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$2 million on tap at Big M

on 10/16/2006 2:00 AM
A stakes schedule worth nearly $2 million, featuring the Fall Final Four, will be on tap for the 21-date holiday harness meet that spans Nov. 17 through Dec. 30 at the Meadowlands. The Fall Final Four showcases 2 year olds of each gait and gender with finals worth an estimated $300,000 to $375,000 on Saturday, Dec. 2. The trotters meet in the Valley Victory for colts and the Goldsmith Maid for...
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Super Final stunners at Wdb

on 10/15/2006 2:00 AM
It was a rough night for the favorites in Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final action Saturday evening at Woodbine. The chalk horses survived in only two of the eight $300,000 contests. The biggest upset of all came when millionaire Majestic Son jumped it off at the start of the final for sophomore colt and gelding trotters, triggering a win by 113-1 Yorktown Gunner in 1:56. Yorktown Gunner and Tho...
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Four supplement to TCS

on 10/15/2006 2:00 AM
The nominations for the Pacing Classic and Classic Oaks grew by two entrants each with the closing of supplemental nominations this past Thursday. MJG Racing Stable and Louis Willinger, owners of the Breeders Crown winner Lis Mara, have nominated him to the Pacing Classic. Also supplemented to that division is the talented and very fresh Make It Brief, who made his first start since June of 20...
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Courageous win for Van Anna

on 10/15/2006 2:00 AM
Van Anna, driven by Chip Noble, won Saturday’s $120,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park in a time of 1:53.1. Van Anna, owned by Robert Kaufman and trained by Danny Collins, beat the favored Art’s Temptress, a $10,000 supplemental entry, by two lengths, while Caviart Sydney was third. Sent off at 11-1, Van Anna posted a new lifetime mark with the win, and pushed her career earnings to $239,9...
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Free wins big at Maywood

on 10/14/2006 2:00 AM
In a turn-around of events, Free stole the show Friday night from Street Dancer in the $100,000 Maywood Park Filly Pace Final. The Stanley Miller-trained daughter of Armbro Mackintosh romped to a 1:53.4 victory for driver Sam Widger, picking up her 14th win of the season in 23 tries. Free was forced to come first over just past the :56.3 half after sitting fifth on the rail through a first qua...
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Illinois colt equals mark

on 10/14/2006 2:00 AM
Illinois Orange & Blue champion Home Bed Advantage, oiwned by MJGB Racing Stables and trainer Dave McCaffrey, overcame a brutal first-over route to win the $63,000 Cardinal Final in 1:52.4 Friday night at Maywood Park. The time equaled the track and world record for a freshman gelding pacer on a half-mile track. Home Bed Advantage--a freshman son of Cole Muffler who has won seven of seven caree...
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Third Day rolls at Maywood

on 10/14/2006 2:00 AM
Redbud Stables, P. Rock and John and Duke Johnston\'s Third Day led from pillar to post en route to winning the $100,000 Maywood Pace Final Friday night at Maywood Park. The sophomore son of Cole Muffler rattled off fractions of :27.2, :55.3 and 1:23 before pacing home in :28.3 to win by 1 1/4 lengths over rival My Boy David (Andy Miller), who the previous week had competed in the Tattersalls Pac...
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Texas Shootout in Jersey

on 10/14/2006 2:00 AM
Texas Shootout was parked most of the mile—just as he was when he won a heat of the Adios—and still prevailed at the wire, winning the $274,225 James B. Dancer Memorial Saturday afternoon at Freehold Raceway. The time of the mile was 1:54. Driver Yannick Gingras and Texas Shootout started from post nine. The 3-year-old gelding by The Panderosa stayed game through fractions of :27.4, :57 and...
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Crown deadlines near

on 10/14/2006 2:00 AM
The countdown has begun on entries for the $4.4 million Breeders Crown events, to be raced Saturday, Oct. 28, at Woodbine Racetrac in Toronto. The $500,000 (guaranteed) Breeders Crown sophomore events carry a supplemental tag of $62,500. Supplemental declarations for the four 3-year-old events are due and payable on Monday, Oct. 16, by noon in the racing secretary\'s office at Mohawk Racetrack....
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Genesis Finals at Indy Downs

on 10/14/2006 2:00 AM
The stakes season at Indiana Downs came to a close Friday, Oct. 13 as two $40,000 Genesis Series finales were offered on the 13-race program. CC Snickers and Go On BB, both victorious in Indiana Sires Stakes one week earlier, claimed victory on a cold and windy evening in Shelbyville. In the first Genesis Series event, the fifth race on the card, CC Snickers and Rick Farrington mowed down the t...
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\'The Bobcat\' takes Gold Cup

on 10/14/2006 2:00 AM
Primetime Bobcat ($24.00, $7.80, $3.80) received a perfect pocket trip in the $100,000 Gold Cup Invitational Saturday night at Woodbine and defeated a stellar group of upper echelon pacers, as he and driver Jody Jamieson stopped the clock in 1:49.3 for trainer Tony Montini. Lis Mara ($4.00, $2.60) and pilot Brian Sears provided all the speed, notching the fractions in :27.1, :55.4 and 1:22.1, r...
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Easy win for Mythical Lindy

on 10/13/2006 2:00 AM
Mythical Lindy bounced back from illness in Lexington to capture a Keystone Classic division in 1:59.2 at The Meadows Thursday night. Two divisions of the 2-year-old colt trot and three divisions of the 2-year-old filly trot headlined the track\'s final stakes night of the season. Mythical Lindy, co-owned by Thomas York Jr. and Joe Sbrocco, had won three races in a row prior to losing at The Re...
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1:49.4 mile at Colonial

on 10/13/2006 2:00 AM
Racing Naked paced the fastest mile of the meet with a 1:49.4 clocking Thursday night at Colonial Downs. Racing Naked earned a new lifetime mark and scored his ninth win of the season for owner William Camp Jr. and trainer John Sumner. Racing Naked was the quickest off the gate, but driver Joe Essig Jr. was content to let Dean Collins and 4-5 favorite Still Chugging take the top spot down the b...
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Flying Rae wins LC at VD

on 10/13/2006 2:00 AM
Flying Rae recorded a lifetime best 2:02.3 victory in the $7,500 opening flight of the Vernon Mania late-closing series for 2-year-old trotting fillies at Vernon Downs Thursday night, Oct. 12 Russell Swartz did the sulky sitting for trainer Michael Medors and owner Robert Sidley as the homebred daughter of Pegasus Spur secured her fifth career tally in 15 starts. The North Woodland Stable...
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Breeders seminar Oct. 28

on 10/13/2006 2:00 AM
A special equine breeders seminar \"Focus On Foals\" will be presented by Harness Horse Breeders of New York State and the Morrisville College Equine Institute on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Morrisville breeding facility. Speakers and topics and will include: Dr. Richard Meirs, VMD, of Walnridge Farm discussing Angular Limb Deformities and Correction Options; Dr. Bill Day, PhD, of Morrisvi...
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Stables wait to ship north

on 10/13/2006 2:00 AM
The sun was shining brightly on the backstretch at The Red Mile this morning, just as it did on many of the mornings during the recently completed Grand Circuit meet. Today, however, there was a distinct difference in not only the number of horsemen still stabled at the track, but also the air temperature. Last week the temperature was in the 60s and 70s. At 8:30 this morning a local radio station...
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Charlie Norway dies

on 10/13/2006 2:00 AM
Charles Jacob Norway died Oct. 10 after a long illness. Mr. Norway was a trainer and driver for nearly 50 years and a well-known fixture on the New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania circuits. Often brash and unapologetic, Mr. Norway was the proverbial tough guy with a heart of gold. He was often the shipper who people called at 3 a.m. when their sick horse needed a emergency ride to New Bolton Cen...
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Trotting Derby on for \'07

on 10/13/2006 2:00 AM
Du Quoin State Fair manager John Rednout Jr. says the World Trotting Derby will return to the fair’s harness racing lineup next year, but that it will have to become more than just a race. It has to be a “production” he said. Rednour made his statements during a recent meeting of the Du Quoin Chamber of Commerce. The Du Quoin Evening Call reported that Rednour said Derby Day at the fair n...
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Enough Talk wins Smith Trot

on 10/13/2006 2:00 AM
Enough Talk, a 3-year-old gelding by Enjoy Lavec, picked up his 11th victory of the season Friday afternoon when he trotted to a 1:57.3 score in the $115,000 Charles Smith Memorial at Freehold Raceway. Cat Manzi drove Enough Talk, who was the 4-5 betting favorite by virtue of his incredible consistency over the Freehold oval. Starting from post three, Manzi fired his charge away from the gate q...
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Vivid Photo wins in 1:50.2

on 10/13/2006 2:00 AM
Vivid Photo turned back Sand Vic to win the $100,000 Patriot Invitational Trot at Colonial Downs by two lengths in 1:50.2--a world record time--early Friday evening. The clocking equals Tom Ridge’s record for the fastest trotting mile at any track. Roger Hammer sent Vivid Photo right to the front and the SJ’s Photo gelding never relinquished his position. Vivid Photo trotted a brisk openin...
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