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Sunday handles jump at Balmoral

on 01/10/2008 12:00 AM
The total mutuel handle on Sunday programs at Balmoral the past two weekends made a huge jump upward, climbing by $500,000. The first four Sunday Balmoral cards in December averaged $1.24 million in handle, while the last two were all-time Balmoral Sunday highs of $1,724,885 and $1,864,363.   “The big increase is because of California,” said Jim Hannon, Balmoral\'s director of simu...
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Driver to return after nearly two years absence

on 01/10/2008 12:00 AM
Suspended driver Eric Ledford submitted his application to be re-licensed in New Jersey on Wednesday afternoon at Freehold Raceway and on Thursday his status was approved by the New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC).   Ledford, along with his father, Seldon, and three others were arrested March 31, 2006 on charges of possession of Aranesp and other illegal substances. Ledford was ultimately g...
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***New***Wire To Wire

on 01/10/2008 12:00 AM
Andrew Cohen is back with a new Wire To Wire column, and he says it’s “Old Home Week” at the Meadowlands as Ken Rucker has signed a new confidential agreement with the Meadowlands and is back as an official trainer, and driver Eric Ledford now has his New Jersey Racing license for 2008 and is likely on his way. The two horsemen, of course, were not permitted to compete at the track in 2007. ...
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Big Delaware wins for Stonebride Kisses, Badlands Iron Lady

on 01/09/2008 12:00 AM
On a June-in-January weather day, Stonebridge Kisses and Badlands Iron Lady put on gusty performances to win the Tuesday distaff feature races at Dover Downs. In the $26,000 Mares Open Handicap, Eric Goodell moved Stonebridge Kisses away from the outside to finally assume the lead entering the clubhouse turn. The Artiscape 8 year old then was attacked by Yada Yada Yada A, driven by Ross W...
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Bouchard brings in $174 winner at Monticello

on 01/09/2008 12:00 AM
Thus far in his illustrious career, Stephane Bouchard has won 6,278 races, with 814 of them coming last season alone. But never has the 2002 North American driving champion ever drove a winner who paid $174. That is, until he reined Kilkerran Union to a 1:58:3 victory in the 12th race at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon.   \"I looked over the race (program) a...
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Toronto may seek more slot revenue from Woodbine

on 01/09/2008 12:00 AM
Published reports from Toronto state that the city’s executive committee has recommended to the Toronto Council to negotiate an increase in the revenue the city receives from the slot machines at Woodbine, which would result in an increase from $14.5 million a year to about $55 million.  Currently, the city receives five percent of the gross revenue on the first 450 of the 1,950 slot machi...
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Illinois adopts steroid rule

on 01/09/2008 12:00 AM
The Illinois Racing Board on Tuesday approved by a vote of 7-0 to adopt the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium’s anabolic steroid model rule, which will take effect May 1 for both Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds. However, testing currently is not scheduled to begin until Sept. 1, which will provide for the ability to secure funding for the tests that will be conducted by the University of ...
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Malabar Man, Camluck elected to Hall Of Fame

on 01/09/2008 12:00 AM
Malabar Man 3,1:53.1 ($2,143,903) and Camluck p,T1:48.4 ($1,003,260) have been elected to The Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame by member of The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. Stanley Bergstein, chairman of the Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee announced the results which showed Malabar Man receiving 31 percent of the votes cast and Camluck receiving 25 percent of th...
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Casimir Camotion back after knee injury

on 01/09/2008 12:00 AM
After battling past a knee injury that kept him off the racetrack for a year, Casimir Camotion should find an easier task in the Presidential Series at the Meadowlands. The three-week series for free-for-all pacers kicks off Saturday night with a $50,000 first leg and culminates in a $100,000 final on Jan. 26.   Casimir Camotion, trained by Bruce Saunders, drew into race five, the first of ...
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NJ license expected to be given to Ledford this week

on 01/09/2008 12:00 AM
Harnessracing.com has learned that driver Eric Ledford will be re-licensed sometime this week by the New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC), and is expected to be back on the racetrack soon. The development comes nearly one year after Ledford was given a one-year suspension as settlement after being arrested along with his father, Seldon, and three others for possession of Aranesp and other substance...
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Striking Pockets, Fighting Filly fastest in trotting series open

on 01/08/2008 12:00 AM
Southwind Renata extended her win streak to three with a sharp 1:57.1 victory in one of three $20,000 divisions in Monday night\'s opening round of the Lifetime Dream Trotting Series for 4-year-old mares at Woodbine. The other divisions went to Striking Pockets and Fighting Filly, both in identical clockings of 1:56.3. Southwind Renata worked out a perfect second-over trip in the second divisio...
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Indian Hill Rocket turns tables at Pompano

on 01/08/2008 12:00 AM
After finishing second to Gale Warning in last week’s Pompano Park trotting feature, Indian Hill Rocket turned the tables on that rival when capturing Monday’s $14,000 Open Handicap Trot at the South Florida oval in 1:58.   Starting from post four with Kevin Wallis at the lines, Indian Hill Rocket seized the lead the moment the gate swung open, marching through an opening quarter ...
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Warm weather leads to Hot Lather

on 01/08/2008 12:00 AM
Unseasonably mild temperatures led to extra fast mile won by Hot Lather, on Monday at Dover Downs. Brian Sears drove five winners and Tony Morgan three. Sears wheeled Up Front Jerry into the lead after the quarter and then played follow the leader on the way to a 1:50.2 triumph in the $35,000 Preferred Pace, The Western Hanover gelding has been close up in most of his last six races with a win...
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Breeder-owner Lloyd Mathieson dies

on 01/08/2008 12:00 AM
D. Lloyd Mathieson, 90, of  Harrisburg, Pa., and Mathieson Farm in Hershey, formerly of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, at his home in Harrisburg.   In recent years Mr. Mathieson bred and raced such top open-class horses as Seagull Hershey p,4, 1:52 ($318,793) and Matt Hershey p,1:52h ($309,091). Seagull Hershey, a son of Western Hanover, finished o...
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USDA supports protecting horses bound for slaughter

on 01/08/2008 12:00 AM
The American Horse Council has told the U.S. Department of Agriculture that it supports the Department’s proposal to amend the regulations governing the commercial transportation of equines for slaughter. The proposed changes would extend the regulatory protections provided by the Commercial Transport of Equines to Slaughter Act to horses bound for slaughter, but delivered first to an assem...
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11-win weekend at Dover for Morgan

on 01/07/2008 12:00 AM
Brave Call, Eoos and Scylla Hanover won the tri-feature races on the Sunday card at Dover Downs while Tony Morgan won four races to give him a weekend total of 11 wins. Morgan drove Brave Call to a 1:52.4 victory in a $16,500 pace giving owner-trainer Eric Ell a double. The Riverboat King gelding overtook Life\'s Z Tam (Jonathan Roberts) in mid stretch to record the win. Real Magician (Co...
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Scioto cancels 2008 Jug Preview

on 01/07/2008 12:00 AM
First raced in 1972, the Jug Preview has been taken off the 2008 stakes calendar at Scioto Downs. Held annually in early September, the race has been used as a final prep for some horses heading to Delaware two weeks later for the Little Brown Jug.   “We are just going to give it a year off. It’s not like it has been canceled and gone forever,” Scioto Downs’ race secretary Stacy Cah...
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Northville, Flamboro cancel Monday cards

on 01/07/2008 12:00 AM
With temperatures in the Detroit area reaching 60 degrees on Monday, Northville Downs has canceled its 3 p.m. live race card due to unsafe track conditions. Flamboro Downs in Canada also canceled its 6 p.m. card due to the same reason.
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Special Report wins Open Pace in 1:51.3

on 01/06/2008 12:00 AM
Special Report hustled hard in the final strides to win the $46,500 Open Pace on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Driver Larry Stalbaum angled Special Report around traffic to win the night’s seventh race in 1:51.3. Casimir Camotion finished a length behind to come in second and Fox Valley Tribal was behind him in third. Special Report paid $5.00 to win. Trained by Kimberly Asher, the six-year...
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Two in a row for Paper Luck at Pompano

on 01/06/2008 12:00 AM
After visiting the winner’s circle 10 times in 42 starts during his 4-year-old campaign, Paper Luck began his 2008 season with his second successive score, taking Saturday’s featured $14,000 Open Handicap pace at Pompano Park in 1:53.   Starting from the inside post with Bruce Ranger at the lines, Paper Luck conceded the early lead to Pan Prix (John Kakaley), settling in thi...
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