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Minor hoping for major things from freshman trotters

on 07/18/2009 2:00 AM
Dewayne Minor told harnessracing.com Saturday morning at the Meadowlands shortly after his filly trotter Levi's Lady and colt trotter Wishing Stone both came up winners in baby races, that the two were the first he had ever paid into either the Merrie Annabelle or the Peter Haughton Memorial. If Minor's faith is rewarded in a few weeks at the Big M, he might look to Saturday when both Levi's Lady ...
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Maple Leaf Trot elims at Mohawk

on 07/18/2009 2:00 AM
The buzz was all about Lucky Jim, the Pennsylvania-bred who is currently riding a phenomenal 14-race winning streak, and the gelding did not disappoint Saturday night at Mohawk in the first of three $50,000 eliminations for the July 25 Maple Leaf Trot.   Though local hero San Pail (Randy Waples) battled tenaciously with him from the three-quarter pole on, it was Lucky Jim, with An...
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Well Said easy winner in Meadowlands Pace

on 07/18/2009 2:00 AM
Well Said made a bold statement as he left a trail of dust in his wake in the $1 million Meadowlands Pace Saturday night, winning by six lengths in 1:47.3.   Well Said and driver Ron Pierce followed Art Colony to the lead in a :53.4 half and accelerated away to a four-length lead on the far turn, reaching the three-quarter marker in 1:20.2.  He extended that lead with an eighth of a mi...
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Series action for 2YO pacing fillies at Mohawk

on 07/17/2009 2:00 AM
Cool Jazz and Gussies Girl emerged victorious in both $20,000 divisions of the Whenuwishuponastar Pacing Series for 2-year-old fillies on Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack.   In the opening split, it was Cool Jazz scoring a gate-to-wire win for driver Randy Waples in 1:56.1. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Cool Yankee shot straight to the front from the outside post in the six-horse fi...
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Precious Medal sparkles in PASS

on 07/17/2009 2:00 AM
Precious Medal sparkled Thursday at The Meadows, scoring in 1:51.2 to take the fastest division of a $254,938 PA Sires Stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers.The event, known as the Tarport Effrat, was contested over six divisions, with Built To Drive, Panmunjom, Dan Carter, Doubleshotascotch and Hail Storm taking the other splits. Dave Palone recorded a driving double (Precious Medal, Dan C...
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Forte suffers broken collarbone in accident

on 07/17/2009 2:00 AM
Driver Mike Forte was released from Westchester Medical Center in New York on Friday after suffering a broken collarbone and cracked ribs in an accident at Monticello Raceway on Thursday. 
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Fancy Filly fastest in seven PASS 2FP splits

on 07/16/2009 2:00 AM
Coming off wins at The Meadows and Pocono Downs, Fancy Filly ($3.40) responded nicely to pressure from Bordeaux Nourrir en route to a 1:53.1 victory, the fastest of seven Pennsylvania Sire Stakes splits for 2-year-old pacing fillies, held at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack on Wednesday evening. The daughter of Western Hanover-Fanciful Hanover controlled the pace throughout, rating a f...
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Freshman trotters in Balmoral action

on 07/16/2009 2:00 AM
State-bred trotting colts took to the track on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a total of 13 diagonally gaited freshmen met in a pair of $5,000 Psychic Spirit Stake splits which were carded as non-wagering events. In the first division the Mike Brink owned, trained and driven Rock Hollywood trotted right by his rivals in the stretch to win by 1 1/2 lengths in 2:00.1. Content to sit in ...
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Freshman fillies in NJSS action at Meadowlands

on 07/16/2009 2:00 AM
IPO Blue Chip trotted to the fastest victory of three New Jersey Sire Stakes (NJSS) divisions for 2-year-old fillies Wednesday night at the Meadowlands, crossing the wire in 1:56.4 for driver Andy Miller. Will Of A Woman and Croquet Style captured the other splits on the program that also featured two NJSS divisions for freshman filly pacers. IPO Blue Chip, a daughter of Yankee Glide trained by ...
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Riley Rose nips rivals in the bud at Pocono

on 07/16/2009 2:00 AM
Riley Rose, a 6-year-old Real Artist mare trained and driven by Sean Bier, turned in her second straight impressive effort Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. She came out on top in the winners over $25,000 lifetime handicap pace for fillies and mares, winning by a neck over Nip N Attack, driven by Jim Morrill Jr. with a time of 1:50.3. In her only other 2009 start at th...
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Capacity crowd at 2009 SBOANJ golf outing

on 07/16/2009 2:00 AM
A capacity turnout of 135 turned out at the Gambler Ridge Golf Course in Cream Ridge, NJ, driving support for the Horsemen’s Benevolent Fund through their participation in the 14th annual SBOANJ Golf Outing on July 13, 2009.   The golfers and guests received their awards over a prime rib dinner at the conclusion of their round of golf.    The Del Cote Stable foursome of Cote ...
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Tetrick assured spot in Tioga driving tourney

on 07/16/2009 2:00 AM
With less than $700,000 covering second through seventh in the driver standings for earnings in North America, the field for the third Annual Driver’s Championship at Tioga Downs is far from set. But Tim Tetrick has an astonishing lead on the field and will once again be competing for the $25,000 first place prize on Sunday, Aug. 2.   Tioga will take the top seven money-winning driver’s...
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Illinois OKs VLTs; racing excluded

on 07/16/2009 2:00 AM
The details are just now emerging about the new Illinois budget, which legalizes video lottery terminals at bars, restaurants and truckstops, but specifically prohibits them at racetracks.   Facing a $9 billion budget deficit, on Monday, July 13, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed HB 255, a hybrid bill that includes the Video Gaming Act, which put video gaming machines under the direc...
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Monticello accident sends Mike Forte to hospital

on 07/16/2009 2:00 AM
Driver Mike Forte was hurt in a five-horse pile-up in the seventh race at Monticello Raceway on Thursday, and as of early Thursday evening the extent of his injuries were unknown. After lying motionless on the track for a while and being attended to there, he was eventually taken to the emergency room at Catskill Regional Medical Center  in nearby Harris, NY. Initial reports by an emerge...
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Break The Bank K wins his second NJSS

on 07/16/2009 2:00 AM
Break The Bank K continued his winning streak with an effortless 1:56 score in the second of three divisions of the $98,800 New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-old trotting colts on Thursday night at the Meadowlands, and two pacing colts turned in 1:52.2 victories in NJSS action.   Driver Ron Pierce wasted no time guiding Break The Bank K [$2.20, $2.20, $2.10] to the lead well befor...
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3YO filly Ginger And Fred paces 1:50.4

on 07/15/2009 2:00 AM
Ginger And Fred danced the hottest number in a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes split Tuesday at The Meadows, blazing a career-best 1:50.4 victory.   The event for 3-year-old filly pacers, known as the Romola Hanover, was contested over five divisions, with Backstreet Sweetie, I’m Not Gonna Lie, Hatsaway and Melissa’s Fancy capturing the other splits.   Ginger And Fred grabbed ...
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Overt upsets in Hanover at Balmoral

on 07/15/2009 2:00 AM
The 2009 Hanover Stakes season started with a bang on Tuesday night at Balmoral Park as Phillip Rietveld, Gordon and Claudia Wright, and Paul Gibson’s Overt lit up the board at 32-1 while knocking off nine rivals in the $36,900 Hanover Stake for 3-year-old filly trotters in a career best of 1:55.4. After drawing post position eight in the field of 10 driver Josh Sutton was very pleased wi...
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Two elims needed for Ben Franklin Pace

on 07/15/2009 2:00 AM
Two eliminations for the Ben Franklin Pace at Harrah's Chester Casino & Racetrack are set for Sunday each race carries a purse of $50,000. Starters include two-time Older Pacer of the Year Mister Big, facing off in the second division against Dali, who finished second behind Art Official in the Hoosier Cup, and Little Brown Jug winner Shadow Play. In the first division, 2008 Meadowlands P...
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Fannin's Meadowlands Pace hopes ride with Chasin Racin

on 07/15/2009 2:00 AM
Elmer Fannin is founder of Country Life Homes, a successful residential development business along the Delaware shoreline. While Fannin is proud of what he has built, there is still one thing missing--something to fill the empty space on his office wall. The Lincoln, Del., resident is hoping 3-year-old Chasin Racin can do just that after Saturday’s $1 million Meadowlands Pace.  To date, Fa...
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Top trotters headed to Europe's fastest track

on 07/15/2009 2:00 AM
Varenne's 1:51.2 European record for older horses, set back in 2002, is always in jeopardy when it is time for the Saint Michel race at the magical Mikkeli track in Finland. The Mikkeli has the reputation of being Europe's fastest track. This year's St. Michel race will be held on Sunday, July 19.   The field for this year's event has been drawn. Here is the start...
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