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A blue chip win in Blizzard finale

on 01/18/2008 12:00 AM
Using a take-no-prisoners approach, Bette Blue Chip posted a sharp gate-to-wire effort in winning Thursday night\'s $42,800(C) final of the Blizzard Pacing Series for 3 and 4-year-old fillies and mares at Woodbine Racetrack. Jody Jamieson sent the daughter of Art Major-Roses For Emma straight to the front from post five in the field of nine and she led entrymate First Draw at the quick first qu...
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A game win in Dover\'s Thursday feature

on 01/18/2008 12:00 AM
Game Speed climaxed a big night for the Callahan family by winning the $13,200 Delaware trot feature over a \"sloppy\" track on Thursday at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan drove four winners; his father owned and trained three of them. On a night that started with a short blizzard-like snow shower that turned into a drizzle with slightly higher temperatures, Callahan, the third leading driver...
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Second-over trip makes for a simply-made win

on 01/18/2008 12:00 AM
Open I handicap trotters, racing for an $8,000 purse, were featured at Cal Expo on Thursday night, and after a perfect trip in the pocket last week it was a perfect second-over trip this time around for Simply Made, both resulting in wins.   Prior to starting from post five in the field of the same number, trainer-driver Ed Hensley was not intimidated by his two formidable foes. \"I though...
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National Harness Handicapping Championship set for June 21

on 01/18/2008 12:00 AM
The 2008 National Harness Handicapping Championship has been set for June 21 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The NHHC is the only championship tournament for harness players to feature a $50,000 guaranteed grand prize. Players may earn their way into the June championship through participation in a qualifying tournament at an NHHC partner outlet or by direct buy-in. The cost to enter ...
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Raffaello Ambrosio to stand for SRF

on 01/18/2008 12:00 AM
Raffaello Ambrosio, a son of Victory Dream, will stand stallion duty in 2008 at Walnridge Farm of New Jersey and all proceeds from fees collected from breedings will go to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. Paula Campbell president of The Standardbred Retirement Foundation, and Peter Gerry, a partner in the Arden Homestead Stable and a director of the Standarbred Retirement Foundation, made t...
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SRF breedings available

on 01/18/2008 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) has many of the top stallion breedings available for 2008. Below is a list of stallions available. This list is not final. You can check the www.adoptahorse.org for updates.   All 3-year-old pacing offspring of stallions listed below are eligible to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation Open Paces at Freehold Raceway on April...
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Hall of Famer reaches milestone at Pompano

on 01/17/2008 12:00 AM
Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey became the 22nd driver in harness racing history to reach the 7,000-win plateau on Wednesday when guiding Blessed Victory through the wire first in the 11th race at Pompano Park.   Starting from post nine in the non-winners trot, Blessed Victory led every step of the way en route to a seven-length triumph, covering the mile in 1:58.2 to give Hennessey his land...
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Self Professed repeats in Dover trot

on 01/17/2008 12:00 AM
Self Professed won the $26,000 Open Trot for the second straight week on trot-filled Wednesday at Dover Downs. Jake\'s Nordic swept to victory in the $22,000 Jr. Open Trot and the sport\'s leading driver, Tony Morgan, added four wins to bring his 2008 total to 43. Leaving from post one, Morgan directed Self Professed to the lead and then battled side-by-side with Mighty Moses an...
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Cal Expo license extended despite financial problems

on 01/17/2008 12:00 AM
Although the Sacramento Harness Association’s license to race at Cal Expo was set to expire Saturday, the California Horse Racing Board has reportedly granted an extension through March 30. The current meet is scheduled to run through Aug. 2, but financial problems could prompt a change. According to a story in Thursday’s Sacramento Bee, the SHA must present audited financial statements and p...
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Denny Hawk dies at 58

on 01/17/2008 12:00 AM
Dennis “Denny” Hawk, a top driver at The Meadows in the mid to late 1970s, died Jan. 12 in Florida. He was 58.   Mr. Hawk’s last official drive in a race was on March 22, 1986, at Raceway Park. He drove 685 winners during his career.   At the time of his death, Mr. Hawk was an agent with Farmers Insurance.   He is survived by his mother, Delores Arthur, and step-father, ...
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$3.7 million jackpot for Swedish wager

on 01/17/2008 12:00 AM
The Swedish V64 wager, which is offered at the Meadowlands, Freehold and Saratoga Gaming & Racing, has a carryover jackpot of $3.7 million for the Wednesday, Jan. 23, races.   The big carryover was created when there was no payout for four correct selections on Jan. 16 due to the fact that the payment did not meet the minimum threshold required by the Swedish gover...
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More sales set for Canada\'s Forest City

on 01/17/2008 12:00 AM
Forest City Standardbred Sales and Western Fair Association have announced that they have entered into a long term partnership agreement to conduct a total of four Standardbred horse sales each year at the London, Ontario facility known as the Agriplex.   Forest City will expand this year to conduct a Selected Yearling Sale on Sunday, Oct. 19, followed by an auction for preferred yearl...
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Museum receives another grant for Roosevelt project

on 01/17/2008 12:00 AM
Historic Roosevelt Raceway, Long Island’s landmark entertainment venue, is the focus of a two-phase project being conducted by the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame.  With the aid of two 2007/08 Museum Collection & Research Grants from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a state agency, the museum will record and digitize the more than 8,000 photographs, videos, progr...
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Meadows moves race, Huston still gets the call

on 01/17/2008 12:00 AM
The Meadows and Pocono Downs announced today that the 2008 Delvin Miller Adios, the track\'s signature race and one of the sport\'s premier events for 3-year-old pacing colts, will be conducted at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in 2008. The announcement was made at a Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission meeting. Construction of The Meadows Racetrack and Casino is in full swing, limiting the ...
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Manhardt ready to make Presidential bid

on 01/17/2008 12:00 AM
Manhardt may very well be the dark horse candidate in the Presidential Series at the Meadowlands.Chicago, Manhardt surprised his trainer when he rallied to win his division of the Presidential last week in 1:51.3. On Saturday night, he will face Jilliby Generator and Mr. Feelgood in the $50,000 second leg of the series.   \"I don\'t think the Presidential has come up quite as strong...
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Nidya A captures Mares Open in Delaware

on 01/16/2008 12:00 AM
Nidya A broke out of a recent \"bridesmaid\" roll to score a 1:53 victory in the $26,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace Tuesday at Dover Downs. With five second-place finishes in her last six starts, Nidya A, overlooked at 8-1, stormed down the lane for Tim Tetrick to overtake leader Pacific Philly and Eddie Davis Jr. in the last few strides to win the week\'s top distaff feature. Public choice...
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Pompano extends deadline for winter series

on 01/16/2008 12:00 AM
Pompano Park has extended the nomination date for its winter series of racing, with nominations for the $350,000 Isle of Capri Pacing Series, the $100,000 Frances Dodge Van Lennep Pacing Series for fillies and mares, and the $100,000 Mack Lobell Trotting Series to be received by Friday, Jan. 25. Nominations were originally scheduled to close on Jan. 22.   “There are many top-quality hors...
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Bartlett wins three pairs of races

on 01/16/2008 12:00 AM
Newcomer Jason Bartlett put on a driving clinic at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon when he reined six winners on the card. Bartlett, 26, in from Maine where he won 457 races last year and almost 1,300 in the previous three seasons, is the first to win six races at Monticello since Stephane Bouchard did it  nearly 10 months ago. He won the first race with Southview Sabre ...
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Grand Circuit announces 2008 dates

on 01/16/2008 12:00 AM
The Grand Circuit will make 20 stops during its 2008 racing season according to the schedule announced by Grand Circuit president Tom Thomson. The Circuit will be welcoming a new member in 2008 as Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack was granted dates from Aug. 17-21. The Pennsylvania oval will be racing many of their top stakes during their week of Grand Circuit action including the Col...
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Meadows owners raise money for charity

on 01/16/2008 12:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) raised $12,144 through its annual Christmas Chinese Auction, with the proceeds going to local charities and two standardbred retirement groups.   The MSOA held its 19th annual auction at the Holiday Inn adjacent to The Meadows racetrack. More than 100 prizes were donated for auction, which allowed the MSOA to reach a new...
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