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Big M hoping third time's a charm for Friday turf race

on 07/23/2009 2:00 AM
Twice thwarted by heavy rains, the Meadowlands’ first harness race on the turf in more than 30 years is slated for Friday night. A field of eight pacers will take to the grass in the $15,000 fifth race, which is set at a mile distance. Estimated post time is 8:27 p.m.   The last time the Meadowlands held a turf race for Standardbred racehorses was the Coliseum Cup on June 21, 19...
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One More Laugh sets season's mark in PASS

on 07/23/2009 2:00 AM
Sons of The Panderosa accounted for two of six Pennsylvania Sire Stakes winners on Wednesday evening at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack, but it was One More Laugh who got the last laugh of the 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings. One More Laugh ($3.20), a McArdle gelding out of Fancy Creek Funny, cleared the front on the first turn before rating a sensible middle half, then kicked a...
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DiBenedetto wins 5,000th career race at Mighty M

on 07/23/2009 2:00 AM
Like many who near a milestone and then seem to slump prior to accomplishing it, after a fruitless Tuesday afternoon in the sulky, Kyle DiBenedetto scored his 5,000th career driving victory Wednesday when he guided Western Wild King to a 1:58.3 triumph in a $12,700 New York Sire Stakes late-closer pace for sophomore colts and geldings at Monticello Raceway.   DiBenedetto ende...
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Teague has five-pack ready for Adios

on 07/23/2009 2:00 AM
The horses won’t step onto the track for the 2009 Delvin Miller Adios until Friday, but trainer George Teague Jr. already has equaled an unofficial stake record. If all five of his horses go, he’ll tie the Burke stable for most starters in a single Adios.   The Burkes accomplished the feat in 2007, and it worked out pretty well for them. Not only did their May June Character win, but Bu...
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Janet Hinshaw dies

on 07/23/2009 2:00 AM
Janet Anne Hinshaw, of Richland, Iowa, the wife of former USTA director Kermit Hinshaw, died July 22, 2009, at Hospice of Davis and Wapello Counties in Ottumwa. She was 84. Mrs. Hinshaw was born Jan. 24, 1923, near Richland, the daughter of Loraine J. and Ruby C. Reeder Trigg. She married Kermit L. Hinshaw on Oct. 5, 1941, in her mother’s home in Richland. Mrs. Hinshaw’s family mo...
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Indiana Downs begins eighth season Friday

on 07/23/2009 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs will kick off an 80-day harness racing campaign Friday, July 24 with two cards packed with horses. The Shelbyville track will offer a 13-race opening night card featuring two $9,000 contests for Indiana-sired two-year-old pacing colts followed by a 14-race program Saturday night. Post time for each program is 6:55 p.m.   “We’re very excited to get the meet underway,” sa...
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Blanket finish in Ontario Gold final for 2YO trotting colts

on 07/23/2009 2:00 AM
The 2-year-old trotting colt Ja El Express survived a thrilling stretch duel to capture the first $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final of the season Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The son of Kadabra - Keystone Bluejay was saddled with post eight in the field of 10 but left alertly for driver Jody Jamieson and grabbed control just past the opening quarter in :29.1. As the field strai...
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McIntosh rookies sweep series splits

on 07/23/2009 2:00 AM
Bob McIntosh trainees Give The Gift and You See L A swept Thursday night’s two $20,000 divisions in the second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Pacing Series for rookie fillies at Mohawk Racetrack Thursday night. Give The Gift got spotted well early from post six in the opening division and then made the winning move in the second quarter for driver Steve Condren. The daughter of Camluck - Eternal...
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NYSS for 2YO pacing fillies at Yonkers

on 07/23/2009 2:00 AM
Two-year-old filly pacers competed in the $185,236 New York Sire Stakes on Thursday night at Yonkers, with 31 fillies taking their best shot at $46,309 for each division.     Both Truly A Treasure (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Shaky Hanover (Matt Kakaley) did their damage from off the pace. The former, a daughter of Art Major, wound up second-over from post position six before...
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Broadway Paige trots 1:54.4, just misses track record

on 07/22/2009 2:00 AM
Broadway Paige, driven by David Miller, earned a new lifetime mark of 1:54.4 and just missed equaling the track record in winning the fourth and final division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies Tuesday night (July 21) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   Trained by Brian Roland, Broadway Paige stopped the timer just one fifth of equaling the track record of S...
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Sears wins four at Vernon

on 07/22/2009 2:00 AM
Brian Sears, former three-time percentage driving champion at Vernon Downs (1991-93), made a triumphant return on Tuesday, capturing four of the eight races he competed in, including the Jack “J.L.” Bailey Memorial Trophy race, and the night’s top test for female pacers.   Sears, who began his provisional driving career here in 1990, steered Olivia’s Native to a career-bes...
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Pedigrees available for Jersey Classic sale

on 07/22/2009 2:00 AM
The pedigrees for the 2009 New Jersey Classic Yearling Sale being held Sunday Sept. 13 at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown, NJ, have now been added to our web site. Sort by hip number and click on the yearling name. The entire catalog is also available on the roster page for download.   Printed Catalogs will be available after August 1st. Reserve yours now at www.gardenstatesales.c...
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Dreaming of gold at Mohawk

on 07/21/2009 2:00 AM
Tiz To Dream made all the speed and held on for an impressive gate-to-wire victory in Monday’s $130,000(C) Ontario Sire Stakes Gold final for 2-year-old filly pacers at Mohawk Racetrack. The daughter of Grinfromeartoear-Extreme Dream left sharply from post two for driver Doug McNair and grabbed control of the pace through a strong :26.2 opening quarter. Ice Ice Baby had also left alertly and ...
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Malicious, Whackamole win Dream Maker splits

on 07/21/2009 2:00 AM
The highly-touted Malicious remained perfect in three career starts with a dominant 1:54.2 tally in one of two $20,000(C) divisions in the opening leg of the Dream Maker Pacing Series for 2-year-old colts and geldings on Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The other split went to Whackamole Hanover who stopped the clock in 1:55.4. In the opening contest, Malicious used tactical speed to land in t...
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Where's Waldo finds Tompkins-Geers winner's circle

on 07/21/2009 2:00 AM
Where’s Waldo and Josh Marks captured the lone Tompkins-Geers division for 3-year-old colt pacers on Monday night at Tioga Downs.   The duo rolled out of post position four to trip the teletimer in :26.4 before relinquishing the lead to favorite Hay Goodlooking (Gates Brunet). Hay Goodlooking paced through fractions of :55 and 1:23.1 as Marks and Where’s Waldo loomed in the pocket anxio...
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PASS grand slam for Takter-Dube combo at Chester

on 07/21/2009 2:00 AM
On the Tab ($3), Hard Livin ($3), Chimon ($3.40) and Federalreservenote ($2.60) gave trainer Jimmy Takter and driver Daniel Dube a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes grand slam on Monday evening at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack, as five divisions of 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings faced the starting gate. Hard Livin (SJ's Caviar-Affinity) was the fastest of the Takter-Dube quartet, tu...
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Youth camp underway at Pocono

on 07/21/2009 2:00 AM
The eighth Harness Racing Youth League (HRYL) summer camp opened Tuesday morning at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with 11 participants, ages 11 through 13.   Unique camp provides youngsters the opportunity to learn to drive racehorses. From grooming and care to harnessing, hitching and driving, the participants are exposed to hands-on aspects of the racing business. The camp culminates with ...
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Well Said named favorite in first Little Brown Jug future pool

on 07/21/2009 2:00 AM
Wagering on the first of three Little Brown Jug future wagering pools will get underway at noon on Thursday at racetracks throughout North America and on internet sites. Future wagering will be offered through 11:30 p.m. Sunday, July 26.    North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace winner Well Said (2-1) is the morning line favorite in the future Jug pool. Co-owner Je...
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Well Said one of 26 entered in Adios at The Meadows

on 07/21/2009 2:00 AM
Well Said won’t be having much time resting on his laurels of winning last Saturday’s $1 million Meadowlands Pace as the 3-year-old colt pacer is one of 26 entered in the Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows, which will have three $50,000 eliminations this Friday. The top three in each elim will advance to the $677,665 final scheduled for Saturday afternoon, Aug. 1.  Well Said, who last mo...
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Art Official, Mister Big win Ben Franklin elims

on 07/20/2009 2:00 AM
Art Official (1:49.2) and 2008 Ben Franklin runner-up Mister Big (1:49.1) turned in impressive performances to clinch their respective eliminations for the third edition of the Ben Franklin on Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack.   Sawgrass Farms' Art Official wasted no time finding the front, crossing and clearing Won the West (David Miller) and Winbak ...
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