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Matron elims also held

on 11/06/2006 12:00 AM
Total Truth and Shark Gesture won the two $35,000 Progress Pace eliminations at Dover Downs Sunday while Trond Smedshammer drove two Matron elims with a favorite Queen Serene and 22-1 longshot Likeabatoutahell. Buck I St. Pat and Algiers Hall won the other Matron trots while My Little Dragon took the Matron pace for 3-year-old fillies. Ron Pierce left quickly with the George Teague-trained Tota...
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Gural wins Messenger Award

on 11/06/2006 12:00 AM
Jeffrey R. Gural, who persevered for more than two years to return Vernon Downs to life, and built Tioga Downs, a shining new small track for harness racing near Binghamton, N.Y., is the winner of Harness Tracks of America’s Stan Bergstein Messenger Award for 2006. The Messenger, HTA’s highest honor, goes annually to an individual or organization for exceptionally outstanding and meritorio...
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Little Miss Dragon WR at DD

on 11/05/2006 12:00 AM
World records were re-written in 2006 Matron Stakes eliminations at Dover Downs on Saturday, Nov 4, as Little Miss Dragon (1:52.2) and Adrian Chip (1:55.3) are the new additions to the all-time fastest freshman class in the filly pace and colt trot categories. Last November, My Little Dragon, owned by Adam Victor & Son Stable, of New York, NY, won the Matron freshman filly pace with Hall of Fa...
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Smoky Bonz wins VD feature

on 11/05/2006 12:00 AM
The swift-footed pacer Smoky Bonz extended his tender winning streak to two with a 1:53.1 victory in the $8,000 featured ninth race at Vernon Downs on Saturday night. Owned by the Purple Haze Stable LLC and George Wyman, the favored Smoky Bonz traveled on the outside from last at the quarter, advancing from fifth at the half to second at the third station. With trainer Howard Okusko Jr. doin...
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Putnam drives MPM two-fer

on 11/05/2006 12:00 AM
Carl Putnam drove both winners of the Michigan Pari-Mutuel Stakes Saturday night at Northville Downs: Shoe In in the $98,400 final for 4-year-old colt trotters in 1:59.2 and Do Me Good in the $99,050 final for 4-year-old mare pacers in 1:57.3. Shoe In, a gelding by Keystone Nordic also trained by Putnam, won by a length for owners Gary and Mary Johnson. He has won five of 17 starts this year an...
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Dillander double in Am-Nat

on 11/05/2006 12:00 AM
Four American National eliminations were contested Saturday night at Balmoral Park, with driver Jason Dillander piloting two of the divisional winners. In the $22,300 American National elim for 2-year-old trotting fillies, Jason Dillander guided Sweet Alabama to victory in 1:59.1, giving the daughter of Conway Hall a perfect steer for trainer Osvaldo Formia. Formia conditions Sweet Alabama fo...
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Campbell has surgery

on 11/05/2006 12:00 AM
News filtering around the Harrisburg yearling auction on Sunday afternoon included an update on the condition of Hall of Fame driver John Campbell, and confirmation that Cammie Haughton will not be the presiding judge at the Meadowlands when the track opens it harness meet on Nov. 17. Horseman Jim Campbell was looking at yearlings at the Harrisburg auction on Sunday afternoon and reported that ...
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Chewy Gross in record 1:51

on 11/05/2006 12:00 AM
Seven-year-old Chewy Gross sat a pocket trip for driver Ron Pierce, then edged away late from RJ’s Wild Card to capture Sunday’s featured open handicap at Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack in a track-record 1:51. The Josh Green trainee established a new pacing mark for aged geldings. “We sat a perfect trip,” said Pierce, “and when I asked him, he just fought his way to the wire...
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1:51.4 mark for Wilma Hall

on 11/04/2006 12:00 AM
Wilma Hall set a track record for distaffers at Pompano Park on Friday night in winning the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for mares in 1:51.3 for driver Brett Miller. The 5-year-old daughter of Blissfull Hall, owned by the Knockout Stable of Margate, Fla. and trained by Jim McDonald, eclipsed the former mark of 1:51.4, set by Kadijah in 2003 and equaled by Hyde Park Hussie N in June of this year. ...
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Speed of Shogun wins Open

on 11/04/2006 12:00 AM
Speed Of Shogun carried out the favorite’s role to perfection in capturing Friday night’s $15,000 Open Handicap Trot in 1:58 at Vernon Downs. Jim Meittinis, who chalked up three wins during Friday’s 12-race program, urged Speed Of Shogun to the front from the outside six post in the evening’s 10th contest and the two were never headed en route to a 1-3/4 length triumph over the pocket-s...
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2YO Matron elims at Dover

on 11/04/2006 12:00 AM
Nine Matron Stakes 2-year-old elimination divisions dominate a stakes laded Saturday, Nov. 4, card at Dover Downs. There are three filly trot elims, and two each for colt trotters and colt and filly pacers. First post is 5:30 p.m. The pacing divisions boast the highest elim purses. In a $36,862 elim, Kal Liebowitz and Marc Rubach\'s Artzina, with Jack Moiseyev at the controls for trainer Dylan ...
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Progress, Matron elims Sun.

on 11/04/2006 12:00 AM
The sport\'s top 3 year olds now racing take center stage at Dover Downs on Sunday, Nov. 5. The outstanding program features two $35,000 Progress Pace eliminations and five Matron Stakes elims. Several Breeders Crown champions and major stakes winners with the sport\'s leading trainers and drivers vying to make next Sunday\'s lucrative finals. First post is 5:30 p.m. ET. Major stakeswinners gal...
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Snaffle wins Maywood series

on 11/04/2006 12:00 AM
Given a garden trip from driver Mike Oosting, Fox Valley Snaffle pulled off a mild upset in Friday night’s $35,000 Associates Stakes, the third and final leg of Maywood Park Pacing Series, with a 1:53.2 victory. Sent off as the third choice of five betting interests in the 11th race feature, Oosting took advantage of leaving from the pole position with Fox Valley Snaffle ($8.20) and grabbed t...
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Secret Grin tops in Trillium

on 11/04/2006 12:00 AM
After struggling through her last three starts, 2-year-old pacing filly Secret Grin finally found her way back to the winner’s circle on Friday evening with a 1:54.3 upset in Trillium Series action at Woodbine Racetrack. Secret Grin, who led the Grassroots point standings with four wins in five regular season starts, cruised to a two-length triumph over the heavily-favored Appleoosa Hanover a...
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VA Breeders win 9th straight

on 11/04/2006 12:00 AM
Justasplashofwhite lived up to her 1-2 odds and stretched her unbeaten streak to nine with a 2½ length victory in the $43,300 Virginia Breeders final for 2-year-old filly pacers Saturday afternoon at Colonial Downs. Driver Victor Kirby sent Justasplashofwhite right to the lead and the Shotgun Scott filly was never seriously threatened. Justasplashofwhite set solid opening fractions of :27.3 an...
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Pocono presents check to Gov.

on 11/04/2006 12:00 AM
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell accepted the state’s first $50 million check from Robert Soper, president and CEO of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, for a casino license in a ceremony conducted Friday at Genetti’s Best Western Hotel and Conference Center in Wilkes-Barre. The $50 million will be funneled into the state’s property tax relief fund. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will be the first...
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O\'Mara takes Indy title

on 11/04/2006 12:00 AM
Indiana Downs closed out its 2006 harness meeting Saturday, Nov. 4 with a 12-race afternoon card. Mark O’Mara was named the Shelbyville oval’s leading driver after guiding 116 winners during the 81-day meet. Jeff Brewer earned the training title on the strength of five wins over the final two programs. O’Mara scored two wins Saturday afternoon to put the finishing touches on his first dri...
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Godiva Hall preps for Am Nat

on 11/04/2006 12:00 AM
Freshman trotter Godiva Hall received a bye for Saturday night’s American National elimination at Balmoral Park, but trainer Peter Foley wanted to tighten up his charge prior to the Nov. 11 final. Saturday afternoon at Indiana Downs the Like A Prayer two year old swept from last to first to win a $10,000 event in 1:58.1. Indiana Downs’ leading driver Mark O’Mara was in the bike for the one a...
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Blissfully High wins RcR Open

on 11/04/2006 12:00 AM
Blissfully High scored a pocket trip to capture the $6,000 featured pace at Rosecroft Raceway on Saturday night in 1:56.4. The 4-year-old Blissfull High mare was driven expertly to victory by co-owner Brian Burton. Burton guided the mare off of the gate from post five and tucked in the two-hole behind 2-1 shot Sailongtong. Sailongtong, driven by Art Stafford, Jr., led the field through frac...
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Colonial\'s day of champs

on 11/03/2006 12:00 AM
Live racing in the Old Dominion will conclude for the year with Virginia harness racing’s biggest day, the Harness Day of Champions, on Saturday afternoon. Undefeated filly Justasplashofwhite’s quest to add yet another stakes victory to her unblemished record and top trotter Lolique’s assault on one of Colonial’s toughest track records should ensure an exciting coda to the 2006 season at t...
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