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SBSW aiming at NA Cup

on 06/05/2008 2:00 AM
Thursday morning, two days before the $1.5 million North America Cup elims at Mohawk, trainer and co-owner Brent MacGrath admitted to harnessracing.com that he felt a bit of relief after Somebeachsomewhere won his sophomore debut last Saturday night, May 31, in a Burlington division.   “Yeah, it’s always nice to get the first one in and get it over with,” said MacGrath of the 3-year-o...
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Reigning Dan Patch champ romps in soph debut

on 06/05/2008 2:00 AM
Making his first appearance of 2008, the 3-year-old colt trotter Deweycheatumnhowe, the reigning divisional champion and winter-book choice as Hambletonian favorite, coasted to a 10-length, 1:54 qualifying victory at the Meadowlands Thursday morning.   A perfect 10-for-10 last year on his way to Dan Patch Award honors as the best 2-year-old colt trotter in the U.S., Deweycheatumnh...
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Nine millionaires in Ben Franklin field

on 06/05/2008 2:00 AM
Seventeen of harness racing’s greatest pacing stars–including nine millionaires-have been entered in two $50,000 eliminations for the Ben Franklin at Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack on Sunday, with the first four finishers in each returning for the rich $500,000 final on Sunday, June 15.   In the first elimination, Brittany Farms, Lindy Farms, and John Fodera...
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Register named senior VP of racing at NJSEA

on 06/05/2008 2:00 AM
The New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority Board of Commissioners Thursday named Lennon Register, a current Pennwood Racing executive, as senior vice president of racing, effective August 2008, after Dennis Dowd was named to the position of senior vice president of legal and governmental affairs, which had been vacant due to retirement.  NJSEA president and CEO Dennis Robinson wel...
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Three Finger Brown pitches new Monticello record

on 06/05/2008 2:00 AM
When Mike Merton reined Three Finger Brown to a 1:26.2 victory Thursday in Monticello Raceway’s initial three-quarter mile dash it established a new track record. The old standard of 1:32.2 was set by pacer Ivan Minbar and driver Lenny Abbruzzio on June 22, 1977.  Three Finger Brown circled the leader Hoosier Wildcat (Jason Ricco) at the half-mile  pole–normally the three-quart...
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Paver takes Whotookwhat to Meadows\' winner\'s circle

on 06/05/2008 2:00 AM
Whotookwhat ended an uncharacteristically long drought on Thursday at The Meadows, using a powerful first-over move to capture the $18,000 Filly and Mare Open Trot in 1:55.2, a career best. The 6-year-old Inquirer mare has won 43 times in 105 career starts but, despite a string of place and show finishes, had been absent from the winner\'s circle since mid-April. She took care of that...
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Filly trotter springs 10-1 upset in Illinois stake

on 06/04/2008 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled trotting fillies stepped into the spotlight on Tuesday night at Balmoral Park as a field of nine sophomores lined up for the $12,000 Fox Valley Diva Stake, won by Fox Valley Shannon.   After a huge win in the Violet Stake last week Spread The Chips was dispatched as the overwhelming 1-5 choice in Tuesday’s battle. Unfortunately for the chalk players the...
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Blissful Maddie scores in Harrington feature

on 06/04/2008 2:00 AM
Larry Baron and Meadowbranch Stables Inc\'s Blissful Maddie ($6.40, Ross Wolfenden) earned a win in her second start for new connections in the $21,000 Mares Junior Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:53.4. Trained by Josh Green the 5-year-old Blissfull Hall mare sat a pocket trip behind pacesetting Ireneonthemove and surged by in the stretch for her sixth win in 12 starts this year. Ireneo...
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Scorpion Moon equals Pocono\'s all-age trot mark

on 06/04/2008 2:00 AM
Scorpion Moon matched the fastest ever trotting time at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in winning a $22,000 Open Handicap on Tuesday afternoon.   Leaving from the outside post in a field of eight, Scorpion Moon, the 4-5 favorite with Eric Goodell in the bike for trainer Tracy Brainard, took over the lead with a first-over move just before the half. From there, the 7-year-old gelding ...
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Bill Zendt wins 3,000th career race

on 06/04/2008 2:00 AM
Bill Zendt collected the 3,000th win of his driving career when he piloted Fudgjoe to victory in Tuesday’s sixth race at The Meadows.   “I was tickled to get it today and get it over with,” Zendt said. “It’s been a pretty nice career. What I remember most are all the nice horses and owners I’ve had over the years. I’ve been associated with some of my owners for 30 years.” &...
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Dover Downs founder inducted into Delaware Hall of Fame

on 06/04/2008 2:00 AM
The late John Rollins, a visionary business leader who brought world-class sports to Delaware in the form of NASCAR motorsports and personally kept the sport of harness racing alive in the First State during the 1980s when its future was threatened by competition from neighboring states, was inducted posthumously into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame on May 22 in ceremonies held in Wilmington, Del...
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Brennan says his injuries could have been worse

on 06/04/2008 2:00 AM
George Brennan told harnessracing.com Wednesday morning that he feels lucky his injuries weren’t a lot worse than the broken right wrist he suffered in a race accident at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs last Saturday, May 31, but that he still expects to be sidelined an indefinite period of time.   “I broke a collarbone before, I hurt a rotator cuff, and a couple bones in my back, and the m...
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Meadowlands holds first baby races of the year

on 06/04/2008 2:00 AM
If Wednesday’s initial baby races at the Meadowlands are any indication of the upcoming year then trainers Ray Schnittker and Ron Gurfein appear to have strong groups in their stables as they won six and four races, respectively, including the Schnittker-trained-and-driven Keep It Fair, who earned speed-badge honors for the day with a 1:58.4 victory.   Also on the card was the much-antici...
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Native Bride supplemented to Lynch for $15,000

on 06/04/2008 2:00 AM
Native Bride, coming off a win in the $27,250 May Flowers late closer at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, has been supplemented for $15,000 into the 2008 James M. Lynch Memorial Pace, which gets underway Saturday, June 7, with elimination races. The Lynch has attracted 31 three-year-old pacing fillies that will be competing in three eliminations.   Native Bride drew post 7 in the...
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Revenue has first winner

on 06/03/2008 2:00 AM
In his first lifetime start, the 2-year-old Revenue gelding Pricevalleyrevitup set a national season\'s mark of 2:03 with a win over the half-mile oval in Mayfield, Ky., on Sunday, June 1.   The freshman gelding, owned by Marion T. (M.T.) Bowles of Kevil, Ky., is out of the Bonefish mare Shattered.   Guided by veteran horseman, Randy Jerrell, Pricevalleyrevitup never ...
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Three eliminations set for Saturday night at Mohawk

on 06/03/2008 2:00 AM
A total of 27 colts will make up three $50,000 eliminations for this year\'s 25th anniversary edition of the North America Cup sponsored by Pepsi, and Somebeachsomewhere has drawn post four in a field that includes Art Official, Lonestar Legend and Mucho Sleazy. Somebeachsomewhere is coming off an impressive 1:51.3 seasonal debut last weekend at Mohawk in The Burlington Stakes. The Me...
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82-year-old driver keys a 193-year-old Northfield trifecta

on 06/03/2008 2:00 AM
Eighty-two-year-old Eldon Spearman of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, piloted his 3-year-old Yankee Paco trotter Boy Meets Grill to victory in Monday\'s third race at Northfield, becoming the oldest driver to win a race in Northfield history. It was the 102nd career win for Spearman, who drives in only about a dozen races a year, and his first since 2005.   Boy Meets Grill was making his first seasonal s...
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Four Starz Speed speeds to fourth win

on 06/03/2008 2:00 AM
He was unraced at two and on Monday afternoon at Monticello Raceway Four Starz Speed, a 3-year-old trotting colt owned by the Fourt Starzzzz Stables, notched his  fourth consecutive victory and remained undefeated when he turned back an aged field  in a 2:01.4 clocking.   “He’s green but he seems to have a big motor and he really loves what he’s doing,” said driv...
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Enough Talk draws post 8 in Copenhagen Cup

on 06/02/2008 2:00 AM
U.S. representative Enough Talk has drawn post eight in the 10-horse field for the Copenhagen Cup, which will be raced at the Charlottendlund track in the Danish capital city Sunday, June 8. The race will be over 2,011 meters with approximately $120,000 going to the winner. Jorgen Sjunnesson will drive the Peter Kleinhans-owned and trained Enjoy Lavec 5-year-old gelding, who finished third in the ...
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2,000 slot machines at Indiana racetrack

on 06/02/2008 2:00 AM
Indiana’s first fully integrated casino and racetrack opened this morning when the official first dollar slid into one of 2,000 new state-of-the art slot machines at the Las Vegas-style Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson.    HoosierParkowners and executives, along with community leaders and local citizens, celebrated the opening of the new 92,000-square-foot casino buildin...
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