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Big crowd for Tioga opener

on 05/04/2008 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs opened its 2008 racing season on Saturday, May 3, with a crowd of more than 6,200 in attendance.   The 3-year old trotting filly Patti Pain made the inaugural trip of 2008 to the Tioga winner’s circle with fan favorite Mike Simons in the sulky. It was the second win of the career for Patti Painm, who established a new lifetime mark of 2:00 in taking the opening division of the...
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Mucho Sleazy, Bullville Powerful win Berry\'s Creek elims

on 05/03/2008 2:00 AM
Mucho Sleazy and Bullville Powerful put on commanding front-end performances to win their $25,000 Berry’s Creek eliminations on Saturday night at the Meadowlands, with Mucho Sleazy pacing to his victory in 1:50.3 and Bullville Powerful scoring in 1:50.4.  The $215,000 Berry’s Creek Final, the first major stakes test for 3-year-old colt pacers, will be contested Saturday, May 10.   In...
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$1.5 million bet on KY Derby at Meadowlands

on 05/03/2008 2:00 AM
A record $2.94 million was wagered on the 2008 Kentucky Derby simulcast at New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority racetracks, Favorites at Woodbridge and New Jersey Account Wagering.  The $2,936,959 wagered represented a 7.2 percent increase over the 2007 record of $2,740,535.  A total of $1,511,842 was bet at the Meadowlands, which drew a daytime simulcast crowd of 10,795.  An...
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Special Report uses two-hole trip to win

on 05/03/2008 2:00 AM
Special Report drew an inside post (two) and enjoyed a two-hole trip before finding clear sailing in the homestretch and pacing to a 1:51.4 victory in the $390,000 George Morton Levy Memorial final Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway.   Driver Larry Stalbaum decided to take a two-hole trip, but kept the fast-leaving Took Hanover, who started from post six, parked through the first turn, which...
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NA Cup eligible Shadow Play wins at Mohawk

on 05/03/2008 2:00 AM
Shadow Play kept his 2008 undefeated streak in tact with a sharp 1:54.2 victory over an off track in Saturday\'s lone $25,000 division of the second leg of The Diplomat Pacing Series for 3-year-old colt pacers at Mohawk Racetrack. The victory also positioned the son of The Panderosa for a possible sweep of this year\'s edition of the Diplomat.   With Rick Zeron in the driver\'s seat, Shadow...
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PASS for 3YO trotting fillies at The Meadows

on 05/03/2008 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old SJ\'s Caviar filly trotter Amy Kane remained undefeated in seven career starts by capturing a division of a $204,860 Pennsylvania Sires Stake Saturday at The Meadows, turning in a 1:57.2 victory. The PASS was contested over five divisions, with Hawaiianphotograph, Morguns Sweetheart, Classic Lane and Charged Freight taking the other splits. Dave Palone drove seven winners on...
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Mohawk opens with double-digit winners in series leg

on 05/02/2008 2:00 AM
First Draw and Michelles Idea were both mild upsetters in the second leg of the Princess Pacing Series for 3-year-old fillies during opening night of the summer meet at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening. First Draw, with Jack Moiseyev driving, made a move to the front in the second quarter of the opening $25,000(C) split and held all her rivals at bay with a 1:56.2 clocking. The daughter of ...
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Walden waltzes to Vernon victory

on 05/02/2008 2:00 AM
Walden went right to the front from the start and never looked back en route to an impressive 1:56.3 victory in Thursday night’s $6,500 featured trot at Vernon Downs.   With defending track dash-winning champ Howard Okusko Jr. doing the teaming in the seventh session, Walden waltzed right to the lead from the number seven post and led through splits of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:27.3 en ...
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A VP victory at Cal Expo

on 05/02/2008 2:00 AM
A drop down in class and not getting hooked up in a speed duel resulted in a solid victory for Mac Jonathan VP Thursday night at Cal Expo.   In advance of starting from post-position five in the field of seven in the $15,000 to $20,000 claiming handicap pace, trainer Lou Pena had no worries despite the fact that potentially four of his six foes could leave for the lead along wi...
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Saturday\'s Dexter Cup elims opens Grand Circuit action

on 05/02/2008 2:00 AM
The Grand Circuit begins its 2008 season Saturday with three $20,552 eliminations in the Dexter Cup for 3-year-old colt trotters. The top two in each elimination, plus two third-place finishers, will advance to next Saturday’s (May 10) $160,000 (est.) final. Here are the fields, in post position order: Race 1: 1–Wildcat Shoes–Daniel Dube; 2-Yankee Gospel-Jack Baggitt; 3-Hand...
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Pennsylvania Sire Stakes season begins at Harrah\'s Chester

on 05/02/2008 2:00 AM
After tracking Papa Hemingway up the backstretch, Bulletproof Enterprises\' It\'s That Time ($2.80) tipped to the open stretch under moderate urging to secure a 1:51.3 victory in the first leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings Thursday at Harrah\'s Chester.   The son of Real Artist scored his third career win in 10 starts with Tim Tetr...
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Northville Downs sues state against gambling laws

on 05/02/2008 2:00 AM
Officials at Northville Downs in Michigan on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit against the governor and state attorney general alleging casinos and state lotteries are killing the racing industry and the restriction against installing slot machines and other forms of expanding gaming violate the U.S. Constitution. The suit comes on the heels of one previously filed by Northville downs against the s...
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Weather scratches Somebeach, Santanna Blue Chip from qualifiers

on 05/02/2008 2:00 AM
Because of what trainer and co-owner Brent MacGrath termed to harnessracing.com \"a dirty, miserable day\" at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday, the highly-regarded 3-year-old colt pacer Somebeachsomewhere was scratched out of his qualifying race and instead will now wait until Monday morning to qualify. Also among the scratches were trainer Carl Jamieson\'s top sophomore colt pacers Santanna Blue Chip a...
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Kentucky feed company to help SRF

on 05/02/2008 2:00 AM
McCauley Bros. Feed, with the help of Kevin Reynolds’ Feed Company, has pledged to give the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) grain for the more than two dozen horses in residence at its New Jersey facility for all of 2008.   McCauley Bros.\' client list is a veritable “Who’s Who” of equine royalty. \"Their incredible generosity and kindness is nothing new...
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WEG not taking horses once trained by Elliott, Pindur

on 05/02/2008 2:00 AM
The Woodbine Entertainment Group, which operates Woodbine and Mohawk racetracks, is indefinitely refusing all entries of horses that were trained by either Bill Elliott or Evzen Pindur, who were recently suspended by the Ontario Racing Commission following positive tests for blood-doping.   On April 29, the Ontario Racing Commission announced the immediate suspensions of trainers William ...
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Books from Peter Haughton Library now online

on 05/02/2008 2:00 AM
The Peter Haughton Research Library is pleased to announce that its used book collection is now available for inspection and purchase on line!  The latest product addition to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame’s online gift shop, the offerings include a selection of over 50 harness racing volumes, including a near-complete set of Wallace’s American Trotting Registers, and c...
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Before He Cheats trots to 1:52.4 mark

on 05/02/2008 2:00 AM
Before He Cheats used a powerful three-wide brush to trot to a 1:52.4 victory in the $132,500 Su Mac Lad final at the Meadowlands Friday night, with Swan Image finishing second and San Remo Kosmos taking third. The time was a new lifetime best for Before He Cheats.   Before He Cheats, driven by Tim Tetrick, started from post two, right inside of betting favorite Enough Talk. Driver George B...
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3YO pacing colts in series action at Mohawk

on 05/02/2008 2:00 AM
The favorites Carter In Motion and Bigmizndrstnding emerged victorious in both of Friday night\'s $20,000 divisions of the second leg of the Ontario-Sired Spring Series for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers at Mohawk Racetrack. It was Carter In Motion who prevailed from the outside post in the opening split which was contested under a thick blanket of fog and light rain. The son of Camo...
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Vicki Gram wires field at Harrington again

on 05/01/2008 2:00 AM
Arthur Stafford\'s Vicki Gram ($7, Art Stafford Jr.) earned her second straight wire-to-wire win Wednesday in the featured $22,000 Junior Open Trot in 1:57.4 at Harrington Raceway. The 7-year-old Valley Victor mare was sent for the lead from post four and set fractions of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:28 as Sugar Valley Alley and favorite Go Sassy Go mounted an attack on the outside. On the final turn, \"...
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Vernon receives license approval for live racing, simulcasting

on 05/01/2008 2:00 AM
At its meeting Monday, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board granted track and simulcast licenses to Vernon Downs for 2008. The meet opened April 15 and is scheduled for 90 racing programs through Nov. 8.  
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