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Waltrip Hanover wins again

on 07/12/2009 2:00 AM
Waltrip Hanover continued his winning ways for Wanda Polisseni’s Purple Haze Stables with a 1:52.1 pacing performance in the $9,000 featured eighth event at Vernon Downs on Saturday night (July 11). Chris Lems did the catch-driving for Jessica Okusko, the meet’s leading trainer with 32 first-place finishes, as Waltrip Hanover ($5.00) dueled for the early lead with Triple Bars before takin...
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Photoforwin wins Connors Memorial final at Hazel Park

on 07/12/2009 2:00 AM
Overcoming a slow start, odds-on choice Photoforwin won the $100,000 William Connors Memorial 3-Year-Old Colt Trot final Saturday night at Hazel Park, reaching the wire in 1:57.4 for trainer, driver and owner Rick Beinhauer.   Leaving from the outside post position in the field of eight, Photoforwin spotted the field a couple of lengths at the start, but Beinhauer quickly sent the son of SJ...
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Judge Joe, Copy Catch capture Zweig colt splits

on 07/11/2009 2:00 AM
Judge Joe and D.R. Ackerman captured the $151,670 first division of the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial on Friday night at Tioga Downs, with Copy Catch and John Campbell scoring in the second split. Judge Joe got away in the pocket spot as Ray Schnittker and Citation Lindy cut through a torrid opening quarter in :26.4. The field passed the half-mile mark of the race in :56.2 as Russell Hill (Ca...
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Nicole just misses Vernon mark in NYSS

on 07/11/2009 2:00 AM
Nicole came within one-fifth of a second of the Vernon Downs record for 2-year-old trotting fillies during a division of Friday night’s $178,605 New York Sire Stakes.   With the track’s defending driving champion Josh Marks teaming for trainer-owner George Teague Jr. and his partner, Elmer Fannin, Nicole took control of the fourth race after a :59.4 half and continued on to a ...
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Reynolds four-bagger for Morrill

on 07/11/2009 2:00 AM
Jim Morrill Jr., won four W.N. RReynolds Memorial Stake races Friday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, including all three for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Morrill won his first Reynolds win in the first race with 3-year-old Prescious Medal with a first-up trip, stopping the timer in 1:51.1 and nipping by three-quarters of a length Lightning Elvis (Dave Palone). In the s...
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Batalj Launcher one of five wins for Bartlett at Yonkers

on 07/11/2009 2:00 AM
Batalj Launcher (Jason Bartlett, five winners on the 13-race card) caught pacesetting rank outsider Stonebridge Diablo (Stephane Bouchard) at the wire Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway\'s co-featured $48,000 Open Handicap Trot. Batalj Launcher won by a head in 1:57.3. Celebrity Playboy, Tell Me a Story (Cat Manzi) and Armbro Barrister (Steve Smith) completed the cashers. For Batalj Launcher...
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Nash Gram rocks early, rolls on to Maywood victory

on 07/11/2009 2:00 AM
Taking full advantage of their inside starting spot in Friday’s $10,000 Fox Valley Barzgar Stake at Maywood Park, driver Josh Sutton sent Nash Gram right to the front and the issue was never in doubt as the youngster strolled to a very easy 2 1/4-length victory over eight rivals in 1:56. Whisked away from the pylons as soon as the wings of the starting gate folded this son of Henry Gram-Ladylu...
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Dead-heat finish in OSS division at Scioto

on 07/11/2009 2:00 AM
Two talented pacing fillies battled through the Scioto Downs stretch in an Ohio Sire Stakes on Friday and when they hit the wire, the camera couldn’t separate them. Holdzmfromfloppin and Best Of Ball dead heated in 1:54 to share the victory.   Best Of Ball took the lead for trainer-driver Jim Dailey passing the stands the first time and held sway until the final strides. Aaron M...
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Next Adventure wins 11th at Harrah\'s Chester

on 07/11/2009 2:00 AM
Beating top company two starts back, Larry Baron\'s Next Adventure ($5) made his 11th trip to the winner\'s circle in the $30,000 Valiant Bret for 4- and 5-year-old pacers on Friday evening at Harrah\'s Chester Casino and Racetrack. The 5-year-old Real Artist entire rated a sensible first half of :56.2 before Blueridge Western (Tony Morgan) applied first-over pressure up the backstret...
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Shark Gesture vicious in Haughton

on 07/11/2009 2:00 AM
Shark Gesture worked hard to make the lead before the half and dug in gamely for a 1:48.2 victory in the $688,000 William R. Haughton Memorial forolder pacers Saturday night at the Meadowlands.Driven by Tim Tetrick, Shark Gesture assumed command in a swift 53.1opening half and held off the late charge of Bettor Sweet  by 2 1-2-lengths. Shark Gesture has now won 18 of 56 starts and $1.5 millio...
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Well Said, Hypnotic Blue Chip win Pace elims

on 07/11/2009 2:00 AM
Well Said made a strong statement as he rolled to a decisive 1:49.2 score in his elimination for the $1 million Meadowlands Pace Saturday night.The colt stamped himself the one to beat in the track's signature event on Saturday, July 18 in the first of the evening's two $50,000 elimination dashes. Runner-up Art Colony cut fractions of 27.3 and 55.2 before Well Said and driver Ron Pierce worked the...
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Tetrick wins 5,000

on 07/11/2009 2:00 AM
Tim Tetrick, 27, became the youngest driver in harness racing to reach the 5,000-win plateau in the fourth race on Saturday, July 11 at the Meadowlands. Tetrick guided Trade Editor to a 1:50 upset victory in the $15,000 conditioned event and paid $19.20 to win. Tetrick\'s career benchmarks of 2,000 wins in 2006, 3,000 in 2007 and 4,000 in 2008 were also records.  The Illinois native...
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Cross doubles up in Indiana Sires Stakes action

on 07/11/2009 2:00 AM
Who’s Unreal and driver Jay Cross chose all the right moves to win the $150,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Championship Saturday, July 11 at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino. The three-year-old trotting gelding earned a new lifetime mark of 1:58.1 for the event. Starting from post five, Cross placed Who’s Unreal in the two-hole heading to the first turn as ABCDE and Dan Shetler passed by the quarter-...
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Vogel buys Rosecroft

on 07/10/2009 2:00 AM
On Wednesday, July 8, the board of directors of Cloverleaf Enterprises Inc, which owns Rosecroft Raceway, voted unanimously to sell the Maryland track to former owner and real estate developer Mark Vogel, according to Cloverleaf President Kelley Rogers.Although the financial terms of the deal have not been made public yet, Rogers said that it includes an estimated $11 million for subsidizing live ...
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My Metallica splits held at Maywood

on 07/10/2009 2:00 AM
Thursday’s $7,500 My Metallica Stake splits at Maywood Park each provided thrilling finishes as Kennans Nancy Lee and Rolldownthehiway rallied in the final strides to take their respective divisions of this 2-year-old state-bred stake. In the opening division, Kennans Nancy Lee looked like a seasoned veteran as she overcame early traffic problems, then stormed up first over heading to the ...
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Hidden Viggorish lowers own Meadows mark

on 07/10/2009 2:00 AM
World champion Hidden Viggorish showed once again Thursday that she’s the queen of trotters at The Meadows, lowering her own track record for the second consecutive week in capturing the $27,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap. She scored in 1:53.2, eclipsing her previous track record of 1:54 and the fastest ever for an older trotting mare at The Meadows. The time was just a tick off ...
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Ohio budget plan includes executive order for racetrack VLTs

on 07/10/2009 2:00 AM
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland on Friday afternoon announced he has reached a legislative agreement for a two-year budget that includes an executive order to allow slot machines at the state’s seven racetracks.   \"Under the bipartisan agreement, I will issue a directive instructing Ohio\'s Lottery director to expeditiously take all necessary actions to implement video lottery terminals at Ohio...
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Freshmen take center stage at the Meadowlands

on 07/10/2009 2:00 AM
Break The Bank K exploded out of the gate, took control right before the quarter pole and broke away to a 5 1/2-length lead to take the first of three divisions of the $98,800 New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-old trotting colts on Thursday night at the Meadowlands.  With driver Ron Pierce in tow, Break The Bank K ($4.80) was first coming out of the gate, momentarily took a backseat to Menard...
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A pair of cruisin wins at Scioto

on 07/10/2009 2:00 AM
The freshman pacing filly Up Front Cruiser dazzled racing fans on Thursday evening at Scioto Downs with a gate-to-wire score in 1:57. Her winning margin was 8 1/2 lengths.   Driver Chip Noble sent the heavily-favored filly to the front at the start and never looked back. Her final panel in :28.3 put her well ahead of Tailor’s Filly and Blue Creek Trap.   Jim Arledge tra...
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Gone Baby Gone fastest in NYSS splits at Mighty M

on 07/10/2009 2:00 AM
Local gelding Gone Baby Gone turned in the fastest time of the seven New York Sire Stakes divisions for freshman pacing colts and geldings at Monticello Raceway on Thursday. The meet\'s leading driver, Billy “Zeke” Parker Jr., guided the altered son of Pro Bono Best-Soft Sell to a 1:58.4 victory in their $21,701 split. Trained by Gary Messenger for his wife Brenda Messenger and avid ama...
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