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Spring Break shines in Meadows Preferred

on 11/08/2008 12:00 AM
Spring Break converted a comfortable pocket trip to victory Friday at The Meadows in the $25,000 Preferred Handicap Pace for fillies and mares. With the field reduced by scratches to four, Spring Break and Mike Wilder had little trouble finding the garden spot behind 3-10 favorite Jans Luck, who took them through a torrid three panels in 1:23.1. Spring Break blew by in the stretch, downing ...
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Stacy Chiodo wins Williams final

on 11/07/2008 12:00 AM
Vince Copeland drove Powerful Committee to victory in the $15,500 top trot Thursday at Dover Downs while Stacy Chiodo dominated the final day of the Mildred Williams Series. Powerful Committee is owned by Joanne and Tina Clark and Cantwell Bridge Stable. The CR Commando-Mystic Virtue 4 year old took the lead at the start and was never troubled until turning down the stretch when Sugar Val...
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Dead heat in Meadows trot

on 11/07/2008 12:00 AM
I’m Justa Lady and Tom’s OK Lady, each a daughter of Inquirer and each a top distaff trotter at The Meadows for the past several years, were inseparable Thursday as they dead heated for win in the $25,000 Preferred Trot for fillies and mares. I’m Justa Lady shot to the front for Tony Hall, with Tom’s OK Lady and Dave Palone sitting snugly in the pocket. When the outside flow proved ...
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A track record to remember at Cal Expo

on 11/07/2008 12:00 AM
It may have been just a non-winners of one event, but for the connections of Foxfire Forgetful, it will be a race they will never forget. Starting from post position two in the field of nine for trainer Bruce Clarke, the just-turned 50-year-old horseman knew what was possible, providing he could get over a gate issue. \"I thought she had a shot at the 2-year-old filly track record tonight becau...
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Raceway Park closes with increases in attendance, handle

on 11/07/2008 12:00 AM
Raceway Park concluded its 2008 racing season by bucking the national trend with significant increases in both on-track attendance and handle during the 76-date harness meet which concluded Oct. 26. Average daily attendance increased 22 percent from last year’s figures while live handle increased over seven percent to $43,307 per performance. In addition, Raceway Park is the only track in the ...
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Expanded gaming explored again in Kentucky

on 11/07/2008 12:00 AM
In the aftermath of Tuesday’s voting in which Maryland residents approved slot machines at five sites including racetracks, Churchill Downs officials announced Thursday that they plan to purse expanded gaming in Kentucky in 2009. The state is home to three Standardbred tracks: The Red Mile, Thunder Ridge and Bluegrass Downs. \"With Maryland voters just approving slots there this week, Kentucky ...
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SBOANJ/Freehold purse supplement impasse continues

on 11/07/2008 12:00 AM
A conference call with representatives from all facets of the New Jersey racing and casino community on Friday afternoon failed to yield a resolution to the Freehold purse supplement issue. Joe Corbo, from the New Jersey Casino Association, agreed to take a written request from Freehold’s parent company, Pennwood (Penn National Gaming and Greenwood), back to his group but gave little en...
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Pompano to debut Hummer starting gate Friday night

on 11/07/2008 12:00 AM
The first of its kind, a harness racing starting gate built from a Hummer, debuted at the Isle Casino & Racing at Pompano Park Friday morning for the track\'s qualifying races. The new Hummer starting gate will be used for the first time in a pari-mutuel race Friday night at the Isle Pompano.   The new starting gate was designed and built by Howard Starting Gate Company of Waynesfield,...
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One Tough Lass sells for $475,000

on 11/07/2008 12:00 AM
One Tough Lass, who won the Kentucky Futurity Filly Stakes this fall at The Red Mile in 1:52.4, was sold for $475,000 to Herb Liverman and Melvin Hartman Friday afternoon during the mixed portion of the Standardbred Horse Sales auction in Harrisburg. Peninsula Farm consigned One Tough Lass, acting as agent for owners David Neumeister and Jon Erdner.   One Tough Lass is a daughter of Muscles...
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Five-win night for Callahan at Dover

on 11/06/2008 12:00 AM
For the second straight week Sauce Two K and Victors Vicky posted victories in the $22,000 Winners Over and $18,000 conditioned trots, respectively, over a \"sloppy\" track at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan drove both winners, among his five trips to the winner\'s circle. This time Sauce Two K (Valley Victor-Colors Of The Wind) took the lead at the start and set the tempo for a 1:56....
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Brown, Bier capture Colonial titles

on 11/06/2008 12:00 AM
Sean Bier guided Poweriscape to a four-length win in the $7,150 Horace Martin Memorial late-closing series final to wrap up a four-win night that clinched leading driver honors on Wednesday at Colonial Downs. Bier trailed Chris Page by two wins coming into the final night of the 34-day season but quickly pulled even with wins in race three aboard Hero’s Cavalcade and race five with Imawhi...
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Pompano saw the law and the law won

on 11/06/2008 12:00 AM
It may have taken a little more than a year, but after 25 straight losing efforts, Lay Down The Law found the winner’s circle in the sixth- race pace Wednesday at the Isle Pompano Park. Sent off at odds of 8-1, Lay Down The Law paid a generous $18.60 to win.   Three early lead changes started off the co-feature race as Blazing Tower and driver Wally Hennessey has the early lead but gave ...
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Artistic Fella to return to track in 2009

on 11/06/2008 12:00 AM
Artistic Fella, who last raced Aug. 30 in the Breeders Crown, finishing second to Mister Big, will return to action in 2009, trainer Steve Elliott said. This year, Artistic Fella won five of 14 races and finished in second place on seven occasions while earning $937,580. Four of his seconds came to Mister Big, including by a head in the William Haughton Memorial and by a neck in the U.S. Pacing ...
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Art\'s Conquest sold to England\'s Camden Stud

on 11/06/2008 12:00 AM
Art’s Conquest, sire of  Coldheartedrevenge p, 1:48.3, Live Out Loud p, 1:49.4, and Booze Cruzin p,4, 1:49.4, among others, will be heading across the Atlantic to stand at Camden Stud in York, England, next year. The 12-year-old son of Artsplace was purchased by Camden Stud’s Michael Welling for $22,000 Thursday during the opening session of the Mixed Sale at Harrisburg.   Art...
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Harrisburg yearling sale concludes with across-the-board decline

on 11/06/2008 12:00 AM
By the time the Standardbred Horse Sales Company’s annual November yearling auction in Harrisburg concluded on Wednesday night, the average price had settled at a 26.9 percent decline, and an analysis of the entire sale showed there were no bright spots as the world’s current economic crisis made its presence felt.   In addition to the drop in the average price from $40,922 to $29,897, ...
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Riley Rose drops in class and wins Dover feature

on 11/05/2008 12:00 AM
Riley Rose dropped down from last week\'s Open to win the $22,000 filly and mare winners-over pace over an off track on a rainy Tuesday at Dover Downs. Shady Sahbra won the sub-feature pace. Tim Tetrick and Ron Pierce won three races. Tetrick notched his third win of the day piloting Esther Bier\'s homebred Riley Rose, A Real Artist 5 year old from Bad Girl Joyce, splashing to a 1:53...
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Colonial driver/trainer races going down to the wire

on 11/05/2008 12:00 AM
The driver and trainer races are both still in play with just one day of live racing to go at the Colonial Downs harness meet as Chris Page leads the driver race by two wins and Manley Brown Jr. clings to a two-win lead in the trainer standings. Page picked up one win Tuesday night, with Four Starz Eye Van in race nine, to improve his total to 48 through the first 33 days. Sean Bier pilot...
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Maryland voters approve slots while Ohio votes against casino

on 11/05/2008 12:00 AM
Voters in Ohio Tuesday soundly defeated a proposal to legalize a single casino, to be located between Cincinnati and Columbus, while voters in Maryland approved slot machines at five locations in the state. In Massachusetts, voters elected to ban Greyhound racing, effectively putting two dog tracks in the state out of business.   Final voting in Ohio showed 62.8 percent of the vot...
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Stratton on his way to capturing Monticello dash title

on 11/05/2008 12:00 AM
In just his second full year of driving, 21-year-old Jordan Stratton, with 315 wins, leads the driving colony at Monticello Raceway and his lead is probably insurmountable, since runner-up Bruce Aldrich Jr. only has a total of 206. However, Stratton has been doing double duty most of the year, racing at Monticello in the afternoon and at Yonkers Raceway during the evening. And when his driv...
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Mike Murphy appointed to Illinois Racing Board

on 11/05/2008 12:00 AM
Governor Rod Blagojevich has announced the appointment of Michael E. Murphy to serve as a commissioner of the Illinois Racing Board effective immediately. Murphy will fill the term vacated by former Chairman Lorna Propes. A resident of Normal, Ill., and a retired insurance professional, Murphy was the owner and general agent of the Van Gundy Agency from 1959 to 2000. Under his g...
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