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Notorious Bigslick proves Virginia is for Horse Lovers

on 09/23/2007 2:00 AM
Notorious Bigslick seemed to put a hammerlock on the Virginia is for Horse Lovers late closing series with a sizzling win in a division of the second leg on Saturday night (September 22) at Colonial Downs. Notorious Bigslick won his division of the first leg in frontstepping fashion last Saturday and trainer-driver Dean Collins stuck with the successful formula, sending the 3-year-old Precious B...
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Big night to be held for Michigan\'s own

on 09/23/2007 2:00 AM
The state of Michigan\'s best 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers will do battle on Saturday night (September 22) for purses of over $1 million at Hazel Park Raceway, just north of Detroit. Below is a preview of the eight stakes races which get underway at 7:25 p.m. (EDT). First race - 2-year-old filly trotters -- Purse $120,550 This has been a fairly competitive division all year l...
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Sears takes Sunshine Stakes at Pompano

on 09/22/2007 2:00 AM
Jay and Kim Sears’ Lucy Lucy tallied her second consecutive Sunshine State Stakes victory at Pompano Park on Friday, September 21, when capturing the fifth leg of the Florida-bred series for 3-year-old pacing fillies in 1:56.   Driven from post seven by Bruce Ranger, Lucy Lucy settled contently in third place through the opening stages of the Friday pace as Leavembehind (Wally Hennessey) ...
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Reel \'Production\' in Vernon Trot

on 09/22/2007 2:00 AM
Driver Ruel (Dude) Goodblood, Jr. took a desperate gamble with Theater Production in Friday night’s (September 21) $10,000 featured 10th race and it paid off with a 1:56.1 triumph in the week’s Open Handicap Trot at Vernon Downs. With favored Ginger Girl and Walden dueling for the lead in the final furlong, Goodblood guided Theater Production through a tight gap in the inside lane and on to ...
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\'Sign\' says four straight

on 09/22/2007 2:00 AM
Dark Sign continued to race under a winning sign, extending his streak to four with a four length tally in the $35,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes Green Acres Final for 3-year-old pacing colts, the fifth race on Friday (September 21) at Freehold Raceway. The gelded son of Life Sign has won five of his last six starts and eight of 20 this year. Dark Sign ($2.60, $2.10, $2.10) was driven to victory b...
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Batavia to move post time up half-hour

on 09/21/2007 2:00 AM
Officials at Batavia Downs Gaming have announced that beginning next Wednesday the first race post time will move up 30 minutes to 7:05 p.m. for the remainder of the 2007 racing season.   According to Michael D. Kane, vice president of gaming and racing at America’s oldest lighted harness track, “The change was made to better service our customers. The time change c...
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***New***Wire To Wire

on 09/21/2007 2:00 AM
Andrew Cohen couldn\'t make it to the Little Brown Jug, but he took in the day\'s events via simulcasting and said he thoroughly enjoyed the day. In his latest Wire To Wire column, Cohen says the sport should take a few cues from Jug day so more days of racing are entertaining.   Click here to read his latest column.  
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Terry Hunt to run for Illinois office

on 09/21/2007 2:00 AM
Illinois Standardbred breeder Terry Hunt, who operates Cottonwood Farm, is seeking the Republican nomination to the 50th District seat in the Illinois House of Representatives.   Hunt serves on the board of directors of the Illinois Harness Horsemen\'s Association. Prior to founding Cottonwood Farm, he worked in public accounting.   Hunt\'s major campaign topic is his position a...
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Simpson Memorials at Red Mile

on 09/21/2007 2:00 AM
Notable sophomores competed in John Simpson Memorials at The Red Mile Friday night, and two pacing fillies, Vaudeville Margie and Little Miss Dragon, were the fastest winners with 1:51.2 and 1:50.2 miles, respectively.   Vaudeville Margie, a filly by Western Hanover out of the Illinois champion Incredible Tillie, rallied wide through the homestretch to win, earning a new lifetime mark ...
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Yankee Skyscaper wins qualifier in 1:50.4

on 09/21/2007 2:00 AM
Yankee Skyscaper, a 3-year-old colt by Artiscape, won a qualifier at The Red Mile Friday morning in 1:50.4 in his first start behind the gate for trainer Erv Miller. The colt had previously been trained by Chris Ryder.   With Dave Palone aboard, Yankee Skyscaper sat a two-hole trip behind Takeshigemichi, then popped out of the pocket and won by two lengths with a :26.4 last quarter. Yankee ...
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Filly takes Harold Dancer final

on 09/20/2007 2:00 AM
Lunar Dream OM ($10), the only filly in the field of eight, captured the $90,000 Harold Dancer final on Wednesday at Freehold Raceway. The Harold Dancer, sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, is open to New Jersey-bred 2-year-old trotters. Lunar Dream OM is the first filly to win the open division.   Lunar Dream OM, one of five offsp...
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Heat felt in Harrington open

on 09/20/2007 2:00 AM
Thomas Morris Jr. and Gregg Morris\' Safari Heat ($30.80, Roger Plante Jr.) went the fastest mile of the year for a trotter at Harrington Raceway with a 1:55.2 win at 14-1 in the $26,000 Open Trot.  The 5-year-old Striking Sahbra gelding set all the fractions from his rail post position for trainer Tom Morris Jr. and won by two lengths over Valley Sport and Put Them On Hold. \'Heat\' has ban...
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Jug contenders getting ready

on 09/20/2007 2:00 AM
The Jug barn at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds was a flurry of activity Thursday morning as trainers and caretakers began their initial preparations for their colts entered in the Little Brown Jug. Trainer George Teague Jr., who sends out Southwind Lynx, chatted with everyone who stopped by, while Joe Holloway, who has Always A Virgin and Fresh Deck entered in the Jug, did the same on the other si...
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Career marks set in OBC 3-year-old filly paces

on 09/20/2007 2:00 AM
Racing for new owners and on Lasic for the first time, Bunny Ruffles sprung a 7-1 upset in a career-best 1:53 in the second of two $23,553 Ohio Breeders Championships for 3-year-old filly pacers Thursday afternoon at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds. Driven by Dave Palone, Bunny Ruffles upsest the 1-5 favorite Osborne\'s Gypsy, who had to settle for second-place honors after four straight victories....
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Like A Dream takes Standardbred 2CT

on 09/20/2007 2:00 AM
Like A Dream posted his seventh win of the year in the $61,807 Standardbred for 2-year-old colt trotters Thursday afternoon at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds, crossing the wire in 2:00 for driver Ron Pierce. The Hall of Fame driver maneuevered Like A Dream into fourth early after leaving from the trailing nine post, and then was able to rally his charge down the stretch for the victory.   S...
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New Hampshire Boy wins in Ohio\'s Old Oaken Bucket

on 09/20/2007 2:00 AM
New Hampshire Boy led at every call to win the $122,400 Old Oaken Bucket for 3-year-old colt trotters Thursday afternoon at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds. Driven by trainer Ray Schnittker, New Hampshire Boy left for the lead from post three and set fractions of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:27.1 before drawing clear from his 10 rivals to score by open lengths in 1:57.1.   Jimmy Shin finished second f...
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Campbell sweeps Standardbred freshman filly trots

on 09/20/2007 2:00 AM
Up Front Bethann edged past Edra Hanover in the final strides to win the fastest of two $31,954 Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds Thursday afternoon. Driven by John Campbell, Up Front Bethann parlayed a second-over trip into the 1:54.4 victory. Intrinsic Value finished third.   A daughter of Dragon Again, the winner is named for driver Dave Pa...
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Up Front Palone, Swingbatterbatter win Standardbreds

on 09/20/2007 2:00 AM
Up Front Palone and Swingbatterbatter won the two $36,404 Standardbred divisions for 2-year-old colt pacers Thursday afternoon at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds. Up Front Palone scored in 1:54.4 while Swingbatterbatter cruised to a 1:55.2 clocking, career bests for both freshmen.   Up Front Palone was driven by Ron Pierce. Dragoon K was second with Rusty Tank third. Kelly O\'Donnell trains ...
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Pick Me Up wins Green Acres

on 09/20/2007 2:00 AM
Pick Up extended her winning streak to three with a length-and-a-half victory in the $35,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres final for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Thursday at Freehold Raceway.   The bay daughter of Dream Away, driven by Michael Cole and trained by Jason Skinner, used rail position to control the lead from start to finish, easily posting a lifetime-best mile of 1:5...
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Silent Swing, Gold Dust Beach win Winbak splits

on 09/20/2007 2:00 AM
Silent Swing made short work of his competition in the first of two $38,200 Winbak Pace for older horses Thursday afternoon at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds with an open-lengths win in 1:50.3. Driven by Phil Hudon, Silent Swing was all alone at the wire as he won for the fifth straight time.   Eagle Luck and driver Jody Jamieson finished a distant second with Jandj Art third for Andy Mille...
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