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Stratton scores 6 at Mighty M on 21st birthday

on 07/01/2008 2:00 AM
On June 30, 1987, Jordan Stratton first saw the light of day and on his birthday 21 years later Monticello Raceway’s leading driver won six consecutive races on the Mighty M Monday card. Stratton began his assault in the second race with a 2:00.2 trotting victory with September Stables\' Miss Vicky Velvet ($2.50) and then won the third race behind Doc Gill’s Sealed With Love ($4....
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Third Day wins, Maltese Artist sneaks in conditioned victory

on 07/01/2008 2:00 AM
Third Day, who fell victim to a brutal trip last week, made his own luck on Monday at The Meadows, capturing the $23,000 Preferred Handicap Pace in wire-to-wire fashion. Dave Palone avoided traffic problems by gunning Third Day to the lead in :27. When the pair strolled through the second panel in :30, there was no catching them. The son of Cole Muffler scored in 1:52, a length better than ...
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Armbro Barrister rules in Pocono feature

on 07/01/2008 2:00 AM
Armbro Barrister came up just shy of his own track record but still did enough to win Monday afternoon’s featured $22,000 Open Handicap Trot at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Leaving as the 4-5 favorite from the outside post in a seven-horse field, Armbro Barrister wrestled the lead away from O Georgie at the three-eighths marker. With trainer-driver Ray Schnittker in the bike, the 7-y...
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IHHA reacts to Illinois riverboat surcharge appeal

on 07/01/2008 2:00 AM
Illinois Harness Horsemen\'s Association president George Bonomo has posted a notice on the IHHA website regarding the appeal by the Illinois riverboats regarding a surcharge to the tracks that will pay three percent of receipts. Here is the posting: The Illinois Riverboats did file a last minute appeal with the Illinois Supreme Court (again) regarding enforcement of HB1918.  It appears tha...
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Heyden\'s road to the Meadowlands Pace

on 07/01/2008 2:00 AM
Each week, Meadowlands\' statistician Bob Heyden ranks the top contenders for the $1 million Meadowlands Pace on July 19, and he still ranks Somebeachsomewhere at the top of the list.   Rank, Horse, Driver, Trainer, Owner, Bob Heyden\'s Comments 1. Somebeachsomewhere, Paul MacDonell, Brent McGrath, Schooner Stables. Undefeated Canadian colt will make U.S. debut in July 12 Pace elims. Most...
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Field set for Credit Winner final

on 07/01/2008 2:00 AM
A field of six of the top trotters, including San Remo Kosmos and Flash Lightning, will go to the post in the eighth race at Vernon Downs on Friday, July 4, in the $137,000 Credit Winner Final. Vernon Downs is holding a special post time of 1:15 pm for the holiday card on Friday afternoon.   The early favorite for the Credit Winner final is San Remo Kosmos from the Jimmy Takt...
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Driver tournament set for July 27 at Tioga

on 07/01/2008 2:00 AM
Brian Sears and Yannick Gingras are wanted men as they return to Tioga Downs on Sunday, July 27, to defend their title as the champions in the Second Annual Driver’s Championship at Tioga Downs. Post time is set for 1:15 pm.   In a letter dated April 28, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board approved Tioga Downs request to conduct the Second Annual Driver’s Champio...
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Chaka can in Rockingham stakes record time

on 06/30/2008 2:00 AM
Overlooked by the crowd at 42-1, Chaka Blue Chip won the $20,000 final of the Belle Acton Series and the first race of her career in stakes record time at Rockingham Park on Sunday.   After setting easy fractions of :27.2, :56.2, and 1:24.4 for three quarters of the one-mile event for 3 and 4-year-old fillies and mares, 2-5 favorite Beautiful Shay looked like she\'d continue to have things...
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Keykeeper, Production take Connors elims

on 06/29/2008 2:00 AM
Two eliminations of the William C. Connors Memorial for 3-year-old trotters were featured Friday night at Hazel Park Raceway, with Keykeeper and Production coming up winners and leading the entries for the $100,000 final.   In the first elimination, it was the Michigan superstar Keykeeper, who outlasted a furious stretch kick from Twin B Caviar to score the win in 1:57.2. The Mike...
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Falls For You wins by neck over Up Front Hotsey

on 06/28/2008 2:00 AM
Falls For You turned in an impressive two-move effort to capture the $361,225 Armbro Flight Final for older trotting mares Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:53.4.   With Mark MacDonald doing the driving, the 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Armbro Niagara left alertly from post six and crossed over in front of the field well before the first turn. At that point, longshot Speed N The Tunn...
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Art Official takes Hoosier Cup

on 06/28/2008 2:00 AM
Betting favorite Art Official won the $500,000 Hoosier Cup Saturday night, making a first-over move before the half and then tracking down Dali to win in 1:51.1 for driver Ryan Anderson and trainer Joe Seekman.   McCedes, winner of the New Jersey Classic, was fired out of post four by driver Cat Manzi but needed a :27 first panel to take control. Luc Ouellette settled Dali, who was making h...
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Titan Cup to Corleone Kosmos

on 06/28/2008 2:00 AM
Corleone Kosmos coasted to a 1:52.2 victory in the $200,000 Titan Cup on Saturday night at the Meadowlands, neer feeling pressure from expected rival Arch Madness, who raced off the pace and never threatened.   Eric Goodell settled Corleone Kosmos in third as the field rounded the first turn, then hustled him to the front as they made their way down the backstretch. CorleoneKosmos open...
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Tidewaterdragonfly ekes out win in Roses Are Red

on 06/28/2008 2:00 AM
In what was an absolute war from start to finish, Tidewaterdragonfly scored a hard-fought victory in Saturday\'s $405,715 Roses Are Red Stakes Final for older pacing mares at Mohawk Racetrack, winning over Southwind Madonna in 1:50.1.Dave Palone made the trip in to drive and took the 4-year-old daughter of Dragon Again off the gate from post three and watched the early leaders battle through ...
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Two elims held for Art Rooney Pace

on 06/28/2008 2:00 AM
Two eliminations for the Art Rooney Pace for 3-year-old colts were radically different as the first turned into a quick sprint for Badlands Nitro, who scored in 1:51.4, and the second was a sleeper for Santanna Blue Chip, who stole a ::29.4 second quarter and eventually won in 1:54.2.   Badlands Nitro was driven by Jason Bartlett since Brian Sears, his regular driver, stayed at the Mea...
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Napoleon wins Yonkers Trot after Holiday Credit breaks

on 06/28/2008 2:00 AM
Napoleon took full advantage of someone else\'s Waterloo Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway\'s $605,854 Yonkers Trot in 1:57.1 when Holiday Credit broke stride near the wire.   Stephane Bouchard drove Napoleon, a son of Credit Winner, to a tight-quarters, head victory. Make it Happen (Ray Schnittker) flew home inside to just miss, while Big Apple Deli (John Campbell) wa...
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Credit Winner son takes Harriman Cup division in 1:57.3

on 06/27/2008 2:00 AM
The team behind 2007 Trotter of the Year and Hambletonian winner Donato Hanover were back in the winner’s circle with another promising trotting prospect, Victor Blue Chip, on Thursday night at the Meadowlands as the 2-year-old colt came first-up to take the lead and drew off to a 1 1/4-length victory over his entrymate Salutation Hanover in the first of three $36,000 Harriman Cup divisions...
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Boardwalk posts fifth straight at Saratoga

on 06/27/2008 2:00 AM
After visiting the winner’s circle just once in his first 12 career starts, Boardwalk tallied his fifth consecutive triumph on Thursday when taking the featured $5,500 non-winners pace at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway in 1:55.4. Driven from post two by Dan Cappello Jr., Boardwalk found an early spot along the pylons in third place as Pro Mattic (Brian Allen) showed the way through opening fract...
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Bill Elliott suspended 10 years, purse monies ordered returned

on 06/27/2008 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission announced Thursday that the director John Blakney has issued a Notice of Proposed Order to suspend the license of owner/trainer/driver Bill Elliott of Caledonia, Ont., for a period of 10 years, and ordered a $40,000 fine, and that purse monies and all trainer and driver fees earned by the horse Michelle\'s Power during a period ruled ineligible to race shall be return...
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Buck I St. Pat looking for Armbro Flight redemption

on 06/27/2008 2:00 AM
\"She’s more consistent this year. Last year she’d throw in a clunker every now and then.\" That’s how trainer-of-record, Ron Parsons, describes 5-year-old Buck I St. Pat, who makes his barn her home when racing in Canada. And one of the ‘clunkers’ he’s referring to was last year’s edition of the Armbro Flight Stakes.   After wowing onlookers at the Mohawk oval in the Classi...
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Fudgjoe steps up to win Preferred Trot at The Meadows

on 06/27/2008 2:00 AM
Fudgjoe had won six consecutive conditioned races, but was he ready for the bearcats in The Meadows’ Preferred Handicap Trot? The 4-year-old gelding dispelled any doubts about his credentials, as he captured Thursday’s $23,000 event in a sparkling 1:54.4.   Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Fudgjoe’s streak—five of those wins came from post position eight or nine. He was on the ...
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