesday, in conjunction with the annual Canadian Gaming Summit, and all but a couple of the panelists stuck to the subject of how to “turn the ship” and stop the decline in Standardbred handle, which has decreased by almost 36 percent in the last five years.   Several ideas were discusse...
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No NYRA betting at Meadowlands, other harness tracks

on 04/28/2008 2:00 AM
MidAtlantic Cooperative LLC, the simulcast purchasing enterprise that represents 16 regional racetracks, including the Meadowlands, has been unable to reach a new simulcast agreement with New York Racing Association Inc. [NYRA]. Therefore, effective April 30, 2008, MidAtlantic Cooperative members will cease simulcasting NYRA racing from Belmont Park. The cessation will not affect the simulcast of ...
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Top colt pacer Roberts Rage euthanized

on 04/28/2008 2:00 AM
Trainer Carl Jamieson told harnessracing.com Monday that his highly-regarded 3-year-old colt pacer Roberts Rage has finally lost his battle with a toxic reaction to an antibiotic and was euthanized earlier in the day at the University of Guelph.   Antibiotics had been given about three weeks ago to Roberts Rage that successfully treated a lump he had developed in his jaw. However, the anti...
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Running Aces receives approval for all-breed simulcasts

on 04/28/2008 2:00 AM
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has signed a bill into law that will allow the new Running Aces Harness Park to simulcast all breeds of horses; currently the site can only simulcast harness races.   According to a press release, Running Aces will still need the approval of the Minnesota Racing Commission to begin offer wagering on Thoroughbreds or Quarter Horses. The track opened Friday, April ...
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Leavitt appointed to KY Horse Racing Authority

on 04/28/2008 2:00 AM
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed Alan Leavitt, president of Walnut Hall Ltd., and four others to fill vacancies or expired terms on the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority. The appointees were announced Monday in a press release from the governor’s office.   Other new members include Edward “Ned” Bonnie, Foster Northrop, Elizabeth Lavin and Robert Beck Jr. ...
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Panaramic Art, Bono Bests and Special Report win at Yonkers

on 04/27/2008 2:00 AM
A trio of abbreviated fields went postward in Saturday night\'s fifth and final preliminary leg of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway with two favorites, Panaramic Art and Bono Bests, and a second choice, Special Report, winning their respective, $50,000 events. Panaramic Art (Greg Grismore), as the 1-2 favorite, sat pocketed to last week\'s upset winner Tarver...
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Ideal Weather rallies at Meadowlands for 1:50.4 victory

on 04/27/2008 2:00 AM
Ideal Weather rallied off a pocket trip to win the $75,000 Thomas Strada Memorial, a race marred by a minor accident, on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   Driver Yannick Gingras made an early bid with Ideal Weather before yielding to Stylish Solution in a brisk :54.1 half.  Ideal Weather easily brushed past the tiring leader in the stretch and held off Enhance The Night for a 1 1/4...
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Shadow Play, Stonebridge Magnum score in Diplomat Series

on 04/27/2008 2:00 AM
Shadow Play took the lead heading into the first turn, lost the advantage on the backstretch, but was much the best in the lane to take first division in the opening round of The Diplomat Pacing Series, Saturday night at Woodbine. Unbeaten Stonebridge Magnum displayed strong speed early and carried it the entire trip with Randy Waples to take the second division in 1:52.4. Shadow Play, a...
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Miracle Believer captures feature at Isle Pompano Park

on 04/27/2008 2:00 AM
It did not take a miracle to make believers out of racing fans as Miracle Believer was sent off as the 3/5 betting favorite and raced just like it in winning the $10,000 featured pace at the Isle Pompano Park Saturday.   The third race started off with Murcielago and driver Wally Hennessey shooting to the early lead from post three in a blistering :26.3 opening quarter mile with ...
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Hubert Riedel, owner of Final Score, dies at 74

on 04/27/2008 2:00 AM
Hubert Horst Riedel, a long time harness horse owner and breeder, passed away Saturday at age 74. A member of the USTA since 1966, Riedel owned more than 120 horses and bred 70 horses during his career. His top horse was $625,000 winner Final Score, who went on to become a successful trotting stallion in Ohio. Riedel was also the owner of the popular Gold Coast Car Rental Agency in Ft. Lauderdale....
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My Boy David scores in 1:49.4 at Balmoral

on 04/27/2008 2:00 AM
Shirley LeVin’s Illinois-bred pacing sensation My Boy David returned to his winning ways in grand fashion on Saturday night, knocking off a field of Free For All pacers in a blistering 1:49.4 at Balmoral Park.   The 5-year-old son of Cole Muffler was positioned perfectly in the pocket by driver Ryan Anderson as Booze Cruzin (Sam Widger) carved out splits of :27.2, :54.4 and 1:22.3 ...
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Unrecognized Saint prevails in Sire Stakes at Hoosier Park

on 04/27/2008 2:00 AM
Unrecognized Saint and driver Trace Tetrick prevailed in the first leg of the 3-year-old colt and gelding Indiana Sire Stakes at Hoosier Park Saturday with a mile in 1:55.1. It was a snappy start to the first quarter with Unrecognized Saint sitting perfect on the inside behind the leader, Don’ttrytostopme and Jason Dillander. The single-file field reached the quarter pole in :27. Blue...
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Sire Stakes highlight Saturday card at Cal-Expo

on 04/27/2008 2:00 AM
Sophomore boys on both gaits were spotlighted at Cal-Expo in $15,000 California Sires Stakes action on Saturday night (April 26), on which Star Time Kid and Stars And Sites prevailed.   In the action for the pacers, Star Time Kid and trainer Rick Plano had to work harder than expected to obtain the lead from post two in the field of six as driver Rich Wojcio, behind Nightscreamer, pushed th...
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Southwind Tempo now five for six this year

on 04/27/2008 2:00 AM
Southwind Tempo proved Sunday at Harrah\'s Chester that when she has the advantage, she won\'t be denied as she captured the $250,000 Betsy Ross Final for pacing mares with a 2 1/4-length score over My Little Dragon in 1:50.2.   With John Campbell driving, as usual, Southwind Tempo started from post one and controlled the race with fractions of :26.2, :55.4 and 1:23.2 before throwing a clos...
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