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Daley changes gaits with Daley Deposit Only

on 05/23/2008 2:00 AM
Dan Daley is best known for training trotters, but this year he could add to his pacing credentials with a three-year-old colt entered in the $500,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic at the Meadowlands.   Daley Deposit Only, a son of Artiscape, is rated 9-2 in the morning line from outside post seven in Saturday night’s fifth race, the second of two $25,000 elimination races which w...
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Ms Pollyanna stays unbeaten with victory in Sciotos series

on 05/23/2008 2:00 AM
The sophomore trotting filly Ms Pollyanna remained unbeaten in three starts this season with a victory in a division of the Killbuck Mary series on Thursday at Scioto Downs. The filly by Hambletonian winner Chip Chip Hooray went straight to the front from post eight and led all the way as she scored by 7 3/4 lengths in 2:00.2 Kyle Ater drove for his father, trainer Dan Ater, and owner J.D. Bu...
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Right Mind gets a break in Vernon feature

on 05/23/2008 2:00 AM
The veteran trotter Right Mind needed a break to capture Thursday night’s $5,775 featured eighth event at Vernon Downs…and he got one. Leading for most of the mile test on a raw, rainy evening, Right Mind was passed in the final stride by Baileysirishdream, who crossed the finish line first, but was ruled to be off-stride by the judges.    Since he was only a head ...
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Vicktor victor for a second straight time at Saratoga

on 05/23/2008 2:00 AM
Vicktor continued his ascent up the New York-bred sophomore trotting ranks on Thursday, visiting the winner’s circle for the second straight time following a 2:01.3 victory in the second-race non-winners trot at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway.   Starting from post seven with Jay Randall at the lines, Vicktor trotted five-wide through the opening turn and was parked in second place as odds-on...
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Quick Thinker quick at Harrington for 1:54.2 victory

on 05/23/2008 2:00 AM
Nanticoke Racing and Jim Morand\'s Quick Thinker ($3.20, Morand) won his second straight race in decisive fashion Thursday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:54.2 triumph.    Trained by Les Givens, the Glowing Tribute 3-year-old colt has won his last two races handily, including a 1:53.2 impressive score on May 1. He is staked to the Maryland Sire Stakes events and is an early season...
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Grismore closes in on 5,000 career driving victories

on 05/23/2008 2:00 AM
Greg Grismore was shut out in eight drives Thursday night at Yonkers Raceway, but a pair of wins in the afternoon at Harrah\'s Chester leav him just three wins shy of 5,000 for his career. The 38-year-old Grismore, a native of Bluffton, Ohio, was a pernennial driving leader at Northfield Park  before moving east in early 2007.  He wasted no time establishing a single-season best w...
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Billings amateur drivers head north for the holiday weekend

on 05/23/2008 2:00 AM
The Memorial Day weekend will see many members of the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Driving Series on the road competing at three different racetracks north of the border in neighboring Canada.   On Saturday, May 24  the first race on the card at Kawartha Downs in Fraserville, Ont., will consist of nine Billings competitors and the following day another nine-horse Billings contest is on ...
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Stylish Artist qualifies at Mohawk

on 05/23/2008 2:00 AM
Breeders Crown champion Stylish Artist was in fine form on Friday morning (May 23) as she went wire-to-wire and easily won her qualifying mile at Mohawk by 4-1/2 lengths in 1:56.1. “She’s good gaited and sound, and ready to start racing,” said trainer and co-owner Mark Steacy of the 3-year-old daughter of Artsplace, who was driven by Jack Moiseyev in the first of eight Friday qualifie...
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Pierce sweeps Miss NJ elims

on 05/23/2008 2:00 AM
Ideal Newton won the first elimination of the Thomas D’Altrui Miss New Jersey for three-year-old filly pacers Friday at The Meadowlands.  With Ron Pierce at the helm, the daughter of Western Ideal took the $20,000 elimination in 1:51.3, a new lifetime mark.  After sitting in the pocket, Ideal Newton posted a :26.2 last quarter to best race favorite Knock Three Times (David Miller) by a...
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New Zealander captures World Cup of Amateur Racing

on 05/22/2008 2:00 AM
Gavin Cook of New Zealand was declared the winner of the 2008 World Cup of Amateur Racing after capturing the final event of the competition on Wednesday night at the Meadowlands. The $25,000 trotting event was the grand finale of a six-day, six-track competition that brought together the top amateur drivers from 12 countries.  Preliminary races were held at Maywood, Balmoral, Monticello, Yon...
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Meadowlands to simulcast Elitlopp

on 05/22/2008 2:00 AM
Racing fans at the Meadowlands will be able to cheer on Enough Talk as he competes in the Elitlopp, Europe’s most prestigious harness racing event, on Sunday morning, May 25, as the Elitlopp is part of a six-race program to be simulcast from Stockholm’s Solvalla Racecourse.   Guests will be able to wager on the Swedish races, which start at 10:05 a.m., at the Meadowlands, Monmouth ...
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Biscuit wins Tubby Trimble final

on 05/22/2008 2:00 AM
A late move on the inside by Biscuit, driven by Trace Tetrick, helped the duo reach the winner’s circle in the final of the Tubby Trimble Series at Hoosier Park Wednesday. The 5-year-old gelding received his first win by defeating the favored Blue Punch, guided by Shawn Christner. Out of the gate, Blue Punch took control of the lead with Rowdy Rowdy, managed by Charles Conrad, and Biscuit...
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Battleshoe Victor upsets; Swingin Glory retires

on 05/22/2008 2:00 AM
Battleshoe Victor ($44.80) was the longshot play of the night at Pompano Park Wednesday as the chestnut gelding, at odds of 21-1, upset the field in the $12,000 featured trot with a nose victory over race favorite Gale Warning in 1:55.3.   The race started off with Manacuda (Walter Ross Jr.) shooting to the early lead from post five as Battleshoe Victory and driver Tom Sells...
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Harrington hat trick for Vicki Gram

on 05/22/2008 2:00 AM
Art Stafford\'s Vicki Gram ($5.40, 1:58) became the first three-time winner of Harrington Raceway\'s $22,000 Junior Open Trot as she was a wire-to-wire winner Wednesday. Driven by Art Stafford Jr., the 7-year-old Valley Victor mare is three-for-four at Harrington this meet as she held off pocket-sitting Go Nano Go, who finished second, and first-over Myrhymthmofthenight, who was third. Twe...
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Mildred Williams dies

on 05/22/2008 2:00 AM
Mildred Williams, the veteran female harness driver who was the inspiration for the Mildred Williams International Driving Series, died on Wednesday in a hospital in Ottawa, Ont., afer a brief illness with her daughter Heather and grandson Munro at her side. She was 92.   In 2006, 2007 and 2008, the Mildred Williams International Driving Series was named after the veteran reinswom...
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Former Michigan horseman John Perttunen dies

on 05/22/2008 2:00 AM
Former Michigan-based horseman John Perttunen died Tuesday, May 20, following surgery for lung cancer. He was 45.   Mr. Perttunen’s father, Norm, is the patrol judge at Hazel Park Raceway, while his brother, Eric, is a state steward in Michigan.   Mr. Perttunen won his first race in 1979 at the age of 16, winning 14 of his 33 starts that year. He last drove in 1993, finishing his c...
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Widger wins 3,000th race

on 05/22/2008 2:00 AM
With wins in the ninth and 10th races at Balmoral Park Wednesday night, Sam Widger reached the 3,000-victory milestone for his career. Widger’s 3,000th win came with Shadow Of Lighting, who crossed the wire first in 1:53.1.   Widger, 44, won five races on Tuesday at Balmoral—coincidentally with one victory coming behind a horse named Carrie The Idol on the same night the two 2008 Americ...
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**NEW** EXCLUSIVE: Peter Kleinhans\' Thursday blog from Sweden

on 05/22/2008 2:00 AM
Peter Kleinhans, owner of Enough Talk, the U.S. representative in Sunday\'s Elitlopp at Solvalla Racetrack in Stockholm, Sweden, reports in his daily blog from Sweden that it was an easy day for Enough Talk. Kleinhans, however, is concerend about how to treat Enough Talk for an irritation in his hind heels. His normal remedy can\'t be used this close to the race. Read about Kleinhan...
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New Jersey Classic, Miss New Jersey elims drawn

on 05/21/2008 2:00 AM
The $500,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic and the $200,000 Thomas D’Altrui Miss New Jersey, both for New Jersey-sired 3-year-old pacers, each drew 15 entrants for this weekend’s elimination races at the Meadowlands.   The top five from each elimination will advance to the finals on May 31. The colts and geldings will compete in $25,000 eliminations carded as races three a...
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Nidya A repeats in Harrington open

on 05/21/2008 2:00 AM
Paul McDougall Racing and WJ McDougall Racing\'s Nidya A ($5.40) became the second two-time winner in the $21,000 Mares Junior Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Driven by Ross Wolfenden, the 7-year-old Albert Albert mare collared pacesetting Casino Bus going to three-quarters and overpowered her foes for a one length win over Sixteen Candles and Firiel Hanover. Sixteen Candles is the only ot...
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