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Tony Hall wins 2,000th career race

on 04/15/2008 2:00 AM
Tony Hall scored his 2,000th career win when he drove Beau Willee to victory in the fourth race on Monday at The Meadows. Hall, 29, grew up in Carlisle, Ohio near Lebanon Raceway, where he decided as a child to make his career in harness racing. “I\'ve been around horses since I was three,” he said. “Since I was a kid, that was my thing. When other kids were playing sports, I knew wh...
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PW Roman Lover romps by 9 in Meadows series split

on 04/15/2008 2:00 AM
PW Roman Lover continued to make a shambles of the North Strabane Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings, drawing off to win by nine lengths in 1:52.1 on Monday at The Meadows. Dave Palone sent the son of Grinfromeartoear on a quarter-pole move, and they were unchallenged from there. Papa Hemingway rebounded from a break last week to be second with Alastair Hanover in third. PW Roman Lover has w...
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Goshen touch for Museum of Natural History exhibit

on 04/15/2008 2:00 AM
The American Museum of Natural History in New York City will open a major new exhibit titled, “The Horse …Of Course” on May 17, and the Harness Racing Museum has provided items for that show. According to a Natural History Museum press release, the exhibit will, “examine the powerful and continuing relationship between horses and humans and explore the origins of the horse family, extend...
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Horseman Eddie Wheeler dies at 76

on 04/15/2008 2:00 AM
Horseman Eddie Wheeler, who won the 1961 Kentucky Futurity with Duke Rodney, trained Big John, and drove such greats as Cardigan Bay, Meadow Skipper, Sprite Rodney and Steady Star, died at his home in New York early Tuesday morning at age 76.   Born in Brooklyn, NY, Wheeler headed west at the age of 12 with a plan of becoming a jockey. Instead he met Hall of Famer Jimmy Cruise and ...
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Bill to be filed for 2009 to provide funding for Kentucky Racing

on 04/15/2008 2:00 AM
Kentucky state Senator Damon Thayer reportedly plans on pre-filing a bill for 2009 that would provide funding for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) and purse supplements for Standardbreds, Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses in the state. Thayer’s bill provides for 90 percent of the approximate $5 million a year in pari-mutuel taxes to go the KHRA and 10 percent to a purse supplement fund...
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Ron Dancer speaks out against shutting down NJ Ag department

on 04/15/2008 2:00 AM
New Jersey Assemblyman Ron Dancer today spoke at a rally opposing Governor Jon Corzine’s proposed elimination of the Department of Agriculture, and said that the farming industry is too important to New Jersey for this department to be eliminated.   “In a state we call the ‘Garden State’ this department is of vital importance,” said Dancer (R-Ocean, Monmouth, Burlington and M...
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Gelding ago goes to Hoosier winner\'s circle

on 04/14/2008 2:00 AM
Donegal Ago Go, driven by Roger Cullipher, made his first seasonal start a winning one in the first leg of The Ralph and Dorothy Rose Series at Hoosier Park Sunday, with the 3-year-old gelding finishing first in a record time of 1:59.4. Note To Groovy and Charlie Conrad made a snappy opening move to the first quarter, leading the field of eight by 2 1/2 lengths in :28.4. Notable Margie and d...
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Northfield still looking for top free-for-allers

on 04/14/2008 2:00 AM
Northfield Park reports that the Battle of Lake Erie picture is muddled at best as defending champ Maltese Artist has dropped out and Gold Dust Beach, last year\'s runner-up, will also skip the race.   Trainer Mickey Burke, who trains Maltese Artist, said he\'ll instead be sending either new acquisition No Nonsense Yankee (who was committed to race in the Battle for his previ...
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Goshen gearing up for 2008 season

on 04/14/2008 2:00 AM
Goshen Historic Track, where it all started and where it still is today, is gearing up for it 171st season of exciting harness racing and 2008 marks the 98th year of Grand Circuit Racing at the \"Cradle of the Trotter.\" On tap this season will be three matinee programs in June and five days of Grand Circuit racing from July 2 through July 6. Action at Historic Track commences on Saturday, June...
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Bouchard sweeps divisions with Rare Jewel, Mypanmar

on 04/13/2008 2:00 AM
Stephane Bouchard liked Levy twice Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway, winning both  $50,000, third-leg divisions of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series with Rare Jewel and Mypanmar. Rare Jewel, second and third in his previous two series tries, was third early here as pole-sitting 19-10 favorite Gold Dust Beach (Catello  Manzi) lined up the octet Indian file. Bouchard then mo...
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Flyin Doctor N scores Pocono Downs feature in 1:51

on 04/13/2008 2:00 AM
The Flyin Doctor N moved up in class and won the featured Open Handicap pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday afternoon. The race carried a purse of $22,000. Leaving from the #5 post in a field of nine, The Flyin Doctor N made the lead around the first turn, setting an opening fraction of 26:4.  Driver Jim Morrill Jr. was able to ease up just a bit for the next half-mile and s...
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Search Engine captures muddy Invitational at Hoosier Park

on 04/13/2008 2:00 AM
Search Engine, one of Indiana’s top three-year-olds of 2007, was back in familiar territory Saturday, April 12 as he earned his first win of the season in the $23,000 Invitational Pace. The four-year-old son of Electric Yankee held off a late resurgence from Green River Gorge and Rick Schaut to claim the victory. Driven by Mark O’Mara, Search Engine powered from the gate with his sights set o...
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Ouellette directs pacer to 1:52 final victory

on 04/12/2008 2:00 AM
Silver Dragon extended his winning streak to four as he completed a sweep of the Youthful Pacing Series for 3 year olds on Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. With regular pilot Luc Ouellette on board, the speedy son of Dragon Again-Fancy Art got away third off the gate in the $56,800(C) final behind early leader Pro Art, but inherited the two hole after pocket-sitter Egyptian Artist made a...
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Princess Zoie wears Hoosier open crown

on 04/12/2008 2:00 AM
A solid move around the final turn proved to be the winning potion for Princess Zoie in the $11,000 Open II Pace for fillies and mares on Friday at Hoosier Park. Princess Zoie, under the guidance of driver Trace Tetrick, earned her second win for 2008 in the performance. Starting from the second tier in post 10, Princess Zoie maintained ground the best she could at the beginning, staying in...
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Grismore sweeps Yonkers features

on 04/12/2008 2:00 AM
Greg Grismore was in no mood to share the wealth on Friday night at Yonkers Raceway, sitting behind both $30,000 co-featured winners, the Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace with invader Fiery Buckeye and the Open Trot with repeater No More Gold N. Fiery Buckeye, a half-sister to the potent Fly Fly Buckeye, left from post position five in her local bow. She made the lead before surrender...
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Longshots finish 1-2-3 in Pompano feature

on 04/12/2008 2:00 AM
Driver David Ingraham took advantage of five lead changes as he guided Golden Falcon N to a 13-1 upset neck victory on Friday at Pompano Park in the $10,000 featured pace for mares in 1:52.4. The race started off with Cape Cove Daisy (Gaston Lareau) taking the early lead only to give way to Catalina Morgan (Bruce Ranger) past the opening quarter in :28.4. Then it wa...
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Streetcar leads to winner\'s circle at The Meadows

on 04/12/2008 2:00 AM
Streetcarnamedsire stayed on track despite a double class jump, capturing the $20,000 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace on Friday at The Meadows. The 4-year-old daughter of Real Desire had won her last two starts in conditioned events but had prepped for The Meadows\' top pace in the Night Styles Series at the Meadowlands, finishing a respectable fourth in the final. On Friday, she an...
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Ubetterthink he\'s a winner at Pocono

on 04/12/2008 2:00 AM
Ubetterthink Think overcame the outside nine post to win the featured $22,000 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Friday afternoon. It was the second straight week that the mare from the barn of Mickey Burke beat the best mares on the grounds at Pocono, and she did it this week from the difficult post. She managed to make the lead from the outside by the&nb...
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Animal Planet to air harness racing segment

on 04/12/2008 2:00 AM
An upcoming new show on the cable television network “Animal Planet” is scheduled to feature a segment on harness racing in June, with the show, called “Untamed & Uncut,” focusing on an accident involving Banker Blue Chip and driver John Campbell in the Prix d’Ete at Blue Bonnets Raceway in Montreal in 1987. Both Campbell and Banker Blue Chip flipped over the hub rail, but ...
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Running Aces opens in Minnesota

on 04/12/2008 2:00 AM
A crowd estimated at between 3,000-4,000 turned out for the opening program of the new Running Aces Harness Park in Minnesota Friday night, and many of them showed their enthusiasm by standing on the apron in snow squalls to watch the races. Former Major League Baseball manager Tom Kelly, who also owns harness horses, was on hand to congratulate the winner of the first race.   While th...
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