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Stonebridge Kisses reaches milestone mark

on 02/19/2008 12:00 AM
It was just a fifth-place finish in the second round of the Cape & Cutter Series at the Meadowlands Friday, Feb. 15, but the $2,000 check earned by Stonebridge Kisses brought the career earnings of the 8-year-old mare to more than $1 million. The accomplishment comes two years after an injury—ironically coming in a Cape & Cutter division—nearly cost her her life.   “She fell i...
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Mack Lobell divisions held

on 02/19/2008 12:00 AM
Buck I St. Pat tallied her first win of the year, while Indian Hill Rocket got his picture taken for the fourth time this season, after capturing their respective $17,500 divisions of the opening leg of the Mack Lobell Trotting Series at Pompano Park on Monday.   Starting from post four with Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines, Buck I St. Pat wasted little time seizing control of her Mack...
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Sharky Osborne wins Dover\'s President\'s Day feature

on 02/19/2008 12:00 AM
Sharky Osborne required an overland journey on the way to a 1:52.3 victory in the President\'s Day $40,000 Preferred Pace feature over a track rated as \"good\" at Dover Downs on Monday. Thin Blue Line and Home Run Hudson posted supporting wins.   With meet leading driver Tony Morgan at the controls, Sharky Osborne raced on the outside for more than a half mile before steaming home in: 27...
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Eagle On It takes Ontario Boys opener

on 02/19/2008 12:00 AM
An airborne Eagle On It used a sparkling off-the-pace rally to upend his stablemate Stonebridge On Ice in the lone $18,000 division in the first leg of the Ontario Boys Pacing Series Monday at Woodbine Racetrack. After leaving from the trailing post 11, Eagle On It got away eighth in the early going for driver Rick Zeron and watched Just The Begrining and Daylon Chance duel through a first half...
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New Jersey horsemen expressing frustration

on 02/19/2008 12:00 AM
While New Jersey horsemen receive assurances from Trenton that there will be a purse supplement this year, the frustration levels are rising as weeks go by and no agreement has been finalized.   “There are issues that are being discussed that are out of our hands,” said Tom Luchento, president of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. “These have to do...
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Mitchell new HTA president

on 02/19/2008 12:00 AM
Hugh Mitchell, a veteran racing executive from Western Fair Raceway in Ontario, was elected president of Harness Tracks of America on Monday (Feb. 18) at HTA’s sixth annual joint meeting with Thoroughbred Racing Associations. Mitchell replaces Brock Milstein, chairman of Northfield Park in Ohio, whose term expired. Jim Boese of Harrington Raceway in Delaware was elected as senior vice-presiden...
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$3.1 mil Santa Anita ticket sold at Big M

on 02/19/2008 12:00 AM
The lone winner of Santa Anita’s $3.1 million Pick 6 on Monday purchased his ticket at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The $4,320 ticket yielded a $3,120,256 payout, a Santa Anita record. The winner netted $2,381,423 after federal and state taxes. He also cashed the $7,786 five-of-six consolation payout 24 times, for another $186,878.   A three-day carryover of $1,269,223 heading into the Mond...
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Pompano trimming purses, dates

on 02/18/2008 12:00 AM
Horsemen at Pompano Park got a rude awakening for the third week of February as the track\'s condition sheet announced that purses would be cut 35 percent, effective immediately, and Monday and Wednesday cards will be dropped within the next two weeks.   The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association was alerted to the changes and immediately began exploring its options regar...
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New operator for Cal Expo harness meet

on 02/18/2008 12:00 AM
The Sacramento Harness Association (SHA) is turning over operation of harness racing at Cal Expo to the California State Fair Exposition effective March 1. The last SHA card will be held March 1, with Cal Expo\'s first card scheduled to be March 6.   Dick Feinberg, who has served as general manager for SHA, will not join the Cal Expo team.   \"I\'ll stay for a month to make...
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French owner Wildenstein dies

on 02/18/2008 12:00 AM
French horse owner Alec Wildenstein, who campaigned such notable trotters as Kaisy Dream, Kesaco Phedo and Jardy, the winner of the Prix de Paris, died Monday (Feb. 18) after a long illness at age 67, Paris Turf reported on its website.   Wildenstein, the son of the late well-known owner Daniel Wildenstein, professed a love for the trotting horse, but also owned many suc...
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Balmoral cancels Sunday\'s live card

on 02/17/2008 12:00 AM
Heavy rains that pelted the Southland area throughout the night and early this morning along with a quick thaw due to rising temperatures have created unsafe racing conditions, forcing Balmoral Park management to cancel the Sunday racing program. With more rain expected and the possibility of the precipitation changing to snow as the day continues track management and horseman have agreed to cance...
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Round one of Isle of Capri is in the books

on 02/17/2008 12:00 AM
Recent Presidential Series hero Mr. Feelgood and the millionaire pacer Maltese Artist put forth impressive performances at Pompano Park on Saturday night, prevailing in their respective $30,000 divisions of the first leg of the $350,000 Isle of Capri Pacing Series under the South Florida lights. Guided away from post four by Pompano Park\'s leading driver, Bruce Ranger, Mr. Feelgood paced confid...
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My Little Dragon ends Stylish Solution\'s streak

on 02/16/2008 12:00 AM
Stylish Solution\'s 13-race streak came to an end when My Little Dragon coasted to victory in the $40,000 second round of the Cape & Cutter Series on Friday night at the Meadowlands. My Little Dragon, with Ron Pierce at the lines, seized the lead from Stylish Solution in a :55 half, and held off the pocket-sitting favorite for a one-half length tally, in 1:52. Street Dancer closed along the ...
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Agreement reached at The Meadows

on 02/16/2008 12:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners’ Association (MSOA) has announced an agreement, set forth  between the MSOA and the Meadows Racetrack and Casino. The two-year contract paves the way for 208 days of racing each year, and forges a good working relationship between horsemen and track management. \"The MSOA Board of Directors, especially the Negotiating Committee, worked very hard to come t...
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Impressive winners in Count B divisions

on 02/16/2008 12:00 AM
Nanuets Z Tam and Neal Diamonique were both impressive winners in Friday night\'s second leg of the Count B Pacing Series for 3-year-old colts and geldings at Woodbine Racetrack. Nanuets Z Tam employed first-over tactics and eventually wore down the pacesetting Silver Dragon, before holding-off a closing Pro Art to score in the first $17,000(C) split for driver Phil Hudon in 1:53.2. It was the...
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Van Lennep divisions contested

on 02/16/2008 12:00 AM
Carousel Frame and Queens Gambit N established themselves as the top contenders in the Frances Dodge Van Lennep Filly and Mare Pacing Series after prevailing in their respective divisions of Friday’s $17,500 first leg at Pompano Park.   Driven from post three by George Napolitano Jr., Carousel Frame was parked in fourth place through the early stages of her  division as Flo Fo...
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Lifetime-best effort takes Big M series leg

on 02/16/2008 12:00 AM
Mr. Apples cut the mile and battled gamely through the stretch to win the $40,000 divison of the Aquarius Series on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Mr. Apples took control of the lead off the gate and fought off a late challenge from Artist’s View in the final strides to win by a nose in a personal best 1:51.1. It was 2 1/2 lengths back to Forensic Z Tam, who rallied in the stretch to ...
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Palone wins 12,000th with Maltese Artist

on 02/16/2008 12:00 AM
Dave Palone became the third driver in the history of North American harness racing to win 12,000 career races when he drove Maltese Artist o victory at the Isle Pompano Park Saturday.   Palone, who turned 46 on Wednesday, scored his 12,000 th career win in a $30,000 division of the Isle of Capri Pacing Series, winning with Maltese Artist by one length in 1:51.1 for the one mile...
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Gerries Madison takes finale for 3-year-old filly pacers

on 02/15/2008 12:00 AM
Gerries Madison got the best of a thrilling three-horse duel in the stretch to win Thursday night\'s $45,200(C) Miss Vera Bars Pacing Series final for 3-year-old fillies at Woodbine Racetrack. Driver Rick Zeron picked up the catch-driving assignment behind the daughter of Apaches Fame-Peaceful Protest and engineered a perfect second-over trip to win. Gerries Madison sat fifth in the early ...
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Benefits in Economic Stimulus Act for Horse Industry

on 02/15/2008 12:00 AM
President Bush signed into law the Economic Stimulus Act on Feb. 13, and the bill also includes two tax incentives that allow a much bigger write-off for horses and other depreciable property purchased and placed in service during 2008.   “This should provide an additional incentive for people to invest in more horses for racing, showing and breeding as part of their business activit...
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