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HoP deal worth $8.2 million

on 12/18/2006 12:00 AM
In documents filed with the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Centaur, Inc. will pay an aggregate cost of $8.2 million to become sole owner of Hoosier Park. Centaur and Churchill Downs Incorporated announced Dec. 13 that an agreement had been reached wherein CDI’s 62 percent majority stake would be sold to the Indianapolis-based company, but financial terms were not disclosed. The sale agreeme...
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Soph trotter named as best

on 12/18/2006 12:00 AM
Majestic Son was named Woodbine Entertainment Group 2006 Horse of the Year Sunday night at its award dinner at Mohawk Racetrack. A 3-year-old trotter, Majestic Son beat Triple Crown champion Glidemaster in three major events this year, including the Breeders Crown. \"At the beginning of the year, I had hoped that we would be in this position with him, but to hope for it and for it to be reality...
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Primetime Bobcat hurt

on 12/18/2006 12:00 AM
Former world champion pacer Primetime Bobcat has reportedly suffered a tendon injury, which occurred at the start of the Open Pace at Woodbine Saturday night. \"He injured the tendon sheath which protects the tendon area,\" Anthony Montini, who trains and co-owns the pacer with Basil Michele and William and Joseph Rogers, told Standardbred Canada. \"Early indications are optimistic, but it\'s ...
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Givens a bully at Dover

on 12/18/2006 12:00 AM
Brandon Givens drove Bully McCool N to a 1:51.4 victory in the $13,500 Delaware pace, the Sunday feature race at Dover Downs. It was Givens\' second winner of the night. In addition, the sport\'s leading dash-winning driver, Tony Morgan, had three winners. Bully McCool N left like a bullet for Givens to get the first lead, and never relinquished it en route to his fourth win of the year. The ...
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Young Zendt, Bolon debut

on 12/18/2006 12:00 AM
With a combined 4,829 driving victories, veteran drivers Bill Zendt and Rodney Bolon are ready to unleash their sons Phil Zendt and Kyle Bolon into harness racing’s driving colony. Phillip Zendt, 27, will be making his third career driving start on Tuesday in the third race at The Meadows with Hickory Louie, a horse he also trains. The 3-year-old pacer was bred and is owned by William Gillila...
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Nuclear Breeze Scores

on 12/17/2006 12:00 AM
Nuclear Breeze scored his fifth straight win, ninth in 14 starts this year, in a lifetime best 1:49 in a $35,000 winners-over $25,000 condition pace Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Sent off as the even-money favorite, Nuclear Breeze took the lead on the turn for home and rebuffed PH Top Dog, who finished second by three-quarters of a length. It was another 2 3/4 lengths back to Hop Sing in...
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Doctor Viagra wins feature

on 12/17/2006 12:00 AM
Doctor Viagra, with a late surge at the wire, beat both Eleven A M and Honest Lawyer by a head in capturing the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace over a sloppy, rain-soaked track in 1:52.2 at Pompano Park Saturday. Driven by Brett Miller, Doctor Viagra posted his sixth win this year for the Ellacott Shaker Stable of Beachwood, Ohio, and trainer Bud Foster. The featured race started off with Eleven A M...
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Rosecroft Ends Season

on 12/17/2006 12:00 AM
The 2006 closing night at Rosecroft Raceway celebrated the careers of horses and horsemen alike; presentations were made throughout the evening for Horse of the Year, Driver and Trainer of the Year as well as several retirements ceremonies. One of the most notable events was in the final race of the card. Rosecroft’s leading reinsman John Wagner hit 4,500 career driving wins with Champagne Bl...
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Tetrick adds four more

on 12/17/2006 12:00 AM
Beavercreek Harley and Gryffindor won features, the track\'s leading driver, Tim Tetrick, drove fourwinners, Jim Morand had a double and Chuck Crissman trained two winners Saturday at dover Downs. John Wagenhoffer\'s Beavercreek Harley notched a 1:53 triumph in a $12,000 Delaware pace, his second win in his last three races, to give the meet\'s leading driver, Tim Tetrick, one of his four win...
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Strong Yankee euthanized

on 12/17/2006 12:00 AM
Strong Yankee 3, 1:50.3, the winner of the 2005 Kentucky Futurity and Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Trot, was euthanized at the University of Guelph (Ontario) veterinary hospital yesterday after he fractured his shoulder while running in his paddock at Tara Hills Stud. The 4-year-old stallion by Muscles Yankee was reportedly running in his paddock when he fell and broke his shoulder. Veterinar...
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Lhasa Muscles by a nose

on 12/16/2006 12:00 AM
In a three-way photo, Lhasa Muscles prevailed by a nose to stretch his winning streak to three in the featured $35,000 condition trot Friday night at the Meadowlands. Another nose separated Earl\'s Charm K, who challenged on the outside and got up for second, and Jabez, who was locked in on the pylons and found room in the final strides to finish third. Lhasa Muscles, driven by Cat Manzi and train...
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Cape Cove Daisy in 1:53

on 12/16/2006 12:00 AM
Cape Cove Daisy showed true grit and determination in scoring a lifetime-best 1:53 mile in the $8,250 Fillies and Mares Winners Over Pace at Pompano Park Friday. Trained and driven to victory by Stephan Lareau for owner Diane Fleury of Ft. Lauderdale, it was the 12th win this year for Cape Cover Daisy, a 6-year-old mare by Ambivalent. The race started off with Golden Falcon N (David Ingraham) s...
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Eightysomethings win award

on 12/16/2006 12:00 AM
Two of arguably the most incredible men still racing horses today, 80-year-old Dr. Howard E. (Doc) Gill and 85-year-old Orrin Phipps, are co-winners of the National Amateur Driver of the Year Award, the United States Harness Writers Association announced Friday. Doc Gill, from Pine Bush, N.Y., has had a life-long career as a very well-respected veterinarian and in recent years has enjoyed suc...
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Big M sets \'07 stakes

on 12/16/2006 12:00 AM
The $1 million Meadowlands Pace on Saturday, July 14, and the $1.5 million Hambletonian, paired with its filly companion event, the $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks, on Saturday, Aug. 4, headline the nearly $18 million in stakes which have been scheduled for 2007 at the Meadowlands. The Hambletonian is the track\'s showcase event for 3-year-old trotters while the Meadowlands Pace is the signature st...
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Big Night at Big M

on 12/15/2006 12:00 AM
There were four lead changes to the half, but Enhance The Night was the last to make the front and then dug in to win the $47,300 Snow Angel Final in 1:52.3 at the Meadowlands Thursday night, completing her three-week series sweep. The 3-year-old daughter of Western Ideal extended her winning streak to four and posted her sixth win with three seconds and five thirds from 20 starts. She\'s owne...
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Feel like a nut?

on 12/15/2006 12:00 AM
Fresh from a 14 3/4-length score one week ago, 4-year-old gelding Beach Nut Brand displayed an ultra-sharp stretch kick to capture Thursday\'s $27,750 final of the Richie Prospect late-closer series for trotters at Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack. Sent off the 13-10 second choice, Beach Nut Brand left well from the number two post position for driver Cat Manzi and was content to sit in ...
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Feel like being hypnotized?

on 12/15/2006 12:00 AM
Hypnotize has found her winning stride again and goes for her third straight win Friday in the $10,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace at Pompano Park. The 4-year-old mare by Artiscape, trained by Jim Mattison and driven by Joe Pavia Jr., has shown great diversity in her last two starts, winning from both on and off the pace for the Diffenback, Mack Jr., and Mattison Stables. Last week Hypnotize used ...
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Foxy win at Maywood

on 12/15/2006 12:00 AM
Fox Valley Rennard followed his opening round Incredible Finale Series victory with another resounding victory in the second leg for state-bred pacing freshman colts and geldings Thursday night at Maywood Park, winning in 1:56.3 in front-end fashion for driver Ryan Anderson. The 8-5 public’s choice had to work much harder to get command this time from the six slot than he did on six nights ag...
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Racing-related death in Iraq

on 12/15/2006 12:00 AM
Lance Cpl. Brent Beeler, a Marine Corps reservist and the grandson of the late longtime Michigan horseman V.E. Beeler and the son of former Michigan horseman Ed Beeler, has been killed in combat duty in Iraq. Mr. Beeler, 22, was reportedly killed by a gunshot to the chest from close range Thursday, Dec. 7. \"They said he had all his armor on, but if it\'s too close the armor can\'t stop it,\" M...
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