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Morgan now at 701 wins

on 08/30/2006 2:00 AM
A six-bagger on Harrington Raceway\'s Tuesday program catapulted Tony Morgan past the 700-win mark for the year, ending the day with 701 victories, one more than he had in all of 2005. This is the fifth time Morgan has reached the 700-win plateau, with a career high of 853 wins when he led the continent in 1996. Morgan finished second to Cat Manzi on the 2005 dash list by 26 wins. He currently ...
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Ciambrone to IRB

on 08/30/2006 2:00 AM
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has appointed former Chicago Heights Mayor Angelo “Sam” Ciambrone to serve as a commissioner of the Illinois Racing Board, replacing long-time commissioner John Simon.
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Flurry of action at Vernon

on 08/30/2006 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs was a beehive of activity on Tuesday as the historic central New York harness track continued to prepare for the resumption of live racing this Thursday night. Despite a steady rain, an inquisitive and enthusiastic turnout attended the track’s Open House program that featured seven qualifying races, including a 2:05 performance over a “sloppy” track by the Scott Schofield-driven...
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French mare wins World Cup

on 08/30/2006 2:00 AM
The final of the World Cup Trot was raced for the first time in Russia, where the very modern Kazan track was the host. The winner was the French-sired Lady d’Auvrecy. “It was a great experience to be here,” said Swedish trainer-driver Jorgen Westholm. “The arena and the arrangements were very good and the host as well the owner of the mile track (a Russian vodka producer) was very gene...
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Trotting Derby field set

on 08/30/2006 2:00 AM
A field of nine will contest the $530,000 World Trotting Derby Saturday afternoon at the Du Quoin State Fair in southern Illinois. Hambletonian runner-up Chocolatier has drawn post four. A horse must win two heats to capture the Trotting Derby. 1—Double Player 2—Boardwalk Hall 3—Make You Mine 4—Chocolatier 5—Roman Holiday 6—Johnny Muscles 7—Muscles To Spare 8—El Mikko ...
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Wiles to the rescue at MR

on 08/30/2006 2:00 AM
It was Wiles to the rescue Tuesday afternoon at Monticello Raceway as the racetrack’s general manager Shawn Wiles’s quick thinking before one of five New York Sire Stakes divisions likely aided in a victory for Naughty Nunu. At odds of 9-1 Naughty Nunu was the third longest price in the race, but he was about to be scratched after losing a shoe during post parade. After being brought back i...
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Miller six-pack at Du Quoin

on 08/30/2006 2:00 AM
Andy Miller got off to a fast start Tuesday night on the delayed opening-night 12-race card at the Du Quoin State Fair with six trips to the winner’s circle, including a 1:58 score with Adam Gram in the $30,000 Pronto Don for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. The time was a career-best for Adam Gram, a son of Valley Victor owned and bred by Carol Graham, Thomas Graham Jr. and trainer Thom...
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Smedshammer granted stay

on 08/29/2006 2:00 AM
Harnessracing.com has received confirmation that Trond Smedshammer has asked for and was granted a stay of his 30-day suspension that was scheduled to have begun Monday imposed by the New Jersey Racing Commission for his drive behind Here Comes Herbie in the Hambletonian at the Meadowlands Aug. 5. Smedshammer trained three Hambletonian starters and was driving Here Comes Herbie himself when tha...
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RC Royalty reigns at MR

on 08/29/2006 2:00 AM
RC Royalty pummeled his New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) foes and the Monticello Raceway track record for 3-year-old trotting colts with a double-digit length, 1:57.4 win Tuesday afternoon. Trainer-driver Dan Daley and RC Royalty reached the front end just before the :30 quarter, then used a :28.4 second quarter to open up on the field over a track rated “good” due to rain. The Winner hung on f...
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Big qualifier at Colonial

on 08/29/2006 2:00 AM
Colonial Downs hosted its first qualifiers as preparations finalize for the opening of the 36-day Standardbred meet on Monday, Sept. 4. Among the winners was Tell Me No Lies, a 2-year-old Donerail-Spicy Secret colt, who won by 40 3/4 lengths in 1:59.1. Tell Me No Lies has yet to make his pari-mutuel debut for trainer-driver Jim Brittingham. Colonial’s Standardbred meet will open on Labor D...
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Pompano to reopen Wed.

on 08/29/2006 2:00 AM
Although Pompano Park had previously announced it would be closed Wednesday due to Tropical Storm Ernesto, it will now re-open Wednesday at 5 p.m. The track will resume live racing Friday night, Sept. 1.
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Harrington increases purses

on 08/29/2006 2:00 AM
Beginning Sunday, Sept. 3, Harrington Raceway will increase purses 10 percent across the board. Delaware\'s half-mile racetrack is currently amidst the third week of the summer/fall meet, and the increase will go into effect with Tuesday\'s draw for Sunday\'s races. The increase will put the track\'s daily average purse distribution at approximately $145,000. Racing continues through Oct. 26 on...
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Campbell on Took Hanover

on 08/29/2006 2:00 AM
John Campbell has said he will drive Took Hanover, the beaten favorite in the Cane Pace elimination last Saturday afternoon at Freehold, in the Labor Day final and opt off Feelin Friskie, who had received a bye and did not compete in the elim. \"I’ve had success with Feelin Friskie and when he’s right, he’s a very good horse,\" Campbell told Harness Racing Communications. \"I was very hap...
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Feelin Friskie out of Cane

on 08/29/2006 2:00 AM
Feelin Friskie, the runner-up in the North America Cup and an early favorite for the Cane Pace final, will not be competing in the Cane after all. Trainer Scott Bell says the Artiscape colt is “not 100 percent right now, and there’s no sense racing against the best when you’re not at your best.” In his last previous start, the Adios final, Feelin Friskie finished eighth, 17 ¼ lengths b...
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Ouellette to race at Batavia

on 08/29/2006 2:00 AM
One of harness racing\'s all-time great drivers, Luc Ouellette, will be in town Wednesday night to drive in eight races at Batavia Downs Gaming. Currently a regular on the tough Woodbine Entertainment Circuit, the 41-year-old native of Quebec will be available for autographs in the track lobby from 6:15 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. Ouellette currently ranks fifth on the all-time list of harness drivers...
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Rain at DuQuoin

on 08/29/2006 2:00 AM
Heavy rain Sunday night and more showers Monday evening forced cancellation of the first program of racing at the DuQuoin State Fair Monday night, Aug. 28. The card included eliminations for the ICF Stakes which were to have finals later in the week. As a result of the rainout, those stakes will be raced in divisions with 3 year olds going to the post on Friday, Sept. 1, and the 2 year olds on Sat...
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15 enter Maple Leaf Trot

on 08/29/2006 2:00 AM
Fifteen older trotting horses--including top-ranked Sand Vic, European-shipper Order By Fax, 2005 Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo and standout-mare Peaceful Way--have been entered to contest a pair of eliminations for the $877,500 Maple Leaf Trot Saturday night at Mohawk. The top five finishers from each elimination will gain entrance to the final (Sept. 9), and the connections of the eliminati...
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Bonefish to be an Immortal

on 08/29/2006 2:00 AM
On Sunday, July 1, 2007, “Hall of Fame Day,” only one Harness Racing Immortal will be inducted into the Hall during ceremonies held under the tent on the museum lawn: Hambletonian winner Bonefish. This great distinction is given both to people and horses, no longer living, who have made significant contributions to the sport of harness racing. Inductees are nominated annually by the museum’...
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Carolyn AS wins OSS

on 08/28/2006 2:00 AM
Carolyn AS stretched her winning streak to four with a 1:57.3 victory in the $130,000(C) Ontario Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old filly trotters Sunday night at Mohawk. The homebred daughter of Striking Sahbra was driven by Steve Skilton for trainer Anette Lorentzon, who shares ownership with her father, John Erik Magnusson. Constance Hall finished second behind the 8-1 winner with Caught My Ey...
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Yonkers\' marathon man

on 08/28/2006 2:00 AM
While Yonkers Raceway may not be up and running quite yet, the assistant racing secretary certainly is. And not even the rain could stop him. Bob Miecuna successfully completed his fourth half-marathon Sunday, taking on a 13.1-mile Manhattan course which began with a tour of Central Park. It was Miecuna’s second such distance race this season. For the record, Miecuna traversed his many soggy ...
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