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Virginia Harness Day of Champions set for Colonial

on 10/24/2007 2:00 AM
Guienne Hanover and Southern Myles got the glory last Saturday with record-setting miles in elimination races but still must get the money as the headliners in the Virginia Harness Day of Champions Saturday at Colonial Downs. Ross Stables LLC’s Guienne Hanover became the fastest 3-year-old filly trotter in history with her stunning 13½-length elimination win in 1:51.2. The Yankee ...
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New York SOA releases Vernon statement

on 10/24/2007 2:00 AM
Shortly after Vernon Downs\' officials announced it was canceling the final four days of racing following this weekend due to what track owner called \"dire financial shape\" after legislation to lower the tax rate on video gaming gaming machines was defeated, the Standardbred Owners Association of New York issued the following release:   \"Despite speculation that the State Legislature wou...
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Year In Review favored in NJ Futurity

on 10/24/2007 2:00 AM
Year In Review, who has finished in-the-money in 12 of 15 starts this year, has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $45,000 New Jersey Futurity for 3-year-old trotters Thursday at Freehold Raceway.   The Self Possessed colt will be attempting to improve on 2006 when he was second by head in the New Jersey Futurity for 2 year olds.   Trained by Karen Garl...
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Rosecroft sale approved by Maryland commission

on 10/24/2007 2:00 AM
The Maryland Racing Commission on Tuesday approved the sale of Rosecroft Raceway to Penn National Gaming, issuing a license to Penn Maryland LLC to conduct racing at the track once the sale is finalized sometime next month. Penn Maryland, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Penn National Gaming, is purchasing the racetrack for $20 million from Cloverleaf Enterprises. Penn Maryland has agreed to maintain...
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Will it be war in Cal Expo feature?

on 10/24/2007 2:00 AM
An evenly-matched field of trotters will do battle in Wednesday’s $4,900 headliner at Cal Expo, and NV Warlord should have his share of backers after posting solid efforts in his last two tries while going off at healthy odds.   Set to match strides with that one are Easter Call, who has been knocking on the door; and Bangers And Mash and British Columbia, who are looking to reco...
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Laddie returns to Gold competition

on 10/24/2007 2:00 AM
When Laddie lines up behind the Woodbine Racetrack starting gate on Friday, almost four months will have passed since his last Gold final appearance, and driver Paul MacDonell says the sophomore trotting colt has made maximum use of his opportunities outside the OSS program.\"He\'s been right at the right times this year,\" says the Guelph resident. \"He was real good at Hambletonian time, and he ...
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***New*** Wire To Wire

on 10/24/2007 2:00 AM
In his latest Wire To Wire, Andrew Cohen responds to a letter from USTA president Phil Langley. Langley\'s letter addressed questions recently raised in Wire to Wire columns about harness racing\'s need for uniformity and centrality. Click here to read both the Wire To Wire column and Langley\'s letter.
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Michigan to begin out-of-competition testing

on 10/24/2007 2:00 AM
Michigan\'s Office of Racing Commissioner (ORC) has announced it will begin out-of-competition testing in the state on qualified horses, horses with a current timed workout or who have raced within 60 days. The ORC issued the following release:   The Office of Racing Commissioner (ORC) is responsible for protecting the integrity of horse racing in Michigan, guarding the health of the horse,...
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$140,000 raised at Jack Kopas roast

on 10/24/2007 2:00 AM
A sellout crowd of more than 400 people attended the Jack Kopas Roast to support the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society Tuesday night in the Carousel Room at Western Fair Raceway in London, Ont. The appreciative crowd were enthralled by the evening\'s excellent roasters Doug McIntosh, Dr. John Egloff, Ron Waples, Dr. John Hayes, John Campbell and John Kopas, whose stories about Jack K...
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Gingras paints a great drive from outside post

on 10/23/2007 2:00 AM
The Yannick Gingras-driven Maltese Artist overcame post eight to win the inaugural $345,500 Bobby Quillen Memorial final Monday night at Harrington Raceway in 1:52. After Maltese Artist won his Quillen elim last week at odds of 6-1, he drew the outside starting slot in the final--the richest race ever at Delaware\'s half-mile track--and rewarded his faithful backers at odds of 13-1, retu...
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Older Virginia-breds in Colonial spotlight Tuesday

on 10/23/2007 2:00 AM
Virginia-bred trotters will take center stage Tuesday at Colonial Downs when a field of eight, including four Virginia-bred champions, dispute the $22,700 Virginia Breeders Aged Trot. I’m A Cool Breeze is the 2-1 morning line favorite off a gritty half-length victory in 1:56 last Monday at Colonial Downs. The 6-year-old Ens Talisman gelding has racked up nine wins at the one-turn m...
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Tetrick now second on all-time earnings list

on 10/23/2007 2:00 AM
Tim Tetrick has now earned $14,453,487 in purses this year, the second highest all-time amassed by a driver. Tetrick, who is chasing Brian Sears’ record $15,085,992 earned in 2005, surpassed Ron Pierce’s $14,439,087 in purse earnings last year. John Campbell is the only other driver to reach the $14 million level, having earned $14,184,863 in purses in 2001.   Tetrick, who will turn 26 ...
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Stallion auction to benefit Florida scholarship

on 10/23/2007 2:00 AM
Dick and Barbara Bailey, owners of the top Florida-bred trotting filly Baileysirishdream, have donated two breedings to her sire, Matchem Hanover, to benefit the Lester and Eunice Vance Scholarship Fund.   The breedings will be auctioned off as hip numbers #96A & #96B at the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA) Yearling and Mixed Sale on Sunda...
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Gural says action taken with track in \'dire financial shape\'

on 10/23/2007 2:00 AM
Officials at Vernon Downs have announced—including a memorandum from track owner Jeffrey Gural that can be read below—that it will close its doors for racing in 2007 following this weekend, an action that comes as a result of legislation that would have lowered the tax rate on the video gaming machines being defeated. The track will race Friday and Saturday as planned but it has canceled the r...
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Monticello\'s leading driver Devaux taken off drives

on 10/23/2007 2:00 AM
Monticello Raceway\'s leading driver, James Devaux, and his wife, trainer Tammy Devaux, have been temporarily barred from competing at that racetrack pending an investigation into alleged numerous medication violations, according to Monticello general manager Shawn Wiles.   James Devaux is Monticello\'s leading dash-winning driver with 245 wins in a track-high 1,416 starts (through Oct. 16)...
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Tell All to meet Lis Mara in Woodbine invitational

on 10/23/2007 2:00 AM
For the harness racing aficionados that yearn for star 3 year olds to compete against older horses, their wish will be granted Saturday as North America Cup and Little Brown Jug winner Tell All will take on his elders—including Lis Mara—in the $100,000(C) Gold Cup Invitational at Woodbine. The Blair Burgess-trained Tell All is riding a five-race winning streak coming into the Gold Cup, with h...
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Tinys Million shocks in OSS Gold elim

on 10/22/2007 2:00 AM
In The Irons turned in a scintillating effort while Tinys Million pulled off a shocking upset in Sunday night\'s pair of Ontario Sire Stakes (OSS) Gold eliminations for 3-year-old colt pacers at Woodbine Racetrack. Tinys Million lit up the tote board in the opening $61,715(C) split, scoring for driver Brad Forward at odds of 67-1 in 1:52. The son of Million Dollar Cam-Tinycrombie took adv...
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Morgan takes Harrington dash title

on 10/22/2007 2:00 AM
Driver Tony Morgan won five races Sunday and was presented with a plaque as Harrington Raceway\'s leading driver. Morgan has 296 wins this year, nearly 100 ahead of second-place Tim Tetrick (198). \"I\'ve gotta thank all the trainers that I\'ve driven for,\" said Morgan, whose 378 wins in 2006 set an all-time record at Harrington. \"They\'ve had their horses ready and in the right classes and t...
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Megabucks hits Colonial jackpot

on 10/22/2007 2:00 AM
Megabucks N capped his remarkable comeback with a record-tying 1:49.3 mile to upset Temptation and Crazy For Ever in a $10,000 winners-over handicap Sunday afternoon at Colonial Downs and match the track and world record for aged gelding pacers on a greater than one mile track.  Megabucks N came into the Colonial meet fresh off a 21-month layoff and promptly won two straight for new train...
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Lis Mara coasts in Montreal invitational

on 10/22/2007 2:00 AM
Rebounding off a disappointing fifth-place finish in his Winbak Pace division at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds on Little Brown Jug day, Lis Mara coasted to a 2 1/2-length victory in the $100,000(C) Rendez-Vous Des Champs Invitational Sunday at Hippodrome de Montreal. With Brian Sears driving, Lis Mara got away fourth behind the leading Eagle Luck, who tripped the first-quarter timer in :27. Wi...
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