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SJs Morgan named Horse of the Year at Batavia

on 12/05/2008 12:00 AM
General manager Michael D. Kane and the Upstate New York Harness Writers Association have announced that SJs Morgan is the 2008 Horse of the Year at Batavia Downs Gaming.   Owned by William Switala and James Martin, SJs Morgan, a 6-year-old son of SJ\'s Photo, made 15 Batavia starts and was victorious in 11 of them, with one second and one third. He earned $42,837. Ron Beback, Jr. is the tr...
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Mare takes matters in her own hands to win at The Meadows

on 12/05/2008 12:00 AM
Uncharacteristically absent from the winner\'s circle for several months, Whotookwhat took matters into her own hands on Thursday at The Meadows, using a quarter-pole move to control the race and capture the $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. Although she has won 45 times in her career, Whotookwhat slumped in her first three races following 12 weeks on the sidelines, finishing off...
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I give youmyword she\'s a winner at Cal Expo

on 12/05/2008 12:00 AM
Conditioned-claiming pacers were featured on Thursday night at Cal-Expo, in which I Give Youmy Word was fastest of all. Making her first start since a November 13 win, driver Bruce Clarke knew what was best for the filly.\"She hadn\'t raced in three weeks and I wanted to give her a trip,\" said Clarke. Coming away in third position from post two, Clarke stuck to his game plan as he remaine...
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Millers making Snow Angels at the Meadowlands

on 12/05/2008 12:00 AM
It was Miller time at the Meadowlands Thursday night as drivers Andy and David Miller (no relation) captured three of the four $25,000 divisions of the opening round of the Snow Angel Series for 3-year-old filly pacers.   David Miller’s 1:52.3 victory behind Four Starz Melody was the fastest of the quartet of Snow Angel splits as the daughter of Sealed N Delivered defeated Honey Dreams an...
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Solvalla holds card sponsored by Menhammar Stud

on 12/05/2008 12:00 AM
Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg’s Menhammar Stud was the sponsor of the weekly racing card Thursday at Solvalla, which had many classy races, and the Wallenius Cup for 3-year-old fillies had an American winner as the sensational filly, Bring Me Luck U.S. (Kadabra-Polyester Hanover by Lindy Lane) won it wire to wire.   Bring Me Luck U.S. is trained by Kari Lähdekorpi and driven by Stefan Pers...
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Southwind Farm buys part of Muscle Hill

on 12/05/2008 12:00 AM
Allen and Connie Skolnick’s Southwind Farm has purchased an interest in Muscle Hill, who turned in a world record-setting 1:53.3 mile to win the Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Trot at the Meadowlands last Saturday night.   “We’re thrilled that Southwind Farm has joined the Muscle Hill team,” said Greg Peck, who has trained the colt since Tommy and Louis Pontone’s TLP Stable a...
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New York Sire Stakes finals moved to Vernon Downs for 2009

on 12/05/2008 12:00 AM
The Trustees of the Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund, the administrators of the New York Sire Stakes, Thursday approved their 2009 racing schedule which includes a change in venue for the “Night Of Champions” Sire Stakes finals from Yonkers Raceway to Vernon Downs.   Meeting at the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y., the trustees unanimously vote...
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Scharf to present Gallo scholarships to Conger, Shand

on 12/05/2008 12:00 AM
Martin Scharf, a successful real estate manager and horse owner, will present 2008 Gallo Blue Chip Scholarships to college students Megan Conger and Katrina Shand in the winner’s circle Saturday night at the Meadowlands.This marks the fourth year that Scharf will award tuition funds in the name of his champion pacer and 2000 Horse of the Year Gallo Blue Chip. Megan Conger will receive $15,000 ...
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Gallantly completes Charles Singer Memorial sweep

on 12/05/2008 12:00 AM
Gallantly completed a series sweep as he drew off to victory in the $47,500 Charles Singer Memorial for 3-year-old trotters on Friday night at the Meadowlands. Gallantly and Tim Tetrick cleared the lead past the half and matched strides with First Notable Chip into the stretch. Gallantly dismissed his challenger mid-way down the lane and edged away to a 2 1/4-length victory over pocketsitter Autu...
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Jans Luck scores Friday feature at The Meadows

on 12/05/2008 12:00 AM
An opportunistic Jans Luck, relaxing while the leaders dueled in front of her, pounced on them around the final turn and went on to win the $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap pace Friday at The Meadows. The victory made Jans Luck a “half-millionaire,” giving her $508,178 in career earnings.  Spring Break held the early lead but withered under strong first-over pressure from Vysok...
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Paper Cut narrowly wins Autumn Series Final at Woodbine

on 12/05/2008 12:00 AM
Paper Cut scored by a razor-thin margin in capturing Friday’s $48,600 Ontario Sired Autumn Series Final for three-year-old pacing fillies at Woodbine Racetrack. The victory followed up on her elimination win a week earlier in which she swept the field from 10th to 1st for the tally. With Phil Hudon at the controls on Friday night, the daughter of Northern Luck - Paper Bright, left well from pos...
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Four Starz Signal upsets at Northfield

on 12/05/2008 12:00 AM
J.D. Wengerd gave Adam Hoover\'s Four Starz Signal a perfect trip in Friday\'s $6,500 Mares Open Handicap Pace at Northfield. The four-year-old Life Sign mare shocked at odds of 12-1. Favored Marvel Sahbra took the field through pedestrian fractions of 28.1, 58 and 1:27, with Passing Lane Penny in the pocket and Polo Jenn moving first up, followed by Cheetah Feet, who tipped three-wide just afte...
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Matron elims lead to a pair of career-ending starts for SBSW

on 12/04/2008 12:00 AM
Somebeachsomewhere, the leading candidate for 2008 Horse of the Year and for Canadian top honors, will close out a near-perfect racing career in the rich Matron Three-Year-Old Colt Pace at Dover Downs beginning on Monday as he will start in one of two eliminations.   Owned by the Schooner Stables of Nova Scotia, Somebeachsomewhere is one of 12 sophomore colts split into two $41,519 e...
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Freshman colts compete in Incredible Finale splits

on 12/04/2008 12:00 AM
On a blustery and snowy Wednesday night a total of 17 two-year-old colt pacers braved the adverse conditions to slug it out in a pair of $5,000 Incredible Finale Series splits for state-breds with Fox Valley Lector and Incredible Bob coming up winners.   In the first division, G&B Stable of Illinois’ Fox Valley Lector turned a pocket-sitting trip into a 1 ¾-length victory in 1:57.2 ...
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Jet fastest in Dover feature

on 12/04/2008 12:00 AM
Joey The Jet JT was strongest in the stretch en route to a 1:55.4 victory in the $26,000 Open Handicap Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday, as three drivers--Corey Callahan, Ross Wolfenden and Tony Morgan--had three wins each. It took from moving out of seventh after the quarter to final few strides for Joey The Jet JT to get to the front but Morgan got the job done catching front-trottin...
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Rick Harp scores 1,500th career win at Pompano

on 12/04/2008 12:00 AM
Third-generation horseman Rick Harp posted his 1,500th career victory in the fourth race pace at the Isle Pompano Park Wednesday.   Harp, 48, of Vasser, Mich., won with the 3-year-old Florida-sired gelding, Johnny Appleseed ($6.80), in a lifetime-best time of 1:56.4, winning by 2 1/2 lengths. It was the second straight win for Johnny Appleseed, who is owned by Harp’s father, Fl...
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Paul Welence notches first career victory at Cal Expo

on 12/04/2008 12:00 AM
It’s a good bet that the first race on Wednesday at Cal Expo is one that Paul Welence won’t soon forget as the 47-year-old Richmond native notched his first career driving victory in this contest while guiding 6-1 shot Tudour to a two-length victory over a \"sloppy\" racetrack.   As if Welence wasn’t already wet and dirty enough, he was greeted with the traditional buckets of wate...
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Michigan\'s Jackson Raceway ceases operations immediately

on 12/04/2008 12:00 AM
Jackson Raceway in Michigan, founded in 1948 by the late Leon Slavin, has been closed immediately by its parent company, MTR Gaming Group, which in 2004 purchased a 90-percent interest in the track. In an emailed letter sent to Michigan Harness Horsemen\'s Association general manager Nancy Corrion shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday evening, MTR Gaming\'s secretary and treasurer Ros...
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Rescue Ride raises funds for Standardbred Retirement Foundation

on 12/04/2008 12:00 AM
The reports are in, the sneakers and saddles are off, the horses are rested and the walkers are all in their recliners. The National Rescue Ride, the first fundraiser designed to raise awareness of the plight of unwanted, abused and neglected horses, was a success for all involved.   The Oct. 19 National Rescue Ride attracted horse and animal lovers from 85 charities with 850 registered rid...
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Illinois-bred sophomore pacing fillies battle at Balmoral

on 12/03/2008 12:00 AM
Sophomore pacing fillies took center stage on a cold and windy Tuesday night at Balmoral Park as a total of 18 state-bred 3 year olds battled in a pair of $5,000 Incredible Finale Series splits, with Kissmeallover and Howboutthatsweetie coming up winners.   In the first division, Michael Parisi’s Kissmeallover made every call a winning one in 1:57.2. Sent right to the top by driver Ryan ...
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