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Arizona Liar fastest ever at Running Aces

on 06/03/2009 2:00 AM
On a cool clear June 2 night, Arizona Liar broke the all-age track record at Running Aces Harness Park, winning in 1:53 on the five-eighths mile oval. He shaved two-fifths of a second off the old track record held by West Bound Train and driver John DeLong. The 1:53 clocking is also the fastest harness mile ever recorded in the state of Minnesota. The Mark A. King owned, trained and dri...
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Fox Valley Lover wins Violet final in 1:57.2

on 06/03/2009 2:00 AM
Despite winning two of her first three starts this season, Paula Smith and James Runyan’s Fox Valley Lover was still overlooked at the betting windows in Tuesday’s $49,800 Violet Stakes Final and the daughter of Vaporize made her doubters pay as she cruised to a deceptively easy three-quarter-length victory in 1:57.2.   Handled perfectly by veteran Dale Hiteman, Fox Valley Lover floated...
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Expanded gaming at KY tracks still a political issue

on 06/03/2009 2:00 AM
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear called a special legislative session to begin June 15 to address a revenue shortfall, but said the subject of video lottery terminals at racetracks isn\'t on the agenda at this time.   \"I still have under consideration other issues and will likely be amending the call in the next few days as we develop more consensus on some of those issues,\" Beshear said a...
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Huston turns on lights at The Meadows

on 06/02/2009 2:00 AM
After Meadows track announcer Roger Huston literally flipped the switch to turn the lights on for the first time since 2007, Jans Luck made it three in a row Monday when she effectively used a second-quarter breather to capture the $27,500 filly and mare preferred handicap pace in 1:52.4. Assigned post position eight, Jans Luck had to labour for the lead through an opening panel of 27....
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Parker wins five at Monticello

on 06/02/2009 2:00 AM
Billy “Zeke” Parker, Jr.  showed he still has the talent that has made him the ninth winningest driver in the history of the sport.  On  Monday afternoon, June 1, Monticello Raceway’s leading driver added five more wins to his seasonal total and now has 107 for the meeting, 17 more than runner-up Kyle DiBenedetto.Parker began the day with a 1:58:4 triumph behind  Bob Heim...
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Wind Surfer equals career best at The Meadows

on 06/02/2009 2:00 AM
Wind Surfer made a decisive quarter-pole move to the lead and went on to a comfortable victory in the $25,000 Preferred Handicap trot Wednesday at The Meadows.Wind Surfer, who shipped to The Meadows after performing creditably in the Horse & Groom, Su Mac Lad and Father Foley series at the Meadowlands, got away second behind the speedy Prism K. Eric Ledford sent the 4-year-old gelded son of Mu...
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Threepeat for Jans Luck at The Meadows

on 06/02/2009 2:00 AM
Jans Luck made it three in a row Monday at The Meadows when she effectively used a second-quarter breather to capture the $27,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace.Assigned post position 8, Jans Luck had to labor for the lead through an opening panel of 27.1. But when Dave Palone was able to slow the second quarter to a comfortable 30, that was all the help the 5-year-old daughter of Camluc...
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Teague looks for third Rooney win

on 06/02/2009 2:00 AM
A total of seven 3-year-old colts have been entered for the 2009 edition of Yonkers Raceway\'s Art Rooney  Pace. It is the 19th edition of one of Yonkers\' premier pacing events. The number of entrants has made the \'09 Rooney a \"one-dash-for-the-cash\" event, worth $421,850, a week from Saturday night, June 13.Barber Pole, twice a winner in four seasonal starts, looks to give trainer George...
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Michigan to lose 41 harness dates

on 06/02/2009 2:00 AM
Michigan Racing Commissioner, Christine C. White signed orders on Tuesday eliminating 101 live race dates for the remainder of the 2009 fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and that includes 41 days of harness racing.   The budget for the Office of Racing Commissioner (ORC) was reduced by $1.4 million in the Governor’s Executive Order issued on May 5, 2009. The budget for the ORC...
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Margie\'s Melody living out her years at Winbak

on 06/02/2009 2:00 AM
Margie\'s Melody, the dam of the great champion Nihilator, is now 33 years old and living at Winbak Farm in Middletown, Delaware, and her presence at the farm is part of a story on delawareonline.   To read the story, click here.          
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Saratoga Harness Hall to honor locals next Tuesday

on 06/02/2009 2:00 AM
The Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame hosts its annual Open House on Tuesday evening, June 9, at the Hall of Fame located at 352 Jefferson Street in Saratoga Springs. Starting at 5:30 pm, guests are invited to browse through the museum. The induction ceremonies will start at 6:30 pm featuring the installation of driver-trainer Kim Crawford and equine stars Bunny Lake and JM Gregory.   Alwa...
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Northfield adds Wednesday card on June 17

on 06/02/2009 2:00 AM
Due to an unexpected overage of horses, Northfield has scheduled a live racing date for Wednesday night, June 17, with a 7 pm post time. This is a make-up date for a weather-related cancellation this winter.   The track\'s $100,000 Battle of Lake Erie, an invitation-only event, is scheduled for Saturday night, June 27. Northfield returns to a four-night-per-week live schedule in July...
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Russell Hill edges Donttellmywife

on 06/02/2009 2:00 AM
The build-up concerning the confrontation between Russell Hill and Donttellmywife in New York Sire Stakes action at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday was everything one could ask for, that is, unless if you were in the latter’s camp since it took every foot of the homestretch for Russell Hill to finally get up and collar the pacesetting Donttellmywife by a head in their $35,843 d...
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Art Official to start in June 20 Dan Patch

on 06/01/2009 2:00 AM
Trainer Joe Seekman and Sawgrass Farms came away from the $500,000 Hoosier Cup empty handed with the 10th-place finish of Annieswesterncard, but the connections locked in a return date to Hoosier Park Racing and Casino with 4-year-old Art Official.   A winner of $1.5 million last season, including a victory in the Hoosier Cup, Art Official is returning from a torn muscle that prematurely en...
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Meadows post now 6:20 pm

on 06/01/2009 2:00 AM
Harness racing will take place under the lights at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino tonight for the first time in nearly two years. When the Adios Day card in August 2007 concluded, the old grandstand was torn down to make way for the new casino. Also taken down at that time were the lights that illuminated the homestretch and had been anchored to the 40-plus year old building. Tonight, for ...
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American horses fail to advance; mare breaks before start

on 05/31/2009 2:00 AM
The won\'t be playing Bruce Springsteen\'s signature song Born in the USA at the Solvalla racetrack in Stockholm on Sunday as the two American hopefuls, Enough Talk and Buck I St Pat, failed to finish in the top four in their respective heats for the Elitlopp, and thus did not advance to the final.   In the first elimination, the Swedish horse Sahara Dynamite, driven by Bjorn Goop,&nbs...
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Torvald Palema captures Elitlopp final

on 05/31/2009 2:00 AM
Torvald  Palema, a natural trotter who races without an overcheck, pulled off an upset in the Elitlopp Sunday at the Solvalla racetrack in Stockholm, Sweden, turning in a big stretch rally to best Jaded in 1:53.1. Torvald Palema started from post four after finishing second in the elimination heat won by Jaded. Torvald Palema is trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt , who just days earlier was...
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Lucky Jim makes Maxie Lee Memorial 12th straight win

on 05/31/2009 2:00 AM
Under all sorts of pressure from Lanson throughout the mile, Lucky Jim prevailed and held off a late charge from Michaelrowyourboat to take the Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah\'s Chester Racetrack on Sunday afternoon in 1:52.3 and extend his winning streak to 12.   The 4-year-old gelded son of SJ\'s Photo was sent off as the 1-9 favorite with regular driver Andy Miller aboard.  ...
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Stormaway wins Molson Pace

on 05/30/2009 2:00 AM
When the Molson Pace was delayed by a severe thunderstorm Friday night, those who bet horses based on their names should have rushed to the windows to wager on Stormaway, because the 6-year-old son of Northern Luck pulled off a 19-1 upset in 1:54.1 in the $283,000 race.   Eagle Luck (Doug McNair), Lyons Geoff (Trevor Henry) and Clowns Smile (Mark MacDonald) were all fired away from the...
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Darlins Delight wins at Yonkers

on 05/30/2009 2:00 AM
Darlin\'s Delight and her almost $3 million career bankroll made a rare Yonkers Raceway appearance Friday night, which was good news for her retirement fund and bad news for her rivals as she won in 1:54.1.   With Yannick Gingras taking his customary seat for trainer Jeff Stafford, \"Darlin\"--here for her first visit since last September--was ordered to the outside  for the ...
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