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Sheer Desire fastest in 3 Hempt elims

on 05/16/2009 2:00 AM
Johnny Z, Mr Wiggles and Sheer Desire won the three elimination races of the Max C. Hempt Memorial Pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Saturday afternoon, with Sheer Desire\'s 1:51 score the fastest of the three winners. Sheer Desire, driven by Dave Palone and trained by Ron Burke, was making his second start of the 2009 season. Johnny Z, piloted by Brian Sears and trained by George Teague ...
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Anthony Napolitano tops Ranger for Pompano driving title

on 05/16/2009 2:00 AM
Anthony Napolitano blew away perennial driving champion Bruce Ranger on closing night of the Isle Pompano Park meet Saturday, scoring five winners on the closing night card and finishing the season with the driving title.   Napolitano closed out the season with 236 wins to Ranger’s 226 victories. Napolitano’s Universal Driving Rating is at an impressive .360 as he now heads back north t...
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Got \'Er Done continues to get it done at Hoosier Park

on 05/16/2009 2:00 AM
Got ‘Er Done, the last foal of former world champion Storm Damage, continued his dominant performances at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino Saturday, May 16, winning the second round of the Indiana Sires Stakes. The 3-year-old pacing colt rallied from off the pace to win in a time of 1:55.2 for his fourth win in a row.   Guided by regular driver Ricky Macomber, Got ‘Er Done simply eas...
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Slave Dream, Stood Alone capture series splits at Big M

on 05/15/2009 2:00 AM
Slave Dream made it two in a row after prevailing in the first of two $18,000 Hiram Woodruff legs Thursday night at the Meadowlands. Twin B Navigator hustled up the backstretch, passed tiring leaders and parked the stalking Slave Dream around the far turn. The two began slugging it out down the stretch with Slave Dream breaking away an eighth of a mile before the finish and holding on to win the n...
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Graduate, Cutler, NJSS on tap at Meadowlands

on 05/15/2009 2:00 AM
This Saturday, world-class racing does not end with the Preakness as the Graduate and Arthur J. Cutler Memorial finals and first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers highlight a 13-race card worth more than $700,000 in purses at the Meadowlands. Post time is 7 p.m.   Undefeated in nine starts this season, Lucky Jim looms the one to beat in the $200,000 Arthur...
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Bartlett trails after 1st round of Driving Championship

on 05/15/2009 2:00 AM
Belgium’s Christophe Martens picked up right where he left off; the reigning world driving champion won the 2007 tournament in New Zealand, and stands atop the leader board after round one of the 2009 Championship, raced on Thursday in Bergen, Norway. A win and a second put him in a points tie with Canada’s Brad Forward, but a second place finish in one of the four races on Thursday gave Mar...
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Jans Luck repeats at The Meadows

on 05/15/2009 2:00 AM
Allowed a second-quarter breather, Jans Luck blazed the last half in :55.3 and cruised to victory in the $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Pace on Thursday at The Meadows. Dave Palone hustled Jans Luck to the front through an opening quarter of :27. When the 5-year-old daughter of Camluck-Jans Scooter backed the second panel down to :29.3, she had plenty in reserve to turn back the first-over c...
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Clement stablemates double up at Saratoga

on 05/15/2009 2:00 AM
For the second consecutive Thursday night, stablemates Jim Jam Gigolett and Double Brand won at Saratoga. The Ed Clement trainees were each prohibitive favorites in their races and made good with relative ease. Jim Jam Gigolett recorded her third consecutive win by wiring the field at 2-5 for driver Dan Cappello Jr. while Double Brand trotted to victory in a career-best 1:59.3. The win for Doubl...
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Deat heat in Vernon feature trot

on 05/15/2009 2:00 AM
Unshakeable and Sharpshootennorris tied for top honors in Thursday night’s $9,000 featured sixth race at Vernon Downs. Unshakeable, leaving from post six in the week’s Open 1 Trot, went right to the front for driver Howard Okusko Jr. and cut fractions of :28.1 to the quarter, :58.4 to the half and 1:27.3 at the third station. Sharpshootennorris, assigned the outside eighth slot, raced on the ...
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Foiled Again strong in Chester victory

on 05/15/2009 2:00 AM
Recent $370,000 George Morton Levy final winner Foiled Again came up victorious Thursday night in the $32,500 Open Handicap Pace at Harrah\'s Chester, touring the five-eighths mile oval in 1:51.2 with Yannick Gingras in the sulky.   Foiled Again left fast from post five and set all the fractions, tripping the respective timers at :26.4, :56.1 and 1:23.4 before racing home in :27.3 to seal t...
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Bouchard set to defend Maple Leaf title Monday at Mighty M

on 05/15/2009 2:00 AM
The last time Monticello Raceway staged the Maple Leaf Pace driver Stephane Bouchard walked away with the trophy after winning that 2005 event with 15-1 shot Elite Passage in a 2:01.2 clocking. Bouchard will be back to defend his title on Monday in the race specifically for drivers of Canadian descent, which, by the way, will be the fifth leg of the Mighty M’s Heritage Driver...
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Ohio horsemen gathering steam for Tuesday\'s rally

on 05/15/2009 2:00 AM
A rally at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus by the Ohio horse racing industry Tuesday, May 19, is just four days away and the forces behind the gathering continue to drum up support, including getting the word out via a radio interview with former Scioto Downs director of racing Jim Ewart on Thursday.   The purpose of the 10 a.m. rally is to show the horsemen’s support for the Ohio State R...
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Nebupanezzar sidelined by tendon injury

on 05/15/2009 2:00 AM
Word comes from the stable of trainer Bob McIntosh that last year’s O’Brien Award winner in Canada in the rookie pacing colt division, Nebupanezzar, has suffered an injury that will keep him on the sidelines for a good portion of the summer. “I had him scheduled to make his first start for the OSS around the first of July, but about a week after we made that decision and everything I came ...
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Bartlett has win Friday in World Driving Championship

on 05/15/2009 2:00 AM
New Zealand\'s Peter Ferguson posted a first, second and third to take a 71-60 point lead over Bjorn Goop in the World Driving Championship in Norway Friday while the United States’ entry, Jason Bartlett, broke into the win column with a victory in the second of four races in the second round, but two disqualifications caused by breaks and a sixth place finish left him in eighth place -- an impr...
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Bettor Sweet scratched from Graduate

on 05/15/2009 2:00 AM
World record holder Bettor Sweet has been scratched from Saturday\'s $210,000 Graduate Final at the Meadowlands due to a lung infection. \"We had some sick horses in the barn and when I scoped him earlier this week, he was clean,\" trainer Joe Poliseno said Friday afternoon.  \"Today, I scoped him again and he has a guttural pouch infection in his lung.\" Host Mike Curci talked with...
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Balmoral spill results in \'no contest,\' no injuries reported

on 05/14/2009 2:00 AM
Wednesday night’s fourth race at Balmoral Park was declared “no contest” after a nasty wreck prevented any of the seven starters from finishing the race. The accident happened midway around the final turn when Moses Hanover, who was being driven by Mike Oosting, made a nasty break. Darcy Pletcher, who was driving Pappy, was sitting right on his back when the wreck occurred causin...
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Palone directs trotting mare up Lightning Lane for win

on 05/14/2009 2:00 AM
Shuffled to fourth at the top of the stretch, Tom\'s OK Lady found salvation in the Lightning Lane as she drew off to capture the $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot on Wednesday at The Meadows. Flashing uncharacteristic gate speed, Tom\'s OK Lady found the pocket behind I\'m Justa Lady, a trip that began to look like a nightmare when I\'m Justa Lady was challenged by several rivals...
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Seven bucks for Fivedollarsforsox at Harrington

on 05/14/2009 2:00 AM
George and Tina Dennis and Ask W Stables\' Fivedollarsforsox ($7.60) earned his second straight win Wednesday in the $18,700 Junior Open Trot at Harrington Raceway in 1:56.4. George Dennis also trained and drove the 6-year-old SJ\'s Caviar gelding, who received a perfect two-hole trip behind pacesetting Go Nano Go. At the top of the stretch Fivedollarsforsox found room and surged by the lea...
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Earlivic upsets in Pompano feature

on 05/14/2009 2:00 AM
Earlivic, a 46-1 longshot, was able to grind out an impressive first-over victory in capturing the $11,000 co-feature trot at the Isle Pompano Park Wednesday, paying $94.40 to win. El Hombre Dan and driver Tom Sells cut the mile with Keystone Empire (Richard Simard) enjoying a pocket-trip behind the race leader through the opening quarter mile in :28.2 and the half mile in :58. But the pace pic...
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Bartlett arrives in Norway for World Driving Championship

on 05/14/2009 2:00 AM
The mood was light on the eve of the opening of the 2009 World Driving Championship in Bergen, Norway, where some of the drivers who will compete in the 20-heat series had the opportunity to enjoy some local seafood and trade racing stories. Jason Bartlett, who will represent the United States, met Canada’s Brad Forward, Australia’s Gareth Rattray, and the defending World Driving Champion, B...
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