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Bono Bests back

on 06/02/2006 2:00 AM
Bono Bests enjoyed a well-deserved rest since competing in the Berry’s Creek at the Meadowlands May 6, and trainer Ivan Sugg has entered the bay to contest the first of three $100,000 divisions of the Burlington Stakes Saturday at Woodbine. “I wanted to give him a layoff before the North America Cup and I figured that the Burlington would be a good tightener for him,” said Sugg, who co-ow...
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Sinister Hall enters stakes

on 06/02/2006 2:00 AM
According to trainer Rene Laarman, Sinister Hall is in good form heading into the first of Saturday’s three $100,000 Burlington Stakes divisions after a forgettable race at Woodbine on May 23. “He’s shown improvement every start, but his last start is the type that you’d just wipe off the page; it was a screwed-up race right from the word go,” said Laarman, who conditions the Cambest ...
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Filly trotter wins at Meadows

on 06/02/2006 2:00 AM
World champion trotter Varenne sired his first North American winner Thursday night at The Meadows as Southwind Nova scored a 2:07.2 victory in a $300 baby race. The 2-year-old filly Southwind Nova is out of the Lindy Lane mare New York To Paris, who competed in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes contests at two and then raced her 3 –and 4-year-old seasons in California. Mike Wilder drove Southwind Nov...
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Ideal News to retire

on 06/02/2006 2:00 AM
Trainer Joe Holloway on Thursday said Ideal News has been retired and is on her way to Brittany Farms to become a broodmare. Ideal News swept last year’s Blossom Series and won the Miss New Jersey before coming down with pneumonia prior to the Fan Hanover final. Holloway said Ideal News nearly died after falling ill, which followed a victory in her Fan Hanover elim. Lifetime, the Western I...
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Pick your Jug fantasy stable

on 06/02/2006 2:00 AM
The $50,000 North America Cup eliminations, set for Saturday, June 10, are the first scheduled races in the Little Brown Jug Fantasy Stable Contest. You must select five horses from your fantasy stable, plus two drivers and two trainers, by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, June 4. Just go to www.jugbarn.com to create your own stable and to participate in the contest. Modeled after the popular “Road to t...
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Artistic Fella in NJSS

on 06/02/2006 2:00 AM
Artistic Fella looks for his fifth straight win Saturday night as he continues on the path to the $1 million Meadowlands Pace for trainer Steve Elliott and owner Joseph Alborano. The multiple stakes winner is rated as the prohibitive 4-5 morning line favorite from post four in the evening\'s second race, a $72,700 division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. A ...
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Peaceful Way qualifies

on 06/02/2006 2:00 AM
Peaceful Way successfully qualified in 1:53.4 at Mohawk Friday morning, coming home in :27.3 with Trevor Ritchie aboard. The 5-year-old mare by Angus Hall made a break in her first qualifier on May 23. Ritchie told Standardbred Canada it was due to dirt hitting her in the face. Peaceful Way has earned nearly $2 million lifetime. Last year she captured her first Breeders Crown title along with D...
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Loyal Opposition: a Q&A

on 06/02/2006 2:00 AM
The undisputed queen of Illinois racing, the 6-year-old mare Loyal Opposition, is widely regarded as one of the top pacing females of her generation. Loyal Opposition’s illustrious career began at Hawthorne on June 27th, 2002, as the Erv Miller trainee won her first pari-mutuel start in leg one of the Red White and Blue Stake Series by seven lengths in 1:55.3, but she hadn’t raced over thi...
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Napolitano handed 9 months

on 06/02/2006 2:00 AM
Pocono Downs’ leading horseman George Napolitano Jr. has received an aggregate suspension of 270 days and fined $4,500 for three positive tests in early April at that racetrack. Napolitano, who turned 40 on May 25, is the top driver at the track with 90 victories and his 46 wins as a trainer also leads that category. Napolitano’s positives were all for the drugs Dihydroergocornine, Dihydroe...
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Pink Ribbons fifth

on 06/02/2006 2:00 AM
Pink Ribbons, winner of $143,410 at 2 and 3, finished fifth in her 4-year-old debut over a \"sloppy\" track Friday night at The Meadows in a mile timed in 1:58.1. The mare by Mr Vic sat fourth throughout the mile, then came first-over before the three quarters. She soon faded as pacesetter I\'m Justa Lady (Tony Hall) drew off to win the $8,000 Open Handicap trot for fillies and mares. I\'m J...
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45-1 shot wins at Pompano

on 06/01/2006 2:00 AM
U Toe The Bike ($93.80), the longest shot on the tote board at odds of 45-1, swept three-wide from sixth place on the final turn and closed with a burst of speed to nip Muscle Boss Vita at the wire to win the $8,250 Preferred II Handicap Trot by a nose at Pompano Park Harness Track Wednesday. Amazing Hanover was third. The trot started with Country Tim (Walter Ross Jr.) going to the early lead ...
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Mare trots to Har mark

on 06/01/2006 2:00 AM
Racsan Jenny set a new track record and season\'s mark for older trotting mares on a half-mile racetrack with a 1:56.4 win Wednesday night at Harrington Raceway in a $13,500 winners over trot. The 6-year-old Program Speed mare set all the fractions and held pocket-sitting Orillia Bam Bam safe for a one-length win. Driven by Victor Kirby, it was her third win of the year, all of which have come ...
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Stellar NH Sweeps field

on 06/01/2006 2:00 AM
World champion Primetime Bobcat heads a spectacular field of eight top-class pacers headed to Rockingham Park on Saturday to contest the $120,000 New Hampshire Sweepstakes. In what will be one of the marquis pacing events on the North American harness racing schedule this year, the New Hampshire Sweeps will be waged as an invitational race for the first time since Rockingham switched from Thor...
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NJSS A Simple Task

on 06/01/2006 2:00 AM
Simple Task popped out of the pocket in the stretch and drew off to win the $23,100 first of four New Jersey Sire Stakes divisions for 3-year-old filly trotters Wednesday night at the Meadowlands. Driven and trained by Jimmy Takter, Simple Task bested Queen Serene by 1 3/4 lengths in 1:55.4. It was four lengths back to Klipspringer in third. A daughter of Yankee Glide-Simply Hanover, Sim...
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Stonebridge Regal to return

on 06/01/2006 2:00 AM
North America Cup runner-up and Meadowlands Pace third-place finisher Stonebridge Regal is about two weeks away from qualifying, according to trainer Bob McIntosh. An 11-time winner in 21 starts last year at three after going unraced as a freshman, Stonebridge Regal began working his way back to the races for his 4-year-old campaign last February. “I gave him a rest and he’ll probably quali...
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Hawthorne\'s big night set

on 06/01/2006 2:00 AM
The entries for Hawthorne’s second annual Night Of Champions have been released, and the 13-race program promises to provide memories that will last a lifetime. Early post time for the night’s festivities is 7 p.m. and Racing Secretary Billy Perkins gets the card rolling in grand style with the $49,000 Silhouette Star Final for Illinois-bred 3 year-old trotting fillies. With wins in eac...
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An Andover Hall winner

on 06/01/2006 2:00 AM
World Trotting Derby winner Andover Hall had his first winner as a sire Wednesday as Adrian Chip, out of the stakes-placed mare My Favorite Chip, won a qualifier at Rosecroft in 2:05.1. With trainer Todd Schadel (half of the team behind Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo) in the sulky, Adrian Chip led at every call, drawing clear to win by 3 ½ lengths. Adrian Chip was bred by Junior Jutzy of Ohio...
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Filly champs qualify

on 06/01/2006 2:00 AM
Reigning divisional champs My Little Dragon and Passionate Glide won their respective qualifiers Thursday morning at the Meadowlands, while Bob Heyden, the second highest-priced yearling trotter sold at auction in 2004 at a price of $290,000, also won a qualifier in his first appearance of 2006. My Little Dragon, who won a qualifier May 25 at the Big M in 1:54.3, lowered that time to 1:53.4 wit...
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Four Illinois casinos sue

on 06/01/2006 2:00 AM
Four Chicago-area casinos have sued to overturn a new state law signed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich that requires them to fork over tens of millions of dollars to the struggling horse-racing industry. The four riverboats--Empress Casino and Harrah\'s in Joliet, Hollywood Casino in Aurora and Grand Victoria in Elgin--argue in the suit filed Tuesday in Will County Circuit Court that the law is unconst...
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Yada Yada Yada wins Open

on 05/31/2006 2:00 AM
Yada Yada Yada A won the featured $15,000 Filly and Mare Open Tuesday night at Harrington Raceway in 1:53. Driven by Jim Morand for trainer Eric Ell, the 6-year-old Armbro Operative mare was on the engine early from post three, setting all the fractions of :28.1, :57.3, 1:25.4 before a :27.1 last quarter in which she held off Jenny\'s Picnic and Fake The Moment N for the win. It was her thi...
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