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USTA committees meet

on 11/16/2006 12:00 AM
The Executive and Finance Committees of the U.S. Trotting Association met in Columbus, Ohio this past weekend to discuss the status of several projects and issues. The Executive Committee, which is comprised of one representative from each of the USTA\'s districts, plus some of the association\'s elected officers, meets twice per year to hear reports from the USTA staff, and to advise management r...
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Terry Tucker dies at 57

on 11/16/2006 12:00 AM
Funeral services for Kentucky horseman Terry Tucker, 57, who died in Florida Thursday after a short battle with cancer, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Gary Panoch Funeral Home in Boca Raton. Burial will be in his hometown of Campbellsville, Ky. For many years Tucker trained and drove horses throughout the Midwest, especially at tracks in his home state. for the past seven years he had wor...
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Knox promoted at HoP

on 11/16/2006 12:00 AM
Tammy Knox has been promoted to director of marketing and publicity at Hoosier Park. Knox previously had been director of publicity for the Anderson pari-mutuel racetrack. Knox, a graduate of Murray State University, has been employed by Hoosier Park since its inaugural season in 1994. She began her career at Hoosier Park in the race office before moving to head up racetrack publicity in 1995. ...
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A badlands win at Dover

on 11/15/2006 12:00 AM
Ron Pierce moved Badlands Iron Lady three wide on the final turn on the way to a 1:52.3 triumph in the $24,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace Tuesday at Dover Downs. Trainer Joe Hundertpfund won two races to bring his consecutive win streak to five while Ross Wolfenden had four driving wins. The only filly meeting seven veteran distaffs in the week\'s top female pace, Badlands Iron Lady followed the...
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Gulfstream to open slots

on 11/15/2006 12:00 AM
Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino will become the first racetrack in Florida to turn on its slot machines as the site announced it will open Wednesday. Track officials said no advertising would be done until after a private party on Thursday night, but decided to go ahead with the opening of the 516-slot machine parlor immediately after receiving approval from the state. \"Why not open (Wednesday...
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9 races at Yonkers Friday

on 11/15/2006 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway is pleased to announce the resumption of both live racing and simulcasting Friday, with first post for the nine-race live program at 7:40 p.m., with expanded simulcasting beginning just after 12 noon. Yonkers last offered parimutuel racing June 25, 2005, before embarking on a $240 million construction project for the installation of video gaming machines. Presently, there are n...
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Classic Series to Big M

on 11/15/2006 12:00 AM
The Classic Series (TCS) moves to New Jersey for the third and last preliminary leg of the 2006 Series on Saturday, with the four $85,000 divisions of the Series helping to kick off the fall meet at the Meadowlands. Three of the divisions have had repeat winners in each of the first two legs and those horses will be competing again on Saturday. Casimir Camotion has been in raging form thu...
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Indiana race dates set

on 11/15/2006 12:00 AM
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission approved a 2007 racing calendar Tuesday, Nov. 14 that calls for 143 days of harness racing in the state. The schedule signals a net gain of two racing days over the 2006 schedule and a 12-day gap between meets at Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs. Hoosier Park will kick off a 61-day meet beginning April 6 and concluding June 30. Racing will be conducted Wednesda...
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No elims for Yonkers\' stakes

on 11/15/2006 12:00 AM
Eight sophomore male trotters, including supplemental entry Glidemaster in his quest to complete the Triple Crown, have been entered in the $728,000 Yonkers Trot, while six pacers will line up behind the gate in the $546,830 Messenger Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings. No eliminations are needed for either contest, with the two finals going postward Saturday, Nov. 25. Glidemaster’s con...
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Jet, David duel at Maywood

on 11/15/2006 12:00 AM
Jereme’s Jet (3-2, Dave Magee), the 2005 Dan Patch winner as the sport’s top freshman pacing colt, and world record holder My Boy David (8-5, Andy Miller), have been installed as the co-favorites for the $250,000 Windy City Pace Friday night at Maywood Park. The showcase event will be supported by three other added money stakes on the card—the $110,000 Galt for 3-year-old male trotters, the ...
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Driven to win at Dover

on 11/14/2006 12:00 AM
Driven To Win closed strongly to score a 1:50.4 victory in the $32,500 Preferred Handicap Pace Monday at Dover Downs. Black Cat Bone used similar strategy to take the $30,000 Delaware Special. Driver Ross Wolfenden drove four winners, Ron Pierce three wins, while Joe Hundertpfund had a training triple. In the first Preferred feature of the meet, David Miller pulled Driven To Win to the outside...
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Jim Campbell to return

on 11/14/2006 12:00 AM
Trainer-turned-restaurateur Jim Campbell is returning to harness racing. Campbell is in the process of selling his New Jersey-shore pizza cafe, Jimmy C’s, and restocking his stable at White Birch Farm. Campbell, 44, did most of the cooking at the restaurant. \"After being away from racing for a while, I really missed it,\" Campbell said. \"Horses are a lot of work, but it’s a different type...
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Pocono first to have slots

on 11/14/2006 12:00 AM
With two successful test runs under its belt, the video lottery parlor at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will open on Tuesday, with the Friday and Sunday sessions—by invitation only—reportedly bringing in a total of $95,049, of which $32,317 (34 percent) went to property-tax relief as required by law. The site will be the first in Pennsylvania to open its slots parlor, with the $70 million fac...
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Palone Ranger now with Peck

on 11/14/2006 12:00 AM
Palone Ranger\'s sophomore season was derailed following the New Jersey Classic earlier this year after being diagnosed with a heart murmur caused by a virus, and the future of one of 2005\'s leading 2 year olds is still up in the air. Palone Ranger returned to the races in early September, and has had two seconds, a third and two fourths in his five starts since. “We really don’t know what...
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Partial lift of NJ quarantine

on 11/14/2006 12:00 AM
A quarantine of horses at Monmouth Park for cases of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) was partially lifted Monday after tests on two horses showing possible signs of the disease last weekend came back negative. With those two horses testing negative for the virus, the quarantine was lifted on horses in the “general population” barns at Monmouth. Since the quarantine was instituted on Oct. 26, none...
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Big purses for Final Four

on 11/14/2006 12:00 AM
The purses for this year’s Fall Final Four, the focus of a $2 million stakes schedule for the 21-date holiday harness meet at the Meadowlands, are expected to surpass their estimates. Director of Racing and Racing Secretary Tad Stockman reports that the finals of the quartet of 2-year-old stakes on Dec. 2 will surpass the $300,000 to $375,000 originally announced. “Due to the number of hors...
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Supplement to Yonkers Trot

on 11/14/2006 12:00 AM
Glidemaster will get his chance to become trotting’s seventh Triple Crown champion as his connections have decided to supplement the 3-year-old colt to the Yonkers Trot. If eliminations are needed they will be raced Saturday night, Nov. 18, at Yonkers Raceway, with the $750,000 (est.) final scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 25. Glidemaster has already won the Hambletonian and Kentucky Futurity, an...
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Meadows sale completed

on 11/14/2006 12:00 AM
Magna Entertainment Corp. (MEC) announced Tuesday that it had completed the sale of The Meadows to PA Meadows LLC, a company owned by Cannery Casino Resorts LLC. PA Meadows LLC made a payment of $175 million in cash and delivered a $25 million holdback agreement, in full satisfaction of the notes issued to MEC on July 26, 2006. The $25 million holdback is payable to MEC over a five-year period,...
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Tom L. Smith suspended

on 11/13/2006 12:00 AM
Lebanon Raceway\'s leading trainer Tom L. Smith has received a one-year suspension and $1,000 fine as a result of a high post-race blood gas test on Rick\'s On Belief at Lebanon on Sept. 30. Smith, 38, was the leading trainer at the recent early portion of the fall meet at The Red Mile in Lexington, Ky. Rick\'s On Belief had a blood-gas reading of 37.6mm/liter; the state of Ohio has a threshold...
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Mister Big sold for $255,000

on 11/12/2006 12:00 AM
Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Pace runner-up Mister Big sold for $255,000 to Virgil Morgan Jr., acting as agent for Joseph Muscara, on Saturday at Harrisburg. Mister Big has six wins in 26 career starts and earnings of $381,275 for owners Kentuckiana Racing Stable, Tom Crouch and Pinske Stables. He had been trained by Tim Pinske. Carr’s Character, who also started in this year\'s Breeders Cr...
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