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Snyder hopes he has a gem

on 05/10/2006 2:00 AM
Reigning Owner of the Year Jeffrey Snyder has a pair of 3-year-old colt pacers entered in Saturday’s opening round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes at the Meadowlands, including Michelles Gemstone, a homebred son of Western Ideal out of the mare Michelle’s Jewel. The colt is named for Snyder’s daughter, Michelle. “He’s a horse which I bred myself, out of a sister to Mystical Shark who fi...
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Scioto talking about casino

on 05/10/2006 2:00 AM
According to a story in the Tuesday, May 9, edition of the Cincinnati Business Courier, Scioto Downs is considering throwing its support for a proposed casino in downtown Cincinnati. Queen City Gaming Entertainment, upset that its proposed casino was dropped by the Learn and Earn campaign, which wants to put slots at seven racetracks and in two downtown Cleveland locations, wants to get its ow...
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Claiming frenzy at Mighty M

on 05/10/2006 2:00 AM
The claiming box at Monticello Raceway was busy Tuesday as five horses were claimed for a track record amount of $80,000. Ameripan Patriot and Done Laagin were each taken for $20,000, while Presidentialantics and Midwestern was claimed for $15,000 each. KT Beaner changed stables at a cost of $10,000. “I guess our escalated purses are responsible for the inordinate amount of claims being made ...
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Ill. casinos don\'t like bill

on 05/10/2006 2:00 AM
Illinois casinos are contemplating legal action against recently passed legislation that when signed by Governor Rod Blagojevich will take approximately $35 million from the casinos and give it to Chicago racetracks and purse accounts. According to a Chicago Sun-times story, members of the Illinois Casino Gaming Association think the legislation is unconstitutional. When the bill becomes law it...
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Frocione to represent U.S.

on 05/10/2006 2:00 AM
When Italy hosts the 2006 World Cup of Amateur Racing in late July, Lon Frocione will represent the United States in the prestigious world class driving competition. Amateur drivers from 14 participating countries will convene in Rome, Italy, from July 18 until July 23 and compete at racetracks in Rome and Naples. “I’m overjoyed with the opportunity to represent my country in the World Cu...
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Stalbaum sidelined

on 05/09/2006 2:00 AM
An acute attack of appendicitis followed by emergency surgery has sidelined Monticello Raceway’s leading driver Larry Stalbaum. According to Stalbaum\'s wife, trainer Kim Asher, Stalbaum was en route back to Monticello after competing at Saratoga Raceway on Friday night, April 29, but by the time he got to Albany he was in excruciating pain in his abdominal region. He ended up at the Albany M...
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Horse of the Year in foal

on 05/09/2006 2:00 AM
Trainer George Teague Jr. has issued confirmation that 2004 Horse of the Year Rainbow Blue, currently at Dr. John Egloff’s Vieux Carre Farms in Hanover, Pa., is “officially in foal” to two-time divisional champion Western Hanover. The 4-year-old mare was retired early last month after re-injuring her left front tendon during training, an injury that originally occurred last June and ended...
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Dexter elims at Freehold

on 05/07/2006 2:00 AM
Two eliminations were held for the Dexter Cup Saturday afternoon at Freehold, and the winners were Ira K and A Rod, two sons of the sire Yankee Glide. Ira K started from post seven and proceeded to wire his field for driver Yannick Gingras. He won by 3 ½ lengths over Brind’amour in 1:59.1 with Frank The Hands third. Betting favorite Always a Winner broke stride at the start and finished last...
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Lhasa Muscles triumphs

on 05/07/2006 2:00 AM
Lhasa Muscles commanded the lead at the half and drew off to a 1:53.3 victory in the $45,840 Father Foley Memorial Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands. Lhasa Muscles posted a 1 1/2-length victory over Dunkster. Driven by Cat Manzi and trained by Ross Croghan, Lhasa Muscles [$5.60, $3.40, $3.20] posted his sixth win of the season. War Paint completed the trifecta. \"Lhasa Muscles and Dink Ado...
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Whotookwhat wins

on 05/06/2006 2:00 AM
Whotookwhat, a top trotting filly in the Ohio Sire Stakes program at both ages two and three, stepped up for her 4-year-old campaign, winning in 1:56.1 over older horses on Friday night at Scioto Downs. Whotookwhat enjoyed a two-hole trip for most of the mile and won by three-quarters of a length over the veteran Striking Genius. Kyle Ater drove Whotookwhat, who was one of four winners he drove...
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Favorite wins in 1:50.3

on 05/06/2006 2:00 AM
Artistic Fella lived up to his status as the favorite in the $225,000 Berry’s Creek, winning in 1:50.3 over Real Mean Art and Bono Bests at the Meadowlands Saturday night. Driver Ron Pierce worked out a third-over trip with Artistic Fella and the 3-year-old Pacific Fella-sired colt used his position to surge to the front in the homestretch with a :25.4 last quarter. Real Mean Art enjoyed a se...
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PASS at The Meadows

on 05/06/2006 2:00 AM
Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action got underway Saturday night with the 3-year-old trotting fillies competing at The Meadows. The winners were Up Front Hotsey (1:57.2), Up Front T-Bird (1:58), My Lady Arwen (1:59) and Gyration Hanover (1:57.4). Up Front Hotsey and driver Dave Palone took the lead early and never looked back. “I wanted the two hole behind the five (Tori Ann), but I let her flo...
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Lis Mara 1:49.4 winner

on 05/06/2006 2:00 AM
Lis Mara, a winner of seven of 20 starts last season, made his third start of 2006 a huge victory as he scored at Woodbine Saturday night in a lifetime best 1:49.4. The 4-year-old Cambest stallion was driven by Keith Oliver. Last year Lis Mara won a heat of the Confederation Cup and finished second to Rocknroll Hanover in the Simcoe. In other Woodbine action Saturday, the second leg of the D...
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New mark for Bobcat

on 05/06/2006 2:00 AM
Primetime Bobcat captured Woodbine’s $50,000 Open Saturday night with a 1 ¼-length victory over Dr. No in 1:48., setting a new all-age track mark. The time of the mile was a lifetime best for the 9-year-old gelded son of Abercrombie. Betting favorite Ponder raced from the back of the pack for the first half the mile, then made his move in the last turn but couldn’t sustain the rally. Ponde...
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Brennan wins 5 at Big M

on 05/06/2006 2:00 AM
George Brennan drove five winners at the Meadowlands Saturday night to keep a firm grip on his third-place position in the Big M driver standings. Brennan started off the night by winning the first race with The Real Dion. His scoring spree continued with Quality Western (race 7), Allstar Blue Jean (race 10), Cori’s Gold (race 11) and Whisper’s Spy (race 12). Brian Sears leads all Meadow...
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Ascending paces 1:53.2

on 05/05/2006 2:00 AM
In what now seems an every day occurrence at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, a new track record has been set and the all-time track standard was equaled by Ascending, who flew over the recently reconditioned half-mile oval in 1:53.2 on Thursday night. Following in the hoof prints of last Saturday’s record equaling mile by Am I Next A, Ascending has joined the aforementioned pacer and the great B...
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Illinois purses to increase

on 05/05/2006 2:00 AM
Lucrative Illinois riverboat casinos would have to share their profits with the horse racing industry under legislation lawmakers approved Thursday. According to a report in the May 5 Chicago Tribune, four of the state\'s nine riverboats--those that make more than $200 million a year--would have to share 3 percent of their profits with the horse racing industry, which would generate about $36 mil...
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Tioga gears up for opener

on 05/05/2006 2:00 AM
Friday, June 9 will mark the return of racing to Tioga Downs in Nichols, New York. Racing has not graced the 5/8 mile track for 30 years. Tioga Downs will be racing a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday schedule through the end of June. Tioga will switch to its normal Friday, Sunday, and Monday schedule with the scheduled opening of Vernon Downs on July 1. Post time for Sunday cards will be 12:4...
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Mohawk qualifier recap

on 05/05/2006 2:00 AM
Y Chance It returned to form during the Friday morning qualifying session at Mohawk, trotting a gate-to-wire 1:54.4 mile with Randy Fritz in the bike. The 7-year-old Yentls Image gelding left from post five and recorded the fractions in :28.2, :57.2 and 1:25.4 before coming home in :29 to seal the one-length victory over Harlequin and driver Jody Jamieson. Trained by Ron O’Neill for partne...
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Vivid Photo ekes out win

on 05/05/2006 2:00 AM
Vivid Photo made his first start of his 4-year-old campaign a winning one by edging Hellava Hush at the wire in 1:54 at the Meadowlands Friday night. With trainer and owner Roger Hammer in the sulky, the 2005 Hambletonian champion left from post two and took the early lead as New York Yank, who started from post one, broke stride at the start. Hellava Hush dropped back to fourth as Sir Valahad ...
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