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Aquarius thrillers highlight big M Saturday card

on 02/15/2009 12:00 AM
It was a pair of thrillers in the $40,000 second leg of the Aquarius as Lookout Hanover and Its That Time captured their respective divisions Saturday night at the Meadowlands. In the night’s first division, Lookout Hanover [$9.20, $4.00, $2.60] ran huge from first over to hold off the late charge of 7-5 favorite Riggins for trainer Kevin McDermott.  As the field entered the first tur...
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Tasmanian Daniel wins Yonkers Open

on 02/15/2009 12:00 AM
Tasmanian Daniel (Larry Stalbaum) made it three wins in his last four starts on Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway\'s $31,000 Open Handicap Pace.Ordered outside his six rivals (Rare Jewel was ill), \"Daniel\" settled in fifth early. Noble\'s Grand Slam (Greg Grismore) led the gang through a :27.1 quarter and :57.1 intermission. Johnny Walker (Jason Bartlett) played the role of pocket protecto...
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Next Flight, Coco Count win at Dover

on 02/15/2009 12:00 AM
Next Flight is tough to beat on the front end and Jim Morand used that strategy to win the $17,000 male pace co-feature on Valentine\'s Day at Dover Downs. Coco Count made it three in a row in taking the $16,000 co-featured trot. Corey Callahan won five races again.Veteran Next Flight rushed off to the lead and set all the fractions in a 1:53 triumph in the $17,000 top pace. Jim Morand was at the ...
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Harness and Case win Mildred Williams Series divisions

on 02/15/2009 12:00 AM
Nichole Harness, a third generation horsewoman from Beaver, Ohio, got to fly for the first time on a jet plane, got to swim for the first time in an ocean and also scored her first pari-mutuel harness racing victory on Saturday at the Isle Pompano Park. Harness won the fourth race second division of the Mildred Williams Driving Series for women.Nichole Harness posted her first pari-mutuel victory ...
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Publicist Joe Goldstein dies in Florida

on 02/15/2009 12:00 AM
Legendary harness racing publicist Joe Goldstein, who promoted the International Trot, Hambletonians, Grand Circuit meets, and Niatross\'s assault on the clock at The Red Mile in 1980, died Friday at Boca Raton (Fla.) Community Hospital at age 81. He reportedly had suffered a stroke. Born in Conway, S.C., Mr. Goldstein moved to New York in 1940. Since 1969, he ...
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Illinois invaders take Cape & Cutter, Exit 16W legs

on 02/14/2009 12:00 AM
Martha Maxine seized command at the half and held off the sizzling stretch rally of Enhance The Night to win the first of two $40,000 Cape & Cutter divisions for open pacing mares Friday night at the Meadowlands.Driven by Andy Miller, Martha Maxine was clocked in 1:51, posting a final panel of 26.1.  Enhance The Night closed in 25.4 to finish a half-length behind, while the pocket sitter ...
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Repeat winners in Yonkers\' features

on 02/14/2009 12:00 AM
Consistent commodities American Lane (three wins in a row) and J K Pure Pearl (two in a row)  maintained their Friday night form, winning Yonkers Raceway\'s pair of $31,000 co-featured events.   American Lane, who has made winning from an assigned eight-hole his life\'s work, was the last of Cat Manzi\'s four winners on the 11-race program.   The 7-5 favorite in the Open Handi...
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Palone celebrates birthday by driving 7 winnners

on 02/14/2009 12:00 AM
Dave Palone celebrated his 47th birthday in style on Friday at The Meadows, driving seven winners on the 14-race card, including a sweep of the three divisions of the Early Call, a late-closing series for 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare pacers. Ron Burke trains all three division winners, giving him a sweep as well. The fastest time of the three $12,000 opening leg divisions was turned in ...
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Cal-bred Glad To Be Back scores by four

on 02/13/2009 12:00 AM
Gusting winds could not slow down Glad To Be Back, who scored an impressive 1:51.4 front-end victory in the $12,500 second round of the Junior Trendsetter Series on Thursday night at the Meadowlands.  Glad To Be Back bull-rushed to the lead down the backstretch and opened up by four lengths on the field through middle fractions of 55.2 and 1:23.3.  Never challenged, he sprinted home in 2...
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Always A Virgin\'s book full and closed

on 02/13/2009 12:00 AM
Victory Hill Farm of Indiana, along with the owners of Always A Virgin, have announced that the stallion’s book for his 2009 breeding season is full and closed. The stallion\'s stud fee for his first season was set at $3,500. “We have never had this number of contracts returned in January and February. To my knowledge, a farm in Indiana has never closed a stallion’s  book beca...
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Brother to Muscle Mass to stand in Indiana

on 02/13/2009 12:00 AM
Touchdown Town. (Muscles Yankee-Graceful Touch), the 3-year-old full brother to world champion Muscle Mass 2, 1:53.4, will stand stud at the new Horseplex facility in Shelbyville, Ind., near Indiana Downs this year.   Muscle Mass topped the 2008 Harrisburg mixed sale at $520,000. Touchdown Town was a $320,000 yearling at the 2007 Harrisburg sale. He made one start in a qualifier a...
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Miller trainees sweep opening round of Tender Loving Care

on 02/12/2009 12:00 AM
Erv Miller trainees Smooth Silver and Moonlite Delite swept the $12,500 opening round of the Tender Loving Care Series for 3-year-old filly pacers Wednesday night at the Meadowlands.Smooth Silver swung three wide on the final turn and caught Riley Character just in time to win the first of the Tender Loving Care divisions in 1:52.4.  Driven by Brian Sears, Smooth Silver got away sixth and wor...
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Party spoils the surprise at Dover Downs

on 02/12/2009 12:00 AM
Dingy\'s Party just got up at the wire to nip Allmar Surprise in the $32,000 Open Trot while Tuna Whip won for fun in the $22,000 trot on Wednesday at Dover Downs. Jim Morand moved owner-trainer Tom Clendining\'s Dingy\'s Party three wide turning for home and had just enough to catch Vic Kirby-driven Allmar Surprise in the final step to score a 1:54.2 victory in the week\'s feature trot. A...
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Upfront Northern wins Niatross final at Buffalo

on 02/12/2009 12:00 AM
Upfront Northern, a 10-year-old Northern Luck gelding out of the Storm Damage mare Storm Tossed, won the $21,500 Niatross final for horses who have raced for a $4,000 claiming tag in 2:02 for owner David Phoenix at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night. Driven by reinsman Keith Kash Jr., Upfront Northern ($3.50), who settled in fifth as the field passed the quarter pole, swung to the outside as pac...
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Newcomers finals held at Balmoral

on 02/12/2009 12:00 AM
After two legs of preliminary action Balmoral Park played host to a pair of $8,000 finals of the Winter Newcomers Series on a wet and blustery Wednesday night, with You Go Girl and Dynamic Dream coming up winners.   In the trotting final, Gloria Cisna’s You Go Girl came storming through the open stretch to knock off seven rivals by three-quarters of a length in 2:03.1 over a sloppy track...
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Illinois horsemen trying to reverse recapture

on 02/12/2009 12:00 AM
Illinois Harness Horsemen\'s Association (IHHA) president Dave McCaffrey has issued a statement which says the IHHA is working to repeal the state\'s unique recapture law which has moved money from purses to track operators for more than 10 years. the recapture law came about at the same time full-card simulcasting got underway.   The statement is as follows:\"Horsemen in Illinois...
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Three straight for Wen-Mar\'s Memo at The Meadows

on 02/12/2009 12:00 AM
Spring to the lead, back down the fractions, sprint home. Wen-Mar’s Memo has that formula down pat — she used it again Wednesday at The Meadows to capture her third consecutive race, the $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Trot.  Eric Ledford guided the 5-year-old daughter of Carry The Message-Lightly Sakra through a front half of :59. Although the sloppy surface took a heavy toll on most...
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Kentucky VLT bill approved by House committee

on 02/12/2009 12:00 AM
Legislation to authorize video lottery terminals at Kentucky racetracks unanimously passed out of a House of Representatives committee Feb. 12, but its sponsor, House Speaker Greg Stumbo, has already said he doesn\'t expect the bill to be voted on by the full legislature this year.   The bill passed the House Committee on Licensing and Occupations with one abstention. Some le...
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Monticello cancels Thursday race card

on 02/12/2009 12:00 AM
Monticello Raceway has canceled its Thursday live racing program due to an unsafe racetrack caused by the warming temperatures and thawing conditions. However, the Raceway will still offer simulcast wagering both day and night. The next scheduled live race card isn’t until Tuesday, Feb. 17, which will feature the seventh annual Lady Godiva Pace for women drivers who will donate their driving p...
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Steroid studies among info RMTC reviews at Vegas meeting

on 02/12/2009 12:00 AM
At their February 6 meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors heard important updates from their Scientific Advisory Committee and Drug Testing Initiatives Task Force. Items presented for discussion included completed anabolic steroid administration studies, upcoming therapeutic medication studies, and the development of drug testing labor...
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