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Jereme\'s Jet tests positive

on 12/27/2006 12:00 AM
Illinois Racing Board projects manager Mickey Ezzo has confirmed that Jereme\'s Jet had a positive test for the Class 3 drug pyrilamine following the 3-year-old colt\'s win in the $250,000 Windy City Pace in mid November at Maywood Park, resulting in the loss of purse and a $2,500 fine for trainer Tom Harmer. Ezzo told harnessracing.com Wednesday morning that both Harmer and owner Jolene Leahy hav...
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Elizabeth Ervin dies at 99

on 12/27/2006 12:00 AM
Elizabeth Ervin, 99, the widow of the late Hall of Fame horseman Frank Ervin, died Wednesday morning at her home in Orlando, Fla. Mrs. Ervin, who had been in poor health for several months, fell and broke her hip Friday, Dec. 22. Mrs. Ervin accompanied her husband on the Grand Circuit throughout his racing career. The Ervins spent the winter months at their residence in Orlando, where Frank tra...
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Sears leads to 6th straight

on 12/24/2006 12:00 AM
Nuclear Breeze extended his winning streak to six with a last-to-first move on the turn for home in the $35,000 winners-over pace, the featured race on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Although the 4 year old had consistently raced and won when cutting fractions, the scenario changed this week when he came from last in the six-horse field to win by a length and a half over Tarver Hanover. It...
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Merry Xmas Miss G

on 12/24/2006 12:00 AM
\'Twas two nights before Christmas and there was much debate, whether Miss Galvinator A could lengthen her win run to eight--let\'s suspend the suspense as she did, prevailing in Saturday night\'s tri-featured $21,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap at Yonkers Raceway. However, her path to paydirt was anything but pristine. Assigned outside her seven rivals with regular driver Jim Marohn doing th...
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An honest lawyer at PPK

on 12/24/2006 12:00 AM
Honest Lawyer used perfect cover from pacesetter Doctor Viagra in posting a neck victory in the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace at Pompano Park Saturday. The feature started off with 5-1 Honest Lawyer and driver Daryl Bier shooting to the early lead in a speedy :26.4 to the opening quarter mile. But it was Doctor Viagra and driver Brett Miller whom were also on the move as they took command of the ...
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Lucasey boots rivals in slop

on 12/24/2006 12:00 AM
One of the hottest trotters around is Lucasey, a 4-year-old Yankee Glide gelding, who has won four of his last five starts, the most receng being a 1:56 tally by over five lengths on a sloppy Meadowlands surface Friday night. Named after the elite brand of Lucchese cowboy boots, Lucasey is owned by Ira Kristel and Ann Zabar and trained by Ross Croghan. “I heard the horse was for sale at L...
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Grismore YR breakthrough

on 12/23/2006 12:00 AM
The New York chapter of the Greg Grismore Drum and Bugle Corps, which handn\'t had a whole lot to cheer about since their namesake invaded Fun City a week ago, was beribboned and festoooned Friday night at a moist Yonkers Raceway because Grismore finally found the Westchester winner\'s circle...not once, but twice, the first two local victories for Northfield Park\'s leading driver. After fin...
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Mare goes to PPK town

on 12/23/2006 12:00 AM
With an aggressive drive by Bruce Ranger, Townline Lily ($6.60) was able to stay on the lead and dictate the fractions in winning the $10,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace at Pompano Park Friday. The “duke it out” between last week\'s winners Wilma Hall (Brett Miller) and Cape Cove Daisy (Stephen Lareau) never emerged as Ranger and Townline Lily controlled the tempo from the start. ...
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Top mare to be bred

on 12/23/2006 12:00 AM
The 5-year-old pacing L Dees Val, with $658,978 in earnings, has been retired after finishing second in a race at the Meadowlands last weekend. L Dees Val\'s runner-up finish Dec. 15 came in a $31,000 conditioned race, and co-owner Larry Dumain has now stated it was the final race of her career. “After that race we brought her back to our farm (Dumain’s Haven Farm in Pine Bush, N.Y.) and...
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Burke to retain title

on 12/23/2006 12:00 AM
Trainer Mickey Burke will be retaining his title of Trainer of the Year despite a recent positive test, according to the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA). USHWA has issued the following release regarding Burke\'s 2006 Trainer of the Year status following an alleged positive test, stating at this time there are no plans to make any change in the honoree. The press release reads as follows:...
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Stonebridge Regal to return

on 12/23/2006 12:00 AM
Stonebridge Regal will be back to race in 2007, according to trainer Bob McIntosh, who said, \"He was a horse who I\'ve always said was a year behind the others,” said McIntosh. “He didn\'t race at two and was still green at three and four. The time off will help him. \"He paced in 1:47.1, finishing second to Holborn Hanover. Look for him in April or May this upcoming season. I also think t...
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Matrix\'s does family proud

on 12/23/2006 12:00 AM
Broodmare Broadway Creation has six foals with sub-1:55 marks, with the latest being Matrix\'s Z Tam, who won a conditioned pace at the Meadowlands Friday night in a career-best 1:53.2. Driven by Yannick Gingras for trainer Scott Rollins and owner Maine Prime Time Stable, Matrix\'s Z Tam drew off to score by 2 1/2 lengths on a rainy night at the Big M. A 3-year-old gelded son of Cole Muffler, M...
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Claimer on a Dover roll

on 12/22/2006 12:00 AM
Four Starzzz Favor continued his winning ways on Wednesday at Dover Downs, scoring his fourth straight victory in the $40,000 claiming allowance. Tim Tetrick and Roger Plante had driving three-baggers. The meet\'s leading driver Tetrick guided the Matt\'s Scooter gelding to a 1:54.3 victory. It was Four Starzzz Favor\'s 11th win of the year. Triple The Money (Ross Wolfenden) took second money ...
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5-1 upset in series final

on 12/22/2006 12:00 AM
Ross Leonard drove Whatafinale to a surprise triumph in the $10,000 Incredible Finale final for state-bred 3-year-old colts and geldings, posting a 1:56 flat clocking in the slop Thursday night at Maywood Park. The overwhelming 3-10 favorite I Believe Its True could no better than hang on for third. Sent off at 5-1, Whatafinale ($13.40) was hustled out by Leonard from the pole position and ende...
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Grand Junction wins finale

on 12/21/2006 12:00 AM
Grand Junction Co. won Wednesday night\'s $10,000 final of the Incredible Finale Series for Illinois-bred 2-year-old colt pacers at Balmoral Park. Coming off a pair of tough-luck third and fourth-place finishes in the two preliminary legs of this series Desyllas Racing, James Stieren, William Beck and Hunt Harness Horses Grand Junction Co. turned the tables on his rivals prevailing by a hard fough...
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Vet trotter scores at DD

on 12/21/2006 12:00 AM
Jake\'s Nordic returned to top form on Wednesday at Dover Downs to score a wire-to-wire victory in the $25,000 Open Handicap Trot, while Saint Johns Boy took the $20,000 Jr. Open. Tim Tetrick and Ross Wolfenden won three each. Using his usually quick speed leaving the starting gate, Tim Curtin ushered the 7-year-old gelding Jake\'s Nordic right to the front and then controlled the fractions t...
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EVH proof needed at PPK

on 12/21/2006 12:00 AM
Management at Pompano Park in cooperation with the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association has announced to all horsemen stabled on the grounds of the racetrack and to everyone planning on shipping horses to the racetrack, that they must have proof of a Equine Herpes Virus (EVH-1) vaccination for each horse within the past 60 days starting Jan. 3, 2007. “Due to the recent outbrea...
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Grin To Wins wins memorial

on 12/21/2006 12:00 AM
Grin To Win and driver Kevin Wallis was able to hold off a late charge by Fox Ridge Eric (Sean MacAleese) and post a neck triumph Wednesday at Pompano Park in the $4,800 feature pace in 1:54.4. The race was named in memory of trainer Linda Pitre, who died Monday. Pitre, 53, owned and trained harness horses for more than 30 years. She had suffered a brain aneurysm on Saturday. A memorial service...
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Mickey Burke has positive

on 12/21/2006 12:00 AM
Harnessracing.com has learned Mickey Burke, recently named 2006 Trainer of the Year, has received a positive test for the Class 2 drug Lidocaine on his horse Doggone Incredible at the Meadowlands earlier this month. Burke, 70, is the leading dash-winning trainer on the continent this year with 433 victories, and he ranks second on the money list with $5,595,545 in purse earnings. He was voted the ...
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Divisional honorees named

on 12/21/2006 12:00 AM
Five of the newly-announced Dan Patch divisional champs were runaway winners: 3-year-old trotting filly Passionate Glide, 3-year-old trotting colt Glidemaster, 2-year-old trotting colt Donato Hanover, older male pacer Lis Mara and older mare trotter Peaceful Way. No other horses in those divisions received at least 15 percent of the vote, which is the minimum to be considered an award finalist....
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