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VIP Stable offering cash drawings for Back to the Track

on 07/26/2010 2:00 AM
VIP Stable has partnered with the U.S. Trotting Association, in support of "Back to the Track" weekend, which will take place on Aug. 14 and 15, by agreeing to donate five percent of the total purses won by their horses racing on Back to the Track weekend to be given away as a cash prize.   All fans who sign up for the free VIP Track Pass will be entered to win the cash and three winners w...
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Robert Messick, owner of Roddy's Bags Again, dies

on 07/26/2010 2:00 AM
Robert Messick, who bred and owned stakes winner Roddy's Bags Again, a 1:48.4 and $705,175 winning pacer, along with a number of hard-hitting horses of the past decade, died July 23. He was 72.  72. At his passing, Mr. Messick was surrounded by his family at Bayhealth Milford Memorial Hospital in Milford, Del.   Despite battling diabetes and a failing heart, Mr. Mes...
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I'm Justa Lady posts 67th career victory

on 07/26/2010 2:00 AM
I’m Justa Lady kicked off Adios Week at The Meadows in grand style Monday as she shot up the Lightning Lane to capture her 67th career victory in the $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot.   I’m Justa Lady sat third at the top of the stretch, three lengths back.  But when Tony Hall showed her the Lightning Lane, she poured through to score in 1:55, a tick off her li...
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Morrill steers four NYSS winners at Buffalo

on 07/25/2010 2:00 AM
Jim Morrill, Jr. was hard at work Saturday night (July 24) at Buffalo Raceway, as he guided four out of seven winners in the New York Sire Stakes, for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings worth approximately $20,195 in each division.   The most memorable drive actually came on a horse he wasn’t even scheduled to drive, as trainer John Hallett put him on Typical Newyorker (Conway Hall-...
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Extraordinaire flawless in Gold Final victory

on 07/24/2010 2:00 AM
As in the fable of the tortoise and the hare, sometimes steady is what you need to win the race, and steady is what two-year-old trotting filly Extraordinaire delivered at Flamboro Downs on Friday evening in $130,000 Gold Final action.   Starting from Post 2 with trainer-driver Wayne Henry in the race bike, Extraordinaire sprinted out from behind the gate and took early command of the Gold ...
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Jezzy, Miss Sue V in 2:00.1 NYSS wins

on 07/24/2010 2:00 AM
Two-year-old trotting fillies took center stage at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway on Friday night as the New York Sire Stakes were in town.   Ray Schnittker had a big night as his stable saw three of its freshmen record wire to wire victories in the $30,000-plus stakes events. Jezzy, perhaps one of the nation's top 2-year-old fillies trotters, made easy work of her competition as she took the ...
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City Delight leads NYSS winners at Buffalo

on 07/24/2010 2:00 AM
City Delight, a two-year-old Bettor’s Delight filly, out of the Western Hanover mare Western City won in 1:59.2, for owners W J Donovan and Joe Sbrocco, in the $23,648 division of the New York Sire Stakes here at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (July 23).   City Delight ($2.70) the prohibitive favorite in the race, driven by reinsman Ray Fisher Jr., shot right to the lead from post five, and...
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Sports Creek employee accused of embezzling $273,000

on 07/24/2010 2:00 AM
The Flint Journal reported Saturday that James Balars, the former director of operations at Michigan's Sports Creek Raceway, has been arrested on charges that allege he embezzled $273,000 from the track over a two-year period. Balars, 37, worked at Sports Creek for about 15 years, and most recently had the responsibility of making cash deposits from the track to the bank.   Balars, 47,...
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Rockin Image, Versado, Pang Shui take Adios elims

on 07/24/2010 2:00 AM
Rockin Image, Versado and Pang Shui each captured an elimination of the Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows Saturday and will lead the field into next Saturday’s $500,000 final.   Also qualifying for the final of the “Pace for the Orchids” for 3-year-old colts and geldings were We Will See, Delmarvalous, I’m Gorgeous, Nova Artist, Whackamole Hanover and Trick Man. Next Saturday’s p...
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Bay Girl, Cross Of Lorraine win CBC filly finals

on 07/24/2010 2:00 AM
Bay Girl and Cross Of Lorraine emerged victorious in the Canadian Breeders Championship three-year-old filly Pace and Trot, respectively, Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack, part of the Maple Leaf Trot undercard.   It was no surprise that trainer Casie Coleman conditioned the winner of the $169,339 Filly Pace, but most expected it would be the 1-5 favorite, Western Silk. Instead, it was her 6-1 s...
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Keep It Real rolls in Yonkers feature

on 07/24/2010 2:00 AM
Favored Keep it Real (Jim Pantaleano) uncorked Yonkers Raceway's fastest mile of the season, winning Saturday night's $42,500 Open Handicap Pace in 1:51.   The six-length victory also set a track record under the category of "4-year-old horse," knocking a couple of ticks from the performance of Jereme's Jet in May, 2007. It also eclipsed Giddy Up Lucky's week-old local 2010 best by two-fift...
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CBC colt finals to Hidden Message, Big Bay Point

on 07/24/2010 2:00 AM
Hidden Message, driven by Phil Hudon, rallied from well back to take the $165,550 Canadian Breeders Championship Final for three-year-old colt trotters, Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack.   In posting the 8-1 upset, Hidden Message, trained by Emma Frieze for owner Fintec Stables of Hamilton, powered his way down the middle of the track to best Arriba Amigo by a going away three-quarters of a len...
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Sears sweeps Tarport Hap divisions

on 07/24/2010 2:00 AM
Two $88,000 divisions of the Tarport Hap for 3-year-old filly pacers were contested Saturday evening at Meadowlands Racetrack.   In the first division, Put On A Show delivered another impressive performance, pacing to victory in 1:50. Driver Brian Sears guided her three-wide to take over the lead, and she drew off to a four-length win. Dancin Barefoot was second, while Seriously finished th...
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San Pail sets record in Maple Leaf Trot repeat

on 07/24/2010 2:00 AM
San Pail, driven by Randy Waples, took no prisoners Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack, wiring a star-studded cast in the $772,000 Maple Leaf Trot.   Not only did San Pail become the first horse since the incomparable Mr Muscleman in 2004-05 to win-back-to-back editions of the Maple Leaf Trot, but he also set a stakes record of 1:51.3, eclipsing Arch Madness’s mark of 1:52 in 2008.   At ...
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Buck I St Pat lights out in Armbro Flight

on 07/24/2010 2:00 AM
Buck I St Pat delivered as expected to take the $376,000 Armbro Flight Stakes final at Mohawk Racetrack Saturday night.   The race was contested despite a lengthy power outage which occurred just prior to the race.   The daughter of Jailhouse Jesse left from post one for driver Tim Tetrick and was positioned fourth through the opening quarter of :26.3 produced by Autumn Escapade and ...
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Roses for Tug River Princess at Mohawk

on 07/24/2010 2:00 AM
Tug River Princess uncorked a furious final-quarter rally to post a mild upset in the $376,000 Roses Are Red Stakes final for older pacing mares on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack.   The five-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover – Aucryifiwanto, with Jody Jamieson in the driver’s seat, sat off the pace early and watched favourite Dreamfair Eternal work her way to command throug...
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Cat Manzi bombs out

on 07/23/2010 2:00 AM
To infer Yonkers Raceway called out the bomb squad Thursday night would be a cheap, attention-grabbing ploy...until you looked at Cat Manzi and the tote board.Manzi, securely sequestered in second place in local driver standings, threw down the gauntlet with four winners (from 11 drives) on the 12-race card.Two of Manzi's wins--back-to-back, no less--lit up the landscape to the tune of 69-1 and 13...
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Driving title up for grabs at Tioga

on 07/23/2010 2:00 AM
The Driver Standings at Tioga Downs show a close race between three drivers on the money list, and with this being the final weekend to make a surge for the lead, it’s anyone’s to win. Corey Braden, Bruce Ranger, and Jim Morrill Jr. are all within $26,000 of each other with just this final weekend to go, and it’s anybody’s race. Jim Morrill Jr. currently leads with $296,085 after last week...
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Lauren repeats at Mohawk

on 07/23/2010 2:00 AM
Lauren was a repeat winner while Artic Byrd also emerged victorious in Thursday night’s second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Pacing Series for two-year-old fillies at Mohawk Racetrack.Artic Byrd sat well off the pace in the first split for driver Chris Christoforou and was situated in fifth position, more than five lengths off the lead, as the field turned for home. Despite the deficit, the daug...
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Finley's take: racing told to "drop dead"

on 07/23/2010 2:00 AM
Writer Bill Finley, in a column published Thursday (July 22) on espn.com, sums up the report of New Jersey's special advisory committee on entertainment, sports and gaming, and he sums up the committee's treatment of horse racing with this observation: "A portion of the press release on the commission's report carries the headline `Creation of a Sustainable Industry Structure to Pre...
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