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Keystone Matt takes The Albertan

on 10/20/2007 2:00 AM
The closing race on the Northlands Park Saturday card was the C$134,500 Albertan Final for three-year-old pacing colts.  Keystone Matt, a 30-1 longshot, upset the race favorite to win by five lengths in 1:52.1.   Donald Monkman, Jr. and Keystone Matt got away third as race favorite Bettor Tuwin and William Tainsh, Jr. posted fast early fractions of :26.3 and :53.4 over the 5/8 mile tra...
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Schnittker takes both Valley Victory elims

on 10/20/2007 2:00 AM
Trainer/driver Ray Schnittker took both C$23,000 Valley Victory eliminations Saturday at Woodbine.  Deweycheatumnhowe took the first elimination under wraps in 1:56.4, and Make It Happen won the second elimination in 1:58.2.   The 55-1 longshot Celebrity Secret (Trevor Ritchie) set a soft :29.1 first quarter, after which Schnittker pulled Deweycheatumnhowe to a :59 half.  Never li...
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NJSS to St Pete Star

on 10/20/2007 2:00 AM
St Pete Star won the New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old colts Saturday afternoon at Freehold in 1:52.3.  The $50,800 race was the third leg of the NJSS.   After a :26.2 first quarter, Daniel Dube pulled St Pete Star going to the half, flushing out Idealic Life (Stephane Bouchard).  St Pete Star, trained by Mark Kesmodel, won by two lengths.  Idealic Life hung on for se...
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Jack Flanigen hits win 3,000

on 10/20/2007 2:00 AM
Reinsman Jack Flanigen notched career win 3,000 when he guided Townline Powerful to victory in the third race on Friday Night at Batavia Downs Gaming.   The 41-year-old Flanigen was able to workout a textbook, second-over trip with Townline Powerful. He then tipped his charge three deep at the top of the stretch and powered on past a first over Y Z Two Fifty to reach the milestone. Jack F...
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Records abound at Colonial

on 10/20/2007 2:00 AM
Guienne Hanover went a 1:51.2 mile to smash the world record for three-year-old filly trotters and win the Virginia Breeders Elimination by 13 and a half-lengths Saturday at Colonial Downs. Guienne Hanover obliterated the track and world record of 1:54 and also bested Queen Serene\'s North American mark for three-year-old filly trotters of 1:52. Driver John Wagner sent Guienne Hanover straight...
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Goodell takes both Pocono pacing series divisions

on 10/20/2007 2:00 AM
Driver Eric Goodell won both divisions of the Duke-North Carolina Pacing Series at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday afternoon. Goodell cashed in with a pair of favorites in the first leg of the series for pacers eligible to be claimed for $15,000. Jack Q, trained by Joe Hundertpfund, Jr., won in 1:54, and Strad Hanover got it done in 1:53.3 for trainer Chris Oakes. Saturday also marked ...
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Ouellette and Jamieson take Governor\'s Cup elims

on 10/20/2007 2:00 AM
It was no surprise in the Governor’s Cup eliminations Saturday at Woodbine – Dali took the first elim in 1:51.1.  Santanna Blue Chip pulled a mild upset in the second elim with a 1:51.4 victory.   Luc Ouellette put Dali to the front after the quarter, letting Four Starz Moxie and Legacy N Diamonds battle to a :26.2 opening time.  There was no contest and the Real Artist colt w...
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Always A Virgin, Hot Rod Mindale take top honors

on 10/20/2007 2:00 AM
A who’s who of three-year-old colt pacers turned out for the Messenger eliminations Saturday at Yonkers.  Always A Virgin and Hot Rod Mindale proved to be on top of their game as they took their respective divisions in 1:53.1 and 1:54.   Brian Sears and Always A Virgin got away fourth, pulled at the half and took the lead from Southwind Lynx and Tim Tetrick at the finish.  Posti...
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ORC dismisses Woodbine\'s appeal of Sunday racing

on 10/19/2007 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission has denied the appeal of Woodbine Entertainment Group regarding its prior request to cancel eight Sundays of racing in November and December, thus the racetrack will have to race on those days. A hearing was held Oct. 15 and the decision was announced Thursday.
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Holliday out indefinitely after Batavia spill

on 10/19/2007 2:00 AM
Batavia Downs\' leading dash-winning driver Ken Holliday will be out indefinitely after breaking both wrists in a four-horse accident during the fourth race Wednesday night at the racetrack. “Doc” Holliday, as he is commonly called, currently leads Keith Kash Jr. in the 2007 drivers\' standings by a 51-43 margin.   The spill occurred when Make Me Money with Vern Smith got rough ga...
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Devil just a delight at Vernon

on 10/19/2007 2:00 AM
Devil’s Delight pleased her few backers with a career-best 1:53.2 victory in Thursday night’s featured ninth race at Vernon Downs. Making just her second Vernon appearance, Devil’s Delight went off as the fourth wagering choice in the select field of six. With Jeff Tallarino doing the steering, the 5-year-old mare advanced from fifth at the half, finally became a factor in the stretch...
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Casinos pledge $30 million but Corzine seeks more

on 10/19/2007 2:00 AM
Published reports state that New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine has received a financial committment from the Atlantic City casino owners to subsidize purses at the racetracks in the state, although the agreement currently calls for a committment only $30 million over the next three years, far less than the $86 million provided over the last four years.   A story in Friday\'s Newark Star-Ledge...
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Strong field set for rich Tully Memorial 3FT final

on 10/19/2007 2:00 AM
Originally advertised to be raced for an estimated $240,000, Monticello Raceway’s Philip Tully Memorial Trot for 3-year-old fillies, slated to go to post on Monday afternoon, will end up going for a total purse of $418,000, of which $80,000 was already consumed by four elimination legs. However, to the pleasure of the owners involved, the 107 fillies who made sustaining payments and the 3...
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Pro Bono Best moving to Indiana

on 10/19/2007 2:00 AM
The connections of Metro Pace winner Pro Bono Best p, 2, 1:51s ($509,717) are pleased to announce that the 9-year-old Cambest stallion will be leaving New York State and will be standing at Schwartz Boarding Farm LLC in slots-approved Indiana for the 2008 breeding season. Owned by John Levy Racing Ltd., Mark Scholes and Des Tackoor Racing Inc., Pro Bono Best burst onto the North American scene ...
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Two year olds aim for $225,000 in Babic finals

on 10/19/2007 2:00 AM
A pair of Linda Toscano trainees will be battling it out with six others in the $145,000 Lou Babic Memorial Saturday afternoon at Freehold Raceway. Eight fillies, including Green Acres champion Happy Dreamer and Cheyenne Trish, who has a two-race winning streak, will meet in the $80,000 Lou Babic Memorial for fillies.   The Babic finals for New Jersey-sired 2-year-old pacers, wort...
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Princetonian wins CI Smith Memorial

on 10/19/2007 2:00 AM
Princetonian commanded the lead at every call and drew off to a 6 1/4-length victory in the $100,000 Charles I Smith Memorial Trot Friday afternoon at Freehold Raceway. The Dream Vacation gelding trotted the mile in 1:57 flat, a stakes record, on a track rated \"sloppy.\"   Hope Reins Supreme, also a son of Dream Vacation, was second and it was 9 1/4 lengths back t...
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Bella Dolce takes Goldsmith Maid from Snow White

on 10/19/2007 2:00 AM
Bella Dolce took a Goldsmith Maid elimination Friday at Woodbine in 1:57 after race favorite Snow White broke at the three-quarter pole.   As expected Snow White and John Campbell took the field through early fractions with Timeless Winner (Yannick Gingras) in the garden spot.  Bella Dolce was fourth at the quarter,  stalking the two leaders.  The Kadabra filly, driven b...
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OSS Gold Elims to Laddie & Arch Madness

on 10/19/2007 2:00 AM
Heavy favourites Laddie and Arch Madness both captured their respective OSS Gold eliminations tonight at Woodbine Racetrack.Laddie scored narrowly for Paul MacDonell in 1:54.3 while Arch Madness dominated his rivals in his contest for Steve Condren in 1:55.2.In the opening split, Laddie took advantage of the inside rail position and was hustled away to sit third through a quick opening quarter of ...
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A&G, Diva take Three Diamonds Split

on 10/19/2007 2:00 AM
A and Gs Confusion prevailed over a strong headwind as well as a solid field of rivals to take the first of two $23,000 eliminations for the Three Diamonds Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies tonight at Woodbine Racetrack. Sent off as the 3-5 favourite, A and Gs Confusion seemed to enjoy being re-united with driver John Campbell. The filly took command just before the half and never let go. S...
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Charlie Norris injured in accident at The Meadows

on 10/18/2007 2:00 AM
Trainer-driver Charlie Norris was injured when he was unseated in a four-horse, chain-reaction accident in the 10th race of Wednesday\'s card at The Meadows. He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment.   John Marshall, general manager of Meadows Racing, said the initial diagnosis is a muscle tear in the shoulder/collarbone area. He said Norris is restin...
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