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Will she or won\'t she?

on 08/30/2007 2:00 AM
Despite finishing third in last week’s $718,600 Fan Hanover Filly Pace at Mohawk Racetrack, trainer Steve Elliott says starting against the colts in the Little Brown Jug “is not out of the question.” Elliott says that co-owner \"Toby Lynch is still pushing for the Jug but I’m kind of looking at the Jugette. We’ll see how she races Monday at Freehold in the Shady Dais...
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Snazzy Millie swimming her way to Mohawk

on 08/30/2007 2:00 AM
If Snazzy Millie is finding her stride in time for Saturday’s Breeders Crown Mare Trot at Mohawk Racetrack, it might be because she found her stroke first as the 7 year old has been spending less time on the track and more time in the swimming pool in preparation for her races.   “We wanted to give her a bit of a change,” trainer Kevin O’Reilly said. “She really loves it. She swi...
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Dobbins hoping for Am-Nat prayer

on 08/30/2007 2:00 AM
“I’m either game or crazy or maybe both,” laughed Roy Dobbins, owner and breeder of Prayer I Am, of the $30,000 check he wrote to supplement Prayer I Am to the World Trotting Derby. “But I wrote the check out of his account, so I’m putting his money ($327,174 in career earnings) back on him.\"   Dobbins, who owns a grocery store in Bryant, Ala., and carpet stores in both...
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Carney Memorial Trot on tap at The Rock

on 08/30/2007 2:00 AM
Rockingham Park will wrap up the final weekend of the 2007 live racing season with a tough test for some of the best trotters on the continent and the track will also thank its loyal fans with the chance to win Red Sox tickets and an Ipod.   The highlight of live racing over the four-day Labor Day Holiday Weekend will be the $50,000 final of the Joseph Carney Memorial Trot on Sunday. The ni...
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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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