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Badlands Nitro favored in Hempt final

on 05/21/2008 2:00 AM
Badlands Nitro, who wears saddle pad two but leaves from the one post in Saturday’s $301,072 Max C. Hempt Memorial Pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, is the early-line favorite.   Badlands Nitro was the fastest winner of the two Hempt elimination races last Saturday, coming from off the pace and stopping the timer in 1:51. Badlands Nitro raced on the outside for half of t...
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Harness experiment again over Keeneland\'s polytrack

on 05/21/2008 2:00 AM
For the second time on Wednesday Keeneland Thoroughbred racetrack in Lexington, Ky., was the scene of a harness racing experiment as a pair of races were held over the synthetic polytrack. The first polytrack experiment was held in November 2006, and this time around the horses went a few seconds slower due to high winds. A cushion was also cut for the second mile, which went a bit slower than th...
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Rare Jewel back to defend Molson Pace crown

on 05/20/2008 2:00 AM
Rare Jewel is returning to defend his Molson Pace title at London’s Western Fair Raceway, with the 7-year-old Artiscape gelding drawing outside in a field of six starters in the sixth race Friday night in one of the two eliminations for the London track\'s signature annual race.   Owned by Norman Vartanian, Rare Jewel will be trained by Susanne Kerwood for his ret...
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35 wins for Village Blitz

on 05/20/2008 2:00 AM
Arty Foster Jr.\'s Village Blitz ($5.80, Ross Wolfenden) earned his 35th career win Monday in the $21,000 Junior Open Monday at Harrington Raceway. The 8-year-old Village Jiffy gelding gained the lead late for a one-length win over Prince of Luck and Redford Hall. The Foster trainee has now banked more than $621,000 lifetime. Driver Corey Callahan won three races on the program. (Harringt...
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Third Day wins on Monday

on 05/20/2008 2:00 AM
Third Day, who had been a step short in recent efforts, made up that step and more on Monday at The Meadows when he captured the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace. Third Day finished second in his two most recent starts, both against the track\'s top pacers. On Monday, however, he let it be known early that second wouldn\'t be good enough when he made a decisive quarter-pole move for Dave Pal...
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Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame announces 2008 inductees

on 05/20/2008 2:00 AM
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame on Tuesday announced its 2008 inductees.  Four horses and four people will be honored at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday, August 28 at the Mississauga Convention Centre.   The class of 2008 features Standardbred horses Peaceful Way and Real Desire. The people inductees include Quebec-based breeder Pierre Levesque and the late Cliff...
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**NEW**EXCLUSIVE: Kleinhans blogs from Sweden as Elitlopp nears

on 05/20/2008 2:00 AM
New Jersey\'s own Peter Kleinhans gives us a second report from Sweden after arriving in preparation for Sunday\'s Elitlopp in which his trotter Enough Talk will be lining up the gate representing the United States in an exclusive blog on Andrew Cohen\'s First Over. Kleinhans is keeping us up to date on his experiences overseas, including how he and his entourage have been treated as cel...
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Favorites prevail in Maxie Lee elims

on 05/19/2008 2:00 AM
A pair of favorites--Taylor, Gold, Basen and Fuller’s Buck I St. Pat and Sam Bowie’s Before He Cheats--captured their respective $40,000 divisions of eliminations for the Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack on Sunday.  The rich $250,000 Lee final will be contested at Chester on Sunday, May 25.   In the first division, Buck I St. Pat, with Tim Tetrick in ...
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Dali, Windsong Espoir win Mohawk qualifiers

on 05/19/2008 2:00 AM
Trainer Duane Marfisi has declared all systems go\' for his pacing colt Dali, who trounced rivals with a sparkling 1:54.2 qualifying win on Monday morning at Mohawk Racetrack. The 3-year-old son of Real Artist scored by 15-1/4 lengths for Luc Ouellette on a cool, blustery morning at the Campbellville oval.   \"We were very happy with him again this morning,\" said Marfisi. \"...
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1983 Hambletonian winner Duenna dead at age 28

on 05/19/2008 2:00 AM
Duenna, the 1983 Hambletonian winner for Norman Woolworth’s Clearview Stables and trainer-driver Stanley Dancer, was found dead Monday morning in the field affectionately known as “Menopause Manor” at Hunterton Farm at Stoner Creek in Paris, Ky. The daughter of Green Speed was 28 year old.   Hunterton Farm’s Steve Stewart said Duenna, “died peacefully of old age. She had not been ...
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SBOA/NJ testifies for sports betting at tracks

on 05/19/2008 2:00 AM
A New Jersey State Senate Committee was urged on Monday by the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey that if a federal ban on sports betting is ever overturned, it should be allowed at the state\'s racetracks, as well as at Atlantic City casinos.   \"Racetracks, like casinos, are highly regulated, stand-alone locations currently providing secure wagering operation...
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Tight photo decides $284,000 Graduate

on 05/18/2008 2:00 AM
Mr. Feelgood stuck his nose out at the wire, giving him the photo over Special Report in the $284,000 Graduate final on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Driver Andy Miller worked out a second-over trip for Mr. Feelgood, who picked up his third stakes win this season.   Miller sat fifth on the rail with Mr. Feelgood while Artistic Fella took the lead from Special Report in a swift :54...
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Corleone Kosmos surpasses $1 million with Cutler win

on 05/18/2008 2:00 AM
Corleone Kosmos followed live cover and swept past the tired leaders to win the $200,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial in his 2008 debut Saturday night at the Meadowlands.The 6-year-old gelding surpassed $1 million in career earnings and equaled the stakes record with a 1:52.2 clocking. The race is named for the late New York restaurateur whose ventures included Carmine\'s, Virgil\'s and Ollie\'s...
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Meadowlands posts 2008 high on Saturday

on 05/18/2008 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands recorded its highest handle of the year on Saturday with a total of $4,657,056 wagered on Meadowlands races at live and simulcast locations. 
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Keystone Horatio fastest in OSS Gold elims

on 05/18/2008 2:00 AM
Keystone Horatio, making his 2008 season\'s debut, turned in the fastest of two Ontario Sire Stakes Gold elimination victories on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, stopping the clock in 1:51.4. Regular pilot Randy Waples was on board as the son of Rustler Hanover-Keystone Havoc blasted to early command from post five and put up a quick first fraction of :27 with Believeinbruiser tucked into...
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Auto accident forces Northfield to close Saturday

on 05/18/2008 2:00 AM
A severe automobile accident on Northfield Rd (Ohio Rte 8) directly in front of Northfield Park forced the track to cancel live racing Saturday evening. Electricity and natural gas lines were severed, leaving the track with no power and the public with no access to the facility. Crews were expected to work late into the night to restore power. The track expects to resume simulc...
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Benns Superman wins, receives Dan Patch invite

on 05/18/2008 2:00 AM
It was a big night for trainer Henry Lunsford at Hoosier Park Saturday as his stable brought home the top prize in both the Invitational Trot as well as the Invitational Pace, amounting to $46,000 in purse money. Also, in the process, his pacer, Benns Superman, got an invitation to next week’s $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational Pace as a result of his victory against the local contenders. Benns Su...
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Ranger escapes injury in on-track incident

on 05/18/2008 2:00 AM
Bruce Ranger, the all-time winningest driver in the history of Pompano Park, escaped from what could have been a serious accident Saturday when right before the start of the second race pace, he was preparing to leave from post six with Ignite My Fire when the right line broke.   Within seconds after the start of the race Ranger was able to slip his legs out from the race bike and then...
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Violet, Cardinal elims held at Balmoral

on 05/18/2008 2:00 AM
Illinois\' top 3 year old pacing colts and fillies shared the spotlight on Saturday night at Balmoral Park as eliminations for the first major state-bred stakes of the 2008 season, the Cardinal and Violet, were contested as part of an action filled program.   In the opening Violet split, Jason Wilson and Charles Knipp’s Renovation returned to her winning ways with an ...
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Thong sets PASS record

on 05/18/2008 2:00 AM
Despite windy conditions, a new stake record by Thong highlighted five divisions of the Adios Betty Pace for Pennsylvania-sired 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows on Saturday.   The day started with a wire-to-wire win from Dragonfest, a Dragon Again filly driven to victory by Mike Wilder. The John Butenschoen-trainee reeled off an opening quarter of :26.4. The filly then got a br...
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