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Celebrity Secret, Azur take 3-year-old colt trots

on 06/13/2008 2:00 AM
Celebrity Secret edged away to a 1:54.3 victory in the first of two $30,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes divisions on Thursday night at the Meadowlands, with Azur winning the second split. Driver Tim Tetrick sent Celebrity Secret first-up to challenge the pacesetter Atomic Hall, towing the 1-2 favorite Muscle Mass with him. Muscle Mass went offstride at the three-quarter marker, allowing Celebrity Secre...
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Kentucky legislator to file racetrack slots bill

on 06/13/2008 2:00 AM
A Kentucky legislator announced Thursday he is preparing to propose legislation that will temporarily legalize slot machines at racetracks in the Bluegrass, stating he doesn’t believe the state’s constitution had to be changed in order to enact the bill.   “Maybe one of the things the legislature should consider is a trial—authorizing a limited number of slots just at tracks and let...
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Mya Tri now perfect in 15 career starts

on 06/13/2008 2:00 AM
The duo of Mya Tri and Walter Haynes Jr. fired down the stretch to win the fourth leg of the Indiana Sire Stakes Thursday at Hoosier Park, and the 3-year-old trotting filly by Pining Fora Tri has now won all 15 career starts she has competed in, and is a perfect four-for-four in 2008.   Charging out of the gate was Yourcomindown, driven by Neil Coleman, to take the early lead. Racing t...
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Morgan wins seven on birthday; King hurt in spill

on 06/13/2008 2:00 AM
Driver Tony Morgan won seven races on the card, while celebrating his 50th birthday Thursday at Harrington Raceway. Also on the program, driver Jim King Jr. suffered a back injury in a stretch mishap.   Only Morgan, Brad Hanners and Brandon Givens have won seven races on a card at Harrington. Morgan is the only driver to achieve the feat twice on Delaware\'s half mile racetrack. Morga...
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Alpine Dauntless extends winning streak at Saratoga

on 06/13/2008 2:00 AM
Alpine Dauntless extended his winning streak to three on Thursday when capturing the $5,500 featured non-winners trot at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway in 2:00. Starting from post one with conditioner Brian Allen at the lines, Alpine Dauntless seized control of the race the moment the gate swung open, marching aggressively to the front through fractions of :29.2, 1:00.2, and 1:30.2. After facing ...
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Ms. Pollyanna sets career mark with fifth win

on 06/13/2008 2:00 AM
The sophomore trotting starlet Ms. Pollyanna made it five in a row this season as she won the $10,200 Killbuck Mary Series final on Thursday night at Scioto Downs. The daughter of Chip Chip Hooray picked up a new 1:57.3f mark in the process. Kyle Ater sent the chestnut filly to the front at the start of the race, never relinquished the lead, and won as a 3-5 favorite. Her final quarter in :...
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Boo Coo Blush won\'t be denied at Cal-Expo

on 06/13/2008 2:00 AM
Some issues came up in the final quarter mile, but that wouldn\'t prevent Boo Coo Blush from earning a nice victory.   Conditioned trotters, racing for a $4,000 purse, were featured at Cal-Expo on Thursday night (June 12), on which Boo Coo Blush showed courage.   Coming away in last from post five in the field of eight for driver Lemoyne Svendsen, the pair would find themselves down ...
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Badpans prevails at Vernon Downs

on 06/13/2008 2:00 AM
The productive pacer Badpans displayed patience and closing ability in capturing Thursday night’s (June 12) main trotting event at Vernon Downs.   With Claude Huckabone, III driving for trainer Dave Spagnola, Badpans tucked in second behind Incredible Anthony early in the $6,300 eighth event and followed the energetic pacesetter through splits of :28.3, 1:00 and 1:30 before shaking loose ...
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Hawkinsville training center damaged by storm

on 06/13/2008 2:00 AM
A severe thunderstorm Wednesday afternoon caused heavy damage to the Lawrence Bennett Harness Horse Racing facility near Hawkinsville, Ga. Nine of the 10 barns at the site were damaged, including three that had its roofs totally ripped away, three with about half its roofs torn away, and three that sustained lesser damage.   There was no horses or humans at the training center when the stor...
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Rev. O\'Connor, owner of top pacer Caramore dies

on 06/13/2008 2:00 AM
Rev. Thomas J. O’Connor, who bred and raised many Standardbreds, including stakes winner Caramore, died Wednesday at home in Freehold Township, NJ. He was 78.Among the more than 80 horses he owned and bred was Caramore–Irish for big friend–who raced from 1980 to 1988, earning $1,129,411 with 55 wins, 34 seconds and 21 thirds from 199 starts. The son of Jolly Roger–JM Dorothy capt...
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2-year-old Mysticism sizzles in 1:53.4

on 06/13/2008 2:00 AM
Mysticism once again established himself as the fastest 2-year-old winner in North America this season, sizzling to 1:53.4 victory in a qualifying race Friday morning at Pompano Park. Trained and driven by Walter Ross, Mysticism, sired by Dragon Again from the top raceway mare, Imawesternlady, is a homebred colt bred by Patricia Ross and co-owned by Ross and Mary Elizabeth Ca...
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Cheyenne Trish a perfect three for three in NJSS legs

on 06/13/2008 2:00 AM
Two divisions of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old filly pacers were held Friday night (June 13) at the Meadowlands.  Knock Three Times and David Miller took the second division by a neck over Ideal Nectarine (Andy Miller) in 1:52.2 while Cheyenne Trish and John Campbell moved to the middle of the track halfway down the stretch to win the first division in 1:51.1.   In the ...
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Ross Croghan trainees finish 1-3

on 06/13/2008 2:00 AM
With 12 free for all mares going for $250,000 in the Lady Liberty Final at the Meadowlands, horses were coming from everywhere at the top of the stretch.  But coming up the inside, after leaving from the second tier in post 11, Life of Luxury N and Eric Goodell pulled the upset, going off at 21-1, to win in 1:51.   Darlin’s Delight and Yannick Gingras made it to the front to lead the...
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Copperstone & Irvine take INSS

on 06/13/2008 2:00 AM
The duo of EJ’s Copperstone and driver Don Irvine, Jr. raced down the stretch to win the fourth leg of the Indiana Sire Stakes on Friday, June 13 at Hoosier Park. This was the fourth win for EJ’s Copperstone in four races this season.   Savanna’s Love, guided by Hoosier Park’s leading driver, Trace Tetrick, raced out to take the early lead over the 12-horse field. Reaching the quart...
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Bartlett injured at Yonkers

on 06/13/2008 2:00 AM
Jason Bartlett, leading driver at Yonkers Raceway, was injured in a second race accident on Friday night. Bartlett, driving Hurricane Mike, was unseated when the sulky broke passing the quarter-mile pole, and was subsequently run over by trailing horses and sulkies. He suffered an injury to his right leg, and was taken to Lawrence Hospital in nearby Bronxville, N.Y. for tests and further evalu...
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Celebrity Tribute takes Elegantimage Cons as first win of year

on 06/13/2008 2:00 AM
Celebrity Tribute took full advantage of the pocket trip after the race favorite went off stride to her outside before the quarter in the C$50,000 Elegantimage Stakes Consolation for three-year-old trotting fillies Friday at Mohawk.   Mario Baillargeon drove the Staffan Lind trainee who led the field at every race call after the quarter to win by five lengths in 1:56.2.  Locksweeper br...
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3YO fillies compete in NJSS

on 06/12/2008 2:00 AM
Fancy Vacation commanded the lead at the half and held on in 1:55 to win the $30,000 third leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters Wednesday night at the Meadowlands, and in the second split Gleam\'s Dream, a daughter of Hambletonian victor Muscles Yankee and Oaks champion Gleam, held off the equally blue-blooded Share The Promise and All Our Moni in 1:56.Driven by Ron Pier...
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Jake\'s Nordic fastest at Harrington

on 06/12/2008 2:00 AM
Dan and Thomas Courtemanche\'s Jake\'s Nordic (Tim Curtin, $11.20) returned to Harrington Raceway a winner Wednesday in the $21,000 Junior Open Trot, winning in 1:55.4. The time was the fastest of the meet so far for a trotter at Harrington. The 9-year-old Keystone Nordic gelding set all the fractions, after gaining the lead from post five with fractions of :28.2, :58, and 1:27.3. He prevailed ...
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Matt\'s Wolfey, Honey\'s Luck win 2-year-old stake splits

on 06/12/2008 2:00 AM
Matt\'s Wolfey and Honey\'s Luck were winners Wednesday at Balmoral Park as freshman pacing fillies grabbed the spotlight with 13 Illinois conceived and foaled 2 year olds meeting in a pair of $6,000 Misty Misty Misty Stake splits.   In the opening division, Robert Phillips and Blackfoot Farms\' Matt’s Wolfey made amends for a disappointing effort in her career debut as she pos...
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Thunderstorms early, Gale Warning later at Pompano

on 06/12/2008 2:00 AM
The thunderstorms earlier in the day may have blown by Pompano Park but Gale Warning still prevailed with his third straight victory in the $12,000 feature trot Wednesday. Driven by Wally Hennessey, Gale Warning had little trouble leaving from post seven and taking the lead away from Guy Gets Girl (Bruce Ranger) after the opening quarter mile in a leisure :29.  From that point on, Hennes...
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