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\'The Bobcat\' takes Gold Cup

on 10/14/2006 2:00 AM
Primetime Bobcat ($24.00, $7.80, $3.80) received a perfect pocket trip in the $100,000 Gold Cup Invitational Saturday night at Woodbine and defeated a stellar group of upper echelon pacers, as he and driver Jody Jamieson stopped the clock in 1:49.3 for trainer Tony Montini. Lis Mara ($4.00, $2.60) and pilot Brian Sears provided all the speed, notching the fractions in :27.1, :55.4 and 1:22.1, r...
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Easy win for Mythical Lindy

on 10/13/2006 2:00 AM
Mythical Lindy bounced back from illness in Lexington to capture a Keystone Classic division in 1:59.2 at The Meadows Thursday night. Two divisions of the 2-year-old colt trot and three divisions of the 2-year-old filly trot headlined the track\'s final stakes night of the season. Mythical Lindy, co-owned by Thomas York Jr. and Joe Sbrocco, had won three races in a row prior to losing at The Re...
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1:49.4 mile at Colonial

on 10/13/2006 2:00 AM
Racing Naked paced the fastest mile of the meet with a 1:49.4 clocking Thursday night at Colonial Downs. Racing Naked earned a new lifetime mark and scored his ninth win of the season for owner William Camp Jr. and trainer John Sumner. Racing Naked was the quickest off the gate, but driver Joe Essig Jr. was content to let Dean Collins and 4-5 favorite Still Chugging take the top spot down the b...
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Flying Rae wins LC at VD

on 10/13/2006 2:00 AM
Flying Rae recorded a lifetime best 2:02.3 victory in the $7,500 opening flight of the Vernon Mania late-closing series for 2-year-old trotting fillies at Vernon Downs Thursday night, Oct. 12 Russell Swartz did the sulky sitting for trainer Michael Medors and owner Robert Sidley as the homebred daughter of Pegasus Spur secured her fifth career tally in 15 starts. The North Woodland Stableâ€...
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Breeders seminar Oct. 28

on 10/13/2006 2:00 AM
A special equine breeders seminar \"Focus On Foals\" will be presented by Harness Horse Breeders of New York State and the Morrisville College Equine Institute on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Morrisville breeding facility. Speakers and topics and will include: Dr. Richard Meirs, VMD, of Walnridge Farm discussing Angular Limb Deformities and Correction Options; Dr. Bill Day, PhD, of Morrisvi...
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Stables wait to ship north

on 10/13/2006 2:00 AM
The sun was shining brightly on the backstretch at The Red Mile this morning, just as it did on many of the mornings during the recently completed Grand Circuit meet. Today, however, there was a distinct difference in not only the number of horsemen still stabled at the track, but also the air temperature. Last week the temperature was in the 60s and 70s. At 8:30 this morning a local radio station...
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Charlie Norway dies

on 10/13/2006 2:00 AM
Charles Jacob Norway died Oct. 10 after a long illness. Mr. Norway was a trainer and driver for nearly 50 years and a well-known fixture on the New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania circuits. Often brash and unapologetic, Mr. Norway was the proverbial tough guy with a heart of gold. He was often the shipper who people called at 3 a.m. when their sick horse needed a emergency ride to New Bolton Cen...
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Trotting Derby on for \'07

on 10/13/2006 2:00 AM
Du Quoin State Fair manager John Rednout Jr. says the World Trotting Derby will return to the fair’s harness racing lineup next year, but that it will have to become more than just a race. It has to be a “production” he said. Rednour made his statements during a recent meeting of the Du Quoin Chamber of Commerce. The Du Quoin Evening Call reported that Rednour said Derby Day at the fair n...
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Enough Talk wins Smith Trot

on 10/13/2006 2:00 AM
Enough Talk, a 3-year-old gelding by Enjoy Lavec, picked up his 11th victory of the season Friday afternoon when he trotted to a 1:57.3 score in the $115,000 Charles Smith Memorial at Freehold Raceway. Cat Manzi drove Enough Talk, who was the 4-5 betting favorite by virtue of his incredible consistency over the Freehold oval. Starting from post three, Manzi fired his charge away from the gate q...
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Vivid Photo wins in 1:50.2

on 10/13/2006 2:00 AM
Vivid Photo turned back Sand Vic to win the $100,000 Patriot Invitational Trot at Colonial Downs by two lengths in 1:50.2--a world record time--early Friday evening. The clocking equals Tom Ridge’s record for the fastest trotting mile at any track. Roger Hammer sent Vivid Photo right to the front and the SJ’s Photo gelding never relinquished his position. Vivid Photo trotted a brisk openin...
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Banca scores again at MR

on 10/12/2006 2:00 AM
The local Monticello Raceway horsemen are probably counting the days until trainer Richard Banca moves his stock back to the Meadowlands. And one could hardly blame them—the Ringwood, N.J., trainer has won 50 percent of the races that his horses have started in. On Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 10, win number 16 (from just 32 starts) came for Banca when Bert Beckwith guided Norman Vartanian’s, Ra...
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136-1 upset at Harrington

on 10/12/2006 2:00 AM
Three $15,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers were contested Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The fastest of the trio was Orville Harmon\'s Rets Lil Giant (1:59, Roger Plante Jr.). The Shadow Light gelding is undefeated in three lifetime starts. Meanwhile, Trevor Warwick and Peter George\'s Mr. Aviator (1:59.2, Brad Hanne...
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Tweedle Dum wins 17th

on 10/12/2006 2:00 AM
Tweedle Dum, the “Cinderfella” trotting story of 2006, won his 17th race of the season on Wednesday night in Pompano Park’s $10,000 Open Handicap Trot to reclaim his status as the “winningest” trotter of the season in North America. With Walter Ross Jr. handling the lines for owners Diane Norris and Alfred Brotter, the 6-year-old son of Star Challenge clicked off fractions of :28.1, :...
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Artsplace improves slightly

on 10/12/2006 2:00 AM
The great pacing stallion Artsplace continues to battle laminitis, but his conditioned has improved slightly. According to Art Zubrod of Brittany Farms Stallion Management, veterinarians at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, where Artsplace is being treated, told him they were “slightly encouraged” by his response to treatment. “We can\'t use the word optimistic to desc...
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Yonkers fined $9 million

on 10/12/2006 2:00 AM
Published reports state Yonkers Raceway has been fined $9 million for illegally dumping vast amounts of sewage into the Bronx River the past six years. Track officials agreed to pay the fine and was then given approval to open its video gaming operation Wednesday by the state\'s Division of Lottery. A temporary license had been issued to Yonkers last year. The agreement calls for Yonkers to pay...
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Strong Gold Cup field

on 10/12/2006 2:00 AM
A stellar field of nine has been drawn for Saturday\'s $100,000(C) Gold Cup at Woodbine Raceway, which will showcase Holborn Hanover, Lis Mara, Ponder, Buckeye One, Boulder Creek, Primetime Bobcat, Our Lucky Killean, Maltese Artist and Casimir Camotion. Ponder, the five-year-old Bob McIntosh trainee who this year paced to a world record-equaling 1:49 over the half-mile Delaware County Fair ova...
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A Pro Bono Best incentive

on 10/12/2006 2:00 AM
An innovative breeding incentive for the 2007 to Pro Bono Best has been announced by Morrisville College. The program is designed to hopefully attract well-bred mares to the New York-based stallion. Pro Bono Best will stand the 2007 season for a $4,000 stud fee, but if a mare meets any of the following criteria, a free breeding will be available in the same or following year: 1) $100,000+ e...
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Sand or photo in Patriot?

on 10/11/2006 2:00 AM
Breeders Crown winner Sand Vic and 2005 Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo will renew their rivalry as the headliners in a full 10-horse field for the $100,000 Patriot Invitational at Colonial Downs Friday, Oct. 13. Sand Vic owns two narrow victories over Vivid Photo in important races this season. Sand Vic gamely held off Vivid Photo’s late charge by a neck in the Breeder’s Crown this July. T...
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Frosh trotters star at Bmlp

on 10/11/2006 2:00 AM
Trotters garnered all the attention on Tuesday night at Balmoral Park as Illinois best 2-year-old colts and fillies competed in the Cardinal and Violet Stake finals. The $53,200 Violet final kicked off the action as a full field of 10 ladies faced the starting gate in race number three. In a division that has been wide open throughout the summer Tuesday night’s tussle also figured to be a wil...
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DSBF divisions held

on 10/11/2006 2:00 AM
Three $15,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies were contested Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. John Celii\'s Honeyland (1:57.2, Brad Hanners) and Winbak Farm, John and Earl Wagner\'s Double Flip (1:57.2, Tony Morgan) were the two fastest winners, while Lester Walls and Jack Upchurch\'s Dressed for Summer (1:57.4, Roger Plante) won th...
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