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Promising 3YOs in action

on 05/09/2007 2:00 AM
Trainer Mark Austin is hoping to score a stakes daily double this weekend at Woodbine as he sends out Pray For Luck in the $61,300 Ontario Sires Spring Series (OSSS) on Friday and Sipwiththepres in the $77,000 Diplomat Pacing Series on Saturday. Both events are for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers.   Pray For Luck enters the OSS final off of a win and a second-place finish in the two pr...
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Special Report draws 8

on 05/09/2007 2:00 AM
Special Report accumulated the most points in preliminary competition, won his last three starts and broke his own divisional track record a week ago, but that gaudy resume failed to impress the post position gods, who remanded the gifted gelding to the dreaded eight hole for Saturday night\'s $475,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway. The r...
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Destiny wins for Foreman

on 05/09/2007 2:00 AM
K&R Racing, Teague Inc., Double Down Stables and George Foreman\'s Future Destiny ($3.80) was a decisive winner in the co-featured $13,700 Mares Junior Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Driven by Jim Morand, the 4-year-old Artiscape mare was sent to the front from post six where she set fractions of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:25.3. She held off pocket-sitting Millwood Ashley N, who finished ...
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Woodbine cancels Sundays

on 05/09/2007 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) agreed in a hearing Tuesday to allow Woodbine Racetrack to cancel its final two Sunday live racing programs, in exchange for adding races the remaining days of the meet, which is scheduled to conclude May 14.   In approving the application prompted by a horse shortage, the ORC stated \"WEG must schedule one extra race on each day of the remainder of the m...
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More cash for NJ tracks?

on 05/09/2007 2:00 AM
A story in Wednesday’s Newark Star-Ledger stated the Atlantic City casinos may double the $86 million purse subsidy given to the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park over the last four years when a new agreement is reached. At a Monmouth Park press conference, New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority commissioner Jerold Saro said, \"I believe we will have an arrangement in the not-to-distant futur...
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Ind. slots axes expansion

on 05/09/2007 2:00 AM
The recent legislative approval for Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs in Indiana to each introduce 2,000 slot machines has already brought about one casualty: a planned $45 million hotel expansion at Belterra Casino riverboat, which is located on the Ohio River near Cincinnati. The expansion was a 250-room tower; the money will reportedly now be reallocated do other markets. The riverboat is current...
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George Gilmour dies

on 05/09/2007 2:00 AM
Noted horseman and long-time trainer-driver George T. Gilmour of Margate, Fla., died Monday. He was 72.   Born in Lucan, Ont., Mr. Gilmour hailed from a family deep in Standardbred racing history both in the United States and Canada. As a driver he won 1,802 races and the horses he drove earned $4,209,143 in purse money. From 1991 when the U.S. Trotting Association...
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New Masters at Georgian

on 05/09/2007 2:00 AM
Georgian Downs has announced a new $700,000 (C)(est.) stakes program for Ontario-sired 4 year olds and up--“The Masters Series”--offering four separate events, covering each sex and gait with $100,000(C) finals for each. The series will be restricted to Ontario-sired horses. “It’s an exciting program that we think our fans and horsepeople will love,” said Chris Rob...
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Oslo Grand Prix on Saturday

on 05/09/2007 2:00 AM
The Oslo Grand Prix, a prelude to the famed Elitlopp, will be held Saturday at the Bjerke track in Norway, and the field includes the top Swedish contender Gentleman.   The Oslo Grand Prix is contested over a distance of 2,100 meters.   Field for the Oslo Grand Prix Post--Horse (Driver) 1--Opal Viking (Jorma Kontio) 2--Super Light (Jørgen Westholm) 3--Gentleman (Thomas...
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Fout named at Winbak

on 05/09/2007 2:00 AM
One of the sport\'s most successful trainer-drivers, Jeff Fout, has been named trainer of young horses owned by one of the sport\'s most successful breeding organizations, Winbak Farm. The announcement was made jointly by Winbak Farm\'s founder, Joe Thomson, and general manager, Joe McLead. Fout, 55, a native of Grove City, Ohio, succeeds Eddie Howard, longtime Winbak trainer, who recently res...
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Gallo to Syracuse

on 05/09/2007 2:00 AM
Gallo Blue Chip, the richest pacing Standardbred of all time and 2000 Horse of the Year, will visit the inaugural New York Horse World Expo in Syracuse, N.Y., May 11 to 13. A winner of more than $4.2 million during his career on the track, the gelding has attracted crowds of admirers during his previous equine ambassador appearances.   The Horse World Expo will be presented for the first t...
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Elims set for Hempt Mem.

on 05/09/2007 2:00 AM
Two Max C. Hempt Memorial Pace elimination races for top 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings and four open paces will highlight this coming Saturday’s live racing program at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Total purses for the day will be $218,300.   Each year the Hempt attracts several of the top sophomore pacers from throughout North America and this year’s field is no different as 17 t...
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1:57 score in Isle Mile I

on 05/08/2007 2:00 AM
The 7-year-old veteran trotter Muscular combined a perfect pocket trip with a strong late charge down the lane to prevail in the featured $10,000 Isle Mile I Trot at Pompano Park on Monday in 1:57.   Driven from post one by owner and trainer Dave Mercer, Muscular was swift off the gate to make the lead in the Monday feature, but quickly yielded the top spot to race favorite Railee Possible...
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Gingras, Burke hot at YR

on 05/08/2007 2:00 AM
Monday night\'s card, which was dominated by driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Mickey Burke, was marred by an accident that unseated three drivers and killed a horse. In that $20,000 fifth-race pace, Gustavo N seemed to stick a toe in the track, unseating driver Cat Manzi and causing PH Outlaw and Samurai Sam to do the same to David Miller and Jim Meittinis, respectively.   Gustavo ...
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Redford special at Harr

on 05/08/2007 2:00 AM
Lloyd Arnold\'s Redford Hall ($3.40) captured the featured $19,200 Delaware Special Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:53. Driven by Tony Morgan, the 4-year-old Cambest gelding yielded early to Village Blitz before making a quarter-pole move to the front where he set fractions of :26.4, :55.3 and 1:24.3 before blazing home in :28.3, holding off pocket-sitting Village Blitz and Yogi Bare, who ...
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Magic in Princess leg

on 05/08/2007 2:00 AM
After getting her feet wet in the Grassroots system of the OSS program as a rookie, it is crystal clear that Magic Maverick is ready, willing and able to take her game to a whole new level this season for trainer Bob McIntosh. The homebred daughter of Western Maverick–Pan Souci turned in her fastest mile to a date, a 1:53.1 clocking, with Randy Waples at the helm to win the Princess Series split...
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Canadian Hall nominees

on 05/08/2007 2:00 AM
Drivers Keith Clark, Bill Gale and Dave Wall, breeder Jack McNiven of Killean Acres, and horses Bettors Delight, Cathedra and Grandpa Jim have been nominated for induction into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.   For over 30 years, Clark has been one of the most recognizable names in Western Canadian harness racing. In 2004, the resident of DeWinton, Alberta, ...
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Victoria Pace drivers wanted

on 05/08/2007 2:00 AM
Stephane Bouchard, the leading driver in North America during the 2003 campaign and currently third in driving victories this year with 286, will be among the participants when Monticello Raceway stages its Victoria Day Pace on Monday, May 21. The race, for drivers of Canadian heritage slated on Canada’s Victoria Day holiday, will be the fifth preliminary leg of the Mighty M’s year long Herita...
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Jugbarn.com ready to go

on 05/08/2007 2:00 AM
Even if you don’t own a horse, you can take now your best shot at winning the Little Brown Jug. Just go to www.jugbarn.com to create your own stable and participate in the Little Brown Jug Fantasy Stable contest.Modeled after the popular “Road to the Roses” contest for the Kentucky Derby, jugbarn.com allows players to select horses and accumulate points for each of the 14 scheduled cont...
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Eulogy for Terry Holton

on 05/08/2007 2:00 AM
Ohio horseman Terry Holton was laid to rest in his hometown of Newark, Ohio, on Monday, and his longtime friend Fritz Drake, who worked in Ohio harness racing for many years, including stints with the Ohio Horsemen\'s Association and the Ohio State Racing Commission, delivered a touching eulogy. Below is Drake\'s eulogy.   On behalf of Terry and his family, I would like ...
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