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Nikki\'s Game upsets in Harrington feature

on 05/15/2008 2:00 AM
Joann Looney-King\'s Nikki\'s Game ($56.60, Jim King Jr.) was an upset winner in the $22,000 Junior Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:57.4. The 6-year-old Donerail mare and driver-trainer King went hard for the lead from their rail post position, where they would set fractions of :29.1, :58.2 and 1:27.3. She held off a late challenge from Broke As Usual A for a one-length triu...
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Rocket blasts by field to take Pompano trot

on 05/15/2008 2:00 AM
Indian Hill Rocket ($3.80) was able to blast by the field in the $10,000 featured trot at Pompano Park Wednesday and strolled to a three-length triumph in 1:55. It was the eighth win this year for Indian Hill Rocket, who was driven to victory by Kevin Wallis. The race started out with Indian Hill Rocket going to the front but at the opening quarter mile in :28.2, Famous Mark and driver-...
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Jug Fantasy Stable contest begins May 31

on 05/15/2008 2:00 AM
While you can\'t win the purse money and stand in the winner\'s circle with your winning horse, you can win a 42-inch Toshiba television if you can win this year\'s Little Brown Jug Fantasy contest.   Just go to www.jugbarn.comand create your own stable of 10 Jug eligible  3-year-old pacers.  Modeled after the popular “Road to the Roses” contest for the Kentucky Derby,&nb...
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Windsor\'s leading driver Cullen suspended one year

on 05/15/2008 2:00 AM
Allan Cullen, the leading driver at Windsor Raceway the past two years, has been suspended by the Ontario Racing Commission for one year after the 45-year-old horseman’s appeal regarding a human positive drug test was denied. The suspension began May 12.   Cullen originally received a 15-day suspension for a positive test from a saliva sample taken Feb. 2, but then had a second violation ...
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Nickells slightly hurt in Hoosier wreck

on 05/15/2008 2:00 AM
The Hoosier Park stewards declared the fifth race Wednesday night \"no contest\" after an accident in the first turn took out nearly the entire field, with only Monroe\'sflyingjet, driven by Neil Coleman, the only horse to complete the circuit, crossing the wire in 1:58.2 in the $4,500 contest. Mister America, trained and driven by Brooke Nickells, fell while racing second behind Monroe’sf...
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First-time fillies find Scioto winner\'s circle

on 05/15/2008 2:00 AM
Wednesday night\'s Floating Dream series at Scioto Downs enabled three pacing fillies to make their first trips to the winner’s circle.   Shez Lethal wasn’t lethal or lucky last year in her first season of racing as she failed to win in 13 starts. This year, however, she got her season off to a good start by winning her first start last night at Scioto Downs in a division of the F...
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Read \'Crazy Good\' excerpt online

on 05/15/2008 2:00 AM
The 6,000-word excerpt of Charles Leerhsen\'s book \"Crazy Good: The True Story of Dan Patch, the Most Famous Horse in America\" in the May 19 issue of Sports Illustrated is now on newsstands. The magazine features Danica Patrick on the cover.   To read the excerpt, which is available on si.com, click here.   The book, published by Simon & Schuster, is scheduled to be released Ma...
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Yonkers to be dark in early June

on 05/15/2008 2:00 AM
Consider this the first in a series of friendly reminders that Yonkers Raceway is to be dark for live racing during the early part of June. After the program of Saturday night, May 31, the next live card is the next Saturday, June 7. This hiatus was part of the Raceway\'s original 2008 schedule submitted to, and approved by, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board. Please be advised that d...
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Kentucky casino proposal poll results announced

on 05/15/2008 2:00 AM
A poll published in Thursday’s Lexington Herald-Leader revealed that 81 percent of the 600 likely voters contacted stated they disagreed with the Kentucky General Assembly’s decision earlier this year not to approve a constitutional amendment allowing casinos in the Bluegrass State. However, about half of the voters said that if the issue went on the ballot, they would vote against it. The e...
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Ouellette to drive Enough Talk in Elitlopp

on 05/15/2008 2:00 AM
Owner-trainer Peter Kleinhans told harnessracing.com Thursday afternoon that Luc Ouellette has agreed to make the trip to Sweden to drive Kleinhans’ Enough Talk in the prestigious Elitlopp at Solvalla Racetrack Sunday, May 25.   “It was hard time finding one of my regular drivers to go because they all have engagements,” explained Kleinhans. “(Luc) seems excited about it.”  ...
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Bone bruise delays Somebeachsomewhere\'s debut

on 05/15/2008 2:00 AM
The much-anticipated season debut of world-champion pacer Somebeachsomewhere has been put on hold after his connections decided to not start the 3-year-old colt in Saturday’s Ontario Sire Stakes Gold eliminations at Mohawk after suffering a bone bruise.   “We’re thinking he did it last week, and it’s a bad bruise,” trainer and co-owner Brent MacGrath told harnessracing.com Thursda...
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Mister Big blisters fifth qualifying win, ready for debut

on 05/15/2008 2:00 AM
The 2007 Older Pacer of the Year Mister Big romped to a 17 ¾-length, 1:50.4 victory in a qualifier Thursday at the Meadowlands, the fifth straight winning qualifying effort this year for the 5-year-old son of Grinfromeartoear trained by Virgil Morgan Jr.   With Brian Sears driving, Mister Big rushed from fourth past the opening quarter of :28 to take the lead shortly after the :57.1 h...
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Merrie Annabelle winner Muscovite wins qualifier

on 05/15/2008 2:00 AM
Besides Mister Big there were several other stars competing in qualifiers at the Meadowlands Thursday, including Always A Virgin, who won two-thirds of pacing’s Triple Crown last year with victorious efforts in the Cane Pace and Messenger. Always A Virgin made his second qualifying appearance of his 4-year-old year and he finished fourth behind the winning The Chosen One, who crossed the wire fi...
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Worthy Flier sets career mark in Meadows win

on 05/14/2008 2:00 AM
Worthy Flier made it three wins in a row on Tuesday at The Meadows, launching a determined uncovered bid that carried her to victory in the $18,000 Filly and Mare Open Trot. Worthy Flier was only 3 1/2 lengths back when she made her move, but she was trying to overhaul Whotookwhat, arguably the queen of trotters at The Meadows, who had enjoyed a comfortable :58.2 half on the lead. Tra...
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Nidya A surpasses $300,000

on 05/14/2008 2:00 AM
Paul McDougall Racing and W.J. McDougall Racing\'s Nidya A ($6, Ross Wolfenden) surpassed the $300,000 mark in earnings Tuesday with a 1:55 win in the $22,000 Mares Junior Open at Harrington Raceway. The Peter Tritton trainee received a perfect trip behind pacesetting Casino Bus and surged by in the final strides for a narrow win. Tug River Aussie was third. Longshot Play For Real ($44.80, Fra...
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Sauce Two K rallied to Pocono victory

on 05/14/2008 2:00 AM
Despite sitting last around the first turn and trailing by over 10 lengths on the backstretch, Sauce Two K rallied in the stretch to win the featured $22,000 Open Handicap Trot on Tuesday afternoon at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Driver Tim Tetrick chose to take back Sauce Two K, a 3-1 third choice, in the early going and the 4-year-old gelding sat last in the field of eight at the quarter....
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Small breeders big in New York

on 05/14/2008 2:00 AM
While the biggest breeding operations in New York State produce some of harness racing’s best horses, the backbone of the breeding industry here is smaller breeders. According to data provided by the USTA, almost 50 percent of the 2,115 mares bred to registered New York-eligible stallions in 2007 belonged to 668 breeders with just one to five mares. Another 17 percent were breeders with six to f...
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Rags To Riches claiming series at Tioga closes Thursday

on 05/14/2008 2:00 AM
Time runs out Thursday on the chance to nominate your $10,000 claimer to the $100,000 Rags to Riches series at Tioga Downs. The series offers a single elimination format over three preliminary legs to reach the estimated $100,000 final (2007 purse $85,000). The purse for the legs increases from $7,500 to $8,500 then $10,000 along the way.   There will...
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Former Rosecroft CEO Chuckas joining Magna

on 05/14/2008 2:00 AM
The Thoroughbred Times has reported on its web site that Maryland Jockey Club president Chris Dragone has been fired and will be replaced by longtime harness racing executive Tom Chuckas. Magna Entertainment Corp. chairman Frank Stronach confirmed the appointment of Chuckas, the story said. Dragone, 48, lasted less than six months in the job. He had been hired to replace popular former presi...
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New Jersey Sire Stakes action opens Friday

on 05/14/2008 2:00 AM
The New Jersey Sire Stakes season opens with the first of three preliminary rounds of competition for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Friday and pacing colts and geldings on Saturday, both at the Meadowlands.   Nineteen 3-year-old fillies have been divided into two divisions, vying for purses of $38,900 and $39,500, while 23 colts and geldings, split into three divisions carry first...
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