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Southern Rocketop delivers Cardinal knockout

on 10/15/2008 2:00 AM
State-bred trotting colts were back in the spotlight on Tuesday night as a field of nine 2-year-old colts and geldings slugged it out in the $47,850 Cardinal Stake. Had this been a prize fight it would have been stopped early on as the heavyweight champ of the division Southern Rocketop knocked out yet another field with an easy two-length triumph in 1:55.1.   Speeding away from the outside...
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Nifty Norman cruises in Belote Memorial final

on 10/15/2008 2:00 AM
Richard Macomber’s Nifty Norman completed a near sweep of the Hal Belote Memorial late-closing series with a dominant win in the 1 ¼-mile final Tuesday night at Colonial Downs. Nifty Norman finished fourth in the second leg but won the first and third legs by a combined 11 ¼ lengths to establish himself as the 1-5 favorite for the $12,800 Final. Driver Sean Bier was content to le...
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DSBF elims held at Harrington

on 10/15/2008 2:00 AM
Four $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes were contested Tuesday at Harrington Raceway for 2-year-old fillies. Bobby Myers and Carter Racing Stable\'s Rusty\'s Joy (Eddie Davis Jr.) broke Tug River Princess\' track record with a 1:55.4 win in the second division, but she didn\'t hold that mark alone for long. The next two divisions also went in 1:55.4 as bo...
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Fagliarone named Freehold race secretary

on 10/15/2008 2:00 AM
Karen Fagliarone has been named racing secretary at Freehold Raceway, effective Oct. 28. Fagliarone, 47, becomes one of only a small handful of women to occupy the racing secretary position at a North American racetrack. A member of the racing staff at Freehold for nearly two decades, Fagliarone replaces Peter Koch who has accepted the director of racing/racing secretary positio...
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Buckeye Nation\'s win is Palone\'s 500th stakes at Meadows

on 10/15/2008 2:00 AM
Unnerved by the sight of construction workers and equipment, Buckeye Nation nevertheless held it together long enough on Tuesday to take a division of the $136,000 Keystone Classic for freshman colt pacers and give Dave Palone his 500th stakes victory at The Meadows. The Keystone Classic was contested over four divisions, with Sand Benelli, Wambam Sam and Precious Medal capturing the other ...
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Drivers to compete without whips for one race at Indy Downs

on 10/15/2008 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs will play host to four $80,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals Saturday but the most intriguing race on the card is an $8,000 event where the drivers will compete without the use of whips. It is carded as the seventh race on the 13-race program, attracting a full field of 10. “It wasn’t hard at all,” Scott Peine, director of racing at the Shelbyville track, said of f...
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New Jersey 2CP Futurity rescheduled

on 10/15/2008 2:00 AM
The New Jersey Futurity for 2-year-old pacers, originally scheduled for Friday, Oct. 24, has been rescheduled to Saturday, Oct. 25 at Freehold Raceway. The draw for the race will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 22. The New Jersey Futurity, sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ), is open to fillies and colts sired in the state of New Jersey. (SBOANJ...
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New York State Racing & Wagering Board sets steroid rules

on 10/15/2008 2:00 AM
In a major step aimed at strengthening the integrity of horse racing, New York Racing and Wagering Board Chairman John D. Sabini announced Tuesday that the Board is moving to enact tough new rules restricting the administration of anabolic steroids to both Thoroughbred and Standardbred race horses. “For the sake of the betting public, we want to do everything in our power to ensure that racing ...
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No-whipping race changed so drivers can tuck whips for safety

on 10/15/2008 2:00 AM
What was at first billed as a \"novelty\" non-whipping race Saturday at Indiana Downs will now be contested with drivers carrying whips but with the stipulation they be tucked and used only if the situation dictates. The race is the seventh on the 13-race card, an $8,000 event with a full field of 10 horses.   Indiana Downs\' presiding judge Tim Schmitz said that out of concerns for safety,...
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Mister Big draws post five in Quillen Memorial final

on 10/15/2008 2:00 AM
Mister Big drew post five for Saturday\'s $317,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial final at Harrington Raceway, bringing an eight-race winning streak into the contest against seven other older pacers.   Owned by Joe Muscara, Mister Big won his Quillen elimination last Saturday in 1:51.1. Palone Ranger, who drew the outside post eight in the final, won the other elim in 1:51.4. Also in the field...
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Sylvester trainees sweep NJ Futurities

on 10/15/2008 2:00 AM
A pair of Chuck Sylvester trainees, both from the first crop of the ill-fated Windsong’s Legacy, swept the New Jersey Futurities for 2-year-old trotters on Wednesday at Freehold Raceway. In the $35,000 event for fillies, Southwind Wasabi, driven by John Campbell, won while Lou’s Legacy extended his winning streak to four in the $35,000 open division with Jim Marshall III in the ...
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Horseman Walter Warrington dies

on 10/14/2008 2:00 AM
Horseman Walter Scarborough Warrington, 83, of Galena, Maryland, the father of horsemen Steve and Dan Warrington, died Sunday, October 12.   Walter was born on May 7, 1925 in Providence, Md., son of the late James and Wilamina Moore Warrington. Walter served with the US Army as a master sergeant during the Korean Conflict. Aside from his time in the Army, Walter worked his entire life in th...
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Bouchard to drive Wednesday in Batavia challenge

on 10/14/2008 2:00 AM
The $10,000 All-Star Driver’s challenge at Batavia Downs and Gaming resumes on Wednesday with Stephane Bouchard in town to drive for charity. No stranger to the Downs\' winner\'s circle, Bouchard will need to more than 36 points to overtake Canada’s Jody Jamieson.   Bouchard began his career in 1989 and since then has racked up some pretty impressive numbers, winning more than...
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Sugg wins five at Northfield, including 1,000th career victory

on 10/14/2008 2:00 AM
Kurt Sugg came into Monday\'s card at Northfield with a decent chance to pick up his 1,000th career win. After all, he had 998 victories heading into the day. But nobody, not even Kurt, could have predicted the way he would accomplish the feat. Sugg won a total of five races on the 14-race card, including the first three of the night. Sugg replaced a delayed Aaron Merriman in the first rac...
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Whatta Hotty wins Gold Final in personal best 1:56.4

on 10/13/2008 2:00 AM
Whatta Hotty kicked off her owners’ Thanksgiving Day celebrations with an impressive $140,000 Gold Final victory at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening. The defending three-year-old trotting filly Gold Final champion was eased away from Post 3 by regular reinsman Garrett Whelan and was sitting second last when Pleasure Girls reached the opening quarter in :28. Pleasure Girls and Sylvain Fi...
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Dube wins $15,000 top prize in Harrah\'s Drivers\' Challenge

on 10/13/2008 2:00 AM
With four wins, Daniel Dube took home the $15,000 top prize in Sunday’s eight-race $60,000 Drivers’ Challenge at Harrah’s Chester, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association. Winning twice each were Yannick Gingras and Tim Tetrick, who earned the second and third-place prizes of $12,000 and $10,000, respectively.   The competition was marred by an early-race accide...
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Brennan returns to action, winner\'s circle at Freehold

on 10/13/2008 2:00 AM
George Brennan, sidelined with a broken wrist since the end of May, returned to the sulky for the first time on October 13, driving in seven races at Freehold Raceway. His return to the races included a victory in the eighth race with Shayna Baby, his 5,410th of his career, four and a half months after the injury. Brennan suffered a compound fracture of his right wrist in a racing accident on May...
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Broadway Paige, All Star Hanover set lifetime marks in victory

on 10/13/2008 2:00 AM
Broadway Paige, Pennsylvania’s freshman trotting filly champion, flashed that championship form Monday at The Meadows when she captured a division of a $98,000 Keystone Classic in a career-best 1:58.1. Away third, Dick Stillings sent Broadway Paige on a decisive quarter-pole move that carried her to a 1/2-length victory over the first-up Virgilyn Hanover. Perfect Prelude finished third. Bro...
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Lady Maud Pace attracts 14 fillies, Artimittateslife supplements

on 10/13/2008 2:00 AM
Fourteen 3-year-old fillies have been entered for Yonkers Raceway\'s Lady Maud Pace, with a total purse of $421,030. The in-box influx necessitated a pair of $20,000 eliminations events, going as race Nos. 5 and 8 during Friday night\'s 13-rzce soiree. The first four finishers in each trial return for the $381,020 final, set for Saturday night, Oct. 25. The connections of  New York Sire Stak...
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Mister Big, Palone Ranger score Quillen elims victories

on 10/13/2008 2:00 AM
The 2nd Annual Bobby Quillen Memorial Pace got underway Monday at Harrington Raceway and Joe Muscara\'s Mister Big ($2.60, Brian Sears) was as advertised, winning his eighth consecutive race in 1:51.1 in his $30,000 elimination. The top four finishers from each division will return to compete in the $317,000 Final on October 20. The 5-year-old Grinfromeartoear stallion settled third early behind...
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