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Giant Diablo wins in North American debut

on 06/30/2007 2:00 AM
Somewhat overshadowed in the “Donato debut domination” Friday at the Meadowlands was an excellent effort by Swedish superstar Giant Diablo who won her North American debut by a nose in 1:53.2 for David Miller with a last ditch, never-day-die rally in a $42,000 winners over trot.   The 7-year-old Supergill mare banked more than $1.5 million overseas facing male rivals for the most p...
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Yankee Skyscaper wins Jersey Cup

on 06/30/2007 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Pace-eligible Yankee Skyscaper used a final quarter of :26 flat to secure a three-quarter length decision in 1:52.2 over TJ\'s Ideal in the $62,800 Jersey Cup for 3-year-old colt pacers Saturday night at the Meadowlands. With just four horses entered the race went off shortly before 7 p.m. as a non-wagering contest.   Driven by George Brennan for trainer Chris Ryder and owner Ya...
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Armbro Flight win a dream for Lavec Dream

on 06/30/2007 2:00 AM
Peaceful Way appeared headed for her third straight Armbro Flight triumph but with about 50 yards to the finish line her two-length lead suddenly evaporated when she made a break, providing the opening for Lavec Dream to rush past and to the 1:52.3 victory in the $354,000(C) contest Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack.   After getting away fifth with Peaceful Way, driver Paul MacDonell sent&...
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Lis Mara impressive in Haughton elim

on 06/30/2007 2:00 AM
Lis Mara was an impressive 1:47.4 winner in the first of two $50,000 William Haughton Memorial Pace eliminations at the Meadowlands Saturday night, while Artistic Fella scored a 1:49.2 decision in the second.   Brian Sears worked Lis Mara into second-over position around the final turn and the 5-year-old son of Cambest responded with a flourish, rushing past his peers with an individual las...
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Winner survives inquiry, Mr Muscleman scratched

on 06/30/2007 2:00 AM
Trainer, driver and co-owner Roger Hammer likely breathed a sigh of relief with the late scratch of Mr Muscleman in the $240,000 Titan Cup at the Meadowlands Saturday, and then he had to hold his breath after he and Vivid Photo had to withstand an inquiry before being declared the official winner.   Hammer admitted in the winner\'s circle his pre-race strategy went out the wi...
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Moving Pictures gets picture taken in Roses Are Red

on 06/30/2007 2:00 AM
Mark MacDonald was parked to the quarter with Moving Pictures, yielded the lead to Darlin\'s Delight, and then rallied his charge in the stretch to win the $379,000 Roses Are Red final at Mohawk Racetrack Saturday night in 1:50.1.   Although it took MacDonald to nearly the first-quarter timer to make the lead with Moving Pictures, it took Yannick Gingras even longer with Darlin\'s Delight a...
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Artriverderci says \'arrivederci\' in Hoosier Cup

on 06/30/2007 2:00 AM
Closing in on 7,000 career wins and having a standout year with more than 300 victories already to rank him fourth in North America, Peter Wrenn picked up another major stakes victory when he directed Artriverderci to a $500,000 Hoosier Cup score at Hoosier Park Saturday night.   Wrenn got away fourth early with Artriverderci and was able to find an opportunity to move his charge to th...
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Tetrick reaches 600 by July 1

on 06/30/2007 2:00 AM
Tim Tetrick became the first driver in history to win 600 races in a single year before the first of July when he directed Dealing Magic to a victory in the 10th race at the Meadowlands Saturday night. The win was the third of the card for the 25-year-old Tetrick.   Tetrick is coming off a career-best year of 677 wins and he is currently on a pace that would surpass Walter Case Jr.\'s recor...
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Enough Talk sets Vernon trot mark

on 06/29/2007 2:00 AM
Enough Talk let his actions tell the story en route to a 1:53.3 all-time, all-age track record trotting performance, set by Personal Banner in the 1996 Breeders Crown, in the $10,000 eighth event on Thursday night (June 28) at Vernon Downs.   Brian Mattison did the teaming for trainer Paul Kelley as Enough Talk turned a two-hole trip into a 3-1/2 length triumph over Right Mind in the w...
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Freshman pair win Historics at Meadowlands

on 06/29/2007 2:00 AM
Ray Schnittker scored a driving and training double with a pair of talented 2 year olds on Thursday night at the Meadowlands, capturing a division of the Goshen Cup with Riggins in 1:54.3 and a split of the E.H. Harriman Cup with Deweycheatumnhow in 1:59.   Schnittker fired Riggins to a five-length romp in the Meadowlands opener, the first of two $50,000 Goshen Cup divisions for pacing col...
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Wild Wind fastest in PASS

on 06/29/2007 2:00 AM
Wild Wind breezed through the Lightning Lane to capture the fastest division of a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt trotters on Thursday night at The Meadows, posting a 1:55.4 clocking, and Monkey Bones (1:56.3) and Fraternity Party (1:58.1) took other splits.   The $89,081 stakes, also known as the Hickory Smoke, was contested over three divisions. All three divisions were raced...
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Vivid Photo ready for Titan Cup

on 06/29/2007 2:00 AM
After battling an infection in his foot earlier this year, Vivid Photo is back on track and ready to pounce in the $240,000 Titan Cup on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The 2005 Hambletonian winner drew post three in the Titan Cup.   Driver, trainer and co-owner Roger Hammer will be in the sulky. Vivid Photo enters Saturday’s race with a record of two wins and two seconds in four start...
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Trainers dish on Haughton starters

on 06/29/2007 2:00 AM
In addition to the Titan Cup, the Saturday card at the Meadowlands also features a pair of $50,000 eliminations for the $700,000 (est.) William R. Haughton Memorial. The top five finishers in the elims, races five and six, advance to the William R. Haughton Memorial Final on Saturday, July 7. Several drivers and trainers in the race gave updates on their contenders:   Total Truth (post two,...
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Rained-out Debutante purse divided

on 06/29/2007 2:00 AM
Harnessracing.com has learned from the Meadowlands\' director of racing Tad Stockman that the $38,000 purse from the rained-out division of the Debutante for 2-year-old filly pacers Wednesday night will be divided equally among those eligible for that split. The first two divisions were held before a thunderstorm and lightning prompted the cancellation of the card following the fourth race. The re...
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Hennessey on the slow road to Goshen

on 06/29/2007 2:00 AM
Wally Hennessey may have just 48 hours left before he leaves the ranks of harness racing regulars and is formally inducted into the Living Hall of Fame, but his trip to Goshen won’t happen until he completes his seven drives on Friday night at Pompano Park.   “All of my family isn’t coming in (to Goshen) until late Saturday, and I’ve got to pay for all of this!” Hennessey told har...
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The show goes on at Lake Odessa

on 06/29/2007 2:00 AM
“The Show Must Go On!” was never more evident this week at the Lake Odessa Fair in Lake Odessa, Mich., as fair officials first had to work through the reneging of a carnival contract and then a Thursday rain delay that forced 29 harness races to be contested Friday.   Fair officials reportedly did not learn that the carnival concessionaire had no plans to set up at the fairgrounds ...
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Hawthorne: Fan\'s c\'mon down, the strike is over!

on 06/29/2007 2:00 AM
Hawthorne Race Course has settled its contract dispute with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers that represents its mutuel clerks and will be open to the betting public beginning Saturday. Hawthorne had conducted its first six nights of its six-week summer harness meeting without any fans at its Stickney, Ill., facility. Since its June 22 opener the races had been run and simu...
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Dan Patch champ returns as a champ

on 06/29/2007 2:00 AM
Donato Hanover, last year’s 2-year-old colt trotting champion, did not disappoint in his long-awaited 2007 debut, rolling to a 1:54.1 victory in the $85,000 Historic Dickerson Cup on Friday night at the Meadowlands. Co-owner David Scharf, in an interview on TVG after, believes Donato\'s best asset is \"his brain, because he is so smart,\" and the the colt certainly showed his brawn in his season...
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Big M card canceled after fourth

on 06/28/2007 2:00 AM
John Campbell drove a trio of fillies to victory in their Historic Series stakes on Wednesday night at the Meadowlands, achieving the hat trick before persistent lightning and heavy rains prompted the card to be canceled after the fourth race. Campbell\'s winners were Snow White (1:56) and Bether Always (1:57.3) in the Acorn for 2-year-old filly trotters, and Step Lively (1:54.4) in the Debutante ...
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Takeshigemichi heads Hoosier Cup

on 06/28/2007 2:00 AM
Eleven 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers have been entered for the $500,000 Hoosier Cup Saturday, June 30. The race will be contested as the 11th on the 17-race card with an estimated post time of 10:10 p.m. EDT. Although raced with eliminations on the same night when necessary, with just 11 horses entered, there will be just one dash for the cash.   There are two entries in the race. The ...
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