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JL Cruze to return to training in January

on 11/25/2015 12:00 AM
World champion JL Cruze was sidelined in September because of complications from a virus, but trainer Eric Ell expects the trotter to begin preparing for his 2016 campaign in January. And Ell hopes the gelding can be as good --- if not better --- next season.   JL Cruze, a 4-year-old, entered this year a relative unknown but made headlines during the summer thanks to victories over Dan Pa...
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Full fields highlight Friday Meadowlands card

on 11/25/2015 12:00 AM
Friday (Nov. 27) night's slate of racing at the Meadowlands offers 13 overnight races with the majority filled to the brim with 10 or 11 horse fields. A total of 41 pacing mares split into four divisions will compete for one of the ten berths next week in the $20,000 G-Note final. A pair of tens comprise the G-Note trot with the best finishers returning to race for the bonus amount next week. &...
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Balmoral Hi-Five to have $30k guaranteed pool

on 11/25/2015 12:00 AM
Once again Balmoral Park will be offering some very lucrative guaranteed pools on Friday, Nov. 27. With the 10 cent Hi-Five going unclaimed last Saturday night, a nice carryover of $14,755 will be added to this Friday's pool. With that in mind, Balmoral Park will offer fans a chance to grab some Black Friday shopping money by posting a $30,000 guaranteed pool on the 10 cent wager. The Hi-Fi...
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County imploring state to give Balmoral dates

on 11/25/2015 12:00 AM
According to reports, the Will County (Illinois) board members want state lawmakers to release $5.6 million in fee and tax revenue owed the county and to pass a law that would bring back racing dates to Balmoral Park Race Track in Crete.   "The closing of Balmoral is going to (adversely) affect our community," said Bruce Friefeld, chief of staff for the County Board.   The $5.6 mil...
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Habitat now in Sweden; mid-2016 return to track

on 11/25/2015 12:00 AM
Habitat 3, 1:53f ($1,262,221), who won this year's Yonkers Trot and New York Sires Stakes championship final, has arrived in Sweden, where he will be trained by Peter Untersteiner.   "A very nice and intelligent horse, smooth as an eel,” Untersteiner told Sweden's Trav Ronden newspaper.   Habitat was trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stable and Weave...
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Teague talks about Wiggle It's season in Preview

on 11/25/2015 12:00 AM
With the TVG finals in the books, the stakes season is winding down. The highlight of the stakes action this weekend is Friday night's Courageous Lady at Northfield Park, which will feature Jugette champion Sassa Hanover.   After the weekend's over, stay tuned on Monday, Nov. 30, for the final start of the season for the sensational Wiggle It Jiggleit. Wiggle It will be competing Monday i...
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Apple Bottom Jeans wins $100K DSBF Final

on 11/25/2015 12:00 AM
It was a special occasion for owner-trainer Kevin Switzer standing in the winner’s circle with his homebred Apple Blossom Jeans, winner of the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Filly Pace, ironically on his 1,000th career training win on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at Dover Downs. Apple Bottom Jeans, who last month impressively won the Harrington $100,000 frosh filly...
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Pete Hanley named Hawthorne race secretary

on 11/24/2015 12:00 AM
Hawthorne Race Course President Tim Carey has named Pete Hanley as Racing Secretary for the upcoming Suburban Downs at Hawthorne harness meet. The meet begins on Friday, Jan. 8, and races through Saturday, Feb. 6. Live racing will take place five nights/per week, with racing taking place Wednesday through Sunday. Purses for the Suburban Downs at Hawthorne meet are expected to average $75,000 p...
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Armbro Feather passes away at Winbak Farm

on 11/24/2015 12:00 AM
Winbak Farm sadly announces the passing of champion racemare, Armbro Feather p, 2, 2:03.3h; 3, 1:53.4; 1:51.3 ($1,454,927).   Born in 1984, Armbro Feather helped her dam, Brets Velvet, gain O’Brien Broodmare of the Year honors. Before her, Brets Velvet had produced six foals of racing age, only four had raced and the best, Velvet Dream, had made over $100,000. Her sire, Most Happy Fella...
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Horseman Buddy Regan, 78, dies

on 11/24/2015 12:00 AM
George "Buddy” Regan, 78, died Nov. 24. Born in New Castle, New Brunswick, Canada, Mr. Regan established himself as one of the premier New York (Roosevelt and Yonkers Raceway) trainers during the 1970s.   Mr. Regan began his career in harness racing working for Joe O'Brien and Stanley Dancer. From 1971 through 1980 he had a string of 10 consecutive $1 million season...
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Woodbine Winter Series close Dec. 1

on 11/24/2015 12:00 AM
The Mohawk race office would like to remind horsepeople that nominations to the Woodbine Winter Series close on Tuesday, Dec. 1. A total of 12 events will be offered over the months of December, January, February and March. The series finals will feature nearly $500,000 in added money over the course of the winter.   The Niagara for three-year-old pacing fillies and the Valedictory ...
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Monticello-Goshen writers hand out honors

on 11/24/2015 12:00 AM
The Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA held its 57th annual awards banquet for the third consecutive year in Middletown, NY, at The Fountains on Sands Road on Sunday, Nov. 22. The night got underway with a cocktail hour at 5:30 pm followed by dinner at 7 pm.   Honored were the outstanding efforts both human and equine at Monticello Raceway and Historic Track this year as well as promin...
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Krivelin takes home Billings Gold

on 11/23/2015 12:00 AM
Robert Krivelin, last year's Amateur Driver of the Year for his third such title, won the 2015 "championship event” for amateur drivers on Sunday at Harrah's Philadelphia, guiding Current Crisis to a drawing-away victory in 2:31.3 over 1¼ miles to take the $25,000 Delvin Miller Gold Cup in the season-long C.K.G. Billings Amateur Driving Series.   Krivelin and Current Crisis were ...
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Meadowlands suspends trainer-limit rule

on 11/23/2015 12:00 AM
After careful consideration and consultation with various horsemen, the Meadowlands will be suspending its rule limiting a trainer to two horses (other than any horse the trainer has campaigned since the horse's first start) in the final of a stakes race.   "There had been concerns voiced to us in the past regarding any trainer having multiple starters in one stakes final,” said J...
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Meadows 2:00 Club seeking gifts for charity

on 11/23/2015 12:00 AM
The 2:00 Club, together with the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA), is very pleased to announce that the upcoming 27th annual Chinese Auction for Charity will take place on Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Southpointe.   This event has raised more than $250,000 over the past 26 years for the benefit of worthy local charities as well as the Standardbred Ret...
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First phase of Ohio cobalt testing complete

on 11/23/2015 12:00 AM
Dr. James Robertson, the Ohio State Racing Commission's (OSRC) consulting veterinarian, announced at the OSRC monthly meeting on Nov. 18 that the first phase of the cobalt pilot study being conducted at The Ohio State University is complete.   "A range of doses of intravenous cobalt chloride were administered to five healthy horses at weekly intervals,” Dr. Robertson offered. "Blo...
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Field of 8 for $120,000 Courageous Lady

on 11/23/2015 12:00 AM
The $120,000 Courageous Lady goes postward this Friday evening (Nov. 27) at Northfield Park. The Grand Circuit race is an open event for North America's top 3-year-old-filly pacers and has once again attracted an impressive slate of talent. This year's Jugette winner, Sassa Hanover, will start from post three and has been named the 2-1 early favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice Presid...
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Wiggle It jogs; Del. final to Triple Bottom Line

on 11/23/2015 12:00 AM
Triple Bottom Line pulled a 7-1 upset to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Filly Trot while Wiggle It Jiggleit downed eight rivals for his 21st victory of the season in the Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination at Dover Downs on Monday, Nov. 23.   Driving Triple Bottom Line, veteran trainer-driver Jeff Fout found the passing lane to his liking, ...
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TSM Money Dragon latest $300-plus PA winner

on 11/23/2015 12:00 AM
Beaten 26 lengths in her lone qualifier, TSM Money Dragon didn't generate a lot of wagering attention for her debut Monday at The Meadows. But she blew up the toteboard when she saved ground and scored at 127-1, returning $315.80 for $2 across the board. Dan Rawlings drove the daughter of Dragon Again-Tsmshowmethemonet for trainer Bob Krenitsky, Jr. and owner/breeder Ted Tomson.   W...
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Take It Back Terry scores in Yonkers Open

on 11/22/2015 12:00 AM
Favored Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $4.80) held off the other 7-5 shot Ideal Cowboy (Jason Bartlett) Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Assigned inside their four rivals, "Cowboy,” then "Terry” both found front quickly. Take it Back Terry gained the lead right at the :27.1 opening quarter mile. From there, it was a 55.4 half and 1:23....
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