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Entries still being accepted

on 11/30/2006 12:00 AM
Entries for the 2007 In Training Sale featuring 2 year olds in training, scheduled for Jan. 28 at the South Florida Training Center, will be closing soon for the main catalog. You can view a partial roster, with consignor and trainer listed along with the entries, at www.gardenstatesales.com. Click on the South Florida Sale logo. Contact information for consignors and trainers will be available...
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This 2FT is over the barrel

on 11/30/2006 12:00 AM
After years working with barrel racers, Lori Castanuovo is making a name for herself with a bargain-priced trotter as she will send out Undercover Lover in the $410,000 Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old filly trotters on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Castranuovo purchased the Tagliabue-Go Undercover filly for $6,700 at the Tattersalls 2006 January Select Mixed Sale held at the Meadowlands and ...
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Touched for the 1st time

on 11/30/2006 12:00 AM
After back-to-back races in which he was interfered, Always A Virgin found a true and unfettered trip to the winner’s circle last week and will attempt to repeat his success in the $450,000 Governor’s Cup on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. “This horse is very special,” said trainer Josh Green. “We never have had any luck here (at the Meadowlands) so we are really excited.” T...
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Bittersweet race for Thomas

on 11/30/2006 12:00 AM
The sad truth is that even if Fielders Choice wins the $51,250 Charles Singer Memorial on Friday night at the Meadowlands, something will be missing as trainer Kevin Thomas owns the 3-year-old trotting colt in partnership with Lyle Anderson’s River Ridge Farm of Ottawa, Ontario. On Aug. 27, Anderson was aboard Comair’s Flight 5191 when it crashed near the Lexington, Ky. airport. Anderson, 5...
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Pa. funds held til 2007

on 11/30/2006 12:00 AM
Since the Pennsylvania Standardbred Breeders Development Fund would be receiving slot revenue from just one source, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, and that source for only the last six weeks of the year, the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission has decided to retain the 2006 funds earmarked for the Breeders Fund until next year. “When fully implemented, the Pennsylvania Standardbred Breeders ...
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2007 Ohio dates awarded

on 11/30/2006 12:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission Thursday issued 850 live racing dates for 2007, with 476 live harness racing programs to be offered. Formal approval of all date requests—live and simulcast—for next year will be taken up when the commission meets in Columbus on Dec. 15. In addition to the harness dates, which is six fewer than this year, there are 366 live Thoroughbred racing days schedule...
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A win through Litigation

on 11/29/2006 12:00 AM
Heavy favorite Litigator made it look effortless as he trotting to a 3 1/4-length triumph in the final Illinois Standardbred Owners and Breeders Association Stake of 2006 at Balmoral Park Tuesday night. Just six lined up behind the gate but all five could do was chase Litigator across the wire in 1:58.2 in the $14,280 contest. Eased away from the inside starting spot by driver Ryan Anderson, Li...
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Tuesday DD wrap-up

on 11/29/2006 12:00 AM
Poppy Lustre N made it to the winner\'s circle after a four-wide drive down the stretch to post a 1:52 victory in the $24,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace Tuesday at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick won four races, Ross Wolfenden and Brad Hanners drove three winners each, and Tony Morgan had a double. As a fast field of eight female pacers began to fan out in the stretch, Tetrick found room after being...
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Wide-open trot at PPK

on 11/29/2006 12:00 AM
With the morning line favorite selected to pay $7 to win, you know it’s a wide-open race and that is what Pompano Park is hosting Wednesday in the 8th race $10,000 Open Handicap trotting feature. The 5-2 favorite is Guy Gets Girl from post five for driver Bruce Ranger. The 7-year-old gelding by Keystone Nortic has six wins already this year and last week he was a distant second to track recor...
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Santa Claus comes to Wdb

on 11/29/2006 12:00 AM
Keeping the momentum behind what is quickly becoming a tradition among the Woodbine drivers\' colony, top Canadian reinsmen Chris Christoforou, Luc Ouellette, Rick Zeron, Jody Jamieson and Mark MacDonald are all donating their five-percent commissions from selected race dates to the Jim Proudfoot Corner of the Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund. The Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund annually provides 45...
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Last 2 at Wdb fogged out

on 11/29/2006 12:00 AM
Fog, which earlier in the day Tuesday forced the cancellation of qualifiers at Mohawk after just one race, also prompted the cancellation of the last two races at Woodbine Tuesday night. The fog began to build through the night and there was a short delay after the eighth race in the hopes of it possibly dissipating. When it didn\'t it was decided to cancel races nine and 10.
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Smith honored at Plainridge

on 11/29/2006 12:00 AM
Loyalty was rewarded Tuesday at Plainridge Racecourse as the curtain came down on the 2006 season as trainer-driver Cathy Smith, who trucked a couple of horses some 300 miles round-trip from her home in Shapleigh, Maine to Plainridge each week, was awarded the track\'s President\'s Award by COO Gary T. Piontkowski. \"Her weekly journey took her through three states and she passed two other harn...
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Table games in Pa.?

on 11/29/2006 12:00 AM
Having slot machines at racetracks in Pennsylvania is still in its infant stage but already there is talk a bill is being drafted to add poker, blackjack and other table games, turning the slots parlors into full-blown casinos. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs opened its slots-only parlor just about two weeks ago, with the state\'s other racetracks soon to follow. Reports indicate State Rep. Bill De...
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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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