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Sears goes to winner\'s circle twice in style

on 02/29/2008 12:00 AM
Driver Brian Sears swept both $16,000 divisions of the Night Styles Series for fillies and mares four years of age or younger Thursday night at the Meadowlands, winning the first split with heavily-favored Symphony In Motion and then the second with 4-1 Sail Away.   Sears got away fifth with the 3-5 favorite Symphony In Motion after leaving from post eight, but then brushed to the lead at t...
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Silva buys Dan Patch champ as part of three-horse package

on 02/29/2008 12:00 AM
Owner Jerry Silva told harnessracing.com Friday afternoon that he has put together a three-horse purchase agreement “worth a million dollars” that includes 2007 Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year Southwind Tempo from owners Toby Lynch and Wayne Chrebet. The agreement also calls for the purchase of the 3-year-old filly pacer Thong and the 2-year-old Conway Hall trotting filly TK Lindy. &nb...
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Chuckas leaving Rosecroft

on 02/29/2008 12:00 AM
A press release issued by Cloverleaf Enterprises at Rosecroft Raceway stated that chief executive officer Thomas F. Chuckas Jr. will be leaving the racetrack in a mutually-agreed separation. Chuckas will remain to assist Cloverleaf/Rosecroft through a transition period to ensure the stability and continuance of operations. The release also stated the search for Chuckas\'s successor will begin imme...
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Argentina-bred trotter wins third at Pompano

on 02/28/2008 12:00 AM
Dubbed \"Gaucho\" by those connected with the horse in his native Argentina, the 5-year-old trotter Chucaro Guadal lived up to that moniker of Argentine national pride at Pompano Park on Wednesday when remaining unbeaten in three starts north of the equator following a second-race victory in 1:59.2.   Guided from post four by Leonardo Agusti, who drove the horse regularly in Arge...
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Another biggie win at Dover

on 02/28/2008 12:00 AM
For the second straight week Rusty\'s Biggie reigned supreme in the $32,000 Open Trot on Wednesday at Dover Downs. With Tim Tetrick driving, Rusty\'s Biggie moved sharply to take the lead on the final turn and then sped to a 1:55.3 victory in the week\'s top trot. Tom Kirby trains the CR Commando gelding for Horsemans Financial Agency and Premier Racing Stable. He has now won three tim...
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New paddock at The Meadows to open March 6

on 02/28/2008 12:00 AM
The Meadows, which has been conducting live racing from a temporary paddock for more than four months, will officially open its new paddock on Thursday, March 6.   Development of the new facility began after the old paddock and the track\'s historic grandstand were razed in mid-August as part of the construction of a permanent racetrack and casino. That facility is targeted for 2009 complet...
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Racing College set to return to Tioga & Vernon

on 02/28/2008 12:00 AM
Diplomas in hand, the 2007 Racing College graduating class is ready for another exciting season of live harness racing at Tioga and Vernon Downs. The 2008 Racing College school year opens at Vernon Downs on March 15 and continues on March 16 at Tioga Downs. This will be the first installment of Handicapping 101.   Learn the ins and outs of handicapping from the “Professor” Jas...
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NTRA\'s Waldrop testifies on steroids in racing

on 02/28/2008 12:00 AM
On Wednesday, National Thoroughbred Racing Association president and CEO Alex Waldrop spoke about the use of steriods in horse racing before the Congressional Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection on one of two panels on its \"Drugs in sports: Compromising the health of athletes and underminding the integrity of competition.\" Below is a transcript of his testimony:   \"Mr...
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MacDonald returns to Woodbine action Thursday

on 02/28/2008 12:00 AM
Two-time O\'Brien Award winner Mark MacDonald will make his return to racing action Thursday night at Woodbine with four drives on the 11-race program. It will mark the first time he\'s seen pari-mutuel action since Jan. 26 when he was sidelined by a chronic shoulder ailment.   Although some experts had recommended surgery for what is known as a posterior dislocation, the 29-ye...
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Tetrick bobblehead on tap at Balmoral/Maywood

on 02/28/2008 12:00 AM
Some folks might think that Illinois’ favorite son’s name is Abe--but in reality, his name is Tim. Tetrick, that is. Tetrick, 26, was certainly the Prairie State’s boy wonder last year. Hailing from the small town of Geff, Illinois, Tetrick set the harness racing world on fire, breaking driving records in the categories of both wins and earnings in 2007, among his many accolades. In hon...
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**NEW**Wire To Wire

on 02/28/2008 12:00 AM
New Jersey racetracks are fighting an uphill battle to get slot machines and the same is true in Kentucky, although things are a bit better in the Bluegrass State as a House Committee has passed a casino bill--without the racetracks getting a guarantee they\'ll receive any of the available licenses. In this week\'s Wire To Wire, Andrew Cohen talks about the situation and the political power racetr...
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Second straight upset win for mare in Dover feature

on 02/27/2008 12:00 AM
For the second straight week Ultimate Bet paid double figures while winning the $32,000 Mares Open Pace on a rainy Tuesday over a \"sloppy\" track at Dover Downs. Fionavar Hanover and Lockes Of Love won mares winners-over events while Tim Tetrick was back in gear locking up a six-win night. Last week, Ultimate Bet was a wire-to-wire winner at 25-1 odds for Sean Bier in the week\'s to...
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NJ Super Night planned for 3 year olds

on 02/27/2008 12:00 AM
The New Jersey Sire Stakes program will crown its 3-year-old pacing and trotting champions at the Meadowlands on one night this year with purses totaling $700,000. That night will be Friday, June 20, when four $175,000 championship finals will be on the racing program for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, pacing fillies, trotting colts and geldings and trotting fillies.  In the past,...
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Esther Moffett dies

on 02/27/2008 12:00 AM
Esther Lee Moffett, 63, wife of USTA director Dr. William Moffett, died Sunday at her Dover, Del. home following a lengthy illness. A Standardbred owner, she was a member of the U.S. Trotting Association, Delaware Farm Bureau, and a number of Standardbred organizations in Delaware. She is survived by her husband; her children, Karla Melissa and Angela Kristi; four sisters, Joan Sorfla...
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2006 NHHC champ Alberg wins 2008 NHHC qualifier

on 02/27/2008 12:00 AM
Scott Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping Champion, once again showcased his prowess for picking winners in the NHHC qualifying tournament held last Saturday night at the Meadowlands.  Alberg, a 46-year-old resident of Washington Township, N.J., nailed eight winners on the card and finished the tournament with a $1,897 bankroll, securing him the $10,880 top prize and a $1,000 entry...
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Hoosier Park seeking to purchase land it sits on

on 02/27/2008 12:00 AM
Published reports state Hoosier Park in Indiana won approval Monday to purchase the 110 acres of land it sits now that it now leases from the city of Anderson. In a vote of 3-1, the Anderson Parks Board approved the plan which would guarantee the parks department at least $150,000 annually over five years.   The current lease agreement calls for Hoosier Park to pay $128,000 a year plus .5 ...
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Politics playing big role in Kentucky casino proposals

on 02/27/2008 12:00 AM
After a day of political maneuvering and an initial setback Tuesday, a proposed casino plan in Kentucky appears to be gaining support—although the plan no longer guarantees racetracks will automatically receive a gaming license. Garnering the support of Democratic House Speaker Jody Richards, the revised bill provides for open competition for a possible nine licenses, which is now being opposed ...
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Giant Diablo coming to Meadowlands for Su Mac Lad

on 02/27/2008 12:00 AM
Harnessracing.com European correspondent Lars G. Palm reports that world champion trotter Giant Diablo is headed to the United States next week where the 8-year-old mare will spend 17 days in quarantine before being prepped to race in the Su Mac Lad Series at the Meadowlands, which begins April 18.   Giant Diablo, an 8-year-old daughter of Supergill who has earnings of more than $1.8 millio...
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Monticello drops Friday racing

on 02/27/2008 12:00 AM
Beginning Feb. 29 and continuing throughout the month of March, Monticello Raceway will discontinue racing on Friday afternoons. The raceway will continue to offer live harness action four times weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Beginning in March post times for all the live racing programs will be at 1:10 p.m. Monticello Raceway will also offer simulcast...
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National Raceline now cell-phone friendly

on 02/27/2008 12:00 AM
The National Raceline, which since 1989 has provided instant race calls and race results from tracks coast-to-coast over the telephone, now allows horseman to dial directly using their cell phones. The number for instant access is 1-888-370-RACE (7223) for a charge of $1.99 per call.   Until now, the National Raceline was only available through a 900# but this new innovation ...
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