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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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Ackermans hoping for Judge Joe Hambo ruling

on 07/31/2009 2:00 AM
Three years ago, Doug R. Ackerman steered defending 2-year-old champion Chocolatier to a runner-up finish behind Glidemaster in the Hambletonian. While his contender this year is not as high profile, Ackerman is in the running again for harness racing’s most coveted prize with Judge Joe.   Ackerman will sit behind the homebred son of Credit Winner for his father, Hall of Fame trainer Doug...
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Shetler takes two of three in Indiana Sires Stakes

on 07/30/2009 2:00 AM
Indiana Sires Stakes action continued Wednesday, July 29 at Indiana Downs with three divisions for freshman colt and gelding trotters. Driver Dan Shetler won two of the $25,000 legs, piloting ABC Photo and Super Beat to victories. CJ’s Rascal and Joe Putnam won the third division.   Heavy favorite ABC Photo took control after a 1:01.3 opening half in the first division and cruised to a fi...
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3FT's in action in Arden Downs splits

on 07/30/2009 2:00 AM
SJ’s Minolta endured a parked-out first quarter and a stiff first-over challenge, but she trotted on gamely to capture a division of a $74,284 Arden Downs stake for 3-year-old fillies on Wednesday at The Meadows. Daddy’s Lhasa, a 16-race maiden entering the evening, took the other division of the stake known as the Ned McCarr. The event was part of Grand Circuit Week at The Meadows, which...
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Smart players had the 50-1 shocker in Plesac elim

on 07/30/2009 2:00 AM
When 2-year-old trotters go postward it can always be “bombs away” and that’s just what it was on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as 50-1 longshot Fox Valley Smarty took advantage of an early miscue by 3-5 favorite Shore Road to win the Plesac Stake elimination in 1:59.3.   After seeing the heavy favorite make a nasty break right next to him as the gate was set to open driver Todd Wa...
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Morrill wins three in NYSS action

on 07/30/2009 2:00 AM
The best race card thus far of the season at Monticello Raceway  featured the crème de la crème of the New York Sire Stakes program, the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers who raced for a total purse of $175,000 in five divisions on Wednesday. But the races were hampered by rain that got continually worse as the afternoon progressed.   Not surprisingly, once again in NYSS action...
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Study: Benefit would come from NJ racing and casino partnership

on 07/30/2009 2:00 AM
The sustainability of the New Jersey horse racing industry and the fiscal health of the casinos in Atlantic City could benefit from a business partnership. This is one of the recommendations from the 2009 Economic Impact Study released by the Rutgers Equine Science Center on Wednesday through the Hall Institute of Public Policy.     “There should exist in New Jersey a partnersh...
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Ohio State Fair stakes kick off at Scioto Thursday

on 07/30/2009 2:00 AM
Thursday night's 13-race program at Scioto Downs kicks off the first of three nights of Ohio State Fair stakes races at the Columbus oval. It’s girls night at the track as 2- and 3-year-old trotting fillies will be in action along with freshman pacing lasses. Together they will compete in six events.  The action starts in the second race for first-season trotters when unbeaten...
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