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Palone 7 short of record; Count Me In scores

on 11/11/2014 12:00 AM
With one win on the 15-race card at The Meadows on Tuesday, Dave Palone extended his career total to 16,746, seven short of the world record held by Germany's Heinz Wewering. Palone has 11 scheduled assignments on Wednesday's program at The Meadows while Wewering has no scheduled drives before Sunday at the earliest.   In the $18,000 winners over $10,000 life/Preferred Handicap Trot...
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Maven draws post 10 in BC Open Trot elim

on 11/11/2014 12:00 AM
Two-year-old female pacer JK She'salady, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing's weekly poll, will try to stay undefeated and older female trotter Maven will try to take down the boys when Breeders Crown eliminations are held Friday and Saturday at Meadowlands Racetrack.   A total of 156 horses entered on Tuesday for the 12 Breeders Crown events at the Meadowlands. Eliminations a...
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White Bliss ready for Tuesday debut

on 11/10/2014 12:00 AM
Not often is there an opportunity to bet on a 200,000-to-1 shot, but such will be the case Tuesday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. At least figuratively.   White Bliss, the rare white harness racing horse, makes his career debut in Race 11 at Pocono Downs. The race is scheduled for 9:30 p.m., approximately.   Ake Svanstedt, who trains White Bliss, will drive the 2-year-ol...
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Six supplemented to Breeders Crowns

on 11/10/2014 12:00 AM
A trio of sophomore filly pacers, Color's A Virgin, Sayitall BB and Weeper, a pair of mare pacers, Yagonnakissmeornot and Venus Delight, and 3-year-old colt pacer Always B Miki were supplemented to their respective Breeders Crown divisions by the noon deadline Monday, Nov. 10. The $5.4 million Breeders Crown events will be contested on Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Meadowla...
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Big M weekend box closes Tuesday morning

on 11/10/2014 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands will open the 2014 fall meet this coming weekend with harness racing's championship series, the $5.4 million Breeders Crown. Entries for Friday, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Nov. 15 will be accepted by the racing office at (877) 782-2537 until the box closes at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11. A double draw for both cards will be executed after the box closes.   Supporting ...
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Chicagoland asst. race secretary Tim Storm dies

on 11/10/2014 12:00 AM
Longtime Balmoral Park and Maywood Park assistant racing secretary Timothy James Storm, 59, of Highland, Ind., died Nov. 3.   Mr. Storm graduated from Genoa-Kingston High School and proceeded to train Standardbreds at Chicago's leading racetracks, becoming the tracks' most successful trainer of pacers and trotters in 1993.   After receiving a kidney transplant in 1992, he...
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Palone wins 2, closing in in Wewering

on 11/10/2014 12:00 AM
 Last into the final turn, Doubelieveinmagic roared through the stretch to capture Monday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Although trailing late, Doubelieveinmagic was following the live cover of Macharoundtheclock, who had won four straight in characteristic "Silky Sullivan” style. Indeed, Macharoundtheclock fired again, but...
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Penny Paratrooper pays off as DSBF favorite

on 11/10/2014 12:00 AM
Penny Paratrooper was the only favorite to win her Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2-year-old filly trot first-leg preliminary while Cuddy Punk and Silence Is Bliss proved surprise winners in the other two trots Monday at Dover Downs.   Ross Wolfenden guided Carlo Poliseno and Foulk Racing Stable's Penny Paratrooper, a daughter of CR Commando-CR Penny Lane, to her th...
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Anita Ratliff, GM at Thunder Ridge, dies

on 11/09/2014 12:00 AM
Anita Ratliff, who managed Thunder Ridge Racetrack in Kentucky with a big heart but little money, has died after a three-year battle with cancer.   Ms. Ratliff worked in public accounting for 50 years before ending her career as general manager and chief financial officer of Appalachian Racing in Prestonsburg, Ky.   She is survived by her life partner, William "Bill" D. R...
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Tim Tetrick new driver for JK She'salady

on 11/09/2014 12:00 AM
The entry box for the Breeders Crown championships closes on Monday for supplemental entries and Tuesday for all regular entries, but Sunday afternoon trainer Nancy Johansson made a big announcement when she revealed that the undefeated 2-year-old pacing filly will be driven by Tim Tetrick in the Crown.   "I feel that JK She'salady is one of the greatest 2-year-old pacing filli...
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$1.75 million bet in France on Yonkers card

on 11/09/2014 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's first of six Sunday matinees debuted with an enthusiastic—and curious—crowd, terrific weather and "beaucoup de chevaux” (French for ‘many horses'. The half-dozen, late-morning starts (first post here was 11:19 AM ET) began with five trotting events, each one oversized (11, 12, 10, 10 and 10 horses, respectively) , "over-distanced” (1¼ miles) and exported to France....
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Liverman buys Maven with $750,000 bid

on 11/08/2014 12:00 AM
Herb Liverman has raced horses for many years, beginning as a young man with his father, Irving, and the fun of racing a good horse inspired him to bid $750,000 to buy the free-for-all trotting mare Maven at the Saturday session of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company auction in Harrisburg, Pa.   Liverman shares ownership of 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician, but decided he want...
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Commander Crowe entered in Breeders Crown

on 11/08/2014 12:00 AM
Snogarps Gard's European trotting star Commander Crowe committed to the $500,000 Breeders Crown Trot by the noon deadline on Friday, Nov. 7. The Wihlborg family accepted an invitation for their popular chestnut champion to the race, scheduled for Sat., Nov. 22, at the Meadowlands back in October, but still had to officially enter ahead of the supplemental deadline, which is noon, Monday, Nov. 10 a...
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Torrington takes Dayton Open Pace in 1:52.4

on 11/08/2014 12:00 AM
Touchmymuscles pulled a mild upset in Saturday night's $11,500 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Driver Dan Noble sat chilly with the 4-year-old gelding while Baby Blaze set speedy early fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:25, then he swept four-wide around the final bend and through the stretch to leave the field in his wake, stopping the timer in 1:55.   Off at 5-1 odds, the fina...
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Deters trains 2 Florida Breeders winners

on 11/08/2014 12:00 AM
The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association-sponsored Stallion Stakes continued at Pompano Park on Saturday night with Owosso Flash taking the $25,000 event for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings and Tough Issue grabbing top honors in the $22,500 event for sophomore pacing colts and geldings.   Owosso Flash, deftly handled by Mike Deters, survived a very rocky beginni...
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Mach It So sets 1:49 world mark at Pocono

on 11/08/2014 12:00 AM
Mach It So rallied from the pocket to win Saturday night's featured $35,000 Open Handicap pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, and did so in world-record time. Leaving from post position 4 in a field of six as a 7-1 shot, Mach it So (Mach Three-Beach Dancer), a 4-year-old gelding from the PJ Fraley barn, left well for driver Andrew McCarthy and then sat the pocket as Bigtown Hero cut b...
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Baudron pulls 79-1 shocker in Autumn final

on 11/07/2014 12:00 AM
It was not a good night to be a favorite in the Autumn Series finals Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The Autumn Series for Ontario sired 2 year olds came to a close with the finals for 2-year-old colts and geldings.   Full fields of ten contested both the $33,600 final for the trotters and the $35,800 final for the pacers.   In the trotting final, a break by One Dir...
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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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