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15 trotters nominated to Elitlopp Playoff

on 03/01/2016 12:00 AM
A total of 15 trotters have been nominated for the inaugural Elitlopp Playoff at the Meadowlands, The list of horses nominated reads like a "who's who" of North American trotters with combined earnings of well over $19 million. Thirteen of the 15 have records under 1:52.   With an estimated purse of $150,000, the Elitlopp Playoff is a collaborative effort between executives at ...
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Reports are Florida "decoupling" bill on hold

on 03/01/2016 12:00 AM
Multiple news organizations in Florida have reported that Florida State Senate Appropriations Chair Tom Lee (R-Brandon) has said the gaming bill that would allow tracks to "decouple," and in particular Pompano Park to discontinue harness racing but still have gaming and simulcasting, is not going to be addressed by his committee. That means the entire deal with the Seminoles, wh...
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Horseman Steve Oliwa Jr., 56, dies in Florida

on 02/29/2016 12:00 AM
Horseman Stephen A. Oliwa Jr., 56, of Cape Coral Fla. passed away peacefully at his home on Feb. 25, surrounded by his family, after a long battle with cancer.   Born in Elizabeth, NJ, Mr. Oliwa resided in Florida for the past 20 years. He was a graduate of Roselle Catholic High School. He operated a public stable for more than 25 years and was a regular driver at the Meadowlands and Free...
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Blackwolf Run upsets in Miami Valley Open

on 02/29/2016 12:00 AM
Miami Valley racing fans waited a month for an inevitable showdown between top trotters Penn and Il Mago on Sunday (Feb. 28) afternoon, but a taxing :26.3 speed duel between the two star square-gaiters ended any dreams for an ensuing memorable stretch drive in the weekly $20,000 Open. Both trotting titans sped from behind the gate with intentions of dictating the tempo, but three other contend...
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Not Afraid snags another Yonkers Open Trot

on 02/29/2016 12:00 AM
Not Afraid (Dan Dube, $11.80) lasted on the lead Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Open Handicap Trot.   Looped leaving (from post position four) by outside entity Major Athens (George Brennan), Not Afraid did make the lead before a :28.4 opening quarter-mile. He rated a :58.4 intermission before 3-5 choice Crazshana (Jason Bartlett)—who had left into a four-holeâ...
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Blaze hits Brodeur sulky building in Quebec

on 02/29/2016 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada's Trot Insider has reported that Brodeur Sulky company in Quebec had its facility destroyed by fire on Friday.   "It's discouraging but it's not ending there. We're insured and I'm still interested," said the 67-year-old Fernand Brodeur, owner of Brodeur Sulky and Pepin Harness, in an interview with Paul Delean for Standardbred Canada'sTrot Insider.   Brode...
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Carol Dauplaise, mother of Jeff Dauplaise, dies

on 02/29/2016 12:00 AM
New York media outlets have reported that Carol Dauplaise, the mother of horseman Jeff Dauplaise and widow of the late Norman Dauplaise, died in Midtown Manhattan Monday morning after she was struck by a livery cab. According to reports, Mrs. Dauplaise, 77, died despite the efforts of Good Samaritans who rushed to her aid.   According to reports, Mrs. Dauplaise was ...
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USTA to continue funding social media initiative

on 02/29/2016 12:00 AM
Funding for the social media, digital marketing initiative as well as monetary support for major-race television broadcasts were approved at the final general session of the USTA Board of Directors annual meeting Monday in Columbus, Ohio.   A lengthy and emotional discussion preceded the votes for both spending measures. Directors presented their cases for and against allocating $250,000 ...
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Spreester takes Meadows mare feature

on 02/29/2016 12:00 AM
My Buddy Liz opened a daylight lead at the three-quarters but had to hang tough late to capture the fastest division in Monday's opening leg of the Donna Dunn Memorial Pace for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Tricky Girl and Call Me Little Terror, each piloted by Mike Wilder, took the other $12,000 opening-leg splits.   The series honors the memory of the late Donna Dunn, a longtime ...
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Blazing Bobby Sox snags fourth win of year

on 02/29/2016 12:00 AM
Lucan Hanover made it two-in-row in the $30,000 Preferred Pace at Dover Downs on a balmy Monday, Feb. 29.   Unlike last week, when Lucan Hanover enjoyed a two-hole trip to score a nose victory, this week after overtaking Mustang Art with Sean Bier after a :26 opening quarter, Corey Callahan put Lucan Hanover on the point. They pulled away to a victory with a: 27.1 final pa...
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Polak A wins Yonkers open handicap pace

on 02/28/2016 12:00 AM
Favored Polak A (Brian Sears, $4.60) snapped Phil Your Boots (Tyler Buter) at the wire Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $32,000 Open Handicap Pace. Those two, leaving from post position Nos. 5 and 6, respectively, were sent toward the lead. "Phil" worked around Polak A, then laid down intervals of :27.4, :57 and 1:24.4. The third-quarter pace was prompted by a first-up First ...
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Ninth straight $3M night at the Big M

on 02/28/2016 12:00 AM
Healthy dividends--including a late Pick 4 which paid nearly $4,000 on a 50¢ ticket and a 52-1 upset from Fan of Terror in the featured ninth race--contributed to a ninth consecutive card with over $3 million in handle at The Meadowlands on Saturday (February 27) evening. A total of $3,342,144 was wagered on the 14-race program, extending the streak of racing programs with over $3 millio...
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Northfield objects to USTA District 1 election

on 02/28/2016 12:00 AM
The USTA donated $10,000 to the fight against decoupling in Florida and a challenge to the election of track directors in Ohio was defeated during the general session of the USTA Board of Directors Annual Meeting Sunday (Feb. 28) at the Hilton-Easton.   Chairman Ivan Axelrod opened the session by asking for a moment of silence for Walter "Boots" Dunn, the longtime USTA District 7 director...
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Kihlstrom, Lionel upset Bold Eagle in Paris

on 02/28/2016 12:00 AM
Bold Eagle failed in his attempt to sweep the Prix d'Amerique, Prix de France and Prix de Paris when he finished second in the 2 1/2-mile long Prix de Paris on Sunday at the Vincennes track in Paris. Instead, Lionel, Norwegian-owned, trained by France's Fabrice Souloy, driven by Swedish ace Orjan Kihlstrom, won by turning back Bold Eagle in the stretch drive.   Bjorn Goop sent Timoko, run...
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Gural Hanover wins debut in Big M feature trot

on 02/27/2016 12:00 AM
Stakes-placed Gural Hanover ($2.80, part of entry) made his return to the races a triumphant one in the $25,000 Open Handicap Trot, and all-sources handle topped $3 million for the eighth consecutive card on Friday (February 26) evening at The Meadowlands. Having drawn the outside post in the field of eight, Gural Hanover took no part in the early pace, retreating to seventh as last week'...
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Gallie Bythe Beach wins distaff derby at Yonkers

on 02/27/2016 12:00 AM
Gallie Bythe Beach (Matt Kakaley, $5.40) returned to town sharp Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s  $32,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play early from post position No. 5 (she won the 5-thru-8) draw, "Gallie" was one of four leavers. She took a brief seat third before moving around Jungle Genie N (Brian Sears). Gallie Bythe Beach made the lead right the :28...
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Kahoku wins, still perfect at Buffalo

on 02/27/2016 12:00 AM
Kahoku made it a perfect 2-for-2 over the Buffalo Raceway half-mile oval on Friday evening (Feb. 26) by going gate-to-wire to effortlessly beat Justgottogetthere by 2-3/4 lengths in the featured $8,200 trot. In his debut at Buffalo Raceway on February 19, Kahoku (Truman Gale) cruised to a two-length decision in 2:01.3 over a sloppy track. Now stepping up a notch, ...
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Old mare, young driver in Miami Valley spotlight

on 02/27/2016 12:00 AM
Aqua Artist, the oldest mare in Friday night’s $20,000 Open at Miami Valley Raceway at age nine, showed a group of talented and wealthy younger ‘girls’ that she can still get the job done.  An aggressive drive by Trace Tetrick produced a 1:53 triumph for the daughter of Artsplace, her first tally in open company in almost two years. Owned her entire life by breeders Harold Lee ...
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Social media initiative topic at day 1 of USTA

on 02/27/2016 12:00 AM
The progress of the USTA-led social media marketing program was presented and debated vigorously during the opening day of the USTA Board of Directors Annual Meeting Saturday (Feb. 27) at the Hilton-Easton. During the Communications/Marketing Committee, Rob Key, founder of Converseon, the New York-based social media marketing firm hired by the USTA to originate its social media efforts in 2...
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Big Game Hunter takes Meadows series final

on 02/27/2016 12:00 AM
Big Game Hunter bagged a sweep of the Winter Claiming Series for $20,000 claiming horse and gelding pacers when he captured Saturday's $35,500 final at The Meadows. Screen The Call took the $21,000 championship of the Winter Claiming Series for $10,000 claiming horse and gelding pacers.   Sitting fourth near the three-eighths, Big Game Hunter made a quick burst to the front for Aaro...
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