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Horseman, former racing official Doug Lough dies

on 07/08/2015 2:00 AM
Horseman James "Doug" Lough, 56, of Springfield, Ohio, died July 2 in his home. Mr, Lough trained the good pacer Cambridge and in the early 1990s served as a patrol judge, riding in the starting car at Pompano Park, including the years of Breeders Crown competition there. He was born June 28, 1959, in Springfield. He was a 1977 graduate of Mechanicsburg High School and attended The Ohio State U...
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Armbro Affair daughter wins Ontario stakes

on 07/08/2015 2:00 AM
Georgian Downs hosted the Ontario Sires Stakes debut of the 2-year-old trotting fillies on Tuesday evening (July 7) and driver Alfie Carroll piloted three of the novice trotters to Grassroots victories over the rain-soaked oval.   "The trainers had them all ready and they raced super,” said Carroll. "Made my night great, made it easy-- it wasn't really anything I did.” Carrol...
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Show Runner sets Running Aces track mark

on 07/08/2015 2:00 AM
The classy mare Show Runner paced the second fastest mile in the eight-year history of Running Aces on Tuesday night (July 7), eclipsing the track record for females by better than a full second with her 1:51 clocking. The 5-year-old daughter of Little Steven, owned by Piece Of The Action LLC, was facing all male competition in the featured $8,000 Open I Handicap that kicked off the program wi...
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Silverman has the "X" factor in Mistletoe Shalee

on 07/08/2015 2:00 AM
Trainer Richie Silverman might have the "X" factor in Saturday's Mistletoe Shalee elimination at Meadowlands Racetrack, if not the 3-year-old female pacing division as a whole.   Silverman will send out Thirty X in the lone $25,000 elimination, from which the top seven finishers advance to the Mistletoe Shalee final on July 18 at the Big M. Unraced at two, Thirty X has two win...
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Down Under Stent an International Trot possible

on 07/08/2015 2:00 AM
Ever since Yonkers Raceway announced plans to bring back the International Trot on Oct. 10-- with a $1 million purse-- interest has been very strong from trotting owners and trainers around the globe.   The Yonkers race office has been in contact with the connections of top New Zealand trotter Stent. The altered son by Dream Vacation out of Belle Galleon by Chiola Hanover has amasse...
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Big M makes Hi-5 change, adds third Pick 4

on 07/08/2015 2:00 AM
This past Saturday night, one lucky player cashed the jackpot Super Hi-Five in the last race at the Meadowlands for over $173,000. The wager was placed through TVG by a bettor in Virginia. It was the second time this meet that a person took home over six figures on the Jackpot Super Hi-Five wager.   Given that there are only 10 racing dates remaining in the 2015 Championship Meet, r...
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NJSS 2YOs on tap Friday at the Meadowlands

on 07/08/2015 2:00 AM
Before fans turn their focus to Saturday's eliminations for the $706,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace final, their attention will be on Friday night's second round of New Jersey Sires Stakes for 2 year olds at the Meadowlands.   Friday's 13-race program and Saturday's 14-race program each begin at the special early post time of 5:30 p.m. to avoid traffic congestion with Taylor Sw...
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Jim Devaux notches 4,000th win in dead heat

on 07/08/2015 2:00 AM
Sometimes when drivers are marching towards driving milestones, they tend to stall out and languish.  Not in the case of James Devaux, if anything, as he was getting closer to the milestone, he got hotter. At Monticello Raceway on Wednesday afternoon, Jimmy won his 3999th race in race 5 with Prince of Pleasure, for trainer Gary Decker. In the seventh race, the answer t...
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Fast N Victorious, Skip Jive take NYSS wins

on 07/08/2015 2:00 AM
Fast N Victorious was just that in the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers while Skip Jive remained unbeaten in his brief career to share top honors at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (July 8). In the first $54,500 division, Fast N Victorious ($5.70) drafted perfectly behind the pace-setting Red Roll, who put up solid times of 28.3, 59.1 and 1:28.3. It was a ding-d...
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Lady Athens sets stake record in PA Stallion

on 07/08/2015 2:00 AM
Lady Athens, who was off stride in both her previous career outings, was flat and fast Wednesday at The Meadows when she trotted to a stake record 1:57.1 in a $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event for freshman fillies. The stake was contested over five divisions, with LOL Hanover, Ballerina Volo, Real Caviar and Witnesstheprincess taking the other splits. Aaron Merriman and trainer ...
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Carlyle Smith, owned Moni Maker, dies

on 07/08/2015 2:00 AM
E. Carlyle Smith, 87, of Skaneateles, NY, passed away on July 8, after a brief bout with cancer. Smith was an avid horseman that purchased most of his horses at the Lexington, Harrisburg and Morrisville Yearling sales. Smith had the good fortune over the years of buying two eventual Elitlopp winners and one Elitlopp runner-up from the yearling catalog pages. Those horses included the great ma...
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Celebration of Life service for Jim Raymer

on 07/08/2015 2:00 AM
Horseman Jim Raymer, known for his knowledge and success with trotters, died Wednesday, July 8, at age 62 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.   A native of Ontario, Mr. Raymer developed and trained many stakes-winning trotters, the richest being world champion Green Day, a $1.3 million winner who captured the 2007 Yonkers Trot and finished third in the Kentucky Futurity final. ...
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Cufflink Hanover sets PA Stallion stake record

on 07/07/2015 2:00 AM
Cufflink Hanover enjoyed a dream career debut Monday at The Meadows. Not only did he capture a division of a $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event, but he also trotted to a stake record 1:57. The stake for 2-year-old colts and geldings was contested over five divisions, with TNT Rusty, Soda Pump, Love To Glide and Will Self taking the other splits. Cufflink Hanover had a pair of qualifier...
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Familiar faces return to Buffalo for NYSS

on 07/07/2015 2:00 AM
With a few starts, if any, on their racing lines thus far in their young careers, it's safe to say when the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers step onto the track at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (July 8), most of them will be unknown to the fans. But the names that will be in the bikes behind the youngsters in the New York Sire Stakes, well, they should be very familiar. It's a hom...
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Two elims for Meadowlands Pace

on 07/07/2015 2:00 AM
Entries were taken Monday for several marquee events of The Meadowlands Grand Circuit season and there are a few details to go along with the draw. The complete list of entries for Saturday (July 11) is available on The Meadowlands website. Please be aware that post time for both Friday and Saturday live racing this week is 5:30 p.m. The Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace drew 14 3-year-old...
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Charles Keller III named to HOF ballot

on 07/07/2015 2:00 AM
Charles Keller III, who took over the spirit and desire for excellence at Maryland’s Yankeeland Farm, started by his father/New York Yankees star Charles "King Kong” Keller, and built it into one of harness racing’s premier nurseries, has been selected to appear on the ballot for the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Chapters of the U.S. Harness Writers Association, harness racing’s leading...
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Dude's The Man Ready For Meadowlands Pace

on 07/07/2015 2:00 AM
Doug Paul and Victoria Dickinson hope "Dude” is the man in the Meadowlands Pace. Paul and Dickinson are among the owners of Dude’s The Man, who was one of the 14 horses entered in Saturday’s Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace eliminations at Meadowlands Racetrack. The 3-year-old male pacer is Dickinson’s first race horse and is named after her Jack Russell terrier, Dude. "And Dude is t...
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Farrier Johnny Long dies at age 91

on 07/07/2015 2:00 AM
Noted former Grand Circuit farrier John "Johnny” Long, 91, passed away at his daughter's home in Summerville, SC, on June 24.   A native of Topeka, KS, Long began a life-long association with horses as a youngster. A member of the U.S. Coast Guard in World War II, he developed his blacksmithing skills while working with the mounted beach patrols in Charleston, SC. He later found e...
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Progress continues on uniform medication

on 07/07/2015 2:00 AM
In the last six months, the horse racing industry made significant progress toward the uniform adoption of a national medication program, as regulators in a number of additional jurisdictions adopted reforms developed by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) and enacted as model rules by the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI). The "Program” includes a Contr...
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KY Downs handles $8.4 mil on historical racing in 1 week

on 07/07/2015 2:00 AM
Kentucky Downs recorded $8,425,830 in pari-mutuel handle on historical horse racing from June 29 to July 5, to set an all-time weekly record, besting the old mark of $8,332,610, set Feb. 24 to March 2, 2014. The record business levels followed Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) approval of 10 new wagers from the Encore system at its meeting on June 29. Kentucky Downs began using the Encor...
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