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Sheer Desire draws post 8 in Hempt final

on 05/20/2009 2:00 AM
Post positions are set for Saturday\'s $300,140 Max Hempt Memorial at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, and world champion and Hempt elim winner Sheer Desire has drawn post eight in the field of nine. The race is the 10th on the Pocono card, with post time tentatively set for 3:33 pm.   Last fall at The Red Mile Sheer Desire won in 1:49.3, setting a world recor...
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Kentucky racing \'in serious jeopardy\'

on 05/20/2009 2:00 AM
Under the backdrop of an empty paddock at Churchill Downs, officials of Kentucky racetracks--including The Red Mile\'s president and CEO Joe Costa--gathered for a press conference Wednesday afternoon to plead their case for expanded gaming in the Bluegrass State.   In making his comments at the Louisville track which was closed Wednesday for live racing after a request to cut one day from i...
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Areyouinorout in Harrington winner\'s circle

on 05/19/2009 2:00 AM
Larry Baron\'s Areyouinorout ($2.80, Tony Morgan) was a wire-to-wire winner in the $15,500 conditioned pace feature at Harrington Raceway Monday in 1:54.4.   The 6-year-old Camluck gelding set all the fractions and won by two lengths over Fields of Honour A and Brian P. The Josh Green trainee earned his fourth win of the year as his lifetime earnings approached $400,000.   Driver Mik...
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Santanna Blue Chip to stand at Stallion Station in NZ

on 05/19/2009 2:00 AM
Stallion Station, one of Australasia’s leading Standardbred studs, and Kentuckiana Farms have jointly announced that the 2007 US Breeders Crown champion and Governor’s Cup winner Santanna Blue Chip 2, 1:51.4 will stand the 2009 season at Stallion Station’s New Zealand base in Christchurch.   With a lifetime bankroll of $1,608,733 including $931,223 as a juvenile, Santanna Blue ...
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Bouchard wins eventful Maple Leaf Pace

on 05/19/2009 2:00 AM
Stephane Bouchard sat patiently covered on the outside in fifth position and followed cover until the top of the stretch and then rallied down  the passing lane to score a 2:02.3 victory with Richard Ingrassia’s Island Faith in Monticello Raceway’s Maple Leaf Pace on Monday afternoon. The race, for drivers of Canadian descent, was the fifth leg of the Mighty M‘s Heritage Dr...
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Somebeachsomewhere to be inducted into Canada Hall of Fame

on 05/19/2009 2:00 AM
Canada\'s Horse Racing Hall of Fame today announced that harness racing sensation, Somebeachsomewhere, will lead an outstanding 2009 class of inductees into the hallowed shrine later this year. The other two Standardbred inductees were driver/trainer Keith Clark and the prolific broodmare Rich N Elegant. Joining the world-record pacing colt will be Gustav Schickedanz, one of North America\'s ...
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Encore Encore sizzles in Super Bowl

on 05/19/2009 2:00 AM
Sophomore trotters bred in the Keystone state were in sire stakes action at the Meadows on Tuesday as five divisions of the Super Bowl, for colts and geldings each worth $49,478, went to post. The most impressive performance was turned in by Bob Key’s Encore Encore who rolled to a 1:53.3 win in the sixth race. Dave Palone was in the bike for trainer Richie Gillock as the Broadway Hall colt made ...
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Several hundred Ohio horsemen attend rally at Statehouse

on 05/19/2009 2:00 AM
Ohio State Sen. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) got a roar of approval from several hundred Ohio horsemen on Tuesday when he urged Governor Ted Strickland to “get off your moral high horse” and save horse racing by allowing slot machines at Ohio tracks.   The rally at the State Capitol Building was spearheaded by Lisa Schwartz, wife of Dr. Robert Schwartz of Midland Acres. She organized the e...
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Hypnotic Blue Chip coasts to new Tioga track record

on 05/18/2009 2:00 AM
Hypnotic Blue Chip and Tim Tetrick soared to victory in the first elimination of the Empire Breeders Classic for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs. Leaving from post position one Tetrick and Hypnotic Blue Chip settled in third past the quarter in :27 with OK Braveheart and Jim Morrill Jr. controlling the early pace. As the field passed the three-eighths pole T...
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Mystic River shocker in OSS Gold final

on 05/18/2009 2:00 AM
Mystic River chose an auspicious occasion to break her maiden as she captured Mohawk’s first Ontario Sire Stakes $130,000(C) Gold final of the season, for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Sent off at 30-1, Mystic River and linesman Jody Jamieson bided their time in the back of the field, while Chris Christoforou and Butana emerged from the starting scrimmage to set the early fractions. Randy Wapl...
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OSS 3CT Gold elims contested at Mohawk

on 05/18/2009 2:00 AM
Hitithard, Parlay and I Wont Dance all posted victories in their respective $40,000(C) Ontario Sire Stakes Gold eliminations for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters on a cool and windy Sunday night at Mohawk. In the opening contest, Hitithard used off-the-pace tactics to post a mild upset for driver Jody Jamieson in 1:57.4, the fastest of the three splits. The son of Mr. Lavec-Donaver rallied ...
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Press conference called to address Kentucky\'s equine industry

on 05/18/2009 2:00 AM
A press conference on the current state of the equine industry in Kentucky has been scheduled at Churchill Downs on Wednesday, May 20, at 1:30 p.m. Those on hand to address the current threats to--and possible solutions for--the industry and the need for legislative action will be: Joe Costa, president and CEO of The Red Mile; Bob Evans, president and CEO of Churchill Downs Inc.; Ni...
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New Zealand\'s Ferguson leads WDC, US\'s Bartlett stands 7th

on 05/18/2009 2:00 AM
Belgium’s Christophe Martens began like a house afire, Norway’s Eirik Høitomt won the fourth of five rounds and the USA’s Jason Bartlett couldn’t make up any ground in the fourth round of the World Driving Championship, raced on Monday night at Sorlandets Travpark in Kristiansand, Norway. But when the dust had settled after the penultimate round, New Zealand’s Peter Ferguson, who...
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Michigan\'s Standardbred racing takes major funding hit

on 05/18/2009 2:00 AM
Standardbred racing in Michigan has taken another major blow with the announcement Monday that because of a massive funding cut to the state’s Department of Agriculture the entire overnight program at the fairs has been eliminated this year, with the long-standing Charles Coon Memorial at Croswell already canceled and the Fedele Fauri Futurities at Kinross likely to be a casualty ...
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Ginger And Fred a big winner

on 05/18/2009 2:00 AM
Defending Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Ginger And Fred proved her superiority over her classmates Monday afternoon at The Meadows when she won her Sire Stakes division by five lengths in 1:52.4, easily stealing the showcase of five divisions of state-sired fillies.   Ginger And Fred, a daughter of Real Artist, had qualified twice at the Meadowlands with Tim Tetrick in the sulky. Tetric...
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Precious Stone 1:52.3 winner

on 05/16/2009 2:00 AM
The New Jersey Sire Stakes program kicked off its 2009 Premier Division Friday with a trio of $41,500 events for 3-year-old pacing fillies Friday night at the Meadowlands, and the most impressive effort of the night probably was turned in by Precious Stone [$4.00], who dug in gamely after losing her cover entering the final turn to take the third division over Fancy Pants Sandy in 1:52.3...
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Yonkers features Opens on Friday night

on 05/16/2009 2:00 AM
Hannah Isabel and Galleon\'s Assassin earned Yonkers Raceway accolades, winning Friday night\'s $44,000  co-features. \"Hannah\" (Pat Lachance) was given assignment in the Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace and took full advantage. She stuffed 11-10 favorite Double  Dream N (Brent Holland) in behind before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Hannah Isabel then negotiated a :56.1 intermissi...
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Bartlett now in fifth place

on 05/16/2009 2:00 AM
The 2009 World Driving Championship moved to Jarlsberg on Saturday for the third of five rounds, and the USA’s Jason Bartlett wasted no time moving up the ladder by winning the first of four races offered on the Jarlsberg card.   Jason Bartlett went right to work by winning the first of four races on Saturday at Jarlsberg   He sped to a 1-1/4 length victory in the first division ...
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Lucky Jim wins Cutler Memorial in 1:52.1

on 05/16/2009 2:00 AM
The fairytale continued for Lucky Jim as he extended his streak to 10 wins against the sport’s top older trotters in the $200,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial Saturday night at the Meadowlands.  Lucky Jim [$2.80, $2.40, $2.40] and driver Andy Miller sat second over behind Enough Talk who pressed Arch Madness through hot middle fractions of 55.1 and 1:23.4.  As his cover folded, Miller unl...
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Shark Gesture has winning attack in Graduate

on 05/16/2009 2:00 AM
Shark Gesture put on a fierce performance to win the co-featured $210,000 Graduate Final for free-for-all pacers Saturday night at the Meadowlands, digging in to hold off the late rally of Montecito N by a half-length in 1:49.  Caught wide around the first turn, driver Tim Tetrick and Shark Gesture seized command from Won The West in a swift :54.1 half, leaving Winbak Speed uncovered behind t...
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