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Vernon Downs ends season

on 11/26/2006 12:00 AM
David Krol’s sophomore colt pacer Western Prize raced resolutely on the front end throughout the 10 th race to capture Saturday night’s $8,000 Open Handicap feature on closing night at Vernon Downs. Jimmy Whittemore, who earlier in the program was presented with the season’s most promising driver award, did the teaming for trainer Timothy Dunlap. He kept Western Prize alert and alive thr...
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Pampered Princess Scores

on 11/25/2006 12:00 AM
Pampered Princess ($2.40, $2.10, $2.10) posted her 10th victory of the year in the first of three $20,000 eliminations Friday night and earned a spot in the $410,000 Goldsmith Maid final at the Meadowlands. The Goldsmith Maid for trotting fillies is one of a quartet of stakes finals – the $1.7 million Four Final Four for 2 year olds--December 2. The first three finishers from each of the th...
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Stunt Man Hall wins prep

on 11/25/2006 12:00 AM
Owner-trainer-driver Toby Lynch Jr. guided Stunt Man Hall ($25.40, $9.60, $5.60) to a gate-to-wire victory in the $20,000 Valley Victory PrepFriday night at the Meadowlands. All the prep entrants are eligible for the $432,700 Valley Victory final December 2. Stunt Man Hall trotted the mile in 1:58.2, matching his lifetime best. The son of Conway Hall has four wins, four seconds and one third f...
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Hennessey wins seven

on 11/25/2006 12:00 AM
Chip And Gale A ($19.20) and driver Daryl Bier were the upset winners Friday at Pompano Park in the $10,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace, scoring by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:54. Driver Wally Hennessey was unable to hit the board in the top race of the night but still stole the show for the evening as he won seven races on the card. The first time Hennessey won seven races on a single card was at Pompano ...
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Records set at Chester

on 11/25/2006 12:00 AM
Pride and Carrie’s Credit both established track records in capturing respective divisions of the first leg of the Shep’s Pride late closer series at Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack. The Shep’s Pride divisions offered $20,000 purses to trotters who had not won $75,000 in 2006. Pride, sent off at odds of 9-2, made the most of a second-over trip behind prohibitive favorite Magic Swan...
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The Big Cat pounces

on 11/25/2006 12:00 AM
Gunther Unflat’s The Big Cat claimed the featured trot, while Artachebythenumber and Chick Flick were named the meet’s top pacer and trotter, respectively, at Vernon Downs on Friday night. Howard Okukso Jr., the current campaign’s top driver and trainer secured his 35th victory after he teamed The Big Cat to a come-from-behind 1:57.3 triumph in Friday’s $6,000 ninth race, the week’s ...
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Two Gov. Cup elims

on 11/25/2006 12:00 AM
Always A Virgin and Takeshigemichi captured their respective $20,000 Governors Cup eliminations Saturday night at the Meadowlands and advanced to the $450,000 final for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers Saturday, Dec. 2. Always A Virgin and Andy Miller left the quickest from post six and grabbed the lead to the quarter in :27.4. Then David Miller swooped Sutter Hanover into lead and set the pa...
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Queen Serene cruises

on 11/25/2006 12:00 AM
Queen Serene took an early lead and cruised to a 1:57 victory by 2 ½ lengths over Velma K in the $330,476 Hudson Trot final at Yonkers Raceway Saturday night. The victory by Queen Serene ended the 10-race win streak by Hidden Viggorish, who spoiled her chances by going off stride in the first turn. Queen Serene, who had the outside post eight, charged down the backstretch the first time and wa...
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Lady Maud a Delight

on 11/25/2006 12:00 AM
Darlin’s Delight held off the stretch challenges from Grandiose Gal and Caviart Sydney and captured the $291,456 Lady Maud for 3-year-old filly pacers in 1:55 at Yonkers Saturday night. With Yannick Gingras in the bike, Darlin’s Delight moved into the lead from post six at the :27.4 quarter. After a half in :58.1, Lets Imagine made a big rush from the back of the field to challenge Darlin...
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Palone Ranger surprises

on 11/25/2006 12:00 AM
Palone Ranger took to the passing lane and blew past the pace setting Perfect Union and drew off to an easy 1:54.3 victory in the $546,830 Messenger Stakes, the third leg of the pacing Triple Crown at Yonkers Raceway Saturday night. Perfect Union, with David Miller in the bike, shot into the lead at the start and set the pace with fractions of :28.1, :56.3 and 1:25.3. Breeders Crown champion Sh...
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Glidemaster wins Trot

on 11/25/2006 12:00 AM
In a tremendous display of heart and determination Glidemaster endured a first-over trip the last half mile of the race and captured the $728,930 Yonkers Trot in 1:55.4 to become the eighth horse in harness racing history to win trotting’s Triple Crown. Earlier this year the Yankee Glide colt captured the Hambletonian in 1:51.1 and the Kentucky Futurity in 1:51.3. In his first career start ov...
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Isabella wins prep

on 11/25/2006 12:00 AM
Isabella Blue Chip prepped for next week’s $439,000 Three Diamonds final for 2-year-old filly pacers with a wire to wire 1:53.3 victory Saturday night at the Meadowlands in the $20,000 prep for seven of next week’s finalists. Tidewater Dragon Fly opted not to race in the prep. With Jack Moiseyev in the bike, Isabella Blue Chip cut fractions of :29, :57.2 and 1:26 en route to her seventh tri...
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Pierce Scores 6,000th win

on 11/23/2006 12:00 AM
Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce has one more thing to be thankful for – he now has 6,000 career victories. The milestone victory for Pierce, 50, came in 1:56.1 with Punk Man in the final race Wednesday night at the Meadowlands, the 10th-race conditioned trot. Pierce, who ranks third in all-time career earnings with $118 million, has joined 32 drivers to reach the 6,000-victory plateau. T...
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Tweedle Dum wins 19th

on 11/23/2006 12:00 AM
Tweedle Dum became the winningest racehorse in a single season in Pompano Park history Wednesday, scoring his 19th victory in the seventh race $10,000 Open Handicap Trot. Also the winningest trotter in North America this year, Tweedle Dum and driver Walter Ross, Jr. led from start to finish, winning by 4 1/4 lengths in 1:55.4 over Guy Gets Girl with U Toe The Bike third. The previous record of...
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Tetrick wins 5 at Dover

on 11/23/2006 12:00 AM
Despite effects of a \"Nor\'easter\" blasting heavy rain and strong winds, Breeze Hill Will continued his late Fall success story, scoring a 1:56.1 victory in the $24,000 Open Handicap trot on a cold and dank Wednesday, at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick drove Breeze Hill Will to the victory, one of his five wins on the card, including a \"hat trick\" of all three feature trots. Tetrick raced Breeze ...
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Filly upsets elders at DD

on 11/22/2006 12:00 AM
Badlands Iron Lady, the only filly facing a field of seasoned distaff pacers, won the $24,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace Tuesday at Dover Downs. In the feature, Ron Pierce drove the 3-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover to her second straight victory in the week\'s top distaff event recording a 1:51.3 victory on a chilly night. Pierce took Badlands Iron Lady into the lead in front of ...
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Four Classic finals drawn

on 11/22/2006 12:00 AM
Four surprisingly small but exceptional fields of the star older trotters and pacers converge on Dover Downs for $250,000 finals, all over a distance of 1 1/4 miles on Million-Dollar Monday, Nov. 27. Five will start in the $250,000 Trotting Classic led by Todd Shadel and trainer-driver Roger Hammer\'s Vivid Photo, a winner of three of his last four starts including last week\'s preliminary leg...
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Strong field in Matron 3CP

on 11/22/2006 12:00 AM
The $213,845 Matron final for 3-year-old colt pacers has been drawn and the race has a strong local connection as trainer George Teague has a powerhouse two-horse entry in Total Truth, co-owned by Only Money and Teague and his sister, Brenda, and Western Ace, owned by Kovach Stables and Teague Inc. Total Truth is the leading money-winning pacer this season banking more than $1.4 million. Hall ...
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Illinois\'s Propes resigns

on 11/22/2006 12:00 AM
Illinois Racing Board Chairman Lorna Propes has submitted a letter of resignation to Governor Blagojevich, effective immediately, following the Dec. 12 Board meeting. At that time a formal announcement will be made. (IRB)
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Harness test at Keeneland

on 11/22/2006 12:00 AM
A world record of sorts was achieved Tuesday, Nov. 21, when the 3-year-old pacing filly Scenic Bay, driven by Dan Shetler, won an exhibition race at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, covering one mile in 2:07.4 over the Polytrack. On Nov. 17 Scenic Bay won in 2:03.2 over the half-mile Thunder Ridge Raceway oval. The exhibition race was organized by Keeneland so a group representing a planned ...
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