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New York track to open

on 06/09/2006 2:00 AM
It took the help of the New York State Police, but Tioga Downs held its offical ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning before a crowd of more than 300, about eight hours before the track was scheduled to begin live racing for the first time. Track owner Jeff Gural was delayed when a car fire on the highway leading to Tioga caused a 15-mile back-up, resulting in the State Police having to escort Gu...
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PASS with Viggorish

on 06/09/2006 2:00 AM
Hidden Viggorish, leaving from post position one, grabbed the early lead and didn’t let anyone take it away from her in a career-best 1:56.1 in the $29,595 third division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters at Pocono Downs Friday afternoon. Trainer Bill Zendt was in the bike for Harmony Oaks Stable as the daughter of SJ’s Caviar cut fractions of :28, :58 and 1:27.2...
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Racing at Tioga Downs

on 06/09/2006 2:00 AM
An enthusiastic, overflow crowd of 6,000 patrons filled Tioga Downs Friday night for the track’s opening harness racing card of 11 races. The night’s feature race, a $12,500 Open Trot, went to Speed Pilot and driver Stephane Bouchard in 1:57.4. The mile was a lifetime mark for the 5-year-old CR Aviator gelding owned by Francis Rapone and Thomas, Betty and Christopher Buckley. Trained by Lou...
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Dube returns with victory

on 06/09/2006 2:00 AM
After sitting on the sidelines for two months due to injury, Dan Dube made his return to the races, a winning one, with Marnie Hall in the $40,000 mares open for Lady Liberty eligibles Friday night at the Meadowlands. Marnie Hall launched a first-over attack and emerged the winner of a fierce stretch duel with 3-5 favorite Glowing Report and Burning Point for a neck victory in 1:50. Dube d...
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Andy Miller OK after fall

on 06/09/2006 2:00 AM
Driver Andy Miller and 5-year-old pacing mare Whitesand Jewel both walked away from an accident in the seventh race at the Meadowlands Friday night with minor scrapes. Miller was catapulted out of his sulky around the first turn when driver George Brennan and Sweet Lady Lee collided into him. “George’s horse jumped a piece of paper on the track,” Miller said. “I saw him coming at me, ...
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Elegantimage field set

on 06/09/2006 2:00 AM
Oaklea Omega, in rein to driver Paul MacDonell, proved to be a cut above the rest in Friday’s second $35,000 Elegantimage Stakes eliminations for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Woodbine Racetrack. The John Bax student, who was a 1:57.2 winner in her Casual Breeze Stakes division last Friday, romped away to win by 6 1/4 lengths in a career-best clocking of 1:57. Armbro Domino grabbed the runner-u...
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Pompano record tied

on 06/09/2006 2:00 AM
Hyde Park Hussie N tied the track record for mares with a 3 1/2-length triumph in 1:51.4 at Pompano Park Harness Track Friday in the $10,000 Preferred-Handicap Mares Pace. Kadijah first set the record in 2003. The race also saw the end to Chip And Gale A’s five-race winning streak as she finished fourth. The featured race started off with Hyde Park Hussie N and driver Bruce Ranger shooting o...
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Filly trotters in NJSS

on 06/08/2006 2:00 AM
Belle Of The Ball scored her first win in three starts this year and Passionate Glide won the first start of her sophomore season in New Jersey Sire Stakes action at the Meadowlands Wednesday night. Rains turned the track sloppy, but Passionate Glide coasted home unchallenged in 1:56.2 and Belle Of The Ball scored in 1:57.2.. Driver Brian Sears made a backside brush to the lead with Belle Of Th...
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Dube to return Friday

on 06/08/2006 2:00 AM
Daniel Dube will resume driving on Friday night at the Meadowlands after spending two months on the sidelines. Dube fractured his right clavicle and several ribs in a spill on March 29 at the Meadowlands. The 36-year-old Quebec native has 5,200 victories and nearly $39 million in purse earnings to his credit.
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6 straight for Tweedle Dum

on 06/08/2006 2:00 AM
Tweedle Dum notched his sixth straight victory at Pompano Park Wednesday with a 1 1/2-length triumph in the $10,000 Preferred-Handicap Trot. It was the 6-year-old gelding\'s 11th win of the year. Tweedle Dum is now tied for second place among the winningest horses in North America this year. Ultimate Sundance (Bruce Ranger) was the first to get away from the starting gate but before the openin...
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Dynamic set for Cup

on 06/08/2006 2:00 AM
He made his 2006 debut in the Burlington Stakes, and after a hard-closing fourth-place finish, Armbro Dynamic appears to be in relatively good form heading into his Pepsi North Cup elimination this Saturday evening at Woodbine. Trainer Bob McIntosh, who owns the son of Western Hanover along with CSX Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc., has said that a trip south for some surgery has done the ...
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Field set for Battle

on 06/08/2006 2:00 AM
World champion Spirit Of A Shark, the fastest veteran gelding pacer ever on a half-mile track, has drawn post two and has been named the 5-2 morning line favorite in Saturday’s $125,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park, the harness track located between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Spirit Of A Shark, owned by the New York partnership of Cliff Siegel, Herbert Siegel, Lee Wasserman and John...
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Artstanding ready for Cup

on 06/08/2006 2:00 AM
Last July Artstanding quickly made a name for himself when he handed Western Ace his first-ever defeat when he upset that colt in the $175,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old colt pacers at the Meadowlands. In Saturday night’s eliminations for the $1.5 million North America Cup at Woodbine, the now 3-year-old Artstanding will once again meet up with Western Ace, with the duo slated t...
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Lynch elims at Pocono

on 06/08/2006 2:00 AM
My Little Dragon, Xhilaration, Future Destiny and Darlin’s Delight head up a group of talented 3-year-old pacing fillies that will be racing at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Saturday as two eliminations for the James M. Lynch Memorial Pace will be contested. The top four finishers from each division and the fastest timed fifth-place finisher will advance to the following Saturday’s $139,392 fina...
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Overstreet injured at farm

on 06/08/2006 2:00 AM
Dr. Luel Overstreet, known for the “Bluegrass” horses he breeds and races, was seriously injured in a farming accident Tuesday (June 6) at his farm in Henderson, Ky. Overstreet, a veterinarian, was hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Community Methodist Hospital in Henderson. According to Stacey Ruddick of Hoosier Hoofprints, the accident occurred while Dr. Overstreet was baling hay...
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Trotting colts at Big M

on 06/08/2006 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old trotting colts Make You Mine and Ira K won New Jersey Sire Stakes divisions at the Meadowlands Thursday night with miles of 1:56 and 1:56.4, respectively. Make You Mine, a Self Possessed sired colt who earned $206,720 as a 2 year old while winning six of 14 starts, scored for Mike Lachance and trainer Ron Gurfein, who have teamed up for three Hambletonian victories. Driver Yan...
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Dave a Cup contender

on 06/08/2006 2:00 AM
He\'s named after one of the top drivers in harness racing, and now Dave Panlone will be looking to tackle the continent\'s best 3-year-old pacing colts in Saturday evening\'s $50,000 eliminations for the $1.5-million Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine. With Dave Palone retained to be at his lines, Dave Panlone, a son of The Panderosa, will start from post three in the eight-horse third elim ...
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New GM at Historic Track

on 06/07/2006 2:00 AM
Goshen native Stephen Hopkins has recently been named general manager of Goshen Historic Track. It was no surprise that Hopkins desired to be a part of the track and its’ colorful history since he grew up in Goshen. His family was connected to the track through their family owned business, Hopkins Hardware, which, until 1993 was in the family for three generations. They counted track personnel...
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18 LBJ eligibles in Cup

on 06/07/2006 2:00 AM
Twenty-three 3-year-old colts and geldings will compete in three eliminations of the $1.5 million North America Cup on Saturday, June 10, at Woodbine and 18 of the starters are eliglble to the Little Brown Jug. The top three finishers in each elimination, plus one drawn by lot of the fourth place finishers, will advance to the North America Cup final. The Cup elimination fields are listed below...
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1:53.1 trot mile at Pocono

on 06/07/2006 2:00 AM
Armbro Barrister, a 5-year-old stallion, trotted the fastest mile in the history of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Tuesday’s Open Handicap, a 1:53.1 mile that lowered the previous mark by a second and also set a North American record. Trained by Paul Doherty and driven by Ray Schnittker, the son of Malabar Man led at every pole. He shattered his own Pocono mark for aged stallions that he h...
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