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NY State Fair at Tioga

on 08/15/2008 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs hosted five divisions of New York State Fair Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters on Friday night (August 15).   Howard Okusko, Jr. and She’s So Savvy (Malabar Man-Twitty) posted the fastest split in the first division with a new lifetime mark of 1:58.4. The Purple Haze Stable LLC paid $45,000 for She’s So Savvy as a yearling and in four lifetime starts she has banked o...
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Fifth Straight for Caviar FortheLady in PASS

on 08/15/2008 2:00 AM
Caviar Forthe Lady, a 2-year-old Sj\'s Caviar-Croupier Lady filly trotter, won her fifth straight race Friday afternoon (August 15) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, capturing one of six divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 2-year-old trotting fillies. Reined by Charlie Norris, Caviar Forthe Lady left from the one post and sat third for the first half of the mile with SJ’s Minolta ...
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Bella Dolce Leads Field for SBOA Final at Mohawk

on 08/15/2008 2:00 AM
Bella Dolce simply toyed with her competition on Friday night (August 15) at Mohawk to extend her current win streak to five in winning one of two C$25,000 SBOA Stakes eliminations for 3-year-old filly trotters. The daughter of Kadabra-Pizza Dolce sat sixth in the early stages before beginning a long, uncovered journey just before the half. There was never an anxious moment for the filly, in rei...
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Dewey Tops in Sweet Sixteen

on 08/15/2008 2:00 AM
Deweycheatumnhowe was victorious in his 16th straight win Friday night at Vernon Downs.  He won handily by eight lengths in 1:54 over pacesetter Summertime Yankee and Andy Miller.   Coming home with a :28.2 final panel, Dewey overcame the assigned post position five in the $30,000 three and four year old open trot.  Co-owner and trainer Ray Schnittker drove Dewey in his first...
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Millers donate earnings on Pink Ribbon Day at Springfield

on 08/14/2008 2:00 AM
Marcus Miller and his Uncle Andy raised $640 for cancer research during Pink Ribbon Day Wednesday at the Illinois State Fair. Marcus, the 19-year-old son of trainer Ervin Miller, and Andy, the trainer’s brother, donated half of their five percent driver’s earnings from their day’s drives to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Friends and owners of horses in the Erv Miller Stable ...
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Bigpepper a big winner at Saratoga

on 08/14/2008 2:00 AM
Bigpepper visited the Saratoga Gaming and Raceway winner’s circle for the second consecutive time on Wednesday after taking the featured $5,500 non-winners trot over a \"sloppy\" track in 2:01.2. Starting from post seven with Brian Cross at the controls, Bigpepper bided his time in sixth place through an opening quarter mile in :28.4 before beginning a third-over march towards the front throu...
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Stormont Northstar wins 69th race at Harrington

on 08/14/2008 2:00 AM
Paul McDougall and WJ McDougall Racing\'s Broke As Usual A ($7.80, Ross Wolfenden) was a decisive winner in Wednesday\'s $20,000 Junior Open Trot at Harrington Raceway. Trained by Peter Tritton, the 8-year-old Malhana Gindin gelding set all the fractions in his 1:56.4 triumph by three lengths over Litigator and Adam Gram. He\'s won his last three starts at Harrington. Meanwhile, Bob Stevenson...
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Shaniaraider holds on in Batavia blanket finish

on 08/14/2008 2:00 AM
At the wire first in the featured $8,500 Open Pace for fillies and mares at Batavia Downs Gaming Wednesday night was Shaniaraider with an excellent mile of 1:56.3. Ken Holliday was at the lines for one of his three wins on the night.   Shaniaraider left fast at the start and quarter times of :29.2, :59.2 and 1:27.2, respectively, before just holding on by a head...
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Muscle Shirt favored in Helen Smith final

on 08/14/2008 2:00 AM
Elim winner Muscle Shirt has been installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite in the $70,000 Helen Smith final on Friday at Freehold Raceway. Cat Manzi will once again drive the Chuck Sylvester-trainee, who trotted a lifetime-best 1:58.2 to win last week’s elimination race. Muscle Shirt, who will leave from post two, is one of the five daughters of Muscles Yankee in the eight-horse final.&nbs...
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2008 season over for Buck I St. Pat

on 08/14/2008 2:00 AM
Trainer Mickey Burke said Thursday morning that the 5-year-old trotting mare, Buck I St Pat, who surpassed $1 million in career earnings with her victory in the Perretti Farms Matchmaker at the Meadowlands in July, has been shut down for the rest of the year due to a slight tear in a tendon sheath in her right front leg.   Buck I St. Pat, who won 10 of her 14 starts this year, includin...
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Share The Delight shares with SRF

on 08/14/2008 2:00 AM
When 3-year-old pacer Share The Delight and driver John Campbell finished third at 25-1 in the $1.1 million Meadowlands Pace on July 19, it felt like a win to his owners, Andrew Cohen, Joseph Faber, Harvey Nagler, Lorne Polger and Ed Cohen. The mile came one week after Share The Delight won an elimination for the Pace. “We were so happy with him and with how John Campbell stuck with him, ...
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On-track harness handle climbs at Hawthorne

on 08/14/2008 2:00 AM
The Hawthorne Race Course summer harness meet concluded with a nearly 11 percent increase in on-site handle, quite a few new track records, and has applied for more harness dates in 2009.   Four new track-record performances were turned in. The 2-year-old gelded trotter Southern Rocketop may have set the standard for his age and gait for years to come as he obliterated the old re...
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Kentucky Drug Council recommendations ban on anabolic steroids

on 08/14/2008 2:00 AM
The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council on Thursday passed a recommendation that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission adopt a ban on anabolic steroids in horse racing, prompting council chairman Dr. Jerry Yon to call it the \"toughest in the country.\"   The recommendations calls for anabolic steroids to not be administered to any horse that is in competition, and includes a threshold lev...
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National ride to support horse adoption

on 08/14/2008 2:00 AM
Horse lovers from across the country are stampeding to join the National Rescue Ride on October 19, and among the charities that can benefit is the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. Fifty charities from more than 40 states have answered the call to help raise funds and awareness for unwanted, neglected and abused horses in the United States.   Similar to a walkathon, the NRR w...
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Southern Rocketop wins Ill Colt Stakes final in 1:54.1

on 08/14/2008 2:00 AM
Southern Rocketop, who tied the world record of 1:55.3 for 2-year-old trotting geldings on a mile track in his elimination for the Illinois State Fair Colt Stakes Friday, Aug. 8, obliterated the record Thursday evening in the $50,000 final by 18 lengths in 1:54.1. Brian Carpenter was at the lines as the son of Psychic Spirit scored his fourth straight victory and fifth of the year in seven starts....
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Scoot N Time a first-time Saratoga winner

on 08/13/2008 2:00 AM
Canadian invader Scoot N Time made his first trip to the Saratoga Gaming and Raceway winner’s circle on Tuesday after utilizing a perfect second-over trip to take the featured $5,500 non-winners pace in 1:56. Driven from post six by Mark Beckwith, Scoot N Time bided his time in sixth place as three horses battled for the early lead, with National Pastime (Brian Cross) emerging from that scuff...
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Betting Machine cashes in at Harrington

on 08/13/2008 2:00 AM
Only Money Inc. and Teague Inc.\'s Betting Machine ($7.80, Jim Morand) received a perfect trip and scored a 1:54 triumph in Tuesday\'s $20,000 Mares Junior Open feature at Harrington Raceway. The 4-year-old Bettor\'s Delight mare got a rail trip behind pacesetter Blissful Maddie and moved into the two hole when pocket-sitter Famed Artist pulled first-over up the backstretch. Morand and Betting Ma...
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It\'s a small world after all at Mohawk

on 08/13/2008 2:00 AM
The world\'s smallest living horse will be making a special appearance at Mohawk Saturday night as Thumbelina, a 5-year-old miniature horse listed at 17-1/2 inches tall and just 57 pounds will be at the track. According the Guiness Book of World Records, this makes her the planet\'s tiniest equine. She will make her first ever public appearance in Canada this Saturday night as part of the ...
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Ginger And Fred dances to PASS record

on 08/13/2008 2:00 AM
It wasn’t exactly a waltz, but Ginger And Fred danced to a stake record 1:53.2 in the $241,388 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for freshman pacing fillies on Tuesday afternoon at The Meadows. The stake, known as the Sand Tart, was contested over six divisions, with Tidewater Misty, Singnoevil Hanover, Up Front Dr. J, Sand E Fiftyfive and Rising Star taking the other splits. Dave Palone and train...
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Shawn Gray wins 1,500th career race

on 08/13/2008 2:00 AM
Shawn Gray visited the winner’s circle for the 1,500th time in his 15-year driving career on Tuesday after engineering the winning strategy while sulky-sitting Anthony Brannigan’s Hurricane Emily at the Maine State Fair at Skowhegan Raceway. Gray, a 34-year-old native of South Gardiner, Maine, recorded the milestone victory on the same fairground oval upon which the driver first br...
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