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Tougher rules for California?

on 01/24/2007 12:00 AM
The California Horse Racing Board gave initial approval Tuesday to an overhaul of the state\'s equine drug policies—both Thoroughbred and Standardbred. The plan would include the first ban of anabolic steroids and stiffer penalties for TCO2 positives. According to a report by Debbie Arrington in the Sacramento Bee, the racing board voted 7-0 to open a 45-day public review of the changes, whic...
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McNaught reappointed

on 01/24/2007 12:00 AM
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has reappointed Sarah McNaught as Chairman of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. McNaught\'s term expires in 2010. Governor Daniels also appointed Steve Schaefer to the panel. Schaefer replaces Will Koch, who resigns due to time constraints of managing his family\'s business. Steve Schaefer, CEO of Schaefer Technologies, Inc., is the son of Michael G. Schaefe...
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Yonkers requires vaccine

on 01/24/2007 12:00 AM
Effective Monday, Feb. 5, Yonkers Raceway will require all horses boarding and/or racing on the grounds to show proof of an Equine Herpes Vaccine (EHV) within the past 90 days. The edict comes after Cornell University\'s Cooperative Extension in Dutchess County, NY, announced an EHV-1 diagnosis in that county, located north of the track. EHV-1, which is highly communicable, has been linked to m...
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Roddy ready for big final

on 01/24/2007 12:00 AM
The $116,600 Presidential Final on Saturday night headlines a week rich in stakes action at the Meadowlands and Roddy’s Bags Again, trained by Tim Torbert, is among the eight contenders. Also highlighting the week are the $70,000 Super Bowl for trotters on Wednesday, $50,000 White Ruffles for pacing mares on Thursday, and $85,000 Clyde Hirt Final for 4-year-old pacers on Friday night. In last...
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Could Eric return to bike?

on 01/24/2007 12:00 AM
According to a Wednesday news report on the Asbury Park Press, New Jersey, web site, horseman Eric Ledford, his father, and two associates pleaded guilty Wednesday in Superior Court, but there is also a deal in the works that could allow Eric Ledford to be back racing soon. The four--Eric, his father Seldon Ledford, and Ryan and Ardena Dailey--will be sentenced April 5 by Judge Bette C. Uhrmach...
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SBOANJ honors Southwind

on 01/24/2007 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey is honoring Allen and Connie Skolnick’s Southwind Farm in Pennington as Breeder of the Year for 2006. A special presentation will be made Sunday, January 28, at the annual New Jersey Equine Awards dinner at the Freehold Gardens Hotel. The SBOANJ award, recommended by the organization’s Breeders Committee, recognizes the Skolnick...
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Fargo New Ill Bureau Chief

on 01/23/2007 12:00 AM
Charlyn Fargo is the new bureau chief in the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of County Fairs and Horse Racing. She was appointed to the post by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to replace Tex Moats, who resigned late last year. Ms Fargo, 50, comes to her new job from the State Journal-Register in Springfield where she was the agriculture writer for 27 years. A native of the Sprin...
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Mare now 2 for 3 at Monti

on 01/23/2007 12:00 AM
Percee Angus turned in a gate-to-wire, 1:57.2 victory in the $15,000 Preferred for mares Monday, Jan. 22. Last year Percee Angus won 21 races. Now she\'s two for three this years. On Jan 2, the opening day of the 2007 campaign at Monticello Raceway, Percee Angus picked up where she left off last season winning in a commendable 1:55:3. In her next start, on Jan. 16, the Blissfull Hall 5-year-old...
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Fake Denario N in 1:50.4

on 01/23/2007 12:00 AM
Fake Denario N won the $37,500 Preferred Pace in a flashy 1:50.4 and Black Cat Bone took the $35,000 Delaware Special in 1:52.4, both driven by Ron Pierce, who completed the card with five wins on Monday, Jan. 22 at Dover Downs. Ron Pierce almost canceled his drives because of the onset a stomach virus, but reconsidered. Among a five-win night, Pierce guided Denario N to his second straight vi...
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Banker Ablaze by a nose

on 01/23/2007 12:00 AM
Banker Ablaze and driver Brett Miller had the lead when it mattered most, getting up in the shadow of the wire to win by a nose in 1:59.2 in the third race at Pompano Park Monday, a $7,000 Claiming Handicap Trot. Content to settle in third place as post-time favorite Lovin For Money (Bruce Ranger) coasted through opening fractions of :29 and 1:01.1, Banker Ablaze was shuffled back to fifth as ...
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Riedel awaits Lady Godiva

on 01/23/2007 12:00 AM
After winning two of the first four Lady Godiva Paces at Monticello Raceway, Jody Riedel is looking forward to this year’s event like a kid looks forward to Christmas. The fifth annual Lady Godiva Pace, a race strictly for lady harness drivers, is slated for Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, Feb. 14. It will be the second leg of the Mighty M’s Heritage Drivers Series of 2007. Riedel, who usu...
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Perretti named NJSS chair

on 01/23/2007 12:00 AM
Anthony J. Perretti, general manager of his family-owned breeding farm in Cream Ridge, N.J., has been elected chairman for 2007 of the board of trustees that administers the New Jersey Sire Stakes program in the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. For the past five years, Perretti has been responsible for direct supervision of all aspects of farm operations for the leading standardbred breedi...
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Tetrick, Morgan win three

on 01/22/2007 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick and Tony Morgan drove three winners each on a snowy Sunday at Dover Downs. Tetrick took the $16,000 Delaware pace feature with Flaming Moe, who scored in 1:54.4 over a track labeled as \"good.\" Todd Wise and Jeff Franklin\'s former Maritime standout Flaming Moe made his first 2007 start a winning one for leading driver Tetrick. Flaming Moe attacked pacesetter Paisan Hall (Eddie Dav...
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Two more arrests in CA case

on 01/22/2007 12:00 AM
Following the bribery sentencing of a former cohort, two more Cal Expo drivers--Todd Ratchford and Jason Maier--were arrested between races Jan. 18 in connection with an alleged conspiracy to fix a May 5, 2006, race at the Sacramento harness track. Ratchford, 42, and Maier, 24, posted bail the following morning and were released. Arraignment was scheduled for Jan. 26 in Sacramento Superior Cour...
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Court to hear Centaur appeal

on 01/22/2007 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Friday that it will hear an appeal by Centaur, an Indianapolis-based company, which was denied a license by the Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission. Centaur owns and operates Hoosier Park. In a two-page statement Friday, the high court said it would hear the appeal by Centaur Inc. on the basis of two questions dealing with the commission\'s decision-...
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Tom Walsh Jr. dies

on 01/22/2007 12:00 AM
Tom Walsh Jr., who owned 1994 Little Brown Jug winner Magical Mike, \'96 Jug winner Armbro Operative, and 1993 Adios champion Miles McCool, died Friday, Jan. 19, in Stuart, Fla., at the age of 78. Walsh was also a benefactor of the Delaware, Ohio, County Fair. He was a major contributor to build the Jug Barn and for many years sponsoring the Magical Mike Pace. Walsh was a native of Long Island,...
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Saratoga gaming expansion

on 01/22/2007 12:00 AM
As it approaches its third anniversary, Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, New York\'s first video gaming property, is in the midst of a construction project that will include a 45,000 square foot addition. The addition will include 431 more video gaming machines, the 300-seat Garden Buffet restaurant, and a two-story night club, Vapor.
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Split sample is positive

on 01/22/2007 12:00 AM
According to the New Jersey Racing Commission, the split sample taken from Doggone Incredible after a Dec. 9 race at the Meadowlands has come back positive for lidocaine. The horse trained by Mickey Burke finished second in the race. Lidocaine is a local anesthetic which can produce pain relief when applied to the skin. Frank Zanzuccki, executive director of the New Jersey Racing Commission, sa...
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Three trainers to Ill Hall

on 01/22/2007 12:00 AM
Trainers Erv Miller, Tom Simmons and Nelson Willis have been selected for induction into the Illinois Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Sonny Graham and Brian Pinske have been selected as immortal inductees into the Hall of Fame, while Fox Valley Memory and Kadabra will be the equine inductees. In other awards announced by the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association, Leo Burns, who at age 91 last ...
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Star Role wins Ppk Open

on 01/21/2007 12:00 AM
Star Role and driver Wally Hennessey gutted out a first-over trip to prevail in 1:53.2 in the third race feature event at Pompano Park Saturday, a $10,000 Open Pace. Driven alertly from the gate, Welu’s Dreamboat made the lead in the eight-horse affair and took the field through opening fractions of 27.2 and :56.3. Doctor Viagra ettled behind the leader in second place while Star Role was con...
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