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Rare Dan Patch painting to be sold July 11

on 06/19/2009 2:00 AM
A rare and beautiful oil painting of the immortal Dan Patch, by George Ford Morris, one of America’s greatest equine artists, has surfaced and is being offered for sale at the American Saddlebred Museum’s Art, Antique & Rare Book Auction at noon, Saturday, July 11. This year’s auction, which annually features George Ford Morris work, is being held in the Stable of Memories, better know...
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Judge Joe stays undefeated in NYSS this year

on 06/19/2009 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes completed their week-long Yonkers Raceway engagement with Friday night\'s  $216,465 event for 3-year-old colts and geldings, with five divisions--at $43,293 each.   Judge Joe, a homebred son of Credit Winner, was a premier player in this division a season ago for Team Ackerman. He has kept it going this far in  2009, making his first-division foes race fo...
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Keep It A Secret filly wins series leg

on 06/19/2009 2:00 AM
Two-year-old fillies were in action at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino Friday to kick off several series. One division of trotting fillies kicked off the night while two divisions of pacing fillies were on the card, with the trotting event going to Call Me Ching.   Call Me Ching and driver Dan Shetler emerged as the rising stars in the Fred Terry Series, posting a nearly perfect perform...
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DSBF divisions contested at Harrington

on 06/18/2009 2:00 AM
Richards Stable, Donna Sullivan and Judy Leonard\'s Ray\'s Big Bubba ($2.40, Ross Wolfenden) earned his 11th win in 17 career starts Wednesday at Harrington in the first of three $20,000 DSBF (Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund) events for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. The Badlands Hanover colt was a three-length winner in 1:54 over Ali Bad Spider and Game Day. \"Bubba\" is trained by Scot...
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Dr. McDreamy, Windy Joe, solve the mystery at Balmoral

on 06/18/2009 2:00 AM
The bevy of state-bred stakes action at Balmoral Park continued on Wednesday with sophomore trotting colts getting top billing in the Mike’s A Mystery Stake. With a total of 13 diagonally gaited specialists dropped into the entry box this stake was split into a pair of $9,000 divisions.   In the first split Connie Hochstetler and Bruce and Dean Alexander’s Dr. McDreamy had no trou...
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Retired Standardbred to lead Dan Patch post parade

on 06/18/2009 2:00 AM
Trainer Rachel Matthews will take on a different role Saturday as the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational Pace prepares to go to the gate. Matthews will be aboard her retired Standardbred racehorse, Survive This, serving as parade marshal for Hoosier Park Racing and Casino’s signature harness event. Survive This, bred and raised by Matthews and her father, Mark, has always had a special place in th...
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Ellamony for older pacing mares highlights Flambo Friday card

on 06/18/2009 2:00 AM
The inaugural running of the Ellamony Stakes highlights an evening of family fun Friday at Flamboro Downs. Named in honor of the great Canadian racing legend, the $118,000(C) Ellamony Stakes has drawn a terrific field of North America’s top pacing mares and headlines the $370,000(C) “Spring Into Summer” card of racing.   “Spring Into Summer offers something for everyone,” sai...
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Elegantimage 3FT elims kick of big weekend at Mohawk

on 06/18/2009 2:00 AM
The stakes season at Mohawk is in full swing, and among the many highlights this weekend will be a coming-out party for the sophomore trotting fillies: three $35,000(C) eliminations for the Elegantimage Stakes, on Friday night.   Last week’s winner of a division of the Casual Breeze stakes, Yursa Hanover, is one of the favored fillies for the Elegantimage, having drawn the plum post pos...
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Michael Graney dies, owned Ohio Horse of Year Hold Your Breath

on 06/18/2009 2:00 AM
Michael P. Graney, a longtime Standardbred owner in Ohio and racing enthusiast, died on Tuesday, June 16. Among his many horses was Hold Your Breath, the 1988 Ohio Horse of the Year.   Mr. Graney was a fixture each year at the LIttle Brown Jug and had horses with Delaware trainer Billy Walters for many years. He lived in nearby Powell, Ohio.   Mr. Graney was a graduate of Duke Unive...
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Master Begonia wins on storm-shortened Meadows card

on 06/18/2009 2:00 AM
Master Begonia worked out a comfortable pocket trip, then roared through the lane to capture the $27,500 Preferred Trot Wednesday at The Meadows, his fourth consecutive victory. Master Begonia waited patiently behind Prism K until Wind Surfer wore down the leader with a determined uncovered bid. When Wind Surfer finally cleared, Dave Palone angled Master Begonia off the pylons for the winni...
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Stoman overcomes post nine to earn speed-badge honors at Scioto

on 06/18/2009 2:00 AM
Stoman overcame post nine to score the fastest mile of the evening on Wednesday at Scioto Downs when he paced to a 1:56.1 win for owner-trainer Doug Stovall and driver Trent Tharps Jr. Tharps sent the 11-1 shot to the front with a fast :27.4 opening panel, then slowed the tempo going to the half. Favored Valid Moment came calling on the outside in the final quarter, but Stoman had enou...
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Hundreds rally in support of Kentucky racetrack VLTs

on 06/18/2009 2:00 AM
Hundreds of backers of a proposal to add video lottery terminals at Kentucky racetracks gathered Wednesday at the State Capitol in Frankfort, with the large gathering including dignitaries including Gov. Steve Beshear, former Gov. Brereton Jones, and 2009 Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel. \"I want to be here. We need this bad,\" Borel told reporters gathered of his reason ...
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Tom Fries Jr. named to replace retiring Zonak at Ohio commission

on 06/18/2009 2:00 AM
Thomas Fries Jr. has been named the new executive director of the Ohio State Racing Commission, replacing Sam Zonak, who is retiring as of July 31 at the age of 57. Zonak was a 25-year state employee and was the commission’s chief investigator prior to replacing Clifford Nelson as executive director in 2004.   Fries, who has owned Standardbreds in the past, was appointed to the commission...
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Russell Williams named chairman of American Horse Council

on 06/18/2009 2:00 AM
Russell C. Williams, USTA vice chairman and director for District 7 (Pennsylvania) was elected chairman of the board of trustees of the American Horse Council (AHC) at their annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on June 16. The Horse Council is the federal information and lobbying representative of the horse industry in Washington. Williams, of Hanover, Pa., is a vice president of Hanover Shoe Farm...
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Kentucky VLT bill now moves on to full House

on 06/18/2009 2:00 AM
The budget committee of the Kentucky House on Thursday afternoon by a vote of 19-9 approved sending a bill approving video lottery terminals at the state’s racetracks to the full House for discussion, although a handful of representatives stated they were agreeing to continue the talks but that they would eventually turn down the bill.   The bill, sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, e...
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Meadowlands takes race off the turf after rainy day

on 06/18/2009 2:00 AM
Due to inclement weather, the fifth race scheduled for the turf on Friday, June 19 at the Meadowlands will now be raced on the main track. Another turf event will be carded for Friday, June 26. Entries will be taken Tuesday, June 23.
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Yonkers hosts five NYSS 3FT divisions

on 06/17/2009 2:00 AM
She\'s So Savvy, last season\'s statebred frosh filly divisional champ, made her Yonkers Raceway return a  successful one Tuesday night, winning a $43,960 division of the $219,000 New York Sire Stakes Mike Cipriani Trot With Howard Okusko Jr. taking his usual seat, She\'s So Savvy--as the 1-4 favorite from post position two--stepped around pole-sitter New  Hampshire Girl (Ray Schnittke...
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Everymileamemory fastest in DSBF action

on 06/17/2009 2:00 AM
Delauction LLC\'s Everymileamemory ($2.20, Tony Morgan) was the fastest of three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) winners Tuesday in a set of three $20,000 eliminations for 3-year-old pacing fillies.   The James Wilson-trainee and daughter of Cams Fortune was a wire-to-wire winner over Robindarich and Wicked Rain to earn her fifth win in 11 starts this year. In the secon...
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State-breds in action at Balmoral Park Tuesday

on 06/17/2009 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled stakes action continued on Tuesday night at Balmoral Park as a pair of state-bred events shared top billing on the 10-race program. A field of eight sophomore trotting fillies was spotlighted in the $12,000 Fox Valley Diva Stake which was carded as the fourth race of the evening.   With heavy rains pelting the track for most of the day and night the oval ...
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Teague\'s 2 year olds sharp in Chester baby races

on 06/17/2009 2:00 AM
Delmarvalous, Up Front Tim T, and Model Legs all debuted in fine form for trainer-driver George Teague Jr., winning their respective 2-year-old races in a seven-race non-wagering program Tuesday morning at Harrah\'s Chester Casino and Racetrack. Delmarvalous, by Badlands Hanover and out of Prymetyme Scootie, rode the pocket behind Loco Motion Man (Andy McCarthy) before making an explosive ...
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