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Rutgers report: NJ horse industry "struggling"

on 11/07/2014 12:00 AM
The Rutgers Equine Science Center has released "2014 State of the New Jersey Horse Racing Industry,” a follow-up to the 2009 white paper which reported the impact of slot machines and video lottery terminals on the horse racing and breeding industry, agriculture, and open space.   The authors of the current report, Dr. Karyn Malinowski, Director of the Rutgers Equine Science Center, and...
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Meadowlands Friday qualifying report

on 11/07/2014 12:00 AM
Racing returned to the Meadowlands in the form of a dozen qualifying races on Friday morning. The races were contested on a fast track under overcast skies with a fairly stiff breeze facing them in the home stretch and temperatures in the low 50s.   Race one fielded freshman trotters and (does this sound familiar at all) Jimmy Takter ran one-two with siblings to a pair of his more su...
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Meadowlands issues Clebuterol reminder

on 11/07/2014 12:00 AM
This is a reminder that the New Jersey Racing Commission's new medication rules went into effect on Monday, Nov. 3.   Most notably, the recommended withdrawal time for Clenbuterol in New Jersey will increase to 14 days. All horsemen who are planning to race at the Meadowlands beginning Friday, Nov. 14, including the Breeders Crown eliminations and finals, should take note of these ne...
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Takter on Father Patrick: "It's just frustrating"

on 11/07/2014 12:00 AM
Although trainer Jimmy Takter remains steadfast that Father Patrick is the best male trotter he has ever trained, he admits frustration is beginning to set in following the 3-year-old colt's break at the start in the $200,350 Matron Thursday night at Dover Downs. It was the second straight loss for the 2013 Two-Year-Old Colt Trotter of the Year, coming on the heels of a second-place finish in ...
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More dates, earlier spring opening for Mohawk

on 11/07/2014 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) Friday announced the live racing schedule for the 2015 Standardbred racing season.   The 2015 campaign will feature 221 live race dates in total, with 118 of those taking place at Mohawk, 16 more than last year, through the spring, summer and fall. The other 103 will be offered at Woodbine.  ...
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Royalty Forever, Fancy Filly sell for $200k each

on 11/07/2014 12:00 AM
Broodmares generated the top prices at the Standardbred Horse Sales Company's mixed session on Friday, with the pacing mare Fancy Filly and the trotting mare Royalty Forever each sold for $200,000. Both mares were also consigned by Bob Boni's Northwood Bloodstock Agency. Royalty Forever (Hip 1375) is a full sister to 2013 Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life and was owned by the same partners...
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Beach Memories romps in 1:51 at The Meadows

on 11/07/2014 12:00 AM
Idling in eighth by nine lengths at the half, Beach Memories launched an amazing bid that carried him to victory by a widening 5-1/4 lengths in Friday's $20,000 winners over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   In his most recent starts, Beach Memories had taken on some of the best in the sport — including Bettor's Edge, Sweet Lou, Clear Vision and Foiled Again — so ...
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Lost For Words sets Dayton mark in BC prep

on 11/07/2014 12:00 AM
The fourth time was the charm for Betit To Getit, who had finished fourth, third and second in her first three attempts to capture the weekly open mares pace at Dayton Raceway. It was a wide open affair as none of the seven contestants had captured an open at the new Dayton Raceway with the previous five winners either sitting the week out or retired for the season.   On Friday night, the...
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Venus Delight takes mare feature at Yonkers

on 11/07/2014 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won by odds-on favorite Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett, $3.70).   Assigned outside her six foes, Venus Delight, a stone closer who had run out of racetrack in her last couple, showed some rare early foot. She left into a four-hole as Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton) worked around Scandalous Hanover (Brian Sears). Cheap...
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Delaware Breeders Fund finals on Sunday

on 11/07/2014 12:00 AM
A pair of freshman pacers fresh from the recent Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $100,000 finals head separate $10,200 divisions for young horses on Sunday, Nov.9 at Dover Downs. Post time is 5:30 p.m.   Seeboomook Katahdin, a winner of three races with two seconds in six career starts in a $10,200 2,3,4 and 5-year-old pace. Allan Davis, leading driver at the recently completed Harring...
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Gold Star Dynasty, Limelight win FSBOAs

on 11/06/2014 12:00 AM
With two classes of the FSBOA Stallion Stakes highlighting the midweek card Wednesday at Pompano Park, Gold Star Dynasty was in the "limelight” after a lifetime best 1:56.3 performance in the 2-year-old filly pace while the filly Limelight was creating a "dynasty” of her own in winning the distaff event for pacing sophomores.   Gold Star Dynasty, the splendid Six Of Diamonds fil...
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JC's Band moved to first in Dayton series final

on 11/06/2014 12:00 AM
The championship final of the "Stars of the Future” mini-series at Dayton Raceway on Wednesday night produced an exciting finish with three horses within a head of each other at the wire. Unfortunately for the winner of the photo finish, Blackhawk Lookout (Josh Sutton), he jumped offstride just steps from the line and was placed third in the official order of finish.   JC's Band (...
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Matron races featured in new Weekend Preview!

on 11/06/2014 12:00 AM
The NFL may have Thursday night football, but harness racing has Thursday night stakes racing, all front and center at Dover Downs. Thursday night's card features eight Matron finals for 2 and 3 year olds, and the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has all the stories. Is he or isn't he? Is In The Arsenal a colt or is he considered a ridgling? Trainer Kelvin Harrison reveals his tak...
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NY horseman Jordan Myers dies at 56

on 11/06/2014 12:00 AM
New York horseman Jordan "Jody" Myers, who raced mostly at Saratoga Harness and Vernon Downs, died Thursday morning, Nov. 6, after suffering a massive stroke on Tuesday morning (Nov. 4) and never regaining consciousness. He was 56.   Mr. Myers suffered a stroke eight years ago, and while it affected his speech and activities, he remained active with his family, his horses, his ...
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Baumeister hurt in Batavia race spill

on 11/06/2014 12:00 AM
Jacob Baumeister, a 24-year-old provisional driver, was released from the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia late Wednesday night after being involved in a racing accident at Batavia Downs.   Baumeister, driving 99-1 shot Vital Speed, appeared to hit the wheel of early leader, 53-1 Call Her Quick, with Jack Flanigen at the controls, as the field of winners of one bu...
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In The Arsenal wins Matron 2CP; Wild Honey rolls

on 11/06/2014 12:00 AM
In The Arsenal fired early, taking the lead from longshot Lyons Levi Lewis as the field came off the first turn, and never looked back on his way to winning Thursday's $193,200 Matron Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:51 over a track rated 'good'at Dover Downs. Lyons Levi Lewis, sent off at odds of 99-1, finished second and Bet You was third. The victory by In The Arsenal ...
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Napolitano shrugs off spill, notches five-bagger

on 11/06/2014 12:00 AM
Three divisions of a mid-conditioned level trotheadlined the cardon a rainy Thursday afternoon from Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of $17,000. In the first division, it was 4 Leaf Racing's Smoother Ride (George Napolitano Jr.) with a front-end victory. The son of Yankee Glide quarter-brushed past early leader (and eventual second-place finisher) Muscolo (Tim Tetrick)just af...
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Yearling portion wraps up at Harrisburg

on 11/06/2014 12:00 AM
The Conway Hall-Talktalktalk filly named Time To Talk sold from the Fair Winds Farm consignment for $75,000 on Thursday at the Standardbred Horse Sale.   Time To Talk is just 21 months old, but the story behind her is 27 years in the making.   "My father Ed bought Martine Lobell (the dam of Talktalktalk), who is a Joie De Vie sister to Mack Lobell (1987 and 1988 Hors...
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WEG keeping November qualifiers at Mohawk

on 11/06/2014 12:00 AM
The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to advise horsepeople that qualifiers will continue to be held at Mohawk Racetrack until the end of the month. Weather permitting, qualifying sessions will be held each Friday morning at 10 a.m. for the remainder of November. Horses must be entered by 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays to qualify on Fridays. Along with qualifiers remaining at Mohawk, ...
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Nuncio, Shake It Cerry strong in Matron trots

on 11/06/2014 12:00 AM
Nuncio made it five wins in a row, grabbing the lead before the second turn and never yielding the position on his way to a three-quarter length victory over Harper Blue Chip in 1:54.1 over a "good” track in Thursday's $200,350 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters at Dover Downs. Hillustrious charged from near the rear of the field through the stretch to finish third. Father Patrick, the...
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