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Reigning Older Trotting Mare of the Year wins first of \'09

on 04/18/2009 2:00 AM
Buck I St. Pat, the 2008 Trotting Mare of the Year, scored her first win since suffering a tendon injury in the $27,500 Preferred Mare trot Friday night at the Meadowlands.
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Letters From Home writes from winner\'s circle

on 04/18/2009 2:00 AM
Letters From Home and driver Mark O’Mara wasted no time obtaining the lead in the $26,100 Future Stars Series final at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino on Friday. The duo led nearly gate to wire to grab the top prize in 1:53.2, a new lifetime mark. Starting from post eight gave Letters From Home a little challenge at the start of the race. However, O’Mara had him ready for action, pursuing the...
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Blue Chip Matchmaker continues on at Yonkers

on 04/18/2009 2:00 AM
 Chancey Lady (Cat Manzi) and Western Graduate (Jim Pantaleano) were the “big mares on campus,” winning Friday night\'s pair of $40,000 divisions in the fourth leg of Yonkers Raceway\'s Blue Chip Matchmaker Series. Leaving inside of her seven rivals as the slight 1-20 favorite, Chancey Lady retook from Omen Hanover (Eric Abbatiello) just before a :27.2 quarter mile. A gapping, single-fi...
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Star Of India, Palazzo Princess wins Meadows series splits

on 04/18/2009 2:00 AM
Star Of India blew past her more heralded stablemate and went on to capture a division of the Kat N Mouse, a series for 3-year-old pacing fillies, on Friday at The Meadows. Palazzo Princess took the other $15,000 division in the series’ opening leg. Although Star Of India was coupled with Amazon Queen as a Ron Burke-trained entry, the latter probably drew much of the 1-5 support based on her f...
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Four Starz Sue coasts to easy Pocono repeat win

on 04/18/2009 2:00 AM
Four Starz Sue romped to a win, his second straight, in Friday night’s featured Open Handicap Pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried a purse of $25,000. Four Starz Sue, trained by Carmine Fusco and driven by Jim Morrill Jr., had little trouble with the finest pacers on the Pocono grounds, as he built up a huge lead as the 8-5 favorite and coasted home to a win by 4 1/2 lengths, ...
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Spacie Jessie soars to Buffalo winner\'s circle

on 04/18/2009 2:00 AM
Spacie Jessie, a 6-year-old Space Shuttle mare out of the Unique Concept mare Chip O The Ram, was first-over in a short five-horse field, due to two scratches, and gamely won a close three-horse photo in 1:59.2, to register her sixth win of the year in the $9,000 featured Filly and Mares Open Pace for owner-driver James M. Dunn, at Buffalo Raceway Friday night.   Dunn and Spacie Jessie...
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Camshaft Hanover upsets in SNY final

on 04/17/2009 2:00 AM
Camshaft Hanover got up in the final strides to win the $40,000 SNY Final for three- and four-year-old pacers Thursday night at the Meadowlands, hitting the wire in 1:50.3.  
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Woodbine moving start/finish lines Friday night

on 04/17/2009 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) is shifting the start/finish lines at Woodbine for the last seven programs of its current Standardbred racing meet, taking another step in trying to change the early flow of races at the seven-eighths mile oval. Beginning Friday night (April 17), the start and finish points of the race will be situated 235 feet further down the stretch (west from its previous spo...
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Mister Big qualifies at Hoosier

on 04/17/2009 2:00 AM
Mister Big, 2008 Pacer of the Year, won his first start of the year, a qualifier, in 1:55.3 at Hoosier Park Friday morning. Brad Hanners drove the two-time Dan Patch Pacing Horse of the Year for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr., clicking off splits of :28.3, :58.2 and 1:28.3 before a final quarter in :27. Mister Big, a son of Grinfromeartoear, won a string of high profile races in 2008, including the $6...
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Meet Hoosier Park\'s Fab Five

on 04/17/2009 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing and Casino is putting its on twist on a famous musical moniker by introducing five of its top drivers as the “Fab Five” on the main stage before the 38 Special concert Saturday, April 18. The drivers are part of a new campaign to showcase all aspects of entertainment at Hoosier Park, including the current harness racing season. So who are Hoosier P...
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Kadabra colt Parlay still undefeated

on 04/17/2009 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old trotting colt Parlay, a son of Kadabra, simply trounced rivals on Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack to remain undefeated and give himself a chance at a sweep of this year’s Tie Silk Trotting Series.The smooth-gaited son of Kadabra-Speedy Shasta was handled patiently in the early going by driver Jack Moiseyev who settled him away in third position through an opening pa...
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Winbak Speed much the best at Harrah\'s Chester

on 04/17/2009 2:00 AM
Winbak Speed ($3.40) proved much the best in Thursday night’s Finian Hanover at Harrah’s Chester, turning away Proper Respect at the head of the stretch and winning in 1:51.2. The 6-year-old Village Jove gelding settled behind Domition Hanover (Eric Goodell) and Proper Respect (Tony Morgan) on the first turn before quickly brushing to the front. Driver Brandon Givens commented, \"As soon as...
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Maywood stakes season kicks off on Friday

on 04/17/2009 2:00 AM
The 2009 stakes season at Maywood Park gets underway Friday night as an overflow field of 10 Illinois conceived and foaled 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers square off in the $15,000 Sportsmaster Stake. Leading the way in what appears to be a wide open race is Jim Edgar, Jim Reynolds and Terry and Judith Rathgeber’s Rich N Flashy who is fresh off a convincing 3 ½-length romp in a division of...
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Big rallies take divisions of Whotookwhat Series at Meadows

on 04/17/2009 2:00 AM
Trailing by nine lengths at the half, Summer Blast took advantage of live cover and blasted through the stretch to win a division of the Whotookwhat, an early-closing series for 3-year-old filly trotters, on Thursday at The Meadows. ML Brown Sugar captured the other $15,000 division in the opening leg. Summer Blast, a daughter of Ilooklikemymom-HM Striking Faith, had won only a fair ra...
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Meadowlands photographer Lisa unveils top-driver posters

on 04/17/2009 2:00 AM
Meadowlands track photographer Michael Lisa has announced the release of the first five in a series of Meadowlands Top Driver posters. These one-of-a-kind photos depict the sport\'s top drivers in his own unique way.   The first poster was unveiled on March 14 when Tim Tetrick was officially bestowed the nickname The Bionic Man. Subsequent to that, Andy Miller, Yannick Gingra...
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Gambler\'s Passion takes Blossom Series final

on 04/16/2009 2:00 AM
Gambler’s Passion, driven by David Miller, was a well-rated winner in the $70,000 Blossom Series final for sophomore filly pacers Wednesday night at the Meadowlands. 
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Tetrick sweeps Hoosier features as part of hat trick

on 04/16/2009 2:00 AM
Miss DW Chip showed how tough she really is Wednesday in the $23,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Trot at Hoosier Park. The 8-year-old seasoned mare rounded the oval in a time of 1:56.2, giving Trace Tetrick his first of three wins on the 13-race program. Starting from the outside post seven, Miss DW Chip rallied out hard for the early lead, joining Dynamite Diva and Peter Wrenn and ABC Bay Bee...
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Gurfein doubles up in Choquette Trot opener

on 04/16/2009 2:00 AM
Trainer Ron Gurfein captured both divisions of the first leg $7,000 Aime Choquette Trot at the Isle Pompano Park Wednesday Night with Wally Hennessey at the lines for both victories.   Hennessey piloted Spiceberry Hanover ($5) to a new life-time mark of 1:58.2 in the first division with fractions of :28.1, :59.3 and 1:28.3.   The undefeated Whosgoinwhosstayin and Mickey McNichol wer...
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Esmeralda Semalu atones with Pocono victory

on 04/16/2009 2:00 AM
Esmeralda Semalu got a measure of revenge on Nip N Attack by winning the featured $25,000 Open Handicap pace for fillies and mares Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   Last week in the same class, Nip N Attack was able to defeat Esmeralda Semalu, who set a world record earlier this year at Pompano. It looked like an instant replay when Jim Morrill Jr. once again sent Nip N...
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Oh baby! What a come-from-behind win at The Meadows

on 04/16/2009 2:00 AM
On a day when The Meadows resumed racing following a two-week hiatus and celebrated the opening of its permanent casino, Whybabywhy provided some fireworks of her own. She captured the $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Trot, lighting up the tote board at 22-1.   Trailing by 10 1/2 lengths at the half, Whybabywhy launched a ground-saving move for Dick Stillings that carried her to within f...
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