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Vernon holds qualifiers

on 08/16/2006 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs, preparing for a late-August opening pending approval by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, conducted qualifying races for the first time in more than a year on Tuesday morning. Competing in bright sunshine and mid-70\'s temperatures over Vernon\'s seven-eighths mile oval, Hard Shoe Hannah captured the fastest of 11 prep events, pacing to a decisive 1:56.2 victory for d...
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Morgan wins seven

on 08/16/2006 2:00 AM
Wendy Crissman and Ruthi Joseph\'s Crossfire N won her fifth race of the year in 1:55.1 in the featured $15,000 Filly and Mare Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. It was one of seven wins on the card for the continent\'s leading driver Tony Morgan. Morgan put the 7-year-old Sonofafella mare on the front with pedestrian like fractions of :29.3, :59.2 and 1:27.2 before a 27.4 last quarter opened ...
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Minieri remembered at MR

on 08/16/2006 2:00 AM
He set training records at Monticello Raceway that may never be equaled, and on Thursday, Aug. 17, the fourth anniversary of his death, Joe Minieri will be remembered with a race named in his honor. The \"Joe Minieri Memorial,\" will be the eighth race on the 13-race card. Four years ago, Minieri succumbed to complications from a stroke, at age 65, and at the time was en route to his 12th loca...
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27 frosh fillies at Indy

on 08/16/2006 2:00 AM
Friday’s Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes at Indiana Downs attracted a group of 27 freshman filly trotters, resulting in three $88,500 divisions. The contests are slated as the sixth, seventh and ninth on the 13-race program. Acorn Stakes winner Maryanne K headlines the first group of nine. Owned by Ira Kristel, the Yankee Glide filly possesses the most earnings in the field, $30,625, a...
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Emantee fave in Smith Mem.

on 08/16/2006 2:00 AM
Emantee, who finished second in the prestigious $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks, heads a field of eight New Jersey-sired 3-year-old fillies in the $85,000 final of the Helen Smith Memorial Trot on Aug. 18 at Freehold Raceway. The daughter of Banker Hall, who won her $10,000 elimination heat in 1:59.3 on Aug. 11, will be driven by George Brennan from post five. Trond Smedshammer trains the filly for ...
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Pierce scores at PEI

on 08/16/2006 2:00 AM
Ron Pierce won his 8,899th career race Tuesday night, the victory coming at Charlottetown Driving Park, a racetrack at which he has never competed. The Hall of Fame driver was in Prince Edward Island as a participant in the Driver\'s Showcase Challenge, and he won one of five starts. Other drivers included in the Showcase were Canada\'s leading reinsman Mark MacDonald, Canada\'s World Driving C...
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NY track getting ready

on 08/16/2006 2:00 AM
Renovations continue at Yonkers Raceway, including work that began this week on the half-mile racetrack. Horses stabled on the grounds are continuing to train in the early morning, but then Charles E. Coon & Son take over as they prepare the track for the resumption of live racing in the coming weeks. Yonkers has not raced since last June, but plans call for the New York site to reopen in lat...
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Batavia to remember Bret

on 08/16/2006 2:00 AM
On Aug. 26, 1966, Bret Hanover won the “Pace of the Century” over Cardigan Bay at Batavia Downs, and on Aug. 26, 2006, the New York track will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the historic night that attracted a crowd of more than 15,000. Driven by Frank Ervin, Bret Hanover defeated Cardigan Bay by three lengths in 1:58.1, taking home the winner’s share of the record $25,000 purse. At th...
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Year In Review takes NJSS

on 08/16/2006 2:00 AM
Year In Review trotted to a 2:00.3 victory in the fastest $26,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes (NJSS) split for 2-year-old colt trotters Wednesday afternoon at Freehold Raceway. Driven by Stephen Smith, the colt by Self Possessed sat second over and sped by pacesetter Sweet Daddy Siki and Manfinity, who was parked most of the mile. Year In Review, a $13,000 yearling, is out of the Royal Prestige m...
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True North Cleveland choice

on 08/16/2006 2:00 AM
A pair of colts trained by the nation’s leading trainer, Mickey Burke, have earned morning line favoritism in Saturday’s $178,000 Rolling Rock Cleveland Classic at Northfield Park. The 17th annual Cleveland Classic is the richest race of the season at Northfield Park. True North Hanover, owned by George Leon of Pittsburgh, drew the rail and has been assigned a 5-2 morning line by director ...
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New colts led by New Day

on 08/16/2006 2:00 AM
New Day was the fastest juvenile trotter at Wednesday’s qualifiers at The Red Mile, winning by 21 3/4 lengths in 2:00.1 for driver-trainer Jan Johnson. New Day, by Conway Hall, is a half sister to Hambletonian Oaks winner Must Be Victory. New Day was a $55,000 yearling buy for co-owners Adelaide Skoglund and Arden Homestead Stable. Twin B Navigator won the second-fastest 2-year-old qualifi...
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Ill. imposes EPO rules

on 08/16/2006 2:00 AM
At its monthly meeting on Aug. 15, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill., the Illinois Racing Board approved emergency rules authorizing the Board’s equine testing laboratory to test for EPO (Erythropoietin or Darbepoietin) antibodies. In the event of a positive test for EPO the horse will be placed on the steward’s list and excluded from racing until a clean test demonstr...
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Fox Valley Tribal scores

on 08/16/2006 2:00 AM
Fox Valley Tribal used his great gate speed to grab the early lead from post eight, then sat behind Thisbigdogwilfight from mid-backstretch until the home stretch, where he shook loose and scored a stakes record 1:49 victory over Thisbigdogwilfight by one-half length in the $50,000 final of the Illinois State Fair Colt Stakes at Springfield Wednesday evening. World champion My Boy David was third....
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A voracious win at Harr

on 08/15/2006 2:00 AM
Kathleen Stafford and John Heckler\'s Voracious Hanover earned his first win of the year Monday in a co-featured $15,000 winners-over event in 1:53.4 at Harrington Raceway. Driven by Ben Stafford Jr., the 4-year-old Dragon Again stallion gained position early and outlasted Harry Hornet and Gold Rocket A to the wire. He boosted his lifetime earnings to more than $230,000. \'Voracious\' had been ...
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No Cane for the Fella

on 08/15/2006 2:00 AM
Artistic Fella, who has a 10-race win streak after his Aug. 5 victory in his division of the Oliver Wendell Holmes at the Meadowlands, will be heading to Lexington shortly to compete at The Red Mile before going to Canada for the Breeders Crown. According to owner Joe Alborano, the plan is to supplement Artistic Fella–who is not eligible to any other stakes this season–to the Oct. 7 Tattersall...
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Jugbarn.com eligibles listed

on 08/15/2006 2:00 AM
Little Brown Jug Fantasy players have two important races to consider before making changes in their stables starting Sunday, August 13 through Tuesday, August 15. Both next Saturday’s $175,000-est. Cleveland Classic at Northfield Park (August 19) and Sunday’s $600,000-est. Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs (August 20) are included in the contest sponsored by Youbet.com. Players may ...
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No parallel to Park Free in Open

on 08/15/2006 2:00 AM
Park Free and driver Larry Stalbaum got up to beat the favorite Passing Lane Penny in the featured $10,000 Fillies & Mares Open Pace Monday at Tioga Downs. The mile of 1:53.4 was a new lifetime mark for the 5-year old daughter of Park Place who is conditioned by Kevin Johnson. Passing Lane Penny and Tim Curtin were second while Vegas Style and Kevin Sizer closed for third. Miss Livia N and ...
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Maltese Artist at Plainridge

on 08/15/2006 2:00 AM
Trainer Mickey Burke, North America’s leading dash-winning trainer, has confirmed that he will accept an invitation to bring 2005 Bert Beckwith Memorial Pace champion Maltese Artist back for the 2006 edition of the event. The centerpiece event of the season and the Labor Day celebration, the 2006 Bert Beckwith Memorial Pace will be held on Monday afternoon, Sept. 4, at Plainridge Racecourse ...
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Rosecroft to host stars in Sept.

on 08/15/2006 2:00 AM
On Tuesday, September 12, Rosecroft Raceway will present the $35,000 All-Star Drivers Challenge featuring eight of North America\'s leading reinsman. The line-up will include Ron Pierce, Brian Sears, Tony Morgan, Dave Palone, Mark MacDonald, Tim Tetrick, Jody Jamieson and Rosecroft\'s own John Wagner. The drivers will vie for the $35,000 purse during a series of eight races held throughout the ...
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Deuce in, Friskie out

on 08/15/2006 2:00 AM
As reports are out that Feelin Friskie has foot problems that will keep him sidelined for awhile, Meadowlands Pace third-place finisher Armbro Deuce has reportedly been supplemented to Sunday\'s $600,000(C) Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. The son of Western Ideal was paid into the race at a cost of $25,000(C) to his owners Bob Burgess, Karin Olsson-Burgess, Neal Cooper and Richard Kostoff. ...
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