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Warp Speed, Dinner Guest take opening splits of Ontario Boys

on 02/17/2009 12:00 AM
Warp Speed and Dinner Guest drew first blood in Monday’s first leg of the Ontario Boys Pacing Series for 4 year olds at Woodbine Racetrack. Warp Speed was parked three wide for much of the first quarter in the opening $20,000(C) split, but once on the lead, the son of Mach Three-Hopeulive went the distance in a 1:53.3 victory for driver Mario Baillargeon. He was able to hold off a determined ...
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JK Lullabye in Presidents\' Day upset at Dover

on 02/17/2009 12:00 AM
JK Lullabye pulled an upset in the $37,500 Delaware Special, while Sharky Osborne streaked to a 1:52.1 victory in the $32,000 Open Handicap at Dover Downs on President\'s Day.   Corey Callahan found room along the \"Dover Driveway\" driving Todd Wise\'s 6-1 shot JK Lullabye to get up in the closing strides. Steeler and Eric Goodell had led until reaching the finish line. Hot N s...
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Career win number 30 for Karpathos at Pompano

on 02/17/2009 12:00 AM
Karpathos ($5.40) and driver Wally Hennessey had little trouble leading from start to finish in capturing the $16,000 Open Handicap Trot Monday at the Isle Pompano Park.   The 8-year-old gelded son of Balanced Image posted his third win in seven starts this year by barely holding off a late charge from 21-1 Cisco Hall (Dan Clements) to score by a head in 1:55.3. Too Salty (Mark O’Ma...
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Sears first to win 7 at Meadowlands in 26 years

on 02/17/2009 12:00 AM
Nine-time driving titlist Brian Sears steered home seven winners on the matinee card Monday at the Meadowlands. In addition to Oliver Cleo in the Art Unger Stake, Sears also reined in Mrs Grant Seven ($10.20), CR Dream Catcher ($12.20), Tommys Shark ($9), Icandodgebullets ($5.20), MCA ($12.80) and Carr\'s Character ($3). Until Sears\' Feb. 16 septuplet, the last driver to win...
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Showdown looming in Big Tarp Series final

on 02/17/2009 12:00 AM
Foggy Lane K and Irresistible Mel moved closer to a clash in the final of the Big Tarp Series for 3- and 4-year-old trotting colts and geldings, as each captured his second straight division on Monday at The Meadows. Must Be Psychic took the second legs\' third $12,000 split. Sitting in behind a dawdling :31.2 first quarter, Brett Miller and Foggy Lane K made a decisive move past the quarter and...
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New starting gate at The Meadows

on 02/17/2009 12:00 AM
The Meadows has introduced a new starting gate with a deeper slant that will mitigate the disadvantages of an unfavorable draw by bringing horses posted outside closer to the gate at the start than those posted inside. The track, which had been using a gate with a seven-foot slant, replaced it with a unit featuring a 14-foot slant. That means a horse with post position nine could be as much as 1...
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Vernon horseman Tony Farina dies

on 02/17/2009 12:00 AM
Anthony J. \"Tony\" Farina, 63, of Utica, NY, died last Saturday at the Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare Center following a brief illness.   Farina and his brother, Sal, became Standardbred owners at Vernon Downs more than 30 years ago. Speedy Chief, one of his early pacers, was driven to a second-place finish by the noted movie star Tonto during the early 1970s, recalled former P...
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Brendan Peck dies

on 02/17/2009 12:00 AM
Brendan Peck, 83, of Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, died Friday, Feb. 13 at the veteran’s wing of Harbour View Hospital in Sydney Mines. Born in Sydney Mines, he was the son of the late Joseph L. and Loretta (MacDonald) Peck. He was a member of Immaculate Conception parish. Mr. Peck served overseas with the Canadian Navy from 1939–1945. He saw action in Ireland, Scotland, and Eng...
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Hoosier Park to offer new late-closing series

on 02/17/2009 12:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing and Casino will present a new racing option during the upcoming 2009 Standardbred season as the 80-day meet, which begins Tuesday, March 24, will offer several new late-closing series for both trotters and pacers in the conditioned ranks along with several claiming series for pacers.   The “Future Stars” series kicks off the first week of racing with trotters in...
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$73,500 series final highlights Presidents\' Day matinee

on 02/16/2009 12:00 AM
Oliver Cleo came up a half length short in last month\'s Clyde Hirt Series final but there was no denying the 4-year-old son of Park Place in the $73,500 Art Unger final, the feature event on the Presidents\' Day matinee card Monday at the Meadowlands. Driven by Brian Sears, Oliver Cleo swung wide off a third-over trip at the top of the stretch to go on to a career-best 1:50.3 victory, his fourth ...
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Aquarius thrillers highlight big M Saturday card

on 02/15/2009 12:00 AM
It was a pair of thrillers in the $40,000 second leg of the Aquarius as Lookout Hanover and Its That Time captured their respective divisions Saturday night at the Meadowlands. In the night’s first division, Lookout Hanover [$9.20, $4.00, $2.60] ran huge from first over to hold off the late charge of 7-5 favorite Riggins for trainer Kevin McDermott.  As the field entered the first tur...
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Tasmanian Daniel wins Yonkers Open

on 02/15/2009 12:00 AM
Tasmanian Daniel (Larry Stalbaum) made it three wins in his last four starts on Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway\'s $31,000 Open Handicap Pace.Ordered outside his six rivals (Rare Jewel was ill), \"Daniel\" settled in fifth early. Noble\'s Grand Slam (Greg Grismore) led the gang through a :27.1 quarter and :57.1 intermission. Johnny Walker (Jason Bartlett) played the role of pocket protecto...
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Next Flight, Coco Count win at Dover

on 02/15/2009 12:00 AM
Next Flight is tough to beat on the front end and Jim Morand used that strategy to win the $17,000 male pace co-feature on Valentine\'s Day at Dover Downs. Coco Count made it three in a row in taking the $16,000 co-featured trot. Corey Callahan won five races again.Veteran Next Flight rushed off to the lead and set all the fractions in a 1:53 triumph in the $17,000 top pace. Jim Morand was at the ...
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Harness and Case win Mildred Williams Series divisions

on 02/15/2009 12:00 AM
Nichole Harness, a third generation horsewoman from Beaver, Ohio, got to fly for the first time on a jet plane, got to swim for the first time in an ocean and also scored her first pari-mutuel harness racing victory on Saturday at the Isle Pompano Park. Harness won the fourth race second division of the Mildred Williams Driving Series for women.Nichole Harness posted her first pari-mutuel victory ...
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Publicist Joe Goldstein dies in Florida

on 02/15/2009 12:00 AM
Legendary harness racing publicist Joe Goldstein, who promoted the International Trot, Hambletonians, Grand Circuit meets, and Niatross\'s assault on the clock at The Red Mile in 1980, died Friday at Boca Raton (Fla.) Community Hospital at age 81. He reportedly had suffered a stroke. Born in Conway, S.C., Mr. Goldstein moved to New York in 1940. Since 1969, he ...
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Illinois invaders take Cape & Cutter, Exit 16W legs

on 02/14/2009 12:00 AM
Martha Maxine seized command at the half and held off the sizzling stretch rally of Enhance The Night to win the first of two $40,000 Cape & Cutter divisions for open pacing mares Friday night at the Meadowlands.Driven by Andy Miller, Martha Maxine was clocked in 1:51, posting a final panel of 26.1.  Enhance The Night closed in 25.4 to finish a half-length behind, while the pocket sitter ...
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Repeat winners in Yonkers\' features

on 02/14/2009 12:00 AM
Consistent commodities American Lane (three wins in a row) and J K Pure Pearl (two in a row)  maintained their Friday night form, winning Yonkers Raceway\'s pair of $31,000 co-featured events.   American Lane, who has made winning from an assigned eight-hole his life\'s work, was the last of Cat Manzi\'s four winners on the 11-race program.   The 7-5 favorite in the Open Handi...
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Palone celebrates birthday by driving 7 winnners

on 02/14/2009 12:00 AM
Dave Palone celebrated his 47th birthday in style on Friday at The Meadows, driving seven winners on the 14-race card, including a sweep of the three divisions of the Early Call, a late-closing series for 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare pacers. Ron Burke trains all three division winners, giving him a sweep as well. The fastest time of the three $12,000 opening leg divisions was turned in ...
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Cal-bred Glad To Be Back scores by four

on 02/13/2009 12:00 AM
Gusting winds could not slow down Glad To Be Back, who scored an impressive 1:51.4 front-end victory in the $12,500 second round of the Junior Trendsetter Series on Thursday night at the Meadowlands.  Glad To Be Back bull-rushed to the lead down the backstretch and opened up by four lengths on the field through middle fractions of 55.2 and 1:23.3.  Never challenged, he sprinted home in 2...
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Always A Virgin\'s book full and closed

on 02/13/2009 12:00 AM
Victory Hill Farm of Indiana, along with the owners of Always A Virgin, have announced that the stallion’s book for his 2009 breeding season is full and closed. The stallion\'s stud fee for his first season was set at $3,500. “We have never had this number of contracts returned in January and February. To my knowledge, a farm in Indiana has never closed a stallion’s  book beca...
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