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Pompano Park paddock office destroyed by fire

on 03/07/2008 12:00 AM
An electrical fire underneath the Pompano Park paddock judge’s office in the early hours Friday morning caused minimal damage and will not affect either the day’s qualifiers or evening live race card.   “Fortunately, the security on patrol smelled the smoke and called it in,” said Pompano Park director of operations Steve Wolf of the fire that was discovered between 3:30 a...
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Mooney Svendsen hits 2,000 in California

on 03/07/2008 12:00 AM
Lemoyne \"Mooney\" Svendsen didn\'t waste anytime on Thursday in recording his 2,000th career winning drive as he hit the milestone in his first drive of the California racing week.   It may have just been a $3,000 claimer, but for Mooney Svendsen, it couldn\'t have been sweeter.   Driving Ima Princess Tu, Svendsen didn\'t know what to think going into the race.  ...
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Dan Patch champion takes Overbid Series opener

on 03/07/2008 12:00 AM
Southwind Tempo made an impressive 4-year-old debut as she marched to a 1:50.4 victory in a $50,000 Overbid Series division Friday night at the Meadowlands. With John Campbell in the sulky, Southwind Tempo rocketed past Ulrica Bromac in the stretch and drew off to a 2 3/4-length win over a rain-soaked track. She paid $5.20, $2.80, $2.20. Click here for the video of the race. Kevin Lare added S...
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Upset in Apaches Fame Pacing Series

on 03/07/2008 12:00 AM
Bigmizndrstnding converted off a perfect pocket trip to upset in Friday night’s single $17,000 division in the opening round of the Apaches Fame Pacing Series for three-year-old Ontario sired colts and geldings at Woodbine Racetrack. It was the first career start over the 7/8\'s mile oval for the son of No Pan Intended - Bigzmiz who had won two straight races to kick off the season at London’...
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Record-setting driver sweeps Dover features

on 03/06/2008 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick began a four-straight win streak driving Litigator to a victory in the $25,000 winners-over trot on Wednesday at Dover Downs, completing a sweep of the top three races guiding Jessie Hall and Instant Photo to wins in a five-win night. Tetrick took Parent Racing and Crystal Ball stables\' Litigator right to the top and never was headed in a 1:55.1 victory, the third of...
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Career-best effort for Chevie Kodiak at Pompano

on 03/06/2008 12:00 AM
The rapidly improving 4-year-old gelded pacer Chevie Kodiak posted his second consecutive victory at Pompano Park on Wednesday, lowering his lifetime mark to 1:54.3 while remaining unbeaten in 2008 with a victory in a $3,400 non-winners pace.   Starting from post two with Wally Hennessey at the lines, Chevie Kodiak settled briefly along the pylons in third before angling to ...
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Harness Racing Youth League honored

on 03/06/2008 12:00 AM
Harness Racing Youth League, the summer camp program of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, received the inaugural American Youth Horse Council Partnership Award. HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor was presented with a plaque, clippers, and western print at the AYHC annual symposium, held Saturday, March 1 in Raleigh, N.C.   The award recognizes “exemplary leadership development ...
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SRF breedings available

on 03/06/2008 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) has many of the top stallion breedings available for 2008. Below is a list of stallions available. This list is not final. To donate a breedong or for information call (609)324-1500 or email gen@srfmail.com or check our website www.adoptahorse.org  for updates.   Allamerican Ingot Intrepid Seelster Radiant Ruler Arizona Jack Jerem...
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Ohio State to host equine owner, breeder and caretaker series

on 03/06/2008 12:00 AM
The Equine Owner, Breeder and Caretaker Series is designed to provide timely and practical updates on equine healthcare topics from a diverse group of equine veterinarians from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine\'s Galbreath Equine Center. Equine ER-Equine Veterinary Emergencies, Tuesday, April 29, 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. The program includes: How to be Prepar...
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Pat Ricketts dies at 101

on 03/06/2008 12:00 AM
Pat Ricketts, who raced such top horses as HA\'s Pet wth her husband R.D., died Wednesday, March 5, in Houston, Texas, at the age of 101. Pat and R.D. traveled to racetracks in the days of Scott Frost to Niatross, and lived in both Houston and Pompano Beach, Fla.   During the lifetime of her husband, who was known as Dick, the couple--both natives of Ohio--never missed a Litt...
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Amendment to be filed that allows only slots at tracks

on 03/06/2008 12:00 AM
The Lexington Herald Leader website is reporting Thursday afternoon that an amendment to the casino bill in Kentucky that is scheduled to be voted on in the full House will be filed before the end of the day which would allow only slots at racetracks and not provide for full-blown casinos. Democratic State Rep. Greg Stumbo told the newspaper he believes casinos would be the death-knell of the sta...
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Trotter feeling his oats again in Meadows feature

on 03/06/2008 12:00 AM
Oatmeister proved again Thursday that he\'s the “meister” of the trot at The Meadows, winning the $20,000 Open/Preferred Handicap Trot for the fourth time in his last seven starts--all of them from post position six or wider.   Dave Palone urged Oatmeister to the early lead, which they surrendered to Primo Spur. As Primo Spur and Heza Challenger dueled through a third quarter of :28.4, ...
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Bluhm promoted to director of racing at Tioga, Vernon

on 03/05/2008 12:00 AM
Tioga & Vernon Downs have announced that Jason Bluhm has been promoted to Director of Racing for Tioga & Vernon Downs. Bluhm had previously served as assistant race secretary at Tioga for the last two years.   “We are extremely proud of Jason’s dedication and willingness to learn the race office over the past two years. He has proven time and time again that he has the abil...
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Mare posts third straight upset win in Dover Open

on 03/05/2008 12:00 AM
For the third week in a row Ultimate Bet came up a winner in the $32,000 Mares Open Pace on Tuesday at Dover Downs. Poker Mom was a longshot winner of the $25,000 sub-feature while four drivers won two races each. Ultimate Bet has become a \"Rodney Dangerfield\" of the $32,000 top distaff division. The Bettor\'s Delight 5 year old, after winning the previous two feature races at 25-1 and ...
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Trotters ready for battle in General Brock final

on 03/05/2008 12:00 AM
Two geldings have won both of their divisions of the General Brock Trotting Series preliminary legs and on Thursday night at Woodbine, they’ll lock horns in the $49,600(C) series final--but only one can make it a series sweep. The contenders are Windsun Lane, conditioned, co-owned, and driven by Rick Zeron and rated 7-5 in the morning line, and Enny Youngman, trained by Ben Baillarg...
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SBOANJ responds to subsidy agreement

on 03/05/2008 12:00 AM
Purse levels in New Jersey were bolstered for the next three years by a decision announced in Trenton late Monday afternoon, but the future of horse racing in the state cannot be ensured without a stable source of funding, the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) said.   New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine issued a statement on March 3 in which he said that ...
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**NEW**Wire To Wire

on 03/05/2008 12:00 AM
New Jersey\'s racetracks--including the Meadowlands and Freehold--just received a $90-million purse subsidy package for the next three years from the Atlantic City casinos and in this week\'s Wire To Wire, Andrew Cohen gives his take on the agreement and also some ideas on what the harness industry in the Garden State should do over the next 1,000 days to ensure the sport doesn\'t eventually fade ...
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Tenor gets rave reviews in Monticello three-peat

on 03/05/2008 12:00 AM
There’s little doubt that Randy Ingrassia’s pacer Mystical Tenor is currently at the top of his game. On Tuesday Mystical Tenor wasn’t the least bit impaired by the falling rain nor the blustery winds when Stephane Bouchard guided him to his third consecutive victory and fourth in nine seasonal starts at Monticello Raceway. After a slow start this season, the 6-year old Art’s...
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Buck I St. Pat wins Mack Lobell final

on 03/04/2008 12:00 AM
Buck I St. Pat displayed why she is expected to be a predominant force in this year’s older trotting mares division when defeating eight male rivals to take the seventh annual $54,800 Mack Lobell Trotting Series final at Pompano Park on Monday in 1:54.3.   Driven from post nine by Dave Palone, Buck I St. Pat was content to settle in fifth place through the early stages of the race as fir...
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Stonebridge ices foes in sloppy Ontario Boys final

on 03/04/2008 12:00 AM
A short field of six put on a good battle in Monday night\'s $59,700(C) Ontario Boys Pacing Series final at Woodbine and, when all was said and done, it was Stonebridge On Ice emerging victorious as the favorite for driver Mike Saftic in 1:52.3. The race was contested over an oval made \"sloppy\" by unseasonably warm temperatures throughout the day and then rainfall which began early in th...
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