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Big M OK\'d for 2 more dates

on 07/20/2006 2:00 AM
The New Jersey Racing Commission has approved the Meadowlands’ request to add two dates in August--the 11th and 12th, the Friday and Saturday nights after the Hambletonian--to make up some of missed racing opportunities lost earlier this month when the state government shutdown caused the cancellation of four racing programs. To thank the fans, the Meadowlands will offer free admission both d...
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Q win for Darlin\'s Delight

on 07/20/2006 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old pacers Artstanding (1:53) and Darlin’s Delight (1:53.1) won qualifiers at the Meadowlands Thursday morning. Artstanding, who was sidelined by illness after the North America Cup elims, tuned up for the Oliver Wendell Holmes with his three-quarter length score over Mr. Thirty Two. Artstanding zipped home in :26.2 to finish off his mile for trainer Tom Fanning. Darlin’s Deli...
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Croghan has 5 Crown hopes

on 07/20/2006 2:00 AM
Veteran trainer Ross Croghan is planning a massive assault on the upcoming Breeders Crown events for older horses at the Meadowlands, with five starters in three of the four events. Coming into this season, Croghan, who turned 53 on July 3, was fourth in all-time wins and fifth in earnings at the Meadowlands. The one thing he does not have is a Breeders Crown championship. “It would be nice t...
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Burns, 91, to drive at home

on 07/20/2006 2:00 AM
Leo Burns, the 91-year-old harness driver and trainer, will compete in front of his hometown crowd Tuesday, July 25. Burns will guide his 2-year-old trotting filly Winsome Wyoming in the Egyptian Colt Stakes. A native of Marshalltown, Iowa, Burns has been a resident of Albion, Ill. since 1970. Now in his 51st year of driving and training Standardbreds, Burns has a standout in Winsome Wyoming, ...
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Florida ready for sunshine

on 07/19/2006 2:00 AM
The Sunshine Stakes for Florida-bred 2 and 3-year-old trotters and pacers gets underway Wednesday at Pompano Park. Total purses for the six-week series are in excess of $400,000. The trotters are in the limelight Wednesday with last year’s top 2-year-old trotting colt, Admiral Nemo, heading the third race. A winner in seven of his 11 starts and $65,000 in earnings, Admiral Nemo starts from po...
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Jack Hankins dies

on 07/19/2006 2:00 AM
Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association (IHHA) Hall of Fame member Jack Hankins, also a founding director of the IHHA, died Monday, July 17, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 80. Mr. Hankins, along with his wife, Joyce, was inducted in the Illinois Hall of Fame in 1989, becoming the first married couple to join that esteemed group. Mr. Hankins began driving harness h...
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Regal ready for Crown?

on 07/19/2006 2:00 AM
Trainer Bob McIntosh already knows that Ponder is capable of competing against the upper echelon of this year’s older pacing class, and he says he is now ready to find out if Stonebridge Regal, one of last year’s top 3 year olds, will also fit in. The two McIntosh trainees will vie in separate Breeders Crown eliminations this Saturday at the Meadowlands. Stonebridge Regal, who won 11 times ...
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No Hap for Darlin\'s Delight

on 07/19/2006 2:00 AM
World champion Darlin’s Delight has been deemed ineligible to compete in Friday night’s Tarport Hap at the Meadowlands because she did not pass the qualifying standard. After June 1, the qualifying standard at the Meadowlands for 3 year olds is 1:57, with a one-second allowance for racing on a half-mile track. In her last start July 16 at Monticello Raceway, Darlin’s Delight won under wra...
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Loyal Opposition resting

on 07/19/2006 2:00 AM
Breeders Crown champion Loyal Opposition will not be defending her title in this year’s $331,500 Mare Pace, which will be raced Saturday evening, July 29, at the Meadowlands. Ervin Miller, trainer of the $2.7 million-winning daughter of Cole Muffler has decided she needs some time off. “She just doesn’t seem like she’s up to that right now, and I want to try and freshen her up, see if w...
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Near The Limit sets record

on 07/19/2006 2:00 AM
Jim Taggart Jr. drove Near The Limit to a 1:54.2 track record for 4-year-old trotting geldings Wednesday afternoon at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The previous Pocono record was 1:55, shared by Bloodstock’s Sam and Ripped. The son of Yankee Glide sat off the pace early, then started his move second-over on the backstretch. He moved three wide at the top of the lane, and then easily trotted b...
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Countess Adios at Big M

on 07/19/2006 2:00 AM
The Artiscape-sired fillies Lady Mattgalane and Me And My Baby took the two $69,100 Countess Adios divisions at the Meadowlands Wednesday night, turning in 1:53 and 1:54.2 miles, respectively. Lady Mattgalane upset the first division field, paying $42.40 to win with her three-length score. Hanover Shoe Farms sold Lady Mattgalane as a yearling for $50,000. Ron Pierce drove the winner for trai...
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Colt hails from top family

on 07/19/2006 2:00 AM
Post position eight couldn’t stop the precocious young trotting colt Penn Noble Rocky from turning in a 1:57 mile to win the $175,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes final for 2 year olds at the Meadowlands Wednesday night. Bred by Louis Peachy of Pennsylvania, Penn Noble Rocky went through the Blooded Horse Sale in Delaware, Ohio, and was sold for just $4,700. Trainer Kevin Lare’s Harness The Power...
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Lolique sets mark at Rcr

on 07/18/2006 2:00 AM
Pamela Wagner and Scott Woogen’s Lolique set a track record for 3-year-old trotting geldings at Rosecroft Raceway on Monday evening, winning a conditioned event easily in 1:54.1. Sired by Tagliabue and out of Crystal Vic, Lolique left the gate from post five under the guidance of driver John Wagner and came first-over after the half-mile marker to challenge Kyle E Koyote (Donnie Russell). ...
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Kisses will be back at Big M

on 07/18/2006 2:00 AM
Stonebridge Kisses, a winner of $598,362, has overcome a career-threatening injury and will be stepping back on the Meadowlands stage for the Breeders Crown Mare Pace. Back on Feb. 17, while competing in a leg of the Cape & Cutter Series at the Meadowlands, the 6-year-old daughter of Artiscape fell. The mare’s sulky lacerated her left hind stifle, requiring hundreds of stitches. The mare...
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Fields set for older Crowns

on 07/18/2006 2:00 AM
A compact group of North America’s richest and fastest pacers and trotters will contest the $1.9 million Breeders Crown Open events scheduled for Saturday, July 29, at the Meadowlands. The $500,000 Breeders Crown Pace drew 13 entries, enough to split into two $45,000 eliminations that will be raced on Saturday, July 22, to determine 10 starters for the final. Elimination winners, in an order ...
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Det. barns canceled at Big M

on 07/18/2006 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands has announced that due to extreme temperatures Tuesday evening\'s stakes detention barns have been cancelled. Horses racing Wednesday night in the Countess Adios and the New Jersey Sire Stakes final are no longer required to report on Tuesday night.
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2nd Jug pool set to open

on 07/18/2006 2:00 AM
Total Truth, Feelin Friskie and Jereme’s Jet are the morning line favorites for the second Little Brown Jug future wagering pool which will get underway at noon, Thursday, July 20, at racetracks and internet sites throughout North America and Europe. North America Cup and Hoosier Cup winner Total Truth, who finished eighth in the Meadowlands Pace, is the 7-2 favorite in the morning line. Nor...
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Sports Creek delayed a week

on 07/18/2006 2:00 AM
A request by Sports Creek Raceway to delay its live racing meet scheduled to open Saturday, Aug. 12, one week until Aug. 19 has been approved by the Office of Michigan Racing Commissioner. The seven day, three race program delay had been supported by the Michigan Harness Horsemen’s Association (MHHA). A one-week extension to the meet in early 2007 will discussed following the Sept. 1 deadline fo...
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$95,000 tops at Tattersalls

on 07/17/2006 2:00 AM
The Tattersalls July Mixed Meadowlands Sale was held in the race paddock at the East Rutherford, N.J., track Sunday, July 16, with 102 horses generating sales of $1,290,100 on the steamy afternoon. Last year’s sale included the 2004 Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year Restive Hanover, who went through the ring to dissolve a partnership and fetched a $230,000 bid from one of her owners. This ...
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Rita J, Darlin aim for Hap

on 07/17/2006 2:00 AM
Rita J paced to a new track record for her age and gait after Stephane Bouchard guided her to a one length, 1:54:3 victory in their $41,686 NYSS split at Monticello Raceway Sunday, July 16. That clocking erased the former standard of 1:55:4 which was set by I’m Yours in 1999. The daughter of Bettor’s Delight, who was among the top freshman fillies in the Sire Stakes last season with six win...
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