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Sha Daisy stars at Hoosier

on 04/14/2007 2:00 AM
Sha Daisy Sunset, with Don Irvine Jr. at the controls, upset the field on Friday in the featured $22,000 Invitational Pace at Hoosier Park. The pair benefited from weak early fractions and good field position throughout the one-mile trip. The 6-year-old mare excelled late, closing in :26.2, and beat the second-place finishers, Look to Book and driver Josh Sutton, by a neck in 1:55.1. “The go...
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Meadowlands cancels Sun.

on 04/14/2007 2:00 AM
Due to the winter storm predicted to hit the Northeast on Sunday, the Meadowlands has canceled its afternoon live program and will also be closed for simulcasting. The Su Mac Lad final has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 22.
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Gingras takes Blossom leg

on 04/13/2007 2:00 AM
Go On BB scored her seventh straight victory in the $22,500 second leg of the Blossom Series on Thursday night at the Meadowlands. Guided by Yannick Gingras, she stamped herself as the one to beat in next week’s $62,000 final for 3-year-old pacing fillies with a career-best 1:53.3 effort. The Isle Of Pan was a length behind in second, while Weekie Wachie closed stoutly for third. Trained ...
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Upsets prevail in DSBF

on 04/13/2007 2:00 AM
Both upset winners of the $110,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-year-old trotting championships are owned by Nanticoke Racing and partners on an upset-filled closing night of the Dover Downs meet on Thursday. The leading trainer award ended in a tie between defending champion Josh Green and Chuck Crissman. The first upset came in the $110,000 final for colt and gelding trotters ...
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Six mares square off at PPk

on 04/13/2007 2:00 AM
Velvet Eileen and Hypnotize, separated by a half length in their most recent encounter, headline a field of six pacers that will assemble for the featured $10,000 Fillies and Mares Isle Mile I Pace at Pompano Park on Friday. Velvet Eileen, owned by Rod Lorenzo, Ciro Gentile, and Pomtambo Stable, has been installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the Friday feature. Trained by Michile Loren...
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No Pocono drive for Ledford

on 04/13/2007 2:00 AM
Although Eric Ledford was listed to drive a horse at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs next Monday, Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission executive secretary Anton Leppler says that it won’t happen. Leppler told harnessracing.com that the naming of Ledford by trainer Eric Mollor on the horse Mo’s Last Gun in the 7th race at Pocono was inadvertently missed by the track stewards. “He’s c...
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Luken named Ohio chair

on 04/13/2007 2:00 AM
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland appointed Charlie Luken chairman of the Ohio State Racing Commission on April 11. Chairman Luken stated, \"Horse racing in Ohio is at a critical juncture. Surrounding states have slots at their tracks, and we are challenged to find new ways to increase our customer base. We need the help of all interested parties, including the Ohio Legislature, if Ohio is to remain co...
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Competition set for Big M

on 04/13/2007 2:00 AM
Only one week remains to register for the 2007 National Harness Handicapping Championship (NHHC), the only tournament for harness players to feature a $50,000 guaranteed first prize, on Saturday, April 21, at the Meadowlands. Players who did not earn an entry into the 2007 NHHC through a qualifying tournament have the option of buying into the championship for $1,000 [$600 non-refundable entry ...
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Handicapping with Gordon

on 04/13/2007 2:00 AM
The Horseman And Fair World’s Gordon Waterstone is hoping the third time is a charm as he gets ready for his third try in the National Harness Handicapping Championship at the Meadowlands Saturday, April 21. Waterstone wants to write his own headline: “Gordon Waterstone Takes Handicapping Title.” “I am feeling quite optimistic for my chances this year, although things may be getting sta...
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Muscleman romps in qualifier

on 04/13/2007 2:00 AM
Three-time millionaire Mr. Muscleman won a qualifier at the Meadowlands Friday morning, with the 2005 Trotter of the Year romping to a 9 1/2-length decision over runner-up Limbo Glide in 1:55.1 for driver Ron Pierce. The effort followed up a winning qualifier at Spring Garden Ranch in Florida March 27, and served as a final tune-up before the Father Foley Series opener April 21 at the Big M. Tr...
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Bunny Lake foals colt

on 04/13/2007 2:00 AM
Bunny Lake p,2,1:54, 3,1:51, 1:49 ($2,843,476) foaled her first colt, a foal by Rocknroll Hanover this morning April 13 at 4:40 am at Hanover Shoe Farms. The 2001 Horse Of The Year, Bunny Lake, was purchased by Hanover Shoe Farms for $400,000 at last fall’s Harrisburg sale. This colt is her second foal. Bunny Lake\'s first foal is a yearling filly by Western Hanover, which is owned by Wendy ...
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Big Q for Shark Gesture

on 04/13/2007 2:00 AM
Last year\'s Breeders Crown champion Shark Gesture drew off by almost 20 lengths in his 1:53.3 qualifier at Balmoral Park Friday morning. Driver Brent Holland took him to the front end of a :27.4 first quarter, backed the sophomore pacer off to slow middle quarters of :29 flat (56.4 half) and :30.3, and the Erv M iller trainee responded with a sizzling :26.1 last panel, going from a three and one-...
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PPk slots open Saturday

on 04/13/2007 2:00 AM
Pompano Park has passed state inspection and announced late Friday it will open its slots area Saturday morning. In a release issued by owner Isle of Capri Casinos Inc., it stated the parlor will open at 10 a.m. “It has been a long time coming, and we are so excited to greet our guests with smiles and show off this fabulous facility,” said Doug Shipley, corporate vice president racino oper...
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Ohio driver joins elite

on 04/12/2007 2:00 AM
Brett Miller etched his name in Northfield Park\'s and harness racing\'s all-time record book with 10-winning drives on the 13-race program Wednesday night, with the 10-bagger tying the all-time record for driving victories on a single racing program at a commercial racetrack. The feat was accomplished twice at Northfield by Walter Case Jr. (1999 and 2002), twice by Dave Palone at The Meadows (199...
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Muscles shown at Dover

on 04/12/2007 2:00 AM
Musclesextrodinair showed his class romping to a 1:54.3 victory in the $27,500 Open Handicap Trot on the final Wednesday card while Tim Tetrick won seven races and Tony Morgan three at Dover Downs. Sean Bier waited until the half to make his move and Musclesextrodinair, a 5-year-old son of Muscles Yankee, blew past leader Armbro Timothy and then opened up a quick lead and cruised home a 1:54.3 ...
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Soph snuffs out 3rd win

on 04/12/2007 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old gelded pacer Medoland Snuffy visited the winner’s circle for the third straight time on Wednesday when taking the featured $4,800 third-race pace at Pompano Park in a lifetime-best 1:54.2. Driven from post one by Pompano Park’s leading driver Bruce Ranger, Medoland Snuffy was quick off the gate to take firm control of the race as the pacers reached the first turn. The son of ...
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New racino in Maine?

on 04/12/2007 2:00 AM
The Passamaquoddy Indian Tribe earlier proposed building a new harness track in eastern Maine and it has now received approval of the Maine House of Representatives to install slot machines at the site. The House approved the measure by a vote of 82-60, with the bill now going to the Senate and at least one more vote in the House. Reports indicate that if the bill fails to gain legislative appr...
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Another positive for Burke

on 04/12/2007 2:00 AM
Trainer Mickey Burke has received his second positive test in the past four months for Lidocaine at the Meadowlands, the latest coming on his horse Smashingpringipisa following a March 22 victory. Burke, voted the U.S. Harness Writers Association 2006 Trainer of the Year, also received a Lidocaine positive Dec. 9 on his horse Doggone Incredible at the Meadowlands, a ruling which he subsequently ap...
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Rags to riches at Tioga

on 04/12/2007 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs will try a new concept in the series department this summer with the Rags to Riches, designed to mirror the single elimination format of the recently concluded NCAA basketball tourney. The idea for the format evolved from the fervor throughout the country for the “March Madness” that Tioga chairman Jeff Gural observed each year. The series requires nominees to have started for ...
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**NEW**Wire To Wire

on 04/12/2007 2:00 AM
In this week\'s Wire To Wire column, Andrew Cohen praises the Matching Funds Grant program overseen by Jamie Rucker at the USTA, but on the other hand wonders why efforts like that aren\'t done on a wider scale across the industry. Cohen remembers the effort put forth by the old North American Harness Racing Marketing Association, but in today\'s racing world--despite an influx of money at racetra...
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