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Christoforou hits 5,000

on 12/02/2006 12:00 AM
Driver Chris Christoforou, 35, won his 5,000th career race Friday night at Woodbine, reaching the milestone number with a 1:55.1 effort behind Kristins Joy for trainer Joe Stutzman. Christoforou is a three-time O\'Brien winner for leading driver and has won many major stakes, including the Breeders Crown and Little Brown Jug.
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Race me to winner\'s circle

on 12/02/2006 12:00 AM
Owner Basil Kellis was able to make the 1,551 mile trek from his home in Wells, Maine, despite inclement weather, to Pompano Park just in time to see his horse, Race Me Valerie score a 7-1 upset win by a neck over Townline Lily in the $10,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace Friday. The feature started off with Golden Falcon N (David Ingraham) shooting to the early lead past Hyde Park Hussie N (Anthon...
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Tetrick hat trick at Yonkers

on 12/02/2006 12:00 AM
December and driver Tim Tetrick both made their debut at Yonkers Raceway Friday night and both figure to hang around for a while after he won his first three drives, all with favored pacing mares. Tetrick, who made a name for himself in home state of Illinois before relocating to Delaware earlier this season, wasted no time getting his feet wet on a wind-driven, rainy Westchester County evening. ...
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Isabella sets track record

on 12/02/2006 12:00 AM
With Sutter Hanover annexing the $450,000 Governor’s Cup, driver David Miller guided the winners of three of the four stakes that comprise the $1.7 million Fall Final Four on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Miller also won the $432,700 Valley Victory with Ogham and the $439,000 Three Diamonds with Isabella Blue Chip. He finished second in the $410,000 Goldsmith Maid with Gerri’s Joy. ...
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Snow Angels at Big M

on 12/01/2006 12:00 AM
Heavenly Beauty and Enhance The Night, both trained by Erv Miller, accounted for victories in two of the three $15,000 divisions of the opening round of the Snow Angel Series on Thursday night at the Meadowlands. The top 10 money-earners in the first two rounds of the series for 3-year-old pacing fillies will return for a $47,300 final on Dec. 14. Heavenly Beauty [$3.60, $2.80, $2.20] driven by...
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Records set at Chester

on 12/01/2006 12:00 AM
Trotters and track records were in the spotlight Thursday at Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack as Sir Perseverance and Party Lad took first leg divisions of the Richie Prospect, and Solveig and Stonetag captured second leg divisions of the Shep’s Pride late-closer series. Libfeld, Katz, and Goldband’s Sir Perseverance zipped to a new track mark for trotters when he went in 1:53.2 in wi...
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Hodes leaving Meadowlands

on 12/01/2006 12:00 AM
Meadowlands’ director of media relations Carol Hodes has told harnessracing.com she will be leaving the track sometime early in 2007 after taking the buyout offered by the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority. Hodes, a graduate of George Washington University with a BA in journalism, has worked for the Sports Authority for 25 years after a stint as a sports reporter for the Newark Star-Le...
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Calling all 14 year olds

on 12/01/2006 12:00 AM
Last year, for the first time in over a decade, Monticello Raceway was able to secure enough 14 year olds to present a race strictly for harness racing’s senior citizens just days before they turned 15 years old and were forced into mandatory retirement. Called the Au ReVoir Pace, despite the fact that one trotter competed in the wagering affair, the event was presented on Dec. 29, 2005, and ...
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Mares to meet at Pompano

on 12/01/2006 12:00 AM
Two of the top mares to have raced at Pompano Park this year, Chip And Gale A and Evere’s Connection, square off in the $10,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace Friday, with both coming off victories in their last start. Chip And Gale A starts from post five for driver Daryl Bier and last week won the Open Pace closing from fourth place at the top of the stretch to win by 1 3/4 lengths in 1:54. It wa...
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Move on into winner\'s circle

on 12/01/2006 12:00 AM
Move On, handled by Allan Davis, posted a 16-1 upset in Thursday\'s $40,000 claiming allowance feature at Dover Downs. Claimed a week ago by Davis and trainer Andy Fulton, Move On came through with a 1:53 front-end win. This is the 5-year-old Artsplace gelding\'s third ownership change in three weeks. Sea Man (Tim Tetrick), as in his previous winning start, came from far back but had to settle ...
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Pacer goes to bus stop

on 12/01/2006 12:00 AM
Trainer Greg Peck promised his 8-year-old son, Brendan, that if Palone Ranger won the Messenger last Saturday night at Yonkers he would bring the colt pacer to Brendan’s school bus stop. Palone Ranger did win the $546,830 Messenger, and Peck showed up with the victor at Brendan’s bus stop Thursday afternoon. “I think it’s a privilege to have him here,” Brendan told the Philadelphia In...
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Sharky Spur hits $1 million

on 12/01/2006 12:00 AM
Sharky Spur, a $19,000 yearling purchase, reached $1 million in career earnings Thursday night at The Meadows after a second-place finish in a conditioned pace. A winner of the Dan Patch Invitational, the 10-year-old son of Cam\'s Card Shark has started 232 times in his racing career and finished on the board in 129 of those starts. His career best mark is 1:49.4 and his biggest money-winning seas...
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Winbak Farm stud news

on 12/01/2006 12:00 AM
Winbak Farm has added the pacer Quik Pulse Mindale p,3, 1:48 to its stallion roster. Also, Winbak’s stallion Holy Guacamolie, a trotter with a mark of 1:52.3, will be moving to Winbak of Canada for the 2007 breeding season. Quik Pulse Mindale, one of the fastest 3 year olds in harness history, joins the stallion ranks at Pin Oak Lane Farm in Pennsylvania and will stand his first season under ...
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New scholarship winners

on 12/01/2006 12:00 AM
Cornell University pre-vet student Ariana Peluso was selected the $15,000 Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship winner for 2006 and will receive her check from sponsor Martin Scharf in the Meadowlands winner’s circle on Saturday night, Dec. 2. Three sons of New Jersey racetrack employees were also named recipients of the 2006 Vincent Abate Scholarships. Peluso, who hails from White Lake, N.Y., is an an...
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Horner appointed at WEG

on 12/01/2006 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group has announced Clay Horner, a longtime owner whose horses include this year\'s Ontario Sire Stakes-standout Doonbeg and top filly pacer Lady Mattgalane, was elected vice-chairman of the board of directors. Also, Nick Eaves was elected a director of the corporation and also appointed president and chief operating officer, reporting director to chairman and chief executiv...
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Manzi is \'Mr. Monticello\'

on 12/01/2006 12:00 AM
John Manzi, Monticello Gaming & Raceway’s longtime director of publicity and public relations, was recently honored by the management of Empire Resorts, Monticello Gaming & Raceway’s parent company, for his outstanding work over the past 26 years. “I was absolutely floored; it felt so good,” Manzi said. “It’s just wonderful to know that you’re appreciated; it’s like a vote of co...
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Harder suspended 30 days

on 12/01/2006 12:00 AM
Trainer Mark Harder has received a 30-day suspension and $500 fine after a positive test on his horse, 2005 Indiana Sire Stakes champion Alittlemore Action, at Harrah\'s Chester Downs Oct. 16. Harder received the penalties from the Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission after Alittlemore Action tested positive for the Class 4 drugs Dihydroergocornine, Dihydroergocryptine and Dihydroergocrist...
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Frosh gear up for finals

on 12/01/2006 12:00 AM
Sutter Hanover, possessing the fire of the dragon within him, rates as one of the favorites in Saturday night’s $450,000 Governor’s Cup at the Meadowlands. \"I\'ve never had a bad Dragon Again,” said trainer Mark Harder, referring to the sire of Sutter Hanover. “They\'ve all done well--good attitude, good gaited.\" Sutter Hanover has already banked more than $101,000 with four wins, thr...
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Wednesday DD wrap-up

on 11/30/2006 12:00 AM
Tony Morgan and Dyno Trevor made good use of the passing lane to get up in the closing strides to win the $24,000 Open trot on Wednesday at Dover Downs, while Sullivan Blue Chip, off at 5-1, took the $21,000 sub-feature Junior Open Trot. In the feature, Self Professed with Brad Hanners driving got away quickly to take the lead after the start and the Self Possessed gelding controlled the front ...
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Muscular upsets in Fla.

on 11/30/2006 12:00 AM
Muscular ($73.80), a 35-1 longshot, closed with a burst of speed in mid stretch to upset the field in capturing the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot at Pompano Park Wednesday. Owned, trained and driven to victory by Dave Mercer, Muscular posted his ninth win of the year with a 1:56.2 triumph over Muscle Boss Vita (Kevin Wallis) with Battleshoe Victor (Wally Hennessey) third. The feature race started ...
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