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Emantee wins NJSS final

on 09/15/2006 2:00 AM
The heavily-favored Emantee overpowered her competition to win the $85,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Championship Final for 3-year-old trotting fillies in 1:56.3 over an off track Thursday afternoon at Freehold Raceway. With George Brennan driving, the daughter of Banker Hall took the lead at the three-quarter mile mark and drew off to win by 7 3/4 lengths over Bon Voyage. Love On The Rocks finish...
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Artistic Fella in at Red Mile

on 09/15/2006 2:00 AM
Artistic Fella, winner of the Meadowlands Pace, is in-to-go in the first race at The Red Mile Saturday night, Sept. 16, in a five-horse Open Pace. Mickey McNichol is slated to drive for trainer Steve Elliott. The 3-year-old son of Pacific Fella has not raced since a resounding 1:48.4 win in an Oliver Wendell Holmes division on Hambo day Aug. 5. He did, however, qualify in Lexington in 1:52 Sept...
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Bill Elliott suspended, fined

on 09/15/2006 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has suspended Canadian trainer Bill Elliott for 60 days and fined him $1,500 for having an elevated TCO2 (blood-gas) test on the horse Fightertown Pilot on Aug. 31 at Mohawk Racetrack. The penalty was issued Thursday by the ORC. Elliott’s positive test made news earlier in the week and even caused the delay of the draw for the $1 million Canadian Trotting C...
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Took Hanover 1:52.1 at Lex

on 09/15/2006 2:00 AM
Cane Pace runner-up Took Hanover turned in a 1:52.1 winning effort in a qualifier Friday morning at The Red Mile in one final prep before next week\'s Little Brown Jug. \"He\'s already entered,\" said trainer Noel Daley. \"We weren\'t out to do a hard hit like that but (driver) John (Campbell) said we\'re going in (to the Jug) right.\" Took Hanover paced away from the rest of the field over ...
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One scratch in NYSS finals

on 09/15/2006 2:00 AM
The 2-year-old pacing filly Bettoronthebeach was the only early scratch for the $1.2 million New York Night of Champions at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway. The filly was declared sick and unable to race on Saturday, Sept. 16, allowing the first also eligible, Bet Your Booty, to move into post five of the $150,000 final. Bettoronthebeach finished first or second in all of her six starts this season...
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Just 9 entered in Jugette

on 09/15/2006 2:00 AM
Former heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman could wind up in the winner’s circle during the 2006 Delaware, Ohio, County Fair. Foreman is part owner of the filly Future Destiny who will face eight challengers in Wednesday’s $252,000 Jugette 3-year-old Filly Pace. This is the first year since 1979 that the Jugette will be raced in only one division. After the first heat all nine star...
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Filly\'s first win a big one

on 09/15/2006 2:00 AM
Cantor’s Daughter, a full sister to Breeders Crown champion Cam Swifty, picked up her first career win when she captured the $200,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes 2-Year-Old Filly Final in 1:53.3 Friday night at The Red Mile. Cantor’s Daughter paid $17.40 to win and Forever Showin Off gave backers a $41.20 payoff for a place bet. Those prices, and with the 1-9 shot Real Girl finishing off the board...
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Is life like a box of Godiva?

on 09/14/2006 2:00 AM
The talented freshman trotting filly Godiva Hall will look to continue her local dominance in the $200,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes final at The Red Mile on Thursday night. Owned by Stephen and Eugene Oldford and the North South Partnership #2, the Like A Prayer lass has proven too strong for her competition thus far in the new KYSS format, which offers three $50,000 preliminary legs and a $200,000 fi...
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Superman dies

on 09/14/2006 2:00 AM
Superman, Michigan\'s premier trotting stallion of the 1980s and \'90s, died Sept. 1 at Starwin Farm in Coleman, Mich., at the age of 33. A son of Speedy Scot and out of the Florican mare Desert Wind, Superman sired 757 registered foals, and 68 2:00 performers. These included 11 Michigan champions and two world champions: Jeff’s Playboy, and Super Timkin. Superman was born in 1973 at Castl...
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8-1? You\'re putting me on!

on 09/14/2006 2:00 AM
It\'s not often you get 8-to-1 odds on a potential repeat winner, but Put Them On Hold ($18) was just that Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:56.1 triumph in the $20,000 Open Trot. Owned and trained by Toby Lynch Jr., the 7-year-old Call Toll Free gelding and driver Roger Plante Jr. took full advantage of miscues by favorites Hunt M Down and Wildfire Julie, who both broke stride, and scor...
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Patriotic trotters at Colonial

on 09/14/2006 2:00 AM
Connections of 2005 Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo and 2006 Breeders Crown and Nat Ray winner Sand Vic have accepted invitations to the inaugural $100,000 Patriot Trot at Colonial Downs Oct. 13, highlighting an Octoberfest celebration at the track. The stake, which will be an annual event, is an invitational, open to trotters age three and up. Director of racing Craig Andow has commitments fro...
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Busy stakes at Pompano

on 09/14/2006 2:00 AM
Trotters were in the Pompano Park spotlight on Wednesday night with six Florida Sunshine State Stakes on the card along with a $10,000 Open Handicap Trot. The star of the stakes-loaded program was JP Sage, the magnificent roan Basil filly owned by the Comedy Hill Racing Stable of Plantation, Fla. With trainer Stephan Lareau in the bike, JP Sage took top honors in her division of the 3-year-old ...
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Western Guy changes barns

on 09/14/2006 2:00 AM
Although he won’t be at Delaware Thursday, Sept. 21, with top-ranked sophomore pacer Artistic Fella for the Little Brown Jug, trainer Steve Elliott has received a last-minute addition to his stable that will be entered in the pacing classic. Elliott was scheduled to receive Western Guy at his barn at The Red Mile Thursday, and will send the Western Hanover colt to Delaware next week for the Jug....
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Godiva Hall kicks home

on 09/14/2006 2:00 AM
Godiva Hall, raced off the pace for three quarters of the mile, showed her “wicked” move in the stretch as she blitzed into the lead and captured the $200,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old trotting fillies in 1:58.2 Thursday night at The Red Mile. Dave Palone was in the bike at the daughter of Like A Prayer won her third straight and fifth of the season in seven starts. With a t...
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Eight top drivers compete

on 09/13/2006 2:00 AM
Rosecroft Raceway brought together eight of the sport’s leading drivers Tuesday night for the $35,000 All Star Drivers’ Challenge, and it was Brian Sears who took home the $17,500 first-place prize. Sears won three of the eight races, while Mark MacDonald and Dave Palone won two each. Tony Morgan captured the other contest. “Brian Sears just killed them. After the seventh race he had it l...
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Tuesday dreamin\' at Harr

on 09/13/2006 2:00 AM
Chris and Philip Stefani\'s Dream A While earned her second straight win Tuesday in Harrington Raceway\'s featured $16,500 Filly and Mare Open. Driven by Art Stafford Jr., the 5-year-old Dream Away mare edged out Four Winds N in a tight photo for the win. Yada Yada Yada A was third. It was her fifth win of the year as her seasonal earnings surpassed $72,000. Earlier on the card, Walter Blachars...
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Virginia is for speed lovers

on 09/13/2006 2:00 AM
Firm Fatale and Hi Dollar Cam both captured second leg divisions of the Virginia Is For Lovers Pacing Series Tuesday night at Colonial Downs and both shattered their previous best marks by several seconds. Firm Fatale, a sophomore pacing filly, knocked over four seconds off her previous best by covering the mile in wire to wire fashion in 1:52.4. As a freshman, she paced a 1:57 winning mile at ...
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Red Mile qualifiers canceled

on 09/13/2006 2:00 AM
Wednesday morning qualifiers at The Red Mile, which were scheduled to include starts by Peter Haughton Memorial winner Donato Hanover, 2005 Trotter of the Year Mr. Muscleman, and Little Brown Jug hopeful Western Cyclone, were canceled due to prolonged rain in Lexington. Qualifiers have been rescheduled for Friday and will be redrawn. Donato Hanover has not started since winning the $456,000 Hau...
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Soprano stars at Tioga

on 09/13/2006 2:00 AM
Three stars of HBO\'s Emmy Award-winning series \"The Sopranos\"--Bobby Bacala, played by Steven Schirripa; Christopher Moltisanti, played by Michael Imperioli; and Johnny \"Sack\" Sacromoni, played by Vince Curatola--will be at Tioga Downs Saturday, Sept. 16. The track will hold drawings on Friday with 80 winners being chosen for a special \"Meet, Greet and Eat\" session with the trio of actor...
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Pocono orders 2,000 slots

on 09/13/2006 2:00 AM
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs officials reportedly told the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Monday that 2,000 slot machines have been ordered, one-third less than the 3,000 machines the racetrack could install. The announcement came at the first slots casino license hearings in Pennsylvania Monday, Sept. 11. Pocono Downs’ chief executive officer Robert Soper told the board that additional mac...
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