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Northfield Park, horsemen aid starving horses

on 01/16/2008 12:00 AM
Just days after Cleveland news media broadcast shocking reports of starving and neglected horses in nearby Brimfield Township, in Portage County, Northfield Park horsemen and management responded with monetary aid and needed supplies.   A spontaneous effort, led by Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association representative Amy Hollar, yielded 500 pounds of specialized grain feed, as well as blank...
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Striking Pockets could sweep in Lifetime Dream

on 01/15/2008 12:00 AM
Striking Pockets struck with authority in the $20,000 second leg of the Lifetime Dream Trotting Series at Woodbine Monday night, setting herself up for a possible sweep of the three-part series. The daughter of Striking Sahbra- Bisou Francais enjoyed a perfect second-over trip under the guidance of Rick Zeron, to overtake a tenacious Tymal Francesca in the stretch and surge to the wire in 1:57....
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Major League pitcher Johnny Podres dies

on 01/15/2008 12:00 AM
Johnny Podres, who pitched the Brooklyn Dodgers to their only World Series title in 1955, died Sunday at the age of 75. Podres\'s son, John Jr., trains and drives horses at Saratoga Racing & Gaming.   Podres, a left hander on the mound, was picked for four All-Star games and was the first Most Valuable Player in World Series history.   Podres and the Dodgers won a best ...
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No luck needed in Delaware pace

on 01/15/2008 12:00 AM
Lucky NZ won the $35,000 Preferred Pace in another longshot-filled card over an off track on Monday at Dover Downs that also saw the 31-1 Klondike Kid win the $32,500 Delaware Special. Eric Goodell racked up four driving wins, Ron Pierce had three, while meet-leading trainer Josh Green haltered three winners. Summersby Stable\'s Lucky NZ made his first local appear...
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Striking Pockets strikes with authority at Woodbine

on 01/15/2008 12:00 AM
Striking Pockets struck with authority in the $20,000(C) second leg of the Lifetime Dream Trotting Series Monday night, setting herself up for a possible sweep of the three-part series. The daughter of Striking Sahbra-Bisou Francais enjoyed a perfect second-over trip under the guidance of Rick Zeron to overtake a tenacious Tymal Francesca in the stretch and surge to the wire in 1:57.2. A gutsy ...
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Indian Hill Rocket repeats at Pompano

on 01/15/2008 12:00 AM
Indian Hill Rocket visited the Pompano Park winner’s circle for the second straight time on Monday after prevailing in the featured $14,000 Open Handicap Trot in 1:56 to remain unbeaten on the new year. Driven from post five by Kevin Wallis, Indian Hill Rocket settled comfortably in the pocket as odds-on favorite Gale Warning (Wally Hennessey) was parked through an opening quarter mile in ...
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NJSEA issues statement on Ledford

on 01/15/2008 12:00 AM
The New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority and its racing property, the Meadowlands Racetrack, has said in a press release that it will honor the license granted to driver Eric Ledford by the New Jersey Racing Commission on Thursday, Jan. 10. Ledford had been listed to drive a horse at the Meadowlands on Thursday by trainer Carmine Fusco.   \"As a state-owned facility, the Meadow...
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Breeders Crown stallion nominations due

on 01/15/2008 12:00 AM
Stallion nominations for Breeders Crown No. 25 (excluding first-year stallions) which covers foals of 2009, are due today, Tuesday, Jan. 15, for inclusion in the sport\'s most prestigious program. The total estimated value for Breeders Crown No. 25 is $7 million in purses. First-year stallions have 60 days from the date of their first cover to nominate to the program. For more information...
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Longshot scores in Dover feature

on 01/14/2008 12:00 AM
It was a rainy and longshot filled Sunday at Dover Downs with the longest price coming in the feature race when Nono Yezz Rusty won at 36-1 odds. Tony Morgan and Corey Callahan each drove three winners Carter Racing Stable\'s unheralded Nono Yezz Rusty zipped down the passing lane with Eddie Davis Jr. driving to score a lifetime-best 1:56.3 victory in a $14,500 mares pace. Keystone Demi (Callah...
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Southwind Renata hoping to sweep Woodbine series

on 01/14/2008 12:00 AM
Southwind Renata, a 4-year-old trotting mare conditioned by Anders Wolden, has visited the winner’s circle in her last three starts, including the first leg of the Lifetime Dream Trotting Series for 4-year-old non-winners of $100,000(C) (as of Oct. 31) last Monday at Woodbine. Now the New Jersey-bred mare with the German owner (Angela Hahn of Berlin) is looking to sweep the series, but she’l...
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Colonial Downs to be sold

on 01/14/2008 12:00 AM
Jacobs Entertainment Inc., the owner of Colonial Downs in Virginia, has announced in a press release that it plans to sell the racetrack as well as its nine off-track wagering facilities in that state.   In the release, Jacobs Entertainment stated the reason behind the sale is because Colonial Downs does not have expanding gaming.   \"Colonial Downs has always been an artistic succes...
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Pistochini receives 60-day prison term, probation

on 01/14/2008 12:00 AM
California-based Standardbred owner Gregg Pistochini has received 60 days in prison and three years’ probation after pleading guilty last week to a misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property in a case in which he was charged with selling stolen golf balls on eBay. Pistochini’s sentence also includes 120 days of community service and $400 in fines and reimbursements, although the Sacrament...
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Michigan horseman Norm Forsyth dies

on 01/14/2008 12:00 AM
Veteran Michigan horseman Norm Forsyth died late Sunday night at the Tuscola County Medial Care Facility in Caro after a battle with cancer at the age of 76.   Mr. Forsyth was a long-time member of the United States Trotting Association and a lifetime member of the Michigan Harness Horsemen’s Association. He served on the board of directors of the MHHA from 1993–2001 as the Ex...
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Rosecroft cancels 2008 Smullin Memorial

on 01/14/2008 12:00 AM
The Wayne Smullin Memorial for 2-year-old pacers will not be raced in 2008, according to Rosecroft Raceway management. The difficult decision to cancel the 23-year-old stake race was the result of an abridged racing calendar and a reduction in total purses offered for those 57 days of racing. The Smullin, once called the Presidential Pace, was an important Grand Circuit stop and one Rosecroft h...
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Special Report scores in 1:50.2

on 01/12/2008 12:00 AM
Special Report got up in the final strides to win the first of two $50,000 divisions of the opening leg of the Presidential Series on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   Special Report fired to the early lead, then grudgingly yielded to Jilliby Generator down the backstretch.  Driver Larry Stalbaum tipped Special Report out of the pocket in mid-stretch and he closed for a neck victory...
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Late-rallying effort scores in Dover feature

on 01/11/2008 12:00 AM
Albert Hanna\'s Fox Valley Assault closed strongly for Corey Callahan to score a 1:52.2 victory in the $25,000 claiming pace, the feature event Thursday at Dover Downs. Little Rock Spur (Jim Morand) had the lead until the final strides and finished second. Tristate Hanover (Jonathan Roberts) was third. Vivere, with George Dennis at the controls, scorched a :27.4 final quarter en route to ...
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Two series begin action at the Meadowlands

on 01/11/2008 12:00 AM
Sauce Two K won the fastest of four $12,500 opening-round divisions of the Super Bowl Trotting Series Thursday at the Meadowlands with the 4-year-old son of Valley Victor crossing the wire three lengths in front in 1:56.1 for Brian Sears, one of five winner’s circle trips for the driver.   The time was a career best for the Richard Johnson trainee and kept his record perfect in six career...
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Indoor racetrack proposed for Michigan\'s Silverdome

on 01/11/2008 12:00 AM
A Detroit-area attorney, who appears to be the front-runner to purchase the Pontiac Silverdome, the former home of the Detroit Lions and Pistons, has proposed turning the stadium into an indoor Thoroughbred racetrack and casino called Silver Stallion Racino.   A story in Friday’s Detroit News states the $12 million bid by attorney H. Wallace Parker, a member of the Michigan Thoroughbred B...
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Kentucky casino speculation continues

on 01/11/2008 12:00 AM
Speculation about casinos at Kentucky racetracks took another turn this week as it became public knowledge that track operators are exploring possible options, even locating racetrack casino/racinos away from present facilities.   There has been talk in the Lexington Standardbred community for quite a few years that the owners of T...
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Heyden\'s great moments in Presidential races

on 01/11/2008 12:00 AM
The 2008 Presidential Series for older pacers kicks off Saturday night at the Meadowlands and ace statistician Bob Heyden has come up with his top-10 list of all-time exciting Presidential finishes:   Number 10....Senor Skipper--a one time track record holder kicks off the series with a win for Buddy Gilmour and trainer Ernie Spruce. Number 9....April\'s Skipper becomes the first--and ONLY...
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