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Yellow Diamond wears first Crown

on 10/24/2009 2:00 AM
Yellow Diamond, the odds-on choice, opened up the rich, $5.1 million Breeders Crown evening at Woodbine on Saturday with a gutsy long neck score over Ginger And Fred in the $731,158 3-Year-Old Filly Pace. Driven by Jim Morrill, Jr. for trainer Tracy Brainard, Yellow Diamond, a daughter of Western Terror, took over from Ginger And Fred before the half was reached in :55.3, threw down a 1:22.2 thi...
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Muscle Hill is a Crown king

on 10/24/2009 2:00 AM
World champion Muscle Hill capped off his phenomenal career in style with another top-notch triumph in the $617,880 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colt Trot Saturday evening at Woodbine Racetrack.Hot Shot Blue Chip (Mike Lachance) and Tom Cango (Tim Tetrick) were the early breakers as Swan For All (Ron Pierce) leapt to an early two length advantage from Post 7 with the 1-9 overwhelming favourite, M...
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Poof Shes Gone does so with a Crown

on 10/24/2009 2:00 AM
Elimination winner Poof Shes Gone rallied from off the pace to prevail in the $617,880 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Filly Trot Saturday evening at Woodbine Racetrack.Ultimate Cameron (Mike Lachance) left from Post 6 with outside starter Levis Lady (Tim Tetrick) parked to the opening quarter in :28.4. Levis Lady pressed on and claimed the lead down the backstretch while Dave Miller angled Poof Shes ...
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Pilgrims Taj Crowned a winner

on 10/24/2009 2:00 AM
Pilgrims Taj rallied off second-over cover and swept past the dueling leaders in late stretch to capture the $617,880 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Trot Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack.Magic Fruit (Steve Condren) blasted to the lead from Post 7 flashing a :28.1 first quarter, but he was overtaken as a parked out Temple Of Doom (Dave Miller) rolled to the top. After a :57.4 half, elimination win...
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Fancy Filly Crowned a queen

on 10/24/2009 2:00 AM
World Champion Fancy Filly got up in deep stretch to prevail over pacesetter Put On A Show in the $628,178 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Filly Pace Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack.Ticket To Rock (John Campbell) secured the early lead and put up a :27.3 opening quarter. From there, Three Diamonds winner Fancy Filly rushed up from third under the guidance of Brian Sears with Put On A Show hot on ...
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Broadway Schooner gives Sears a third Crown

on 10/24/2009 2:00 AM
Hambletonian Oaks winner Broadway Schooner rallied from way back to win the $617,880 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Filly Trot and give driver Brian Sears a Crown hat trick Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack.Seaside (Dave Miller) hustled to the lead from Post 8 in the early going while Broadway Schooner settled in seventh after leaving from Post 7. After passing the first quarter in :28.1, Yursa ...
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All hail All Speed's Crown

on 10/24/2009 2:00 AM
All Speed Hanover fired three-wide around the final turn and nipped the undefeated Sportswriter at the wire in the $720,860 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt Pace on Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack.Heavy favorite Sportswriter flashed early gate speed leaving from Post 2 with Ok Commander (Doug McNair) charging up from Post 8 and remaining parked out in second with Post 9 starter Malicious (Paul MacD...
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If I Can Dream is wide awake in Crown

on 10/24/2009 2:00 AM
Millionaire pacer If I Can Dream joined his full brother Western Terror as Breeders Crown winners courtesy of his front-end score in the $617,880 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colt Pace Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack.Carnivore (Jody Jamieson) left alertly from Post 7 and fired off a :26.2 opening quarter but was overtaken by a parked out If I Can Dream and Tim Tetrick, who left from Post 6, ...
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Simpson gets 1,000

on 10/24/2009 2:00 AM
Driver Brandon Simpson reached a career milestone on Friday night (Oct. 23) at Maywood Park, guiding the Bruce Pacitti trained Another Judy to an easy victory in race three to notch his 1,000th career victory.The 28-year-old Crete, Illinois resident sent the 3-year-old pacing filly right to the top from post position eight and the issue was never in doubt as the two cruised under the wire in 1:58....
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Well To Do Guru wins at Maywood

on 10/24/2009 2:00 AM
Adhering to the old adage that “the show must go on,” Maywood Park presented a 14-race program despite starting the night without electricity throughout most of the plant due to a downed power line caused by high winds earlier in the day.The power outage did not affect the track's outdoor lighting system, thus Friday’s program went off as scheduled despite both the clubhouse and grandstand a...
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Doug's Fame grows at Pocono

on 10/24/2009 2:00 AM
Doug’s Fame kept his winning streak alive by moving up in class to win the featured Open Handicap pace on Friday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried a purse of $30,000.Leaving as a 2-1 second choice from post position four in a field of seven, Doug’s Fame and driver Anthony Napolitano took over the lead shortly after coming around the first turn. He was challenged constantly...
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Baileysirishdream wakes up at Vernon

on 10/24/2009 2:00 AM
Baileysirishdream became a reality in Friday night’s $5,500 featured eighth event at Vernon Downs.The track’s leading dashwinner, Jimmy Whittemore, did the driving for trainer Ray VanDreason as Baileysirishdream ($4.10) took the scenic route from third at the quarter to gain the lead in the far turn and then surged to a three-length triumph, in 1:56.4, over a rain-soaked track rated “good....
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Indiana Downs hosts ISS frosh finals

on 10/23/2009 2:00 AM
Freshman pacers and trotters will vie for top honors Saturday night, October 24 at Indiana Downs as the Shelbyville track plays host a quartet of Indiana Sires Stakes finals. Purses for the four finales total $575,000, with three of the contests receiving purse increases when consolation races did not fill. The championship races will conclude the 2009 Indiana Sires Stakes program.   Msnaug...
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Miss Vickie gives Simpson 999 wins

on 10/23/2009 2:00 AM
Looking to once again put a lock on divisional honors, Kevin Dixon and Robert Taylor’s 3-year-old trotting filly Miss Vickie had no trouble defeating five rivals in Thursday’s $15,000 BG’s Abbie Stakes at Maywood Park.   In a rare half-mile track appearance the striking daughter of Valley Victor-Willy Nilly was patiently handled by driver Brandon Simpson, who didn't fret when he got a...
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Call her 'Misster' winner at The Meadows

on 10/23/2009 2:00 AM
Misster Wilker made a decisive quarter-pole move and converted it to her second straight win in the Donna Dunn Memorial series for freshman filly pacers Thursday at The Meadows. The series’ second leg was contested over four divisions, with Dovetail, Hello Great Mate and O Lucky Me capturing the other $12,000 splits. The $20,000-added Dunn final is set for next Thursday.   Misster Wilker ...
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Peck looks back at Muscle Hill in Globe and Mail

on 10/23/2009 2:00 AM
Muscle Hill brings a 19-race win streak into Saturday's Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old colt trotters at Woodbine, the final start of his illustrious career. In Friday's Toronto Globe and Mail, writer Beverley Smith spoke to trainer Greg Peck about Muscle Hill and his thoughts about the standout's nearly-perfect record To read the story, click here. 
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Plainridge closed Oct. 29 for gaming hearing

on 10/23/2009 2:00 AM
Live racing at Plainridge Racecourse Thursday, Oct. 29, will not be held so staff and supporters can attend a hearing on an expanded gaming measure in Boston's Gardner Auditorium. The track will be open with a full simulcast schedule.   The Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies will conduct the legislative hearings. The panel will take testimony on gambl...
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Michigan tracks facing Nov. 5 shutdown

on 10/23/2009 2:00 AM
The immediate future of racing in Michigan is in jeopardy for the second time this year as the racetracks prepare to cease operations as of Nov. 5 due to the lack of funding from the state, a situation made even more dire by Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s recent line item vetoing of virtually all of the monies directed toward horse racing.  The first time this year that funding issues came into ...
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Shanghai Lil ready for her Breeders Crown Dance

on 10/23/2009 2:00 AM
Caretaker Kim Watson is a long, long way from home, and having the time of her life. The 30-year-old Auckland, New Zealand native answered an ad in the Standardbred journal Harness Racing Weekly ten months ago, and today finds herself taking care of her first Breeders Crown contender, the 3-year-old pacing filly Shanghai Lil, for trainer Peter Foley. “This is quite an experience,” Kim said w...
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Brainard fillies aim for Crown success

on 10/23/2009 2:00 AM
You might say Tracy Brainard and her partner Josh Marks are firing some serious bullets in this year’s Breeders Crown. Team Brainard has a six-pack of horses owned by the powerful Bulletproof Stables of Boca Raton, Florida, which will be represented by eight horses in three of the eight races.   Team Brainard has benefitted hugely since receiving some horses in July, 2008 from Bulletproof...
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