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Opening day of yearling sale shows decrease

on 11/04/2008 12:00 AM
A full brother to world champion trotter Muscle Mass sold for $425,000 to trainer Jimmy Takter during Monday’s yearling sale at Harrisburg, but still the opening-day session resulted in an overall decrease of 30 percent from last year’s numbers. The sale grossed $16.1 million for the 367 yearlings sold, with an average of $44,039 compared to last year’s opening-day average of $62,361. ...
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Caviar served again at Woodbine as Cinderella story continues

on 11/04/2008 12:00 AM
One of the biggest \"Cinderella\" stories this season at Woodbine has been that of trotter Enjoy The Caviar and that story continued on Monday night as he rolled to his ninth consecutive career victory in 1:55.1. The 5-year-old gelded son of SJ\'s Caviar is in his first season at the races for trainer Joanne Dawson who co-owns along with Holly Carr. Previous to this year, he had made one qualif...
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Karpathos grinds out Pompano trot victory

on 11/04/2008 12:00 AM
Karpathos ($10.40) and driver Wally Hennessey were able to grind out an impressive three-quarter-length triumph over race favorite Brick in winning the $16,000 top trot at the Isle Pompano Park Monday. It was the first live race card on Monday’s for the season. The Isle Pompano Park will now be open four nights a week for the fall-winter season every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Satur...
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Frog Juice served at Dover Downs

on 11/04/2008 12:00 AM
They are serving Frog Juice these days at Dover Downs as the sophomore Frog Juice won for the fifth consecutive time Monday night, turning in a memorable 1:50.1 performance to win the $26,000 Open Pace. The only 3 year old in the featured race taking on seasoned veterans, Frog Juice, a Badlands Hanover-Hair She Goes gelding, waged war on front pacing Sharky Osborne (Eric Goodell) from the m...
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Marty\'s a charming winner at The Meadows

on 11/04/2008 12:00 AM
Marty’s Charm chased on the outside for more than a half mile but still closed in :27.3 to capture the $25,000 Preferred Pace on Monday at The Meadows. Marty’s Charm was sitting third before the half when Randy Tharps sent him after the leader, Hennessy Hanover. The 4-year-old gelded son of Aces N’ Sevens-Bets Mae finally subdued Hennessy Hanover in deep stretch, downing that rival by thre...
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Irvine/Perpall repeat in Plainridge whipless race

on 11/04/2008 12:00 AM
On Monday, the second race at Plainridge Racecourse was the second whipless race in as many weeks, with the winner Mr. Prep, trained by Mike Perpall and driven by Brad Irvine, who is partnered with Kurt Areano. The mile went in 1:56, which was two-fifths of a second off the horse\'s fastest mile of the year. It\'s a small world, in whipless races, because Mike Perpall te...
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Schedule shift proposed in Indiana, race dates to increase

on 11/04/2008 12:00 AM
Indiana horsemen could see an increase in race dates in 2009, but they will also have to adjust to a proposed schedule change. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and Indiana Downs have each submitted requests for 80 days of racing next year, an overall increase of nine days over the 151-day calendar offered this year. In addition, Hoosier Park’s request calls for 12:45 p.m. posts each Friday, Satu...
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Decline of 25 percent through two sessions

on 11/04/2008 12:00 AM
The world’s economic woes didn’t go away overnight, and the second session of the Standardbred Horse Sales annual November auction continued to lag behind both the 2007 and 2006 sale, and after the second session on Tuesday a total of 731 horses had been sold for an average price of $36,493, which is a 25 percent decline from last year’s average of $49,091 for the first two sessions. This ye...
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Crazed, In Focus and Native Bride score as favorites at Dover

on 11/03/2008 12:00 AM
Only the trotters Crazed and In Focus and the filly pacer Native Bride posted favored wins on a giant Progress Pace and Matron Stakes Eliminations program on Sunday at Dover Downs. Several of the Dover-area horses and owners came through with longshot winners. Dali pulled a 10-1 surprise in one of the $35,000 Progress Pace eliminations. Luc Ouellette, a three-time Dover Downs driving champion, m...
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Whatta Hotty, Countess Stormont take Trillium splits

on 11/03/2008 12:00 AM
Countess Stormont delivered an upset while Whatta Hotty prevailed as the heavy favorite in Sunday night\'s pair of $35,273(C) Trillium Series divisions for 3-year-old filly trotters at Woodbine Racetrack. In the opening division, Countess Stormont and driver Jonathan Drury left hard to grab early control of the race and took the field past the first quarter in :27. It wasn\'t long before r...
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Hanovers contested Sunday at Balmoral

on 11/03/2008 12:00 AM
The final two Hanover Stakes of the 2008 racing season were contested on Sunday night with 2-year-old trotters taking center stage. With a total of 17 trotting colts entered the boys were split into a pair of $36,200 divisions while 10 of their female counterparts battled for a jackpot of $81,300.   In the first division of the colt trot Robert Rietveld, Paul Gibson and Jack Dorn’s ...
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Michael\'s Marvel takes Chester open

on 11/03/2008 12:00 AM
Michael\'s Marvel (George Brennan) left from post four and went stride for stride with Toucam Sam (Eric Goodell) to the first turn, stealing a perfect two-hole trip Sunday at Harrah\'s Chester Casino and Racetrack in the $40,000 Open Handicap Pace. After reaching three-quarters in 123.1, Toucam Sam led the field into the homestretch with Michael\'s Marvel patiently pursuing in the pocket. T...
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Pro North sets Colonial distance mark

on 11/03/2008 12:00 AM
Dojea Stables’ Pro North provided a perfectly fitting coda to his Horse of the Meet season by pacing the fastest 1 ¼ miles in Colonial Downs history to easily annex the $12,400 Emergency Squads of Virginia Late Closing Series final Sunday afternoon at Colonial Downs. Pro North was voted Horse of the Meet in voting conducted by the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the United States Harness Writers As...
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2009 race dates announced in Michigan

on 11/03/2008 12:00 AM
Michigan racing commissioner Christine White has announced the 2009 race dates in the Wolverine State, with the state\'s flagship harness track authorized for 82 dates beginning May 1.   The 2009 live schedule calls for a total of 216 days of Standardbred racing at the four locations and involves fives corporations. Hazel Park Raceway – A total of 82 live race dates beginni...
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First Rate star of the show in Harness Day of Champions

on 11/02/2008 1:00 AM
First Rate set a new world and track record for the second straight year to win the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace Virginia Breeders\' final, and highlight the Virginia Harness Day of Champions on Saturday at Colonial Downs. First Rate’s 1:49 clocking in the $43,600 final easily bested Speakeasy’s 1:50.1, that had set the standard for 3-year-old gelding pacers. First Rate paced a mile in 1...
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Kadabra sons win two OSS Gold 2CT elims

on 11/02/2008 1:00 AM
Sons of Kadabra took two of three $40,000(C) Ontario Sire Stakes Gold eliminations for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The results also led to some shuffling in the OSS points standings, setting the stage for an interesting final next Saturday where many colts will be looking to qualify for the lucrative OSS Super Finals on Nov. 15 at Woodbine. In Satu...
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Photo finish camera gets workout Saturday at Dover

on 11/02/2008 1:00 AM
Noses decided the outcome of the top three races in Dover Downs tri-feature races won by Ritchie Y, Ross The Boss N and Sudden Interest, on Saturday. Ross Wolfenden had a driving triple. Jim Morand steered Ritchie Y (Badlands Hanover-Band Wagon) to a 1:54.1 victory in a 3, 4 and 5-year-old Delaware pace edging Lost St Partners (Wolfenden). Mike Horn, Charles Bonham and Bobby Rice own the winner, e...
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A dynamic win at Pompano

on 11/02/2008 1:00 AM
Armbro Dynamic ($6.80) lived up to his name Saturday at the Isle Pompano Park, taking a lifetime mark with a dynamic stretch drive in holding off race favorite I Can Only Imagine to win the $16,000 Open Pace.   Driven by Wally Hennessey, Armbro Dynamic started from post four in the third race feature pace and shot right to the early lead with I Can Only Imagine and driver Bruce Ranger gett...
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Rich American Nationals held at Balmoral Park

on 11/02/2008 1:00 AM
Won The West provided a surprise in Saturday’s American National action at Balmoral Park in upsetting Mister Big, while Shadow Play, Enough Talk, Btwnyurheartnmine and Notjustaprettyface all posted expected victories. The biggest upset came from Double Trouble, who lit the board at odds of 23-1. Although heavy favorite Mister Big and driver Tony Morgan led through fractions of :27, :5...
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New stakes sponsor added to Delaware, Ohio, races

on 11/02/2008 1:00 AM
The Green Family Trust of Canfield, Ohio, has announced that the family trust will provide financial support to the four Standardbred Stakes raced each year at the Delaware County Fair.“In a time of Ohio’s racing uncertainty, it is a great honor to be able to support Ohio’s single most important week of harness racing,” said John C. Green, director of the Green Family T...
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