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Changes in Big M paddock

on 11/12/2006 12:00 AM
The back paddock has undergone the first step of a two-part renovation and will be open for business when harness racing returns to the Meadowlands on Friday, Nov. 17, with the first phase of the $10.5 million project featuring new lighting, heating and cooling systems for the existing structure, which has been utilized since the track opened in 1976. \"Standardbred horsemen, for some time, ha...
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Fever and Vigg win Am Nats

on 11/12/2006 12:00 AM
Cabana Fever defeated Sportsfancy by a head in the $130,000 American National final for 2-year-old filly pacers Saturday night at Balmoral Park. The Chicago racetrack was the site of five lucrative finals on the card. Ryan Anderson drove Cabana Fever, a daughter of Real Desire, to the 1:52.2 victory. Joe Seekman trains for owners Lee and Linda Devisser, Sawgrass Farms and Helping Hands Stables....
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Dover also hosts 3 Matrons

on 11/12/2006 12:00 AM
On a rain drenched, windy Sunday, Nov. 12, at Dover Downs, just before the $348,900 Progress Pace, the rain stopped, the wind slowed and the home-state horse, Total Truth responded with a front-pacing 1:52.2 victory. Trotters Algiers Hall and Queen Serene won the Matron sophomore trots while Caviart Sydney pulled a stunning upset. Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce left at the start and taxied Tot...
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Jet favored at Maywood

on 11/11/2006 12:00 AM
Jereme’s Jet, the 2005 Dan Patch winner as the sport’s top freshman pacing colt, and the world champion My Boy David have been installed as the co-favorites for the upcoming $250,000 Windy City Pace at Maywood Park. Also to be raced on the Friday, Nov. 17 card is the $100,000 Galt Memorial for second-season male trotters, the $105,000 Abe Lincoln for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, and t...
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Wilma!!!!!!!

on 11/11/2006 12:00 AM
The Knockout Stable’s Wilma Hall, who scorched Pompano’s five-eighths mile oval last week in a track record for mares, 1:51.3, defended her crown on Friday night, kayoing her competition with a :55.2 final half-mile in completing a 1:53.2 mile for driver Brett Miller in the $10,000 Mares Open pace. Townline Lily was second for Bruce Ranger, while Evere’s Connections earned the third spot for...
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Track change at Big M?

on 11/11/2006 12:00 AM
Recycled tires may be the surface of the future for the Meadowlands, with members of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority racing team as well as two trainers having visited Tapeta Farm in Maryland recently to review a synthetic racing surface with the inventor of Tapeta, trainer Michael Dickinson. Dennis Dowd, senior vice president - racing; Chris McErlean, vice president - racing opera...
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Local hopes in Rooney

on 11/10/2006 12:00 AM
Gimmebackmybullets was the 3-year-old pacer of the year at Monticello Raceway this season and though he has been on the board 11 times in 13 starts with seven victories, the New York bred-son of Bettor’s Delight will face his most formidable task when he takes on four others in the $490,904 Art Rooney which will be presented at Monticello Raceway on Friday afternoon, Nov. 10. Scott Kimelman, ...
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Rich races at Dover

on 11/10/2006 12:00 AM
Two of the biggest event of the late 2006 season come to a close this weekend at Dover Downs. The $348,900 Progress Pace featuring an outstanding eight-colt field is the week\'s major event. Leading off Saturday\'s festivities are four lucrative Matron Stakes finals for 2 year old colt and filly trotters and pacers; all carry purses in excess of $200,000. The freshman colt pace has a $221,176 ...
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Vernon brings in a mil

on 11/10/2006 12:00 AM
According to reports, first-week revenues at Vernon Downs’ newly-opened 777-machine video gaming parlor were more than $1 million. From that $1 million, about $82,500 will go to the purse account, although the horsemen’s contract with Vernon calls for the first $250,000 of the money that would go to the purses to be given back to the racetrack. Over the next two years the horsemen will retu...
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Yonkers gets green light

on 11/10/2006 12:00 AM
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board Friday issued a conditional track and simulcast license to Yonkers Raceway. A five-day-a-week racing schedule for a season commencing Friday, Nov. 17, was also approved allowing for racing to return to the facility after a year and a half absence. “Yonkers Raceway has been hard at work upgrading their facility to ensure its compliance of the rac...
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2001 HOY goes to Hanover

on 11/10/2006 12:00 AM
Bunny Lake, the 2001 Horse of the Year and currently in foal to 2005 Horse of the Year Rocknroll Hanover, was purchased for $400,000 by Hanover Shoe Farms Friday at the Standardbred Sale in Harrisburg. The 7-year-old mare earned $2,843,476 on the racetrack with a career mark of 1:49. Overall the daughter of Precious Bunny won 47 of 93 starts. Bunny Lake was consigned to the mixed sale by Northw...
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Yonkers schedule set

on 11/10/2006 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway\'s conditional license granted Friday by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board is contingent pending a walk-through next Tuesday by the state fire marshall and the Office of General Services. Tne track plans to re-open for both live racing and simulcasting Friday, Nov. 17, with the entry box closing Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m. (ET). If there are not enough entries for tha...
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Bullets fired in Rooney

on 11/10/2006 12:00 AM
Raced for the first time since 2003, and for a purse more than $100,000 higher than it had ever been contested for in its previous 15 renewals, Friday\'s $490,904 Art Rooney for 3-year-old male pacers went to favored Gimmebackmybullets. The race--with just five going postward--was originally scheduled for Yonkers Raceway but when that track\'s 2006 opening was delayed it was moved to Monticello Ra...
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Miss Wisconsin-$485,000

on 11/10/2006 12:00 AM
Miss Wisconsin, the winner of the 2005 Merrie Anabelle Trot and 2006 World Filly Trotting Derby runner-up sold for $485,000 Friday at Harrisburg to John Duer, agent, from Lexington, Ky. The daughter of Muslces Yankee has a mark of 1:55 from her seven career wins and earnings of $515,074. Miss Wisconsin is also a half sister to the multiple stakes-winning filly Miss Nittany.
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Moats resigns in Illinois

on 11/10/2006 12:00 AM
According to sources in Springfield, Ill., last Monday, Nov. 6, Tex Moats resigned his position as Chief of the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of County Fairs And Horse Racing. During his tenure at the Department of Agriculture, Moats developed a two-class system of races at Illinois county fairs. This past year he proposed ending the World Trotting Derby at Du Quoin and funneling t...
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Front-end wins at Dover

on 11/09/2006 12:00 AM
Breeze Hill Will and Kennywood used front speed to advantage scoring victories in the $25,000 Open and $21,000 Jr. Open trots respectively at Dover Downs on a rainy Wednesday. Tim Tetrick moved Breeze Hill Will into the lead after the quarter and controlled the action from there en route to a 1:57.3 triumph in the feature race. It was Tetrick\'s third win and trainer Chuck Crissman\'s second ...
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Talk speaks at Pompano

on 11/09/2006 12:00 AM
Talk About Me earned bragging rights on Wednesday night at Pompano Park with a handy 1:57.1 win in the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot. The Florida-bred 4-year-old son of Keystone Smothers was given a picture-perfect drive by Anthony Napolitano and scored by a length and a half over the late charging Table Wine, handled by Dave Ingraham. Talk About Me left a bit from mid-pack and settled in fourth e...
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Successful nuclear test

on 11/09/2006 12:00 AM
Nuclear Breeze made his return to Rosecroft Raceway a successful one; the 4-year-old Nuclear High stallion had not competed in a pari-mutuel event since April 22, but charged to victory in the $11,300 Preferred Pace on Tuesday night. Owned by Tom Cooke of Maryland, Nuclear Breeze sat back off of the gate before making a very game second-over move nearing the half. Driven confidently by Jonathan...
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HHYF scholarship winners

on 11/09/2006 12:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is pleased to announce its scholarship recipients for 2006, with Ariana Peluso from White Lake, New York the recipient of the $15,000 Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship. Peluso is currently studying animal science at Cornell University and hopes to become an equine veterinarian. She will receive her check in conjunction with a celebratory dinner hosted by scholarship sp...
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NJSEA to cut 40 jobs

on 11/09/2006 12:00 AM
The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA), which operates the Meadowlands, Monmouth Park and three convention centers, will decrease its staff by 20 percent before the end of the year. In a story in Thursday’s Newark Star-Ledger, NJSEA president and CEO George Zoffinger said the cuts will eliminate $3 million from the authority’s budget. Zoffinger told the newspaper the reason ...
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