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Roosevelt\'s Kay Cisco dies

on 01/09/2007 12:00 AM
Kathryn T. (Kay) Cisco, a stalwart in the publicity office at Roosevelt Raceway from its early days until the day it closed, died Sunday at the age of 89. Cisco began working in the Roosevelt publicity office in the 1940s and was still there when the track closed in 1987. The legendary publicist Joe Goldstein, a member of the Communicators Corner in the Hall of Fame, remembers \"coming to work...
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Michigan rivalry in NY

on 01/09/2007 12:00 AM
It wasn’t too long ago that Eric Goodell and Larry Stalbaum would go head to head for driving championships at various racetracks in Michigan and now that rivalry seems to be on its way to renewal at Monticello Raceway. Nearly two years ago Stalbaum moved his stable to the Mighty M and though he was originally met with a cold shoulder by the locals his talent did the speaking for him and he i...
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Award nominations open

on 01/09/2007 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation is now accepting nominations for the SRF Burke Humanity Award, honoring the memory of Mr. James E. Burke. This award, administered by the Foundation, is presented to an individual or group who has demonstrated exceptional care and compassion for a Standardbred horse or horses or has facilitated substantial positive change for the welfare of Standardbred horse...
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Roberts hired at Thistledown

on 01/09/2007 12:00 AM
The Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s loss has now become Thistledown’s gain as longtime racing writer Bob Roberts, who recently accepted a buyout from the newspaper, has been hired to work in the Thoroughbred racetrack’s publicity department. “Railbird” Roberts, whose last day handicapping both harness and Thoroughbred races for the Plain-Dealer was in late November, began his new duties at This...
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Idea for NJ purchases

on 01/08/2007 12:00 AM
A letter published on pressofAtlanticCity.com Sunday had an interesting proposal in that it called for the Atlantic City casinos to purchase the New Jersey racetracks in an effort to block them from adding slot machines. The writer pointed out that the casinos have already subsidized the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park with $86 million over the past four years. “The lesser of two evils would be...
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Georgian still shuttered

on 01/08/2007 12:00 AM
The ongoing contract dispute between Georgian Downs and the Ontario Harness Horse Association still continues to force the Ontario racetrack to be closed, with the site announcing it has canceled its Jan. 9 and Jan. 13 racing programs. Federal regulations require that an agreement must be in place before any live racing or simulcasting can take place. That means all simulcast wagering at Georgi...
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Comeback for Injured driver

on 01/08/2007 12:00 AM
Randy Waples told harnessracing.com Monday afternoon that he expects to be back driving by the end of the month, returning to the sulky for the first time since being severely injured in a race accident at Mohawk last July, on the day before his 41st birthday. The incident occurred July 30 when Waples was catapulted to the track after the horse he was driving was unable to avoid a horse falling...
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HOY dead heat at Nfld

on 01/08/2007 12:00 AM
A dead heat has occured at Northfield Park and it wasn\'t on the racetrack as the track\'s Wall of Fame trustees voting for 2006 Horse of the Year honors resulted in a tie between Equalize and Key Western. It is the second time the trustees deadlocked in voting for Northfield\'s Horse of the Year.a Mike Foote\'s Equalize won 14 times over the \"flying turns\" at Northfield in 2006, while Daryl ...
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All over winner\'s circle

on 01/07/2007 12:00 AM
All Over The Place sprinted to the lead on the turn for home and scored a half-length victory in the $35,000 winners-over pace, the featured race on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Roddy\'s Bags Again made a strong bid but could only muster a second, and it was a length and a half back to Art Maker in third. The time of the mile was 1:50.3. Ron Pierce guided All Over The Place for trainer Ma...
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New faces win at Yonkers

on 01/07/2007 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway\'s 10-race soiree Saturday featured its customary trio of $21,000 Open Handicaps, and since two of last week\'s winners (Miss Galvinator A and Lhasa Muscles) successfully strutted their stuff last night across the river and the other (Western Prince) took the night off, some news faces were going to be ready for their close-ups. The weekly distaff derby saw Missthrill (Mack B...
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A Pompano big shot

on 01/07/2007 12:00 AM
JK Big Shot rolled to a two length, 1:52.3 mark Saturday at Pompano Park in capturing the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for driver Brett Miller. The featured race started off with Bronson Hall and driver Stephan Lareau powering the lead with Doctor Viagra (Kevin Wallis) getting the pocket trip to the opening quarter mile in :27.2. Wallis then pulled the pocket at the half-mile mark in :56.4 and bl...
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Simulcast rights disputed

on 01/06/2007 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) has started legal action in the United States District Court in Trenton to protect the rights of the state’s horsepeople it represents to approve the interstate simulcast of the Meadowlands harness racing signal. Defendants in the lawsuit are the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA), which operates the Mead...
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Meadowlands streakers

on 01/06/2007 12:00 AM
Lhasa Muscles and Miss Galvinator A extended their winning streaks Friday night, each capturing a $35,000 winners-over event at the Meadowlands. Lhasa Muscles posted his fifth-straight win in the third race, for top-level trotters, getting up for a neck victory over Carie\'s Credit in 1:53.4. It was a length back to CR Dream Catcher in third. Lhasa Muscles, a 6-year-old son of Muscles Yanke...
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Fox Valley a Maywood whiz

on 01/06/2007 12:00 AM
Ryan Anderson didn’t have far to go to accept a trophy as Maywood Park’s 2006 spring meet leading driver as the 26 year old drove Fox Valley Whiz to a wire-to-wire victory in Friday night’s feature, and right after the winner’s circle picture took a few steps forward to accept his reward for last season’s driving accomplishment. Anderson took advantage of Fox Valley Whiz’s pole po...
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55 wins for Benn\'s Fire

on 01/05/2007 12:00 AM
When she broke stride on Aug. 31 and came out of the race injured, her future clearly looked to be in the breeding shed, but just four months later, Benn\'s Fire is back and beating the best. She won for the 55th time in her career when she scored in 1:59 Thursday night at Cal Expo. Prior to starting from post-position five in the field of seven, regular pilot Bruce Clarke saw no reason to dism...
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Big M to still be on RTN

on 01/05/2007 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands races will remain on RTN in 2007 after Roberts Communications Network was able to work out an agreement with Television Games Network (TVG), which had recently gained exclusive broadcast rights to races at the Big M and its sister Thoroughbred track Monmouth Park. \"It is now official. Meadowlands and Monmouth will remain on RTN,\" Roberts Communication Network president and CEO...
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Trainer doing swimmingly

on 01/05/2007 12:00 AM
It has been unseasonably warm this winter but even when there is a chill in the air, the horses in the care of trainer Ettore Annunziata prepare for their races at the Meadowlands with a few laps in the pool. Annunziata’s farm in the Putnam County (N.Y.) community of Mahopac has no track. He keeps his charges fit by swimming them in an outdoor pool he built himself and heats with a boiler. ...
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Handicap contest in Can.

on 01/05/2007 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada (SC) has announced Canada\'s first-ever national Standardbred Handicapping Championship, which will begin in March and take place at racetracks across the country in regional qualifying events, before a final held at Woodbine in early November. Kathy Wade Vlaar, SC\'s manager of marketing, said 15 racetracks in seven different provinces have already committed to hosting regi...
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Gray Gladiator retired

on 01/05/2007 12:00 AM
Harnessracing.com was told Friday morning by co-owner Ed Sayfie that Admiral’s Express, the sport’s all-time leader in sub-1:50 victories, has been retired after a career in which he won 76 races and $1,649,900. Sayfie and his wife, Cheryl, and partners Gary and Laurel Gust originally paid just $3,700 for him as a yearling in 1997. “He was losing a little bit…and we always said the hors...
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TgDn/VD announce races

on 01/05/2007 12:00 AM
Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs are pleased to announce some of its early closing events for the 2007 race season, along with our race dates that are pending New York State Racing and Wagering Board regulatory approval. Tioga Downs will begin racing on Friday, May 11 and race until Friday, Sept. 14. Vernon Downs will begin racing action on Friday, April 6 until Saturday, Nov. 3. All race dates sti...
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