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$100,000 DSBF finals held

on 10/26/2006 2:00 AM
Nearly $600,000 in total purses were up for grabs Wednesday at Harrington Raceway as four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals were held, showcasing the first state\'s top bred 2 year olds. Trevor Warwick and Peter George\'s Mr. Aviator ($5.20) received a two-hole trip with driver Kevin Sizer and edged by the favorite Jesse N Echo in the stretch for a 1:57.1 triumph in the...
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An ISOBA win with finesse

on 10/26/2006 2:00 AM
Proving once again that she is the \"Queen\" of the Illinois conceived-and-foaled set, Vandalay Racing\'s Victor\'s Finesse cruised to a deceptively easy 2 1/4-length triumph in 1:57 in Wednesday night\'s $16,000 ISOBA event for sophomore trotting fillies. Back on the local scene after a pair of strong efforts against open company in Lexington, the Erv Miller trainee was fit and fresh for this ...
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Four NJ Tbreds EHV positive

on 10/26/2006 2:00 AM
Four Monmouth Park-based horses with fevers who had blood tested were determined to be positive for the respiratory version of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1), it was learned late Wednesday afternoon. The barn housing the horses in the Monmouth Park stable area has been under quarantine since Sunday morning when concerns were raised when a quintet of horses spiked fevers. “We are having 11 horses...
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Orsi Mangelli drawn

on 10/26/2006 2:00 AM
This year’s $417,000 Paolo Orsino Orsi Mangelli on Wednesday, Nov. 1, has been divided into two eliminations, raced over 1,600 meters. The top four in each elim will advance to the final. Here is the draw for the two eliminations: Heat 1: 1. Giuseppe Bi (Toss Out) – Mauro Biasuzzi 2. Gerus Rob (Indro Park) – Lorenzo Baldi 3. Express Merett (Express It) – Pekka Korpi 4. Gauguin An...
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Self Admirer sold to Italy

on 10/26/2006 2:00 AM
Three-year-old trotting filly Self Admirer, a full sister to this year\'s freshman filly standout Possess The Magic, has been sold and will now race in colors of allevamenti Toniatti of Italy. A daughter of Self Possessed-Chorine Hanover, Self Admirer was owned by C & I Siegel Racing Stable. She has three wins in 18 starts this year, with $56,493 in earnings. She has a lifetime mark of 1:54.3 s...
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Can 21-year BC drought end?

on 10/26/2006 2:00 AM
Kelly O’Donnell was having a pretty good Friday night. The 48-year-old trainer had just seen his 2-year-old filly Western Montana pace a very big mile in a Breeders Crown elimination at Woodbine, going uncovered and still finishing second to earn a spot in the Crown final this Saturday. The Western Hanover filly had missed only 1½ lengths to winner Little Miss Dragon, and had photoed out the fa...
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Yonkers opened w/violations

on 10/26/2006 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway opened the first phase of its video gaming facility earlier this month despite being cited for more than 60 fire safety violations, according to a state report and reported by Thursday\'s The Journal News. Both the racetrack and a state agency spokesperson said the violations were primarily in parts of the building currently under construction, although two were cited as \"severe\"...
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NYSS champion a BC hopeful

on 10/26/2006 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes champion 3-year-old filly trotter Quick Credit squeaked into Saturday’s $500,000 Breeders Crown final at Woodbine, but her past performances still led to her being the 7-1 third choice in the race behind odds-on choice Passionate Glide and Pure Ivory. Trainer Paul Kelley, who shares ownership of the daughter of Credit Winner with his brother, television producer David E. ...
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Manzi wins 12,000th

on 10/26/2006 2:00 AM
Hall of Fame driver Cat Manzi won his 12,000th career race Thursday in the second race at Freehold Raceway. The 56-year-old Manzi drove Crimson Dynamo, a 3-year-old son of Dream Away who broke his maiden in 2:01, to the milestone victory for trainer Allie Reynolds.
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Campbell flown to Jersey

on 10/26/2006 2:00 AM
John Campbell, the leading money-winning driver in the history of harness racing, hospitalized since Saturday, Oct. 21, with a shattered tibia suffered in a racing accident at Woodbine, has been flown home to New Jersey by air ambulance service. Campbell was discharged from Etobicoke General Hospital in Toronto this afternoon and will be flown to Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. He is expected ...
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Victory Tilly retired

on 10/25/2006 2:00 AM
Sweden\'s Kanal 75/ATG has reported that world record holder Victory Tilly has been retired. The 11-year-old gelding suffered another injury and it was decided he should be retired. Victory Tilly set a world record of 1:50.4 in the Nat Ray Trot on Aug. 3, 2002, at the Meadowlands. Trained and driven by Stig H. Johansson, Victory Tilly won 70 races in 101 starts from ages three to 11. Victor...
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3 Classic Series legs set

on 10/25/2006 2:00 AM
The first leg of the Trotting Classic had only three declarations--Vivid Photo, Self Professed and Mr. Muscleman--and was cancelled, but three other divisions will begin the 2006 Classic Series this weekend at Woodbine. The first of three $85,000 preliminary legs, leading to the $250,000 finals for each division were drawn on Tuesday. The Classic Oaks goes on Friday night and fields nine, le...
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Classic Series to begin

on 10/25/2006 2:00 AM
The Classic Series (TCS) begins its 2006 season at Woodbine over the coming weekend. The first of three $85,000 preliminary legs, leading to the $250,000 finals for each division were drawn on Tuesday. The Classic Oaks goes on Friday night and fields nine, led by Peaceful Way. She’ll face Mystical Sunshine, who upset the former in this year’s Breeders Crown for the division. On Saturday ...
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Lucky 4 for Majestic Son?

on 10/25/2006 2:00 AM
When something works, you stick with it. At least that’s the reasoning behind trainer Mark Steacy selecting post four for Majestic Son in Saturday’s $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Trot final. Steacy’s horse won his Oct. 21 elimination race from the same starting position. The connections of elim winners got to choose their posts for the final. “It worked last week,” Steacy sa...
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Mister Big-shot in Crown

on 10/25/2006 2:00 AM
Given the benefit of selecting their post position, the connections of Mister Big came up with a plan they hope will lead to their horse being known by another name: Breeders Crown champion. Jody Jamieson, who will drive Mister Big in Saturday’s $610,000 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Pace, on Tuesday selected post three for the final, which will start him one spot outside favorite Dave Panlone....
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Sears says he\'s fortunate

on 10/25/2006 2:00 AM
No one has driven more Breeders Crown winners over the past three years than Brian Sears. After walking away from last Saturday’s accident that left Hall of Fame driver John Campbell with a fractured leg and a horse euthanized, Sears feels lucky to have a chance to add to his total this weekend in the eight-race event at Woodbine Racetrack. “I was extremely fortunate,” said Sears, whose h...
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Let\'s gogogo to Balmoral

on 10/25/2006 2:00 AM
Blackfoot Farms\' Mogo On The Gogogo won the 2006 Sarah Myers Stakes, the final “major” test for Illinois conceived and foaled 2 year olds, Tuesday night at Balmoral Park. A full field of 10 trotting fillies was sent postward in race three with a purse of $36,000 on the line. With possible divisional honors at stake, Mogo On The Gogogo stepped to the head of the class with a convincing 3 1/4-l...
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Lily blooms at Harrington

on 10/25/2006 2:00 AM
Freida Ivory\'s Canaco Lily ($6) won her fouth straight race Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in one of three $13,700 Junior Open divisions for fillies and mares in 1:56.2 on a brisk and windy evening of racing. Driven by George Dennis, the 7-year-old Jeremys Gambit mare left from post five and got away third behind pacesetter Rakalees N and Bayland Lady. Lily didn\'t receive room until the stretc...
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Lillian McCarty Dies

on 10/25/2006 2:00 AM
Lillian McCarty, the personal secretary for the late Col. and Mrs. H. Willis Nichols Jr. of Walnut Hall Farm, died Monday, Oct. 23, in Harrodsburg, Ky. She was 82. Mrs. McCarty worked at the famed Standardbred nursery outside Lexington for 50 years.
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Turnaround for Dave Panlone

on 10/25/2006 2:00 AM
What a turnaround it has been for Dave Panlone, as the 3-year-old colt pacer has gone from being winless in four months—as well as being a last-minute scratch out of the Little Brown Jug eliminations after coming up lame—to being the morning-line favorite in Saturday’s Breeders Crown at Woodbine. Dave Panlone had been getting solid, rail-hugging trips in some of the summer’s biggest rac...
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