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Charges against Blagojevich could involve racing legislation

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
Horse racing in Illinois could be involved in the federal case against Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was arrested at his home in Chicago early Tuesday morning on federal corruption charges.   According to the U.S. Department of Justice news release, which documented the charges, in an alleged pay-to-play scheme, a federal wire tap recorded the governor in a telephone conversation with a lobbyi...
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No More Games, Ruby Ransom win pair of $100,000 DSBF finals

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
No More Games and Ruby Ransome won the two $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund Finals on a cold and blustery Sunday, Dec. 7 at Dover Downs. Brandon Givens had four trips to the winner\'s circle.  No More Games had little difficulty turning back seven rivals in the DSBF Final as Corey Callahan drove into the lead after the start and set all the winning fractions in a 1:59.1 triumph. J...
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Philos Hanover Pacer of the Year in PA

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
The elite of Pennsylvania harness racing came together at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Saturday night to participate in the second annual Celebration of Pennsylvania Harness Racing. The overall Pennsylvania Harness Horse of the Year was Philos Hanover, who won over $250,000 just at Harrah’s Chester in 2008 while competing consistently well in the top classes.   First to be recognized wer...
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Somebeachsomewhere scratched sick from Matron

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
Brent MacGrath said Monday morning that after discovering Somebeachsomewhere had spiked a fever early Saturday that had come down somewhat the following day, he decided in the best interests of the 3-year-old colt pacer to scratch him from Monday night’s Matron eliminations at Dover Downs. MacGrath told harnessracing.com that when the world champion colt gets healthy he will take ...
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DSBF finals held at Dover

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
No More Games and Ruby Ransome won the two $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals on a cold and blustery Sunday at Dover Downs.   No More Games had little difficulty turning back seven rivals in the DSBF final as Corey Callahan drove into the lead after the start and set all the winning fractions in a 1:59.1 triumph. JA\'s Commando pulled out of sixth after the half and guide...
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Blue Chip Farms\' William S. Brown Dies

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
William S. Brown, former president and general manager of Blue Chip Farms in Wallkill, N.Y., died Saturday, Dec. 6, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.  He was 81.    The son of Karl and Jeanette Brown, he was born at home in Lebanon, Ohio, on Nov. 10, 1927.  He was introduced to harness racing by his grandfather, Sam Snider, who was trainer and farm manager for the King Stock Farm in Kin...
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Horseman Gary Baker dies at 60

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
Horseman Gary Baker, who had been suffering with ALS (Lou Gerhig\'s disease) the last few years, died Sunday night at age 60. During his illness he lived with his close friends Steve and Robin Arnold.   Baker trained horses for the Arnolds and others, spending the winter months at South Florida Training Center. He was a major force in the selection of Donato Hanover, and last fall Bake...
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PEI-based driver Paul MacDonald dies

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
Veteran Prince Edward Island-based horseman Paul MacDonald, who won the 1987 Gold Cup and Saucer with Maple Grove Shadow at Charlottetown Driving Park, died Saturday shortly after driving in that track’s sixth race. MacDonald, 57, reportedly collapsed in his tack room after driving the 3-year-old pacing filly Sarah Catherine—named after his daughter—to a seventh-place finish.   Follow...
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Magnificent Rodney wins prep for Prix d\'Amerique

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
The Prix d’Amerique will be held the last Sunday in January, and the top trotters in Europe are beginning to make serious preps to see if they will be contenders in the race, and one of them might be the Ulf Nordin-trained Magnificent Rodney, who won the Prix Bourbonnais at Vincennes in Paris on Saturday afternoon.   Magnificent Rodney was driven aggressively by Erik Raffin and was an imp...
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Tetrick\'s hip surgery a success

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
Harnessracing.com has learned driver Tim Tetrick\'s hip replacement surgery Monday morning at the Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia was a success. The surgery was needed to correct a degenerative hip condition that left the 27-year-old Tetrick with a limp and in constant pain; Tetrick had planned originally on having both hips replaced but on Monday only had the right one don...
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Giuseppe Biasuzzi, patriarch of famed Italian family, dies

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
Giuseppe “Bepe” Biasuzzi, the patriarch of the famed Italian family that has bred and owned the winners of more than 200 Standardbred stakes races in the world, died Sunday at the age of 84 after a long illness. He was the father of well-known horsemen Mauro and Fabio, and the husband of Gina, for whom the stable is named.   The Biasuzzi family has been the leading breeder in Italy for ...
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Pacing mare in Delaware euthanized after testing for herpesvirus

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
The Delaware Dept. of Agriculture has announced that a Standardbred that was housed at the Dovington Training Center in Felton, Del., has been euthanized after testing positive for the highly infectious equine herpesvirus-1. Although the release did not reveal the training center nor the horse, harnessracing.com has learned the afflicted pacer was the 7-year-old mare Tintabella N, who had not star...
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HHI honors Leppler, Hodes, Murray

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
Harness Horsemen International (HHI) president Gene Oldford has announced HHI\'s 2008 Dominic Frinzi Man of the Year is retiring Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission executive secretary Anton Leppler, while its Clyde Hirt Media Award goes to freelance writer and former Meadowlands media relations director Carol Hodes and its Appreciation Award goes to Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Ass...
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Taylor, Curran honored by USHWA

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) has chosen Ellen Taylor, executive director of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF), and Ottawa-area horsewoman Ann Curran, the creator and co-coordinator of the popular Mildred Williams International Women\'s Driving Series, to receive the Proximity Award and LeeAnne Pooler Unsung Hero award, respectively.   The Proximity Award, se...
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I Can Only Imagine sets fastest mile of the season at Pompano

on 12/07/2008 12:00 AM
Michael Polansky’s I Can Only Imagine ($5.00) sizzled to a 1:50.2 triumph Saturday at the Isle Pompano Park in capturing the $16,000 Open Pace. It was the fastest mile this season at the track. Driven by Bruce Ranger, I Can Only Imagine shot to the early lead in the third race feature, leading at the opening quarter mile in :27. But Mahdi and trainer/driver Joe Pavia, Jr., who made a break befo...
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Somebeachsomewhere scratched from Matron elim

on 12/07/2008 12:00 AM
Somebeachsomewhere has been scratched from his Matron Stakes elimination on Monday, Dec. 8 at Dover Downs. Trainer and part owner Brent MacGraft reports the stellar three-year-old pacer has a high temperature and that he reluctantly had to scratch Somebeachsomewhere. On the strong 15-race program, in addition to two $41,519 Matron Three-Year-Old elimination divisions there are two $100,000 DSBF ...
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Bettor Sweet, Major\'s General and Stretch Artist post victories

on 12/06/2008 12:00 AM
Bettor Sweet gamely fought back in deep stretch to regain the lead from apparent winner The Awful Truth to win the first division of the Oil Burner for 3-year-old colts and geldings Saturday night at the Meadowlands in 1:51. Driven by Cat Manzi, Bettor Sweet [$3.00, $2.40, $2.40] assumed the lead soon after the first turn and maintained that positioned until deep stretch. The Awful Truth [$6.00,...
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Longshots prevail at Dover Downs

on 12/06/2008 12:00 AM
Racsan John, a winner of his previous two races, was overlooked at 23-1 in a $15,000 feature pace while Allmar Surprise, off at 19-1 won the $14,000 top trot of the night at Dover Downs on Saturday, Dec. 5. Both longshot winners were driven by Vic Kirby. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan had a triple. After consecutive easy wins as race favorite from inside posts in his last outings, Racsan John...
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J P hits the jackpot in Yonkers feature

on 12/06/2008 12:00 AM
J P Jackpot (Jason Bartlett, four wins on the 13-race card), who missed a head in each of his last two tries, earned a measure of Yonkers Raceway revenge Saturday night, winning the $40,000 Open Handicap Pace. Leaving from post position No. 2 after an inside defection, J P Jackpot patrolled the pocket while Wholly Louy (Jeff Gregory) led through intervals of :27, :55.3 and 1:23.4. King Cat Anvil...
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Sugar Valley Alley scores; Morgan reaches 900 wins

on 12/05/2008 12:00 AM
Sugar Valley Alley closed with a rush to score a 1:56.1 victory in the $15,000 featured trot at Dover Downs on Thursday. Tony Morgan won five races and is now at 901 for the season. Carlo Poliseno wheeled Sugar Valley Alley out of fifth heading to the three-quarters and continued on three wide around the final turn on the way to a 1:56.1 triumph in the top trot of the night. It was the sixt...
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