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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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Freshman trotters set to battle in Crown eliminations

on 10/14/2009 2:00 AM
Costa Rica, the top money-earning 2-year-old trotter in harness racing, leads a group of 15 entrants for the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters at Woodbine Racetrack. Two $25,000 elimination races will be held Friday, with the top five finishers in each division advancing to the $600,000 final on Oct. 24.   Also entered are Action-Broadway, Angostura, Bone A Fide, Christiana Hanov...
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Sportswriter, Put On A Show put streaks on line

on 10/14/2009 2:00 AM
Undefeated Metro Pace champion Sportswriter leads a list of 11 entries for the $700,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers on October 24 at Woodbine Racetrack. No elimination race will be necessary. Joining Sportswriter in the field are All Speed Hanover, Kyle Major, Malicious, OK Commander, Payne’s Landing, Rockin Image, Shoobee’s Place, Urgent Action, Whackamole Hanover, and World Of ...
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No elims for Crown 3FP, two splits needed in 3FT

on 10/14/2009 2:00 AM
A powerful troika of Tracy Brainard-trained fillies will attempt to sweep the board in the $710,000 Breeders Crown for 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers at Woodbine on Saturday, Oct. 24. Only five other fillies entered once Bulletproof Enterprises’ Yellow Diamond and Shacked Up supplemented on Monday and they added another from their eligible ranks, Kabbalah Karen B, a recent Ontario Sire Stake Gold elim ...
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JA's Commando raids Colonial winner's circle

on 10/14/2009 2:00 AM
JA’s Commando, lightly raced of late, scored an impressive wire-to-wire win and equaled her lifetime mark in Tuesday night’s featured race at Colonial Downs.   JA’s Commando’s only other race at Colonial was a week ago, when she finished seventh and lost by 14 lengths. The sophomore filly pacer brought strong credentials though into Tuesday’s event. In just 22 life starts, she had...
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Stage Show sets Pocono track record

on 10/14/2009 2:00 AM
Stage Show grabbed “center stage” in Tuesday night’s Open II Trot at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. With Tom Jackson in the bike, Stage Show won the $22,000 trot in a track record time of 1:53.1.   The 4-year-old mare came into the race 0-for-17 but put in a solid effort from the one hole. Stage Show broke the previous mark of 1:54 set by 4-year-old mare Tom’s OK Lady in Aug...
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Freshman takes fastest lap around The Meadows

on 10/14/2009 2:00 AM
Lap Hanover unleashed a quick, deadly first-over burst that carried him to victory in 1:54.1, fastest of four divisions of the Watson Provost Memorial Series for freshman colt and gelding pacers on Tuesday at The Meadows. Tidewater Teddy, Show Topper and Hare Force Two captured the other splits in the Provost opening leg.   Entering the series, Lap Hanover had only a maiden win to his credi...
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Series and stakes action abundant at Indy Downs

on 10/14/2009 2:00 AM
A trio of late closing series finals and a pair of Indiana Sires Stakes contests highlighted racing action at Indiana Downs Tuesday evening, October 13. It was a tough night for favorites as only one, Viking Kilowatt, made it to the winner’s circle in the five events. The Kilowatt colt equaled his lifetime best performance with a two-length victory in a $25,000 ISS division.   Finals acti...
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Breeders Select Sale held at Pocono

on 10/14/2009 2:00 AM
A colt by Metropolitan topped the Breeders Select yearling sale held Monday in the paddock at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, attracting a final bid of $27,000 from Pennsylvania horseman Todd Schadel. The colt, named Sapphire City, is out of Spectre Almahurst, whose offspring include $1.1 million winner Jeremy's Gambit p,2, 1:51.4. Dr. John Hurtgen's Nandi Farm consigned the colt, who also ...
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PASS champ Dancinwiththestarz heads to Kindergarten

on 10/14/2009 2:00 AM
Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Dancinwiththestarz leads a field of 10 freshman pacing fillies on Saturday night at Vernon Downs in a $10,000 leg of the Kindergarten Classic. John Stark Jr. trains the 2-year-old daughter of Four Starzzzz Shark–So Western for W Springtime Stable and Shannon Brott of New York.   Dancinwiththestarz has won six of her nine seasonal starts with a mark o...
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Electric Yankee fillies sweep ISS action

on 10/13/2009 2:00 AM
Freshman filly pacers squared off Monday night, October 12 in the third and final preliminary round of Indiana Sires Stakes competition at Indiana Downs. Two $25,000 divisions served as the last opportunity for each of the 20 fillies entered to earn enough points to secure a place in the $125,000 final slated for October 24.   Favorite Electric Presence and Sam Widger won the first $25,000 ...
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Captain Sully lands Meadows victory

on 10/13/2009 2:00 AM
Captain Sully, who gained valuable experience in New York stakes, put that seasoning to good use on Monday at The Meadows when he captured a division of the A.W. Capone, a series for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters.   Though winless in his Empire State outings, Captain Sully showed that he learned his lessons well. The son of Conway Hall-Too Good For You made a quarter-pole move for Da...
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