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Award-winning writer Izzy Katzman dies

on 10/30/2007 2:00 AM
Izzy Katzman, a multiple award-winning reporter including the United States Harness Writers Association and Delaware Sports Hall of Fame, died at the age of 90 Tuesday in Wilmington, Del. Mr. Katzman spent 36 years at The Wilmington (Del.) News Journal before retiring in 1986. Twice, he was named Delaware Sportswriter of the Year.   In 1993, Mr. Katzman was inducted into the Del...
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Hoosier Park gets $1 billion finance package

on 10/30/2007 2:00 AM
The parent company of Hoosier Park announced Tuesday that it had closed on a $1 billion financing package that includes more than $400 million that will go toward the gaming site at the track in Anderson, Ind. Centaur Inc. received the funding in part from MH Equity, Indiana\'s largest private equity fund, with Credit Suisse, a global investment banking firm, acting as lead arranger, sole boo...
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Gural re-states reasons behind decision to close Vernon

on 10/30/2007 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs owner Jeff Gural has issued a second letter stating the reasons behind his decision to cancel the last four days of racing at the New York track, with the letter reading: \"All of us at American Racing and Entertainment regret the circumstances that have forced us to cancel the last two weekends of live harness racing at Vernon Downs.   \"I anticipated the passage of the pendi...
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A Golden win in OSS Gold final

on 10/29/2007 2:00 AM
Golden Seven came up with a much-needed upset victory in Sunday night\'s $130,000(C) Ontario Sire Stakes (OSS) Gold final for 3-year-old colt pacers at Woodbine Racetrack as he stopped the clock for driver Mark MacDonald in 1:51. The 50 points for the win moved the son of Camluck-Silver Seven into 11th spot in the OSS standings and may very well have landed him a qualifying berth in the No...
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Sport\'n Cami takes Dover\'s opening feature

on 10/29/2007 2:00 AM
Sport\'n Cami, one of two winners driven by Corey Callahan, won the opening night $14,500 filly and mare pace feature of Dover Downs 39th meet on Sunday. Owned and trained by Joe Skowyra, Sport\'n Cami recorded her fifth win of the season to go with six seconds and a third in 16 career starts.   One of seven 3 year olds in a field of nine starters, Sport\'n Cami was followed home by ...
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Valley Speed, Chugwater Gal take Hanovers

on 10/29/2007 2:00 AM
Freshman trotters took center stage on Sunday night as a pair of Hanover Stakes shared top billing on the 12-race card with Valley Speed and Chugwater Gal winning their respective divisions.   In the first of the two stakes events a field of seven diagonally gaited colts was sent postward for a purse of $70,000. Much to the delight of the wagering public, Judith Lunsford and Lynne...
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Fans to decide Chester\'s Drivers\' Challenge players

on 10/29/2007 2:00 AM
On Sunday, Nov. 18, eight of the nation\'s most popular drivers will take to the stonedust stage at Harrah\'s Chester Casino and Racetrack for the $60,000 Harrah\'s Chester Drivers\' Challenge. Eight races will be designated for the challenge, with driver assignments made at random. However, each driver will be given the opportunity to select one horse to drive in the entire challenge.   As...
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Colonial feature gives in to temptation

on 10/29/2007 2:00 AM
Robert Cooper Stables Temptation rebounded from his first loss at Colonial Downs with a late-rallying victory over Megabucks N in a $10,000 winners-over handicap Sunday afternoon at the one-turn mile.  Temptation started the Colonial meet with four straight gate-to-wire scores but tired late to lose to Megabucks N last week after setting a blistering pace.  Driver Chris Page...
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Elliot named Good Guy, Carr voted Unsung Hero

on 10/29/2007 2:00 AM
Trainer Steve Elliott has been voted the William Haughton Memorial Good Guy Award, and USTA data guru David Carr has been voted the LeeAnne Pooler Memorial Unsung Hero Award, in recent balloting conducted among the directors of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. In addition, the directors selected the three finalists for this year’s prestigious Proximity Award: Chris McErlean, longtime Me...
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Government applies to freeze Brooks\'s assets

on 10/29/2007 2:00 AM
The United States Attorney General’s office has announced the government has filed an application to restrain approximately $130 million of identifiable assets held by David Brooks, including bank accounts and brokerage accounts, following the Standardbred owner’s arrest last week on several charges that could send him to prison for the rest of his life.   Brooks, whose Perfect World En...
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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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