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A rock-solid win at Pompano

on 01/31/2008 12:00 AM
Rockome Vic ruled the Wednesday evening program at Pompano Park, visiting the winner’s circle for the second straight time after taking the featured $7,200 ninth-race claiming trot in 1:56.4.   Driven from post two by George Napolitano Jr., Rockome Vic settled contently in second place as an aggressively driven Karpathos (Dan Clements) rocketed off the gate to take the field through open...
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Jake\'s Nordic takes Open Trot again

on 01/31/2008 12:00 AM
Two of the top three trots of the week on Wednesday at Dover Downs resulted in victories by a nose. In the $32,000 Mares Open Handicap Trot, Jake\'s Nordic prevailed while Grand Photo won a big-hearted $24,000 winners-over trot. Tim Tetrick and Tony Morgan dominated the driver column with six and three wins, respectively.   Dan and Tom Courtemanche\'s classy warhorse Jake\'s Nordic s...
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Delmarva\'s Gary Pepper dies

on 01/31/2008 12:00 AM
Gary Pepper, a popular, hardworking Delmarva-area horseman over the past three decades died of an apparent heart attack on Monday at his home in Queen Anne, Md. The 45-year-old Pepper worked with horses for most of his life.   Mr. Pepper was an assistant trainer and caretaker spending his career with Maryland and Delaware horsemen. Over the years, he worked for Ken Woo...
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**NEW**Wire To Wire

on 01/31/2008 12:00 AM
Andrew Cohen attended the Night of Champions Awards dinner at Dover Downs Sunday night and in this week\'s Wire To Wire he discusses and applauds Meg Jewett Leavitt on her speech regarding horse slaughter following the presentation of the U.S. Harness Writers Association President\'s Award bestowed on her. Cohen notes that although there were likely many in attendance who did not want to hear...
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Fia Svensson named Caretaker of the Year

on 01/31/2008 12:00 AM
Fia Svensson, a diminutive 22-year-old Swedish groom in the Florida-based Jonas Czernyson stable who delights in providing special care and attention to tough and difficult horses, has been named Caretaker of the Year by Harness Tracks of America, the association of major harness tracks in North America, and Hanover Shoe Farms.   The winner, chosen by a committee of racing executives a...
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First Chocolatier foal born in Kentucky

on 01/31/2008 12:00 AM
The first foal by Chocolatier was born in Kentucky Saturday, Jan. 26, at Schare Adams’ Saga Farm near Georgetown. The baby is a bay filly from the unraced Donerail mare Maurel Hanover. She was the first mare bred to the 2006 World Trotting Derby winner last year and the first this year to produce a foal by the 2005 Dan Patch 2-Year-Old Colt Trotter of the Year.
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White-out conditions force Balmoral cancellation Tuesday

on 01/30/2008 12:00 AM
Balmoral Park was forced to cancel its Tuesday night program after just one race due to inclement conditions. After temperatures plummeted more than 30 degrees in less than four hours, a driving rain turned into heavy snow. Coupled with wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph, the blowing snow created white-out conditions. After the first race of the night went in 2:07.1, drivers and trainers th...
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Pacific Philly stakes claim to Dover\'s winner\'s circle

on 01/30/2008 12:00 AM
Pacific Philly, a 24-1 longshot, came from sixth on the final turn to score a 1:52 victory in the $32,000 Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday, while Camturo won the $24,000 mares winners-over sub-feature. Driver Eddie Davis Jr. altered his tactics in the week\'s top distaff feature, choosing to race Pacific Philly from off the pace instead of the front end and it paid off with a come...
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Governor Beshear proposes Kentucky casinos

on 01/30/2008 12:00 AM
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear gave his 2008 State of the State address to the legislators in Frankfort and before a statewide TV audience Tuesday night, which included his calling for a constitutional amendment to allow casino gaming--which would include racetracks--in the Bluegrass. Beshear told the lawmakers that expanded limiting gaming would produce $500 million annually in tax revenue....
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Siegel named to represent U.S. amateurs in 2008 World Cup

on 01/30/2008 12:00 AM
On Sunday night David Siegel was at Dover Downs to accept his trophy as the 2007 Amateur Driver of the Year. As he was walking away from the podium co-host Roger Huston stopped him and read a letter which stated that Siegel, as United States Amateur Driver of the Year, will represent the U.S. in the upcoming World Cup of Amateur Racing which is set to get underway in mid-M...
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Miami-Dade voters approve racetrack slots

on 01/30/2008 12:00 AM
Voters in Miami-Dade County in Florida on Tuesday approved a referendum that will allow for Calder Racecourse, Flagler Dog Track and Miami Jai Alai to add slot machines. The referendum, which was defeated in 2005, the year Broward County approved slots at tracks including Pompano Park, was passed by margin of about 2-1.   \'\'This is the happiest, greatest day of my life,\'\' Isadore H...
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HHI president Dominic Frinzi dies at 86

on 01/30/2008 12:00 AM
Dominic H. Frinzi Jr., the long-serving president of Harness Horsemen International, a member of Harness Racing’s Hall of Fame, and one of harness racing’s most vociferous advocates, died Monday at his Milwaukee home following a lengthy illness. He was 86.   Visitation will be on Monday, Feb. 4, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. (CST) at the Schmidt and Bartelt Funeral Home, located at 10121 Wes...
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Cisco Hall upsets in Pompano trot

on 01/29/2008 12:00 AM
Dismissed at odds of 12-1 despite finishing second in last week\'s top trotting event at Pompano Park, Cisco Hall rewarded his backers with a half-length victory on Monday, taking the featured $14,000 Open Handicap Trot in 1:57.   Driven from post two by George Napolitano Jr., Cisco Hall settled comfortably in fourth through the opening stages of Monday...
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Glidemaster’s Book for 2008 Closed

on 01/29/2008 12:00 AM
Art Zubrod, syndicate manager for 2006 trotting Triple Crown winner Glidemaster, has announced that the stallion’s 2008 book has been closed.   “We are thrilled with the quality of the mares,” Zubrod said. “He has the dams of the winners of the Hambletonian, the Oaks, Breeder’s Crowns and divisional champions, as well as winners of the Oaks, Breeder’s Crown and divisional champi...
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Freehold delays purse cuts

on 01/29/2008 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey president Tom Luchento and Freehold Raceway management have negotiated a delay in an announced 20 percent cut in purses while both groups await action in Trenton to provide a purse supplement.   \"While we have taken the Governor (Jon Corzine) on his worth that he wil provide New Jersey horse racing with a purse supplement...
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No Nonsense Yankee, He Wants It All score at Pompano

on 01/27/2008 12:00 AM
No Nonsense Yankee continued his early-season dominance of the Pompano Park older pacing division on Saturday, capturing the featured $14,000 Open Handicap Pace in 1:51.3 to score his fourth win from his last five starts   Driven from post eight by Wally Hennessey, No Nonsense Yankee engaged JJ’s Gazette (Andy Santeramo) in a spirited duel for the early lead, clearing tha...
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Yonkers\' features decided at the wire

on 01/27/2008 12:00 AM
Unlike the South Carolina primary, Saturday night\'s three $30,000 features at Yonkers Raceway were too close to call until the very last precincts checked in. Stonebridge Kisses (Jason Bartlett) and Stacelita (Jim Pantaleano) won the Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace and Open Trot, respectiviely, by the same neck margin, while Forest Vic A (Steve Smith) stuck his nose out at just the ri...
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Offshore Dream wins second straight Prix d\'Amerique

on 01/27/2008 12:00 AM
Offshore Dream has captured his second straight Prix d’Amerique, scoring  by 1 1/2 lengths over Opal Viking in a mile rate of 1:55.4 over the 2,700 meter course at the Vincennes racetrack in Paris, France, Sunday.   The race started with Opal Viking, Super Light and Going Kronos each taking turns on the lead in the early going. The first to attack from the back was Meaulnes...
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Kuebler\'s California Dream a winner

on 01/27/2008 12:00 AM
Rick Kuebler\'s dream was to achieve the same amount of wins as his idol Joe O\'Brien, and then call it a career. Saturday night Kuebler fulfilled that dream with California Dream.   Open Handicap 1 pacers, racing for a purse of $8,000, were featured at Cal-Expo on Saturday night , in which the classy Kuebler went out as he was both on and off the track -- a winner.   I...
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Donato Hanover takes title as top harness horse of 2007

on 01/27/2008 12:00 AM
Donato Hanover went out a winner. The record-setting trotter, who won his first 11 races last year before suffering defeat in the season-ending Breeders Crown, was named harness racing’s 2007 Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association at the Night of Champions at the Dover Downs Hotel on Sunday. Donato Hanover, who also received Dan Patch awards as Trotter of the Year and 3-Year...
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