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Vernon contract reached

on 02/17/2006 12:00 AM
Published reports state that the Vernon Downs Harness Horse Association (VDHHA) finalized an agreement on Wednesday with Mid-State Raceway and Vernon Downs Acquisition, the new owner of Vernon Downs. \\\"It\\\'s a very good contract for the horsemen,\\\" VDHHA president Ken Jacobs told the Oneida Post-Dispatch. \\\"We\\\'re very happy.\\\" Jeff Gural\\\'s company, Vernon Downs Acquisition, r...
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Ky. slot bill introduced

on 02/17/2006 12:00 AM
Two bills have been introduced in the Kentucky legislature Thursday that call for a referendum on whether casinos should be legalized at the state\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s racetracks. The bills were put forth by Democratic Rep. Joe Barrows and Sen. David Boswell. According to the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), the proposed bill would ask state voters to approve full casino gambling at the ei...
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Joe Vaccaro dies

on 02/17/2006 12:00 AM
Joseph A. Vaccaro, 74, one of the founding members of the New England Harness Writers Association, and its secretary-treasurer for 44 years, died early Friday morning from heart complications at the North Broward Community Hospital in Pompano, Fla. Mr. Vaccaro was known as "Colonel Joe" during his newspaper days at the now defunct newspaper the Boston Traveler. He later wrote for the Boston Globe...
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First-time starters win big

on 02/16/2006 12:00 AM
Annie Duke, a longshot and a first time starter, hugged the pylons until the final sixteenth of a mile and split horses to take the lead and a 1:54.2 victory in the first of two $12,500 divisions of the Tender Loving Care Series Wednesday night at the Meadowlands. Annie Duke, driven by Mike Lachance and trained by Tom Fanning, finished a neck ahead of the 4-5 favorite Pacific Philly. Gro was th...
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Arbitration for Monticello

on 02/16/2006 12:00 AM
The Middletown, N.Y., Times-Record reported Thursday morning that racing will return to previous purse levels at Monticello Raceway while the New York State Racing and Wagering Board arbitrates a new contract for the horsemen with the track. Purses go back up immediately. The simulcast signal will be sent to off-track locations outside New York will be back on satellites. \\\"The dispute is ...
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Mighty Moses wins Open

on 02/16/2006 12:00 AM
Mighty Moses and driver Jim Morand had to go four wide to win the Open Trot at Dover Downs Wednesday night in 1:56.1. The 6-year-old son of Garland Lobell sat back early through fractions of :27.1 and :56.3 behind pacesetter R.C. Destiny (Donato Poliseno). Morand then pulled Mighty Moses three wide with cover to the three quarters in 1:26.1. After the cover faded, Mighty Moses made a sweeping mov...
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Fields set at Pompano

on 02/16/2006 12:00 AM
With 13 trotters entered in this Friday's $25,000 second leg of the Mack Lobell Series at Pompano Park, the leg will be split into two divisions. Saturday's $50,000 second leg of the Isle Of Capri Series for pacers has drawn a single division of 10 horses. The first Mack Lobell split will feature Hellava Hush from post four, who tied the Pompano's all-age track record of 1:53.3 in the series fi...
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Dr. Meirs to head trustees

on 02/16/2006 12:00 AM
Dr. David A. Meirs II, VMD, president of Walnridge Farm in Cream Ridge, N.J., has been chosen chairman of the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees for 2006. Meirs succeeds Catherine Stearns Medich of Lawrenceville, who remains a member of the board. Anthony J. Perretti, general manager of Perretti Farms, also in Cream Ridge, was chosen vice chairman, succeeding Dr. Meirs. The other board me...
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Proposal would end race

on 02/16/2006 12:00 AM
A proposal from horsemen represented by the Standardbred Advisory Board and the Illinois Department of Agriculture has been sent to Illinois Gov. Rod. Blagojevich which calls for the end of the World Trotting Derby after this year and the purse money put toward races for Illinois-eligible horses. Tex Moats, bureau chief of County Fairs and Horse Racing at the Illinois Department of Agriculture,...
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The Opposition is back

on 02/16/2006 12:00 AM
Loyal Opposition, the Pacing Mare of the Year in both 2004 and 2005, makes her seasonal debut in Friday night's 10th race at the Meadowlands, the second round of the Cape & Cutter Series. Coupled in the wagering with Restive Hanover and Young's Tower, Loyal Opposition is rated 6-5 in the morning line, leaving from post six in the field of 10 mares. Carrying a seven-race winning streak that b...
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MR license at risk

on 02/15/2006 12:00 AM
The New York Racing and Wagering Board (NYRWB) has offered to arbitrate the contract dispute between Monticello Raceway officials and horsemen, according to a story in today's Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record. The NYRWB is leaving its offer on the table until noon today (Wednesday, Feb. 15). According to the Times Herald-Record, the horsemen have said they are for it, while track management ...
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Changes for 2006 PASS

on 02/15/2006 12:00 AM
Some dates and location changes have been made for this year's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, according to a release from the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission. Because the new Chester Downs racetrack will not be ready for racing until mid-September, the Sire Stakes events scheduled for that track will be conducted at Pocono Downs, as well as Pocono's regularly scheduled Sire Stakes events. In...
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Gettin the win in Mills

on 02/14/2006 12:00 AM
Gettindownanddirty completed a sweep of the Don Mills Trotting Series at Woodbine Monday night, winning the C$65,400 event in 1:57.2. Driven by Paul Macdonell, the 4-year-old son of Self Possessed took the lead from stablemate Southwind Rome (Keith Oliver) at the quarter in :28 and never looked back, winning by 1 ¼ lengths. The win gives Gettindownanddirty three in a row and four wins in ...
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Sunday races canceled

on 02/12/2006 12:00 AM
With heavy snow expected to blanket the Northeast overnight, the Meadowlands decided to cancel live harness racing for Sunday, Feb. 12. Live racing will resume on Wednesday, February 15.
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Aquarius leg splits

on 02/12/2006 12:00 AM
On a snowy Saturday evening All Over The Place and Jenna's Choice captured their respective $35,000 Aquarius Series divisions at the Meadowlands. All Over The Place, with Ron Pierce in the sulky, zoomed to the lead past the half in :57.3 and held off the late rally of I Zee to win the first divisionin 1:53.1. It was nearly five lengths back to Zooka in third. It was the first win in four...
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Records in Isle Of Capri

on 02/12/2006 12:00 AM
He Wants It All tied the all-age track record at Pompano Park Saturday with a 1:49.4 victory in the $25,000 second division of the opening round of the $250,000 Isle of Capri Pacing Series. Hop Sing, the fastest and richest pacer in North America this year, tied the track record for older geldings in winning the first division in 1:50.3. Drawing off in the stretch, He Wants It All won his divi...
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Hellava Hush ties mark

on 02/11/2006 12:00 AM
Hellava Hush and driver Tom Sells tied the all-age track record for trotters at Pompano Park Friday, scoring a 2-length 1:53.3 triumph in the a $17,500 opening round division of the Mack Lobell Trotting Series. The first division resulted in an upset as Muscular and driver Steve Oliwa scored by two lengths in 1:56.1. In the second division Sells brushed Hellava Hush to the lead after an openin...
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Exit 16W series debuts

on 02/11/2006 12:00 AM
Stablemates Mr. Delight and Moonlite Jazz finished one-two for trainer Mark Ford in opening round action of the Exit 16W Series Friday night at the Meadowlands. Other division winners were Mattscape Seelster and Deliver The Goods. In the second of three $20,000 divisions Mr. Delite and Ron Pierce ground out a first-over trip from the half then shot into the lead in deep stretch, defeating Moon...
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Bono Bests in Count B

on 02/11/2006 12:00 AM
Bono Bests, third in last week's opening round of the Count B Pacing Series, rebounded with an impressive 1:53 victory in the $17,000 ( C ) second leg of the series at Woodbine Friday night. The 3-year-old son of Pro Bono Best used different tactics this week as Phil Hudon had him sitting third throughout most of the mile. Bono Bests made his move to the outside as the field entered the last tu...
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More racing at Big M

on 02/10/2006 12:00 AM
The Blood-Horse magazine has reported that the Meadowlands will hold three all-turf cards at the Meadowlands on Mondays in June, while the Big M is in the midst of its harness racing "Championship Meet." The reason for moving turf races from Monmouth to the Meadowlands is because of the delay in completing the turf course at Monmouth Park, which is being reconstructed in anticipation of the 200...
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