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New Jersey Assembly approves subsidy deal

on 03/14/2008 2:00 AM
The New Jersey state Assembly on Thursday approved by a vote of 76-0 with two abstentions the agreement between the Atlantic City casinos and the state\'s racetracks to provide $90 million to subsidize purses and breeding programs over the next three years. The bill will now go to the state Senate, which is scheduled to vote on the proposal on Monday.    
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Art At Heart overcomes issues to compete in Four Leaf Clover

on 03/14/2008 2:00 AM
Art At Heart\'s ups and downs are a source of heartache for trainer Buzzy Sholty. Although the gelding proved he could go with the best of the sophomore class last year, he has been plagued with problems staying on stride. Art At Heart galloped in five of his last eight starts, but appears to be back on track after winning the opening round of the Four Leaf Clover Series last week at the Meadowla...
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Dewey heads list of 50 eligibles for World Trotting Derby

on 03/14/2008 2:00 AM
Deweycheatumnhowe, the unbeaten freshman trotting champ of 2007, heads a list of 50 nominees to the $500,000 World Trotting Derby at the Du Quoin State Fair this summer. Last year’s World Trotting Derby saw a match-up between Hambletonian winner Donato Hanover and runner-up Adrian Chip. The two colts repeated their one-two finish in the World Trotting Derby with Donato Hanover taking home...
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SBOANJ honors three

on 03/14/2008 2:00 AM
A former president and two others were honored with a presentation of director emeritus plaques by Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey President Tom Luchento at the organization’s monthly meeting on March 11, 2008 at Favorites in Woodbridge.   Anthony Parenti, SBOANJ president from 1991 through 2005, as well as Taylor Palmer Jr. and Thomas A. D’Altrui, were awa...
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Southwind Tempo wins second leg of Overbid in 1:51.1

on 03/14/2008 2:00 AM
Southwind Tempo stamped herself the one to beat in the $136,400 Overbid Final as she scored a 1:51.1 victory in the second round of the series on Friday night at the Meadowlands.    Southwind Tempo sprinted to the lead down the backstretch and disposed of challenger Lislea Phia at the head of the stretch.  As the field began to close in, driver John Campbell asked Southwind T...
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Weather forces Pompano to cancel Friday races

on 03/14/2008 2:00 AM
Due to heavy rains in the Pompano Beach area during the late afternoon hours, and with the forecast calling for additional downpours in the vicinity, Pompano Park cancelled its live racing for Friday. (Pompano Park)  
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Nanuets Z Tam rebounds in Apaches Fame leg

on 03/14/2008 2:00 AM
After disappointing as the favourite in round one, Nanuets Z Tam rebounded with a sharp 1:52 victory in Friday\'s second leg of the Apaches Fame Pacing Series for three-year-old colts and geldings at Woodbine Racetrack. Phil Hudon sent the son of Astreos - Cloudy Day after the lead from post five and the pair had seized control of the pace through a :26.1 opening panel. With longshot Coupon Bob si...
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Mr. Nice Guy puts away Matt\'s Scooter field in 1:52.1

on 03/14/2008 2:00 AM
Driver Ron Pierce moved Mr Nice Guy into the lead at the :54.4 half and from there the 3-year-old Western Ideal gelding was in complete control, capturing the $16,000 second leg of the Matt’s Scooter Series at the Meadowlands Friday night in a career-best 1:52.1.   In only his second lifetime victory in 19 starts and first this year in seven starts, Mr. Nice Guy paced a :28.1 final quarte...
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Western Shore debuts at Pompano Saturday night

on 03/14/2008 2:00 AM
The 5-year-old pacing horse Western Shore, a winner of $288,178 during his 2007 campaign, will make his seasonal debut at Pompano Park on Saturday in the featured $10,000 winners over pace, scheduled as the third race on the program.   Owned by Brittany Farms, Ronald Michelon, Ervin Miller Stable, and Riverview Farms, Western Shore was a seven-time winner last season, including a  tr...
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48-1 upset helps spark $12,981 Pick 4 at Big M

on 03/13/2008 2:00 AM
A  48-1 upset by B My Hero was enough to knock out most tickets, but 17 scored the $12,981 payout in the Meadowlands Pick 4 on Wednesday night.  A $33,819 carryover sparked a $221,521 total pool for the Pick 4 wager. The winning tickets had Justcallmerosie ($9.60) in race six, B My Hero ($98.40) in race seven, The Dark Side ($18) in race eight and LA Girl ($10.80) in race nine. Offe...
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Lanson, Chucaro Guadal come up victorious

on 03/13/2008 2:00 AM
The undeniably talented 4-year-old trotter Lanson extended his winning streak to two at Pompano Park on Wednesday, keeping his perfect seasonal record intact when taking the $4,000 winners-over trot in 1:57.4.   Driven from post two by conditioner Don Swick, Lanson found an early spot along the pylons in sixth before angling out to track the cover of Blue Ribbon Beauty ...
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Stratton added to St. Paddy driver slate at Monticello

on 03/13/2008 2:00 AM
The surname Stratton is not very Irish in heritage so how  is Jordan “The Kid” Stratton eligible to race in Monticello Raceway’s St. Paddy Pace,  a race for drivers of Irish descent, which is slated to go to post on St. Patrick’s Day, Monday, March 17? “I have some Irish in me on my mother\'s side,” Stratton said. “In fact, I have a lot of everything in me. I can f...
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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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