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Ultimate Velocity wins Hoosier feature

on 05/21/2010 2:00 AM
The weekly $23,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Friday night at Hoosier Park once again featured some outstanding horses. It was Ultimate Velocity, driven by Fab Five driver Jason “Bad Boy” Dillander that took everyone by surprise and found the will to win by two lengths at the finish.   Ultimate Velocity, the 2006 foal by Western Ideal out of local standout race mare Extreme Velocity...
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Gregory, Harder bring out brooms at Yonkers

on 05/21/2010 2:00 AM
Jeff Gregory as driver and Mark Harder as trainer completed a sweep of Yonkers Raceway's pair of  $37,000 Open Handicaps Friday night.   The week's marquee trot found Shoeless White Sox--already owner of the fastest local mile of the season--in the mix early. Assigned post position three, he worked his way over pole-sitting Armbro Barrister (Steve Smith) before a :28.2 openin...
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All Spirit breezes to Tioga track record

on 05/21/2010 2:00 AM
All Spirit and Jimmy Marohn Jr. equaled the Tioga Downs track record for 4-year old pacing mares on Friday night in 1:52.1, equaling the mark set by Tug River Princess in the Artiscape final in 2009.   Marohn backed All Spirit off the gate to settle in sixth as Bet The Ranch cut out fractions of :26.4 and :55.2 before Ubetterthink Think (Mike Micallef) tried a first-over chal...
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Pompano earnings title resides at 'Wally's World'

on 05/21/2010 2:00 AM
It was a contest that went down to the final 12 races of the 2009-2010 meet at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park and Wally Hennessey finally secured the drivers' cash earnings title Friday night. The 53-year-old reinsman will edge Bruce Ranger at just under $1.2 million in driving purses for the 46th season at The Winter Capital Of Harness Racing.   Helping Hennessey's dollar total p...
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Tough Challenger proves toughest in Mr. Muscleman

on 05/21/2010 2:00 AM
Tough Challenger and driver John Campbell got up in the final strides to win the $52,000 Mr. Muscleman final on Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Tough Challenger settled into fourth place early on, cruising behind the leaders for much of the race. After hitting the half-mile marker in :57:1, Take My Picture charged up the outside and inherited the lead from an offstride Oh No It's ...
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Miller time in Molson Pace elims

on 05/21/2010 2:00 AM
The $310,000(C) Molson Pace final Friday, May 28, will be the richest purse ever offered by Western Fair Raceway and judging by the three $20,000 eliminations Friday evening, one of the most exciting.   Top driver Dave Miller was late getting from the London airport to the racetrack, but the frantic trip was certainly worthwhile as he captured two of the three eliminations and was...
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One More Laugh, Fred And Ginger tops in Hempt

on 05/20/2010 2:00 AM
Owner Jerry Silva should feel pretty good about his chances in Saturday’s $300,000 Max C. Hempt Stakes at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs for 3-year-old pacers.  After all, he’s got a piece of both elimination winners.Since that’s the case, One More Laugh and Fred And Ginger, who each rolled to an elimination win last Saturday as heavy favorites, are coupled in the betting for this Saturday...
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U Betta Winna does

on 05/20/2010 2:00 AM
U Betta Winna wasn’t in the race for three-quarters of a mile on Wednesday night at Scioto Downs, but he was in the winner’s circle after the race.Ohio Hall of Famer Chip Noble drove the 4-year-old pacing gelding to victory in 1:57.1 after the leaders tired and U Betta Winna went from last to first in the final quarter. His winning margin was a half-length over the 47-1 Shackleton Hanover and ...
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Sally gets a Hoosier Rose

on 05/20/2010 2:00 AM
It was a short and sweet trip, just like her name, for Sally in the $30,000 final of the Ralph and Dorothy Rose series Wednesday, May 19. Guided by Mark O’Mara, Sally cruised home the under the wire by one length in a time of 1:59.0, her first career win.Starting from post one, O’Mara was patient with Sally, allowing others to roll onto the lead and getting away in mid-pack through early fract...
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Mohawk meet begins

on 05/20/2010 2:00 AM
WEG standardbred racing will make the trip Westdown the 401 highway tomorrow (Thursday) night as racing returns to Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville for the Summer Meet.The 108-day meet will kick off with a 10-race program and will also include live racing on Friday and Saturday (all beginning at 7:30 p.m.) along with the special Fireworks and Family Fun Night on Sunday evening which gets underway...
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Southwind Go Go Go upsets at The Meadows

on 05/20/2010 2:00 AM
Abandoning his customary front-end style, Southwind Go Go Go followed cover nicely and scored a 24-1 upset in Wednesday’s $25,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Although he had won two of his last three starts with cozy pocket trips, Southwind Go Go Go ducked for Tony Hall, falling 6 lengths behind at the half. But the 9-year-old Grinfromeartoear-Radiant Rachel gelding enjoyed his ...
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I Know Magic a winning act at Harrington

on 05/20/2010 2:00 AM
David Rovine’s I Know Magic ($5.80, Brad Hanners) made his Harrington Raceway debut a winning one Wednesday, by capturing the $16,000 Junior Open Trot in 1:56.4.   The Josh Green trainee worked his way into contention second-over behind good cover from Fivedollarsforsox who wore down front stepping Stunt Man Hall. In the stretch run "Magic" seized the front end and earned his second win o...
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EBC trot elims on tap Saturday at Vernon

on 05/20/2010 2:00 AM
Headlining Saturday night’s card at Vernon Downs will be four trotting eliminations for the 2010 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC). Two divisions of each fillies and colts will race for a purse of $12,500.   The colts will go postward in races three and six. The third race pits last year’s 2-year-old New York Sire Stakes final winner Blacktuxwhitesocks against six worth...
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Sportswriter romps in 1:51.4 qualifier

on 05/20/2010 2:00 AM
After posting qualifying victories in 1:56 and 1:54.3, the 2009 Dan Patch and O'Brien award-winning Sportswriter turned it up a notch in a third qualifier Thursday morning at Mohawk, romping to a 15-length victory in 1:51.4. Mark MacDonald was in the sulky behind the Casie Coleman-trained 3-year-old son of Artsplace as he led gate to wire.   Leaving from post six, Sportswriter was on top by...
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George Filion dies in Florida

on 05/20/2010 2:00 AM
Horseman George Filion died from a suspected sudden and massive coronary attack when finishing his morning training duties on Wednesday at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. He was 74.   "I'd been training a 2-year-old filly alongside him and he really helped me by going with the trotting mare Conflicting Tales that he has in to go on Friday night," said fellow trainer Geof...
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Montreal has Canadiens, Monticello has Maple Leaf

on 05/20/2010 2:00 AM
The fifth edition of Monticello Raceway’s Maple Leaf Pace, which will go to post on Monday afternoon, May 24,  is an event for drivers of Canadian heritage and  the fifth leg of the tracks Heritage Drivers Series. Eight drivers will  battle with the winner earning a berth in the series finale--The All-America Pace--which will be presented in early October.   Of the eig...
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Northfield to open new RaceBook on Memorial Day

on 05/20/2010 2:00 AM
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, at noon, Northfield Park will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch the grand opening of its new ground floor simulcast area, The RaceBook. Chief executive officer Brock Milstein and chief operating officer Tom Aldrich will join Northfield Village Mayor Victor Milani for this event.   The track opens immediately following for simulcasting. Prize drawin...
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Julie's plans for Jim in Sweden

on 05/20/2010 2:00 AM
“I don’t usually get emotional about these things,” said trainer Julie Miller. “But when the doors to the van closed and Lucky Jim left for the Elitlopp, I felt like I was sending my first-born off to his first day of kindergarten by himself. I’ve never been one to get really emotional about that kind of thing and I’ve always prided myself on raising independent kids, but when Jim left...
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Scioto holds press conference to discuss future

on 05/20/2010 2:00 AM
Speaking at a press conference at Scioto Downs Thursday morning arranged by the racetrack’s parent company, Mountaineer Gaming Inc., chief operating officer Stacy Cahill said the Columbus track could close without legislative relief that includes the introduction of video lottery terminals. Cahill spoke briefly to the gathering that consisted of three Columbus television stations as well as Mid...
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Ohio governor to meet with Ohio horsemen

on 05/20/2010 2:00 AM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and the Ohio Horseman’s Benevolent and Protective Association, which represents Thoroughbred horsemen in the state, have announced that Governor Ted Strickland will meet with all Ohio horsemen and discuss the horse industry in a one-on-one setting.   The meeting with Governor Strickland is scheduled for Sunday, June 6, from 6:30 p.m. to ...
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