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Stakes action at Scioto

on 08/06/2006 2:00 AM
Scioto Downs played host to Ohio State Fair Stakes competition Saturday night, offering three $27,800 divisions for freshman colt pacers and two $30,900 splits for sophomore pacing colts. Osborne’s Rabbit and Greg Grismore assumed the lead near the :58.2 opening half and hit the wire first in 1:57 to take the first two-year-old division. The On The Attack gelding won his second consecutive st...
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Sophomore trotters invade Tioga

on 08/06/2006 2:00 AM
NYSS State Fair divisions for sophomore trotters comprised 10 contests on Tioga Downs’ 13-race program Saturday evening, August 5. A total of six splits were offered for colts and geldings, while fillies filled four divisions. The winners were an intriguing mix of heavy favorites as well as trotters with long odds. Windsun Bellagio went off as the favorite in the first $18,774 split and won ...
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Meittinis 1,000th, then hurt

on 08/06/2006 2:00 AM
Driver Jim Meittinis, the leading driver at Tioga Downs this season, scored his 1,000th career victory on the afternoon card of Tioga Downs\' Saturday doubleheader. But just four races after reaching his milestone, the 40-year-old Meittinis was involved in an accident in which he and driver Kerin Warner were thrown to the track and both were rushed to Robert Packer Hospital in nearby Sayre, Pa. ...
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Bouchard wins 11 at TgD

on 08/06/2006 2:00 AM
Stephane Bouchard equaled his own record of 11 wins in one day during the New York State Fair double header at Tioga Downs on Saturday, Aug. 5. The driver scored in five races on the afternoon card, which featured New York-bred Late Closers for 2-year-old pacers, then returned with six more wins on the evening card of State Fair events for 3-year-old trotters. \"This was a pretty good day,\" s...
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Foreman to present trophy

on 08/05/2006 2:00 AM
Boxing legend George Foreman, who also owns Standardbreds in partnership with George Teague Jr., will be presenting the Hambletonian trophy at the Meadowlands Saturday afternoon. The weather for Saturday\'s card will be warm, with temperatures in the high 80s, but humidity will be low. Local New York news stations broadcast remote telecasts from the Meadowlands winner\'s circle early Saturday m...
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Marnie Hall wins Golden Girl

on 08/05/2006 2:00 AM
Marnie Hall, runner-up to Burning Point earlier this year in both the Lady Liberty final and Roses Are Red final, and fourth behind that mare in the Breeders Crown, finally turned the tables with a strong first-over win in the $195,000 Golden Girls final Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands. Driven by Daniel Dube, Marnie Hall ground her way first-over past the half, taking aim at the leading B...
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Filly dances to Shalee win

on 08/05/2006 2:00 AM
Armbro Dancer won the $325,000 Mistletoe Shalee final for 3-year-old filly pacers Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands. Driven by Ron Pierce, Armbro Dancer posted a 1:49.3 mile, just one-fifth off the world record shared by Incredible Tillie and Rainbow Blue. Armbro Dancer popped out of the two hole turning for home, and then rebuffed a challenge from defending divisional champion My Little Dr...
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Filly now 7-for7 in 2006

on 08/05/2006 2:00 AM
Like any good athlete, Passionate Glide shrugged off a nagging hamstring injury to win the $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old filly trotters at the Meadowlands Saturday afternoon. With Ron Pierce driving for trainer jimmy Takter, Passionate Glide increased her 2006 record to seven wins in seven starts with a 1:54.3 effort. Pierce sent the 2-5 favored Passionate Glide to the lead approach...
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Campbell wins sixth Hambo

on 08/05/2006 2:00 AM
Glidemaster and driver John Campbell sat off the pace throughout the mile before coming up big in the stretch to win Saturday\'s $1.5 million Hambletonian in a stakes and track record 1:51.1 before a crowd of more than 29,000 and a national TV audience. The victory gave trainer Blair Burgess his second win in as many Hambo starts, and Campbell garnered his unprecedented sixth Hambletonian win. ...
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Sand Vic holds in Nat Ray

on 08/05/2006 2:00 AM
Sand Vic and driver Brian Sears dueled with Vivid Photo (Roger Hammer) and a late-charging Smooth Muscles (Jeff Gregory) down the stretch, but held on for a 1:51.3 win in the $300,000 Nat Ray Invitational Saturday at the Meadowlands. Sand Vic, who finished second in this event last year, got to the front past the :27.3 quarter. He held off Vivid Photo past the :54.4 half and the 1:23 three-quar...
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1:46.4 for Holborn Hanover

on 08/05/2006 2:00 AM
Holborn Hanover paced the fastest race mile in history with a 1:46.4 win in the second division of the U.S. Pacing Championship Saturday at the Meadowlands. Driver George Brennan sent Holborn Hanover to the front at the quarter and gunned for the record. “I saw the three-quarter split, gave him his head, and he responded,” Brennan said. Holborn Hanover, a 5-year-old gelding by Cam’s Ca...
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10 straight for Artistic Fella

on 08/05/2006 2:00 AM
Artistiic Fella won his 10th straight race and Took Hanover his second in capturing their respective $125,000 Oliver Wendell Holmes divisions at the Meadowlands Saturday afternoon. Took Hanover\'s next start will be in the Adios. As for non Adios-eligible Artistic Fella, he is on the verge of reaching the $1 million mark after his 1:48.4 victory, while Took Hanover scored in the second split on...
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Gray fined $100,000

on 08/04/2006 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission has issued a series of orders and rulings on Wednesday that confirm its commitment to a program of medication control good for the horse and vital to the industry. The director ordered the immediate suspension of the license of Todd Gray of Dundas, Ont., issued a proposed order to suspend his license for a period of 10 years and ordered a $100,000(C) fine. In addi...
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Barzgar sets record

on 08/04/2006 2:00 AM
Fox Valley Barzgar paced a stakes record 1:50.2 with a gate to wire victory in the $410,000 Woodrow Wilson final Friday night at the Meadowlands. “He earned some respect last week and I was hoping it would go the way it did,” winning driver Tony Morgan said. “It just worked out as a good trip. He’s a good colt and he was well prepared. I was so shocked that he was so relaxed tonigh...
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Isabella Blue Chip Scores

on 08/04/2006 2:00 AM
Isabella Blue Chip captured the $435,000 Sweetheart for 2-year-old pacing fillies in the stakes record equaling time of 1:52.2, matching the stakes record established by Clover Hanover in 1997. Isabella Blue Chip took the lead before the half and held on for a 3 3/4-length victory over Speed Date. Catch The Show was third. “Going into the race, my plan was if everyone left on the outside...
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Rich frosh races at PPK

on 08/03/2006 2:00 AM
Pompano Park offered the nation’s richest Daily Double races on Wednesday -- each with a purse of $30,000 -- two divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old trotters. The first race colt and gelding division was won by Blake Island ($15.80), and then Wandering Dream ($5.20) won the second race -- and the resulting 6-5 Daily Double combination paid $40.40 for a $2 wager. The first...
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Favorite wins Haughton

on 08/03/2006 2:00 AM
Donato Hanover set a track, stakes and season’s record of 1:55 at the Meadowlands Thursday night, winning the $456,000 final of the Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters by better than two lengths over Mythical Lindy. Bamboo Yankee was third. Unlike his elimination win where he went to the front at the half and cruised home by 3 1/2 lengths, this time he had to play...
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Gerri\'s Joy is filly winner

on 08/03/2006 2:00 AM
Gerri’s Joy got no respect from the bettors as she went to the post for the $537,000 Merrie Annabelle 2-year-old filly trot at odds of 18-1. But she earned respect with a 3 1/2-length romp in 1:57 with John Campbell in the bike. Ironmaid Volo was second and Chez Lucie was placed third after the disqualification of Clever Catch. With Campbell working on his fifth Merrie Annabelle title, Gerri...
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James wins Mich. title

on 08/02/2006 2:00 AM
Jeff James won the Michigan Legends Driving Competition at Hazel Park Raceway Tuesday night, winning the first of three races with Crossing Jordan, a horse trained by Paul Kennedy Jr., who James drove for while he competed full time. James, who won his 4,811th career race, edged Chris Boring and Ron Wrenn, who won the other two contest races and ultimately finished tied for second. Although th...
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Beckwith purse raised

on 08/02/2006 2:00 AM
With the completion of this Saturday’s U.S. Pacing Championship at the Meadowlands, the top free-for-all pacers in North America will be managing to grab a breather. It could have the big names in the sport fresh and ready to compete in New England’s premier harness racing event, the Bert Beckwith Memorial Pace at Plainridge Racecourse on Monday afternoon, Sept. 4. Plainridge general manage...
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