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St. Lads Popcorn, Cheap Motel take OSS elims

on 09/30/2008 2:00 AM
St. Lads Popcorn continued her winning ways as the heavy favourite while Cheap Motel posted an upset in Monday night\'s pair of $40,000(C) Ontario Sire Stakes Gold eliminations for 2-year-old filly pacers at Mohawk Racetrack. In the opening split, Cheap Motel took advantage of a break in stride at the top of the stretch by heavily favored Shacked Up to score an off-the-pace victory for dri...
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Eagle Real One scores in Harrington feature

on 09/30/2008 2:00 AM
Frank Dettore\'s Eagle Real One ($10.20, Jon Roberts) was a one-length winner Monday in the $20,000 Junior Open at Harrington Raceway. The 5-year-old Dragon Again stallion set all the fractions in his 1:52.4 triumph over Brian P and Armbro David. It was his eighth win of the year as his seasonal earnings reached nearly $125,000.   Driver Brandon Givens registered four wins on the program...
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Zeron to take turn in Batavia All-Star Drivers challenge

on 09/30/2008 2:00 AM
The All-Star Drivers challenge continues on Wednesday night at Batavia Downs Gaming with Ontario’s Rick Zeron in town to drive for charity and take a swing at the $10,000 winner-take-all prize.   The 52-year-old Zeron has won over 6,600 races and his drives have earned over $70 million  throughout his career that began in 1977. He is currently second in the drivers\' standi...
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Italian trotter Infinitif likely to miss Allerage

on 09/30/2008 2:00 AM
Italian trotter Infinitif most likely will miss Saturday’s Allerage at the Red Mile in Lexington . The 4 year old is suffering from a minor ligament injury, trainer Marie Ortolan said, and will be given time off.  “He is too valuable and we don’t want to risk it,” Ortolan said. Infinitif won last year’s $1 million Italian Derby–part of an undefeated eight-race European campaign...
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Deja vu all over again for Tarver Hanover

on 09/30/2008 2:00 AM
It was déjà vu all over again for Tarver Hanover, who scored his second straight facile, front-end victory in the $25,000 Preferred Pace on Monday at The Meadows. Last week, Dave Palone guided Tarver Hanover to an unchallenged 2 1/4-length victory in 1:51.2. On Monday, the 7-year-old son of Ball And Chain-Tarport Herald turned in a near carbon copy effort for Palone, prevailing by 2 1/2 length...
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Saddle up for the SRF

on 09/30/2008 2:00 AM
Show your support for the Standardbred Retirement Foundation by joining the National Rescue Ride on Sunday, Oct. 19. On that day, horse lovers from across the country are saddling up to ride (or walk) in the National Rescue Ride to support the equine charity of their choice.   The SRF ride will take place in beautiful Colliers Mills near Great Adventure theme park in Jackson, N.J. But ...
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Sale of Mr Feelgood pending payment

on 09/30/2008 2:00 AM
Mr Feelgood, the 2006 Little Brown Jug champion and winner of this year\'s Graduate, Presidential and Isle of Capri events for older pacers, will be heading Down Under once a deal is completed to sell the horse to Australian owners.   Art Zubrod of Brittany Farms, which shares ownership of the 5-year-old stallion with Lindy Farms and John Fodera, said the owners of Mr Feelgood are...
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Two eliminations for Filly Futurity

on 09/30/2008 2:00 AM
Hambletonian Oaks winner Creamy Mimi and Filly World Trotting Derby champion Lantern Kronos, fresh off a 1:52.3 lifetime-best effort in a Bluegrass Stakes, will hope to advance from their respective first heat divisions to the Kentucky Filly Futurity final on Friday at The Red Mile in Lexington.   Lantern Kronos has won 11 of 14 races this season and finished second twice. She has been...
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Hillary posts victory at The Red Mile

on 09/30/2008 2:00 AM
Hillary came up a winner at The Red Mile Tuesday afternoon, but not the former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; it was the 2-year-old filly pacer Hillary, who crossed the finish line first for the first time in her career with a 1:55 victory in a $12,000 late-closing event. It was the second time the daughter of Jenna\'s Beach Boy stood in the winner\'s circle but her first trip at Springfi...
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Five ISS divisions held in Lexington Tuesday

on 09/30/2008 2:00 AM
Honorable Daughter\'s career unbeaten streak ended at six Tuesday afternoon at The Red Mile as the 2-year-old filly trotter made a break heading into the first turn in the fourth of five $74,600 International Stallion Stake divisions, opening the door for a 1:56 victory by second-choice Seaside.   Driver David Miller found a seat early with Seaside as the John Campbell-driven Honorable Daug...
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Manzi returns to sulky a winner

on 09/30/2008 2:00 AM
Coming back to the racetrack after only 43 days of recovery, Catello Manzi wasted no time returning to the winner\'s enclosure, driving Lets Go Baby Go to a 1:57.2 victory in a $14,300 non-wagering event Tuesday morning at Harrah\'s Chester Casino and Racetrack. The 58-year-old Manzi returned to the races with a full slate of drives, competing in all five non-wagering races and the sev...
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Lola Van Zonneveld, mother of Paula Campbell, dies

on 09/29/2008 2:00 AM
Lola VanZonneveld, 77, the mother of Paula Campbell, a founder of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation and the wife of Hall of Famer John Campbell, died Saturday, Sept. 27, in New Jersey after a brief illness. Ms. VanZonneveld was an avid race fan and volunteer at the Standardbred Retirement Foundation.   In addition to the her daughter Paula and son-in-law, Ms. VanZo...
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Rod Newhart named Dover race secretary

on 09/29/2008 2:00 AM
Rod Newhart will assume the duties of race secretary at Dover Downs when the Delaware capital-city raceway begins its 40th season the last Sunday in October. \"Rod Newhart has an excellent background working with horsemen and preparing race cards during his career, and I\'m sure he\'ll enjoy the high quality racing that is a feature of Dover Downs program,\" says John Hensley, track harness ra...
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Sweden\'s Commander Crowe wins for 23rd time

on 09/29/2008 2:00 AM
After almost three months off due to a severe infection, the 5-year-old gelding Commander Crowe was back racing and he\'s still unbeaten after 23 starts thanks to a victory at the Halmstad track in Sweden on Monday.   Commander Crowe (Juliano Star-Somack, by Mack Lobell) made the comeback at his local track and was never closer to the rail than the second tier. He reac...
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Darlin\'s Delight takes Milton at Mohawk

on 09/28/2008 2:00 AM
A persistent drizzle put out My Little Dragon\'s fire Saturday night at Mohawk, and rival Darlins Delight romped to a six-length victory in the $405,000 Milton Stakes for pacing mares, hitting the wire in 1:50.4. Hana Hanover and Randy Waples struck the early lead through a first panel in :26.2, with longshot Soggy Britches (Steve Condren) racing in the pocket, while Darlins Delight, with Yan...
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Backstretch with Gordon on Saturday

on 09/27/2008 2:00 AM
It\'s shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday morning as I sit in The Red Mile pressbox and look out over the racetrack, trying to figure out if it rained overnight or not. It seems wet in some spots, but other areas look completely dry. But one thing I do know is that the sun has finally broke through the clouds which means hopefully things will warm up for what is expected to be a great day of racing in ...
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Goldstar Rosie still alive for Florida bonus

on 09/27/2008 2:00 AM
Goldstar Rosie and driver Dan Clements were a neck the best in beating 10-1 Bling to win the $14,000 final of the Sunshine State Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Friday at the Isle Pompano Park and are now just two wins away from a $100,000 bonus check. Bling and driver Mel Turcotte was first to show with Howards Twister (Joe Pavia Jr.) leaving from post seven to grab the two-hole se...
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Kat N Mouse game in Meadows victory

on 09/27/2008 2:00 AM
Kat N Mouse snapped an uncharacteristic three-race losing streak on Friday at The Meadows when she rallied in the “Lightning Lane” to capture the $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Kat N Mouse won eight of her first 16 starts in 2008--all against top competition--but the 5-year-old daughter of Expensive Scooter-Sea Mouse was raced conservatively in her first two races off a 10...
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One Tough Lass wins late-closer, hands Mya Tri first-ever defeat

on 09/27/2008 2:00 AM
Mya Tri, racing away from her home state of Indiana for the very first time, saw her career unbeaten streak of 21 end Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile, with the 3-year-old filly trotter a non-factor sixth behind the winning One Tough Lass in the $14,000 Winbak Farms late-closer.   Driver Tim Tetrick rallied One Tough Lass off cover turning for home to easily rush past the leading Kentucky...
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World record by 2-year-old Sheer Desire

on 09/27/2008 2:00 AM
Making just his third career start, Sheer Desire set a world record for 2-year-old geldings and equaled the all-time mark for freshman with a 1:49.3 effort in the first of six divisions of the $510,100 Bluegrass Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile. Dave Palone was in the sulky behind the Mickey Burke trainee in the win in the $85,350 split.   Content in mid-pack while the Brian Sears-driven ...
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