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Alvin Jacobson dies

on 05/11/2007 2:00 AM
Alvin Jacobson, the owner of such notables as Mystical Sunshine and Peruvian Hanover, died Tuesday, May 8, after a brief illness at the age of 78.   Mr. Jacobson owned many great horses, many in partnership with Sid Korn, who will miss him greatly. He won the Breeders Crown with his trotter Mystical Sunshine.   Mr. Jacobson was president of the Ja...
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Jaavo\'s Girl wins O\'Brien

on 05/11/2007 2:00 AM
The weather was not kind all night at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway Thursday as thunderstorms pelted the half-mile oval throughout the evening. However, the rain let up just as the fillies and mares hit the track for the final of the Battle of Saratoga #1: the $48,100 Virginia O’Brien Pacing Series.   Post-time favorite Jaavo’s Girl took advantage of her inside post position draw to ...
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Donato Hanover gets ready

on 05/11/2007 2:00 AM
Driver Ron Pierce has reported that he schooled Donato Hanover in 1:57 last Friday night before the races at the Meadowlands, and the 3-year-old trotting colt will likely qualify later this month.   “I went a quarter in :32, the half in 1:00 and a piece, three quarters in 1:30 and a mile in 1:57,\" added Pierce. \"Steve (trainer Steve Elliott) is probably going to qualify him the last wee...
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Pa. slots reach $3 billion

on 05/11/2007 2:00 AM
Despite the fact that only four of the proposed 14 casino sites allowable in Pennsylvania are currently open, wagering on the slots reached $3 billion for the year Wednesday in the Keystone State.   All four slot sites currently open are “racinos”–racetracks with an area for the metal gaming machines. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs was the pioneer among the Pennsylvania racinos, opening ...
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Pure Ivory wins qualifier

on 05/11/2007 2:00 AM
Several Pepsi North America Cup eligible colts were in action during qualifiers this morning at Mohawk Racetrack, while champion trotting mare Pure Ivory also won in her first attempt of 2007. In addition to Two Twentytwo, who won his second consecutive qualifier of the season for Rheal Bourgeois and driver Roger Mayotte, trainer Bill Elliott sent out a pair of NA Cup prospects. Running Book w...
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Season best for PPk mare

on 05/10/2007 2:00 AM
The 6-year-old mare Fox Valley Mo Jo visited the winner’s circle for the second time in her last three starts when making a late charge down the lane to capture Wednesday’s $6,000 trotting feature at Pompano Park in a seasonal best 1:59.2.   Driven from post three by Daryl Bier, Fox Valley Mo Jo settled along the pylons in fifth place as Down Swing (Kevin Wallis) showed the way through...
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Harrington track marks

on 05/10/2007 2:00 AM
John Cowan and Darryl Laver\'s Spare Time Rozie ($4.40) won the featured $20,300 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in a track record time of 1:57. The mark established a new record for 4-year-old trotting mares.   The daughter of Earl and driver Tony Morgan surged to the front on the final turn and drew clear for an explosive open-lengths victory over Bud Ross and Armbro Timothy. ...
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Tubby win with a trace

on 05/10/2007 2:00 AM
Js Finance, piloted by Trace Tetrick, accelerated down the stretch to earn a victory in leg one of the Tubby Trimble Wednesday, May 9. The win is the first of the season for the son of VP Finance, and a career best time of 1:55.2. Joe Mama, with Walter Haynes Jr. in the sulky, finished 2 1/4 lengths back in second. “He is a nice horse,” said Tetrick. “I won with him last year at Indiana Dow...
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Charity at Big M Friday

on 05/10/2007 2:00 AM
Harness racing’s top female drivers will compete in a race to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network on Friday, May 18, at the Meadowlands.
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Green Speed\'s mark falls

on 05/10/2007 2:00 AM
Frank The Hands established a new Monticello Raceway track record for 4-year-old trotting horses Wednesday when Ray Schnittker guided him to a 1:58 victory in the $14,300 Preferred Handicap Trot.   Two years ago there were many who considered Frank The Hands the best 2- year-old trotter in the rich New York Sire Stakes program that season. And with a 1:57 freshman record it was a hard opini...
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More added $$ for Zweig

on 05/10/2007 2:00 AM
Harness Horse Breeders of New York State and Tioga Downs are happy to announce that more added money will be available for the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Trot beginning with foals of 2006, which nominate as yearlings this year and race in 2009.   For the first time, the Filly Division will race for $25,000 in added money. The Open Division will race for not less than $50,000 in added mone...
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**NEW**Wire To Wire

on 05/10/2007 2:00 AM
In his latest edition of Wire To Wire, Andrew Cohen does a bit of \"spring cleaning\" as he airs out some issues currently making headlines--and some that have moved to the back burner but need to be addressed. Cohen says although he is staunch believer in due process, the wheels of justice in the sport need to spin a bit quicker so suspensions that turn into hearings, which turn into appeals, whi...
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Grand Circuit action back

on 05/10/2007 2:00 AM
The Grand Circuit continues its season opening stop at Freehold Raceway Friday with three $37,517 divisions of the Lady Suffolk for 3-year-old filly trotters. The Saturday program features the $162,500 Dexter Cup final for 3-year-old colt trotters. The 2007 Grand Circuit season commenced last week at Freehold with a pair of divisions of the Helen Dancer for 3-year-old filly pace...
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Pierce ready for Elitlopp

on 05/10/2007 2:00 AM
Ron Pierce has soared to new career heights over the past three seasons and he could add another unique milestone to his resume if he wins Sweden’s famed Elitlopp with Mr. Muscleman on Sunday, May 27. Pierce, who is currently the leading driver at the Meadowlands, will travel to Solvalla Racecourse in Stockholm to drive Mr. Muscleman in Europe’s most prestigious trotting event. “I’m most...
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Promising 3YOs in action

on 05/09/2007 2:00 AM
Trainer Mark Austin is hoping to score a stakes daily double this weekend at Woodbine as he sends out Pray For Luck in the $61,300 Ontario Sires Spring Series (OSSS) on Friday and Sipwiththepres in the $77,000 Diplomat Pacing Series on Saturday. Both events are for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers.   Pray For Luck enters the OSS final off of a win and a second-place finish in the two pr...
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Special Report draws 8

on 05/09/2007 2:00 AM
Special Report accumulated the most points in preliminary competition, won his last three starts and broke his own divisional track record a week ago, but that gaudy resume failed to impress the post position gods, who remanded the gifted gelding to the dreaded eight hole for Saturday night\'s $475,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway. The r...
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Destiny wins for Foreman

on 05/09/2007 2:00 AM
K&R Racing, Teague Inc., Double Down Stables and George Foreman\'s Future Destiny ($3.80) was a decisive winner in the co-featured $13,700 Mares Junior Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Driven by Jim Morand, the 4-year-old Artiscape mare was sent to the front from post six where she set fractions of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:25.3. She held off pocket-sitting Millwood Ashley N, who finished ...
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Woodbine cancels Sundays

on 05/09/2007 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) agreed in a hearing Tuesday to allow Woodbine Racetrack to cancel its final two Sunday live racing programs, in exchange for adding races the remaining days of the meet, which is scheduled to conclude May 14.   In approving the application prompted by a horse shortage, the ORC stated \"WEG must schedule one extra race on each day of the remainder of the m...
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More cash for NJ tracks?

on 05/09/2007 2:00 AM
A story in Wednesday’s Newark Star-Ledger stated the Atlantic City casinos may double the $86 million purse subsidy given to the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park over the last four years when a new agreement is reached. At a Monmouth Park press conference, New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority commissioner Jerold Saro said, \"I believe we will have an arrangement in the not-to-distant futur...
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Ind. slots axes expansion

on 05/09/2007 2:00 AM
The recent legislative approval for Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs in Indiana to each introduce 2,000 slot machines has already brought about one casualty: a planned $45 million hotel expansion at Belterra Casino riverboat, which is located on the Ohio River near Cincinnati. The expansion was a 250-room tower; the money will reportedly now be reallocated do other markets. The riverboat is current...
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