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BV\'s Sister wins Open Trot at The Meadows

on 06/12/2008 2:00 AM
BV’s Sister was both aggressive and patient on Wednesday at The Meadows, a combination that brought her victory in the $18,000 Filly and Mare Open Trot. Mike Wilder hustled BV’s Sister to the front from post position four, but the pair soon yielded the lead to the venerable Whotookwhat. Things got dicey when BV’s Sister was shuffled to third at the three-quarter pole. But Whotookwhat ...
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Class Attack shakes off attacks to win Floating Dream final

on 06/12/2008 2:00 AM
Class Attack defeated 2-5 favorite Yankee Oak in a homestretch duel to win the $8,500 final of the Floating Dream Series at Scioto Downs on Wednesday night. The sophomore pacing filly was one of three winners steered by Chris Page. Driver Bob Harper sent Yankee Oak to the front from the rail and was forced to pace fast fractions by a persistent challenge from Cruiser Girl and Jeremy Smith. ...
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SC has committees for Wagering Action Plan

on 06/12/2008 2:00 AM
Standardbred Canada\'s Wagering Action Plan is moving forward and industry participants on all five committees have been confirmed. Conference calls and/or meetings for all of the five committees are currently underway and by June 20, all committees will have had their initial meetings.   Under the umbrella of the Standardbred Wagering Action Plan, the following five committees were identif...
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Three horses die in barn fire near Lexington

on 06/12/2008 2:00 AM
Three horses, all boarded show horses, and a mule died in a barn fire late Wednesday night at Grand Marina Farm in Lexington, Ky. Standardbred breeder Polly Hilliard and her brother, Bill, own the farm. Their 13 Standardbreds were in another barn on another part of the farm and were never in danger.   No official cause of the fire has been determined, but it is suspected to have been t...
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Blazing last quarters turn head at Big M baby races

on 06/12/2008 2:00 AM
Although Sir Sisu, a son of McArdle, earned 1:57.2 speed-badge honors at the 2-year-old races Wednesday morning at the Meadowlands, it was a handful of blazing last quarters posted by other winners—including a :25.4 final panel by the winning filly Girls Nite Out—that drew the most attention.   Girls Nite Out, owned by the Andy Miller Stable and driven by Andy Miller and trained by his ...
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Darlin\'s Delight bids for repeat in Lady Liberty

on 06/12/2008 2:00 AM
Darlin’s Delight seeks to defend her crown in the $250,000 Lady Liberty Final on Friday night at the Meadowlands, where she will be taking on a deep field of 11 other mares.   The 2006 3-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year is rated at 10-1 from post two in the night’s seventh race. Trained by Jeff Stafford, she is the richest of five millionaires in the talented field of 12. Southwind Temp...
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1:57.1 track record for Napoleon

on 06/12/2008 2:00 AM
The new slogan going around which states “Bred in New York to Take on the World”  seemed more than apropos especially the way the New York-bred  sophomore trotting colts and geldings strutted their stuff in the $243,000 New York Sire Stakes at Monticello Raceway on June 11.   Napoleon (Stephane Bouchard), a Credit Winner colt  set a new track record for his age and gait...
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Champion trotter scores in first start since tie-back surgery

on 06/12/2008 2:00 AM
The 2007 Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year Snow White made her first sophomore appearance Thursday morning at the Meadowlands, winning a qualifier in 1:56.3 as she returned after being sidelined due to tie-back surgery performed in March. The surgery was needed after trainer Kevin Lare heard Snow White roaring during a training session at Gaitway Farm in Delaware. The surgery was performed a...
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Quebec-bred champ Val Taurus qualifies for Takter

on 06/12/2008 2:00 AM
Champion Quebec-bred trotter Val Taurus, now in New Jersey-based trainer Jimmy Takter’s barn, won a qualifier at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Wednesday in 1:59.2, romping home a 15 ¾-length winner. The mile was Val Taurus’s first since he made a break in a qualifier at the Meadowlands in late April.   “He had a bumpy road. When I qualified him at the Meadowlands he hit the bike wit...
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World record holder faces stiff challenge in $500,000 Franklin

on 06/12/2008 2:00 AM
Joseph Muscara’s Mister Big, fresh off a performance in which he paced the fastest mile in history on a five-eighths mile oval, can expect an immediate challenge to his supremacy from seven rivals in Sunday’s $500,000 Ben Franklin final at Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack.   This past Sunday, June 8, Mister Big was ultra impressive as he took an elimination for the Franklin in...
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Buck I St Pat set to compete in Miss Versatility

on 06/12/2008 2:00 AM
The $25,000 second leg of the Miss Versatility trotting series has drawn the interest of nine of the best trotting mares in North America, including world champion Buck I St Pat. The field of nine will go postward on Saturday night at Tioga Downs, which begins its card with a post time of 6:50 pm.   Buck I St Pat will look to continue her six-race winning streak for trainer Mickey...
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NA Cup post-draw thoughts

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
Somebeachsomewhere, last year’s champion 2-year-old colt pacer in Canada and the United States, will leave from post two as the 8-5 morning line favorite when he puts his undefeated record on the line in Saturday’s $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack. Post positions were determined Tuesday at Mohawk, with Steve Stamkos of the Sarnia Sting, the projected number one ...
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Morgan wins six at Harrington

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway\'s leading driver, Tony Morgan won six races Tuesday to give him 109 for the meet.   Morgan won the feature with Joe Muscara\'s Cruzinforalivin N ($3.80) who made her first start at Harrington a winning one, with a front stepping score in 1:54.3. The race was marred by a mishap as Artcotic made a break in the first turn and driver Jim Morand was unseated. Both appeared ...
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3-year-old colt trotters set new marks

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
Lear Jetta continued his dominance over the Pennsylvania trotting ranks, but Photo Bear stole a little bit of his thunder. as the two trotters took aim at a 7-year-old track record at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs during Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action on Tuesday afternoon. Just two races after Lear Jetta matched the standard of 1:54.1 for 3-year-old trotting colts set by the great SJ’s Caviar in ...
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Snow White to qualify Thursday

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
Snow White, the 2007 Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year, will make her first qualifier appearance on Thursday morning at the Meadowlands, according to trainer Kevin Lare. Snow White became the fastest (1:52.4) and richest ($1,252,646) freshman filly trotter in history, punctuating her 11-for-13 season with a Breeders Crown trophy. The daughter of Self Possessed underwent tie-back surge...
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Meadowlands Pick-4 bettors got a bonus from track

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
Meadowlands players benefited from a $7,147 bonus contributed by the track last Saturday when the Pick 4 pool fell short of the $75,000 guarantee. “It was pretty surprising to see the total Pick 4 pool was just under $68,000,” said assistant vice president of racing development and distribution Alex Dadoyan. “We had been averaging over $94,000 on Saturdays this year and really hadn’t fa...
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Youth dominates at Monticello

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
Last Saturday Goshen Historic Track held its annual Youth Day in conjunction with the matinee racing program there and though it wasn’t listed as such Monticello Raceway had a youth day of its own Tuesday when young drivers Jordan Stratton, Jason Bartlett and Jimmy Marohn Jr. dominated the racing program.   Stratton, back in action after a short vacation, won...
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Is The Matrix wager the bet of the future?

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
New and innovative horse-racing wagers are rare but Churchill Downs has announced it will begin offering on Wednesday “The Matrix,” which gives bettors a package of all 15 win, exacta and trifecta plays on three horses for a minimum of $9, which works out to 60 cents per wager. Bettors—who can bet as much as they want over the minimum—will receive three win bets, six exacta bets and six t...
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Update on New Jersey sales

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
Entries have closed for the 2008 New Jersey Classic yearling sale, while entries for the Tattersalls July Mixed Sale will close on Friday, June 13.   The New Jersey Classic will be held Sunday, Sept. 7, at the New Jersey Horse Park. The catalog is comprised of 225 yearlings, and catalogs will be available Aug. 1.   The Tattersalls July Mixed Sale will be held Sunday, July 20—the da...
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Insurance now in place to cover Americans racing in Canada

on 06/11/2008 2:00 AM
The USTA is partnering with racing groups in the United States and Canada to provide insurance to American horsemen who compete north of the border, with USTA president Phil Langley announcing Wednesday that Van Gundy would, in 2008, be providing a $250,000 policy for trainer and drivers who are in Canada to race.   The need for such a policy came to light after John Campbell suff...
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