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Ultimate Desire takes Vesuvio Grande

on 04/29/2009 2:00 AM
Ultimate Desire paced a career-best 1:52.3 to capture the $33,800 final of the Vesuvio Grande, a series for 3-year-old colts and geldings, Tuesday at The Meadows. Mobile stung Ultimate Desire the first quarter, hanging the son of Real Desire-Bolero Ultimate in a demanding 26.4. Trainer/driver Ed Hensley was able to back the second panel down to 29.1, although Hensley said his horse didn’t n...
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The Classic Series at the Meadowlands

on 04/29/2009 2:00 AM
Harness racing’s top older performers will convene at The Meadowlands this coming weekend for leg two of The Classic Series (TCS). Trotters will be featured on Friday, May 1 with two seven mare divisions of the Classic Oaks racing for $60,000 each and one field of ten horses and geldings for the $85,000 Trotting Classic.Lantern Kronos makes her debut against older in the first Oaks division and ...
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Rosecroft ordered to cease operations

on 04/29/2009 2:00 AM
Just days before the Kentucky Derby, Rosecroft Raceway, which hasn’t had live harness racing in nearly a year, was ordered to cease operations by the Maryland Racing Commission on April 28, thereby losing substantial income from simulcasting Thoroughbred racing. The track suspended live racing in 2008 saying that harness racing could return next year depending on what happens with slot machines ...
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Big Boy Lloyd rolls on at Pocono

on 04/29/2009 2:00 AM
Big Boy Lloyd ran his winning streak to four with a win in the featured Open Handicap trot on Tuesday Night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.  The race carried a purse of $25,000.Big Boy Lloyd, a 4-year-old stallion from the barn of Ken Rucker, came into the race having won consecutive conditions at The Meadowlands and a condition trot at Pocono.  Leaving from post position #7 as the 7-5 f...
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Billings Series begins

on 04/29/2009 2:00 AM
Quick…. What’s the significance of May 2nd ?Most racing fans would say that is the date of the Kentucky Derby this year. And that’s absolutely correct. However, for a group of amateur harness drivers  May 2nd  is also the date in which the 28th season of the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Driving Series commences.On Saturday the first event(s) in Billings-2009 will be contested at  M...
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Rocket Fuel turns on the after burners at Hoosier

on 04/29/2009 2:00 AM
Driver Dan Shetler and Rocket Fuel turned in the fastest mile of the season thus far in the $25,000 Invitational Pace. The field of eight roared to the finish over a sloppy surface in a time of 1:51.2, giving Rocket Fuel his first win of the season in six outings.Starting from post five, Rocket Fuel rocketed out for the early lead, keeping up a lively tempo of :26.1 and :56.0 before seeing competi...
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Boots Place scores Harrington upset

on 04/29/2009 2:00 AM
Bernard Segebade\'s Boots Place ($27.80, Jon Roberts) was a triumphant winner Tuesday in the featured $17,000 Mares Junior Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:54.1.The 4-year-old Park Place mare received a two-hole trip behind pacesetter Madges Lil Fortune and surged by in the stretch after holding off Dill and Grace A and favored Ladyfield. The Mike Hall-trainee earned her third win of the year. Driv...
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Brooklyns Best, Yellow Diamond win Woodbine splits

on 04/28/2009 2:00 AM
Daughters of Western Terror dominated in their respective $20,000(C) divisions of the Ontario-Sired Spring Series on Monday evening, as Woodbine Racetrack played host to the first leg of the three-week series for three-year-old pacing fillies. All eyes were on the Astreos filly Warrawee Koine in the opening split, but Brooklyns Best stole away her thunder thanks to an eye-catching score in 1:53...
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Too Salty wins Trots & Slots final at Pompano

on 04/28/2009 2:00 AM
Too Salty ($14) made a three-wide move at the three-quarter mile marker to collar race leader O-Georgie and then sped away to victory by 2 1/4 lengths in winning the $42,500 final of the Trots & Slots Series at the Isle Pompano Park Monday.   The time of the one-mile trot was a lifetime mark of 1:54.4 for Too Salty. Bruce Ranger drove the 5-year-old gelding to his third win this year fo...
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Field Of Honour A scores at Harrington

on 04/28/2009 2:00 AM
Carter Racing Stable and Bobby Myers\' Fields of Honour A ($6, Eddie Davis Jr.) returned to Harrington Raceway a winner Monday with a 1:53.3 win in the featured conditioned sixth race.   The Myers trainee is a former 2007 track horse of the meet. The 8-year-old Fake Left gelding was making his eighth start of the year as Davis sent him to the front from the rail with fractions of :27.3...
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Keystone Activator cruises to Primo Spur victory

on 04/28/2009 2:00 AM
Keystone Activator, parked the entire first quarter, was unassailable when he made the front, taking the $30,200 Primo Spur Trot final for 3-year-old colts and geldings Monday at The Meadows. Eric Ledford gave Keystone Activator a :30.1 breather the second panel, and that was all the son of SJ’s Caviar-Armbro Blusher needed to cruise home in 1:55.4, the fastest mile this season for a sophomore...
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John Campbell named to Canadian Sports Hall of Fame

on 04/28/2009 2:00 AM
The Canadian Sports Hall of Fame announced Tuesday that John Campbell has been named to the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, joining hockey standout Mark Messier and five others who will be formally inducted in November.   Campbell, a native of Ailsa Craig, Ont., is harness racing’s all-time leading driver with purse earnings of more than $260 million. Last year he scored his 10,000th drivin...
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Changes in store for upcoming Mohawk meet

on 04/28/2009 2:00 AM
Harness racing is preparing to move from its winter home at Toronto\'s Woodbine Racetrack, to its summer digs at Mohawk, just a short distance away on Highway 401 west in Campbellville and when it begins on Thursday evening, there will be a few changes in store according to Woodbine Entertainment Group\'s vice president of Standardbred racing Bruce Murray. \"A new video wall will be unveiled in...
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Early-closers at Vernon/Tioga attract sport\'s stars

on 04/28/2009 2:00 AM
Many of the sport’s stars have been paid into the rich early-closing events to be raced this summer at Tioga and Vernon Downs.   The Miss Versatility has emerged as a true test of a trotting mare’s abilities with legs over all sized tracks leading to the $120,000(est.) final held annually on Jug Day over the Delaware half-ile oval. Susie’s Magic returns to defend the title she ea...
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Dick Dallas dies

on 04/27/2009 2:00 AM
Richard “Dick” Dallas, best known for his work with the 1978 Meadowlands Pace winner Falcon Almahurst, died Friday, April 24, in Winter Park, Fla., after a long battle with bone and lung cancer. He was 78. Born in Kendallville, Ind., Mr. Dallas retired from harness racing in the mid 1990s. He continued to work with horses, finding a job driving horse-drawn carriages at Walt Disney World...
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Winner cashes in 7 of 10 contests

on 04/26/2009 2:00 AM
Michael Rip of Nutley, NJ, captured the $20,000 grand prize and bragging rights as the sport’s top handicapper in the 2009 National Harness Handicapping Championship on April 25 at Meadowlands Racetrack.   With a bankroll of $1,858, Rip topped a field of 111 players who came from all across North America - including Canada, California and Curacao - to play in the 2009 championship.  Co...
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Camluck, Real Artist colts take first Diplomat legs

on 04/26/2009 2:00 AM
My Gift To You and Fire On The Water both emerged victorious in Saturday’s first leg of The Diplomat Pacing Series for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers over a Woodbine oval rated as good after a freak rainstorm hit the area earlier in the afternoon. My Gift To You, in rein to Jody Jamieson, got away fourth early on in the opening $25,000 contest before making a backside brush to command ju...
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Blueridge Western wins last Levy leg, leads in points

on 04/26/2009 2:00 AM
The fifth and final preliminary round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series highlighted Yonkers  Raceway\'s Saturday night social, with a trio of $50,000 events.   Saturday night\'s first foray saw 1-2 favorite Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras), back from a week\'s vacation, cruise to his third consecutive series win.  Unhurried early from post position No. 4, he watched ...
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Southwind Tempo, Tetrick win Betsy Ross

on 04/26/2009 2:00 AM
Southwind Tempo became the fastest pacing mare on a five-eighths mile track when she hit the wire in 1:48.3 to win the $250,000 Betsy Ross at Harrah\'s Chester Sunday afternoon.Four Starzz Meliss (Luc Ouellette), one of last week\'s elimination winners, started from post one and rushed to the lead. Driver Brian Sears attempted to put My Little Dragon on the point, but was parked through the qua...
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Scioto to start meet with higher purses

on 04/26/2009 2:00 AM
Scioto Downs will open its 2009 season with purse increases as high as 30 percent in some classes. “The track had a very good Golden Anniversary year in 2008,” said Stacy Cahill, track general manager. “The increase in total betting last year allows us to bump many of the purses up to help our horsemen.” She stressed that purse increases vary from class to class. “Overall, we’ve i...
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