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Silva purchases 20-percent interest in Snow White

on 10/25/2007 2:00 AM
Snow White co-owner Curtis Larrimore said Thursday afternoon that New York-based owner Jerry Silva has purchased a 20-percent interest in the world champion 2-year-old trotting filly after negotiations that had begun a few weeks ago in Lexington were finalized.   “I sealed the deal in Lexington and we executed the agreement a couple of days ago. It’s a done deal and (Silva) is in for th...
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Brooks Wells dies

on 10/25/2007 2:00 AM
Former chairman of the board of directors of the United States Trotting Association Brooks Wells died Thursday morning at the age of 90.   Mr. Wells, of Ashland, Ky., had a wide and varied career in the sport and industry he loved. He for nearly 40 years he served as a stockholder and lead auctioneer for the Blooded Horse Sale Co.; was an owner, breeder, driver, and trainer; operated W...
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Breeders seminar to be held Saturday at Morrisville

on 10/25/2007 2:00 AM
A seminar for breeders focusing on “Your Better Business Plan” will be held at Morrisville College Equine Institute on Saturday with speakers discussing ways to enact a more efficient and effective plan for your farm.   Ken Jacobs, a New York yearling purchaser who has found success in selecting young horses, will discuss “What The Yearling Buyer Seeks At Public Auctions....
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Year In Review wins NJ Futurity

on 10/25/2007 2:00 AM
Year In Review, the even-money favorite, rolled to an easy victory in the $45,000 New Jersey Futurity for 3-year-old trotters on Thursday afternoon at Freehold Raceway, with the Self Possessed colt, driven by Steve Smith and trained by Karen Garland, claiming the lead before the three-quarter pole and drawing away to a 4 1/4-length victory in 1:59.4 on a track rated \"sloppy.\"...
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CR Commando\'s take both DSBF trots

on 10/24/2007 2:00 AM
Trainer George Teague swept both $110,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals (DSBF) for 2-year-old pacers, while Les Givens-trained horses won both trotting finals on closing night at Harrington Raceway Tuesday. The Teague-trained Badlands Nitro was victorious in 1:54 for driver Wayne Long and owners John Celii and Teague Inc. in the pacing colt division, whi...
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Always A Virgin draws post one in Messenger

on 10/24/2007 2:00 AM
Always A Virgin, who won the faster of last week\'s two elimination races, drew the inside post position and was made the 9-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday night\'s $725,480 final of the Messenger Stakes at Yonkers Raceway.   Eight 3 year olds are set to contest the final jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown, going as the seventh race on Yonkers\' 10-race program. First post is 7:40 p.m., ...
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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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