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Up Front Annika wires Goldsmith Maid field

on 10/25/2008 2:00 AM
Up Front Annika and John Campbell led wire-to-wire tonight to capture the $616,000 Goldsmith Maid stakes for 2-year-old trotting fillies, the first of the Fall Four stakes at Woodbine Saturday night. Stepping through sensible fractions of :28.1, :58.1 and 1:28.1, even-money favourite, Up Front Annika, cruised along on the lead with Yursa Hanover and Mario Baillargeon pocket-sitting and Elusive Des...
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Hawaiian Drink wins; Ginger And Fred off the board

on 10/25/2008 2:00 AM
Longshot Hawaiian Drink made a splash Saturday night as she tunred in a huge stretch rally and pulled off a 1:53.2 upset in the $585,000 Three Diamonds stake for 2-year-old pacing lasses at Woodbine racetrack.   The Carl Jamieson trainee Break The News, with Mark MacDonald in the bike, shot to the early lead from the far outside, followed closely by Ginger And Fred and Tim Tetrick...
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Nebupanezzar wins $820,000 Governor\'s Cup

on 10/25/2008 2:00 AM
Steve Condren waited as long as he could for cover, but if he had had to wait any longer, Nebupanezzar may not have been able to put his nose on the wire first and win the $820,000 Governor’s Cup final by a head over Art Colony in 1:51.2.   \"He\'s just been getting stronger and better every week,\" said Condren. \"That little break he had, and he had some sickness problems there for a wh...
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Federal Flex dominates in Valley Victory Trot

on 10/25/2008 2:00 AM
Federal Flex pretty much controlled the $718,000 Valley Victory Trot and took home his fifth win of the season in seven starts with his 1:56.2 score Saturday night at Woodbine.   Jody Jamieson drove Federal Flex, a son of Muscles Yankee and the accomplished Scully FBI. The colt is owned by the Federal Flex Stable, Ken Henwood, Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz.   Judge Joe, driven by D.R. A...
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Morgan, Crissman take Harrington titles

on 10/24/2008 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway\'s 62nd year of live racing came to a close Thursday night after its 109th racing card of 2008 was completed.Tony Morgan was honored as the track\'s leading driver for the third consecutive year as he finished with 332 wins. Ross Wolfenden, Jim Morand, Corey Callahan and Brandon Givens rounded out the top five. \"It\'s been a great year,\" said Morgan. \"I appreciate the opport...
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Southwest Casino sells Running Aces interest

on 10/24/2008 2:00 AM
Southwest Casino Corporation representatives announced Thursday they have completed a transfer of its ownership interest in North Metro Harness Initiative LLC to Black Diamond Commercial Finance LLC that is intended to improve the long-term viability and preserve hundreds of jobs at Running Aces Harness Park, the popular, state-of-the art card room and harness racing track in Columbus,...
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Lightly-raced Tuscan Gal aiming for Goldsmith Maid

on 10/24/2008 2:00 AM
With just five starts to her credit thus far, a Quebecois lass named Tuscan Gal is facing the biggest test of her young career this Saturday, when she steps onto the Woodbine oval to contest the $616,000(C) Goldsmith Maid stakes final for freshman trotting fillies. Fortunately, Tuscan Gal has several things going for her. First, she’ll have Trevor Ritchie, known for his deft touch with trotte...
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Swoosh Hanover, Hawaiianphotograph take Keystone Classic splits

on 10/24/2008 2:00 AM
Swoosh Hanover swooshed to the lead and a stake record 1:55.4 on Thursday at The Meadows when she captured a division of the $68,800 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old trotting fillies. The stake’s other division went to Hawaiianphotograph, who triumphed in 1:56.1--a stake mark that was erased about 30 minutes later by Swoosh Hanover. Entering the day, Win B held the stake record of 1:5...
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Steamin to sloppy Maywood victory

on 10/24/2008 2:00 AM
Steamin Rosie didn’t mind the raindrops nor the sloppy racing surface in her Maywood Park debut. The 3-year-old Prairie Meadows invader drew off to post a 2 1/4-length victory in Thursday night’s $12,500 BG’s Abbie stake for state-bred sophomore trotting fillies with a career-best time of 2:01.4.   Steamin Rosie left hard from the advantageous one slot but had to drop into the poc...
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Giles LS Hanover takes Cal Expo feature

on 10/24/2008 2:00 AM
A well-mannered mile combined with being reunited with the pilot who he had won two in a row with saw Giles LS Hanover get back on the winning track Thursday night at Cal Expo in a $4,500 conditioned trot.   Before starting from post position one in the field of six, driver Bruce Clarke was unsure of what to expect.   \"I didn\'t know what type of chance he had becaus...
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Dewey to race at Vernon; Marks wins four

on 10/24/2008 2:00 AM
Leading driver Josh Marks collected four wins during Thursday night’s 10-race card at Vernon Downs, including a 1:56.2 score with Scorpion Moon in the $8,500 featured ninth event. Also, the track announced Deweycheatumnhowe will start in a special $20,000 Invitational Friday, Oct. 31, in preparation for the Breeders Crown.   Leaving from post six against six select opponents, Scorpion...
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Crazed wins Vernon qualifier

on 10/24/2008 2:00 AM
Frank Antonacci told harnessracing.com Friday morning that his star 3-year-old colt trotter Crazed is on target for his upcoming start in the Matron at Dover Downs, with the son of Credit Winner capturing a qualifier at Vernon Downs on Thursday. Ironically, Crazed bested a Ray Schnittker-trained trotter in that qualifier, but the win came over the the 3-year-old filly Epangeline, not Dew...
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Art Official to miss rest of year

on 10/24/2008 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Pace champion Art Official will miss the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with a torn muscle in his left front leg, trainer Joe Seekman said Friday. Art Official won eight of his last nine races, with his only setback being a third-place finish in the Little Brown Jug final. For the year, the son of Art Major-Naughty Shady Lady won 13 of 20 starts and earned $1.5 million...
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Sam Spade now 6 for 13 this year

on 10/24/2008 2:00 AM
Spam Spade coasted to one-length victory in the $100,000 Charles I. Smith Final on Friday afternoon at Freehold Raceway, hitting the wire in 1:57.4. The Smith, carded as race seven, is restricted to New Jersey-sired three-year-old trotters and is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Spam Spade is a Miller family project---he is driven by Andy Mill...
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USTA district meetings held

on 10/24/2008 2:00 AM
Members of District 12 (New Jersey) of the United States Trotting Association met Friday morning at Freehold Raceway and returned Jeff Gregory to the board as the horsemen\'s director by a vote of 533-226 over challenger Tom Luchento, who serves as president of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey.   It also was announced that Alex Dadoyan of the Meadowla...
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In Focus, The Budster win Keystone Classics

on 10/24/2008 2:00 AM
Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion In Focus and The Budster won Keystone Classic splits at The Meadows Friday afternoon, with In Focus scoring in 1:58 and The Budster picking up his fifth win this season in 1:56.3.   Pete Foley trains The Budster for owners Steve and Gene Oldford of Michigan.    In the Keystone Classic, The Budster got to the front with a first-over mo...
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Ohio vets fined $10,000 each, suspended six months

on 10/23/2008 2:00 AM
Ohio-based veterinarians Rick Rothfuss and Rick Mather of  Columbus, Ohio, each have been fined $10,000 and have drawn six-month suspensions as a result of an initial investigation at The Red Mile in Lexington during the fall Grand Circuit meet.   Richard Williams, presiding judge for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC), imposed the penalties in a ruling announced Thursday...
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Somebeachsomewhere, Shadow Play ready for Messenger

on 10/23/2008 2:00 AM
The Maritime Militia has descended upon Middletown, N. Y. World champions Somebeachsomewhere and Shadow Play, the primary players in Yonkers Raceway\'s Saturday night production of the $650,000 Messenger Stakes, have hit town. The Beach and Shadow Play, along with Santanna Blue Chip, have made their way to Mark Ford\'s brand-spanking new training facility in preparation for the final jewel ...
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Luchento presented award by Jersey legislators

on 10/23/2008 2:00 AM
Tom Luchento, president of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey was presented with a resolution in his honor by State Assemblyman Ronald S. Dancer and US Congressman Chris Smith at a dinner held at Freehold Raceway on Wednesday. The joint legislative resolution commends Luchento for his “meritorious record of service, leadership and commitment” and for le...
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Delaware moves forward on banning steroids

on 10/23/2008 2:00 AM
The Delaware Harness Racing Commission (DHRC) has referred the subject of testing for steroids in Standardbred race horses to the DHRC Rules Committee, with the recommendation that the DHRC rules be amended to require testing for steroids in standardbred race horses effective as of April 1, 2009. The commission made the recommendation at its October meeting.   It is expected that all anabol...
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