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New Meadowlands stadium?

on 12/22/2004 12:00 AM
According to a report in the New York Times, the owners of the New York Giants have offered to pay the entire cost, estimated at $700 million, to build a stadium for the football team on state land at the Meadowlands, in return for operating the stadium rent-free and controlling all events there. The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority is presently in negotiations with the Giants about ...
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Niatross' last start

on 12/22/2004 12:00 AM
Nearly 24 years ago, harness racing fans in southern Florida were treated to a belated Christmas present from one of the greatest athletes of all time. Just two days after Christmas, those who were fortunate enough to get in the door at Pompano Park that Saturday night in 1980 saw the final racetrack appearance of the great Niatross. "It was a phenomenal night," remembers John Cashman, who was ...
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Sears a $10 million man

on 12/20/2004 12:00 AM
Brian Sears, 36, attained his first $10 million season as a driver when he scored with Canyon Wind in the fifth race at the Meadowlands Saturday night. Sears finished up the night with $10,028,306 in money-winnings for the season, his best ever. Only eight drivers have achieved $10 million seasons, with John Campbell leading the way with nine such years. Also in the elite category are Bill O'Donne...
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Five lock up honors

on 12/20/2004 12:00 AM
Windsong's Legacy and Rainbow Blue were among five horses to be voted the best of their respective divisions when Dan Patch Award finalists were announced Monday by the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA). Also locking up honors early by being the only recipient of at least 10 percent of the vote within their divisions were the 2-year-old trotting colt Ken Warkentin, the 2-year-old pacing col...
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Second leg for Valedictory

on 12/19/2004 12:00 AM
Turolas Shark and Brandon N scored victories in their respective $18,000 ( C ) divisions of the second leg of the Valedictory Pacing Series at Woodbine Saturday (Dec. 18) night. Turolas Shark (Cam's Card Shark) went wire to wire in 1:52.3 for driver Mark Macdonald, holding off Royel Rookie and Kevin Austin by one-quarter of a length. It was the second straight win in the series for the Eric Bea...
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Escape The Wind scored

on 12/19/2004 12:00 AM
Escape The Wind came from off the pace and then held off Bidding for Time to win the $50,000 ( C ) Open Pace at Woodbine Saturday night in 1:52. Roger Mayotte was in the bike at Escape The Wind sat fourth until the home stretch then held off Bidding For Time and Steve Condren by a neck. Jr. Mint and Jody Jameson were third.
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Ohio's Borgemenke resigns

on 12/17/2004 12:00 AM
Ohio State Racing Commission chairman Scott Borgemenke has tendered his resignation to take a position as the chief of staff in the Ohio House of Representatives. He will begin his new position on Jan. 5. Borgemenke became commission chairman this past spring. His replacement will named by Ohio Gov. Bob Taft.
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Vernon suitor named

on 12/17/2004 12:00 AM
One of two companies reportedly interested in purchasing Vernon Downs has been identified in a story in Friday's Syracuse Post-Standard. Casinopartners Management Inc., which is managed by a former general manager of Fort Erie Racetrack and Slots for five years, has offered $38 million to buy the bankrupt track. "There are a lot of good people at Vernon Downs who have suffered through no fault ...
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MEC asks for MI extension

on 12/17/2004 12:00 AM
Magna Entertainment Corp. officials have asked for an extension for building a new dual-breed racetrack in Romulus, Mich., near Metro Airport. MEC officials have been in Michigan this week to discuss its license application in separate meetings with city officials and Michigan Racing Commissioner Robert Geake, whose term expires Dec. 31 and had hopes of granting a license before that date. A Ro...
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Northville barn quarantined

on 12/17/2004 12:00 AM
A barn at Northville Down in Michigan is under quarantine after a horse was discovered to be stricken with rhinopneumonitis, a highly infectious viral disease caused by a herpes virus. The afflicted horse, which has been euthanized, was Speedy Tino, a 6-year-old pacer who, ironically, had never set foot in the United States but was brought to Northville after being claimed by Michigan trainer Pask...
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Ohio happenings

on 12/17/2004 12:00 AM
At a meeting of the Ohio State Racing Commission Thursday, Northfield Park was granted permission to run 16 races on Mondays in 2005 with a first post time of 6:30 p.m. Also, Lebanon Raceway will not race in January, opening on Feb. 4 and continuing through June 11. In May, Lebanon and Scioto Downs will race a "7-and-10" schedule, similar to the "7-and-7" Thoroughbred rotating schedule used by ...
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Stonebridge Kisses wins

on 12/17/2004 12:00 AM
The $43,000 Mares Open at the Meadowlands Friday night resulted in a four-mare photo for win, with Stonebridge Kisses sneaking up the inside to edge Artbitration in 1:52.1. Jet Lag N was a neck back in third while Feathery Fame was one-half length back for fourth. Stonebridge Kisses, a 4-year-old Artiscape mare, nosed out the 3-year-old Artiscape filly Artbitration. Yannick Gingras drove the wi...
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Longshot wins series final

on 12/16/2004 12:00 AM
Queen OTRA challenged 1-5 favorite Heavenly Sign in the third quarter and pulled ahead in the stretch to capture the $52,500 Snow Angel Final for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Wednesday night at the Meadowlands. The time was 1:51.2. Owned and bred by White Birch Farm, Queen OTRA held on for a neck victory over Theresa Hall with Female Champs taking third and Heavenly Sign fading to fourth. ...
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Longshot wins series final

on 12/16/2004 12:00 AM
Queen OTRA challenged 1-5 favorite Heavenly Sign in the third quarter and pulled ahead in the stretch to capture the $52,500 Snow Angel final for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Wednesday night at the Meadowlands in 1:51.2. Owned and bred by White Birch Farm, Queen OTRA held on for a neck victory over Theresa Hall with Female Champs third. Heavenly Sign faded to fourth. Sent off at odds of 12-1...
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Big M hosts natl. contest

on 12/16/2004 12:00 AM
Think you're an expert handicapper? Then prove it to the world in the inaugural National Harness Handicapping Championship (NHHC), the first national handicapping tournament devoted to harness racing, hosted by the Meadowlands. The NHHC features qualifying events at racing and gaming establishments across North America, culminating in a championship final hosted by the Meadowlands on Saturday...
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More HorseRacing TV

on 12/16/2004 12:00 AM
HorseRacing TV (HRTV), a subsidiary of Magna Entertainment Corp., announced it has signed a multi-year agreement that provides for carriage of HRTV on select Comcast systems as part of a digital sports package. Under the agreement, the initial Comcast launches of HRTV are planned for Maryland and Southern California. The agreement also creates a framework for potential future HRTV launches on ...
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HZ Easy scores for owner

on 12/16/2004 12:00 AM
New York Jets wide receiver Wayne Chrebet was in the winner's circle at the Meadowlands Thursday night to greet his horse HZ Easy, who captured the sixth race, an $11,500 condition trot. The time was 1:55.1. HZ Easy coasted to a 3 1/2-length victory over Striking Genius. HZ Easy, a four-year-old gelding, is trained by Kevin McDermott and was driven by Brian Sears, who picked up his fourth vict...
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Breeders Book now online

on 12/15/2004 12:00 AM
Stallions advertised in The Horseman And Fair World's 2005 Breeders Book can now be found on-line by clicking the stallion station box at the top of this website's homepage. The stallions are listed alphabetically, with the state or province in which they stand indicated in parentheses. Stallions with photos and further information included over two pages are indicated by an asterisk.
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Ervin Miller wins award

on 12/15/2004 12:00 AM
Trainer Ervin Miller has been named the recipient of the second annual Brian Pinske Memorial Award. Named in honor of the late Illinois-based trainer, it honors the success of trainers in open stakes events in the Prairie State. Last year's inaugural award went to Brian's father, Tim. A cumulative point system, which rewards a horse with 50 points for finishing first, 25 for second, 12 for thir...
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Muscara sponsors NZ race

on 12/15/2004 12:00 AM
Pennsylvania-based owner Joe Muscara, whose name came to national prominence when his Mach Three won the 2002 Meadowlands Pace, has agreed to sponsor the $750,000 Inter-Dominion Pacing final at Alexandra Park in New Zealand on March 18. Muscara is considered the primary purchaser of New Zealand-bred Standardbreds exported to the United States and he also sends his stallions Down Under to be bre...
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