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Power outage at Big M

on 03/29/2007 2:00 AM
A power outage at the Meadowlands racetrack forced the cancellation of the Thursday night live racing program. The outage affected just the racetrack at the sports complex as a sold-out Justin Timberlake concert at adjacent Continental Airlines Arena continued. Meadowlands handicapper Dave Brower told Gary Seibel on TVG at about 8:45 p.m. that he had been sitting in the press box in the dark fo...
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Six splits slated Saturday

on 03/28/2007 2:00 AM
The George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, long a Free For All staple in the metropolitan area, returns to Yonkers Raceway Saturday night with five divisions with each going for $50,000 (as does every prelim leg in this event), with some of the finest older pacers in training hitting town in search of their share of the quarter mil. The series, named for the founder of Roosevelt Raceway, o...
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Givens notches five-bagger

on 03/28/2007 2:00 AM
Longshots and driver big nights continue at Dover Downs as Riddlemethat, off at 19-1, won the $27,500 Mares Open pace and 32-1 Hopefully N the $23,000 Mares Jr. Open, one of Brandon Givens five winning drives on Tuesday night. Riddlemethat was up to her old tricks. The 6-year-old Ball And Chain homebred loves the passing lane and used it again on the way to a lifetime-best 1:51.3 upset win in t...
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Johnny Muscles returns Wed.

on 03/28/2007 2:00 AM
Johnny Muscles, a sophomore stakes winner in 2006, makes his 4-year-old debut amongst a field of eight trotters that will line up behind the gate for Wednesday’s $5,500 featured trot at Pompano Park, which goes as the third race. Owned by Arden Homestead Stable, Thomas Bertmark and Atos Lombardini, Johnny Muscles closed out his sophomore campaign with $94,000 in seasonal earnings, highlighted...
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Birminghim heads to Sweden

on 03/28/2007 2:00 AM
European correspondent Lars G. Palm reports that the 4-year-old trotting mare Birminghim, who won her 2007 debut Monday at Pompano Park, is expected to head overseas to compete in the Queen\'s Trophy eliminations April 26 at the Aby-track in Gothenburg, Sweden. Birminghim is owned by Torkil Pederson of Norway and trained by Harald Lunde, who won the King\'s Trophy at that same track a few years...
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Battlefield being assembled

on 03/28/2007 2:00 AM
Northfield Park\'s director of racing Gregg Keidel received some good news and some bad news this week in his quest to assemble the best possible field for the 22nd Annual $125,000 Battle of Lake Erie, the track\'s premier race. The \"By Invitation Only\" event for the eight best pacers Keidel can attract is scheduled for Saturday night, April 21--so the next few weeks are critical for horses hopi...
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Breeding donated to USHWA

on 03/28/2007 2:00 AM
Horseman Mal Burroughs has donated a 2007 breeding to Malabar Millennium to the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) to benefit the Clyde Hirt Sports Media Workshop. The workshop is for college students studying journalism. During the four-day workshop, which culminates on Hambletonian Day, the students interact with professional journalists and are all responsible for writing a story on t...
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Veteran trotter returns

on 03/28/2007 2:00 AM
Three-time millionaire Mr. Muscleman returned to the races Wednesday morning, one of four winners harnessed by trainer Noel Daley and driven by Mike Vanderkemp in qualifiers at Spring Garden Ranch in Florida. Mr. Muscleman, making his first appearance since finishing third in the Classic Series final at Dover Downs Nov. 27, took the lead after the opening :31 quarter and trotted through fractio...
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Red Mile purse boost axed

on 03/28/2007 2:00 AM
Legislation that would have brought $500,000 to The Red Mile to use in its purse account died in the waning days of the Kentucky General Assembly. The bill would have also provided about $5 million a year to fund the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, shifting a large portion of the state\'s pari-mutuel excise tax to the Authority. According to reports, the killing of the bill in the General Asse...
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Chester\'s stakes box full

on 03/28/2007 2:00 AM
Five hundred fifty-nine horses have been nominated to Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack’s six early closing events, track officials announced today. Harrah’s Chester will kick off its 2007 on Monday, July 9, the first day of a 95-day meet that will continue through Thursday, Dec. 20. “It’s a very impressive grouping,” said Rick Kane, Harrah’s Chester’s racing secretary. “Th...
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Clinton Longshot repeats

on 03/27/2007 2:00 AM
Redford Hall won the $37,500 Preferred, Clinton Longshot, the $35,000 Delaware Special again, and Cheyenne Hollywood the $27,500 Open Handicap on a Monday Dover Downs card that featured a hot hand bay Brian Sears with seven wins. A recent acquisition by Lloyd Arnold of Dover, Del., Redford Hall enjoyed a perfect trip for Tony Morgan, and the Cambest gelding pulled out of third in the lane and h...
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Birminghim wins in return

on 03/27/2007 2:00 AM
The stakes winning 4-year-old mare Birminghim used a methodical first-over march on Monday to win her seasonal debut, prevailing in the $6,800 fifth-race trot at Pompano Park in 1:57.2. Driven from post three by Trevor Ritchie, Birminghim settled along the pylons in fifth place as Make It Hot (Tom Sells) showed the way through an opening quarter mile in :29. As the trotters moved by the grandst...
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Free admission at Dover

on 03/26/2007 2:00 AM
It was \"free admission \"at Dover Downs on Sunday as Free Admission, the Powerful Toy 3-year-old filly, along with Double Flip, won their Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) first leg preliminaries along with Mr. Aviator, Be Bad Bill and Skeleton Key, the colt division winners, in $20,000 paces. Steve Warrington took Free Admission into the early lead and set all the pace in a 1:56.1 vi...
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PPk Open ready for battle

on 03/26/2007 2:00 AM
Michael Polansky’s Battleshoe Victor, a 1 ¾-length winner two starts ago and the second-place finisher in this year’s $77,800 Mack Lobell Trotting Series final, headlines a field of nine that will assemble for Monday’s $10,000 Open Trot at Pompano Park. Trained by Tom Harmer, Battleshoe Victor crossed the wire second in his most recent appearance, and the Illinois-bred son of Valley Vict...
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Hall of Famer to qualify

on 03/26/2007 2:00 AM
Hall of Fame driver John Campbell said Monday morning that he plans on returning to the sulky Thursday morning in qualifiers at the Meadowlands after being out of action since last October after severely breaking a leg in an at-the-finish-line spill in a Breeders Crown elimination at Woodbine. “I was really happy the way it felt training the other day. I had no problem in the bike at all,” ...
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Indiana slots bill amended

on 03/26/2007 2:00 AM
Legislation calling for slot machines at Indiana tracks continues to take shape. House Bill 1835 received a second reading before the full Senate Monday, March 26, undergoing yet another set of amendments. HB 1835 could be voted on by the full Senate within the next several days. The Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee adopted HB 1835 Tuesday, March 20, with a 9-3 vote. At that time the bill...
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March 24 a lucky day

on 03/25/2007 2:00 AM
A victory in the $121,300 Four Leaf Clover made for a sweet birthday celebration for Crawdad and his co-owner Jennifer Black on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The night also proved lucky for trainer Erv Miller as his other entrant, Western Shore, took home second-place money. In the night’s featured seventh race, Crawdad hustled past Western Shore to take the lead in a :55.4 half and fou...
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Moiseyev wins 9,000th

on 03/25/2007 2:00 AM
Jack Moiseyev, \"Jackie Mo\" to many harness racing fans, scored career driving win number 9,000 aboard Coast Highway in Saturday\'s 11th race at Woodbine. The milestone victory came in the evening\'s finale, a pacing event which carried a purse of $14,000(C). Brett Robinson trained the Western Hanover 5 year old to his ninth career win for Edwin Gold of Pennsylvania and Conrad Zurich of New Y...
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Shattered Halo upsets

on 03/25/2007 2:00 AM
Shattered Halo, at odds of 8-1, returned from a one-month layoff on Saturday to win the featured $10,000 Open Handicap Pace at Pompano Park in 1:52, although it took tight three-horse photo to determine the outcome. Guided from post three by Steve Condren, Shattered Halo emerged from a three-horse skirmish with a one-length lead as the pacers moved through an opening quarter mile in :28. As th...
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Four star win for Berry

on 03/25/2007 2:00 AM
Friday night, Pat Berry guided Delightful Hope to a win in the $64,000 final of the Petticoat Pacing Series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares, which was Yonkers Raceway\'s richest race of the season to date, until Saturday night, when Berry guided Four Star Tommy to a win in the $70,000 final of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series for 3- and 4-year-old colts and geldings, the Raceway\'s richest...
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