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American horses fail to advance; mare breaks before start

on 05/31/2009 2:00 AM
The won\'t be playing Bruce Springsteen\'s signature song Born in the USA at the Solvalla racetrack in Stockholm on Sunday as the two American hopefuls, Enough Talk and Buck I St Pat, failed to finish in the top four in their respective heats for the Elitlopp, and thus did not advance to the final.   In the first elimination, the Swedish horse Sahara Dynamite, driven by Bjorn Goop,&nbs...
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Torvald Palema captures Elitlopp final

on 05/31/2009 2:00 AM
Torvald  Palema, a natural trotter who races without an overcheck, pulled off an upset in the Elitlopp Sunday at the Solvalla racetrack in Stockholm, Sweden, turning in a big stretch rally to best Jaded in 1:53.1. Torvald Palema started from post four after finishing second in the elimination heat won by Jaded. Torvald Palema is trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt , who just days earlier was...
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Lucky Jim makes Maxie Lee Memorial 12th straight win

on 05/31/2009 2:00 AM
Under all sorts of pressure from Lanson throughout the mile, Lucky Jim prevailed and held off a late charge from Michaelrowyourboat to take the Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah\'s Chester Racetrack on Sunday afternoon in 1:52.3 and extend his winning streak to 12.   The 4-year-old gelded son of SJ\'s Photo was sent off as the 1-9 favorite with regular driver Andy Miller aboard.  ...
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Stormaway wins Molson Pace

on 05/30/2009 2:00 AM
When the Molson Pace was delayed by a severe thunderstorm Friday night, those who bet horses based on their names should have rushed to the windows to wager on Stormaway, because the 6-year-old son of Northern Luck pulled off a 19-1 upset in 1:54.1 in the $283,000 race.   Eagle Luck (Doug McNair), Lyons Geoff (Trevor Henry) and Clowns Smile (Mark MacDonald) were all fired away from the...
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Darlins Delight wins at Yonkers

on 05/30/2009 2:00 AM
Darlin\'s Delight and her almost $3 million career bankroll made a rare Yonkers Raceway appearance Friday night, which was good news for her retirement fund and bad news for her rivals as she won in 1:54.1.   With Yannick Gingras taking his customary seat for trainer Jeff Stafford, \"Darlin\"--here for her first visit since last September--was ordered to the outside  for the ...
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Meadowlands introduces new series for claimers

on 05/30/2009 2:00 AM
Nominations are now being accepted for the new Instrument Landing Series for $15,000 claimers at Meadowlands Racetrack.  The three-week series for $15,000 claiming pacers begins Wednesday, June 24, and features two $12,500 legs culminating in a $50,000 final on July 8.  Horses must race in both legs to be eligible to the final. In the preliminary legs, horses are eligible to be claimed f...
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Springsteen song plays as Tetrick directs Sweden Cup elim winner

on 05/30/2009 2:00 AM
Bruce Springsteen is famous for his seemingly-endless encores at his concerts, and although Tim Tetrick heard the singer’s anthem of “Born In The USA” blaring over the Solvalla loudspeakers as he brought Colombian Necktie into the winner’s circle following a victory in the first of two Sweden Cup eliminations Saturday afternoon, the driver missed in the final by just a nose of hearing an e...
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George Teague-trained horses sweep three of top four spots

on 05/30/2009 2:00 AM
Driver Corey Callahan made his first trip to Indiana a memorable one, winning Indiana’s richest harness race with Mr. Wiggles in the $500,000 Hoosier Cup at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino Saturday, May 30. The duo completed the one-mile event in a time of 1:52.1, which was held for the first time during the afternoon in the 13-year history of the stake. Starting from the extreme outside post ni...
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Brainard wins 2 of 3 Lynch eliminations

on 05/30/2009 2:00 AM
Yellow Diamond, Shacked Up and Dawn’s Legacy were the three winners of the James M. Lynch Memorial Pace elimination races Saturday afternoon at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   Trainer Tracy Brainard and driver Jim Morrill Jr., the track’s leading driver, combined to win two of the three elimination races to move on to next Saturday’s $250,000 finals.   Others who will round out ...
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Rocknroll Hanover colt in 1:59.3 at Scioto

on 05/30/2009 2:00 AM
  Rock N Roll Heaven, a colt from the first crop by Rocknroll Hanover out of Artistic Vision, powered his way to the top entering the stretch and drove off to win a 1:59.3 qualifier at Scioto Downs on Saturday.   It was the first start for the colt. Artistic Vision p, 4, 1:50.2 earned $634,808. The colt is owned and trained by Roy O\'hagen of Florida and won for dr...
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10 percent purse increase at The Meadows

on 05/30/2009 2:00 AM
The  Meadows Standardbred Owners Association has announced a 10 percent purse increase beginning Monday, June 1, and the increase coincides with The Meadows\' return to night racing for the first time since 2007, which will begin on June 1.\"Obviously this increase brings us yet again to a new record for purse distribution,\" said Richard Gillock, MSOA President.  \"We will now be offeri...
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NJSS finals to Dial Or Nodial, Scarlet McZara

on 05/30/2009 2:00 AM
Dial Or Nodial [$4.00, $2.80, $2.40] wore down Drop Red in the final strides to win the $200,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Championship for 3-year-old colt pacers in 1:50.1 Saturday night at the Meadowlands, while longshot Scarlet McZara rallied to take the companion filly final.After clearing the early lead, Dial Or Nodial yielded to Drop Red in a swift 54.1 half before being angled out by driver Br...
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Tom\'s OK Lady rallies under stormy conditions at The Meadows

on 05/29/2009 2:00 AM
Rating patiently despite a howling storm, Tom’s OK Lady unleashed a storm of her own to blow by the leaders and capture the $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Trot on Thursday at The Meadows. The weather front, complete with lightning, thunder, heavy rain and gusty winds, targeted The Meadows minutes before the Preferred field took to the track. When she fell 9 1/2 lengths behind at the quarte...
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Eash has local hopeful for Hoosier Cup

on 05/29/2009 2:00 AM
Sam’s Escape and Don Eash are hoping for some good luck Saturday in the 13th edition of the $500,000 Hoosier Cup. Eash is making his first appearance in the Hoosier Cup. Sam’s Escape and Eash are the long shots in the race at odds of 20-1. “I am very excited about racing in the Hoosier Cup,” said Eash. “You are always going to be excited when you are racing for that much money. As...
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Tetrick wins race at Solvalla

on 05/29/2009 2:00 AM
Tim Tetrick got tuned up for the Elitlopp by winning a race at Solvalla racetrack in Stockholm on Friday afternoon, scoring with the 4-year-old mare Tempting Kemp in only his third drive of the day, and there was a surprise for him when he got to the winner\'s circle.   Tetrick, 28, was greeted in the winner\'s circle by old friends from his hometown in Illinois, who unbeknownst to him, mad...
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Swick looking to double up in weekend stakes

on 05/29/2009 2:00 AM
Trainer Don Swick has a busy weekend ahead as he sends out his stable stars in a pair of rich stakes races. On Saturday night, Special Sweetheart will go to post in the $200,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Championship for 3-year-old pacing fillies at the Meadowlands, while Lanson bids to upset Lucky Jim in the $250,000 Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah\'s Chester on Sunday.   Special Sweetheart drew...
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Macomber has desire to win first Hoosier Cup

on 05/29/2009 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park driver Ricky Macomber will vie for the title in Saturday’s $500,000 Hoosier Cup at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino. The event, Indiana’s richest harness race, is slated as the 13th race on the 14-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m. The Hoosier Cup has an estimated post time of 4:57 p.m. Macomber, part of the Fab Five at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, has driven in many of...
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Chicago\'s Driver of the Night Series kicks off with Widger

on 05/29/2009 2:00 AM
Fans at Maywood Park on Friday night will have the chance to meet and greet 2008 driving champion Sam Widger. Widger will be making his way around the clubhouse, dining room and grandstand at Maywood between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., chatting with fans about the sport, answering questions, and best of all hopefully giving fans a winner! The personable reinsman who has just made his way back fro...
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Top Chef, Citation Lindy fastest of six Sire Stakes divisions

on 05/28/2009 2:00 AM
It was feast or famine for the favorites on Wednesday evening at Harrah\'s Chester Casino and Racetrack in six splits of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings, with three public choices turning in decisive victories, and breaks marring the chances of the other three. Top Chef and Citation Lindy turned in the fastest performances of the evening, both vic...
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Definer, Southern Rocketop capture Cardinal elims

on 05/28/2009 2:00 AM
State-bred trotting colts took center stage on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a total of 16 diagonally gaited three-years-olds squared off in a pair of $7,500 Cardinal Stake eliminations. The top five finishers in each split will return next week to slug it out in the $50,200 final.   In the opening split Definer overcame the outside starting spot in the field of eight to record a fro...
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