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Biscuit wins Tubby Trimble final

on 05/22/2008 2:00 AM
A late move on the inside by Biscuit, driven by Trace Tetrick, helped the duo reach the winner’s circle in the final of the Tubby Trimble Series at Hoosier Park Wednesday. The 5-year-old gelding received his first win by defeating the favored Blue Punch, guided by Shawn Christner. Out of the gate, Blue Punch took control of the lead with Rowdy Rowdy, managed by Charles Conrad, and Biscuit...
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Battleshoe Victor upsets; Swingin Glory retires

on 05/22/2008 2:00 AM
Battleshoe Victor ($44.80) was the longshot play of the night at Pompano Park Wednesday as the chestnut gelding, at odds of 21-1, upset the field in the $12,000 featured trot with a nose victory over race favorite Gale Warning in 1:55.3.   The race started off with Manacuda (Walter Ross Jr.) shooting to the early lead from post five as Battleshoe Victory and driver Tom Sells...
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Harrington hat trick for Vicki Gram

on 05/22/2008 2:00 AM
Art Stafford\'s Vicki Gram ($5.40, 1:58) became the first three-time winner of Harrington Raceway\'s $22,000 Junior Open Trot as she was a wire-to-wire winner Wednesday. Driven by Art Stafford Jr., the 7-year-old Valley Victor mare is three-for-four at Harrington this meet as she held off pocket-sitting Go Nano Go, who finished second, and first-over Myrhymthmofthenight, who was third. Twe...
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Mildred Williams dies

on 05/22/2008 2:00 AM
Mildred Williams, the veteran female harness driver who was the inspiration for the Mildred Williams International Driving Series, died on Wednesday in a hospital in Ottawa, Ont., afer a brief illness with her daughter Heather and grandson Munro at her side. She was 92.   In 2006, 2007 and 2008, the Mildred Williams International Driving Series was named after the veteran reinswom...
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Former Michigan horseman John Perttunen dies

on 05/22/2008 2:00 AM
Former Michigan-based horseman John Perttunen died Tuesday, May 20, following surgery for lung cancer. He was 45.   Mr. Perttunen’s father, Norm, is the patrol judge at Hazel Park Raceway, while his brother, Eric, is a state steward in Michigan.   Mr. Perttunen won his first race in 1979 at the age of 16, winning 14 of his 33 starts that year. He last drove in 1993, finishing his c...
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Widger wins 3,000th race

on 05/22/2008 2:00 AM
With wins in the ninth and 10th races at Balmoral Park Wednesday night, Sam Widger reached the 3,000-victory milestone for his career. Widger’s 3,000th win came with Shadow Of Lighting, who crossed the wire first in 1:53.1.   Widger, 44, won five races on Tuesday at Balmoral—coincidentally with one victory coming behind a horse named Carrie The Idol on the same night the two 2008 Americ...
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**NEW** EXCLUSIVE: Peter Kleinhans\' Thursday blog from Sweden

on 05/22/2008 2:00 AM
Peter Kleinhans, owner of Enough Talk, the U.S. representative in Sunday\'s Elitlopp at Solvalla Racetrack in Stockholm, Sweden, reports in his daily blog from Sweden that it was an easy day for Enough Talk. Kleinhans, however, is concerend about how to treat Enough Talk for an irritation in his hind heels. His normal remedy can\'t be used this close to the race. Read about Kleinhan...
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New Jersey Classic, Miss New Jersey elims drawn

on 05/21/2008 2:00 AM
The $500,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic and the $200,000 Thomas D’Altrui Miss New Jersey, both for New Jersey-sired 3-year-old pacers, each drew 15 entrants for this weekend’s elimination races at the Meadowlands.   The top five from each elimination will advance to the finals on May 31. The colts and geldings will compete in $25,000 eliminations carded as races three a...
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Nidya A repeats in Harrington open

on 05/21/2008 2:00 AM
Paul McDougall Racing and WJ McDougall Racing\'s Nidya A ($5.40) became the second two-time winner in the $21,000 Mares Junior Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Driven by Ross Wolfenden, the 7-year-old Albert Albert mare collared pacesetting Casino Bus going to three-quarters and overpowered her foes for a one length win over Sixteen Candles and Firiel Hanover. Sixteen Candles is the only ot...
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Germany\'s von Holdt sweeps at Yonkers; USA\'s Siegel still lead

on 05/21/2008 2:00 AM
According to his bio, 38-year-old Hans Jurgen von Holdt is a blacksmith in Germany. His new vocation and venue might be catch-driver in New York after winning both divsions of Tuesday night\'s World Cup of Amateur Racing event at Yonkers Raceway, with the trotters Colonial Mansion (2:02.2) and Paradise Quikie (2:03.3). Colonial Mansion ($13) prevailed in the $6,000, first World Cup grouping...
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I\'m Justa Lady uses lightning lane to win Meadows open

on 05/21/2008 2:00 AM
I\'m Justa Lady converted a cozy pocket trip to victory on Tuesday, capturing the $18,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap at The Meadows, making it two in a row against the track\'s top distaff trotters. Tony Hall guided the daughter of Inquirer to the lead, which the pair willingly relinquished to Whotookwhat. In the stretch, I\'m Justa Lady poured through the “Lightning Lane” to dow...
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Sauce Two K wins sloppy Pocono feature

on 05/21/2008 2:00 AM
Sauce Two K rolled over a sloppy track to win his second straight $22,000 Open Handicap Trot on Tuesday afternoon at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. With Tim Tetrick once again in the bike, Sauce Two K took over the lead on the backstretch and stayed clear right to the finish line, winning by 2 1/4 lengths over runner-up Tremendous Hit in 1:55.1. Grain Of Truth got the show. The 4-year-old ge...
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Huston to announce races Saturday at Scioto\'s 50th party

on 05/21/2008 2:00 AM
Roger Huston, the voice of the Little Brown Jug for the past 40 years, will call the races at Scioto Downs on Saturday as part of the track’s 50th Anniversary celebration.    Huston, 66, is a native of Ohio but now lives in western Pennsylvania where he has served as the announcer at The Meadows for more than 30 years. He is also the long-time announcer of the Little Brown Jug at th...
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MacDonald to drive Lennon Blue Chip in OSS Gold final

on 05/21/2008 2:00 AM
Mark MacDonald was in an enviable position this week as he chose between two talented mounts for Saturday’s $140,000(C) Gold final at Mohawk Racetrack. MacDonald captured the first Gold elimination last weekend with Lennon Blue Chip, and finished third in the other 3-year-old pacing colt split with a hard charging Lucky Man. MacDonald chose Lennon Blue Chip as his mount for this Sat...
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Mojo Theory is North America\'s first 2-year-old winner of \'08

on 05/21/2008 2:00 AM
Mojo Theory became North America’s first 2-year-old winner of 2008 with a 2:04.3 qualifying effort at The Red Mile Tuesday. A son of first-crop sire Allamerican Theory, trainer-driver Steve Waller directed the freshman to the neck victory over fellow 2-year-old Miles Of Style, a son of Allamerican Ingot, in what was just a two-horse contest.   Out of the Gypsy Bret mare Gypsy Linda, Mojo ...
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Artistic Fella hopes to repeat in Dan Patch Invitational

on 05/21/2008 2:00 AM
Ten horses will vie for the 2008 title in the 15th edition of the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational Pace Saturday at Hoosier Park, with Artistic Fella, winner of the 2007 edition of the race, headlining the list of favorites.   Now five, the son of 1998 Dan Patch winner Pacific Fella is the only millionaire in the field with earnings that topple $1.7 million. He returns to Hoosier Park off o...
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Badlands Nitro favored in Hempt final

on 05/21/2008 2:00 AM
Badlands Nitro, who wears saddle pad two but leaves from the one post in Saturday’s $301,072 Max C. Hempt Memorial Pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, is the early-line favorite.   Badlands Nitro was the fastest winner of the two Hempt elimination races last Saturday, coming from off the pace and stopping the timer in 1:51. Badlands Nitro raced on the outside for half of t...
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Harness experiment again over Keeneland\'s polytrack

on 05/21/2008 2:00 AM
For the second time on Wednesday Keeneland Thoroughbred racetrack in Lexington, Ky., was the scene of a harness racing experiment as a pair of races were held over the synthetic polytrack. The first polytrack experiment was held in November 2006, and this time around the horses went a few seconds slower due to high winds. A cushion was also cut for the second mile, which went a bit slower than th...
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Rare Jewel back to defend Molson Pace crown

on 05/20/2008 2:00 AM
Rare Jewel is returning to defend his Molson Pace title at London’s Western Fair Raceway, with the 7-year-old Artiscape gelding drawing outside in a field of six starters in the sixth race Friday night in one of the two eliminations for the London track\'s signature annual race.   Owned by Norman Vartanian, Rare Jewel will be trained by Susanne Kerwood for his ret...
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35 wins for Village Blitz

on 05/20/2008 2:00 AM
Arty Foster Jr.\'s Village Blitz ($5.80, Ross Wolfenden) earned his 35th career win Monday in the $21,000 Junior Open Monday at Harrington Raceway. The 8-year-old Village Jiffy gelding gained the lead late for a one-length win over Prince of Luck and Redford Hall. The Foster trainee has now banked more than $621,000 lifetime. Driver Corey Callahan won three races on the program. (Harringt...
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