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Vertical Horizon, Straight Shooting lead Matron elims

on 11/18/2009 12:00 AM
Vertical Horizon, surprise winner of the $350,000 Progress Pace last Sunday, and Straight Shooting, upset winner of the American National in Chicago, are in separate $39,082 Matron 3-Year-Old Colt Pace elimination divisions this Sunday at Dover Downs. Both sophomores are owned by Bulletproof Enterprises and will be part of separate entries.   Again this time, Vertical Horizon will be coup...
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Females streaking at Dover

on 11/18/2009 12:00 AM
It was a big night for streaking female pacers with two lengthening win streaks and another back on track. After a second last week, Perfect M Forever retuned to the winner's circle winning the $26,000 Mares Open pace on Tuesday at Dover Downs. All Or None made it four wins in a row taking the $23,000 winners-over pace while Donttellmewhattodo wins number three in a row. Driver Jim Morand and tr...
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Five straight for Dougs Fame at The Meadows

on 11/18/2009 12:00 AM
An unhurried sixth at the half, Dougs Fame swooped the field with an uncovered :27.4 backside blitz and captured Tuesday’s $27,500 Preferred Handicap Pace--his fifth consecutive win--at The Meadows.   Dougs Fame hadn’t been further back than second at any point in his current streak, but Dave Palone allowed him to settle before launching his assault on the leader, War Boots. As Dou...
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Beshear believes Kentucky Senate would pass VLTs at tracks

on 11/18/2009 12:00 AM
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday was quoted as saying he believes the state Senate would pass a bill allowing video lottery terminals at the state’s racetracks if given a chance. In speaking after a conference in Louisville, Beshear said, “I’m pretty confident that we will have enough votes to pass the bill if it gets to the floor.   “That’s not saying all Democrats will vot...
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Southbound Trucker keeps on truckin and truckin

on 11/18/2009 12:00 AM
If you think the announcement that Southbound Trucker wins the Open Pace again at Monticello Raceway sounds redundant, it’s because it probably is. But then think about how all the horses, drivers and owners who have been chasing the veteran pacer all season long must feel and it’s a safe bet that redundancy is probably not the most prominent emotion.   On Tuesday afternoon, S...
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Michigan Pari-Mutuel races back on at Sports Creek

on 11/18/2009 12:00 AM
The on-again-off-again-on-again-off-again Michigan Pari-Mutuel races for 4 year olds are back on again after state funding for the four events was restored. The races, which had been scheduled for late October and early November, had been postponed, but were put back on the schedule a few days ago with the horses racing for only the nominating and sustaining payments. With the state funding restor...
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R-E-S-P-E-C-T at Dover Downs

on 11/17/2009 12:00 AM
Proper Respect kept his win streak alive scoring a 1:50.4 victory in the $32,500 Delaware Special on Monday at Dover Downs. Three Of Spades took the $26,000 Open and Gottaservesomebody scored in the $23,000 winners-over pace.   Corey Callahan altered tactics this week driving Proper Respect from off the lead to notch his fifth win of the season and third consecutive Monday featu...
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Post 9 no problem for Hennessey

on 11/17/2009 12:00 AM
The outside post at the Isle at Pompano Park proved no problem for Wally Hennessey on the Monday evening program.   In an event for $6,000 claiming trotters, he wheeled Armbro Baroque to victory in 1:58.4 after a crafty mid-pack trip. Hennessey's brother, Dan, thus notched his 15th win from 59 starters this meet. The 8-year-old King Conch-Accompaniment gelding is owned by Kevin Ke...
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Winning note for Tracys Song at The Meadows

on 11/17/2009 12:00 AM
Tracys Song assured she would face no traffic tie-ups Monday at The Meadows as she powered right to the front and captured the $27,500 Fillies and Mares Preferred Handicap Pace for her fourth consecutive victory.   Tracys Song displayed an effective stalking or rallying style in the previous wins in her streak, but on Monday Tony Hall confidently sent the 4-year-old daughter of Astreos-Dayl...
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Vertical Horizon upsets in Progress Pace

on 11/16/2009 12:00 AM
Vertical Horizon, the second half of an entry won the $350,000 Progress Pace, while Showherthemoney set a track record in the Matron final for 3-year-old filly pacers on a clear Sunday night at Dover Downs.   In the Progress Pace, the track’s signature $350,000 event, driver Jim Morrill Jr., trainer Tracy Brainard and owner Bulletproof Enterprises made it to the winner’s circle for the ...
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Yursa Hanover, Swan For All take Matron trots

on 11/16/2009 12:00 AM
Both Matron Stakes trots for 3 year olds Sunday night at Dover Downs were won in convincing fashion by the public choices. In the $214,163 filly trot, Yursa Hanover took control after Mike Lachance drove Windsong Soprano to an early lead. After the half it was all Tim Tetrick and Yursa Hanover, in a 1:53.4 conquest, her seventh win this season for Benoit Baillargeon, who trains the Windsong...
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Am-Nat hat trick for Won The West

on 11/15/2009 12:00 AM
Six American Nationals were held at Balmoral Park on Saturday night, and in the $200,000 race for older paces where both Mister Big and Art Official were making the final starts of their storied careers, it was Strollin Stables, William Robinson and James Koehler’s Won The West, the defending champion in this event, who stole the show again as he crushed a field whose career earnings t...
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Straight Shooting, OK Commander win Am-Nat colt paces

on 11/15/2009 12:00 AM
What figured to be a showcase for another Tracy Brainard trainee in the $265,000 American National final for 3-year-old colt pacers Saturday night at Balmoral Park, If I Can Dream, turned into a nightmare when the colt made a break heading to the gate. After If I Can Dream came away eighth, that allowed another Bulletproof Enterprises owned sophomore, Straight Shooting, to record a one-l...
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Lanson rolls in Am-Nat Aged Trot

on 11/15/2009 12:00 AM
There were no surprises in the $150,000 American National Aged Trot Saturday night at Balmoral Park as the heavily favored Lanson turned a perfect pocket-sitting journey into a 1 ½-length triumph in 1:53.4 for driver Mike Lachance.   Zipped away from post position five Lachance elected to let a hard leaving  Michaelrowyourboat (Jimmy Smith) take control of the race as the field m...
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Fillies star in American Nationals

on 11/15/2009 12:00 AM
Proving once again that she’s among the best sophomore pacing fillies in the country in the $185,000 American National Saturday at Balmoral Park, Bulletproof Enterprises' Yellow Diamond had no trouble disposing of seven rivals as she cruised to an effortless 5 3/4-length triumph in 1:51.2 for driver Tim Tetrick.   Sent to the front from post position seven by Tetrick the daughter of ...
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OSS Super Finals contested at Woodbine

on 11/15/2009 12:00 AM
Trainer Tracy Brainard’s flotilla of sophomore pacing fillies have dominated their division on the WEG circuit all season, and tonight’s $300,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Super Final was no exception.   The 6-5 favorite Shacked Up (Luc Ouellette) took this first of the eight OSS Super Finals by one and three-quarters lengths in 1:51.3, with stablemates Not Enough (Mark MacDonald), Cheap Mote...
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Lucky Chucky, Costa Rica score in Matron trots

on 11/15/2009 12:00 AM
Favorites came through in the Matron Stakes Trot finals won by Lucky Chucky and Costa Rica but 9-1 All Heart Gal came on to win the filly pace on Saturday at Dover Downs.   Lucky Chucky made another step in quest of seasonal honors when John Campbell took the son of Windsong's Legacy-Aerobics right to the front and cut all the fractions of :29.3, :59.4 and 1:27.3 on the way to a 1:56.2 vict...
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Upsets prevail in FSBOA races at Pompano

on 11/15/2009 12:00 AM
It was a tough night in South Florida for favorites in stakes finals action at The Isle Pompano Park on Saturday as public choices went down to defeat in two of three added money events staged in Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association.   The only prevailing favorite was in the first of two $24,788 divisions of the Stallion Stakes for Florida bred 2-year-old pacing colts a...
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Giddy on up to Yonkers winner's circle

on 11/15/2009 12:00 AM
Giddy Up Lucky (Jason Bartlett, five winners on the card) closed from third-over Saturday night,.  winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $36,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position seven, Giddy Up Lucky sat chilly as 3-2 favorite McCedes (Yannick Gingras) moved around King Cat Anvil N (Jordan  Stratton) after a brisk :27.3  opening quarter-mile. McCedes found a :56....
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Gingras sweeps Yonkers features

on 11/14/2009 12:00 AM
Yannick Gingras swept both halves of Yonkers Raceway's $36,000 co-features Friday night, winning  the Open Handicap Trot with Self Professed and the Filly and Mare Open Pace with Fleur De Lil A.   The blind draw gave 20-1 shot Fleur De Lil A the worst post, but Gingras extricated himself from the eight hole early.  He and his charge left hard, getting the lead from pole-sitting 2-...
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