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Tony Chiaravalle, owner of top pacers, dies

on 06/24/2014 2:00 AM
Antonio "Tony" Chiaravalle, who campaigned such notables as 1993 Pacer of the Year Presidential Ball, his blazing-fast stablemate Riyadh, and the top free-for-allers Dream Maker and Lime Time, died Monday, June 23, at the age of 78. While involved with the construction industry, Mr. Chiaravalle invested heavily in horse ownership for decades.   Before Presidential Ball gav...
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Longtime publicist Erwin Grossman dies at 85

on 06/24/2014 2:00 AM
Erwin Grossman, a long time harness racing publicist in the New York metropolitan area, died Friday, June 20, at an assisted living facility in Boca Raton, Fla. after a long illness. He was 85.   Mr. Grossman was a fixture for many years at Yonkers and Roosevelt Raceways covering Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing, handicapping horses for the New York Herald Tribune. He ...
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Hall of Fame drivers set for Gerry Trot at Goshen

on 06/24/2014 2:00 AM
Goshen Historic Track in New York will feature a power-packed field of drivers in the annual $10,000 Mr. & Mrs. Elbridge T. Gerry Sr. Memorial Trot, July 6. Post time is 1 p.m. for the card.   The race brings together a "Who's Who” of harness racing talent, with seven members of the Hall of Fame and 2014 inductee David Miller participating in the event.   Expected t...
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Indiana Sires for 2YOs set for Tuesday night

on 06/24/2014 2:00 AM
Tuesday, June 24, will mark the debut of the freshman class of Indiana Sires Stakes competitors as the 2014 stakes season for two-year-olds is set to get underway at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with four divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes races showcasing the top two-year-old trotting colts in the state. Revamped for the 2014 live racing season, Hoosier Park has introduced a new an...
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Court says casino law may be repealed

on 06/24/2014 2:00 AM
In the wake of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling of Tuesday (June 24) that a referendum to repeal the state's casino law may appear on the November ballot, the new owners of Plainridge Park Casino vowed a vigorous fight to defend the law. "We remain confident that Massachusetts voters will want to protect the thousands of new jobs and the hundreds of millions in annual tax rev...
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Champions galore on Sun Stakes Saturday card

on 06/24/2014 2:00 AM
One of the best evenings of the North American harness racing season will take place this Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, as a constellation of stars will be after big money on the $2,271,000 Sun Stakes Saturday card.   Three of the races carry purses of $500,000: the Ben Franklin Pace for free-for-allers; the Earl Beal Trot for 3-year-old males; and the Max C. H...
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Gural/Sears come to resolution, issue statement

on 06/24/2014 2:00 AM
Meadowlands chairman Jeff Gural and driver Brian Sears spoke by phone on Tuesday and decided to issue a joint statement regarding the issues that were brought to light last week. Gural had informed Sears he would not be allowed to drive in qualifiers, baby races or overnights at the Meadowlands, and that ignited a firestorm of debate in social media. Gural and Sears have worked out the di...
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Guess Whos Back...with driver Brian Sears

on 06/24/2014 2:00 AM
Trainer Nik Drennan told harnessracing.com Tuesday afternoon that he received a text message from driver Brian Sears a little bit earlier informing Drennan that he spoke with Meadowlands chairman Jeff Gural and an agreement has been reached that will allow Sears to drive at the New Jersey racetrack. Gural had told Sears, who moved his base of operations from the Meadowlands to Yonkers last yea...
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Robin Schadt new Director of Racing at Cal Expo

on 06/24/2014 2:00 AM
Watch and Wager LLC, the operator of harness racing at Cal Expo, has announced that Robin Schadt is the new Director of Racing. Said General Manager Chris Schick, ""Robin'’s vast experience in all facets of the industry will make her a huge asset to the Cal Expo team."   The 2014-2015 meeting is set to begin on October 4 and will run through May 4, with plans to expand to three ni...
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Tamarind overcomes post 9 to win at Meadows

on 06/24/2014 2:00 AM
Dismissed at 16-1 because of his poor post position, Tamarind circled the field early and held on late to score the upset in Tuesday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Although Tamarind has been perhaps the most consistent of The Meadows' elite trotters in 2014 — he already had won seven times this year — his chances looked dim from post 9 and appea...
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Overnight Hit fastest in Delaware stakes leg

on 06/24/2014 2:00 AM
The second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters is now complete after 10 fillies went to post over two divisions Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Art Stafford Jr. and Wyatt Starkey's Overnight Hit ($3.80, Stafford Jr.) was the fastest elimination winner with a three length score over Kelsey's Commando and Linbo Love in 1:59.4. The Giant Hit-s...
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Macie Rae scores in lifetime best at Balmoral

on 06/23/2014 2:00 AM
After a pair of romping wins in downstate fair events, Donald Huddleston's Macie Rae returned to Balmoral Park on Sunday night looking to avenge her only loss of the year which came in the Violet Stake here on May 25. The speedy filly did just that as she shot right to the front and proceeded to make every call a winning one in an easy 1 1/2-length victory over seven other ICF 3-year-old ...
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Yonkers announcer Hernan on News 12

on 06/23/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's veteran track announcer, John Hernan, was the subject of a local TV profile this past weekend. News 12 Westchester stopped up to the booth last Friday night (June 20) and spoke with the 47-year-old Hernan before the races about his craft, then showed him in action during the early part of the card. The story first aired Friday night, then was cycled through the weekend. &n...
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Supreme Court rejects NJ's bid for sports betting

on 06/23/2014 2:00 AM
Any hope of sports betting being allowed at racetracks and casinos in New Jersey were dashed on Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court announced it had declined to hear the case and instead let stand a lower court ruling that if allowed it would conflict with a federal law that permits sports betting in just four states. In 2011, New Jersey voters overwhelmingly approved amending the state cons...
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Fanning enjoys some "Miller Time" at Gaitway

on 06/23/2014 2:00 AM
Monday morning was Miller time for trainer Tom Fanning.   Fanning won four qualifiers for 2 year olds at Gaitway Farm, three with driver Brett Miller at the lines and one with David Miller. Fanning's four victories were the most of any trainer in the 14 qualifiers for 2 year olds. Ron Burke and Chris Ryder were the only other conditioners with multiple wins, with two apiece. ...
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Lightning lane win for Do Me Honor

on 06/23/2014 2:00 AM
Do Me Honor stalked the leader from the pocket, then poured through the Lightning Lane to capture Monday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Certified Ideal, the 1-2 favorite, clocked a reasonable :56.3 half on the front. But when Aaron Merriman knifed inside with Do Me Honor, she was the fresher mare, defeating Certified Ideal...
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Jonigold, I'm Won Rum Wise sweep DSBF prelims

on 06/23/2014 2:00 AM
Delaware-sired 3-year-old fillies took center stage on the Monday Harrington Raceway program with three $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes.   Owner The Wiz Kids Stable had a double in the stakes as Jonigold ($2.10, Corey Callahan) and I'm Won Rum Wiser ($2.60, George Dennis) each prevailed in their respective divisions, both completing a sweep...
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Ont. horsemen issue Gural/Sears statement

on 06/23/2014 2:00 AM
In all jurisdictions, harness racing is governed, policed and controlled by a political body – normally a Racing Commission or Gaming Commission. These regulatory organizations are charged with licensing individuals – and tracks – to participate in racing. They are also responsible for policing the game. They hand out penalties when rules are broken and suspend or expel individuals if th...
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Pocono sets all-time speed record

on 06/23/2014 2:00 AM
 The great card of racing this past Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, primarily populated by elimination races for this Saturday’s $2.2M Sun Stakes Saturday, flirted with the divisional world record table on more than one occasion without any new names being set down, but the card as a whole did produce one record – according to the USTA’s Trotting and Pacing Guide, it was th...
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Series finals, Cameltonian III at Big M

on 06/22/2014 2:00 AM
The first official night of summer brought a huge crowd out for Cameltonian III and the feeling at the Meadowlands was electric. The Saturday night card produced a handle of $2,573,155 which was an increase of $496,320 from the same night last year, which also featured the camel and ostrich races. That represents a 24-percent increase over last year. On-track handle was also up slightly. &n...
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