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Jake\'s Nordic fastest at Harrington

on 06/12/2008 2:00 AM
Dan and Thomas Courtemanche\'s Jake\'s Nordic (Tim Curtin, $11.20) returned to Harrington Raceway a winner Wednesday in the $21,000 Junior Open Trot, winning in 1:55.4. The time was the fastest of the meet so far for a trotter at Harrington. The 9-year-old Keystone Nordic gelding set all the fractions, after gaining the lead from post five with fractions of :28.2, :58, and 1:27.3. He prevailed ...
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Matt\'s Wolfey, Honey\'s Luck win 2-year-old stake splits

on 06/12/2008 2:00 AM
Matt\'s Wolfey and Honey\'s Luck were winners Wednesday at Balmoral Park as freshman pacing fillies grabbed the spotlight with 13 Illinois conceived and foaled 2 year olds meeting in a pair of $6,000 Misty Misty Misty Stake splits.   In the opening division, Robert Phillips and Blackfoot Farms\' Matt’s Wolfey made amends for a disappointing effort in her career debut as she pos...
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Thunderstorms early, Gale Warning later at Pompano

on 06/12/2008 2:00 AM
The thunderstorms earlier in the day may have blown by Pompano Park but Gale Warning still prevailed with his third straight victory in the $12,000 feature trot Wednesday. Driven by Wally Hennessey, Gale Warning had little trouble leaving from post seven and taking the lead away from Guy Gets Girl (Bruce Ranger) after the opening quarter mile in a leisure :29.  From that point on, Hennes...
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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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