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Vernon to race in May

on 04/27/2007 2:00 AM
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board Thursday approved another month of racing for Vernon Downs, according to a story in the Syracuse Post-Standard.   Vernon, which was operating on a one-month approval from the Board since opening April 7, had asked for permission to race through November. But Board spokesman Dan Toomey told the Post-Standard that board members were concerned ...
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Bianconi promoted at Nfld

on 04/27/2007 2:00 AM
Northfield Park Chief Operating Officer Tom Aldrich today announced the promotion of Dave Bianconi to the newly created position of Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting.  Bianconi, 39, a graduate in marketing from the University of Cincinnati, is a 16-year veteran at Northfield.  He has played a leading role in Northfield Park’s successful ventures in the hyper-competiti...
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Elitlopp for Peaceful Way?

on 04/27/2007 2:00 AM
Peaceful Way, the Queen of Canadian racing, qualified in 1:55 at Mohawk Racetrack Friday morning in her first test of the season, and by all accounts she passed with flying colors. With regular driver Trevor Ritchie in tow, the 6-year-old daughter of Angus Hall overpowered her competition with a strong eight-length win.   Considering the steady rain that had hit the area overnig...
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Lis Mara ready to roll

on 04/27/2007 2:00 AM
Lis Mara, the 2006 Older Pacer of the Year, will make his 5-year-old debut in the $42,000 open on Saturday night at the Meadowlands, coming into the race off of a scorching 1:49.1 qualifying mile--the fastest in history--the previous week.   Lis Mara is rated as the 9-5 morning line favorite from post two in the race six open. Ironically, Total Truth, the horse who beat him out for Pacer Of...
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1:52.3 by Brunton Tilly

on 04/27/2007 2:00 AM
Brunton Tilly coasted across the wire in 1:52.3 Friday night at the Meadowlands, picking up his sixth win in nine starts this year, his first season of racing in the U.S. Thje 9-year-old gelding, who is a half brother to world champion Victory Tilly, had previously raced in Sweden. Unlike the previous week when they were parked for most of the mile, this time Brunton Tilly and driver Ron Pierce e...
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KG Delight tops mares

on 04/27/2007 2:00 AM
KG Delight rallied late in the Meadowlands stretch to hit the wire first in 1:50.1 and capture the $42,000 Open for mares Friday night at the Meadowlands. She won by one-half length over Easton Alliance N.   KG Delight finished sixth in the Strada Memorial in her previous start with Brian Sears in the bike. David Miller, her regular driver, was back in the sulky for the mare\'s latest win, ...
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Two Levy splits at Yonkers

on 04/26/2007 2:00 AM
Maltese Artist, fresh off his world-record performance in last Saturday night’s $125,000 Battle of Lake Erie, returns to the big city Saturday night for the ongoing saga that is Yonkers Raceway’s George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series.   Post time for the 10-race card is 7:40 PM, with the two, $50,000 Levy divisions—the fifth of sixth preliminary rounds—going as races seven and ...
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EHV prompts scratches

on 04/26/2007 2:00 AM
An outbreak of equine herpes (EHV-1) at a Balmoral Park barn has prompted some horsemen to scratch their horses from competition, with 13 scratched from Wednesday night’s card, 12 scratched on Tuesday night, and another 25 taken out of qualifiers on Wednesday morning.   Balmoral Park took extensive efforts to clean and disinfect its paddock, but has allowed horses to be scratched.  ...
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Artist passes HoP for Levy

on 04/26/2007 2:00 AM
Although trainer Ronnie Burke of the Mickey Burke Stable had considered sending Battle of Lake Erie winner Maltese Artist to Hoosier Park for Saturday’s Dan Patch, he decided it best to send the new world champion back to Yonkers for the fifth leg of the George Morton Levy Series that same night.   Maltese Artist’s Cleveland start last Saturday—in which he set a world record for older...
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Have another Bud Ross

on 04/26/2007 2:00 AM
Patrick Tortorello\'s Bud Ross was a repeat winner in the featured $14,000 Junior Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:57. The 7-year-old First Action gelding had seen very limited action on a half-mile track until his last two tries on Delaware\'s half-mile oval, both wins.   Driven by Tim Tetrick, \"Bud\" settled well off the early pace set by Armbro Timothy. He launched hi...
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Anti-slaughter bill passes

on 04/26/2007 2:00 AM
The Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee of the US Senate Wednesday held a mark-up for S. 311, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (AHSPA), voting 15-7 in favor of sending the bill to be considered before the full US Senate.   Dispelling arguments from AHSPA opponents, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) argued, “We have this law in place in California… since 1998.&...
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A bit of Pompano mo jo

on 04/26/2007 2:00 AM
Fox Valley Mo Jo, the lone mare amongst a field of eight trotters, enjoyed a perfect pocket trip before navigating her way through an opening on the pylons to win the $6,000 featured trot at Pompano Park on Wednesday in 1:59.3.   Starting from post one with driver Daryl Bier at the controls, Fox Valley Mo Jo got the first call off the gate but yielded the top spot to Rt Um Jim (Andy San...
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Billings opens Sat. at PPk

on 04/26/2007 2:00 AM
The 26th season of the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Classic, often referred to as the “Grand Circuit of Amateur Racing,” commences Saturday night, April 28, at Pompano Park. On tap is a 10-horse field and the event, which will be presented as a non-wagering affair before the first race on the betting card, is slated to go to post at 7:05 p.m. \"I’m sorry we had to put t...
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NE Hall of Fame adds four

on 04/26/2007 2:00 AM
David McDuffee, Robert Temple and the late Octave Black and Dunbar Bostwick have been named to the New England Harness Writers Hall of Fame.   Temple, who is first vice president and secretary-treasurer of the New England Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), covered harness racing for the Boston Traveler and the Boston Herald Traveler in the 1960s and ...
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Star-studded Big M quals

on 04/26/2007 2:00 AM
The 2006 Three-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year Passionate Glide made her seasonal debut Thursday morning, finished second in one of 12 qualifiers on a star-studded morning at the Meadowlands. Passionate Glide finished second in the qualifier to Wildfire Julie, trotting her own mile in 1:56.2 as she trailed the 1:55.3 winner by four lengths. Also in that qualifier was Queen Serene, who defeated...
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Big M Pick 4 carryover

on 04/26/2007 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Pick 4 carryover for Thursday night is $20,397, a rare occurrence for one of the track’s more popular wagers.
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Scarlet Valley in 1:58.4

on 04/25/2007 2:00 AM
Erv Miller’s Scarlet Valley was hammered down like she was a good thing in Tuesday night’s $15,000 Fox Valley Flan Stakes for Illinois-bred 3-year-old trotting fillies, and the overwhelming 1-9 favorite didn’t disappoint her many supporters, winning easily with a career-best time of 1:58.4 at Balmoral Park.   When ICF rival Mogo On The Gogogo was a judges\' scratch, along with GJ...
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Medoland Model A prevails

on 04/25/2007 2:00 AM
Medoland Model A gamely fought back on the rail to win the final of the 20K late closer series in 1:53 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Tuesday afternoon. The race carried a purse of $40,200.   Medoland Model A, owned and trained by Bill Mullin of Plains, Pa., gunned to the outside on the first turn and made the lead shortly after the 3/8-mile mark despite taking a bad step. Once on the le...
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Sopranos at Batavia

on 04/25/2007 2:00 AM
Western Regional OTB has announced that actor Joey Gannascoli, most notable for his portrayal of Vito Spatafore on the HBO series The Sopranos, will help Batavia Downs celebrate its national television debut on Sunday, April 29, at 6 p.m. The popular actor will meet fans and sign autographs prior to a VIP event and airing of the program in the Clubhouse. Batavia Downs will be featured in th...
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