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Strange Barry Bonds promotion at Cal-Expo

on 07/18/2007 2:00 AM
The Sacramento Harness Association has announced a Cal-Expo promotion to coincide with San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds\' quest for his record 756th home run, including a giveaway of 200 inflatables of a syringe with Bonds\' number 25 on the back. The blow-ups come from a company called www.steroidslugger.com, and on its website it promotes their sale as \"bring to the ballpark and he...
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Scott Zeron posts first victory

on 07/18/2007 2:00 AM
Scott Zeron, who celebrated his 18th birthday May 23, and the son of veteran driver Rick Zeron, drove his first winner Tuesday night at Georgian Downs, scoring with Malabar Di Jesolo, a trotter he shares ownership of with his dad.   Although Zeron got away in the back of the pack with Malabar Di Jesolo, he was able to rally the 5-year-old son of Malabar Man to the 1:59.1 victory, ...
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Croghan suspended 6 months

on 07/18/2007 2:00 AM
Trainer Ross Croghan’s 180-day suspension for an elevated TCO2 test at the Meadowlands June 6 is now scheduled to begin July 23 after his request for a stay was denied by the New Jersey Racing Commission. Croghan had initially appealed the suspension that was supposed to have begun July 9, but his request for the stay was denied at a hearing Tuesday with the commission.   Croghan was also...
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Sharkey, McErlean, Knapman to be honored by NJ-USHWA

on 07/18/2007 2:00 AM
Go-To Guy Robert J. Sharkey, former Meadowlands vice president Chris McErlean and the late Patrick J. Knapman, DVM, will be saluted in winner’s circle ceremonies at the Meadowlands Saturday night by the New Jersey Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. Sharkey will receive the Stanley Dancer Media Award and both McErlean and Mrs. Frances Knapman, on behalf of her late h...
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Connie Hochstetler settles Illinois slander case

on 07/18/2007 2:00 AM
Former Balmoral Park race secretary Connie Hochstetler has received an undisclosed monetary award as a result of a multi-count complaint for defamation after she was accused of manipulating post position draws to benefit her husband, Homer Hochstetler. Connie Hochstetler had filed the complaint against the Illinois Harness Horseman\'s Association (IHHA), its executive director, the members of its ...
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**NEW**Wire To WIre

on 07/18/2007 2:00 AM
Wire To Wire columnist Andrew Cohen discusses integrity in his newest installment, noting several jurisdictions which are making strides in attempts to weed out the bad apples. As Cohen states, \"To the people in these places who are trying to do right I say keep it up. To the people in these places who are cheating I say watch out.\"   Cohen specifically addresses the situation regarding t...
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Out of competition testing approved in Indiana

on 07/18/2007 2:00 AM
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission has promulgated a new regulation that allows for out of competition testing. The regulation was passed by the unanimous vote of the Commission at its public meeting on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at Hoosier Park in Anderson. Under the new regulation the Commission may, without notice, take samples for testing of any racehorse participating in the Indiana raci...
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Soggy Britches a winner at Mohawk

on 07/17/2007 2:00 AM
Soggy Britches didn\'t give any of her nine rivals a chance in winning Monday night\'s $60,000(C) Town Pro Pacing Series final for 3-year-old fillies at Mohawk in 1:51.2. Sent off as the second-choice in the wagering, driver Mike Saftic had the strapping daughter of Allamerican Ingot-Soggy Dragon firing off the wings from post nine and clearing to command well before the first quarter of :...
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Majestic Son upset by Armbro Chronicle

on 07/17/2007 2:00 AM
Canada\'s reigning Horse of the Year, Majestic Son, had his 2007 Ontario debut spoiled tonight at Mohawk Racetrack as he ran into the red-hot horse-and-driver combination of Armbro Chronicle and Mike Saftic. Armbro Chronicle watched in third as Majestic Son got away with easy fractions of :28, :56.4 and 1:25. Turning for home, it looked as though Majestic Son would cruise to his second win of t...
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Virtuous Western takes Keystone Classic split at 15-1

on 07/17/2007 2:00 AM
Dissed by bettors despite her 39-1 victory in the Reynolds, Virtuous Western responded with yet another stake victory at outrageous odds in a division of the $119,600 Keystone Classic for freshman filly pacers Monday night at The Meadows. The stake for Pennsylvania-breds was contested over five divisions, with Sweet Bobbie Ann, Moonlit Flash, Bon Mot and Caviart Vegas taking the other splits....
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Freshman fillies debut in Indiana

on 07/17/2007 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs hosted the first round of sires stakes competition for two year old filly pacers Monday, July 16, attracting 25 entrants. EJ’s Copperstone paced the fastest of the three $12,000 divisions offered, winning in 1:56.2. The Lease On Life filly was driven to victory by Don Irvine Jr. Owned by breeders L.J. Stone and Phillip Hawk, EJ’s Copperstone is out of Mark Johnathan mare E J’s...
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Meadowlands July Mixed Sale increases 16 percent

on 07/17/2007 2:00 AM
A large turnout for the Tattersalls July Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands race paddock Sunday, July 15, helped to boost sales as 88 horses sold for $1,502,800, a 16 percent increase over last year’s gross sales. The sale averaged $17,077 with a median price of $11,000.   “People need horses. There are racing opportunities so many places. I think the crowd was the best we’ve had at that s...
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Pa. harness commission reviewing license process

on 07/17/2007 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled two weeks ago that the state’s harness racing commission correctly rejected two original applications for the lone harness racing license still available in the state, which has now led the commission into looking into how it will proceed with the process. Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission executive director Anton Leppler told harnessracing.com Tuesday m...
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$32,000 drivers\' championship field set

on 07/17/2007 2:00 AM
Virtually all of this year\'s driving stars--from Tim Tetrick, who leads both the win and earning lists, to Jody Jamieson, whose stats led him to a sponsor\'s exemption, to Tioga Downs\' leading driver Mike Simons--will be at Tioga Downs for the track\'s first annual $32,000 drivers\' championship on Sunday, July 29.    Participating in the contest and aiming for the first-place prize ...
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Lis Mara sets Chester track mark

on 07/16/2007 2:00 AM
Lis Mara, the defending national champion among older pacers, stormed into Harrah\'s Chester Casino & Racetrack on Sunday and set a track record of 1:49, leading eight qualifiers into the $300,000 Ben Franklin Pace final.   Lis Mara, the even-money favorite driven by Brian Sears, rallied from seventh-place with a three-wide brush around the final turn and fought off Took Hanover, a...
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Sears scores 6,000th career victory

on 07/16/2007 2:00 AM
Brian Sears won his 6,000th career race Sunday at Harrah\'s Chester, with the milestone victory coming with Michael\'s Marvel in the 12th race. Sears, 39, needed three wins coming into the card, and Michael\'s Marvel completed the hat trick.   Sears\'s first win on the program came with Lis Mara, who set a Harrah\'s Chester all-age record with a 1:49 effort in a Ben Franklin elimination. Se...
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Trotter sets Monticello all-time record

on 07/16/2007 2:00 AM
Man About Town established a new Monticello Raceway track record when he won the $264,000 William Sullivan Memorial Trot final Monday afternoon in 1:55.4 for driver Yannick Gingras. The mile is the fastest ever trotted in the 50-year history of the New York racetrack.   RC Royalty and Dan Daley went to the front, with JM Vangogh (Jeff Gregory) parked through a :27.4 first quarter. RC Royalt...
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First Little Brown Jug Future odds

on 07/16/2007 2:00 AM
Real Desire Stable’s Tell All is the 7-2 morning-line favorite in the first of three Little Brown Jug future wagering pools. Tell All won the $1.5 million North America Cup and was second to Southwind Lynx in the $1 million Meadowlands Pace. Wagering in this first pool will get underway at noon, Thursday, July 19, at racetracks and internet sites throughout North America and Europe. Always A...
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John Ferguson dies at 68

on 07/15/2007 2:00 AM
Former professional hockey player John Ferguson, also the breeder of 1982 Little Brown Jug winner Merger and an owner of such greats as Hardie Hanover, died Saturday night after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. He was 68.   Ferguson was well known around the racetracks and the sales and well remembered if you shook his hand--he had huge hands that never failed to make his handsha...
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Yankee Cruisers star at Scioto

on 07/15/2007 2:00 AM
Freshman sire Yankee Cruiser continued his amazing first season with youngsters on the racetrack, as his daughters swept all four of the Ohio Sire Stakes events on Saturday night’s card at Scioto Downs. Yankee Cruiser is currently atop the North American standings for two-year-old earnings, with his 54 starters banking over $204,000 already.   At the end of June, Yankee Cruiser two-year-...
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