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Lady Suffolk splits in the books at Freehold

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
In the first half of the 51st edition Lady Suffolk Trot, Mentally Stable and Jerry Silva’s Religulous took the lead at the start and never looked back while holding off Keystone Tabby in a long stretch battle.   The daughter of Muscles Yankee went the distance in a clocking of 2:01.4 to win by a length. The runnerup finished 2 1/2 lengths in front of Kitefin Hanover.   With Hall of...
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Cowboys Dreamer wins Princess Pacing Series

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
Cowboys Dreamer used a strong rally in the final quarter to capture the $80,000 Princess Pacing Series for three-year-old fillies on Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack in 1:53.The long-striding daughter of Hawaiian Cowboy might have been considered a hunch play considering she is out of the Jate Lobell mare Mothers Day Dream.In Thursday’s contest, driver Luc Ouellette took the filly back to ei...
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Simpson Memorial on tap at Tioga and Vernon

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
The three year old trotting divisions of the John Simpson Memorial stakes will be raced at Vernon Downs on Saturday, May 15 (box closes on Wednesday, May 12 at 9:00 AM) with the pacers set to go on Sunday, May 16 (box closes on Thursday, May 13 at 9:00 AM) at Tioga Downs. The purse for both trotting races and the filly pace purses are estimated at $50,000, while the pacing colts purse w...
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Smoke Pan Mirrors fastest in Pa Stallion series

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
Smoke Pan Mirrors, whose steppiness last week might have cost her cash, was both sure footed and fleet footed Thursday at The Meadows in capturing the fastest division of a $120,000 PA Stallion Series stake. The event for 3-year-old pacing fillies, which kicked off The Meadows’ 2010 stakes season, was contested over six $20,000 divisions, with Feel The Jolt, Budgirls Hanover, Hokie Spirit, ...
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Lachance heads into stakes season with top trotters

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
The return of Mike Lachance to the Meadowlands Racetrack driving colony is a sure sign that summer is near.The 59-year-old Hall of Famer and second leading money winner of all time returns Friday night to sit behind Lanson in the $40,000 prep race for the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial.  Lanson, trained by Don Swick, banked more than $450,000 last year while racing in the shadow of dominant divisi...
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R Sam, Boinga win opening legs of new Big M series

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
The inaugural Mr. Muscleman and Windylane Hanover series for 3-year-old trotters got underway Thursday night at the Meadowlands. Both late-closers are for trotters that are non-winners of three pari-mutuel races or $75,000 up to and including Feb. 1, 2010, with the Mr. Muscleman for colts and geldings and the Windylane Hanover for fillies.   Thursday’s $18,000 leg of the Mr. Muscleman wen...
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USTA offers support for Standardbreds in peril

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
The United States Trotting Association announced today its intention to offer support to Standardbred horses in the care and custody of animal control authorities because of neglect, abuse or abandonment.    The program, to be called “Support Our Standardbreds” (SOS), will extend assistance in providing feed, veterinary and other care to Standardbred horses in the legal custody of...
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Michigan amateur driving series to begin at Hazel

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
Amateur driving in harness racing has long been a part of the sport’s rich history. Tough economic times have made it difficult for racetracks  to survive and when it came to amateur driving, many tracks were reluctant to put such races on the card in front of the betting public. But a renaissance of sorts is taking place in Michigan, at least in terms of putting die-hard amateur ...
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TVG Amateur Driving Series starts May 8

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
What has become an annual event at Cal-Expo (Sacramento), the first legs of the TVG Amateur Driving Series starts on Saturday, May 8
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Lucky Jim digs in to win Cutler prep

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
Lucky Jim repelled a late rally by Arch Madness to win the $40,000 prep race for the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial on Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Lucky Jim and driver Andy Miller took command from In Focus entering the backstretch and opened up to a two-length lead as they passed the half-mile marker in a tepid :57.2. Arch Madness reached Lucky Jim's throat at the top of the s...
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Sloppy track no obstacle for Mambo Italiano

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
Mambo Italiano splashed his way to victory in Friday night’s $60,000(C) Ontario Spring Series final for 3-year-old colts and geldings with a 1:54.1 tally over a sloppy Woodbine racing oval.   Paul MacDonell engineered the winning effort with the son of Modern Art - Killer Queen who sprinted from fourth to first in the second quarter of the race after a half in :56.3. Once on top, he was ...
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Celebrity Playboy scores Harrah's Chester upset

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
Dispatched as the longest shot on the board, Celebrity Playboy ($77.20) showed a late turn of foot to take the $32,000 Open Trot on Friday afternoon at Harrah's Chester.   The 6-year-old gelded son of Yankee Glide showed breaks after the start in recent efforts, so driver Corey Callahan was determined to keep him on gait early, even if it meant sacrificing early position.   Call...
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Giveittoemstraight weathers Hoosier storm

on 05/07/2010 2:00 AM
Giveittoemstaight and Lemoyne “Mooney” Svendsen endured extreme weather conditions to take top honors in the $23,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace Friday at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The duo slid up the inside over the rain-soaked track to win the mile in a time of 1:53.4.    Starting from the center of the pack, Svendsen was able to slide Giveittoemstaight into the g...
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No respect for P C Moonshine

on 05/06/2010 2:00 AM
Even though he'd been beaten by less than a combined two lengths as the runner-up in his last pair of starts, five year old Malabar Maple-JM Gerula gelding PC Moonshine was overlooked to the tune of a whopping 30-1 in the $15,000 Open Handicap Trot at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park on the final Wednesday night program of the 2009-2010 meet.With 1-2 favorite Baseball Express in rein to Tom Sel...
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Claudius Augustus leads royal field

on 05/06/2010 2:00 AM
Claudius Augustus is one of those horses all owners and trainers strive to have in their stable. Not only does he bring home the money, he has quite the personality to compliment his success. He loves visitors and comes right up to the gate when someone walks by. This usually brings out his goofy side, as he will stick his tongue out and expect you to pull it. This horse likes getting his picture ...
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Zeke Parker at 9,995

on 05/06/2010 2:00 AM
Billy “Zeke” Parker, Jr. drove three more winners on the Wednesday, May 5th afternoon 10-race card at Monticello Raceway and raised his career victory total to 9,995 and now needs just five more to reach  the  10,000-win plateau.When Zeke wins his 10,000th he’ll join just eight others in North America who have also reach that coveted milestone.Parker’s first Wednesday win came in...
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Painted Speed is April's Ohio Horse of the Month

on 05/06/2010 2:00 AM
Painted Speed was brilliant in winning two Open Handicap Paces in April at Northfield Park, and that’s why members of the Ohio chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Assn. voted him as Ohio Horse of the Month.The 6-year-old gelded son of Real Artist won the Open Handicap Pace at Northfield on April 3 in a dazzling 1:53 with driver Aaron Merriman steering him to a pacesetting victory by three-quarte...
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Best in western PA honored

on 05/06/2010 2:00 AM
The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) Keystone Chapter teamed with The Meadows before Wednesday’s card to honor the western Pennsylvania-based stars of harness racing who won USHWA awards as the state’s best in 2009. The distinguished group includes Dave Palone, who will be inducted into the Harness Racing Living Hall of Fame later this year, and Ron Burke, who topped Nort...
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Feeling You impressive in Wilkes-Barre win

on 05/06/2010 2:00 AM
Feeling You, driven by Jim Morrill Jr., was impressive Wednesday (May 5) in winning the $41,000 Wilkes-Barre Pace for three-year-old fillies.The three-year-old Cambest filly was sent off as the 1-9 favorite in the race and didn’t disappoint. Morrill Jr. was first up before the three-eighths pole in the race after David Miller and Holiday Shopper led the opening split timed in 27 seconds.Feeling ...
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Cole Muffler dies

on 05/06/2010 2:00 AM
Cottonwood Farm is extremely saddened to report that  Cole Muffler was humanely euthanized on May 5 and laid to rest just outside the stallion barn that had been his home since 1993.  The 21 year old stallion suffered a debilitating incident in his paddock on Saturday, and although he had overcome a variety of lameness issues over the past several years, this latest event proved to be un...
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