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Dani California breaks maiden in Cal Sire Stakes elim

on 11/01/2008 2:00 AM
Getting your first career win going for a purse of $15,000 is exactly what Dani California did  Friday night at Cal-Expo.   Two-year-old filly trotters were featured on Halloween night in a California Sire Stakes, during  which Dani California pulled away from her fellow freshman. Leaving from post position five in the field of eight for trainer Tim Maier, Dani Cali...
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Memphis Glow repeats at Northfield in 1:55.1

on 11/01/2008 2:00 AM
Memphis Glow ($2.40) was a repeat winner in Friday\'s $7,000 Mares Open Pace with a near gate-to-wire 1:55.1 win over Sugar Scoot Brown and Shell I Attack. The time for the mile equaled the winner\'s lifetime best, set here last month.   Shell I Attack took the lead after being parked by the eventual winner, but the 1-5 favorite, driven by Matt Kakaley, retook immediately and controlled the...
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Deweycheatumnhowe wins by 6 1/4 in 1:55.2 mile at Vernon Downs

on 11/01/2008 2:00 AM
The acclaimed Deweycheatumnhowe showed why he\'s considered one of the Standardbred sport\'s top trotters of all time after a titillating 1:55.2 triumph in a special $20,000 Open test for 3-5 year olds at Vernon Downs on Friday night.   Part-owner, trainer and driver Ray Schnittker did the teaming in Friday\'s eighth event as Deweycheatumnhowe idled in fourth off the starting gate as Butte...
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Jans Luck likes Lightning Lane at The Meadows

on 11/01/2008 2:00 AM
Jans Luck, a recent convert to the joys of the “Lightning Lane,” used that path successfully Friday at The Meadows when she captured the $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace for the second straight week.   Accustomed to racing on the lead, Jans Luck was pocketed on Oct. 24 for Dave Palone but poured through the Lightning Lane to triumph over Vysoke Tatry. The date changed b...
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Favorites scare up victories in Yonkers features

on 11/01/2008 2:00 AM
Those Halloween night ghosts, ghouls and goblins were joined by cheering chalkplayers as a couple of Yonkers Raceway favorites won their respective $40,000 co-features. Go on BB, a sharp Meadows shipper, had no problem negotiating the change of venue in the Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. With Greg Grismore driving for trainer Mickey Burke, \"BB\" was the 11-10 choice from post position ...
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Morgan trainee aims for 10th straight in American National

on 10/31/2008 2:00 AM
Mister Big brings a nine-race winning streak into Saturday’s $200,000 American National at Balmoral Park, and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. has told harnessracing.com that the 5-year-old pacer will then wrap up his season Nov. 15 in the Gold Cup Invitational at Woodbine. Mister Big’s current 2008 earnings of $1,528,932 are the most ever amassed by an older horse, surpassing the $1,494,972 earned b...
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More honors announced in Pennsylvania

on 10/31/2008 2:00 AM
Tim Tetrick, Joe Offutt, Howard Taylor, and Julie Davis–a very diverse foursome united in the outstanding abilities they show on the Pennsylvania racing scene–have all been selected to receive awards at the second annual Celebration of Pennsylvania Harness Racing at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday, Dec. 6. Tetrick will add Pennsylvania Driver of the Year honors to the long lis...
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Thunder rolls in Dover feature

on 10/31/2008 2:00 AM
Big Sky Thunder closed with a rush for a 1:57 victory in the $15,000 feature trot while Kuai Diam N took the $12,000 co-feature at Dover Downs on Thursday.   Roger Plante played a waiting game as rivals battled until the final turn. He sent Big Sky Thunder four wide entering the stretch then whizzed past to score a 1:57 victory. The win was the first of two for Plante and trainer Phy...
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Crazed being syndicated; to stand at Blue Chip

on 10/31/2008 2:00 AM
Lindy Racing Stables, along with partners, Gary and Ellen Hoffman, and Robert Rudolph have announced that their world champion trotter Crazed will stand at Blue Chip Farms in New York in 2009. He will join his sire, Credit Winner, in Blue Chip\'s stallion barn.   Out of Mr. Lavec mare, Mary Lou Hall, he will join his sire, Credit Winner, in Blue Chip’s stallion ba...
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Wilma Wagner dies at 89

on 10/31/2008 2:00 AM
Wilma Wagner, the widow of horseman Earl Wagner and the mother of John Wagner, died Wedneday at age 89 in Glenn Dale, Maryland. Her husband died in 2007.   Wilma spent many evenings in the clubhouse at Rosecroft watching her son John race his horses. She is survived by daughter, Patricia (Robert) Brown; sons, David (Carol), James and John (Pam); and by many grandchildren and great...
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Stillings/Goldberg ask Whybabywhy at The Meadows

on 10/31/2008 2:00 AM
Whybabywhy used a strong first-over move to capture the $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap trot Thursday at The Meadows in a career-best 1:55.3.   Sitting third down the backside, Whybabywhy unleashed an uncovered bid for Dick Stillings that carried her past the leader, Tom’s OK Lady. The daughter of Padre Hanover-Beechwood Miranda drew off to win by 1 3/4 lengths over Motherland...
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The Principle rules at Vernon Downs

on 10/31/2008 2:00 AM
The Principle made his presence felt with a bold 1:57.3 victory in Thursday night’s $7,000 featured eighth event at Vernon Downs.   Trainer Dan Daley did the driving as The Principle raced on the front end throughout the week’s top division of the Miracle Mile trotting class and defeated the pesky John Paul’s Legacy by two lengths.    It was the second local tally...
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Supreme Victor dominates at Maywood

on 10/31/2008 2:00 AM
Supreme Victor passed his first Maywood Park test in flying colors with a dominating 7 3/4-length victory in Thursday night’s $12,500 Life’s A Holiday stake for state-bred 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings.   Nicely rated by driver Sam Widger, Supreme Victor dashed out from the one slot, grabbed control, and when he was never seriously threaten, proved to be much the best in hi...
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2009 World Cup canceled

on 10/31/2008 2:00 AM
Reluctantly, the New South Wales Harness Racing Club (NSWHRC) has withdrawn from conducting the World Cup of Harness Racing next year at Menangle Park. The decision announced on Thursday is based primarily on the upheaval in the world financial markets. “It is unfortunate that we will not be conducting the World Cup next year considering the momentum the event had gathered since it wa...
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Voelz Hanover captures OSS Gold

on 10/31/2008 2:00 AM
One year and five days after she captured her last Gold final trophy, Voelz Hanover earned a second piece of Ontario Sire Stakes hardware with an impressive 1:52 score at Woodbine Racetrack on Thursday evening.The 3-year-old filly paced into the history books one year ago--Oct. 25, 2007--when she toured Hiawatha Horse Park’s five-eighths oval in a world record 1:51.3 in the last freshman Go...
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Equine Industry Advisory Task Force created in Ohio

on 10/31/2008 2:00 AM
Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs on Friday announced the creation of an 11-member Equine Industry Advisory Task Force designed to discuss strategies for promoting and strengthening Ohio’s equine industry. More than 307,000 horses make up the Ohio horse industry that produces a total economic impact valued at approximately $2.2 billion in goods and services and employ...
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Sauce Two K captures Delaware feature

on 10/30/2008 2:00 AM
A pair of Valley Victor trotters owned by Fabulous Farms, trained by Richard Johnson and driven by Corey Callahan, swept both top trots, the $22,000 winners-over and $18,000 conditioned, on a day of duplications at Dover Downs on Wednesday. Driver Ross Wolfenden and owner-trainer Brewer Adams recorded triples. Callahan drove the 4-year-old gelding Sauce Two K (Valley Victor-Colors Of The ...
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A golden win at Colonial Downs

on 10/30/2008 2:00 AM
Golden Mattjesty had the best view of Wholeftthegateopen’s track and world record 1:48.4 mile Sunday, finishing 2 ½ lengths back in second, and on Wednesday it was Golden Mattjesty’s turn to impress with a dominant 4 ¾-length victory in 1:50.3. Golden Mattjesty sped away from the gate to seize an early advantage over his five opponents in the $6,500 conditioned pace. Golden Mat...
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Legal action considered by SBOANJ against Freehold

on 10/30/2008 2:00 AM
New Jersey horsemen negotiated more than $1.6 million in supplementary purse money for Freehold Raceway but may have to pursue legal options to force the track to accept the funds. The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) will take action this week to prod Freehold Raceway to accept more than $1.6 million in purse supplements.  Freehold’s corporate entit...
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Safety vests required in Ontario as of Nov. 1

on 10/30/2008 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) released the following Notice to the Industry late Wednesday advising that, starting Nov. 1, all drivers programmed to race must wear a safety vest as required by the Rules of Racing.   A grace period was announced Oct. 1 by the ORC to address an issue of supply at tack shops across the province. The ORC now understands that all orders have been shi...
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