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Former Scioto GM Bob Steele dies

on 07/05/2009 2:00 AM
Bob Steele, 89, former general manager at Scioto Downs and presiding judge at the Delaware, Ohio County Fair for many years, died Sunday afternoon in Riverside Hospital in Columbus. Mr. Steele served 40 years as general manager at Scioto Downs and 50 years as presiding judge at the Delaware, Ohio County Fair. He had been honored last week by the National Sheriffs' Association at t...
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Crouch, Leavitt, Rooney officially inducted

on 07/05/2009 2:00 AM
Tom Crouch, Alan Leavitt and Tim Rooney were inducted into the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame Sunday night on the grounds of the Harness Racing Museum in Goshen, NY, before a crowd of about 400. In addition, John Berry and Leon Zimmerman were inducted into the Communicator’s Corner of the Hall of Fame.   The three newest members of the Hall were brief in their remarks to the cr...
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Daley and Victor duo take Dickerson Cup at Meadowlands

on 07/04/2009 2:00 AM
Trainer Noel Daley and Adam Victor & Son Stable scored a stakes double with Hambletonian hopefuls Explosive Matter and Cesar A Blue Chip in the $101,842 Dickerson Cup for 3-year-old trotting colts on Friday night (July 3) at the Meadowlands.  Explosive Matter tipped off cover to win his Dickerson Cup division in 1:55. After a lackluster performance in his prior start, Explosive Matter ...
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Two year olds in Historic action at the Meadowlands

on 07/03/2009 2:00 AM
Blue Rock split horses in the stretch to take the first of two divisions of the $79,162 Goshen Cup for 2-year-old pacing colts on Thursday night at the Meadowlands. Driver Jack Baggitt Jr. and Blue Rock ($5.20) were first out of the gate but lost the lead to Gota Go Bullville just before the half. Blue Rock popped out of the pocket in the stretch and charged between Gota Go Bulleville and Hig...
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DiBenedetto wins four at Mighty M, closing in on 5,000

on 07/03/2009 2:00 AM
Kyle DiBenedetto, a two-time driving champion at Monticello Raceway, reined four winners on the nine-race card at the Mighty M on Thursday afternoon and now needs just 19 more to reach a career milestone of 5,000 driving victories. DiBenedetto began the afternoon winning both ends of the early double. He scored a 2:02.4 victory behind Vernon Beachy\'s Willie’s Chica ($4.80), a 3-year-old daught...
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Sorentino returns to Yonkers\' winner\'s circle

on 07/03/2009 2:00 AM
The start of Yonkers Raceway\'s summer meet Thursday night brought with it an all-too-rare sight of late--driver Mike Sorentino Jr. in the winner\'s circle. Sorentino and 12-1 Kris\'s Legacy ($26.60) teamed for a decisive, 4 1/4-length win in the $14,500 second-race trot. The pair sat second-over behind a wicked speed duel and took full advantage, busting the race wide open past the three-quarter...
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Freshman Pang Shui set\'s season\'s mark in PASS

on 07/03/2009 2:00 AM
Pang Shui made a power move to the lead before the half and went on to score in 1:54, a national season’s mark, in a division of the $287,352 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers Thursday at The Meadows. The event, known as the Albatross, was contested over eight divisions, with Thunders Fury, Up Front Tim T, Sharks Legacy, The Village Rusty, Pandapocket, One More Lau...
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First-year pacing fillies take to Balmoral Park

on 07/03/2009 2:00 AM
Freshmen pacing fillies grabbed the spotlight on Thursday night at Maywood Park as a total of 12 Illinois conceived and foaled youngsters battled in a pair of $7,500 Juxtaposition Stake splits. In the first division Jackie Butenschoen’s promising young filly Fox Valley Angie had no trouble disposing of five rivals in 1:59.1. Handled like she was much the best in this field of 2 year olds,&nb...
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Filly showed off in Scioto feature victory

on 07/03/2009 2:00 AM
Forever Showin Off  easily bested a field of filly and mare pacers at Scioto Downs on Thursday night with a 1:55.2 win, fastest of the evening.   Driver Kayne Kauffman drove her with confidence, shooting the 5-year-old daughter of Allamerican Ingot straight to the front from post seven and never yielding the lead.  The heavy favorite won by three lengths over Towner’s Great...
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Four straight for All Shuttle at Harrah\'s Chester

on 07/03/2009 2:00 AM
Another jump in class didn\'t seem to bother All Shuttle ($7.40), who won his fourth straight at Harrah\'s Chester on Thursday evening, taking the $35,000 Committeeman in 1:50.2. The 6-year-old Space Shuttle gelding controlled the pace throughout, facing just mild pressure from Next Adventure (Eric Goodell) on the far turn after reaching three-quarters in 1:22.3. With Next Adventure stalli...
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Conditions for Empire City Claiming Series at Yonkers announced

on 07/03/2009 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOA), representing the over 1,000 owners, drivers and trainers regularly competing at Yonkers Raceway and the management of Empire City at Yonkers Raceway are pleased to announce the conditions for the 2009 Empire City Claiming Series. The series, open only to trainers who raced 20 or more starts at the Hilltop Oval in 2003, w...
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2YO pacing filly Lover In Art 1:56.3 winner

on 07/02/2009 2:00 AM
Two-year-old fillies were in the spotlight Wednesday night as Historic Week began at the Meadowlands, and among the winners was Lover Of Art, who rallied from seventh at the top of the stretch to take the $71,662 Debutante Stake in 1:56.3.   Driven by Tim Tetrick, the daughter of Artsplace-Promise Me Hanover stopped JK Sure I Can [$2.40, $2.10] by a half-length. It was another hal...
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Cuz She Can wins feature at Harrah\'s Chester

on 07/02/2009 2:00 AM
Taking advantage of a perfect pocket trip, Cuz She Can defeated invader Flirtiscape in the $35,000 Romalie Hanover at Harrah\'s Chester on Wednesday evening, drawing away in the final strides for a 1:51.3 victory. Tracking Flirtiscape (Yannick Gingras) through fractions of :27, :55.1, and 1:24.1, Daniel Dube moved to the outside with Cuz She Can on the far turn, gathering in the leader just...
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Go Nano Go edges Vicki Gram at Harrington

on 07/02/2009 2:00 AM
J&E Stable\'s Go Nano Go ($5, Eddie Davis Jr.) was a narrow winner over Vicki Gram in the $19,800 Junior Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The Janet Davis trainee earned his fourth win of the year with a first-over trip in which he outrotted pacesetting Vicki Gram to the wire in a tight photo. Fivefollarsforsox was third. Go Nano Go has now banked nearly $360,000 in his career....
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ISOBA 3CT splits contested at Balmoral

on 07/02/2009 2:00 AM
Sophomore trotting colts took center stage on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a total of 14 diagonally-gaited state-breds met in a pair of $14,455 Illinois Standardbred Owners and Breeders Association Stake splits.   The first division went exactly as it figured to with Connie Hochstetler and Bruce and Dean Alexander’s Dr. McDreamy overwhelming his rivals as he rolled to a 6 1/4-leng...
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Sears wins Dancinwiththestarz in PASS

on 07/02/2009 2:00 AM
Although Dancinwiththestarz set a national season\'s record in her division of a $286,088 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Wednesday at The Meadows, she had to share the spotlight with her driver, Brian Sears, who captured five of the stake\'s eight splits. In the stake, known as the Sand Tart, Sears also scored with Fancy Filly, Harley Girl, Panopsis and Moment Of ...
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Filly from last crop of Artsplace is Debutante winner

on 07/02/2009 2:00 AM
When Lover Of Art won the $71,662 Historic-Debutante Stakes on Wednesday at the Meadowlands, it put a spotlight on the late, great New Jersey-based pacing stallion Artsplace. Lover Of Art is from the 139 registered foals in the stallion’s last crop. Artsplace, the Horse of the Year in 1992, died on Oct. 30, 2006 at the age of 19. To date, Artsplace, who stood at Southwind Farms in Penning...
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Trotter Snow White euthanized at age four

on 07/02/2009 2:00 AM
Owner Curtis Larrimore has told harnessracing.com that the world champion trotter Snow White died early Thursday morning at the age of four after suffering a twisted intestine while at trainer and co-owner Kevin Lare’s farm in Delaware.   Voted the 2007 Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year, Snow White won 14 of 19 career starts and had earnings of $1,433,551. She was owned by Joe Petros...
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Board takes step toward new national lab standards for testing

on 07/02/2009 2:00 AM
Beginning a process that will result in the most significant changes to drug testing in the United States in more than three decades, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors has approved new national laboratory standards for testing, the implementation of a laboratory accreditation program and a new independent Equine Quality Assurance Program.  In addition, the...
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Fox Valley Lover wins Balmoral stake

on 07/01/2009 2:00 AM
State-bred trotting fillies were back in the spotlight on Tuesday night at Balmoral Park as an overflow field of 11 diagonally gaited sophomores squared off in an $18,370 Illinois Standardbred Owners & Breeders Association Stake.   Continuing her money-making ways for owners Paula Smith and James Runyan, Fox Valley Lover trotted right by her rivals in the late going to record a three-q...
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