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Opening has controversy

on 10/11/2006 2:00 AM
With a cut of the ribbon, the first phase of the racino at Yonkers Raceway--Empire City at Yonkers Raceway--opened Wednesday morning. But the opening of the first phase is causing controversy as New York horsemen are reportedly not happy and plan to protest the decision to open the site before it resumes live racing. Joe Faraldo, president of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York has mad...
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Black Book 2 online

on 10/11/2006 2:00 AM
The mixed portion of Standardbred Sales Company\'s 2006 sale is now online. It may be accessed through the company\'s website at www.theblackbook.com. In addition to the pedigrees of all the horses consigned, racelines for all of the racehorses are available. Black Book 2 consists of 1,173 lots consisting of broodmares, weanlings, racehorses and stallion shares. Several notable dispersals are f...
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Temptress in Cour. Lady

on 10/11/2006 2:00 AM
The connections of Jugette runner-up Art’s Temptress have put up a $10,000 supplemental fee to enter their 3-year-old filly in Northfield Park’s $120,000 Courageous Lady this Saturday, as owners Brittany Farms and Val D’or Farms and trainer Erv Miller look for a solid prep heading into the Breeders Crown later this month. Brett Miller, a former Northfield driving champ, is expected to pil...
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Man dies in fall at Pompano

on 10/11/2006 2:00 AM
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that a Tennessee man died Wednesday morning after falling about 40 feet from a building under construction at Pompano Park. The story said Clay Fletcher, 53, was working on a beam on the top floor of the building at 1800 SW Third Street when he fell around 8:20 a.m. He was taken to North Broward Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time la...
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Ackerman colt heads to stud

on 10/10/2006 2:00 AM
World champion Chocolatier, whose 14 career victories include a Breeders Crown and World Trotting Derby, has been retired and will stand stud duty in 2007 at Southwind Farm in Pennington, N.J. Chocolatier, the unanimous 2005 Two-Year-Old Colt Trotter of the Year, retires with a mark of 1:53 set while winning this year’s World Trotting Derby at Du Quoin, Ill., and earnings of $1,324,800 for Do...
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Astreos dies in New Zealand

on 10/10/2006 2:00 AM
Astreos, winner of the 2000 Little Brown Jug, was found dead at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in his paddock at Alabar Farm in New Zealand. According to farm manager Graeme Henley, the death of the Artsplace stallion came as a total surprise. Astreos, who shuttles between Canada and New Zealand for breeding, came out of quarantine Sept. 5 and made a favorable impression during Alabar’s Open Day Se...
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Yonkers to open Wednesday

on 10/10/2006 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway announced Tuesday afternoon that it will open the first phase of its video gaming facility Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 9:30, with 1,870 video gaming machines being turned on a half-hour later. The machines are located in the clubhouse at Yonkers, which will now be known as Empire City at Yonkers Raceway. Two restaurants will also ope...
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A CR Commando sweep

on 10/09/2006 2:00 AM
Three $15,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old trotters were contested Sunday at Harrington Raceway. There were two filly divisions and one for colts. Fred Brunner and Layhoon Brunner\'s Swissonian won the colt division in 2:05. Driven by Tony Morgan for trainer Josh Green, Swissonian set all the fractions in his triumph in his first lifetime sta...
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Gladiator wins in Montreal

on 10/09/2006 2:00 AM
Admiral’s Express won a $75,000(C) Invitational Pace at Hippodrome de Montreal Sunday afternoon, leading from gate to wire to score in 1:50.3. The win was the 10-year-old gelding’s sixth of the year and 74th of his career in 282 starts. He has paced to a sub-1:50 win in each of the past four years. “I’m happy to report that the big gray won…cutting all the fractions and parked to the ...
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Sale finishes up 24 percent

on 10/09/2006 2:00 AM
The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale closed out its 2006 auction with a 24 percent increase in the average price per yearling. On a beautiful Sunday fall afternoon in the Bluegrass, a good mix of buyers were still shopping for yearlings, which propelled the final session to a five percent increase in the average price. The overall average for the sale was $39,248, up from $31,654 in 2005. Throu...
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Revamped KYSS a success

on 10/09/2006 2:00 AM
A bill recently passed by the Kentucky legislature that sends the sales tax collected on all stud fees into a combined breed pool has met with immediate success in the Standardbred industry. For the first time ever this year, 2 year olds raced for three $50,000 legs and then a $200,000 final in the Kentucky Sire Stakes, far more than what was available in the past with only eliminations and a f...
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Gary Gibson dies

on 10/09/2006 2:00 AM
Former four-time Vernon Downs race-winning driving champion Gary Gibson died Friday, Oct. 6, at the Veteran’s Hospital in Syracuse hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 62. A product of both the Fred Haslip and Webber Farms training facilities in western New York, Gibson began his driving career on the Buffalo Raceway/Batavia Downs circuit. Following success at t...
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Pocono slots on Nov. 14

on 10/09/2006 2:00 AM
Officials at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs issued a release Monday stating it has scheduled Tuesday, Nov. 14, as the grand opening date for 1,083 slot machines in its Phase One facility. The date is still pending receipt of all approvals by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. \"This is the culmination of a pledge to this region by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority and our dedicated managemen...
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Strong fourth sale session

on 10/08/2006 2:00 AM
The 138 yearlings that went through the auction ring during the Saturday night session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale generated an average price of $28,732, an increase of a whopping 74 percent from the average for the comparable session at the 2005 sale. The sale topper in the fourth session was an Artsplace colt out of the champion Illinois filly Incredible Tillie p,3, 1:49.2 ($916,0...
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Another strong session

on 10/07/2006 2:00 AM
The third session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continued the auction’s strong pace with the sale of 141 yearlings generating an average price of $41,225, an increase of 24.6 percent over last year’s third session. Boosting the third session on a beautiful Friday night was the sale of eight yearlings for prices of $100,000 or more. A colt by Western Ideal from the maternal family ...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/07/2006 2:00 AM
Lexington knows all about college basketball\'s \"The Shot,\" and now harness racing has \"The Wave\" after Ron Pierce bid adieu to Trond Smedshammer as he went by with Passionate Glide to win the Filly Futurity raceoff yesterday afternoon. It was an exciting Filly Futurity as Smedshammer\'s Queen Serene handed Passionate Glide her first defeat of the year in the second heat to set the stage fo...
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Gold to Doonbeg, Majestic

on 10/07/2006 2:00 AM
Mohawk Racetrack officials gave a nod to Majestic Son’s dominance on Friday evening by declining to offer show wagering in the 3-year-old trotting colt Gold final and the division leader responded with another effortless Ontario Sires Stakes record performance. Was It A Dream, Colonel Talbot and Yorktown Gunner fired off the starting gate in the sophomore trotting colt Gold Final and Was It A...
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Pierce given warning

on 10/07/2006 2:00 AM
The Red Mile stewards held a hearing Saturday morning regarding the the Kentucky Filly Futurity raceoff Friday where driver Ron Pierce waved at Trond Smedshammer as he passed him in the stretch with eventual winner Passionate Glide, and issued Pierce a strong warning because of his actions. Presiding steward Marc Guilfoil told harnessracing.com that Pierce was asked to explain his reason behind...
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Allerage Farms finals

on 10/07/2006 2:00 AM
Peaceful Way trotted to a world record-equaling 1:52 victory in the $88,000 Allerage Farms Series final at The Red Mile Saturday afternoon. Driver Trevor Ritchie moved the 5-year-old mare to the lead at the opening quarter and led the rest of the route, drawing clear to win by open lengths over runner-up Abbey Craig, with Ticket To Glide right behind in third. Last year\'s Dan Patch Award winne...
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Red Mile Sat. late-closers

on 10/07/2006 2:00 AM
World Filly Trotting Derby winner Cool Muscles opened up the Saturday Kentucky Futurity card at The Red Mile with a 1:56.2 win in the Cash Hall Retirement Trot. The win was the first for the 3-year-old daughter of Muscles Yankee in four starts since winning the three-heat World Filly Trotting Derby at Du Quoin Sept. 1. Jimmy Takter got the catch-drive from trainer-owner Buck Sprinkle. The win w...
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