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Redneck Riviera wins New Jersey Futurity

on 10/17/2009 2:00 AM
Redneck Riviera coasted to a three-length victory in the $60,000 New Jersey Futurity for three-year-old pacers on Saturday, October 17 at Freehold Raceway.   The son Red River Hanover, driven by Andy Miller and trained by Erv Miller, had the lead at every call and paced the mile in 1:54.4. Darling Angel, a daughter of Artsplace, was second with Riding The Rapids, a Red River Hanover colt, i...
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Elusive Desire, Margarita Momma take filly trot elims

on 10/17/2009 2:00 AM
Elusive Desire, 7-5 favorite, front-stepped to a two and a quarter length victory in the first of two $25,475 Breeders Crown eliminations for three-year-old trotting fillies Saturday evening at Woodbine racetrack.   Paul MacDonell fired his filly to the front straight from the gate, and Elusive Desire had a view of clear racetrack from there on in, with Mike Lachance and Dont Wear PJs ridin...
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Poof She's Gone, Christiana Hanover win BC elims

on 10/16/2009 2:00 AM
Odds-on Poof Shes Gone, and 32-1 longshot Christiana Hanover, proved impressive winners of their elims for two-year-old trotting fillies Friday at Woodbine, in preparation for next Saturday’s $617,880 Breeders Crown final.   Five horses in each elim qualified for the final, with the winners getting to choose post positions before the balance of the field is drawn.   In Friday’s f...
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Record performance for Lucky Chucky at Woodbine

on 10/16/2009 2:00 AM
Lucky Chucky charged to a new track and Canadian record for two-year-old trotting colts on a 7/8 mile track, as he captured the first of two $25,475 eliminations for next week’s Breeders’ Crown final in 1:55.1 Friday night at Woodbine.   The effort shattered the previous record of 1:56.0 set by Donato Hanover (October 2006) and Majestic Son (November 2005).   Driven by John Campb...
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Western Terror freshmen sweep BC filly pace elims

on 10/16/2009 2:00 AM
Western Silk was silky smooth in capturing the first of two $25,475 eliminations for next week’s lucrative Breeders’ Crown final for two-year-old pacing lasses, while Higher and Higher held off favoured Put On A Show to take the second, Friday evening at Woodbine.   Mark MacDonald engineered the victory for Western Silk, who pocket-sat behind Fancy Filly (Brian Sears) through the far tu...
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Fields set for Breeders' Crown frosh finals

on 10/16/2009 2:00 AM
Following the completion of Friday evening's eliminations, the fields for the October 24 Breeders' Crown Finals for two-year-old pacers and trotters have been drawn. No eliminations were needed for two-year-old pacing colts.   Breeders’ Crown Two-Year-Old Filly Trot Final   PP Horse Driver Trainer1 - Costa Rica, R. Pierce, J. Takter2 - Christiana Hanover, S. Condren, R. Rekila3 - ...
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Cheyenne Knight claims Pocono feature

on 10/16/2009 2:00 AM
Cheyenne Knight came back from dead last in the early going to rally and win the featured Open Handicap pace on Friday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried a purse of $30,000.   Leaving from the #7 post in a field of 9 as a 4-1 third betting choice, Cheyenne Knight, a 4-year-old gelding from the barn of trainer Kimberly Asher, dropped to the back of the pack immediately an...
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Favorites fall in Yonkers co-features

on 10/16/2009 2:00 AM
Batalj Launcher (Jason Bartlett) and Night's Kreeation (Jordan Stratton) won their respective $40,000 Yonkers Raceway Friday night co-features.   Batalj Launcher went the distance in the Open Handicap Trot. Leaving from post position No. 4, he led through comfy fractions of :28.4, :58.4, 1:27.2 and 1:56.2. Batalj Launcher had three lengths on his rivals turning for home before defeating Lav...
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Mister Big heads Quillen eliminations

on 10/15/2009 2:00 AM
A total of 10 horses were entered Wednesday for the Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway, with two $30,000 eliminations held on Monday, Oct. 19, with the top four in each advancing to the $305,000 (est.) final on Oct. 26. The reigning 2008 champ, Joe Muscara’s Mister Big, is back for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr.   Mister Big, a winner of nearly $4 million lif...
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Buck I St. Pat takes on four in Colonial invitational

on 10/15/2009 2:00 AM
Colonial Downs will host a $40,000 Invitational Trot this Sunday, Oct. 18, where Vivid Photo and Buck I St. Pat headline a field of five participants whose combined purse earnings exceed $5.7 million. The ’09 invitational temporarily replaces the Patriot Trot, which had been held at Colonial each of the past three fall seasons at a $100,000 purse level.   Roger Hammer’s Vivid Photo...
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Violet and Cardinal elims held

on 10/15/2009 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled trotters stepped into the spotlight on Wednesday night as diagonally gaited freshmen of both sexes competed in Violet and Cardinal Stake eliminations at Balmoral Park. With a total of 14 fillies entered for the Violet a pair of $7,500 elimination tussles were carded. The top five finishers in each split will be back next Wednesday for the $49,250 final.   ...
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Michigan board approves casino ballot petition

on 10/15/2009 2:00 AM
A four-member Michigan Board of State Canvassers unanimously approved on Wednesday the wording for a constitutional amendment submitted by a group led by Hazel Park Raceway that would provide for the opening of eight casinos in the Wolverine State, including five at racetracks. Racing to Save Michigan will now have 180 days to collect 380,126 signatures needed on a petition to put the proposal on ...
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Favorites take two of three in ISS action

on 10/15/2009 2:00 AM
Favorites prevailed in two of three Indiana Sires Stakes contests for freshman trotters Wednesday night, October 14 at Indiana Downs. Kara’s Secret and Msnaughtybynature won their respective $25,000 contests for two-year-old fillies while Bluebird Caviar pulled a mild upset in the lone colt division.   Tabbed the favorite in the first $25,000 division for fillies, Kara’s Secret and driv...
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Pompano Park to offer free live race programs

on 10/15/2009 2:00 AM
Starting with the Friday evening, Oct. 16, program at 7:05 p.m., the Isle Pompano Park is offering free programs for its own live cards to all on-track patrons and horsepeople.   "We’ve studied it and just finalized our plan late in the noon hour on Wednesday to move forward with this initiative as quickly as possible,” says the Isle Pompano Park’s director of racing operations, John ...
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Gold Strike in series opener at The Meadows

on 10/15/2009 2:00 AM
Gold Strike struck gold in the opening leg of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Series on Wednesday at The Meadows, powering to an impressive five-length victory over a sloppy surface. Liz won her third straight and fourth in the last five by capturing the other $12,000 division in the opening leg of the series for 2-year-old trotting fillies.   Gold Strike entered the series with solid credential...
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Pair of track records set at Harrington

on 10/15/2009 2:00 AM
Two new track records for trotters were set on Wednesday’s program at Harrington Raceway. Jim Morand and Nanticoke Racing’s Nice Dream set a new mark for 3-year-old trotting geldings with a 1:57.3 victory with Morand driving. The Les Givens-trainee has now won 12 of 28 career starts.   Meanwhile, Carol and Jim Atkinson’s Impel Hanover, with driver Roger Plante Jr., made his Har...
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Michigan barn fire kills five Standardbreds

on 10/15/2009 2:00 AM
A barn fire at veteran Michigan-based trainer Tom Clark's farm shortly after midnight Thursday has reportedly killed five Standardbreds, including a 2 year old, a 3 year old, two 4 year olds and a 7 year old. The fire was reported at 12:18 a.m. and totally destroyed the 40-by-120 foot barn, which also contained 3,000 bales of hay.   Clark had raced a horse earlier at Northville Downs and wa...
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Michigan governor vetos funding for racing

on 10/15/2009 2:00 AM
The future of the Michigan Sire Stakes and racing at fairs are apparently in jeopardy after Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Wednesday exercised her item veto authority while signing a bill authorizing expenditures for the state Dept. of Agriculture that eliminates all such state funding for the programs for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2010.   In a letter sent to the ...
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Well Said, Vintage Master take Crown byes

on 10/14/2009 2:00 AM
Defending Breeders Crown champion Well Said, Cane Pace winner Vintage Master and Confederation Cup winner If I Can Dream are among the 12 entries for the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers at Woodbine Racetrack. A dozen entries forced a single elimination with two byes offered to the top money winners this season, Well Said and Vintage Master. The connections of both took the bye, leaving t...
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Muscle Hill aims for 20 in a row in Breeders Crown

on 10/14/2009 2:00 AM
Despite being king of the hill and top of heap in all of harness racing, Muscle Hill will face a field of nine other trotting hopefuls for a final time in the $600,000 Breeders Crown on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Woodbine Racetrack.   If there is a sure thing in horse racing, it’s Muscle Hill. The compact son of Muscles Yankee–Yankee Blondie could set a single season’s earnings record...
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