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NYSS double for the Ackermans

on 07/11/2008 2:00 AM
It was a night of firsts Thursday with Yonkers Raceway hosting its first New York Sire Stakes event of the season with five divisions of the $192,712 Milt Taylor Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the card, with Hall of Fame trainer Doug Ackerman recording a double. Team Ackerman, always well-represented in statebred events, overcame the high price of gas to and from Michigan. W...
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Can\'t forget about this Saratoga track record

on 07/11/2008 2:00 AM
Whycantiforgetyou equaled the Saratoga Gaming and Raceway track record for a 4-year-old pacing mares on Thursday when stopping the timer in 1:53.1 to take the featured $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace for the second straight time. Driven from post four by Frank Coppola Jr., Whycantiforgetyou was not content to settle through the early stages of the Thursday feature, battling with Maranello N...
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Valley View Downs denied temporary license

on 07/11/2008 2:00 AM
With a financing deadline looming just days away, officials of the proposed Valley View Downs racetrack in Pennsylvania had their request for a temporary license rejected Thursday by a 7-0 vote by the state’s Gaming Control Board. The Board ruled it has not completed its investigation of the application, although Valley View could still later receive approval.   Indiana-based Centaur Gami...
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Eye infection slows down Tetrick, but he\'ll drive Friday

on 07/11/2008 2:00 AM
After missing the last two days of racing due to an eye infection, Tim Tetrick has told harnessracing.com he plans on driving at the Meadowlands Friday night, with his 12 mounts including Celebrity Secret in the $350,000 Stanley Dancer final and One Tough Lass in the $300,000 Delvin Miller final.   “It started hurting a little bit (Tuesday) and that night it really started hurting,” sai...
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MacGrath says Somebeachsomewhere is \'ready\' for U.S. debut

on 07/11/2008 2:00 AM
The undefeated 3-year-old colt pacer Somebeachsomewhere is just one day away from making his United States debut Saturday in the eliminations for the Meadowlands Pace, and co-owner and trainer Brent MacGrath says his charge is “ready” and that he is “very happy with how he’s coming into the race. He’s better than he’s been, that’s for sure. His foot is better, he’s feelin...
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Stately Art paces to Provost victory

on 07/11/2008 2:00 AM
Stately Art worked out a winning second-over trip to capture a division of the Watson Provost Pace for freshman colts and geldings on Thursday at The Meadows. The series was named for the late Watson Provost, longtime Meadows trainer and one of the pioneering group that helped found the track in 1963. Stately Art, who sharpened up for the series with three starts in Pennsylvania Fair stakes, mov...
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Track record for Lantern Kronos in Reynolds Stakes split

on 07/11/2008 2:00 AM
Lantern Kronos set a new track record in winning a W.N. Reynolds Memorial Stakes race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Friday afternoon.  The Reynolds races are the highlight of Grand Circuit Week at Pocono, which concluded with Friday’s action. Lantern Kronos crushed a group of 3-year-old filly trotters for a Reynolds win in 1:54:4, breaking the Pocono mark of 1:55:2 in that age group th...
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Hambletonian favorite cruises; Snow White wins Miller Memorial

on 07/11/2008 2:00 AM
In his final Hambletonian prep, Deweycheatumnhowe cruised to his 13th straight win in the $350,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial on Friday night at the Meadowlands. The undefeated colt is the overwhelming favorite heading into the July 26 eliminations for the $1.5 million Hambletonian, harness racing\'s most prestigious event, for 3-year-old trotters. The Hambletonian and its companion filly event, the ...
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Three in a row for Biggest Big Bertha

on 07/11/2008 2:00 AM
Biggest Big Bertha scored her third straight victory in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap pace on Friday night at Tioga Downs. The mile of 1:53.2 was the fastest time posted in her three race winning streak for trainer Patty Harris. Bruce Clarke took over the driving on the 7-year old Little Steven mare for Todd Ratchford as he had one of his trainees in the event. Clarke sent Biggest ...
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Goldstar Rosie captures Orange Blossom final in 1:59.1

on 07/11/2008 2:00 AM
Undefeated Goldstar Rosie ($2.20) made a clean sweep of the 16th annual Orange Blossom Pacing Series Friday at Pompano Park Harness Track, capturing the $21,300 final with a three and one-quarter length victory for driver Dan Clements. The series was for two-year-old Florida bred pacing fillies. The feature race saw Howards Twister (Wally Hennessey) shoot to the early lead from post six only to ...
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New lifetime mark for DW\'s Judy at Saratoga

on 07/11/2008 2:00 AM
The 4-year-old trotting mare DW’s Judy visited the Saratoga Gaming and Raceway winner’s circle for the second consecutive time on Friday, scoring an upset victory in the featured $15,000 Open Trot in a lifetime-best clocking of 1:56.4. Guided from post three by Jay Randall, DW’s Judy battled on the lead through a brisk opening quarter mile in :28.1, but was content to yield the top spot to...
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Yonkers features to Veterans Binions, Grain of Truth

on 07/11/2008 2:00 AM
Veterans Binions (Greg Grsmore) and Grain of Truth (Jeff Gregory) shared Yonkers Raceway glory Friday night, winning the $30,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. Binions went to the house in the Filly and Mare Open \'Cap Pace, leading at every pylon en route to a 1:54 effort.        Leaving from post position No. 4, Binions found the big chair in a hurry, with Miss Ga...
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Scioto Downs hosts seven Ohio Sires Stakes divisions

on 07/11/2008 2:00 AM
Ohio’s best sophomore fillies blew into Scioto Downs on Friday night and put on a great show for the racing fans in seven divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes. Seven different drivers posed for photos in the winner’s circle after the $20,000 events. The fastest 3-year-old trotting filly of the evening was She’s Not Red, driven to victory by Sam “Chip” Noble in 1:55.4. The daughter of Emile An...
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Real Velocity scores Hoosier Park invite victory in 1:51.3

on 07/11/2008 2:00 AM
Real Velocity, guided by Jason Dillander, drove down the stretch to win the $23,000 purse of the Fillies and Mares Invitational Friday, July 11 at Hoosier Park. The win was Real Velocity’s 10th of the season in 14 competitions. Camphor Hanover, with Brad Hanners in the sulky, raced out of the gate to take the lead over the field of seven. Reaching the quarter-mile mark in :26.1, Camphor Hanove...
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Manzi pilots Manningly to milestone

on 07/10/2008 2:00 AM
Hall of Famer Cat Manzi drove his 13,000th winner in the third race on Wednesday night at the Meadowlands, with only Herve Filion driving more winners (15,174).   Manzi piloted 2-year-old trotter Manningly to the 1:59.4 milestone victory in the $10,000 Kindergarten Classic for his best friend, trainer Larry Rathbone. He also teamed with Rathbone to win his first million-dolla...
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Campbell takes two $175,000 NJSS finals

on 07/10/2008 2:00 AM
John Campbell drove the winners of both $175,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Championships for 2-year-old fillies on Wednesday night at the Meadowlands, coming from off the pace to win with the trotter I Wanted Wings (1:59.1) and Twist N Clout (1:54.1), who both started from post 10.I Wanted Wings, a daughter of Muscles Yankee-Veronica Lake, held off Be My Baby by a head to post her second ca...
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Honorable Daughter fastest NYSS 2YO trotting filly winner

on 07/10/2008 2:00 AM
Six divisions of New York Sire Stakes  for 2-year-old trotting fillies, each racing for a purse of approximately $34,000, were showcased on Wednesday\'s card at Monticello Raceway, and when the action was over Naughty Nana, Beachcomber, Sister Marcy, She’s So Savvy, Honorable Daughter and New Hampshire Girl each emerged victorious in their respective splits. Though each of t...
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Diva Diva upsets males in Pompano Open

on 07/10/2008 2:00 AM
Diva Diva ($22.80), the lone mare in the field against seven male rivals, upset the field at odds of 10-1 in winning the $12,000 Open Trot at the isle pompano park Wednesday. Driven by Andy Santeramo, Diva Diva took full advantage of a pocket-trip behind pacesetter Guy Gets Girl (Bruce Ranger) in posting her fifth win this year. The feature started off with Guy Gets Girl out dueling D...
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Bob Watts serves notice at Scioto

on 07/10/2008 2:00 AM
The 2-year-old pacer Bob Watts served notice that heʼs got a lot of potential on the track with a 1:57.2 victory at Scioto Downs on Wednesday evening. The son of Real Desire won by 12 1/2 lengths with a final quarter in :27.3.   Bob Watts went to the front from post seven and never looked back, taking the field past the half in 1:00 for driver Russell Swartz. He then simply drew away i...
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Mesquite Heat breaks 33-race losing streak at Saratoga

on 07/10/2008 2:00 AM
Mesquite Heat halted a 33-race losing streak on Wednesday when visiting the winner’s circle in his Saratoga Gaming and Raceway debut, taking the featured $5,500 non-winners pace in a lifetime-best 1:55.1. Starting from post six with Brian Allen at the lines, Mesquite Heat settled comfortably in the pocket as an aggressively-handled Peterson (Dan Cappello Jr.) showed the way through fractions ...
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