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3 year olds invade Buffalo

on 07/27/2006 2:00 AM
Buffalo Raceway will host a weekend of New York Sire Stakes, worth $271,367, when 3-year-old pacers invade the Hamburg oval on Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29. The highlight will be the two divisions of colts and geldings on Saturday in which winners of earlier New York Sire Stakes legs will face off. Park Hill and Gimmebackmybullets, both winners in the first two Sire Stakes legs this yea...
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Holmes prep in Big M qualie?

on 07/27/2006 2:00 AM
Western Guy won a qualifier in 1:51.2 at the Meadowlands Thursday morning with Brian Sears in the bike for trainer Jake Huff. Along with Western Guy, the next four finishers: Feelin Friskie, Western Cyclone, Mr. Thirty Two and Four Starz Stores are all eligible to the $275,000 Oliver Wendell Holmes, to be raced at the Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day Aug. 5. Western Guy had not raced since finis...
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Busy times for Twins Kelly

on 07/27/2006 2:00 AM
Although he retired as manager of the Minnesota Twins following the 2001 season, Tom Kelly is keeping busy with his scouting duties. Although he’s occupied with trying to help the team make this year’s playoffs, he is also busy watching his small stable of Standardbreds race, usually doing so via computer at his Minnesota home. Kelly currently owns several horses, all in training with Maryl...
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Joe Lighthill dies

on 07/27/2006 2:00 AM
Harnessracing.com has learned Joe Lighthill has died in California at the age of 78. Mr. Lighthill, who has not been active in the sport since the mid 1990s, drove 2,272 winners over his career and had $6,980,116 in purse earnings. A native of Ohio, Mr. Lighthill began driving at age 15, the youngest professional driver in the Buckeye State at the time. More information will be posted when ...
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Ledford 5 hearing held

on 07/27/2006 2:00 AM
An administrative law hearing was held Wednesday in New Jersey with respect to the suspensions of driver Eric Ledford, trainer Seldon Ledford, stable assistants Ryan and Ardena Dailey and veterinarian Dr. John Witmer, and attorneys for the five have publicly stated they expect the penalties to be thrown out and the five reinstated. Judge Dennis Blake will reportedly make his recommendation to t...
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Takter has two hopefuls

on 07/26/2006 2:00 AM
Hambletonian rules preclude the use of Lasix in the trotting classic, so trainer Jimmy Takter will have to race Capetown Hall—one of his two Hambo hopefuls—off the anti-bleeding drug in this Saturday’s eliminations. Takter doesn’t believe the absence of Lasix will have any affect on the 3-year-old son of Garland Lobell. “Two-and-a-half months ago he bled, and he’s healed up good. He...
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NJ Gov Favors VLTs

on 07/26/2006 2:00 AM
Gov. Jon S. Corzine on Tuesday said competition from nearby states means New Jersey should at least consider allowing video lottery terminals. The terminals have long been proposed for the Meadowlands and other horse racing tracks, but they\'ve been steadfastly opposed by Atlantic City casinos wary of gambling competition. State officials estimate 5,000 terminals at the Meadowlands could e...
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Teague for two in Wilson

on 07/26/2006 2:00 AM
George Teague Jr. has entered two freshman colt pacers in Thursday night’s eliminations for the $410,000 Woodrow Wilson, including two-for-two Mr. Apples and What’s Up Now, whose late break in his last start kept him from being perfect in three outings. Teague purchased Mr. Apples as a yearling for just $7,000, and recently sold half-interest to Rodney Mitchell. After being parked past the ...
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P-Forty-Seven ready for BC

on 07/26/2006 2:00 AM
P-Forty-Seven’s 2006 debut may have been delayed by a few months, but he is quickly catching up to his peers. Last year’s Little Brown Jug winner will make his fourth start of the year in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace this Saturday at the Meadowlands. Trained by Kelly O’Donnell, P-Forty-Seven will start from post position eight in the evening’s 11th race, and was rated at 15-1 o...
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Upsets in 2YO series

on 07/26/2006 2:00 AM
Series finals for 2-year-old pacers were featured at The Meadows Tuesday night and the favorites were defeated as First Fancy won the $18,000 filly pace in 1:56.1 and Idealic Life pulled off a huge upset in the colt pace, winning by a neck in 1:56. First Fancy, a daughter of Arturo, won by 1 ¾ lengths for trainer Dan Altmeyer, who owns the filly in partnership with his daughter, Heather Wilder...
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Citation wins big in Sweden

on 07/26/2006 2:00 AM
The Hugo Åbergs Memorial was held Tuesday night at the Jaegersro track in Malmo, Sweden, and the American-bred Citation, a 5-year-old son of Conway Hall, was the winner in 1:54.1. The wide open event lost some of its drama when Citation took the lead for driver Erik Adielsson and no one challenged. After a fast opening quarter (:27.2), Citation was permitted to slow the pace for the middle hal...
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Happy B\'day Frank O\'Mara

on 07/26/2006 2:00 AM
Veteran horseman Frank O\'Mara celebrated his 74th birthday with a bang Tuesday night, winning with his own 2-year-old filly trotter Mare O\'Mara in a $14,545 Wolverine Futurity division at the Holland fairgrounds in western Michigan. Also, Farragut won the $27,840 Wolverine Futurity for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers, the richest race in North America for the day. Mare O\'Mara, a daughter ...
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Allstar Hall debuts at Lex

on 07/26/2006 2:00 AM
Regally-bred 2-year-old colt trotter Allstar Hall will make his career debut at The Red Mile Friday night, as the historic racetrack opens for the 2006 season. Allstar Hall has drawn post five in the 8th race, a $5,000 event on the all-Kentucky fair contest 14-race card. A son of Like A Prayer-Amour Angus, Allstar Hall is a half brother to $800,000 winners Andover Hall, Angus Hall and Conway Ha...
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Miller makes a Devil move

on 07/26/2006 2:00 AM
Trainer Erv Miller told harnessracing.com Wednesday morning that anybody questioning his decision to scratch Western Shore out of Saturday’s $272,000 American National at Balmoral Park and move Devilfish in, should keep their opinions to themselves. With Western Shore out of the contest, that allowed Miller’s Devilish, who made a late break as the 3-5 choice in his Am Nat elim last weekend, to...
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Hogan against slaughter

on 07/26/2006 2:00 AM
Dr. Patty Hogan of the New Jersey Equine Clinic testified Tuesday on Capitol Hill before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumber Protection in support of a bill prohibiting the slaughter of horses in the United States for human consumption overseas. Hogan, a Standardbred owner, is the wife of horseman Ed Lohmeyer, and she herself formerly worked at Hanover ...
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A 163-year-old exacta

on 07/26/2006 2:00 AM
In what has to be a world record, 91-year-old driver Leo Burns won a race at the Albion, Ill., fair Tuesday night, with 72-year-old Connel Willis finishing second, making it a 163-year-old exacta (there was no wagering on the race). That begs to ask: What was 38-year-old Patrick Melloy Jr. doing driving the third-place finisher, especially with 68-year-old Ernest Smith also in the race (with fifth...
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McNamara named at SBOANJ

on 07/26/2006 2:00 AM
Leo C. McNamara, a third-generation harness horseman who has run breeding farms and managed the stallion careers of some the sport’s top racehorses, has been selected as the new executive administrator of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ). Effective Aug. 1, McNamara will succeed Michael Izzo, who has resigned the position he has held for nearly four year...
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Donato Hanover impressive

on 07/26/2006 2:00 AM
Donato Hanover was the easiest of winners in the first of two Peter Haughton Memorial 2-Year-Old Colt Trot eliminations Wednesday night at the Meadowlands, while Mythical Lindy recovered from a break to win a mistake-filled second split. Driver Ron Pierce tipped the 2-5 favorite Donato Hanover from fourth at the quarter to take a lead he never lost. Drawing clear down the stretch and with whipp...
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Rain shuts Windsor

on 07/26/2006 2:00 AM
Heavy rains that deluged the Windsor area Wednesday night forced the cancellation of Windsor Raceway\'s program after three races. Horsemen voted to cancel the rest of the card after the heavy rains led to flooding on the track causing soft spots.
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A royal upset in NYSS

on 07/25/2006 2:00 AM
Hambletonian-bound RC Royalty made an uncharacteristic break in his New York Sire Stakes division at Monticello Raceway on Monday, July 24, but recovered to finish third—just five days before the Hambletonian eliminations at the Meadowlands and the day before entering the box. The 3-year-old trotting colt that beat the overwhelming favorite was Red Hot Kash, owned by Purple Haze Stables and s...
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