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Harness racing\'s new act of Durkin and Spadaro

on 04/25/2008 2:00 AM
Durkin and Spadaro. A new vaudeville team? A fledgling law firm? A poor imitation of Bonnie and Clyde? None of the above. Tom Durkin--the renown, 57-year-old announcer of Thoroughbred racing at Belmont Park, Saratoga and Aqueduct, voice of the Triple Crown and voice of the Breeders’ Cup for its first 22 years--has joined forces with his buddy Joe Spadaro--a 65-year-old former harness t...
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A knockout punch delivered in Hoosier final

on 04/24/2008 2:00 AM
Racing down the stretch, Blue Punch, driven by Shawn Christner, was able to pull away from his competitors to win the $14,000 final of the Jerry Landess Series Wednesday at Hoosier Park.   Out of the gate, Blue Punch took the early lead with This Guy Can Fly, controlled by Don Eash, and Love The Band, managed by Jay Cross, right behind. Nearing the quarter-mile marker in a time of :27.1, th...
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Vicki Gram wins Harrington mares open trot

on 04/24/2008 2:00 AM
Art Stafford\'s Vicki Gram ($7.80, Art Stafford Jr.) set all the fractions and captured the $20,500 Mares Open Trot in 1:57.1 Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The 7-year-old Valley Victor mare earned her first win in four starts this year and 16th in her career. Go Sassy Go battled first-over and held second and Nikki\'s Game was third. Bob Stevenson and Eric Davis\' 14-year-old Stormont Norths...
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Gale warning posted in Pompano winner\'s circle

on 04/24/2008 2:00 AM
Gale Warning ($2.60) gave notice that he has returned to his winning ways with a three-quarter length triumph Wednesday at the isle pompano park in the $10,000 featured trot. Driven by Wally Hennessey, Gale Warning covered the one-mile race in 1:56.3 for his second win this year for the Lorenzo, Gentile and Pomtambo Stables of Boca Raton. Classical Man (Daryl Bier) was second with last week...
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Celii busts out in 27th in $13 million WPT championship

on 04/24/2008 2:00 AM
Prominent owner John Celii busted out Wednesday on Day 4 of the World Poker Tour No-Limit Hold\'em Championship at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, finishing 27th in the field of 545 and earning a prize of $79,145. Celii, of Chadds Ford, Pa., campaigned among others 1998 Breeders Crown winner Badlands Hanover.   The tournament, which concludes Saturday has a total prize pool of $13...
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Horse owner, community leader Dr. Tom King Jr. dies at 83

on 04/24/2008 2:00 AM
Dr. Thomas William King Jr., a former director of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association and a longtime Standardbred owner who campaigned the Ohio Hall of Famer Berlin Flyer, died Sunday, April 20, at his home in Butler, Pa., at the age of 83. Dr. King’s son, Tom III, is also a Standardbred owner and won the 2005 Peter Haughton Memorial with Keystone Savage.   Born in Grove City, Pa....
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The Meadows makes changes to May schedule

on 04/24/2008 2:00 AM
Due to further construction at The Meadows, some changes have been made to the live racing schedule, with no live racing Monday, May 5; Tuesday, May 6; Thursday, May 8; and Monday, May 12. Live racing is scheduled for Friday, May 9. Make up days for the four days in May are listed below. Monday, May 5--Reschedule Live Race Card on June 11 Tuesday, May 6--Reschedule Live ...
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Scioto announces personnel changes; Vicroy new announcer

on 04/24/2008 2:00 AM
Veteran Ohio horseman and official Mike Woebkenberg will be the man who says “Go” when Scioto Downs starts its 50th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, May 9.   Woebkenberg has started the races at Lebanon Raceway this past winter and will move into the same role at Scioto for its 68-program summer meet. He knows what it’s like to have a horse behind the gate as he’s drive...
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Arch Madness, Falls For You win qualifiers

on 04/24/2008 2:00 AM
The Trond Smedshammer Stable put two of its 2007 stable stars--Arch Madness and Falls For You--on the track at the Meadowlands in qualifiers on Thursday morning and they won handily, with the 4-year-old gelding Arch Madness scoring in 1:55.1 and the mare Falls For You hitting the wire first in 1:56.1.   Arch Madness, who upset Donato Hanover in the Breeders Crown, won by 4 1/2 lengths ...
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Real Desire\'s book full and closed

on 04/24/2008 2:00 AM
Brittany Stallion Management has announced that the 2008 book is closed at 150 mares for its stud Real Desire, the sire of 2007 Pacer of the Year Tell All. Real Desire is standing his second season in Pennsylvania this year. He stood at stud in the Southern Hemisphere for the first time in late 2007/early 2008 and serviced over 300 mares Down Under, standing at A...
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Strong contingent of sophomore pacers in Big M morning action

on 04/24/2008 2:00 AM
Leading 3-year-old colt pacer Badlands Nitro led a brigade of sophomore heavyweights across the wire in a qualifier Thursday morning at the Meadowlands, as Brian Sears directed the world champion to a 1:52.3 victory, his second winning qualifying effort in as many starts this year.   Sears moved to the outside past the quarter with Badlands Nitro and followed the cover of Yankee Rocketeer a...
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Buck I St. Pat best in Chester feature

on 04/24/2008 2:00 AM
Driver Tim Tetrick swung Buck I St. Pat three wide heading into the final turn around a parked-and-tiring Vivid Photo and then gamely went past the leading American Lane to win the featured $40,000 Open Trot at Harrah’s Chester Thursday afternoon. The 1:54.4 victory was the third straight and fifth in seven starts this year for the 5-year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse whose connections recen...
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15-1 upset for Winning Blade in Fox Valley Flan

on 04/23/2008 2:00 AM
The 15-1 outsider Winning Blade rallied in the final strides to post a head decision in 1:58 to win the $15,000 Fox Valley Flan for Illinois conceived-and-foaled 3-year-old trotting fillies Tuesday night at Balmoral Park.   Taking advantage of some mistakes by the top trotters in this group the daughter of Valley Victor moved up third-over on the final turn for driver Mike Oosting before u...
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Three Levy divisions Saturday in final preliminary

on 04/23/2008 2:00 AM
It\'s the fifth and final chance to impress the judges as the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series wraps up the preliminaries Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway with a trio of $50,000 divisions.   Saturday night\'s first Levy event includes Panaramic Art (Diver TBA, post 1) and Tarver Hanover (Driver TBA , post 3). The former, a 4-year-old Hot Pans gelding, has acquitted himself well in...
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Devonshire refuses, then comes back to win Pocono 20K final

on 04/23/2008 2:00 AM
Devonshire Hanover was hard to handle before and after his big moment on Tuesday afternoon at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, but he was brilliant when it counted, winning the $43,200 final of the 20K Late Closer Pacing Series. With Dan Dube doing the driving, Devonshire Hanover refused to turn toward the gate the first time the starter called. He got off to a bit of a slow start once the race...
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Morgan now at 11,999

on 04/23/2008 2:00 AM
Joe Muscara\'s Seaswift Princess ($11, Roger Plante) and Bobby Kinsey Jr. and Bill Oberle\'s Sixteen Candles ($8.60, Kinsey) each won their respective $21,000 Junior Mares Open divisions on Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. \"Princess\" sat a perfect pocket trip behind pacesetter Ozmopolitan before finding room in the stretch for a narrow win for trainer Jeff Clark in 1:55.4. Meanwhile, Sixte...
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Windsor Raceway complaints aired at meeting

on 04/23/2008 2:00 AM
Veteran Ontario-based horseman Gord McDonnell was quoted at a meeting held at a hotel near Windsor Raceway Tuesday and attended by the chairman of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) that officials of the racetrack are “driving it into the dumper.”   Last week the racetrack, the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA) and the ORC reached an agreement that the track would continue to ra...
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Michigan gov. channels $41 million for new Thoroughbred track

on 04/23/2008 2:00 AM
Groundbreaking for the new Pinnacle Thoroughbred Race Course in suburban Detroit took place April 4, and now Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has announced $41.6 million in state and local taxes to use for the clean up of the 240 acres the track is being built on.   \"This project is exciting news for Michigan\'s sport, entertainment and tourism industries,\" Granholm said in a press release...
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John Celii currently 20th in $13 million poker tournament

on 04/23/2008 2:00 AM
Prominent owner John Celii, who campaigned among others 1998 Breeders Crown winner Badlands Hanover, is in line for a big payday of another kind as heading into Day 4 of the World Poker Tour No-Limit Hold’em Championship at the Bellagio in Las Vegas Wednesday he stands 20th among 55 remaining players.   The tournament, which concludes Saturday after beginning with 545 players, has a total...
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Burke\'s New Jersey hearing to be held in early May

on 04/23/2008 2:00 AM
Harnessracing.com has received confirmation from the New Jersey Racing Commission that trainer Mickey Burke will have an administrative hearing before the office of adminstrative law May 5, 6 and 14 regarding two lidocaine positives at the Meadowlands in late 2006.   Burke was voted the 2006 Glen Garnsey Trainer of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Last year B...
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