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Artandi undefeated in four Pompano starts

on 12/05/2009 12:00 AM
The great run of luck for trainer Tom Artandi continued on the Friday evening at The Isle Pompano Park. He's returned to the winner's circle with all four starters he's sent out so far this meet in South Florida.   Artandi pupil Special Sweetheart, on the tail end of a 3-year-old season that saw her amass over $500,000 in 2009 earnings by competing in the continent's major stakes for her di...
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2 people, 45 horses die in barn fire at Lebanon

on 12/05/2009 12:00 AM
A barn fire at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Lebanon, Ohio, north of Cincinnati killed two people and 45 horses early Saturday morning. Lebanon Raceway is located at the fairgrounds. Ronnie Williams and James "Turtle" Edwards, who worked for horseman Kayne Kauffman, died in the blaze that destroyed barn 16 on the backstretch.   Ronnie Williams is the son of George Wil...
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Thrillionaire wins Autumn final for 3Yo pacing fillies

on 12/05/2009 12:00 AM
Thrillionaire shaved almost five full seconds off of her lifetime mark with a stunning 1:51.2 victory in the $46,600 Autumn Stake Final for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The clocking was a stakes record for the Autumn Stake.   The daughter of Astreos-Apaches Beauty, who was making her first start for trainer Ben Baillargeon, left hard from post six fo...
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Waples wore his lucky jeans in Autumn final

on 12/04/2009 12:00 AM
Lucky Jeans turned in a multiple-move effort to haul down Thursday’s $40,900(C) Autumn Stake final for 2-year-old filly pacers at Woodbine Racetrack in a time of 1:54.4.   The small, but speedy daughter of Camluck-Oliviajeankillean left hard from post six for driver Randy Waples and grabbed the lead briefly before yielding to the hard-leaving Joanniehasafanny just before the opening qua...
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Pierce gets his devil's due in Dover feature

on 12/04/2009 12:00 AM
Devil's Ivy and Perfect Swing won the Wednesday co-feature paces at Dover Downs while The Vatican took the top trot of the night.   Driver Ron Pierce piloted Arty Foster's Devil's Ivy to his fifth win of the year, a 1:54.1 decision in a $15,000 pace. The Camluck-Idylwood Legend gelding has now won $117,304 this season. Roll Call (Ross Wolfenden) was second in front of Lavros Jas...
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2,000 wins for Maier

on 12/04/2009 12:00 AM
Being atop the Cal-Expo "Who's Hot" list was made even more special on Thursday night when Tim Maier notched his 2,000th career driving win.   It may have been just a fillies and mares $4,000 claimer, but when Maier closed to win with his wife’s Little Kiera, it marked the 2,000th time the 56-year-old reinsman crossed the finish line first.   "When I start...
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Last call for Tattersalls entries

on 12/04/2009 12:00 AM
It's last call for entries for the 2010 Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale, scheduled to be held at the Meadowlands on Monday, Jan. 18. Enter your horse online at www.tattersallsredmile.com  or fax an entry to 914-773-1633.
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Willmot stepping down as WEG CEO

on 12/04/2009 12:00 AM
At a meeting of the Woodbine Entertainment Group Board of Directors on Friday, David S. Willmot announced his intention to step down as chief executive officer at the company's next annual general meeting on June 4, 2010. Mr. Willmot will continue to serve as chairman of the board.   The company announced that Nick Eaves, president and chief operating officer, will succeed Mr. Willmo...
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WEG condition sheets add optional claiming prices

on 12/04/2009 12:00 AM
With the intent on rejuvenating some potential interest in claiming horses, the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) has made some changes to its Condition Sheet beginning with the entry draw for Thursday, Dec. 10.   On the newest Condition Sheet, owners and trainers will notice optional claiming prices added onto various conditioned classes from non-winners of $8,000 in the last 6 sta...
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Jamieson wins 5,000th career race

on 12/03/2009 12:00 AM
Jody Jamieson won his 5,000th career race Wednesday afternoon at Flamboro Downs, and itt was another banner week for Woodbine's leading driver as he continues his assault on the record for driving wins in a single season. WEG’s leading driver this season racked up 11 more wins this past week to top all drivers. Jamieson reached the 5,000 career win plateau with a victory in the fina...
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Looking Hanover wins at Dover for Gingras

on 12/03/2009 12:00 AM
Yannick Gingras made a quick round-trip visit to Dover Downs payoff as Looking Hanover scored an impressive 1:54.3 triumph over a track rated "sloppy" to annex the $26,000 Open Handicap Trot on a rainy Wednesday. Corey Callahan drove four winners, Ron Pierce three.   In the $26,000 feature, it appeared that Lolique would be hard to beat after John Wagner jetted out of fifth to overtake fr...
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Master Begonia gets a masterful trip to win at Meadows

on 12/03/2009 12:00 AM
Master Begonia worked out a textbook pocket trip Wednesday at The Meadows to capture the $27,500 Preferred Handicap Trot, his 11th victory in 20 starts this year.   Dave Palone hustled Master Begonia to the lead, where the 6-year-old gelded son of Master Lavec-Shimma Begonia settled behind early leader Heza Challenger, who was hard used to make the front from post eight.   As th...
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Katie's Red Rose blooms at Monticello

on 12/03/2009 12:00 AM
For the second time in as many days a horse from the Mark Ford barn has captured Monticello Raceway’s weekly feature. On Tuesday, Keystone Rideau won the Open Pace and on Wednesday afternoon, another horse trained by Ford copped the Open Handicap Trot.   Katie’s Red Rose, a stately 5-year-old chestnut mare, overcame her outside position to score a 2:01.2 victory against t...
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Five straight for Yankee Manny at Pompano

on 12/03/2009 12:00 AM
Owner Tony Tambolleo recently got a great gift for his 68th birthday. A trotter he acquired last spring, Yankee Manny, was suddenly cured of gaiting woes and found his stride. He's now reeled off a five-race win streak at The Isle Pompano Park.   The 3-year-old Yankee Glide-Yankee Minuet gelding was at his closing best again on the Wednesday card to keep his win streak alive and r...
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Dr. Melvyn Aylor dies

on 12/03/2009 12:00 AM
Dr. Melvyn Aylor, DVM, 54, a native of Covington, Ky. and a resident of Bell, Fla. where he bred and trained primarily Florida-bred pacers, died Nov. 28, 2009.   As a licensed veterinarian, Dr. Aylor had been involved in harness racing since the early 1980s. He was an owner/breeder/trainer/driver and a longtime member of the USTA and the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners As...
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Frank Marotta Sr. dies

on 12/03/2009 12:00 AM
Frank Marotta Sr., who along with his late brother, Dominick "Don" Marotta, built and owned Sports Creek Raceway and Muskegon Racecourse in Michigan and was a developer and partner of Hoosier Park in Indiana, died Wednesday, Dec. 2 He was 85.   Mr. Marotta is survived by his children, Chuck (Martha), Toniann (Jack) Miesel, Frank (Teresa), Don (Kate Beagle) and ...
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Sophomore filly is a big smash at Woodbine

on 12/03/2009 12:00 AM
She got a late start, but the 3-year-old pacing lass Smashbox is making up for lost time now. Going into Friday night’s $46,600(C) Ontario-sired Autumn stake final at Woodbine, she’s riding a six-race win streak and is looking for number seven.   Conditioner Jim Ainsworth says, "She was a little hard to handle at two. She had a habit of kicking in the stall, and as a result of that sh...
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Keystone Sophie wins Dover open

on 12/02/2009 12:00 AM
Keystone Sophie held off a handful of rivals at the wire to win the $26,000 Mares Open Pace on Tuesday at Dover Downs, while Ron Pierce continued his multiple-win nights this meet chalking up six wins.   Jon Roberts moved Kellytuck Sophie off the rail at the head of the lane and the Cam's Magic Trick-Kellytuck Ann 7 year old overtook the leader Apache Dame (Ross Wolfenden) to ta...
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Mystery Chase ends Dougs Fame's win streak at Meadows

on 12/02/2009 12:00 AM
Mystery Chase settled in the pocket behind Dougs Fame, then blew by with a :28.1 final quarter Tuesday at The Meadows to capture the $27,500 Preferred Handicap Pace--his 11th victory this year.   Dougs Fame had won five consecutive races but was assigned post eight, assuring that he would have to work for the lead. Mystery Chase and Eric Ledford exploited the situation, stalking from the po...
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New drug-testing procedures approved in Kentucky

on 12/02/2009 12:00 AM
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) on Tuesday unanimously approved new drug-testing procedures that will streamline the process and reduce costs by as much as 30 percent. The new rules, of which no set date has been announced for introduction in both harness and Thoroughbred racing, call for at least two horses out of every race to be tested, using blood and urine samples, but not all of ...
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