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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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Artzina only Dover favorite

on 11/12/2006 12:00 AM
There were surprises galore at Dover Downs Saturday as three of the four favorites in the lucrative Matron finals for freshmen were upset, with those titles going to a 21-1 longshot, a mid-priced horse and a maiden. Only favored Artzina came away with a win in the final for freshman male pacers. In the $221,176 Matron 2-Year-Old Colt final, Artzina battled back in a stirring stretch duel with 1...
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Pure Ivory cruises again

on 11/12/2006 12:00 AM
Moving Pictures and Pure Ivory proved to be the most convincing of winners Saturday night at Woodbine, as the pair of 3-year-old fillies notched wins in their divisions of the rich Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association (SBOA) stakes. Moving Pictures added to her late-season roll in the $205,850(C) Pace, passing WEG Award winner In Trepid Water along the backstretch before tallying a gri...
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Hennessey sweeps features

on 11/12/2006 12:00 AM
Eleven AM, put to one of his most severe tests of the season, gamely prevailed in the $10,000 Open Pace at Pompano Park on Saturday night for his second consecutive win in this top class. Driven by Bruce Ranger for the Berry Stables of Staten Island, N.Y., Eleven AM just lasted by a head over Welu’s Dreamboat and Anthony Napolitano. Star Role, handled by Wally Hennessey, was a very fast closing ...
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Changes in Big M paddock

on 11/12/2006 12:00 AM
The back paddock has undergone the first step of a two-part renovation and will be open for business when harness racing returns to the Meadowlands on Friday, Nov. 17, with the first phase of the $10.5 million project featuring new lighting, heating and cooling systems for the existing structure, which has been utilized since the track opened in 1976. \"Standardbred horsemen, for some time, ha...
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Fever and Vigg win Am Nats

on 11/12/2006 12:00 AM
Cabana Fever defeated Sportsfancy by a head in the $130,000 American National final for 2-year-old filly pacers Saturday night at Balmoral Park. The Chicago racetrack was the site of five lucrative finals on the card. Ryan Anderson drove Cabana Fever, a daughter of Real Desire, to the 1:52.2 victory. Joe Seekman trains for owners Lee and Linda Devisser, Sawgrass Farms and Helping Hands Stables....
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Dover also hosts 3 Matrons

on 11/12/2006 12:00 AM
On a rain drenched, windy Sunday, Nov. 12, at Dover Downs, just before the $348,900 Progress Pace, the rain stopped, the wind slowed and the home-state horse, Total Truth responded with a front-pacing 1:52.2 victory. Trotters Algiers Hall and Queen Serene won the Matron sophomore trots while Caviart Sydney pulled a stunning upset. Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce left at the start and taxied Tot...
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Jet favored at Maywood

on 11/11/2006 12:00 AM
Jereme’s Jet, the 2005 Dan Patch winner as the sport’s top freshman pacing colt, and the world champion My Boy David have been installed as the co-favorites for the upcoming $250,000 Windy City Pace at Maywood Park. Also to be raced on the Friday, Nov. 17 card is the $100,000 Galt Memorial for second-season male trotters, the $105,000 Abe Lincoln for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, and t...
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