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Kentucky\'s Chandler honored by American Horse Council

on 06/23/2009 2:00 AM
The American Horse Council’s 2009 Rolapp Award was presented to Congressman Ben Chandler of Kentucky for his outstanding support of the horse industry. The award was presented to Congressman Chandler on June 16 at a Congressional Reception in the Capitol during the American Horse Council’s National Issues Forum in Washington, D.C. Each year the American Horse Council presents the Rolapp...
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Field set for Saturday\'s Battle of Lake Erie

on 06/23/2009 2:00 AM
The field is set Saturday\'s $100,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park. The eight Battle invitees are Biletnikoff, Blueridge Western, Dragon Island, Foiled Again, Jeremy’s Successor, Just Plug It In, Oliver Cleo, and Royalton Star.   Max Shaw’s Royalton Star earned a spot in the Battle after finishing fifth in Saturday’s $200,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park. He is the on...
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Michigan\'s Walker wins Billings split at Hazel Park

on 06/23/2009 2:00 AM
Maybe it was that Kelly “Sky” Walker had home track advantage or maybe he had the best trotter in the race--as testified by the betting public--but for whatever reason the Davison, Mich. farmer put a hurtin’ on his competitors when he guided Rush N Supreme to a 1:58.3 victory  in the CKG Billings Amateur Trot at Hazel Park Raceway on Monday night.   The battle of the Bi...
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Well Said the morning-line choice for North America Cup

on 06/23/2009 2:00 AM
The post position draw for Saturday\'s $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup was held early Tuesday afternoon at Mohawk Racetrack, and the connections of elimination winner If I Can Dream chose their post first and decided to take post four. The connections of elim winner Mr. Wiggles then picked post two for their colt.   Elim winner Dial Or Nodial will start from post three after his connec...
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Former Rosecroft owner hoping to re-purchase and re-open track

on 06/23/2009 2:00 AM
Published reports state Mark Vogel, who purchased Rosecroft Raceway in 1987 and later sold it to Cloverleaf Enterprises in 1995, is interested in re-purchasing the bankrupt racetrack and pushing for expanded gaming.   Vogel was quoted as saying that he hopes an agreement can be reached so that live racing can resume at Rosecroft in 2010.   The reports noted that Vogel, who also prev...
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Classic Lane wins Perretti Farms Matchmaker

on 06/22/2009 2:00 AM
Classic Lane and driver Mike Lachance never saw the pylons en route to an impressive 1:52 victory in the $100,000 Perretti Farms Matchmaker for trotting mares Sunday afternoon  at the Meadowlands.   Classic Lane worked her way up the outer tier as 1-5 favorite Buck I St. Pat took command from Lantern Kronos after a :54.4 first half. Classic Lane ($24.80) easily powered past Buck I St. ...
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A Rags To Riches upset for Glossy N

on 06/22/2009 2:00 AM
Glossy N and Billy Dobson truly pulled off the Rags To Riches story in the $75,000 final of the Rags To Riches on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs. Glossy N, an 11-year old Holmes Hanover gelding, just barely qualified for the final as he was the fastest fifth-place finisher between the two semi-final rounds. He also hadn’t won a race in 18 starts on the year prior to the final, but pulled...
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NYSS splits held at Buffalo; Stark wins 4,000th

on 06/22/2009 2:00 AM
The New York Sire Stakes 3-year-old colt pacers traveled to Buffalo Raceway for a Father’s Day afternoon card on Sunday, with four divisions worth nearly $40,000 each contested on the 13-race card. Jason Bartlett streaked together three wins, which included two Sire Stakes victories. Starting in the fifth race Bartlett guided Handsome Harry to the winner\'s circle in 1:55.4. Han...
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TP Lucky equals Harrington mark in DSBF division

on 06/22/2009 2:00 AM
Mark Waterman\'s TP Lucy ($3.80, Tony Morgan) equaled the track record for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Sunday at Harrington Raceway in a $20,000 division of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes with a 1:58.1 win. The Linbo-sired filly improved to six-for-seven lifetime as she surged by leader JA\'s Commando at the top of the stretch for an impressive score. TP Lucy was t...
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Dan Patch painting offered in July at Red Mile\'s Round Barn

on 06/22/2009 2:00 AM
A rare and beautiful oil painting of the immortal Dan Patch, by George Ford Morris, one of America’s greatest equine artists, has surfaced and is being offered for sale at the American Saddlebred Museum’s Art, Antique & Rare Book Auction at noon, Saturday, July 11. This year’s auction, which annually features George Ford Morris work, is being held in the Stable of Memories, better kno...
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Phyllis Brickel, mother of Herman Brickel, dies at 91

on 06/22/2009 2:00 AM
Phyllis Brickel, mother of noted racing official Herman J. Brickel, died on Sunday at Liberty Nursing Center in Jamestown, Ohio, at the age of 91.   Along with her late husband Herman R. Brickel, Mrs. Brickel bred and raised many outstanding horses including Billy Dart, the 1982 Jug Preview winner, and Ami Song, the dam of the top trotter and sire Songcan.   The Brickels ...
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Jerry Smith sells interest in Got \'Er Done to Burke Stable

on 06/22/2009 2:00 AM
Got \'Er Done, the last foal from notable stallion Storm Damage, will race for new connections in his next start at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino. The sophomore gelding, a three-time winner in Indiana Sire Stakes action this season, has been purchased by the Burke Racing Stable following his second-place effort Saturday in the fourth and final $25,000 ISS preliminary leg. Trainer Jerry Smith, who...
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Mickey Burke agrees to four-month suspension by NJRC

on 06/22/2009 2:00 AM
Harnessracing.com has learned that trainer Mickey Burke has reached agreement with the New Jersey Racing Commission that calls for him to serve a four-month suspension and be fined $2,500 for two lidocaine positives on horses dating back to late 2006 and early 2007 at the Meadowlands. In addition, Burke has agreed to voluntarily surrender his trainer license at the conclusion of his suspension, wh...
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Yonkers announces rich night for state breds

on 06/22/2009 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway, in conjunction with the New York Sire Stakes, has announced a $400,000 evening on Saturday, Oct. 17, featuring eight $50,000 events for New York-bred 2 and 3 year olds of both sexes and gaits.   The events are open to those horses who did not race--or were not eligible--to the Sept. 26 Night of Champions. Each class is to be filled with remaining eligibles from the 2009 New...
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VLT legislation in Kentucky fails to pass Senate Committee

on 06/22/2009 2:00 AM
Three days after the Kentucky House voted in favor of legislation to allow video lottery terminals at the state\'s racetracks, a Senate committee early Monday evening rejected the proposal, effectively killing the bill before it could even reach the full Senate floor for discussion. Senate president David Williams, who has been outwardly opposed to expanded gaming at the tracks, said shortly ...
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Power outage forces Mohawk to cancel after race 5 Monday

on 06/22/2009 2:00 AM
A sudden power outage after race five forced the cancellation of the remainder of Monday night’s program at Mohawk Racetrack. Racing is scheduled to resume this Thursday night with a first post of 7:30 pm. Fans and media are reminded that the post position draw for the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup will be held on Tuesday at 12:00 noon at the trackside tent. Honorary drawmaster for this y...
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Elusive Desire\'s 1:54.3 fastest in Elegantimage elims

on 06/20/2009 2:00 AM
Favorites Windsong Soprano and Elusive Desire scored in two of the three $35,000 eliminations for the upcoming Elegantimage stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies, and second choice Celebrity Juliet prevailed by a neck in the third at Mohawk Friday night. Race #1 was the first Elegantimage elim, which pitted 3-5 favorite Windsong Soprano against Raising Rachel once the other favored lass, Sea...
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Native Hotspur wins Maywood Filly Pace final in 1:55.4

on 06/20/2009 2:00 AM
Native Hotspur stayed undefeated in six starts this year when she held on for a nose in the $100,000 Maywood Pace final Friday night for driver Sam Widger and trainer Nelson Willis.   Widger sent Native Hotspur to the lead from post four and the 3-year-old filly by Ft Apache Hanover cut out the fractions before the stretch drive. Honey B Skipalong, who had enjoyed a ride in the pocket,...
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Favorite scores 1:49.2 triumph at Hoosier Park

on 06/20/2009 2:00 AM
Mister Big lived up to the hype and grabbed the victory in the 16th edition of the Dan Patch Invitational Pace Saturday, June 20 at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino. The powerful son of Grinfromeartoear rallied through the stretch to pick up the victory and add to his already hefty bankroll of $3.2 million. Starting from post six in the stellar field of 10 that included $10.5 million in career ear...
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Duded Up\'s 1:55 score fastest of 3 Goodtimes elims

on 06/20/2009 2:00 AM
Undefeated Duded Up and Chris Christoforou were the class of the first of three eliminations for the Goodtimes Stakes, for sophomore trotters Saturday night at Mohawk, while Canada’s two-year-old trotting colt of 2008, Federal Flex, proved untouchable in the second Goodtimes elim, and Illinois champ Southern Rocketop scored in the third elim.Hurrikanebiggeorge and Yannick Gingras were faste...
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