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Impressive win by Splendid Kisser in Sportsnet division

on 04/11/2008 2:00 AM
Yannick Gingras directed Splendid Kisser to an impressive 1:50.1 victory in the single division of the Sportsnet New York Series Thursday night at the Meadowlands. The 4-year-old son of Bettor’s Delight took home the winner’s share of the $19,000 purse by 3 ¾ lengths over Major Suit, with Lucky Bettor third.   Although Gingras got away fourth with Splendid Kisser, he moved his charge t...
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Elitlopp invitation extended to Buck I St. Pat

on 04/11/2008 2:00 AM
Elitlopp officials have extended an invitation to the connections of Buck I St. Pat to bring the 5-year-old trotting mare to Solvalla Racetrack in Sweden to compete in the Elitlopp May 25, according to harnessracing.com\'s Sweden-based correspondent Lars G. Palm.   Buck I St. Pat was won four of six starts this year, including most recently a 1:53 victory in the opening round of the Classic...
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Offshore Dream beaten in Paris

on 04/11/2008 2:00 AM
The top French trotters, including 2007 and 2008 Prix d\'Amerique winner Offshore Dream, raced in the Prix Jamin/RMC at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes on Friday night, and there was an upset as Otello Pierji, a son of Buvetier d\'Aunou, won the race.   Offshore Dream, a son of Reve d\'Udon, had Sebastian Ernault in the bike. His trainer-driver, Pierre Levesque, was suppossed to d...
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Riggins, Share The Delight lead Empire nominees

on 04/11/2008 2:00 AM
The nominations are in for the 2008 Tioga & Vernon Downs Empire Breeders Classic, and they include Riggins, the 2007 New York Sire Stakes 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt, and the runner-up in the division, Share The Delight.   A total of 34 colts have been nominated to the 3-Year-Old Colt Pace.   Kissing Bandit and Artimittateslife lead the nominees in the 3-Year-Old Pacing...
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Bill signed, purse supplement moves forward in Jersey

on 04/11/2008 2:00 AM
Late Friday afternoon New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine signed the bill into the law that was a necessary step to move forward the $90 million casino supplement for New Jersey’s racetracks.   The bill, A-2471/SCS for S-1464, provides a “tax deduction from casino gross revenues for certain promotional gaming credits.” Enacting the tax deduction is contingent on a signed agre...
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Youth Foundation getting ready for season

on 04/11/2008 2:00 AM
The horses who are used in the Harness Racing Youth League summer camp season shipped north this week to begin their annual conditioning program.  The horses “winter” at Brittany Farm where they receive the best of care and lots of pampering.  Once the weather breaks, arrangements are made for them to be transported to volunteer trainers who are responsi...
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Too Salty takes feature trot at 12-1 in 1:55.2

on 04/10/2008 2:00 AM
Overlooked by the betting public at odds of 12-1, Too Salty, who finished second to Adrian Chip in a Hambletonian elimination last year, sprung a mild upset at Pompano Park on Wednesday when he captured the featured $10,000 winners-over trot in a lifetime-best equaling time of 1:55.2.   Driven from post two by Tom Haughton, Too Salty settled comfortably along the pylons in fourth plac...
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Before He Cheats, Mucho Sleazy in Balmoral qualifiers

on 04/10/2008 2:00 AM
Before He Cheats, the winningest horse in North America last year with 21 wins in 28 starts, lined up behind the starting gate for the first time this season in a qualifier at Balmoral Park on Wednesday and scored again, trotting to a 1:58 victory with Brandon Simpson aboard.   Before He Cheats, along with Swanee, won 21 races in 2007 to earn the distinction of being the winningest Standard...
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Lawman, Swan Image win Father Foley splits

on 04/10/2008 2:00 AM
Lawman trotted a last quarter in :27.3 and held off Lets Get Serious by one-half length to win the $20,000 opening leg of the Father Foley Memorial Series in 1:53.4 Wednesday night at the Meadowlands.   With Eric Goodell in the bike, Lawman moved up from the back of the field on the backstretch, taking the lead from Lets Get Serious and Yannick Gingras after the :58.1 half. The two trotters...
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Saint Johns Boy one of seven wins for Tetrick at Dover

on 04/10/2008 2:00 AM
Tim Tetrick continued his \"hot hand\" driving seven winners, including Saint Johns Boy to win the $25,000 feature. George Dennis took care of the two semi-feature races, guiding Go Sassy Go in the $22,000 and Fivedollarsforsox in a upset in the $21,000 Winners-Over trot on the penultimate day of the Dover Downs meet Wednesday.    Horseman Ken Wood celebrated his return from anot...
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Dover Closes with four $100,000 DSBF finals

on 04/10/2008 2:00 AM
The Dover Downs 2007-08 meet comes to a close today with four $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals topping the last card of the season. In addition to the DSBF finals there are three $20,000 consolation events. First post is 5:30 p.m.   The top eight point getters in each of the four 3-year-old divisions qualified to race for a $100,000 purse. The first final is set fo...
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Erma La Em prevails by a head in second Blossom Series leg

on 04/10/2008 2:00 AM
Erma La Em captured the $22,500 second leg of the Blossom Series for 3-year-old pacing fillies in 1:54.1 Thursday night at the Meadowlands.   Cheyenne Trish and Andy Miller cut the mile with fractions of :28.3, :58 and 1:27, but couldn’t hold of the late-stretch dual between Erma La Em and Cartniverous, who battled to the wire with Erma La Em prevailing by a head.   Ron Pierce was ...
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Landess Series underway at Hoosier

on 04/10/2008 2:00 AM
The first round of the Jerry Landess Series got underway Wednesday at Hoosier Park featuring two divisions of the $4,000 leg. The series will offer one more preliminary round before heading into the $14,000 final set for Wednesday, April 23. Showcasing the first division was My Man Moe and driver Rick Farrington. Starting from post three, the duo grabbed an early seat near the front, followi...
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**NEW**Wire To Wire

on 04/10/2008 2:00 AM
Spring has arrived which means it won\'t be too long until stakes season is upon us, and in this week\'s Wire To Wire Andrew Cohen discusses the importance of a horse\'s 3-year-old season. He notes several \"disappointments\" and \"surprises\" over history, and that how a horse performs at two doesn\'t necessarily foretell how that horse will do at three. Cohen took an informal poll as to those ho...
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Giant Diablo, Darlin\'s Delight win qualifiers

on 04/10/2008 2:00 AM
Giant Diablo won a qualifier at the Meadowlands Thursday morning, trotting to a 1:54.3 score, with a :27 last quarter, for driver David Miller. The 8-year-old mare by Supergill sat third for most of the mile, then made her move.   Giant Diablo, who won last fall\'s Allerage Trot with a world record 1:50.1 clocking, is slated to compete in the Su Mac Lad Series at the Meadowlands. The Swedis...
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Bangor delays 2008 opener until April 18

on 04/10/2008 2:00 AM
Bangor Raceway has delayed the opening of its 2008 harness racing season from Friday until April 18 due to what track officials said was a late and sudden thaw and the effect on the track surface. The delay also means the Sunday race card has been canceled as well.   \"I haven\'t seen anything like this in 16 or 17 years at least,\" Bangor race secretary Fred Nichols told the Bangor Daily N...
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Meadows hotel scrapped; parking garage, bowling alley added

on 04/10/2008 2:00 AM
Officials from the Meadows Racetrack & Casino on Thursday unveiled new plans for its $155 million permanent casino, which call for abandoning a proposed hotel project and adding a parking garage and bowling alley.   The revised plans call for as many as 4,200 slot machines, an additional 30,000 square feet for the gaming floor and an enclosed 1,050-space parking garage. Meadows off...
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Top colts to square off at Stockholm track

on 04/10/2008 2:00 AM
Surtees Hanover is set to take on Lord Capar, the top European 2-year-old of 2007, at the Solvalla racetrack in Stockholm next Wednesday, April 15. Surtees Hanover is eligible to the Hambletonian and the colt\'s trainer, Roger Walmann, has said plans call for the colt--now Swedish-based--to return to the US this summer.   Lord Capar, a son of Varenne-Foxy\...
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Play golf to benefit retired Standardbreds

on 04/10/2008 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) will host their annual Charity Golf Tournament on May 12 at beautiful Knob Hill Country Club in Manalapan, NJ. All proceeds benefit the SRF, the oldest, most productive, award-winning program that finds homes for non-competitive Standardbreds and ensures their lifelong care. SRF also reaches out to children at risk through its after school Youth in...
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Halls Of Gold cruises in sloppy Speedy Rodney

on 04/09/2008 2:00 AM
Tina and Patrick Graham’s Halls Of Gold may have made a break in his last start but the son of Band’s Gold Chip had no trouble getting over a sloppy surface on Tuesday night as he trotted to an impressive seven-length victory in the $15,000 Speedy Rodney Stake at Balmoral Park.   With a spring downpour turning the track into a sea of mud and reducing visibility, driver Brandon Sim...
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