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Hennessey reflects on HOF

on 09/08/2006 2:00 AM
Wally Hennessey says when he received the phone call Thursday notifying him he had been elected to the Harness Racing Living Hall of Fame he had to ask for the words to be repeated. And then Hennessey—who turns 50 on Oct. 4—says he had a flashback of his entire life, beginning from his roots in Prince Edward Island to his current home in southern Florida. “What it does, it brings you back...
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4,000 for Brett Miller

on 09/08/2006 2:00 AM
Brett Miller scored the 4,000th victory of his career Thursday night at his home base of Scioto Downs. The 33-year-old reinsman started the card needing three wins, which he got in quick succession. He captured the second with favored Lady Millbucks; the fifth with longshot Betta Ona Freddie; then won his 4,000th with Country Welcome in the sixth. Miller drove in his first pari-mutuel race in ...
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Bet sports at Casino Windsor

on 09/08/2006 2:00 AM
Hazel Park Harness Raceway has been battling the competition of blackjack, craps and slots at three casinos in downtown Detroit and one in neighboring Windsor for a more than a decade, and now that casino across the border in Canada is offering sports betting. Beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday the Windsor Casino will offer gamblers the chance to bet on pro and college football, baseball, hockey, and p...
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Auction for Equine Dreams

on 09/08/2006 2:00 AM
Once again this year Cottonwood Farm will conduct a stallion service auction at its yearling sale to benefit Equine Dreams, a registered not-for-profit organization that provides free therapeutic riding services for children and adults with physical and/or mental disabilities. Cottonwood’s annual yearling sale is this Sunday, Sept. 10, at its location in Big Rock, Ill., and the auction to benefi...
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Enough Talk NJSS champ

on 09/08/2006 2:00 AM
Enough Talk, with Hall of Fame driver Catello Manzi in the sulky, led from start to finish in winning the $85,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Championship final for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings Friday in 1:57.1 at Freehold Raceway. The gelded son of Enjoy Lavec held off a strong challenge from the five-eighths-mile mark to win by a nose over Wildwood Days and driver Jeff Gregory. Limbo Glide...
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Field set for PASS final

on 09/08/2006 2:00 AM
Two-year-old filly Undercover Lover won her third consecutive Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Friday afternoon at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, stamping herself as the one to beat in her trotting division for the Pennsylvania Championship finals next week. Driver Joe Pavia, Jr. never had an anxious moment with Undercover Lover, who led at every pole and won in 1:59. Lori Castranuovo trains the Tagliabue ...
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Frosh fillies shine in KYSS

on 09/08/2006 2:00 AM
Real Girl scored a career-best 1:53.4 victory and My Fave Wave equaled her mark of 1:54.2 in capturing their respective $25,000 third-leg divisions of Kentucky Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers at The Red Mile Friday night. The 2-5 favored Real Girl cleared to the lead down the backstretch after following the cover of Clydes First Cam and then held off that one down the stretch after rebu...
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Vernon burnin\' Thursday?

on 09/07/2006 2:00 AM
Racing at Vernon Downs Thursday night will be hot as the best drivers and the best horses vie for big purses and potentially record setting times. “We haven’t seen speed burners like some of these horses in years here at the Downs,” said Jason Settlemoir, regional vice president of racing and simulcast. “Their pedigrees are impeccable and, if conditions are right, we may see a track ...
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Naked streaks to victory

on 09/07/2006 2:00 AM
William M. Camp’s Racing Naked shrugged off a six-week layoff to score yet another victory at Colonial Downs Wednesday night. Racing Naked’s biggest career win came in the 2003 three-year-old colt and gelding division of the Virginia Breeders Fund final. The 6-year-old Misfit horse was a multiple winner at Colonial last fall, including a 1:51 mile that set his lifetime mark. Racing Naked wa...
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You talkin\' about me?

on 09/07/2006 2:00 AM
Talk About Me, who has been chasing Tweedle Dum for the past few months in the Open Handicap trotting events at Pompano Park, finally caught him Wednesday night and scored a narrow win in 1:58 over a track dulled a bit by heavy afternoon rain. Talk About Me, a 4-year-old Florida bred—he’s by Keystone Smothers—had been second to Tweedle Dum the last two times they met but got a heady drive...
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Sophs vie in Jug Previews

on 09/07/2006 2:00 AM
In 2005, Ohio-owned and trained P-Forty-Seven won his Jug Preview division at Scioto Downs, prior to heading north to victory in the Little Brown Jug 12 days later. He was the fifth horse to do so. This year, 24 three-year-old pacers have dropped in the Scioto entry box to contest three $70,000 divisions of the 37th edition of the Jug Preview. The Jug Preview shares the stage with eight $100,00...
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Trotter still perfect in 21

on 09/07/2006 2:00 AM
Maple Leaf Noble romped to a 16 1/2-length win in an Atlantic Sire Stakes contest Wednesday night at Fredericton Raceway, the 21st consecutive victory for the 3-year-old gelding trotter. The son of Black River was a perfect 15-for-15 last year and has now added six more wins to that streak in 2006. Trained, driven and co-owned by Ralph Annear, Maple Leaf Noble took the lead past the half before...
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Blue-blooded yearling dies

on 09/07/2006 2:00 AM
The first foal of Cathedra Dot Com p,3, 1:51, a yearling filly by Artsplace, has died unexpectedly, one of the mare’s owners has confirmed. Cathedra Dot Com, a daughter of Presidential Ball, earned $1.5 million on the racetrack and won 26 of 74 starts. She is presently owned by Mathias Meinzinger, TLP Stable, D’Elegance Stable IX and Jerry Silva. Meinzinger confirmed the death of the yearli...
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Merriman wins 2,000th

on 09/07/2006 2:00 AM
Big Charmer, owned by Angelo Previte\'s Gates Mills Stable and Rich Paltani, easily won Wednesday\'s $8,500 Open trot at Northfield Park, on a night which saw driver Aaron Merriman pick up his 2,000th career win. Aaron Merriman, Northfield Park\'s second-leading driver, piloted career winner number 2,000 on Wednesday\'s program at the Ohio half-miler. The milestone victory came aboard the 3-y...
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Newest honorees in Goshen

on 09/07/2006 2:00 AM
Wally Hennessey, Phil Langley, and Jim Arthur have been elected to harness racing’s highest honor, membership in the sport’s Living Hall of Fame, in balloting conducted by the U.S. Harness Writers Association which closed Wednesday. Elected to the Communicators Corner of the Hall of Fame were Ray Brienza, Marie Hill, Dean Hoffman, and John Manzi. Hennessey, a native of Maritime Canada, has ...
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House passes slaughter bill

on 09/07/2006 2:00 AM
The U.S. House of Representatives passed by a vote of 263-146 a bill that would end horse slaughter for human consumption in this country. The bill will now go to the Senate for a vote before heading to President George W. Bush for his signature to become law. There were two amendments proposed to alter the bill but both were defeated. If the bill becomes law, three horse slaughter plans in the...
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Ben there, broke that

on 09/07/2006 2:00 AM
Ben Bono charged home on the far outside to win his $62,088 division of the $248,000 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings in a track record time of 1:57 Thursday afternoon at Monticello Raceway. The altered son of Pro Bono Best established a new track record for 2-year-old pacing geldings and erased the former mark of 1:58 set last Sept. 13 by Don’t Be Skeerd. ...
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Bee Line sets NJSS mark

on 09/07/2006 2:00 AM
Bee Line, a daughter of Self Possessed, established a New Jersey Sire Stakes record for 3-year-old trotting fillies with a 1:55.2 victory Thursday in a $49,200 leg of the NJSS series at Freehold Raceway. Bee Line\'s clocking erased the previous Sire Stakes mark of 1:56.1 for sophomore filly trotters that was set by Glide About in 2003. With Jeff Gregory driving, Bee Line led from start to finis...
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Sun shines in Versatility

on 09/07/2006 2:00 AM
Cat Manzi worked out a second-over trip with Easton Alliance N and the 5-year-old mare rallied late to edge Burning Point and win the $83,500 Artiscape at Vernon Downs Thursday night. The winning time of 1:51 shattered the Vernon record for older pacing mares by 1 3/5 seconds and missed the all-age standard of Oye Vay set in 1996 by just two-fifths of a second. Burning Point and driver Ron Pier...
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Godiva rides again in KYSS

on 09/07/2006 2:00 AM
Godiva Hall was moved to the front by driver Dave Palone at the quarter and cruised the rest of the way en route to a career-best 1:57.4 victory in the $50,000 third leg of Kentucky Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters at The Red Mile Thursday night. The win was the second in a row for the daughter of Like A Prayer. Charmaine As (Peter Wallinder) finished about two lengths back in second w...
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