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Top contenders emerging for Prix d’Amerique

on 12/29/2008 12:00 AM
The Prix de Bourgogne, a traditional prep for the Prix d’Amerique, was held Sunday at the Vincennes track in Paris, and two horses from the stable of Pierre Levesque—including 2007 and ’08 Prix d\'Amerique winner Offshore Dream--finished one-two. The race was contested over a distance of 2,100 meters, and the winner was timed in an excellent mile rate of 1:54.4.   Levesque chose to dr...
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NJSS changes name; purses expected to be up for prelims in \'09

on 12/29/2008 12:00 AM
In order to more clearly identify its top–flight of stakes races, the New Jersey Sire Stakes has named the pari-mutuel program at the Meadowlands and Freehold Raceway as the Premier division.   “The new name will clearly differentiate between the top-level pari-mutuel division and the Green Acres division, both of which have been raced at pari-mutuel tracks,” explained Chris Castens, ...
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Vote totals for divisional honors listed

on 12/29/2008 12:00 AM
Somebeachsomewhere, Deweycheatumnhowe and Mister Big, who held the top three positions in the sport’s weekly Top 10 poll for much of the season, each will receive a Dan Patch Award from the U.S. Harness Writers Association for the second consecutive year. Division winners for the awards, given annually to the leading vote-getters based on gait, sex and age, were announced Monday. &nbs...
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93 horses entered for Jan. 1 Woodbine card

on 12/29/2008 12:00 AM
Despite a vote from the Ontario Harness Horse Association to boycott the entry box at Woodbine beginning with the January 1 program, 10 races have been carded for that date at Woodbine, with the field sizes ranging from six to 10.   A total of 93 horses were entered for the card, and entries came from a number of trainers, including well-known horsemen Kevin McMaster, Ben Wallace and Rene L...
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Boulder Creek wins on foggy night; Sears takes driving title

on 12/28/2008 12:00 AM
Boulder Creek emerged from the fog victorious in Saturday night’s $24,000 Preferred Pace at the Meadowlands. Owned by Larry Baron, the 8-year-old warhorse was positioned in third early, powered to the lead as the field approached the far turn, and gamely withstood the strong late pace of Winbak Speed for his 41st career victory. Soul Chaser rallied well to finish third, just a neck b...
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Vapor In The Wind wins 12th at Pompano

on 12/28/2008 12:00 AM
Vapor In The Wind has visited the winner’s circle 12 times in his 32 starts this season with the 4-year-old Cole Muffler gelding making it four consecutive wins at Pompano Park by taking the $16,000 Open Handicap Pace in 1:51 on Saturday night. It was JJ’S Gazette and driver Dan Clements that got the first call from post two, but by the time they rolled by the quarter in :26.4, I Can...
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There\'s just To Much Fun at Dover Downs

on 12/28/2008 12:00 AM
Corey Callahan had a hot hand on the Saturday card at Dover Downs, driving four winners including To Much Fun in 1:52.4 to win the $25,000 Delaware claiming allowance. Owned by trainer Art Brewer, To Much Fun won for the second consecutive start and third time in five races when Callahan took the 4-year-old altered son of Lislea to the lead in the stretch and won convincingly in a career-equalin...
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R Cowboy rounds up winner at Northfield

on 12/28/2008 12:00 AM
With temperatures in the upper 50s, the racing action was nearly as hot as the weather at Northfield Park on Saturday. In the $6,000 Open Trot, Athlete In Action appeared home free after a leisurely 1:01 half that saw Classical Man make a break and the other top choice American Tribute have issues in the turn, but R Cowboy and Matt Kakaley got underway late to collar the leader in a 2:02 mile ov...
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Bartlett, Sumner take Yonkers titles

on 12/28/2008 12:00 AM
Jason Bartlett and Robert Sumner earned Yonkers Raceway honors as leading driver and trainer, respectively, for 2008. The 253-program \'08 season (shortened by four weather casualties) ran from Jan. 7 through Dec. 23. Bartlett\'s breakthrough season saw him win 461 local races from 2,286 drives (20.2 percent). Stephane Bouchard, who had won the last five Yonkers driving titles, was second in \'0...
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Woodbine cancels Saturday card

on 12/28/2008 12:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack canceled its Saturday night program due to unsafe track conditions. Unseasonably warm temperatures and heavy rains throughout the day took its toll on the oval. Despite the best efforts of Woodbine\'s track crew, the surface contained several soft spots which were deemed unsafe for the horses and drivers. Racing is scheduled to resume Monday night with a 7:20 p....
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Todd Christy dies

on 12/28/2008 12:00 AM
Ohio horseman Todd G. Christy, 71, died December 26 after a brief illness. A native of Napoleon in the northwest corner of the Buckeye State, Mr. Christy grew up in harness racing as his father also trained horses. He first trained in Napoleon, but relocated to Scioto Downs in the 1980s. He and his wife lived in nearby Grove City. This past summer he attended the races every ...
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Big M Friday handle tops $4 mil for first time since \'06

on 12/27/2008 12:00 AM
Total handle from all sources wagered on Meadowlands races on Dec. 26 was $4,054,847, the highest Friday night total of the year. The previous high for a Friday card this year was $3.8 million, handled on April 4. The last time more than $4 million was bet on a Friday Meadowlands card was February 3, 2006 ($4.3 million). (Meadowlands)
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Valedictory repeat winners at Woodbine

on 12/26/2008 12:00 AM
Dinner Guest and Warp Speed were both repeat winners in Friday\'s second leg of the Valedictory Pacing Series for 3-year-old colts and geldings at Woodbine. The other divisional winners included Steals A Kiss and P H Bestman   Dinner Guest used gate-to-wire tactics to score in his $20,000 split for Randy Waples in 1:52.2. It was a new lifetime mark for the gelded son of  No Pan I...
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Lucy Lucy repeats repeats in Pompano open

on 12/24/2008 12:00 AM
Lucy Lucy ($4) and driver Anthony Napolitano won their second straight $16,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace at the Isle Pompano Park on Tuesday in 1:53.2.   As the field of five swung by the first quarter in :27.4,  Hypnotize and Dan Clements muscled their way to the top only to have Lucy Lucy take command at the half-mile marker in :55.1. Lucy Lucy paced strong down the backs...
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The Meadows\' Horse of Year Primo Spur wins feaured trot

on 12/24/2008 12:00 AM
Primo Spur, the Horse of the Year at The Meadows, demonstrated again Tuesday why he deserved the honor by capturing the $25,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. Primo Spur and trainer-driver Dick Stillings worked out a pocket trip behind 4-5 favorite Prism K, then charged past in the lane to score in 1:55.1. Prism K, who finished second, was off stride late and placed back to third while Michaelrowyourb...
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Lone mare upsets at odds of 14-1

on 12/23/2008 12:00 AM
Diva Diva ($30), the lone mare facing eight male rivals, upset the field at odds of 14-1 in capturing the $16,000 Open Handicap Pace at the Isle Pompano Park Monday.   Driven by Andy Santeramo, Diva Diva left from post six in the fifth race feature race and parked out race favorite Battleshoe Victor (Anthony Napolitano) to the opening quarter mile in :28.1.   Battleshoe Victor then...
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Change for Signal signals Niagara victory

on 12/23/2008 12:00 AM
Signal and Aqua Rosa were both repeat winners in Monday night\'s second leg of the Niagara Pacing Series at Woodbine and positioned themselves for a chance at the series sweep. This week\'s other divisional winner was Windsong Experanza who rebounded from a surprising loss in last week\'s first round. Signal changed up tactics this time and rallied from well off the pace at the quarter to win i...
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You can get foiled again at The Meadows

on 12/23/2008 12:00 AM
Foiled Again, who already had amassed 12 wins and $324,639 in earnings this year, extended those flashy figures Monday at The Meadows when he charged through the Lightning Lane to take the $25,000 Preferred Handicap Pace. Assigned the outside post position, Foiled Again hustled to the pocket and exploited the escort service provided by early leader War Boots. When the Lightning Lane beckoned, Da...
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Tell All to stand at Deo Volente in New Jersey

on 12/23/2008 12:00 AM
Brittany Farms Stallion Management and Kentuckiana Farms announce that Tell All will be standing at Deo Volente Farm located in Flemington, N.J. Deo Volente is the recent Hoof Beats recipient of the “Farm Of The Future” award from Hoof Beats. Michael J. Gulotta and partners Andy Willinger and Otis Ray are the masterminds behind the new operation and no expense was spared to build a first class...
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We remember 20 years ago in racing

on 12/23/2008 12:00 AM
It was 20 years ago today, the trotter Mack Lobell once again showed the way; he was once again in style, and had to generate a smile. So may we introduce to you, the act that won the year, the 1988 Horse of the Year. And yes, if you think the lyrics are familiar, google The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.   Yes, it was 20 years ago this week that the 4-year-old ...
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