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11 aim for third jewel of pacing\'s Triple Crown

on 10/18/2007 2:00 AM
Drivers were finalized for Saturday night\'s pair of $40,000 eliminations for the $725,480 Messenger Stakes final at Yonkers Raceway, the richest event in the race\'s history and final jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown. In the first elimination for 3-year-old colts and geldings, Brian Sears, who was double-listed with Watta Hotshot from the pylons and Always A Virgin (post four), surprised no one...
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Stratton brings in Yonkers longshots

on 10/18/2007 2:00 AM
The Jordan Stratton \"Longshot Legion\" was in attendance Wednesday night at Yonkers, as the 20-year-old driver brought home four winners in nine drives on the 10-race card. Stratton wasted no time making friends, sweeping the $106.50 early daily double with Vixen Hanover ($3.30) in the $5,000 distaff pacing opener and 20-1 Hettiie\'s Hope ($42.20) from the eight hole in the $7,000 seco...
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Drivers unseated in Batavia spill

on 10/18/2007 2:00 AM
Drivers Kevin Cummings, Ken Holliday, Mike Pokornowski and Kirk Desmond were involved in a nasty looking spill in the fourth race Wednesday night at Batavia Downs Gaming.   The drivers were all unseated when Make Me Money with Vern Smith made a break and caused a chain-reaction collision.   Cummings and Holliday were transported to a local hospital in Batavia whil...
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Maplegrove Natalie wins Violet for Mullins

on 10/18/2007 2:00 AM
The homebred freshman Maplegrove Natalie eked out her first state-bred stake championship Wednesday night at Balmoral Park when she held on and won the $52,500 Violet final for 2-year-old trotting fillies with driver Brandon Simpson.   Sent off as the 7-2 second choice, Maplegrove Natalie trotted fourth most of the way through some very fast fractions and came from 6 1/2 lengths of...
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Armbro Deuce to Winbak of Canada

on 10/18/2007 2:00 AM
Winbak Farm of Canada in conjunction with Robert Burgess, Karin Olsson Burgess, Neal Cooper and Richard Kostoff, are pleased to announce the addition of Armbro Deuce to Winbak\'s Canadian stallion roster in 2008. \"Were excited about the addition of Armbro Deuce, who was an impressive winner in the Confederation Cup at Ontario\'s Flamboro Downs,\" said Winbak\'s general manager, Joe McLead. \"H...
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Marshall recovering from Freehold spill

on 10/18/2007 2:00 AM
Driver Jim Marshall III is home nursing an assortment of fractures from a recent spill at Freehold Raceway but is hoping to be back to work in a couple of weeks.   “I broke four or five ribs and fractured my left wrist but what really bothered me was my right ankle,” Marshall said, when reached on Thursday, a week after the Oct. 11 spill. “The x-rays (at CentraState Medical...
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Helens Colt, Muscles Joy win NJ Futurities

on 10/18/2007 2:00 AM
Helens Colt and Muscles Joy turned in winning performances in their respective $30,145 divisions of the New Jersey Futurity for 2-year-old trotters on Wednesday at Freehold Raceway.   In the colts and geldings division, Helens Colt ($13.40) caught Ocean Front, a son of Muscles Yankee, for a three-quarter length victory in a lifetime best of 2:00.3. Appalach Dream, who is by ...
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Badlands Jaden fastest in DSBF splits

on 10/18/2007 2:00 AM
Crystal Ball Stables and Newman Racing Stables Badlands Jaden was the fastest of three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF ) divisional winners for 2-year-old pacing colts Wednesday. Badlands Jaden and driver Tim Tetrick set the fractions in his 1:55 score over B Bad and West Coast Bad Boy. It was his third win in nine lifetime starts for trainer Steve Leblanc. Joe Seekman...
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Baileysirishdream coasts in Fla. Breeders

on 10/18/2007 2:00 AM
Baileysirishdream established herself as the horse to beat in next week’s Florida Breeders Stakes final for 2-year-old trotting fillies when scoring effortlessly in Wednesday’s second $7,846 elimination at Pompano Park, coasting home to an uncontested victory in 2:03.3.   Driven from post four by Bruce Ranger, Baileysirishdream established control of the race the moment the gate s...
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***New***Wire To Wire

on 10/18/2007 2:00 AM
In his latest Wire To Wire, Andrew Cohen debates the issue of testing for steroids. The subject has been on the radar screens in three states recently, and Cohen has a few ideas about ways to proceed to make steroid regulation a reality in horse racing. And for those who say that steroid use in horses cannot be compared with steroid use in humans, he’s got a brief answer to that as well. Click h...
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Two horses supplemented to Messenger

on 10/17/2007 2:00 AM
Eleven 3-year-olds--eight colts and three geldings--were entered for the 2007 edition of the Messenger  Stakes at Yonkers Raceway, the final jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown.   The total purse of the 52nd Messenger is a stakes-record $805,480, thanks in large part to a pair of $60,000 supplemental entrants--two-time New York  Sire Stakes champion Kenneth J and Tivoli Hanover, who...
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Valley Speed fastest in Cardinal final

on 10/17/2007 2:00 AM
Fresh off a dominating 17 3/4-length romp in his Cardinal elimination for Illinois-bred 2-year-old colt trotters last week, Judith Lunsford and Lynne Lindsey’s Valley Speed was equally impressive in Tuesday night\'s $56,000 final at Balmoral Park, making every a call a winning one in a career best of 1:56.3 for driver Brent Holland.   Sent off as the 4-5 favorite after that hug...
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Eliminations held for Virginia Day of Champions

on 10/17/2007 2:00 AM
Virginia-bred 2 year olds prepped for the $350,000 Virginia Harness Day of Champions with six eliminations Tuesday night at Colonial Downs, with the splits for freshman colt and gelding pacers won by First Rate and Boss Outlaw. Pot Luck Stable’s First Rate went off at 1-20 in the first elimination and lived up to expectations by leading every step of the way for driver Tim Curtin. T...
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Debs Lady Fortune equals Harrington mark

on 10/17/2007 2:00 AM
Robert Aerenson and Wendy Crissman\'s Debs Lady Fortune equaled the track record for 2-year-old pacing fillies with a 1:56 victory Tuesday in a $20,000 division of the second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies at Harrington Raceway. The Cams Fortune filly set all the fractions for driver Corey Callahan in her one-length win over Corva...
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Buffalo hires race secretary/announcer Burns

on 10/17/2007 2:00 AM
Long-time announcer and racing official Robin Burns has been hired by the Buffalo Trotting Association to take over the duties as race secretary and announcer for the upcoming meet that will begin in February.   Burns, who has called over 65,000 races in his career at such tracks as Hollywood Park, the Meadowlands, Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course and Freestate Raceway, has also hosted...
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Jereme\'s Jet draws inside in Quillen Memorial

on 10/17/2007 2:00 AM
The draw for the Bobby Quillen Memorial final for aged pacers was completed Wednesday at Harrington Raceway as eight of the sport\'s top free-for-all pacers will go postward for the track\'s richest all-time purse of $345,500. Final driver changes and morning line odds will be made available Thursday by noon.   Here is the field for the Quillen Memorial:   1 - Jereme\'s Jet (Tony Mor...
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Western Ace, Maltese Artist lead way to $345,500 final

on 10/16/2007 2:00 AM
Western Ace and Maltese Artist each won their respective $30,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial eliminations at Harrington Raceway Monday. Sylvia Burke, John Howard and James Koran\'s Maltese Artist received a perfect two hole trip behind pacesetting favorite Mister Big, who set fractions of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:23.3. While Silent Swing challenged the leader to three quarters, Maltese Artist an...
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Lennon Blue Chip upsets in OSS Gold final

on 10/16/2007 2:00 AM
Lennon Blue Chip pulled off a mild upset in winning Monday night\'s $130,000(C) OSS Gold final for 2-year-old colt pacers at Woodbine Racetrack and, in the process, just missed the stakes record with his 1:51.1 clocking. Luc Ouellette got the strapping son of No Pan Intended-Dark Fiber away in the pocket position from post eight and followed favourite Deuce Seelster through solid splits of...
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Clinton no longshot in Colonial victory

on 10/16/2007 2:00 AM
Clinton Longshot made an impressive Colonial Downs debut Monday, setting sizzling fractions en route to a 3 1/4-length score in 1:51. Clinton Longshot, sent off at 8-5 in defiance of his name and 12-1 morning line odds, left alertly from post nine but was beaten to the early lead by Ethical Hanover, who led by a half-length through a quarter in :26.2. Driver John Wagner wanted no part of ...
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No elims needed for Lady Maud Pace

on 10/16/2007 2:00 AM
Eight 3-year-old fillies have been entered for the $291,050 Lady Maud Pace at Yonkers Raceway which means the 48th ediition of the race will go as \"one-dash-for-the-cash\" a week from Saturday night (Oct. 27). Elimination races, which had been scheduled for this Friday night (Oct. 19), are not necessary.   The octet, in alphabetical order are: Artcotic, Capti...
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