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Magic in the air at Pompano

on 12/11/2008 12:00 AM
Magic was in the air for Canadian trainer-owner Denitza Petrova Wednesday night at the Isle Pompano Park as her 3-year old Dauntless Bunny gelding, Ben Magic ($7.80), made his debut at Pompano to capture his first pari-mutuel win in 26 lifetime starts.   Driver Anthony Napolitano and Ben Magic sat nine lengths behind the leader, HT’s Kroeger (Tyler Sheehan) at the quarter-mile marke...
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Danny Noonan springs Incredible Finale surprise

on 12/11/2008 12:00 AM
After first round action at Maywood Park, round two in the Incredible Finale series for 3-year-old pacing colts shifted to Balmoral Park Wednesday as a field of eight state-breds went postward for a purse of $5,000, with Danny Noonan springing an upset.    Despite missing by only a neck in his third-place finish in round one, Z Tam Racing and David McCaffrey Stables\' Danny Noona...
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Dali 6, Blueridge Western 2 in Matron final draw

on 12/11/2008 12:00 AM
Uncirculated Stable\'s Dali and Francis Azur\'s Blueridge Western, winners of last week\'s $41,519 eliminations, lead eight fast 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers in the $249,113 Matron Series final at Dover Downs on Monday night.   Living up to his name of the master painter Dali, the son of Real Artist missed the track record of 1:49.1 by one-fifth of a second in his Matron elim&nbs...
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Northville cancels Wednesday; reschedules for Saturday matinee

on 12/11/2008 12:00 AM
Northville Downs has announced that the Wednesday night program canceled due to icy track conditions has been rescheduled and will be raced as a matinee card as part of a doubleheader on Saturday. Post time for the afternoon program is 1 p.m., with the second half of the doubleheader having a post time 6:55 p.m. Saturday is the final day of live racing for 2008 at Northville.
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Silva, Tetrick honored by USHWA

on 12/11/2008 12:00 AM
Jerry Silva has been voted the 2008 Owner of the Year and Tim Tetrick the 2008 Driver of the Year by members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. It is the second consecutive year the 27-year-old Tetrick has been named Driver of the Year.   Silva, 74, shares ownership of several horses, and continues to purchase interests in some of the sport’s biggest stars. As part of the Deweycheat...
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First Over on hiatus; Gen Sullivan to join staff

on 12/11/2008 12:00 AM
As Andrew Cohen announced on harnessracing.com’s First Over blog earlier this week, the blog is on hiatus while the web site is retooled for a new look—with new features—for the 2009 racing season. Also, Gen Sullivan will be joining the staff of The Horseman And Fair World magazine, which produces harnessracing.com.   Late Thursday morning the First Over blog became inactive.   ...
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Tetrick on mend after hip replacement surgery

on 12/11/2008 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick, the sport’s leading money-winning driver this year, reports to the Meadowlands publicity department that he is doing well after undergoing hip replacement surgery Monday. 
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Sports wagering at New Jersey tracks takes step forward

on 12/11/2008 12:00 AM
The first legislative step in an effort to bring sports wagering to New Jersey racetracks and Atlantic City casinos moved forward Thursday when the State Senate Committee on Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation unanimously voted to release a resolution urging the U. S. Congress to lift a ban imposed in 1992.Leon Zimmerman, legislative lobbyist for the Standardbred Breeders & Owners...
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Penn lab clears trainers of EPO positives

on 12/11/2008 12:00 AM
Tom Miller, attorney for Jan Johnson, Bob McIntosh, Jim Arledge and Joe Seekman, announced late Thursday that the Pennsylvania Equine Toxicology and Research Laboratory had found blood samples taken from horses the trainers had entered to race at The Red Mile this fall to be negative for recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO) and/or Darbepoetin/alfa (DPO).   None of the trainers indi...
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Incredible Finale divisions held in Chicago

on 12/10/2008 12:00 AM
Sophomore pacing fillies were the center of attention on another cold and blustery night as Balmoral Park played host to round-two action in the Incredible Finale Series, with Elle’s Bells and Kissmeallover capturing their respective splits.   A total of 14 state-bred three-year-olds were entered for round two necessitating a split into a pair of $5,000 tussles on the one-mile oval. &nb...
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Perfect M Forever notches eighth straight win at Dover

on 12/10/2008 12:00 AM
Perfect M Forever made it to the winner\'s circle for the eighth race in a row, scoring a 1:53.1 victory in the $26,000 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares Tuesday night at Dover Downs.   An Ohio-bred 3-year-old daughter of Stand Forever-Perfect Model, Perfect M Forever won through the Ohio Fair stakes and the Ohio sophomore filly championship before moving east and continuing her wi...
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Pompano open goes to Catalina Morgan

on 12/10/2008 12:00 AM
Catalina Morgan ($3.60) scored her seventh win of the season in the $16,000 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares Tuesday night at Pompano Park.    Driver Denis St. Pierre piloted Catalina Morgan to the first quarter in :28 and over to the half in :57.3. As they paced by the three-quarters in 1:25.2, Anthony Napolitano pulled Lucy Lucy to challenge Catalina Morgan in a he...
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Prism K equals track record at The Meadows

on 12/10/2008 12:00 AM
Prism K hustled to the lead from post seven and didn\'t look back until he equaled the track record for older geldings in the $25,000 Preferred Trot on Tuesday at The Meadows. The mile of 1:54.2 tied the mark set by Sweet Deal Hanover and Bill Zendt in 2005. Prism K had won two of his past four races in front-end fashion, so it was no surprise that Dave Palone wanted the lead with the 5-year-old...
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Schnittker voted Trainer of the Year, Good Guy of the Year

on 12/10/2008 12:00 AM
Ray Schnittker, who campaigned the brilliant sophomore trotter Deweycheatumnhowe this past season to a hugely successful, extremely media-friendly year of racing, has been voted two awards in balloting by the U.S. Harness Writers Association: the Glen Garnsey Trainer of the Year and the W.R. Haughton Good Guy Award. Schnittker opened his campaign with Dewey on June 5 at the Meadowlands, and...
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Harrah\'s Chester to host 2009 Fall Final Four

on 12/10/2008 12:00 AM
After being contested this decade at either the Meadowlands, Mohawk or Woodbine, the 2009 Fall Final Four for 2 year olds will be at Harrah’s Chester in Pennsylvania, with the finals split over two weekends, albeit several weeks earlier than in the past.   Eliminations for the $575,000(est.) Valley Victory for 2-year-old colt trotters and the $490,000(est.) Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old f...
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Dali, Blueridge Western capture Dover eliminations

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
Dali stroked a 1:49.1 victory in the first of two $31,519 Matron Stakes eliminations at Dover Downs on Monday, while in similar style, but a few ticks slower, Blueridge Western cruised to a 1:51.1 triumph in the other Matron elim.   After First Rate with Tim Curtin cut out the pace until reaching the grandstand stretch, Ron Pierce zipped up with Dali to assume command and lead the re...
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Pompano\'s Open Trot goes to the victor

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
Anthony Napolitano and Battleshoe Victor won the $16,000 Open Handicap Trot Monday at the Isle Pompano Park, pushing his lifetime earnings over the quarter-million-dollar mark.   The 6-year-old Valley Victor gelding had to make up a lot ground before taking the victory. Andy Santeramo and Oratorio took the early lead and was sitting on top by five lengths when they reached the fi...
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Trainer sweeps Italian stakes; Windsong\'s Legacy filly third

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
The Gran Premio Allevatori, the richest Italian stakes for 2 year olds, resulted in a narrow win for the Holger Ehlert-trained filly Mania on Monday at the Tor di Valle track in Rome. Mania was catch-driven by Jorma Kontio \"the Flying Finn,\" who also had captured the corresponding stake in Sweden nine days before with Zimba Boko. In this race the presence of Kontio in the sulky was more than ...
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Victory for Herestopatrick at Woodbine

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
Herestopatrick needed every inch of racetrack to score a nose decision in Monday\'s $40,100(C) Ontario-sired Autumn Series final for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers at Woodbine Racetrack. Jack Moiseyev guided the colt to the hard-fought victory from post five after finishing a charging second in last week\'s elimination. In Monday\'s contest, the son of Apaches Fame-Sippin Time left hard and...
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Irvine family matriarch dies in Ohio

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
Marcella Rebecca Irvine, the matriarch of an Ohio harness racing family, died Sunday at age 80 in Northfield, Ohio, following an extended illness.   After being surprised with a horse by her husband Don, her entire family became involved with harness racing. Many weekends were spent at the racetracks.   She is survivied by two sons, William \"Bill\" of Jeromesville, Ohio, and Donald ...
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