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Palone Ranger surprises

on 11/25/2006 12:00 AM
Palone Ranger took to the passing lane and blew past the pace setting Perfect Union and drew off to an easy 1:54.3 victory in the $546,830 Messenger Stakes, the third leg of the pacing Triple Crown at Yonkers Raceway Saturday night. Perfect Union, with David Miller in the bike, shot into the lead at the start and set the pace with fractions of :28.1, :56.3 and 1:25.3. Breeders Crown champion Sh...
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Glidemaster wins Trot

on 11/25/2006 12:00 AM
In a tremendous display of heart and determination Glidemaster endured a first-over trip the last half mile of the race and captured the $728,930 Yonkers Trot in 1:55.4 to become the eighth horse in harness racing history to win trotting’s Triple Crown. Earlier this year the Yankee Glide colt captured the Hambletonian in 1:51.1 and the Kentucky Futurity in 1:51.3. In his first career start ov...
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Isabella wins prep

on 11/25/2006 12:00 AM
Isabella Blue Chip prepped for next week’s $439,000 Three Diamonds final for 2-year-old filly pacers with a wire to wire 1:53.3 victory Saturday night at the Meadowlands in the $20,000 prep for seven of next week’s finalists. Tidewater Dragon Fly opted not to race in the prep. With Jack Moiseyev in the bike, Isabella Blue Chip cut fractions of :29, :57.2 and 1:26 en route to her seventh tri...
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Pierce Scores 6,000th win

on 11/23/2006 12:00 AM
Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce has one more thing to be thankful for – he now has 6,000 career victories. The milestone victory for Pierce, 50, came in 1:56.1 with Punk Man in the final race Wednesday night at the Meadowlands, the 10th-race conditioned trot. Pierce, who ranks third in all-time career earnings with $118 million, has joined 32 drivers to reach the 6,000-victory plateau. T...
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Tweedle Dum wins 19th

on 11/23/2006 12:00 AM
Tweedle Dum became the winningest racehorse in a single season in Pompano Park history Wednesday, scoring his 19th victory in the seventh race $10,000 Open Handicap Trot. Also the winningest trotter in North America this year, Tweedle Dum and driver Walter Ross, Jr. led from start to finish, winning by 4 1/4 lengths in 1:55.4 over Guy Gets Girl with U Toe The Bike third. The previous record of...
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Tetrick wins 5 at Dover

on 11/23/2006 12:00 AM
Despite effects of a \"Nor\'easter\" blasting heavy rain and strong winds, Breeze Hill Will continued his late Fall success story, scoring a 1:56.1 victory in the $24,000 Open Handicap trot on a cold and dank Wednesday, at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick drove Breeze Hill Will to the victory, one of his five wins on the card, including a \"hat trick\" of all three feature trots. Tetrick raced Breeze ...
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Filly upsets elders at DD

on 11/22/2006 12:00 AM
Badlands Iron Lady, the only filly facing a field of seasoned distaff pacers, won the $24,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace Tuesday at Dover Downs. In the feature, Ron Pierce drove the 3-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover to her second straight victory in the week\'s top distaff event recording a 1:51.3 victory on a chilly night. Pierce took Badlands Iron Lady into the lead in front of ...
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Four Classic finals drawn

on 11/22/2006 12:00 AM
Four surprisingly small but exceptional fields of the star older trotters and pacers converge on Dover Downs for $250,000 finals, all over a distance of 1 1/4 miles on Million-Dollar Monday, Nov. 27. Five will start in the $250,000 Trotting Classic led by Todd Shadel and trainer-driver Roger Hammer\'s Vivid Photo, a winner of three of his last four starts including last week\'s preliminary leg...
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Strong field in Matron 3CP

on 11/22/2006 12:00 AM
The $213,845 Matron final for 3-year-old colt pacers has been drawn and the race has a strong local connection as trainer George Teague has a powerhouse two-horse entry in Total Truth, co-owned by Only Money and Teague and his sister, Brenda, and Western Ace, owned by Kovach Stables and Teague Inc. Total Truth is the leading money-winning pacer this season banking more than $1.4 million. Hall ...
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Illinois\'s Propes resigns

on 11/22/2006 12:00 AM
Illinois Racing Board Chairman Lorna Propes has submitted a letter of resignation to Governor Blagojevich, effective immediately, following the Dec. 12 Board meeting. At that time a formal announcement will be made. (IRB)
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Harness test at Keeneland

on 11/22/2006 12:00 AM
A world record of sorts was achieved Tuesday, Nov. 21, when the 3-year-old pacing filly Scenic Bay, driven by Dan Shetler, won an exhibition race at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, covering one mile in 2:07.4 over the Polytrack. On Nov. 17 Scenic Bay won in 2:03.2 over the half-mile Thunder Ridge Raceway oval. The exhibition race was organized by Keeneland so a group representing a planned ...
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No Midnight Mile at PPK

on 11/22/2006 12:00 AM
There will be no \"Midnight Special\" race at Pompano Park on New Year\'s Eve, a race the Florida racetrack began during the final meet of the year and ended in the first minute of the new year. With a post time of 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31, and crossing the wire at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, the race essentially spanned two years. \"Due to construction issues with our Top of the Park dining room we wil...
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Fall Final Four elims/preps

on 11/22/2006 12:00 AM
Two year olds take center stage this weekend in eliminations and prep races for the $1.7 million Fall Final Four on Dec. 2 at the Meadowlands. A quartet of stakes for youngsters, the Fall Final Four is comprised of the $450,000 Governor’s Cup for pacing colts, $439,000 Three Diamonds for pacing fillies, $432,700 Valley Victory for trotting colts and $410,000 Goldsmith Maid for trotting fillies. ...
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Peaceful Way done for year

on 11/22/2006 12:00 AM
Trotting mare Peaceful Way, the 2005 Dan Patch Award winner as the best in her division, has finished racing for the year and will take several months off before resuming training in February. Joe Myers, one of the mare’s owners, said Peaceful Way was resting at Perretti Farms in New Jersey after being examined by a vet. The horse finished eighth and ninth in her two most recent Classic Serie...
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Yonkers Trot on HRTV

on 11/22/2006 12:00 AM
HRTV will be showing the Yonkers Trot--and Glidemaster\'s attempt to win the trotting Triple Crown--Saturday night. HRTV is carried on the Dish Network, channel 404. The Messenger for 3-year-old pacing colts, the Lady Maud for 3-year-old pacing fillies, and the Hudson Filly Trot are also on the Saturday night card at Yonkers and HRTV plans to show them as well.
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Teague trainee in 1:50.2

on 11/21/2006 12:00 AM
Total Truth continued in peak form turning back seven rivals to win the $71,275 Matron 3-year-old colt pace in 1:50.2 on Monday at Dover Downs, a race which was supposed to be an elimination but was not after the scratch of Shark Gesture. That resulted in all eight starters Monday coming back for the $213,825 final next Monday. Hall of Famer Ron Pierce drove the Jenna\'s Beach Boy colt Total T...
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Strong rules passed in Del.

on 11/21/2006 12:00 AM
The Delaware Harness Racing Commission has approved rules that provide for a $10,000 fine and 10-year suspension for the possession or use of blood-doping agents, including Erythropoietin (EPO), Darbepoetin (DPO), Oxyglobin and Hemopure. The new rules provide for the ability to test any horse entered to race, any horse that was entered or raced within 60 days of entry and racing, any horse show...
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Leo Pinckney dies

on 11/21/2006 12:00 AM
Longtime sportswriter Leo Pinckney, a former president of the Vernon Downs Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Assocation, died Monday, one day after his 89th birthday. Mr. Pinckney, who was a correspondent for Associated Press for 30 years, also contributed to the New York Times, New York Daily News and the Sporting News. He served as president of the New York-Penn Baseball League from 1984-19...
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Hidden Viggorish on a roll

on 11/21/2006 12:00 AM
Hidden Viggorish increased her win streak to 10 in a row with a nearly eight-length victory in 1:57.2 in her Hudson Filly Trot elimination race last weekend at Yonkers Raceway, while world-record-holder Queen Serene won her elim by more than two lengths in 1:58. The $330,476 final is Saturday. A standout on the Pennsylvania circuit, Hidden Viggorish won the $180,000 American National at Chicago...
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Stratton wins Mighty M honor

on 11/21/2006 12:00 AM
Jordan Stratton is just 19 years old and already has garnered the first accolade of his fledgling career, beiong honored as the best young driver at Monticello Raceway this season with the Max Brewer Award presented by the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Assn. Stratton displayed his talent again last Friday when he guided CR Leader to a 2:02:2 victory in the final of the $...
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