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Legal Litigator rules in Yonkers feature

on 01/17/2010 12:00 AM
Favored Legal Litigator (Cat Manzi) lasted on the lead Saturday night, earning a Yonkers Raceway repeat in the $32,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Ordered outside his six rivals, Legal Litigator was wide early, taking the lead from Lindy's Bandit (Greg Grismore) after a :27 opening quarter mile. He then rolled by a :55 intermission and 1:23.2 three-quarters. Jo Pa's Wild Card (Jim Pantaleano...
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Infinite Desire takes top pace at Dover

on 01/17/2010 12:00 AM
Infinite Desire won the $13,700 pace and Fivedollarsforsox the $12,500 featured trot on Saturday at Dover Downs.   Sean Bier moved Jeff and Paul Long's Infinite Desire into the lead heading to the clubhouse turn and proved invincible in the $13,700 feature for younger female pacers. The Jenna's Beach Boy-High Roller Ash 4 year-old won for the first time in her second start since arrivi...
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Scharf presents Gallo scholarship at Meadowlands

on 01/17/2010 12:00 AM
Martin Scharf presented nursing student Maddie Dudka with a $15,000 Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship, named for his champion pacer, on Saturday in the Meadowlands Racetrack winner's circle.   Scharf, a successful New York real estate manager, has awarded more than $95,000 in tuition funds in the name of his 2000 Horse of the Year since 2005. The Gallo Blue Chip scholarship is administered t...
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David Brooks ordered back to jail

on 01/17/2010 12:00 AM
David Brooks, whose Bulletproof Enterprises is now listed under his son Andrew's name, has reportedly had his bail revoked and remanded back to prison after federal officials alleged he had concealed millions of dollars in assets overseas. David Brooks is scheduled to go to trial later this month on charges that he looted his body-armor company in 2007.   In 2009, horses owned by Bulletproo...
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Dominant efforts in Hirt divisions

on 01/16/2010 12:00 AM
Real Joke and Majestic Jackpot crushed the competition in round two of the Clyde Hirt Series on Friday night at the Meadowlands, paving the way for a thrilling showdown in next week's $90,000 final.   Real Joke gunned to the lead at the half and cruised off to a six-length victory in the first of the evening's $18,000 Hirt divisions. Driven by Andy Miller, Real Joke extended his s...
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Tom's OK Lady wins The Meadows feature

on 01/16/2010 12:00 AM
Tom’s OK Lady enjoyed a comfortable first half on the lead, then drew away from the field late to capture Friday’s $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Hammered down to 2-5, Tom’s OK Lady floated to the front for Dave Palone and reached the half in a leisurely :59.1 on a surface rated "good."From there, she encountered no serious challenge as she sco...
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Nidya A edges Hannah Isabel at Yonkers

on 01/16/2010 12:00 AM
Nidya A (Cat Manzi) snapped pacesetting Hannah Isabel (Patric Lachance) on the money Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $32,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Hannah Isabel set sail through fractions of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:26. Style Semalu (Stephane Bouchard) was pocket-protected, while returning Eagle See (Peter Wrenn) was pacing in place first-up as the 9-5 choice. N...
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Upsets prevail in Pompano features

on 01/16/2010 12:00 AM
The win price mutuels in the top events warmed up in a big way just like the weather for the Friday evening program at The Isle Pompano Park. As seasonal temperatures of 72 degrees were welcomed back in South Florida a pair of Mares Open Pace events were carded--and surprisingly the lowest priced of the two winners was $27.20 in the $13,000 top event. Esmeralda Semalu was riding a three...
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Giddy Up Delight scores in Snowshoe final

on 01/16/2010 12:00 AM
After playing the role of bridesmaid in the first two preliminary legs, Giddy Up Delight elevated his game in the $64,100(C) final of the Snowshoe Pacing Series on Friday night at Woodbine and scored in a stakes record time of 1:52.2.   With regular driver Paul MacDonell at the controls, the 4-year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight-Mollin Hanover shot to early command from post five ...
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Yes! Zeron gets his 7,000th career win!

on 01/16/2010 12:00 AM
A victory behind It's On My Tab in Friday's second race at Woodbine gave driver Rick Zeron his 7,000th career victory. It's On My Tab scored wire to wire as the slight wagering favorite to give the veteran reinsman the milestone win.   Friends and family were on hand to help Zeron celebrate following the win. He is off to another good start on the WEG circuit, currently sitting third i...
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Kims Quest takes Blizzard

on 01/15/2010 12:00 AM
  Kims Quest grabbed control of the racetrack early and then stole her way to a 1:54.3 victory in the $60,000 Blizzard Pacing Series final for 3 and 4-year-old fillies and mares on Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack.   The sophomore daughter of Royal Mattjesty - Michelles Destiny was sent straight to command for driver Luc Ouellette from post four and quickly stacked up her nine ri...
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Maronite N wins Dover feature

on 01/15/2010 12:00 AM
Maronite N made his first visit of the New Year to the Dover Downs' winner's circle after a 1:55 victory in a $14,500 pace on Thursday. Jim Morand and Mike Cole had three winning drives each.   With Tim Curtin at the controls, Go Get'em Stable's Maronite N was strongest in the stretch besting Inflation Hanover (Brad Hanners) to the finish line in the feature race. Buffalo Rome (Ross ...
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Zeron zeroing in on 7,000

on 01/15/2010 12:00 AM
After piloting Semjac Legacy to victory in Thursday night’s seventh race at Woodbine, driver Rick Zeron moved himself to within one win of 7,000 lifetime. The veteran reinsman will enter Friday night’s program needing just a single victory to reach the career milestone.   Zeron is listed to drive in 11 of the 12 races on the Friday program including 3-1 morning line choice Cane Ridge ...
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All smiles for Laughandbehappy in White Ruffles

on 01/15/2010 12:00 AM
Laughandbehappy cruised to a five-length win in a career-best 1:52.3 in Thursday night’s second round of action in the White Ruffles Pacing Series at the Meadowlands. Laughandbehappy’s effort—her 14th victory in 17 career starts—earned her speed-badge honors among the four splits contested. John Campbell drove the winning 4-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover for trainer Tony Alagna and...
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Prairie Meadows to race 10 harness dates in 2010

on 01/15/2010 12:00 AM
Prairie Meadows in Iowa on Thursday received approval to race a 10-date Standardbred meet from Oct. 1-16, with $55,000 per day in purses. The track will also race a 67-date Thoroughbred meet from April 24-Aug. 7 and a 26-day Quarter Horse meet from Aug. 13-Sept. 25, the first time the two breeds were separated into two different sessions at the track.   At first, plans called for the elimin...
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Hanover's George "Greasy" Grissinger dies

on 01/15/2010 12:00 AM
George Grissinger, a longtime employee at Hanover Shoe Farms, died Thursday after a long and courageous fight against lung cancer. Known affectionately as “Greasy,” Grissinger was 66. He had worked continuously at Hanover since 1972.   Grissinger took care of Hanover’s number one string of trotting colts each year. His most illustrious alumnus was world champion Donato Hanov...
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Dobson takes aim at Mighty M driving title

on 01/15/2010 12:00 AM
Winning races is nothing new to Billy Dobson. Last year alone he won 290 times. Though his wins are plentiful rarely does he win five on a single program like he did at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon.   Dobson started the day slowly and didn’t visit the winner's circle until he won the fifth race with  Art Green’s Julia’s Girl ($3.30) in 2:00.3. Beginning in the se...
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Malek Hanover owner Allison Derrah dies

on 01/15/2010 12:00 AM
He got to see his horse Malek Hanover race--for the second time--at the Meadowlands Thursday night. However, 54-year-old Allison Derrah died around noon on Friday, Jan. 15, in his hospital bed in New Brunswick, Canada.   Trainer Bo Sowers, who handled six horses for Mr. Derrah and was one of his best friends, said, "Myself and Allison wanted to thank everyone at the...
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Put your harness eye on handicapping at the Big M

on 01/15/2010 12:00 AM
It’s not exactly the cavalry, but help has arrived in handicapping the races at the Meadowlands in the form of Harness Eye editor Derick Giwner, whose picks are now available by clicking the Harness Eye icon located midway down the home page of harnessracing.com.   The weekend races at the Big M are tough enough to handicap, and although track handicapper Dave Brower has his selections av...
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Inside post scores in Dover features

on 01/14/2010 12:00 AM
Starting from the rail paid off for the winners--Sedona Canyon and Impel Hanover--in the twin $18,000 feature trots at Dover Downs on Wednesday.   Both feature race winners scored victory in a similar fashion coming from behind with strong stretch surges. In the first $18,000 event, Corey Callahan driving Sedona Canyon, a young Yankee Glide-Casual Breeze gelding, overtook leader Early Shi...
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