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David Paquet dies in Afghanistan

on 08/23/2008 2:00 AM
United States Army Sgt. David Paquet, 26, the son of longtime horseman Fern Paquet and his wife Dawn, was killed in combat while serving his country in Afghanistan on Wednesday, August 20. David Paquet was a seasoned Army veteran who had also served tours of duty in Iraq and Kuwait. In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife Katie and brothers Fern Jr. and Michael and sister Jennif...
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Art Official wins Cane elim in 1:50.4

on 08/23/2008 2:00 AM
Art Official paced the fastest mile in Freehold Raceway history, turning in a 1:50.4 effort to win one of two Cane Pace eliminations Saturday afternoon, with Badlands Nitro taking the other in a more pedestrian 1:53.   Art Official started from post six in the second $65,475 elim, but was taken back at the start by regular driver Ron Pierce. Meanwhile, Yannick Gingras wanted the lead w...
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Enough Talk\'s 1:51.1 in Crown elim equals mark

on 08/23/2008 2:00 AM
Enough Talk won the Breeders Crown Open Trot elimination at Mohawk Racetrack Saturday night, and in the process he tied the Canadian mark of 1:51.1 when he easily won by 5 3/4 lengths over runner-up Digital Image, with Coreleone Kosmos even farther back in third.   Enough Talk, who campaigned in Europe earlier this year, also earned a new lifetime mark with the score in the $47,893 Cro...
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Field and post positions set for Metro final

on 08/23/2008 2:00 AM
Three $40,000 eliminations on Saturday night at Mohawk determined who will race for $1 million Metro pot next Saturday night, and the youngster who stepped to the front of the class was Annieswesterncard, who turned in a sizzling 1:50.4 elim win for owner Sawgrass Farms and Joe Seekman, the same team who enjoyed a fast win with Art Official earlier in the day.   Annieswesterncard ...
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Racing Star, Backstreet Sweetie in She\'s A Great Lady elims

on 08/23/2008 2:00 AM
Longshot Racing Star came home 2 1/2 lengths to the good and scored in 1:53.3 at Mohawk Saturday night in the first of two $35,000 eliminations for next week’s $780,000 Shes A Great Lady for freshman filly pacers. It was essentially a two-horse race as Yannick Gingras hustled the chestnut daughter of Four Starzzz Shark to the early lead. By the three-eighths pole St...
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Clerk Magistrate, Lantern Kronos win at Balmoral

on 08/23/2008 2:00 AM
The colt Clerk Magistrate and filly Lantern Kronos made up for their bad luck in the Hambletonian and Oaks by winning American National events at Balmoral Park Saturday night.   Regular driver Trevor Ritchie sent Clerk Magistrate to the lead just past the first quarter (:27.4) as David Miller, driving Pine After Pine, yielded quickly. Clerk Magistrate reached the halfway mark in :...
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Son of Muscles Yankee-Scully FBI captures Mohawk feature

on 08/22/2008 2:00 AM
Federal Flex delivered as expected in Thursday night\'s $50,000(C) Bridger Trotting Series final for 2 year olds at Mohawk Racetrack, establishing a new stakes record of 1:56.4. With Jody Jamieson in tow, the son of Muscles Yankee-Scully FBI got away third in the field of five and watched as Cantabs Pride put up the first quarter in :29. That lead was short-lived as pocket-sitter Triu...
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Dandy dominates in Saratoga open

on 08/22/2008 2:00 AM
The 5-year-old pacing mare Dandy’s Jewel halted a rare five-race losing streak on Thursday when dominating five foes to take the featured $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway in 1:55.4. Guided from post five by conditioner Brian Allen, Dandy’s Jewel settled briefly in fifth place through an opening quarter mile in :27.3, before angling off the pylons to begin a...
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Hay Goodlooking, whatcha been doin? Winning a NYSS

on 08/22/2008 2:00 AM
On Thursday New York-breds were showcased at Monticello Raceway with five $41,110  divisions for 2-year-old pacing colts in the New York Sire Stakes and three $10,700 splits for freshmen trotting colts in the NYSS Late Closer program. Though all the Sire Stakes winners went notable trips, a pair of victors, Hay Goodlooking and Spacehill, were extremely impressive. Hay Goodloo...
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Racing for more than money

on 08/22/2008 2:00 AM
When the 8-year-old trotter Cello Hanover scored by three-quarters of a length in a $21,000 trot at Yonkers earlier this month, he and his owner-driver Steve Markoff did not get his driver\'s fee:  more than 160 other horses did. That’s because Markoff has pledged all of his 2008 driving earnings of his stable of five horses to benefit the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF)....
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Epic stretch duel in $50,000 KYSS

on 08/22/2008 2:00 AM
Thursday night was the last chance for Kentucky-sired 2-year-olds to earn points and punch their tickets into the $2.4 million night of champions coming up on Sunday, Aug. 31 at The Red Mile.   There were plenty of great races on the 18-race stakes filled card, and the $50,000 third leg of the KYSS for freshman filly pacers provided perhaps the most thrilling stretch drive of the entire 200...
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Morand trifecta in Maryland Standardbred races

on 08/22/2008 2:00 AM
There were six Maryland Standardbred Fund races with total purses of $75,100 for 2 year olds at Ocean Downs on Thursday, and the 43-year-old veteran driver Jim Morand logged three wins with some talented young horses, including one with his own Nice Dream to set a new Race Fund record for a 2-year-old gelding trotter with a 2:01.1 effort.   The Dream Vacation-Nice Juan-Super Juan ...
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David Myers triples on Scioto card

on 08/22/2008 2:00 AM
Driver David Myers demonstrated his skilled hand with young horses on Thursday night at Scioto Downs as he guided a pair of sophomores and a juvenile to the winner\'s circle.   His first win came with the 3-year-old trotting colt Vega Lavec (dam: Vega Venus by American Winner) to a three-length score in 1:59.3 after enjoying a two-hole trip behind Pana Colada. Sent off at 4-5 by bettors, Ve...
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Sportsbook cell-phone ban lifted in Vegas

on 08/22/2008 2:00 AM
The Nevada Gaming Commission has lifted the decade-old ban on the use of cell phones and other electronic devices inside sports books in the state for a one-year test period. Commission chairman Pete Bernhard was quoted as saying that regulators realize there is a lot of “purely innocent use of cell phones in casinos” leading to confusion as to the reasons. The commission will monitor cell-ph...
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American Nationals feature 3-year-old trotters at Balmoral

on 08/22/2008 2:00 AM
Some of North America’s finest 3-year-old trotters will be on display Saturday night at Balmoral Park as a pair of prestigious American National Stakes share top billing on the 14-race program.   Sophomore trotting fillies will get the action underway in race four as a field of 10 ladies battle for a purse of $185,000. Headlining this group is Falkbolagen Ab’s Lantern Kronos, the runner...
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Meadville fair closes with 3-year-old colt pacers

on 08/22/2008 2:00 AM
Three-year-old pacers were in action on Thursday, the final day of racing at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Meadville, Pa.   Two $5,101 divisions of the PA Sire Stake filly pace opened the day. Peak-And-Boom earned her first victory of the season with a 2:05.1 mile. Steve Schoeffel drove the filly, who had been winless in eight previous starts for trainer Hoye Rickert, who lea...
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Rockingham strangles restrictions lifted at Pompano, Plainridge

on 08/22/2008 2:00 AM
Pompano Park has announced that all strangles testing requirements have been lifted for any horses shipping to that track from Rockingham Park, while Plainridge Racecourse has announced effective Aug. 31, that track will accept entries on horses that were stabled at and/or raced at Rockingham on or after July 17, provided that a negative PCR result can be produced for any horses drawn in to trace....
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Ontario Commission to conduct inquiry into Georgian workout

on 08/22/2008 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) is conducting an inquiry into the circumstances of the qualifying race involving the horse Anderlecht, held on August 13, 2008 at Georgian Downs. The role played by all officials in the staging of the race will be part of this inquiry.   Concerned over the circumstances surrounding the qualifying race, and in accordance with the Rules of Racing, on August...
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PASS announces changes to championships

on 08/22/2008 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission has announced changes in the dates and location of some of its Sire Stakes Championships, due to construction at The Meadows that would inhibit owners and others to experience the full “thrill of victory.” The 3-year-old pari-mutuel Championships (and consolations) will still be held on Sunday, Sept. 7, at Harrah’s Chester. The 2-year-old par...
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Nine George Ford Morris offerings added to 31st auction

on 08/22/2008 2:00 AM
In a hugely significant art development for harness racing and art collectors, and a giant boost for Harness Track\'s of America\'s (HTA) College Scholarship Fund, the upcoming October 4 HTA art auction at the Tattersalls Sales Pavilion in Lexington, Ky., has had nine original paintings and drawings by George Ford Morris consigned to the sale.   The paintings are from the estate of Sandra V...
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