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2014 race dates approved in New Jersey

on 11/21/2013 12:00 AM
The New Jersey Racing Commission on Wednesday approved 2014 race dates for the state's Standardbred and Thoroughbred meets.   The Meadowlands will conduct 81 days of harness racing split over two meets. Racing will be held from Jan. 2 through Hambletonian Day, Aug. 2, followed by a 14-day program from Nov. 14 through Dec. 27. The Breeders Crown will be held at the Meadowlands next N...
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Summer Indian still in control at The Meadows

on 11/21/2013 12:00 AM
Summer Indian continued his domination of The Meadows' trotting elite, winning his third straight — and fifth in the last seven — in Wednesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap. His time of 1:52.3 was a tick off the track's all-age trotting record.   Summer Indian was caught wide in a three-ply battle for the early lead, finally making the front in a rapid :27.2. But he was unto...
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Motion to reinstate SARP in Ontario carried

on 11/21/2013 12:00 AM
The Ontario New Democratic Party's motion calling for the reinstatement of the Slots-At-Racetracks Program was carried in a 45-38 vote by the Ontario Legislature at Queen's Park on Wednesday.   The non-binding motion was tabled by NDP leader Andrea Horwath and carried with the support of the NDP and PC parties while the Liberals voted against it.   "Kathleen Wynne's OLG m...
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Byron wins Monticello's Maple Leaf Mile

on 11/21/2013 12:00 AM
It has been often been alleged that good things come for those who wait and that was precisely the strategy that Aaron Byron used to win the sixth edition of the Maple Leaf Mile at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday afternoon.   Byron guided Integrity to a 1:58.3 come-from-behind victory in the event strictly for drivers of Canadian heritage, which was the eighth and final preliminary ...
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Out with the old, in with the new at Big M

on 11/21/2013 12:00 AM
This is the scene at the Meadowlands on Thursday morning as the razing of the original toteboard is underway. This picture, taken by track photographer Michael Lisa, was shot on the apron of the original grandstand and shows the new grandstand.   The new grandstand opened for simulcast business on Monday, Nov. 18. A special preview night was also held Monday in Pink, the new dining ...
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Auciello hopes for a Thorn In Your Side

on 11/21/2013 12:00 AM
Since arriving in the Carmen Auciello barn, Thorn In Your Side has found a new stride and the conditioner hopes that continues when he begins in the second leg of the Autumn Series on Friday at Woodbine.   The talented sophomore has posted a 4-1-0 record from five starts since arriving in the Stouffville trainer's stable.   Auciello, who has enjoyed a career year wit...
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Ohio commission awards 2014 race dates

on 11/21/2013 12:00 AM
At the monthly meeting of the Ohio State Racing Commission on Thursday, live racing dates for 2014 at three of the seven commercial racetracks in the state were approved.   Live days at two other racetracks, Thistledown and the new Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, were awarded in October. The Dayton harness track will replace Raceway Park in Toledo.   Lebanon Race...
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Bill proposed in PA to change oversight of racing

on 11/21/2013 12:00 AM
Legislation has reportedly been introduced in Pennsylvania that would replace the state's racing commission for Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing with a Bureau of Horse Racing that would overseeing all day-to-day operations of racing statewide. The Bureau would be overseen by the state's Gaming Control Board.   A report on philly.com stated that the state's  Racing Commissio...
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The Captain, Nitelife win on Big M Preview Night

on 11/21/2013 12:00 AM
Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment presented nine preview qualifying races on Monday evening looking toward Saturday's grand opening and the last few races showcased several of harness racing's top performers.   The most exciting news of the fall season is that top 3-year-old pacing colt Captaintreacherous is slated to face older horses in the $500,000 TVG FFA final on Nov....
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Strong numbers posted at 2013 Hoosier Park meet

on 11/21/2013 12:00 AM
At a time when many tracks are strugglingwith the status quo of maintaining handle from year to year, Hoosier Park has bucked the trend with a sensational all-sources handle increase of over 27 percent during the 2013 live harness racing season from the previous year's numbers. Under a new format described as one breed, one track, Hoosier Park solely hosted Indiana's Standardbred racing d...
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Illinois tracks, horsemen reach ADW agreement

on 11/20/2013 12:00 AM
The Illinois Racing Board reported Wednesday that an agreement was reached late Tuesday night between the Illinois racetracks and the state's horsemen's group that would fund the Illinois Racing Board (IRB) adequately enough that racing would continue in its current state in 2014.   With advance deposit wagering (ADW) set to expire on January 31, 2014, Illinois racetracks,...
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TVG FFA legs highlight Saturday Big M card

on 11/20/2013 12:00 AM
Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will host the first night of live racing in the glorious new facility on Saturday, Nov. 23. The program is headed by the last leg of the TVG Free For All series with the stars of the open division prepping for next week's $500,000 finals.   The $50,000 TVG Pace (Race 7) features the richest pacer in harness racing history, Foiled Again, facing ...
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Putmeintogo ready to go in Thursday's Autumn

on 11/20/2013 12:00 AM
Robin Morley's Putmeintogo will aim for her fourth career tally when she begins from post 9 in her Autumn Stakes division, Thursday at Woodbine.   The talented daughter of Mach Three finished third in the opening round last week, while being sent off as the heavy favorite.   "She's been a very nice filly all year," Morley said. "I don't think we've seen the best of h...
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"Captain" and "Nitelife" to qualify at Meadowlands

on 11/20/2013 12:00 AM
In preparation for what is likely to be the final starts of their season, Captaintreacherous and I Luv The Nitelife will qualify Thursday night at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment.   I Luv The Nitelife will make what is expected to be her final 2013 start the following Saturday, Nov. 30, in the Nadia Lobell.   Her owner Richard Young has nothing but prai...
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SRF's raffle for tickets to Paris underway

on 11/20/2013 12:00 AM
The celebrated Prix d'Amerique in Vincennes, France one of harness racing's most prestigious events is a dream destination for those who love the sport of harness racing. Offered through an annual raffle to benefit the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, last year's winner, trainer of Chapter Seven and Market Share, Linda Toscano raved, "It is a "must go to” trip!”   This fabulo...
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Industry rallies to aid injured driver Coletta

on 11/20/2013 12:00 AM
After hearing about the serious accident involving driver Anthony Coletta on Sunday night, the harness racing industry has rallied to raise funds to assist his family as he fights to recover from his injuries at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.   The fundraising effort is being spearheaded by Coletta's close friend and trainer Anthony Defrancesco, know...
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Always A Virgin filly sells for $43,000 at Blooded Horse Sale

on 11/19/2013 12:00 AM
The last yearling sale of the season drew a record crowd for the first day of the 66th annual Fall Blooded Horse Sale at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio. Monday featured 346 yearlings including nearly 25 percent of the Ohio crop and 120 Indiana breds. There were also large numbers of Ontario, Pennsylvania ,and New York breds along with a handful of very scarce Kentucky breds. The stron...
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Short on horses, Meadowlands delays draw

on 11/19/2013 12:00 AM
The draw for the opening night card at the Meadowlands will be delayed with the entry box remaining open until 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning due to an extreme shortage of entries in all classes.   The Fall Final Four stakes did not draw enough entries in any of the four divisions to require eliminations and those races will all go directly to the finals on Nov. 30. Left to fill t...
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Harness Racing Museum to welcome carolers

on 11/19/2013 12:00 AM
Mark your calendar to attend the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's annual Holiday Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 3. This member benefit event will be held in the Museum's William R. Haughton Memorial Hall.   The Museum will welcome the Yuletide Carolers, sponsored by Robert Boni of Northwood Bloodstock in memory of John A. Cashman Jr. Wearing authentic Victorian attire, the carol...
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Meadowlands adds classes to Saturday's draw

on 11/19/2013 12:00 AM
Horsemen have responded with their support in the entry box at the Meadowlands and the picture for Saturday's Grand Opening now looks less grim. To get to the advertised number of races, the 13 that are needed to accommodate the $1 million grand prize, it will be necessary to add two more classes.   The racing office will now accept entries for C-2 pacers to race for a purse of $9,0...
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