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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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Foiled Again 1, Mister Big 4 in Quillen final pp draw

on 10/22/2009 2:00 AM
The draw for Harrington Raceway’s signature event, the third annual $322,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial for free-for-all pacers, was completed Wednesday afternoon as part of a banner Monday program that will offer nearly $1 million in total purses. Drawing the coveted rail was Foiled Again, owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JJK Stables, the 5-year-old Dragon Again gelding ma...
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Colts aim for Breeders Crown history

on 10/22/2009 2:00 AM
In this year’s Breeders Crown, one magnificent horse will end his career, while another will end his first season of racing. Both Muscle Hill and Sportswriter will be among the many story lines this Saturday in this year’s Crown at Woodbine Racetrack.  Fans may differ on which of the two horses is more appealing, but there’s no denying both are special.   Any time a horse goes t...
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Can 'Little Napoleon' conquer Crown?

on 10/22/2009 2:00 AM
“Little Napoleon” hopes to conquer the Breeders Crown. Little Napoleon is the nickname of diminutive trotter Wishing Stone, who is among 10 horses in Saturday’s $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old colts at Woodbine Racetrack. He has won three of eight races this season, included two stakes divisions at the recently concluded Red Mile meet in Lexington, and earned $158,320.   ...
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Raising Rachel looking for some Crown revenge

on 10/22/2009 2:00 AM
On a crisp, cool morning on the backstretch of Mohawk Racetrack, caretaker Melissa Allen gives the 3-year-old trotting filly Raising Rachel a bath. Raising Rachel is one of ten 10 trotting sophomores who will go postward in the $600,000 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Filly Trot Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. She has drawn post five.   Allen, who hails from upstate New...
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Chris Fatta wins final of distance series at Colonial

on 10/22/2009 2:00 AM
Betting favorite Chris Fatta drove past Eagle Lake in deep stretch to capture the $11,050 final leg of the Virginians Pacing Series Wednesday night at Colonial Downs. The race was contested at the distance of 1 ¼ miles, which actually is one complete circuit at Colonial’s large oval.    Trainer-driver Dustin Ingraham’s pacer was favored based on a second leg triumph in 1:52.1.&nb...
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One More Laugh hopes to graduate Kindergarten Saturday

on 10/22/2009 2:00 AM
Not being eligible for this year's Breeders Crown, world champion One More Laugh will look to take down five other rivals in the final leg of the Kindergarten Classic on Saturday night at Vernon Downs. Trainer Ray Schnittker will be in the sulky behind the 2-year-old son of Mcardle-Fancy Creek Funny while usual pilot Tim Tetrick is in Canada looking for more Breeders Crown titles.   Coming ...
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McGhees in South Carolina getting track resurfacing

on 10/22/2009 2:00 AM
Owners of the McGhees’ Mile Standardbred Training Center in Aiken, S.C. have announced announce they are resurfacing the facility’s mile-long clay track, the latest in a series of upgrades aimed at providing patrons the finest training experience possible.   “We want our guests to do more than just train great horses at McGhees’ Mile. We want them to train champions,” said t...
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Liz, Chiptoria Secret win series legs at Meadows

on 10/22/2009 2:00 AM
Roughed up going to the quarter, Liz showed her speed and moxie in capturing her fourth straight victory Wednesday at The Meadows in a division of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Series for freshman filly trotters. Chiptoria Secret took the other $12,000 split in the series' second leg. The $20,000-added Wohlmuth final is set for next Wednesday.   Liz, the 2009 Pennsylvania Stallion Series divi...
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Woodbine to host all 12 Crown races in 2011

on 10/22/2009 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group will play host to the full card of the Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack in 2011 and could become part of a regular rotation of tracks.   Speaking after Tuesday’s draw for the 2009 Breeders Crown races for 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters this Saturday at Woodbine, Hambletonian Society president and CEO Tom Charters talked about how the series wil...
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Rose in full bloom with Well Said

on 10/22/2009 2:00 AM
Toni Rose is not shy when it comes to the affection she heaps upon "my baby," better known to the outside world as the champion sophomore pacer Well Said. The 47-year-old North Dakota native has been the right-hand woman for trainer Steve Elliott’s operation for just over a decade, and combines professionalism with an absolute love for the horses in her care.   Well Said, the recent Lit...
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