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Delaware gets makeover

on 08/01/2006 2:00 AM
The Delaware, Ohio county fair oval, the world’s fastest half-mile track, has just undergone a mighty facelift. “We scarified the clay to a depth of four to six inches,” said track consultant Greg Coon. “This busts up the clay like broken cement. We then cut up the clay into fine pieces and grade it back together. This takes out imperfections, bumps, dips and waves. “ Coon said. ...
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Loyal Opposition at fair

on 08/01/2006 2:00 AM
Three-time Dan Patch award-winning mare Loyal Opposition was supposed to lead the post parade in Thursday’s Taser Gun Pace at the Brown County Fair in Illinois, but now she will be behind the gate as one of eight entrants in the $18,000 race. Trainer Ervin Miller had been toying with the idea of giving the three-time Dan Patch award winner a prep start before heading to the Aged Mare pace at ...
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Zweig now at night

on 08/01/2006 2:00 AM
The Zweig Trot for 3-year-old colts, already moved to Tioga Downs from the Syracuse fairgrounds, has been moved from an afternoon card to a nighttime post on Saturday, Aug. 12. The $300,000 Zweig Trot will go on the 6:50 p.m. program on a day of doubleheader racing, so as not to conflict with the Adios at The Meadows that afternoon. As part of the weekend festivities, Tioga Downs will host a pa...
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2007 Ill. dates requested

on 08/01/2006 2:00 AM
Hawthorne Racecourse has requested 77 nights of racing in 2007, in applications filed with the Illinois Racing Board on Monday. The request is about double of Hawthorne’s 2006 race schedule. Balmoral Park and Maywood Park both requested year-round racing dates, with the latter racing two nights a week and the former four nights a week. Here is the complete list of harness applications: HAR...
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Smedshammer lands 2-4-6

on 08/01/2006 2:00 AM
Mr. Pine Chip is the 7-5 favorite in this year’s $1.5 million Hambletonian Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands, and will leave from post six—the most successful post since the trotting classic began an open draw for the final in 1997. Ten heavyweights of this year’s sophomore trotting class will line up behind the gate in the trotting classic, with former heavyweight boxing champion Geo...
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Passionate Glide Oaks fave

on 08/01/2006 2:00 AM
Despite having a hamstring injury that concerns trainer Jimmy Takter, 3-year-old filly trotter Passionate Glide was installed the 4-5 favorite from post six for Saturday’s $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks at the Meadowlands. “She only has to be 50 percent (to win the race), the way I feel about her,” said driver Ron Pierce with a slight laugh at the press conference draw at the Big M Tuesday a...
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Berry named PPK PR Dir

on 08/01/2006 2:00 AM
John Berry, who had been with Pompano Park Racing in a consulting capacity over the past two years, has been named public relations manager for racing. In making the announcement, senior director of racing operations Steve Wolf noted that “John has played just about every instrument in the orchestra” when it comes to harness racing—from public relations and marketing to television and radio ...
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Batavia opens Monday

on 07/31/2006 2:00 AM
The pacers and trotters will be back in action at Batavia Downs Gaming on Monday night, when the 60-day summer-fall Meet opens, at 7:35 p.m. (EDT). The feature race will be race four, a $5,400 conditioned pace, in which Mizuno, a well-bred 3-year-old gelding by Dragon Again, owned by John Sixt and Judith Blaun, will open as the favorite on the morning line at 2-1. Mike Caprio will drive the Judy B...
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Meadows 1st in slots hearing

on 07/31/2006 2:00 AM
The Meadows will be first up when applicants for casino licenses will be held in September before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The first hearing is scheduled for Sept. 11, and joining officials from The Meadows that day will be those from harness tracks Pocono Downs and Chester Downs. A story in Monday’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette stated that the Gaming Control Board will question trac...
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Waples hurt in Mohawk spill

on 07/31/2006 2:00 AM
Monday is no happy birthday for driver Randy Waples, who suffered two broken hands, wrists and elbows in a race accident at Mohawk Racetrack Sunday night. Waples is celebrating his 41st birthday July 31 in a hospital and his wife, Angie, said she expects her husband to be \"out for awhile.\" \"The hospital doesn\'t even have any beds open so he\'s still in the emergency room,\" Angie Waples tol...
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Gural wins Van Lennep

on 07/31/2006 2:00 AM
Jeff Gural has been named the recipient of the 2006 Frederick L. Van Lennep Memorial Achievement Award, presented since 1987 by the Breeders Crown Committee of the Hambletonian Society. Real estate mogul Gural, whose role in harness racing has expanded from fan, to owner and breeder, is an instrumental player in the revitalization of racing in his home state of New York. Gural, chairman of New...
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Meadows host Classics

on 07/30/2006 2:00 AM
With no cover available, Armbro Davina took matters into her own hands and launched an impressive, first-over move from fifth, which carried her to victory in a division of the $75,799 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old Pennsylvania-bred pacing fillies on Saturday night at the Meadows. The stakes was conducted in three divisions, and Sunshine State and Maremma Hanover captured the other two splits, a...
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CBC\'s held at Mohawk

on 07/30/2006 2:00 AM
Doonbeg capped a big night for odds-on favorites at the Canadian Breeders Championship finals for 3 year olds with a 1 1/4-length win over Eagle Luck in the Colt Pace event at Mohawk. The Camluck colt paid $3.30 to win for Jody Jamieson, trainer James Dean and local owners Clay Harland Horner and Scott Horner, and Torlando Farms Inc. of Florida. It was a stakes-record time of 1:49.3 for Doon...
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Smedshammer sweeps elims

on 07/29/2006 2:00 AM
Trainer Trond Smedshammer has won five of the last six Trotting Triple Crown races and with his Mr. Pine Chip and Here Comes Herbie both winning their respective $100,000 Hambletonian eliminations on a hot and steamy Saturday at the Meadowlands, he appears poised to win another. Mr. Pine Chip, driven by Brian Sears, captured the opening elim with a 1:53.4 effort. Sears got away in mid pack and ...
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Filly glides to Oaks elim win

on 07/29/2006 2:00 AM
It was no surprise that 2-5 favorite Passionate Glide won the first of two $50,000 Hambletonian Oaks eliminations at the Meadowlands Saturday, but it was definitely a shocker when Emantee, with leading driver Brian Sears in the sulky, rewarded her backers with a $49 payoff in the second split. Passionate Glide was tipped from fifth by driver Ron Pierce as a slow tempo in front by the two Trond ...
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Mystical Sunshine in upset

on 07/29/2006 2:00 AM
Mystical Sunshine led from gate to wire to spring a 9-1 upset over heavily-favored Peaceful Way in the $250,000 Breeders Crown Older Mare Trot at the Meadowlands Saturday. Driven by Ron Pierce, Mystical Sunshine took the lead early and then rebuffed the first-over challenge of Peaceful Way and driver Trevor Ritchie) to post a 1:53.3 victory. Mystical Sunshine led at the :27.1 quarter and :56.4 ...
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2nd Crown for Burning Point

on 07/29/2006 2:00 AM
Ron Pierce moved Burning Point to the lead before the quarter and the 6-year-old mare went on to win the $331,500 Breeders Crown for older pacing mares at the Meadowlands Saturday afternoon. It was Burning Point\'s second Breeders Crown victory, having won the championship event at age three. After making the front, Burning Point set fractions of :26.2, :53.3 and 1:21.2 before pacing home in :2...
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Lis Mara in WR 1:47.3

on 07/29/2006 2:00 AM
Lis Mara equaled the world record for 4-year-old pacing horses and tied the Meadowlands all-age track record with a 1:47.3 victory in the $500,000 Breeders Crown final for older pacing horses Saturday. Brian Sears maneuvered the son of Cambest into second-over position behind torrid fractions and then swung wide in the final turn to go on to the record-setting win. Dr. No made the front from po...
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Sand Vic best in Crown

on 07/29/2006 2:00 AM
Sand Vic went past the $1 million mark in career earnings with a 1:52.3 victory inthe $800,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot at the Meadowlands Saturday. It was the fifth win of the year for the 5-year-old son of Mr. Vic. Sears rushed Sand Vic to the lead past the opening :27.3 quarter set by 2005 Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo (Roger Hammer). Sand Vic\'s stablemate Strong Yankee, driven by Mike La...
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Life Guard hero in Am Nat

on 07/29/2006 2:00 AM
Life Guard On Duty came charging down the Balmoral Park stretch to rush past leaders My Boy David and Jereme\'s Jet to win the $272,000 American National for 3-year-old colt pacers in 1:48.4 Saturday night. Driven by Sam Widger, Life Guard On Duty set a stakes and track record with his effort. Early give and take for the lead led to Thisbigdogwillfight (Brent Holland) taking the field to a :26....
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