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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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Tidewaterdragonfly wins Fan Hanover

on 08/25/2007 2:00 AM
With a grueling speed duel between Southwind Tempo and Hana Hanover setting up the race, Tidewaterdragonfly bided her time before coming down the stretch to win the Fan Hanover by a length in 1:50.4.  The Kelly O’Donnell trainee went off at odds of 7-2 to take the 25th edition of the $718,600 final at Mohawk.   Three horses were parked to the quarter, including race favorite Sou...
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Green Day sets 1:56 track record

on 08/25/2007 2:00 AM
At odds of 6-1, Green Day took the $644,770 Yonkers Trot Saturday in 1:56.  Taking a three length lead going to the quarter, driver Cat Manzi had Green Day on front at every race call and never looked back, winning by a half length over Up Front Larry.   Green Day took the field to a :28.3 first quarter with Up Front Larry and Dave Palone getting the perfect pocket trip.  Quite Ea...
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Maltese Artist in Yonkers Invitational

on 08/25/2007 2:00 AM
Maltese Artist and Greg Grismore took the $50,000 Dominic Frinzi Invitational at Yonkers Saturday night in 1:51.4.   Starting out four wide on the half-mile track, Maltese Artist finally made the front at a :26.3 quarter only to have Psilvuheartbreaker come right back out and take the lead again.  Maltese Artist then took the pocket trip as Slickest Hanover and Stephane Bouchard came f...
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Metro Pace Elims at Mohawk

on 08/25/2007 2:00 AM
The best juveniles on the continent were in action on Saturday (August 25) at Mohawk Racetrack, in three C$40,000 eliminations for next Saturday\'s C$1 million Metro Pace, the richest race of the year for 2-year-olds. While the top three finishers, plus a fourth place finisher drawn by lot, qualified for a chance at the big prize next weekend, the elim winners also had the added incentive of cho...
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Primary As euthanized after injury

on 08/25/2007 2:00 AM
Primary As, who crossed the wire fifth in the Yonkers Trot, injured himself in the stretch drive and was later euthanized. It appeared that the colt injured at least one tendon, but the reason for the horse\'s death has not yet been confirmed.   Trainer Trond Smedshammer was driving Primary As and pulled him up after the crossing the wire. The horse was taken off the track by a horse ambula...
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Shes A Great Lady elims at Mohawk

on 08/25/2007 2:00 AM
Beachy Girl, Thong and All Accounted For took the $35,000 Shes A Great Lady Eliminations Saturday at Mohawk.  Beachy Girl now has six wins in six starts after winning her elimination in 1:54.3.   Brian Sears and Beachy Girl got away fifth while Voelz Hanover, who was parked to a :27.4 first quarter, lead the field.  Lola Palooza was flushed out first over going to the half and Bea...
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Danae & Prayer I Am ship in to win American National

on 08/25/2007 2:00 AM
Danae took the $150,000 American National for three-year-old trotting fillies in 1:55.3 Saturday at Balmoral.  Prayer I am won the $205,000 colt equivalent in 1:54.3.   Danae, driven by Ryan Anderson, was parked third to the opening quarter, then got to the rail and sat, patiently waiting for the stretch.  She won by one and a quarter lengths over race favorite Possess The Magic, ...
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No More Gold N wins Vernon Debut

on 08/24/2007 2:00 AM
No More Gold N continued his winning ways with a 1:56 mile over a track labeled good due to a late afternoon thunder storm in the $10,000 Open trot at Vernon Downs on Thursday night, Aug. 23.   Making his Vernon Downs debut, No More Gold N gained control of the lead shortly after the start of the 11th event and remained in charge en route to a 1 3/4-length victory, his third in succession a...
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Real Class leads KYSS winners in 1:50

on 08/24/2007 2:00 AM
Digital Z Tam turned in speedy win over the lightning-fast red clay at The Red Mile Thursday night, and Likeavirgin Lindy grabbed the lone $50,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes split for 3-year-old filly trotters over a courageous Godiva Hall, who starated poorly and spotted the field by 10 lengths at the quarter before falling short by just a nose in 1:54.1.   Sent off...
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Longshot Windsong Espoir wins Bridger Series final

on 08/24/2007 2:00 AM
Rumorsliesnalibies, a repeat winner in both of his divisions of the first two legs of the Bridger Series for 2-year-old trotting colts, came up short Thursday night in the $45,220 final, while 6-1 shot Windsong Espoir cruised to an easy victory in 1:57.1 at Mohawk racetrack.Windsong Espoir, who skipped the first leg of the Bridger Series on Aug. 9 but was third to Lancer Springs and Kangamang...
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Another track record for Share The Delight

on 08/24/2007 2:00 AM
Share The Delight set another track record Thursday, capturing a $49,069 division of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers at Monticello Raceway in 1:55.3. This track mark comes after a 1:54 track record in the New York State Fair Stakes at Tioga Downs and a 1:55.1 record performance in Sire Stakes at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway.   In Thursday’s race Jim Morrill ...
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PA Preferred Sale set for Monday

on 08/24/2007 2:00 AM
The inaugural “PA Preferred” Yearling Sale of Standardbred Horse Sales Company will be held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg on Monday, Aug. 27. The sale will start at 11 am. A total of 223 yearlings have been cataloged, of which 193 are Pennsylvania eligible.   Consignors include Concord Stud Farm, Dominick Rosato, Fox Den Farm, Hanover Shoe Farms, Hempt Farms, ...
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Four 3FT NYSS divisions held at Batavia

on 08/23/2007 2:00 AM
Aiken For Clay and local fan favorite Jim Morrill Jr. scored their second straight victory when four divisions of  the $165,920 New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies invaded Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening.   Aiken For Clay cleared the top at the half and withstood a challenge from defending champion Tessel down the stretch to win in 1:59.2, the fastest Sire Stakes c...
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Will Southwind Tempo take on the boys in Jug?

on 08/23/2007 2:00 AM
Pampered Princess tried the colts in the Hambletonian and there now appears a chance the filly Southwind Tempo will take on the boys in the Little Brown Jug. \"Southwind Tempo is coming to Delaware and she will either race in the Jugette or the Little Brown Jug. We have not decided,\" said trainer Steve Elliott. \"But I think she’s as good as any of the 3-year-old pacers this year.&nbs...
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Grant leads the charge for General Washington

on 08/23/2007 2:00 AM
After Tactical Touch and Corey Callahan cut the early fractions, Mary Smith’s Grant ($3) took the lead at the head of the stretch, drawing clear to a three-length victory in the final of the General George Washington late-closing series on Wendesday afternoon at Harrah’s Chester.   The 3-year-old son of SJ’s Caviar got away fourth, being overtaken early by a leaving Tactical Touch, AJ...
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Jokerman laughs way to 4 1/4-length Cal Expo win

on 08/23/2007 2:00 AM
Whether he\'s on the front or being raced from behind, it doesn’t seem to matter lately to D Jokerman, as he dominated for the third time in his last four outings on a hot Wednesday night at Cal Expo. Racing in a conditioned-claiming pace, D Jokerman scored in a career-best 1:53.2 for driver Steve Wiseman.   Prior to starting from post position two in the field of six, Wiseman wanted...
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Eight in Cane Pace elim, Southwind Lynx gets bye

on 08/23/2007 2:00 AM
With Meadowlands Pace and Art Rooney winner Southwind Lynx receiving a bye directly into the Cane Pace final as the richest entrant, eight 3-year-old colt pacers will line up behind the gate at Freehold Raceway Saturday afternoon in a single $99,156 elimination, with only the last-place finisher not returning for the big dance.   Always A Virgin, coming off a Battle of the Brandywine stakes...
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Northville Downs\' Margaret Zayti dies

on 08/23/2007 2:00 AM
Margaret Zayti, who began working at Northville Downs in Michigan in 1947 and retired as its executive manager in 2004, died Monday at her home in Northville after a long illness at the age of 86.   \"She was just a tremendously generous person,” said Northville Downs’ general manager and co-owner Lou Carlo. “When she was in your corner, she was in your corner 100 percent. I coul...
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