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British announcer Braddick hired at Running Aces

on 03/19/2008 2:00 AM
Craig Braddick will become the first British harness racing announcer in the United States when he takes his place behind the microphone at the new Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus, Minn. North America’s newest racetrack has its grand opening slated for Friday, April 11. Braddick, 31, has lived in America for nearly seven years and resides in Charleston, W.Va. He is a full-time stude...
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Prince breaks maiden in series leg at The Meadows

on 03/19/2008 2:00 AM
Winless in 12 previous starts for his career, Peaceful Prince performed like a winner\'s circle veteran Tuesday at The Meadows, leading every step in a $10,000 division of the second leg of the West Chestnut Street series.   Peaceful Prince, who missed his entire 3-year-old campaign, faced tough stakes company as a freshman and amassed $29,374 in lifetime earnings without taking a mark. Tha...
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Classic Series supplemental nominations are due

on 03/19/2008 2:00 AM
Supplemental nominations to The Classic Series must be received in the offices of the Hambletonian Society no later than the close of business on Monday, March 24. Supplemental nomination levels and forms are available at www.theclassicseries.com and questions should be directed to Nick Salvi (TCS executive director) at (954) 871-6013.   Dover Downs will host the first ...
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Needle points to long history at Pocono Downs

on 03/19/2008 2:00 AM
Racing at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs has improved tremendously over the past 30 years or so, just ask Saul Needle, who is now in his 33rd year of employment at the Northeastern Pennsylvania harness racing track.   Needle was the track’s announcer and assistant race secretary for 16 years prior to becoming director of racing. His office is responsible for putting together the races for th...
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***New***Wire To Wire

on 03/19/2008 2:00 AM
In his latest Wire To Wire, Andrew Cohen makes a pitch for working together with racing commissioners so uniform rules can be adopted sooner, rather than later, especially since the role of the National Racing Compact may be expanded to include uniform rules. Cohen learned about plans to expand the mission of the National Racing Compact from Association of Racing Commissioners Internatio...
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Another winning qualifier for Vivid Photo

on 03/19/2008 2:00 AM
Reigning Older Trotter of the Year Vivid Photo made his second appearance of 2008 Wednesday morning (March 19) at The Meadows, leading gate to wire and scoring by one-half length in 1:59.4 over a sloppy track. Vivid Photo also won a qualifier at The Meadows the previous Wednesday in 1:59.3.   Trainer, driver and co-owner Roger Hammer plans for Vivid Photo to ma...
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New Thoroughbred track in metro-Detroit gets license

on 03/19/2008 2:00 AM
A new Thoroughbred racetrack in the metro-Detroit area took a big step closer to its scheduled opening in July after Michigan Racing Commissioner Christine White announced Wednesday she has awarded Post It Stables Inc. a license to operate a race meet. There has been no Thoroughbred racing in southeast Michigan since November 1998 when Ladbroke DRC closed its doors, leaving metro ...
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Three wins on the year now for Pompano trotter

on 03/18/2008 2:00 AM
Cisco Hall tallied his third victory of the season on Monday when utilizing a prolonged first-over march to take the $10,000 Larry Albano Memorial winners-over trot at Pompano Park in 1:56.1.   Starting from post five with George Napolitano Jr. at the lines, Cisco Hall was content to settle briefly in fourth through an opening quarter mile in :28.3 before angling off the pylons to beg...
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Immortal Quest N takes Dover feature

on 03/18/2008 2:00 AM
In the week\'s top pace at Dover Downs on Monday, the $40,000 Open-Preferred Handicap, Eddie Davis Jr. hustled Immortal Quest N away from the gait quickly to ward off Western Ace and Jim Morand for the lead and then cut out the rest of the fractions on the way to an impressive 1:51.2 victory. The win was the third in four starts and fifth in his last seven outings for the Sands A Flyin gelding o...
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Gerries Madison finds gold in silver leg

on 03/18/2008 2:00 AM
Gerries Madison and driver Rick Zeron turned in another dominant effort in winning Monday night\'s second leg of the Silver Reign Pacing Series for 3-year-old fillies at Woodbine Racetrack. The win gives her the chance at a sweep and the opportunity to capture her second straight series title--the latest coming in the $45,200(C) Miss Vera Bars final on Feb. 14. The daughter of Apaches Fame-Peac...
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Jamieson wins 4,000th career race

on 03/18/2008 2:00 AM
Jody Jamieson celebrated a career achievement on Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack when he guided BJs Boomerang to victory in the night\'s 11th race, giving him 4,000 lifetime wins as a harness driver.The 31-year-old Cambridge resident entered Monday’s program just two wins shy of the plateau and clicked early in race two with first-time starter Tempest Anvil N, setting the stage for the m...
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Jacked Up scoots by Scoozi to win series leg at Meadows

on 03/18/2008 2:00 AM
When Jacked Up met Scoozi in Monday\'s second leg of the Murtland Avenue at The Meadows, something had to give--the 4-year-old pacers together had won nine consecutive races. What gave was Scoozi\'s win streak, as a powerful three-wide move carried Jacked Up to his fourth straight win in a sharp 1:53. Scoozi was second by three-quarters of a length, with Magnificent Gift well back in third....
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New Jersey agreement reached in Jersey, now on to governor

on 03/18/2008 2:00 AM
The New Jersey state Senate on Monday passed by a vote of 38-1 the $90 million purse subsidy agreement reached between the Atlantic City casinos and the racetracks. The deal had previously been approved by the state House, so it will now go to Gov. Jon Corzine for his signature.   A clause in the agreement also gives the Atlantic City casinos a tax break on \"comps\" that the casinos give...
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Without Donato, Scharf waiting for his 2 year olds

on 03/18/2008 2:00 AM
Owner David Scharf, who enjoyed a dream season in 2007 with the superlative Donato Hanover, didn’t hesitate to sink a lot of that Donato money right back into the business and is currently keeping track of his 22 two-year-olds in training.   With that many youngsters training down, one of them must be a head turner, right? Right now Scharf seems content ...
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Polar Queen wins with some leprechaun dust

on 03/18/2008 2:00 AM
When driver  Jimmy Marohn was in the winner\'s circle after he reined 48-1 shot Polar Queen to a stunning upset victory in Monticello Raceway\'s St. Paddy Pace on St. Patrick’s Day at Monday, he was asked why the betting public sent him off at such big odds. “I got no respect,” he laughed. “They had no faith in me.” When asked why his mare went such an impressive mile&nb...
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Monticello to increase purses 15 percent

on 03/18/2008 2:00 AM
Monticello Raceway has announced it will increase purses by 15 percent, effective April 1. “This will surely be appreciated by our loyal horsemen,” noted Eric Warner, the track\'s director of racing.   “In the upcoming months, as the snowbirds make their way back to the scenic mountains, there undoubtedly will be more people attending the races and the racino. And during the summ...
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Beer flows into Dover Downs\' winner\'s circle

on 03/17/2008 2:00 AM
Grinfrombeertobeer chalked up a win in the $23,800 Delaware winners-over pace and Boots Place came on strong to take the $16,500 mares pace headliners on Sunday at Dover Downs. Warren Racing Stable and Dylan Davis\' Grinfrombeertobeer broke into the win column for the first time this year as Tony Morgan guided the 6-year-old gelding to victory in 1:53.2 to win the feature. Jennaratio...
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Freehold purses to rise 7 percent

on 03/17/2008 2:00 AM
Purses at Freehold Raceway will reflect a seven percent increase when the next condition sheet is issued. The news comes after a three-year, $90 million purse supplement was approved by the state Assembly and now is before the state Senate.   “Freehold has taken this step in response to the request from the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey,” said SBOANJ...
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No Nonsense Yankee rebounds at Pompano in 1:51.2

on 03/16/2008 2:00 AM
No Nonsense Yankee rebounded from a disappointing seventh-place performance in the $267,000 Isle of Capri Pacing Series final, prevailing in the featured $10,000 winners-over pace at Pompano Park on Saturday in 1:51.2.   Driven from post six by Wally Hennessey, No Nonsense Yankee was parked in fourth place through an opening quarter mile in :27.1 before charging to the front and taki...
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Blue Swimmer A wires Dover feature in 1:54

on 03/16/2008 2:00 AM
Blue Swimmer A was never headed in the $17,300 Delaware Male while Hevoodoothatyoudo took the $15,000 Delaware Mares pace on Saturday at Dover Downs. Roger Plante took Blue Swimmer A right to the front at the quarter pole and never looked back en route to a 1:54 victory in the $17,300 feature race. The win was the first of the year for the Safely Kept gelding owned by The Wiz Kids Stable. Solid Ha...
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