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McMaster has positive

on 07/28/2006 2:00 AM
Trainer Kevin McMaster, currently fourth on the Woodbine Entertainment Group win list and the 2000 O’Brien Award winner as Canada’s Trainer of the Year, has received a $4,000 fine and 25-day suspension for a positive test earlier this month. McMaster, who has 41 wins and $864,515(C) in purse earnings at Woodbine/Mohawk this year, received the penalties for a positive test for an undisclosed...
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Bardis in an alliance

on 07/28/2006 2:00 AM
When Easton Alliance N, the pre-race favorite in Saturday’s Breeders Crown Mare Pace, won the Overbid Series final at the Meadowlands in March, she caught many people by surprise. Katherine Bardis, however, wasn’t one of them. Bardis, the mare’s 18-year-old owner, saw something she liked the previous week when Easton Alliance N finished a late-charging third in the second leg of the Over...
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Joe Lighthill dies

on 07/28/2006 2:00 AM
Longtime horseman Joe Lighthill died Tuesday, July 25, in Bakersfield, Calif. He was 78. Mr. Lighthill drove 2,272 winners in a career that began in the mid 1940s, with $6,980,116 in purse earnings. Based during his career in California, he seldom drove since the early 1990s, with his last mount coming in 1995. His last winner came at Los Alamitos in 1994. Mr. Lighthill drove the Delvin Mill...
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Delaware rule controversy

on 07/28/2006 2:00 AM
A rule that has been in effect since last February in Delaware concerning vaccination papers precluded 11 horses from starting in the overnight events on the Governor’s Cup card at Harrington Raceway Thursday, July 27, leading to complaints by some horsemen because it didn’t affect horses entered in the four Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) races. According to a story in today’s...
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Showdown set for 3FP\'s

on 07/28/2006 2:00 AM
My Little Dragon and Bolero Toki each paced to career-best miles in winning their respective eliminations for the Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old filly pacers Friday night at the Meadowlands. My Little Dragon rushed past Darlin\'s Delight in the first $25,000 elim to score in 1:50.2, while Bolero Toki rallied up the inside to surge past Bikini Bottom to win the second split in 1:50.4. My Little...
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Wilder wins 4,000th

on 07/28/2006 2:00 AM
Mike Wilder, 34, won his 4,000th career race Friday night at The Meadows, reaching the milestone with Out Of The West. Wilder is also nearing the $18 million mark in career purse earnings. Out Of The West is a 4-year-old son of The Panderosa. The win was the second straight for the Kris Hite trainee.
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Big miles take Wilson elims

on 07/28/2006 2:00 AM
Artzina and Fox Valley Barzgar paced to 1:51.3 victories in their respective eliminations for the Woodrow Wilson for 2 year olds Friday night at the Meadowlands, the fastest miles posted by freshmen in 2006. Artzina won the first split after a hard-fought stretch battle with Mr. Apples that resulted in a nose decision. Driver John Campbell sent Artzina to the lead first-over approaching the thr...
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Allstar opener at Red Mile

on 07/28/2006 2:00 AM
Allstar Hall, a $270,000 Walnut Hall Ltd.-bred yearling purchase, won his career debut in impressive fashion Friday night at The Red Mile, capturing a Kentucky Fair Stakes contest by 15 1/2 lengths in 2:01.4. With Annette Lorentzon driving, the Like A Prayer half brother to standout performers Andover Hall, Angus Hall and Conway Hall cruised to the win on the opening night card of the season at th...
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Cal driver still recovering

on 07/27/2006 2:00 AM
After one of the worst accidents in recent memory at Cal Expo, driver/trainer Ken Usherson, 51, has been in intensive care at University of California-Davis Medical Center for seven days. Usherson, 51, suffered four broken bones in his left shoulder, a collapsed lung and several broken ribs after a horse rolled on him in a three-horse pileup, which occured during the sixth race July 20. Fluid i...
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NY quartet in Hambletonian

on 07/27/2006 2:00 AM
Four of the 13 horses entered in the Hambletonian eliminations on Saturday, July 29, at the Meadowlands were bred in New York, making it the largest entry of New York-breds since 2000. Three of the four entrants are by Credit Winner, who stands at Blue Chip Farms in Wallkill, N.Y.: Here Comes Herbie, RC Royalty and Chocolatier. The fourth entry, Algiers Hall, is by Conway Hall, who stands at Morri...
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Gov\'s day at Harrington

on 07/27/2006 2:00 AM
Rodney Wyatt\'s Ireneonthemove (Anthony Morgan, 1:52.3) broke her own track record for 3-year-old pacing fillies in one of four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals on the Governor\'s Day program during the Delaware State Fair Thursday at Harrington Raceway. The Powerful Toy filly left hard from post one and set all the fractions (:27, :55, 1:24.2) before blazing a :28.1 l...
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Make your Jugbarn changes

on 07/27/2006 2:00 AM
Attention, Little Brown Jug Fantasy players, you may make changes in your stable through Monday night, with the next race being the $275,000 Oliver Wendell Holmes on Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Meadowlands. Feelin Friskie, who won the New Jersey Classic and was second in the North America Cup, was inadvertently left off the original posted list of Holmes/Jug eligibles. Feelin Friskie finished second ...
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3 Merrie Annabelle splits

on 07/27/2006 2:00 AM
The Merrie Annabelle eliminations got underway with plenty of drama as 1-9 betting favorite Possess The Magic broke stride in the first turn, but then rallied to miss winning by a nose Thursday night. The winners were Michelle’s Angel (1:57.4), Gerri’s Joy (1:58.2) and Chez Lucie (1:58). In the first elimination Possess The Magic started from post five, but early in the first turn the filly...
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Favorites win in Sweetheart

on 07/27/2006 2:00 AM
The favorites won the two Sweetheart 2-year-old filly pace elims Thursday night at the Meadowlands as Me And My Baby stretched her winning streak to four with her 1:53.1 score and Isabella Blue Chip took the second elim in 1:53.2. The first five finishers in each elim advanced to the final. Me And My Baby, a daughter of Artiscape, won comfortably on the front end and won by one-half length for ...
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Ky\'s Gallagher resigns

on 07/27/2006 2:00 AM
Kentucky Horse Racing Authority executive director Jim Gallagher has announced his resignation effective Oct. 1. Gallagher was the authority’s first executive director, appointed to the position in September 2004 by Gov. Ernie Fletcher. \"As you well know, I left my wife, family and elderly parents in New York to come to Kentucky and steer the day-to-day operation of the Kentucky Horse Racing...
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Meadows changes hands

on 07/27/2006 2:00 AM
Cannery Casino Resorts, a Las Vegas-based casino company, has completed its purchase of The Meadows from Magna Entertainment for $200 million, $25 million less than was called for in the original acquisition deal. The new owner of The Meadows is officially PA Meadows LLC. Last November PA Meadows LLC and Magna Entertainment announced a $225 purchase price. \"The price went down,\" said Tom W...
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Stga handles $52G on Stga

on 07/27/2006 2:00 AM
Bettors at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway were able to wager on the Thoroughbred races at nearby Saratoga Race Course for the very first time when that track opened Wednesday for the 2006 season, and they pushed $52,608 through the windows. Reports say about 500 people went to the harness track, avoiding the record crowd that gathered at the Thoroughbred track that is located about a mile away. Th...
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3 year olds invade Buffalo

on 07/27/2006 2:00 AM
Buffalo Raceway will host a weekend of New York Sire Stakes, worth $271,367, when 3-year-old pacers invade the Hamburg oval on Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29. The highlight will be the two divisions of colts and geldings on Saturday in which winners of earlier New York Sire Stakes legs will face off. Park Hill and Gimmebackmybullets, both winners in the first two Sire Stakes legs this yea...
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Holmes prep in Big M qualie?

on 07/27/2006 2:00 AM
Western Guy won a qualifier in 1:51.2 at the Meadowlands Thursday morning with Brian Sears in the bike for trainer Jake Huff. Along with Western Guy, the next four finishers: Feelin Friskie, Western Cyclone, Mr. Thirty Two and Four Starz Stores are all eligible to the $275,000 Oliver Wendell Holmes, to be raced at the Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day Aug. 5. Western Guy had not raced since finis...
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Busy times for Twins Kelly

on 07/27/2006 2:00 AM
Although he retired as manager of the Minnesota Twins following the 2001 season, Tom Kelly is keeping busy with his scouting duties. Although he’s occupied with trying to help the team make this year’s playoffs, he is also busy watching his small stable of Standardbreds race, usually doing so via computer at his Minnesota home. Kelly currently owns several horses, all in training with Maryl...
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