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George Paffenbarger Jr. dies

on 08/09/2008 2:00 AM
George C. Paffenbarger Jr. of Arden, N.Y., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Elant at Goshen Inc., after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was born Nov. 22, 1928, in Columbus, Ohio, the son of George C. and Rachel A. Paffenbarger.   He earned a degree in agricultural science from the University of Maryland in 1950, followed by service in the Quartermaster Corps of the U.S. Army...
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Shadow Play Cruises to 1:50.4 Victory

on 08/09/2008 2:00 AM
Shadow Play, with a rapid brush down the stretch going to the half and holding off a late rally by Major General, won the $350,000 42nd Delvin Miller Adios at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Saturday evening in 1:50.4.   Parked through a 25.2 opening quarter, driver David Miller took Shadow Play to the front before Pocono’s second turn and reached the half in 53.3.  Major General and And...
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Likabatoutahell Takes Ricci Memorial

on 08/09/2008 2:00 AM
Likabatoutahell drew from deep down in his cauldron of tricks to post a devilishly fast victory by the scantest of margins over a stellar field of trotters in Saturday\'s $50,000 renewal of the Joseph Ricci Memorial Trot at Scarborough Downs. \"He handled perfectly in the preliminaries and he did the same today\" said winning driver Gordon Corey, \"I\'m glad for the horse and I\'m just so pro...
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Yonkers $150,000 Invite to Psilvuheartbreaker

on 08/09/2008 2:00 AM
Psilvuheartbreaker, returning to town Saturday night equipped with a Chester form spree and an inside draw, won Yonkers Raceway\'s $150,000 Frederick Fialkow Invitational Pace. With Jim Meittinis driving for trainer Bruce Saunders, \'Heartbreaker\' was sent postward as 3-1 fourth choice in the field of seven (Western Smoocher was judges\' defection). He played the role of pocket protector as thi...
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Western Shore Leads Canadian Pacing Derby Field

on 08/09/2008 2:00 AM
Western Shore used a take-no-prisoners approach in capturing Saturday\'s lone $50,000 elimination for the Canadian Pacing Derby over a sloppy oval at Mohawk Racetrack. Mark MacDonald sent the strapping five-year-old son of Western Hanover - Artomatic straight to the front from post five and laid down splits of :27, :55.2 and 1:22.4, before kicking in with a strong final quarter of :27.2 to win ...
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Chancey Lady Takes Gold

on 08/09/2008 2:00 AM
Chancey Lady turned in a gritty effort over the off going on Saturday night (Aug. 9) at Mohawk Racetrack to capture the $140,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final for 3-year-old filly pacers in 1:53.   After sweeping both eliminations a week ago, driver Mike Saftic was forced to make a choice going into this week\'s final and stuck with the daughter of Camluck - Art Of Design, who did not dis...
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Elims set for Canadian Pacing Derby

on 08/08/2008 2:00 AM
Three powerful contenders for the August 16 final of the $750,000 Canadian Pacing Derby have opted to skip this Saturday’s $50,000 elimination at Mohawk and advance straight to the final, but a strong field of open pacing heavyweights will still make the elim a contest for the record books. Jean-Louis Arsenault’s Silent Swing, a s6-year-old son of Northern Luck, will be sitting out the Gold...
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Empire State\'s 2-year-old filly trotters in action at Saratoga

on 08/08/2008 2:00 AM
Juvenile filly trotters made their third stop along the New York Sire Stakes trail on Thursday as six divisions were contested at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, with She’s So Savvy putting forth the most impressive performance of the night, winning her $36,778 split in 2:00.3. Starting from post five, She’s So Savvy was driven aggressively off the gate by Howard Okusko Jr, marching authoritat...
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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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