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Croghan receives stay from NJ Supreme Court

on 07/23/2007 2:00 AM
Trainer Ross Croghan appealed to the New Jersey State Supreme Court for a stay of his 180-day suspension for an elevated TCO2 test and, according to Harness Racing Communications, was granted that stay late Monday afternoon. The suspension was scheduled to begin Monday but the Supreme Court\'s ruling--which reportedly was announced by the New Jersey Racing Commission--has ...
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Vala Boko wins Mare Championship

on 07/23/2007 2:00 AM
Sweden\'s Mare Championship was won by the 4-year-old Vala Boko, a daughter of Alf Palema bred by Annika and John Bootsman\'s Boko Stables. She won as expected, scoring in a mile rate of 1:59.3 over 2,640 meters at the Axevalla track, and earned about $120,000.   With Jorma Kontio in the sulky, Vala Boko cut the fractions from the quarter on. Timo Nurmos is the trainer. &n...
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David Molski dies

on 07/23/2007 2:00 AM
David Molski, who bred and raced horses under the banner of Dreamlands Farms, died Friday, July 20, when he was stricken while driving his car near Birch Creek Farm in New Jersey. He was 62.   Born in Manhattan, N.Y., Molski spent most of his life in and around the Cream Ridge, N.J., area, where he and his wife, Clara, had a farm. Their most notable horse on the track this year is the ...
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Monticello-OTB Classic richest race in track history

on 07/23/2007 2:00 AM
On Tuesday afternoon, eight of the best older pacers in North America will lock horns in the $480,000 Monticello-OTB Classic, which will be the biggest purse race in the 50-year history of Monticello Raceway. Last Tuesday, in the eliminations, Ian Fromowitz and John Fielding’s Buckeye One was victorious in a 1:52 clocking while Mypanmar scooted to the lead at the ha...
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Southwind Lynx, Kinetic Yankee Jug favorites

on 07/23/2007 2:00 AM
Southwind Lynx, who won the $1 million Meadowlands Pace and $1 million Art Rooney, and Kinetic Yankee, whose biggest check this year came via a second-place finish in the $500,000 Hoosier Cup in late June, have been installed 7-1 co-favorites in the first of three Little Brown Jug Future wagers. The pool closed Sunday after four days of betting action at racetracks across North America and se...
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Running Book, Laughing Art win for owner, trainer, driver

on 07/23/2007 2:00 AM
The owner-trainer-driver combination of Antonio Chiaravalle, Bill Elliott and Mark MacDonald swept the two Monticello Gold Rush eliminations at Monticello Raceway Monday afternoon with Running Book in 1:54.1 and Laughing Art in 1:55.2 over a track rated sloppy. The $500,000 final will be raced next Monday afternoon.   In the first elimination Running Book and MacDoanald sat a pocket trip w...
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Search Engine wins sixth straight

on 07/22/2007 2:00 AM
Sophomore colt Search Engine continued his dominance in Indiana Sires Stakes competition Saturday evening, July 21, pacing to a 1:52.3 victory in the first of two $12,000 divisions. The win was his sixth consecutive and fifth in stakes action. Eden Burst stopped the clock in 1:53 to score an upset win in the second split. Search Engine and driver Mark O’Mara started from post six in the field o...
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Freshman colts square off at Northfield

on 07/22/2007 2:00 AM
Saturday night, Northfield Park hosted seven $20,000 Ohio Sires Stakes events as freshman colt trotters and pacers contested their third of five preliminary legs leading up to the $100,000 finals that will be part of the $1,000,000 Ohio Super Night at the Route Eight oval on September 1. There were four trotting splits and three heats for pacers. The evening started with the first trotting split...
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A Fiesty Affair equals freshman mark

on 07/22/2007 2:00 AM
A Fiesty Affair equaled the Hanover Raceway track record for two year old pacing fillies Saturday en route to a nine-length victory in Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots competition. The Camluck freshman led gate-to-wire in a 1:57.2 effort, one of five divisions contested. Handled by Scott Coulter, A Fiesty Affair broke her maiden with the victory in the $21,277 contest. She is trained by Bill Ellio...
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Tetrick and Fusco set new Pocono marks

on 07/22/2007 2:00 AM
Driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Carmine Fusco have been red-hot this year at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and they teamed up for a memorable Saturday afternoon, winning four straight races and setting two new track records. The streak began in Race 7, when Apollo Todd led all the way to win his ninth straight start at Pocono. That broke the previous track record of eight consecutive wins, set by ...
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Gelding remains perfect at Hawthorne

on 07/22/2007 2:00 AM
The tactic changed but the end result remained the same as Two Weeks Notice stayed perfect at Hawthorne and won the $82,000 Erwin F. Dygert Memorial Open Trot Final in front-end fashion with Dave Magee on Saturday night, July 21. It was Trevor Ritchie hustling Birminghim from the outside nine slot and into the early lead with a :27.4 first quarter. Magee left hard enough with Two Weeks Notice to ...
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Juanita scores at Rosecroft

on 07/22/2007 2:00 AM
In a $27,200 division of the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund for two-year-old trotting fillies, Juanita [$4.20, $4.20, $3.20] earned her second consecutive victory over the Rosecroft Raceway oval on Saturday evening. The daughter of CR Commando, driven by Jim Morand, grabbed the top after an opening quarter of 29.4. Morand secured a confident lead, guiding Juanita through middle fractions of 1:0...
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Spin Rate takes SRF Pace

on 07/21/2007 2:00 AM
Spin Rate took the $40,000 Standardbred Retirement Foundation Open Pace for three-year-olds on Saturday, June 21.  Ron Pierce drove the Allamerican Ingot colt to a new lifetime mark of 1:50.2.   Trained by Kelly O’Donnell, Spin Rate got away sixth and was third over going to a :54.2 half.  With Dragon Master and driver Andy Miller setting the fractions, and horses stacked, Spin ...
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Tompkins-Geers division equals Tioga track record

on 07/21/2007 2:00 AM
Trotters took the stage at Tioga Downs on Saturday, with nine of the 12 carded races dedicated to the Tomkins-Geers.  Too Salty posted the fastest division of the night with a 1:55.2 win, which tied the Tioga Downs track record for three-year-old trotting colts (Algiers Hall, 2006).   Trained by Doug Miller and driven by Ray Schnittker, the SJs Caviar colt led from start to f...
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Mohawk hosts Canadian Breeders\' elims

on 07/21/2007 2:00 AM
In the second of two nights of elims for the July 28th Canadian Breeders’ Championships, five fields of three-year-old males duked it out tonight at Mohawk, and at night’s end, it was geldings: 3, colts: 2. In the first of two elims for trotters, Brad Maxwell trainee Celtic Warrior charged immediately to the lead from the inside post and led wire-to-wire to win in a career-best 1:56.0, holdin...
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Dali takes Niatross division for Ouellette

on 07/20/2007 2:00 AM
Snow White breezed to her fourth straight victory in the $175,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old filly trotters on Thursday night at the Meadowlands, with John Campbell sending her first-up and having her effortlessly pull away to a 6 1/4-length win over Winbak Brat in 1:55.4.   It was another length back to No Pain No Gain in third. Sent off the overwhelming 1-5...
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Stacelita sets Harrah\'s Chester record

on 07/20/2007 2:00 AM
Carl Cito Jr.’s and Ellen Manzi’s Stacelita established a new Harrah’s Chester record for distaff trotters of any age by trotting a mile in 1:54.3 in capturing Thursday\'s Open Handicap over six geldings and one other mare.   Driven by Hall of Famer Catello Manzi, Stacelita went to the front  from third after a first quarter of :27.4, and cruised through fractions of  :...
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Seekman hoping to wishuponastar with Beachy Girl

on 07/20/2007 2:00 AM
Ontario race fans got their first look at filly pacing sensation Beachy Girl Thursday night as she crushed a field of nine rivals in the lone $15,000(C) division in the opening round of the Whenuwishuponastar Series for rookies at Mohawk Racetrack. Mark MacDonald piloted the daughter of Real Desire-Color Me Beachy and had her on top just past the opening quarter before cruising to a 1:56.4...
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Lis Mara favored in Ben Franklin

on 07/20/2007 2:00 AM
Big-time harness stakes racing returns to the Delaware Valley on Sunday when Harrah\'s Chester Casino & Racetrack presents the $300,000 Ben Franklin Pace final for older horse pacers, with Lis Mara the favorite.   The all-age track record of 1:49 was set by Lis Mara in the Ben Franklin elimination race and he will be seriously challenged Sunday when the favori...
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Only Bedford, Centaur can submit Pa. license applications

on 07/20/2007 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission decided at a Thursday meeting that only the two previously-rejected license applicants will be able to submit a revised application for the state’s remaining harness racing license. The applications from Bedford Downs and Centaur Inc. must be submitted by Aug. 3. Applications by both companies were earlier rejected by the commission, but the state...
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