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Banker Ablaze by a nose

on 01/23/2007 12:00 AM
Banker Ablaze and driver Brett Miller had the lead when it mattered most, getting up in the shadow of the wire to win by a nose in 1:59.2 in the third race at Pompano Park Monday, a $7,000 Claiming Handicap Trot. Content to settle in third place as post-time favorite Lovin For Money (Bruce Ranger) coasted through opening fractions of :29 and 1:01.1, Banker Ablaze was shuffled back to fifth as ...
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Riedel awaits Lady Godiva

on 01/23/2007 12:00 AM
After winning two of the first four Lady Godiva Paces at Monticello Raceway, Jody Riedel is looking forward to this year’s event like a kid looks forward to Christmas. The fifth annual Lady Godiva Pace, a race strictly for lady harness drivers, is slated for Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, Feb. 14. It will be the second leg of the Mighty M’s Heritage Drivers Series of 2007. Riedel, who usu...
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Perretti named NJSS chair

on 01/23/2007 12:00 AM
Anthony J. Perretti, general manager of his family-owned breeding farm in Cream Ridge, N.J., has been elected chairman for 2007 of the board of trustees that administers the New Jersey Sire Stakes program in the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. For the past five years, Perretti has been responsible for direct supervision of all aspects of farm operations for the leading standardbred breedi...
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Tetrick, Morgan win three

on 01/22/2007 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick and Tony Morgan drove three winners each on a snowy Sunday at Dover Downs. Tetrick took the $16,000 Delaware pace feature with Flaming Moe, who scored in 1:54.4 over a track labeled as \"good.\" Todd Wise and Jeff Franklin\'s former Maritime standout Flaming Moe made his first 2007 start a winning one for leading driver Tetrick. Flaming Moe attacked pacesetter Paisan Hall (Eddie Dav...
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Two more arrests in CA case

on 01/22/2007 12:00 AM
Following the bribery sentencing of a former cohort, two more Cal Expo drivers--Todd Ratchford and Jason Maier--were arrested between races Jan. 18 in connection with an alleged conspiracy to fix a May 5, 2006, race at the Sacramento harness track. Ratchford, 42, and Maier, 24, posted bail the following morning and were released. Arraignment was scheduled for Jan. 26 in Sacramento Superior Cour...
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Court to hear Centaur appeal

on 01/22/2007 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Friday that it will hear an appeal by Centaur, an Indianapolis-based company, which was denied a license by the Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission. Centaur owns and operates Hoosier Park. In a two-page statement Friday, the high court said it would hear the appeal by Centaur Inc. on the basis of two questions dealing with the commission\'s decision-...
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Tom Walsh Jr. dies

on 01/22/2007 12:00 AM
Tom Walsh Jr., who owned 1994 Little Brown Jug winner Magical Mike, \'96 Jug winner Armbro Operative, and 1993 Adios champion Miles McCool, died Friday, Jan. 19, in Stuart, Fla., at the age of 78. Walsh was also a benefactor of the Delaware, Ohio, County Fair. He was a major contributor to build the Jug Barn and for many years sponsoring the Magical Mike Pace. Walsh was a native of Long Island,...
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Saratoga gaming expansion

on 01/22/2007 12:00 AM
As it approaches its third anniversary, Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, New York\'s first video gaming property, is in the midst of a construction project that will include a 45,000 square foot addition. The addition will include 431 more video gaming machines, the 300-seat Garden Buffet restaurant, and a two-story night club, Vapor.
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Split sample is positive

on 01/22/2007 12:00 AM
According to the New Jersey Racing Commission, the split sample taken from Doggone Incredible after a Dec. 9 race at the Meadowlands has come back positive for lidocaine. The horse trained by Mickey Burke finished second in the race. Lidocaine is a local anesthetic which can produce pain relief when applied to the skin. Frank Zanzuccki, executive director of the New Jersey Racing Commission, sa...
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Three trainers to Ill Hall

on 01/22/2007 12:00 AM
Trainers Erv Miller, Tom Simmons and Nelson Willis have been selected for induction into the Illinois Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Sonny Graham and Brian Pinske have been selected as immortal inductees into the Hall of Fame, while Fox Valley Memory and Kadabra will be the equine inductees. In other awards announced by the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association, Leo Burns, who at age 91 last ...
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Star Role wins Ppk Open

on 01/21/2007 12:00 AM
Star Role and driver Wally Hennessey gutted out a first-over trip to prevail in 1:53.2 in the third race feature event at Pompano Park Saturday, a $10,000 Open Pace. Driven alertly from the gate, Welu’s Dreamboat made the lead in the eight-horse affair and took the field through opening fractions of 27.2 and :56.3. Doctor Viagra ettled behind the leader in second place while Star Role was con...
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Boom Shakalaka is Special

on 01/21/2007 12:00 AM
Boom Shockalaka lowered the boom to win Saturday night\'s $13,800 feature at Dover Downs in 1:55.3. Dash win leader Tim Tetrick and 2006 champion Tony Morgan each drove five winners. Mike Horn and Bobby Rice\'s Boom Shockalaka made it two-in-a-row as Kevin Sizer drover the Blissfull Hall gelding to the victory in the featured Delaware Pace. Search And Rescue was runner-up. B Dee\'s Artist took ...
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Load The Dice rolls in Pres.

on 01/21/2007 12:00 AM
After having his own four-race streak snapped by Nuclear Breeze last week, Load The Dice turned the tables on his foe in the $50,000 second leg of the Presidential Series on Saturday night at the Meadowlands in 1:50.3. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Load The Dice sat third along the pylons as 4-5 favorite Nuclear Breeze battled Roddy\'s Bags Again for the lead against strong winds down the backstre...
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Wide Angle seizes glory

on 01/21/2007 12:00 AM
One week after making a break during the second leg of the Glorys Comet Trotting Series, Wide Angle Hanover bounced back beautifully with a narrow 1:53.4 victory in the C$89,500 final for older horses, Sunday afternoon at Woodbine. Jody Jamieson drove the 7-year-old Muscles Yankee gelding to the head score over 10-1 longshot Adam T for owner-trainer Paula Wellwood. Texas Photo, the near 5-2 fav...
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Win streaks end for mares

on 01/19/2007 12:00 AM
The the second night in a row, a big payoff occurred in series action at the Meadowlands. Thursday night Mysterious Dragon posted her first victory in seven weeks and paid $70.40 to win a division of the White Ruffles Series. In the process, Mysterious Dragon\'s 1:54.1 score also snapped the winning streaks of two other mares. It was a three-way charge to the wire as Mysterious Dragon prevailed...
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Blizzard winner a 116-1 shot

on 01/19/2007 12:00 AM
Armbro Decal and driver Jack Moiseyev pulled a massive upset Thursday evening at Woodbine in the $48,600 final of the Blizzard Pacing Series, triumphing in 1:54.3 at odds of 116-1 and returning $235 on a two-dollar win wager. Moiseyev and the 4-year-old Blissfull Hall mare left well from post 10, worked out a perfect pocket trip and got up in late stretch to post a one-length victory in a lifet...
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Devaux wins five at MR

on 01/19/2007 12:00 AM
Thursday, Jan. 18, was just another day at the office for Stephane Bouchard. He reined three winners on the Monticello Raceway program: Rocket Laag (1:58:2) in the third, Mannart Sound Wave (2:01) in the 12th and The Big Don N in the 13th. However, Bouchard had to take a back seat to Jimmy Devaux who enjoyed one of his best days in the sulky when he reined five winners. Devaux, the driving ...
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JK beats Devilfish

on 01/19/2007 12:00 AM
The first division of hte Clyde Hirt Series on Friday night featured three previous leg winners, JK CU Later, Devilfish and Michelle\'s Gemstone. The three crossed the wire 1-2-3, but not in the order expected as JK CU Later edged Devilfish by a neck in 1:51.2. JK CU Later, who paid $12 to win, extended his winning streak to four. Devilfish was made the betting favorite off of his track rec...
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Shark Time in Snowshoe

on 01/19/2007 12:00 AM
Shark Time won the $45,200 final of the Snowshoe Pacing Series Friday evening at Woodbine, scoring in 1:55. Shark Time and driver Rick Zeron went to the lead before the half and never trailed thereafter, thus sweeping the event for 4 and 4 year olds. Bet down to 1-5 odds at post time, the pair left modestly from the rail spot and got away fourth before the :27.2 opening quarter lit up. Zeron th...
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Ceiling collapse at PPk

on 01/19/2007 12:00 AM
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported late Friday that a 200-foot-by-50-foot section of ceiling drywall collapsed Friday morning at the new building under construction for the Pompano Park slots casino. No one was hurt when the ceiling fell in about 10:45 a.m. Friday, said Sandra King, spokeswoman for Pompano Beach Fire-Rescue. Construction was temporarily suspended, but Isle of Capri officia...
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