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France recounts Balmoral Park accident

on 05/31/2011 2:00 AM
Heather France, the 21-year-old caretaker severely injured in the April 11 backstretch incident at Balmoral Park that killed Michelle Eustis, the 26-year-old daughter of Illinois-based horseman Chuck Eustis III, the trainer of St. Elmo Hero, has recounted the details of that night to the Chicago Sun Times.   France and Michelle Eustis were riding a horse bareback in the early morning hours ...
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Crys Dream headlines Casual Breeze splits

on 05/31/2011 2:00 AM
Last year's O’Brien Award winner, Crys Dream, will look to keep her eight-race win streak alive as she headlines a pair of $86,781 Casual Breeze divisions Friday, June 3 at Mohawk. The daughter of Taurus Dream-Crystas Image made a big statement in her sophomore debut on May 16 by defeating older company in 1:54.2.   "That was a tall order for her," driver Luc Ouellete commented about Cr...
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Badlands Hanover book full and closed

on 05/31/2011 2:00 AM
The Badlands Hanover Syndicate and Winbak Farm of Canada has announced the 2011 book of Badlands Hanover is full and closed. The son of Western Hanover stands in Ontario for $6,000.   Badlands Hanover retired to stud as the fastest 2-year-old pacer ever and a world champion. At two, he won the elimination and final of the Breeder’s Crown, Niatross, Bluegrass Stakes, Keystone Classic, leg ...
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Fields set for SBSW; don't count out Drain Daddy

on 05/31/2011 2:00 AM
Harness racing’s glamour boys, the 3-year-old pacers, will battle it out in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes on Saturday, June 4, at Mohawk Racetrack. In the key stakes prep race for the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup, the Murray Brethour-trained Drain Daddy will be looking to make his late owner proud.   Longtime owner and breeder, Stephen Scarff, passed away from cancer Saturday, M...
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See You At Peelers draws 5 for Rooney

on 05/31/2011 2:00 AM
The undefeated filly See You at Peelers drew post position five as she takes on the boys in the 21st edition of Yonkers Raceway's Art Rooney Pace. The $307.734 Rooney--one of Yonkers' premier events for 3-year-olds--goes as Saturday night's ninth race (approximate post time 10:10 p.m.). Post time for the dozen-race card is the usual 7:10 pm. The draw for the Rooney, with declared drivers: 1-...
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Illinois Senate approves slots at tracks

on 05/31/2011 2:00 AM
Late Tuesday afternoon the Illinois Senate approved a major gambling expansion that includes a Chicago casino, slot machines at horse racing tracks and Chicago's two airports, and four new casinos in the suburbs and downstate. The Senate voted 30-27 to support the measure, which had passed the House on Monday. The Senate needed 30 votes to pass the bill. The bill had passed through ...
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3YO filly trotterscompete in PA Stallion Series

on 05/31/2011 2:00 AM
Trailing by 6-1/2 lengths at the half, Sephora De Vie rallied with a steady drive that carried her to victory in a stakes-record 1:56.3 in a division of Tuesday’s $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows.  The stake for 3-year-old filly trotters was contested over four divisions, with Linnea P, La Cantera and Im A Centerfold also capturing $20,000 splits.   Trainer G...
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Lucky Cadet preps for NYSS with 1:51.2 score

on 05/30/2011 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs held a special matinee race program on Monday afternoon and featured three New York Sire Stakes prep races each for $10,000. Lucky Cadet and Lewayne Miller stole the show in the prep race for 3-year old colt and gelding pacers with a new lifetime best of 1:51.2. Miller sent the 3-year old son of Art Major – Yankee Luck first over and cleared past the three quarters in 1:23.3 and crui...
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Illinois House passes gaming bill for racing

on 05/30/2011 2:00 AM
In Illinois on Memorial Day, Senate Bill 744, which would permit slots at the state's racetracks, passed the House. The bill must now be passed before midnight on Tuesday, when the legislative session ends.   Senate Bill 744 passed out of the House by a 65-50 margin, a margin which was not as close as some had predicted it would be. The bill, which still has two hurdles to clear before...
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Dancin Yankee's 1:52.1 leads OSS at Scioto

on 05/30/2011 2:00 AM
Little Brown Jug eligible Dancin Yankee avoided a first-turn breaker, then overpowered his rivals to win the third division of the Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore pacers at Scioto Downs on Monday in 1:52.1, fastest mile of the meet.    “I was lucky when I avoided the confusion in the first turn when that horse [Perfekjenlmnkalfas, driven by Dan Noble]  broke,” said driver Kyle...
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Brett Miller to drive for Coleman in ONT

on 05/30/2011 2:00 AM
After driving Legal Litigator to a fourth-place finish in the $300,000 Molson Pace this past Friday at Western Fair Raceway, driver Brett Miller has decided to remain in Ontario for the coming months. Miller, a native of Ohio, will drive primarily for trainer Casie Coleman after her regular pilot, Mark MacDonald was hospitalized after a serious accident at Mohawk on May 26.   “I drove Leg...
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Mark MacDonald released from hospital

on 05/30/2011 2:00 AM
Driver Mark MacDonald was released from the hospital Monday afternoon. He was admitted last Thursday after suffering injuries in a spill at Mohawk in race 10 that night.   MacDonald and fellow driver Jody Jamieson were involved in the accident. The accident resulted in MacDonald suffering a dislocated shoulder, a broken nose and his jaw broken in four places. Jamieson managed to walk away f...
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3YO trotter Tailspinner dies of colitis

on 05/30/2011 2:00 AM
After sweeping last year's $50,000 Bridger Trotting Series, Talespinner passed away Monday according to trainer Ben Baillargeon. Baillargeon said the son of Andover Hall-Fairy Tail began to show symptoms of colitis on Saturday morning.   "It all started on Saturday," he commented. "He had bad diarrhea and a mild fever so we had Dr. John Hennessey come to the farm and have a look at him. We ...
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3YO pacing colt Betterthancheddar: 1:49.2

on 05/30/2011 2:00 AM
Before Betterthancheddar even made his first pari-mutuel start, trainer Casie Coleman praised her pupil as one of the best horses she has ever trained and after an eye-catching 1:49.2 score Monday night at Mohawk, she was right. The son of Bettors Delight marched to the front to lead her rivals past a :26.4 opening panel. Roll On (Randy Waples), who was still parked out, cleared to the lead, ...
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Whatever It Takes, Jezzy win EBCs at Vernon

on 05/30/2011 2:00 AM
Whatever It Takes and Jezzy displayed championship form during their divisional scores in Monday afternoon’s $521,700 Empire Breeders Classic finals for 3-year-old trotters at Vernon Downs.   Whatever It Takes ($39.60) turned in a 1:54 track record performance for sophomore gelding high-steppers with his fast-closing triumph in the $283,475 male division (race six), while Jezzy ($2.40) ea...
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Macraider N and Bettor Sweet in dead heat record win

on 05/29/2011 2:00 AM
Macraider N and Bettor Sweet set a world record in Saturday night’s featured Open pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs by posting the fastest time ever on a 5/8-mile oval in a race finishing in a dead heat for the win. The amazing time was 1:48:4. In a night filled with sizzling times at Pocono, the $60,000 Open pace figured to be a scorcher. Macraider N, driven by George Napolitano Jr. for t...
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Valentowner dominates Scioto’s best

on 05/29/2011 2:00 AM
Valentowner shot to the front after the first half-mile of Saturday’s featured Open Pace at Scioto Downs and left his rivals in his wake, winning by seven lengths in 1:52.3, fastest mile of the season at Scioto.Dan Noble was in the sulky for trained Jim Arledge, Jr. and owner Robert Key of Pennsylvania.Jate’s Boy and Gordie How engaged in a speed duel out of the starting gate, resulting in an ...
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Mystician wins Upper Canada Gold Cup

on 05/29/2011 2:00 AM
Mystician, last year's Metro winner,  made a three-wide brush down the backstretch before opening up daylight on the field of three-year-old Ontario-sired pacing colts to capture the $500,000 Upper Canada Cup and join harness racing's millionaire's club at Georgian Downs on Saturday night.In the evening’s feature event, Mach It Big (Doug McNair) took over the lead from Grand Master (Luc Oue...
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All Cantab, Kashs Caviar win Earl Rowe divisions

on 05/29/2011 2:00 AM
Five-year-old trotter All Cantab was a gate-to-wire winner in the $109,750 gold division while four-year-old gelding Kashs Caviar went all the to win the $59,750 silver division.Driver Trevor Ritchie sent Blair Burgess trainee All Cantab to command in the gold edition from Post 1 and the son of Cantab Hall-All Mixed Up carved out fractions of :26.4, :56.3 and 1:24.3 before stopping the clock in 1:...
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Millionaire Grain Of Truth adds to that at Tioga

on 05/29/2011 2:00 AM
Ray Schnittker shipped in his millionaire 10-year old open trotter, Grain Of Truth on Saturday night and left with more money chalked up under his career earnings. Grain Of Truth and Ray Schnittker left from post position number six and immediately went to the front through fractions of 27.3, 58.2, and 1:26.4 before trotting away from the field of eight in 1:55.2.   It was the fourth win of...
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