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Eight in Cane Pace elim, Southwind Lynx gets bye

on 08/23/2007 2:00 AM
With Meadowlands Pace and Art Rooney winner Southwind Lynx receiving a bye directly into the Cane Pace final as the richest entrant, eight 3-year-old colt pacers will line up behind the gate at Freehold Raceway Saturday afternoon in a single $99,156 elimination, with only the last-place finisher not returning for the big dance.   Always A Virgin, coming off a Battle of the Brandywine stakes...
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Northville Downs\' Margaret Zayti dies

on 08/23/2007 2:00 AM
Margaret Zayti, who began working at Northville Downs in Michigan in 1947 and retired as its executive manager in 2004, died Monday at her home in Northville after a long illness at the age of 86.   \"She was just a tremendously generous person,” said Northville Downs’ general manager and co-owner Lou Carlo. “When she was in your corner, she was in your corner 100 percent. I coul...
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Hanover yearling videos available online

on 08/23/2007 2:00 AM
Videos for the Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings selling at the PA Preferred Yearling Sale on Monday, August 27 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex are now available on the Hanover Shoe Farms website at www.hanoverpa.com.   Videos for the Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings selling at the New Jersey Classic on Sunday, September 9 at the Horse Park of New Jersey at Stone Tavern, Allentown, NJ will be ...
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Late-closer legs held at Monticello

on 08/23/2007 2:00 AM
On Wednesday afternoon Monticello Raceway presented two $9,800 divisions for sophomore filly late-closer trotters, some of which should become eligible for the  $30,000 final. In the first split, Otisville Devil, owned locally by Bernie White, Kristie Leigh Farm Inc. and John White, scored an easy triumph  in a  2:04 clocking to notch her first victory  in late-closer action...
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Batavia remembers Dream Pace on Saturday

on 08/23/2007 2:00 AM
When the world\'s greatest pacers came to Batavia Downs in 1972, the showdown was labeled the \"Dream Pace,\" and on Saturday night the dream will be remembered when Batavia Downs Gaming hosts a 35th anniversary celebration of the great Albatross and his visit to the track. On Sept. 30, 1972, Albatross and arch-rival Nansemond faced off in the $20,000 Dream Pace at Batavia. A crowd of over 12,000...
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Fox Valley Appeal heading to Australia

on 08/23/2007 2:00 AM
Fox Valley Appeal p,3,1:50, a 4-year-old son of Sportsmaster who has been competing with the best older pacers in the United States this year, is headed for Australia after owners Robert Cohen and Jerry Spitzberg of Ribbonships Stable sold the Illinois bred to iron ore magnate Clive Palmer of Australia for an undisclosed amount through the online sales agency, onGait.com.   F...
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Donato Hanover sizzles in 1:51.3

on 08/23/2007 2:00 AM
On a 99-degree day in Lexington, Hambletonian champ Donato Hanover tuned up for World Trotting Derby with a blazing hot 1:51.3 victory in a qualifier at The Red Mile late Thursday afternoon. With regular driver Ron Pierce along for the ride, Donato Hanover trotted through fractions of :28, :55.1 and 1:24.1 before hitting the wire maybe as much as 50 lengths in front of the runner-up in the ra...
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Vernon, Tioga to use dogs to search for illegal drugs

on 08/23/2007 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs, Tioga Downs and Gray & Associates Consulting have instituted K-9 Units to patrol both Vernon and Tioga Downs, and the first patrol and barn inspection took place Thursday morning at Vernon Downs.   \"I believe this is the first time dogs have been trained and used to ensure the integrity of racing,\" said Art Gray, a former New York racing official who now provides se...
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Spice Queen extends win streak to 7

on 08/23/2007 2:00 AM
Spice Queen remained on fire, extending her winning streak to seven with a 2:00.1 tally in the $26,800 opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday at Freehold Raceway.   In a wire-to-wire performance, Spice Queen [$2.20, $2.40, $2.10] drew off to a 3 1/2-length victory over Chez Lucie [$7.20, $2.10].  Batbreaker [$2.10]  was third. ...
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IHRC vote clears way for groundbreaking

on 08/22/2007 2:00 AM
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to endorse Hoosier Park’s plan for a 92,000 square-foot casino that will house 2,000 slot machines. Officials now hope to break ground on the facility in mid-September. The IHRC also approved Oliver Racing’s purchase of 34 percent interest in Indiana Downs from minority owner LHT Capital. Tuesday’s vote was the final hurdle for C...
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Yonkers elim winners draw five, six

on 08/22/2007 2:00 AM
Elimination winners Adrian Chip and Primary As drew post positions five and six, respectively, for Saturday night\'s $644,770 final of the Yonkers Trot at Yonkers Raceway. The 53rd Trot, second jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown, goes as the sixth race on Yonkers\' 10-race  program. First post is 7:40 p.m., with the Yonkers Trot scheduled for approximately 9:20 p.m. Eight 3 yea...
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Away We Go fastest in NYSS splits

on 08/22/2007 2:00 AM
Five divisions of New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers were raced over an off track at Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night in the $255,461 Clyde Hirt Pace at Yonkers Raceway, with Away We Go pacing the fastest mile--1:59--and paying the biggest price--$23.60--in winning the final $52,091 event. With Jim Pantaleano driving for co-owners (trainer) Dan Altman, MGM Racing and Kevin C...
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Dance Hall wins Harrington open

on 08/22/2007 2:00 AM
Dan Warrington and Don Hawk\'s Dance Hall ($10, Eddie Davis Jr.) earned her fourth win of the year Tuesday with a 1:54.2 win in the $20,000 featured Mares Open at Harrington Raceway. The Warrington trainee fought hard first-over, clearing pacesetting Ball Gown A approaching the stretch and held off a late-charging Ladyfield, who had won three straight, to the wire. Ball Gown held on for third. Da...
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Lis Deo, Dali, Duneside Perch aim for Metro

on 08/22/2007 2:00 AM
Twenty-one 2-year-old colt pacers have drawn into three eliminations Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack for the $1 million Metro Pace, led by Lis Deo, Duneside Perch and Dali, who share speed-badge honors in the division.   Lis Deo, who stretched his unbeaten streak to three with a national season’s best 1:50.2 win in a Review division at Springfield Aug. 13, has drawn post one in the first of ...
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Incorrect purses for PASS originally posted

on 08/22/2007 2:00 AM
Those with horses entered in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes 2-year-old pacing colt divisions at Harrah’s Chester on Thursday shouldn’t get too excited about racing for a six-figure purse. Incorrect purses--originally posted as $100,000 per division on the overnight transmitted to the US Trotting Association—will be corrected to approximately $24,000 per division.   Pennsylvania Sire Sta...
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Winning becoming a hobby at Vernon Downs

on 08/22/2007 2:00 AM
Josh Kinney’s claiming pacer Hobby Art Benka became the winningest harness horse after 52 current programs at Vernon Downs following a 1:54.2 triumph that proved to be the fastest mile on Tuesday evening.   Competing in the $3,500 sixth race, Hobby Art Benka scurried to the lead from the outside seven slot and just kept trucking en route to a six-length score, which was his second in a ro...
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Western Hanover undergoes second surgery

on 08/22/2007 2:00 AM
Western Hanover has undergone a second surgery at the Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Virginia, and his prognosis is now \"guarded,\" according to Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, farm manager and head veterinarian at Hanover Shoe Farms, where the horse stands at stud.   Western Hanover was discovered in distress on Thursday night, Aug. 9, and taken to the Virginia equine medical clini...
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**NEW**Wire To Wire

on 08/22/2007 2:00 AM
In this week\'s Wire To Wire, Andrew Cohen says he believes that unless there is a big change at the Big M, racing at the sport\'s highest-profile track is headed for perilous waters. Cohen notes the decrease in business during the Meadowlands\' recently-concluded 2007 meet, and unless slot machines are thrown soon into the mix to allow the New Jersey track to compete with neighboring racinos, the...
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Colonial to host New Kent County Fair

on 08/22/2007 2:00 AM
Colonial Downs will return to harness racing’s roots by hosting the New Kent County Fair in conjunction with the opening weekend of the 2007 Standardbred season Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16 at the New Kent oval. “Harness racing and county fairs are a natural fit that have long gone hand in hand in a special slice of Americana. All of us here at Colonial Downs are excited about the...
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Riggins, Share The Delight set to square off in NYSS

on 08/22/2007 2:00 AM
More than $292,000 is up for grabs for freshman pacing colts in the New York Sire Stakes action on Thursday afternoon at Monticello Raceway. Six $49,000 divisions will go to post in races one, two, four, five, seven, and eight on the track\'s 13-race card.   Among the outstanding 2-year-old colts who’ll be in action include Riggins and Share The Delight; the former will be handl...
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