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Crown elims needed in all but 3CT; Dewey to face 10

on 11/18/2008 12:00 AM
A crowded entry box forced eliminations in every division but the sophomore colt trotters for the $4.9 million Breeder Crown finals on Saturday, Nov. 29, at the Meadowlands. Only 10 trotters chose to face the divisional dominator, Deweycheatumnhowe.   The Breeders Crown conditions allow for only one trailer in a final, and all 11 entered will advance to the $500,000 final on Nov. ...
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Yonkers generated 10th million-dollar handle last Saturday

on 11/18/2008 12:00 AM
Last Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway the total pari-mutuel handle on harness racing was $1,029,000, which marked the 10th time this year that the handle at the track has exceeded the one-million mark. Yonkers had managed to break the $1 million mark only once in the three-year period prior to the installation of some 5,300 video lottery terminals.   Additionally, Friday\'s ...
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Elim draws held; SBSW takes bye

on 11/18/2008 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands opens up its 2008 winter harness meet on Friday night with elimination races for the Breeders Crown. Friday\'s night\'s card, with post time at 7 pm, will feature the eliminations for 2-year-old Crown championships.   Friday, November 21--Two-Year-Old Eliminations Filly Trot--Three divisions; races two, three and five Colt Trot--Two divisions; races eight and eleven Filly Pa...
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Dover features to Draft Hanover, Mr. Wiggles

on 11/17/2008 12:00 AM
Draft Hanover made his introduction to the claiming ranks a winning one while Mr. Wiggles equaled his lifetime record in twin-features at Dover Downs on Sunday, Nov. 16. Ross Wolfenden drives three winners.  Ross Wolfenden and Draft Hanover went into high gear in the stretch as the only three-year-old in a $25,000 Delaware Claiming pace. The Dragon Again-Debras Charm colt wore down front-paci...
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Tetrick breaks earnings mark

on 11/17/2008 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick broke his own single season earnings record in the fifth race at Harrah\'s Chester on Sunday, with the win with Candy\'s Pool putting him over his 2007 record $18,350,047 in earnings. Tetrick reached this milestone with just under 1,000 less starts and 355 less wins than 2007. He credits much his success this year to being aboard Crazed, the first 3-year-old trott...
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Teague says Badlands Nitro\'s year over, retired to Winbak

on 11/17/2008 12:00 AM
As announced last month, Badlands Nitro is retiring to the breeding shed at Winbak Farm of New York, with the 3-year-old son of Badlands Hanover having made his final start of his career Nov. 9 at Dover Downs where he finished third in the Progress Pace final.   A winner of more than $1.4 million in 2008 and more than $1.5 million for his career, Badlands Nitro won the Hempt, Art Rooney and...
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Racetracks discuss possible changes to stakes conditions

on 11/17/2008 12:00 AM
Although race secretaries won\'t hold their annual stakes scheduling meeting for a couple of weeks, on Nov. 17 executives from 12 leading harness tracks met in East Rutherford, N.J., to explore ways to keep the sport\'s top young stars racing at age four and beyond.   Track managers recently met to discuss amending the conditions of their marquee stakes to promote participation to horses ...
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$62,500 payments made for Tug River Princess, Native Bride

on 11/17/2008 12:00 AM
The connections of two sophomore filly pacers put $62,500 on the line to vie for a Breeders Crown title in their $610,000 divisional contest. The filly pace will include supplemental entries Tug River Princess and Native Bride. It is the only Breeders Crown race in which supplements were declared.   The $4.9 million Breeders Crown events will be contested on Saturday, Nov. 29, at ...
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Case down to drive 5 at Plainridge Friday

on 11/17/2008 12:00 AM
According to entries for Friday posted on the United States Trotting Association web site, Walter Case Jr. is programmed to drive five horses at Plainridge Race Course in Massachusetts. Although he is down to drive, Case must make an application to the Massachusetts Racing Commission for a license, according to Plainridge general manager Steve O\'Toole. O\'Toole noted that Case has expressed ...
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Thisbigdogwilfight wins Associates Stake in 1:53.2

on 11/15/2008 12:00 AM
It wasn’t easy but nevertheless Thisbigdogwilfight dug in and overcame a rugged trip to defend his Maywood Park Pacing Series crown with a half-length victory in Friday night’s $35,000 Associates stake, the third and final series leg. The 4-5 public’s choice raced parked outside of the pacesetter Booze Cruzin the last half of his winning 1:53.2 mile and when asked to come up with something...
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Blue Chip buys interest in Shadow Play

on 11/15/2008 12:00 AM
Blue Chip Farms has become a partner in this year\'s Little Brown Jug winner Shadow Play, who is set to compete in the upcoming Breeders Crown. Plans also call for the world champion to race in 2009 before being retired to stud duty at Blue Chip in New York in 2010.   Dr. Ian Moore, Serge Sevard, and R. G. McGroup Ltd. (Gail and Ron McLellan) announced that they hav...
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Elusive Desire splashes to OSS Super Final triumph in 2:00.2

on 11/15/2008 12:00 AM
Once Elusive Desire got a taste of the winner’s circle, she decided to make a habit of it. Saturday night, she added a third triumph to her scorecard, fulfilling her 2-5 rating by sailing home eight lengths in front of the field in her $300,000 division of the OSS Super Final. Until Halloween night, victory had been elusive for Elusive Desire, but she finally scored in her 12th start that night...
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Pointe Of Honour grinds out OSS Super Final victory

on 11/15/2008 12:00 AM
Paul MacDonell made it two in a row, and Pointe Of Honour showed true grit Saturday night in capturing the $300,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final for freshman colt and gelding trotters in 2:00.1. MacDonell sent Pointe Of Honour smartly to the front from post six, with Play Right and Mark MacDonald grabbing the second spot through early fractions of :29.1 and 1:00.0. Just past the half-mile mar...
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St Lads Popcorn wires field to win OSS Super Final in 1:54.4

on 11/15/2008 12:00 AM
St Lads Popcorn led from start to finish and fended off a strong challenge from Arts Star to capture the $300,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final for two-year-old filly pacers Saturday evening at Woodbine. Jason Brewer hustled St Lads Popcorn sharply to the front off the gate, while Arts Star, with Mark MacDonald in the bike, stayed hard on Brewer’s helmet through fractions of :27.0 and :55.0. ...
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Art\'s Ragin Jet scores narrow victory in Yonkers feature

on 11/15/2008 12:00 AM
Art\'s Ragin Jet (Jeff Gregory) stuck his tongue out at just the right time, getting a Yonkers Raceway decision over Psilvuheartbreaker (Jim Meittinis) in Saturday night\'s $40,000 Open Handicap Pace. Art\'s Ragin Jet, leaving from post position No. 6, had to the chase \"Heartbreaker\" as the tepid 2-1 choice eschewed an early seat behind Semalu Express (Pat Lachance). Psilvuheartbreaker led thro...
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Somebeachsomewhere dominates in final start on Canadian soil

on 11/15/2008 12:00 AM
Pacing superstar, Somebeachsomewhere, delivered his trademark devastating performance, and then some, Saturday night at Woodbine, in the $300,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old colt pacers. No other entry in the eight-horse field could come close to touching Paul MacDonell and The Beach, who paced their own race from wire to wire, setting fractions of :27.0, :54.2, and 1:21.0 ...
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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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