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Fire overcomes slop to win at The Meadows

on 02/11/2009 12:00 AM
Dancing With Fire endured a tough first-over move in the slop and went on to win a division of the Opening Bell, a series for 3- and 4-year-old pacing colts and geldings, on Tuesday at The Meadows. Other $12,000 division winners in the series\' first leg were Chang Dynasty and L Dees Sushi Dream. Dancing With Fire got away third, and when Mike Wilder sent him after the lead before the half, he m...
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Counterfeit ring in Kentucky includes race licenses

on 02/11/2009 12:00 AM
An investigation by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has resulted in the discovery of a document-faking network which including the production of bogus racetrack licenses. The investigation began after investigators began seeing the fake licenses at Churchill Downs and Keeneland; The Red Mile was not mentioned in published reports.   Marc Guilfoil, the commission\'s deputy executive dir...
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Pavia dead heats his way to record book

on 02/11/2009 12:00 AM
Harness driver Joe Pavia Jr. tied a North American record for most dead-heat win finishes on a single night Tuesday at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   Pavia started off the evening finishing in a dead heat for place (which does not count toward the record) with Esmeralda Semalu in the third race $16,000 Mares Open Pace. Lucy Lucy (Anthony Napolitano) won the race in 1:53.2 ...
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Trotting broodmare tops Blooded Horse Sale

on 02/11/2009 12:00 AM
Atlanta Games 3,1:59.2f, a 1:53.2 producer in foal to Yankee Glide, topped the Blooded Horse Winter Sale at $25,000 went she went through the sales ring at the Delaware (Ohio) County Fairgrounds on Tuesday.   Purchaser Schare Adams of Saga Farm plans to send the daughter of Crowning Point back to Yankee Glide.  Interestingly, the mare sold near the end of the 644 horse...
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Stratton and Dobson closing in on 1,000 wins

on 02/11/2009 12:00 AM
A pair of  rising stars, Jordan Stratton (21) and Billy Dobson (24),  are each approaching  1000 career victories and both added to their  win-totals  yesterday at Monticello Raceway. Stratton won five races and now needs just 14 more victories to join Walter Case Jr. as only the second driver in the sports history to reach 1000 wins before his 22nd birthday. Stratton wi...
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Former Saratoga director of racing Victor DeBellis dies

on 02/11/2009 12:00 AM
Victor DeBellis, who served as director of racing at Saratoga Harness in the mid-1980s, died Wednesday at age 55.   Born in Syosset, NY, DeBellis moved to Saratoga Springs in 1975 and later became director of racing at Saratoga Harness, a post he held until 1986. He then moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., near Jacksonville in 1997, where started his general contracting company...
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WEG has off-track outlet at Canadian Auto Show

on 02/11/2009 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group will offer visitors to the 2009 Canadian International Auto Show a chance to view a different kind of horsepower, with a Champions Off-Track Wagering outlet on site for attendees to watch and wager on horses. The Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS), one of the finest car shows on the continent, will run from Friday, Feb. 13 to Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Rogers Centr...
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Jack Riggs, longtime voice of Michigan racing, dies

on 02/11/2009 12:00 AM
Jack Riggs, the longtime voice of racing at Hazel Park and Northville Downs in Michigan, died Friday, Feb. 6, at the age of 79. Mr. Riggs retired from an announcing career that spanned six decades in 2003 and moved with his wife, Nancy, to their home in Englewood, Fla.   Mr. Riggs also announced Thoroughbred races at several tracks across the country and in Canada as well as Greyhound races...
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Haverford Hanover captures Delaware feature

on 02/10/2009 12:00 AM
Haverford Hanover held off a late charge from Sharky Osborne to win the $32,000 Open, Cool Cal took the $25,000 winners-over and the $22,000 male pace went to Ruling VC N on Monday at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick led all drivers with five winners. Ron Pierce moved Haverford Hanover out of third in front of the grandstand and quickly took the lead. The Panderosa-Hattie gelding then shook off a...
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Another winning battle at Pompano

on 02/10/2009 12:00 AM
Battleshoe Victor ($3.20) and driver Anthony Napolitano had little trouble handling a field of seven rivals in winning the $16,000 Open Handicap Trot Monday at the Isle Pompano Park.   The feature saw Keystone Empire (Richard Simard) shoot to the early lead but before the opening quarter in :28.4, Napolitano had Battleshoe Victor on the lead for good.   Leading the field to the ...
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Afternoon Dreams sweeps Don Mills at Woodbine

on 02/10/2009 12:00 AM
Afternoon Dreams survived a dramatic three-horse photo to upend the boys and sweep Monday\'s $61,000(C) Don Mills Trotting Series final for 4 year olds at Woodbine Racetrack. The victory improved her win streak to seven and kept her perfect in five outings this season. In Monday\'s contest, driver Mario Baillargeon left sharply with the daughter of Dream Vacation-Form Fitting from post six a...
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Call this Meadows winner irresistible

on 02/10/2009 12:00 AM
Irresistible Mel, who hadn\'t won in five 2009 starts, converted a determined first-over bid to victory in the opening leg of the Big TARP, a late-closing series for 3- and 4-year-old colt and gelding trotters, on Monday at The Meadows. KT Me Me and Foggy Lane K captured other $12,000 series divisions. Irresistible Mel earned a check in each of those previous races, but the initial win proved elu...
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Happy birthday Andover Hall!

on 02/10/2009 12:00 AM
The trotting stallion Andover Hall celebrated his 10th birthday at Hanover Shoe Farms on Monday, and farm personnel gave him a little extra attention to commemorate the milestone, including a bran mash and carrots. A regular birthday cake was also baked for Andover, but after sniffing it, the stallion decided to stick to his bran mash.   Andover Hall is owned by Erkki Laakkonen of Finland, ...
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Meadowlands Pick Six pool reaches $68,000

on 02/10/2009 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands Pick Six carryover has grown to $68,561 for Wednesday night’s card after a series of longshots lit up the tote board Sunday.
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Two yearlings named for NJ state legislators

on 02/10/2009 12:00 AM
Two Perretti Farms yearlings have been named in honor of New Jersey state legislators Jennifer Beck and Joseph Malone.  Beckretariat, named for Senator Beck [R-12], who is from Red Bank, NJ, is a pacing filly by Rocknroll Hanover out of the broodmare Sweet Smilin’ Lady.  Muscles Malone, named for Assemblyman Malone [R-30] of Bordentown, NJ, is a son of trotting stallion Muscles Yanke...
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Kentucky Commission hires University of Florida lab for testing

on 02/10/2009 12:00 AM
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has reportedly approved the hiring of a laboratory at the University of Florida to analyze drug testing samples for the state. The Commission\'s executive director Lisa Underwood announced that Florida was one of six labs that had applied for the contract; financial terms and other details were not announced.   Dr. Richard Sams, formerly the head of the ...
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Janath Ashelman dies

on 02/09/2009 12:00 AM
Janath Ashelman, wife of former Meadowlands trackman, Bob Ashelman, died on February 6, 2009. Ashelman, 63, of Lyndhurst, NJ was also the loving mother of James Ashelman, Kelly Vukusich and the late Christopher Krbec (2007). Caring grandmother to Jillian, Nicholas and Christopher and the dear sister of Michael Neurohr. Janath Ashelman was a member of the Lodi Bowling Lanes and a Notary Public of t...
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Blooded Horse Sale underway

on 02/09/2009 12:00 AM
The Blooded Horse Sale is currently underway in Delaware, Ohio, with more than 600 head consigned to go through the auction ring, including bloodstock consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. To view the results of the sale, click here.
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Meaulnes du Corta wins Prix de France

on 02/08/2009 12:00 AM
Meaulnes du Corta followed up his Prix d\'Amerique victory by capturing the Prix de France on Sunday afternoon at the Vincennes racetrack in Paris in a mile rate time of 1:55.1, but he had a different driver for this race.   Meaulnes du Corta, who is trained by Pierre Levesque, was driven by Franck Niard in the Prix d\'Amerique, but Levesque and the horse\'s owner decided to have Pierre Ver...
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Riggins makes bold move, holds on to win

on 02/08/2009 12:00 AM
Even-money favorite Riggins had to overcome ambushers from every direction in deep stretch, but gamely held on to win a thrilling first division of the first leg of the Aquarius Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Driven by Dave Miller, Riggins [$4.00, $2.40, $2.10] was reserved early, but took command of the race as the field entered the far turn.  In the stretch, Riggins maintained a narro...
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