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Ouellette on Crys Dream: “She was unreal”

on 05/17/2011 2:00 AM
Last year’s O’Brien Award winner, Crys Dream exploded past her older rivals tonight as she made her sophomore debut a winning one at Woodbine for regular pilot, Luc Ouellette. The filly was entered into a $25,000 condition event and paid $4.70 for the victory.Crys Dream, who won seven of eight starts as a freshman, earned $596,065 last season, took her lifetime best when she captured the $502,...
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Big week pads Pena's lead at 3 racetracks

on 05/17/2011 2:00 AM
Lou Pena currently sits atop the trainers’ standings at three racetracks—Yonkers, Harrah’s Chester and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs—and he significantly padded his numbers after a monstrous period of Saturday, May 7, through Saturday, May 14. Pena, currently second on the national trainers’ dash and earnings list behind only Ron Burke, had a huge week at Yonkers as he continued to domina...
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Big M offers new series for trotters

on 05/17/2011 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack will be holding a new series for 3-year-old trotters in the month of June.The series will be for non-winners of two extended pari-mutuel races or $25,000 lifetime up to and including June 5, 2011.A pair of $15,000 legs will be held on Friday, June 10, and Friday, June 17. A $40,000 final will be contested on Friday, June 24.There is no entry fee. The box will close the Monday...
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Molson Pace & OSS elims drawn

on 05/17/2011 2:00 AM
The stars will abound at Western Fair Raceway on Friday, May 20 as the track hosts two eliminations for their signature race, the Molson Pace, and the first Ontario Sire Stakes events of the year with several top performers, equine and human, set to perform at the London racetrack.The two $20,000 Molson Pace eliminations will go postward as races six and 11. In the first test early favorite Art Pr...
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Manofmanymissions tops Thursday Big M qualifiers

on 05/17/2011 2:00 AM
Several stars will be on the racetrack Thursday morning in qualifying races at the Meadowlands, but it will likely be the sixth race—a 3-year-old colt trot—that will attract the most attention. Drawing the outside post six in the race is Manofmanymissions, who scored a world-record 1:53.2 victory in last October’s $600,000 Breeders Crown final at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, with his compet...
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Jody Jamieson, Jeff Gillis take WEG titles

on 05/17/2011 2:00 AM
The Woodbine meet came to an end on Monday, May 16 with driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Jeff Gillis finishing atop the leaderboard. Jamieson put up very impressive records over the winter, with top numbers in every category.   Jamieson drove 136 winners in 588 starts, which is 53 wins more than his closest competitor, Randy Waples. Jamieson’s purse earnings were in exces...
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Meadowlands joins guaranteed Pick-4 program

on 05/17/2011 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Racetrack’s existing guaranteed Pick-4 bets will be added to the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering program beginning this week.   The Meadowlands offers $50,000 guaranteed Pick-4 wagers every Thursday and Friday and a $75,000 guaranteed Pick 4 each Saturday. The Pick-4 is offered races 6 through 9 on each card. First race post time is 7 p.m., with the first ...
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Canadian Hall of Fame inductees announced

on 05/17/2011 2:00 AM
Burning Point and Invitro, two Standardbred pacing mares with combined earnings of over $5 million, along with a filly that won the Queen’s Plate and the Woodbine Oaks in 2002, headline this year’s class of inductees into Canada’s Horse Racing Hall of Fame.   Standardbred electors were unable to separate the greatness of Burning Point and Invitro, as both mares gained admission in the...
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Tioga reminds horsemen about golf outing

on 05/17/2011 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs would like to extend an invitation to all horsemen and owners participating at Tioga Downs over the Memorial Day weekend to join the track in the annual golf outing on Sunday, May 29. The format for the golf outing will  be the traditional Captain and Crew format and will take place at Shepard Hills in Waverly, NY, with an 8:30 am shotgun start. There will be a BBQ at Sh...
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Pastor Stephen coasts in 2011 PASS debut

on 05/17/2011 2:00 AM
Making his 2011 pari-mutuel debut, Pastor Stephen, last year’s Two-Year-Old Colt Trotter of the Year, coasted to a 1:55.2 victory over a track listed as “sloppy” in the third of three $69,303 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (PASS) divisions Tuesday afternoon at the Meadows. The other two PASS splits went to Onirique (1:55.2) and Washingtonian (1:56.1). Dave Palone, who directed Pastor Stephen to a...
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Big Jim to debut Saturday in NJ Classic prep

on 05/17/2011 2:00 AM
Big Jim, the 2010 divisional champion, tops the list of 3-year-old colts and geldings that will compete in a $25,000 prep race for the $400,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic on Saturday at Meadowlands Racetrack.     The nine colts and geldings in the prep will join Shadyshark Hanover in the May 28 final, the richest event restricted to New Jersey-sired pacers. Th...
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Feel Like A Fool leads Simpson action at Tioga

on 05/16/2011 2:00 AM
Feel Like A Fool made the first start of his sophomore campaign a winning on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs in the lone division of the John Simpson Memorial stakes for 3-year old colt and gelding pacers. Howard “Pacin” Parker picked up the drive on the 3-year old son of Art Major – Fool That I Am for trainer and co-owner George Teague Jr.   Parker settled the colt in sixth as Bitter...
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Pardon upset in Violet eliminations

on 05/16/2011 2:00 AM
State-bred distaffers took center stage as the first “major” stake of the 2011 season for Illinois conceived and foaled pacers kicked off on Sunday night with eliminations for the $45,600 Violet Stake grabbing the spotlight on a very cold and damp night at the Crete oval. With a total of 14 three-year-old pacing fillies dropped into the entry box a pair of $7,000 eliminations were contested wi...
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Lady Rainbow, Mystician win Mohawk qualifiers

on 05/16/2011 2:00 AM
The Rick Zeron-trained Lady Rainbow made her first 2011 appearance under cool, damp conditions at Mohawk qualifiers on Monday morning. As a 2 year old, Lady Rainbow fashioned a record of 4-1-2 in nine starts, banking $212,989 in seasonal earnings. Her stakes wins included the Bluegrass and International Stallion Stakes at The Red Mile.   Zeron was impressed with his sophomore filly...
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Change in draw schedule beneficial at Big M

on 05/16/2011 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands new draw schedule – enter by 9:00 a.m. Monday for Friday night’s card and 9:00a.m. Tuesday for Saturday’s card – definitely helped with the amount of entries in the box for Friday May 20, according Peter Koch, the Meadowlands race secretary.“Well there were 111 horses, which is 46 more than we had last week, so that’s a good thing,” he said. “It was much better. It...
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Eight of 10 finalists in Miss New Jersey prep

on 05/16/2011 2:00 AM
Eight of the 10 fillies entered in the $150,000 Thomas D’Altrui Miss New Jersey will compete in a $20,000 prep race on Friday, May 20, 2011 at the Meadowlands Racetrack.Two of the entrants, Honky Tonk Woman by Western Ideal and Weekend Update by Rocknroll Hanover, will face off in the final with the eight fillies who entered the prep.The Miss New Jersey Final shares the May 28 card with the $400...
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Sevruga romps by 17 in PA Stallion split

on 05/16/2011 2:00 AM
Sevruga, who was named for a type of caviar, showed that he may indeed be an exquisite delicacy Monday at The Meadows when he blew away a division of an $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event, scoring by 17 1/4 lengths in a stake-record shattering 1:55.1. The stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters was contested over four divisions, with High Pan Tolerance, SJ Better Days and Walltocous...
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Ranger's return to Pompano put on hold

on 05/16/2011 2:00 AM
Shortly after the accident on April 12 which left Bruce Ranger with a separated shoulder he thought he'd be back in action in four to six weeks. After his latest doctor's visit on Monday, May 16, that will not be the case for the top driver of the current meet and in the 47-year history of harness racing at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   "I have to be patient now because this i...
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Jeremy's Successor takes his fifth at Harrington

on 05/16/2011 2:00 AM
Andrea Hill’s Jeremy’s Successor ($4.20, Sean Bier) notched his fifth win of the 2011 season Monday with a 1:52.4 win in the $18,600 featured Open Pace at Harrington Raceway.   Trained by Crissy Crissman, it was his 25th career victory as his seasonal earnings ballooned to just under $100,000. The 7-year-old Mach Three gelding assumed command from Real Magician approaching the quar...
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Jezzy, Ice Machine win Simpsons

on 05/15/2011 2:00 AM
The talented trotters Jezzy and Ice Machine lived up to their top billing in Saturday night’s $143,432 John Simpson Memorial Stakes action at Vernon Downs.The highly-regarded Jezzy, who never finished worse than second in 11 freshman starts, delivered a career best 1:57.2 victory in Saturday’s $24,670 ninth race of The Elma for 3-year-old trotting fillies, while Ice Machine, fresh off a 1:57.3...
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