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Winbak moving three stallions to Indiana

on 10/21/2008 2:00 AM
Winbak Farm has announced that it is moving three stallions to Hickory Ridge Farm in Indiana for the 2009 breeding season. Hickory Ridge Farm, located in Berne, Ind., is owned by Dr. Larry Smith. Pacing millionaires Island Fantasy and Three Olives, along with trotting sire Holy Guacamolie, who is the fastest son of Conway Hall, will be making the move to Indiana.   “I think this is ...
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Somebeachsomewhere to start from outside in field of six

on 10/21/2008 2:00 AM
World champion Somebeachsomewhere drew outside of his five rivals for Yonkers Raceway\'s $650,000 Messenger Stakes, scheduled for Saturday night. Post time for the 13-race card is 6:50 p.m., with the 53rd edition of the Messenger going as the 10th race (approximate post 10 p.m. ET). The Messenger, final jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown, became a one-dash-for-the-cash event when only six 3-year-ol...
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Blissfull Hall moving to Winbak Farm of Canada

on 10/20/2008 2:00 AM
Winbak Farm has announced that 1999 Pacing Triple Crown winner Blissfull Hall p,3,1:49.2 ($1,468,648) will be coming home to stand in Ontario for the 2009 breeding season. Owned by Daniel Plouffe of Bedford, Que., Blissfull Hall, the 12-year-old son of Cambest that has been standing in Pennsylvania, will be coming home to where he began his career with trainer Ben Wallace. In 31 career s...
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Ralph Hanover, 1983 Triple Crown winner, dies

on 10/20/2008 2:00 AM
Ralph Hanover p,3, 1:53.4 ($1,828,871), who won pacing’s Triple Crown in 1983, was euthanized on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the age of 28. He was buried at Mac Lilley Farms in Ontario, where he has been residing since Grand Royal Farms shut down some years ago.   Ralph Hanover was fed Sunday morning, ate his meal, and then laid down in the field. When the graying stallion showed...
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Mister Big scores ninth consecutive victory with 1:51.2 effort

on 10/20/2008 2:00 AM
The richest field in track history took center stage Monday night at Harrington Raceway in the $317,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial as Joe Muscara\'s Mister Big earned his ninth consecutive win in 1:51.2. The Virgil Morgan Jr. trainee received a second-over trip from driver Brian Sears as pacesetter Booze Cruzin strolled to fractions of 27.3, 54.2, and 1:22.3 while the 1-to-5 betting choice Mist...
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Dragonfest, Up Front Bethann claim Keystone Classic splits

on 10/20/2008 2:00 AM
Dragonfest worked out a comfortable opening half on the lead, then fended off the pocket-sitting Riven Hanover to capture a division of the $70,200 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old pacing fillies Monday at The Meadows. In the second division, Dave Palone drove Up Front Bethann, a filly named for Palone’s wife, to a “Lightning Lane” victory. Dragonfest went right to the lead for Mike Wild...
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Six wins for Bouchard at Yonkers

on 10/20/2008 2:00 AM
Stephane Bouchard had such a Yonkers Raceway hot hand Monday night, he crossed the wire first five times, but won six races. After chasing home an odds-on winner in the opener, Bouchard won the $6,000, second-race trot with Quantum King Crab ($6.20) in 2:01.  He then won the $8,000, third-race pace with the people\'s preference Kronos Hanover ($2.80) in 1:57. His 4-5 charge tired in the lan...
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Lukas Rossi wins by five in Grassroots semifinals action

on 10/18/2008 2:00 AM
Two-year-old trotting colt Lukas Rossi extended his Grassroots win streak to three with an impressive victory in his $30,000 Semifinal at Flamboro Downs on Friday night. \"He’s all right this colt, he’s got some high speed,\" said trainer Ron O’Neill of Cambridge. \"He looks like he could be a really nice colt.\" In rein to Burlington resident Randy Fritz, the Roadshow Hall son stepped off...
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Top Illinois pacer Enzo The Baker succumbs at Maywood

on 10/18/2008 2:00 AM
Orange and Blue stakes champion Enzo The Baker, the No. 1 Illinois bred two-year-old male pacer, died of an apparent heart attack while warming up after the eighth race Friday night preparing for a start in the second (eleventh race) division of the Abe Lincoln stake at Maywood Park. Trainer Dave McCaffrey was taking his prize state-bred freshman star through his second warm-up when last week\'s ...
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Trio of Keystone Classic splits held Friday at The Meadows

on 10/18/2008 2:00 AM
Sand E Fiftyfive, who has chased home some of her division’s top fillies this year, grabbed the spotlight Friday at The Meadows when she captured a division of the $122,999 Keystone Classic for 2-year-old pacers. The stake was contested over three divisions, with Up Front Noel and Cams Van Go taking the other splits. Sand E Fiftyfive was a creditable second to Pedigree Snob in the Stan...
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McArdles Star and Dawn\'s Legacy prevail at Freehold

on 10/18/2008 2:00 AM
McArdles Star and Dawn’s Legacy paced career bests en route to winning their respective finals of the Lou Babic Memorial on October 18 at Freehold Raceway. McArdles Star prevailed in the second race, the $128,875 open division, in 1:55 while Dawn’s Legacy scored her first career tally in the sixth race, the $82,410 fillies division, in 1:56.2. The Lou Babic Memorial Finals are restricted to N...
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Field set for Governor\'s Cup, Valley Victory

on 10/18/2008 2:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack hosted a second set of ‘Fall Four’ eliminations for two-year-olds on Saturday night with a Trio of splits in the Governor’s Cup for colt pacers and two eliminations for the Valley Victory for colt trotters. Nebupanezzar, Art Colony and Dial Or Nodial all emerged victorious in their respective Governor’s Cup tilts, with Art Colony turning in the fastest clocking - a 1:51...
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King Cat Anvil N wins Yonkers feature

on 10/18/2008 2:00 AM
A week after going the distance in the high-conditioned ranks, King Cat Anvil N took home Yonkers Raceway Saturday night honors in the $40,000 Open Handicap Pace. With Jordan Stratton keeping it in the family for trainer David Stratton, the 11-1 proposition--leaving from position No. 6--worked out a second-over trip. He sat quielty as Glass Pack (Eric Abbatiello) had to work for the lead. That on...
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Armbro Dynamic scores at Pompano in 1:52

on 10/18/2008 2:00 AM
Armbro Dynamic ($6.80), given a head-up drive by Wally Hennessey, captured the $14,000 feature pace at the isle pompano park on Saturday, silencing the competition with a 1:52 performance. The five year-old son of Western Hanover darted out of the gate from post five into an early lead only to relinquish the top spot, briefly, to Mahdi, who looped the field from the outside post for Joe Pavia, Jr...
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Favorites toppled in Indiana Sires Stakes finals

on 10/18/2008 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs played host to four Indiana Sires Stakes finals for freshman pacers and trotters Saturday night, October 18. In each of the $80,000 contests the favorite failed to reach the winner’s circle as a parade of upsets set the tone. The first of the finals, carded as race three, produced a mild upset as Dr. Luel Overstreet’s Livnluvn Bluegrass scored a 2:00.3 triumph in the finale for ...
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Hawthorne Race Course among bidders for 10th Illinois casino

on 10/17/2008 2:00 AM
The Illinois Gaming Board has received seven bids—from $60 million to $435 million—for the state’s 10th casino license, according to published reports, and among the bidders is the estate of late Hawthorne Race Course owner Thomas Carey. The intention would be to build the casino at the race track in Stickney.   The $435 million top bid came from Trilliant Gaming Illinois LLC, which w...
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Hogies Cam wins 21st of year at Monticello

on 10/17/2008 2:00 AM
National season’s leader Hogies Cam, a 10-year-old altered son of Camluck, won for the 21st time this year when Jordan Stratton guided him to a three length victory in a time of 1:59.4 on Thursday at Monticello Raceway. The pacer continues to be the winningest horse in North America this year. With his triumph Hogies Cam now leads runner-up Special Character by four wins, 21-17. The pacer...
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Okusko wins four at Vernon

on 10/17/2008 2:00 AM
Having returned from a successful summer stint on the New York Sire Stakes circuit and, more recently, three weeks at The Red Mile in Lexington, Ky., two-time defending dash winning driving champ Howard Okusko Jr. collected four victories at Vernon Downs on Thursday night, including a 1:56.2 outing behind Cyber Hall in the $9,000 featured seventh session. Okusko, currently fourth on this season...
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Southwind Lynx to stand at Walnut Hall Ltd.

on 10/17/2008 2:00 AM
Southwind Lynx p,3,1:48.3 ($1,448,501) will stand at Walnut Hall Ltd. in Lexington, Ky., for a fee of $3,000, beginning with the forthcoming 2009 breeding season. The announcement was made by Alan J. Leavitt, president of Walnut Hall Ltd., which is owned by his wife, Meg Jewett. Southwind Lynx is the fastest and richest son of Real Artist, by Artsplace, out of Luxury Class, by Jate Lobell. ...
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Badlands Nitro to stand stud at Winbak of New York

on 10/17/2008 2:00 AM
Owners John Celii and George Teague announced Friday that they have agreed to a stallion management agreement with Winbak Farm to stand world champion millionaire Badlands Nitro at Winbak Farm of New York.   “We are excited about this opportunity. We wanted to acquire a feature Western Hanover line stallion for our New York breeding facility. Having the opportunity to stand...
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