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St. Pierre has big weekend at Saratoga

on 05/04/2009 2:00 AM
Reinsman Denis St. Pierre had his biggest week of the young season to date at Saratoga and it concluded with a driving hat trick on Sunday. St. Pierre came into the week seventh in the driver standings and ended it in sixth following a Saturday night driving double and a Sunday that saw the veteran driver tally three wins. Im Betting On You was the big win for the week for St. Pierre as th...
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Pantomimist wins Scarborough feature

on 05/04/2009 2:00 AM
Marcel Marceau could not have delivered any better a performance than Heath Campbell turned in on Sunday as the veteran teamster hit every mark to guide Pantomimist to the Scarborough Downs winner’s circle as the distaff star made her premier appearance of the 2009 season. Campbell engineered an Academy Award caliber performance which took full advantage of his patented patient style to t...
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Palone wins five at The Meadows, reaches 13,001 career wins

on 05/04/2009 2:00 AM
Dave Palone became just the third harness driver in history to reach 13,000 wins this afternoon at The Meadows when he guided Western Kissed to victory in race 11. Palone had won the first, sixth, and seventh races earlier in the day to set him up for the milestone victory. It came with Western Kissed, who is trained by Ronnie Burke, in a $17,000 pace for $30,000 claimers in 1:53.3. Palone also ...
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Anders Bluestone, Keystone Activator win Dexter Cup elims

on 05/03/2009 2:00 AM
Anders Bluestone, a New Jersey-sired son of Yankee Glide, and Keystone Activator each won a $30,228 elimination on Saturday, May 2 and will advance to the $181,369 Dexter Cup Final for three-year-old trotters on May 9 at Freehold Raceway. Both elimination winners are Hambletonian eligible. Keystone Activator set a three-year-old trotting colt track record of 1:55.3, winning the 12th race divisi...
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Foiled Again wins Levy

on 05/03/2009 2:00 AM
Foiled Again took over from entrymate Lucky Bettor early, then ran up the Saturday night score,drilling Yonkers Raceway\'s $370,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The finale of the Levy--Yonkers\' premier Free-For-All event and the sport\'s richest race of 2009 to date--was reduced to a battle for the balance for the last half-mile. Both halves of the Ron Burke-trained ent...
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Berry\'s Creek elims, Classic Series at the big M

on 05/03/2009 2:00 AM
River Shark stamped himself the one to beat in the $230,000 Berry’s Creek as he wired the field in his elimination race Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The top five finishers in each of the evening’s two $25,000 eliminations will meet in the Berry’s Creek Final on Saturday, May 9. Elimination winners earned the right to select their post positions in the final, which is the first major st...
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I Can Only Imagine in $41,000 Isle Pompano Park Pace

on 05/03/2009 2:00 AM
I Can Only Imagine ($3.20) barely made a clean sweep of the Isle Pompano Park Pacing Series on Saturday (May 2), winning the $41,000 final by a head over a very determined Armbro Dynamic. I Can Only Imagine (#7) barely held off Armbro Dynamic (#5) to win the $41,000 final of the Isle Pacing Series.Sent off as the 3-5 betting favorite, driver Bruce Ranger did what he has done with I Can Only I...
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World Away, Artists Rally win Diplomat legs

on 05/03/2009 2:00 AM
World Away and Artists Rally posted mild upsets in Saturday\'s (May 2) second leg of The Diplomat Pacing Series for 3-year-old colts and geldings at Mohawk Racetrack. World Away, a half brother to Mister Big, won his Diplomat Series split in 1:53. World Away used front end tactics to capture the first C$25,000 split for driver Steve Condren. The pair blasted to command from post six and led t...
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Favorites dominate in Classic Series

on 05/02/2009 2:00 AM
There were no surprises Friday night when trotters took center stage in leg two of the Classic Series at the Meadowlands. Buck I St Pat coasted to a 1:52.3 victory in the first of two $60,000 Trotting Oaks splits for fillies and mares, her second straight win since returning from a tendon injury. With Tim Tetrick in the sulky, Buck I St Pat made the top in a :27.2 opening quarter and breezed throu...
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New millionaire American Lane wins Yonkers open

on 05/02/2009 2:00 AM
American Lane, who gets his mail sent to the eight hole, once again made his appointed rounds Friday night,  winning Yonkers Raceway\'s featured $40,000 Open Handicap Trot. In the process, he became harness racing\'s newest millionaire.American Lane went over the million dollar plateau with his Open Handicap win at Yonkers. With Cat Manzi escorting for trainer Carl Cito, Jr., American Lane --...
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Pablo Angus scores in 1:56.2 in Saratoga open

on 05/02/2009 2:00 AM
Pablo Angus was sensational on Friday night at Saratoga Raceway in recording his first win in six weeks. A winner of ten races in 2008, Pablo Angus registered his fourth victory of the season in the $17,000 feature.Pablo Angus crossed the finish line in 1:56.2 in the Open Trot. The Bert Belanger trained trotter went out to the front end on Friday and pulled off the mild upset, wiring the Open trot...
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Velocity Hall kos Kerogen

on 05/02/2009 2:00 AM
A battle of titans took place at Scarborough Downs on Friday (May 1) as the Grand Circuit-tested Velocity Hall and two-time state of Maine Trotter of the Year Kerogen matched strides for the very first time at the southern Maine harness venue.Velocity Hall was a 1:59 winner on Friday at Scarborough Downs.In a bold opening gambit, driver Kim Ireland hustled Kerogen smartly off the gate and held a d...
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Trotter dominates short field in Father Foley final

on 05/01/2009 2:00 AM
Lucky Jim kept his perfect 2009 record intact after easily sweeping the field in the $41,500 Father Foley Memorial Trot final Thursday night at the Meadowlands. Lucky Jim took command out of the gate for driver Andy Miller and drew off to win the night’s third race in 1:54.4. The rest of the four-horse field followed in perfect numeric order throughout the race, with Wind Surfer finishing 2 1/2 ...
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SJ\'s Minolta flashes brilliance in series final at The Meadows

on 05/01/2009 2:00 AM
Despite a demanding journey to the lead, SJ\'s Minolta had plenty of pop in the lane as she captured the $29,000 final of the Whotookwhat Trot, a series for 3-year-old fillies, on Thursday at The Meadows. SJ\'s Minolta was stuck on the outside past the quarter trying for the front; when she got there, she yielded to Pleasure\'s Song. But SJ\'s Minolta brushed by that rival in the stretch, sc...
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Real Heart upsets in Princess Series leg at Mohawk

on 05/01/2009 2:00 AM
Real Heart splashed her way to victory in the single $25,000(C) division in the second leg of the Princess Pacing Series for 3-year-old filly pacers on a wet opening night of the summer meet Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Heavy rains left the Campbellville oval rated two seconds off as the fillies lined up behind the gate for the night\'s fourth race. With Chris Christoforou in the bike, Rea...
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Tioga set to open 2009 meet on Saturday

on 05/01/2009 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs has slated a 10-race card for its opening day of the 2009 race season that begins on Saturday, May 2 (Kentucky Derby Day). Post time for opening night at Tioga Downs is slated for 6:50 p.m.   In the featured $14,000 Open Handicap Trot, Self Professed a winner of over $850,000 in career earnings has been slated the 3-1 morning line favorite from post position number nine. Jim Mor...
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Mighty Young Joe looking for gorilla of an upset in Levy final

on 05/01/2009 2:00 AM
He might very well be the longest pari-mutuel proposition for Yonkers Raceway\'s $370,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series Saturday night, but Mighty Young Joe is perhaps also the most unique. For any number of reasons. Start with the name, a sort-of dyslexic version of the 1949 movie ape, Mighty Joe Young, brought from Africa by a girl to a Hollywood nightclub. In the ...
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California\'s Dr. Gary Budahn dies

on 05/01/2009 2:00 AM
Harness racing lost a great friend with the passing of Dr. Gary Budahn at age 58 on Wednesday evening. Dr. Budahn was a mainstay of California harness racing for over 30 years and served as president of the California Harness Horseman’s Association for three years, while serving on the CHHA board of directors for 12 years. Dr. Budahn was born in St. Paul, Minn., and while growing up...
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O\'Donnell resigns as OHHA president

on 05/01/2009 2:00 AM
Bill O’Donnell, who replaced Jim Whelan as president of the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA) four months ago, resigned the position Thursday following a vote by OHHA board members that approved supporting Whelan’s request for financial backing in his fight against Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG).   Whelan has refused to sign a WEG access agreement which must be signed by...
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Another Monticello hat trick for Zeke

on 05/01/2009 2:00 AM
In what has become commonplace of late, Billy “Zeke” Parker Jr.  again won three races on a Monticello Raceway afternoon card, with his latest hat trick coming on Thursday.   For the last two weeks, “Zeke” has won anywhere from two to five races on a daily card and is driving like he did decades or so ago. In fact, winners have been coming so often that he is pressuri...
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