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Future of Colonial Downs up in air

on 04/07/2008 2:00 AM
Published reports out of Virginia state Colonial Downs—which has been for sale since January—could be sold to a developer and torn down to make way for a housing development. The report in Saturday\'s Newport News Daily Press stated that track officials are hoping that the state legislature passes legislation to allow video racing machines, otherwise the site and its nine off-track bettin...
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Red Mile announces Grand Circuit sponsors

on 04/07/2008 2:00 AM
The Red Mile has announced major stakes sponsors for the 2008 Grand Circuit meet, with the Kentucky Futurity, set for Saturday, Oct. 4, to be sponsored by Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg\'s Sweden-based, Menhammar Stuteri AB and her US-based Stoner Manor Inc., in conjunction with Cindy & Steve Stewart\'s Hunterton Farm at Stoner Creek. The estimated purse for ...
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Ohio horse coalition formed

on 04/07/2008 2:00 AM
In an attempt to overcome numerous challenges and what amounts to an economic crisis in several segments, members of this state’s horse community Monday announced the formation of the Ohio Equine Industry Coalition (OEIC).   The organization, designed to include all breeds and disciplines, was formed by a “steering committee” made up of representatives from the Ohio Quarter Hors...
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Hanners scores driving triple in Hoosier Park opener

on 04/06/2008 2:00 AM
The atmosphere was electric for Hoosier Park’s season opener Saturday, April 5. A crowd of close to 4,000 was treated to a revamped clubhouse, full fields and close finishes in the first of 71 programs at the Anderson track. Brad Hanners, a new addition to the driver colony, guided three winners on the 14-race card, including a victory behind Winforu N in the $23,000 Invitational Pace. Hoosier ...
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Took Hanover, Bono Bests and Palone Ranger win at Yonkers

on 04/06/2008 2:00 AM
Took Hanover, Bono Bests and Palone  Rangers posted impressive victories in Saturday night\'s second preliminary leg of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway. Took Hanover, who took it to the house in last week\'s opening round, served further notice that he\'s far from a one-trick pacer with a solid 1:51.1 effort in the first $50,000 division. With Greg...
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No Nonsense Yanke takes Pompano feature in 1:50.3

on 04/06/2008 2:00 AM
No Nonsense Yankee retained his position atop the older pacing division at Pompano Park on Saturday, withstanding a late challenge from I Can Only Imagine to take the featured $10,000 winners over pace by a nose in 1:50.3.   Driven from post seven by Peter Wrenn, No Nonsense Yankee settled briefly in third place during the early stages of the Saturday feature as I Can Only Imagine (Wally ...
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Tigerama romps to 1:49.3 win in Spring Pacing Championship final

on 04/06/2008 2:00 AM
Tigerama absolutely crushed the competition Saturday night in completing a sweep of the Spring Pacing Championship at Woodbine Racetrack. The eight-year-old son of Village Jiffy left from post in the $91,000 final for driver Mark MacDonald and flashed his patented early speed before yielding briefly to Rustler Steve just past a sizzling first fraction of :25.4. MacDonald wasted no time in sending ...
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Four Starz Sue wins Open Handicap Pace at Pocono in 1:53.4

on 04/06/2008 2:00 AM
Four Starz Sue squeezed through a tiny opening to get up in time and win the featured Open Handicap pace on Saturday afternoon at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Four Starz Sue went off as the 4-5 favorite from post position six, and was forced to sit back in sixth early on as Broadway Jake set early fractions of :27.2 and :57. The favorite followed the cover of Slickest Havover, who took over...
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Catalina Morgan wins filly and mare pace in 1:53 at Pompano

on 04/05/2008 2:00 AM
Catalina Morgan halted an 11-race losing streak on Friday while simultaneously scoring her first victory of the season when taking the featured $10,000 fillies and mares winners over pace at Pompano Park in 1:53.   Driven from post five by Bruce Ranger, Catalina Morgan was away from the gate well but was quickly engaged by an aggressively handled Queens Gambit N (Dale Hiteman), who p...
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Silver Dragon, Pro Art win again in Youthful Stakes

on 04/05/2008 2:00 AM
In performances which were almost carbon copies of their victories in the opening round of the Youthful Stakes one week ago, Silver Dragon and Pro Art repeated their winning ways in round two tonight, with Luc Ouellette once again at the controls for both geldings. In the first of the two splits, Kevin McMaster pupil Silver Dragon left smartly from post six, went straight to the front, and was nev...
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Summer In Fiji Ok with spring at The Meadows

on 04/05/2008 2:00 AM
Summer In Fiji showed that she\'s fine with spring in Meadow Lands, swooping the field with a huge uncovered move that carried her to an easy victory in the $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace Friday at The Meadows.On a sloppy track that proved tiring to the front end, Luvtochangetheworld went to the lead in a contested :26.4. That was all the help Summer In Fiji and Dave Palone nee...
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Vernon Downs holds first qualifying session

on 04/05/2008 2:00 AM
The Jessica Okusko-trained pacer Prolific Pacer turned in the fastest mile during Thursday\'s (April 4) initial qualifying session at Vernon Downs as the central New York seven-eighths mile track began preparations for its 55th live harness racing season.   Competing in a light rain, 38-degree temperature and over a \"sloppy\" track, Prolific Pacer had Vernon\'s defending driving champ How...
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No More Gold N wins Open Trot at Yonkers

on 04/05/2008 2:00 AM
It was more of the same for No More Gold N as the 10-year-old Evander\'s Gold gelding, with Greg Grismore driving for trainer Dave Cornachione, strolled past Beach Nut Brand (Jeff Gregory) to win Friday night\'s co-featured $30,000 Open Trot at Yonkers Raceway Leaving from post position five, No More Gold N slipped in third as Kaline (Steve Smith) and Beach Nut Brand played leapfrog on...
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Five divisions of First State-breds go at Dover

on 04/04/2008 2:00 AM
Man Of Science and Aggressive Command won the trots while Big Heart, Frog Juice and Moosehead Jack were the winning pacers in the second and final Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) preliminaries for 3 year olds at Dover Downs on a rainy Thursday.   The Givens team of father Les and son Brandon continued their success in the DSBF trotting ranks with two more wi...
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Captain Cambest, Free De Vie win opening-round splits

on 04/04/2008 2:00 AM
Captain Cambest was the best in the first of two $19,000 opening-round divisions of the Fox Sportsnet New York Series Thursday night at the Meadowlands, with Free De Vie finding the winner’s circle in the second split. John Campbell was in the bike behind Captain Cambest as the 4-year-old son of Cambest led at every call to cross the wire first in 1:51.1. Foiled Again finished second for Andy M...
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Hewaz up to the challenge at The Meadows

on 04/04/2008 2:00 AM
More than eight lengths back at the half and stuck on the outside, Heza Challenger launched a sustained move to capture the $20,000 Open Preferred Handicap Trot on Thursday at The Meadows. Randy Tharps ducked Heza Challenger from the gate, strategy that looked as if it might backfire when the first half went in a moderate :58.3. But when Tharps asked Heza Challenger for trot, the 4-year-old...
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Meadowlands numbers continue increase in March

on 04/04/2008 2:00 AM
After posting strong business numbers for February, the Meadowlands has followed that up with even more gains in March as all sources wagering on the Meadowlands harness races during the month was $57.2 million, up 18 percent over the 2007 March total of $48.5 million. That figure covers all wagering from all common pool sites on the Meadowlands racing.   Through March, total wage...
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Stakes season ready to get underway at Balmoral

on 04/04/2008 2:00 AM
With the harsh Chicago winter finally starting to give way to more spring-like temperatures, the action on the one-mile oval at Balmoral Park will definitely be heating up starting Saturday as the 2008 stakes season gets underway with the $15,000 Taurus Bomber Stake for Illinois conceived and foaled 3-year-old pacing colts.   A field of seven has been entered for the Taurus Bomber with L...
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Indian Hill Rocket the best in Pompano feature

on 04/03/2008 2:00 AM
Indian Hill Rocket returned to his winning ways at Pompano Park on Wednesday when rebounding from a minor two-race losing streak to take the featured $10,000 winners-over trot in 1:56.   Starting from post six with Kevin Wallis at the lines, Indian Hill Rocket wasted little time seizing control of the race, marching aggressively to the front on the first turn before showing the way through...
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***New***Wire To Wire

on 04/03/2008 2:00 AM
News of another VLT bill being introduced in the New Jersey legislature prompted Andrew Cohen to write about the frustrations of politics and government in this week’s Wire To Wire. He gives credit to New Jersey State Senator Sean T. Kean for introducing a bill, but adds, “…these pols have to do more than just stand up and be counted. They actually have to achieve something while on their fe...
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