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Scarborough postpones opening weekend card

on 03/14/2018 2:00 AM
Opening day of the 2018 harness racing season at Scarborough Downs has been postponed as southern Maine continues to dig out and recover from a fierce succession of nor’easters and blizzards,   The opening of the season, originally scheduled for March 24,, has now been pushed back one week to Saturday, March 31, with post time slated for 1:30 PM (EDT).   Qualifying races s...
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New USTA rules, meeting minutes now available

on 03/14/2018 2:00 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association's newly adopted rules that were approved at the recent annual Board of Directors meeting held at the Hilton Columbus at Easton from March 10 through 12 and the minutes from each of the committee meetings are available online on the USTA's website by clicking here. Some of the changes in the new rules include revisions regarding:   Adoption of World T...
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Team Allard dominates in Pocono qualifiers

on 03/14/2018 2:00 AM
Team Allard continued its torrid form on Wednesday in the third and final "winter training" session before Saturday's 2018 opening night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with trainer Rene, winner of four of the last five conditioning crowns here, sending out six winners to run his three-card count to 14. Allard's brother/driver Simon was behind all six of his brother's winners and also cros...
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Hoosier Park offers racing internships

on 03/14/2018 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is currently accepting applications for two internship opportunities with the Race Marketing Department for the upcoming 2018 live harness racing season. Both internships will be with the Race Marketing Department and are ideal for students pursuing careers in marketing, hospitality, communications, business, and any equine related fields. The internship pro...
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Merriman wins 4, now at 9,996

on 03/14/2018 2:00 AM
Aaron Merriman, harness racing’s winningest driver in each of the last three years, collected four wins Wednesday at The Meadows, lifting his career total to 9,996. With four more wins, he’ll become only the 13th driver in North American harness racing history to reach the 10,000 plateau. He crossed the wire first a fifth time, but his horse was disqualified for interference. Merri...
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Ubettorbeturlife springs 13-1 Pompano upset

on 03/13/2018 2:00 AM
On the heels of a 13-1 longshot--Dee's Rocketman--taking the Fred Monteleone Memorial on Sunday night at Pompano Park, yet another 13-1 proposition took the Monday night feature at the South Florida oval.   Ubettorbeturlife, handled by Mike Simons, won the feature like any 1-5 shot should--by open lengths--but, instead of being 1-5, this 7-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight paid $28.20...
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Delaware, Ohio Grand Circuit payments due

on 03/13/2018 2:00 AM
Two-year-old sustaining payments for the 74th edition of the Little Brown Jug, the 49th Jugette, the 67th Old Oaken Bucket (3-year-old open trot) and the 68th Buckette (3-year-old filly trot) are due March 15. These payments are for foals of 2016 and will be raced in 2019. 2 year olds not nominated in the May 15, 2017 yearling payment, may be made eligible thru a supplemental nomination fee...
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"Real Time" Sports contest returns to Big M

on 03/13/2018 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, the world-class horse racing and entertainment facility located in New Jersey, announced Tuesday that its popular free to play "Real Time" Sports Contest will return for the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The contest can be played at both Winners Bayonne OTW and the Meadowlands.   Players who have registered will be given an account wi...
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A conversation with Wally Hennessey

on 03/13/2018 2:00 AM
Wally Hennessey is still relishing the job he says he was born to do.   The 61-year-old Hall of Fame driver is leading the standings at Florida's Pompano Park, where he has long been one of the top drivers and is looking for his third consecutive title. When Pompano's meet concludes at the end of May, Hennessey will move to Saratoga, where he also has enjoyed countless years of succ...
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Caesars says it shouldn't have to pay fee

on 03/13/2018 2:00 AM
The Associated Press has reported that Caesars Entertainment is threatening to drop plans for building a new casino in southern Indiana while arguing that it shouldn't be forced to pay a $50 million fee in the state for buying Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs. Last November Caesars announced it had entered an agreement to purchase the two Centaur Gaming-owned tracks for $1.7 billion. ...
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French trotters generating interest in NY

on 03/13/2018 2:00 AM
Two weeks after announcing an ambitious program that would see 24 French-bred trotters flown to North America to compete at Yonkers Raceway, Standardbred Owners Association of New York Executive Director Alex Dadoyan’s initial nerves have transformed to cautious optimism. With several of the spaces already filled, the program is attracting significant interest from local horsepeople. "We did...
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Hoosier Park readies for March 30 opener

on 03/13/2018 2:00 AM
With the return of live harness racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino just a few weeks away, final preparations for the 2018 season are well underway throughout the property. Opening day of the 160-day meet is set for Friday, March 30. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., the live racing season will be conducted through Nov. 10.   Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino...
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Albany Girl snaps Camera Lady's win streak

on 03/13/2018 2:00 AM
Albany Girl brushed wide through the lane and held off the late surge of Camera Lady to capture Tuesday’s (March 13) $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, and snap Camera Lady’s five-race winning streak. Albany Girl was third-over for Tony Hall and moved three-wide into the final turn, with Camera Lady right on her back. The 5-year-old daughter o...
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NY vet, breeder Dr. Paul J. Phillips dies

on 03/13/2018 2:00 AM
Veterinarian and Standardbred breeder Paul J. Phillips, DVM, 93, of Batavia, NY, died at his home March 10. When a man is a great father, it outshines every other major accomplishment in his life, and Dr. Phillips had many. He was born in Chicago on Dec. 20, 1924. A World War II veteran, "Doc" to all that knew him, grew up in Brooklyn, NY, where he met the love of his life, Dorothy T. Somers. ...
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Super Fly takes Delaware Breeders Fund leg

on 03/13/2018 2:00 AM
Super Fly romped to a 1:57.3 conquest in the lone $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) first leg 3-year-old male trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday (March 13). Sheez On A Cruze won her fourth straight while Tim Tetrick posted five winners and Montrell Teague four. Art Stafford Jr. drove Super Fly right to the front and had no trouble romping to victory in his DSBF $20,000 pre...
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Microchips to replace lip tattoos, freezebrands

on 03/12/2018 2:00 AM
The USTA Registration Committee approved a proposal that will require all Standardbreds, starting with foals born in 2019, to be implanted with a microchip for identification during the USTA Board of Directors meeting Sunday (March 11) at the Hilton-Easton. The microchips, which are manufactured by Merck/HomeAgain, will be implanted in the horse’s nuchal ligament, which is high on the nec...
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USTA wraps up annual meeting in Columbus

on 03/12/2018 2:00 AM
The USTA board of directors' annual meeting concluded Monday (March 12) with approval of the 2018 USTA budget, final decisions on the USTA rule and bylaw change proposals, and the formation of two new committees to further USTA projects. The finance committee approved the 2018 budget, which projects a surplus of some $256,000 over projected expenses. The rules committees approved, reject...
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Dee's Rocketman wins Monteleone Memorial

on 03/12/2018 2:00 AM
Dee's Rocketman, smartly driven by Andy Santeramo, pulled off a 13-1 upset victory in the $30,000 final of the Fred Monteleone Memorial, held at Pompano Park on Sunday night. The 6-year-old ridgling son of Rock N Roll Heaven covered the extended distance in 2:21.3, pinning a defeat measuring 3-1/4 lengths on track record holder Panocchio, handled by Wally Hennessey. Doo Wop Hanover, with Tony K...
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Sweet Lou, Trixton breedings available for SRF

on 03/12/2018 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation will hold an auction for one breeding to Sweet Lou and one to Trixton for the 2018 season. The auction is on www.onGait.com and will open Wednesday (March 14) at 9 a.m. and close Thursday (March 15) at 8:30 p.m. Funds raised will help with the expense of care for 351 trotters and pacers with SRF. Donations of breedings ar...
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Save The Shark uses Lightning Lane to win at Mea

on 03/12/2018 2:00 AM
Save The Shark saved his best lick for last, barreling through the Lightning Lane to capture Monday’s (March 12) feature at The Meadows, a $10,300 non-winners of three conditioned pace. His Excellence made an easy lead but couldn’t shake the pocket-sitting Save The Shark, who had been earning checks but no wins in the class. With the Lightning Lane available, Save The Shark and Tony Hal...
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