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Woodbine\'s request to cancel Sundays denied

on 10/10/2007 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has denied Woodbine Entertainment Group’s request to cancel eight Sundays of racing in November, although it said it would re-consider the final four Sundays after examining what transpires the first three Sundays that the track remains open in November. A statement released by the ORC read in part: “After carefully considering the business case and th...
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Vivid Photo favored in Colonial\'s Patriot Trot

on 10/09/2007 2:00 AM
The 2005 Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo will make his annual pilgrimage to New Kent in seeking a new track and world record for the third straight year in the second annual $100,000 Patriot Invitational Trot Saturday at Colonial Downs. Vivid Photo won the inaugural edition of the Patriot last fall in 1:50.2, tying the fastest trotting mile in the sport’s history at the time. The S...
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Favorites win in OSS 2CP Gold elims

on 10/09/2007 2:00 AM
The big guns delivered impressively in Monday night\'s pair of $55,156(C) Ontario Sires Stakes Gold eliminations for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers at Mohawk Racetrack as Keystone Horatio won in 1:51 and Deuce Seelster scored in 1:53. Both were heavily favored in their respective splits and both turned in flawless performances. Keystone Horatio established an all-time OSS record f...
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Temptation breaks Colonial mark; Braden wins three

on 10/09/2007 2:00 AM
Robert Cooper Stables LLC’s Temptation shattered one of Colonial Downs’ oldest track records with sizzling frontstepping score in 1:49.1 Monday. Temptation’s time bested Mr. Mikey’s 1:49.3 clocking, the track and world record for 4-year-old gelding pacers on a greater than one-mile track since July 5, 1998. Temptation was very quick off the gate to seize a lead he would expand throughou...
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No faking this win in Harrington Open

on 10/09/2007 2:00 AM
Martin Scharf\'s Fake Denario N, driven by Tim Tetrick, made his Harrington Raceway debut a successful one Monday with a 1:52.3 win in the $26,000 Open. Trained by Josh Green, the 7-year-old Fake Left gelding earned his ninth win of the year as his seasonal earnings ballooned to more than $150,000. \"Denario\" set all the fractions in his two-length win over Western Ace and Redford Hall...
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Flanigen nearing 3,000 wins

on 10/09/2007 2:00 AM
He was just a kid when he broke into the harness racing business and after two years of driving reinsman Jack Flanigen only had won eight races, but 23 years later the 41-year-old native of Buffalo is nearing a milestone most drivers can only dream of: 3,000 lifetime wins.   “Jackie,” as he is often called, currently sits with 2,995 victories, just five away from the notable m...
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Average price climbs by 15.2 percent

on 10/08/2007 2:00 AM
The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale closed out its 2007 auction on Sunday and the final numbers revealed a gross of $35.6 million and an average price of $45,068, both increases of approximately 15 percent.   The sale gross climbed 15.9 percent while the average price increased by 15.2 percent. In 2006 the sale grossed $30.7 million and attained an average of $39,117.   Althoug...
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Quillen nominations due Wednesday

on 10/08/2007 2:00 AM
The entry box for the inaugural Bobby Quillen Memorial Pace closes at 1 p.m. this Wednesday, with the race scheduled for Monday, Oct. 22, 2007 at Harrington Raceway in Harrington, Del, The estimated final purse is $300,000 plus and is for pacers, 3 year olds and older. The Harrington Raceway phone number is (302) 398-RACE (398-7223). For horses not paid in to the Quillen Mem...
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LT\'s Best sets new Hazel Park trotting mark

on 10/07/2007 2:00 AM
In the closing week of racing at Hazel Park Harness Raceway, the Invitational Handicap Trot on Friday proved to be a track record-setting performance by LT’s Best, a 4-year-old son of Davanti owned and trained by Thomas Barrett of Novi, Mich. The 1:55.1 mile is a new record for 4-year-old horse and geldings, established by Supergrit in a 1:56 performance in 1997, and also a n...
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Backstretch with Gordon--Futurity Day

on 10/06/2007 2:00 AM
It\'s Kentucky Futurity day at The Red Mile, the last day of racing at the historic racetrack in 2007, and after walking through the backstretch I now sit in the press box overlooking the racetrack, and with everyone leaving town I am hoping that after a pretty hectic two weeks it isn\'t too much of a drag tonight as it will probably be pretty quiet around the hot spots in town.   Although ...
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McArdle Park wins Green Acres final

on 10/06/2007 2:00 AM
McArdle Park powered by Dontloseyourdayjob in the stretch to win the $35, 000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres final for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Friday afternoon at Freehold Raceway.   The son of McArdle paced the mile in a lifetime best of 1:54.4, two-fifths of a second off the Green Acres record for 2-year-old pacing colts set last month by Dontlose...
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Alice Springs wins ninth straight in Sunshine final

on 10/06/2007 2:00 AM
Alice Springs left little doubt that she is the class of the Florida-bred 2-year-old filly pacing division on Friday when capturing the $14,000 Sunshine State Stakes final at Pompano Park to sweep the six-race series and remain unbeaten in nine career starts.   Driven from post five by Wally Hennessey, Alice Springs briefly settled in third place through the early stages of the Friday fin...
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The Meadows to switch to afternoon racing

on 10/06/2007 2:00 AM
After being closed since Adios day while the grandstand was demolished to make way for a new grandstand, slots area and hotel, The Meadows will re-open Oct. 17 with an afternoon post time. Because the power source to the lights was removed due to the construction, the track will go to a 12:15 post time.   The simulcast area and other parts of the track are not affected by the power situati...
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Armbro Dancer wins Allerage Farms Mares Open

on 10/06/2007 2:00 AM
On yet another hot and muggy Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile, Armbro Dancer won the $60,000 Allerage Farms Mares Open Pace in 1:48.4. Driven by Ron Pierce, the 4-year-old daughter of Blissfull Hall was victorious for the fifth time in 14 starts while lowering her previous career best by four-fifths of a second.   David Miller sent Molly Darling N to the early lead but coming out of the f...
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Marcus Johansson to open own stable

on 10/06/2007 2:00 AM
Marcus Johansson, who has been working as second trainer for his father-in-law, Jimmy Takter, told harnessracing.comFriday afternoon at The Red Mile that he is in the beginning stages of opening his own stable, which will be based in New Jersey. Johansson, a 29-year-old native of Malilla, Sweden, said he and his wife, Nancy, have already purchased three yearlings at the Lexington Selected Sale and...
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Giant Diablo wins in world record 1:50.1

on 10/06/2007 2:00 AM
Giant Diablo became the fastest trotter in history with a 1:50.1 victory Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile in the $108,500 Allerage Farms Open Trot, as the Swedish-owned 7-year-old mare defeated five male rivals to earn her spot in the record books. The time lowered Tom Ridge\'s previous all-age mark of 1:50.2 set in the 2004 World Trotting Derby and shattered the record for older trotting mares ...
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Yankee Skyscape, Won The West, Tell All take Tatt splits

on 10/06/2007 2:00 AM
Yankee Skyscaper won the first of three divisions of the $575,000 Tattersalls for 3-year-old male pacers Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile, and Tell All took the last split with an off-the-pace rally that resulted in a 1:48.3 score.   Driven by Dave Palone, Yankee Skyscaper moved to the lead heading around the final turn to go on to the 1:49 decision.   Finishing second was Running ...
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Donato, Flirtin Man take Futurity eliminations

on 10/06/2007 2:00 AM
Donato Hanover and Flirtin Man won their respective eliminations of the $742,000 Kentucky Futurity Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile, with each leading the top five finishers in those elims into a second heat under hot and muggy conditions.   Flirtin Man won the first elim after a third-over trip for driver and co-owner John Campbell. Supplemental entry Green Day, driven by Jim Raymer, set...
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Donato trots 1:50.1, equals world record

on 10/06/2007 2:00 AM
Donato Hanover made easy work of the 115th edition of the Kentucky Futurity, trotting to an open-lengths victory in a world-record equaling 1:50.1 in the second and deciding heat. With regular driver Ron Pierce aboard, Donato left from the rail, yielded to John Campbell and Flirtin Man in the first turn, and then took control midway down the backstretch.   Fractions for the mile were :27, :...
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Mystical Sunshine trots 1:50.3

on 10/06/2007 2:00 AM
Mystical Sunshine, with Daniel Dube in the sulky, trotted to a 1:50.3 victory in the Allerage Open Mare Trot at The Red Mile, and thetime would have set a world record if Giant Diablo had not won in 1:50.1 earlier in the afternoon.   Mystical Sunshine, a 6-year-old mare by Yankee Glide, picked up her eighth win of the year for trainer Chris Ryder. The mare won the Ms. Versatility ...
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