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Explosive Matter implodes in Orsi Mangelli

on 11/02/2009 12:00 AM
Despite a decisive first-heat win by six lengths in a mile-timed rate of 1:56, in the $375,00 Gran Premio Orsi Mangelli at San Siro in Milan, Italy on Nov. 1, the American-bred son of Cantab Hall, Explosive Matter, could not capitalize on that victory in the final, making a break and losing all chance. Driven by Ron Pierce for trainer Noel Daley and owners Adam Victor and Son, the 3-year-old colt ...
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FSBOA seeking parity in Florida

on 11/02/2009 12:00 AM
The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association's (FSBOA) second vice president, Christine Garrity, has written an article noting the struggles the FSBOA has add in its attempt to chage Florida legislation so that Standardbreds have parity with Thoroughbreds in the Sunshine State in regards to racing and casino operations at the tracks. In her article, Garrity notes recent court ruli...
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Bold Dreamer's yearling tops opening session at $360,000

on 11/02/2009 12:00 AM
The first session of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company's annual yearling auction in Harrisburg concluded early Monday evening, with 272 horses sold for an average price of $51,432. This year the yearling portion of the sale is spread over four days--Monday through Thursday--instead of just three, so 96 fewer horses were sold in this year's opening session than in 2008. Last year's opener genera...
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Art Official surpasses $2 million in earnings

on 11/01/2009 1:00 AM
Indiana Downs closed out the month of October with a bang Saturday evening with several close finishes in The Circle City Stakes for three-year-old trotters and pacers. Southern Rocketop and Annieswesterncard were the only post time favorites to prevail in their respective divisions, as the night was ruled by upset winners. Sawgrass Farms’ Art Official capped the night’s program with a victory...
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Dinning wins five at Scarborough

on 11/01/2009 1:00 AM
Saturday, Oct. 31 at Scarborough Downs could be aptly dubbed, "Dinning/Gee/Bickmore Day," as driver Rob Dinning scored five wins and owner Kevin Gee had four wins (with trainer Randy Bickmore) on the day’s card.The winning trio started in race 3 with Philo Beddoe, continued in race four with Rusty's Rascal, in race six with Nothing's Ever Free, a 3-year-old bay filly pacer, and in race nine with...
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Rick's Crossroads leads to victory

on 11/01/2009 1:00 AM
Rick’s Crossroads shook off a rocky start in Saturday’s (Oct. 31) $4,000 Virginia Breeder’s prep race at Colonial Downs, then came back to win by a neck after a thrilling comeback in the stretch.A large nine-horse field of sophomore colt and gelding pacers prepped for next Saturday’s “Day of Champions” card, and Rick’s Crossroads Halloween night prep could not have started any worse....
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Pick 7 Jackpot at Pocono is now six figures

on 11/01/2009 1:00 AM
There were no treats only tricks on Saturday afternoon, Halloween at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs as once again no one was able to pick all 7 winners and claim the Pick 7 jackpot at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.  The jackpot has now climbed to $107,371.52, the highest point that it has been since the bet was instituted this year at Pocono. The best that anyone was able to do on Saturday was pi...
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One More Laugh graduates Kindergarten

on 11/01/2009 1:00 AM
Dancinwiththestarz, One More Laugh, Full Tank and Coco Lindy earned championship honors with their respective victories in Saturday night’s (Oct. 31) Kindergarten Classic finals at Vernon Downs.World Champion One More Laugh ($2.10) snapped a string of two second-place finishes with an explosive 1:55.2 performance in the $84,250 KC 2-year-old colt/gelding pace. With stablemate Matt Guitar Murphy ...
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Yellow Diamond makes Lady Maud elim 12th straight win

on 11/01/2009 1:00 AM
Millionairess Yellow Diamond and Jkmusicofthenite won Saturday night's (Oct. 31) pair of $20,000 eliminations for Yonkers Raceway's Lady Maud Pace.In the interest of full disclosure, we should note that no one was actually eliminated in the first elim. The scheduled field of five was reduced by one when odds-on early choice Shacked Up--a $30,000 supplemental entrant--came up ill.That moved underst...
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Shutter Boy clicks in Yonkers win

on 10/31/2009 2:00 AM
Say this much for Yonkers Raceway's all-age trot track record...it has a short shelf life.Barely a month after the 4-year-old gelding Baby Boy Grin threw down a 1:54.4 gauntlet, another 4-year-old gelding did him one tick better.Shutter Boy and Yannick Gingras made quick work of Friday night's co-featured, $40,000 Open Handicap Trot. He widened his lead to 6-3/4 lengths at the wire in that 1:54.3....
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Sheila's Dream, Castle Oaks win CASS

on 10/31/2009 2:00 AM
California Sires Stakes Action for the filly sophomores, on both gaits, were featured at Cal Expo on Friday night (October 30), on which Sheila's Dream and Castle Oaks were winners. In the first of the two $15,000 divisions, this for the trotters, Sheila's Dream made every pole a winning one for driver Rick Plano. Coasting home in the stretch while only barely urged in the final sixteent...
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$25,000 guaranteed in Bal-Cal Pick 4

on 10/31/2009 2:00 AM
The popular Bal-Cal Pick 4 Challenge will return on Sunday, November 8, with its usual $25,000 guaranteed jackpot. The wager will be offered every Sunday from Nov. 8 through Dec. 13.“This wager has been very popular with not only the on-track patrons at both facilities but also with fans throughout the country,” noted Jim Hannon, Director of Simulcasting-General Manager for Balmoral Park. “I...
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Southwestern Dream wins at Pocono

on 10/31/2009 2:00 AM
Southwestern Dream made his first start at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs a memorable one, winning the featured Open Handicap pace on Friday night (Oct. 30). The race carried a purse of $30,000.Leaving from the outside post in a field of six as the 4-5 favorite, Southwestern Dream, shipping in from Chester with Tom Jackson in the bike for trainer Bruce Saunders, grabbed the lead just shy of the 3/8-m...
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John Paul's Legacy grows

on 10/31/2009 2:00 AM
John Paul’s Legacy out-toughed the favorite Sharpshootennorris to capture Friday night’s (Oct. 30) $10,000 Open handicap trot at Vernon Downs.Trainer Angus MacDonald did the driving in Friday’s featured seventh race as John Paul’s Legacy ($10.60) led the field through splits of 28.1,59.3 and 1:28.2.  Ten-time current winner Sharpshootennorris mounted a series challenge in the final tu...
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Mischief night is Sears night at Pompano

on 10/31/2009 2:00 AM
Insofar as the Friday night daily double at The Isle Pompano Park was concerned, all you needed to know was which horses were sent out by the Kim and Jay Sears Stable to come up a winner.Their big night began in the opening race, the $13,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace. Lucy Lucy was teamed by 21-year-old Matt Kakaley on this occasion, and the 5-year-old daughter of Tough Sir-Small Change...
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Sensational Prayer answered at Saratoga

on 10/31/2009 2:00 AM
Sensational Prayer continues his dominance over his trotting challengers at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway as the 3-year-old trotter moved his win streak to five on Friday night (Oct. 30). The Like A Prayer-Cumin's Attraction trotter came to town in late September after battling strong competition at Lexington in the Kentucky stakes.Owner Roy Dobbins sent Sensational Prayer to trainer Andrew Byler an...
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Ritchie golden in OSS

on 10/31/2009 2:00 AM
Trevor Ritchie steered home both elimination winners in Friday night’s Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters at Woodbine Racetrack. It is the final Gold event of the season in this division.In the opening split, Ritchie teamed up with the chestnut Zorgwijk Kingpin and the pair scored a decisive first-over win in 1:59. The gelded son of Southwind Lustre - Zorgwi...
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Hoosier Classic opening session averages $10,000

on 10/31/2009 2:00 AM
Interest was high in the first session of the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale, held Friday afternoon, October 30. A total of 98 yearlings brought $989,400, good for an average of $10,096. The session was led by Straight Jack, a Third Straight colt purchased by Anthony Lombardi for $33,000. Consigned by Schwartz Boarding Farm, the colt is a full brother to McStraight, a winner of nearly $63,000 in hi...
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Circle City Series featured at Indiana Downs

on 10/31/2009 2:00 AM
Sophomore pacers and trotters will be on display Saturday night as Indiana Downs plays host to The Circle City series. The Robert Taylor-trained Southern Rocketop and Joe Seekman pupil Annieswesterncard head a solid group of open horses competing in the new series at the Shelbyville track. Sawgrass Farms’ Art Official will also ship to Indiana Downs in hopes of adding a win in the $86,000 Indian...
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Hoosier Park owner defaults on loan

on 10/30/2009 2:00 AM
Centaur LLC, owner of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, defaulted on a loan to senior lenders Tuesday, October 27 when it missed a reported $13.4 million interest payment. The Indianapolis-based company stated in a press release issued October 29 that the decision to forego the interest payment on a $400 million-plus loan was done as part of an effort to restructure corpor...
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