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Pistochini arrested for grand theft, burglary and conspiracy

on 09/06/2007 2:00 AM
California-based Standardbred owner and Cal Expo TV commentator Gregg Pistochini was arrested Tuesday and charged with conspiracy, grand theft and burglary for allegedly selling stolen golf balls on eBay. He was released on $10,000 bail.   Pistochini, 41, who has owned several well-known horses, including world champion Eaton Road Kill, was arrested by the Placer County Sheriff\'s Depa...
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Top Australian pacer has equine influenza

on 09/06/2007 2:00 AM
A story in the Melbourne Herald Sun has reported Australia’s leading pacer Blacks A Fake has tested positive for equine influenza. Blacks A Fake was one of eight horses that tested positive at the farm of Natalie Rasmussen and Grant Dixon. Blacks A Fake has won the last two Inter Dominion finals, and overall has won 33 of 44 starts and nearly $2 million in purse earnings.  
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$10,000 raised at Batavia Downs

on 09/06/2007 2:00 AM
Officials at Batavia Downs Gaming have announced the final amount raised in the recently concluded Breast Cancer Fundraiser held at the Downs in August, and thanks to a late donation by the Inquisitive Stable of Macedonia Ohio, the final total raised was $10,140, of which half will go to the United Memorial Medical Center Healthy Living Partnership and half to the Susan G. Komen Foundation fo...
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Valmctorian favored in NJSS 2FP final

on 09/06/2007 2:00 AM
Molly Pitcher and Countess Adios winner Valmctorian drew the rail and was installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite in the $85,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old pacing fillies, the fifth race on Saturday at Freehold Raceway.   Cat Manzi will be at the lines of the daughter of McArdle–Penn Grad. She has finished first, second or third in all seven lifetime starts,...
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Vulcanize wins Simcoe in 1:56.1

on 09/06/2007 2:00 AM
It was smooth sailing for heavy favorite Vulcanize in Thursday night\'s lone $241,945 division of the Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters at Mohawk as she scored for driver Ron Pierce in 1:56.1.Starting from post five in the field of eight, Pierce got the daughter of Muscles Yankee – My Starchip away third in the early going and had her up to take over command just past the opening quart...
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Pampered Princess to take on colts, back with Campbell

on 09/05/2007 2:00 AM
The filly Pampered Princess is taking on the boys again, this time in the Canadian Trotting Classic, and Mythical Lindy has been entered in the race as well, back on track after being diagnosed with EPM. Two eliminations will be raced Saturday, Sept. 8, to determine the field for the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic (CTC), set to be contested at Mohawk on Sept. 15.   Hambletonian champi...
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Black Book available online

on 09/05/2007 2:00 AM
The 2007 edition of the yearling segment of the Harrisburg Sale is now available online. Pedigrees of the 1,094 yearlings in this year’s edition of The Black Book Number 1 can be found at Standardbred Horse Sales Company’s website www.theblackbook.com. The entire catalog can be downloaded in the form of a pdf zip file; by separate pdfs for the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday sessions or by separ...
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Centaur\'s Valley View Downs receives license

on 09/05/2007 2:00 AM
Centaur Inc. received approval today from the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission to build a one-mile harness track and gaming facility in northwestern Pennsylvania. Valley View Downs will be developed by the Indianapolis-based company on a 250-acre site in Lawrence County, just 55 miles from Pittsburgh.   “This license has been worth the wait and we’re excited about the ...
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No eliminations needed for Maple Leaf Trot

on 09/05/2007 2:00 AM
There will be no eliminations for the upcoming Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Racetrack, with all 10 entrants proceeding directly to the $750,000(C)(est.) final scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15. The race is the last leg of the World Cup Trot, which will have its final Sept. 30 at Vincennes in Paris, France.  Here is the field for the Maple Leaf Trot, post positions will be drawn later...
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***New***Wire To Wire

on 09/05/2007 2:00 AM
In his latest edition of Wire To Wire, Andrew Cohen calls on the USTA to start the process of exploring how the position of a commissioner could be created for harness racing. Cohen writes that “…just because the job seems overwhelming doesn’t mean we should simply give up and not try to accomplish it.” You can read his column by clicking here.
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Better Than Most beats Shutter Boy

on 09/05/2007 2:00 AM
Better Than Most [$17.00, $4.80, $2.10] was better than the rest, catching odds-on favorite Shutter Boy for a neck victory in the $85,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Freehold Raceway. Better Than Most, driven by Jeff Gregory and trained by his owner, Jonas Czernyson, benefited from a two-hole trip in a 2:01 mile cut by S...
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11 entered, so one Jug Preview race

on 09/05/2007 2:00 AM
A number of top Midwestern horses, headed by Ohio-bred standout KF St Patrick, will defend their turf as 11 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings contest the 38th edition of the Jug Preview at Scioto Downs on Saturday, September 8. The Jug Preview, worth $165,000, will go as a single dash as race nine on an 11-race card. Post time is 6:30 p.m.   The last prep before the famous Little Br...
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Snow White back in winner\'s circle

on 09/04/2007 2:00 AM
After a costly miscue in the $458,000 Merrie Annabelle on Aug. 2, Snow White regained her winning form with a dominant 1:56.2 tally in the fastest of four Champlain Stakes divisions for 2-year-old filly trotters Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. With regular pilot John Campbell in tow, the  daughter of Self Possessed watched patiently throughout most of the first half as Flower Lane p...
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Up Front Ben fastest in PASS

on 09/04/2007 2:00 AM
Three-year-old colt and gelding trotters contested three Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions in Labor Day action at Harrah\'s Chester, with Up Front Ben earning speed-badge honors with a 1:57 victory, while two divisions of the Pocahontas late-closing series for 2-year-old pacing fillies were contested as well. Ed Mullinax\'s Up Front Ben ($17) turned in the fastest performance of the trott...
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Red Mile announces race sponsors

on 09/04/2007 2:00 AM
The Red Mile is pleased to announce their sponsors for the 2007 stakes and Grand Circuit season, starting with the Nadia Lobell, sponsored by Post Printing, and the Moni Maker, sponsored by The Horseman And Fair World. Here is a complete list of race sponsors:   9/2 eliminations-9/9 final, 3-year-old filly pace, Nadia Lobell, sponsored by: Post Printing Co. 9/9 eliminations-9/16...
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Pompano postpones Florida Sunshine Stakes

on 09/04/2007 2:00 AM
Due to racetrack surface conditions, the non-wagering Florida Sunshine Stakes scheduled for 12 noon this Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Isle Casino & Racing at Pompano Park will be postponed.   Horsemen are urged to keep in contact with the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA) for further notice as to if and when the third leg of the Florida Sunshine Stakes will be h...
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Champlain Stakes action at Mohawk

on 09/03/2007 2:00 AM
Windsong Espoir just missed the stakes record with a scintillating 1:56 victory in one of four Champlain Stakes divisions for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters tonight at Mohawk Racetrack. The Steve Condren in tow, the son of Kadabra - Diamond Image made his move to the front in the second quarter of his $91,412 division and then cruised to a dominant win over McCarron and Hit The Mark. ...
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Michelles Power wins Simcoe in record time

on 09/03/2007 2:00 AM
Yet another track record fell by the wayside tonight at Mohawk Racetrack as Michelles Power turned in a stunning 1:50.1 clocking from post 10 to capture the lone $245,945 division of the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old filly pacers. The time obliterated the stakes record of 1:51.4 which was held jointly be Ifyoucouldcwhati C and Armbro Amoretto and lowered the track record of 1:50.2 set by Milli...
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Kentucky Sire Stakes action at The Red Mile

on 09/03/2007 2:00 AM
A pair of blazing win times by Real Class (1:49.3) and Digital Z Tam (1:49.4) highlighted the final leg of Kentucky Sire Stakes (KYSS) for 3 year olds at The Red Mile Sunday night, Sept. 2. Real Class cleared at the :54.4 half and hung on for his second consecutive KYSS win. Dave Palone drove the Real Desire colt to his fifth win in seven starts for trainer Eric Reese and owner Joba Stable. Digi...
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Always A Virgin wins Cane

on 09/03/2007 2:00 AM
Always A Virgin took command from his stablemate Fresh Deck at about the halfway mark and then cruised home to a 1:51.1 victory in the Cane Pace, the first leg of pacing\'s Triple Crown, Monday afternoon at Freehold Raceway. Southwind Lynx, the winner of the $1 million Art Rooney Pace earlier this year, nipped Fresh Deck for second after starting the race several lengths behind the field.   ...
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