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Racetracks not guaranteed in new Kentucky casino bill

on 02/27/2008 12:00 AM
A Kentucky House Committee on Wednesday afternoon passed by a vote of 7-2 a bill that will allow casinos at nine locations in the state--but does not guarantee that any racetrack will get one of the available licenses. Although the racetracks are not guaranteed to get a license, they may still get up to five of the nine licenses that will be available. An earlier version of the bill that guaran...
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Mack Lobell final field set

on 02/26/2008 12:00 AM
Indian Hill Rocket appears to be entering the Mack Lobell Trotting Series final in peak form after taking the $25,000 second leg of the series at Pompano Park on Monday in a career-best 1:54.3.   Driven from post four by Kevin Wallis, Indian Hill Rocket showed the way through an opening quarter mile in :27.3 before contently yielding the top spot to Railee Possible (Dan Clements), who carv...
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Stonebridge On Ice wins Ontario Boys division

on 02/26/2008 12:00 AM
Stonebridge On Ice was able to turn the tables on stablemate Eagle On It in Monday\'s single $18,000(C) division in the second leg of the Ontario Boys Pacing Series at Woodbine Racetrack. The strapping son of Camluck, in rein to Mike Saftic, was able to control the fractions after moving to the front just past the :28.1 opening quarter. From there, he cruised through middle-half splits of ...
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Immortal Quest N game in Dover victory

on 02/26/2008 12:00 AM
Razor sharp Immortal Quest N, Art Director and Dream Rocket won the $40,000 Preferred, Delaware Special and Open Paces, respectively, Monday at Dover Downs. Brian Sears led the drivers with three wins; Tony Morgan, Ron Pierce and Eric Goodell had doubles. Recently resurrected Immortal Quest N took the lead at the start, fought off a lengthy stubborn challenge from Slickest Hanover wi...
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Kentucky House Committee rejects casinos, Beshear responds

on 02/26/2008 12:00 AM
A Kentucky House Committee Tuesday morning rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize casino gaming in the Bluegrass State by a vote of 5-3, with three members passing. The bill that was rejected was a modified one from the original proposed earlier by Gov. Steve Beshear, one that called for five of nine casino licenses going to racetracks; the original proposal called for licenses t...
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NJ governor officially proposes eliminating Ag Dept

on 02/26/2008 12:00 AM
New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine has formally proposed that the state\'s Department of Agriculture be eliminated, along with the state departments of personnel and commerce, a move which he says will cut 3,000 jobs from the payroll. However, even if the Department of Agriculture is eliminated, it will not affect the New Jersey Sire Stakes, which will be likely then fall under an...
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Monticello cancels Tuesday after two races

on 02/26/2008 12:00 AM
After two races were completed on Tuesday afternoon the remainder of the racing card at Monticello Raceway was cancelled when the drivers claimed poor visibility and hazardous conditions caused by the heavy falling snow made it unsafe to compete. Weather permitting racing will resume Wednesday, Feb. 27, with first post slated for 12:40 p.m. (Monticello)  
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Tuesday\'s card at Balmoral canceled due to winter storm

on 02/26/2008 12:00 AM
One of the worst Chicago winters in recent history continued to wreak havoc with the racing schedule at Balmoral as heavy snowfall has forced the cancellation of the Tuesday racing program at Balmoral Park.   With 20 to 25 mph winds whipping around the four to six inches of snow that was dumped on the Southland area, track management and horsemen agreed that conditions would be unsuit...
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New announcer at Pocono Downs

on 02/26/2008 12:00 AM
James (Jim) Beviglia has been named track announcer at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, it was announced by Dale Rapson, vice president of racing, and James Wise, vice president of marketing. Beviglia was hired by Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in 2006 as a publicity assistant and served in that capacity the past two years in addition to being a co-host for the racetrack’s live television show. “Ji...
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Bob\'s Alibi uses first-over route to win Senior Trendsetter

on 02/25/2008 12:00 AM
Bob’s Alibi took the longest route to victory in the $72,100 Senior Trendsetter on Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands, scoring by a neck over Isaac Newton in 1:51.4.Driver Brian Sears slowly inched Bob’s Alibi into contention along the outside as Asbury Juke and Yannick Gingras carved the early fractions.  Bob’s Alibi easily passed the tiring leader at the head of the stretch and held ...
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Horsemen\'s plight told in South Florida Sun-Sentinel story

on 02/25/2008 12:00 AM
A story posted today on the web site of the South Florida-Sun Sentinel carries the headline, \"Horse industry cut out of gambling profits at Pompano racetrack,\" and proceeds to tell the story of how horsemen and horsewomen lobbied for slots at the racetrack, but are not seeing a boost in their own economic situation.   \"Combined with South Florida\'s soaring costs for feed and grain, the ...
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NJ Sire Stakes NOT in jeopardy, says spokesperson

on 02/25/2008 12:00 AM
Reports are swirling around New Jersey that Governor Jon Corzine plans to announce the elimination of the Department of Agriculture and State Board of Agriculture when he gives his annual Budget Message on Tuesday, but because the New Jersey Sire Stakes is a legislated program, the Sire Stakes are not in jeopardy.   A spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture told harnessracing.com,&nb...
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USTA board of directors convene in Columbus

on 02/24/2008 12:00 AM
Although the skies over Columbus, Ohio were sunny Saturday, the winter storm that hit the East Coast on Friday precluded several directors of the U.S. Trotting Association from arriving in time for the annual meeting\'s opening session. When chairman Ivan Axelrod asked for the roll call there were 41 directors present, although a few arrived during the afternoon after long travel woes.   Sp...
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Panaramic Art extends streak to 20 with Exit 16W win

on 02/24/2008 12:00 AM
The streak is now at 20 races for Panaramic Art, who picked up his 20th straight victory and third stakes trophy in the $75,700 Exit 16W on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. He also turned in an astounding stakes-record time of 1:49.4 on the cold night when the track was listed as \"good.\".Panaramic Art, driven by George Brennan, followed Captain Cambest to the lead and opened up entering t...
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Hushhush Mushmush wins Hopeful final

on 02/24/2008 12:00 AM
Hushhush Mushmush, a son of Life Sign, protected his interests early, then collected late to win the $46,600 final of the Hopeful Pacing Series for 3-year-old colts and geldings in 1:56.3 at Yonkers Raceway Saturday night.   With Eric Abbatiello catch-driving for trainer Jake Hartline, \"Hushhush\", who outdrew his seven rivals, was used hard from the pylons in the $46,600 event. ...
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Maltese Artist wins another Isle leg

on 02/24/2008 12:00 AM
Maltese Artist continued his winning ways in the second leg of the Isle of Capri on Saturday night, nosing Special Report at the wire in 1:50.1 for driver Dave Palone and trainer Mickey Burke, while No Nonsense Yankee took the second split in 1:50.   Maltese Artist won an Isle Previevw on Feb. 9 and the first Isle leg on Feb. 16. This time he had to work to hold off Special Report, who sat ...
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My Masterpiece upsets Scape Ghost in Jr. Trendsetter

on 02/24/2008 12:00 AM
My Masterpiece steamrollered through an opening in the stretch to pull off a 50-1 shocker in the $81,500 Junior Trendsetter, defeating Scape Ghost, who had won two legs and started from the rail in the final.Scape Ghost, the heavy 1-5 favorite, was rambunctious behind the starting gate and darted to the lead before the half-mile marker.  After repelling the first-over challenge of Dax Hanover...
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Integrity Panel highlights USTA\'s second session

on 02/24/2008 12:00 AM
The second day of the U.S. Trotting Association\'s annual meeting of its board of directors Sunday was highlighted by an Integrity Panel which consisted of Standardbred Investigative Services Frank Fabian, Racing Medication and Testing Consortium\'s Dan Fick and Hallie Roach, Association of Racing Commissioners International Ed Martin, Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown\'s Tom Charters and Indian...
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Carousel Frame still undefeated in Florida

on 02/23/2008 12:00 AM
Carousel Frame established herself as the horse to beat in next week’s $50,000 Frances Dodge Van Lennep Filly and Mare Pacing Series final at Pompano Park after taking a $17,500 division of Friday’s second leg in 1:52.1 to remain undefeated in three South Florida starts.   Starting from post seven, Carousel Frame dropped back to sixth place through an opening quarter mile...
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Silver Dragon pulls off upset

on 02/23/2008 12:00 AM
The Dragon Again colt Silver Dragon enjoyed the biggest payday of his young career as he scored an impressive come-from-behind victory in Friday night\'s $50,000 final of The Count B Pacing Series for 3-year-old colts and geldings at Woodbine Racetrack.   In what was an action-packed affair, driver Luc Ouellette took Silver Dragon off the gate early and watched as Valentowner left hard from...
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