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Banned substances seized in Plainridge raid

on 08/30/2007 2:00 AM
Massachusetts State Police revealed Wednesday they seized boxes of banned substances, including bottles of Lidocaine and Carbocaine, empty boxes of baking soda, containers of lactated Ringer’s solution and hoses, in a raid earlier this month that resulted in brothers John and Roland Sears being barred from Plainridge Racecourse.   In a story in Thursday’s Boston Herald, the Stat...
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Travis Alexander leaves Fashion Farms

on 08/30/2007 2:00 AM
Travis Alexander told harnessracing.com Thursday morning that he has left his position as head trainer for Fashion Farms and plans to open a public stable. Alexander’s biggest victories for Arlene and Jules Siegel\'s Fashion Farms include back-to-back Jugettes the past two years with Just Wait Kate and Eternity’s Delight.   “Things at Fashion Farms were great, but this has b...
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The ball is ready to toll at The Meadows

on 08/30/2007 2:00 AM
Meadows Racetrack & Casino officials will hold a brief ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 5, to mark the beginning of the removal of the 44-year-old grandstand, which will be replaced by a state-of-the-art $155 million casino that will include a grandstand, 200-room hotel and luxury spa. The ceremony, complete with wrecking ball, will begin at approximately 3 p.m. n Sept. 5. The permanent 350,00...
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Favorable draw for Ohio Sire Stakes final favorites

on 08/30/2007 2:00 AM
Northfield Park hosts the $1 million Ohio Super Night on Saturday and no fewer than half of the morning-line favorites have drawn the coveted inside post position.   Both $100,000 two-year-old filly races have favorites leaving from post one. Norma’s Rose is a 5-2 choice in the Ohio Sire Stakes trot final. Northfield’s leading pilot, Aaron Merriman is in her sulky. In the $100,000...
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Pampered Princess to qualify Friday at Mohawk

on 08/30/2007 2:00 AM
Three-year-old filly trotter Pampered Princess is scheduled to qualify Friday morning at Mohawk Racetrack, the first appearance for the reigning divisional champion since she finished sixth in the Hambletonian behind Donato Hanover Aug. 4 at the Meadowlands. Pampered Princess raced first-over for driver Tim Tetrick in the Hambletonian, eventually tiring and making a late break in the stretch. Joh...
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First jewel of pacing\'s Triple Crown drawn

on 08/30/2007 2:00 AM
Post positions for the $297,500 Cane Pace final--the first jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown--were drawn at Freehold Raceway on Thursday morning, with the race contested as part of a big, 15-race holiday card at Freehold on Labor Day. Southwind Lynx, the George Teague, Jr.-trained colt, was made the morning line favorite at 2-1 and will leave from post three. Southwind Lynx, to be drive...
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Maltese Artist named Beckwith favorite

on 08/30/2007 2:00 AM
Sylvia Burke, John Howard and James Koran’s Maltese Artist, who set the Plainridge Racecourse track record of 1:49.2 in winning the 2005 edition, will make his third appearance in as many years when he goes off as the 5-2 morning line favorite in the 2007 edition of the $75,000 Bert Beckwith Memorial Pace on Monday afternoon.   The 12th edition of the Bert Beckwith Memorial Pace will be t...
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Spice Queen\'s winning streak snapped

on 08/30/2007 2:00 AM
Spice Queen’s winning streak hit a sour note when she broke stride and finished seventh in a $27,400 division of New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday at Freehold Raceway.   Spice Queen, the odds on favorite driven by David Miller and trained by Erv Miller, had won seven in a row before this miscue on the turn for home, surrounded by two other breaking fil...
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Bella Verde wins Hayes Memorial in 1:55.1

on 08/30/2007 2:00 AM
Bella Verde held off stablemate Share The Promise and captured the $40,000 Hayes Memorial 2-year-old filly trot in a stakes and national season’s record 1:55.1 Thursday afternoon at the DuQuoin state Fair.   Mike Lachance was in the bike as the daughter of Broadway Hall sat second as share The Promise and Dave Magee cut opening fractions of :29 and :58.3. Just past the half-mile pole Lach...
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Brett Robinson suspended for EPO positive

on 08/30/2007 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has announced that trainer Brett Robinson has been issued an order for his license to be suspended for 10 years, and imposed a $10,000 fine, because his horse Fox Valley Tribal tested positive for EPO. The ORC issued a press release stating that Robinson\'s licence has been suspended following confirmation for the prohibited substance erythropoetin/dar...
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BJ\'s Chinook lowers Pocono mark

on 08/29/2007 2:00 AM
BJ’s Chinook wore down the heavy favorite Tom’s OK Lady to win the featured $20,000 Open Handicap Trot on Tuesday afternoon at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. In the process, the 4-year-old gelding matched the Pocono track record for his age group with his mile of 1:54.2. The record was set by Near The Limit last year. Tom’s OK Lady took the lead shortly before the half-mile marker, but ...
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Ball Gown A takes Harrington open; purses to increase

on 08/29/2007 2:00 AM
Peter Tritton\'s Ball Gown A ($4.60, Tony Morgan) became the third different winner in three weeks in the top distaff feature at Harrington Raceway, capturing the $20,000 Mares Open in 1:53.1 Tuesday. The Tritton trainee and driver Tony Morgan were sent to the front where they would lead the pack of six to an opening half mile in :57.4. She then paced the back half in :55.2, holding off a game fi...
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Dust settles on record NYSS day at Mighty M

on 08/29/2007 2:00 AM
If one ever wonders whether video gaming or slot machines are an asset to harness racing just gaze at the overnight  purse schedules at New York racetracks and check out the money being offered in the New York Sire Stakes program as on Monday three divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies went to post at Monticello Raceway for a total purse in excess of $344,000. &nbs...
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Pompano getting ready for Sept. 14 opening

on 08/29/2007 2:00 AM
Pompano Park, which will open for its 44th season of live racing on Friday, Sept. 14, will host an afternoon of non-wagering Sunshine State Stakes on Saturday, Sept. 8. The South Florida oval will also hold qualifying races on Tuesday, Sept. 4, and Friday, Sept. 7, in preparation for the upcoming meet.   The third leg of the Sunshine State Stakes for all eight divisions of Florida-bred juv...
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Whittemore, Marks share Vernon spotlight

on 08/29/2007 2:00 AM
Drivers Jimmy Whittemore and Josh Marks had a lot to say about what transpired during Tuesday night’s 11-race program at Vernon Downs as Whittemore captured races four through seven, and Marks, the track’s leading dash-winner after 55 cards, secured a pair of first-place finishes.   They also tied for fastest mile of the evening honors, Whittemore steering the pacer Finn Fiedl...
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***New***Wire To Wire

on 08/29/2007 2:00 AM
In his latest Wire To Wire column, Andrew Cohen encourages harness racing to \"go glossy\" as a way to attract new owners to the sport. Cohen reports on the demographics of Cigar Aficionado magazine and wants to know why harness racing won\'t collectively try to go after wealthy Americans as prospective horse owners and fans. Click here for his latest column.
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Bedford, Valley View reportedly now working together

on 08/29/2007 2:00 AM
A Pennsylvania state representative has revealed to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that negotiations are underway between Bedford Downs and Valley View Downs to combine their applications for the final harness racing license in the state instead of vying against each other. Although Rep. Chris Sainato of Beaver County declined to give specific details of the negotiations, he said, “We’re ...
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Napoleon charges back for NYSS win

on 08/29/2007 2:00 AM
With a name like Napoleon, its not hard to believe that this 2-year-old Credit Winner colt shrugged off equipment problems and an early mistake to win his $72,212 New York Sire Stakes division on Tuesday at Monticello Raceway. A total of four divisions headed to post competing for combined purses of $288,848. In his sixth lifetime start, Napoleon made his first career break in the first turn, ...
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Carlspur makes winning return to Mighty M

on 08/29/2007 2:00 AM
Carlspur, Monticello Raceway’s Horse of the Years last season, returned to the Mighty M as promised by his co-owner, Tom Trezza, and on Tuesday, Aug. 28, the old warrior, a winner of over $900,000 in his illustrious career, scored one of his most impressive victories in recent years when Stephane Bouchard guided him to a 1:54 triumph in the track\'s weekly pacing feature. And that victory came...
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13-year-old Sean McIntosh takes top riding honors

on 08/29/2007 2:00 AM
Sean McIntosh, the 13-year-old son of Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh, placed first last weekend in the Novice Rider division at the prestigious Richland Park Horse Trials in Kalamazoo, Mich.   Sean participated in the equestrian triathlon, which involves dressage, cross country and show jumping. The top riders from the United States and Ontario participate, including Olympic medalists. ...
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