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Muscle Hill/Lucky Jim match-up could have happened in Crown

on 08/13/2009 2:00 AM
Trainer Greg Peck told harnessracing.com Thursday that although he had an option of entering Hambletonian winner Muscle Hill in the upcoming Breeders Crown Horse Trot at the Meadowlands—and a showdown with the 4-year-old star Lucky Jim—he decided to give his 3 year old a short break until the American National Aug. 29 at Balmoral Park. Just six horses were entered in the Crown Trot on Aug. 22,...
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13 entered in Sunday's Confederation Cup

on 08/13/2009 2:00 AM
Thirteen 3-year-old colt pacers have been entered for Sunday’s $660,000(C) Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs, including $25,000 supplemental entry River Shark. The baker’s dozen of sophomores have been divided into two eliminations, with the top four in each, plus one of the two fifth-place finishers drawn by lot, will return for the same-day final.  Here are the elims for the Confeder...
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Washington continues to add winners at Mighty M

on 08/13/2009 2:00 AM
For years Cedric Washington has been a fixture at Monticello Raceway and over the years the affable 47-year-old African-American driver has reined 1,762 winners, a number that any driver would be proud to sport.   At Monticello on Wednesday, Washington added two more winners to his numbers when he guided Tangeray to a 2:02 victory in the ninth race and then came back to ...
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Ohio set to drop gambling age from 21 to 18

on 08/13/2009 2:00 AM
The Ohio Lottery Commission is scheduled to meet on Monday to approve new rules concerning expanded gaming at the state’s racetracks, including regulation that will lower the age to gamble at the tracks from 21 to 18. According to reports, only New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and South Dakota currently allow persons to gamble at age 18.   The Ohio racetracks received approval to add slot...
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Fast miles in PASS 2FT splits

on 08/12/2009 2:00 AM
Barham Hanover and Fashion Feline turned in identical 1:57 miles in separate divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 2-year-old trotting fillies Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Earlier in the evening, it was Bone A Fide, a 2-year-old SJ’s Photo trotting filly, who had the fastest time with a lifetime mark of 1:57.3.   Barham Hanover, a 2-year-old Cantab Hall filly...
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Seven wins for seven trainers for Merriman

on 08/12/2009 2:00 AM
Aaron Merriman, the sport’s leading dash winning driver in 2009, drove seven winners on the 16-race Tuesday card at The Meadows, including Oatmeister in the $17,500 featured trot.   Merriman scored his seven-bagger for as many trainers--Rick Hercules, Kurt Sugg, Kevin McDermott, Bill Bercury, J.W. Miller, Ron Burke and Bethie Murdock.   Although several of his victo...
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Division title up for grabs in Crown Pace

on 08/12/2009 2:00 AM
A compact group of six of the sport’s fastest and richest older pacers will report directly to the $500,000 Breeders Crown final on Saturday, Aug. 22. Though Mister Big is the defending Crown champion and is well on his way to $4 million in career earnings, Shadow Play served notice on Hambletonian day that he will put up a fight for divisional honors. Last year’s Little Brown Jug winner ...
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Civil Cause in 91-1 KYSS shocker

on 08/11/2009 2:00 AM
Only one night after a 100-1 longshot winner in the opening leg of the Kentucky Sire Stakes (KYSS) for 2 year olds, it was Civil Cause (Steve Waller) doing his best to keep the longshot players happy by breaking his maiden in a $15,000 KYSS division for 3-year-old colt trotters at odds of 91-1 on Monday night at The Red Mile.  Civil Cause, a son of Like A Prayer-Donna Eligancia, was nestled ...
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Isthatallyagot has enough to win OSS Gold final

on 08/11/2009 2:00 AM
Isthatallyagot used a strong stretch rally to upset in Monday’s $130,000(C) Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Final for 2-year-old trotting fillies at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:56.2.   Anthony MacDonald engineered the victory with the daughter of Southwind Lustre-Zorgwijk Davita who sat off hot early fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:26.3 which were supplied by race favourite Wilsonator. As the field ...
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Fast Pay scores in rescheduled OSS Gold final

on 08/11/2009 2:00 AM
Fast Pay was quick indeed in capturing the second $130,000(C) Ontario Sire Stakes Gold final of his career Monday at Mohawk, in a non-wagering event rescheduled after electrical storms forced the cancellation of much of Sunday night’s card.   The 3-year-old son of Western Terror, with Paul MacDonell in the bike, took command from early leader, Shipps Xpectancy (Jack Moiseyev) as th...
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Dreamfair Eternal supplements to Breeders Crown

on 08/11/2009 2:00 AM
John and Mary Lamer’s Roses Are Red winner Dreamfair Eternal will take the supplemental route to the $331,500 Breeders Crown Mare Pace, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   The 5-year-old daughter of 1991 Breeders Crown champion Camluck has won nine of 17  starts this year, including the $343,712(C) Roses Are Red. Dreamfair Eternal, trained by Pat Fletcher...
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Mother and daughter compete on same Mighty M card

on 08/11/2009 2:00 AM
It isn’t a first but certainly a rarity when an equine mother and her daughter both race on single card. The latest incarnation happened at Monticello Raceway on Monday when the 2-year-old trotting filly Thergoesmyvacation and her dam, HF’s Gal, both competed on the afternoon card.   Thergoesmyvacton fared much better than her mother because the Dream Vacation-sired filly...
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Jeannie Bernard killed in car accident

on 08/11/2009 2:00 AM
Jeannie Bernard, wife of trainer Armand Bernard and the sister of driver Mark Lancaster, was one of two people killed in a three-vehicle accident in Mt. Laurel, N.J., this past Sunday. She was 63. Mrs. Bernard was at the wheel of her vehicle when the driver of an oncoming pickup truck apparently lost control and veered left of center and struck her vehicle and a truck. A passenger in t...
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Atochia wins in 1:49.1, second fastest mile ever at The Meadows

on 08/11/2009 2:00 AM
Atochia enjoyed perfect escort service from Biletnikoff, then blazed by that rival in the lane on Monday to capture the $27,500 Preferred Handicap in 1:49.1, second-fastest mile ever paced at The Meadows. Only 3-year-old sensation Well Said paced faster when he won his Adios elimination in 1:49. Split times for the mile, which also established a track record for 4-year-old gelding pacers, w...
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Older Breeder Crowns: elim needed only for Mare Trot

on 08/11/2009 2:00 AM
The connections of Autumn Escapade and Lavec Dream have accepted byes for the Breeders Crown Older Mare Trot Aug. 22 at the Meadowlands, having been afforded that opportunity when those behind Classic Lane and Spice Queen, the two with the highest earnings, declined. Those two, along with eight others, will compete in a single elimination this Saturday at the Big M with the top eight advancing to ...
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Perretti, Rosenfeld named to board

on 08/11/2009 2:00 AM
Anthony Perretti, proprietor of Perretti Farms, the largest commercial breeding farm in New Jersey, and Seth Rosenfeld, a second generation breeder and owner, were named to the board of directors of the Hambletonian Society at its annual meeting on Friday, Aug. 7.  Perretti, 49, of Cream Ridge, NJ, is the son of leading breeder and owner Bill Perretti, who started Perretti farms in the ear...
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Polly Sidley the 2009 Lady Pace honoree

on 08/11/2009 2:00 AM
Polly Sidley,a  longtime horse owner who likes working with the foals and mares at the family farm in Painesville, Ohio, is the 2009 Lady Pace honoree at the Delaware, Ohio, County Fair. She will be honored in winner’s circle ceremonies following an Ohio Breeders Championship Jug Day afternoon.   Polly and her husband Bob have owned Northern Farms in northeastern Ohio since...
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High Speed Life romps in Indiana Sires Stakes

on 08/11/2009 2:00 AM
High Speed Life was sent off as the 1-9 favorite in the first of two $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes divisions Tuesday at Indiana Downs, and the sophomore pacing filly delivered. Guided by Ricky Macomber, the Lease On Life sophomore dominated her foes, winning by 10 and one-quarter lengths in a time of 1:53.2. Western Kit captured the second split with a 1:54.3 effort.   Starting from the rail...
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Storm forces Mohawk cancellation, stakes rescheduled

on 08/10/2009 2:00 AM
A massive electrical storm hit Mohawk Racetrack on Sunday night after race five and forced the cancellation of the balance of the program.   The OSS Gold Final for three-year-old colt pacers and a Gold elimination for two-year-old filly pacers were unable to be contested and have been carried over to the beginning of the Monday program.   The Gold Final will go postward at 6:...
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KYSS gets underway at The Red Mile

on 08/10/2009 2:00 AM
Freshman trotters and pacers were in action Sunday night at the historic clay oval in Lexington, squaring off in ten $15,000 divisions of the Kentucky Sire Stakes trying to earn points toward a spot in tje $2.4-million Night of Champions on Sept. 6.   It took all the way until the 17th race, a $15,000 KYSS division for 2-year old filly pacers, for chaos to break loose on a card he...
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