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on 03/05/2008 12:00 AM
New Jersey\'s racetracks--including the Meadowlands and Freehold--just received a $90-million purse subsidy package for the next three years from the Atlantic City casinos and in this week\'s Wire To Wire, Andrew Cohen gives his take on the agreement and also some ideas on what the harness industry in the Garden State should do over the next 1,000 days to ensure the sport doesn\'t eventually fade ...
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Tenor gets rave reviews in Monticello three-peat

on 03/05/2008 12:00 AM
There’s little doubt that Randy Ingrassia’s pacer Mystical Tenor is currently at the top of his game. On Tuesday Mystical Tenor wasn’t the least bit impaired by the falling rain nor the blustery winds when Stephane Bouchard guided him to his third consecutive victory and fourth in nine seasonal starts at Monticello Raceway. After a slow start this season, the 6-year old Art’s...
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Buck I St. Pat wins Mack Lobell final

on 03/04/2008 12:00 AM
Buck I St. Pat displayed why she is expected to be a predominant force in this year’s older trotting mares division when defeating eight male rivals to take the seventh annual $54,800 Mack Lobell Trotting Series final at Pompano Park on Monday in 1:54.3.   Driven from post nine by Dave Palone, Buck I St. Pat was content to settle in fifth place through the early stages of the race as fir...
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Stonebridge ices foes in sloppy Ontario Boys final

on 03/04/2008 12:00 AM
A short field of six put on a good battle in Monday night\'s $59,700(C) Ontario Boys Pacing Series final at Woodbine and, when all was said and done, it was Stonebridge On Ice emerging victorious as the favorite for driver Mike Saftic in 1:52.3. The race was contested over an oval made \"sloppy\" by unseasonably warm temperatures throughout the day and then rainfall which began early in th...
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Quest to repeat was successful at Dover

on 03/04/2008 12:00 AM
For the second straight week and fourth time in his last five races, Carter Racing Stable and trainer Bobby Myers\' Immortal Quest N won the $40,000 Preferred/Open Pace, the top race of the week at Dover Downs. Eddie Davis Jr. left and raced into the lead at the quarter and then was never phased in a powerful 1:50 demonstration.   Fox Valley Armor came on for Yannick Gingras to take secon...
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Casinos, tracks reach three-year subsidy agreement

on 03/04/2008 12:00 AM
Published reports state an agreement has been reached in New Jersey that will provide $90 million in purse supplements over the next three years to the state’s racetracks from the Atlantic City casinos. A story in Tuesday’s Asbury Park Press said purses at Freehold Raceway—which has recently decreased its purses—will go back up. The agreement also keeps the racetracks from seeking to add ...
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Doherty looking for luck of the Irish in St. Paddy Pace

on 03/04/2008 12:00 AM
Hall of Fame horseman Jim Doherty will be among the drivers competing when Monticello Raceway presents it eighth edition of the St. Paddy Pace on Monday, March 17. The race, relegated to drivers of Irish descent, will be presented on the day America pays tribute to the patron Saint of the Irish. \"How grand it is to have Hall of Famer Jim Doherty competing again in our St. Paddy Pace th...
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Harrah\'s Chester early-closers attract 445 nominees

on 03/04/2008 12:00 AM
Four-hundred-forty-five horses have been nominated to Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack’s six early-closing events. Harrah’s Chester will kick off its 2008 season on Sunday, April 20, the first day of a 140-day meet that will continue through Wednesday, Dec. 16. “We’re excited about both the quality and quantity of those nominated,” said Rick Kane, Harrah’s Chester racing secr...
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Diamonds Revenge shines in Dover feature

on 03/03/2008 12:00 AM
Diamonds Revenge won the $22,800 winners-over pace while Gottaservesomebody was strongest in the stretch in the $19,500 pace for young horses on Sunday at Dover Downs. Tony Morgan, with six wins, and Jim Morand, four, combined to dominate the 15-race program. Foulk Stables\' Diamonds Revenge grounded out a 1:53.1 victory in the feature, collaring front-pacing Hicktown and Brandon Givens i...
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Nine ready for battle in Mack Lobell final

on 03/03/2008 12:00 AM
Nine top trotters will wage war at Pompano Park on Monday in the seventh annual $54,800 Mack Lobell Trotting Series final, with Yvette Prudenzano and Basil Kellis’ Indian Hill Rocket looking to complete a series sweep.   Trained by Linda Wallis, Indian Hill Rocket has been at his very best in 2008, prevailing in five of seven starts, including a victory in a $17,500 opening leg division ...
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Star-studded list nominated to Classic Series

on 03/03/2008 12:00 AM
The nominations are in for The Classic Series (TCS) and the response to the 2008 edition shows an increase of nearly 25 percent over last year’s numbers. A total of 105 horses have been paid in to the Series. Among the nominees are all four TCS final winners from 2007.   Broken down by division, the Pacing Classic will feature the ageless Boulder Creek, winner of the PC final an amazing t...
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Manhardt continues on torrid streak

on 03/02/2008 12:00 AM
Manhardt coasted to his fourth straight victory in the featured fifth race, a $42,000 winners-over pace, on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Driven by George Brennan and trained by Jim Eaton, Manhardt benefited from a second-over trip behind South Park Hanover and tipped off live cover to win by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:49.2. South Park Hanover battled gamely first-over and held on for second...
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Feeling good in the Isle of Capri neighborhood

on 03/02/2008 12:00 AM
Mr. Feelgood used the biggest stage in Florida harness racing to establish himself as the top older pacer in North America on Saturday, prevailing in the $267,000 Isle of Capri Pacing Series final at Pompano Park in a track record-equaling time of 1:49.4   Driven from post four by Andy Miller, Mr. Feelgood was away from the gate alertly, settling comfortably in the pocket as Spe...
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Keystone Matt wins Cam Fella opener

on 03/02/2008 12:00 AM
Keystone Matt and driver Mario Baillargeon delivered as expected in Saturday night\'s lone $35,000 (C) division in the first round of the Cam Fella Pacing Series, open to 3 and four year olds, at Woodbine Racetrack. Racing as part of a Ben Wallace-trained entry that was sent off as the prohibitive 3-5 top choice, the four-year-old son of Western Hanove-Giant Mattilda was eased away from the gate f...
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Filly sells for $90,000 at South Florida sale

on 03/02/2008 12:00 AM
The South Florida Sunshine Sale of 2-year-olds in training was held Sunday at the South Florida Trotting Center near West Palm Beach, and a filly by Bettor\'s Delight brought the top price, fetching a bid of $90,000 from trainer Ross Croghan.   The filly, named Mintjulep Bluechip, was sold in last fall\'s Lexington Selected Sale and brought a bid of $65,000. Mintjulep Bluechip is the first ...
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Mare finds room up inside to take series final

on 03/01/2008 12:00 AM
Street Dancer, with Andy Miller at the lines, pounced off a ground-saving journey to win the $88,700 Cape & Cutter final for open pacing mares on Friday night at the Meadowlands.  Street Dancer drafted behind My Little Dragon who engaged in a blistering duel with Stylish Solution that took the field to the half in :53.3. The race appeared to be wide open as the leaders folded on the...
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Tug River Princess shows some TLC at Big M

on 03/01/2008 12:00 AM
Tug River Princess, with John Campbell in the sulky, kept her perfect record in tact as she won the $62,200 Tender Loving Care final Friday night at the Meadowlands.   Campbell sent the 1-5 favorite right to the front but was forced to yield to 12-1 shot Erma La Em, who rocketed by midway down the backstretch. Campbell tipped Tug River Princess out of the pocket at the head of the...
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My Perfect Rhyme gets up in time

on 03/01/2008 12:00 AM
Winless in four appearances at Pompano Park this year, My Perfect Rhyme chose the opportune time to end her seasonal drought, getting up in the final yards to take the inaugural $55,800 Frances Dodge Van Lennep Filly and Mare Pacing Series final on Friday in a career-best 1:52.   Starting from post three with Anthony Napolitano at the lines, My Perfect Rhyme bided her time in fifth p...
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Took Me Back wins snowy Hopeful final

on 03/01/2008 12:00 AM
Took Me Back and driver Josh Marks took the short way home, winning the $43,000 final of the Hopeful Pacing Series for 3-year-old fillies at Yonkers Raceway in 1:59.4 on Friday night. The race was pushed back a week after a more severe serving of the white stuff cancelled last Friday night\'s card. Working out an identical trip as stablemate Hushhush Mushmush in last Saturday night\'s fina...
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Trotting stallion collapses in breeding shed

on 03/01/2008 12:00 AM
Windsong\'s Legacy, who captured the 2004 trotting Triple Crown, becoming the first horse to accomplish the feat in 32 years, died Saturday morning while in the breeding shed at Perretti Farms in New Jersey. The son of Conway Hall-Yankee Windsong (by Prakas) was 7 years old.   According to Perretti Farms spokesman Bob Marks, Windsong\'s Legacy was on the \"phantom\" and his semen ...
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