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Saratoga Springs council rejects city casino

on 03/05/2014 12:00 AM
By a unanimous 5-0 vote, the City Council of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., passed a resolution Tuesday evening voicing its opposition to the proposed placement of a destination resort casino within its municipal limits.   While several reasons are set forth as forming the basis for rejection of full blown casino gaming in the city, the council particularly expressed its concerns re...
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77 nominated to Pepsi North America Cup

on 03/05/2014 12:00 AM
An impressive group of 77 sophomore pacers, including rookie standouts He's Watching, Arthur Blue Chip and Luck Be Withyou, have been nominated to the 31st edition of the Pepsi North America Cup.   One of harness racing's most prestigious events, the $1 million race is set for Saturday, June 14, at Mohawk Racetrack.   Headlining this year's group of nominees is the ...
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Meadowlands adds March 20 to schedule

on 03/05/2014 12:00 AM
In an effort to make-up the lost day of Thursday, Feb. 13, which was cancelled due to a snow storm, the Meadowlands will be adding the live racing date of Thursday, March 20, to its racing calendar.   "With the two-week postponement of the Harrah's Philadelphia meet, we believed it would be well-received by the horsemen to add this date to the calendar," said Meadowlands c...
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Midwest-based trainer Jarrod Duncan dies at 39

on 03/05/2014 12:00 AM
Trainer Jarrod Duncan, 39, was found dead in his dorm room Wednesday morning at Northfield Park. Dave Bianconi, Northfield's director of racing, said Duncan's death appears to be of natural causes and no foul play is indicated.   Bianconi said Duncan told friends Tuesday night that he was not feeling well and returned to his room. He received and answered a text message at 7:19...
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Settlemoir named keynote speaker in Sweden

on 03/05/2014 12:00 AM
After overseeing the $90 million construction project of the New Meadowlands and a meteoric handle increase, Meadowlands CEO/general manager Jason M. Settlemoir has been invited to serve as the keynote speaker at a Swedish Trotting Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden on Monday, March 10.   The Swedish Trotting Association (STA) has enlisted Settlemoir to inspire its membership to ...
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Ugly Betty wins F&M open pace at Buffalo

on 03/05/2014 12:00 AM
The competition got tougher but that didn't matter to Ugly Betty as she captured the featured $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (March 5) in a seasonal best 1:58.1 over the fast track. After winning impressively an $8,000 conditioned pace last week at Buffalo Raceway, Ugly Betty (Jack Flanigen) stepped up and tried her luck in the Open competition for the la...
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G Momma fastest in Meadows series opener

on 03/05/2014 12:00 AM
Hammered to 1-5 in the wagering, G Momma justified the support when she rolled first over to victory in the fastest division of Wednesday’s opening leg of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Hierarchy and Glams K took the other $15,000 splits of the Wohlmuth, a series for 3- and 4-year-old trotting fillies and mares that honors the memory of the late Mary Wohlmuth, longtime ...
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Imagine Hanover fastest in Weaver splits

on 03/04/2014 12:00 AM
Off the board in each of his five previous 2013 starts, Imagine Hanover put it all together Monday at The Meadows and rolled to an easy front-end victory in the opening leg of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot for 3-year-colts, geldings and horses. The series honors the memory of the late Ken Weaver, a breeder and trainer at The Meadows and a longtime PA Fairs circuit stalwart.   Imagine...
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Stallion breedings still available via Museum

on 03/04/2014 12:00 AM
The Harness Racing Museum would like to thank all of the donors and bidders for a successful stallion breeding auction.   In addition to the list of stallions that are still available, the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is proud to offer a newly acquired breeding to Guccio as part of our stallion breeding auction. This is a unique opportunity as his book is sure to b...
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Dead heat in Northfield Open Trot

on 03/04/2014 12:00 AM
Hello Carlo and Kahoku dead heated in the $10,000 Open Trot in Northfield Park's sixth race on Monday. Hello Carlo is owned by Mario Caponi of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and trained by Larry Clabaugh. Josh Sutton was aboard for the winning drive. Margaret Mancini of Colts Neck, N.J., owns Kahoku. Crist Hershberger trains and drove.   Both trotters came from the back as the fraction...
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HHI begins meetings in Florida

on 03/04/2014 12:00 AM
Harness Horsemen International (HHI) began their annual meetings Monday at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa in Florida.   HHI president Tom Luchento welcomed the group, which consists of horsemen's representatives from ten associations including Cloverleaf SOA, Delaware SOA, Illinois HHA, Ohio HHA, Maine HHA, Meadows HHA, Western New England HHA, Pennsylvania...
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Pompano celebrates Napolitano's 6,000th

on 03/04/2014 12:00 AM
George Napolitano, Jr. reached yet another milestone in his career by winning his 6,000th race, a feat which puts him in the top 60 among drivers that have competed in the two-century history of the sport.     The Smithtown, N.Y. native reached the lofty plateau on Feb. 22 with Lily's Hi Ho, competing out of the Peter Pellegrino Stable.   As successful as his career ...
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Press conference by track, Maine horsemen

on 03/04/2014 12:00 AM
Scarborough Downs and the Maine Harness Horsemen's Association will co-host a press conference in favor of LD 1111, An Act to Allow Maine's Harness Racing Industry to Compete with Casino Gaming, on Wednesday, March 5. The event will be held at 11:30 am in the Welcome Center on the first floor of the State House in Augusta. Subject to a local referendum, LD 1111 would allow the Downs to oper...
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Dragon Tattooteen at 15-1 in Russell division

on 03/04/2014 12:00 AM
On the bench since Dec. 23, Dragon Tattooteen followed cover beautifully and pulled off a 15-1 upset in Tuesday's opening leg of the Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows.   Partyatbartsplace and Mogul Hanover took the other $15,000 divisions of the Russell. The series for 3- and 4-year-old pacing colts, geldings and horses honors the memory of the late Walter Russell, a Hall ...
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Phantom Rusty shocks at 52-1 in Dover opener

on 03/04/2014 12:00 AM
Wildshot Hanover and Idealist turned in impressive victories in split-division $20,000 claiming co-features on Tuesday at Dover Downs.   Post position one and a drop in claiming price paid off for Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis, as meet leading driver Corey Callahan took Wildshot Hanover to the front and completed a 1:51.1 lifetime fastest mile. The win was the...
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HHI meetings continue in Florida

on 03/04/2014 12:00 AM
Harness Horsemen International continued their annual meeting on Tuesday at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa in Deerfield Beach, Fla.   Horsemen's representatives from 10 associations, including Cloverleaf SOA, Delaware SOA, Illinois HHA, Ohio HHA, Maine HHA, Meadows HHA, Western New England HHA, Pennsylvania HHA, SBOA of New Jersey and Kentucky HHA were in a...
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Dover cancels Monday due to snowstorm

on 03/03/2014 12:00 AM
Because of the major storm that has brought freezing rain, sleet and heavy snow to the Mid-Atlantic, Monday's race card at Dover Downs has been canceled.
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IHHA asks for mediation in Chicago impasse

on 03/03/2014 12:00 AM
The Illinois Harness Horsemen (IHHA) posted on its website the following in regard to the impasse between the IHHA and Balmoral Park and Maywood Park that has precluded live racing from getting underway in 2014:   We have failed to reach an agreement with the racetracks so the IHHA has agreed with the IRB's suggestion to enter into professional mediation with the racetracks. &nbs...
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HHYF looking for Trottingbred trainers

on 03/03/2014 12:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is seeking qualified trainers to condition its stable of Trottingbreds in preparation for the organization's 2014 summer program schedule.   Volunteer trainers are expected to jog or exercise the horse on a daily basis to build stamina, but no actual training miles are required. Trainer is responsible for all care, feed, hay, bedding, and shoeing. ...
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Details announce re: Ontario funding program

on 03/03/2014 12:00 AM
Ontario Horse Racing on Monday released more details related to the $80 million (Can.) annual funding under the Horse Racing Partnership Funding Program.   The details of the five-year government funding program were confirmed on Feb. 13, following the government's approval of the HRPFP Order in Council.   This announcement offers assurance to the racing industry tha...
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