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Banca scores again at MR

on 10/12/2006 2:00 AM
The local Monticello Raceway horsemen are probably counting the days until trainer Richard Banca moves his stock back to the Meadowlands. And one could hardly blame them—the Ringwood, N.J., trainer has won 50 percent of the races that his horses have started in. On Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 10, win number 16 (from just 32 starts) came for Banca when Bert Beckwith guided Norman Vartanian’s, Ra...
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136-1 upset at Harrington

on 10/12/2006 2:00 AM
Three $15,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers were contested Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The fastest of the trio was Orville Harmon\'s Rets Lil Giant (1:59, Roger Plante Jr.). The Shadow Light gelding is undefeated in three lifetime starts. Meanwhile, Trevor Warwick and Peter George\'s Mr. Aviator (1:59.2, Brad Hanne...
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Tweedle Dum wins 17th

on 10/12/2006 2:00 AM
Tweedle Dum, the “Cinderfella” trotting story of 2006, won his 17th race of the season on Wednesday night in Pompano Park’s $10,000 Open Handicap Trot to reclaim his status as the “winningest” trotter of the season in North America. With Walter Ross Jr. handling the lines for owners Diane Norris and Alfred Brotter, the 6-year-old son of Star Challenge clicked off fractions of :28.1, :...
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Artsplace improves slightly

on 10/12/2006 2:00 AM
The great pacing stallion Artsplace continues to battle laminitis, but his conditioned has improved slightly. According to Art Zubrod of Brittany Farms Stallion Management, veterinarians at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, where Artsplace is being treated, told him they were “slightly encouraged” by his response to treatment. “We can\'t use the word optimistic to desc...
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Yonkers fined $9 million

on 10/12/2006 2:00 AM
Published reports state Yonkers Raceway has been fined $9 million for illegally dumping vast amounts of sewage into the Bronx River the past six years. Track officials agreed to pay the fine and was then given approval to open its video gaming operation Wednesday by the state\'s Division of Lottery. A temporary license had been issued to Yonkers last year. The agreement calls for Yonkers to pay...
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Strong Gold Cup field

on 10/12/2006 2:00 AM
A stellar field of nine has been drawn for Saturday\'s $100,000(C) Gold Cup at Woodbine Raceway, which will showcase Holborn Hanover, Lis Mara, Ponder, Buckeye One, Boulder Creek, Primetime Bobcat, Our Lucky Killean, Maltese Artist and Casimir Camotion. Ponder, the five-year-old Bob McIntosh trainee who this year paced to a world record-equaling 1:49 over the half-mile Delaware County Fair ova...
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A Pro Bono Best incentive

on 10/12/2006 2:00 AM
An innovative breeding incentive for the 2007 to Pro Bono Best has been announced by Morrisville College. The program is designed to hopefully attract well-bred mares to the New York-based stallion. Pro Bono Best will stand the 2007 season for a $4,000 stud fee, but if a mare meets any of the following criteria, a free breeding will be available in the same or following year: 1) $100,000+ e...
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Sand or photo in Patriot?

on 10/11/2006 2:00 AM
Breeders Crown winner Sand Vic and 2005 Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo will renew their rivalry as the headliners in a full 10-horse field for the $100,000 Patriot Invitational at Colonial Downs Friday, Oct. 13. Sand Vic owns two narrow victories over Vivid Photo in important races this season. Sand Vic gamely held off Vivid Photo’s late charge by a neck in the Breeder’s Crown this July. T...
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Frosh trotters star at Bmlp

on 10/11/2006 2:00 AM
Trotters garnered all the attention on Tuesday night at Balmoral Park as Illinois best 2-year-old colts and fillies competed in the Cardinal and Violet Stake finals. The $53,200 Violet final kicked off the action as a full field of 10 ladies faced the starting gate in race number three. In a division that has been wide open throughout the summer Tuesday night’s tussle also figured to be a wil...
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DSBF divisions held

on 10/11/2006 2:00 AM
Three $15,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies were contested Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. John Celii\'s Honeyland (1:57.2, Brad Hanners) and Winbak Farm, John and Earl Wagner\'s Double Flip (1:57.2, Tony Morgan) were the two fastest winners, while Lester Walls and Jack Upchurch\'s Dressed for Summer (1:57.4, Roger Plante) won th...
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Harvey Rice dies at 89

on 10/11/2006 2:00 AM
Harvey Rice, longtime (50+ years) horseman, died Tuesday from injuries sustained last week while breaking a yearling. He was 89 years young, and will be missed by all at the Champaign County Fairgrounds and the surrounding area. An avid pool shooter and Moorman Feeds salesman, Mr. Rice was also well known by many outside the harness industry. He leaves his wife, Ona, three sons and their fami...
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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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