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Jug Fantasy contest nears; 8 Hoosier Cup starters Jug eligible

on 05/27/2009 2:00 AM
The 2009 Jug Fantasy Stable Contest gets underway Saturday with the $500,000 Hoosier Cup at Hoosier Park, and players have a chance to earn points quickly as eight starters in the 12-horse field are eligible to the Little Brown Jug.   Jug Fantasy Stable is free to play and players can sign up anytime at www.jugbarn.com, but if points are to be earned in the first contest race of the year i...
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Max the Standardbred is Graceland\'s

on 05/27/2009 2:00 AM
Max Of Maine, an unregistered Standardbred saved from slaughter in 2007, is the king of the Elvis Presley stable at the family’s Graceland estate in Memphis, Tenn. One of a family of six horses found in Maine and bought from a slaughter dealer in an effort lead by Carole-Terese Naser, Max’s plight caught the attention of Priscilla Presley who, citing Elvis’ love of horses, offered him a perm...
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Art Official wins Balmoral qualifier in 4-year-old debut

on 05/27/2009 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Pace winner Art Official, who saw his 2008 season cut short by a torn muscle, returned to action Wednesday in a qualifier at Balmoral Park in Chicago. The 4 year old, trained by Joe Seekman and driven by Travis Seekman, won by a length in 1:55.4. Art Official’s first stakes race is scheduled to be the William R. Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Eliminations are ...
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Morrill sweeps EBC splits with Russell Hill, Honorable Daughter

on 05/26/2009 2:00 AM
Russell Hill and Honorable Daughter earned championship honors in Monday afternoon’s Empire Breeders Classic finals for 3-year-old trotters at Vernon Downs. The second wagering choice ($6.90), Russell Hill snapped the eight-race winning streak of favorite Donttellmywife with a 1:57.1 triumph in Monday’s seventh race, the $206,275 colt and gelding division, while favored Honorable D...
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I Won\'t Dance steps to OSS Gold victory

on 05/26/2009 2:00 AM
I Won\'t Dance converted from a perfect pocket trip to capture Monday\'s $130,000(C) Ontario Sire Stakes Gold final for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters at Mohawk Racetrack. The gelded son of Angus Hall-Do Si Do Hanover got away second from post one for driver Trevor Ritchie behind the fast-leaving Zero Boundaries and driver Paul MacDonell. The top pair raced through easy first half spl...
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Full field expected for Saturday\'s Hoosier Cup

on 05/26/2009 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing and Casino’s richest harness race, the $500,000 (estimated) Hoosier Cup, was moved up one month earlier on the calendar this year to avoid conflicts on the schedule with other contests for 3-year-old colt pacers, and the move appears to be paying off as several top colts are pointed toward the May 30 event in hopes of collecting a big payday early in the stakes season.  ...
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Lisa photo in Horseman And Fair World wins International Award

on 05/26/2009 2:00 AM
Michael Lisa, president of Lisa Photo Inc. and the Meadowlands\' official photographer since 1999, has won a prestigious 2009 International Media Award for a photograph he took that appeared in The Horseman And Fair World magazine.   The winners of the international competition were announced at the recently concluded World Trotting Conference in Oslo, Norway.   Lisa was a winne...
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NYSS announces $16 million in purses for \'09

on 05/26/2009 2:00 AM
Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Executive Director Peter Goold announced on Tuesday that New York State Sire Stakes purses for the 2009 season are expected to be $16 million, about $1 million higher than previously expected, due to increased revenues from the video gaming machines at New York State harness tracks. The season kicks off on June ...
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Mike Shapira, owner of Jug winner Colt Fortysix, dies

on 05/26/2009 2:00 AM
Mike Shapira, whose Proudfoot Farms of Franklin, Mich., owned the 1984 Little Brown Jug champion Colt Fortysix and the world-champion Albert Albert, died Sunday, May 24, after a long battle with cancer. He was 67.   Although he owned several local stars over the years, Mr. Shapira came to national prominence in 1984 when his 3-year-old colt pacer, Colt Fortysix, became the sport’s all-tim...
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Bonus program added for Harrah\'s Chester

on 05/26/2009 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen\'s Association (PHHA) has announced the creation of a new bonus program for Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack and an increase in the existing bonus at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   The current program at Pocono Downs pays an additional 20 percent bonus for winning horses that are Pennsylvania-owned, trained or sired. That amount will increas...
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Lucky Jim, Lanson score in Maxie Lee Memorial elims

on 05/25/2009 2:00 AM
Lucky Jim extended his win streak to 11 with an effortless performance in his elimination of the Maxie Lee Memorial Trot on Sunday afternoon at Harrah\'s Chester, tying the overall track record for trotters of 1:52.2 held by Gabby Glide and Buck I St. Pat.   Favored at 1-20 odds, the 4-year-old S J\'s Photo gelding sat well off pacesetters Prayer I Am (George Brennan) and Green Day (Ca...
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Ruffian Equine Medical Center nears opening

on 05/25/2009 2:00 AM
Dr. Patricia Hogan VMD, ACVS, has announced the Ruffian Equine Medical Center, which she designed and will be chief surgeon, is scheduled to open later this week on Long Island near Belmont Raceway. The project took four years of planning and construction at a cost of $18 million.   According to Dr. Hogan, the wife of Standardbred trainer Ed Lohmeyer, the Equine Center \"is a great sho...
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Nick Hans dies at age 20

on 05/25/2009 2:00 AM
Nicholas Roger “Nick” Hans, 20, of Westminster, Md., died Friday from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident in Littlestown, Pa. Born May 8, 1989 in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of Cheryl Martin Miller of Brattleboro, Vt. and Roger Hans Jr. of Westminster. He was the stepson of Kendra Hans and Richard T. Miller Jr. Mr. Hans, who just turned 20 earlier in the month, was looki...
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My Back Pages makes NJSS front-page news at Meadowlands

on 05/25/2009 2:00 AM
While the harness world awaits the debut of early Hambletonian favorite Muscle Hill, trainer Greg Peck appears to have another solid prospect for harness racing\'s $1.5 million prize with My Back Pages. The son of Revenue wired the field with a sharp 1:54 effort in the first of two $54,400 New Jersey Sire Stakes divisions for 3-year-old colt trotters on Monday afternoon at the Meadowlands. &...
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BV\'s Sister wins Christy Memorial Trot at Scioto

on 05/25/2009 2:00 AM
BV’s Sister came from behind to win the $15,000 Todd Christy Memorial Trot at Scioto Downs on Memorial Day. The 5-year-old mare scored for driver Chris Page in 1:55.4. The race was named in honor of veteran Ohio horseman Todd Christy, who died late in 2008 at age 71. He was particularly fond of trotting mares and this race was restricted to mares. BV’s Sister scored her second win in 1...
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Pocono PR namesake wins major race at Pocono

on 05/24/2009 2:00 AM
Johnny Z, driven by Brian Sears, scored a front-end victory on Saturday afternoon over a sloppy track in the $300,140 Max C. Hempt Memorial Pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Time of the mile was 1:51.4. Trained by George Teague Jr., Johnny Z was taken right to the front from the six post and battled Yannick Gingras and Gallant Yankee for the top spot as the opening split was clicked off ...
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Sand E Fiftyfive upsets in Courageous Lady

on 05/24/2009 2:00 AM
Bill Sanders’ Sand E Fiftyfive ($38.40) won the $101,700 Miller Lite Courageous Lady for 3-year-old filly pacers at Northfield Park on Saturday night by a half-length over Cams Van Go. Favored Palazzo Princess was third. Sand E Fiftyfive was timed in 1:55.4 for the mile. Tony Hall drove the winner, a daughter of I Am A Fool-Scootin Mercedes, for locally-based trainer Tye Loy. Favored Pal...
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Thrilling finish in inaugural Upper Canada Cup

on 05/24/2009 2:00 AM
The inaugural $480,000(C) Upper Canada Cup resulted in a thrilling finish when Millionaire Cam stepped offstride at the wire handing the victory to the 20-1 longshot Stonebridge Terror. Post time favourite Oscar Oscar (Mark MacDonald) fired off the gate and landed on top before the first quarter in :26.3. As he approached the half in :55.4, Primary Purpose (Brad Forward) moved first-over and adva...
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Drop Red, Ideal Danny win NJSS splits

on 05/24/2009 2:00 AM
Drop Red made it two straight wins as he rolled to a career-best 1:50.4 clocking in the $61,400 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers on Saturday at the Meadowlands. With George Brennan in the sulky, Drop Red quickly made the top and remained unchallenged through middle fractions of :56 and 1:24 before pulling away to a 2 1/2-length victory. Estero Bay scooted...
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Sylvain Filion wins 6,000th career race

on 05/24/2009 2:00 AM
Driver Sylvain Filion, 40, won his 6,000th career race Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, reaching the magic number with Mr. Saratoga, a 5-year-old son of Million Dollar Cam, after threading his way between horses to win a $40,000(C) Preferred event for mature pacers over Proven Lover (Jason Brewer) and Anderlecht (Chris Christoforou) in a smart 1:50.4. Filion, whose career includes ...
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