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Trainers dish on Haughton starters

on 06/29/2007 2:00 AM
In addition to the Titan Cup, the Saturday card at the Meadowlands also features a pair of $50,000 eliminations for the $700,000 (est.) William R. Haughton Memorial. The top five finishers in the elims, races five and six, advance to the William R. Haughton Memorial Final on Saturday, July 7. Several drivers and trainers in the race gave updates on their contenders:   Total Truth (post two,...
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Rained-out Debutante purse divided

on 06/29/2007 2:00 AM
Harnessracing.com has learned from the Meadowlands\' director of racing Tad Stockman that the $38,000 purse from the rained-out division of the Debutante for 2-year-old filly pacers Wednesday night will be divided equally among those eligible for that split. The first two divisions were held before a thunderstorm and lightning prompted the cancellation of the card following the fourth race. The re...
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Hennessey on the slow road to Goshen

on 06/29/2007 2:00 AM
Wally Hennessey may have just 48 hours left before he leaves the ranks of harness racing regulars and is formally inducted into the Living Hall of Fame, but his trip to Goshen won’t happen until he completes his seven drives on Friday night at Pompano Park.   “All of my family isn’t coming in (to Goshen) until late Saturday, and I’ve got to pay for all of this!” Hennessey told har...
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The show goes on at Lake Odessa

on 06/29/2007 2:00 AM
“The Show Must Go On!” was never more evident this week at the Lake Odessa Fair in Lake Odessa, Mich., as fair officials first had to work through the reneging of a carnival contract and then a Thursday rain delay that forced 29 harness races to be contested Friday.   Fair officials reportedly did not learn that the carnival concessionaire had no plans to set up at the fairgrounds ...
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Hawthorne: Fan\'s c\'mon down, the strike is over!

on 06/29/2007 2:00 AM
Hawthorne Race Course has settled its contract dispute with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers that represents its mutuel clerks and will be open to the betting public beginning Saturday. Hawthorne had conducted its first six nights of its six-week summer harness meeting without any fans at its Stickney, Ill., facility. Since its June 22 opener the races had been run and simu...
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Dan Patch champ returns as a champ

on 06/29/2007 2:00 AM
Donato Hanover, last year’s 2-year-old colt trotting champion, did not disappoint in his long-awaited 2007 debut, rolling to a 1:54.1 victory in the $85,000 Historic Dickerson Cup on Friday night at the Meadowlands. Co-owner David Scharf, in an interview on TVG after, believes Donato\'s best asset is \"his brain, because he is so smart,\" and the the colt certainly showed his brawn in his season...
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Big M card canceled after fourth

on 06/28/2007 2:00 AM
John Campbell drove a trio of fillies to victory in their Historic Series stakes on Wednesday night at the Meadowlands, achieving the hat trick before persistent lightning and heavy rains prompted the card to be canceled after the fourth race. Campbell\'s winners were Snow White (1:56) and Bether Always (1:57.3) in the Acorn for 2-year-old filly trotters, and Step Lively (1:54.4) in the Debutante ...
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Takeshigemichi heads Hoosier Cup

on 06/28/2007 2:00 AM
Eleven 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers have been entered for the $500,000 Hoosier Cup Saturday, June 30. The race will be contested as the 11th on the 17-race card with an estimated post time of 10:10 p.m. EDT. Although raced with eliminations on the same night when necessary, with just 11 horses entered, there will be just one dash for the cash.   There are two entries in the race. The ...
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Mr. Aviator flies in fastest DSBF split

on 06/28/2007 2:00 AM
Four $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3 year olds were contested Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. Trevor Warwick and Peter George\'s Mr. Aviator ($6.20, Kevin Sizer) was the fastest of two splits for sophomore pacing colts. The Warwick trainee sat behind heavy favorite Skeleton Key until the top of the stretch when he stormed by and opened up two le...
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Phipps, Gill to be honored at Goshen

on 06/28/2007 2:00 AM
At the upcoming Harness Hall of Fame dinner at the Harness Racing Museum in Goshen, New York on Sunday, two of racing\'s esteemed citizens will be recognized for their example and achievements in amateur driving.  Orrin Phipps of Yarmouth, Maine, and Dr. Howard “Doc” Gill of Pine Bush, N.Y., will be honored for their achievements as 2006 Amateur Drivers of the Y...
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Frosh filly struts her stuff at Pompano

on 06/28/2007 2:00 AM
A pair of $1,000 non-wagering events for Florida-bred 2-year-old trotters was held prior to the start of the Wednesday program at Pompano Park, marking the first appearance of the season for juvenile performers at the racetrack.   In the evening’s first non-wagering trot, the filly Strut crossed the wire first while covering the mile in 2:08.4 for the ownership of Sunbird Stable, James Gl...
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Saratoga horsemen plead guilty to cobra venom

on 06/28/2007 2:00 AM
Father and son William and Keith Barrack reportedly pleaded guilty on Wednesday on felony charges of interference with a domestic animal, admitting they attempted to fix a harness race at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway last October by injecting a horse with cobra venom.   In a story that appeared in The Saratogian, the Barracks will likely each be sentenced to five years probation and likely l...
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New Wire To Wire

on 06/28/2007 2:00 AM
In this week\'s Wire To Wire, Andrew Cohen writes about the new SHOP organization, which Ontario Standardbred owners have formed to try to encourage honesty in racing, particularly by eliminating the use of drugs in racing in their home province. Cohen says it\'s time for horse owners to \"own up\" and be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Click here to read this we...
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Randy Kerr dies

on 06/28/2007 2:00 AM
Longtime Canadian horseman Randy Kerr died Wednesday night at the age of 51 as a result of lung cancer. Kerr, the younger brother of horseman Terry Kerr, drove 3,671 winners over his career and earned more than $14.7 million in purses. Mr. Kerr was diagnosed with lung cancer just over a year ago and since that time benefits and an online auction raised more than $90,000 to help with his treatment...
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Amadeus Hall composes amazing comeback

on 06/28/2007 2:00 AM
Amadeus Hall has beaten the odds in a recent incident that would have ended most horse’s careers. The 5-year-old Royal Troubador gelding recently returned to the track, winning his qualifier in 2:03.1 for owner-trainer-driver Dan Taneyhill. The effort was amazing following an injury sustained in mid-May. “I can’t believe this horse came back and won his qualifier after his paddock injury,...
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Lavec Dream ready for rich rivals

on 06/28/2007 2:00 AM
This year’s group of older trotting mares is by all accounts the deepest in many years, so when 6-year-old Lavec Dream surged past her millionaire rivals, Peaceful Way, Mystical Sunshine, and Pure Ivory, to win last Saturday’s single Ambro Flight elimination at the wire, she made quite an impression.   But can Lavec Dream make it two for two against some of the toughest, mos...
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Eligibles up for Winbak Pace at Delaware

on 06/28/2007 2:00 AM
A total of 38 horses, including A “Who’s Who” of older pacers, comprise the list of eligibles to the 2007 Winbak Farm Pace, to be raced Jug Day afternoon, Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Delaware, OH County Fair.   This is the second year that Winbak Farm has sponsored the Winbak Farm Pace. Owned by Joe and Jo Ann Thomson, Winbak stands stalliions in Delaware, Florida, Maine, Maryland, New...
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Trainer says Mr Muscleman ready

on 06/28/2007 2:00 AM
A month after facing Europe’s best in the Elitlopp, Mr Muscleman will tangle with the United States’ fiercest free-for-all trotters in the $240,000 Titan Cup on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Mr Muscleman is rated the 2-1 morning line favorite from post seven in the Titan Cup on Saturday night.   Mr Muscleman is the richest Standardbred in training with a bankroll of $3.5 milli...
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Double flip winner at Harrington

on 06/27/2007 2:00 AM
Winbak Farm, John Wagner and Earl Wagner\'s Double Flip ($3.20, Tony Morgan) was the fastest of five Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) winners Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Among the $20,000 eliminations, two were for pacing fillies and three for trotting fillies. The Manley Brown-trained Double Flip was sent to the lead early and was never headed in her three-length win in 1:52.4 ove...
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Goshen ready to move into motion

on 06/27/2007 2:00 AM
The little town of Goshen, N.Y., will come alive with multiple delights for harness racing fans starting this Saturday. Events center around the adjacent Historic Track and Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame.   Grand Circuit racing at Historic Track begins Saturday and runs through July 4, post time is at 1 p.m. each day, with admission $3 for adults and children 12 and ...
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