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Orsi Mangell elims complete

on 11/01/2006 12:00 AM
The Finnish-trained Express Merett and the dominant 3-year-old filly Giulia Grif have won the two eliminations for the Gran Premio Orsi Mangelli raced in Italy Wednesday. The $242,000 final is scheduled to take place about an hour and a half after the second elim. Giulia Grif (Viking Kronos) has raced mostly against the boys in 2006. She won the elim easily after taking command on the backstret...
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CHHA Hall seeking names

on 11/01/2006 12:00 AM
The California Harness Horsemen’s Association (CHHA) is now accepting nominations for inductees for its class of 2006 Hall of Fame, with names accepted through Dec. 31. Nominations fall into one of two groups: people and horse. People that have contributed significantly to California harness racing as a breeder, an owner, a trainer, or a driver and/or through organizational leadership, or peo...
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Barzgar done for year

on 11/01/2006 12:00 AM
Trainer Tom Harmer had hoped to race 2-year-old colt pacer Fox Valley Barzgar in the upcoming American National at Balmoral Park, but instead he has decided to turn the son of Incredible Finale out for the rest of the year. The winner of the $410,000 Woodrow Wilson at the Meadowlands in early August in a career-best 1:50.2, Fox Valley Barzgar has not started since coming up sick after finishing...
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Filly takes Orsi Mangelli

on 11/01/2006 12:00 AM
Giulia Grif won the $242,000 Gran Premio Orsi Mangelli Wednesday night in Italy, trotting the 1,600-meter distance in a mile rate of 1:55.3. The 3-year-old filly set a new European record for her division in her elimination when she won in 1:54.4. Marco Smorgon drove the daughter of Viking Kronos as she once again beat her male competition. In the final, Giulia Grif and first-elim winner Expres...
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Just five in Art Rooney

on 11/01/2006 12:00 AM
An intimate gathering of five 3 year olds were entered for the 2006 edition of the Art Rooney Pace, scheduled for Saturday night, Nov. 11, at Yonkers Raceway. The Rooney, with a purse of $440,904, goes as a “one-dash-for-the-cash” event. It is the intention that the race be contested at Yonkers, though ample notice shall be given in the case of a change of venue. Eliminations, if needed, would...
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Progress Pace draws 13

on 11/01/2006 12:00 AM
Shark Gesture, fresh off his Breeders Crown victory, and North America Cup and Cane Pace winner Total Truth, have drawn into separate Progress Pace eliminations Sunday night at Dover Downs. Thirteen 3-year-old male pacers were entered, necessitating a pair of $35,000 elims. Drawing in against Shark Gesture was Little Brown Jug winner Mr. Feelgood, while Jug elim winner Tex Shootout will be in t...
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Tetrick bags 3 at Dover

on 10/31/2006 12:00 AM
The 2005 Matron winner Roddy\'s Bags Again cruised to an impressive 1:50.4 victory in the $30,000 Delaware Special on Monday, Oct. 30, at Dover Downs. It hasn\'t taken long for driver newcomer to make a statement at the track. After two wins on opening night, Tim Tetrick, the fourth-leading driver in the sport, racked up a triple as did Ross Wolfenden. Trainer Josh Green also had three trips to th...
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Majestic Son done for year

on 10/31/2006 12:00 AM
Although trainer Mark Steacy said in the Breeders Crown winner\'s circle that the start was likely the last for Majestic Son, he confirmed the decision Tuesday morning. Steacy said Majestic Son, who is listed as a ridgling, would be sent later this week to Tara Hills Stud Farm in Port Perry, Ont., for fertility tests. The results of the tests most likely would determine Majestic Son’s future....
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Troy Boring hurt at Nfld

on 10/31/2006 12:00 AM
Northfield Park has reported Troy Boring, 44, suffered three cracked ribs in a 14th-race accident at that track Monday night. Boring was driving Foreveranever on the outside when the leading Western Blues broke stride at the three-quarter pole. A pile-up then ensued, which resulted in Boring\'s injuries. Also hurt was Aaron Merriman, who suffered bumps and bruises, but he is expected to return ...
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Only 2 Yonkers qualifiers

on 10/31/2006 12:00 AM
Just two qualifying races filled at Yonkers Wednesday morning, with four horses scheduled to line up behind the starting gate in each. The New York track is hoping to re-open for live racing Friday, Nov. 10, which is one week after it originally hoped. The Art Rooney elims for 3-year-old colt pacers, scheduled for Yonkers this Saturday, have been moved to Saratoga, with the final still planned...
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2007 Mich. dates announced

on 10/31/2006 12:00 AM
Michigan Racing Commissioner Christine White announced Tuesday the 2007 racing schedule in the Wolverine State, and the state\'s flagship harness racetrack, Hazel Park, will race just 108 dates, the fewest since 1984 when it had 84 nights of live racing. The following year Hazel Park became the sole spring/summer site in the Metro Detroit area for harness racing, racing 168 dates, before reducing ...
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HRTV added to Insight

on 10/31/2006 12:00 AM
Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 1, HorseRacing TV (HRTV) will be available to 1.3 million subscribers of Insight Communications’ InsightDigital 2.0 package in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. “We know that many of our customers are avid horse racing fans, and the addition of HorseRacing TV to our InsightDigital 2.0 lineup will give them access to the biggest events, venues and names in the s...
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Pierce suspended 10 days

on 10/30/2006 12:00 AM
Driver Ron Pierce has received a 10-day suspension in the aftermath of the Breeders Crown elimination accident that left John Campbell with a broken leg and a horse dead. Pierce was driving Total Truth in the second elim Saturday, Oct. 28, at Woodbine when the colt bore in at the wire, taking the legs of Shark Gesture out from underneath him. Campbell, following with Scootin Delight, went over the...
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Artsplace top pacing sire

on 10/30/2006 12:00 AM
The great pacing sire Artsplace was euthanized at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center on Monday morning. The 18-year-old stallion has been battling laminitis and had rallied at times, but could not beat the ailment that also caused the death of his sire, Abercrombie. “We made the decision to spare him any further suffering,” said Art Zubrod of Brittany Stallion Management. ...
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Yonkers moves Rooney elim

on 10/30/2006 12:00 AM
It appears the anticipated opening of Yonkers Raceway for live racing on Friday has been delayed as the racetrack announced today that eliminations for the Art Rooney for 3-year-old colt pacers, scheduled for Saturday night, will be held instead at Saratoga Raceway, Nominations for the Rooney are due by noon on Wednesday, Nov. 1. The $650,000 (est.) final is still scheduled to be raced at Yonk...
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Big M schedules qualifiers

on 10/30/2006 12:00 AM
Qualifying races have been scheduled for horses prepping for the Meadowlands’ harness meet which opens on Friday, Nov. 17. The first set of qualifiers will be held Thursday, Nov. 9 at Gaitway Farms in Englishtown, N.J. Post time is 10 a.m. The entry box will close at the Meadowlands’ race office on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. Qualifiers are limited to horses who meet the Meadowlands\' racing sta...
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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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