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Luck Of Michelle qualifies

on 05/04/2007 2:00 AM
It was a good start to the season for Luck Of Michelle as the 3-year-old pacing filly captured her first qualifying race of the season earlier this morning at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:57. \"I was really happy with her today,\" said trainer John Pentland afterwards. \"We had schooled her last week, so she had a decent mile under her already. She was nice and calm and easy to drive. She had...
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Terry Holton passes at 66

on 05/04/2007 2:00 AM
Ohio horseman Terry Holton, 66, died this morning after a long battle with cancer. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. Holton trained such notables as Playboy Hanover, Clever Napoleon, Crown Ridge, world champion OK Dick and Oil Tycoon.   A winner of 1,703 races and $4.7 million in purses as a driver, Holton was born in Newark, Ohio, where he lived his ent...
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Wire-To-Wire in Dancers

on 05/04/2007 2:00 AM
Artcotic and Southwind Tempo charged to the front of their respective divisions of the Helen Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers at Freehold Raceway this afternoon and then held on for head victories in 1:55.1 and 1:53.4, respectively.   In the $72,515 first division Artcotic opened her 2007 campaign in identical fashion to the way she closed 2006.  Her final start last year wa...
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Kleinhans took gamble

on 05/04/2007 2:00 AM
Peter Kleinhans took a big gamble in buying Wearable Art last year, but the risk could produce the biggest reward of his career in the $225,000 Berry’s Creek on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   After a career best 1:50.3 victory in his elimination race, Wearable Art is rated as the 3-1 second choice on the morning line behind the other elim winner, The Quiet Mon, in the Berry’s Cre...
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Savage Hall wins fourth

on 05/03/2007 2:00 AM
The 10-year-old veteran trotter Savage Hall scored for the fourth time this year when prevailing in Wednesday’s $6,000 featured trot at Pompano Park in a seasonal best clocking of 1:58.2.   Driven from post one by Bruce Ranger, Savage Hall settled in fourth place along the pylons while Bumble B’s Sting (David Ingraham) emerged from the first turn with a clear lead, taking the field thr...
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Jamieson Stable deep

on 05/03/2007 2:00 AM
A major component to the success of any team is depth and there is once again plenty of that in the Carl Jamieson stable this season.   In this Saturday night’s second leg of the Diplomat Pacing Series for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers at Woodbine, the veteran horseman has opted to give round-one winner Reserve Forces the week off. In his place, Jamieson will send out Twin B Impact f...
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She\'s A Flirt follows mom

on 05/03/2007 2:00 AM
She’s A Flirt, a daughter of the top Indiana-sired filly Sheezhomewardbound, won her first career race Wednesday, May 2, at Hoosier Park for trainer-driver Dan Shetler. Coming from sixth position at three-quarters of a mile, She’s A Flirt displayed superb closing ability to win in 1:59.4.   “Everybody remembers her mother,” said Shetler, who worked with Sheezhomewardboun...
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Total Truth wins by 13 3/4

on 05/03/2007 2:00 AM
Top colts and fillies were in action in qualifiers at the Meadowlands Thursday morning and among the most notable were the trotting filly Pampered Princess and the pacing males Western Ace and the 4-year-old Total Truth, with the pacers turning in winning miles in 1:50.4 and 1:50.3, respectively.   The George Teague Jr.-trained Western Ace and Total Truth were both driven by Ron Pierce. Wes...
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Adrian Chip wins first start

on 05/03/2007 2:00 AM
Adrian Chip, a hopeful for this year\'s Hambletonian, won his first start of the season Thursday evening at the Berjsaker track in Sundsvall, Sweden, for a new ownership group that includes Nashville Predators hockey star Peter Forsberg. Adrian Chip, a son of Andover Hall, cruised home without a challenge in a mile rate of 2:03.4 over 2,160 meters.   Robert Bergh, who trains Adrian Chip, al...
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New track surface at Tioga

on 05/03/2007 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs’ five-eighths mile track has had a facelift in recent weeks. The old surface was scraped off and a limestone-based material was used to rebuild the overall surface and to re-bank the turns. Then, after the track closed on Wednesday, track superintendent Bob Ashelman started laying down the new racing surface.   The horsemen of Tioga left on Wednesday with a...
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Classic Series on Saturday

on 05/02/2007 2:00 AM
The Classic Series (TCS) comes to New Jersey for leg number two at The Meadowlands on Saturday, May 5, and the headliners will be Lis Mara in the Pacing Classic and Peaceful Way and Passionate Glide in separate division of the Oaks.   Two $60,000 divisions of the Classic Oaks will kick off the card. The first Oaks division features a renewal of last year’s rivalry between 2006 Classic Oak...
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Napolitano barred at Pocono

on 05/02/2007 2:00 AM
George Napolitano Jr., the leading driver at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in 2006, will no longer be permitted to participate in racing at the Pennsylvania racetrack effective Wednesday, May 2. Dale Rapson, vice president of racing operations for Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, said, “We have decided to take the action based on the past conduct of the individual, and we believe it is in the best int...
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More gaming in Florida?

on 05/02/2007 2:00 AM
The Florida legislature is considering expanding gaming and adding video lottery terminals to as many as 10 locations in an effort to raise an estimated $1 billion for the state, and the full House approved a bill Monday that would increase the number of slots at Pompano Park and Gulfstream Park from 1,500 to 2,000 machines.   According to a report by the Associated Press, the video lo...
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McCaffrey\'s Advantage

on 05/02/2007 2:00 AM
Home Bed Advantage is taking trainer David McCaffrey on the journey of a lifetime, one he hopes will pass through the winner\'s circle in the $225,000 Berry\'s Creek on Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Home Bed Advantage is rated at 5-1 on the morning line from post five with Patrick Lachance listed to drive in the Berry\'s Creek, the first major stakes test of the s...
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New simulcast area at Monti

on 05/02/2007 2:00 AM
When Monticello Raceway simulcasts the Kentucky Derby on Saturday afternoon, May 5, local fans will be able to wager on that event and other races in the tracks refurbished  simulcast parlor. Now glass enclosed and climate controlled the simulcast parlor on the third floor of the grandstand also features two 50” television screens, fifteen new 32” TV monitors, a new food court a...
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Montini receives stay

on 05/02/2007 2:00 AM
Trainer Anthony Montini, who was recently suspended for 180 days by the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC), has received a stay from a Superior Court judge and will be permitted to race for the foreseeable future, according to a story on Standardbred Canada\'s Trot Insider web site. Among the horses Montini has trained is world record holder Primetime Bobcat.   In early April the ORC...
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Guy Gets Girl at Pompano

on 05/01/2007 2:00 AM
After missing by a nose in his most recent outing, Guy Gets Girl returned to the winner’s circle for the second time in three starts after taking Monday’s $10,000 Isle Mile I Trot at Pompano Park in 1:56.   Driven from post five by Bruce Ranger, Guy Gets Girl was quick off the gate in the Monday feature, sprinting through the first turn to open up an early four-length advanta...
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Berry\'s Creek field set

on 05/01/2007 2:00 AM
Berry’s Creek elimination winners won the right to choose their post positions, with The Quiet Mon’s connections opting for post three and Wearable Art’s post two.   The field also includes Cue The Paige, Home Bed Advantage, No Perfect Escape, Pop Z Pop, Spin Rate, Fresh Deck, Isaac Newton and Artist’s View.   Wearable Art won his Berry’s Creek elim on the front end, a...
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Marohn wins after layoff

on 05/01/2007 2:00 AM
Jimmy Marohn, who has driven the winners of 4,824 races, has bounced back with his first win since injuring a shoulder in early February. Marohn’s actual return to the driving wars was on April 25 and over the following days he reined a few horses that “hit the board,” but his comeback victory occurred Monday when he hustled 12-1 shot Vivacious Raider to a come-from-behind 1:57:3 victor...
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