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Filly gets stuck in snowbank, then finishes second

on 02/08/2008 12:00 AM
In a bizarre twist, just prior to the second leg of the Miss Vera Bars Series at Woodbine Thursday night, race favorite Changing Gears, who won a split of the first leg, spooked and veered into a snowbank along the outside of the track. The filly was stuck briefly before track officials and driver Paul MacDonell were able to get her free and back on the track. After being examined by the...
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Upsets in series openers boost Meadowlands Pick 6

on 02/08/2008 12:00 AM
Upset winners dominated Thursday night at the Meadowlands, boosting the Pick 6 carryover to $35,356 heading into Friday\'s card. The card featured opening leg divisions of the Junior Trendsetter and Tender Loving Care Series for 3-year-old colt and filly pacers, respectively.   Mcaroni N Cheese returned $35.20 in the opening leg of the Pick 6, one of three $12,500 Junior Trendsetter Series...
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Preview to Van Lennep Series tonight at Pompano

on 02/08/2008 12:00 AM
Two preview divisions of the $15,000 Frances Dodge Van Lennep Filly and Mare Pacing Series will be contested at Pompano Park on Friday, with a total of 19 female pacers entered, including top contenders Esmeralda Semalu, Carousel Frame, and Hypnotize.   BJR Stables Inc. and AGC Stables Inc.’s Esmeralda Semalu headlines the first Van Lennep Pacing Series Preview split, which goes as the f...
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Annunziatas trying to buy Jersey training center

on 02/08/2008 12:00 AM
Richard Annunziata, 42, of Mahopac, NY, owns 12 horses that are in the care of his 73-year-old father, Ettore, and the group includes the recent $750,000 purse Moon Beam.  The Annunziatas hope to complete the purchase of a large-scale farm and training center this year.   \"Unfortunately, my attempt to purchase a 150-acre farm in Millstone, New Jersey, fell through because the town sai...
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Track owner says nominate to Vernon, Tioga races with confidence

on 02/08/2008 12:00 AM
The current circumstances concerning the future of racing at both Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have compelled management to issue the following statement regarding live racing in 2008.   \"It is our opinion that the temporary closing of one or both facilities will initiate action in the New York legislature regarding an adjustment of the division of revenue from gaming,\" said the statement...
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Northfield officials say strangles case under control

on 02/08/2008 12:00 AM
Racing officials at Northfield Park report that there have been no further confirmed outbreaks of strangles on its backstretch. To date there have been seven confirmed cases, two of which are already scabbed over and healing.   Greg Keidel, director of racing at Northfield, said the two horses on the mend are still in isolation. “We’re keeping every one of the horses that have tested po...
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Jake\'s Nordic cruises to 1:54 victory

on 02/07/2008 12:00 AM
Tim Curtin and Jake\'s Nordic took no prisoners on the way to a 1:54 triumph in the $32,000 Open trot on Wednesday at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick exploded for six winning drives.   In the week\'s top trot, 9-year-old Jake\'s Nordick set a new lifetime record of 1:54, one-fifth of a second off the track record for an older gelding trotter held jointly by Y Chance It and Fool\'s Goal, to win the...
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B Cor Kenny back in Pompano winner\'s circle

on 02/07/2008 12:00 AM
B Cor Kenny returned to the winner’s circle for the first time since November 17, 2006, when prevailing in Wednesday’s featured $7,200 claiming trot at Pompano Park in 1:57.3.   Starting from post two with Dan Daley at the lines, B Cor Kenny settled nicely in third place as Modern Marvel (Terry Eichas) marched on the lead through opening fractions of :28.2 and :58.1.   As the tr...
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Gural hopes to challenge New York legislature

on 02/07/2008 12:00 AM
Jeff Gural, principal owner of Vernon Downs, has said he will close the track’s casino on Monday morning in light of the failure of the New York legislature to pass a bill that gives more money to casino/racetrack operators. Gural said he hopes the closure will be temporary. The press release also said that Tioga Downs will be closed at the end of the month if favor...
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Longshots produce Pick 6 carryover tonight at the Big M

on 02/07/2008 12:00 AM
Bookend longshots produced a $16,000 Pick 6 carryover heading into the Thursday night card at the Meadowlands.    The Wednesday night Pick 6 began with Cammabis, who paid $44 in the fourth race, and ended with Bail Jumper, a $43 winner in the ninth. There were two other double-digit winners in the sequence: Marley, $25.20 in race eight, and Sony Hanover, $13.60 in race six. &nbs...
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Five horses at Northfield confirmed with disease

on 02/07/2008 12:00 AM
A Northfield Park spokesman has confirmed that there has been an outbreak of strangles in the track’s backstretch, involving at least five horses, and that it has been confined to two barns. The names of the horses nor the stables in which they reside have not been released.   “We are waiting for some test results back to see whether this is isolated or what our situation is,” Northfi...
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Progress continues on Jersey purse supplement

on 02/07/2008 12:00 AM
An agreement to supplement purse money for the racetracks in New Jersey is close to completion, according to a high ranking person in the administration of Gov. Jon Corzine.   “We’ve been told by a high ranking Corzine Administration official that they are very close to finalizing a supplement agreement,” said Leon Zimmerman, lobbyist for the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Associ...
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Pacific Philly wins Mares Open Handicap in 1:52.4

on 02/06/2008 12:00 AM
Pacific Philly, Touched By Ted and Shesa Troublemaker registered wins in the lucrative top three distaff events on the Tuesday card at Dover Downs. In the $33, 000 Mares Open/Handicap headliner, Eddie Davis Jr. pulled out of third at the quarter and steered Pacific Philly into the lead before the clubhouse turn then sped to her second straight victory in 1:52.4. Nidya A and Ross Wolfenden took sec...
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Balmoral cancels Tuesday program after one race, again

on 02/06/2008 12:00 AM
After heavy snow and “white out” conditions forced the cancellation of last Tuesday’s Balmoral Park racing card after just one race “Mother Nature” once again struck in Crete, Ill., as heavy rains forced the cancellation of last night\'s racing program after just one race.   After day-long rains wreaked havoc on the racing surface, drivers and trainers along with the stewards and...
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NY lawmakers vote against casino relief bill

on 02/06/2008 12:00 AM
Lawmakers in New York have voted against a casino bill that would let racetracks in the state keep a larger share of the VLT revenue for their operations, although according to a story by the Albany Times-Union, members of the Assembly Racing And Wagering Committee said the proposed law wouldn\'t do enough for the racetracks.    By an 8-2 vote, members of the Assembly Ra...
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First NHHC qualifier set for Feb. 23

on 02/06/2008 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands will host a qualifying tournament for the 2008 National Harness Handicapping Championship (NHHC) on Saturday, Feb. 23. The top two finishers win a $1,000 entry into the 2008 NHHC on June 21 at the Meadowlands, which will feature a $50,000 guaranteed grand prize.   The NHHC is the only championship tournament for harness players with a $50,000 guaranteed grand prize. Pla...
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Balmoral cancels tonight\'s races

on 02/06/2008 12:00 AM
Heavy rains and gusting winds have forced the cancellation of tonight’s (Feb. 6) Balmoral Park racing card. With the inclement weather expected to get worse as the day wears on track management and horseman have agreed to cancel for the safety of everyone involved.   Tuesday night’s card was cancelled after the first race due to heavy rains and poor visibility. This marks the third canc...
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Who should be racing\'s Commissioner?

on 02/06/2008 12:00 AM
In this week’s Wire To Wire column, Andrew Cohen revisits the idea of a commissioner of racing, and asks harness racing’s constituents to take the “imaginary position a few steps further,” coming up with the names of candidates for a commissioner, a cabinet, and even a mission plan.   Cohen says harness racing’s constituents can take a more active role in offering the sp...
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Windsun Lane 3 for 3 this year

on 02/05/2008 12:00 AM
Windsun Lane remained perfect in three starts this season and positioned himself for a possible sweep of this year\'s Don Mills Trotting Series at Woodbine with another dominant performance in Monday night\'s second leg at Woodbine. Rick Zeron guided the 4-year-old Lindy Lane gelding to a wrapped-up 1:56.4 victory over a closing Hoopie with Mystical Banker grabbing the show spot.   Zeron ...
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2008 Online Stallion Station now available

on 02/05/2008 12:00 AM
The Horseman And Fair World\'s 2008 \"Breeders Book\" Stallion Directory is now online. All of the 2008 stallions that were advertised in the December printed edition and in the recent Breeders Book Supplement are now available here on our website. The Online Stallion Station features a searchable database that lets the user select individual horses, stud fee ranges, particular farms, or stallions...
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