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McCaffrey\'s Advantage

on 05/02/2007 2:00 AM
Home Bed Advantage is taking trainer David McCaffrey on the journey of a lifetime, one he hopes will pass through the winner\'s circle in the $225,000 Berry\'s Creek on Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Home Bed Advantage is rated at 5-1 on the morning line from post five with Patrick Lachance listed to drive in the Berry\'s Creek, the first major stakes test of the s...
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New simulcast area at Monti

on 05/02/2007 2:00 AM
When Monticello Raceway simulcasts the Kentucky Derby on Saturday afternoon, May 5, local fans will be able to wager on that event and other races in the tracks refurbished  simulcast parlor. Now glass enclosed and climate controlled the simulcast parlor on the third floor of the grandstand also features two 50” television screens, fifteen new 32” TV monitors, a new food court a...
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Montini receives stay

on 05/02/2007 2:00 AM
Trainer Anthony Montini, who was recently suspended for 180 days by the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC), has received a stay from a Superior Court judge and will be permitted to race for the foreseeable future, according to a story on Standardbred Canada\'s Trot Insider web site. Among the horses Montini has trained is world record holder Primetime Bobcat.   In early April the ORC...
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Guy Gets Girl at Pompano

on 05/01/2007 2:00 AM
After missing by a nose in his most recent outing, Guy Gets Girl returned to the winner’s circle for the second time in three starts after taking Monday’s $10,000 Isle Mile I Trot at Pompano Park in 1:56.   Driven from post five by Bruce Ranger, Guy Gets Girl was quick off the gate in the Monday feature, sprinting through the first turn to open up an early four-length advanta...
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Berry\'s Creek field set

on 05/01/2007 2:00 AM
Berry’s Creek elimination winners won the right to choose their post positions, with The Quiet Mon’s connections opting for post three and Wearable Art’s post two.   The field also includes Cue The Paige, Home Bed Advantage, No Perfect Escape, Pop Z Pop, Spin Rate, Fresh Deck, Isaac Newton and Artist’s View.   Wearable Art won his Berry’s Creek elim on the front end, a...
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Marohn wins after layoff

on 05/01/2007 2:00 AM
Jimmy Marohn, who has driven the winners of 4,824 races, has bounced back with his first win since injuring a shoulder in early February. Marohn’s actual return to the driving wars was on April 25 and over the following days he reined a few horses that “hit the board,” but his comeback victory occurred Monday when he hustled 12-1 shot Vivacious Raider to a come-from-behind 1:57:3 victor...
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Mich. programs to get money

on 05/01/2007 2:00 AM
The Michigan Department of Agriculture has advised the Michigan Harness Horsemen’s Association (MHHA) that money for racing purses and programs will be released soon, which averts racing coming up empty later in the year. Last week the MHHA expressed concern that a state budget impasse could hold up funds that are used for purses and breeders awards.   A budget impasse between Michigan Go...
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Woodbine receives OK

on 05/01/2007 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission has approved Woodbine Entertainment Group\'s request to cancel Standardbred racing on May 6 and May 13, due to the shortage of standardbred horses racing at Woodbine. The dates are the final two Sunday cards of Woodbine\'s current Standardbred meet. The second leg and the final of the Princess Pacing Series for 3-year-old fillies will now be held on Monday, May 7 a...
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152 nominated to Hambo

on 05/01/2007 2:00 AM
Donato Hanover, voted the Dan Patch top 2-year-old colt trotter of 2006, heads a list of 152 trotting colts eligible to the 82nd Hambletonian, the richest and most prestigious event in harness racing.The Hambletonian Society, which has owned and serviced the race since its inception in 1926, registered 280 payments for the 2007 Hambletonian and Oaks events, the highest number since 2001.   ...
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Indiana\'s Kay Roberts dies

on 05/01/2007 2:00 AM
Kay Roberts, former assistant director of the Indiana Standardbred Association and active in many areas of Hoosier harness racing for many years, died Monday after a long battle with breast cancer. Kay also helped run the Indiana State Fair\'s harness racing program in the early 1990s and served as assistant executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission in its early...
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Slots bill heads to governor

on 04/30/2007 2:00 AM
A measure that would allow slot machines at Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs was endorsed by the Indiana House and Senate late Sunday evening and now heads to Governor Mitch Daniels for consideration. If signed into law, the legislation would allow each track could add up to 2,000 machines after paying a $250 million licensing fee. The votes by both chambers came in the final hours of the session. ...
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Cahill new Scioto GM

on 04/30/2007 2:00 AM
Scioto Downs will raise the curtain on its 49th season of harness racing on Friday, May 4, with a new earlier post time of 6:30 p.m. and a new general manager of racing operations, Stacy Cahill.   Scioto races 80 dates in 2007, on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through Sept. 15. Parking and admission are free on Tuesdays.   Cahill is just the third general manager...
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3YOs qualify at Mohawk

on 04/30/2007 2:00 AM
Laughing Art, the runner-up in last year\'s Metro Pace, wired the field from post eight in 1:56.1-- final half in :56.3--in qualifying action at Mohawk Monday morning. Mark MacDonald guided the 3-year-old colt by Artsplace-Laughing Pro to the one-length score.   The colt owned by Tony Chiaravalle won four times and hit the board in nine of 12 starts as a rookie. He finished...
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Elims set for Lotteria

on 04/30/2007 2:00 AM
The fields have been drawn for Italy\'s Lotteria, which will be raced Saturday, May 6, with a purse of approximately $820,000 on the line. There will be three eliminations and a final.    First elimination: 1--Eclisse Domar 2--Deep Feeling LF 3--Improve Ås 4--Felix Del Nord 5--Pike Pube As 6--El Nino 7--Crown Kemp 8--Dominatore d\'Orio   Second elimination: ...
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Special Report point leader

on 04/29/2007 2:00 AM
If speed kills, lack of it kills anyone trying to come from behind, and such was the case for those going after free-for-all pacesetters Maltese Artist (1:53) and Special Report (1:53.2), as those Levy series stalwarts both benefitted from well-rated routes.   The penultimate prep performance (round 5 of 6) in Yonkers Raceway\'s George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series offered a pair ...
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Sunday stroll for Muscleman

on 04/29/2007 2:00 AM
With the Elitlopp less than a month away, Mr. Muscleman showed he was ready for Europe\'s best as he cruised to an open-lengths victory in 1:53.1 in a leg of the Father Foley Memorial Trot Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands.   With regular driver Ron Piece aboard, Mr. Muscleman left the gate leisurely and steadily trotted toward the lead, finally reaching the front of the field at abo...
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Ind. slots deadline nears

on 04/28/2007 2:00 AM
Indiana lawmakers are working this weekend on a draft proposal that would allow up to 2,000 slot machines apiece at Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs. However, time is running out to complete a deal, as the General Assembly is slated to adjourn at midnight Sunday. On Friday members of the conference committee tasked with developing a compromise spoke about the newest proposal, which calls for a $250 ...
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Gambler wins in Chicago

on 04/28/2007 2:00 AM
Fox Valley Gambler stayed unbeaten in his second season  with a very easy 1:54.3 win in Friday night\'s $20,000 Taser Gun Stakes for 3-year-old Illinois pacing colts and geldings at Maywood Park. It was his fourth consecutive victory and it came in his first career start on a half-mile track. The 1-2 favorite won with regular driver Jeff Cullipher at the lines, finishing 1-1/2 lengths o...
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Rare objection at Big M

on 04/28/2007 2:00 AM
In an unusual occurrence at the Meadowlands, in Friday night\'s 12th race, driver John Campbell filed an objection againt Ron Pierce, claiming interference at the start, and the judges placed Pierce behind Campbell and his mount, JT Luther, who finished fifth and was elevated to fourth.   Drivers rarely file objections at the Meadowlands, although placings routinely take place via...
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Field set for Berry\'s Creek

on 04/28/2007 2:00 AM
The Quiet Mon and Wearable Art easily won the two eliminations for the Berry\'s Creek Saturday night at the Meadowlands and will lead eight others--Cue The Paige, Home Bed Advantage, No Perfect Escape, Pop Z Pop, Spin Rate, Fresh Deck, Isaac Newton and Artist\'s View--into next Saturday night\'s final.   The Quiet Mon took the first elimination in 1:50.4. Andy Miller sent him...
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