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Illinois House Committee approves Springfield harness bill

on 03/13/2008 2:00 AM
A House Gaming Committee in Illinois on Wednesday approved a bill that would create the Illinois State Fairgrounds Racetrack Authority and bring pari-mutuel harness racing to the fairgrounds in Springfield. Currently only 10 days of harness racing are annually held in August.   House Bill 4758 would create the five-member authority, which would then seek out a contractor to oversee the prop...
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**NEW**Wire To Wire

on 03/13/2008 2:00 AM
Andrew Cohen has won the $275 million Powerball jackpot--or at least he believes he is going to hold the sole winning ticket in the upcoming drawing and have a tremendous cash infusion into his bank account--but he doesn\'t want to horde all his new-found riches and wants to spend a good portion of his money helping harness racing. In this week\'s Wire To Wire he reveals just how he plan...
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Ryan Anderson nearing return to sulky

on 03/13/2008 2:00 AM
Defending Maywood Park driving champion Ryan Anderson is less than a month away from returning to the Chicago circuit. The 27-year-old Anderson has been sidelined following surgery to insert a steel rod from his hip to his knee to repair a broken femur occurred in a nasty spill at Balmoral Park on Dec. 23.   “I’m getting better and better and I’m at about 90 percent right now,” sai...
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Scioto Downs seeking identifier for 50th anniversary season

on 03/13/2008 2:00 AM
Scioto Downs, which begins its 50th Anniversary season on May 9, is seeking a person to work as an identifier for the 68 programs of racing at the central Ohio oval. Scioto races a Wednesday-through-Saturday week with post time at 6:30 p.m. Qualifiers are held on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. The 2008 meet concludes on Sept. 13.   Identifiers must be licensed by the U.S. Trotting As...
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Search the attic, cash in on old treasures

on 03/13/2008 2:00 AM
Harness Tracks of America (HTA) is gearing up for its 31st annual art show and auction, to be held at The Red Mile in Lexington this fall, and is seeking consignments of rare old works of harness racing art. In recent shows treasures from private consignors have brought high prices at the HTA auction. Two original oils by George Ford Morris brought $22,000 and $18,000 and two original Morris cha...
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Palone wins nine at The Meadows

on 03/12/2008 2:00 AM
Although his day started off on a sour note when the trotter he was directing in the first race at The Meadows Tuesday made a break as the 1-5 favorite, by day’s end Dave Palone had worn a path to the winner’s circle having won nine of his 13 drives on the 16-race program. Palone’s win binge temporarily placed him first in the 2008 North American dash standings with 174 wins, but a three-bag...
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Great race mare died 31 years ago

on 03/12/2008 2:00 AM
Wednesday, March 12, marked the 31st anniversary of the death of Tarport Hap, the world champion pacing mare from the first crop by Most Happy Fella who succumbed to a ruptured abdominal artery while racing in the Open Pace at the Meadowlands.   Tarport Hap was making a move to the front of the five-horse field on that Saturday night in 1977 when she mad a break nearing the quarter pole, wo...
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Horsemen file $250,000 lawsuit against Vernon Downs

on 03/12/2008 2:00 AM
Published reports Wednesday state the Harness Horse Association of New York (HHANY) has filed a $250,000 lawsuit against Vernon Downs to make up for lost revenue from last year when track owner Jeff Gural canceled the last four days of racing.   “If you have a contract, you abide by the contract,” Joe Faraldo, serving as HHANY attorney, was quoted as saying. “I just can’t have sympa...
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Stanley Buck dies

on 03/12/2008 2:00 AM
Stanley John Buck, 63, of Bullville, N.Y., a lifelong groom and caretaker who worked for many trainers through the years, died March 10, 2008. The son of the late Frederick and Jeanne Croteau Buck, Mr. Buck was born May 23, 1944 in Sherbrooke, Que. He led a simple life that revolved around his family, the horses and especially his dog, Sherrona. He was a generous and caring man wh...
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Payments due March 15 for SBOANJ stakes

on 03/12/2008 2:00 AM
Saturday, March 15, is the deadline for payments for SBOANJ administered stakes, including the Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic, the Thomas D’Altrui Miss New Jersey, the Harold R Dancer Trot, the Charles I Smith Trot and the New Jersey Futurity.   March 15 is the due date for the first payment for 2 year olds for the Classic ($600), Miss New Jersey ($400), Dancer ($250) and Smith ($...
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Vivid Photo wins qualifier in 2008 debut

on 03/12/2008 2:00 AM
Reigning Older Trotter of the Year Vivid Photo made his first appearance of 2008 Wednesday morning at The Meadows, easily scoring a 1:59.3 victory in a qualifier. Trainer, driver and co-owner Roger Hammer told harnessracing.com shortly afterward that he plans on qualifying the winner of more than $2.8 million three or possibly four more times before entering him for his first pari-mutuel start Apr...
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Pompano Park to cut only four days from schedule

on 03/12/2008 2:00 AM
After meeting with representatives of the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association, Pompano Park has reconsidered its recent plans to cut 18 live racing days from the March and April racing schedule. Instead, only four days of racing--March 31, April 7, 14 and 21--will be dropped. The Wednesday-Friday-Saturday live schedule will continue from April 1 until closing day on Saturday, Aug....
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Trotter scores seventh straight at Pompano

on 03/11/2008 2:00 AM
The 7-year-old gelding Rockome Vic extended his winning streak to a career-best seven on Monday when capturing the $9,000 claiming handicap trot at Pompano Park in 1:55.3.   Guided from post seven by George Napolitano Jr., Rockome Vic settled in fifth place through the early stages of the race before moving to the outside to attack first-over as Wyatt (J.D. Wengerd) cut opening fracti...
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Gerries Madison wins Silver Reign opening split

on 03/11/2008 2:00 AM
In her first appearance since winning the Miss Vera Bars Series, Gerries Madison was a winner in Monday night\'s lone $17,000(C) division in the opening leg of the Silver Reign Pacing Series at Woodbine Racetrack. Despite starting slowly and getting away seventh for driver Rick Zeron in the big field of 11, the daughter of Apaches Fame brushed to the lead in the middle half and enjoyed a h...
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All jacked up at The Meadows

on 03/11/2008 2:00 AM
Jacked Up, who took his lifetime mark of 1:52.1 in his last race, showed it was no fluke Monday at The Meadows when he cruised to victory in the opening leg of the Murtland Avenue, a late-closing series for 3- and 4-year-old colt and gelding pacers.   Also winning $10,000 divisions in the first leg were Scoozi, Allamerican Amigo and Satin Spider. Three other late-closing series kick off thi...
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Meadowlands has $33,819 Pick 4 carryover

on 03/11/2008 2:00 AM
An abundance of upsets over the weekend produced a $33,819 Pick 4 carryover heading into the Wednesday night card at the Meadowlands. Offered nightly on races six through nine, the Pick 4 features a low 15 percent takeout and nightly guaranteed pools ($25,000 Wednesday – Friday and $50,000 Saturday). The last Pick 4 carryover at the Meadowlands was $25,611 on Dec. 13, 2007, which fueled a p...
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Silva says talks ongoing regarding Somebeachsomewhere

on 03/11/2008 2:00 AM
Owner Jerry Silva said late last week he had entered negotiations to purchase a share of the undefeated 3-year-old colt pacer Somebeachsomewhere, and on Tuesday afternoon he reiterated that the talks are still ongoing with the Schooner Stables’ Brent MacGrath and no deal has yet to take place.   “There have been many rumors, and there are on-going conversations between me, an agent...
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Monticello adds race replays

on 03/11/2008 2:00 AM
Handicappers are in for a treat, at least those who prefer wagering on the races at Monticello Raceway, as now all the races are archived and racing fans can go back a view the videos of any race on any race program as far back as April 2007 by going to monticelloraceway.com on their computers. “This really has to be a boon for bettors. Not only can they use their racing forms to  ...
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Trainer Art Unger dies

on 03/10/2008 2:00 AM
Arthur B. Unger, 73, a trainer based at the Meadowlands for more than 30 years, died Saturday, March 8, at the Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus, N.J.   In the late 1970s, Mr. Unger campaigned two of the preeminent free-for-all pacers of that era, Shadyside Trixie and the New Zealand champion, Young Quinn.  He was a member of the Standardbred Breeders &...
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Somebeachsomewhere leads NA Cup nominations

on 03/10/2008 2:00 AM
A total of 92 three-year-old pacers have been nominated to the 2008 $1.5-million(C) Pepsi North America Cup, to be held this summer for the second time at Mohawk Racetrack. The number of nominations is identical to last year\'s February sustaining payment. The North America Cup eliminations will be contested June 7 with the final on June 14. Heading the list is Canada\'s 2007 Co-Horse Of The Ye...
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