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Champion trotter scores in first start since tie-back surgery

on 06/12/2008 2:00 AM
The 2007 Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year Snow White made her first sophomore appearance Thursday morning at the Meadowlands, winning a qualifier in 1:56.3 as she returned after being sidelined due to tie-back surgery performed in March. The surgery was needed after trainer Kevin Lare heard Snow White roaring during a training session at Gaitway Farm in Delaware. The surgery was performed a...
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Quebec-bred champ Val Taurus qualifies for Takter

on 06/12/2008 2:00 AM
Champion Quebec-bred trotter Val Taurus, now in New Jersey-based trainer Jimmy Takter’s barn, won a qualifier at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Wednesday in 1:59.2, romping home a 15 ¾-length winner. The mile was Val Taurus’s first since he made a break in a qualifier at the Meadowlands in late April.   “He had a bumpy road. When I qualified him at the Meadowlands he hit the bike wit...
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World record holder faces stiff challenge in $500,000 Franklin

on 06/12/2008 2:00 AM
Joseph Muscara’s Mister Big, fresh off a performance in which he paced the fastest mile in history on a five-eighths mile oval, can expect an immediate challenge to his supremacy from seven rivals in Sunday’s $500,000 Ben Franklin final at Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack.   This past Sunday, June 8, Mister Big was ultra impressive as he took an elimination for the Franklin in...
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Buck I St Pat set to compete in Miss Versatility

on 06/12/2008 2:00 AM
The $25,000 second leg of the Miss Versatility trotting series has drawn the interest of nine of the best trotting mares in North America, including world champion Buck I St Pat. The field of nine will go postward on Saturday night at Tioga Downs, which begins its card with a post time of 6:50 pm.   Buck I St Pat will look to continue her six-race winning streak for trainer Mickey...
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NA Cup post-draw thoughts

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
Somebeachsomewhere, last year’s champion 2-year-old colt pacer in Canada and the United States, will leave from post two as the 8-5 morning line favorite when he puts his undefeated record on the line in Saturday’s $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack. Post positions were determined Tuesday at Mohawk, with Steve Stamkos of the Sarnia Sting, the projected number one ...
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Morgan wins six at Harrington

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway\'s leading driver, Tony Morgan won six races Tuesday to give him 109 for the meet.   Morgan won the feature with Joe Muscara\'s Cruzinforalivin N ($3.80) who made her first start at Harrington a winning one, with a front stepping score in 1:54.3. The race was marred by a mishap as Artcotic made a break in the first turn and driver Jim Morand was unseated. Both appeared ...
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3-year-old colt trotters set new marks

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
Lear Jetta continued his dominance over the Pennsylvania trotting ranks, but Photo Bear stole a little bit of his thunder. as the two trotters took aim at a 7-year-old track record at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs during Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action on Tuesday afternoon. Just two races after Lear Jetta matched the standard of 1:54.1 for 3-year-old trotting colts set by the great SJ’s Caviar in ...
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Snow White to qualify Thursday

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
Snow White, the 2007 Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year, will make her first qualifier appearance on Thursday morning at the Meadowlands, according to trainer Kevin Lare. Snow White became the fastest (1:52.4) and richest ($1,252,646) freshman filly trotter in history, punctuating her 11-for-13 season with a Breeders Crown trophy. The daughter of Self Possessed underwent tie-back surge...
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Meadowlands Pick-4 bettors got a bonus from track

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
Meadowlands players benefited from a $7,147 bonus contributed by the track last Saturday when the Pick 4 pool fell short of the $75,000 guarantee. “It was pretty surprising to see the total Pick 4 pool was just under $68,000,” said assistant vice president of racing development and distribution Alex Dadoyan. “We had been averaging over $94,000 on Saturdays this year and really hadn’t fa...
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Youth dominates at Monticello

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
Last Saturday Goshen Historic Track held its annual Youth Day in conjunction with the matinee racing program there and though it wasn’t listed as such Monticello Raceway had a youth day of its own Tuesday when young drivers Jordan Stratton, Jason Bartlett and Jimmy Marohn Jr. dominated the racing program.   Stratton, back in action after a short vacation, won...
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Is The Matrix wager the bet of the future?

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
New and innovative horse-racing wagers are rare but Churchill Downs has announced it will begin offering on Wednesday “The Matrix,” which gives bettors a package of all 15 win, exacta and trifecta plays on three horses for a minimum of $9, which works out to 60 cents per wager. Bettors—who can bet as much as they want over the minimum—will receive three win bets, six exacta bets and six t...
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Update on New Jersey sales

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
Entries have closed for the 2008 New Jersey Classic yearling sale, while entries for the Tattersalls July Mixed Sale will close on Friday, June 13.   The New Jersey Classic will be held Sunday, Sept. 7, at the New Jersey Horse Park. The catalog is comprised of 225 yearlings, and catalogs will be available Aug. 1.   The Tattersalls July Mixed Sale will be held Sunday, July 20—the da...
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Insurance now in place to cover Americans racing in Canada

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
The USTA is partnering with racing groups in the United States and Canada to provide insurance to American horsemen who compete north of the border, with USTA president Phil Langley announcing Wednesday that Van Gundy would, in 2008, be providing a $250,000 policy for trainer and drivers who are in Canada to race.   The need for such a policy came to light after John Campbell suff...
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Horsemen injured at Pocono

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
Horsemen Irwin Lubar and Rocco Vinci were injured Wednesday morning in a pre-qualifying mishap involving three horses at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Lubar, of Tamarac, Fla., who just celebrated his 64th birthday yesterday, and Vinci of Chillicothe, Ohio, along with Vinci employee James Marine, were on the main track at approximately 9:40 when the accident occurred.   Lubar and V...
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Handle at Scioto up 117.2 percent

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
After the first month of its 2008 racing season, Scioto Downs is up 117.2 percent in total betting and that makes Stacy Cahill, general manager of racing operations, extremely pleased.   “We’re certainly off to a strong start this year in total handle,” Cahill says. “You always worry about the weather and the impact of high gas prices, but Scioto’s racing fans have more than doubl...
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Davis wins Billings division at The Meadows

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
Brent \"The Zanesville Clipper\" Davis won the CKG Billings Amateur circuit Midwest Regional contest Wednesday afternoon at The Meadows, driving Colonel Talbot to a 2:02.1 victory over longshot Tropicante, who was in rein to \"Trader Bud\" Hatfield, with Spit Happens and \"Chicago George\" Bonomo third.  In 2003, Davis was named the Amateur Driver of the Year, but in recent ...
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Native Bride looking for fifth in a row in Lynch Memorial

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
Native Bride, a winner of four straight at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, has drawn post four for the $250,792 James M. Lynch final set for Saturday at the northeastern Pennsylvania racetrack.   The 3-year-old AllAmerican Native filly produced the fastest time of the three Lynch elimination winners last Saturday, stopping the timer in 1:51.3 while scoring by 3 1/2 lengths over...
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Horseman Clarence Walters dies

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
Horseman Clarence Walters, 58, was killed Wednesday morning when he was kicked by a horse while working in the Mike Palone Stable at a private farm near The Meadows racetrack.   Walters reportedly entered the stall of a horse and was kicked in the chest by the animal. The Observer-Reporter newspaper reported that Walters was taken to Washington Hospital, about a 10-minute dri...
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1,900 more slots in Indiana

on 06/10/2008 2:00 AM
Hot on the heels of Hoosier Park opening its 92,000 square-foot casino June 2, Indiana Downs began the slots era in Shelbyville Monday, June 9. Indiana Live! Casino opened the doors of its 70,000 square-foot temporary facility to the public at 10 am. The structure offers 1,900 slot machines and a Wolfgang Puck restaurant, and the casino is being marketed as Vegas attitude with an Indiana address. ...
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Four straight for Eagle Real One

on 06/10/2008 2:00 AM
Frank Dettore\'s Eagle Real One ($5.60, Jon Roberts) earned his fourth straight victory Monday in the $21,000 Junior Open Pace at Harrington Raceway.   The Josh Green trainee left hard from post five and set fractions of :27.1, :56, and 1:24.3. Immortal Quest N fought gamely first-over throughout but lost by a nose to a stubborn Eagle Real One, who earned his sixth win of the year as ...
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