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Adrian Chip a millionaire with win in Milan

on 11/01/2007 2:00 AM
Hambletonian runner-up Adrian Chip became a millionaire when he captured the $550,000 Orsi Mangelli in Milan, Italy, on Thursday night, winning his elimination heat and the final. The colt sired by Andover Hall was driven by his trainer, Robert Bergh, and with the approximate purse earnings of $235,000, the colt topped the $1 million mark in career earnings with the Mangelli victory.   ...
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Gural says

on 11/01/2007 2:00 AM
Standardbred owner-breeder Jeff Gural, who also owns Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs racetracks, has issued a statement apologizing for any \"false impressions\" by Vernon Downs officials that there was any chance they would race this weekend.   \"I want to apologize for the apparent screw up earlier this week,\" wrote Gural in a Nov. 1 statement to the Vernon horsemen.&nbs...
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:26.2 last quarter wins it for Stately\'s Hoss

on 10/31/2007 2:00 AM
Read Racing’s Stately’s Hoss exploded down the center of the long Colonial Downs stretch to win Tuesday\'s $22,400 Virginia Aged Breeders Pace by a neck over Cool Flying Fun. Stately’s Hoss was content to rate patiently in sixth down the backstretch for trainer-driver Dean Collins while Racing Naked and Cool Flying Fun dueled for the lead through relatively slow fractions. Racing Nake...
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It\'s all yada, yada, yada at Dover

on 10/31/2007 2:00 AM
Overlooked at 8-1, Yada Yada Yada A came on strongly in the stretch for a 1:52.1 victory in the $23,000 filly and mare Jr. Open pace on Tuesday at Dover Downs. The sport\'s leading driver Tim Tetrick made the winner\'s circle three times, bringing his seasonal total to 974 wins. Racing far back in the field of nine fast females, Ross Wolfenden pulled the Armbro Operative mare Yada Yada Yada A ...
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Faraldo answers about Vernon\'s closing

on 10/31/2007 2:00 AM
Shortly after Vernon Downs\' owner Jeff Gural reiterated his decision in a statement Tuesday to close Vernon Downs and not race the last four days of the race meet in November, Joe Faraldo, attorney for the Harness Horseman\'s Association of Central New York issued a statement that reads: \"This is just a quick update on how Management at Vernon Downs has reacted against the horsemen, ostensibly f...
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Seven Matron elims also on Dover\'s Sunday card

on 10/31/2007 2:00 AM
Southwind Lynx, a $1.3-million winner this season, leads one of two $35,000 Progress Pace eliminations Sunday at Dover Downs, with the card also featured three Matron filly and two colt trots, and two Matron Filly pace divisions.   Southwind Lynx (Tim Tetrick), the North American Cup and the Art Rooney winner, and Kenneth J (Ron Pierce), a career winner of $1.3 million, second in las...
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Brooks denied bail, remains imprisoned

on 10/31/2007 2:00 AM
Perfect World Enterprises\' David Brooks was denied bail by a federal judge in New York Tuesday afternoon, keeping him in prison after being arrested last week on several charges including tax and securities fraud and insider trading.   According to reports, Brooks appeared in court wearing an orange jumpsuit and unshaven, and his lawyer made an extensive bail offer to U.S. District Court J...
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Report: slots would increase NJ purses, hurt casinos, lottery

on 10/31/2007 2:00 AM
According to a study made on the impact of slot machines at the Meadowlands, Freehold and Monmouth Park in New Jersey, purses would more than double but business at the Atlantic City casinos and New Jersey Lottery sales would suffer. The results of the study were printed in Tuesday’s Asbury Park Press after the newspaper filed an Open Publics Records Act request.   According to the report...
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Vernon situation explained by NY Racing Board

on 10/31/2007 2:00 AM
Harnessracing.com was told Wednesday morning by a New York State Racing and Wagering Board spokesman that Vernon Downs\' request to cancel its last four days of racing was not approved by the Board, and that the Board is continuing to monitor the situation.   In an email from the Board\'s public information officer Dan Toomey, he stated: \"It is our understanding that Vernon Downs...
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Veteran\'s career over after record 16 sub-1:50 wins

on 10/31/2007 2:00 AM
Co-owner Andy Willinger told harnessracing.com Wednesday morning that Lis Mara has been retired from racing after posting 27 victories—a record 16 in 1:50 or better—and earning $2,122,376 over his four-year career. Although it was first hoped Lis Mara would make his final start in Saturday\'s American National at Balmoral Park, Willinger said the decision to call it a career came followin...
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Noel prompts Pompano to cancel Wednesday\'s card

on 10/31/2007 2:00 AM
Due to intense winds and a forecast for heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Noel, the Wednesday live racing program at Pompano Park has been canceled. The racetrack will be open for full-card simulcasting, and the casino will remain in full operation.   Racing will resume at the South Florida oval on Friday, Nov. 2, with a 10-race card. Post time is 7:25 p.m. (Pompano Park)...
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Slots have brought Pennsylvania horsemen $103 million

on 10/31/2007 2:00 AM
Pennsylvania Act 135 of 2004 was widely hoped for by slot machine players and management alike, but another group also hailed that Act’s passing–the Standardbred and Thoroughbred horsemen of Pennsylvania, who receive a percentage of the “win” generated by slots at their venues, which have been termed “racinos” (racetracks and casinos).   Since Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs started...
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**NEW**Wire To Wire

on 10/31/2007 2:00 AM
In the newest Wire to Wire Andrew Cohen takes a look at some of the issues concerning sales, including an insight into pending legislation being discussed in Kentucky and Florida that would open up the doors for information about the horses and sellers to be made readily available to the buyers. Several ideas are proposed and you can read all about them in this week’s Wire to Wire by clicking he...
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Allegations of Northfield draw manipulation lead to suspensions

on 10/31/2007 2:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission has issued a one-year suspension and $1,000 fine to trainer Sean Gilbraith and Tabitha Elmore, who is registered as a groom and also as the back-up outrider at Northfield Park, for allegedly manipulating the draw for post positions at Northfield Park. Gilbraith currently ranks third on the Northfield trainers\' dash list and has 2007 totals of 442-75-66-61 and...
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Railee Possible wires field in Pompano open

on 10/30/2007 2:00 AM
Railee Possible returned to the Pompano Park winner’s circle for the second time in his last three starts when leading throughout to capture Monday\'s featured $14,000 Open Handicap Trot in 1:56.   Driven from post five by Dan Clements, the Florida-bred son of Anythings Possible wasted little time powering his way to the front, claiming the top spot on the first turn befor...
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A noble victory in Monday\'s Dover special

on 10/30/2007 2:00 AM
Noble Tess overpowered seven rivals to win the $32,500 Delaware Special pace in 1:50.3 Monday at Dover Downs, while Ron Pierce drove six winners, Jim Morand, Tony Morgan three each, on a fast 15-race card. Driver Morand took no prisoners piloting Noble Tess to the early lead with a: 26.2 opening panel and then poured it on with a :27.4 final quarter on the way to his fifth win o...
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Stately\'s Hoss favored in Colonial feature

on 10/30/2007 2:00 AM
Colonial Downs will close its penultimate week of harness racing Tuesday with a 12-race card highlighted by the $22,400 Virginia Aged Breeders Pace. Drivin’ Miss Rudee and Racing Naked combine to form a powerful entry for owner William M. Camp Jr. and trainer John Sumner. Both are former Virginia-bred champions with multiple wins at the one-turn mile this fall.  Drivin’ Miss ...
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Joe Hennessey dies at 82

on 10/30/2007 2:00 AM
Joe Hennessey, the father of Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey, died Monday in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island at the age of 82. Mr. Hennessey was the patriarch of one of the province’s most well-known harness racing families.   Mr. Hennessey drove his first winner in 1943 at Summerside Raceway, directing his father Wal’s horse Dale H to a 4-2-1 summary finish, with the 2:11 victo...
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See Grand River\'s \'Thriller\' here

on 10/30/2007 2:00 AM
On the eve of Halloween, horsemen and staff at Grand River Raceway had the world premier of their short film \"Thriller\" Monday night, a three-minute spoof of Michael Jackson’s video that was released 24 years ago. Grand River’s video was shot in one night, with the 17 participants gloriously choreographed to imitate Jackson’s moves in the original video.   To see the Grand River vid...
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Bank vice president named to Pennsylvania Harness Commission

on 10/30/2007 2:00 AM
Philadelphian Richard Welsh, a senior vice president at Wachovia Bank, has been named by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell to fill the third seat on the state\'s Harness Racing Commission, joining chairman Roy Wilt and accountant and former Pocono Downs general manager Arthur Manuel.   The Harness Racing Commission has had just two members for nearly two years. Thee board makes policy for t...
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