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Peter Haughton Memorial elims held

on 08/01/2009 2:00 AM
It seems driver Brian Sears and trainer Greg Peck, the team behind the Hambletonian favorite Muscle Hill, already have a top prospect for next year's race in their arsenal. Holiday Road drew off to a convincing 1:56.3 victory for the duo in the second of three eliminations for the $523,600 Peter Haughton Memorial, the Meadowlands' premier event for 2-year-old colt trotters, on Friday night. ...
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Four $50,000 invitationals contested at The Meadows

on 08/01/2009 2:00 AM
Already a track record holder, Go On BB gunned down another Meadows mark Friday as she captured a $50,000 Filly & Mare Invitational Pace in 1:51.2, fastest ever at The Meadows by an older mare. The race was one of four $50,000 invitational events staged by The Meadows and funded by the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association as a special feature of Grand Circuit Week. Highlight of the wee...
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Favorites prevail in OSS Gold elims

on 08/01/2009 2:00 AM
Favorites Friendly Amigo and I'll Wait For You emerged victorious in their respective Ontario Sires Stakes Gold eliminations for 3-year-old filly trotters on Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. In the first $40,000(C) split, it was Friendly Amigo and driver Blair Burgess seizing control at the outset and garnering all of the front-end respect. Once on top, the pair controlled the easy f...
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Track record tied in Kindergarten split at Vernon

on 08/01/2009 2:00 AM
Flex The Muscle tied the track’s 1:57.3 record for 2-year-old colt trotters with his solid score in Friday night’s first $10,000 division of the Kindergarten Classic Series at Vernon Downs. Competing in Friday’s opening event, Flex The Muscle left the starting gate cautiously with Gareth Dowse doing the driving. The well-bred son of Muscles Yankee-Alix Hall was fifth at the quarter b...
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Yonkers features go to Victor's Vicky, Still Electric

on 08/01/2009 2:00 AM
Victor's Vicky beat the boys and made 'em cry for the second time in her last three starts Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $48,000 Open Handicap Trot. With Jordan Stratton driving for trainer Richard Johnson, Victor's Vicky--starting from post position four--worked out a second-over trip. She then ducked inside when pocket-sitting, 3-2 favorite American Lane (Cat Manzi),...
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Extender N repeats in Pocono open

on 08/01/2009 2:00 AM
Extender N, a 12-year-old pacing gelding trained by Nat Varty and driven by Joe Pavia Jr., won his second straight $28,750 Open Handicap Pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Friday night. Both of the wins came on racing surfaces listed as "good." Leaving from the six hole in the eight horse field, Extender N left quickly and battled newcomer Third Day (Jim Taggart Jr.) for the early lea...
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Stakes colts featured at Indiana Downs

on 08/01/2009 2:00 AM
Freshman colt pacers took center stage at Indiana Downs Friday, July 31 as four $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes divisions were offered. Royal Art colt Ombre Art won the fastest of the four splits with a 1:56.3 effort while Third Straight colts Dublo Six and McStraight swept two others.   Favorite Ombre Art and driver Ricky Macomber took command after the quarter and cruised to a nearly three-l...
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Vintage Master scores Adios upset in record time

on 08/01/2009 2:00 AM
A strong, three-wide move off the final turn propelled Vintage Master and driver Daniel Dube to a half-length upset victory in Saturday’s $677,665 Delvin Miller Adios at the Meadows in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 4,210.   The 43rd edition of the Adios, held again at the Meadows after being contested at Pocono Downs last year, boasted a $827,665 total purse [including last week’s e...
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Sand Windsor sets stakes record in Knoll victory

on 08/01/2009 2:00 AM
In her second career start, Sand Windsor performed like a speedy, determined veteran, coming first over en route to a stake-record 1:53 victory in a division of the $120,000 Catherine Baker Knoll at The Meadows Saturday.   Formerly known as the Fred Jamison, the stake was renamed to honor the life and contributions of the late Catherine Baker Knoll, former Pennsylvania lieutenant governor a...
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Ginger And Fred, Pedigree Snob win Adioo Volo splits

on 08/01/2009 2:00 AM
Ginger And Fred was the fast-stepping belle of the ball once more at The Meadows Saturday as she glided to the lead from post 9 and captured a division of the $225,966 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo for 3-year-old pacing fillies.   Blogette Hanover came from well off the pace to take the other division. The race, part of Adios Day festivities at The Meadows, is named for the late Quinton Patt...
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Hambletonian Oaks field set

on 08/01/2009 2:00 AM
The field for the $783,042 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old trotting fillies was decided by a quartet of elimination races on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   The top two finishers, plus the two third-place fillies with the highest career earnings, advanced to the Oaks Final, the companion to harness racing's most prestigious event, the $1.5 million Hambletonian, on Saturday, Augu...
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Favorites triumph in Indiana Sire Stakes competition

on 08/01/2009 2:00 AM
It was a night for favorites at Indiana Downs Saturday. Favored Matt’s Image and Evening Job each paced to victory in their respective $25,000 Indiana Sire Stakes divisions, the first preliminary leg for sophomore colts. The triumphs allowed both 3 year olds an opportunity to collect maximum points toward reserving spots in the $150,000 final next month.   In the first division, Matt’s ...
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Trotters featured in Indiana Sire Stakes action

on 07/31/2009 2:00 AM
A quartet of Indiana Sires Stakes contests were contested Thursday, July 30 at Indiana Downs. Two $25,000 divisions were carded for sophomore colt and gelding trotters, with another set of $25,000 divisions offered for two-year-old trotting fillies. Driver Jay Cross steered home two winners in stakes action.   Cross won the opening race on the card, the first split for freshman fillies, gui...
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Messenger delivers easy win at Scioto

on 07/31/2009 2:00 AM
A freshman trotting filly and pacing filly remain unbeaten in three career starts after sweeping their divisions of the Ohio State Fair stakes at Scioto Downs on Thursday night.  Jesse’s Messenger was the easiest kind of trotting winner for driver Ryan Stahl and trainer Kent Sherman in the $30,000 Ohio Fairs Trot. She moved to the lead in the opening half and drew off to win by 6 1/2 le...
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You See LA from Mohawk

on 07/31/2009 2:00 AM
You See LA turned in an authoritative first-over victory in Thursday night’s $57,200(C) Whenuwishuponastar Pacing Series final for 2-year-old fillies at Mohawk Racetrack. Mike Saftic picked up the catch-drive aboard the daughter of The Panderosa-Los Angeles who remained perfect in two career starts with the victory for co-owner and trainer Bob McIntosh. In Thursday’s contest, she got away l...
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Sophomore colt trotters in Arden Downs

on 07/31/2009 2:00 AM
Apparently stalled out first-over in the slop, Keystone Activator closed with a dramatic rush to capture a division of a $75,268 Arden Downs stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Thursday at The Meadows. Salutation Hanover took the other division with a “Lightning Lane” charge. The event, known as the James Manderino, is part of Grand Circuit Week at The Meadows, which is hi...
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Favorites dominate in NYSS splits at Saratoga

on 07/31/2009 2:00 AM
The public got it right as the favorites prevailed in all four divisions of the New York Sire Stakes at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway on Thursday night. The 3-year-old pacing fillies took center stage at the Spa on Thursday and on the beautiful summer evening there were some fast performances. Jim Marohn Jr. pulled All Spirit three wide down the backside and meant business as the Bettor's Delight ...
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Roosevelt announcer Jack Lee dies

on 07/31/2009 2:00 AM
Jack E. Lee, a longtime race announcer most closely associated with his work at Roosevelt Raceway, died Thursday, July 30. He was 73. Mr. Lee was a popular fixture at the now-shuttered Roosevelt, from 1968 until 1985, and also called races at Freehold Raceway in 1966 and from 1990 through 1998. His mellow voice and descriptive calls were known to millions via his race calls on th...
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Stratton captures Munich Mile at Mighty M

on 07/31/2009 2:00 AM
It wasn’t in his plans to race at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon but Jordan Stratton made an exception and hustled to the Catskill Mountain oval to compete in the track’s Munich Mile, the race for drivers of German descent, which was the seventh leg of the Mighty M’s year-long Heritage Drivers Series. And the trip was worthwhile when the 22-year-old reinsman&nbs...
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Brandon Givens wins 1,000th race

on 07/31/2009 2:00 AM
In his first race Thursday evening at Ocean Downs, Brandon Givens etched his name into the history books, driving 2-year-old filly Carol's Photo to a win in 2:04.2. Brandon's father Les Givens trains the filly. After the race, friends, family, fellow trainers and drivers joined Brandon in the winner's circle as he celebrated his accomplishment.     "My hero has always been my dad and ...
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