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Monticello, Yonkers cancels Thursday due to storm

on 12/13/2007 12:00 AM
The major snowstorm in the Northeast has prompted the cancellation of Monticello Raceway\'s Thursday afternoon card as well as the nighttime program at Yonkers Raceway.   Monticello is now rescheduled to re-open for live racing on Monday, Dec. 17, with a first post time of 12:40 p.m. Yonkers, which has also closed its doors for simulcasting, will resume racing Friday night at 7:40 p.m.. &n...
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Ladyfield wins filly and mare open at Dover

on 12/12/2007 12:00 AM
Ladyfield, one of the local season\'s top rags-to-riches stories, won the $26,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace on a distaff loaded, foggy Tuesday, Dec. 11, program at Dover Downs.   Purchased late last season with only around $3,500 on her card, Ladyfield won for the 12th time this season, bringing her 2007 bankroll to $166,011 for the Keelers, mother Joyce, her daughter, Kathleen, an...
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Many NJ lawmakers in favor of VLTs at tracks

on 12/12/2007 12:00 AM
A poll of current members of the New Jersey Legislature indicates that legislation to install video lottery terminals (VLTs) at the state’s racetracks would pass both houses, if the bill were put up for a floor vote. Results of a survey conducted by the New Jersey Standardbred Horse Industry showed that 25 members of the 40-member State Senate and 43 members of the 80-member State Assembly said...
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Meadows to be bought by Australian company

on 12/12/2007 12:00 AM
Crown Limited (ASX: CWN) announced today that it had signed an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the equity interests in Cannery Casino Resorts LLC (“CCR”), owner of The Meadows racetrack, on a cash and debt free basis for $1.752 billion plus acquisition costs (estimated to be approximately $49.6 million). The completion of the transaction and financial closing will not occur until C...
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Wynnfield Flash-Panaramic Art to square off

on 12/12/2007 12:00 AM
Wynnfield Flash could pose the biggest threat to Panaramic Art’s 13-race streak in the $60,000 Oil Burner Final on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The prolific pair of 3-year-old pacers square off in the featured fifth race on the card.   Panaramic Art bids for his 14th straight win from post six, while Wynnfield Flash looks for his 14th overall from post five. While Panaramic Art was ...
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***New***Wire To Wire

on 12/12/2007 12:00 AM
In this week\'s Wire To Wire, Andrew Cohen laments the fact that racinos have not yet been a panacea for harness racing in New York. He wonders why industry leaders there cannot get together and show good leadership. \"Folks all over were counting their money before it had even come into the same zip code as their wallets,\" he writes. And he says there are lessons to be learned. Click here to rea...
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Meadowlands to stay on TVG

on 12/12/2007 12:00 AM
According to reports, TVG has renewed its exclusive television distribution and account wagering rights agreement with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) for the Meadowlands. TVG made the announcement on Dec. 12.   TVG is a subsidiary of Gemstar-TV Guide International, which on Dec. 7 announced it had reached agreement with Macrovision Corp. for a $2.8-billion ...
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Hanover honored in Pennsylvania

on 12/12/2007 12:00 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms, located in south central Pennsylvania, has become the leading Standardbred breeding farm in the world, and its offspring have led the North American race earnings column every year since records began to be kept in the 1950s. So it is no surprise that some of the trophies to be given out at the first annual “Celebration of Pennsylvania Harness Racing” awards dinner on Feb...
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Big Business rallies in 1:50

on 12/11/2007 12:00 AM
Big Business, the highest priced racehorse sold at the recent Harrisburg sale, paid a big dividend on Monday, Dec. 10, winning the $236,726 Matron 3-Year-Old Colt Pace at Dover Downs by hitting the wire first in 1:50.   Record-breaking driver Tim Tetrick drove Big Business to the score. It was one of four consecutive wins for Tetrick during a card interrupted by a two-hour light\'...
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The Terminator strikes at Pompano Park

on 12/11/2007 12:00 AM
Terminator Hall utilized a methodical first-over march to overtake Guy Gets Girl in the final yards of the featured $14,000 Open Handicap Trot at Pompano Park on Monday, scoring by a neck while covering the mile in a seasonal best 1:55.1.   Guided from post six by Wally Hennessey, Terminator Hall trotted three wide through the opening turn of the Monday feature before settling contently al...
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Anonymous caller says stallion in Montegiorgio

on 12/11/2007 12:00 AM
Equinox Bi, who was kidnapped from the Biasuzzi farm near Padua, Italy, in early November, may have been found near the town of Montegiorgio, about four hours from the farm. A horse that appears to be Equinox Bi was indeed found at the location identified by an anonymous caller.   As of Tuesday afternoon, the horse was believed to be Equinox Bi, but had not yet been positively identified. ...
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Glidemaster subject of unique art

on 12/11/2007 12:00 AM
You can grab a piece of harness racing history on eBay, where a specially commissioned artist’s print of the journal cover from the 2006 Night of Champions, at which Triple Crown-winning trotter Glidemaster was named Horse of the Year, is being offered for sale.   The cover has been reworked to reflect Glidemaster’s victory and is autographed by trainer Blair Burgess and drivers Jo...
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Two-time NY Sire Stakes champ just misses a million

on 12/11/2007 12:00 AM
With mid-September victories in the $150,000 New York Sire Stakes final and a $93,000 Bluegrass division, the 3-year-old colt pacer Kenneth J appeared to be well on his way to a $1 million season. However, a roadblock developed when Kenneth J developed a quarter crack, and the end result was the son of Bettor’s Delight falling just $54,000 short of reaching the seven-digit mark.   On Mond...
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Meadowlands adds live card on Tuesday, Dec. 18

on 12/11/2007 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands has announced it has added an additional live race night to its Holiday Harness Meet on Tuesday, Dec. 18, with a post time of 7:30 p.m. The 2007 racing season will continue throughout the week until closing day on Saturday, Dec. 22.
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Cole wins five at Dover, including Chivalrous N

on 12/10/2007 12:00 AM
Mike Cole rung up his fourth of five wins driving Chivalrous N to a 1:53.1 win in a $17,000 featured pace Sunday at Dover Downs, while Tony Morgan drove four winners while haltered three training wins. Harry Von Knoblauch\'s Chivalrous N, trained by Peter Tritton, took the lead for Cole at the start and cut out all the winning fraction in a 1:53.1 triumph. Relentlessfirebolt (Vic...
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LBJ winner wins first since Delaware score

on 12/10/2007 12:00 AM
The 2006 Little Brown Jug winner Mr. Feelgood won his first race since capturing the pacing jewel, reaching the wire first in a division of the William Penn late-closing series Sunday at Harrah\'s Chester Casino & Racetrack.   Mr. Feelgood had been retired following his sophomore season to Brittany Farms but was returned to the races after breeding 31 mares. Trainer Jimmy...
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Bazire-Souloy sweep in Paris

on 12/10/2007 12:00 AM
The 2007 season has been a clear success for the duo of driver Jean-Michele Bazire and trainer Fabrice Souloy, and it continued Sunday afternoon at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes as they upset the sensational 3-year-old filly Qualita Bourbon, who was looking for her 14th straight win.   Qualita Bourbon, a daughter of Love You out of a mare by Workaholic, was the heavy favorite in th...
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Prix prep in Paris

on 12/10/2007 12:00 AM
The second of four preps for the Prix d\'Amerique took place at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes Saturday afternoon. And the winner was one that has been expected for a while.   Nouba Saptel has been unfortunate in some previous races--bad trips, bad drives. bad luck-- but now she took a well deserved victory, and in impressive fashion. The Prix du Bourbonnais, with $72,500 ...
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Jamieson, Gingras, Lachance 1-2-3 in Italy tournament

on 12/10/2007 12:00 AM
The first round of the World Trotting Master, a tripartite driving competition being raced in Italy, which matches three-man teams representing Italy, Europe, and North America, was contested on Sunday at Ippodromo Arcoveggio in Bologna, Italy. The North American team, consisting of Yannick Gingras, Michel Lachance, and Jody Jamieson, took a healthy lead after the four heats that comprised ...
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Illinos Democrats propose slots for racetracks

on 12/10/2007 12:00 AM
Illinois House Democrats said Monday they will introduce an expanded gaming bill to help pay for a state capital construction plan that would include putting 3,600 slot machines at five racetracks.   Illinois legislative leaders from both parties have had meetings with Gov. Rod Blagojevich for several weeks in an effort to reach an agreement on how to aide the financially strapped Chicago T...
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