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Agreement reached at The Meadows

on 02/16/2008 12:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners’ Association (MSOA) has announced an agreement, set forth  between the MSOA and the Meadows Racetrack and Casino. The two-year contract paves the way for 208 days of racing each year, and forges a good working relationship between horsemen and track management. \"The MSOA Board of Directors, especially the Negotiating Committee, worked very hard to come t...
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Impressive winners in Count B divisions

on 02/16/2008 12:00 AM
Nanuets Z Tam and Neal Diamonique were both impressive winners in Friday night\'s second leg of the Count B Pacing Series for 3-year-old colts and geldings at Woodbine Racetrack. Nanuets Z Tam employed first-over tactics and eventually wore down the pacesetting Silver Dragon, before holding-off a closing Pro Art to score in the first $17,000(C) split for driver Phil Hudon in 1:53.2. It was the...
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Van Lennep divisions contested

on 02/16/2008 12:00 AM
Carousel Frame and Queens Gambit N established themselves as the top contenders in the Frances Dodge Van Lennep Filly and Mare Pacing Series after prevailing in their respective divisions of Friday’s $17,500 first leg at Pompano Park.   Driven from post three by George Napolitano Jr., Carousel Frame was parked in fourth place through the early stages of her  division as Flo Fo...
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Lifetime-best effort takes Big M series leg

on 02/16/2008 12:00 AM
Mr. Apples cut the mile and battled gamely through the stretch to win the $40,000 divison of the Aquarius Series on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Mr. Apples took control of the lead off the gate and fought off a late challenge from Artist’s View in the final strides to win by a nose in a personal best 1:51.1. It was 2 1/2 lengths back to Forensic Z Tam, who rallied in the stretch to ...
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Palone wins 12,000th with Maltese Artist

on 02/16/2008 12:00 AM
Dave Palone became the third driver in the history of North American harness racing to win 12,000 career races when he drove Maltese Artist o victory at the Isle Pompano Park Saturday.   Palone, who turned 46 on Wednesday, scored his 12,000 th career win in a $30,000 division of the Isle of Capri Pacing Series, winning with Maltese Artist by one length in 1:51.1 for the one mile...
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Gerries Madison takes finale for 3-year-old filly pacers

on 02/15/2008 12:00 AM
Gerries Madison got the best of a thrilling three-horse duel in the stretch to win Thursday night\'s $45,200(C) Miss Vera Bars Pacing Series final for 3-year-old fillies at Woodbine Racetrack. Driver Rick Zeron picked up the catch-driving assignment behind the daughter of Apaches Fame-Peaceful Protest and engineered a perfect second-over trip to win. Gerries Madison sat fifth in the early ...
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Benefits in Economic Stimulus Act for Horse Industry

on 02/15/2008 12:00 AM
President Bush signed into law the Economic Stimulus Act on Feb. 13, and the bill also includes two tax incentives that allow a much bigger write-off for horses and other depreciable property purchased and placed in service during 2008.   “This should provide an additional incentive for people to invest in more horses for racing, showing and breeding as part of their business activit...
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Valentine\'s Day heart at Dover

on 02/15/2008 12:00 AM
Big Heart appropriately won the Valentine\'s Day feature at Dover Downs on Thursday, while meet leading driver Tony Morgan, Corey Callahan and George Dennis each won three races. With Jim Morand in the bike, the Teague Inc. homebred son of Badlands Hanover made it three consecutive wins this season winning the $12,500 pace in 1:54.1. Delmer (Morgan) shook free turning for home and cl...
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Seven wins for Widger on Valentine\'s Day

on 02/15/2008 12:00 AM
Valentine’s Day 2008 was a special one for driver Sam Widger as the 44-year-old Illinois native scored seven victories on the 12-race card at Maywood Park Thursday night. Widger’s winning ways began in the third race, when he piloted Sand Happy Life to a 1:58 clocking.  He returned in the following race to score with Sporty Wrangler in 2:01.   In the sixth, Widger was behind ...
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Scape Ghost repeats in Junior Trendsetter

on 02/15/2008 12:00 AM
Scape Ghost stamped himself the one to beat in next week’s $81,500 Junior Trendsetter final with a decisive 1:52 score in the second round of the series on Thursday night at the Meadowlands.    
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It\'s Feb. 15, and change in Dancer, Miller trots

on 02/15/2008 12:00 AM
Two major Meadowlands summer stakes, the Stanley Dancer and Del Miller Memorial, will be raced one week earlier than previously posted. Eliminations for the Stanley Dancer and Del Miller will now be contested Friday, July 4. The finals for the two events, which are the last major prep races for the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks, will be raced Friday, July 11.   In the past there have b...
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Betsy Phillips wins Lady Godiva Pace

on 02/15/2008 12:00 AM
Someone was kidding Betsy Phillips in the paddock before Thursday\'s Lady Godiva Pace for female drivers at Monticello Raceway that despite winning 543 races in her career she had never won this race at her home track where the majority of her driving victories occurred. So what does Phillips do? She goes out with a 30-1 shot and wins this year\'s Lady Godiva Pace in a...
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Hambletonian Society stakes payments now due

on 02/15/2008 12:00 AM
The 11th hour for staking your horses has arrived as Feb. 15 payments for all Hambletonian Society-serviced stakes must be postmarked by midnight on Feb. 16, per USTA rule 12, section 4. The Society website, Hambletonian.org, has been redesigned and now contains all the tools necessary to stake your horse. Race conditions, payment forms, results of the previous years winners and much m...
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B Cor Kenny repeats at Pompano

on 02/14/2008 12:00 AM
B Cor Kenny, who prevailed for the first time since November 2006 when scoring at Pompano Park last week, tallied his second consecutive victory on Wednesday, taking the featured $7,200 claiming trot at the South Florida oval in 1:58.1.   Driven from post five by Dan Daley, B Cor Kenny settled contently in second place as Modern Marvel (Terry Eichas) showed th...
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Changing Gears favored in Miss Vera Bars final

on 02/14/2008 12:00 AM
Just how good is Changing Gears? Trainer and co-owner Gary Kingshott may find out on Valentine’s Day, when the 3-year-old daughter of Grinfromeartoear steps onto the Woodbine oval to challenge an 11-horse field in the $45,200(C) final of the Miss Vera Bars Pacing Series. Changing Gears was unraced as a 2 year old, but in a mere four starts in 2008 she has made handicappers and horsemen alike ...
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Carlspur retired, heading to stud duty in Canada

on 02/14/2008 12:00 AM
Two years ago he was Monticello Raceway’s Horse of the Year and last season he earned the track’s Comeback of the Year Award, and now the veteran  pacer Carlspur is set to be retired.   Few horses who ever looked through a bridle were more gritty than Carlspur and few horses are more deserving than a life of leisure than the 12-year-old son of Meadowlands Pace winner Carlsbad Cam. ...
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**NEW**Wire To Wire

on 02/14/2008 12:00 AM
Andrew Cohen is frustrated that his attempts to bring ideas to the table that he believes could help the sport of harness racing have fallen on deaf ears, and in this week\'s Wire To Wire he reveals some of the reasons behind his discontent. Once again the topic of a racing commissioner is discussed, including a possible name that was suggested several times to Cohen. To find out who that is and t...
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The Meadows cancels Thursday program

on 02/14/2008 12:00 AM
Unsafe track conditions have forced The Meadows to cancel its Thursday afternoon live race card, the second time this week the Pennsylvania five-eighths mile oval was forced to curtail action. On Tuesday, The Meadows canceled the card due to inclement weather and power issues.   On Thursday, officials at The Meadows delayed post time for the first race unt...
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Bluegrass tracks to pay $500 million in licensing fees

on 02/14/2008 12:00 AM
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced Thursday morning he will propose a constitutional amendment that would allow 12 casinos in the Bluegrass State, including seven at existing racetracks, which would each pay between $50 million and $100 million in licensing fees. The Red Mile would be a partner with Keeneland Thoroughbred racetrack in the city of Lexington. The proposal calls for nearly 16...
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Meadowlands to maintain current purse structure

on 02/14/2008 12:00 AM
The New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority (NJSEA) announced today (Feb. 14)  that it will maintain the current purse structure at the Meadowlands.“We want to thank the NJSEA for their willingness to maintain the purse levels at the Meadowlands,” said Tom Luchento, president of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. “We’re grateful they are working wit...
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