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Rockeyed Optimist set for 2016 debut

on 02/04/2016 12:00 AM
 After a well-deserved layoff stretching the fall and half of the winter, 15-time winner Rockeyed Optimist is ready to return to the races with two sharp qualifiers under his harness.  The 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding has been installed the 2-1 morning line favorite in Saturday evening's featured eighth race at the Meadowlands.   As a 4 year old, Rockeyed Optimist ...
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My Revenuer scores second straight at PPk

on 02/03/2016 12:00 AM
My Revenuer, again handled by Brad Kramer, scored his second straight victory in Pompano Park's Open Trot, this one with an enhanced purse of $15,000.   The 8-year-old My Revenuer, an altered son of Revenue S, used identical tactics as in last week's win, lolly-gagging at the back of the pack early before beginning his jaunt forward around turn two and grinding forward until th...
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Cheyenne Robin takes Dover mare Open

on 02/03/2016 12:00 AM
Cheyenne Robin, the only four-year-old in the lineup, used a late surge nearing the finish line to score a 1:51.2 lifetime mark winning the $20,000 Mares Open pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Tim Tetrick tripled.   Corey Callahan pulled Cheyenne Robin out of fifth in front of the grandstand and eased the Rocknroll Hanover-Cheyenne Margie bay up on the outside to finally engag...
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Big M, horsemen raise $31K for fire victims

on 02/03/2016 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands and its horsemen raised a total of $31,368.58 to benefit the victims of the Classy Lane Training Center fire in Puslinch, Ont. that claimed the lives of 43 horses on Jan. 4.   The money was raised in January when the track invited its horsemen to pledge a percentage of their on-track earnings to the cause. As usual, the industry exceeded expectations by also sending ...
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PA horseman Walter "Boots" Dunn dies at 85

on 02/03/2016 12:00 AM
Walter L. "Boots" Dunn, 85, a horseman since the 1940s and USTA Director since 1987, died Feb. 3, surrounded by family. Mr. Dunn was president of W.L. Dunn Construction Company of Cochranton, Pa., founded by his late father, Wilbur "Cubby" Dunn. He trained and drove his own horses, maintaining his amateur status and competing across eight different decades. He is believed to be the leading ...
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Mike Smith new IN commission exec director

on 02/03/2016 12:00 AM
Michael (Mike) Smith of Rensselaer, Ind., has been hired as the new executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission.   "Mike, who begins work today, brings outstanding skills and experience that will continue to move Indiana horse racing forward," said commission chairman Thomas Weatherwax in a Feb.1 letter which announced Smith's hire. "He started his invol...
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74 months and counting for Mustang Art

on 02/03/2016 12:00 AM
Mustang Art doesn't do sick days.   OK, that is a slight exaggeration. Mustang Art has missed a race here or there because of sickness. But what Mustang Art has never missed since beginning his career in January 2010 is a month without racing. That's right. The 9-year-old male pacer has started at least one race in 74 consecutive months.   "It's like I always say," traine...
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Coffee Addict edges Medusa at Meadows

on 02/02/2016 12:00 AM
Coffee Addict outdueled Medusa in the stretch to score a narrow victory in Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Hammered down to 1-2, Coffee Addict re-took the lead for Jim Pantaleano past the quarter and enjoyed a much-needed :29.1 second-panel breather. That served her well late, when she was able to hold off the first-ov...
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Buckwacker wins $30,000 Preferred at Dover

on 02/02/2016 12:00 AM
Bushwacker recorded his third win at the meet this season scoring a 1:50.2 victory in the week's top pace, the $30,000 Preferred, on Monday, Feb. 1, at Dover Downs. It was de ja' vu all over again for 13-1 Mustang Art winning the $27,500 Delaware Special at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick tripled on the card.   For the second straight week, Tetrick sent Henderson Farms' Bushwacke...
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Cascata, Goldstar Raider win in Pompano series

on 02/02/2016 12:00 AM
Cascata and Goldstar Raider were victorious in their respective divisions in the opening leg of the Midnite Hardy Late Closing Series at Pompano Park on Monday night. Cascata, an eight year-old gelded son of American Ideal, was last half way through the mile but rallied late with a :29 finale to nail the photo finish win in 1:52.2 for Dave Ingraham, subbing this night for owner-trainer-son ...
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Tom Harden, fixture at Little Brown Jug, dies

on 02/02/2016 12:00 AM
If you were lucky enough to go to the winner's circle at the Delaware County Fair, you probably exchanged a friendly hello with Tom E. Harden. Mr. Harden, a former Morrow County sheriff and commissioner, was a sort of traffic cop at the gate which allows folks access to the track to cross to the winner's circle. He passed away on Sunday evening, Jan. 31, at the Morrow County Hospital in Mt. Gi...
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Hickey to retire from American Horse Council

on 02/02/2016 12:00 AM
The American Horse Council (AHC) Board of Trustees has announced that James J. (Jay) Hickey Jr., who has served as the president of the American Horse Council since June, 1993, will retire on June 30, 2016, and that a search committee has been formed to select his successor. The AHC represents all segments of the horse industry before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies. "I...
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Horse owner announces betting contest for $10k

on 02/02/2016 12:00 AM
Hoping to attract millennials to the horse racing industry, a prominent horse owner is putting up $10,000 to the first person in his online game who can correctly pick ten horse races in-a-row. The game launching today called http://www.10wins10.com/ lets people play for free. "10wins0 doesn't even ask for credit card information. We are a non-gambling site and everyone around the world is ...
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Classy Lane stallion auction now live

on 02/02/2016 12:00 AM
The Central Ontario Standardbred Association has released updated details regarding the stallion auction that will benefit those affected by the barn fire at Classy Lane Training Center. The auction is now live at classylanefirefund.ca with auctions concluding on Friday, February 5 starting at 6:00 p.m. Breedings are available to the following stallions: Shadow Play,&n...
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WEG stakes payments due Feb. 16

on 02/02/2016 12:00 AM
The month of February has arrived and the deadline to make nomination payments to major Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) stakes events is approaching.   Nominations to several major stakes, including the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, close on Tuesday, Feb. 16.   The 32nd Pepsi North America Cup for the continent's finest 3-year-old pacers will take place on Saturd...
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Cinderosa, Without A Clue win MVR finals

on 02/02/2016 12:00 AM
The fillies and mares $5,000 claiming "Survivor Series" started with 60 mares in seven elimination divisions in mid-January and narrowed down to one nine-horse championship field, chasing a purse of $17,500, on the Tuesday matinee at Miami Valley Raceway.   With bragging rights on the line, Cinderosa was crowned ‘Queen' by slicing through traffic in deep stretch to triumph in...
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Bessie matches career best at The Meadows

on 02/02/2016 12:00 AM
Bessie endured a contested first quarter and went on to a comfortable victory in 1:54—matching her career best—in Tuesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Bessie was stretched by Boo's Party Girl while trying for the early lead and forced to a speedy :27.2 opening panel. But the 5-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Canta...
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Smith hits the bullseye at 95-1 at Yonkers

on 02/02/2016 12:00 AM
If Steve Smith brings in a 95-1 shot, are we in for more six more weeks of winter?   Smith and Bullseye ($192.50) was cited for excessive tote board lighting Tuesday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $10,000, eighth-race pace with the chunkiest mutuel of the season.   Unhurried from post position No. 7, Bullseye was seventh at the three-quarters and fifth into the lan...
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ARCI to hold Town Hall meeting at Gulfstream

on 02/02/2016 12:00 AM
The Association of Racing Commissioners International will hold the second in a series of "Town Hall" meetings at Gulfstream Park on Monday, Feb. 22.   The purpose of the meeting is to gather input and have a frank conversation with racing industry stakeholders, participants, and fans in an attempt to find common ground and workable solutions to the problems the industry faces. &...
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Superman prevails at Dover Downs

on 02/01/2016 12:00 AM
Sunshine Superman took charge after the opening quarters and raced first the rest of the mile to win the Sunday feature race at Dover Downs. Tony Morgan remains red hot driving three winners.   Owned by trainer Doug Lewis, the 9-year-old Rocknroll Hanover-Carolina Sunshine gelding Sunshine Superman held off fast-closing Delaware Hanover (Frank Milby) and Jeremes General (Allan ...
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