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Sugg wins five at Northfield, including 1,000th career victory

on 10/14/2008 2:00 AM
Kurt Sugg came into Monday\'s card at Northfield with a decent chance to pick up his 1,000th career win. After all, he had 998 victories heading into the day. But nobody, not even Kurt, could have predicted the way he would accomplish the feat. Sugg won a total of five races on the 14-race card, including the first three of the night. Sugg replaced a delayed Aaron Merriman in the first rac...
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Whatta Hotty wins Gold Final in personal best 1:56.4

on 10/13/2008 2:00 AM
Whatta Hotty kicked off her owners’ Thanksgiving Day celebrations with an impressive $140,000 Gold Final victory at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening. The defending three-year-old trotting filly Gold Final champion was eased away from Post 3 by regular reinsman Garrett Whelan and was sitting second last when Pleasure Girls reached the opening quarter in :28. Pleasure Girls and Sylvain Fi...
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Dube wins $15,000 top prize in Harrah\'s Drivers\' Challenge

on 10/13/2008 2:00 AM
With four wins, Daniel Dube took home the $15,000 top prize in Sunday’s eight-race $60,000 Drivers’ Challenge at Harrah’s Chester, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association. Winning twice each were Yannick Gingras and Tim Tetrick, who earned the second and third-place prizes of $12,000 and $10,000, respectively.   The competition was marred by an early-race accide...
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Brennan returns to action, winner\'s circle at Freehold

on 10/13/2008 2:00 AM
George Brennan, sidelined with a broken wrist since the end of May, returned to the sulky for the first time on October 13, driving in seven races at Freehold Raceway. His return to the races included a victory in the eighth race with Shayna Baby, his 5,410th of his career, four and a half months after the injury. Brennan suffered a compound fracture of his right wrist in a racing accident on May...
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Broadway Paige, All Star Hanover set lifetime marks in victory

on 10/13/2008 2:00 AM
Broadway Paige, Pennsylvania’s freshman trotting filly champion, flashed that championship form Monday at The Meadows when she captured a division of a $98,000 Keystone Classic in a career-best 1:58.1. Away third, Dick Stillings sent Broadway Paige on a decisive quarter-pole move that carried her to a 1/2-length victory over the first-up Virgilyn Hanover. Perfect Prelude finished third. Bro...
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Lady Maud Pace attracts 14 fillies, Artimittateslife supplements

on 10/13/2008 2:00 AM
Fourteen 3-year-old fillies have been entered for Yonkers Raceway\'s Lady Maud Pace, with a total purse of $421,030. The in-box influx necessitated a pair of $20,000 eliminations events, going as race Nos. 5 and 8 during Friday night\'s 13-rzce soiree. The first four finishers in each trial return for the $381,020 final, set for Saturday night, Oct. 25. The connections of  New York Sire Stak...
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Mister Big, Palone Ranger score Quillen elims victories

on 10/13/2008 2:00 AM
The 2nd Annual Bobby Quillen Memorial Pace got underway Monday at Harrington Raceway and Joe Muscara\'s Mister Big ($2.60, Brian Sears) was as advertised, winning his eighth consecutive race in 1:51.1 in his $30,000 elimination. The top four finishers from each division will return to compete in the $317,000 Final on October 20. The 5-year-old Grinfromeartoear stallion settled third early behind...
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Surrealist wins $180,000 Gold Final at Kawartha Downs

on 10/12/2008 2:00 AM
Two-year-old pacing colt Surrealist cruised to an effortless victory on Saturday evening in the richest race ever offered at Kawartha Downs. Starting from post four in the $180,000 Gold Final, Surrealist surged away from the starting gate and was on top by one and a half lengths when he swept by the quarter pole in :28.4. Driver Anthony MacDonald backed the pace off through the :59.1 hal...
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Mike Tanner new USTA executive VP

on 10/12/2008 2:00 AM
Michael J. “Mike” Tanner, 42, has been hired as the new executive vice president of the U.S. Trotting Association (USTA). The recommendation to hire was made by a search committee, directed by Russell Williams, the vice chairman of the board of the USTA.   The committee’s recommendation was affirmed by a teleconference vote of the Association’s full Board of Directors, conducte...
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Five Grassroots divisions contested at Western Fair

on 10/11/2008 2:00 AM
Freshman pacing filly Stonebridge Breeze cruised to an effortless victory in the last of five Grassroots divisions at Western Fair Raceway on Friday evening. In rein to Doug McNair, the Camluck miss accelerated away from Post 1 and commanded the race from start to finish, reaching the wire one and three-quarter lengths ahead of Kesons Avaia and Quality Goods in 1:58.4. The win was the third this ...
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No whips? Indiana Downs to offer innovative races

on 10/11/2008 2:00 AM
When Indiana Downs draws for its Saturday, October 18 card, the program could include several innovative races where the drivers will compete without the use of whips. The new condition sheet, which was released Saturday, offers six overnight races that could be held without whips. Should whips be prohibited in any of the races, the purses will be enhanced. According to Indiana Downs presidi...
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Happy Dreamer wins NJSS final in record time

on 10/11/2008 2:00 AM
Driver Andy Miller fired Happy Dreamer off the gate, grabbed the lead before the quarter and held on for a neck victory in the $85,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies, the seventh race on October 11 at Freehold Raceway. The McArdle – I’m Not Dreamin filly paced the mile in 1:53.1, equaling her own stakes record effort in the first round of the NJSS on September ...
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Florida Sale Stakes at Pompano Park

on 10/11/2008 2:00 AM
Both divisions of the Florida Sale Stakes early non-wagering races for two-year-old Florida-Bred colt & gelding pacers set new lifetime marks Saturday at the isle casino & racing at pompano park. Storming Howard (Bruce Ranger) won the $14,300 first division in 1:54.4, taking his bankroll over $37,000.  The Mannart Howard-Keriann Hanover gelding hit the first turn and went right to th...
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James Dancer splits to Sailing Cruise, Brother Ray

on 10/11/2008 2:00 AM
Freehold Raceway played host to a pair of $137,375 James Dancer Memorial splits for sophomore pacing colts Saturday afternoon, October 11. Sailing Cruise nipped favorite Bullville Powerful in the first division in 1:51.4 while Brother Ray claimed the second split in 1:51.3 Yannick Gingras and Bullville Powerful gunned to the lead from the outside post in the first division as Sailing Cruise and J...
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Enough Talk wins Patriot in world record 1:49.3 performance

on 10/11/2008 2:00 AM
Enough Talk became the first trotter in harness racing history to break the 1:50 barrier with a dominant 1:49.3 score in the $100,000 Patriot Invitational Saturday night at Colonial Downs. Enough Talk swept to the lead in upper stretch and simply cruised home for driver Ron Pierce to win by 8 1/2-lengths over two-time defending Patriot champion Vivid Photo.  The record clocking was set up b...
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Artimattateslife narrowly captures Courageous Lady

on 10/11/2008 2:00 AM
Favored Artimatteslife ($3.00) won the $122,500 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park Saturday night, moving to the outside and engaging in a duel with leader Slaley for the final 3/8 of a mile before prevailing by a head in 1:54. Artimittateslife took the lead at three-quarters, but Slaley battled back to regain a short lead at the head of the stretch before driver Brett Miller found another ge...
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Yonkers feature to Pacific Renegade

on 10/11/2008 2:00 AM
Pacific Renegade (Jordan Stratton) was a Yonkers Raceway pocket winner Saturday night, taking the featured $32,000 Preferred Handicap Pace. Ordered to begin from post position No. 3, Pacific Renegade sat behind J P Jackpot (Pat Berry) through intervals of  :27.4, 57.3 and 1:25.4.  J P Jackpot, having dealt with an uncovered Predator DVM (Dan Dube), was a length-and-a-half to the good tur...
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Goldstar Rose going after $100,000 bonus

on 10/10/2008 2:00 AM
Goldstar Rosie takes on eight rivals in her quest towards a $100,000 bonus as she heads the $26,250 Florida Sale Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies Friday at the Isle Pompano Park.   Goldstar Rosie is the 2-1 morning line favorite for driver Dan Clements after posting a lifetime best 1:54.4 triumph in the Sunshine State Stakes Final. She is the only filly in the field still eligible fo...
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Fern Paquet Jr. hits milestone at Vernon

on 10/10/2008 2:00 AM
Fern Paquet Jr. reached the 2,000-win milestone after teaming the trotter Ginsigna to a 2:00.2 tally in Thursday’s first race at Vernon Downs. The pocket-sitting journey also gave the 4-year-old gelding his third season’s score for owner-trainer Peter Krawec.   In other Vernon action on Thursday night, Scorpion Moon returned to his home track and captured the featured trot.&nb...
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Standardbred Retirement Foundation open house set for Oct. 26

on 10/10/2008 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) is celebrating its first anniversary at its Hamilton, New Jersey, boarding facility, and the Foundation invites all of its members and supporters to come out and see what they have helped make possible on Sunday, October 26.   The SRF facility farm comes complete with office space, a large barn with 10 stalls, spacious indoor and outdoor are...
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