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2,000 slot machines at Indiana racetrack

on 06/02/2008 2:00 AM
Indiana’s first fully integrated casino and racetrack opened this morning when the official first dollar slid into one of 2,000 new state-of-the art slot machines at the Las Vegas-style Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson.    HoosierParkowners and executives, along with community leaders and local citizens, celebrated the opening of the new 92,000-square-foot casino buildin...
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Western Graduate, Armbro Barrister capture Yonkers co-features

on 05/31/2008 2:00 AM
Western Graduate--defending her distaff derby domain--and the veteran Armbro Barrister won Friday night\'s co-featured $30,000 Open Handicaps at Yonkers Raceway.   Assigned penultimiate post position No. 7 for trainer/driver Eric Abbatiello, Western Graduate took an early Filly and Mare Open \'Cap  Pace seat. Osborne\'s Gypsy (Greg Grismore) and Benear (Jeff Gregory) dropped the w...
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Splenda triumphs in Pompano feature in 1:54.2

on 05/31/2008 2:00 AM
Splenda ($10.20) was able to post her sixth win of the season at the isle pompano park Friday with a 1:54.2 triumph in the 1st race $6,800 feature pace. Owned, trained and driven to victory by Eric Irving of Boynton Beach, it was the second straight win for Splenda. Got You Beat (Bruce Ranger) was the first one on the lead from the starting gate with ICU Roller (Wally Hennessey) grabbing th...
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EJ\'s Copperstone, Alexabeth victorious in ISS action

on 05/31/2008 2:00 AM
The heavily-favored EJ’s Copperstone, controlled by Don Irvine Jr., lived up to the hype by finishing three and one-quarter lengths ahead of the small field of five in the three-year-old Indiana Sires Stakes for fillies at Hoosier Park Friday, May 30. She clocked in at 1:55.2 to win the $12,000 purse and stay undefeated in three starts this season. Savannah’s Love and leading driver Trace Te...
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Chancey Lady clocks track record in London Gold Final

on 05/31/2008 2:00 AM
A Fiesty Affair rocketed around the Western Fair Raceway on Friday evening, but her stablemate Chancey Lady breezed by in the stretch to claim the Gold Final title and a three-year-old pacing filly track record. Brad Forward fired A Fiesty Affair out of Post 5 in the $140,000 Gold Final, reaching the quarter in :27.1, the same opening fraction the filly posted in her elimination win last Fri...
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Rosecroft hosts MSRF 3YO trot opening round

on 05/31/2008 2:00 AM
Several divisions of the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund for three-year-old trotters were held at Rosecroft Raceway on Friday evening, and many of the betting favorites took top honors. In the first $11,100 division for fillies, Juanita [$2.20, $2.10, $2.10] trotted wire-to-wire through quarters of 28.3, 58.3 and 1:28.3 to win by over three lengths in 1:58.1 with Jim Morand at her lines. Trained b...
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Load The Dice takes Pocono feature, Brennan injured

on 05/31/2008 2:00 AM
Load The Dice continued his dominance of the Open Handicap pacers at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs by winning the feature on Saturday afternoon.  The race carried the day’s top purse of $22,000.  Load The Dice had the outside post in a field of nine but made the lead around the first turn and stayed in front all the way around to win by a half-length in 1:52 with Eric Goodell in the bi...
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Son of McArdle soars to 1:49.4 victory

on 05/31/2008 2:00 AM
Success struck a second time in the $500,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic for trainer Chris Ryder and driver Cat Manzi on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The team behind 2002 champion McArdle was back in the winner’s circle with his son, McCedes, who soared through the stretch to win the richest of state-bred races in 1:49.4. Manzi got away fourth with McCedes as 8-5 favorite Mr Nic...
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Somebeachsomewhere, Dali win Burlington Stakes divisions

on 05/31/2008 2:00 AM
The countdown to the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup has begun. The richest race on the continent for three-year-old pacers will be contested June 14 at Mohawk Racetrack and Saturday night, three $100,000 divisions of the Burlington Stakes showcased the leading hopefuls for the classic. And while the contenders will still have to qualify next week in Cup eliminations, with the winners getti...
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Trotting Classic to Arch Madness, Oaks to Up Front Hotsey

on 05/31/2008 2:00 AM
The betting public didn’t have much faith in Breeders’ Crown champion, Arch Madness, sending him off at 17-1, but trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer proved his colt was no fluke as he captured the $84,116 Trotting Classic second leg Saturday night at Mohawk, in 1:54.3. Smedshammer sent the four-year-old gelded son of Balanced Image sharply to the front from post #9, assisted by early ...
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Pompano feature to Miracle Believer, Ranger wins six

on 05/31/2008 2:00 AM
Despite being out of action for four weeks, Miracle Believer ($5.20) picked up right where he left off in April, in the winner’s circle at the isle pompano park. The seven-year-old gelding, driven by Dan Clements posted his second straight win with a sizzling 1:51.3 triumph Saturday in the $12,000 featured pace. The 5th race saw Miracle Believer grind it out early against Pan Prix (Tom Sells) t...
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Third straight for Rain Train in Yonkers Open Handicap Pace

on 05/31/2008 2:00 AM
Our Galvinator A fought the good fight, but it\'s tough to stop an oncoming Train. Rain Train, back after a week off, made it three consecutive wins, taking Saturday night\'s $30,000 Open Handicap Pace at Yonkers Raceway. With Jason Bartlett again doing the honors for co-owner/trainer Robert Sunner, Rain Train just did get by a sutbbon foe in 1:52.4. Leaving from post post position No. 4 as the ...
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I Scoot Hanover sophomores sweep ISS splits

on 05/31/2008 2:00 AM
Robin I Scoot, controlled by Don Irvine Jr., charged down the stretch to win the third leg of the Indiana Sires Stakes Saturday, May 31 at Hoosier Park. The three-year-old gelding has finished first in five out of eight races in 2008. Andy’s Z Tam, managed by Don Eash, raced out of the gate to take the lead over Dontlookatthesky, guided by Ricky Macomber Jr. Reaching the quarter-mile mark in :2...
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ABC Valentine wins 1st, Mya Tri wins 14th

on 05/30/2008 2:00 AM
ABC Valentine and driver Don Eash beat out the field of eight to win the third leg of the Indiana Sires Stakes Thursday at Hoosier Park. The duo crossed the line in a winning time of 1:59.1 for the $12,000 purse for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Mya Tri won the other ISS division to remain unbeaten over her career. Belle Peppa, controlled by Mark O’Mara, had an early lead out of the gate which s...
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Ducati repeats at Saratoga

on 05/30/2008 2:00 AM
For the second consecutive week, the 6-year-old trotter Ducati motored past his competition to take Thursday\'s featured $5,500 non-winners trot at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway in 2:00.1. Driven from post eight by Dan Cappello Jr., Ducati had very little interest in contesting the early stages of the Thursday trot, dropping back to seventh while spotting the leader Goblinsgonnagetyou (Bria...
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Admiral\'s Express fourth in out-of-retirement comeback race

on 05/30/2008 2:00 AM
Making his first pari-mutuel start since Dec. 23, 2006, Admiral’s Express finished fourth in an $11,000(C) conditioned pace at Kawartha Downs Thursday night. The 12-year-old son of Admirals Galley, voted 2005 Horse of the Year in Canada, was driven by Reg Gassien for trainer Mike Hales.   Sent off the 2-1 second choice, Admiral’s Express left from post six and Gassien was able to find a...
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Like A Prayer undergoes surgery for colic

on 05/30/2008 2:00 AM
Like A Prayer, one of the leading young trotting sires in North America, underwent colic surgery at Rood & Riddle Equine Clinic in Lexington on Thursday night and is expected to make a full recovery.   Although veterinarians said the 9-year-old stallion has a prognosis for a \"full and complete recovery,\" he will not return to stud duties for the remainder of the 20...
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Former Mich. racing commissioner Nelson Westrin dies

on 05/30/2008 2:00 AM
Nelson Westrin, who served as Michigan’s racing commissioner from 1993-97 and later as the first executive director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board, died Wednesday. He was 61.   Mr. Westrin, an attorney, was employed by the Detroit-based law firm of Honigman, Miller, Schwartz and Cohn at the time of his death.   Mr. Westrin was Michigan’s assistant attorney general assigned ...
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An OK win at The Meadows as Palone scores nine

on 05/30/2008 2:00 AM
Shuffled to seventh at the half, Tom’s OK Lady unleashed a wicked late brush that enabled her to overtake the venerable Whotookwhat and capture the $18,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Trot on Thursday at The Meadows, one of nine driving wins on the 18-race program for Dave Palone. Whotookwhat, who has won 42 times in her career, was in the process of grinding down the race leader, Worthy F...
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Xtreme Horsepower 2 set for Aug. 9

on 05/30/2008 2:00 AM
Georgian Downs in partnership with Standardbred Canada Friday unveiled the condition sheet for the second-ever Xtreme Horsepower event, set for Aug. 9.   “We’ve been planning for Xtreme 2 since the day after Xtreme 1,” said Chris Roberts, director of operations at Georgian Downs. “This year’s event will take the best from our first effort and mix in a slew of new ideas.&...
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