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Mystery Chase fastest in three Keystone Classic splits

on 10/22/2008 2:00 AM
Mystery Chase put a little mystery in his chase Tuesday at The Meadows when he nailed Blueridge Western at the wire to capture a division of the $90,400 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. The stake was contested over three divisions, with Lisfinny and Real Celebration taking the other splits.   Mystery Chase had been racing in tough company--his last three races were l...
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Meadowlands to make schedule changes in 2009

on 10/22/2008 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands has asked the New Jersey Racing Commission for permission to make changes to its 2009 schedule, including shifting the Hambletonian from the first Saturday in August to the second Saturday, moving the Sweetheart and Woodrow Wilson to the week after the Hambletonian, and extending the meet through Aug. 21. Also, the Big M will not race a winter meet that has been on t...
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Spam Spade favored in Charles Smith final

on 10/22/2008 2:00 AM
Spam Spade, whose year includes victories in the New Jersey Sire Stakes and the Bluegrass Stakes, has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $100,000 Charles I. Smith final on Friday at Freehold Raceway. The Smith is restricted to New Jersey-sired 3-year-old trotters and is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Spam Spade holds the ...
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Siegels, Stoltzfus to be honored in Pennsylvania

on 10/22/2008 2:00 AM
Arlene and Jules Siegel of Fashion Farms, and veteran breeder Sam Stoltzfus, have both made impacts with their progeny on the Pennsylvania and national scenes, and they are being honored as, respectively, Breeder of the Year and Small Breeder of the Year at the Second Annual Celebration of Pennsylvania Harness Racing at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday, Dec. 6. The Siegels have made an ...
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Improvements being made to Goshen track

on 10/22/2008 2:00 AM
Historic Track in Goshen, NY, is undergoing a track renovation by Dan and Greg Coon of Charles E. Coon & Sons, with the turns being elevated  and tons of stonedust added to both bank the turns and improve the track surface.   Recently the Board of Directors, spearheaded by president Bernie White, voted to refurbish the racetrack and elevate the turns, which have always been close t...
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Poll shows large support for Maryland slots referendum

on 10/22/2008 2:00 AM
A poll conducted by the Washington Post says that 62 percent of likely voters are in favor of passing the slots referendum that will be on the Nov. 4 ballot in Maryland. According to the newspaper’s Wednesday edition, 36 percent of the voters would vote against the proposal and only two percent are undecided.   Maryland voters have been waiting to vote on the issue since late last Novemb...
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Crazed to qualify Thursday at Vernon Downs

on 10/22/2008 2:00 AM
Crazed will line up on Thursday morning behind the starting gate in which his first pari-mutuel win was collected at the seven-eighth mile oval of historic Vernon Downs. Frank Antonacci, who also trains the 3-year-old son of Credit Winner will handle the lines. Stablemate Gladiator Lindy will line up just inside of Crazed at the rail and one of Schnittker’s 3-year-old trotters, although not...
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Woodbine hosts pair of $40,000 Gold Eliminations

on 10/21/2008 2:00 AM
Neither of the sophomore pacing fillies favored in Monday evening’s Gold Eliminations managed to deliver the anticipated result in their first appearance of the season over the Woodbine Racetrack oval. In the first $40,000 elimination, Voelz Hanover grabbed the early lead and took the field of eight fillies to a :27 opening quarter, but was quickly overtaken by fan favorite Chancey Lady. The re...
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Winbak moving three stallions to Indiana

on 10/21/2008 2:00 AM
Winbak Farm has announced that it is moving three stallions to Hickory Ridge Farm in Indiana for the 2009 breeding season. Hickory Ridge Farm, located in Berne, Ind., is owned by Dr. Larry Smith. Pacing millionaires Island Fantasy and Three Olives, along with trotting sire Holy Guacamolie, who is the fastest son of Conway Hall, will be making the move to Indiana.   “I think this is ...
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Somebeachsomewhere to start from outside in field of six

on 10/21/2008 2:00 AM
World champion Somebeachsomewhere drew outside of his five rivals for Yonkers Raceway\'s $650,000 Messenger Stakes, scheduled for Saturday night. Post time for the 13-race card is 6:50 p.m., with the 53rd edition of the Messenger going as the 10th race (approximate post 10 p.m. ET). The Messenger, final jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown, became a one-dash-for-the-cash event when only six 3-year-ol...
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Blissfull Hall moving to Winbak Farm of Canada

on 10/20/2008 2:00 AM
Winbak Farm has announced that 1999 Pacing Triple Crown winner Blissfull Hall p,3,1:49.2 ($1,468,648) will be coming home to stand in Ontario for the 2009 breeding season. Owned by Daniel Plouffe of Bedford, Que., Blissfull Hall, the 12-year-old son of Cambest that has been standing in Pennsylvania, will be coming home to where he began his career with trainer Ben Wallace. In 31 career s...
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Ralph Hanover, 1983 Triple Crown winner, dies

on 10/20/2008 2:00 AM
Ralph Hanover p,3, 1:53.4 ($1,828,871), who won pacing’s Triple Crown in 1983, was euthanized on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the age of 28. He was buried at Mac Lilley Farms in Ontario, where he has been residing since Grand Royal Farms shut down some years ago.   Ralph Hanover was fed Sunday morning, ate his meal, and then laid down in the field. When the graying stallion showed...
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Mister Big scores ninth consecutive victory with 1:51.2 effort

on 10/20/2008 2:00 AM
The richest field in track history took center stage Monday night at Harrington Raceway in the $317,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial as Joe Muscara\'s Mister Big earned his ninth consecutive win in 1:51.2. The Virgil Morgan Jr. trainee received a second-over trip from driver Brian Sears as pacesetter Booze Cruzin strolled to fractions of 27.3, 54.2, and 1:22.3 while the 1-to-5 betting choice Mist...
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Dragonfest, Up Front Bethann claim Keystone Classic splits

on 10/20/2008 2:00 AM
Dragonfest worked out a comfortable opening half on the lead, then fended off the pocket-sitting Riven Hanover to capture a division of the $70,200 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old pacing fillies Monday at The Meadows. In the second division, Dave Palone drove Up Front Bethann, a filly named for Palone’s wife, to a “Lightning Lane” victory. Dragonfest went right to the lead for Mike Wild...
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Six wins for Bouchard at Yonkers

on 10/20/2008 2:00 AM
Stephane Bouchard had such a Yonkers Raceway hot hand Monday night, he crossed the wire first five times, but won six races. After chasing home an odds-on winner in the opener, Bouchard won the $6,000, second-race trot with Quantum King Crab ($6.20) in 2:01.  He then won the $8,000, third-race pace with the people\'s preference Kronos Hanover ($2.80) in 1:57. His 4-5 charge tired in the lan...
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Lukas Rossi wins by five in Grassroots semifinals action

on 10/18/2008 2:00 AM
Two-year-old trotting colt Lukas Rossi extended his Grassroots win streak to three with an impressive victory in his $30,000 Semifinal at Flamboro Downs on Friday night. \"He’s all right this colt, he’s got some high speed,\" said trainer Ron O’Neill of Cambridge. \"He looks like he could be a really nice colt.\" In rein to Burlington resident Randy Fritz, the Roadshow Hall son stepped off...
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Top Illinois pacer Enzo The Baker succumbs at Maywood

on 10/18/2008 2:00 AM
Orange and Blue stakes champion Enzo The Baker, the No. 1 Illinois bred two-year-old male pacer, died of an apparent heart attack while warming up after the eighth race Friday night preparing for a start in the second (eleventh race) division of the Abe Lincoln stake at Maywood Park. Trainer Dave McCaffrey was taking his prize state-bred freshman star through his second warm-up when last week\'s ...
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Trio of Keystone Classic splits held Friday at The Meadows

on 10/18/2008 2:00 AM
Sand E Fiftyfive, who has chased home some of her division’s top fillies this year, grabbed the spotlight Friday at The Meadows when she captured a division of the $122,999 Keystone Classic for 2-year-old pacers. The stake was contested over three divisions, with Up Front Noel and Cams Van Go taking the other splits. Sand E Fiftyfive was a creditable second to Pedigree Snob in the Stan...
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McArdles Star and Dawn\'s Legacy prevail at Freehold

on 10/18/2008 2:00 AM
McArdles Star and Dawn’s Legacy paced career bests en route to winning their respective finals of the Lou Babic Memorial on October 18 at Freehold Raceway. McArdles Star prevailed in the second race, the $128,875 open division, in 1:55 while Dawn’s Legacy scored her first career tally in the sixth race, the $82,410 fillies division, in 1:56.2. The Lou Babic Memorial Finals are restricted to N...
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Field set for Governor\'s Cup, Valley Victory

on 10/18/2008 2:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack hosted a second set of ‘Fall Four’ eliminations for two-year-olds on Saturday night with a Trio of splits in the Governor’s Cup for colt pacers and two eliminations for the Valley Victory for colt trotters. Nebupanezzar, Art Colony and Dial Or Nodial all emerged victorious in their respective Governor’s Cup tilts, with Art Colony turning in the fastest clocking - a 1:51...
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