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Ranger doubles up in Pompano features

on 03/22/2009 2:00 AM
Driver Bruce Ranger was able to capture both feature races at the Isle Pompano Park Saturday.   Ranger, 49, started off the evening lead from start to finish with I Can Only Imagine ($2.60) in the first race $16,000 Open Pace. Cutting fractions of :28.1, :56.2 and 1:25, I Can Only Imagine kicked in a final quarter mile in :27.2 to win by 2 3/4 lengths in 1:52.2.   The pocket-sitting...
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King Cat rules at Yonkers; Sagamore Hill Series gets underway

on 03/22/2009 2:00 AM
Grinding his way to glory, King Cat Anvil N annexed Yonkers Raceway\'s featured $31,000 Open  Handicap Pace Saturday night. The Strattons--driver Jordan and trainer Dave--team up as King Cat Anvil N was patient from post position four. Inside assignee Cheyenne Hollywood  (Cat Manzi) broke on the early lead, forcing both Up Front Peyton (Brent Holland) and 8-5 favorite Real Nice (Jason ...
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Forward to represent Canada in World Driving Championship

on 03/22/2009 2:00 AM
Eight of Canada\'s best drivers converged at Fraser Downs on Saturday afternoon for a chance to represent the country in the World Driving Championship and with two wins, one second and three thirds, Brad Forward earned the 2009 National Driving Championship title with a total of 65 points. Going into the final leg, representatives from each region including Gilles Barrieau, Brad Forward, Gu...
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Wholeftthegateopen closes door on Dover rivals

on 03/22/2009 2:00 AM
Buster Mee N, a 25-1 shot won the $17,000 feature, Enessee Ernie won a $16,500 trot, and Rare Bunny set a new North American record for the five-eighths mile distance winning one of four $10,000 Go The Distance II races on a longshot-filled Saturday at Dover Downs, where Mike Cole drove his 1,000th winner. In the feature race, Wholeftthegateopen and Mike Cole cut fast early fractions, and at the...
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Ocean Downs contract agreement reached

on 03/22/2009 2:00 AM
Published reports state that an agreement has been reached between Ocean Downs and the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association that calls for the Maryland track to race 40 nights in 2009 with $900,000 for purses coming from the track, and for the backstretch to close in December. The three-year-agreement is expected to be signed sometime this upcoming week.   Cloverleaf’s board of dire...
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David Miller drives 9,000th winner

on 03/22/2009 2:00 AM
It’s 9,000 wins and counting for 44-year-old driver David Miller, who hit the milestone on Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands, becoming the  third youngest driver to ever reach that mark. Both Walter Case Jr. and Dave Palone reached the 9,000-win milestone younger than Miller. With his win behind Redstone Ruckus in Sunday’s sixth race at the Meadowlands.“It’s something I’m very pr...
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Darlin\'s Delight takes series finale for pacing mares at Big M

on 03/21/2009 2:00 AM
Darlin’s Delight ($5.80) held off the late rally of Chancey Lady to win the $123,000 Overbid final for open pacing mares Friday night at the Meadowlands.An early scramble forced 6-5 favorite Martha Maxine three wide on the opening turn as she claimed the lead from Chancey Lady in :27.4. Darlin’s Delight rushed up to seize command from Martha Maxine in a swift 54.4 and driver Yannick ...
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Su Mac Lad opener goes to Likeabatoutahell

on 03/21/2009 2:00 AM
Likeabatoutahell dug in under pressure to win the $50,000 opening leg of the Su Mac Lad Series for open trotters Friday night at the Meadowlands. The 2008 divisional champion Enough Talk was first to brush to the lead, but Brian Sears and Likeabatoutahell quickly stole command before the half.    Knight Of Intrigue applied immediate pressure to the outside but, despite a game effo...
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Rushmore Hanover scores in Yonkers feature

on 03/21/2009 2:00 AM
Rushmore Hanover outdrew his seven rivals and made \'em all pay Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway\'s featured $21,000 high-conditioned trot. With Brent Holland driving for trainer Larry Remmen, Rushmore Hanover stuffed 8-5 choice Stunt Man Hall (Jason Bartlett) into the pocket before a  29-second opening quarter mile. Rushmore Hanover then found a :59.4 intermission with no one leaving ...
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A midnight romp at Woodbine

on 03/21/2009 2:00 AM
Rick Zeron and Midnite Romp came on strong with a :26.4 final quarter to capture the $48,200(C) final of the Apaches Fame Pacing Series at Woodbine Friday night. Herestopatrick and Luc Ouellette made a rush for the early lead from the outside post position, but by the quarter pole were overtaken by Its A Good Thing, the 4-5 favorite, with Randy Waples at the controls. Through a sensible second qua...
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Gulotta to testify before NJ Budget and Appropriations Committee

on 03/20/2009 2:00 AM
A large turnout of trainers, drivers, breeders, owners and others who favor racetrack slots would be helpful to support the efforts of prominent horse owner and breeder Michael J. Gulotta, who will be testifying at a public hearing of the New Jersey State Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at Montclair State University.   Gulotta, whose Deo Volente F...
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High stakes for Card Dealer in Cam Fella Final

on 03/20/2009 2:00 AM
A Camluck gelding named Card Dealer will be playing for the biggest stakes of his career this Saturday night, March 21, when he makes a bid to win the $77,500 final of the Cam Fella Pacing Series at Woodbine.   At barely the age of four, Card Dealer already has 50 starts under his belt, but this is the largest purse he has yet set his sights on. A veteran of Ontario’s smaller ovals in Lon...
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New gate at The Meadows helps outside horses win more

on 03/20/2009 2:00 AM
In February, The Meadows introduced a new starting gate with a deeper slant to allow horses drawn outside to be closer to the gate at the start than those posted inside. The goal was to mitigate the disadvantages of an unfavorable draw, thereby creating more exciting racing for fans and a more level playing field for horsemen. Early returns indicate that the plan is working.   Through ...
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Red Mile development plan unveiled

on 03/20/2009 2:00 AM
Although construction in Lexington, KY has slowed to a crawl, just like in most parts of the country, The Red Mile unveiled plans on Thursday night to develop 68 acres of the track\'s property. The Red Mile Village Development Plan was presented to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Planning Commission at its work session on Thursday.   A report in the Lexington Herald-Leader said ideas are...
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Jersey Girls series underway at Meadowlands

on 03/20/2009 2:00 AM
Don’t Deny Me sat second over and slingshot past tiring leaders to win the first of two divisions of the $20,000 Jersey Girls Series Thursday night at the Meadowlands.   Dave Miller and Don’t Deny Me [$5.20 $3.80 $3.00] followed Natalie up the backstretch as she tried to pass the leader, Saymynamesaymyname.  Natalie couldn’t clear and it became a duel between the two with Don’...
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Allamerican Idol on the rise at the Meadowlands

on 03/20/2009 2:00 AM
Allamerican Idol, a bargain purchase who has blossomed under patient handling, bids for his second Meadowlands stakes title this season in the $132,000 Four Leaf Clover Final on Saturday night, March 21. The Complex Series champion, trained by Tom Fanning, is rated at 10-1 on the morning line from post three in the Four Leaf Clover for older pacers. He faces a competitive field that includes Aqua...
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Buter stablemates take two of three in Damsel Series divisions

on 03/20/2009 2:00 AM
Stablemates Park Avenue and Gottogetoutmore delivered a one-two punch in the first of two $35,000(C) divisions of the Damsel Pacing Series second leg at Woodbine Thursday evening. Seven lasses went postward in the initial split, with Todd Buter pupils Park Avenue and Gottogetoutmore going as a joint entry and heavily favoured at 1-5 odds. Chad Schmiedge trainee, B M Mcw (Sylvain Filion), s...
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McFlirty sets career best in Dover feature

on 03/20/2009 2:00 AM
McFlirty notched her first win of the year while Blowout Hanover won his third straight in the Thursday double feature paces at Dover Downs. Trainer Bobby Reeser sent out his second winner of the day when Bonnie Benson\'s McFlirty reduced her lifetime mark to 1:55.2 in a $10,500 fillies and mares pace. Vic Kirby piloted the McArdle-Face The Table filly to extend her career record to three...
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Apaches Fame final down to six

on 03/20/2009 2:00 AM
Just six sophomore colts will be going postward in the $48,200 final of the Apaches Fame Pacing Series on Friday night at Woodbine … but the race is anything but a foregone conclusion. Three strong candidates for the championship have emerged in this series:  Bob McIntosh trainee, Its A Good Thing, David Gibson pupil, Midnite Romp, and Mark Austin’s Herestopatrick.  Midnite Romp, ...
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Classic Series supplements due Monday

on 03/20/2009 2:00 AM
Supplemental entries for the 2009 edition of The Classic Series (TCS) must be received in the office of The Hambletonian Society by the close of business on Monday, March 23. The payment levels, along with a list of nominees, may be accessed at www.theclassicseries.com. TCS starts the season at Dover Downs on Monday, April 6, and continues with legs at The Meadowlands on May 1 (trotters) and May ...
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