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Dennis easily picks up eighth career win

on 08/08/2008 2:00 AM
Dennis, who missed the cut for the Hambletonian, overcame an unfavorable post position and went on to a decisive 1:56 win in the Arden Downs Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings in Grand Circuit action on Thursday at The Meadows. Dennis had captured eight of 18 career starts coming into the stakes, most of them at or near the front. In fact, he hadn’t been worse than...
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Mattonthechooch finds Scioto winner\'s circle

on 08/08/2008 2:00 AM
Driver Chris Page used his rail position to take the lead from the start with Mattonthechooch at Scioto Downs on Thursday and draw off to a 15 1/4-length win in 1:52.3. He defeated Sweet Sam and Wart for trainer Jeff Amann and owner Matt Amann of Circleville. The winner was bred by top trainer Jim Arledge.   It was a new lifetime record for the son of Mattcando,who is out of the mare C...
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Make It Happen, Big Apple Deli favored in Zweig splits

on 08/08/2008 2:00 AM
Ray Schnittker won’t be bringing the 2008 Hambletonian champion Deweycheatumnhowe with him to Tioga Downs on Saturday night, but he will be bringing top New York-bred trotter Make It Happen, a 3-year-old son of Conway Hall who finished third in the $1.5 million Hambo last Saturday with Daniel Dube in the bike.   Make It Happen and Schnittker will start from post four in Saturday...
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Splendid Les repeats at Vernon

on 08/08/2008 2:00 AM
Splendid Les turned in a repeat victory in the top Miracle Mile trotting class at Vernon Downs on Thursday night. Competing in the $10,000 featured eighth event, Splendid Les idled directly behind the mile-cutter, Eng-amer Davanti, through three-quarters, and then closed with a flurry to record a three-quarter-length decision over the fast closing Butterscotch Swirl. Eng-amer Davanti hel...
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Valley View Downs project in trouble

on 08/08/2008 2:00 AM
Published reports state the proposed Valley View Downs racetrack in Pennsylvania is in trouble and the development may be abandoned. Friday’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that lenders for the track’s parent company, Centaur Inc., will “push to abort (the) Pennsylvania racino project (and) get repaid early.” A Centaur spokeswoman confirmed to the newspaper that the company was negotiati...
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Mystra leads Red Mile speed parade

on 08/08/2008 2:00 AM
The 133-year old historic clay oval, known as The Red Mile, was lightning fast on Thursday night, producing an astonishing 10 lifetime marks on the 14-race card. The speed figures were inevitably linked to the fact that many young horses were competing, but are also a testament to the outstanding job done by track superintendent Terry Baker and his crew.    The fastest mile ...
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Harness Racing Hall of Fame names Immortals

on 08/08/2008 2:00 AM
On Sunday, July 5, 2009, “Hall of Fame Day,” the 2008 Immortal Honorees will be inducted into the Hall during ceremonies held under the tent on the museum lawn. This great distinction is given both to people and horses, no longer living, who have made significant contributions to the sport of harness racing. The new inductees, who are nominated annually by the museum’s members and elected ...
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6,000 wins for Andy Miller

on 08/08/2008 2:00 AM
Andy Miller needed only one win on Friday to reach 6,000 career wins and he reached the milestone in the second race at Freehold Raceway driving Robert Weinstein\'s Fancy Muffler ($6.40) to victory. The win was Miller\'s 289th of the year. The 39-year-old Miller, who began his driving career in 1985, enjoyed a career best last year in money won ($8,254,613). His best year for wins...
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Share The Delight co-owner Edward Cohen dies

on 08/08/2008 2:00 AM
Edward Cohen, a longtime harness owner whose career in the industry spanned four decades, died Friday in Denver, Col., from complications relating to diabetes. He was 79.   Born during the presidency of Calvin Coolidge and the Canadian prime minister-ship of William Lyon Mackenzie King, Cohen lived long enough to watch the 83rd Hambletonian from his hospital bed and to see one of his o...
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Knoxtrot Hall Wins Sixth Straight in Arden

on 08/08/2008 2:00 AM
Knoxtrot Hall won his sixth consecutive race, making it look easy in the process, when he captured a division of the $80,000 Arden Downs trot for freshman colts and geldings in Friday\'s Grand Circuit action at The Meadows. The event, known as the Henry Oliver, was contested over four divisions, with Wuthering Hanover, Salutation Hanover and Whata Hustler taking the other splits. Dave Palone...
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Helen Smith Final at Freehold Set - Muscle Shirt Wins Elim

on 08/08/2008 2:00 AM
Muscle Shirt won the $10,000 elimination race on Friday (Aug. 8) in 1:58.2 while the first eight of nine advance to the $70,000 Helen Smith final on Aug. 15 at Freehold Raceway. Muscle Shirt, driven by Cat Manzi and trained by Chuck Sylvester, took command before the half, was up five lengths at the top of the stretch and held on for a three-length victory in Friday’s fifth race.  On...
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OSS Gold Final to Bella Dolce

on 08/08/2008 2:00 AM
A post-10 starting spot was no obstacle for Bella Dolce who dominated her rivals in the $120,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold final for 3-year-old filly trotters Friday night (Aug. 8) at Mohawk Racetrack.   The 1:56 victory ran her current unbeaten streak to four and sent her career earnings to $480,818. She returned $3.50 for the win.   With Paul MacDonell at the controls, the daughte...
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Hogies Cam wins 18th of year at Monticello

on 08/07/2008 2:00 AM
Charles Strukel’s 10-year-old pacer Hogies Cam won his 18th race of the season at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday and continues to lead all other Standardbreds in North America in races won this year. The altered son of Camluck again used the front-end route to score a 1:57 victory--last half in :57--over five rivals in a $7,000 claiming pace. Once again, Jordan Stratton was at ...
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Oye Oye takes featured trot at Saratoga

on 08/07/2008 2:00 AM
After finishing fourth to Riverofglory in her most recent outing, Oye Oye avenged that defeat on Wednesday when turning back a late challenge from that rival to take the featured $5,500 non-winners trot at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway in 1:59.2. Guided from post two by conditioner Brian Cross, Oye Oye dueled with Rovasreadytorumble (Kim Crawford) through an opening quarter mile in :29, allowing ...
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Shadow Play trainer looks forward to Adios final

on 08/07/2008 2:00 AM
When it comes to talking about the recent world-record performance by Shadow Play, the morning line favorite in Saturday’s $350,000 Delvin Miller Adios at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Mark Ford is quick to point out that all the credit for the 3-year-old colt\'s success should go to Dr. Ian Moore of Prince Edward Island.   “Dr. Moore owns and trains Shadow Play,” said Ford, who is a h...
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Super Stakes Sunday at Chester

on 08/07/2008 2:00 AM
The highlight of the 2008 racing season at Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack--Super Stakes Sunday--scheduled for August 17, is fast approaching. Featured during the day will be the Battle of the Brandywine for 3-year-old pacers, the Colonial for 3-year-old trotters and the Valley Forge for 3-year-old filly pacers. For many years the “Battle” and the Colonial were flagship events at B...
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All-star Drivers Challenge at Batavia

on 08/07/2008 2:00 AM
For the first time Batavia Downs Gaming, Purple Haze Stables and Western New York Harness Horsemen are teaming up for the $10,000 All-star Drivers Challenge which will help raise money for the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, N.Y. Each Wednesday, starting in September, a different all-star driver will make an appearance for a meet and greet session prior to the race card in which he will dr...
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ORC dismissed appeal by Vysoke Tatry\'s owner

on 08/07/2008 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has dismissed an appeal by David Prushnok and Andray Farm regarding the judges decision to scratch Vysoke Tatry from last year\'s Breeders Crown Open Mare Pace at Mohawk Racetrack.   According to the ORC, on Tuesday, July 29, 2008, a Panel of the Ontario Racing Commission consisting of Chair Rod Seiling was convened to hear the matter. ...
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Five divisions of Empire State\'s freshman colt trotters vie

on 08/06/2008 2:00 AM
Juvenile colt and gelding trotters continued their New York Sire Stakes journey on Tuesday as five divisions of the third leg were contested at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, with Donttellmywife trotting the fastest mile of the night, winning his $42,822 division in 2:02.1. Guided from post seven by Jeff Gregory, Donttellmywife had no intentions on settling during the early stages of the trot, b...
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Grand Circuit action opens at The Meadows

on 08/06/2008 2:00 AM
The Meadows kicked off Grand Circuit week on Tuesday with the spotlight on freshman filly trotters and pacers and perhaps the most impressive winner in the day’s nine Grand Circuit divisions was Caviar Forthe Lady, who captured her fourth consecutive stake. Charlie Norris, who piloted Caviar Forthe Lady, enjoyed a Grand Circuit double, as he also reined to victory a trotter h...
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