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Pa. tracks band together

on 06/04/2007 2:00 AM
In a solid showing of unity, cooperation and commitment to all of harness racing, Pennsylvania’s three racetracks and two horsemen’s associations have agreed to take the “redistribution” amount from the Sire Stakes tax budget for financial year 2008 and redistribute it to the state’s agricultural county fairs featuring harness racing, to help with operating expenses.   The Sire S...
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Rare Jewel wins Molson

on 06/02/2007 2:00 AM
Rare Jewel, a 6-year-old Artiscape gelding trained by Brett Robinson, wired the field to win the Molson Pace at Western Fair Raceway in London, Ont., Friday night, and equaled the 1:53 track record in the process.   With Mark MacDonald in the sulky, Rare Jewel took the early lead and put Maltese Artist in the two hole. Zooka challenged first-over through the middle portion of the mile and e...
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Elims at Maywood Park

on 06/02/2007 2:00 AM
Mrs Grant Seven and Brother Vinny used front-end tactics to capture their respective $10,000 elimination races  for next week\'s $100,000 championships of the Maywood Pace for fillies and colts, respectively.   Driver Del Chupp was behind Mrs Grant Seven for the initial time in the single elimination for state-bred pacing fillies. Chupp\'s pre-race strategy paid off when the 3-2 public...
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Shark Gesture wins in NH

on 06/02/2007 2:00 AM
Shark Gesture may have been only the fourth choice of the bettors in the $120,000 New Hampshire Sweepstakes at Rockingham Park on Saturday, but when he got onto the track he simply devoured the other seven top flight pacers in the field, winning by three lengths in 1:49.2.   The 4-year-old son of Cam\'s Card Shark and driver George Brennan took over from pacesetter and 5-2 co-second ch...
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NJ Classic to Fresh Deck

on 06/02/2007 2:00 AM
Trainer Joe Holloway made the $500,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic the focus of Fresh Deck’s season, a plan which paid off handsomely on Saturday night at the Meadowlands as the 3-year-old son of Cam\'s Card Shark won by a head over Yankee Skyscaper in 1:49.4.   Driven by John Campbell, Fresh Deck reached the lead in a :53.3 half and repelled the dogged challenge of his sta...
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The

on 06/02/2007 2:00 AM
Current Hanover, a 3-year-old filly by Western Ideal, captured the $200,000 Thomas D’Altrui Miss New Jersey in 1:50.3 Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   Southwind Rio was the first to fire to the lead, but driver George Brennan was not content to sit behind her for long and hustled Current Hanover to the lead in a hot :53.4 half.  Current Hanover began pulling away from the fi...
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A strong rally by Lynch

on 06/02/2007 2:00 AM
Tim Tetrick and Southwind Lynx showed you can rally from far off the pace at the half-mile Yonkers Raceway oval and even win a $1 million race as they captured the Art Rooney Pace with a 1:52.3 effort Saturday night. Tetrick came back in the very next race, the $242,620 Lismore for 3-year-old filly pacers, and won with Southwind Tempo in 1:52.4.   Tetrick and Southwind Lynx, a col...
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Burlingtons a Cup preview

on 06/02/2007 2:00 AM
On Saturday night at Mohawk three $100,000 divisions of the Burlington provided an annual preview of the North America Cup, and the winners were Shamardal in 1:51.1, Bettor Tuwin in 1:50.2, and Sutter Hanover in 1:50.1.   Sutter Hanover, making just his second start of hte season, was a powerful 5 3/4-length winner for driver David Miller. The 3-year-old colt by Dragon Again settled in thir...
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Easy win for Lis Mara

on 06/02/2007 2:00 AM
Lis Mara prepped for the next Classic Series leg with an easy 3 1/2-length victory in 1:49.3 in a $45,000 Open Saturday night at Mohawk. The 5-year-old Cambest stallion is now undefeated in four starts this season.   Tigerama--making his 18th start of the year--finished second while Holborn Hanover took third.   Lis Mara was driven to his latest victory by Mark MacDonald.
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Drivers on the road all day

on 06/01/2007 2:00 AM
Drivers Yannick Gingras and George Brennan have a chance Saturday to do what only Mike Lachance has been able to accomplish in history: win three stakes races in one day at three different racetracks. Gingras told harnessracing.com that he’d “like to win them all, but that’ll be a tough task.”   Lachance’s historic trifecta came March 25, 1989, with wins in the Overbid Series...
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Principal duo in NJ Classic

on 06/01/2007 2:00 AM
High school principal John Fodera waved goodbye to the St. Peter\'s Boys High School Class of 2007 this week, and on Saturday night, he will watch a graduation of another kind as a pair of young horses he owns embark on their 3-year-old stakes campaigns.   Fodera co-owns both Yankee Skyscaper and Kinetic Yankee, the entry rated as the 8-5 morning line favorite in the $500,000 Anthony Abbatiel...
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Rivalry renewed at PPk

on 06/01/2007 2:00 AM
My Metallica and Tintabella N, separated by a half-length in their most recent encounter, will renew acquaintances at Pompano Park on Friday when starting in the featured $15,500 Fillies and Mares Winners-Over Pace.   My Metallica enters the Friday feature with victories in two of her last four starts, including last week’s triumph over Tintabella N where she prevailed in 1:53.3 while co...
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Augustus turning heads

on 06/01/2007 2:00 AM
Claudius Augustus, a California invader who had won four straight races to start the season on the West Coast, was an impressive winner in his Mohawk debut Thursday night for Mario Baillargeon in 1:57.The Angus Hall colt was unraced last season at age two, but has burst onto the scene this season, reeling off four consecutive wins at Cal-Expo Raceway before shipping northeast to Ontario.In to...
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Manfinity rallies at Vernon

on 06/01/2007 2:00 AM
Manfinity, who earned acclaim with a triumph in the prestigious Dexter Cup final at New Jersey’s Freehold Race on May 12, continued his winning ways with an impressive come-from-behind tally in the $4,725 10th race at Vernon Downs on Thursday night.   Ruel (Dude) Goodblood Jr. did the driving for trainer Larry Rathbone and the M and L Of Delaware Stable as Manfinity rallied from sixth...
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A Saratoga dandy

on 06/01/2007 2:00 AM
Dandy’s Jewel turned in a gem of a performance on Thursday night in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway and obliterated her previous lifetime mark in the process. Brian Allen and Dandy’s Jewel sat mid-pack while Hidden Touch and Brian Cross led the field past a :27 opening quarter. Before the half, Allen pulled his 4-year-old charge, following John Stark and Annie ...
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Five finals at Tioga

on 06/01/2007 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs will host five series finals this weekend, along with the opening leg of the Rags to Riches Series on Sunday, June 3. The $22,200 Southern Tier Trotting final is slated for the third race on Friday, June 1, with the heavy standout Keystone Celeste drawing the nine hole. The 3-year-old Yankee Glide filly has won all three of her series starts with the fastest being in 1:57.4 for ...
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Rucker returns in Illinois

on 06/01/2007 2:00 AM
Trainer Ken Rucker’s 90-day suspension for six positives for Indomethacin expired May 11 and he has since returned to racing in Illinois. Rucker’s original suspension for the half-dozen positives in Illinois was 180 days, but it was reduced in half, along with a $10,000 fine.   Harnessracing.com has learned Rucker has subsequently been fined $2,500 by the Illinois Racing Board for ...
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Fire at Meadows racino

on 06/01/2007 2:00 AM
A small fire on the roof of the new temporary casino at The Meadows Thursday night reportedly caused about $30,000 worth of damage. The fire was reported shortly after 10 p.m. and was extinguished about 90 minutes later after being responded to by three local fire departments.   There was no immediate word on the cause of the fire. Earlier this week racetrack officials announced a planned J...
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Saratoga addition open

on 06/01/2007 2:00 AM
Saratoga Gaming and Raceway officially opened its expansion Friday, and participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony were New York Senator Joseph L. Bruno; Deputy Director of the New York State Lottery Susan E. Miller; Saratoga Gaming and Raceway President Dan Gerrity; Executive Vice President and General Manager Jamie Hartman; and Vice President of Sales and Marketing Rita Cox. &n...
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Good morning, Laddie

on 06/01/2007 2:00 AM
O’Brien Award recipient Laddie was a convincing winner in his second qualifier of the season Friday morning at Mohawk Racetrack, scoring by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:58.1. The son of Angus Hall-Victory Dreamer, with regular pilot Paul MacDonell in tow, took over command just past the half and then turned in a :57.3 final half for the sharp victory. Laddie was coming off a third-place finish in ...
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