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Big races will influence driver tourney

on 07/11/2007 2:00 AM
The road to the Tioga Downs first annual driver’s championship will have its last key stop with the $1 million Meadowlands Pace final on Saturday. The top seven money-winning drivers will be invited to participate at Tioga on Sunday, July 29, for prize money of $32,000.   With the post position draw for the Meadowlands Pace and driver changes on a few key horses, it is goin...
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Hurley\'s has high hopes for

on 07/11/2007 2:00 AM
As one of the top defense attorneys in the state of Delaware, Joe Hurley knows what it is like to win big, and it has put him in demand as a legal expert for such shows as Larry King Live, Good Morning America and the Today Show.   But Hurley has not had the same kind of luck under the bright lights of harness racing as he had before judges in the courtroom.   “Apparently, I\'...
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Oh Oh It\'s Magic 5 for 5 in NY

on 07/10/2007 2:00 AM
The New York Sire Stakes 3-year-old trotting filly class made their second seasonal sojourn to Yonkers Raceway Monday night with $293,566 in purse money on the line. The fastest divisional winner was Vanity Plates, who took her split with a 1:58.2 tally, while Oh Oh It\'s Magic remained undefeated in five starts in NYSS action.   The daughter of Conway Hall, co-owned, trained and ...
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Benear sets world record at Harrah\'s opening

on 07/10/2007 2:00 AM
Benear bested Rainbow Blue\'s world record for 4-year-old pacing mares on a five-eighths mile track on Monday\'s opening day card at Harrah\'s Chester, an effort that also equaled the all-age distaff record for any size track. Also, Nanny Withafanny set a track record while Tim Tetrick drove six winners.   David Scharf and Jerry Silva’s Benear stopped the timer in 1:49.3 in the winne...
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Upsets abound in Sullivan Memorial elims

on 07/10/2007 2:00 AM
Two of the fastest miles ever trotted at Monticello Raceway went into the record books during the eliminations for the $314,000 Wm. Sullivan Memorial on a hot and muggy Monday, with RC Royalty and Man About Town coming up winners.   RC Royalty won the first $25,000 split in an overall track record of 1:56 and three races later Man About Town turned down a stellar field including V...
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Milliondollarsmile equals Mohawk mark

on 07/10/2007 2:00 AM
After missing round one of the Town Pro Pacing Series, Milliondollarsmile dropped in Monday night and equaled her own track record with a devastating 1:50.2 win in one of two $18,000(C) divisions at Mohawk Racetrack. Randy Waples had the strapping daughter of Million Dollar Cam-Hilarious on top at every call through splits of :27, :55 and 1:23.1, before kicking in with a :27.1 final quarte...
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Nuclear Breeze sets 1:48.2 all-age record at Rosecroft

on 07/10/2007 2:00 AM
Nuclear Breeze set an all-age world record for pacers on a five-eighths mile track in the $10,000 Open at Rosecroft Raceway on Monday evening, crushing the field in a blistering 1:48.2. The time bestsed the mark shared by Maltese Artist (Dover Downs 2005) and Casimir Camotion (Dover Downs 2006) by one-fifth of a second. The 5-year-old Nuclear High horse sizzled through fractions of :26...
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Budget agreement reached in Pa., slots stay open

on 07/10/2007 2:00 AM
Pennsylvania legislators and Governor Ed Rendell reached an agreement late Monday night on a budget, which means 25,000 state workers who had a forced one-day furlough from their jobs on Monday will be able to return to work.   Slot operations at the state\'s racetracks had been put in jeopardy by the budget impasse, but a judge granted a one-day reprieve until a scheduled hearing on T...
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Shark Gesture retired from racing

on 07/10/2007 2:00 AM
Shark Gesture, the 2006 Breeders Crown 3-year-old pacing colt champion, has been retired from racing and will stand at stud in 2008 at Kentuckiana Farms of Ontario.   Shark Gesture is a son of Cam\'s Card Shark out of Simple Gesture (by Western Hanover). Kentuckiana Farms will serve as syndicate manager and along with Emerald Ridge Farm will manage his breeding career.  ...
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Always A Virgin 9-5 choice in $1 million contest

on 07/10/2007 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Pace elimination winner Always A Virgin has been installed the 9-5 morning-line choice for the $1 million final Saturday night at the Meadowlands, leaving from the three post which was chosen by his connections. At the post position draw held Tuesday afternoon at the Meadowlands, Always A Virgin’s post was chosen second after connections of the other elim winner, Running Book, select...
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Pro-Am contest heads west to Cal Expo

on 07/10/2007 2:00 AM
John D. Wengerd, 21, will replace the ailing Brett Miller when Northfield’s team of drivers head to Cal Expo for the second half of the Cal Expo-Northfield Pro-Am driving challenge on Thursday and Friday, July 12 and 13. The competition covers two days at each track and it looks like Cal-Expo will feature three races in each day of the competition. Wengerd joins holdover professional Aaron Merri...
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Dowd pleads for NJ to stay #1

on 07/10/2007 2:00 AM
Dennis Dowd, Senior Vice President of Racing for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, used his opportunity to welcome people to the Meadowlands Pace press conference to make an impassioned plea about the plight of New Jersey\'s racetracks, which are competing with tracks whose purses have been infused by slots revenues.   In his opening remarks, which were broadcast by ...
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Strict EPO policy in the works in New Jersey

on 07/10/2007 2:00 AM
A first-time trainer penalty of a 10-year suspension and $50,000 fine and a second penalty of license revocation for blood doping is in the works in New Jersey, a policy that was noted by New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority senior vice president of racing Dennis Dowd at the Meadowlands Pace press conference Tuesday afternoon at the Meadowlands.   The proposed New Jersey Racing Commis...
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Race Fan wins in Sweden

on 07/10/2007 2:00 AM
Race Fan, a 4-year-old son of Yankee Glide, won his Swedish debut at the Mantorp track on Tuesday night. He scored in a mile rate of 1:56.2 for trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt.   Race Fan competed in the 2006 Hambletonian for trainer Steve Smith, finishing fifth in the elimination won by Here Comes Herbie to advance to the final, where he finished seventh.   Race Fan took a mark of 1:54...
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No budget in Pa., but slots still open

on 07/09/2007 2:00 AM
The furloughs came because Gov. Ed Rendell and Republican legislative leaders couldn\'t agree on a new 2007-08 state budget Sunday night. Just last July New Jersey racetracks were forced to close because of a budget impasse in that state. According to reports, the decision to furlough the workers will not affect the state\'s five racetrack casinos, at least until a hearing before a...
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Stakes also moving to Tuesday at Rosecroft

on 07/09/2007 2:00 AM
Due to the changes in Rosecroft\'s schedule, starting July 23 all Maryland Standardbred Fund and Maryland Sire Stakes races that are scheduled for Monday will now be raced one day later, on Tuesday. There will not be any change to the draw schedule. We will draw Thursday for Tuesday races. This will be in effect for the remainder of the stakes season in Maryland. (Maryland Standardbred Race Fund)
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Cambest staying at Walnut Hall Ltd.

on 07/09/2007 2:00 AM
Alan J. Leavitt, president of Walnut Hall Ltd., has issued a statement saying that the report of Cambest’s sale to Australia is totally false.   Leavitt also said that when Cambest came to Walnut Hall Ltd. it was on the premise that it would be his home for the rest of his life, and that is exactly what it will be.  
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Donato dominates in Dancer elim

on 07/09/2007 2:00 AM
Donato Hanover continued to show his dominance over the 3-year-old trotting colt division with a powerful, 1:53.3 score in an elimination for the Stanley Dancer Memorial Friday night at the Meadowlands. Mythical Lindy got to Donato Hanover\'s wheel coming off the last turn, but was never a threat.   Driver Ron Pierce floated Donato Hanover away from the gate and then made the patentend move...
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KF St. Patrick sets life mark in OHSS

on 07/08/2007 2:00 AM
KF St. Patrick, returning to Ohio Sire Stakes action after testing some of  North America’s top 3 year olds in the North America Cup and Cleveland Classic romped to a wire-to-wire, 8 3/4-length victory in a Sire Stakes division at Scioto Downs Saturday in a career-best 1:52.2.   Russell Swartz drove the son of Nobleland Sam to his fourth victory of the year in six starts for trainer ...
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