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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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Tioga adding two race days

on 04/23/2008 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs announced on Wednesday that it will add two racing days to its 2008 schedule, pending regulatory approval. Tioga will add Friday, May 9, and Friday May 16, with a post time of 6:50 pm. The addition of the two racing days comes after an overwhelming response to Tioga’s late-closer program.   “We received a staggering amount of entries for our group of 3-ye...
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Town approves Monticello Raceway relocation

on 04/23/2008 2:00 AM
The moving of Monticello Raceway got one step closer Tuesday night after the council of the town of Thompson unanimously approved an amendment to a developer\'s plans that will lead to the immediate destruction of the famed Concord Hotel that currently sites on the site. Construction workers will reportedly begin tearing down the hotel on Monday, April 28, with the process taking approximately 75 ...
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Strong field of mares lining up for Strada Memorial

on 04/23/2008 2:00 AM
On Saturday night, a field of the sport’s top pacing mares will assemble at the Meadowlands for the $75,000 Thomas Strada Memorial, a race that honors a Cantor Fitzgerald vice president who lost his life in the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Among the contenders are Artcotic, winner of the 2007 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Filly Pace and Stylish Solution, who reeled off 13 st...
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Muscles Marinara wins in 1:52.1

on 04/23/2008 2:00 AM
Muscles Marinara got up in the final strides to win the $44,000 Father Foley Memorial on Wednesday night at the Meadowlands, trotting to a 1:52.1 score over Ripped.  Ken Rucker trains the winner.Muscles Marinara, with driver Brian Sears, followed Ripped as he moved up to challenge the pacesetter Swan Image midway down the backstretch. Ripped cleared the lead as a weary Swan Image began to bea...
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Tony Morgan drives 12,000th winner

on 04/23/2008 2:00 AM
Tony Morgan became the fourth driver in harness racing history to reach 12,000 career wins Wednesday when he guided Fox Valley Impulse to victory in the second race at Harrah’s Chester.   “It’s great; it’s nice to get a feather in your cap and a little recognition from your peers,” said Morgan, whose win with Fox Valley Impulse was his only one on the card. “I didn’t have a g...
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Warrawee June sets Celias Counsel record in final

on 04/22/2008 2:00 AM
Warrawee June trotted her way to a maiden-breaking win in style, scoring the $48,400(C) final of the Celias Counsel Trotting Series Monday night at Woodbine. Rick Zeron guided the daughter of Angus Hall to the 3 1/4-length tally for trainer Frank O\'Reilly, who also owns a piece of the filly with John Fielding, Jim Fielding and the Estate of John Ferguson, in a stakes record 1:54.4. It too...
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