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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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Took Hanover win Open Handicap at Yonkers in 1:52

on 03/16/2008 2:00 AM
Took Hanover, who last took a shot at a half-mile oval in the 2006 Jug, found Saturday night\'s $30,000 Open Handicap Pace at Yonkers Raceway much more to his liking. With Greg Merton driving for trainer Noel Daley, Took Hanover took full advantage of his Ides of March inside starting venue. The even-money favorite  leapfrogged the lead with second choice Rare Jewel (Stephane Bouchard) befo...
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Mystical Banker surges late to win in 1:55.1

on 03/16/2008 2:00 AM
Mystical Banker capitalized off of an early speed duel to win the $80,500 Horse and Groom Final on Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands.    Mystical Banker and driver John Campbell sat patiently in the pocket as Jabez and Im A Hotshot battled for the lead. Mystical Banker angled out from his cover in the stretch and surged to the lead to win by one-half length in personal best of 1:...
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Nick Hans, 18, drives first winner in 1:58.3 at Rosecroft

on 03/16/2008 2:00 AM
Nick Hans, an 18-year-old Maryland native, earned his first victory in the sulky at Rosecroft Raceway on Saturday evening, guiding Art Hearted through an impressive mile in 1:58.3.Hans drove the four-year-old Artiscape horse off of the gate to sit through an opening quarter of :29.1 comfortably along the rail. Before hitting the half-mile marker, Hans tipped Art Hearted out second-over throug...
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Stillings, Palone selected for Halls of Fame

on 03/16/2008 2:00 AM
Two halls of fame have tapped Dick Stillings and Dave Palone for induction.   Dick Stillings has been named to the Washington-Greene County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Among his many accomplishments, Stillings won the 1987 Little Brown Jug with Jaguar Spur and the 1986 Adios with Barberry Spur.Dave Palone has been named to the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Ita...
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One Nineteen, JK Pure Pearl win Yonkers Open Handcaps

on 03/15/2008 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway\'s Friday night fare included One Nineteen capturing the Open Handicap Trot in 1:57.2, J K Pure Pearl taking the Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace in 1:55.3 and six divisions of the Petticoat Series second leg.   With Stephane Bouchard driving for trainer Larry Remmen, One Nineteen, leaving  from post position two, retook from More Fire (Jeff  Grregory) just a...
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Four Starz Sue collects second leg of Four Leaf Clover in 1:50

on 03/15/2008 2:00 AM
Four Starz Sue breezed to a 1:50 victory in the $25,000 second leg of the Four Leaf Clover Series on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.  Four Starz Sue and driver Tim Tetrick seized control in a :54.4 half and sprinted to a 3 1/4-length tally over the pocketsitter Hard To Beat. Philos Hanover, who battled early for the lead, held on to finish third. Artist’s View, the 3-5 favorite, was ha...
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Keystone Matt two-for-two in Cam Fella Pacing Series

on 03/15/2008 2:00 AM
Keystone Matt held off multiple challenges to take the $35,000 second leg of the Cam Fella Pacing Series at Woodbine Saturday night in 1:52.4. From post position #7, Ben Wallace trainee Keystone Matt, with Mario Baillargeon in the bike, made an early rush to the front, in a first quarter of :26.3. Longshot Just Plug It In was sent in hot pursuit by Luc Ouellette, and briefly overtook, but Keyston...
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Symphony In Motion takes sixth straight win

on 03/14/2008 2:00 AM
Symphony In Motion made it six straight wins in the $20,000 opening round of the Jersey Girls Series for pacing fillies and mares on Thursday night at the Meadowlands.With Brian Sears at the lines, Symphony In Motion soared home off a third-over trip to post a two-length win over Ubetterthink Think in 1:52.4.  Twin B Tiara held on for the show spot.  Sent off the 2-5 favorite, Symphony I...
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Favorites score in Damsel Series opening splits

on 03/14/2008 2:00 AM
Favorites Crystal Chris and Alexis Hall both prevailed in Thursday night\'s opening leg of the Damsel Pacing Series for 3 and 4-year-old fillies and mares at Woodbine Racetrack. Crystal Chris went straight to the front from post five in the opening $35,000(C) split and laid down fractions of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:25.3, before sprinting home in :27.3 to win in 1:53.1. Rick Zeron guided the 4-year-o...
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38 nominated to Levy Series at Yonkers

on 03/14/2008 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway\'s George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, a leading event featuring the sport\'s free-for-all stars, attracted 38 nominees for its 2008 edition. The Levy gets underway Saturday night, March 29, and offers five consecutive Saturdays of $50,000 preliminary races...regardless of the number of events for a particular night. The $200,000 (est.) final and $100,000 consolation are bot...
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Harrington Raceway simulcast area bust leads to arrests

on 03/14/2008 2:00 AM
A drug bust in the Harrington Raceway simulcast area Wednesday led to the arrest of 12 people being charged with buying or selling presciption drugs, including current and former horsemen. According to reports, \"Operation Horse Pill\" targeted the alleged drug seller, who was arrested and charged with 22 felony counts of delivery of a narcotic Schedule II controlled substance and other counts tha...
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Florida Senate passes bill to lower racino tax rate

on 03/14/2008 2:00 AM
The Florida Senate on Thursday approved a pair of bills regarding expanded gaming in the state, including one that will lower the tax rate racetracks pay to the state on slot revenue but still guarantee a certain total amount. The bills will now go the House, where they are expected to meet some opposition since the state Speaker has said he is against the proposals.   The bill reducing the...
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