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New York horseman John Gilmour dies at 76

on 07/07/2014 2:00 AM
John Guy Gilmour, a Monticello Raceway treasure for over 47 years, died on Friday, July 4. He was 76.   Known to his family as "Guy," Mr. Gilmour always spewed a "Howdy Sep” when greeting others.   Mr. Gilmour was a consummate horsemen and an excellent race driver. His record speaks for itself. In his illustrious career which spanned six decades he finished with 4,492 w...
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Nearly $11 million spent in NY casino lobbying

on 07/07/2014 2:00 AM
Companies involved in bidding for casino licenses in New York State spent nearly $11 million on lobbying and campaign donations in 2012 and 2013, and are donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to campaign committees through holding companies, according to a new report from the New York Public Interest Research Group. Companies affiliated with KT Lim, the CEO of Malaysian casino company Gent...
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Having fun with Pace finalist He's Watching

on 07/07/2014 2:00 AM
Dave Menary might have been concerned when He's Watching lost for the first time in his career earlier this season, but the setback was something of a blessing for the 35-year-old trainer.   "When you're undefeated and you're trying to stay undefeated, it's a lot of pressure,” Menary said. "Since he got beat I've had a lot more fun.”   Of course, winning again factors...
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Trevor Ritchie announces retirement

on 07/07/2014 2:00 AM
Standardbred Canada has reported that O'Brien Award winning driver Trevor Ritchie, one of the most respected and accomplished drivers in Canadian harness racing, is handing over the reins and retiring from active competition.   Ritchie, who cut his teeth driving at Western Fair before moving to the Ontario Jockey Club, has won both the prestigious North America Cup (Quite A Sensatio...
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Royaltyhasarrived fastest in PA Stallion splits

on 07/07/2014 2:00 AM
Royaltyhasarrived converted a relentless uncovered move to victory in 1:55.4, fastest split of Monday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallions Series stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers at The Meadows.   The event was contested over five divisions, with Sammy Said, Hall Of Terror, Smiling Terror and Cartel taking the other splits. Dave Palone, who piloted six winners on the 16-race ...
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Stage set for $776,000 Meadowlands Pace

on 07/06/2014 2:00 AM
JK Endofanera will be the 2-1 favorite for the $776,000 Meadowlands Pace with He's Watching a close 5-2 second choice. The two standout colts won their $50,000 Pace eliminations on Saturday night, setting the stage for a classic showdown on July 12 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment.   The top five finishers in each elimination advanced to the meet's top event for 3-year-old ...
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Hambletonian Maturity won by Your So Vain

on 07/06/2014 2:00 AM
The supporting feature Saturday night at the Meadowlands was the inaugural $484,850 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters going 1 1/8 miles. It drew an overflow field of 14, including defending Horse of the Year Bee A Magician who had the misfortune to draw unlucky post 13.   Your So Vain pulled a 7-1 upset, benefitting from a bold drive by trainer Ake Svanstedt who gun...
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PH Supercam strongest in Yonkers open

on 07/06/2014 2:00 AM
Odds-on favorite PH Supercam (Jason Bartlett, $2.60) fooled very few Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Pocketed from a very generous post position 3, he sat patiently behind Aracache Hanover (George Brennan). "Aracache" found sub-stations of :27, 55.2 and 1:23.1, taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane.   P H Supercam, all...
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PA All Stars shine at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

on 07/06/2014 2:00 AM
There was $330,800 worth of Pennsylvania All-Stars action for locally-sired 3 year olds that highlighted the holiday weekend action at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Saturday, with pacers of both sexes contesting four divisions and the trotting colts matched up for three splits four weeks before the Hambletonian.   Il Sogno's Dream had a chartline with more bubbles than a kid's bathtub...
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Artspeak sharp in 1:53.3 NJSS victory

on 07/06/2014 2:00 AM
Stacia Hanover kept her record intact with a 1:54.1 victory in the $50,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sires Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   After winning both qualifiers, the daughter of Western Ideal is now two for two David Van Dusen and Michael Cimaglio. Scott Zeron, who also won the first colt and gelding division, was at the l...
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War Cry Hall heard at Tioga Downs

on 07/06/2014 2:00 AM
After controlling the terms throughout, War Cry Hall ($3.80) gave everything he had in the final hundred yards to prevail in Sunday afternoon's $14,000 Miracle Mile 1 trot at Tioga Downs.   The 5-year-old gelded son of Cash Hall wasted no time achieving the lead, sprinting clear of Marion Mayflower (Aaron Byron) and maintaining a steady yet strong pace through a :56.3 half mile...
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Road Bet finds way to Saratoga winner's circle

on 07/06/2014 2:00 AM
Road Bet (Bettor's Delight) made her local debut a winning one in Sunday afternoon's feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.   Trained by Kyle Spagnola, Road Bet was assigned the rail in the $17,000 Fillies and Mares Open and utilized it to her advantage by sorting things out early and wound up cutting the mile. Frank Coppola Jr sat behind the 4-year-old mare who had an open-length ...
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Pierce captures Hall of Fame Trot at Goshen

on 07/06/2014 2:00 AM
Ron Pierce, driving the 9-year-old trotter CSI What's My Name, won the annual Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry $10,000 Invitational Trot for Hall of Fame drivers on Sunday afternoon at Goshen Historic Track.   Pierce, who drove the trotter making his 126th lifetime start from post eight, got away in fifth, well behind the leader Bertos Angel (John Campbell), who led at the quarter,...
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Trixton, Perfect Alliance sharp in qualifiers

on 07/05/2014 2:00 AM
The weather could not have been nicer for Breakfast With The Babies this morning with sunny skies and gusty winds, the consensus temperature was 77 degrees. The star of the show wasn’t a two year old at the start of their career but a Hambletonian candidate at the very peak of his powers, the remarkable Trixton. Out for a little leg stretching in a qualifier, Trixton went right to the f...
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Flight Cancelled at Hoosier Park

on 07/05/2014 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted their 21st season of live harness racing with a stakes filled card on Saturday. Four new Indiana Sires Stakes champions were crowned on the evening that featured the first of five rounds of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the freshman competitors and the second round of the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the 3-year-old division...
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TVG Open Trot leg on July 12 if no Maple Leaf elims

on 07/04/2014 2:00 AM
While eliminations for the Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk are scheduled for Friday, July 11, the Meadowlands will offer a leg of the TVG Open trot for Saturday, July 12. The reason is to provide a race for the trotters that week if the Maple Leaf does not require eliminations.   The draw for both races will be on Tuesday, July 8 with The Meadowlands box closing at 9:00 am and Mohawk taki...
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Schnittker wins 6 at Historic Track

on 07/04/2014 2:00 AM
It was a nearly perfect day for Ray Schnittker. Schnittker drove in seven Landmark Stakes events at Historic Track on Friday afternoon and came away with six victories. Among the winners was 3-year-old male pacer Stevensville, who could be heading to the $450,000 Delvin Miller Adios at the end of the month. Other winners for Schnittker, who is based at Historic Track, were 2-year-old...
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Guess Whos Back, Mission Brief win NJSS

on 07/04/2014 2:00 AM
Guess Whos Back benefited from a quarter-mile duel between Stonebridge Force and Canepa Hanover to win the $40,500 second round New Jersey Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Friday, July 4, 2014 in the second race at the Meadowlands. In the $39,500 filly division, the fourth race, Mission Brief trotted a stakes record 1:55.1. In the colts’ race, Stonebridge...
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NYSS freshman fillies shine at Monticello

on 07/04/2014 2:00 AM
Even though the overwhelming majority of the 2 year-old pacing fillies in the $110,000 New York Sires Stakes were making their first pari-mutuel starts they raced like veterans. Sassa Hanover, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven turned in the fastest mile of the evening when Jimmy Morrill, Jr. guided her to a gate to wire two- length triumph in a time of 1:56.3. It turned out to be the Jimmy...
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Shake It Cerry's brother wins career debut at Pocono

on 07/04/2014 2:00 AM
Five divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings were held at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on a perfect Friday, July 4th summer night. The track was listed as fast. Trainer/driver Jimmy Takter had wins in two divisions -- the first division with Dan Patch Award winner Shake It Cerry's debuting brother Uncle Lasse (Donato Hanover–Solveig) in 1...
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