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Filly trotter overcomes post 10 to take Balmoral feature

on 10/16/2008 2:00 AM
    The daylong rains and chilly conditions did nothing to dampen the spirits of Sandbur Farms and Doug Hamilton’s Tropical Caprice as she splashed home with a thrilling head decision in 2:00.3 over a \"sloppy\" track to win the $50,650 Violet Stakes fpr 2-year-old filly trotters Wednesday at Balmoral Park.   Kept well off the early proceedings after drawing post position...
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Tweedle Dum\'s streak ends while freshmen continue way to bonus

on 10/16/2008 2:00 AM
All good things must come to an end and such was the case for former world record holder, Tweedle Dum, whose nine-race winning streak came to a close Wednesday at the Isle Pompano Park.   The $14,000 feature trot saw Battleshoe Victor ($17.80) and driver Anthony Napolitano leave out from post five and park Tweedle Dum, the 1-9 favorite and driver Walter Ross Jr., through the opening q...
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Riley Rose\'s 1:49.3 win at Colonial fastest pace of fall meet

on 10/16/2008 2:00 AM
Esther Bier’s Riley Rose closed resolutely win a $10,000 winners-over feature in 1:49.3, the fastest pace of the fall season Wednesday at Colonial Downs.  Riley Rose got a perfect trip under the direction of Sean Bier, who won four races Wednesday night at Colonial. Riley Rose tucked into fourth early, 8 ¼ lengths behind pacesetter Camphor Hanover through an opening quarter i...
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Track records in DSBF splits at Harrington

on 10/16/2008 2:00 AM
Richards Stable, Donna Sullivan and Judy Leonard\'s Ray\'s Big Bubba (1:53.4, Ross Wolfenden) equaled Badlands Nitro\'s track record for 2-year-old pacing colts Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with an impressive win in the second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes.   The Scott Gregoire-trained Badlands Hanover colt set all the fractions in his open-lengths win as ...
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All-Star Harness Announcers\' field set for Harrah\'s Chester

on 10/16/2008 2:00 AM
On Sunday, Harrah\'s Chester Casino and Racetrack on-course commentator James Witherite-Rieg will be joined by a number of his colleagues from across North America for the second annual All-Star Harness Announcers\' Day, held at Harrah\'s Chester. Returning from last year\'s event are: Robin Burns (Buffalo Raceway, Presque Isle Downs); John Hernan (Yonkers Raceway); Peter Kleinha...
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Fillies ready to vie for spot in Three Diamonds final

on 10/16/2008 2:00 AM
Fifteen feisty freshman fillies will be going postward on Friday night at Woodbine, in two $23,000(C) eliminations for the $660,000(C) Three Diamonds Stakes, part of the Fall Four for 2 year olds scheduled for Oct. 25. In the first elim (race #6, post time 9:10 p.m.), a Western Ideal lass by the name of Twist N Clout is rated the 2-1 favorite, coming off a win in the $107,300 Internat...
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Yonkers bumps Messenger purse nearly $100,000 to $650,000

on 10/16/2008 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced its has raised the purse of next week\'s Messenger Stakes to $650,000, from its original listed value of $559,070. \"There was money available in our stakes account and we wanted to show our appreciation to the connections of the horses that entered,\" general manager Bob Galterio said. \"The Messenger is a signature event, and we would like to keep it that way...
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Bartlett named to represent U.S. in World Driving Championship

on 10/16/2008 2:00 AM
Jason Bartlett, 27, a native of Maine who earlier this year won the 2,000th race of his driving career, has accepted an invitation from the U.S. Trotting Association to represent the United States in the 2009 World Driving Championship, which will be contested in Norway.   “This is a great opportunity for me,” Bartlett said. “This is a big honor, and the kind of thing I could have on...
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Pennsylvania to implement on-track cardiovascular checking

on 10/16/2008 2:00 AM
Anton Leppler, director of harness racing for the Pennsylvania Racing Commissions, has announced that the Harness Commission has implemented a proactive one-of-its-kind monitoring program for racehorses that will promote cardiovascular health among its equine athletes. “We have started the program at Harrah’s Chester,” Leppler noted. “Our regulatory veterinarians are watching the ...
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Freshman colt delivers world record on trainer\'s birthday

on 10/16/2008 2:00 AM
Keystone Activator, who probably would have been gelded if he performed poorly in Thursday’s $125,389 Keystone Classic at The Meadows, got the message big time. On a dreary, drizzly day not designed for giant miles, he scored in 1:55.2, a world record for freshman trotting colts on a 5/8-mile track. The previous record of 1:55.3 was held jointly by Lear Jetta and Adrian Chip. Slowed by inte...
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SBSW, Shadow Play lead field for Triple Crown jewel

on 10/15/2008 2:00 AM
World champion Somebeachsomewhere and Adios/Little Brown Jug/Windy City Pace winner Shadow Play lead a small--but very select--field of a half-dozen for Yonkers Raceway\'s $559,070 Messenger Stakes. The six-pack of pacing colts means the Messenger, final leg of the Pacing Triple Crown, goes as a one-dash-for-the-cash event Saturday night, Oct. 25. In addition to Somebeachsomewhere and Shado...
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Southern Rocketop delivers Cardinal knockout

on 10/15/2008 2:00 AM
State-bred trotting colts were back in the spotlight on Tuesday night as a field of nine 2-year-old colts and geldings slugged it out in the $47,850 Cardinal Stake. Had this been a prize fight it would have been stopped early on as the heavyweight champ of the division Southern Rocketop knocked out yet another field with an easy two-length triumph in 1:55.1.   Speeding away from the outside...
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Nifty Norman cruises in Belote Memorial final

on 10/15/2008 2:00 AM
Richard Macomber’s Nifty Norman completed a near sweep of the Hal Belote Memorial late-closing series with a dominant win in the 1 ¼-mile final Tuesday night at Colonial Downs. Nifty Norman finished fourth in the second leg but won the first and third legs by a combined 11 ¼ lengths to establish himself as the 1-5 favorite for the $12,800 Final. Driver Sean Bier was content to le...
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DSBF elims held at Harrington

on 10/15/2008 2:00 AM
Four $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes were contested Tuesday at Harrington Raceway for 2-year-old fillies. Bobby Myers and Carter Racing Stable\'s Rusty\'s Joy (Eddie Davis Jr.) broke Tug River Princess\' track record with a 1:55.4 win in the second division, but she didn\'t hold that mark alone for long. The next two divisions also went in 1:55.4 as bo...
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Fagliarone named Freehold race secretary

on 10/15/2008 2:00 AM
Karen Fagliarone has been named racing secretary at Freehold Raceway, effective Oct. 28. Fagliarone, 47, becomes one of only a small handful of women to occupy the racing secretary position at a North American racetrack. A member of the racing staff at Freehold for nearly two decades, Fagliarone replaces Peter Koch who has accepted the director of racing/racing secretary positio...
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Buckeye Nation\'s win is Palone\'s 500th stakes at Meadows

on 10/15/2008 2:00 AM
Unnerved by the sight of construction workers and equipment, Buckeye Nation nevertheless held it together long enough on Tuesday to take a division of the $136,000 Keystone Classic for freshman colt pacers and give Dave Palone his 500th stakes victory at The Meadows. The Keystone Classic was contested over four divisions, with Sand Benelli, Wambam Sam and Precious Medal capturing the other ...
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Drivers to compete without whips for one race at Indy Downs

on 10/15/2008 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs will play host to four $80,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals Saturday but the most intriguing race on the card is an $8,000 event where the drivers will compete without the use of whips. It is carded as the seventh race on the 13-race program, attracting a full field of 10. “It wasn’t hard at all,” Scott Peine, director of racing at the Shelbyville track, said of f...
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New Jersey 2CP Futurity rescheduled

on 10/15/2008 2:00 AM
The New Jersey Futurity for 2-year-old pacers, originally scheduled for Friday, Oct. 24, has been rescheduled to Saturday, Oct. 25 at Freehold Raceway. The draw for the race will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 22. The New Jersey Futurity, sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ), is open to fillies and colts sired in the state of New Jersey. (SBOANJ...
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New York State Racing & Wagering Board sets steroid rules

on 10/15/2008 2:00 AM
In a major step aimed at strengthening the integrity of horse racing, New York Racing and Wagering Board Chairman John D. Sabini announced Tuesday that the Board is moving to enact tough new rules restricting the administration of anabolic steroids to both Thoroughbred and Standardbred race horses. “For the sake of the betting public, we want to do everything in our power to ensure that racing ...
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No-whipping race changed so drivers can tuck whips for safety

on 10/15/2008 2:00 AM
What was at first billed as a \"novelty\" non-whipping race Saturday at Indiana Downs will now be contested with drivers carrying whips but with the stipulation they be tucked and used only if the situation dictates. The race is the seventh on the 13-race card, an $8,000 event with a full field of 10 horses.   Indiana Downs\' presiding judge Tim Schmitz said that out of concerns for safety,...
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