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TCS nominations announced

on 03/05/2007 12:00 AM
The Classic Series (TCS) will showcase the cream of the crop for each division of older trotters and pacers when it gets underway in just over a month. The first preliminary leg is set for Dover Downs on Monday, April 9. The Pacing Classic pits 2006 Dan Patch Older Pacer of the Year Lis Mara and two-time defending Pacing Classic champ Boulder Creek against last season’s best 3 year olds, led ...
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Frank Ready dies

on 03/05/2007 12:00 AM
Francis X. “Frank” Ready, who served as the executive vice president of the U.S. Trotting Association from 1982 until 1993, died on March 2 following a brief illness. Since the time of his retirement he had been living in Great Falls, Va. Details regarding funeral arrangements were not immediately available. Ready joined the USTA as its executive vice president in August 1982 and served ...
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Salvi joining Tioga/Vernon

on 03/05/2007 12:00 AM
Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs are pleased to announce the addition of Nick Salvi, Regional Director of Racing as the newest member to their racing staff. Salvi comes to Tioga & Vernon Downs after serving as race secretary at Pompano Park and at The Red Mile. He also currently serves as the Executive Director for The Classic Series. “I look forward to working with the enthusiastic young staff ...
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148 eligible to Brown Jug

on 03/05/2007 12:00 AM
The Dan Patch 2-year-old pacing colt champion Artzina, Breeders Crown winner Charley Barley, and the leading juvenile money winner Yankee Skyscaper are the early favorites among 148 eligibles to the 62nd Little Brown Jug. The $575,000-est. Little Brown Jug will be raced Thursday afternoon, September 20 at the Delaware (OH) County Fairgrounds. rtzina is owned by Kalman and Saul Liebowitz and Ma...
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Pierce wins 4 Saturday

on 03/04/2007 12:00 AM
Cheered on by his own “good luck charm,\" his mom, driver Ron Pierce steered four winners on the Saturday night card at the Meadowlands. Pierce, who averaged a $17.20 payout for the night, has been on a hot streak since his mother, Dolores Brower, arrived from Seattle to visit him. With Saturday’s grandslam, the Hall of Famer has won eight races so far this week. He kicked things off by win...
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Tioga tourney starts June 3

on 03/04/2007 12:00 AM
Tioga Downs has announced the new Rags to Riches Series, a $100,000 (est.) event for $10,000 claimers, which will mirror the elimination style of the NCAA basketball tournaments. Tioga is trying to capture the excitement the tournament creates, and insert it into harness racing. As is the case with the NCAA tournament, 81 horses start the first week and are then pared to 36, and then down to 18 be...
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Shadow best at Yonkers

on 03/04/2007 12:00 AM
Week after week of brutal trips might discourage lesser lads, but that hearty Michigan stock--both horse and driver--came to the fore in Saturday night\'s $35,000 Open Pace at Yonkers Raceway. Shadow\'s Best Buddy and exclusive escort Larry Stalbaum were first-over winners of the night\'s big prize, once again doing the hard way. \"That\'s the way he like it,\" Stalbaum said. \"He wants to be u...
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Big M to cut a day

on 03/04/2007 12:00 AM
Facing a horse shortage caused in part by higher purses being paid at Yonkers Raceway, the Meadowlands has received permission from the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey to cut its weekly schedule of racing by one day. Which day will be dropped is expected to be announced early this week. Last Friday night\'s card included just two full fields of 10, and live handle on ...
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Burning Point wins by neck

on 03/03/2007 12:00 AM
Burning Point and Miss Galvinator A squared off at Yonkers Raceway Friday night in a $35,000 feature, and Burning Point, the 2006 Pacing Mare of the Year, walked away the winner. She scored by a slim neck over Miss Galvinator A in 1:54.3. Burning Point, driven by Stephane Bouchard, was making her first purse try since late November. Any thought that she would be raced easy off the layoff was di...
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More purse money in NY

on 03/03/2007 12:00 AM
Tioga and Vernon Downs have announced their projected purse account numbers for the 2007 meets, with both tracks increasing payouts. This year, the Nichols, N.Y. track will pay out a projected $80,000 per card over 57 dates, while Vernon will pay out a projected $50,000 per card in purses over 90 dates. Both tracks will offer several new events this year. Vernon will host top horses by offering...
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Six-bagger for Tony at DD

on 03/02/2007 12:00 AM
Tony Morgan won six races including his 11,000th career victory with Fresh Deck to highlight the Thursday card at Dover Downs, while Swing Master and Iwannabesedated won the co-features and the sport\'s leading driver Tim Tetrick had a triple. Morgan made a great start on course for his next target, 12,000 wins, as he guided Fresh Deck to a 1:54.3 victory in a $10,500 pace, his 11,000th win. ...
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Lynch out until summer

on 03/02/2007 12:00 AM
Top Delaware horseman Toby Lynch will be out of action until this summer as he recovers from knee surgery performed last month. Lynch injured his knee last month necessitating an operation and a period of several months with his knee in a cast. Lynch owns two top 3 year olds this season: the outstanding filly pacer Southwind Tempo and the top trotter, Stunt Man Hall.
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On the ball again at Sar

on 03/02/2007 12:00 AM
Express Ball N has found the fast track to the winner’s circle at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, taking the featured $17,000 Fillies & Mares Open Thursday for the second consecutive start. This week, Express Ball N had no problem finding the top, easily grabbing the lead just past the firsty turn. Trainer-driver Ron Cushing was merely along for the ride as the classy 5 year old proved why she...
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Speed badge to Spectacular

on 03/02/2007 12:00 AM
Speed honors for the fastest mile on the nine-race Meadowlands card Thursday night went to the Illinois-bred Spectacular Cam, who--in direct contrast to her wire-to-wire win last week--rallied from behind to score in 1:53 in a $17,500 conditioned pace. With David Miller in the sulky, Spectacular Cam closed from sixth at the half to defeat Odds On Diana by 1 1/4 lengths, with Bell Bottom Pans th...
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Housewife with a gap

on 03/02/2007 12:00 AM
She hadn\'t raced in three weeks and was coming off a break, but that didn\'t stop the talented Desperatehousewife from getting back on the winning track as she captured the Thursday\'s Invitational Handicap Trot at Cal Expo in 1:57.1. Before starting from post five in the field of eight, driver Tim Maier got the news he wanted to hear about Desperatehousewife, given she hadn\'t raced since Feb...
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Zeron:We\'ll take a polygraph

on 03/02/2007 12:00 AM
Rick Zeron, who received an aminorex positive from the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) and has subsequently been barred from racing at Woodbine, Flamboro Downs or Georgian Downs, has told Standardbred Canada (SC) he is willing to take a lie detector test to prove his innocence. Speaking on behalf of himself and the six other trainers--Jeff Gillis, Anthony Haughan, Anthony Montini, Kevin O\'Reil...
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Jereme\'s Jet qualifies

on 03/02/2007 12:00 AM
Trainer Tom Harmer told harnessracing.com Friday afternoon that Jereme’s Jet will make his pari-mutuel debut in two weeks at Pompano Park before he ships the millionaire 4-year-old pacer to Yonkers for the George Morton Levy Series that begins the end of the month. Jereme’s Jet returned to the races Friday morning, winning a qualifier at Pompano Park in 1:54.1, although Harmer said his stop...
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Georgian, OHHA settle

on 03/02/2007 12:00 AM
Officials of Georgian Downs and the Ontario Harness Horse Associati(OHHA) have reportedly reached an agreement that will likely lead to the resumption of racing at that Ontario racetrack March 10. The terms of the agreement, which was reached after two full days of talks presided by a mediator, have not yet been disclosed. The agreement must still be approved by the OHHA, with a ratification me...
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Incredible Tempo in TLC

on 03/02/2007 12:00 AM
As Meadowlands announcer Sam McKee put it, the $60,000 Tender Loving Care Series final for 3-year-old pacing filliies was a \"blow out\" as Southwind Tempo scored by 11 1/2 lengths in a lifetime best 1:51.4 Friday night at the Meadowlands. The filly by Bettor\'s Delight has now won three of four starts this season after a three-for-three campaign as a freshman. Steve Elliott trains Southwind Te...
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Burning Point returns Fri.

on 03/01/2007 12:00 AM
Fresh off her acclamation Sunday night as 2006 Older Pacing Mare of the Year, Burning Point returns to the races for her 7-year-old season at Yonkers Raceway Friday night, taking on the highly-regarded Miss Galvinator A in the $35,000 Open Pace for fillies and mares. A winner of more than $2.7 million, Burning Point\'s biggest wins last year came in the Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands and the...
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