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Davis named DHRC executive director

on 05/01/2014 2:00 AM
The acting executive director of the Delaware Harness Racing Commission has been named to the post permanently.   Mark Davis, the Delaware Department of Agriculture's deputy principal assistant and policy advisor, had been acting director since September 2013 after previously serving as a liaison to the harness racing industry.   "Mark Davis has done an admirable job supp...
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Davis 8, Givens 5 at Harrington

on 05/01/2014 2:00 AM
Driver Allan Davis had eight winners at Harrington Raceway on Wednesday. The 38-year-old driver has enjoyed a hot start to the 2014 Harrington meet with 18 wins in seven days of racing.   Davis started the card with a win aboard Six Gun Hall ($5.20) in the first race. He won three in a row starting in race three with All Pro Hall ($4), Son Of A Victory ($17.20) and Seboomook Fool Ya...
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Pocono's Van Rose attracts stellar field

on 05/01/2014 2:00 AM
Who says Saturday's best horse race is in Kentucky? Based on overall career accomplishment, on quantity of sheer speed and quality of competitive racing, the toughest field of horses gathered anywhere this weekend will be at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday night, contesting the $50,000 Van Rose Memorial, named after the late colorful/controversial local racing writer.   ...
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Ohio Sires Stakes underway at Miami Valley

on 05/01/2014 2:00 AM
Last season's dominant Ohio freshman trotting filly In The Grippers gets her 2014 campaign underway at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (May 2) as the Ohio Sires Stakes season begins with five divisions of 3-year-old fillies. All Ohio Sires Stakes races will carry a $40,000 purse.   In The Grippers is the 8-5 favorite in the fourth race and will have Chris Page in the bike for t...
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BC champ Uffizi Hanover returns in PASS

on 05/01/2014 2:00 AM
Breeders Crown juvenile champion Uffizi Hanover headlines a field of 23 that will contest Saturday's 2014 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes opener, a $210,746 event for 3-year-old filly pacers known as the Adios Betty, at The Meadows. The event features three divisions, with Uffizi Hanover and David Miller leaving from post 8 in the third split, Race 11. First post is 11:25 a.m.   It's the ...
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He's Watching qualifies Friday at Mohawk

on 05/01/2014 2:00 AM
He's Watching, last year's Dan Patch Award winner, will make his debut in 2014 on Friday morning at Mohawk Racetrack in a qualifying session.   The son of American Ideal, who remains a top candidate for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup on June 14 at the Campbellville oval, went undefeated last season in eight starts and set two world records and six track records for trainer a...
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Indiana: no clenbuterol within 14 days of race

on 05/01/2014 2:00 AM
At its April 30 public meeting, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission unanimously voted (5-0) to approve the Association of Racing Commissioners national uniform medication rules and multiple medication violation penalties. The newly approved rules apply equally between all breeds and become effective beginning with the racing programs on May 15, 2014.   Horsemen should be aware that ...
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HOY Bee A Magician to qualify Saturday

on 05/01/2014 2:00 AM
Bee A Magician brings an 18-race win streak into this season, but trainer Nifty Norman is relaxed as he prepares the 4-year-old female trotter for her upcoming campaign.   After seeing Bee A Magician capture 2013 Horse of the Year honors in both the U.S. and Canada, the trainer feels like he is playing with house money now.   "Pretty much, I think so,” Norman said Thur...
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Roarin' Grand set to roar into Miami Valley

on 05/01/2014 2:00 AM
The "Roarin' Grand” is on its way to southwest Ohio as Miami Valley Raceway presents its first-ever national stakes races this Sunday night, May 4. The $50,300 Sam "Chip" Noble III Memorial Pace for older pacing mares and the $60,000 Miami Valley Distaff for older trotting mares are scheduled as the 8th and 9th races on an 11-race program which will bring the curtain down on the new tra...
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May 15 stakes payment date nearing

on 05/01/2014 2:00 AM
Yearling nominations for all events administered by the Hambletonian Society and sustaining payments for all other races serviced by the Society are due Thursday, May 15, 2014.     All payments m...
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Itzaziam takes $73,500 series final at Yonkers

on 04/30/2014 2:00 AM
Itzaziam (Pat Berry) closed relentlessly to pick of odds-on Bambino Glide (Dan Dube) Tuesday night, winning the $73,500 final of the Raceway/Standardbred Owners Association of New York Bonus Trotting Series.   Uninvolved early from post position 3, Itzaziam saw Wisenheimer (Yannick Gingras) and 93-1 Swishnflick (Larry Stalbaum) both be put in the game early. Meanwhile, 1-4 fave...
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62 eligible to Pepsi North America Cup

on 04/30/2014 2:00 AM
The connections of 62 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings have kept their charges eligible to the 31st edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup by making the April 15 sustaining payment. A total of 70 had been eligible through the March 15 payment with 77 eligible through the Feb. 15 payment. Last year only 45 sophomores were eligible to the NA Cup through the April 15 payment. ...
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Uncle Peter to join Maven in Elitlopp

on 04/30/2014 2:00 AM
World champion Uncle Peter is confirmed to go to the Elitlopp. The 5-year-old stallion by Cantab Hall is trained by Jimmy Takter. Takter plans for the trotter to race at the Meadowlands this Friday night and then ship to Denmark, where he will compete in the Copenhagen Cup on May 11. The Elitlopp is Sunday, May 25. Maven, owned by American Bill Donovan, has already committed to race in the Eli...
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Kirschenbaum-bred Haggin Oaks retired

on 04/30/2014 2:00 AM
The multiple stakes-winning pacing mare Haggin Oaks, who posed for pictures following 35 of her 116 starts while banking over $165,000, has been retired and will get to work on being a mother next season. The 8-year-old is by Hi Ho Silverheels out of the Incredible Finale mare Ladyladybemylady and set her mark of 1:52 3/5 last year in New York over the five-eighths Tioga Downs oval.   ...
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Ohio fairs to get almost $2 mil from VLTs

on 04/30/2014 2:00 AM
At the monthly meeting of the Ohio State Racing Commission in Columbus on Tuesday (April 29), five resolutions related to various aspects of racing in the state were approved. Resolution 2014-9 spelled out the sample testing costs for Thoroughbred ($154) and Standardbred ($163) races at commercial racetracks effective on July 1. Horsemen will pay the cost of testing winning horses. The racing ...
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Western Vintage leads NJ Classic eligibles

on 04/30/2014 2:00 AM
Western Vintage, who swept last year’s New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-old colt pacers, is among the 22 eligibles for the $250,000 estimated Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic while 29 fillies were nominated to the $125,000 estimated Thomas D’Altrui Miss New Jersey. Both stakes, which will be contested on August 2, 2014, Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands, are restricted to New ...
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3YO filly Magic Feeling has post 2 in series final

on 04/30/2014 2:00 AM
After winning in her first start of the season last week at 50-1, trainer and co-owner Frank O'Reilly can only hope Magic Feeling is ready to pull another disappearing trick on the field in Thursday night's Celias Counsel final, at Woodbine. The daughter of Kadabra scored an eye-catching 1:57 victory in last week's second round of the Celias Counsel and now advances to the rich $34,400 final, ...
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A chance to win $1 million at Meadowlands

on 04/30/2014 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is giving one lucky fan a chance to win $1 million in their first ever Million Dollar Ball Drop. Guests can sign up every live racing night May 2-July 11, with the Ball Drop taking place on Friday (July 25). Each guest is allowed one entry per person, per live race day. After the close of entries, 500 names will be randomly selected and assigned a numbere...
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JK Endofanera among Simpson entries

on 04/30/2014 2:00 AM
JK Endofanera was named to honor the past, but owner Alan Katz hopes the colt has a great future too. The homebred pacer makes his 2014 debut Saturday in the $47,253 John Simpson Memorial Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers at Meadowlands Racetrack. JK Endofanera, who finished last season by capturing the $534,500 Governor's Cup at the Big M, has won four of seven starts and never finished worse...
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"He's going to have to be Superman to win"

on 04/30/2014 2:00 AM
When owner Bob Key was informed that Sarcastic Man drew post 8 for Saturday's $115,370 Dexter Cup for 3-year-old trotters at Freehold Raceway, a starting spot from which horses have won just 3.4 percent of 378 races at the half-mile oval, his reaction was as expected. "That's what you can call bad luck,” Key said, laughing.   Yet Key can look back through his own history in r...
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