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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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VD wants to open Aug. 26

on 08/02/2006 2:00 AM
The Oneida Dispatch is reporting that officials at Vernon Downs hope an agreement that is currently being negotiated will allow them to open the harness racing track by the end of the month. Doug Tudman, regional marketing director for Vernon Downs, said the track\'s ownership group has set Aug. 26 as a target start date for racing. \"Everybody is geared for Aug. 26 and we\'re ready to go,\" Tu...
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From China to New Jersey

on 08/02/2006 2:00 AM
It was just a year ago that 20-month-old Cami Willinger was in an orphanage in southern China, but on Saturday, July 29, she found herself in the Meadowlands’ winner’s circle with her father, Andy, who co-owns Breeders Crown Open Pace champion Lis Mara. Willinger and his wife, Reggie, already had five children, currently with ages from seven to 23, but made the decision to adopt a child wit...
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No racing at Meadows Tues.

on 08/02/2006 2:00 AM
A combination of technical problems caused by lightning and the high heat and humidity led to the cancellation of The Meadows’ Tuesday night race program. Track announcer Roger Huston said Wednesday morning that a lightning strike Sunday night caused problems to the TV system was the first problem, and then the oppressive conditions that led to horses being dehydrated before the card was schedul...
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Two mares in Nat Ray

on 08/02/2006 2:00 AM
There are two mares entered in Saturday’s $300,000 Nat Ray Trot at the Meadowlands, both hoping to follow the hoofsteps of three-time champion mare Moni Maker. Peaceful Way drew post nine for driver Trevor Ritchie while Mystical Sunshine, coming off her upset win over Peaceful Way in the Breeders Crown, drew post seven for David Miller. Moni Maker won the 1997, 1998 and 2000 editions, the fi...
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Heat cancels Pocono

on 08/02/2006 2:00 AM
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs has canceled its Wednesday afternoon program due to the extreme heat that is gripping most of the country.
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Adios Sale videos available

on 08/02/2006 2:00 AM
Videos of the Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings selling in the farm\'s Adios Sale are now available at www.hanoverpa.com. The Adios Sale will be conducted at The Meadows Race Track, Meadow Lands, PA, on Friday, Aug. 11 at 1 p.m.
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Gurfein signed by CBS

on 08/02/2006 2:00 AM
Three-time Hambletonian winning trainer Ron Gurfein, inducted into harness racing’s Hall of Fame in early July, has been signed on as an analyst for the CBS-TV broadcast Saturday afternoon of the Hambletonian at the Meadowlands. Gurfein will be working with host Gary Seibel and analysts Caton Bredar and Jay Privman on the hour-long show that runs from 2-3 p.m. “This is the first time I’ve...
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Legends at Hazel Park

on 08/01/2006 2:00 AM
The first-ever Michigan Legends Driving Competition will be held Tuesday night at Hazel Park Raceway. Nine of the Wolverine State’s all-time leading drivers—with a combined 34,448 wins and more than $140 million in purse earnings—will be in a three-race contest. Scheduled to compete in the contest are Chris Boring, Merritt Dokey, Bill Gale, Jeff James, Dan Johnson, Eddie Morgan Jr., Frank...
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Trotter not Hambo eligible

on 08/01/2006 2:00 AM
All of the sport’s top sophomore colt trotters will go postward for a $1.5 million purse in Saturday’s Hambletonian at the Meadowlands—all except one. Canadian standout Majestic Son was not eligible, although trainer Mark Steacy said the son of Angus Hall will likely meet up with his stellar peers down the road. Majestic Son won his Canadian Breeders Championship elimination July 15 in 1:...
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Delaware gets makeover

on 08/01/2006 2:00 AM
The Delaware, Ohio county fair oval, the world’s fastest half-mile track, has just undergone a mighty facelift. “We scarified the clay to a depth of four to six inches,” said track consultant Greg Coon. “This busts up the clay like broken cement. We then cut up the clay into fine pieces and grade it back together. This takes out imperfections, bumps, dips and waves. “ Coon said. ...
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Loyal Opposition at fair

on 08/01/2006 2:00 AM
Three-time Dan Patch award-winning mare Loyal Opposition was supposed to lead the post parade in Thursday’s Taser Gun Pace at the Brown County Fair in Illinois, but now she will be behind the gate as one of eight entrants in the $18,000 race. Trainer Ervin Miller had been toying with the idea of giving the three-time Dan Patch award winner a prep start before heading to the Aged Mare pace at ...
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Zweig now at night

on 08/01/2006 2:00 AM
The Zweig Trot for 3-year-old colts, already moved to Tioga Downs from the Syracuse fairgrounds, has been moved from an afternoon card to a nighttime post on Saturday, Aug. 12. The $300,000 Zweig Trot will go on the 6:50 p.m. program on a day of doubleheader racing, so as not to conflict with the Adios at The Meadows that afternoon. As part of the weekend festivities, Tioga Downs will host a pa...
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2007 Ill. dates requested

on 08/01/2006 2:00 AM
Hawthorne Racecourse has requested 77 nights of racing in 2007, in applications filed with the Illinois Racing Board on Monday. The request is about double of Hawthorne’s 2006 race schedule. Balmoral Park and Maywood Park both requested year-round racing dates, with the latter racing two nights a week and the former four nights a week. Here is the complete list of harness applications: HAR...
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Smedshammer lands 2-4-6

on 08/01/2006 2:00 AM
Mr. Pine Chip is the 7-5 favorite in this year’s $1.5 million Hambletonian Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands, and will leave from post six—the most successful post since the trotting classic began an open draw for the final in 1997. Ten heavyweights of this year’s sophomore trotting class will line up behind the gate in the trotting classic, with former heavyweight boxing champion Geo...
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