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Mystical Oaks upset

on 10/28/2006 2:00 AM
Mystical Sunshine has long raced in the shadow of Peaceful Way, but she stole the thunder away from that career winner of $3.2 million in Friday night’s lone $96,377 division of the Classic Oaks at Woodbine Racetrack. Starting from Post 2, Mystical Sunshine got away fourth behind pacesetter Snazzy Millie, who had the field to the opening station in :26.4 over a track that was rated ‘good...
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Vernon late-closer champs

on 10/28/2006 2:00 AM
Manfinity, Prolific Pacer and Wanda’s Choice all became champions in late-closing series action at Vernon Downs on Friday night. Manfinity established a 1:57.3 track standard for 2-year-old colt trotters in the $14,000 final of the Vernon Fracas Series; Prolific Pacer produced a career-best 1:53 mile in the $23,400 Vernon Vitality title test for 3-year-old male pacers; while Wanda’s Choice cam...
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Donato rolls in BC opener

on 10/28/2006 2:00 AM
Donato Hanover punctuated his division-dominating season with a 1:56 win in the $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old colt trotters Saturday night at Woodbine. Driver Ron Pierce and Donato Hanover sat back as Mythical Lindy and David Miller traded the lead with longshots Stuntman Hall and Relentless Duke through fractions of :28 and :57. Donato Hanover came on with a flurry at the five-eighths...
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P Glide third in BC photo

on 10/28/2006 2:00 AM
Susie\'s Magic and driver David Miller darted between Passionate Glide and Pure Ivory to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters in 1:55.4 in a thrilling three-way photo finish. Passionate Glide took the lead at the :56.4 half, but struggled to hold sway as Elegantimage winner Bee Line stuck her nose in front as the field turned into the stretch. Pure Ivory made a bold...
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Calgary Hanover 2FP upset

on 10/28/2006 2:00 AM
Calgary Hanover made a stunning late-stretch move to zoom past runner-up Little Miss Dragon and third-place Cabana Fever to win the $600,000 Breeders Crown final for 2-year-old filly pacers in 1:53.2. Calgary Hanover was driven by Mike Lachance for trainer Don Swick and co-owners Royal Wire Products and United Process Control Co. Swick said using Lachance as a catch-driver is a big factor in th...
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Majestic Son the new master

on 10/28/2006 2:00 AM
Majestic Son and Glidemaster locked eyes shortly past the half and dueled the rest of the mile, but it was Glidemaster who blinked first and Majestic Son went on to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old trotting colts in 1:54.2. Trevor Richie drove the Angus Hall colt to a three-quarter length win for the Majestic Son Stable and trainer Mark Steacy. Here Comes Herbie was third. Stea...
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Vivid Photo flexes muscles

on 10/28/2006 2:00 AM
Vivid Photo and Mr. Muscleman did meet up and battle in the stretch in the Open Trot at Vernon Downs Saturday night, but Vivid Photo was never really challenged as he won by two lengths in 1:54.4. On a track rated \"sloppy,\" Vivid Photo held the lead as Mr. Muscleman waited behind him locked in beside Self Professed. When Mr. Muscleman finally did shake free he could not head Vivid Photo and d...
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Possess The Magic 2FT win

on 10/28/2006 2:00 AM
Driver Mike Lachance and Possess The Magic stole the $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters. Runner-up Pampered Princess suffered her first career loss in the 1:57.2 mile. Possess The Magic, the fastest freshman filly trotter ever, loafed on the front end until Pampered Princess and Brian Sears came calling past the half. Possess The Magic hung on in a vicious stretch duel, winni...
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Dragon two-time BC champ

on 10/28/2006 2:00 AM
My Little Dragon successfully defended her Breeders Crown title by overcoming Darlin\'s Delight in the stretch in the $500,000 Three-Year-Old Filly Pace in 1:52.3. Driven by Brian Sears, My Little Dragon came first-over around the final turn, but ducked behind Darlin\'s Delight at the top of the stretch. The move worked as My Little Dragon came back out refreshed and mowed down Darlin\'s Deligh...
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Charley outlasts Kenneth J

on 10/28/2006 2:00 AM
Charley Barley waited out a sizzling 27-second third quarter by pacesetter Kenneth J before wearing him down in the stretch to win the $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old colt pacers in 1:53.3, giving Mike Lachance his third Crown win on the night. Kenneth J and Ron Pierce assumed command just past the :56.1 half and drew away by open lengths around the turn. Charley Barley tipped out turnin...
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Shark Gesture holds on

on 10/28/2006 2:00 AM
Shark Gesture looked like he was done for in the stretch, but George Brennan made him dig down and find just enough to hold off Mister Big and win the $610,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old colt pacers. The front end was a tough place to be all night, but apparently Shark Gesture wasn\'t notified. “Everybody was scared of the front end tonight because of the wind, but this horse—this big...
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Glowing Report: five straight wins

on 10/28/2006 2:00 AM
Glowing Report won her fifth straight start with a 1:54.3 victory in the $85,000 first leg of the Classic Distaff at Woodbine Saturday night. Driver David Miller put the 5-year-old Artsplace mare on the front end and she never looked back, winning in hand for trainer Jerry Silverman. Glowing Report couldn\'t find room up the rail and finished second. Glowing Report is owned by Marvin Rounic...
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Takter talks P Glide

on 10/27/2006 2:00 AM
Passionate Glide, the 2-5 favorite in the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Filly Trot Saturday at Woodbine, has some mighty big horseshoes to fill. And as long as trainer Jimmy Takter continues to send out world champion trotters, the comparison will always be made to arguably the greatest female trotter of the 21st century. Moni Maker, a two-time Horse of the Year and three-time Trotter of ...
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Green takes Har title

on 10/27/2006 2:00 AM
Trainer Josh Green earned his seventh training title at Harrington Raceway Thursday, capturing 41 wins at the summer/fall meet. Green finished the meet three wins ahead of runner-up Chuck Crissman Jr., who had 38 victories. Tim Crissman (30 wins), Les Givens (27), and Mike Hall (21) rounded out the top five. \"Harrington has always been very good to me,\" said Green. \"Most of my horses have go...
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Lolique romps by 20

on 10/27/2006 2:00 AM
Pamela Wagner and Scott Woogen’s Lolique won the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot Virginia Breeders Prep by 20 lengths Thursday night at Colonial Downs. Lolique’s victory highlighted huge days for driver John Wagner, trainer Manley Brown Jr. and owner Pamela Wagner. John Wagner drove three winners, Brown conditioned four winners on the 11-race card and Pamela Wagner owned three winners. Wag...
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Record Crowns for Pierce?

on 10/27/2006 2:00 AM
Ron Pierce was recently inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. He is the fourth leading money-earner in history, with $116 million, trailing only John Campbell, Mike Lachance and Cat Manzi. Since the 2003 season, he has won at least two Breeders Crown trophies per year, and a total of 17, good for third place in the history of the series. Yet don’t expect Pierce to feel satisfied. ...
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Mister Big fits his name

on 10/27/2006 2:00 AM
One of the most appropriately named contenders in the $610,000 Three-Year-Old Breeders Crown Pace at Woodbine on Saturday is elimination winner Mister Big. The striking son of Grinfromeartoear is both tall in stature and long of girth, giving him a smooth, nearly effortless stride. The bottom line is that this colt stands out on the racetrack. “He’s a great individual, confirmation wise,...
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1,000 NJ horses quarantined

on 10/27/2006 2:00 AM
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture has issued a quarantine on more than 1,000 horses at Monmouth Park in the wake of positive test results on at least one horse for the neuropathogenic strain of the equine herpes virus. At least four horses have been tested over the past several days after they began exhibiting fevers. Those four, and other horses at Monmouth Park that have had contact...
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Free wins ISOBA at May

on 10/27/2006 2:00 AM
The public’s overwhelming 3-10 choice Free had little trouble chalking up another added-money event at Maywood Park, taking the $17,000 Illinois Standardbred Owners and Breeders Association (ISOBA) stake for 3-year-old state-bred filly pacers Thursday night. Trained by veteran Hoosier horseman Stan Miller, Free ($2.60) was again nicely handled by regular driver Sam Widger as she posted a 1:55...
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A Charley Barley surprise?

on 10/27/2006 2:00 AM
Two-year-old colt pacer Charley Barley’s name may be similar to basketball star Charles Barkley, and co-owner John Ezzo is hoping for a slam dunk in Saturday’s $600,000 Breeders Crown at Woodbine. But Charley Barley isn’t named for Barkley; he’s named for a fictitious person invented by Ezzo’s father. “We have a volunteer fire department in the town—it’s only about 5,000 people...
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