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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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Dream-A-While takes Dover feature

on 02/13/2008 12:00 AM
Dream-A-While scored an impressive 1:53.2 victory in the $32,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace on a cold, rainy Tuesday, Lincoln\'s Birthday feature at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick drove a quadruple of winners. Art Stafford Jr. drove the 5-1 Dream Away 7 year old into the lead on the backstretch and continued to pull away for a convincing victory in the feature race. The win was the third sin...
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Monticello cancels Wednesday card

on 02/13/2008 12:00 AM
Monticello Raceway has canceled its Wednesday live racing program due to inclement weather and an unsafe racetrack. Racing will resume Thursday, with first post slated for 12:40 p.m.
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Vernon to re-open as tracks receive $90 million

on 02/13/2008 12:00 AM
Jeff Gural, principal owner of Vernon Downs, announced Wednesday that with the passage in the New York legislature of tax-relief legislation that will reportedly bring that track approximately $5 million annually (42 percent of video lottery terminal revenues) the site will re-open on Thursday at 9 a.m. The track had closed in the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 11.   \"This is wonderfu...
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Hoopie rallies to win Woodbine series final

on 02/12/2008 12:00 AM
With a sparkling off-the-pace rally, Hoopie and driver Jack Moiseyev captured Monday night\'s $63,600(C) final of the Don Mills Trotting Series for 4 year olds at Woodbine Racetrack. Stablemate Enny Youngman picked up the place spot, giving trainer Ben Baillargeon a one-two finish. It was the second winter series title for Baillargeon who captured last month\'s Glorys Comet final with Speed Bomb...
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Repeat winners in Dover features

on 02/12/2008 12:00 AM
It may have been the coldest night of the year, but the racetrack was on fire with fast miles Monday at Dover Downs, with Natural Talent, Sniper Hall and Immortal Quest N winning for the second straight week in taking the top three races. Tony Morgan and Brian Sears won four races each, Tim Tetrick and trainer Josh Green had triples. Natural Talent repeated his victory in the $40,000...
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MacDonald still sidelined after Woodbine tunnel accident

on 02/12/2008 12:00 AM
Where, oh where is Mark MacDonald? One of the leading reinsmen in the Woodbine driving colony, MacDonald has been conspicuously absent for the past four weeks, thanks to a driving accident which happened not on the racetrack, but in the tunnel connecting the track to the Woodbine paddock. \"I was coming through the tunnel, and Jody Jamieson with Primetime Bobcat was behind me,\" MacDonald expl...
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Rompaway Wally upsets in Mack Lobell preview

on 02/12/2008 12:00 AM
Dismissed at odds of 22-1 despite prevailing in seven of his last nine starts, Northville Downs invader Rompaway Wally rewarded his diminutive legion of followers with an upset victory in the $20,000 Mack Lobell Trotting Series Preview at Pompano Park on Monday, covering the mile in 1:56.   Driven from post seven in the 11-horse field by trainer Don Harmon, Rompaway Wally was parked in thi...
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