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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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Before He Cheats named Illinois Horse of the Year

on 01/11/2008 12:00 AM
Before He Cheats, the 3-year-old son of Valley Victor who tied as the winningest horse in North America last year with 21 victories, has been voted Illinois Horse of the Year by state’s USTA members.   Owned by former university of Kentucky and NBA basketball star Sam Bowie and trained by Dirk Simpson, he will be honored Saturday evening Jan. 19 during the awards banquet at the Crown Plaz...
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Robert O\'Donnell named to Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame

on 01/11/2008 12:00 AM
Robert O’Donnell has been selected as the 34th inductee into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame in balloting of the Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. O’Donnell’s selection will be announced at the Ohio Harness Horsemen/United States Trotting Association District One banquet Saturday night, Jan. 19, in Dublin. Other Ohio USHWA award winners are Lew W...
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16 straight Meadowlands wins for Panaramic Art

on 01/11/2008 12:00 AM
In a matter of strides, Panaramic Art brushed to the lead and never looked back to win the $18,000 first leg of the Clyde Hirt Series in 1:52.1 Friday night at the Meadowlands. This was Panaramic Art’s 16th consecutive win at the Meadowlands, equaling the track record held by Ellamony.Taken back early by driver George Brennan, Panaramic Art waited for cover before pouncing to the lead and d...
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It\'s Stonebridge On Ice in Snowshoe, again

on 01/11/2008 12:00 AM
Stonebridge On Ice turned in a devastating 1:52.2 effort to capture his second straight win in the Snowshoe Pacing Series for 3- and 4-year-old colts and geldings on Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack.With Mike Saftic in tow, the gelded son of Camluck-Glacier Express made his move to the front just past the :27.4 first quarter and then cruised the rest of the way on the lead to score by six l...
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Sonofapreacherman scores at Pompano

on 01/10/2008 12:00 AM
Sonofapreacherman was in peak form at Pompano Park on Wednesday as the 8-year-old gelding posted a lifetime best mile of 1:57.4 when capturing the featured $7,200 seventh-race claiming trot at the South Florida oval.   Starting from the inside post with Anthony Napolitano at the lines, Sonofapreacherman settled briefly in second place through the early stages of the race as Wyatt (Wally He...
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Self Professed takes Dover\'s feature trot

on 01/10/2008 12:00 AM
Self Professed won the $26,000 Open Trot while Mighty Moses and Saint Johns Boy took the $22,000 Jr. Open Trots on Wednesday at Dover Downs. The 2008 season\'s leading driver Tony Morgan won three races to bring his total to 27 this year. In the $26,000 Open, Self Professed and Rose Run Flash raced as a team from after the half until deep in the stretch before Morgan urged Self Profe...
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Teague hoping to be king at Monticello

on 01/10/2008 12:00 AM
Besides being one of the premier trainers in the Standardbred industry, George Teague Jr. is a special guy. He must be to take time out of his busy schedule to travel once again to Monticello Raceway to participate in the track\'s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pace next Tuesday.   The event is not only staged to honor the memory of the great civil rights leader, but to also showcase the t...
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Dr. Waterman receives HTA\'s Distinguished Service Award

on 01/10/2008 12:00 AM
Dr. Scot Waterman, executive director of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, is the 2008 winner of Harness Tracks of America’s Distinguished Service Award. Waterman will receive HTA’s equine bronze at the association’s Nova Awards dinner Tuesday night, Feb. 19, during the joint HTA/TRA annual meeting at the Renaissance Vinoy hotel in St. Petersburg, Fla. A graduate of the Univer...
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Sunday handles jump at Balmoral

on 01/10/2008 12:00 AM
The total mutuel handle on Sunday programs at Balmoral the past two weekends made a huge jump upward, climbing by $500,000. The first four Sunday Balmoral cards in December averaged $1.24 million in handle, while the last two were all-time Balmoral Sunday highs of $1,724,885 and $1,864,363.   “The big increase is because of California,” said Jim Hannon, Balmoral\'s director of simu...
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Driver to return after nearly two years absence

on 01/10/2008 12:00 AM
Suspended driver Eric Ledford submitted his application to be re-licensed in New Jersey on Wednesday afternoon at Freehold Raceway and on Thursday his status was approved by the New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC).   Ledford, along with his father, Seldon, and three others were arrested March 31, 2006 on charges of possession of Aranesp and other illegal substances. Ledford was ultimately g...
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***New***Wire To Wire

on 01/10/2008 12:00 AM
Andrew Cohen is back with a new Wire To Wire column, and he says it’s “Old Home Week” at the Meadowlands as Ken Rucker has signed a new confidential agreement with the Meadowlands and is back as an official trainer, and driver Eric Ledford now has his New Jersey Racing license for 2008 and is likely on his way. The two horsemen, of course, were not permitted to compete at the track in 2007. ...
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