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Zeron hoping to notch first Breeders Crown

on 08/29/2007 2:00 AM
Rick Zeron has never been the shy and retiring type and no one expects a change any time soon. One thing that has eluded Zeron in a career that has spanned more than 30 years is a Breeders Crown championship, but he believes that all might change Satudray night in the Mare Trot.   Though he’s been second twice, Zeron has not had a Breeders Crown champion in 11 starts. His best finish...
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Will Tom Ridge\'s 1:50.2 world record fall?

on 08/28/2007 2:00 AM
Hambletonian winner Donato Hanover, fresh off a 1:51.3 qualifying tightener at The Red Mile, has drawn post four for Saturday’s $600,000 World Trotting Derby at Du Quoin, Ill. With two $30,000 supplemental entries—Anderberg and Prayer I Am—Donato Hanover will have eight challengers for the trophy. Donato Hanover comes into the World Trotting Derby riding a 13-race win streak. Following the ...
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Ready To Win sets Harrah\'s Chester record

on 08/28/2007 2:00 AM
The Monday card at Harrah\'s Chester featured six divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action, with 2-year-old pacing fillies in the limelight.  Ready To Win ($2.40) and driver Yannick Gingras proved most impressive, pacing the mile in 1:53.1, a track record for freshman filly pacers. Before the Sire Stakes program, Artexpress (Tim Tetrick) held the mark for freshman fillies, pacin...
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Conditions still ideal at Harrington

on 08/28/2007 2:00 AM
Scott Dillon\'s Ideal Conditions ($2.80, Tim Tetrick) continued his stellar 5-year-old campaign with a 1:52.2 win in a $20,000 winners-over event Monday at Harrington Raceway. The Steve LeBlanc trainee was claimed for $50,000 on July 14, and earned his second straight win, increasing his seasonal earnings to $122,000. The 5-year-old Western Ideal gelding set all the fractions as his 1:52.2 cloc...
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Happy Ticket sets Yonkers mark

on 08/28/2007 2:00 AM
A scant 48 hours after his owned and trained Green Day won the $644,770 final of the Yonkers Trot, Jim Raymer saw his owned and trained freshman trotting filly Happy Ticket set a track record as part of Monday night\'s $248,025 New York Sire Stakes Mike Cohen at Yonkers Raceway. The event honored the memory of Yonkers\' former publicity director. With Mike Simons doing the honors for the Raymer\...
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Magical Mike to be at Delaware

on 08/28/2007 2:00 AM
The 1994 Little Brown Jug champion Magical Mike will visit the Delaware, Ohio County Fairgrounds for five afternoons during the 2007 Grand Circuit meeting.  Magical Mike will stand in a stall in the Jugette barn beginning Sunday afternoon, Sept. 16 through Thursday, Sept. 20. Magical Mike, Breeders Crown champion at three and Dan Patch juvenile king in 1993, stands at stud at the Delawar...
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Inaugural PA Preferred Sale averages $7,382

on 08/28/2007 2:00 AM
Stogie Hanover, an Andover Hall colt, brought a bid of $50,000 to top the Standardbred Horse Sales Company’s inaugural Pa Preferred Yearling Sale Monday, Aug. 27, at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show complex in Harrisburg, Pa. With 217 of the cataloged 224 yearlings going through the sales ring, the auction grossed $1,601,800 for a $7,382 average and a median price of $5,000.   Murray Brow...
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Nordin returns to Breeders Crown stage

on 08/28/2007 2:00 AM
The blue, gold and white colors of Team Nordin were a familiar sight across North American racetracks in the 1980s. Patriarch Soren and sons Jan and Ulf were at the forefront of the Swedish \"invasion\" of North American trotting and produced scores of champions that stocked trophy cases on both sides of the Atlantic for an elite group of owners.   Soren Nordin drove in the inaugural Breed...
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Guida, Coon, Prince, Janoff voted into Hall

on 08/28/2007 2:00 AM
Mega-owner Lou Guida and Chuck Coon, the \"guru\" of harness track design and maintenance, have been elected to the Living Hall of Fame of harness racing, the sport’s highest honor, in voting conducted by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Guida received more than the necessary 75 percent from the voters, while Coon easily cleared the two-thirds total of USHWA directors needed in the s...
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Racing career over for Peaceful Way

on 08/27/2007 2:00 AM
One of Canada\'s great race mares has been retired. Peaceful Way, a winner of 33 races and purse earnings of more than $2.7 million, was retired Monday by her ownership group. Her last race was the Breeders Crown Mare Trot elimination at Mohawk last Friday night, and she broke stride at the start and finished last.   Peaceful Way has been most recently campai...
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Hudson Trot to Vulcanize

on 08/26/2007 2:00 AM
Vulcanize took the field wire to wire to win the Hudson Final at Yonkers in 1:56.3.  The race favorite, driven by Chicago-native Pat Berry, trotted home in :29 to take the $300,330 race for three-year-old trotting fillies.   Trained by Bob McIntosh for Lothlorien Equestrian Center of Mississauga, Ontario, the Muscles Yankee filly came off a 2:00.2 win in the Hudson eliminations last we...
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Summer Championships at Indy Downs

on 08/26/2007 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs hosted a first-ever Indiana Summer Championships Saturday, August 25, offering over $1 million in purses. A total of 10 Indiana Sires Stakes champions were crowned throughout the 14-race program. With the Shelbyville oval primed for record miles, three stakes marks fell and several lifetime best performances were turned in during a spectacular evening of racing. The million-dollar p...
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Western Hanover euthanized

on 08/26/2007 2:00 AM
Harness Racing Communications has announced that Hanover Shoe Farms has released a statement announcing the death of top pacing stallion Western Hanover at 1:15 pm Sunday.   The statement reads, in part, \"Western Hanover was euthanized at 1:15 p.m. today (Sunday, August 26).\"   The 18-year-old stallion had complications after surgeries for a scrotal hernia and to remove p...
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Trots to Snazzy Millie & Mystical Sunshine

on 08/25/2007 2:00 AM
They did it in drastically different ways but the end result was the same. Snazzy Millie surged past pacesetting Passionate Glide in the final strides of the first $37,500 (C$40,500) Breeders Crown Mare Trot elimination to win by a nose in 1:54.Defending mare trot champion Mystical Sunshine, with Dan Dube at the helm, made a move past the quarter pole, controlled her elimination from beginning to ...
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Jamieson takes Breeders Crown Pace Elims

on 08/25/2007 2:00 AM
Ideal Weather and Double Dream N, both driven by Jody Jamieson, were upset winners on Friday night (August 24) in the elimination races for next weekend’s $363,000 (C$392,400) Breeders Crown Mare Pace at Mohawk Racetrack.Sent off at 15-1, Ideal Weather set the opening fraction of :26.4 before settling into second behind Armbro Dancer. Ideal Weather reclaimed the lead in the stretch and won ...
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2YOs take center stage at Northfield

on 08/25/2007 2:00 AM
Ohio-bred 2-year-old fillies wrapped up their preliminary action with five divisions of action at Northfield Park on Friday night, August 24. For the best, there will be more -- the $1.1 million Ohio Super Night over the Home of the Flying Turns next Saturday, September 1. For the rest, there is still plenty of racing left and, of course, there is always next year. The evening started out with a...
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NYSS & Morrill take Yonkers

on 08/25/2007 2:00 AM
Jim Morrill, Jr. figured to have a lot to say about the goings-on in Friday night\'s $285,060 New York Sires Stakes Armand Palatucci Trot at Yonkers Raceway.   He did, though there was another surprising participiant in the conversation.   Morrill drove the minscule mutuel favorite in all three $95,020 divisions. Two cruised, one capsized.   Conway Court trotted the night\'s f...
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Pizzazzed in controll in OSS Gold final

on 08/25/2007 2:00 AM
Pizzazzed lived up to his name at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday night, delivering a four length victory in the two-year-old trotting colt Gold Series final at the Ottawa oval.   Starting from Post 2 in the nine-colt field, trainer/driver Roger Hammer settled Pizzazzed in second as Miguel Duhamel sprinted off the wings to a :29.3 opening quarter. The field marched along in single file be...
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Valbruna two-for-two in Indiana

on 08/25/2007 2:00 AM
One week after romping by 11 lengths in a Grand Circuit contest at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, freshman trotter Valbruna returned to the Hoosier state. Friday evening she won again for trainer Ron Gurfein, claiming a $115,400 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stake division in 1:57.4. Creamy Mimi won the second split in 1:57. Despite a dominating victory last Saturday, driver Mike LaChance admit...
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Cane Pace elim to Always A Virgin

on 08/25/2007 2:00 AM
The seven remaining spots for the 53rd Cane Pace were filled on Saturday (August 25) with the racing of the $99,156 Cane Pace elimination. Eight horses were fighting for the spots to join Southwind Lynx, who received a bye for the first leg of Pacing’s Triple Crown. The Meadowlands Pace and Art Rooney winner earned a bye as a result of being the top money earner for 2007. In the Cane Pace eli...
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