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Christoforou wins 6,000th career race

on 11/04/2014 12:00 AM
Driver Chris Christoforou joined the 6,000 win club Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Christoforou, 43, steered pacer World Away to victory in the evening's seventh race for career driving victory 6,000.   Christoforou entered Monday's card one win shy of the 6,000 win mark. Although he was not listed in the program to drive World Away, Christoforou picked up the drive because of...
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Hape, Dublin Rose win Autumn 2YO finals

on 11/04/2014 12:00 AM
Hape and Dublin Rose turned in career-best performances to win their respective Autumn Series finales Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The three-week Autumn Series for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies wrapped up Monday night with the $31,600 final for the trotters and the $30,200 final for the pacers. The top 10 money earners, who entered the final, from the first two legs contested the fin...
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Sears cashes big in FSBOA contests

on 11/04/2014 12:00 AM
With TVG expanding Pompano Park's visibility on Monday night, the south Florida oval hosted four classes--three off the betting card--of the FSBOA sponsored Stallion Stakes along with their weekly top Open event for mares.   The first non-wagering affair, the $23,500 Stallion Stake for 2-year-old trotting fillies, went to the Proud Bushy lass Brandy, surviving challenges on both sid...
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Horsemen reach agreement at Monticello

on 11/04/2014 12:00 AM
After an impasse of over one year, the Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association is pleased to announce that it has secured a long-term horsemen's agreement with the management at Monticello Raceway.   Assuming that Monticello or any subsidiary of its parent company, Empire Resorts, is granted one of the potentially two casino licenses soon to be awarded in the Catskill's region, th...
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WEG now accepts apps for winter series

on 11/04/2014 12:00 AM
The Woodbine Entertainment Group is now accepting nominations for 10 stakes series scheduled for the winter months.   Each series carries a nomination fee of $200 and will feature two preliminary legs and a final. All series will be raced at Woodbine Racetrack.   The Horseplayer Interactive, WEGZ, Ontario Girls and Ontario Boys are for Ontario sired horses, while the six ...
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Butch Palone, father of Dave & Mike, dies at 77

on 11/04/2014 12:00 AM
Marion "Butch" Palone Jr., 77, of Rices Landing, Pa., died Nov. 3 at the Washington County Health Center, Washington, Pa.   He was born May 5, 1937, in Crucible, Pa., a son of the late Marion and Anna (Zupancich) Palone Sr. Mr. Palone was a 1955 graduate of Jefferson High School and resided in Dry Tavern, Greene County all of his life.   He served with the U.S. Mari...
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Yonkers draws for first Sunday matinee card

on 11/04/2014 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has drawn the first of its six Sunday matinee racing programs. The half-dozen cards, running from Nov. 9 to Dec. 14, inclusive, replace five Tuesday nights (Nov. 11 through Dec. 9) and shall offer an 11 a.m. first post.   The Sunday programs are going to be front-loaded with trotters, as the first five races of each card—all added-distance (1¼ miles) with hi...
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Svanstedt signs for $225K Tuesday sale topper

on 11/04/2014 12:00 AM
Trond Smedshammer bought only two horses during Monday's opening round of the Standardbred Horse Sale, but came away with more than a handful in the second session.   Smedshammer on Tuesday purchased eight yearlings at the sale, with one being tied for eighth highest in price.   "The ones that I really wanted yesterday just went too high,” Smedshammer said. "There were ...
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Tailgunner Hanover a "miracle baby"

on 11/04/2014 12:00 AM
When trainer Ray Schnittker looked at yearling pacer Tailgunner Hanover, he saw a resemblance to half-brother Riggins. Schnittker trained Riggins, who earned $924,758 during a stakes-winning career.   But the fact he saw anything at all was something of a miracle.   Tailgunner Hanover is an embryo transfer foal out of Towner's Image, who received the 1993 O'Brie...
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Meadows plays host to Pink Out event

on 11/03/2014 12:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) and The Meadows hosted the track's sixth annual Pink Out event benefitting breast cancer research on Saturday night, Nov. 1.   Featured on the card was an all-female race, captured by Terry Millhoan and Woodruff. Tabby Canarr finished second with Gambler Springs, while two-time defending champion Rachel Kaneoka was third, guiding Fo...
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Dover's big Matron card drawn for Thursday

on 11/03/2014 12:00 AM
A total of $1,561,150 in Matron Stakes purses is on the line in eight stakes on a giant Thursday (Nov. 6) program at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. A $26,000 Delaware Special headed by defending Horse of the Meet Nova Artist and track record holder Bandolito lead a strong undercard. There are five $1 million winners, one of whom, Father Patrick, has earned more than $2 million, among the ...
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Graduate Series revamped for 4YOs

on 11/03/2014 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands is pleased to announce the $1 million Graduate Series, a new initiative designed to provide racing opportunities for 4-year-old trotters and pacers in 2015.   While the schedule will not be finalized until the December stakes meetings, the series will offer three legs tentatively beginning in late May with $50,000-estimated legs at Tioga Downs, continue through June ...
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NYSS champs celebrated at USTA District 8

on 11/03/2014 12:00 AM
An enthusiastic group of the top breeders and horsemen from the Empire state assembled at the Vernon Downs Hotel and Casino on Sunday, Oct. 26, for the USTA District 8 meeting and annual presentation of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) awards banquet. As the human and equine honors were distributed, anticipation grew for the horse of the year announcement for 2014.   Gural Hanover (C...
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Veteran horseman George Ursitti dies at 87

on 11/03/2014 12:00 AM
Veteran Midwest-based horseman A. George Ursitti died Sunday, Nov. 2. He was 87.   Mr. Ursitti was born May 23, 1927, in Chaffee, N.Y., outside Buffalo. He was a star athlete in high school and college at the University of Buffalo, lettering in virtually every sport.   "One time George brought in a scrapbook from his high school days and he was all-everything,” said lon...
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Always B Miki to be Crown supplement

on 11/03/2014 12:00 AM
Three-year-old colt pacer Always B Miki, the winner of four races in a row and eight of his last nine, will be supplemented to compete in the Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands Racetrack later this month. Always B Miki has won 11 of 18 races this year and $778,982. For his career, the son of Always A Virgin-Artstopper has won 13 of 30 starts and $914,366. He is owned by Bluewood Stable,...
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Supplemental entries to Crowns due Monday

on 11/03/2014 12:00 AM
With most divisional titles still in play as the Grand Circuit heads towards the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs, the spotlight turns shortly to the Meadowlands Racetrack and the $5.4 million 12-race Breeders Crown series. It's final decision time for foreign invitees, supplementals, and entries for the Crown finals slated for Friday. Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22, in East Rutherford, NJ. Invite...
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Muscle Hill colt tops HB opener at $390,000

on 11/03/2014 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Horse Sales Company's annual yearling sale got underway Monday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Arena in Harrisburg, Pa., and a trotting colt topped the sale at $390,000. Hip number 139, a colt by Muscle Hill, was sold with the last bid by horseman Jonas Czernyson. Czernyson said he was asked to keep the buyer's name confidential.   The colt named Brooklyn Hill (pictur...
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Crazed returns to stud duty in New York

on 11/03/2014 12:00 AM
Preferred Equine Marketing and Blue Chip Farms announced Monday that world champion Crazed will return to the New York stallion ranks in 2015.   The million dollar-winning son of Credit Winner stood at Blue Chip's facility at the start of his stud career before moving to Hanover Shoe Farms in 2013. After siring both the 2- and 3-year-old New York Sires Stakes colt champio...
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Monochromatic wins Dover feature in photo

on 11/03/2014 12:00 AM
Monochromatic, driven by defending meet champion, Corey Callahan, closed with a rush between rivals to score a 1:52.2 victory in the Monday $18,000 Mares Open Pace feature at Dover Downs.   A Delaware-bred 9 year old, Monochromatic has been a leading female pacer in local feature races for North State Street Stable. Callahan moved to the outside from fourth and slowly edged up to ev...
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Rock The Nite takes Meadows series sweep

on 11/02/2014 1:00 AM
Rock The Nite completed his sweep of a late-closing series for freshman pacing colts and geldings Saturday at The Meadows when he captured the $25,750 championship with a front-end victory. The Meadows hosted the finals of four series for 2-year-olds Saturday, with Sixteen Encores, Momas Got A Gun and She Glides taking the other championships. Owner Bob Key enjoyed a double with Rock The ...
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