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55 wins for Benn\'s Fire

on 01/05/2007 12:00 AM
When she broke stride on Aug. 31 and came out of the race injured, her future clearly looked to be in the breeding shed, but just four months later, Benn\'s Fire is back and beating the best. She won for the 55th time in her career when she scored in 1:59 Thursday night at Cal Expo. Prior to starting from post-position five in the field of seven, regular pilot Bruce Clarke saw no reason to dism...
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Big M to still be on RTN

on 01/05/2007 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands races will remain on RTN in 2007 after Roberts Communications Network was able to work out an agreement with Television Games Network (TVG), which had recently gained exclusive broadcast rights to races at the Big M and its sister Thoroughbred track Monmouth Park. \"It is now official. Meadowlands and Monmouth will remain on RTN,\" Roberts Communication Network president and CEO...
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Trainer doing swimmingly

on 01/05/2007 12:00 AM
It has been unseasonably warm this winter but even when there is a chill in the air, the horses in the care of trainer Ettore Annunziata prepare for their races at the Meadowlands with a few laps in the pool. Annunziata’s farm in the Putnam County (N.Y.) community of Mahopac has no track. He keeps his charges fit by swimming them in an outdoor pool he built himself and heats with a boiler. ...
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Handicap contest in Can.

on 01/05/2007 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada (SC) has announced Canada\'s first-ever national Standardbred Handicapping Championship, which will begin in March and take place at racetracks across the country in regional qualifying events, before a final held at Woodbine in early November. Kathy Wade Vlaar, SC\'s manager of marketing, said 15 racetracks in seven different provinces have already committed to hosting regi...
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Gray Gladiator retired

on 01/05/2007 12:00 AM
Harnessracing.com was told Friday morning by co-owner Ed Sayfie that Admiral’s Express, the sport’s all-time leader in sub-1:50 victories, has been retired after a career in which he won 76 races and $1,649,900. Sayfie and his wife, Cheryl, and partners Gary and Laurel Gust originally paid just $3,700 for him as a yearling in 1997. “He was losing a little bit…and we always said the hors...
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TgDn/VD announce races

on 01/05/2007 12:00 AM
Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs are pleased to announce some of its early closing events for the 2007 race season, along with our race dates that are pending New York State Racing and Wagering Board regulatory approval. Tioga Downs will begin racing on Friday, May 11 and race until Friday, Sept. 14. Vernon Downs will begin racing action on Friday, April 6 until Saturday, Nov. 3. All race dates sti...
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Fanning is a renegade

on 01/05/2007 12:00 AM
For five of the eight horses in Saturday’s featured race at the Meadowlands, it is the final prelude to the three-week Presidential Series, which gets underway in mid January. One of those five is Pacific Renegade who is rated at 4-1 in the morning line in the $35,000 winners-over condition pace, carded as the fifth race. The Presidential, the winter showcase for free for all pacers, offers t...
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Drivers set for MLK Pace

on 01/05/2007 12:00 AM
The drivers for Monticello Raceway’s sixth edition of its Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pace is now set. The only things that remain are the driving assignments and post positions and those too, will be finalized on Tuesday when racing secretary Eric Warner puts the Friday, Jan. 12 card together. Earlier this week outstanding horseman George Teague Jr., who has developed such great champions as ...
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$1.4 million average at WEG

on 01/05/2007 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group released figures Friday that noted Woodbine/Mohawk averaged $1,441,430(C) in daily handle on its harness programs in 2006, with total handle exceeding $373 million over the 259 days of racing. Trackside, there were 631 claims made worth $19,238,750(C). Favorites won at a rate of 36 percent, with 1,019 chalk horses reaching the winner’s circle from 2,832 races. Fav...
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Litigator wins in debut

on 01/04/2007 12:00 AM
For the second straight time Jake\'s Nordic powered to victory in the $24,000 Open Trot feature at Dover Downs on Wednesday, while Litigator made his first local start a winning one in the $20,000 Jr. Open Trot sub-feature. Drivers Tim Tetrick and Ross Wolfenden had three-win nights, George Dennis and Eddie Davis Jr. collected doubles. In the veteran trotter\'s familiar style, Tim Curtin made...
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Mercer is muscular

on 01/04/2007 12:00 AM
Muscular ($15.80) was able to overcome starting from the far outside in post nine and muscle his way to the lead by the opening quarter mile and then hold on at the finish for a head victory over Talk About Me in winning the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot at Pompano Park Wednesday. The featured race started off with Guy Gets Girl (Bruce Ranger) going to the early lead from post three and stuffing T...
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Trotter honored in Jersey

on 01/04/2007 12:00 AM
Glidemaster, winner of the 2006 Trotting Triple Crown and $1,968,023 in purse money, has been named \"New Jersey Standardbred of the Year\" for 2006. This prestigious award to a New Jersey-sired Standardbred is presented annually by the Equine Advisory Board of the State Department of Agriculture upon the recommendation of Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, which registers...
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Call Me Jate wins feature

on 01/04/2007 12:00 AM
On Wednesday, in the weekly $15,000 Preferred Pace at Monticello Raceway, Allan Davis displayed his talents when he weaved his pacer, Call Me Jate, between horses in the deep stretch to rally to a head victory in a time of 1:55:4. Davis doesn’t drive as much as he should. However, when the son of outstanding career horseman, Eddie Davis, jumps up behind a horse he always makes a good showing....
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Saratoga gives back

on 01/04/2007 12:00 AM
The 1,324 video lottery terminals at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway paid out $128,587 in contributions to nonprofit agencies in Saratoga and Albany counties in December, according to a story in the Times Union. The racino donated $90,000 to nine agencies. The Saratoga Gaming and Raceway Foundation, based in Ballston Spa and overseen by the county, contributed $38,587 to eight agencies. \"We hop...
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Linscott funeral plans

on 01/03/2007 12:00 AM
Jim Linscott, longtime track photographer at Hoosier Park, died unexpectedly of natural causes last Saturday, at his home in Chesterfield, Ind. Linscott was 54. A native of Amesville, Ohio, Mr. Linscott first came into the horse racing scene by serving as the track photographer for several southern Ohio county fairs following his graduation from Hocking College. Mr. Linscott, assisted by Inez L...
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Trips for Morgan, Tetrick

on 01/03/2007 12:00 AM
Poppy Lustre N and Ultimate Bet, both trained by leading trainer Chuck Crissman, swept the twin features at Dover Downs on Tuesday while Tony Morgan and Tim Tetrick collected driving triples. In the top female event of the week, Tetrick moved Poppy Lustre N to the lead early and then led at every interval during a 1:52.3 victory in the $24,000 contest. Dream-A-While, driven by Art Stafford Jr....
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Big M Pick 4 guaranteed

on 01/03/2007 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands has announced a nightly Pick 4 guarantee when its 2007 meet opens Friday, with a guaranteed gross pool of $25,000 Wednesday through Friday and a $50,000 guaranteed pool on Saturday. The Pick 4 is on races six through nine, with only a 15-percent takeout rate. The Meadowlands\' 137-date harness meet runs through Saturday, Aug. 4. Highlights of the meet include the $1 million Mead...
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Oosting takes Blml title

on 01/03/2007 12:00 AM
Balmoral Park’s 2006 driving and training titles have gone to Mike Oosting and Darcy Pletcher, respectively, with Oosting easily capturing the driving title with 329 victories and Pletcher taking home the honors with 89 victories. Oosting outdistanced second-place finisher Tim Tetrick by 39 wins. The Fremont, Mich. native had a total 1,578 starts posting 329 wins, 269 seconds and 227 thirds. ...
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Vernon slots in trouble

on 01/03/2007 12:00 AM
Vernon Downs owner Jeff Gural has said the racetrack is losing $500,000 a month and will need a state subsidy from New York State if it is going to be able to survive. Gural was quoted in Wednesday’s Syracuse Post Standard that unless a tax change is made to increase the 30-percent rate the racetrack retains from slot revenue, Vernon won’t be able to compete with nearby Turning Stone Resort an...
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Mass. simulcast settlement

on 01/03/2007 12:00 AM
A late agreement Tuesday in the Massachusetts legislature to extend the state’s simulcasting law two years will allow Plainridge Racecourse to re-open after being forced to close since the start of the new year. The vote was taken after a last-minute scare when the legislators appeared ready to delay the matter while it debated the issue of gay marriage. Instead, the vote to extend the simulc...
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