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14 year old wins at MR

on 12/08/2006 12:00 AM
Could it be that equine senior citizen, 14-year-old Back O Benachie N, is tuning up for Monticello Raceway’s Au Revoir Pace on Dec. 28 after scoring his 14th victory of the season at Monticello on Thursday? Owned and driven by Bobby Sumner, the New Zealand-bred pacer turned back a field of seven en route to a 2:00.4 victory. Sumner says he’s ready to take on all comers in the Au Revoir Pac...
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Top pacing mare to be bred

on 12/08/2006 12:00 AM
Three-time divisional champion Loyal Opposition, the second richest pacing mare of all time, has been retired after being purchased for an undisclosed price by Diamond Creek Farm in Kentucky. The 6-year-old daughter of Cole Muffler retires with 56 wins in 98 starts and $2,861,294 in earnings. “My father (Chris) and I are extremely proud to have been able to acquire a mare of the ability and r...
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Nova Awards presented

on 12/08/2006 12:00 AM
Harness Tracks of America announced its 2006 Nova Award winners Friday, with Yankee Glide progeny Glidemaster and Passionate Glide being named top 3-year-old colt trotter and 3-year-old filly trotter, respectively. Glidemaster, who won the Hambletonian, Kentucky Futurity and Yonkers Trot on his way to become the eighth Trotting Triple Crown champion, also set a single-season earnings mark for t...
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David Miller celebrates 42nd

on 12/08/2006 12:00 AM
When David Miller celebrates his 42nd birthday on Sunday, it will include doing what he enjoys the most -- driving horses. There will be time for a dinner celebration afterwards, but work is what drives Miller, and driving horses is what Miller has done since he was 17. The Ohioan arrived in New Jersey in 1999 and has been consistently one of the top reinsmen at the Meadowlands. It was at the ...
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New mark for sophomore

on 12/08/2006 12:00 AM
Four Star Tommy, a 3-year-old gelding by Jate Lobell, lowered his lifetime mark to 1:52.4 Friday night in his first career start at the Meadowlands, which also happened to be his first start out of the Mickey Burke Stable. Brian Sears picked up one of his four victories on the night with Four Star Tommy. Four Star Tommy had won only once in 18 previous starts this year for trainer Brian Brown. ...
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Delaware Wed. wrap-up

on 12/07/2006 12:00 AM
Kennywood, overlooked at 25-1, stormed three wide around the final turn to win the $24,000 Open Handicap Trot in 1:55.1 at Dover Downs on Wednesday, with Musclesextrodinair taking the $21,000 Junior Open Trot and Tim Tetrick driving four winners. As usual, Jake Nordic and driver Tim Curtin took the early lead and led until after turning down the lane. After shaking off a challenge from Breeze...
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Annika S holds on at PPK

on 12/07/2006 12:00 AM
Annika S, superbly handled by Dave Ingraham for trainer Peter Blood, blew past the favorite, Time Slips Away, on the backstretch, and went on a 1:56.3 victory in the Wednesday night feature for pacers at Pompano Park. Owned by Gary Piontkowski and the Robert Rosenheim Stables, the 3-year-old daughter of Sealed N Delivered earned her sixth win of the season in 25 starts to send her 2006 bankrol...
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Records set at Batavia

on 12/07/2006 12:00 AM
Batavia Downs, America’s oldest lighted harness track, recently concluded its 61st season and to say it was a record-breaking year would be an understatement. Here’s a look back at some of the highlights: New Track Records The new all-age track record was set during the 4th annual Robert J. Kane Memorial pace, the showcase event of the Batavia Down season, named after the former chairman...
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New Wire To Wire Thursday

on 12/07/2006 12:00 AM
Election results are in and harnessracing.com contributor Andrew Cohen has been elected Commissioner of the sport of harness racing, which you can read about in Thursday\'s new Wire To Wire column by clicking the link at the right of the home page. No, this really didn\'t happen, but in Cohen\'s fantasy world he has assumed the role of Commissioner, and has plenty of ideas on how to improve the sp...
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Bouchard wins seven

on 12/06/2006 12:00 AM
Monticello Raceway’s leading driver Stephane Bouchard put on an awesome display of driving talent when he reined seven winners on Tuesday\'s 13-race afternoon card. Bouchard began slowly and it wasn’t until the third race that he reined Stonebridge Ideal ($2.90) to a 1:58 victory for his first winner of the afternoon. He then won the fourth race with Eastover Court ($3.80) in 1:59.3 and the ...
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Troublemaker found at DD

on 12/06/2006 12:00 AM
For the second week in a row, Poppy Lustre N proved the best in the $24,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday, while Binions won the distaff $21,000 Jr. Open. Tony Morgan and Tim Tetrick each won three races. . Tetrick, who leads all drivers at the meet, registered his third success of the day guiding the Direct Flight 5 year old to victory in a lifetime-best 1:51.2 clocking....
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Wanted: five of six wins

on 12/06/2006 12:00 AM
Ten Times Wanted looks to continue his hot streak at Pompano Park Harness Track Wednesday as the 3-year-old Florida-bred gelding goes for his second straight win and fifth victory in his last six starts. Starting from post two in the 10th race $4,000 pace, Ten Times Wanted hails from the Bruce Ranger Stable and has five wins for owner James Steffen of Perry, Ga. Last week was the son of Ditch E...
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Hidden Viggorish a HOY

on 12/06/2006 12:00 AM
Hidden Viggorish, the 3-year-old filly trotting world champion, was voted the Horse of the Year by the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA), which held its annual horse awards banquet at the Holiday Inn-Meadow Lands Monday night, Dec. 4. Owned and bred by the Harmony Springs Stable, Hidden Viggorish took home three awards. The Bill Zendt trainee was also recognized as the track\'s 3-Y...
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Hankins new PA executive

on 12/06/2006 12:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) recently conducted its election of officers and owners Wendy Cameron and Jack Piatt were elected as new directors. In addition, the MSOA hired Kim Hankins as its new executive director. A native of Illinois, served as president and vice president of the Illinois Harness Horsemen\'s Association for 12 years.
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Miller wins with heavy heart

on 12/06/2006 12:00 AM
Gene Miller won last Friday night’s $15,000 Silver Cup for amateur drivers at the Meadowlands with a heavy heart, having learned a few hours earlier that his father, Albert, had died at the age of 87. Miller told harnessracing.com Wednesday morning he received the phone call while in New Jersey, and that it was ironic he was able to step into the sulky to drive Bingham, who was owned by his dad,...
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Snow Angel on Thursday

on 12/06/2006 12:00 AM
Chicago shipper Mysterious Dragon bids for a repeat win in the second leg of the Snow Angel Series for 3-year-old filly pacers on Thursday night at the Meadowlands. Owned by Merv and Kelly Chupp, the daughter of Dragon Again made her Meadowlands debut a winning one in last week’s opening leg of the series. Under the care of conditioner Mark Silva while in New Jersey, Mysterious Dragon notched he...
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Quinton Patterson dies

on 12/06/2006 12:00 AM
Quinton Patterson, 83, the grandstand maintenance manager at The Meadows, died of an apparent heart attack suffered at his home on Tuesday, Dec. 5. His long handshakes, everlasting whistle and warm smile were staples at The Meadows since 1961, when he worked on the crew that built the track. He also brought the blanket of orchids to the winner\'s circle for presentation to the Adios champion, ...
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Let\'s go flyin at Chester

on 12/05/2006 12:00 AM
Benefitting from an adept drive by national leader Tony Morgan, 7-year-old mare Go Flyin N took advantage of some fast early fractions to pick up the pieces in the late stages as she captured the $46,400 Meadow Blue Chip final at Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack on Monday. Owned by Lester Wells and Jack Upchurch, Go Flyin N earned $23,200 for her efforts and pushed her career bankroll over th...
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Roddy\'s Bags DD Preferred

on 12/05/2006 12:00 AM
There were six select pacers staring in the $32,500 Preferred feature and at the wire a neck separated the first five finishers with Roddy\'s Bags Again winning the 1:52.2 photo by a nose on Monday, Dec. 4 at Dover Downs. In the feature race, razor-sharp Maximum Viking took the lead at the start for Jim Morand. After the quarter, Eddie Davis Jr. began to move up from last driving Roddy\'s Bags ...
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Roberts stock on rise

on 12/05/2006 12:00 AM
Jonathan Roberts’ name doesn’t appear among the top 50 drivers in wins or earnings, but if his career ascent is any indication, this is probably the last year that will be the case. Roberts, 25, from Maryland , started making a name for himself last year as the driver of trotter Great George Two. The horse, trained by Roberts’ father, Bib, won a division of the Zweig and was second in the Wo...
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