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Top mares meet at Ppk

on 06/15/2007 2:00 AM
Divisional supremacy will be on the line at Pompano Park on Friday, as seven female pacers will line up for the featured $15,500 Winners Over Handicap Pace, highlighted by a meeting between rivals Tintabella N and My Metallica.   Glenn Del Russo and Daryl Bier’s Tintabella N returns for the Friday feature after checking in fifth while competing with male rivals last weekend. Prior to tha...
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ORC ruling for Friedman

on 06/15/2007 2:00 AM
Horses owned by Aubrey Friedman that are entered in Ontario-sired events and meet the qualifying standards and conditions have been ordered to be accepted by all Ontario racetracks by the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC).   In a June 6 ruling, the ORC ruled the tracks must accept Friedman\'s horses Yorky\'s Girl and Hare In Motion, as well as any of his 2 year olds. Previously, Friedm...
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Fahy takes two 3FT Classics

on 06/15/2007 2:00 AM
Despite being parked out the first quarter mile, Gia found enough trot for a stretch drive that carried her to victory in a division of the $68,998 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday night at The Meadows. The stake was contested over three divisions, with Decanter and Bluer Than Blue taking the other splits. Bill Fahy earned a driving double in the stake, piloting Decan...
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Moon marks the spot

on 06/15/2007 2:00 AM
Driver Josh Marks and the high-class trotter Scorpion Moon shared the limelight during Thursday night’s nine-race harness program at Vernon Downs.   Marks, the second leading race-winning teamster at Vernon’s 54th meeting, posted four wins for the second time at the Downs this season, including a 1:56.4 score with Scorpion Moon in the $10,000 featured eighth event, the week’s...
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Barzgar qualifies in 1:56.2

on 06/15/2007 2:00 AM
The 2006 Woodrow Wilson winner Fox Valley Barzgar won a qualifier at Maywood Park Thursday, drawing clear to a 6 3/4-length victory for trainer-driver Tom Harmer in 1:56.2. It was the first appearance for the 3-year-old son of Incredible Finale since a pair of qualifying efforts at Pompano Park in April.   Fox Valley Barzgar has been out of action due to a bacterial infection in his intes...
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Turning Point ruled legal

on 06/15/2007 2:00 AM
The federal Department of the Interior has ruled that the 1993 gaming compact between the Oneida Indian Nation and then New York Governor Mario Cuomo is valid, thus allowing Turning Stone Resort Casino, located near Vernon Downs, to remain open.   A letter from associate deputy secretary of the Interior James Cason to the Oneida Nation stated, “After a proposed compact is subm...
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Ouellette ready for Cup

on 06/15/2007 2:00 AM
It has been a slow start to this season for driver Luc Ouellette--at least by his standards--as with 94 wins and $1.7 million(C) earned to date, he finds himself sitting fifth in the WEG driver standings and well off his pace of a year ago. However, a trip back to the Pepsi North America Cup final this Saturday night at Mohawk has reinvigorated the 42-year-old reinsman who has 7,718 wins to his...
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Bangor sets speed mark

on 06/15/2007 2:00 AM
Bangor Raceway officials reportedly believe last Sunday’s nine-race card set an all-time speed record at that track as every race was clocked in 2:00 or better. All nine races were paces, with the fastest being a 1:56 effort by Rupert Rupert and the slowest being a 1:59.4 score by Birdton Bernie.   \"When the slots referendum passed, it was hoped it would upgrade the quality and quantity ...
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Fever to debut in Hanover

on 06/15/2007 2:00 AM
 The stakes action will be fast and furious at Balmoral Park on the final weekend before the Crete plant takes a six-week hiatus from live racing as five Hanover Stakes will be contested on Saturday’s 14-race program with three of those events being split into two divisions.   Freshman pacing fillies get the action underway in a pair of $25,000 splits that go as races two and th...
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Sing sparrow, sing

on 06/14/2007 2:00 AM
The 7-year-old gelding S Sparrow Express continued his winning ways at Pompano Park on Wednesday, teaming up with Wally Hennessey to capture the featured $8,000 eighth-race trot to give the gelding his second consecutive victory and Hennessey his fifth winner of the night.   Starting from post three, S Sparrow Express settled along the pylons in third-place during the early stage...
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Harrington open sees red

on 06/14/2007 2:00 AM
M & M Harness Racing and Pat LaChance\'s Winbak Red ($10, Eddie Davis Jr.) became the first trotter at the 2007 Harrington meet to win six races, capturing the $20,300 Open Trot Wednesday in 1:58. The 4-year-old Muscles Yankee gelding assumed command near the quarter-mile from Racsan Jenny and set fractions of :29.4, :59.1 and 1:28. He held off a hard-charging Racsan Jenny to the wire ...
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Two Nevele Pride elims

on 06/14/2007 2:00 AM
Two $25,000 elimination divisions for Monticello Raceway\'s Nevele Pride Stakes for 3-year-old trotting colts will go to post on Monday to determine the eight horses that will come back the following Monday to compete in the $338,000 final. Headlining the first $25,000 division is the Dexter Cup winner Manfinity, owned by M And L Of Delaware Inc. and trained by Larry Rathbone. On May ...
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NA Cup: read all about it

on 06/14/2007 2:00 AM
There were plenty of things said at Tuesday\'s draw for the Pepsi North America Cup, and here are what a few of the connections had to say as they made their observations:   Co-owner Myron Bell, about favored Yankee Skyscaper (PP2, 2-1):“I wouldn’t say he’s (Yankee Skyscaper) a stone-cold closer--he’s not one-dimensional. The number two post position is next best to numbers thr...
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Reserve Forces draws in

on 06/14/2007 2:00 AM
It came as something of a surprise when Carl Jamieson got the call on Tuesday that his horse, Reserve Forces, had drawn into the field for Saturday night’s Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack. After all, Reserve Forces, a son of Real Desire, had finished fourth in his elimination last Saturday to another Real Desire offspring, Tell All, and had lost out to Two Twentytwo in a draw am...
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Wed on 7-7-7 at Yonkers?

on 06/14/2007 2:00 AM
Goin\' to Empire City, and we’re gonna get married (with apologies to the Dixie Cups). Empire City at Yonkers Raceway is offering seven couples a complimentary wedding reception for seven on July 7, 2007.   The lush new gaming facility, which houses 5,500 video lottery terminals--including 50-75 Triple Lucky Sevens and U.S. Sevens video gaming machines--is offering a chance for seven ...
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Donato qualifies in 1:53.3

on 06/14/2007 2:00 AM
Three-year-old colt trotter Donato Hanover set a national season’s mark of sorts Thursday morning when he won a qualifier at the Meadowlands in 1:53.3. Trainer Steve Elliott had to go the qualifying route for a third time this year with the defending Dan Patch Award winner after a 3-year-old open at the Big M didn’t fill last weekend.   Donato Hanover’s clocking was the fastest poste...
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Ready to hit on 2 fronts

on 06/14/2007 2:00 AM
Buffalo Raceway-based Hitwiththeladies will not just be competing in the second leg of the $128,350 New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting colts on Saturday evening at his home track, but the Giant Hit colt will be traveling to Monticello Raceway on Monday to start in one of two eliminations for the $388,000 Nevele Pride Stakes.   This is a rigorous schedule for this defending New Yo...
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Cisco Hall making progress

on 06/14/2007 2:00 AM
Trainer Bill Gallagher and owner Joseph Chnapko have created a successful niche for themselves by purchasing older trotters that improve under patient handling, and their latest is Cisco Hall, who steps into the open ranks in the $46,500 fifth race trot on Friday night at the Meadowlands.   He is rated at 10-1 from post four with Cat Manzi listed to drive. Chnapko purchased Cisco Hall ...
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Big price for Free paying off

on 06/14/2007 2:00 AM
Kelvin Harrison might have had a few reservations about arranging the purchase of Free for $200,000 one month ago, but they were quashed when she rolled to a 1:49.2 victory last week in the mares open at the Meadowlands, and she\'ll bid for a repeat in the $46,500 mares open on Friday night.   Free is listed at 3-1 on the morning line from post two in the evening’s eighth race. ...
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