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Graceful Touch gives birth to Lucky Chucky colt

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
Graceful Touch, one of the most prolific trotting mares of modern time, gave birth to a colt by Lucky Chucky at Hunterton Farm in Paris, Ky., outside of Lexington on Tuesday night. The mare and foal are owned by Jean-Pierre Barjon of France, who bought Graceful Touch for $560,000 from last fall's Perretti Farms dispersal in Harrisburg.   "She's a wonderful mare. She foaled at 9:15 las...
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Bob McIntosh breaks pelvis in training accident

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada's website has reported that four-time O'Brien Award winning trainer Bob McIntosh was involved in a training accident at his farm Wednesday morning and broke his pelvis. “This morning my father was thrown from the jog cart when a yearling kicked and got his leg over the shaft," McIntosh's son, Rob, told SC's Trot Insider. "He was taken by ambulance to the hospital and wa...
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Jaavos Boy 1:54.3 winner in Pompano trot

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
A few days after marking the occasion of his 50th birthday late last November, driver David Ingraham renewed acquaintances with trotter Jaavos Boy in Florida. It was the start successful winter season campaign which is showing no sign of tapering off.   In the Wednesday evening (Feb. 1) edition of the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, Jaa...
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Big upsets at Dover; Morgan nears 14,000 wins

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
Race favorite The Budster won the $23,000 Open Trot on an longshot filled Wednesday (Feb. 1) at Dover Downs. Also on the night, Tony Morgan picked up one win and is now only six away from the 14,000 milestone.   Hall of Famer Ron Pierce steered Jeff Bartels’ The Budster to his first win of the New Year, setting a new race record with a 1:54 conquest in the week’s top trot. Following tw...
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Blanket finish in Pompano mares open

on 01/31/2012 12:00 AM
The final Mares Open Handicap Pace feature of January at Pompano Park on Monday night ended in a blanket finish with Special Sweetheart overlooked to the tune of 5-1 and digging deep to score a narrow decision in a cavalry charge to the wire.   George Napolitano Jr. put the 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Ladys Special Girl on the point early and she was forced to deal with a stro...
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$3 mil night at Big M; $500,000 bet on track

on 01/31/2012 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands saw its first $3-million night of the year on Saturday, Jan. 28, as $3,090,000 was wagered on the 12-race card, a slight increase from the $2,991,548 wagered on the last Saturday of January in 2011. A big reason for the season-high handle was on-track wagering of $510,475, an increase of 27.8 percent from the on-track handle of $399,571 in 2011. The wagering was aided by a P...
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Meadowlands Pick 5 to offer $20,000 guarantee

on 01/31/2012 12:00 AM
Starting Friday, Feb. 3, the Meadowlands Pick 5 will have a $20,000 guaranteed pool on all racing nights. A 50-cent base wager, the Pick 5 starts in Race 1.   On Saturday, Jan. 28, the Meadowlands Pick 5 handled a record $96,962 helped largely by a $16,400 carryover heading into the card. The average 50-cent payout has been $1,717 so far in 2012 and there have been two carryovers ...
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Cheap Motel aims for Woodbine series

on 01/31/2012 12:00 AM
When Cheap Motel begins in the first leg of the $20,000 HorsePlayer Interactive Series on Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack, owner Paul Reid won’t be trackside, but he’ll be tuned in to the proceedings from his home in Deleon Springs, Fla.   Reid, who has conditioned the 6-year-old daughter of Grinfromeartoear on several occasions throughout her career, purchased the 12-time winner fro...
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I'm Won Wine Wiser is one Dover winner

on 01/31/2012 12:00 AM
I’m Won Wine Wiser may be a tongue twister to say but she is a good one for bettors to follow winning her fourth consecutive victory in the week’s top distaff event, the $16,000 mares winners-over pace on Tuesday at Dover Downs.     Driver George Dennis and his wife Tiny bred and own I’m Won Wine Wiser, a 5-year-old daughter of Modern Art-La Gloria Cubana who is on a ra...
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Full Of Sand full of pace at The Meadows

on 01/31/2012 12:00 AM
Full Of Sand, who had been a step or two behind the leaders in previous starts against The Meadows’ elite pacers, found a new gear Tuesday when he came first-over to capture the $22,500 Preferred Handicap.   Instead of his customary covered trip, Full Of Sand was the first to move down the backside for trainer/driver Ray Paver. He ground down the leader, Valentowner, and triumphed in 1:52...
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Trotslikethewind sets season's mark at Meadows

on 01/30/2012 12:00 AM
Trotslikethewind did just that Monday at The Meadows, capturing the $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot in 1:55.2, equaling the fastest mile this year by an older mare on a five-eighths-mile track.   Parked to the opening quarter, Trotslikethewind tolerated no challenges once she reached the front, covering the back half in a sparkling :56.4 for Tony Hall. She downed Allthatnab...
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Broadies Song in 1:50; triples for Callahan, Pierce

on 01/30/2012 12:00 AM
Broadies Song became the season’s fastest gelding on a five-eighths mile oval, while Mainland Key N won a second Preferred in two weeks to highlight the weekly $30,000 features on Monday, Jan. 30, at Dover Downs.   David Miller made good use of starting from the inside with Broadies Song, taking the lead after the quarter. Broadies Song fought off Cams Art and Ron Pierce on...
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Ontario plan moves $1.4 mil in purses to Windsor

on 01/30/2012 12:00 AM
A plan submitted by Windsor for the re‐direction of purse money from Woodstock and Dresden Raceways has been approved by the Director, following a recommendation from the Ontario Racing Program’s Implementation and Monitoring (IM) Group. The approved plan calls for $1.4 million to move from Woodstock and Dresden to Windsor, to maintain the average 2012 daily purse at Windsor at approxima...
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Ready Cash wins second Prix d'Amerique

on 01/29/2012 12:00 AM
Ready Cash won his second straight Prix d'Amerique at the Vincennes track in Paris on Sunday afternoon, defeating the mare Roxane Griff in a mile rate time of 1:56 for the 2,700 meter race (1.67 miles). Frank Nivard drove the winner, a 7-year-old stallion by Indy de Vive.   As expected because it is his preference, Ready Cash started on the far outside of the 18-horse field as Timoko took t...
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Ocean's Motion coasts in Yonkers Open

on 01/28/2012 12:00 AM
Ocean's Motion (Jordan Stratton) busted it wide open Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $33,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.    Assigned post position two, she was away fourth as Delightful Diva (Pat Berry) took over from 2-1 choice Bling (George Brennan) right at the :27.1 opening quarter. Before a :57.1 half, Ocean's Motion vacated the cones, going after a...
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Miss Versatility Series enriched in 2012

on 01/28/2012 12:00 AM
In its short history, the Miss Versatility Series has become a highlight on the annual schedule for trotting mares, and the 2012 edition will be bigger and richer.   The purses for the series legs have been raised from $25,000 to $40,000 ($30,000 per division) and the number of preliminary legs has been increased from three to four.   For the first time, the Woodbine Entertainment ...
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Sweden's Yarrah Boko wins Prix du Luxembourg

on 01/28/2012 12:00 AM
The 2011/2012 winter meet at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes has been quite different to previous years. In the past there has been much Swedish success, but during this year there has not been a single victory for a Swedish-bred trotter.  Finally, and it was also a well-timed moment on Saturday, when Yarrah Boko, the 2011 Elitlopp fourth-place finisher, won the $145,000 Prix du Lu...
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Updated-Mich. barn fire kills four horses

on 01/28/2012 12:00 AM
A barn fire at Michigan Hall of Fame horseman Lee Sattelberg's farm in Howell Saturday morning killed four horses, including three Standardbreds and a 27-year-old Quarter Horse, and destroyed all of his equipment.   Kate Marotta, a close friend of Lee and Denna Sattelberg, told harnessracing.com that Denna was in the house at 9 a.m. on Saturday when she heard some pops and went outside...
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Winning streaks extended in Complex, Hirt

on 01/28/2012 12:00 AM
Itrustyou, the dominant horse in a four-ply Ron Burke Stable entry in the $74,000 Complex final Saturday night at the Meadowlands, scored a game 1:50 victory that was his 10th straight trip to the winner's circle. The $73,000 Clyde Hirt final went to Special T Rocks, who overcame a grueling trip to win in 1:51, his sixth consecutive victory.   This was the second consecutive year that the C...
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11-year-old Armbro Billow wins 69th race

on 01/28/2012 12:00 AM
It isn't very often that a horse in the second decade of life will earn a career-best speed mark but the veteran pacer Armbro Billow accomplished just that on the final Saturday night of January at Pompano Park.   In a $6,100 conditioned test, Armbro Billow was kept well back of the unsustainable pace made Big Bam Ray in rein to Richie Simard as the fastest opening half of the mee...
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