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Fox Valley Touche wins Violet final

on 05/23/2011 2:00 AM
The growing rivalry between last season’s top two-year-old pacing fillies, Pardon and Fox Valley Touche, continued again on Sunday night as a field of 10 Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-olds gathered for the first “major” stake for state breds in 2011 the $45,600 Violet Stake. Sporting the distinction of being the only filly to knock off Pardon during her Horse of the Year camp...
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Dalcroft Big Guy sprints to Scioto win

on 05/23/2011 2:00 AM
Dalcroft Big Guy sprinted away from the gate along with Key Western in the featured 5/8-mile sprint at Scioto Downs on Sunday afternoon. The two pacers dueled through the early stages of the race, covering the first quarter-mile in :26.4 and leaving the others in their wake.Driver Kayne Kauffman still had the 4-year-old Dalcroft Big Guy in high gear when they reached the homestretch. Dalcroft Big ...
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Little Brown Jug contenders in weekend action

on 05/23/2011 2:00 AM
Four of the five top pre-season Little Brown Jug contenders were in action this past weekend. Big Jim, the 2010 divisional champion, kicked off his 3-year-old campaign with an easy 1:51.4 victory in the $25,000 New Jersey Classic eliminations at The Meadowlands. Shadyshark Hanover, No. 3 in the US Trotting Association’s pre-season ratings, also won his first start in 1:51.1 in an overnight at Ha...
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Hall of Famer Buddy Gilmour dies

on 05/23/2011 2:00 AM
Hall of Famer Buddy Gilmour, 78, has died. Gilmour's wife, Gwen, passed away in late February. Gilmour won the Meadowlands Pace with On The Road Again in 1984 and drove scores of stakes winners over the years and took driving titles at various tracks.   Last week Gilmour attended the 50th anniversary celebration for Western Fair Raceway in London and felt well, but on Thursday night he...
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Foreclosure N qualifies, on road to NA Cup

on 05/23/2011 2:00 AM
North America Cup eligible Foreclosure N emerged at Mohawk’s Monday morning qualifiers, preparing for what could be a lucrative sophomore season. The Mark Steacy-trained colt had a solid freshman campaign with a lifetime record of five wins, one second and two third-place finishes in 11 starts, with a bankroll of $236,907 for owner Peter Heffering.   In the fourth qualifier, the 3-...
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Meadowlands offers Molson Pace on Friday's card

on 05/23/2011 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack will simulcast the $300,000 Molson Pace from Western Fair Raceway in Ontario as part of its Friday, May 27 card.  The Molson Pace will be carded as the tenth race (post time 10:15 pm) and will be offered through a separate pool as part of the Meadowlands card.  Meadowlands Racetrack will also offer the full Western Fair card as part of its simulcast menu, so guests ...
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Garland Lobell dies at Walnut Hall Ltd.

on 05/23/2011 2:00 AM
Garland Lobell, one of the most influential sires in the history of the Standardbred breed, died of an apparent heart attack on Monday at Walnut Hall Ltd., Lexington Ky.  He was 30 years old.   Garland Lobell sired the winners of $50,729,523, which places him fourth on the all-time list of money-winning trotting sires. His offspring include the full brothers Andover Hall, Ang...
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Jezzy, Dejarmbro star in EBC elims at Vernon

on 05/22/2011 2:00 AM
Sophomore trotting standouts Jezzy and Dejarmbro lived up to their advanced billing, while I’m The Answer and Master’s Cook turned in track record performances during Saturday night’s 12-race program at Vernon Downs. Jezzy captured the first of two elimination divisions for 3-year-old trotting fillies in the Empire Breeders Classic with a career best 1:56.1 mile, while last season’s New Y...
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Trotslikethewind takes Saturday Tioga feature

on 05/22/2011 2:00 AM
Trotslikethewind shipped in to Tioga Downs on Saturday night and left with the lion’s share of the $16,500 purse in the Open Handicap trot. Greg Grismore got away fifth with Trotslikethewind as heavy favorite Aruba Vacation (Fern Paquet Jr.) cut through fractions of :27.3 and :58.   Trotslikethewind moved to the outer flow and caught cover behind Get Chipped (Michael Merton), but was unab...
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Dean Magee gets 4,000th career win

on 05/22/2011 2:00 AM
It took until the 14th and final race of the night but veteran reinsman Dean Magee, who has always had a flair for the dramatic, finally notched his 4,000th career driving victory on Friday night at Maywood Park as he guided Clever Sadie to a neck victory to reach the coveted career milestone.The 46-year-old Magee who was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin grew up on a farm in Green Bay and developed hi...
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Post positions drawn for Elitlopp

on 05/22/2011 2:00 AM
The draw for Sweden's prestigious Elitlopp, set for next Sunday, was held on live television in Stockholm on Sunday. Three American-owned horses will compete in this year's race: Arch Madness, Lisa America and Wishing Stone. Arch Madness drew best of the three, in the second heat (away from the strong favorite Rapide lebel), starting from post two. Wishing Stone drew post 6 in the f...
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See You At Peelers wins 14th straight race

on 05/22/2011 2:00 AM
Last year’s 2-year old champion See You At Peelers started off the year with her  14th consecutive victory in the first division of the Empire Breeders’ Classic on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs. The 3-year-old filly scored in 1:50.4.   Settling in third through the early parts of the race, Marcus Johansson tipped the 3-year old daughter of Bettor’s Delight-West Side Glory to th...
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Frosty Flirt wins at Vernon

on 05/21/2011 2:00 AM
Tracy Brainard’s fast-striding trotter Frosty Flirt didn’t disappoint in Friday night’s $10,000 featured Open-1 contest at Vernon Downs.Assigned the outside seven post in Friday’s ninth event, Frosty Flirt ($4.50) got away fourth as Vacation Day cut a quarter in :27.2, a half in :57.3 and three-quarters in 1:26.1 over a track labeled good.Moving into contention on the backstretch, the feis...
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Lorrie Please sharp in Meadows victory

on 05/21/2011 2:00 AM
Lorrie Please, who hadn’t raced in nearly a month, surged to an early lead and easily deflected every challenge as she captured Friday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Although she was a fading seventh in her April 22 outing and scratched sick two weeks later, Lorrie Please returned to the racing wars with the addition of Lasix. The 4...
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Montrell Teague wins Hempt with CTD

on 05/21/2011 2:00 AM
Custard The Dragon parlayed a pocket trip into a rallying victory in the 2011 Max C. Hempt Memorial Pace on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race, Pocono’s premiere event for 3-year-old colts and geldings on the pace, carried a purse of $300,000.   Racing from an outside post in a field of nine as a 10-1 shot, Custard The Dragon was sent toward the front by driver Montre...
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Karpathos wins for Marra at Pompano

on 05/21/2011 2:00 AM
A change is proving to be better than a rest for 10-year-old trotting gelding Karpathos at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   Since a private purchase last month by prominent amateur driver Jamie Marra of Delray Beach, FL, the veteran gelding has posted a runner-up finish and a pair of wins racing from the care of trainer Edgar Clarke. On the Saturday, May 21, p...
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Gordie How takes Scioto Saturday feature

on 05/21/2011 2:00 AM
It was a start-and-stop race, but Gordie How had enough pace in the stretch to win Scioto’s featured Open Pace on Saturday evening in 1:54.1 for trainer-driver Kurt Sugg.   The7-year-old gelding was assigned the outside post position in the field, which was reduced to five by two scratches. The  pacers sprinted away from the gate to get position, resulting in a :27.4 opening panel&nb...
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Giddy Up Lucky hits Yonkers mile in 1:50.4

on 05/21/2011 2:00 AM
Giddy Up Lucky (Dan Dube) rewrote the Yonker Raceway record book Saturday night, winning the $43,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from penultimate post position five, the 3-4 favorite Giddy Up Lucky watched as George Morton Levy winner Real Nice (Jim Pantaleano) worked around pole-sitter Forensic Z Tam (Pat Lachance). It was Real Nice getting the lead before a  :26.2 opening...
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Big Jim coasts to 1:51.4 score in 2011 debut

on 05/21/2011 2:00 AM
The first one is in the books for Big Jim as the 2010 divisional champion kicked off his 3-year-old campaign with an easy victory in the prep for the $400,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic on Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   After floating in the flow in the first turn and then settling fourth at the pylons, Big Jim and driver Phil Hudon brushed to the lead at the half and...
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Pantaleano, Pinkney snag Freehold titles

on 05/21/2011 2:00 AM
Jim Pantaleano won Freehold Raceway’s 2010-2011 driving title on Saturday, completing the meet with 232 wins. The Cleveland, Ohio, native had a career best 437 wins in 2010, surpassing identical 436 win marks in 2002 and 2003.     Dave Pinkney Jr. captured the training crown with 56 wins. He left Nova Scotia when he was 22 years old to campaign in New England. He won his first ...
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