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ISS elims highlight Indiana Downs program

on 09/05/2009 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs hosted a stakes-packed card Friday evening, September 4 that helped shape several Indiana Sires Stakes finals, slated for Saturday, September 12. A total of 10 contests on the 14-race program had ISS implications, with favorites winning six of the events.   A group of 15 stallion and gelding trotters dropped in the box for next week’s ISS final, prompting a pair of $10,000 e...
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Red Mile announcer Prewitt recovering from surgery

on 09/05/2009 2:00 AM
The Red Mile announcer Gabe Prewitt is recovering Saturday morning in a Lexington hospital after having emergency surgery to remove his appendix on Friday. Prewitt, 26, was stricken midway through the races at The Red Mile Thursday evening and was taken to the hospital, where doctors eventually performed the surgery.   Prewitt called the first half of the race card before he was replaced in...
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Well said preps for Simcoe with 1:51.4 qualifier win

on 09/05/2009 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Pace and North America Cup winner Well Said, making his first appearance since also capturing the Battle of the Brandywine Aug. 18 at Harrah's Chester, won a qualifier at Mohawk Racetrack Friday morning in 1:51.4.   Ron Pierce made the trip to Mohawk to direct the 3-year-old son of Western Hanover in the qualifer for trainer Steve Elliott. Pierce was sitting secon...
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Rain Delays World Trotting Derby

on 09/05/2009 2:00 AM
A steady rain that started at 11:30 am and continued for about a half hour has forced a delay in the start of the World Trotting Derby program this afternoon at the Du Quoin State Fair.   At one o'clock, an hour after the prgram was to start, fair and track officials decided to begin scraping back the track. Race Secretary Eliot "Doc" Nartosky has set 6 p.m. for the first post. The Du ...
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Shadow Play scratched from Canadian Pacing Derby

on 09/05/2009 2:00 AM
Shadow Play has been scratched sick from Saturday's $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk, continuing what has been a sometimes frustrating campaign for the four-year-old pacer.   His trainer and co-owner, Dr. Ian Moore, told the WEG media department that a combination of things added up to the horse not being able to compete this week and that it has been a very trying three-month perio...
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Ranger sets record with 13 wins at Pompano

on 09/05/2009 2:00 AM
Bruce Ranger won 13 races during the Saturday (Sept. 5) matinee card at Pompano Park to set a North American record for most wins in one day at one track.   Ranger broke Michel Lachance’s previous mark of 12 victories at Yonkers Raceway in 1987 -- seven of which were during a matinee program with five more coming at night. He also established a new standard for most wins on a single racew...
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Muscle Hill wins World Trotting Derby

on 09/05/2009 2:00 AM
Despite a six-hour delay and driver change, Hambletonian champion Muscle Hill scored a convincing victory in the $540,000 World Trotting Derby for three-year-old trotting colts Saturday evening, September 5 at the Du Quoin State Fair. Driven by Luke McCarthy, a substitution for Brian Sears, who had commitments in Canada, the sophomore trotter easily held off Southern Rocketop and Dave Magee in a t...
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Big Bikkies takes Simcoe split in record time

on 09/05/2009 2:00 AM
Neighsay Hanover overcame post 9 to win the first of two $142,153 divisions of the Simcoe Stakes, for three-year-old trotters, at Mohawk Saturday evening.   Dave Miller sent Winning Mister to the early lead off the wings with Sedona Canyon and Paul MacDonell following Miller’s helmet. From third, Cesar A Blue Chip was put in motion by John Campbell at the half and easily took command, but...
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Watch Du Quoin races via streaming

on 09/04/2009 2:00 AM
The races at Du Quoin will be available on streaming video Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 12 noon (CDT) each day. The link is www.agr.state.il.us/dq and click “harness racing” and then “watch races live.” This uses Windows Media Player and the site gives a link to download if you do not already have Windows Media Player. (Harness Racing Communications)
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2YO pacing colt We Will See equals season's mark

on 09/04/2009 2:00 AM
We Will See, whose dubious work ethic hampered his early races, showed an improved attitude and plenty of speed Thursday at The Meadows as he captured a division of a $135,800 Keystone Classic in 1:52.3, equaling the fastest mark this year by a freshman colt pacer on a five-eighths mile track. The stakes was contested over four divisions, with Fox Stakes champion Morgan Shark, Sand Savage, and Fou...
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He's Gorgeous wins again in NY

on 09/04/2009 2:00 AM
The New York Sire Stakes were in Saratoga, NY, on Thursday night at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway and 2-year-old pacing colts were featured on the beautiful late summer night in the Spa City.   Consistency was the word of the night as three of the four stakes’ winners clocked victories in 1:55.1. He’s Gorgeous established himself as the 2 year old to beat in New York well b...
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Final Jug Fantasy draft Sept. 8-11

on 09/04/2009 2:00 AM
Your last chance to replace two horses in your Little Brown Jug Fantasy Stable begins Tuesday, Sept. 8, and continues through Friday, Sept. 11, when the second draft period is open for the Fantasy Stable contest. You may also replace one trainer and one driver. The second and final draft period follows Monday afternoon’s Cane Pace at Freehold Raceway in New Jersey.   Two of the Cane...
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Highscore Kemp wins Trotting Derby Filly Stakes

on 09/04/2009 2:00 AM
Highscore Kemp, a filly who hails from the immediate family of greats Andover Hall, Conway Hall and Angus Hall, poked a head in front and stretched it out to a length to win the $130,000 World Trotting Derby for 3-year-old fillies in a world, stakes and track record time of 1:51.4 on Friday at the Du Quoin State Fair. Tim Tetrick drove the filly for trainer Frank Antonacci.  The pr...
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Trotters on display at Indiana Downs

on 09/03/2009 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs hosted a quartet of sires stakes for two-year-old trotters Wednesday, September 2. ABC Photo and Bluebird Caviar claimed the $25,000 divisions for colts and geldings, while Hoosier Cheetah and Msnaughtybynature collected victories in the two $25,000 splits for fillies.   ABC Photo and driver Dan Shetler made it look easy in the first race on the program, using a wire-to-wire p...
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Bourdeaux Nourrir win poignant for owner Leon

on 09/03/2009 2:00 AM
Blocked late and running out of racetrack, Say So found the winning path in the “Lightning Lane” to capture a division of a $150,400 Keystone Classic on Wednesday at The Meadows. The event for Pennsylvania-bred 2-year-old filly pacers was contested over six divisions, with Six Pistol, Bordeaux Nourrir, Pan Voyage, Wendy’s Dragon and All Heart Gal taking the other splits.   Dave P...
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New 9-horse starting gate at Vernon Downs

on 09/03/2009 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs has just picked up its new starting gate and it will be in use for the three-day card on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, along with its special Labor Day card on Monday, Sept. 7. Vernon Downs purchased the truck through one of its local vendors, Williams Toyota of Sayre, Pa., who also has generously donated two 2009 Toyota Yaris cars for the 2009 Horseplay Car Giveaway going...
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New Jersey Futurity splits held at Freehold

on 09/03/2009 2:00 AM
Take My Picture and Money Man K turned in winning efforts to take the 2-year-old trotting divisions of the New Jersey Futurity on Wednesday at Freehold Raceway.   In the $25,250 first division, Take My Picture, with Cat Manzi driving, posted his second career victory in eight starts with a 1 1/2-length tally in 2:01.3. The gelded son of Classic Photo caught Upfront Pattys Boy...
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Spunky Vic in mild upset at Harrington

on 09/03/2009 2:00 AM
Arty Foster’s Spunky Vic ($11.60, Ross Wolfenden) pulled off a mild upset in the $21,700 Junior Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:57.   The 5-year-old Valley Victor gelding followed pacesetter and favorite Allmar Surprise throughout but Wolfenden pulled pocket on the final turn as "Surprise" tired. Spunky Vic drew clear and held off Lt’s Best and Juanita for the win.  ...
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Well Said the choice in second Jug future

on 09/03/2009 2:00 AM
Jeffrey Snyder and Lothlorien Stable’s Well Said, winner of over $2.1 million, was named the 2-1 favorite in the second of three pools on the 2009 “Future Wager” for the Little Brown Jug.   Well Said, winner of the North America Cup and the Meadowlands Pace, was also the favorite in the first pool at 9-5. The sophomore son of Western Hanover owns a mark of 1:47.3 and is trained by Ste...
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Schnikttker sweep in NYSS at Batavia

on 09/03/2009 2:00 AM
Big Stick Lindy, Shaq Is Back and Margarita Man won their respective $56,590 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Wednesday night at Batavia Downs Casino. All of the winners are trained and were driven by for former Batavia Downs regular Ray Schnittker.   The fastest of the three divisions was race six as the Credit Winner colt Shaq Is Back ...
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