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Handicappers wanted at Batavia

on 08/17/2007 2:00 AM
The first free $750 Handicapping challenge of the season takes place Friday Night at Batavia Downs Gaming.   Sign up to participate begins at 6 p.m. at Players Club. The contest is open to all Players Club members and it is free to be a member of the Players Club. All contest forms must be turned in by post time of the first race, which is 7:35 p.m.   Batavia Downs races 1-9 wi...
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Dan Dengel dies

on 08/17/2007 2:00 AM
Veteran horseman Dan Dengel, who competed at racetracks in Ontario and Michigan for more than 30 years, died Thursday night shortly after driving one of his horses at Hazel Park. He was 52.   Mr. Dengel drove the 4-year-old trotting mare Incredible Barb in the fifth race at Hazel Park Thursday and, according to witnesses, had just placed his race sulky in his trailer when he apparently suff...
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Spice Queen crowned in Helen Smith Memorial

on 08/17/2007 2:00 AM
In a wire-to-wire performance, Spice Queen extended her winning streak to six, capturing the $85,000 Helen Smith Memorial Trot on Friday afternoon at Freehold Raceway.   Brian Sears rated the trotting filly through modest fractions of 29, 1:00 and 1:29.1, pulling away in the stretch with a :28.3 final panel for a 2 1/4-length victory in 1:57.4.  It was well off the stakes record ...
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Freshman filly wins Illinois Stakes final in 1:51.1

on 08/17/2007 2:00 AM
She\'s So Hot lived up to her name, winning the $50,000 Illinois State Fair Colt Stakes final for 2-year-old filly pacers in a stakes and season\'s record 1:51.1 at Springfield Friday. The six finals for state-bred 2 and 3 year olds were delayed a day due to rain on Thursday.   With Dave Magee in the bike, the daughter of Richess Hanover popped out of the two hole at the head of the stretc...
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Palone dominates PASS at Pocono

on 08/17/2007 2:00 AM
Four wins, three stakes victories and a track record. Just another day at the office for driver Dave Palone at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Friday afternoon. Palone dominated Pennsylvania Sires Stakes action, winning three out of six divisions for two-year-old trotting fillies. He added a fourth win with Kat N Mouse in a conditioned pace. The track record came courtesy of Flower Lane, w...
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Vulcanize and Flash Lightning fire past Hudson foes

on 08/17/2007 2:00 AM
Eliminations were held Friday at Yonkers for the $340,330 Hudson Filly Trot.  Flash Lightning and Cat Manzi went past the favorite in the stretch to win the first elim in 1:58.3.   A three-year-old daughter of Dream Vacation, Flash Lightning pulled going to the three-quarters to pressure race favorite Classical Mary and Tony Morgan.  Never lifting his whip, Manzi easily guided the...
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Stormont Northstar shines in 60th win

on 08/16/2007 2:00 AM
Bob Stevenson Inc. and J&E Stable\'s Stormont Northstar ($27.80, Eddie Davis Jr.) won his 60th lifetime race Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with a 2:00.4 victory. The 13-year-old Brisco Hanover gelding overcame post eight and held off late-charging Tug River Man for the win. It was his 27th win at Harrington, the most ever by a trotter on Delaware\'s half-mile racetrack. All of those wins at...
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Raymers hoping to find Yonkers green with Green Day

on 08/16/2007 2:00 AM
Nevele Pride winner Green Day was forced to watch the Hambletonian from the sidelines as he was not eligible, but with conditions providing for supplemental entries into the Yonkers Trot he will now get his chance to win a jewel of trotting’s Triple Crown.   Jim and Mary Raymer have paid the $60,000 supplemental fee for Green Day to start in the Yonkers Trot, which has eliminations this S...
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Sires stakes action at Indy Downs

on 08/16/2007 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs played host to four Indiana Sires Stakes contests Wednesday, August 15. With the cancellation of racing one week earlier, and the inability to reschedule the third round of ISS competition for freshman trotters, purses for each division jumped from the normal $12,000 to $24,000. Two contests were held for colt and gelding trotters; one off the card and one on the card. ABC Mercedes ...
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***New*** Wire To Wire

on 08/16/2007 2:00 AM
Andrew Cohen\'s latest Wire to Wire discusses the decision by Donato Hanover\'s connections to skip the Yonkers Trot--and pursuit of the trotting Triple Crown. Cohen thinks the subject is worthy of debate, and he also spoke with David Scharf, one of the colt\'s owners, about the decision to race in the World Trotting Derby instead of the second leg of the trotting Triple Crown. Clic...
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Big Vernon card on Thursday night

on 08/16/2007 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs will host one of the best race cards ever over the Miracle Mile Thursday night, Aug. 16 as some of the top pacing mares and open trotters in the world will go to the post in the $154,000 Credit Winner Trot and the $124,000 Artiscape for pacing mares. Post time for the 12-race card is 6:45 p.m.   The sixth race on Thursday night features the $ 154,000 Credit Winner for open trot...
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Field set for top race for 3 year olds in Sweden

on 08/16/2007 2:00 AM
The E3, one of the top sprinter—one-mile races—for 3 year olds in Sweden, will be contested Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Sundbyholm track in Eskilstuna, and all of the 12 starters are by American-blooded sires.   The winner of the E3 will earn a purse of approximately $115,000.   Post—Horse (Sire)—Driver 1--Artistic As (Malabar Man)—Erik Adielsson 2—Shorthanded Goal (David...
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Freshman filly hoping to craft NJSS victory

on 08/16/2007 2:00 AM
McArts N Crafts, winner of the Sweetheart Pace two weeks ago, joins 11 other 2-year-old pacing fillies, split into two divisions, in New Jersey Sire Stakes action on Saturday afternoon at Freehold Raceway. It is the opening leg for the 12 freshman fillies, who will go postward in a pair of $28,000 divisions, carded as races two and three.    Two second round New Jersey Sire Stakes ...
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Battle of the Brandywine set to return Sunday

on 08/16/2007 2:00 AM
After an 18-year lapse, the $250,000 Battle of the Brandywine Pace will be restarted Sunday with some of the nation\'s finest 3-year-old pacers competing at Harrah\'s Chester Casino & Racetrack.   Inaugurated in 1960, the \"Battle\" reigned as the most popular stakes race at Brandywine Raceway and drew thousands of fans to the harness track just across the state line in Delaware.&n...
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Adios simulcast room opens Thursday at The Meadows

on 08/16/2007 2:00 AM
The Meadows\' temporary on-track simulcast and racing facility will open its doors on Thursday. The facility is located trackside in the area known as The Adios Room. Doors will open at 11:00 a.m. daily, seven days a week.   The temporary facility spans 7,500 square feet and features a number of viewing options, including two teletheaters, tabletop monitors and a Player R...
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Springfield postpones Thursday to 12 noon on Friday

on 08/16/2007 2:00 AM
Thursday afternoon\'s card at Springfield, Ill., has been postponed until Friday because of a thunderstorm and persistent rain. The program, which is highlighted by six $50,000 State Fair finals, will go postward at 12 noon on Friday.
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Confederation Cup draws 20

on 08/16/2007 2:00 AM
Twenty 3-year-old colt pacers have been entered for Sunday\'s Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs, including a pair of $25,000 supplemental nominees. There will be three $50,000(C) eliminations with the top three finishers in each returning later that program for the $548,500(C) final.   Here is the post position draw for the three Confederation Cup eliminations:   1st Elim 1-Artri...
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Will Anderberg start in Yonkers Trot?

on 08/16/2007 2:00 AM
Anderberg, fresh off a 1:56.4 win in an Arden Downs division at The Meadows last Friday night, is scheduled to start in the second elimination for the Yonkers Trot this Saturday. But a staking service is trying to get an injunction to keep the horse from racing because of a financial dispute.   Anderberg, a 3-year-old colt by Andover Hall, races under the ownership of John Green of Can...
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14 colts entered in Zweig at Tioga

on 08/16/2007 2:00 AM
Hambletonian starter Flirtin Man will headline the 33rd edition of the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Trot on Sunday at Tioga Downs. The event, worth a combined $321,350 in purses, attracted 14 colts and 12 fillies for two divisions of each sex.   Flirtin Man will start from post six in race eight as the likely post-time favorite. The winner of nearly $110,000 this year is owned in part ...
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Irene\'s on the move again at Harrington

on 08/15/2007 2:00 AM
Rodney Wyatt\'s Ireneonthemove ($3.60, Tim Curtin) won her third race of the year in 1:53.2 in the featured $20,000 Mares Open Tuesday night at Harrington Raceway. Curtin put the 4-year-old Powerful Toy mare on the front end and she would set all the fractions, holding off a vicious late rally by Dance Hall for the win. \"Irene\" has banked more than $375,000 lifetime. Ireneonthemove made most ...
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