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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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Armbro Barrister wins

on 05/24/2007 2:00 AM
Armbro Barrister won the $14,300 Preferred Trot at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday, May 23. With Ray Schnittker at the controls, Armbro Barrister cruised to an easy 1-1/2 length triumph in 1:58.4.   The 6-year-old Malabar Man stallion established the North American record of 1:53.1 last year at Pocono Downs and has earned over $491,000 thus far in his career. However, Armbro Barri...
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Trotting stars qualify

on 05/24/2007 2:00 AM
Winter-book Hambletonian favorite and defending divisional champion trotter Donato Hanover made his sophomore debut a winning one as he won a qualifier Thursday morning at the Meadowlands in 1:54.3. With Ron Pierce driving for trainer Steve Elliott, the son of Andover Hall left from post seven and then sat third early before moving to the lead at the :56.3 half, closing out the mile with a last q...
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Feinberg back in CA

on 05/24/2007 2:00 AM
Dick Feinberg, who is no stranger to both Cal-Expo and California, has made the long trek from his home in Florida to become the new general manager for Sacramento Harness Association (SHA), which runs the harness meet at the California State Fairgrounds.   \"I\'m excited to return to Sacramento, where I was the general manager from 1990-1992,” said Feinberg.  \"Sacramento Harness, w...
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HHYF receives $10,000

on 05/24/2007 2:00 AM
At Thursday\'s monthly meeting of the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission, Gene Chabrier, Director of Regulatory Affairs for the XpressBet horseracing wagering firm, gave a $10,000 donation on behalf of XpressBet to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, harness racing’s organization that looks to develop interest in harness racing in young people so that they may be the future participants...
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Kenneth J EBC choice

on 05/24/2007 2:00 AM
Almost nothing that happens in the $133,625 Empire Breeders Classic final for 3-year-old pacing colts on Sunday at Tioga Downs could shake owner Ken Jacobs confidence in his standout performer Kenneth J. This career winner of $427,000 headlines the afternoon card that also showcases the Empire Breeders Classic filly finalist racing for $132,625.   Jacobs, a businessman from Baldwinsville, ...
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Rooney elims drawn

on 05/24/2007 2:00 AM
Ideal Vintage and Tivoli Hanover have been installed as the morning-line favorites for this Saturday night\'s two, $40,000 eliminations for the Art Rooney Pace at Yonkers Raceway. A total of 14 three year olds--eight colts and six geldings--go after eight places in what is the richest event in Yonkers Raceway history, the $1 million final of the Art Rooney Pace Saturday night, June 2. Ideal Vint...
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Two elims at Yonkers

on 05/23/2007 2:00 AM
A total of 14 three year olds  have been were entered for the 2007 edition of the Art Rooney Pace at Yonkers Raceway with a pair of $40,000, seven-horse elimination races Saturday night. The first four finishers in each qualifying heat will return for the June 2 final, with a purse of not less than $750,000. Leading the first Rooney elimination is the Pat Lachance-trained (an...
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