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Seminoles offer state big bucks

on 09/08/2007 2:00 AM
The Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper has reported that the Seminole Tribe of Florida has offered the state $50 million up front and at least $100 million a year in exchange for the right to have Las Vegas-style slot machines, blackjack and baccarat, and could possibly expand its operation in Coconut Creek, about 10 miles from Pompano Park, in the future.   The state of Florida is negotia...
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Donato Hanover, Val Taurus take splits

on 09/08/2007 2:00 AM
The $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic (CTC) final, set for next Saturday at Mohawk, will feature two horses riding 15-race win streaks--Donato Hanover (1:52.3) and Val Taurus (1:53.2), and they will start side-by-side--in posts two and three--in the CTC final.   Donato Hanover took the first $40,000 elim on Sept. 8. The Andover Hall colt raced very wide in the first turn b...
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Somebeachsomewhere sets stakes mark

on 09/08/2007 2:00 AM
Jody Jamieson took two of the three divisions of the Champlain for 2-year-old pacing colts at Mohawk Saturday night, scoring with Legacy N Diamonds and Roberts Rage, but the third split went to Metro champ Somebeachsomewhere in a stakes-record time of 1:51. The previous mark of 1:51.2 was held by Sir Luck.   Somebeachsomewhere was sent to the lead early on the backstretch, taking command fr...
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Tell All scores, now on to Jug

on 09/08/2007 2:00 AM
North America Cup champ Tell All returned to Mohawk for the first time since winning the million-dollar classic and cruised to a 1:50.4 score in a division of the Simcoe on Saturday night.   With regular pilot Jody Jamieson aboard, Tell All sprinted to the front from post two, yielded to Domitian Hanover at the quarter (:26.2), then retook command for good. Domitian Hanover was pinn...
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Won The West the best in Jug Preview

on 09/08/2007 2:00 AM
Won The West, fresh off a 1:53.1 qualifier at Northfield Park the previous week, paced past Kinetic Yankee late in the homestretch to win the $165,000 Jug Preview Saturday night at Scioto Downs. With Greg Grismore driving, Won The West hit the wire in 1:51.   Kinetic Yankee, with Dave Palone driving, left quickly from post seven and controlled the race through fractions of :26.1, :55 a...
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Vivid Photo\'s 1:52 equals Mohawk mark

on 09/08/2007 2:00 AM
World champion Vivid Photo equaled the Mohawk track trotting record of 1:52 in winning Saturday night\'s $45,000 Open Trot. The 5-year-old SJs Photo gelding, trained and driven by Roger Hammer, was using the race as a tune-up for next Saturday\'s $693,500 Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk.   Hammer yielded briefly to Abbey Road C in a :26.2  first quarter before retaking command before th...
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Ace high wins NYSS pot at Yonkers

on 09/07/2007 2:00 AM
Ace High Hall shuffled the Yonkers Raceway record book Thursday night, winning the fastest of four divisions of the $242,100 New York Sire Stakes Milt Taylor Trot for 2-year-old colts. With Jim Morrill Jr.driving for owner Martin Scharf and trainer Mark Ford, the freshman son of Conway Hall bred by Walnut Hall Ltd. edged away from the pacesetting Colie\'s (Stephane Bouchard), winning the $59,975...
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Bruschette fastest in PASS splits

on 09/07/2007 2:00 AM
Of the four divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action held at Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack on Thursday afternoon, 3-year-old daughters of Andover Hall found victory.  Bruschette was the fastest of them on the day’s program, trotting the mile in 1:56.1, just a tick short of the track record for sophomore fillies.   With Pembroke Spice (George Brennan), My Intuition (Eric...
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Isabella Blue Chip wins first of the year

on 09/07/2007 2:00 AM
Pancleefandarpels and The Isle of Pan barged there way into the Batavia Downs Gaming record books Wednesday Night but their stay was short lived thanks to Isabella Blue Chip, who became the new track record holder for 3-year-old pacing fillies by going wire to wire in 1:54.1, in winning her $54,585 New York Sire Stakes event. She paced the mile one-fifth of a second faster then both Pancleefa...
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Possess The Magic draws Moni Maker bye

on 09/07/2007 2:00 AM
Possess The Magic drew the lone bye for Sunday\'s Moni Maker elimination at The Red Mile, advancing directly to the $175,000(est.) final while 10 other 3-year-old filly trotters, including Hambletonian Oaks winner Danae, will vie for the remaining nine starting slots for that Sept. 16 contest.   By virtue of her $308,973 in earnings, the Ron Gurfein-trainee Possess The Magic will get the ch...
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Could Northfield Park buy Thistledown?

on 09/07/2007 2:00 AM
According to a story in Friday\'s Cleveland Plain Dealer, Northfield Park may be on the short list of buyers of Thistledown Thoroughbred racetrack, which has been put up for sale by Magna Entertainment.   Northfield Park CEO Tom Aldrich told the newspaper that track owner Brock Milstein has already has some discussions with Magna officials regarding the possibility of buying Thist...
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The Meadows is talking table games for the future

on 09/07/2007 2:00 AM
With the slots machines at The Meadows raking in $52 million in revenue in their first three months of operation, racetrack officials testified before a House Gaming Oversight Committee that it would be a natural transition to now add table games.   The committee heard testimony on a bill that would add blackjack and craps to the state\'s gaming site. According to reports, The Meadows ...
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Standardbreds on stage in Spirit of America

on 09/07/2007 2:00 AM
The three Standardbreds who serve as the caparisoned (riderless) horses for military funerals in Arlington National Cemetery will be on the road the next two weeks, appearing in \"Spirit of America\" in Manchester, NH and Pittsburgh, PA. The shows--set for Sept. 7 and 8 in Manchester and Sept. 14 and 15 in Pittsburgh--depict the history of military service through drama, musical entertainment...
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Majestic Son to Tara Hills Stud

on 09/07/2007 2:00 AM
Tara Hills has announced that Majestic Son 3,1:52.2, a winner of $1,993,157, has arrived at his new home in Port Perry, Ont., to begin his new career as a stallion.   The 4-year-old son of Angus Hall was voted the 2006 O\'Brien Award as Canada\'s 3-Year-Old Trotting Colt and Horse of the Year.   \"We\'ve collected Majestic Son and he is a model stallion, but due to t...
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Pavia still recovering from accident

on 09/07/2007 2:00 AM
The road to recovery for harness driver and trainer Joe Pavia Jr. continues, but he is still months away from driving.   Pavia, who has a stable of horses at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, said he still feels the effects of a concussion sustained in a racing accident at the Meadowlands on June 16, in which he was unseated.   Pavia landed very hard on the track and sustained a...
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Val Taurus brings 14-for-14 record to Mohawk for CTC

on 09/07/2007 2:00 AM
He has beaten the best Quebec has to offer, so on Saturday the undefeated Val Taurus will be taking his show on the road to Mohawk Racetrack and the eliminations for the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic. The 3-year-old son of Taurus Dream, out of the Valley Victory mare Valbonne, has a spotless 14-for-14 record, and has bankrolled $264,032(C) for owner Lorraine Auger of ...
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Valley Sport repeats in Harrington Open Trot

on 09/06/2007 2:00 AM
Lloyd Arnold\'s Valley Sport earned a repeat win in Wednesday\'s $26,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway in 1:58 with Tony Morgan driving.   The 4-year-old Valley Victor gelding overcame post seven and surged by pacesetting Racsan Jenny on the final turn for his eighth win of the year. Racsan Jenny held second, while Put Them On Hold closed ground for third. Valley Sport is t...
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Grandstand demolition begins at The Meadows

on 09/06/2007 2:00 AM
Meadows Racetrack & Casino officials Wednesday held a brief ceremony to mark the beginning of the removal of the grandstand, which will be replaced by a state-of-the-art $155 million casino, hotel and spa.   Standing with members of the state House of Representatives Gaming Oversight Committee, local state Rep. Tim Solobay and state Sen. J. Barry Stout joined Meadows officials in ...
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Pistochini arrested for grand theft, burglary and conspiracy

on 09/06/2007 2:00 AM
California-based Standardbred owner and Cal Expo TV commentator Gregg Pistochini was arrested Tuesday and charged with conspiracy, grand theft and burglary for allegedly selling stolen golf balls on eBay. He was released on $10,000 bail.   Pistochini, 41, who has owned several well-known horses, including world champion Eaton Road Kill, was arrested by the Placer County Sheriff\'s Depa...
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Top Australian pacer has equine influenza

on 09/06/2007 2:00 AM
A story in the Melbourne Herald Sun has reported Australia’s leading pacer Blacks A Fake has tested positive for equine influenza. Blacks A Fake was one of eight horses that tested positive at the farm of Natalie Rasmussen and Grant Dixon. Blacks A Fake has won the last two Inter Dominion finals, and overall has won 33 of 44 starts and nearly $2 million in purse earnings.  
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