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Handicapping qualifier set for July

on 07/04/2007 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands will hold its first qualifying tournament for the 2008 National Harness Handicapping Championship on Saturday, July 21.  The top two finishers earn a spot in the NHHC, the only championship tournament for harness players to feature a $50,000 guaranteed grand prize.   The total cost to enter the July 21 tournament is $400 [$200 non-refundable entry fee due with entry for...
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PASS at Pocono

on 07/04/2007 2:00 AM
Won The West was one of three Pennsylvania Sire Stake swinners for trainer Mickey Burke at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Tuesday afternoon. Won The West cashed in at 3-5 in 1:51.4. Greg Grismore did the driving as Won The West went all the way on the lead. The gelding is now two-for-two in Sires Stakes competition this year. Tutor Hanover finished second and Future Character was third. &nbs...
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Dave is up front with Bethann

on 07/03/2007 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes provided an unusual tableau of romance and mystery Monday night at The Meadows when Dave Palone won a division with Up Front Bethann, a freshman filly pacer named for his wife, then waited nervously while the judges considered disqualifying the lovebirds. The $136,459 stake known as the Sand Tart was contested over nine divisions. Pasta Lavista, Makerbark, Pango...
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Soggy Britches fastest in Town Pro splits

on 07/03/2007 2:00 AM
Sweet Day, Soggy Britches and Arts A Flutter won their respective divisions of the opening round of the Town Pro Series for 3-year-old filly pacers Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack.   Jody Jamieson directed Sweet Day to the inside late in the stretch to spring a 12-1 upset in a career-best 1:53.3. Sweet Day was able to put her head in front of favorite Nowaytotreatalady to score her se...
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She\'s got a milliondollarsmile on her face

on 07/02/2007 2:00 AM
Milliondollarsmile set a track and Ontario Sire Stakes record in capturing the $130,000(C) Gold final for 3-year-old filly pacers Sunday night at Mohawk Racetrack with a scintillating 1:50.2 effort for driver Randy Waples. The clocking erased the former OSS mark of 1:50.3 set by Burning Point at Woodbine back in 2003 and lowered the Mohawk track mark of 1:50.3 which was co-held by Red Star...
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Jetstile wins Forus Grand Prix; Artistic As, Adams Hall also win

on 07/02/2007 2:00 AM
Jetstile won the $168,435 Forus Open Grand Prix Sunday in a mile rate of 1:54.3 over 1,600 meters over the fast Forus racetrack in Norway. Driven by Geir Vegard Gundersen for trainer Kai Johansen and owner Erik Sandbæck, Jetstile was never in danger after taking a clear advantage at the top of the stretch.   The Forus Open Grand Prix had assembled a field which was second in class to the E...
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Harness racing shrine inducts Arthur, Langley, Hennessey

on 07/02/2007 2:00 AM
A record attendance of more than 450 people gathered under the big tent on the lawn of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y., Sunday night to welcome Jimmy Arthur, Phil Langley and Wally Hennessey into the Living Hall Of Fame.   The ceremony also inducted Ray Brienza, Marie Hill, Dean Hoffman and John Manzi into the Communicators Corner of the Hall Of Fame.   Horses were n...
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Meadows Monday entry box overflowing with 265 horses

on 07/02/2007 2:00 AM
When Director of Racing Tom Leasure opened the entry box for Monday\'s card at The Meadows, he was greeted with an unprecedented sight--a total of 265 entries, including 69 for the Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman pacing fillies. While The Meadows does not maintain official statistics on entries, track executives believe 265 in the box is a record for a single program. Leasure attribu...
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Guilfoil \'un-retires,\' rejoins Ky. Racing Authority

on 07/02/2007 2:00 AM
Marc Guilfoil, who two weeks ago announced his retirement as director of Standardbred racing for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRC), has “un-retired,” being rehired by the KHRC as its deputy executive director under executive director Lisa Underwood.   “I will be assisting Lisa in all matters concerning Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds and Quarter Horses,” said Guilfoil, whose a...
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Yankee Cruisers cruise in Ohio Sire Stakes

on 07/02/2007 2:00 AM
The first crop of stallion Yankee Cruiser made a big impression in Friday’s five $20,000 Ohio Sire Stakes 2-year-old filly paces at Northfield Park. Yankee Cruiser fillies won four of the five heats and Yankee’s Royalty was second in the finale, costing dad a sweep on the night. Nonetheless, it was the most dominating single night for a sire in Ohio since the early days of Nobleland Sam. &nbs...
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Stable wins 4 stakes, and that\'s no Joe Nee Balonee

on 07/02/2007 2:00 AM
There’s no place like home, especially when home is the Ray Schnittker Stable at Historic Track as Schnittker won four of eight Landmark stakes for 2-year-old pacers and trotters on Monday afternoon, giving his stable five victories, five second-place finishes, and three thirds in 20 races during the opening three days of the annual Grand Circuit meet at the world’s oldest harness racing ...
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Tetrick wins record 120 times in June

on 07/02/2007 2:00 AM
 Tim Tetrick continued to win races at a rate unlike any harness racing driver in history in June, picking up a record 120 victories for the month and increasing his season total to 601. Tetrick broke his own record for triumphs in a single calendar month, which he established in April with 110 trips to the winner’s circle.   Walter Case Jr. holds the record for wins in a single yea...
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Filion, Dalious hurt in Pocono accident

on 07/02/2007 2:00 AM
An accident in race six at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Monday afternoon injured drivers Bart Dalious and Herve Filion, who taken by ambulance to a local hospital for observation. Shortly after the outset of the race, Richard’s Thunder, driven by Filion, appeared to take a bad step and went down. Dynamic Rayzer, driven by Dalious, could not avoid the fallen horse a...
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PASS for 2YOs at The Meadows

on 07/01/2007 2:00 AM
Pennsylvania Sire Stakes filled The Meadows card Saturday night and driver Dave Palone won seven of them on the 17-race program. Trainer Jim Arledge, Jr. and Ray Schnittker scored training doubles.   The six divisions of the $97,495 Meadow Gladys for 2-year-old trotting fillies were captured by Athena Hanover, Marion Michelle, Diamondsonbroadway, Olivia\'s Jewel, Are You Ready and Flow...
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Hall of Fame drivers compete at Goshen

on 07/01/2007 2:00 AM
Clint Galbraith, driving Elite Crown, was the winner in 2:01.1 by a length in the ninth annual Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry Memorial Trot for Hall of Fame drivers on Sunday at Goshen Historic Track.   The field of eight horses were all driven by members of the Hall of Fame, though Mike Lachance was a late scratch, with Ray Schnittker substituting for him.    Ron P...
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Hennessey wins NYSS on his Hall of Fame day

on 07/01/2007 2:00 AM
Wally Hennessey was back at Historic Track on Sunday and back to winning in the New York Sire Stakes. Hennessey, one of the winningest drivers in the history of the Sire Stakes, was inducted after the races into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. But during the day, however, the Prince Edward Island native picked up several catch drives and a victory on the 17-race card that featured New York Sire...
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The Duke did it in Tioga\'s Kindergarten

on 07/01/2007 2:00 AM
Cat Manzi and Duke Did It posted the fastest mile in the opening leg of the Kindergarten Classic Series on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs. Duke Did It posted the front-end victory in 1:57 for the Duke Did It Stable and Susan Oakes, while Chris Oakes does the conditioning. The freshman son of Bettor’s Delight was an $80,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale in Kentu...
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Majestic Son returns with Canada Day victory

on 07/01/2007 2:00 AM
The 2006 Canadian Harness Horse of the Year Majestic Son returned to the races Sunday afternoon at Hippodrome de Montreal and Trevor Ritchie directed the 4-year-old son of Angus Hall to a 1:54.1 victory in the $20,000(C) Invitational Trot.   Ritchie sent Majestic Son to the front and after being parked early secured the top at the opening quarter pole. They never looked back as he drew clea...
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Hennessey adds to Hall of Fame resume

on 06/30/2007 2:00 AM
Making her first pari-mutuel start since a third-place performance at Pompano Park on May 11, and driven by the to-be-inducted-Sunday-into-the-Hall of Fame Wally Hennessey, Velvet Eileen returned from the sidelines to capture Friday’s featured $18,000 Fillies and Mares winners over handicap pace at the South Florida oval in 1:53.3.   Starting from post six, Velvet Eileen ...
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Take the wild ride to seven straight

on 06/30/2007 2:00 AM
Wild Ride Hanover improved to a perfect seven-for-seven on the season with an impressive 1:52.4 win in the third leg of the McNamara’s Pacing Series on Friday night at Tioga Downs.   The sophomore Western Ideal filly powered by pacesetter Parlay Hanover down the stretch with Josh Marks in the sulky to keep her record unblemished in 2007. Wild Ride Hanover was a ...
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