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Hitchiker holds aces in Open Trot at Cal-Expo

on 07/31/2008 2:00 AM
Hitchiker, a winner of eight straight and 18 of his 23 career outings, looms the solid favorite in tonight\'s Cal-Expo $7,700 Open Trot. Set to face off against him are KD Rowdy One, Easter Call, I Look Special and British Columbia.   A 4-year-old son of Tulane, Hitchiker goes about his business for the Desomer Stables, with Vickie Desomer training and Etienne Desomer handling the line...
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Giles LS Hanover hopes for break-free start

on 07/31/2008 2:00 AM
The good news is that the sophomore trotter Giles LS Hanover has won three of his five starts for trainer Bob Johnson, while the not so good news is the fact that he has made breaks in three of those efforts.   “He’s not just a work in progress, he’s a lot of work in progress,” related Johnson, who co-owns the son of SJ’s Photo with David Neumeister. “I’ve had him fo...
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Whosgoingwhosstaying and Pearl Of Capri take Stallion Stakes

on 07/31/2008 2:00 AM
Undefeated 2-year-old trotter Whosgoinwhosstayin ($2.60) posted his fifth straight win yesterday at the Isle Casino & Racing at Pompano Park, capturing the $40,000 Stallion Stakes for colts and geldings.   Driver Mickey McNichol sent Whosgoinwhosstayin to the lead from post five with Hard Work’n Rick (Tom Sells) grabbing the two-hole spot to the opening quarter mile in :30. Ba...
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VLTs proposed in Kentucky

on 07/31/2008 2:00 AM
A working draft of a bill to allow video lottery terminals (VLTs) at racetracks in Kentucky was released yesterday by state Rep. Greg Stumbo. He plans to pre-file the bill for consideration in the 2009 General Assembly. According to a news release, Stumbo’s plan would create new revenue for Kentucky’s horse industry by increasing purses, enhance funding for education, and reduce taxes for re...
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Fillies prepare for Whenuwishuponastar Pacing Series

on 07/31/2008 2:00 AM
With an unbeaten streak now four starts long, freshman filly She\'s A Fan is accumulating quite a fan club of her own as Carl Jamieson’s precocious pupil, she will be going for the biggest purse of her fledgling career on Thursday night (July 31) at Mohawk, in the C$53,100 final of the Whenuwishuponastar Pacing Series. She\'s A Fan, a daughter of Artiscape, out of the On The Roa...
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Meeting a forum for commentary from customers, marketers

on 07/31/2008 2:00 AM
A special meeting of the Hambletonian Society focusing on the \"Harness Racing Customer in 2025\" was held Thursday at the Sheraton Meadowlands, and the theme was largely the same as that at other industry conventions and meetings: promotion, leadership and the product.   The first panel featured four people in their 20s, along with longtime Standardbred owner-breeder Seth Rosenfeld, 41. Th...
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Muscle Hill ties 1:55 track, stakes record in Haughton

on 07/31/2008 2:00 AM
Muscle Hill put in a dominant performance to capture the $500,000 Peter Haughton Memorial Final for 2-year-old trotters on Thursday night at the Meadowlands. With Brian Sears in the bike, Muscle Hill cleared just before the half and cruised to a six-length win in 1:55, which matched the stakes, and track record set in 2006 by Donato Hanover.  Muscle Hill paid $3.00 to win the night’s eighth...
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Honorable Daughter remains unbeaten in Merrie Annabelle final

on 07/31/2008 2:00 AM
Honorable Daughter remained undefeated in her 2008 campaign, trotting away with her fifth straight victory in the $523,600 Merrie Annabelle Final. Driven by John Campbell, Honorable Daughter held off a late rally from Dover Miss at the wire to win by a neck in 1:55.4.  It was two and three-quarters of a length back to Margarita Momma in third.  Honorable Daughter paid $3.60 to win. “Sh...
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Swoosh Hanover wins fifth straight in PASS split

on 07/30/2008 2:00 AM
Swoosh Hanover swept to the lead at the quarter pole and trotted on to an effortless victory—her fifth straight—in a division of a $202,860 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old fillies Tuesday at The Meadows.   The stake, known as the Meadow Bright, was contested over four divisions, with Poster Pin Up, Hawaiianphotograph and Custom Model taking the other splits. Dave Palone enjoyed ...
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Riverofglory takes top Saratoga trot

on 07/30/2008 2:00 AM
The 11-year-old trotting mare Riverofglory returned to her winning ways on Tuesday, taking the featured $5,500 non-winners trot at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway in 1:59.3 to prevail for the 51st time in her career.   Starting from post two with Scott Mongeon at the lines, Riverofglory showed little interest in the early stages of the Tuesday feature, dropping back to seventh place through op...
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Seibel and Rice to host Hambletonian on NBC

on 07/30/2008 2:00 AM
Gary Seibel, harness racing’s expert commentator, and award winning reporter Kenny Rice, will host NBC’s coverage of the 83rd Hambletonian at the Meadowlands on Saturday, Aug. 2 with the one-hour live broadcast beginning at 2 p.m.     The NBC broadcast team recently won their seventh consecutive Eclipse Award for their live racing coverage.    Seibel, a veteran harne...
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Where\'s Waldo fastest 2YO pacer at Vernon this season

on 07/30/2008 2:00 AM
Josh Marks delivered three victories on Tuesday night (July 29), including a 1:56.4 score with Where’s Waldo, who became the fastest 2-year-old pacing gelding of Vernon Downs’ 55th season.   Tucking in behind the mile-cutter Sealed In My Heart in Tuesday’s $5,000 third race, Where’s Waldo drafted in second until the stretch drive, then closed for a 2 1/2 triumph. It was the fi...
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Voice your opinion in Cohen\'s First Over, now on the toolbar

on 07/30/2008 2:00 AM
There is plenty of action on the racetrack this week and there is also plenty of action in Andrew Cohen\'s First Over blog, which can now be linked by clicking the \"First Over Blog\" spot on the toolbar located at the top of the home page of harnessracing.com. Cohen gives his take on the happenings in the sport and you can weigh in with your opinion as well with just a simple click at \...
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Art Official to face 10 others in $150,000 Monument Circle

on 07/30/2008 2:00 AM
Sawgrass Farms’ Art Official has drawn post four in the inaugural $150,000 Monument Circle at Indiana Downs, slated for the 11th race Saturday evening, August 2. The Art Major colt will be joined by 10 other sophomore pacers, including several local horses. The stake will be bookended by two $75,000 divisions of the Elevation for freshman pacing colts. Making his first start since an electrifyi...
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Snow White right back in Friday\'s Duenna Invitational

on 07/30/2008 2:00 AM
Although most people expected the top 3-year-old filly trotter Snow White to get some time off after making a break last Saturday in her Hambletonian Oaks elimination, she was entered right back by trainer and co-owner Kevin Lare for Friday night’s $32,000 Duenna Invitational at the Meadowlands. Snow White has been made the 8-5 morning-line choice in the 12-horse field by track handicapper Dave ...
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Adios elimination post positions announced

on 07/30/2008 2:00 AM
The post positions have been set for the $50,000 eliminations of the Delvin Miller Adios slated for Friday, Aug. 1, at Mohegan Sun at Pocono. The final will be held next Saturday, Aug. 9, with a purse of $350,000. First Elimination 1-      Goddess’s Justin                 (T. Tetrick) 2-  ...
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Cameron Hall, winner of $1.8 million, euthanized at age 9

on 07/30/2008 2:00 AM
Cameron Hall, the winner of $1.8 million during her racing career, was euthanized at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Kentucky, early Wednesday morning due to a non-reversible condition involving her small intestine. Owned by Erkki Laakkonen, the daughter of Garland Lobell was 9 years old and was carrying a foal by Yankee Glide.   Cameron Hall had resided at Cane Run Farm in n...
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Chester freshman track record set

on 07/29/2008 2:00 AM
Dispatched as the prohibitive 1-5 favorite, Panmunjom turned in a stunning performance to headline Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action on Monday afternoon at Harrah\'s Chester Casino and Racetrack, scoring easily in 1:52.2 to keep a perfect four-for-four record intact. With Buggsy Yankee (Sam Schillaci) and Absolutely Michael (Yannick Gingras) both showing early speed, driver Dave Palone floated...
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Riggins, Bullville Powerful lead NYSS winners

on 07/29/2008 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway saw the state\'s glamour division for the first time this season, with Monday night\'s $235,663 New York Sire Stakes Hugh Grant Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings, and Riggins made short work--at a short price--of his six rivals in the third of five $47,132 divisions. With trainer Ray Schnittker doing the honors, Riggins--who broke early in his elimination for the Art Rooney ...
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Striking Sahbra\'s win half of OSS Gold 2FT elims

on 07/29/2008 2:00 AM
Daughters of Striking Sahbra took two of the four $40,000(C) Ontario Sire Stakes Gold eliminations for 2-year-old filly trotters Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Cumin First took the first split for driver Rick Zeron and turned in the fastest clocking with a 1:58.3 effort. The daughter of Striking Sahbra-Look Whos Cumin was almost five lengths better than Daylon Mystique and Lookin Back At You...
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