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Stanley Buck dies

on 03/12/2008 2:00 AM
Stanley John Buck, 63, of Bullville, N.Y., a lifelong groom and caretaker who worked for many trainers through the years, died March 10, 2008. The son of the late Frederick and Jeanne Croteau Buck, Mr. Buck was born May 23, 1944 in Sherbrooke, Que. He led a simple life that revolved around his family, the horses and especially his dog, Sherrona. He was a generous and caring man wh...
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Payments due March 15 for SBOANJ stakes

on 03/12/2008 2:00 AM
Saturday, March 15, is the deadline for payments for SBOANJ administered stakes, including the Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic, the Thomas D’Altrui Miss New Jersey, the Harold R Dancer Trot, the Charles I Smith Trot and the New Jersey Futurity.   March 15 is the due date for the first payment for 2 year olds for the Classic ($600), Miss New Jersey ($400), Dancer ($250) and Smith ($...
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Vivid Photo wins qualifier in 2008 debut

on 03/12/2008 2:00 AM
Reigning Older Trotter of the Year Vivid Photo made his first appearance of 2008 Wednesday morning at The Meadows, easily scoring a 1:59.3 victory in a qualifier. Trainer, driver and co-owner Roger Hammer told harnessracing.com shortly afterward that he plans on qualifying the winner of more than $2.8 million three or possibly four more times before entering him for his first pari-mutuel start Apr...
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Pompano Park to cut only four days from schedule

on 03/12/2008 2:00 AM
After meeting with representatives of the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association, Pompano Park has reconsidered its recent plans to cut 18 live racing days from the March and April racing schedule. Instead, only four days of racing--March 31, April 7, 14 and 21--will be dropped. The Wednesday-Friday-Saturday live schedule will continue from April 1 until closing day on Saturday, Aug....
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Trotter scores seventh straight at Pompano

on 03/11/2008 2:00 AM
The 7-year-old gelding Rockome Vic extended his winning streak to a career-best seven on Monday when capturing the $9,000 claiming handicap trot at Pompano Park in 1:55.3.   Guided from post seven by George Napolitano Jr., Rockome Vic settled in fifth place through the early stages of the race before moving to the outside to attack first-over as Wyatt (J.D. Wengerd) cut opening fracti...
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Gerries Madison wins Silver Reign opening split

on 03/11/2008 2:00 AM
In her first appearance since winning the Miss Vera Bars Series, Gerries Madison was a winner in Monday night\'s lone $17,000(C) division in the opening leg of the Silver Reign Pacing Series at Woodbine Racetrack. Despite starting slowly and getting away seventh for driver Rick Zeron in the big field of 11, the daughter of Apaches Fame brushed to the lead in the middle half and enjoyed a h...
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All jacked up at The Meadows

on 03/11/2008 2:00 AM
Jacked Up, who took his lifetime mark of 1:52.1 in his last race, showed it was no fluke Monday at The Meadows when he cruised to victory in the opening leg of the Murtland Avenue, a late-closing series for 3- and 4-year-old colt and gelding pacers.   Also winning $10,000 divisions in the first leg were Scoozi, Allamerican Amigo and Satin Spider. Three other late-closing series kick off thi...
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Meadowlands has $33,819 Pick 4 carryover

on 03/11/2008 2:00 AM
An abundance of upsets over the weekend produced a $33,819 Pick 4 carryover heading into the Wednesday night card at the Meadowlands. Offered nightly on races six through nine, the Pick 4 features a low 15 percent takeout and nightly guaranteed pools ($25,000 Wednesday – Friday and $50,000 Saturday). The last Pick 4 carryover at the Meadowlands was $25,611 on Dec. 13, 2007, which fueled a p...
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Silva says talks ongoing regarding Somebeachsomewhere

on 03/11/2008 2:00 AM
Owner Jerry Silva said late last week he had entered negotiations to purchase a share of the undefeated 3-year-old colt pacer Somebeachsomewhere, and on Tuesday afternoon he reiterated that the talks are still ongoing with the Schooner Stables’ Brent MacGrath and no deal has yet to take place.   “There have been many rumors, and there are on-going conversations between me, an agent...
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Monticello adds race replays

on 03/11/2008 2:00 AM
Handicappers are in for a treat, at least those who prefer wagering on the races at Monticello Raceway, as now all the races are archived and racing fans can go back a view the videos of any race on any race program as far back as April 2007 by going to monticelloraceway.com on their computers. “This really has to be a boon for bettors. Not only can they use their racing forms to  ...
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Trainer Art Unger dies

on 03/10/2008 2:00 AM
Arthur B. Unger, 73, a trainer based at the Meadowlands for more than 30 years, died Saturday, March 8, at the Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus, N.J.   In the late 1970s, Mr. Unger campaigned two of the preeminent free-for-all pacers of that era, Shadyside Trixie and the New Zealand champion, Young Quinn.  He was a member of the Standardbred Breeders &...
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Somebeachsomewhere leads NA Cup nominations

on 03/10/2008 2:00 AM
A total of 92 three-year-old pacers have been nominated to the 2008 $1.5-million(C) Pepsi North America Cup, to be held this summer for the second time at Mohawk Racetrack. The number of nominations is identical to last year\'s February sustaining payment. The North America Cup eliminations will be contested June 7 with the final on June 14. Heading the list is Canada\'s 2007 Co-Horse Of The Ye...
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Windsong\'s Legacy\'s death caused by bleeding in lungs

on 03/10/2008 2:00 AM
Triple Crown winner Windsong’s Legacy, the Trotter of the Year in 2004, died from severe bleeding in his lungs, according to the report provided by Perretti Farms where the stallion was standing at the time of his death on March 1.   “His passing was a great loss to New Jersey and the industry in general,” said Bob Marks, spokesman for the Cream Ridge, N.J. breeding farm. “We\...
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No elims for Nadia Lobell, only top 10 money-earners to start

on 03/10/2008 2:00 AM
The first payment for the Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers on Feb. 15 had more than double the number of nominations from 2007, and this year due to scheduling conflicts no eliminations will be held, with the top 10 money earners at time of entry eligible to start in the race Sept. 7 at The Red Mile.   Horses must be declared into the race and a minimum of six ...
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Sholty sweeps with Artist\'s View, Art At Heart

on 03/09/2008 1:00 AM
Trainer Buzzy Sholty swept the opening round of the Four Leaf Clover Series with  Artist’s View and Art At Heart on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Artist\'s View scored in 1:53.1 while Art At Heart turned in a 1:53.2 clocking.Artist’s View was pinned behind the dueling leaders Hard To Beat and Mud On The Tires before shaking loose in the stretch to win the second of the $25,000 two di...
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D\'artagnan captures Pompano\'s Red Bow Tie Invite

on 03/09/2008 1:00 AM
Making his third start since returning to Pompano Park after a winter campaign at the Meadowlands, D’artagnan captured the sixth annual $65,000 Red Bow Tie Invitational in 1:53.2 Saturday night at Pompano Park.   Guided from post three by Dan Clements, D’artagnan showed little interest in the early stages of the Red Bow Tie, dropping back to seventh place before angling out third-over a...
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Woodbine, other tracks cancel Saturday cards

on 03/08/2008 12:00 AM
The winter storm that has dumped snow on many regions has prompted the cancellation of the Saturday evening race cards at Woodbine, Northfield Park, Lebanon Raceway and Buffalo Raceway.
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Symphony In Motion wires field

on 03/07/2008 12:00 AM
Symphony In Motion hit all the right notes as she rolled to her fifth straight win in the $60,700 Night Styles Final on Thursday night at the Meadowlands, scoring in 1:52.2. Driven by Brian Sears, the 4-year-old mare by Bettor\'s Delgiht held off a late bid by Bridge Jumper for a half-length victory in 1:52.2.  Marietta Hall held third.   Symphony In Motion paid $2.80, $2.40 and $...
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Windsun Lane easily takes General Brock final

on 03/07/2008 12:00 AM
Windsun Lane trounced his nine rivals in winning Thursday night\'s $49,600 General Brock Trotting Series Final for 4-year-olds at Woodbine Racetrack, scoring in 1:55.2 for trainer-driver and co-owner Rick Zeron in the sulky. Windsun Lane, a gelded son of Lindy Lane, sat off the early speed and watched as second-choice Enny Youngman seated all early challengers through a brisk opener of :2...
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Florida slots committee turns tense

on 03/07/2008 12:00 AM
A Florida legislative committee discussing a passed proposal that would lower the tax rate on slot machines at racetracks in the state turned contentious and eventually led to the senator who sponsored the bill storming out of the meeting.   Senate Democratic leader Steve Geller drafted the bill that would reduce the tax rate from 50 percent to 35 percent. The bill was earlier passed by the...
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