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Purses up at Big M

on 05/31/2007 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands will implement a 10 percent purse increase beginning with the Wednesday, June 6, racing card, which marks the second across-the-board purse increase this spring.   Meadowlands purses were first increased in April, along with the addition of a program which gives a 20 percent bonus to New Jersey-sired horses earning purse checks in “non-restrictive” overnight races. ...
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2YO champ has 1:54.1 qua

on 05/31/2007 2:00 AM
Donato Hanover posted his second straight 1:54-and-change qualifier Thursday morning at the Meadowlands, and trainer Steve Elliott told harnessracing.com shortly afterward that the defending Dan Patch champion is ready to make his pari-mutuel debut.   “So far we’re doing pretty good for no money, aren’t we?” answered Elliott with a laugh when asked about Donato Hanover’s readiness...
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Elims set for Maywood races

on 05/31/2007 2:00 AM
A surprise entry into the Maywood Pace for second season colts and geldings was the 2006 Illinois Freshman Colt Pacer of the Year Home Bed Advantage, one of the favorites for this Saturday’s $1 million Art Rooney Championship at Yonkers Raceway. The pride of the Dave McCaffrey Stable was one of nine ICF horses entered for tonight’s elims and gained a bye into next Friday’s (June 8) fina...
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Possess The Magic returns

on 05/31/2007 2:00 AM
Three-year-old filly trotter Possess The Magic, 2006’s richest freshman regardless of gait and fastest juvenile trotter regardless of sex, made her 2007 qualifying debut Thursday at the Meadowlands, finishing second by a half length behind peer Gerri’s Joy in 1:54.4.   The qualifier was the first appearance by the daughter of Self Possessed since she won the Breeders Crown last October ...
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Tivoli draws 3 at Yonkers

on 05/30/2007 2:00 AM
Tivoli Hanover, who won the faster of last week\'s two elimination races in track-record time, drew post position three and was made the 9-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday night\'s $1 million final of the Art Rooney Pace at Yonkers Raceway. Eight 3 year olds--five colts and three geldings--earned berths in the richest race in Yonkers\' history. The  Rooney goes as the eighth rac...
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Hop on the bus at Harr

on 05/30/2007 2:00 AM
Cavalli Pazzi Stables\' Casino Bus ($17.20, Tim Tetrick) set a new track record for 4-year-old pacing mares Tuesday with a 1:52.1 triumph in the $16,500 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway. The record had already been broken once on the card when Three Point Acres\' Ultimate Bet ($33.40, Corey Callahan) won the $14,700 Junior Open event, but was eventually outdone by Casino Bus\' giant effort. Casi...
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Saratoga Hall inductees

on 05/30/2007 2:00 AM
The Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame will hold its annual Open House and Induction Ceremonies on Sunday, June 3,. as horseman Homer Harp and blacksmith Ray Smith will be inducted, along with horses Determined Chase and Dreams Are Free.   Harp was a highly respected trainer and driver known for his skill with young horses. He first raced at Saratoga Raceway in 1947 and his career at the harnes...
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Hanners moves to Pompano

on 05/30/2007 2:00 AM
Veteran driver Brad Hanners, a winner of 3,641 races during his career, will make his Pompano Park debut on Wednesday when getting behind the 4-year-old pacer Yankee Raven for trainer Terry Deters in the evening’s fourth race.   A native of the City of Washington Court House, Ohio, Hanners has been a regular on the Delaware circuit since 2000 and has won driving championships at both Dov...
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Palone returns with win

on 05/30/2007 2:00 AM
Defying initial predictions of a months-long rehabilitation, Dave Palone resumed driving Tuesday night at The Meadows, only seven weeks after suffering multiple fractures to his right thighbone in a race accident. It didn\'t take him long to regain his winning touch; in his second race back, he drove the trotter My Word to victory. In his only other drive on the card, he finished second with...
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Maid sweeps PcD series

on 05/30/2007 2:00 AM
Maidrite stayed perfect in the May Flowers Pacing Series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares, easily winning the $26,500 final on Tuesday afternoon at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Maidrite, trained by Albert Meyer, sat fifth early on before swinging out wide on the turn toward the backstretch. The 4-year-old mare easily wrested the lead away from Rosagatha, who had swept the three preli...
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Carlspur still on road back

on 05/30/2007 2:00 AM
Two months have transpired since much has been heard about Carlspur’s road to recovery. When last reported in late March, Carlspur was back in training and only going slow miles. Last fall after being named “Horse of the Year” at Monticello Raceway, the veteran pacer was stricken with an extremely bad case of colic and was rushed to New Bolton Center in greater Philadelphia for emergency...
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\'Horse Wizards\' in Michigan?

on 05/30/2007 2:00 AM
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm is reportedly studying a proposal to permit Hazel Park and Northville Downs to install instant racing machines--called \"Horse Wizard\"--developed by Magna Entertainment. The story in the Detroit News only stated the two harness tracks and a proposed new Thoroughbred track owned by Magna located near Metro Airport would be allowed to have the machines.   \"Gi...
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Stakes changes at Meadows

on 05/30/2007 2:00 AM
Tom Leasure, director of racing at The Meadows, wants to give horsemen a reminder of some date changes from his original June stakes schedule, the changes necessitating from The Meadows’ decision to switch off of Friday racing.   The first is in the Keystone Classic for 3-year-old trotting fillies, which has moved from Friday, June 15, to Thursday, June 14. Note that the draw date moves ...
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Lis Mara at Mohawk Sat.

on 05/30/2007 2:00 AM
Lis Mara, currently the top horse in racing, will be at Mohawk Racetrack Saturday night as part of the Burlington Stakes undercard, with the 5-year-old son of Cambest competing in the third race $45,000(C) Open Pace as he preps for the final leg of the Classic Series which goes at Mohawk on June 9. Lis Mara was purchased privately early last season by the MJG Racing Stables Inc. of New Jer...
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Sholty starts 2 in Classic

on 05/30/2007 2:00 AM
Trainer George “Buzzy” Sholty has two shots to fire in the $500,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. 
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Tetrick youngest to 3,000

on 05/29/2007 2:00 AM
Driver Tim Tetrick entered Monday night three wins shy of 3,000 lifetime. It didn\'t take him long to reach the milestone as the 25 year old won three of the first nine races and quickly reached the 3,000-win plateau. His 3,000th victory came with Bill Emmons\' Mattazuma ($3) in a 1:52.4 triumph in the ninth race. It was one of three Dylan Davis-trained horses he drove t...
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Muscular powers to victory

on 05/29/2007 2:00 AM
The 7-year-old veteran trotter Muscular had the lead when it mattered most in the Monday feature at Pompano Park, powering to the front in the shadow of the wire to capture the $15,750 winners-over trot in 1:56.3.   Owned, trained, and driven by Dave Mercer, Muscular settled comfortably in the pocket through the early stages of the Monday feature as Striking Osborne (Bruce Ranger...
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Peaceful Way breaks again

on 05/29/2007 2:00 AM
Peaceful Way’s connections had hoped the 6-year-old mare would start in Sunday\'s Elitlopp, but instead of being in Sweden over the Memorial Day weekend she lined up behind the gate in Monday\'s $36,000(C) Open Trot at Mohawk, going offstride before the word “go” to take herself out of contention.   When Peaceful Way made a break in her 2007 debut in a Classic Oaks...
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Osborne\'s Gypsy wins OSS

on 05/29/2007 2:00 AM
Osborne’s Gypsy, the lone Ohio Triple Crown winner of 2006 and 2-Year-Old Pacing Filly of last year, was but one of the stars on Scioto Down’s Memorial Day matinee card. The On The Attack filly, driven by Brett Miller, scored in a lifetime-best 1:53.3 for her ninth victory in 10 lifetime starts. She’s trained by Eric Hamlet of Jerome T. Osborne of Mentor, Ohio. Osborne’s Gyspy’s ma...
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Harris wins 3 Ky fair races

on 05/29/2007 2:00 AM
The Red Mile celebrated Memorial Day by hosting 14 races on behalf of the Woodford County Fair, with trainer Scotty Harris sending out three winners from four starters. Go Ginny Go (1:56.3) and Real Model (1:54.1) swiped both $3,000 divisions of the Kentucky Fair Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers while Real Excited (1:55.1) took a division of the 3-year-old colt pace. Harris, who co-owns all ...
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