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Prices galore in 2CTs

on 09/28/2006 2:00 AM
Donato Hanover, making his first start since winning the Peter Haughton Memorial in early August, posted a 1:57.4 victory in one of five $82,800 Bluegrass divisions for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters Thursday afternoon at The Red Mile. Sent off at odds of 1-5, Donato Hanover\'s victory over the \"sloppy\" track was the only division that did not have a longshot winner. In winning for the ...
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Sears wins two 2FP splits

on 09/28/2006 2:00 AM
Trinity Islands won the first of three $101,000 Bluegrass divisions for 2-year-old filly pacers Thursday afternoon at The Red Mile, scoring in 1:54.1 over a \"sloppy\" track. Brian Sears was in the sulky as the daughter of Jenna\'s Beach Boy won for the third time in eight starts, defeating Western Montana and Mind Boggling. Steve Elliott trains the winner, who lowered her mark by more than a s...
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Bob Heyden wins

on 09/28/2006 2:00 AM
Bob Heyden, the full brother to standout trotter Ken Warkentin, won the $12,000 harnessracing.com late-closer Thursday afternoon at The Red Mile, with Brian Sears directing the Trond Smedshammer trainee to the 1:58.3 victory over the \"sloppy\" racetrack. A $290,000 yearling purchase, the 3-year-old son of Yankee Glide-Jambo won for the fifth time in 11 starts this year. He was unraced at two. ...
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Fast-closing NJSS final win

on 09/27/2006 2:00 AM
CC’s Casey’s Dream, with Steve Smith driving, closed in the stretch to win the $85,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old trotting fillies in 2:00.4 Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 26, at Freehold Raceway. A daughter of Dream Vacation trained by Karen Garland, CC’s Casey’s Dream won by 1 3/4 lengths over the betting favorite Marvellous, who had led since the quarter-mile mark of the r...
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Harvey, 82, to drive Thurs.

on 09/27/2006 2:00 AM
At an age when most are enjoying their retirement years, Harry Harvey keeps on going. The 82-year-old harness racing legend will return to the sulky when he drives Timothy Rooney’s 2-year-old filly Lisbella in the third race at Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack on Thursday, Sept. 28. Harvey drove Lisbella, who he also trains, to a convincing score in a qualifying race at Harrah’s Cheste...
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Putnam gets 6,000th win

on 09/27/2006 2:00 AM
Carl Putnam Jr. won five races at the Hillsdale (Mich.) County Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 26, becoming only the 32nd driver in harness racing history to notch 6,000 career victories. When asked what his secrets to success were Carl said, \"Getting up working hard everyday, having great owners, and the support of my family.\" Putnam, 54, shows driving earnings of over $21.7 million, driving mos...
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Fine, more days for Trond

on 09/27/2006 2:00 AM
The New Jersey Racing Commission has voted to increase Trond Smedshammer’s suspension from 30 to 45 days and impose an $18,000 fine for his drive with Here Comes Herbie in this year’s Hambletonian. The action took place during the commission\'s monthly meeting held Tuesday, Sept. 26. Originally Smedshammer had received only a 30-day suspension as a result of his drive behind Here Comes Her...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 09/27/2006 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter looked straight at me and said: “What pacing hobbles?” My first stop on the 2006 Backstretch With Gordon tour was to Takter’s barn where I could see for myself that Mister Trotting indeed have pacing hobbles, so I asked Jimmy where the equipment was and he didn’t even flash a smile when I got the answer, although he was kidding as he sometimes likes to do with me. I really ...
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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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