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First-time 2009 winners score at Dover

on 02/20/2009 12:00 AM
A pair of first-time 2009 winners, Wholeftthegateopen and Deborah Ad Barak won the co-feature paces at Dover Downs on Thursday. Mike Cole and Jason Cribbs\' Wholeftthegateopen had just enough to hold off Ruffled Tux (Tony Morgan) at the wire in 1:54.3 to win the $14,00 mle pace feature. An altered son of Mattuity-Pier Twenty One, the 6 year old had a neck advantage posting his first win of 200...
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Dylan Rocks, Who I Am win Ideal Society splits

on 02/20/2009 12:00 AM
With 17 colt and gelding pacers dropped into the entry box for the opening leg of the Ideal Society Series, Maywood Park\'s racing secretary Doc Narotsky was forced to split Thursday’s first leg into a pair of $6,500 tussles. In the first division, Rock & Roll Stables Dylan Rocks took advantage of his inside starting spot as he made every call a winning one in a snappy 1:56.2 on a chi...
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Fly Emily Fly flies fast in fillies and mares series at Meadows

on 02/20/2009 12:00 AM
Fly Emily Fly, who needed three qualifiers in the past month due to persistent gaiting problems, was flat and fast on Thursday at The Meadows, winning the swiftest division of the Closing Bell Series for 3- and 4-year-old trotting fillies and mares. Coyote Lara, Elizabeth Lane and Graceful Sister captured the other $12,000 divisions in the series\' second leg. A 4-year-old daughter of Pegasus S...
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Magna in danger of defaulting

on 02/20/2009 12:00 AM
MI Developments, parent company of Magna Entertainment, announced late Wednesday that it would not proceed with a reorganization proposal, and now there is speculation that Magna Entertainment, which owns and operates racetracks across the country--and manages racing at The Meadows--could default on loans as early as March.   MI Developments Inc. decided not to move $50 million in...
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Case has parole transfered to NY, hopes for NY or Pa. license

on 02/20/2009 12:00 AM
The New York Daily News is reporting Friday that Walter Case Jr., who was released from an Ohio prison last year after serving more than four years for felony assault, has been approved for a parole transfer to New York. Case, who resumed his driving career immediately following his release at Plainridge Racecourse in Massachusetts, told writer Dave Little that he hopes to gain a license to race i...
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Tioga to close for simulcasting Mondays and Tuesdays

on 02/20/2009 12:00 AM
Tioga Downs will be closing its simulcast operations on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning on Monday. The simulcast facility will be open on days that NYRA is racing, days that Tioga Downs is hosting live racing, and holidays such as Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day.   The decision was made by management after handle numbers for Mondays and Tuesdays were dismal with the lack of ra...
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Freehold announces changes to racing and stakes schedule

on 02/20/2009 12:00 AM
The management of Freehold Raceway announced today that they received approval from the New Jersey Racing Commission to amend their live racing schedule.  Freehold will be dropping three Tuesdays in March and adding three Wednesdays in May.  The dates being dropped are March 10, 17 and 24. The added dates are May 6, 13 and 20.   Freehold Raceway also announced that it has cancelle...
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Sportsfancy ready for Cape & Cutter final

on 02/19/2009 12:00 AM
With her hoof problems behind her, Sportsfancy looks to get off on the right foot in 2009 in the $87,500 Cape & Cutter final for open pacing mares Friday night. The Cape & Cutter, which shares the spotlight with the $76,000 Tender Loving Care for sophomore fillies, is one of five stakes finals to be contested this weekend at the Meadowlands.   The $84,000 Aquarius, $82,500 Junior Tr...
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Anthony Napolitano leads Pompano drivers Wednesday

on 02/19/2009 12:00 AM
Driver Bruce Ranger has dominated the driving colony at the Isle Pompano Park for nearly 10 years but this season the veteran trainer-driver has had to take a back seat to the up and coming Anthony Napolitano.   On Wednesday night at the Isle Pompano Park it was all Napolitano, who won four of the first six races on the program. And who won the other two races, why Bruce Ranger of course. ...
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Haylie Sue, Smiling Angel are redhot winners at Balmoral

on 02/19/2009 12:00 AM
Filly and mare pacers highlighted a snowy Wednesday night card at Balmoral Park as a pair of $6,500 divisions in the opening leg of the Fox Valley Redhot Series attracted a total of 17 distaffers, with Haylie Sue and Smiling Angel emerging winners.   In the opening split, Willis Clark’s Haylie Sue made it look easy as she strolled home with a 2 3/4-length victory in 1:57.3.   Tak...
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A surprise in Dover\'s Open Trot

on 02/19/2009 12:00 AM
Allmar Surprise, the only female and the youngest in the field, led all the way for a 1:57 victory in the $33,000 Open trot over a \"sloppy\" track at Dover Downs on Wednesday.   Following two up-close seconds, Allmar Surprise got back on the winning track disposing of eight rivals in the week\'s top trot. With Vic Kirby at the controls the Angus Hall-Benita Victory 4-year-old mare took t...
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Bill to repeal Illinois recapture passes out of committee

on 02/19/2009 12:00 AM
The Illinois House Agriculture Committee today passed and sent House Bill 26 to the floor to repeal the decade old purse recapture law, an unfunded mandate from the state which has given more than $110 million to racetracks at the expense of rank and file horsemen and their families. “I am very pleased with the passage of this legislation and look forward to debating it on the floor,” said R...
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Lolique rallies late for Meadows upset

on 02/19/2009 12:00 AM
Last at the half by six lengths and seemingly racing for a minor share, Lolique cranked it up late over the sloppy going to shock the $25,000 Preferred Handicap Trot field at more than 16-1 on Wednesday at The Meadows. Lolique\'s last three efforts in the Preferred resulted in off-the-board finishes, and it appeared this would be another disappointment. But when Bill Fahy asked Lolique for trot,...
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Wayne Nickells, 72, dies in Lexington

on 02/19/2009 12:00 AM
Wayne Nickells, who trained such top horses as the stakes-winning trotting fillies Doin\' The Town and Baltic Brat, died in Lexington, KY, earlier this week. Nickells, who underwent open heart surgery several years ago, was found dead in his apartment. He was 72.   Nickells, the brother of horseman Bruce Nickells, was born and reared in Illinois and served in the U.S. Army\'s military ...
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Running Aces announces Newhart return as race secretary

on 02/19/2009 12:00 AM
Running Aces Harness Park has announced Rod Newhart as the racing secretary and Peter Galassi as the track announcer for the 2009 live meet. Newhart returns to Running Aces for his second season in the racing office.  He was the assistant racing secretary and paddock judge for the 2008 meet.   “I’m excited to build on the success of our inaugural season and look forward to a ...
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Payments due March 15 for NJ-Sired Babic Paces

on 02/19/2009 12:00 AM
An important sustaining payment is due March 15 in order to keep New Jersey-sired two-year-old pacers eligible to the 2009 Lou Babic Memorial Paces, which are sponsored by the New Jersey Sire Stakes Program. Due on March 15 are sustaining payments of $700 for the Babic Pace  open and $400 for the Babic filly division. These payments should be mailed to NJSS, P.O. Box 330, Trenton, NJ 086...
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All-age record set by Esmeralda Semalu

on 02/18/2009 12:00 AM
Esmeralda Semalu became the fastest filly or mare ever to race in the 45-year history of the Isle Pompano Park Tuesday, winning the $16,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace in 1:51.1 to set the all-age track record.   Trained and driven to victory by Joe Pavia Jr., Esmeralda Semalu took the early lead away from Shytown Lightning (Andy Santeramo) at the opening quarter mile of the fe...
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Another electric win at Dover

on 02/18/2009 12:00 AM
For the second straight week Still Electric romped to victory in the $33,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday, while Lockes Of Love took the $26,000 Jr. Mares Open. Both were driven by Tim Tetrick. In the $33,000 feature, Tetrick left with Still Electric from post eight and got to the lead after Chloes Silver Star took the select field of eight starters to the quarter. F...
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Doreen Dailey wins Lady Godiva Pace

on 02/18/2009 12:00 AM
Doreen Dailey took time out from her seven-horse stable in the Freehold, N.J. area to drive to Monticello Raceway just to compete in the seventh annual Lady Godiva Pace on Tuesday afternoon, and her trip proved fruitful when she guided Bali Mystic N to a neck victory over Art’s Investment, driven by Jennifer Lappe. Stacy Chiodo, another gal who also came in from Freehold Raceway, finished t...
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Sfumato turns tables at The Meadows

on 02/18/2009 12:00 AM
A head loser in the opening leg of the Opening Bell, Sfumato turned the tables on his rivals Tuesday at The Meadows, scoring by that same margin in a $12,000 division of the second leg. Special Character and Monster Dragon took the other splits in the series for 3- and 4-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Sfumato and Brett Miller worked out a perfect pocket trip behind West Side Dragon, then k...
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