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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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Surrealist wins $180,000 Gold Final at Kawartha Downs

on 10/12/2008 2:00 AM
Two-year-old pacing colt Surrealist cruised to an effortless victory on Saturday evening in the richest race ever offered at Kawartha Downs. Starting from post four in the $180,000 Gold Final, Surrealist surged away from the starting gate and was on top by one and a half lengths when he swept by the quarter pole in :28.4. Driver Anthony MacDonald backed the pace off through the :59.1 hal...
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Mike Tanner new USTA executive VP

on 10/12/2008 2:00 AM
Michael J. “Mike” Tanner, 42, has been hired as the new executive vice president of the U.S. Trotting Association (USTA). The recommendation to hire was made by a search committee, directed by Russell Williams, the vice chairman of the board of the USTA.   The committee’s recommendation was affirmed by a teleconference vote of the Association’s full Board of Directors, conducte...
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Five Grassroots divisions contested at Western Fair

on 10/11/2008 2:00 AM
Freshman pacing filly Stonebridge Breeze cruised to an effortless victory in the last of five Grassroots divisions at Western Fair Raceway on Friday evening. In rein to Doug McNair, the Camluck miss accelerated away from Post 1 and commanded the race from start to finish, reaching the wire one and three-quarter lengths ahead of Kesons Avaia and Quality Goods in 1:58.4. The win was the third this ...
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No whips? Indiana Downs to offer innovative races

on 10/11/2008 2:00 AM
When Indiana Downs draws for its Saturday, October 18 card, the program could include several innovative races where the drivers will compete without the use of whips. The new condition sheet, which was released Saturday, offers six overnight races that could be held without whips. Should whips be prohibited in any of the races, the purses will be enhanced. According to Indiana Downs presidi...
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Happy Dreamer wins NJSS final in record time

on 10/11/2008 2:00 AM
Driver Andy Miller fired Happy Dreamer off the gate, grabbed the lead before the quarter and held on for a neck victory in the $85,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing fillies, the seventh race on October 11 at Freehold Raceway. The McArdle – I’m Not Dreamin filly paced the mile in 1:53.1, equaling her own stakes record effort in the first round of the NJSS on September ...
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Florida Sale Stakes at Pompano Park

on 10/11/2008 2:00 AM
Both divisions of the Florida Sale Stakes early non-wagering races for two-year-old Florida-Bred colt & gelding pacers set new lifetime marks Saturday at the isle casino & racing at pompano park. Storming Howard (Bruce Ranger) won the $14,300 first division in 1:54.4, taking his bankroll over $37,000.  The Mannart Howard-Keriann Hanover gelding hit the first turn and went right to th...
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James Dancer splits to Sailing Cruise, Brother Ray

on 10/11/2008 2:00 AM
Freehold Raceway played host to a pair of $137,375 James Dancer Memorial splits for sophomore pacing colts Saturday afternoon, October 11. Sailing Cruise nipped favorite Bullville Powerful in the first division in 1:51.4 while Brother Ray claimed the second split in 1:51.3 Yannick Gingras and Bullville Powerful gunned to the lead from the outside post in the first division as Sailing Cruise and J...
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