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Grand Junction wins finale

on 12/21/2006 12:00 AM
Grand Junction Co. won Wednesday night\'s $10,000 final of the Incredible Finale Series for Illinois-bred 2-year-old colt pacers at Balmoral Park. Coming off a pair of tough-luck third and fourth-place finishes in the two preliminary legs of this series Desyllas Racing, James Stieren, William Beck and Hunt Harness Horses Grand Junction Co. turned the tables on his rivals prevailing by a hard fough...
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Vet trotter scores at DD

on 12/21/2006 12:00 AM
Jake\'s Nordic returned to top form on Wednesday at Dover Downs to score a wire-to-wire victory in the $25,000 Open Handicap Trot, while Saint Johns Boy took the $20,000 Jr. Open. Tim Tetrick and Ross Wolfenden won three each. Using his usually quick speed leaving the starting gate, Tim Curtin ushered the 7-year-old gelding Jake\'s Nordic right to the front and then controlled the fractions t...
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EVH proof needed at PPK

on 12/21/2006 12:00 AM
Management at Pompano Park in cooperation with the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association has announced to all horsemen stabled on the grounds of the racetrack and to everyone planning on shipping horses to the racetrack, that they must have proof of a Equine Herpes Virus (EVH-1) vaccination for each horse within the past 60 days starting Jan. 3, 2007. “Due to the recent outbrea...
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Grin To Wins wins memorial

on 12/21/2006 12:00 AM
Grin To Win and driver Kevin Wallis was able to hold off a late charge by Fox Ridge Eric (Sean MacAleese) and post a neck triumph Wednesday at Pompano Park in the $4,800 feature pace in 1:54.4. The race was named in memory of trainer Linda Pitre, who died Monday. Pitre, 53, owned and trained harness horses for more than 30 years. She had suffered a brain aneurysm on Saturday. A memorial service...
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Mickey Burke has positive

on 12/21/2006 12:00 AM
Harnessracing.com has learned Mickey Burke, recently named 2006 Trainer of the Year, has received a positive test for the Class 2 drug Lidocaine on his horse Doggone Incredible at the Meadowlands earlier this month. Burke, 70, is the leading dash-winning trainer on the continent this year with 433 victories, and he ranks second on the money list with $5,595,545 in purse earnings. He was voted the ...
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Divisional honorees named

on 12/21/2006 12:00 AM
Five of the newly-announced Dan Patch divisional champs were runaway winners: 3-year-old trotting filly Passionate Glide, 3-year-old trotting colt Glidemaster, 2-year-old trotting colt Donato Hanover, older male pacer Lis Mara and older mare trotter Peaceful Way. No other horses in those divisions received at least 15 percent of the vote, which is the minimum to be considered an award finalist....
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New Palone welcomed

on 12/21/2006 12:00 AM
Bethann Palone, daughter of Bill Zendt, gave birth to her first daughter Thursday morning--Alana Marie--with husband Dave Palone by her side. Bethann, 28, gave birth to Alana Marie at 4:03 a.m. at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh. She weighs 3 lbs. 8 oz., and has brown hair. Bethann wasn’t due until Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14), but went into labor on Tuesday. Bethann’s mother, Patty, sai...
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NJSS honors 2006 best

on 12/21/2006 12:00 AM
Artistic Fella, who sported a 10-race winning streak and was ranked among the nation’s top 3-year-old pacers during most of this year’s racing season, has been selected New Jersey Sire Stakes Horse of the Year for 2006. The award, which is voted annually by the Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, is based only on performances in races for New Jersey-sired horses, including New Jersey Sire Stakes...
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Mardi Gras to open slots

on 12/21/2006 12:00 AM
Mardi Gras Racetrack & Gaming Center--formerly Hollywood Greyhound Track--has received the state of Florida\'s approval to open it slots parlor and is hoping that next Tuesday, December 26, will be its unveiling. A delay could come as state regulators finish the approval process of some of Mardi Gras\' employees\' operational licenses. Gulfstream Park opened last month with 516 slot machines, w...
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Tuesday DD wrap-up

on 12/20/2006 12:00 AM
Yada Yada Yada A streaked from last to first in 1:52.1 to win the $24,000 Filly and Mare Open-Handicap Pace while Riley Rose won the $21,000 distaff pace in 1:52.2 at Dover Downs on Tuesday. Tony Morgan and Tim Tetrick had three wins each, Brad Hanners and Ross Wolfenden drove two wins apiece while Tony Domino had an owner-trainer double. Ross Wolfenden reversed tactics driving the usual fast-...
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Fla. trainer Pitre dies

on 12/20/2006 12:00 AM
Trainer Linda Masters Pitre, 53, died Monday after suffering a brain aneurysm at her home Saturday in Ft. Lauderdale. Ms. Pitre trained trotters and pacers and was currently racing horses at Pompano Park. Her career started as a hobby while still a teenager, training horses for her father, Joseph Masters, over the summers in the Maine and New Hampshire circuit. It quickly became a career and he...
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Incredible win chicky dee

on 12/20/2006 12:00 AM
Employing the same tactics she used in her Incredible Finale leg-two score last week, Harvey Garecht and R.W. Mateer\'s Chicky Dee stormed right to the top and made every call a winning one in Tuesday\'s final at Balmoral Park in 1:55.4. Well handled by the red-hot Mike Oosting, this bay daughter of Sportsmaster sped away from post position six. Comfortably in front by the midway point of the f...
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MacDonald hurts leg

on 12/20/2006 12:00 AM
Driver Mark MacDonald was forced to book off his final three drives at Woodbine Racetrack on Tuesday night after suffering a leg injury prior to the start of Race eight. The 28-year-old reinsman was lining up behind the starting gate with trotter Amiee Sue Rose when one of his driving lines broke. With the wings of the starting gate still extended and a recall quickly signaled, Amiee Sue Rose s...
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Coleman fires back

on 12/20/2006 12:00 AM
In an interview in Wednesday\'s Toronto Sun, trainer Casie Coleman said the recent decision by Woodbine Entertainment Group officials to order her to race her horses out of the detention barn is \"complete (crap), I\'ve done nothing wrong.\" Coleman said she has stopped going to the grandstand after the races to eat or drink because of what she believes is the public\'s newly-formed perception ...
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Btva drivers give out toys

on 12/20/2006 12:00 AM
What were Batavia Downs reinsman Jim Morrill, Chris Carrubba and Jim McNeight doing at Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo? Dressed in their driving colors, the three drivers were passing out toys to sick area kids as part of the Caring for Kids promotion held at Batavia Downs Gaming during the final three weeks of the recently concluded 2006 racing season. The promotion, co-sponsored by...
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Pierce, Lachance in Italy

on 12/20/2006 12:00 AM
The Tournament of Four Nations driving competition, held at the Biasuzzi family’s Treviso track in Italy, concluded Wednesday and Italy and Roberto Andreghetti were the big winners. Andreghetti swept all four of the races Wednesday, giving Italy the tournament victory. U.S. representatives Mike Lachance and Ron Pierce each posted victories in the competition on Tuesday but couldn\'t best Andregh...
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Sobkowiak leaving Pocono

on 12/20/2006 12:00 AM
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs has announced that Conrad Sobkowiak, vice president of racing operations, will be leaving his position, effective Dec. 31 of this year. Sobkowiak has been with the Pocono Downs management team since 1999. When Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA) purchased the racetrack in January of 2005, Mr. Sobkowiak became part of the executive team that transformed Pocono Down...
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Mighty M drivers pitch in

on 12/20/2006 12:00 AM
With the Mighty M’s top drivers Stephane Bouchard and Larry Stalbaum leading the way a group of local reinsmen will donate their driving percentages from three races on the Friday card to a local charity and their total will be matched by Monticello Gaming and Raceway. The recipient of the funds will again be the Love and Hope For the Children Foundation in Monticello, N.Y., which will use th...
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Casino licenses issued in PA

on 12/20/2006 12:00 AM
Five new free-standing casino licenses were awarded by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Wednesday, and the locations are in downtown Pittsburgh, two in Philadelphia, and one each in Bethelehem and the Pocono Mountains. The Pittsburgh license went to PITG, which is headed by Detroit developer and casino operator Don Barden. Isle of Capri, the owner of Pompano Park, had applied for a license...
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