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Ill. slaughter bill signed

on 05/25/2007 2:00 AM
In an exciting win for opponents of horse slaughter, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Thursday signed a bill permanently banning horse slaughter in Illinois.   The legislation comes three weeks after Cavel International—the state’s notorious horse slaughterhouse, and the only one still operating in the United States—was granted an emergency federal court stay, halting a ruling to clos...
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Tintabella aims for five

on 05/25/2007 2:00 AM
Tintabella N will look to continue her dominance of the Pompano Park female pacing division when the New Zealand-bred mare attempts to capture her fifth consecutive victory in Friday’s $18,000 Fillies and Mares Handicap Pace at the South Florida oval.   After beginning her season with four consecutive defeats, Tintabella N has been nearly unstoppable over the past two mont...
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Dan Patch champ in Classic

on 05/25/2007 2:00 AM
Artzina gave a giant boost to the career of young trainer Dylan Davis when he took home the Dan Patch Award as the 2006 Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year. The defending champion looks to take Davis to even greater heights this season, beginning in Saturday’s eliminations for the $500,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic at the Meadowlands.   Artzina is rated at 3-1 in the firs...
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Palone nearing return

on 05/25/2007 2:00 AM
Dave Palone, who ranks third on harness racing\'s career win list, said today his rehabilitation from a serious leg injury is weeks, if not months, ahead of schedule, and that he expects to resume driving shortly.   Palone said he\'s been working horses for his brother, trainer Mike Palone. \"The leg felt pretty good,” he reports, “though I know it\'s not the same as a race.”   ...
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Mohawk qualifiers Saturday

on 05/25/2007 2:00 AM
Horsemen are reminded that Friday morning\'s qualifiers at Mohawk Racetrack have been moved to Saturday, May 26, to coincide with a pair of 2-year-old-in-training races. Saturday\'s 12-race qualifying program will get underway at 10 a.m. There will also be additional, non-charted 2-year-old training miles conducted on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Saturday\'s qualifying races will be announced...
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Let\'s play Jug Fantasy

on 05/25/2007 2:00 AM
The first races for this year’s Little Brown Jug Fantasy Contest are Saturday, June 2, so if you want to get in on the fun and start earning points from the start, your deadline is 10 a.m. that day.  There is no entry fee and it’s easy to sign up at www.jugbarn.com.  And if by chance you miss the first deadline, you can still join in on the fun at any time and have a chance at taking...
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Moiseyev eyes threepeat

on 05/25/2007 2:00 AM
When the 2007 Molson Pace eliminations turn to the gate on Friday night at Western Fair, driver Jack Moiseyev will be attempting a feat that only one other driver has accomplished before him in the 35-year history of the London track’s signature Free For All event--and that’s to win the Molson Pace in three consecutive years. Moiseyev piloted 2005 and 2006 winners Ponder and Our Lucky K...
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Awinbythenumber at Vernon

on 05/25/2007 2:00 AM
Artachebythenumber saved the best for last, posting a 1:55 tally in the $4,500 ninth race at Vernon Downs on Thursday night. Competing in the final event of Vernon’s 16th program, Artachebythenumber cut out the entire mile and had enough left in the tank at the finish to defeat the closing Bookie by a little more than a length in the week’s top test for female pacers.   Chuck Connor Jr....
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A repeat in NJ Classic?

on 05/25/2007 2:00 AM
The conditions certainly seem ripe for a New Jersey Classic repeat: trainer Scott Bell, owner Wayne Whebby and a modestly priced son of Artiscape named Watta Hotshot. One year after Feelin Friskie’s stakes record 1:49.1 score in the $500,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic, Bell and Whebby are hoping to reach the winner’s circle again with Watta Hotshot.   Watta Hotshot drew into...
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Sutton suspended in Indiana

on 05/25/2007 2:00 AM
Driver Josh Sutton has been indefinitely suspended by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) because the judges at Hoosier Park ruled that he brought the horse Staley Lane back to the paddock after a May 19 race with \"four lacerations on its underside.\"   On Saturday night, May 19--the same night he was named the Hoosier Park Driver of the Week--Sutton drove Staley Lane to a...
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Dr. Richardson to speak

on 05/25/2007 2:00 AM
First Choice Marketing and the Hambletonian Society announced today plans to host the eighth annual Continuing Education Seminar for Equine Veterinarians, to be held in conjunction with the 82nd Hambletonian Festival of Racing, taking place on Friday, Aug. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its new host hotel--the Sheraton Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J.   Seminar part...
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Vivid Photo wins in 1:54.4

on 05/25/2007 2:00 AM
Vivid Photo showed why he is one of the best at what he does on Friday morning in a qualifier at Tioga Downs, trotting through soft early fractions before finishing off his mile in 1:54.4.   The 5-year-old son of SJ’s Photo trotted to fractions of: 30 and :59.1 before throwing the trot throttle down through a back half in :55.3. With a third quarter in a brisk :27.2 and a l...
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Richest race ever at Yonkers

on 05/24/2007 2:00 AM
The final of the 2007 Art Rooney Pace is worth $1  million--the richest race ever in Yonkers Raceway history--it was announced by general manager Bob Galterio. The 17th edition of the Rooney, which returns to Yonkers for the first time since 2003, attracted 14 three year olds.  Two, $40,000 elimination races are scheduled for this Saturday night, with first four finishers in each e...
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Top $$ at Vernon on Monday

on 05/24/2007 2:00 AM
Memorial Day will showcase more than $516,000 in total purses at Vernon Downs. The 12-race card on Monday will feature the finals of the Empire Breeders Classic for 3-year-old trotters and the Conway Hall for trotting mares.   The inaugural Empire Breeders Classic for colts and geldings will carry a purse of $153,125 and is carded as race nine. The contestants were decided in eliminations ...
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Corbin upsets at Harrington

on 05/24/2007 2:00 AM
Alain Durivage\'s Armbro Corbin ($22.40, Brandon Givens) was an upset winner in the $20,300 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway.   The 5-year-old Striking Sahbra gelding and Givens left the gate from post four, setting fractions of :28.1, :58.2, 1:27.1 while Bud Ross (Tim Tetrick) pressured him on the outside, but a :29.1 last quarter was good enough for \"Corbin,\" who won by a...
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25-8 for Ohio instant racing

on 05/24/2007 2:00 AM
The Ohio Senate passed the Instant Racing bill on Wednesday 25-8 with all of the \"no\" votes coming from Republicans. The bill now moves on to the House and to Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, who has not said what he will do if the bill reaches his desk.   The Ohio Legislative Service Commission says that $1 billion a year could be bet on the Instant Racing machines.
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A mighty Pompano winner

on 05/24/2007 2:00 AM
The 10-year-old gelding Mighty Maori A notched his first victory of the season on Wednesday when prevailing in the $8,000 featured trot at Pompano Park, covering the mile in 1:59.2.   Starting from post six with driver Dan Clements at the controls, Mighty Maori A found a spot on the pylons in sixth place as race favorite King Triton (John Kakaley) showed the way through an opening quar...
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Meadows slots open June 5

on 05/24/2007 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania State Gaming Control Board has reportedly given approval to The Meadows to open its new slot facility after an inspection on Thursday. The racetrack will hold two test runs on Friday, June 1, and Monday, June 3, and then open to the public on Wednesday, June 4.   Inspectors gave their approval after checking the site\'s surveillance systems, emergency exit alarms, back...
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Manzi sidelined again

on 05/24/2007 2:00 AM
After driving in the first race, Hall of Famer Cat Manzi took himself off the rest of his assignments on Wednesday night at the Meadowlands due to an injured rib.  Manzi was clipped in the ribs during the 12th race last Saturday, May 19, at the Meadowlands when his horse, Grand Place, went offstride and interfered with other horses.  \"I think I may...
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Fresh deck ready to deal

on 05/24/2007 2:00 AM
While Fresh Deck’s main competition is gearing up for the million-dollar stakes trail ahead, trainer Joe Holloway has made the $500,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic the focus of his colt’s sophomore season. 
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