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Before He Cheats rallies to Chester victory

on 12/14/2007 12:00 AM
After winning by nearly four lengths in last week’s leg of the Chester late-closer at Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack, Before He Cheats ($3.40) showed his versatility—this time winning from off the pace.   The 3-year-old Valley Victor gelding scored his 20th career win in the third leg of the Chester series, stopping the timer in 1:57 on Thursday afternoon. After showing an...
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Meg Jewett Leavitt receives USHWA\'s President\'s Award

on 12/14/2007 12:00 AM
Meg Jewett Leavitt, owner of the Kentucky-based farm Walnut Hall Ltd. and gift store L.V. Harkness and Company, and known for her tireless and unheralded efforts on behalf of unwanted horses, has been honored with the 2007 U.S. Harness Writers Association’s (USHWA) President’s Award, bestowed by the organization’s president, Judy Davis-Wilson.   L.V. Harkness is renowned for its c...
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No Down Under trip for Total Truth

on 12/14/2007 12:00 AM
Trainer George Teague Jr. told harnessracing.com Friday that he has decided to decline the invitation to send the 2006 Pacer of the Year Total Truth to Australia to compete in the Inter Dominion Series that starts in February and runs through the final on March 1.   “It was the (five-week) quarantine period, which would have taken a lot to get done, and it seems that you would almost have...
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7-win day brings Tetrick\'s win total to 1,145

on 12/13/2007 12:00 AM
Six wins on the Wednesday card at Harrah’s Chester brought Tim Tetrick’s newly set record for single-season victories to 1,144, and with one win later at Dover Downs he finished the day at 1,145. Two of those winning drives at Harrah\'s Chester came in the Delaware County late-closing series, with Ascending (1:53.1) and Tawny Reserve N (1:53) taking their respective divisions.   Bu...
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Three straight for Team Lavec

on 12/13/2007 12:00 AM
Don and Shirley Heck’s Team Lavec tallied his third consecutive victory at Pompano Park on Wednesday when leading every step of the way to capture the featured $7,200 seventh-race trot in 1:57.4.   Driven from post six by Wally Hennessey, Team Lavec was moved aggressively off the gate to claim the early lead in the mid-week feature, seizing control of the race on the opening turn before ...
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Mighty Moses wins Dover trot

on 12/13/2007 12:00 AM
Mighty Moses made the winner\'s circle for the first time since last meet while Rose Run Flash won his second straight in the two $22,000 Jr. Open Trot sections on Wednesday at Dover Downs, with Jim Morand driving six winners on the card. In the first of two $22,000 Jr. Open Trots, Mighty Moses returned to days of yore rolling three wide around the final turn and roaring home in 1:56...
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Gingras, Lachance & Jamieson prevail in Italy

on 12/13/2007 12:00 AM
Yannick Gingras phoned the Meadowlands on Wednesday afternoon to say that Team North America has clinched the title in the World Trotting Master international driving competition in Italy.    
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Monticello, Yonkers cancels Thursday due to storm

on 12/13/2007 12:00 AM
The major snowstorm in the Northeast has prompted the cancellation of Monticello Raceway\'s Thursday afternoon card as well as the nighttime program at Yonkers Raceway.   Monticello is now rescheduled to re-open for live racing on Monday, Dec. 17, with a first post time of 12:40 p.m. Yonkers, which has also closed its doors for simulcasting, will resume racing Friday night at 7:40 p.m.. &n...
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Ladyfield wins filly and mare open at Dover

on 12/12/2007 12:00 AM
Ladyfield, one of the local season\'s top rags-to-riches stories, won the $26,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace on a distaff loaded, foggy Tuesday, Dec. 11, program at Dover Downs.   Purchased late last season with only around $3,500 on her card, Ladyfield won for the 12th time this season, bringing her 2007 bankroll to $166,011 for the Keelers, mother Joyce, her daughter, Kathleen, an...
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Many NJ lawmakers in favor of VLTs at tracks

on 12/12/2007 12:00 AM
A poll of current members of the New Jersey Legislature indicates that legislation to install video lottery terminals (VLTs) at the state’s racetracks would pass both houses, if the bill were put up for a floor vote. Results of a survey conducted by the New Jersey Standardbred Horse Industry showed that 25 members of the 40-member State Senate and 43 members of the 80-member State Assembly said...
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Meadows to be bought by Australian company

on 12/12/2007 12:00 AM
Crown Limited (ASX: CWN) announced today that it had signed an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the equity interests in Cannery Casino Resorts LLC (“CCR”), owner of The Meadows racetrack, on a cash and debt free basis for $1.752 billion plus acquisition costs (estimated to be approximately $49.6 million). The completion of the transaction and financial closing will not occur until C...
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Wynnfield Flash-Panaramic Art to square off

on 12/12/2007 12:00 AM
Wynnfield Flash could pose the biggest threat to Panaramic Art’s 13-race streak in the $60,000 Oil Burner Final on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The prolific pair of 3-year-old pacers square off in the featured fifth race on the card.   Panaramic Art bids for his 14th straight win from post six, while Wynnfield Flash looks for his 14th overall from post five. While Panaramic Art was ...
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***New***Wire To Wire

on 12/12/2007 12:00 AM
In this week\'s Wire To Wire, Andrew Cohen laments the fact that racinos have not yet been a panacea for harness racing in New York. He wonders why industry leaders there cannot get together and show good leadership. \"Folks all over were counting their money before it had even come into the same zip code as their wallets,\" he writes. And he says there are lessons to be learned. Click here to rea...
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Meadowlands to stay on TVG

on 12/12/2007 12:00 AM
According to reports, TVG has renewed its exclusive television distribution and account wagering rights agreement with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) for the Meadowlands. TVG made the announcement on Dec. 12.   TVG is a subsidiary of Gemstar-TV Guide International, which on Dec. 7 announced it had reached agreement with Macrovision Corp. for a $2.8-billion ...
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Hanover honored in Pennsylvania

on 12/12/2007 12:00 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms, located in south central Pennsylvania, has become the leading Standardbred breeding farm in the world, and its offspring have led the North American race earnings column every year since records began to be kept in the 1950s. So it is no surprise that some of the trophies to be given out at the first annual “Celebration of Pennsylvania Harness Racing” awards dinner on Feb...
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Big Business rallies in 1:50

on 12/11/2007 12:00 AM
Big Business, the highest priced racehorse sold at the recent Harrisburg sale, paid a big dividend on Monday, Dec. 10, winning the $236,726 Matron 3-Year-Old Colt Pace at Dover Downs by hitting the wire first in 1:50.   Record-breaking driver Tim Tetrick drove Big Business to the score. It was one of four consecutive wins for Tetrick during a card interrupted by a two-hour light\'...
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The Terminator strikes at Pompano Park

on 12/11/2007 12:00 AM
Terminator Hall utilized a methodical first-over march to overtake Guy Gets Girl in the final yards of the featured $14,000 Open Handicap Trot at Pompano Park on Monday, scoring by a neck while covering the mile in a seasonal best 1:55.1.   Guided from post six by Wally Hennessey, Terminator Hall trotted three wide through the opening turn of the Monday feature before settling contently al...
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Anonymous caller says stallion in Montegiorgio

on 12/11/2007 12:00 AM
Equinox Bi, who was kidnapped from the Biasuzzi farm near Padua, Italy, in early November, may have been found near the town of Montegiorgio, about four hours from the farm. A horse that appears to be Equinox Bi was indeed found at the location identified by an anonymous caller.   As of Tuesday afternoon, the horse was believed to be Equinox Bi, but had not yet been positively identified. ...
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Glidemaster subject of unique art

on 12/11/2007 12:00 AM
You can grab a piece of harness racing history on eBay, where a specially commissioned artist’s print of the journal cover from the 2006 Night of Champions, at which Triple Crown-winning trotter Glidemaster was named Horse of the Year, is being offered for sale.   The cover has been reworked to reflect Glidemaster’s victory and is autographed by trainer Blair Burgess and drivers Jo...
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Two-time NY Sire Stakes champ just misses a million

on 12/11/2007 12:00 AM
With mid-September victories in the $150,000 New York Sire Stakes final and a $93,000 Bluegrass division, the 3-year-old colt pacer Kenneth J appeared to be well on his way to a $1 million season. However, a roadblock developed when Kenneth J developed a quarter crack, and the end result was the son of Bettor’s Delight falling just $54,000 short of reaching the seven-digit mark.   On Mond...
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