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Pompano announces series

on 12/14/2006 12:00 AM
Nomination forms are now available for the 2007 edition of the $250,000 Isle of Capri Pacing Series and the $125,000 Mack Lobell Trotting Series at Pompano Park in February. Both series will again feature preview events plus two weeks of elimination races, followed by a final for the top nine point earners in their respective series. Last year, He Wants It All won the $159,000 Isle Pace final ...
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Drivers invited overseas

on 12/14/2006 12:00 AM
Ron Pierce and Mike Lachance are headed to Italy on Sunday to drive at two racetracks in a special promotion designed to put a spotlight on the two North American Hall of Famers. “They needed a couple of guys from North America to compete so Mike and I will go and race at one track in Venice and another just outside of Venice,” Pierce told harnessracing.com. “It’s for publicity to get ...
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Woodbine reports on meet

on 12/14/2006 12:00 AM
Woodbine\'s Thoroughbred 2006 meet, which concluded Dec. 10, posted a 4.2 percent increase in handle for the portion of its meet held over the new Polytrack surface, but overall handle for the 162-program session declined by 8.6 percent. According to a Woodbine press release, total handle during the Polytrack era was a strong $157,445,000, compared to $151,152,000 in 2005, an increase of 4.2 pe...
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Alberta driver hurt in spill

on 12/14/2006 12:00 AM
Driver Warren Grant has reportedly suffered serious head and chest injuries as a result of a race accident at Northlands Park Wednesday night. Grant, 63, was driving a horse that fell over a fallen horse, sending him head first into the hub rail. According to reports, Grant is listed in \"serious\" condition at an Alberta hospital.
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Jag\'s trainer fined $14,500

on 12/14/2006 12:00 AM
Swedish racing authorities have fined Christofe Gallier, the trainer of Jag de Bellouet, approximately $14,500 for Jag’s positive test in the 2006 Elitlopp. Some reports have stated the fine was in excess of $100,000. The fine was officially 100,000 Swedish kroner. Jag de Bellouet tested positive for the anti-inflammatory diclofenac, a drug commonly used to treat arthritis. In the U.S. a dicl...
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Chester adds new stakes

on 12/14/2006 12:00 AM
The Battle of the Brandywine, last raced at the now-defunct Brandywine Raceway in 1989, is being brought back in 2007 by Harrah’s Chester Downs, with the $200,000(est.) race for 3-year-old pacers scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 19. A $500 nomination fee will be due March 15, 2007, with a $1,000 declaration fee. First raced in 1960, some of the greatest pacers of all-time have won the Battle of the...
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Miller reaches milestones

on 12/14/2006 12:00 AM
Erv Miller, the 2005 winner of the Glen Garnsey Memorial Trainer of the Year, reached two milestones recently. The Illinois native celebrated his 40th birthday on Dec. 11, and he surpassed $5.6 million in earnings for the year, already eclipsing his 2005 total. “Yes, I thought everything went pretty well again this season, although, I thought our 2 year olds were a little slight this year fro...
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Ont. trainer gets 20 years

on 12/14/2006 12:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission has reportedly issued a total 20-year suspension and $200,000 fine to Ontario-based horseman Brian Scott for the illegal distribution of drugs and the use, possession and acquisition of drugs. Scott, 25, received two suspensions of 10 years that will run consecutively and a pair of $100,000 fines. He has nine wins as a driver and another 53 as trainer, with purse e...
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A saksy shoot at Pompano

on 12/13/2006 12:00 AM
Pompano Park was transformed into a photo studio last weekend complete with models, lighting, make-up, wardrobe, and the constant clicking of cameras as the senior art director, Victoria Greiss, from Saks Fifth Avenue and photographer, Anders Overgaard, shot photographs for their March 2007 women’s catalog. They selected the racetrack grandstand and facilities owned by the Isle of Capri Casin...
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TCS makes starting change

on 12/13/2006 12:00 AM
The Classic Series (TCS) will have an important change for the 2007 edition of the Series: There will be no starting fee for the $250,000 finals, which represents a savings of $5,000 for the connections of those horses qualifying for and racing in the rich events. The starting fee for each of the preliminary legs shall remain at two percent of the purse in each event. TCS purses are composed...
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Mardi Gras fails slots test

on 12/13/2006 12:00 AM
Florida’s Gulfstream Park has already opened its slots parlor, and Pompano Park is scheduled to join them early next year, but Mardi Gras Racetrack and Gaming Center (formerly Hollywood Greyhound Track) has had their opening delayed after failing to pass a facility test on Monday. Inspectors from the Florida Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation and the Florida Dept. of Law Enforcemen...
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SONACC finance questioned

on 12/13/2006 12:00 AM
SONACC, which formerly operated the four racetracks in Quebec, including Hippodrome de Montreal, has been cited for several alleged misuses, according to a story in Wednesday’s Montreal Gazette. SONACC turned over control of the tracks earlier this year to a private company. In the report prepared by the province’s auditor-general, several allegations were stated that were questionable and ...
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Churchill sells HoP interest

on 12/13/2006 12:00 AM
Centaur Inc., an Indiana-based company that has been instrumental in developing the business of horse racing in Indiana, has reached an agreement to purchase the majority interest in Hoosier Park from Churchill Downs Inc. and become the property’s sole owner. “We’ve been part of this project since day one and we’re proud to say that Hoosier Park will soon be Hoosier-owned,” said Jeffr...
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Gingras blows whistle at MR

on 12/13/2006 12:00 AM
In late September Daryl Thomas was watching races from Grand River Raceway in Canada and saw a horse that he just had to have. Thomas excitedly contacted his trainer, Sarita Mosher, and together they went across the border and plunked down $7,.500(US) for Whistle Bear, a 5-year-old Armbro Operative gelding with decent credentials. In his first start for his new owner Whistle Bear breezed to a n...
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Yonkers to race Dec. 21

on 12/13/2006 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has been granted permission to add a live harness program Thursday evening, Dec. 21. First post is 7:40 pm. \"Since we are dark both Christmas Eve and Christmas Night, we wanted to make up one of those programs, and we\'d like to thank the (New York State Racing & Wagering) Board for its cooperation,\" said Yonkers general manager Bob Galterio. Yonkers Raceway\'s usual live harn...
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Shake Away equals her mark

on 12/13/2006 12:00 AM
Shake Away, whose first foal, a Western Hanover colt, was sold as a yearling at Harrisburg last month, scored the first win of her comeback, conquering seven rivals in a powerful 1:51 triumph to win the $24,000 Filly and Mare Open-Handicap Pace Tuesday night at Dover Downs. In her seventh start back after sustaining a leg injury early last spring, the Shake Away of old, trained and driven by Ji...
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NJ starts marketing program

on 12/13/2006 12:00 AM
Nancy Webster Peck has been selected to head a newly formed New Owners and Marketing Program under the auspices of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOA). Peck will focus on developing marketing strategies, materials, seminars, and events to educate and entertain those considering joining or rejoining the harness racing industry. It is expected that Peck will begi...
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Dream Rocket fires at Dover

on 12/12/2006 12:00 AM
Dream Rocket and Brian Sears got their picture taken after the $32,500 Preferred Pace while Gold Rocket A scored in the $30,000 Delaware Special on another big Monday card at Dover Downs. Brian Sears, who won two races during the program, opened up a two-length lead with Boy Oh Boy Stable\'s Dream Rocket at the head of the lane on the way to a 1:52.1 victory in the $32,500 feature. Maximum Vik...
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Michelle fastest in Niagara

on 12/12/2006 12:00 AM
A convoy of 3-year-old fillies–33 in total –was trucked to Woodbine Racetrack on Monday evening for the opening round of the three-week long Niagara Pacing Series, which was written for fillies that were non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of Oct. 31, 2006. Roses From Above ($6.90, $4.70, $3.40) took full advantage of her second-over trip in the first $18,000 split for Jack Moiseyev, who gui...
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