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Honorable Daughter, Hawaiian Drink set world records in victory

on 11/15/2008 12:00 AM
It was a night for favorites in the four lucrative Matron Series Finals at Dover Downs on Saturday as Honorable Daughter set a world record with a 1:55.1 victory and Hawaiian Drink equaled the world mark with a 1:51.3 effort. In both colt events, Explosive Matter (1:55.3) and If I Can Dream (1:51.1) were close to, but just off, last week’s world records. Following a torrential dow...
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Voelz Hanover wires field, Kadealia upsets in OSS filly finals

on 11/15/2008 12:00 AM
Voelz Hanover ($3.50) took the early lead and never looked back in taking the $300,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final 3-year-old fillies pacing event at Woodbine Saturday night. Mario Baillegereon guided the Astreos filly to the wire-to-wire head victory for his training brother Benoit and owner Richard Berthiaume of Quebec. Southwind Swallow was second, nearly two lengths in front of Windsong ...
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Ehrenberg scores Billings upset with Vals Empress at Pompano

on 11/15/2008 12:00 AM
David Ehrenberg, II, a landscape/construction business owner from Westerville, Ohio, upset the field with 15-1 long shot Vals Empress ($33.80) in winning the CKG Billings Amateur Trot leg at the Isle Pompano Park Saturday. Vals Empress led from start to finish in the $6,000 third race, winning by three and one-quarter lengths in 1:59.2. It was Ehrenberg’s first victory in the series this year ...
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Define The World caps four-win night for MacDonell

on 11/15/2008 12:00 AM
On a night of about the most inhospitable weather imaginable, John Bax trainee, Define The World, claimed the final $300,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final, for three-year-old trotting colts, rounding out a $2.4 million program at Woodbine Saturday evening. Sent off as the prohibitive favorite, Define The World, with Paul MacDonell in the bike, seized the front end and didn’t let go till he c...
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Fivedollarsforsox upsets in Delaware trot

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
Fivedollarsforsox, an 8-1 shot driven by George Dennis, scored a 1:58 victory over a \"sloppy\" track on Thursdayin the $15,500 feature trot at Dover Downs. Owned by Ask W Stables and trainer-driver Dennis and Tina Dennis, Fivedollarsforsox, a SJ\'s Caviar-Hurricane Bambi gelding, chalked up his fourth win of the season and $44,250 in purses. DI Blast (Mike Cole) finished second with Awes...
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Yonkers raises minimum claiming price

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced that, effective with the condition sheet for the race week beginning Monday, Feb, 2, 2009, the Raceway shall no longer card non-winners of $2,000 in last six starts events, and the new minimum base claiming price shall be $7,500. No horse showing less than a $7,500 claiming line in its last 10 starts is to be permitted to participate here. The non winners of $3,000 ...
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An OK win at The Meadows

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
Tom’s OK Lady, who dead heated for win last week with I’m Justa Lady, narrowly avoided a recurrence when she stuck her neck in front at the wire to capture the $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Trot on Thursday at The Meadows. As last week, I’m Justa Lady fronted the mile and led until the stretch. When Tom’s OK Lady peeled off cover and began to gain on her rival for Dave Palone, it lo...
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I gave you my word she\'d win with an inside post

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
What happened to I Give Youmy Word when she finally drew inside after five straight outside draws? She won! A field of mostly conditioned pacers, racing for a purse of $3,000, were featured at Cal-Expo on Thursday night, in which I Give Youmy Word was fastest of all. Coming away fourth from post position three in the field of seven for driver Bruce Clarke, I Give Youmy Word remained in the ...
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Malabar Maple set to stand at Kendal Hills Farm

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
The trotting stallion Malabar Maple will stand at Kendal Hills Farm in Ontario for the 2009 and 2010 breeding stallions.   Malabar Maple earned more than $500,000 on the track, highlighted by wins in the Zweig Memorial in 1:53.2 and in the 3year-old New Jersey Sire Stakes final at the Meadowlands, as well as finishing third in a Hambletonian elimination an...
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Meadowlands purses to increase in January

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
Peter Koch, the new director of racing at the Meadowlands, has told harnessracing.com that although purses for the upcoming fall meet are lower than in the past, there will be an increase when the calendar turns to January 2009.   “There was an overpayment in ’07 and we spent quite a bit last winter, so to balance out the year we had to open them up lower,” Koch explained of the low...
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Rose Run Jeriah to stand at Schwartz in Indiana

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
The fastest 2-year-old colt trotter ever on a half mile track, world champion Rose Run Jeriah 2, 1:57.2h, has been retired to stand stud at Schwartz Boarding Farm in Berne, Ind. A multiple stakes winner with nine wins in 13 lifetime starts, the son of Corleone–Looks Like Dawn’s stud fee will be $1,000. For more information please call (260) 589-2037.
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Breeders Crown finals on the horizon

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
The 2008 Breeders Crown races for 2 and 3 year olds will approach a combined $5 million in purses for the eight-race post-Thanksgiving extravaganza at the Meadowlands on Saturday, Nov. 29.   The finals for freshman pacers and trotters will race for $700,000 (gtd.), making them the richest 2-year-old finals in the U.S. and the highest Crown purses for those divisions in the last 10 years. &...
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Burke reaches 4-month suspension settlement with NJRC

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
Harnessracing.com has been told by the New Jersey Racing Commission that the sport’s leading trainer, Mickey Burke, has reached a settlement agreement for a four-month suspension and $2,500 fine for two lidocaine positives in 2006.   Burke was the leading dash-winning trainer in 2006 with 449 winners and was second on the earnings list with $5.69 million in purse earnings. He was subseque...
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Codey suggests solution to purse impasse

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
While the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOA/NJ) continues to call attention to the impasse that has kept purse subsidy funds from flowing into Freehold Raceway, Freehold Raceway’s Don Codey told harnessracing.com that he has written a letter to the Casino Association of New Jersey, suggesting a solution to the impasse.   Freehold Raceway president and genera...
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Enrollment open for Meadowlands Breeders Crown challenge

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
It all comes down to the Breeders Crown for handicappers, too as racing fans can battle to the finish for cash and iPods in the Meadowlands Racetrack’s Breeders Crown “Across the Board Challenge,” an online handicapping competition beginning Friday, November 21 and powered by 123Racing.   Enrollment for the two-week opens Friday, November 14. The Across the Board Challenge is a F...
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Hawthorne passed over for Illinois casino

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
The Chicago Tribune has reported that on Friday the Illinois Gaming Board picked Des Plaines, Rosemont and Waukegan as the three finalists for the state\'s only available casino license, knocking Hawthorne Race Course out of the running. This will be the 10th casino license in the state.   The Tribune story said Gaming Board chairman Aaron Jaffe said one of his main interests in choosi...
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Yonkers features go to Binions, American Lane

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
Binions, last in the early going, snapped a stubborn favorite Omen Hanover at the wire of Yonkers Raceway\'s co-featured $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace Friday evening. With Greg Grismore driving for trainer Ronnie Burke, Binions--ordered to begin from post position No. 7--was at the back of the bus early while Miss Galvinator A (Larry Stalbaum) tried her luck with the baton. This Miss ...
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Look To Book victorious in Northfield return

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
With Memphis Glow on the sidelines for a week after three straight Mares Open wins, Northfield\'s 2007 co-Horse-of-the-Year, Look To Book ($4.60) let the ladies now there was a new sheriff in town Friday. In her return from Indiana Downs, the five-year-old Nobleland Sam mare made every call a winning one as she easily turned back co-favored Andi Andi, who got away second and played follow the lead...
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Hypnotize noses out J Lo Hanover at Pompano in 1:53

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
Hypnotize ($8.80) got the best of rival J Lo Hanover in posting a nose victory to win the $16,000 Mares Open Pace Friday at the Isle Pompano Park in 1:53. Driver Dan Clements, who sat a pocket trip and followed race favorite J Lo Hanover and Kevin Wallis from the start, was able to barely find clearance along the rail in deep stretch for the victory. Lucy Lucy (Anthony Napolitano), who was grindi...
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Matron finals on tap Saturday at Dover

on 11/14/2008 12:00 AM
After two world and one track records last week in elimination divisions, the top eight performers return Saturday, Nov. 16 at Dover Downs for four lucrative Matron Series finals for male and filly pacers and trotters. First post is 5:30 p.m.   The leadoff Matron Filly Trot Final boasts a  $226,125 purse. Margarita Momma set a track record winning one of three Matron elims last week...
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