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Driver hits milestone

on 03/23/2007 2:00 AM
Jeff Gregory drove in one race at Freehold Raceway on Thursday afternoon (March 22) and he made the most of it, capturing his 5,000th career win with Classic Flyer N. The 40-year-old Gregory, who began his driving career in 1983, enjoyed career bests in 2004 in wins (581) and money won ($4,546,739) and posted a .324 UDR, but sat out part of 2005 after suffering injuries in a racing accident.
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Jersey Girls final up next

on 03/23/2007 2:00 AM
Gro stamped herself as the “one to beat” in next week’s $67,000 Jersey Girls final as she notched her second win in the series on Thursday night at the Meadowlands. Driven by Andy Miller and trained by his wife, Julie, Gro wired the field in 1:50.4 in the second race, the first of two $20,000 Jersey Girls divisions on the card. Betsy Hall was 2 1/2 lengths behind in second, while Riley ...
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Strong field in PPK Open

on 03/23/2007 2:00 AM
Flo Found George, Golden Falcon N and Hypnotize, all separated by a neck in their last encounter, return for the Friday feature at Pompano Park, a $10,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace. Owned by the Booff Stable and Steve Goldberg of Glen Ridge, N.J., Flo Found George won for the first time this year when taking the Mares Open Handicap on March 16 in a tight win photo, prevailing by a he...
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Vernon given deadline

on 03/23/2007 2:00 AM
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board reportedly ruled Thursday Vernon Downs officials must pay off more than $6 million in loans by April 2 or the track will not be able to continue racing, with owner Jeff Gural adding that unless the legislature makes a change and allows the track to keep a higher portion of the revenue he would probably close the site anyway. \"If the law isn\'t chang...
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Instant racing in Ohio?

on 03/23/2007 2:00 AM
A bill that would allow an unspecified amount of Instant Racing Machines—video games which use previously-run races and are considered pari-mutuel—has been introduced in the Ohio House of Representative and Senate. The machines were first introduced at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas and met with great success. The bill provides for the Ohio State Racing Commission having the ability to allow a ra...
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More flexibility in Florida?

on 03/23/2007 2:00 AM
A Florida legislative bill calls for Broward County slot machine facilities to be open longer and to have ATM machines on their premises. The bill also calls for more machines at the tracks. On Thursday the Florida House Committee on Business Regulation easily approved a bill, sponsored by Rep. Jack Seiler, to increase from 1,500 to 2,000 the number of machines allowed in each of the county\'s ...
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Big qualifiers at Pompano

on 03/23/2007 2:00 AM
South Florida is a spring training headquarters for many horsemen and Pompano Park had a few exhibitions in qualifying races Friday morning. Big efforts were turned in by the 6-year-old pacing mare Glowing Report (a 16 ¼-length score in 1:54.2), the 4-year-old pacing mare All Night Long (13 ½-length winner in 1:54.4), and the 3-year-old trotting colt Budget Gap (2:00.3). Other notables who co...
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Indiana star preps for \'07

on 03/23/2007 2:00 AM
Indiana Sire Stakes champion Go On BB picked up where she left off in 2006 as she won a qualifier at The Meadows Friday morning, scoring by 19 lengths in 1:54.4 with Dave Palone aboard. The 3-year-old filly by Dontgetinmyway won seven races and finished on the board in all 10 of her starts last year as a freshman. Go On BB was trained by Mickey Burke when she took her 2-year-old mark of 1:54.4 ...
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Self Evident wins third

on 03/22/2007 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old gelding trotter Self Evident defeated a field of older horses in the fourth race trot at Pompano Park on Monday, stopping the clock in 1:58.2 to score his third straight victory. Driven from post three by Wally Hennessey, Self Evident settled along the pylons in third place while My Last Wish (John Kakaley) showed the way through opening fractions of :29.3 and 59.4. As the field ...
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Elvis rocks Dover again

on 03/22/2007 2:00 AM
For the second straight week Elvis Cole had no trouble earning a 1:55.3 victory in the $27,500 Open Trot at Dover Downs Wednesday, while Tony Morgan drove four winners including two from post eight, both owned and trained by Art Brewer. Purchased late in 2006 by Parker Callahan and Nick Callahan, Elvis Cole has turned into a winning machine, losing only once in his last six races to $1.2-milli...
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A fourte win night at YR

on 03/22/2007 2:00 AM
The hot hand at Yonkers Raceway Wednesday night belonged to driver Mike Forte, who brought home four winners on the 13-race card. Forte won the $5,000 pacing opener with the veteran statebred mare Blusgirlcanthelpit ($8.90) as the 9 year old won her 37th career race in her 197th career start. Celebrity Princess ($4.80) won the $9,500, seventh-race trot, with Forte as trainer as well as dr...
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Filly posts Buffalo victory

on 03/22/2007 2:00 AM
Filly’s Victory and driver Ken Holliday used a different approach but the results were still the same in the featured $8,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night. The 5-year-old daughter of Jenna’s Beach Boy posted her fifth win of the year for owner Betty Tauber of East Brunswick, N.J., in 2:00 over a track rated “good.” Leaving from the extreme outside in ...
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USHWA awards Jan. 27

on 03/22/2007 2:00 AM
The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will hold its 61st annual Night of Champions awards gala at Dover Downs Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008. \"Dover Downs has become an outstanding ‘destination’ for many organizations for meetings and special events,\" says USHWA president Judy Davis-Wilson. \"With a beautiful banquet facility and an award- winning catering staff, the four...
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Qualifiers set for Hoosier

on 03/22/2007 2:00 AM
Qualifiers will be held at Hoosier Park Saturday morning as opening night for the live race meet is only about two weeks away on Friday, April 6. The barn area at Hoosier was opened for horses earlier this week and the track is available for jogging and trainer. The first qualifiers are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, with entries having to be made by 9 a.m. Friday. Qualifiers will then be hel...
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Billings showdown on tap

on 03/22/2007 2:00 AM
The second East- West Amateur Driving Challenge will again take place at California\'s Cal Expo March 30 amd 31, and by all indications it figures to be a knock down-drag out affair. The Billings Five-four hits and a miss—are ready for action and looking forward to their prey. Headlining the visiting East Coast team are: Peter “the President” Gerry; “Smokin’ Joe” Faraldo; “Congeni...
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World Cup dates set for \'07

on 03/22/2007 2:00 AM
The 2007 World Cup Trot will be raced at both North American and European tracks and will include six races with purses totaling $4 million. A winner of three eliminations either in Europe or the US earns a bonus of one million euros, which at today\'s exchange is about $1.3 million. The schedule follows: Race--Track--Date Hugo Åbergs Memorial--Jägersro, Sweden--July 31 Nat Ray Trot--Meadow...
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Table games in WVa?

on 03/22/2007 2:00 AM
West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin signed legislation on Wednesday that will allow the state’s racetracks to pursue casino table games through local ballot issues, and Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center has already received local approval to put such a measure on a June 9 ballot. The state\'s racetracks presently are permitted to have slot machines. One anti-gaming group in the state b...
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Napolitano back in bike

on 03/22/2007 2:00 AM
Positive tests have kept George Napolitano Jr. out of the bike this winter, but the leading driver-trainer at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs over the past several years was back in the sulky at Pocono Downs this week. He won all five qualifiers at Pocono Downs on Tuesday and came back to win four of the five on Thursday morning. Napolitano had not driven in a race since Dec. 3 at Harrah\'s Chester...
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Flirtwiththedealer pays off

on 03/21/2007 2:00 AM
It was more Yada Yada Yada A in the $27,500 Mares Open Pace as Ross Wolfenden piloted the 1:52.3 victory in the Dover Downs Tuesday feature race, while Camturo, one of Tony Morgan\'s three winners, won the $23,000 Mares Jr. Open. Morgan and Wolfenden had driving triples while Brad Hanners had a double. For the second straight week the Armbro Operative 7-year-old Yada Yada Yada A came from off t...
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