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Virginia Breeders' Day of Champions at Colonial

on 11/03/2010 2:00 AM
Colonial Downs will wrap up its 2010 live racing season this Saturday when the New Kent track hosts its annual $300,000 Virginia Breeder’s “Day of Champions” harness card.    Eight championship divisional races will be contested featuring both two and three year pacers and trotters of both sexes. A marathon 14-race card will begin at 1 p.m., and an additional four non-bettin...
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Hail to the chief at Monticello!

on 11/03/2010 2:00 AM
Despite having to start from the eight hole his previous two outings and from post position seven on Wednesday, Northern Chief cruised to his 11th consecutive victory at Monticello Raceway for driver Mike Merton, establishing a new track record for consecutive victories. Northern Chief’s final time of 1:57.1 equaled the pacer's best this season.   Last week the 7-...
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Hypnotic Blue Chip ready for Indiana race

on 11/03/2010 2:00 AM
 On Wednesday afternoon, Hypnotic Blue Chip packed up his trunk and headed west, young man. After an overnight stay at The Meadows on Wednesday evening, Hypnotic Blue Chip headed for Indiana Downs in Shelbyville, Ind., for Saturday’s $125,000 Indiana Pacing Derby. He's this year's fastest horse thanks to his 1:47.2 score in a division of the U.S. Pacing Championship on Hambletonia...
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Gurf takes Dover feature in 1:56.2.

on 11/03/2010 2:00 AM
 Impeccably bred  Gurf scored a 7-1 upset victory in the 26,000 Open Trot at Dover Downs  on Wednesday, Nov. 3.   Corey Callahan sped Gurf quickly past Nordic Venture in mid-backstretch and then opened up an impressive lead on the way to a 1:56.2 triumph in the top weekday trot. The Self Possessed-Tasty Chip 5-year-old was claimed early last meet after an injury-riddled 4-yea...
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Boo's Boy scores in Pocono pace

on 11/03/2010 2:00 AM
Boo’s Boy, driven by George Napolitano Jr., won the $15,000 claiming pace Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   Trained by Carmine Fusco, the 9-year-old gelding went wire to wire in his latest start at the Northeastern Pennsylvania racetrack. Napolitano left quickly from the number five post with Boo's Boy, taking the nine-horse field to the opening split in :27, the half...
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Matrons, Progress Pace elims on tap at Dover

on 11/03/2010 2:00 AM
The Matron Stakes return during the first weekend of the 2010-11 Dover Downs season with many of the sport's top 2 year olds racing on Saturday, followed by three Matron 3-year-old divisions and the start of the track’s signature event, the $350,000 (est.) Progress Pace on Sunday.   The largest field of the elims presents 11 starters, including an entry, in the $54,650 Matron freshma...
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Random Destiny wins second Ontario Gold

on 11/03/2010 2:00 AM
Random Destiny, a 3-year-old filly by Ken Warkentin, captured her second Ontario Sire Stakes Gold final of the season, winning at Windsor Raceway Wednesday night in 1:56. Trained and driven by Riina Reklia, the filly won the $130,000 race by a neck over the pacesetting Emmylou Who.   Poof She's Gone, last year's Dan Patch 2-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year, also competed. David Miller gav...
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CA Marauder wins over sloppy Pompano track

on 11/02/2010 2:00 AM
The combination of rain, a sloppy track, a stretch-long duel with his main rival, and a first-over trip for the final five-eighths of the mile were not enough to deny CA Marauder the victory in the $12,000 winners-over feature pace event on Monday night at The Isle Casino-Racing Pompano Park.   “He raced like the real war horse that he is,” driver Bruce Ranger said as he was flippi...
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Schoolkids a 1:50.4 winner at Dover

on 11/02/2010 2:00 AM
Giddy Up Lucky made it eight-consecutive win,s taking the $35,000 Preferred-Open Handicap pace on the first Monday card of the new Dover Downs season on Nov. 1.   With Eric Goodell sending Giddy Up Lucky away from the outside to quickly take the lead, the Camluck-Sweet Art gelding held six rivals at bay en route to a 1:51.1 victory in the top-purse feature. The win was the third for driver ...
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Governor's Cup: Yes; Matron elim: No

on 11/02/2010 2:00 AM
Gambling is part of horse racing—not only at the betting windows but on the backstretch when owners and trainers have to map out a race schedule for their horses—and with it obviously come rewards as well as risks. For trainer Mark Steacy, a gamble with his 2-year-old colt pacer Foreclosure N this upcoming weekend didn’t pay off. Foreclosure N finished third in last Saturday’s single elim...
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Harrisburg sale to be webcast

on 11/02/2010 2:00 AM
The 2010 Harrisburg sale will be webcast live in its entirety. To access the webcast, go to www.theblackbook.com and then connect to the banner linking access to the live webcast.   The opening session of the sale begins Monday, Nov. 8, at 11 am. Each subsequent session from Tuesday through Saturday will begin at 10 am daily. (Standardbred Horse Sale Company)
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Meadowlands raises $1,497 for American Cancer Society

on 11/02/2010 2:00 AM
A total of $1,497 was raised for the American Cancer Society at Meadowlands Racetrack's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 29.   Track photographer Michael Lisa and his wife Annette, a cancer survivor, organized the fundraiser, which included a silent auction of autographed pink whips used by the Meadowlands drivers in a special race.  Kelly Ford, wife of v...
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Put On A Show, BG's Folly win Big M qualifiers

on 11/02/2010 2:00 AM
Breeders Crown champion Put On A Show, preparing to head to Balmoral Park for the American National 3-Year-Old Filly Pace on Saturday, Nov. 13, won a qualifier at the Meadowlands Tuesday morning in 1:52.2. With Tim Tetrick driving for trainer Chris Ryder, Put On A Show sat third through fractions of :27.4, :57.1 and 1:25.2 set by the Andy Miller-driven Odds On Moinet before rushing home with a fi...
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Dial Or Nodial leads Gold Cup field at Woodbine

on 11/02/2010 2:00 AM
The Final Four stakes events worth more than $2.2 million featuring North America's top freshman pacers and trotters will be showcased along with the $100,000 Gold Cup Invitational on Saturday night at Woodbine.   The Gold Cup will be race 9 on the card, with the field listed in post position order: 1--Dial Or Nodial (D.Miller), 2--All Tiger N (L. Ouellette), 3--Anderlecht (P.Hudon), 4--A...
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Bartlett to repeat in 2011 World Driving Championship

on 11/02/2010 2:00 AM
Jason Bartlett was not happy with his sixth-place finish in the 2009 World Driving Championship in Norway, but will have a “do over” when the Championship is hosted by the United States in 2011.   Bartlett recently accepted an invitation from the U.S. Trotting Association to participate in the 25th World Driving Championship, which will be raced over tracks where he has become one of No...
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Michigan cuts dates again; Pinnacle suspending operations

on 11/02/2010 2:00 AM
Michigan ’s race schedule, continuously declining in dates over the past few years, will shrink even more in 2011 as a total of 131 harness dates have been awarded to Hazel Park , Sports Creek and the two meets at Northville Downs. Also, Pinnacle Race Course, the state's lone Thoroughbred racetrack, announced it will suspend all of its simulcasting operations until an undetermined date in 2011. ...
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Draw complete for Messenger, Lady Maud

on 11/02/2010 2:00 AM
 Rock N Roll Heaven, the richest harness horse this season, drew post position four for Saturday night's $437,100 Messenger Stakes. The 55th edition of the Messenger--third jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown--wraps up Yonkers Raceway's stakes season and goes as the eighth race (approximate post 9:40 pm) on the 13-race card. First post is the usual 7:10 pm.   Rock N Roll Heaven, who ...
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Southwind Wasabi tops $600,000 mark

on 11/02/2010 2:00 AM
Southwind Wasabi vaulted over $600,000 in career earnings with a dominating victory in Tuesday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Trot at The Meadows.   Southwind Wasabi was hammered down to 3-5 in the wagering on the strength of her respectable fourth-place finish in last month’s Breeders Crown Mare Trot. She justified that support when she made the lead for Dave Palone with a quarte...
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Mathias Meinzinger, owner of One More Laugh, dies

on 11/02/2010 2:00 AM
Mathias “Mat” Meinzinger, 74, of Upper Brookville, N.Y., died Sunday, Oct. 31, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He campaigned many top horses over the years, including One More Laugh.   Born April 25, 1936, Mr. Meinzinger was the founder, CEO and president of Creative Bath Products, a prominent and well respected Long Island, N.Y.-based company. Born in Hungary, he arri...
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Omen Hanover by a nose at Dover

on 11/02/2010 2:00 AM
Tight photo finishes were en vogue in the top distaff paces of the week with Omen Hanover winning the $26,000 Open Handicap and Pacific Filly holding on in the $18,000 female paces at Dover Downs on the Election day program.   Tim Tetick drove Omen Hanover alongside $1.1 million-winner Not Enough, handled by Ron Pierce, heading around the last turn and just got up in 1:53 for her 10th ...
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