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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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Mare takes 1:49.1 mark

on 06/01/2007 2:00 AM
Darlin\'s Delight earned her first big victory as a 4 year old by capturing the $225,000 Lady Liberty Pace for mares Friday night at the Meadowlands. Driver Yannick Gingras sent the 10-time winner in 2006 to the front down the backstretch and she cruised home the last quarter in :26.4 to win over Street Dancer. Marine Hall took third.   Burning Point started from post seven but had the lead...
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1:54 by Michelle\'s Angel

on 06/01/2007 2:00 AM
Three divisions of the Casual Breeze for 3-year-old trotting fillies were contestetd at Mohawk Friday night and Michelle\'s Angel edged Pampered Princess in 1:54, Maple Sugar scored in 1:56.3, and Vulcanize picked up her first career victory with a 1:55.3 effort.   Michelle\'s Angel and Pampered Princess squared off in the first $75,000 division and Michelle\'s Angel ralled from 7 1/4 lengt...
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2 straight for Mighty Maori

on 05/31/2007 2:00 AM
For the second consecutive week, the 10-year-old veteran trotter Mighty Maori A captured the Wednesday night feature at Pompano Park, prevailing in 1:59.1 for driver Dan Clements. Starting from post three, Mighty Maori A was quick off the gate for Clements but was content to settle in the pocket after yielding the top spot to Orpha Lou (Wally Hennessey), who showed the way through fractions ...
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Dream Vacation on top

on 05/31/2007 2:00 AM
Daughters of the sire Dream Vacation swept all three New Jersey Sire Stakes divisions for 3-year-old filly trotters Wednesday night at the Meadowlands, with the winners Victoria Volo (1:56.4), Flash Lightning (1:56) and Granny Gui (1:57.1).   Victoria Volo and driver John Campbell made a three-wide move in the stretch and closed fastest of all to nip the pacesetter, Maryanne K, at the ...
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Majestic Son 3 weeks away

on 05/31/2007 2:00 AM
Trainer Mark Steacy has told harnessracing.com that 2006 Canadian Horse of the Year Majestic Son is about three weeks away from qualifying after recently training the 4-year-old son of Angus Hall in 1:58 at Hippodrome de Montreal.   A 14-time winner with $1.2 million in earnings last year, Majestic Son’s triumphs included a season-ending Breeders Crown, the Goodtimes and the Canadian...
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Corbin overcomes 8 hole

on 05/31/2007 2:00 AM
Not even post eight could stop Alain Durivage\'s Armbro Corbin ($24.80) from repeating in Wednesday\'s $20,300 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway. The 5-year-old Striking Sahbra gelding left from the outside post, gained the lead and coasted to a one length win in 1:57.2. Driven by Brandon Givens, the Scott Gregoire-trained \"Corbin\" set fractions of :28.3, :58.3, and 1:28 before a :29.2 final...
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Particular dies at 25

on 05/31/2007 2:00 AM
One of the top overnight horses in two regions, the Precious Fella gelding Particular has died just days after his 25th birthday.   Particular, who campaigned part of his career in New England and competed at Foxboro Raceway, later became one of the top overnight pacers on the scene in South Florida at Pompano Park for trainer Peter Blood.   Born on May 20, 1982 at Hanover ...
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Joseph Billante dies

on 05/31/2007 2:00 AM
Joseph W. Billante, a trainer, breeder, owner and driver at The Meadows for more than 30 years, died Monday in a tractor accident. He was 64. According to published reports, Mr. Billante, of Chartiers Township, Washington County, was operating a small farm tractor pulling a mower deck when the tractor rolled on an embankment, pinning him beneath. He was transported to Canonsburg Hospital where h...
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First win in 20 months

on 05/31/2007 2:00 AM
The featured race of the Wednesday evening card at Northfield Park was an $8,000 Open Trot, which was won by Pure Jesse. The 4-year-old gelding, owned by Yvette Prudenzano and Basil Kellis, found room as the field headed into the stretch and flew late, defeating Pine Hill Jewel by one length in 1:58. Favored pacesetter Lucca\'s Revenge was third. Brett Miller drove the winner for train...
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Star-studded NH field

on 05/31/2007 2:00 AM
Many of the brightest and biggest stars in the world of harness racing will be at Rockingham Park on Saturday to compete in the track\'s signature race, the $120,000 New Hampshire Sweepstakes. Ted Wing, a legendary horseman in the region who is on tap to drive in the New Hampshire Sweepstakes, looked over the nine horses invited to the Free-For-All Pace and told Rockingham racing officials ...
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Meadows slots delayed

on 05/31/2007 2:00 AM
The planned June 5 opening of the new slots parlor at The Meadows has been delayed. The racetrack issued the following press release Wednesday:   Meadows Racetrack & Casino officials have delayed testing nights of its new casino and have put its grand opening temporarily on hold. The delay is necessary to allow for final enhancements to be made to the Meadows\' security system. Once thi...
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Cramer retires from USTA

on 05/31/2007 2:00 AM
Carol Cramer, a 42 1/2 –year employee of the U.S. Trotting Association (USTA), will spend her last day at the USTA offices in Columbus today, May 31. Cramer, who has worked on the USTA’s landmark publications the Care & Training of the Trotter & the Pacer and the annual Stakes Guide, has retired, although she will continue producing the Stakes Guide.   “I was hired by Don Mill...
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