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Velvet Eileen Scores After Layoff

on 01/26/2008 12:00 AM
Velvet Eileen showed no signs of rust when returning from a four-week layoff on Friday to take the featured $14,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap pace at Pompano Park in 1:53.1, although it took a tight three-horse win photo to determine the winner.   Starting from post four with Wally Hennessey at the controls, Velvet Eileen settled in fourth place through the early stages of the race ...
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Maier sentenced to one year in jail, 5 years probation

on 01/26/2008 12:00 AM
For his part in a race-fixing scheme at Cal Expo, former harness driver Daniel R. Maier was sentenced Jan. 25 to one year in Sacramento County jail and five years formal probation. Maier, 23, was convicted of bribery to affect the outcome of a horse race, conspiracy and grand theft in what is believed to be the first successful prosecution of a race-fixing case in California. Maier did not drive...
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British Columbia wins feature trot at Cal-Expo

on 01/26/2008 12:00 AM
A field of mostly conditioned trotters, combined with a couple of horses to be claimed, were featured for a purse of $6,000 on Friday night (January 25) at Cal-Expo, in which British Columbia outlasted her foes.   Before starting from post-position three in the field of seven on a track listed as sloppy, trainer-driver Steve Hyman had no advance plans.   \"I had no expectations, ...
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Kuebler to hang up his blue boots tonight

on 01/26/2008 12:00 AM
Rick Kuebler plans to hang up his whip and those famous blue boots at the conclusion of tonight\'s program at Cal-Expo, and it\'s no coincidence that his next victory in the sulky will be No. 4,284 in his career.   \"That\'s how many wins Joe O\'Brien had when he retired,\" Kuebler explained.  \"He was an idol of mine, and I told myself that if I was ever fortunate enough to get...
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Drill Sergeant Sam marches to victory

on 01/26/2008 12:00 AM
Class shows, but a class reprieve showed even more in Friday night\'s $17,000 high-end trot at Yonkers  Raceway. Favored Drill Sergeant Sam, six nights after tiring on the lead in the Open Hanidcap ranks, went the distance versus the winners-over crowd. With Jim Marshall III doing the honors for trainer Donna Marshall, \"Sam\" found the front from post position four. He stepped around pole-...
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NY bill would aid struggling racinos

on 01/26/2008 12:00 AM
A bill introduced in the New York Assembly Thursday would allow video lottery terminal operators to keep more money to help struggling racinos in the Empire State.   According to a story in the Albany Times Union, the bill introduced by Gary Pretlow, D-Mount Vernon, the chairman of the Assembly Racing And Wagering Committee, would give the eight tracks operating VLTs $50 million to $60 mill...
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Horse of the Year to be named Sunday

on 01/26/2008 12:00 AM
The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will hold its 61st annual Night of Champions awards - dinner gala at Dover Downs Hotel Sunday night, where the 2007 Horse of the Year, Trotter of the Year and Pacer of the Year will be revealed. For the second time in its history, the event, hosted by the Delaware Valley USHWA chapter, will honor the outstanding performers of the 2007 raci...
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Panaramic Art extends streak to 18 in Clyde Hirt final

on 01/26/2008 12:00 AM
There was no stopping Panaramic Art and his winning streak Saturday night at the Meadowlands as the 4-year-old gelded son of Hot Pans captured the $83,700 final of the Clyde Hirt Series in 1:51.2 for his 18th straight victory.   Driver George Brennan eased Panaramic Art away at the start from post three and fifth as the field passed the opening quarter in :27.1. On the backstretch Brennen t...
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Mr. Feelgood wins Presidential final in photo finish

on 01/26/2008 12:00 AM
In a three-horse blanket finish longshot Mr. Feelgood (14-1) nosed out another longshot, Palone Ranger (16-1), and captured the $126,500 final of the Presidential Series in 1:50. Special Report was third.   Special Report and Larry Stalbaum took the field to the opening quarter in :26.3 with Mr. Feelgood (Andy Miller), Jilliby Generator (Brian Sears) and Palone Ranger(Cat Manzi) follow...
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Hard To Beat takes Complex final

on 01/26/2008 12:00 AM
Hard To Beat lived up to his name, upsetting favored Race Track Ruler with a 1:51.2 mile in the $75,000 Complex Series final at the Meadowlands Saturday night. It was the second series final victory of the night for Brennan who captured the Clyde Hirt final earlier in the evening with Panaramic Art.   Afer an opening quarter in :27.4 by Don’t Fool Me Now, the favored Race Track Ruler and ...
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Pumped And Glidin in Super Bowl

on 01/25/2008 12:00 AM
Pumped And Glidin, a 33-1 shot who was just sold for $40,000 at the Tattersalls January Select Sale on Monday, got up in the final strides after a first-over trip to win the $68,100 Super Bowl Final Trot at the Meadowlands Thursday night.   In the far turn, Pumped and Glidin charged up first-over, allowing Andy Miller to eventually wear down the betting favorite, Sa...
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Marietta Hall edges Martha Brown in White Ruffles

on 01/25/2008 12:00 AM
After getting into the flow third-over at the half, Marietta Hall held on gamely to the wire to win the $50,750 White Ruffles Pace Final in 1:53.4 Thursday night at the Meadowlands. George Brennan drove Marietta Hall, filling in for Tim Tetrick, who was unable to drive due to a suspension.   Marietta Hall held off Martha Brown, who popped the pocket and tried to tak...
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Horseman Don Boroff dies

on 01/25/2008 12:00 AM
Don Boroff, a native of Ohio who was known for having his 2 year olds ready early--and fast at that--died Jan. 24, at his residence in Georgia after a long illness.   Born in Mercer County, Ohio, Boroff served in World War II with the 84th Infanry Division, where he earned several awards, including the Bronze Star for action in the Battle of the Bulge.   After the war Boroff att...
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Jersey harness horsemen wants sports betting

on 01/25/2008 12:00 AM
A New Jersey State Assembly Committee was told on Thursday by the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) that if a federal ban on sports betting is ever overturned, it should not just be at Atlantic City casinos, but at the state’s racetracks as well.   “Racetracks, like casinos, are highly regulated, stand alone locations currently providing secur...
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Ontario champ San Pail back on track

on 01/25/2008 12:00 AM
San Pail, who finished third in last November\'s Ontario Sire Stakes Super Final for 3-year-old colt trotters, returned to the racetrack Friday morning at Mohawk Racetrack and turned in a sharp 3 1/4-length qualifying win for Randy Waples in 2:02.3 over a good track which was rated three seconds off.   The now 4-year-old gelded son of San Pellegrino is co-owned and trained by Rodney ...
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Florida trotter scores fourth in a row

on 01/24/2008 12:00 AM
Memphis Hall extended his winning streak to four on Wednesday while remaining unbeaten as a 4 year old after prevailing in the $5,500 non-winners trot at Pompano Park in 1:58.4 over a track listed as \"sloppy\" following a late afternoon of South Florida showers.   Guided from post four by Bill O’Donnell, who inherited the drive when Brad Hanners took off the remainder of the night ...
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Morgan wins seven, including Dover\'s Open Trot

on 01/24/2008 12:00 AM
It was another Tony Morgan night at Dover Downs as the sport\'s leading dash driver in early 2008 piloted Self Professed from last at the half to a 1:55.4 victory in the $26,000 Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday. A 25-1 shot, Grand Photo also used a come-from-behind tactic to win the $23,000 Jr. Open. Morgan has won 62 races since Jan. 1. In the feature, while Jabez and driver Matt Bu...
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Ontario issues integrity rules, including suspension of horse

on 01/24/2008 12:00 AM
At its meeting on January 22, 2008, the Board of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) approved a number of significant measures designed to protect the health of the horse, ensure the safety of the participant, and reinforce the integrity of the horse racing industry.   The measures range from new rules regarding medication and treatment regulations for the protection of the horse, safety e...
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**NEW**Wire To Wire

on 01/24/2008 12:00 AM
In this week\'s Wire To Wire Andrew Cohen talks about differing situations in New Jersey and Ontario, and what may be expected in the future in both jurisdictions. Cohen examines the plight of racing in the Garden State, noting that he is optimistically holding out hope for improvement. On the other hand, Cohen is already applauding the recently-announced efforts by the Ontario Racing Commission t...
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New Jersey alliance pleads case to Corzine

on 01/24/2008 12:00 AM
The New Jersey Horse Alliance sent the following letter on Thursday to Governor Jon Corzine in hopes of prompting corrective action to begin on what it termed in that letter a \"fiscal crisis\" in the state:   Dear Governor Corzine, The horse industry in New Jersey realizes that you and your staff are very busy trying to correct the fiscal crisis that you inherited when you took office...
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