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Rich final four on tap

on 11/29/2006 12:00 AM
Harness racing\'s top 2 year olds will have their last chance to stamp themselves as contenders for end-of-year awards in the $1.7 million Fall Final Four on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The Fall Final Four includes the $410,000 Goldsmith Maid for trotting fillies (race two), $432,700 Valley Victory for trotting colts (race four), $439,000 Three Diamonds for pacing fillies (race five) and...
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McKee calls at Dover

on 11/29/2006 12:00 AM
Yes, that voice you heard calling the race card at Dover Downs Tuesday night was Meadowlands announcer Sam McKee, who was filling in for Dover\'s stalwart race-caller Jack Gallagher. McKee told harnessracing.com Wednesday that he learned it was the first day of work Gallagher has missed in 27 years of race-calling at tracks such as Dover, Garden State Park and Brandywine. McKee said Gallagher\'...
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14-year stint to end

on 11/29/2006 12:00 AM
A story in Wednesday’s Asbury Park Press has confirmed Meadowlands’ vice president of racing operations Chris McErlean will be leaving that track in the next few weeks after being one of several persons taking a buyout offered by the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority. Dennis Dowd, senior executive vice president of racing for the Sports Authority told the newspaper that Breeders Cup ...
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Caviart Sydney retired

on 11/29/2006 12:00 AM
The 3-year-old pacing filly Caviart Sydney has been retired from racing and is on her way to the breeding barn, according to her owners, Buck and Judy Chaffee of Caviart Farms. She will be bred to Rocknroll Hanover in 2007. “Retiring Sydney was a hard decision because she just kept racing stronger and stronger all season,” explained Buck Chaffee. “She raced well in her last start, the Lad...
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Records set in Classics

on 11/28/2006 12:00 AM
Western Ace, not stablemate Total Truth, won the $213,845 Matron Three-Year-Old Colt Pace; Boulder Creek set a world record, Mystical Sunshine remains unbeaten racing at Dover Downs, Vivid Photo became a $2-million winner, and Marnie Hall pulled a mild surprise to help make it a night to remember for driver Daniel Dube and trainer Mark Silva. The duo teamed to win two Classics and the $10,000 trai...
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Minn. track delayed til 2008

on 11/28/2006 12:00 AM
The planned opening next year of new harness racetrack in Minnesota has been delayed until 2008 after the Army Corps of Engineers refused to grant approval for the groundbreaking due to concerns about preserving artifacts from an early Indian village at the site. The $50 million track is slated to open in Anoka County, with the groundbreaking first scheduled for more than two months ago. Engine...
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Billings adds Bronze, Brass

on 11/28/2006 12:00 AM
Talk about splash finishes; how about the plans for the final events of the 25th Anniversary Season of the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series which will be showcased on Friday night at the Meadowlands? Peter Gerry, the president of the Delvin Miller Amateur Drivers Association which sponsors the Billings Series, said he has enough interest from the membership for two more concluding events for th...
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Fog cancels Moh qualifiers

on 11/28/2006 12:00 AM
Heavy fog at Mohawk Racetrack Tuesday morning forced the cancellation of qualifiers after just one race was held. The drivers took a vote after the first race, which had a \"fog\" notation at the quarter call, half call, three-quarter call and stretch call. Only the finish had a placing and lengths noted.
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Carlspur on the mend

on 11/28/2006 12:00 AM
In early November Monticello Raceway’s Horse of the Year, Carlspur, was stricken with an extremely bad case of colic and was rushed to New Bolton Center in greater Philadelphia for emergency surgery. The veterinarians there performed a two-plus hour surgery and though they felt the surgery was successful they had to wait to see if Carlspur could eat and pass on his own. To the joy of all concern...
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Broodmare Pizza Dolce sold

on 11/28/2006 12:00 AM
Steve Stewart of Hunterton Farm said a casual conversation turned into a deal in which Hunterton and several other partners purchased Pizza Dolce 3, 1:52.4, a winner of such classics as the Kentucky Filly Futurity. The Conway Hall mare is in foal to Muscles Yankee, carrying her second offspring. Hunterton will own one-third of Pizza Dolce, who is out of Peace A Pie, a daughter of Valley Victory...
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More DSBF\'s held at DD

on 11/27/2006 12:00 AM
In the first of three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) colt paces Sunday at Dover Downs, Sun Power was strongest in the stretch recording a 1:58.1 victory for driver Ben Stafford Jr. who co-owns the Powerful Toy colt with John Heckler and Randall Stafford. Deadwood City closed along the passing lane to get up for second with Jim King driving. Fourchu and Herve Filion was the show finishe...
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Battling Brad winners

on 11/27/2006 12:00 AM
The first legs of the Battling Brad late-closer series were held Sunday at Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack, with one longshot and one prohibitive favorite accounting for the two $20,000 divisions. Benefiting from a heady drive by George Napolitano Jr., Franklin Cardinale’s Real One And Only cleared from post position seven and made every pole a winning one as he scampered to a half-leng...
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1:49.4 record at Chester

on 11/27/2006 12:00 AM
Fake Denario N paced the fastest mile in track history with a 1:49.4 effort and Tarver Hanover scored a popular victory about an hour later as both captured second leg divisions of The Town Drunk late-closer series at Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack on Sunday. Under the guidance of driver Ron Pierce, Fake Denario N moved strongly from fifth just after a :26.3 first quarter set by Armbro B...
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MacDonald in FlmD spill

on 11/27/2006 12:00 AM
Mark MacDonald, second in North America in 2006 with 674 wins and third with more than $9.4 million in purse earnings, reportedly suffered minor injuries in a Sunday night race accident at Flamboro Downs. The spill occurred in the fourth race and MacDonald took himself off the rest of his mounts. MacDonald\'s horse, Master Jonathan, made a break at the top of the stretch and driver Jody Jamieso...
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MacDonald hurts shoulder

on 11/27/2006 12:00 AM
Mark MacDonald told harnessracing.com Monday afternoon that he re-injured his left shoulder Sunday night in a race accident at Flamboro Downs, but that it may not cost him any time away from the sulky. MacDonald said he may book off his nine mounts at Woodbine Monday night, but after that he will decide on a day-to-day basis when he will drive again. MacDonald, currently second in North America...
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Million Dollar Monday

on 11/26/2006 12:00 AM
Dover Downs readies for its biggest race day of the 2006 season, Million Dollar Monday, Nov. 27, featuring four $250,000 Classic Series finals, all 1-1/4 milers, and the $213,845 Matron Stakes 3-Year-Old Colt Pace final. A $32,500 Preferred Handicap pace, a $30,000 Delaware Special and a $24,000 Open Pace are on a powerful undercard. Post time is 4:30 p.m. The $250,000 Trotting Classic has a s...
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5 offspring on Vernon card

on 11/26/2006 12:00 AM
Rochester standardbred owners Lynn and Charles Whitmer Jr. are understandably proud of their productive broodmare Madonna Victoria, but never more so than on Saturday night at Vernon Downs. In a feat that is certainly unique, if not unprecedented in the annals of harness racing, not one, not two, but five of Madonna Victoria’s offspring competed on the track’s 11-race closing night card. Ca...
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DSBF rounds at Dover

on 11/26/2006 12:00 AM
Ms. Virginia and Twilight Mist made it look easy winning second-leg divisions of the DSBF 2-year-old filly trot preliminaries on Saturday at Dover Downs. Double Flip won a colt freshman pace division while Love And Truth pulled a surprise in the other section. Ms. Virginia, recently purchased by Don Hawk and trainer Dan Warrington, scored her second straight DSBF filly trot prelim victory as T...
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Vernon Downs ends season

on 11/26/2006 12:00 AM
David Krol’s sophomore colt pacer Western Prize raced resolutely on the front end throughout the 10 th race to capture Saturday night’s $8,000 Open Handicap feature on closing night at Vernon Downs. Jimmy Whittemore, who earlier in the program was presented with the season’s most promising driver award, did the teaming for trainer Timothy Dunlap. He kept Western Prize alert and alive thr...
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Pampered Princess Scores

on 11/25/2006 12:00 AM
Pampered Princess ($2.40, $2.10, $2.10) posted her 10th victory of the year in the first of three $20,000 eliminations Friday night and earned a spot in the $410,000 Goldsmith Maid final at the Meadowlands. The Goldsmith Maid for trotting fillies is one of a quartet of stakes finals – the $1.7 million Four Final Four for 2 year olds--December 2. The first three finishers from each of the th...
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