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$25,000 guaranteed in Bal-Cal Pick 4

on 10/31/2009 2:00 AM
The popular Bal-Cal Pick 4 Challenge will return on Sunday, November 8, with its usual $25,000 guaranteed jackpot. The wager will be offered every Sunday from Nov. 8 through Dec. 13.“This wager has been very popular with not only the on-track patrons at both facilities but also with fans throughout the country,” noted Jim Hannon, Director of Simulcasting-General Manager for Balmoral Park. “I...
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Southwestern Dream wins at Pocono

on 10/31/2009 2:00 AM
Southwestern Dream made his first start at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs a memorable one, winning the featured Open Handicap pace on Friday night (Oct. 30). The race carried a purse of $30,000.Leaving from the outside post in a field of six as the 4-5 favorite, Southwestern Dream, shipping in from Chester with Tom Jackson in the bike for trainer Bruce Saunders, grabbed the lead just shy of the 3/8-m...
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John Paul's Legacy grows

on 10/31/2009 2:00 AM
John Paul’s Legacy out-toughed the favorite Sharpshootennorris to capture Friday night’s (Oct. 30) $10,000 Open handicap trot at Vernon Downs.Trainer Angus MacDonald did the driving in Friday’s featured seventh race as John Paul’s Legacy ($10.60) led the field through splits of 28.1,59.3 and 1:28.2.  Ten-time current winner Sharpshootennorris mounted a series challenge in the final tu...
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Mischief night is Sears night at Pompano

on 10/31/2009 2:00 AM
Insofar as the Friday night daily double at The Isle Pompano Park was concerned, all you needed to know was which horses were sent out by the Kim and Jay Sears Stable to come up a winner.Their big night began in the opening race, the $13,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace. Lucy Lucy was teamed by 21-year-old Matt Kakaley on this occasion, and the 5-year-old daughter of Tough Sir-Small Change...
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Sensational Prayer answered at Saratoga

on 10/31/2009 2:00 AM
Sensational Prayer continues his dominance over his trotting challengers at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway as the 3-year-old trotter moved his win streak to five on Friday night (Oct. 30). The Like A Prayer-Cumin's Attraction trotter came to town in late September after battling strong competition at Lexington in the Kentucky stakes.Owner Roy Dobbins sent Sensational Prayer to trainer Andrew Byler an...
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Ritchie golden in OSS

on 10/31/2009 2:00 AM
Trevor Ritchie steered home both elimination winners in Friday night’s Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters at Woodbine Racetrack. It is the final Gold event of the season in this division.In the opening split, Ritchie teamed up with the chestnut Zorgwijk Kingpin and the pair scored a decisive first-over win in 1:59. The gelded son of Southwind Lustre - Zorgwi...
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Hoosier Classic opening session averages $10,000

on 10/31/2009 2:00 AM
Interest was high in the first session of the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale, held Friday afternoon, October 30. A total of 98 yearlings brought $989,400, good for an average of $10,096. The session was led by Straight Jack, a Third Straight colt purchased by Anthony Lombardi for $33,000. Consigned by Schwartz Boarding Farm, the colt is a full brother to McStraight, a winner of nearly $63,000 in hi...
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Circle City Series featured at Indiana Downs

on 10/31/2009 2:00 AM
Sophomore pacers and trotters will be on display Saturday night as Indiana Downs plays host to The Circle City series. The Robert Taylor-trained Southern Rocketop and Joe Seekman pupil Annieswesterncard head a solid group of open horses competing in the new series at the Shelbyville track. Sawgrass Farms’ Art Official will also ship to Indiana Downs in hopes of adding a win in the $86,000 Indian...
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Hoosier Park owner defaults on loan

on 10/30/2009 2:00 AM
Centaur LLC, owner of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, defaulted on a loan to senior lenders Tuesday, October 27 when it missed a reported $13.4 million interest payment. The Indianapolis-based company stated in a press release issued October 29 that the decision to forego the interest payment on a $400 million-plus loan was done as part of an effort to restructure corpor...
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Federal Flex to stand at Seelster Farms

on 10/30/2009 2:00 AM
Seelster Farms is pleased to announce the addition of the incredibly talented and impeccably-bred trotter Federal Flex to their stallion roster starting with the 2010 breeding season. Like Muscle Hill, Mr. Muscleman, Deweycheatumnhowe, etc., Federal Flex is a son of the great Muscles Yankee. He is the second foal of the SJ's Photo daughter Scully FBI, a very talented race mare who earned over $5...
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Ladyfield named Harrington Horse of the Meet

on 10/30/2009 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway’s closed the doors on its 63rd year of live racing Thursday with a 15-race program that featured a number of closing night awards.   Driver Tony Morgan was awarded his fourth consecutive driving title, as he finished the meet with 264 victories. Drivers Ross Wolfenden, Jim Morand, George Dennis and Mike Cole rounded out the top five. Morand closed out the meet strong wi...
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Ideal Observation a winner in Dunn final at Meadows

on 10/30/2009 2:00 AM
Ideal Observation, aggressively taking advantage of the early break of 3-5 favorite Misster Wilker, moved right to the front and didn’t stop until she scored a 7-1 upset victory in the $25,700 final of the Donna Dunn Memorial Series for freshman pacing fillies on Thursday at The Meadows.   Misster Wilker handily swept both series preliminary legs, forcing Ideal Observation to settle for s...
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Freshmen hope to graduate Kindergarten Saturday

on 10/30/2009 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs is set to host the four Kindergarten Classic finals on Saturday night with more than $358,000 on the line.   Leading the way for a field of seven in the 2-year-old colt and gelding pace is world champion One More Laugh from the Ray Schnittker Stable. Despite only his third loss of the season last week in the final leg to Eagle Jolt, the entry of One More Laugh and Mat...
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Michigan racing likely to live another day

on 10/30/2009 2:00 AM
The Michigan House on Thursday approved by a vote of 105-1 a bill that would restore some funding for horse racing in the state and now goes to the state Senate. The bill restores $2.5 million to the Office of the Racing Commissioner, funding which was needed to keep the state’s racetracks from closing on Thursday, Nov. 5.   The bill calls for the monies to come from a tax on simulcast ra...
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Glidemaster's book full and closed

on 10/30/2009 2:00 AM
Brittany Farms Stallion Management announced today that the 2010 book for Glidemaster is full and closed. This follows the Lexington Select Yearling Sale where Glidemaster was the sire of the highest price yearling, Ultimo Dolce, with a final hammer bid of $270,000. He also topped the sale with an average price of $64,429. “We had a tremendous number of requests from breeders during the sale an...
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Big upsets in Hanover divisions

on 10/29/2009 2:00 AM
Hanover Stakes action for 2-year-old trotters of both sexes shared top billing at Balmoral Park on Wednesday as a pair of events were contested. As is often the case with these precocious freshmen it can wind up being “anything goes” in these races and that was definitely the case on Wednesday as both winners lit up the board at huge prices.   A field of nine fillies was sent ...
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Harrington pays $8.80 for Fivedollarsforsox

on 10/29/2009 2:00 AM
George and Tina Dennis and Ask W Stables’ Fivedollarsforsox ($8.80, George Dennis) surpassed $100,000 in seasonal earnings with a  1:56.4 win in the Wednesday’s $21,700 Junior Open Trot at Harrington Raceway.   The 6-year-old Sj’s Caviar gelding battled gamely first-over before eventually clearing pacesetter Nice Dream in deep stretch and held off late charging Lt’s Best who ra...
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Virginia-bred action at Colonial

on 10/29/2009 2:00 AM
Whatamach cruised to a wire-to-wire victory in the fastest of two $4,000 Virginia-bred 2-year-old colt and gelding elimination pacing events Wednesday night at Colonial Downs.   Freshmen Standardbreds, both pacers and trotters of both sexes competed for a chance to return Nov. 7 on the track’s annual “Day of Champions” card. The male pacing division was the only category that required...
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6,000 wins for Jeff Gregory

on 10/29/2009 2:00 AM
Nice guys do finish first. In fact, Jeff Gregory has now done it 6,000 times sitting behind Standardbred racehorses. Known as one of the nicest and most cordial to ever put a foot on a racetrack, the 43-year-old Gregory won with Montana Steel in the third race at Freehold Raceway on Wednesday afternoon, in the process racking up his 6,000th lifetime victory.   Ironi...
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Kennedy strikes gold at The Meadows

on 10/29/2009 2:00 AM
Gold Strike used the live cover of Liz to gain striking position, then blew by to destroy the field and capture the $23,450 final of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Series for freshman filly trotters Wednesday at The Meadows.   Gold Strike was frustrated in last week’s preliminary leg when she had Liz in her sights despite a tough trip, yet fell a half-length short. But in the sloppy going Wed...
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