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Tracks get slot licenses

on 09/27/2006 2:00 AM
As expected, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today awarded temporary slots licenses to five racetrack casinos, including The Meadows, Mogehan Sun at Pocono Downs and Harrah’s Chester, The board also gave slots licenses to Philadelphia Park and Penn National racetrack. Most of the racetrack operators have indicated they hope to have at least part of their slot operation open in early 20...
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Princess sets a world mark

on 09/27/2006 2:00 AM
Pampered Princess raced like royalty Wednesday in the fifth of six Bluegrass divisions for 2-year-old filly trotters, stepping to a world-record 1:54.4 victory over The Red Mile. John Campbell is the master at working out a second-over drive, and that was where he had the freshman filly in the last turn before rallying past the leaders and going on to the open-lengths win. A $240,000 yearling p...
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DeFrank named at Pompano

on 09/26/2006 2:00 AM
Greg DeFrank has been named as the new racing secretary at Pompano Park. DeFrank, whose experience dates back to the early 1980s, will assume his position immediately as Pompano Park moves closer to the opening date of its new casino, now expected early in the first quarter of 2007. DeFrank began his career at Hazel Park, where he was program director. Since then, he has held positions at North...
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Mr. Muscleman just jogs

on 09/26/2006 2:00 AM
Mr. Muscleman made his final tune-up before his 2006 debut this Saturday with a fourth-place finish in a 1:59 qualifying mile at The Red Mile this morning. With Ron Pierce in the bike Mr. Muscleman sat last in the five-horse field through fraction of :29.3, :59.3 and 1:30.3 before finishing fourth, race-timed in 1:59.3. “He was suppose to qualify (last) Saturday before they called them off (d...
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Night Mystery wins at Harr

on 09/26/2006 2:00 AM
Linda Taylor and Pohl Lander Farms\' Night Mystery ($6.20) set sizzling fast fractions Monday night, Sept. 25, but would not be denied in the $16,500 winners-over co-featured pacing event at Harrington Raceway with a 1:52.4 victory. Driven by Yannick Gingras for trainer Mike Hall, the 6-year-old Artsplace gelding set fractions of :27.2, :54.4, and 1:23.3 with a parked Ross the Boss N outside mu...
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Red rose opener at Red Mile

on 09/26/2006 2:00 AM
Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion 3-year-old filly trotter Hidden Viggorish cruised to a 1:54.3 victory in an $11,500 late-closing event Tuesday at the Red Mile. With Brian Zendt driving, Hidden Viggorish took the lead coming out of the first turn and led the rest of the route to post her ninth win in 11 starts as she heads to a possible supplemental start in the Kentucky Filly Futurity Friday, Oc...
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OSS 2ft draw delayed

on 09/26/2006 2:00 AM
The draw for next week’s Ontario Sire Stakes Gold final for 2-year-old filly trotters at Mohawk Racetrack has reportedly been delayed until Wednesday after an Ontario Racing Commission hearing to hear an appeal of a judges’ ruling against possible starter Carolyn As. Carolyn As, driven by Steve Skilton, was placed sixth in Monday night’s elimination for alleged interference, but Skilton has ...
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New barns open at Pompano

on 09/26/2006 2:00 AM
Horsemen at Pompano Park were celebrating Tuesday with the “christening” of three new barns on the racetrack backstretch. The celebration took place at 11 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Pompano Park’s all time winningest driver-trainer Bruce Ranger and his appropriately-named pacer: Eleven AM. The newly-constructed barns were built at a cost of $1.7 million--about $10,000 p...
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Filly trotters star Wed. at Lex

on 09/26/2006 2:00 AM
The Red Mile 2006 Grand Circuit begins Wednesday with six divisions of 2-year-old filly trotters racing in the Bluegrass Stakes for a purse of $80,000 each. Titled the “Norman Woolworth Memorial” in remembrance of one of the greatest personalities in the sport’s history, the race is sponsored by a group of Mr. Woolworth’s close friends and associates. All of the division leaders thus fa...
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Shark Gesture impressive

on 09/25/2006 2:00 AM
The John Simpson, Sr. Memorial stakes for sophomore colts on both the pace and trot were contested Sunday night at The Red Mile. The conditions were cool and dry, a departure from the deluge of the past few days and the racetrack came up \"fast.\" The first $36,250 pacing division went to favored Shark Gesture, driven tonight by George Brennan for owners Norm and Gerald Smiley and the TLP Stabl...
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Johansson takes dash title

on 09/25/2006 2:00 AM
Concluding with Sunday night\'s card was the early fall meet at The Red Mile. This year the leading owner, trainer and driver by number of wins were awarded a free breeding to a popular stallion along with a trophy commemorating their accomplishment. Tom Ryan of Fayetteville, Ohio, took the owner award with 12 wins and given a choice of breeding to either Real Desire or Tom Ridge. Ryan trains h...
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Laddie fastest in OSS elims

on 09/25/2006 2:00 AM
Laddie won the fastest of three Ontario Sire Stakes Gold eliminations for 2-year-old colt trotters Sunday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The winner of the recent $525,000(C) William Wellwood Memorial Trot, Laddie rallied late to win in 1:58.3 for driver Paul MacDonell. The win for Laddie was the son of Angus Hall’s fourth straight. He is trained by Paula Wellwood and owned by Wellwood Stables. ...
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Four-bagger for Morand

on 09/25/2006 2:00 AM
After being sidelined approximately six weeks, driver Jim Morand returned to his winning ways Sunday, winning four races on the Harrington Raceway program. Morand resumed driving duties a week prior on Sept. 17. The winner of more than 7,100 races lifetime, started the win parade with a horse he was not originally programmed to drive, Irish Shade ($6) in the fourth race. He then won the seventh...
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Ready for Grand Circuit?

on 09/25/2006 2:00 AM
The next two weeks of racing promises to bring to Lexington the best performers harness racing has to offer, both human and equine. The stars of the sport will assemble to compete for over $8 million in purses over this unique oval of red clay known for 132 years as The Red Mile. Racing Tuesday through Saturday (Sept. 26-Oct. 7) with an afternoon post time of 12:30, each day will showcase the lead...
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Majestic Son beats the best

on 09/24/2006 2:00 AM
The Canadian Trotting Cliassc final was billed as a two-horse race between Hambletonian winner Glidemaster and World Trotting Derby champion Chocolatie, but instead Majestic Son won by open lengths over Glidemaster in a stakes record 1:52.2, and Chocolatier was even farther up the Mohawk track.. Majestic Son, the post time third choice at 5-1, rocketed to the front from the nine-hole just befor...
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Field set for Milton

on 09/24/2006 2:00 AM
The stage is now set for the $393,750 final of the Milton Stakes (Sept. 30) for pacing mares after a pair of $50,000 eliminations were contested Saturday night at Mohawk. Glowing Report raced well in the opening elim for pilot David Miller as the 5-year-old daughter of Artsplace came first-over from sixth after the half-mile pole and eventually notched a 1½-length victory clocked in 1:52.3. ...
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Simpsons for 2YO colts

on 09/24/2006 2:00 AM
The John Simpson Sr. Memorial for 2-year-old colt pacers was raced in three divisions on a very sloppy Red Mile after record rainfall over the past 48 hours. The fastest winner was Takeshigemichi, a son of The Panderosa, in 1:55. Trainer Tony Mannino had a very good night, winning two of the three stakes. He sent out the consistent Real Desire colt All Due Respect for race seven in a field redu...
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New Michigan champions

on 09/24/2006 2:00 AM
Michigan’s Night of Champions took place Saturday over a sloppy oval, but most of the favorites didn’t let the less than perfect conditions keep them from their titles. Adam Victor & Son Stable won the first race on the card with a half sister to Mr. Muscleman. Irene’s Lucky Lady captured the 2-year-old filly trot with an easy 4 ½-length score for driver Peter Wrenn. The filly is by the ...
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Miss Wisconsin wins in Lex

on 09/23/2006 2:00 AM
Five John Simpson Memorial stakes were conducted at The Red Mile over a sloppy race track Friday night after day-long rains in Lexington. There was some talk by management of cancelling the card early in the day due to the bleak weather forecast, but the track was more than serviceable with most of the winners coming from off the pace. Three divisions of sophomore filly trots were on the bill, ...
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SRF to ID horses

on 09/23/2006 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) has announced that it will begin marking all horses entering its adoption program with a freezebrand. Using liquid nitrogen and a cold branding iron, it takes less than a minute to apply a freezebrand. A freezebrand on every SRF horse is another precaution to avoid the possibility of slaughter. Livestock auctions and slaughterhouses will be made awa...
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