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Oosting hits 3,000 on Am-Nat elim night

on 10/28/2007 2:00 AM
After posting four wins on Friday night’s Maywood Park card to draw within one victory of the coveted 3,000 career win plateau, driver Mike Oosting wasted no time reaching that milestone as he led off the Saturday night Balmoral Park program with a dead-heat victory behind Demack’s Quick.   The 45-year-old Oosting was a bit surprised to find himself in the winner’s circle after e...
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Hennessey stars on Fla. Super Night card

on 10/28/2007 2:00 AM
Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey visited the Pompano Park winner’s circle seven times on Saturday’s $576,057 Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA) Super Night program. Hennessey won four Florida Breeders Stakes, headlined by the 11th straight win for the unbeaten Alice Springs, who claimed the full share of a $100,000 bonus with her triumph.   Owned by Ciar...
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Always A Virgin wins Messenger

on 10/27/2007 2:00 AM
Always A Virgin won his second Triple Crown race, capturing the $725,480 Messenger at Yonkers Raceway Saturday night with a wire-to-wire romp in 1:52. Always A Virgin won the Cane, the first leg of the Triple Crown, in early September and finished third in the second leg, the Little Brown Jug.   “I thought his performance was great,” trainer Joe Holloway said. “We did what we had to d...
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Escape The Wind prevails at windy Woodbine

on 10/27/2007 2:00 AM
On a night when a strong wind played havoc with racing, Escape The Wind had no trouble beating free-for-all heavyweights Lis Mara, Boulder Creek and Silent Swing and top 3-year-old colt Tell All in the $100,000 Gold Cup Invitational at Woodbine Saturday night.   Trainer-driver Roger Mayotte sent Escape The Wind to the lead from post five and the duo marched on to a 1:52 victory. It was...
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Snow White wins Goldsmith Maid

on 10/27/2007 2:00 AM
One week after she broke stride in her elimination, Snow White trotted to a 1:57.4 victory in the $652,950 Goldsmith Maid final, but the filly didn\'t look as pretty as she has in previous victories.   AFter the race driver John Campbell confirmed that Snow White became rough gaited and he struggled to hold her together.   Nevertheless, Snow White was much better than her r...
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Another big win for A And G\'sconfusion

on 10/27/2007 2:00 AM
John Campbell crafted a second-over trip for A And G\'sconfusion and the 2-year-old filly won the $660,200 Three Diamonds Saturday night at Woodbine, giving her victories in both of Woodbine/Mohawk\'s signature races for freshmen pacing fillies. Earlier this year she won the She\'s A Great Lady at Mohawk.   Thong, Up Front Bethann and Art\'s Diva took turns as the leader through splits of :...
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Dewey wins Valley Victory, still undefeated

on 10/27/2007 2:00 AM
The $666,050 Valley Victory Trot was a walk in the park for Deweycheatumnhowe, who stayed undefeated with a 1:58 victory over his stablemate Make It Happen.   Trainer-driver Ray Schnittker took control of the race with \"Dewey\" just past the first quarter and no one got close to the son of Muscles Yankee. John Campbell moved Mke It Happen first-over going into the last turn to mo...
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Governor\'s Cup to Santanna Blue Chip

on 10/27/2007 2:00 AM
The Art Major colt Santanna Blue Chip used a second-over trip to win the $731,700 Governor\'s Cup at Woodbine Saturday night, turning in a 1:53.1 effort on the windy night. Roberts Rage finished second, giving trainer Carl Jamieson a sweep of the top two positions. But it ws a bittersweet night for Jamieson as just one race earlier his 2-year-old trotter Mr Mission died of heart failure ...
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Mega casino proposed for southwest Ohio

on 10/26/2007 2:00 AM
Almost a year after Ohio voters rejected a ballot issue for slot machines at racetracks and two Cleveland casinos, two businessmen have proposed a casino located off I-71 near Wilmington, Ohio. They plan to circulate a petition to ask for approval for the casino in the November, 2008 election.   The proposed facilitiy, about halfway between Columbus and Cincinnati, calls for a resort casin...
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Yonkers four-bagger for Pat Lachance

on 10/26/2007 2:00 AM
A night after Pat Berry and Larry Stalbaum each drove four winners at Yonkers Raceway, Pat  Lachance picked up the gauntlet and escorted home four of his very own on Thursday. All four were wagering favorites. Lachance, who drove in all but one of the evening\'s 10 races, had an early consecutive threepeat. He went wire to wire with the mare Noni N ($5.60) in  the $4,000, third-race pa...
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FSBOA Super Night on tap Saturday at Pompano

on 10/26/2007 2:00 AM
Pompano Park will present its most lucrative night of racing on Saturday as the South Florida oval hosts the $576,057 Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA) Super Night, featuring eight Florida Breeders Stakes finals, including a quartet of events for the juvenile trotting and pacing divisions.   Headlining the championship night program is the 2-year-old pa...
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New freshman filly record set at Hiawatha

on 10/26/2007 2:00 AM
Voelz Hanover set a new world record for 2-year-old filly pacers on a five-eighths mile track Thursday night at Hiawatha Horse Park, capturing the $130,000(C) Ontario Sire Stakes Gold final with a 1:51.3 effort for trainer-driver Rick Zeron. The time lowered the previous mark set last month at Harrah’s Chester by the Steve Elliott-trained Lady Annie by two-fifths of a second. Zeron moved Voelz ...
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Joan Cruise dies

on 10/26/2007 2:00 AM
Joan Cruise, the wife of Hall of Fame horseman Jimmy Cruise, died Thursday following a long illness at the age of 80. Mrs. Cruise was the mother of horsemen Jimmy Cruise Jr. and Earl Cruise.   Mrs. Cruise also bred and owned Standardbreds, including the $651,000-winning Kash Minbar and the $477,000-winning Earl Laird.   Memorial contributions may be made to the Standardbred Retiremen...
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Muggings reported at Pompano Park

on 10/26/2007 2:00 AM
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office has reported the robbery and muggings of four people in three separate incidents in the past month at the Isle of Casino and Racing at Pompano Park, including one attack that left a woman with a broken ankle and fractured eye socket.   According to the sheriff’s reports, two of the attacks involved three men who violently grabbed purses and ...
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Happy Dreamer, Dear Mac win NJ Futurities

on 10/26/2007 2:00 AM
The heavily favored Happy Dreamer continued her dominance of New Jersey-sired 2-year-old pacing fillies with a lifetime-best 1:55 victory in the $37,500 New Jersey Futurity Friday afternoon at Freehold Raceway. The daughter of McArdle, with Andy Miller driving, led from start to finish, winning by 2 1/4 lengths over Dreamlands Latte.   Happy Dreamer, trained by Julie Miller for Lomangi...
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Luchento re-elected SBOANJ president

on 10/26/2007 2:00 AM
Longtime Standardbred horseman Thomas F. Luchento of Freehold has been re-elected to a third one-year term as president of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey.   Other officers elected for 2007-2008 were: Ed Razzetti, an owner from Hasbrouck Heights, first vice president;  Martin O’Hare, of Cream Ridge, who is  manager of Joie De Vie Farm in Jobstown, ...
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Laddie takes Gold at Woodbine

on 10/26/2007 2:00 AM
Laddie turned in one of his most impressive efforts of the season to capture a $130,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Final for 3-year-old colt trotters in a stakes-record equaling time of 1:54 at Woodbine Friday night.   Driven by Paul MacDonell, the son of Angus Hal -Victory Dreamer converted off a pocket trip and was able to nail pacesetting Arch Madness right on the wire for a...
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Battleshoe Victor wins Levesque Memorial in 1:56.1

on 10/25/2007 2:00 AM
Michael Polansky’s Battleshoe Victor had the lead when it mattered on Wednesday, as the 5-year-old son of Valley Victor charged to the front in the shadow of the wire to capture the featured $14,000 Gerard “Lucky” Levesque Memorial Open Handicap Trot at Pompano Park in 1:56.1.   Starting from post six with Wally Hennessey at the lines, Battleshoe Victor was away quickly in Wednesd...
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Purse increases coming to Cal-Expo

on 10/25/2007 2:00 AM
The Sacramento Harness Association has announced that on Friday, Oct. 26, purses will increase at Cal-Expo.   \"We are pleased to offer a well-deserved purse increase for our claiming horses competing in the lower classes,\" said Dick Feinberg, general manager of Sacramento Harness.  \"These horses have sustained our program and filled out many race cards over the past few months and t...
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David Brooks arrested for tax and securities fraud

on 10/25/2007 2:00 AM
Standardbred owner David Brooks (Perfect World Enterprises) was reportedly arrested Thursday morning at his home in Manhattan by FBI and IRS agents for tax and securities fraud in connection to an investigation into his company DHB Industries. Bloomberg News is reporting that the FBI alleges Brooks planned to siphon off company assets to buy expensive cars and racehorses, and the 54 year...
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