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TCS makes starting change

on 12/13/2006 12:00 AM
The Classic Series (TCS) will have an important change for the 2007 edition of the Series: There will be no starting fee for the $250,000 finals, which represents a savings of $5,000 for the connections of those horses qualifying for and racing in the rich events. The starting fee for each of the preliminary legs shall remain at two percent of the purse in each event. TCS purses are composed...
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Mardi Gras fails slots test

on 12/13/2006 12:00 AM
Florida’s Gulfstream Park has already opened its slots parlor, and Pompano Park is scheduled to join them early next year, but Mardi Gras Racetrack and Gaming Center (formerly Hollywood Greyhound Track) has had their opening delayed after failing to pass a facility test on Monday. Inspectors from the Florida Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation and the Florida Dept. of Law Enforcemen...
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SONACC finance questioned

on 12/13/2006 12:00 AM
SONACC, which formerly operated the four racetracks in Quebec, including Hippodrome de Montreal, has been cited for several alleged misuses, according to a story in Wednesday’s Montreal Gazette. SONACC turned over control of the tracks earlier this year to a private company. In the report prepared by the province’s auditor-general, several allegations were stated that were questionable and ...
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Churchill sells HoP interest

on 12/13/2006 12:00 AM
Centaur Inc., an Indiana-based company that has been instrumental in developing the business of horse racing in Indiana, has reached an agreement to purchase the majority interest in Hoosier Park from Churchill Downs Inc. and become the property’s sole owner. “We’ve been part of this project since day one and we’re proud to say that Hoosier Park will soon be Hoosier-owned,” said Jeffr...
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Gingras blows whistle at MR

on 12/13/2006 12:00 AM
In late September Daryl Thomas was watching races from Grand River Raceway in Canada and saw a horse that he just had to have. Thomas excitedly contacted his trainer, Sarita Mosher, and together they went across the border and plunked down $7,.500(US) for Whistle Bear, a 5-year-old Armbro Operative gelding with decent credentials. In his first start for his new owner Whistle Bear breezed to a n...
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Yonkers to race Dec. 21

on 12/13/2006 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has been granted permission to add a live harness program Thursday evening, Dec. 21. First post is 7:40 pm. \"Since we are dark both Christmas Eve and Christmas Night, we wanted to make up one of those programs, and we\'d like to thank the (New York State Racing & Wagering) Board for its cooperation,\" said Yonkers general manager Bob Galterio. Yonkers Raceway\'s usual live harn...
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Shake Away equals her mark

on 12/13/2006 12:00 AM
Shake Away, whose first foal, a Western Hanover colt, was sold as a yearling at Harrisburg last month, scored the first win of her comeback, conquering seven rivals in a powerful 1:51 triumph to win the $24,000 Filly and Mare Open-Handicap Pace Tuesday night at Dover Downs. In her seventh start back after sustaining a leg injury early last spring, the Shake Away of old, trained and driven by Ji...
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NJ starts marketing program

on 12/13/2006 12:00 AM
Nancy Webster Peck has been selected to head a newly formed New Owners and Marketing Program under the auspices of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOA). Peck will focus on developing marketing strategies, materials, seminars, and events to educate and entertain those considering joining or rejoining the harness racing industry. It is expected that Peck will begi...
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Dream Rocket fires at Dover

on 12/12/2006 12:00 AM
Dream Rocket and Brian Sears got their picture taken after the $32,500 Preferred Pace while Gold Rocket A scored in the $30,000 Delaware Special on another big Monday card at Dover Downs. Brian Sears, who won two races during the program, opened up a two-length lead with Boy Oh Boy Stable\'s Dream Rocket at the head of the lane on the way to a 1:52.1 victory in the $32,500 feature. Maximum Vik...
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Michelle fastest in Niagara

on 12/12/2006 12:00 AM
A convoy of 3-year-old fillies–33 in total –was trucked to Woodbine Racetrack on Monday evening for the opening round of the three-week long Niagara Pacing Series, which was written for fillies that were non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of Oct. 31, 2006. Roses From Above ($6.90, $4.70, $3.40) took full advantage of her second-over trip in the first $18,000 split for Jack Moiseyev, who gui...
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Mohawk cancels qualifiers

on 12/12/2006 12:00 AM
Mohawk Racetrack has cancelled Tuesday morning\'s qualifiers due to unsafe track conditions. The next qualifying card is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 15. Entries are due by 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.
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Blue Ocean Hanover upsets

on 12/12/2006 12:00 AM
Longshot Blue Ocean Hanover and driver Andy Miller took advantage of torrid fractions up front and came charging late to capture the final of the $23,500 Courtesan late closer at Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack in 1:53.1 on Monday. I’m All In was second and Winbak Isabella was third. The final was a shootout from the word \"go.\" Hard Shoe Hannah and I’m All In set the early tempo, du...
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TVG questions answered

on 12/12/2006 12:00 AM
Many guests and viewers of the Meadowlands harness racing signal have asked questions about the recent announcement that the NJSEA has entered into an exclusive simulcast agreement with TVG (Television Games Network). Here are the answers to some of those questions: Is TVG the only place I can watch The Meadowlands? Until Dec. 30, 2006, there is no change in any of the current Meadowland...
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Jamieson says he\'s honored

on 12/12/2006 12:00 AM
While vacationing in Las Vegas, Ontario-based driver Jody Jamieson told harnessracing.com Monday afternoon that he was surprised when he learned he was voted the 2006 Rising Star of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, but he considers it an honor that he was recognized. “I’m thrilled. I wasn’t sure I was a ‘rising star.’ Not that I was a star by any means, but I just did...
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MN track to break ground

on 12/12/2006 12:00 AM
Groundbreaking for a harness track north of Minneapolis-St. Paul has been tentatively scheduled for Jan. 18, 2007, according to a release issued by Southwest Casino Corporation (SWCC). The SWCC, which owns a 50 percent interest in North Metro Harness Initiative LLC, has announced the groundbreaking ceremony will take place at the North Metro harness track and card room site in Columbus, Minn. ...
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Triple Crown champ retired

on 12/12/2006 12:00 AM
Trainer Blair Burgess raised some eyebrows following Glidemaster’s win in the Yonkers Trot when he hinted that a 2007 campaign couldn’t be ruled out, but co-owner Bob Burgess said Tuesday that the Triple Crown champion has been officially retired and will head to stud duty at Walnridge Farm in Pennsylvania. “We’ve done the preliminary (fertility) testing on him and we’ve decided to co...
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Perrettis buy 2nd NJ farm

on 12/12/2006 12:00 AM
Published reports state William and Anthony Perretti of Perretti Farms have purchased farmland in Somerset County in New Jersey for $3.7 million and have told county officials they intend to use the property for their breeding operation. Reports indicate the Perrettis will relocate mares from their recently-sold farm in Kentucky to their new site. The two tracts purchased consist of a total of ...
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2 days added at Monticello

on 12/12/2006 12:00 AM
Monticello Raceway has announced it has added afternoon race cards on Saturday, Dec. 23, and Sunday, Dec. 24, with post time at 12:40 p.m. The track will be dark Christsmas Day. Beginning Monday, Dec. 18 and continuing through Christmas Eve day, the Mighty M will have seven consecutive racing programs. The 2006 campaign will end with race cards on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, December 26-27...
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R. Wayne Prior dies

on 12/11/2006 12:00 AM
R. Wayne Pryor, a Delaware-based owner whose horses included Peter Haughton Memorial winner CC\'s Chuckie T, Cam\'s Fortune, Breeze Hill Will, Poppy Lustre N and Gold Rocket A, died Saturday in his home in Dover. He was 75. Mr. Pryor had a lifelong passion for attending harness races. In 1998, he purchased his first race horse, Cam\'s Fortune, with Chuck Crissman. He has owned hundreds of hor...
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Tetrick on a winning roll

on 12/11/2006 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick, who won eight races Saturday and 28 races since Monday, made Wardog Hall one of his five winners in a 1:52.3 victory in the $22,000 Three-and-Four-Year-Old Pace on Sunday at Dover Downs. IIn addition to his five-win night, Tetrick won four races Monday, three on Tuesday, four on Wednesday and on Thursday to go with his eight Saturday. While front-pacing Psilvuheartbreaker and Brad...
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