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Invites highlight opener

on 04/04/2007 2:00 AM
The 14th season of Standardbred racing gets underway at Hoosier Park Friday with 14 races. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the first race heading to post at 6:45 p.m. A pair of $22,000 Invitationals will highlight the card. Female pacers grab the spotlight in the 10th race. Nells Bells, driven by Ricky Macomber Jr., has been chosen as the early morning line favorite from post nine. The 7-year-old ...
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Dilinger gunning for SPC

on 04/04/2007 2:00 AM
John Dilinger’s win in last weekend’s second round of the Spring Pacing Championship at Woodbine Racetrack may have come as a surprise to many, but not to his conditioner Gaetan Hebert. In fact, the biggest surprise for Hebert came after he entered the 4-year-old son of DM Dilinger-Jens Beach Toy in the series which is an open event for pacers who are 4 years and older. “I’ll be honest ...
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Tough customer at MR

on 04/04/2007 2:00 AM
Tough Customer proved to be just that after driver Eric Goodell took advantage of a speedy first half to pace around the leaders and then rebuff all challenges en route to a stunning 1:54.2 triumph over a fast-closing Starfire (Greg Merton) to win Monticello Raceway\'s $14,300 Preferred Pace Tuesday afternoon. With only marginal support by the bettors—he was sent off at odds of over 8-1—...
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More wagering choices

on 04/04/2007 2:00 AM
When the doors at Vernon Downs swing open for live racing Saturday, April 7, patrons will be greeted with a new wagering format. The additions to the wagering format will include dime superfectas, an additional pick three for a total of three pick three’s throughout the evening, along with an early, mid, and late daily double option, and a pick six with carryovers. The same wagering options will...
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New Big M purse structure

on 04/04/2007 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands will offer two significant changes beginning with the draw for the Thursday, April 12, program: an across-the-board purse increase and a bonus program for New Jersey-sired horses. \"We have been working with the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey to entice the entry of New Jersey-sired horses at the Meadowlands,\" said Meadowlands Director of Standardbred...
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Hambo on NBC this year

on 04/04/2007 2:00 AM
The $1.7 million Hambletonian, the richest trotting race in North America, will be televised live on NBC this year, ending a 13-year run on CBS. The broadcast time for the Hambletonian and the filly companion event, the $850,000 Hambletonian Oaks, has been moved up in the afternoon broadcast schedule to 3:30 p.m. [EDT] on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ. Th...
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Times In Chicago

on 04/04/2007 2:00 AM
Timesareachanging edged The Quiet Mon in a qualifier at Balmoral Park Wednesday morning, scoring in 1:57.2. With the temperature hovering near the freezing mark, Timesareachanging cut fractions of :28.4, :58.3 and 1:30 before finishing his mile with a :27.1 final panel for driver Brent Holland. The Quiet Mon, a 3-year-old, sat on his back through the mile and paced home in :26.4. Erv Miller tra...
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Vernon suspends Thursdays

on 04/04/2007 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs will open on Saturday with a post time of 6:45 p.m. (EDT), but Vernon Downs will not race on Thursday, April 12, as previously scheduled and will conduct a double draw on Tuesday, April 10, for the Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, race cards. Thursday racing will be suspended until there are horses available to support three programs per week at Vernon Downs. Late winter ...
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Gold Dust Beach sets mark

on 04/03/2007 2:00 AM
Gold Dust Beach broke one of the longest in duration world records on Monday in the $27,500 Preferred Pace at Dover Downs when David Miller took the 5-year-old Jenna\'s Beach Boy horse right to the front and never looked back in a 1:49 victory, breaking the former record for an older male pacer by one-fifth of a second. Gold Dust Beach had to be at his best holding off a determined bid from Sh...
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Railee shows its possible

on 04/03/2007 2:00 AM
After grinding out an extended first-over trip, the 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding Railee Possible rolled down the stretch to score his third win of the year in Monday’s $10,000 Open Handicap Trot at Pompano Park. Driven from post four by David Ingraham, Railee Possible quickly settled in fifth place as a three-horse skirmish developed for the lead with Rovasreadytorumble (Walter Ross Jr.), ...
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Meadows adds Wednesday

on 04/03/2007 2:00 AM
Wednesday, April 18, will be the first night of Wednesday racing at The Meadows. The Wednesday night card will go to post at 6 p.m. This will replace Friday night racing as April 13 marks the last Friday for Meadows racing until further notice. Special racing note: Adios week (August 6-11) will stay with the original schedule of Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 6 p.m., and Saturday afte...
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Vernon can open Friday

on 04/03/2007 2:00 AM
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board has received proof that Vernon Downs officials have repaid $6 million in loans and it has given the track permission to open its 2007 live racing meet on Friday. Currently Vernon\'s license takes it through April 28 (11 days of racing); the Board is scheduled to meet April 26 to decide on future approval of a 90-day meet. Half the loan repayment we...
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PPk hopes for slots April 11

on 04/03/2007 2:00 AM
Word from Florida is that Pompano Park, now known as Isle Casino & Racing at Pompano Park, will open its slots parlor Wednesday, April 11, pending a state inspection this Wednesday. Pompano\'s slots area will have 1,500 machines, restaurants and two video bars.
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Tbeds heading to Cal Expo?

on 04/03/2007 2:00 AM
Tuesday\'s Sacramento Bee is reporting that harness racing may be on its way out at Cal Expo and Thoroughbred racing in after the current harness lease expires in July 2008. With Bay Meadows Thoroughbred racetrack recently announcing it was closing in November after a request for a two-year delay in installing the new Polytrack surface, interest has risen in shifting those dates to Cal Expo. Ca...
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Miller Horses Qualify

on 04/03/2007 2:00 AM
Lisa Mara, the Older Male Pacer of the Year for 2006, and Breeders Crown champion Shark Gesture won qualifiers this morning at Spring Garden Ranch with Brent Holland in the bike for trainer Erv Miller. Lis Mara scored in 1:54.2 while Shark Gesture set fractions of :29, :59.3 and 1:27 en route to a 1:54.4 score.
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Vernon delayed til Saturday

on 04/03/2007 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs has announced that its opening day scheduled for Friday has been pushed back to Saturday due to a horse shortage. The track repaid $6 million in loans and was granted a license by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board to open its live meet and race through April 28, when another license would have to be issued to continue. Vernon is hoping to card a 13-race program on Saturd...
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Do a double flip at Dover

on 04/02/2007 2:00 AM
Blue Swimmer A and Menno Boy won the $20,000 Delaware winners-over co-features at Dover Downs on Sunday while three colt and two filly $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breedders Fund (DSBF) second-leg paces concluded the preliminary rounds. The sports and the track\'s leading driver, Tim Tetrick, won six races for the second straight card and Tony Morgan had three winners on the next-to-last Sunda...
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First foal for 2004 HOY

on 04/02/2007 2:00 AM
Rainbow Blue, voted the 2004 Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, delivered her first foal Sunday night, April 1, at Vieux Carre Farm in Gettsyburg, Pa. Co-owner George Teague Jr. told harnessracing.com Monday morning that he received a phone call from farm owner Dr. John Egloff at about 10:30 p.m. telling him that Rainbow Blue was now the dam of a Western Hanover colt. \"...
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Eric Ledford wins in Hungary

on 04/02/2007 2:00 AM
After a year away from the sulky, Eric Ledford drove again on Saturday—in Budapest, Hungary—and won twice in seven starts. Ledford, who recently accepted a $9,000 fine and one-year suspension (with credit for time served) from the New Jersey Commission after being arrested March 31, 2006, with his father, Seldon, and three others for alleged possession of Aranesp and other substances, is due i...
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Barasch honored by writers

on 04/02/2007 2:00 AM
At the recent meeting of the U.S. Harness Writers it was unanimously voted to rename the Breakthrough Award, which annually honors a non-trainer/driver for early career accomplishments, after the legendary Lew “\'Tootie” Barasch, who died last year at age 90. Barasch, a former sportswriter for the Long Island Daily Press and press rep for Paramount Pictures and United Artists, was the publi...
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