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FSBOA Super Night on tap Saturday at Pompano

on 10/26/2007 2:00 AM
Pompano Park will present its most lucrative night of racing on Saturday as the South Florida oval hosts the $576,057 Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA) Super Night, featuring eight Florida Breeders Stakes finals, including a quartet of events for the juvenile trotting and pacing divisions.   Headlining the championship night program is the 2-year-old pa...
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New freshman filly record set at Hiawatha

on 10/26/2007 2:00 AM
Voelz Hanover set a new world record for 2-year-old filly pacers on a five-eighths mile track Thursday night at Hiawatha Horse Park, capturing the $130,000(C) Ontario Sire Stakes Gold final with a 1:51.3 effort for trainer-driver Rick Zeron. The time lowered the previous mark set last month at Harrah’s Chester by the Steve Elliott-trained Lady Annie by two-fifths of a second. Zeron moved Voelz ...
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Joan Cruise dies

on 10/26/2007 2:00 AM
Joan Cruise, the wife of Hall of Fame horseman Jimmy Cruise, died Thursday following a long illness at the age of 80. Mrs. Cruise was the mother of horsemen Jimmy Cruise Jr. and Earl Cruise.   Mrs. Cruise also bred and owned Standardbreds, including the $651,000-winning Kash Minbar and the $477,000-winning Earl Laird.   Memorial contributions may be made to the Standardbred Retiremen...
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Muggings reported at Pompano Park

on 10/26/2007 2:00 AM
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office has reported the robbery and muggings of four people in three separate incidents in the past month at the Isle of Casino and Racing at Pompano Park, including one attack that left a woman with a broken ankle and fractured eye socket.   According to the sheriff’s reports, two of the attacks involved three men who violently grabbed purses and ...
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Happy Dreamer, Dear Mac win NJ Futurities

on 10/26/2007 2:00 AM
The heavily favored Happy Dreamer continued her dominance of New Jersey-sired 2-year-old pacing fillies with a lifetime-best 1:55 victory in the $37,500 New Jersey Futurity Friday afternoon at Freehold Raceway. The daughter of McArdle, with Andy Miller driving, led from start to finish, winning by 2 1/4 lengths over Dreamlands Latte.   Happy Dreamer, trained by Julie Miller for Lomangi...
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Luchento re-elected SBOANJ president

on 10/26/2007 2:00 AM
Longtime Standardbred horseman Thomas F. Luchento of Freehold has been re-elected to a third one-year term as president of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey.   Other officers elected for 2007-2008 were: Ed Razzetti, an owner from Hasbrouck Heights, first vice president;  Martin O’Hare, of Cream Ridge, who is  manager of Joie De Vie Farm in Jobstown, ...
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Laddie takes Gold at Woodbine

on 10/26/2007 2:00 AM
Laddie turned in one of his most impressive efforts of the season to capture a $130,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Final for 3-year-old colt trotters in a stakes-record equaling time of 1:54 at Woodbine Friday night.   Driven by Paul MacDonell, the son of Angus Hal -Victory Dreamer converted off a pocket trip and was able to nail pacesetting Arch Madness right on the wire for a...
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Battleshoe Victor wins Levesque Memorial in 1:56.1

on 10/25/2007 2:00 AM
Michael Polansky’s Battleshoe Victor had the lead when it mattered on Wednesday, as the 5-year-old son of Valley Victor charged to the front in the shadow of the wire to capture the featured $14,000 Gerard “Lucky” Levesque Memorial Open Handicap Trot at Pompano Park in 1:56.1.   Starting from post six with Wally Hennessey at the lines, Battleshoe Victor was away quickly in Wednesd...
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Purse increases coming to Cal-Expo

on 10/25/2007 2:00 AM
The Sacramento Harness Association has announced that on Friday, Oct. 26, purses will increase at Cal-Expo.   \"We are pleased to offer a well-deserved purse increase for our claiming horses competing in the lower classes,\" said Dick Feinberg, general manager of Sacramento Harness.  \"These horses have sustained our program and filled out many race cards over the past few months and t...
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David Brooks arrested for tax and securities fraud

on 10/25/2007 2:00 AM
Standardbred owner David Brooks (Perfect World Enterprises) was reportedly arrested Thursday morning at his home in Manhattan by FBI and IRS agents for tax and securities fraud in connection to an investigation into his company DHB Industries. Bloomberg News is reporting that the FBI alleges Brooks planned to siphon off company assets to buy expensive cars and racehorses, and the 54 year...
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Silva purchases 20-percent interest in Snow White

on 10/25/2007 2:00 AM
Snow White co-owner Curtis Larrimore said Thursday afternoon that New York-based owner Jerry Silva has purchased a 20-percent interest in the world champion 2-year-old trotting filly after negotiations that had begun a few weeks ago in Lexington were finalized.   “I sealed the deal in Lexington and we executed the agreement a couple of days ago. It’s a done deal and (Silva) is in for th...
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Brooks Wells dies

on 10/25/2007 2:00 AM
Former chairman of the board of directors of the United States Trotting Association Brooks Wells died Thursday morning at the age of 90.   Mr. Wells, of Ashland, Ky., had a wide and varied career in the sport and industry he loved. He for nearly 40 years he served as a stockholder and lead auctioneer for the Blooded Horse Sale Co.; was an owner, breeder, driver, and trainer; operated W...
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Breeders seminar to be held Saturday at Morrisville

on 10/25/2007 2:00 AM
A seminar for breeders focusing on “Your Better Business Plan” will be held at Morrisville College Equine Institute on Saturday with speakers discussing ways to enact a more efficient and effective plan for your farm.   Ken Jacobs, a New York yearling purchaser who has found success in selecting young horses, will discuss “What The Yearling Buyer Seeks At Public Auctions....
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Year In Review wins NJ Futurity

on 10/25/2007 2:00 AM
Year In Review, the even-money favorite, rolled to an easy victory in the $45,000 New Jersey Futurity for 3-year-old trotters on Thursday afternoon at Freehold Raceway, with the Self Possessed colt, driven by Steve Smith and trained by Karen Garland, claiming the lead before the three-quarter pole and drawing away to a 4 1/4-length victory in 1:59.4 on a track rated \"sloppy.\"...
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CR Commando\'s take both DSBF trots

on 10/24/2007 2:00 AM
Trainer George Teague swept both $110,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals (DSBF) for 2-year-old pacers, while Les Givens-trained horses won both trotting finals on closing night at Harrington Raceway Tuesday. The Teague-trained Badlands Nitro was victorious in 1:54 for driver Wayne Long and owners John Celii and Teague Inc. in the pacing colt division, whi...
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Always A Virgin draws post one in Messenger

on 10/24/2007 2:00 AM
Always A Virgin, who won the faster of last week\'s two elimination races, drew the inside post position and was made the 9-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday night\'s $725,480 final of the Messenger Stakes at Yonkers Raceway.   Eight 3 year olds are set to contest the final jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown, going as the seventh race on Yonkers\' 10-race program. First post is 7:40 p.m., ...
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Virginia Harness Day of Champions set for Colonial

on 10/24/2007 2:00 AM
Guienne Hanover and Southern Myles got the glory last Saturday with record-setting miles in elimination races but still must get the money as the headliners in the Virginia Harness Day of Champions Saturday at Colonial Downs. Ross Stables LLC’s Guienne Hanover became the fastest 3-year-old filly trotter in history with her stunning 13½-length elimination win in 1:51.2. The Yankee ...
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New York SOA releases Vernon statement

on 10/24/2007 2:00 AM
Shortly after Vernon Downs\' officials announced it was canceling the final four days of racing following this weekend due to what track owner called \"dire financial shape\" after legislation to lower the tax rate on video gaming gaming machines was defeated, the Standardbred Owners Association of New York issued the following release:   \"Despite speculation that the State Legislature wou...
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Year In Review favored in NJ Futurity

on 10/24/2007 2:00 AM
Year In Review, who has finished in-the-money in 12 of 15 starts this year, has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $45,000 New Jersey Futurity for 3-year-old trotters Thursday at Freehold Raceway.   The Self Possessed colt will be attempting to improve on 2006 when he was second by head in the New Jersey Futurity for 2 year olds.   Trained by Karen Garl...
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Rosecroft sale approved by Maryland commission

on 10/24/2007 2:00 AM
The Maryland Racing Commission on Tuesday approved the sale of Rosecroft Raceway to Penn National Gaming, issuing a license to Penn Maryland LLC to conduct racing at the track once the sale is finalized sometime next month. Penn Maryland, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Penn National Gaming, is purchasing the racetrack for $20 million from Cloverleaf Enterprises. Penn Maryland has agreed to maintain...
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