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Shetler drives two winners in ISS opening round

on 07/22/2008 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs played host to the opening round of Indiana Sires Stakes action for freshman filly pacers Monday afternoon, July 21. Three $15,000 divisions were carded, with Andy Shetler guiding winners in two of the splits. In the first division Shetler and VIP Filly wired the field to take top prize in 1:55.4, winning by a length. The V P Finance filly, owned by Ellis G. Miller of Florida, is al...
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Ellen Harvey wins at The Meadows

on 07/22/2008 2:00 AM
Ellen Harvey, the equine namesake for the executive director of Harness Racing Communications, broke her maiden with a 2:01.2 score in a division of the $231,626 Pennsylvania Sire Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters Monday afternoon at The Meadows.   The stake, known as the Meadow Gladys, was contested over six divisions. Ellen Harvey’s win for Mike Wilder was the slowest split of the sta...
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Four promoted at Saratoga Gaming and Racing

on 07/22/2008 2:00 AM
Saratoga Gaming and Raceway announced Monday the creation of four new posts within its administration to focus on the company’s future growth, according to Saratogian.com. Jamie Hartmann, executive vice president and general manager announced the promotions Monday of four current employees to the new positions.   Rita Cox, formerly vice president of sales and marketing, has been promoted ...
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Entries for Adios due Saturday by 10 am

on 07/22/2008 2:00 AM
The deadline for declarations for the 2008 Delvin Miller Adios will close Saturday, July 26, at 10 am. The race is set to be held at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs due to construction at The Meadows, the home of the Adios. Pocono race secretary Saul Needle noted that the race office would be open from 8 am until 10 am on Saturday to accept entries. He noted that if eliminations are necessary th...
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Merriman scores 3,000th career victory

on 07/21/2008 2:00 AM
Aaron Merriman\'s 30th birthday present came just a few weeks late as he scored his 3,000th career driving victory on Saturday night at Scioto Downs. Merriman celebrated his 30th birthday on June 30, and is looking forward to the second half of the best season in his career. Thus far in 2008, he\'s won 304 races and more than $1.5 million in purses. He\'s on target to top his 2006 totals of 557 w...
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Cumin First steals OSS Gold Final at Flamboro in 1:59.4

on 07/21/2008 2:00 AM
The front end was a tough place for two-year-old trotting fillies on Sunday evening at Flamboro Downs, as fan favourites in both the $120,000 Gold Final and $20,000 Gold Consolation did all the early work but were unable to hang on in the stretch and claim the provincial hardware. Fans sent Daylon Mystique off as their top choice in the Gold Final and the undefeated daughter of Amigo Hall looked ...
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Premier Elecktrah tops Tattersalls Mixed Sale at Meadowlands

on 07/21/2008 2:00 AM
Premier Elecktrah, a 4-year-old mare by Million Dollar Cam, topped the Tattersalls July Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands Sunday, with a bid of $95,000 from Mark Ellis of Brantford, Ont. The auction sold 176 Standardbreds for a gross of $2,936,800 and a $16,686 average.   Premier Elecktrah came into the sale with lifetime earnings of $156,105 and a career record of 1:51f, taken June 9 at Harrah...
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Atoka Woodstock wins feature; Zombick sweeps driving challenge

on 07/20/2008 2:00 AM
Atoka Woodstock visited the winner’s circle for the second time in his last three starts when leading every step of the way en route to a 1:53.1 victory in the featured $15,000 Open Pace at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway on Saturday. Driven from post four by Frank Coppola Jr., Atoka Woodstock had no difficulty making the lead in the Saturday feature, charging directly to the front with little ...
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Canadian Breeders\' Championship elims contested at Mohawk

on 07/20/2008 2:00 AM
B Strike Three lived up to his 1-5 odds in the first of two $35,726 eliminations for the Canadian Breeders’ Championships for three-year-old colt and gelding trotters, as he cruised to a 1:54.4 victory at Mohawk Saturday night. The diminutive son of Striking Sahbra took advantage of two early breaks in stride (from Worthy Advantage and Striking Rich) to gain the lead from post position #7, with...
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Wall steers pair of freshmen fillies to Grassroots victories

on 07/20/2008 2:00 AM
Dave Wall put his Ontario Sires Stakes expertise to work at Woodstock Raceway on Saturday afternoon, guiding a pair of two-year-old trotting fillies to their first Grassroots victories. The Komoka resident, dubbed “Mr OSS” for his longtime success in the provincial program, started the afternoon off with a gate-to-wire triumph aboard fan favourite Too Grand. Leading by as much as nine lengths...
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Beeeyouuuuuu just misses Scioto track record

on 07/20/2008 2:00 AM
Beeyouuuuuu had not started since finishing third to Art Official in the Hoosier Cup, but showed that he was ready to roll in his Ohio Sires Stakes victory at Scioto Downs on Saturday night. The son of Yankee Cruiser won by five lengths in 1:50.1, missing the track mark by one tick of the watch. The track mark was set at 1:50 by Gallo Blue Chip in 2000. Beeyouuuuuu was driven by Bran Hanners for...
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Allamerican Improv lowers Tioga Downs track record

on 07/20/2008 2:00 AM
Allamerican Improv and Jim Morrill Jr. lowered the stakes record and track record for 2-year old colt pacers in the Tompkins-Geers at Tioga Downs on Sunday afternoon. The mile of 1:53.3 also established a new lifetime mark for the 2-year old son of Artiscape out of the Jate Lobell mare I’m A Jate. Allamerican Improv is trained by Jim Graham for Ronald Viola, David Venniro, and James Graham of Ne...
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Nebupanezzar captures OSS Gold Final in 1:54

on 07/20/2008 2:00 AM
Bob McIntosh pupil, Nebupanezzar, gave early notice of impressive pacing talent Sunday night as he captured the $120,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final for two-year-old colts and geldings in 1:54.0. A full brother to The Mohegan Pan, who was triumphant on Saturday in his elimination for the Canadian Breeders’ Championships, Nebupanezzar was the heavy favourite in a field which also f...
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Canadian Breeders Championship elims featured at Mohawk

on 07/19/2008 2:00 AM
Six Canadian Breeders Championship eliminations for sophomore fillies – two $36,118 divisions for pacers and four $20,486 splits for trotters – put the ladies centre stage at Mohawk Friday night. In the first division for pacers, trainer/driver Mike Vanderkemp scored a surprise victory with Southwind Swallow, who has a talent for picking up cheques without visiting the winner’s circle. The ...
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St Lads Popcorn goes from AE to victory in Gold Final

on 07/19/2008 2:00 AM
She drew an outside post and ended up with a dreadful trip in the Gold Elimination last week, but in her return to Flamboro Downs on Friday night, two-year-old pacing filly St Lads Popcorn had luck riding squarely on her shoulders. First, trainer Mark Horner was forced to scratch Pantecostal out of the $120,000 Gold Final when the grey daughter of No Pan Intended succumbed to an equine virus. The...
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Jordan\'s Jewell Illinois Fair Horse of the Month

on 07/19/2008 2:00 AM
Jordan’s Jewell has been named Illinois County Fair Horse of the Month by the Illinois Standardbred Owners and Breeders Association in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Bureau of County Fairs and Horse Racing.   The Prairie State’s county fair season kicked off June 13 at the Decatur-Macon County fair in Decatur, and will conclude September 4 in Sandwich at the De...
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Buck I St Pat scratched from Trotting Oaks

on 07/19/2008 2:00 AM
The trotting mare Buck I St Pat has been scratched from Saturday night\'s Trotting Oaks leg at the Meadowlands due to an undisclosed injury, and will be sidelined for several weeks. Mickey Burke trains the mare.   Buck I St Pat had drawn post one in the Trotting Oaks, scheduled as the fifth leg on the Meadowlands card. The 5-year-old mare won the Perretti Farms Matchmaker the prev...
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Go On BB lowers Meadows track record

on 07/19/2008 2:00 AM
Go On BB blazed a mile in 1:51.3, establishing a track record for 4-year-old mares in Fridays $23,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Under Dave Palones urging, Go On BB gunned for the lead from post position 9, then released a parked-out Streetcarnamedsire and settled into the pocket. The daughter of Dontgetinmyway-Challo BB exploded in the lane, coming home in :27.4 to ...
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SBSW finishes second in $1.1 million Meadowlands Pace

on 07/19/2008 2:00 AM
Art Official snapped Somebeachsomewhere\'s undefeated streak in world record fashion with a 1:47 victory in the $1.1 million Meadowlands Pace on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Pierce and Art Official took command at the quarter and dueled with Bullville Powerful down the backstretch, leaving Somebeachsomewhere three-wide as he pressed to the lead in a 51.4 half. Pierce and Art Official draft...
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Jay Sears collects 1,500th career victory

on 07/19/2008 2:00 AM
Driver Jay Sears scored his 1,500th career victory Saturday at Pompano Park Harness Track, winning the second race Florida Sunshine State Stakes with McRyan Michael ($5.00) in a lifetime best time of 1:54.3. For Sears, whose father, Gene, is in the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, and son Brian, is one of the leading drivers currently in harness racing, it was a special moment. “I wasn’t even pa...
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