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Massachusetts says ok to Plainridge for slots

on 02/27/2014 12:00 AM
The Boston Globe has reported Thursday (Feb. 27) that the Massachusetts Gambling Commission has given conditional approval to a proposal to site the state's new slot machine parlor at Plainridge Race Course in Plainville.   The five-member panel voted 3-2 on Thursday to approve the proposal by Penn National Gaming, subject to a number of administrative conditions. Penn National must...
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Drury an Ontario driver on the rise

on 02/27/2014 12:00 AM
If you take a close look at the Woodbine drivers standings this season, there is a noticeable change near the top of the leaderboard.   Twenty four-year-old Jonathan Drury is currently in second place, three wins behind three-time O'Brien Award winner Jody Jamieson.   Drury, a resident of Rockwood, has certainly made the most of his drives this season accumulating 23 tri...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 02/27/2014 12:00 AM
It was a good week and a bad week for trainer Erv Miller and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview he talks about Dinner At The Met, who is the odds-on morning-line favorite in Saturday's Gilmour division at the Meadowlands. One horse who isn't in the Gilmour this weekend is first-round winner National Debt, and we have the big story on Jerry Silva's J&T Silva Stables purchasin...
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Meadows adds $5K guaranteed Pick 4s

on 02/26/2014 12:00 AM
Beginning Monday, March 3, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer $5,000-guaranteed pools for its Monday and Tuesday Pick 4 wagers as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative.   Minimum wager for the Pick 4, which spans Races 4 through 7, is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the...
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Illinois horseman Glen Kidwell dies at 92

on 02/26/2014 12:00 AM
Glen Kidwell, one of the top trainer/drivers in the sport in the 1960s, died Feb. 18. He was 92.   According to U.S. Trotting Association records, Mr. Kidwell drove 1,120 winners in his career to earnings of $3,049,773. Among the top horses he was associated with were Active Donna V p,4, 2:00f ($188,725) and Active Don p,3,1:58.4 ($80,445), the first 2:00 two year old ...
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HHI meetings set to start Monday in Florida

on 02/26/2014 12:00 AM
Harness Horsemen International will hold their annual meetings and awards luncheon beginning Sunday, March 2, at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa, Deerfield Beach, Fla.   Featured speakers include Jay Hickey, president of the American Horse Council; Phil Langley, president of the United States Trotting Association; and T.C. Lane, the USTA's director of regist...
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Frank Chick's March 25 sale canceled

on 02/26/2014 12:00 AM
Frank Chick's Harness Horse Sale, originally scheduled for March 25 at Harrington Raceway, has been canceled due to lack of entries.   A Yearling/Mixed Sale has been scheduled for Sept. 16 at Harrington. (Frank Chick's)
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Gingras talks Singer Series

on 02/26/2014 12:00 AM
Yannick Gingras says it will be a challenge for Time To Quit to win the Charles Singer Memorial Series at Meadowlands Racetrack, but for now the Big M's leading driver is focused on Thursday's second round.   Time To Quit, who is unbeaten in four starts this season, races in the second of two $15,000 second-leg divisions of the restricted series for 3- and 4-year-old trotters. Train...
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Mal's Gal gets maiden win at the Meadows

on 02/26/2014 12:00 AM
The career-long frustration of Mal’s Gal ended Wednesday at The Meadows. In her 72nd lifetime start, Mal’s Gal captured her maiden victory for James Calvin Dodson and owner/trainer Ron Lineweaver. Most horses with lengthy records of futility are dismissed as "professional maidens,” but Mal’s Gal has been earning her keep. In those 71 winless outings, she finished second or th...
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Hoosier Park barn area opening March 15

on 02/26/2014 12:00 AM
Due to prolonged winter weather in the area, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will postpone the opening of the barn area for the 2014 live racing season until March 15. Originally scheduled to open March 8, the additional week will allow the Hoosier Park team to better prepare the backside and facilities for the upcoming season. Pending the current weather conditions, the track will open ...
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Ugly Betty rolls to Buffalo feature victory

on 02/26/2014 12:00 AM
Ugly Betty was a good looking winner in the featured $8,000 conditioned/optional claiming pace for fillies and mares at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (Feb. 26). Sitting fifth at the half-mile marker, Ugly Betty ($16.60) and driver Jack Flanigen followed the first-over cover of A And G's Doll midway down the backstretch the final time. Flanigen then tipped Ugly Betty three-wide and smartly pac...
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Baximum wins $20,000 Dover feature trot

on 02/26/2014 12:00 AM
A stretch-dash from Baximum proved successful again in a 1:54.2 victory in the $20,000 Open trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Feb. 25. In his usual style, driver Daryl Bier waited in the back of the field before putting Baximum into full flight turning for home. It was no contest in the lane as the Cantab Hall-Bax Machine gelding rushed past dueling Green Day (Vic Kirby) and Spunky Jack (Ro...
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Jolene's Pinehonker takes open trot at Pompano

on 02/26/2014 12:00 AM
Jolene's Pinehonker, photoed out of a 1:54.2 lifetime mark one week ago, got that lifetime mark on Wednesday night in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Trot. The five year-old gelded son of Pinetucky, trained and driven by Mark O'Mara for owner Lester Raber, wore down the pacesetting Andover America, handled by Bruce Ranger, in the final sixteenth of the mile to score by a half ...
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Cam's Card Shark retired from stud duty

on 02/25/2014 12:00 AM
The pacing stallion Cam's Card Shark, 23 years old, has been retired from active stallion duty. After joint consultation, Jim Simpson, President of Hanover Shoe Farms, and majority owner Jeff Snyder made the decision to retire the stallion from stud duty at Hanover. "The horse has been good to everybody associated with him from the day he was foaled," Simpson said. "He has now rea...
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WHHC player to play for charity

on 02/25/2014 12:00 AM
When the world's top horseplayers convene at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment in East Rutherford, N.J., on April 19 to compete in the World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC), an estimated prize pool of more than $50,000 will be up for grabs.   But one prominent player won't be playing for himself; he'll be playing for the health and care of retired racehorses.  ...
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Ohio horseman Tom Tharps dies at 82

on 02/25/2014 12:00 AM
Ohio horseman Tom Tharps, 82, died Monday, Feb. 24. Mr. Tharps was a veteran horseman who raced mostly at Lebanon Raceway and Scioto Downs. In addition, Mr. Tharps was a veteran of the US Army.   Mr. Tharps's sons followed him into harness racing. He was preceded in death by his sons Todd and Trent; He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carole, of Lebanon; three sons, Eric (Shelli...
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TSM Photo Bugger, Lord Terror take features

on 02/25/2014 12:00 AM
TSM Photo Bugger rushed to the early lead and seamlessly controlled the mile from there as he captured Tuesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   With Mike Wilder able to give him a comfortable :58.3 first half, TSM Photo Bugger cruised home in 1:55.3, a length better than the pocket-sitting No Doze. Rembrandt Spur raced well first-over for show. Jan Fread trains...
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Meadows horsemen helping humane society

on 02/24/2014 12:00 AM
On Friday night, Feb. 28, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will host a special event to benefit the Washington Area Humane Society (WAHS). The last time the groups worked together, it was the beginning of a journey that has taken a horse and a young girl to places no one could have imagined.   The MSOA will donate its commission from all money wagered on the design...
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Real Amor wins Meadows distaff feature

on 02/24/2014 12:00 AM
An upstart in the field of elite distaff pacers, Real Amor hardly was intimidated as she moved first-over to victory—her third straight—in Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap at The Meadows.   After trainer Brewer Adams claimed Real Amor for Adams Racing LLC for $10,000 on Jan. 22, she won her first start for her new connections in a conditioned event. Against t...
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Golden Receiver back in Big M winner's circle

on 02/23/2014 12:00 AM
It was an enticing mix of old and new at The Meadowlands on Saturday night with fan favorite Golden Receiver making a successful return to the track and a couple of lightly raced three year olds with big futures captured divisions of the Buddy Gilmour Series.   Golden Receiver has had a remarkable career for trainer Mark Harder and owners Our Horse Cents Stable and Nina Simmonds, wi...
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