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Art Director closing in on $1 million

on 06/30/2009 2:00 AM
Kovach Stables\' Art Director ($7.80, Victor Kirby) notched his 35th career win with a 1:52.2 win in the featured $23,000 Open Pace Monday at Harrington Raceway.   The 8-year-old Artiscape stallion and Bobby Clark trainee has now banked more than $937,000 in his career. Sniper Hall (Mike Cole) set the fractions from post eight in pursuit of a third straight win, but Kirby gave Art Dire...
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Gingras cracks open a six-pack at Harrah\'s Chester

on 06/30/2009 2:00 AM
Yannick Gingras won six races on the Monday night card at Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack. Gingras won six of 11 establishing two lifetime marks aboard Alastor Hanover and Royal Fortune in the Daily Double and seasonal bests on Trueland Hanover, Classic Cullen N and Lightning Elvis respectively.   The 29-year-old Quebec native who rounded out the top 20 winningest drivers as of Ju...
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Rembrandt Spur wins Currier & Ives

on 06/30/2009 2:00 AM
Rembrandt Spur made a decisive quarter-pole move to the front, then cruised on top to capture the $119,679 final of the Currier & Ives for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Monday at The Meadows. Rembrandt Spur has done his best racing on the lead, so when he got away third behind early leader Rompaway Beau, trainer-driver Dick Stillings didn’t sit in with him for long. “The ...
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Michigan Racing Commissioner White resigns

on 06/30/2009 2:00 AM
Michigan Racing Commissioner Christine White, whose forced budget cuts have severely impacted racing in that state, has notified Gov. Jennifer Granholm that she is resigning her position to take a job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In a memo sent to staff members, White said her resignation is effective at the end of this week and she will be starting her new job on Monday, July 6. White...
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Indiana budget impasse could close Hoosier Park at midnight

on 06/30/2009 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park and all other gambling operations in Indiana could be forced to close as of midnight tonight unless the state legislature approves a new state budget or passes a continuing resolution to pay for state operations by that time.   A vote on a two-year budget is expected in both the Indiana House and Senate sometime today, but if not the racetracks and casinos would likely have to ...
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Kakaley goes Gingras one better, wins seven

on 06/30/2009 2:00 AM
Twenty-one-year-old Matt Kakaley wasted no time getting started on his second thousand wins, posting an impressive seven-bagger at Northfield Monday.   Kakaley, who became the youngest driver in harness racing history to reach 1,000 wins Sunday at Tioga Downs, took both halves of the $27 early Daily Double, scoring with Sand Jamie ($5.20) and I Be Strollin ($8.80). He also won with City Dra...
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And four for Forte at Monticello

on 06/30/2009 2:00 AM
Without much fanfare Mike Forte keeps winning races. On Monday, the 51-year-old native of Dix Hills, N.Y. won four more and now has 90 here at Monticello Raceway which places him fourth on the local leaderboard. Forte began the afternoon with a 2:02.3 trotting victory with Randy Ingrassia and Richie Lefkowitz’s Connors Blue Chip ($20.40)  in the sixth and he didn...
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New Jersey super night set for July 23

on 06/30/2009 2:00 AM
The New Jersey Sire Stakes Program will crown its 2-year-old pacing and trotting champions at the Meadowlands on Thursday, July 23, with purses totaling $800,000. That will be the most Sire Stakes purse money distributed on any one night in NJSS history, with four $200,000 Premier Division championship finals on the racing program for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, pacing fillies, trot...
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Bobblehead, bobblehead, get your Gingras bobblehead at Tioga!

on 06/30/2009 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs will be giving away Yannick Gingras bobbleheads on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 2, which is also the third annual Driver’s Championship. Gingras was the co-champion along with Brian Sears of the inaugural event in 2007, but was the outright champion in 2008 by winning the final three events on the card.   “Yannick was chosen for the bobblehead giveaway this year in honor of h...
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New study shows furosemide effectively treats bleeding

on 06/29/2009 2:00 AM
A groundbreaking study to be published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) shows that furosemide does indeed treat exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage, or bleeding, in Thoroughbred racehorses. Most countries ban the race-day use of furosemide. Only the United States, some South American countries, including Brazil, and some tracks in Canada allow the...
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Federal Flex scopes sick after Goodtimes victory

on 06/29/2009 2:00 AM
Trainer Jeff Gillis and driver Jody Jamieson expressed shortly after Federal Flex won last Saturday night’s Goodtimes final at Mohawk Racetrack that they didn’t believe the horse was 100 percent, and Gillis told harnessracing.com Monday morning that post-race tests showed the 3-year-old colt trotter was indeed sick.   “He didn’t scope very good. He had some airway swelling and a sli...
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A star is born in Elegantimage

on 06/28/2009 2:00 AM
Celebrity Deville chose an auspicious occasion to break her maiden.George Brennan, who picked up the catch-drive, engineered the 12-1 upset in the $561,500 Elegantimage Stakes for three-year-old trotting lasses on North America Cup night at Mohawk, sending the formerly-maiden filly home two lengths to the good over favoured Raising Rachel and Windsong Soprano.It was Elusive Desire and Paul MacDone...
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Foiled Again shines in Battle of Lake Erie

on 06/28/2009 2:00 AM
The favored Foiled Again ($3.20) won the $100,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park on Saturday, going gate-to-wire in 1:50.4, and defeating Jeremy’s Successor by a head in the 24th annual edition of the race. Blueridge Western was third. Matt Kakaley drove the winner for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stable. Ron Burke trains Foiled Again, a 5-year-old son of the 2000 Battle win...
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Straight Shooter, Arctic Warrior win Cup consolations

on 06/28/2009 2:00 AM
He may not have qualified for the big dance, but Straight Shooting nonetheless fired off one of his best efforts in the C$40,000 North American Cup Consolation II on the undercard of Pepsi North America Cup Night at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday. With North America’s leading driver Tim Tetrick at the controls, Straight Shooting, after leaving from the eight hole, overtook the early leader, Migh...
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Judge Joe scratched; Russell Hill wins

on 06/27/2009 2:00 AM
New York-sired 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings made their final downstate visit for a while Friday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the  $215,464 New York Sire Stakes leg, and a marquee match-up came in the final division--Big Sky Domino, Russell Hill  and Judge Joe.   However, \"Joe\" came up ill, leaving a duel after dark over a \"good\" surface between ...
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Flex is strong in Goodtimes

on 06/27/2009 2:00 AM
Big things are expected from Federal Flex this year, after being named an O’Brien Award winner as Canada’s top two-year-old colt trotter last season.So far, so good. Saturday at Mohawk, Federal Flex, with driver Jody Jamieson, was sent postward a prohibitive choice in the $333,200 Goodtimes Trot. At the finish, the son of Muscles Yankee had kept his 2009 record perfect, notching his second win...
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Not Enough has enough in Fan Hanover

on 06/27/2009 2:00 AM
Not Enough turned in a stakes and track record performance to win the $680,000 Fan Hanover for three-year-old pacing fillies over her stablemates and fellow elimination winners Yellow Diamond and Shacked Up on Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack Not Enoughand Tim Tetrick settled in the pocket as the heavily favoured Yellow Diamond (Jim Morrill, Jr.) put up a :27.3 first quarter. Yellow Diamond then led...
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A declarative winner north of the border

on 06/27/2009 2:00 AM
Well Said blew away his nine rivals in the 26th edition of the Pepsi North America Cup for three-year-old pacers at Mohawk Racetrack with a stakes, track and Canadian record setting performance in 1:48.1. Well Said and driver Ron Pierce got away sixth from Post 5 as fellow elimination winner If I Can Dream (George Brennan) took charge from Post 4. After a :26 opening quarter, the odds on fav...
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Hambletonian preview? Big Bikkies, Mr Cantab win

on 06/26/2009 2:00 AM
Three-year-old trotting colts were worth watching at the Meadowlands Thursday night as Big Bikkies, a son of Windsong\'s Legacy, won by 11 3/4 lengths in 1:53.4, and Mr. Cantab was a 7 1/4-length victor in 1:54. Both colts are eligible to the Hambletonian.   Big Bikkies, a homebred owned by Adam Victor & Son Stable, made a big brush past the three-quarter pole and took control of h...
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Lady Liberty Friday night at Big M

on 06/26/2009 2:00 AM
Hana Hanover may not be a household name in harness racing, but she will move one step closer to millionaire status with a victory in the $246,000 Lady Liberty on Friday night at the Meadowlands. “She’s probably not the most glitzy horse going, but she’s got a big heart and always gives it her all,” said her trainer, Mark Steacy. “Her tactical speed helps, too. She can get off the wings...
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