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Filly wins for Mrs. Ervin

on 04/28/2006 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old trotter Elizabethan Bay gave 99-year-old Elizabeth Ervin a big win on Thursday night when the filly broke her maiden at Player’s Bluegrass Downs with a 2:04 victory. Elizabethan Bay is owned and was bred by Mrs. Ervin, the widow of Hall of Famer Frank Ervin, who campaigned such greats as Good Time, Kerry Way and Bret Hanover. Mrs. Ervin and her nephew, Jay Farrar, comprise the ...
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Taylor takes SBOANJ leave

on 04/28/2006 2:00 AM
Standardbred owner and attorney Howard Taylor, who also sits on the board of directors of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ), has volunteered to take a leave of absence from that position while representing recently-suspended horseman Eric Ledford. Ledford, along with his father, Seldon, stable assistants Ryan and Ardena Dailey, and veterinarian Dr. John Wit...
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Ohio approves Cornell Collar

on 04/28/2006 2:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission has approved the use of the Cornell Collar on racehorses. In a statement, the commission provided rules for the device: Effective immediately, the Cornell Collar has been approved for use in Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing in the State of Ohio. The Cornell Collar is a throat support device which research indicates can assist those horses known to suffer dis...
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Muscles Marinara wins trot

on 04/28/2006 2:00 AM
Muscles Marinara grabbed the lead at the start, lulled the field to sleep with pedestrian fractions, then sprinted home 1 1/2 lengths ahead of a three-horse blanket finish for place honors and captured the $35,000 feature trot at the Meadowlands Friday night in 1:55. John Campbell was in the bike as Muscles Marinara trotted leisurely through fractions of :29, :58.2 and 1:27.3 with the undefeate...
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A Harrington eight-bagger

on 04/27/2006 2:00 AM
Driver Tony Morgan won eight races at Harrington Raceway Wednesday, equaling the driving record at the First State\'s half-mile racetrack. After winning the first and fifth races with Ge\'s Jordan and Harry Hornet, Morgan won four consecutive races (8-11). He then won the 13th with Red Oak\'s Yankee and the 14th with Sempre Veloce N. He currently has 37 wins at the meet in just eight days of ra...
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Ill. House passes HB1918

on 04/27/2006 2:00 AM
The Illinois House of Representatives passed Bill 1918 on Wednesday. If passed in the Senate and signed by the Governor, it will give the racing industry three percent of the adjusted gross revenues of the state’s gambling riverboats. That amount would be placed into the Horse Racing Equity Trust Fund, which could result in as much as $30 million of additional income for both Thoroughbred and ha...
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Tweedle dum, tweedle record

on 04/27/2006 2:00 AM
Tweedle Dum tied the all-age track record for trotters at Pompano Park Wednesday night when he won the $9,000 Preferred Handicap in 1:53.3. The 6-year-old gelding by Star Challenge won by one length for driver Walter Ross Jr. and scored his sixth win this year for owners Diane Norris and Alfred Brotter. Gordon Norris trains Tweedle Dum. Tweedle Dum is now tied with both Chucara Ahijuna (2005) a...
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Stars qualify at Big M

on 04/27/2006 2:00 AM
Dan Patch Award winner Boulder Creek made his first appearance of 2006 Thursday morning, winning a qualifier at the Meadowlands in 1:53.4. Trainer Mark Silva was in the sulky behind the 6-year-old son of Pacific Rocket as he embarked on a campaign to add to his $2.2 million bankroll. The Chris Ryder trained 3-year-old colt pacer Palone Ranger romped to an easy 5 ½-length win a qualifier, cross...
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New mark set at Harrington

on 04/26/2006 2:00 AM
Yada Yada Yada A set a new track record Tuesday night at Harrington Raceway, 1:52.3, when she won the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace. Driven by Jim Morand, the 6-year-old Armbro Operative mare raced last during much of the race behind a sizzling pace of :26.3, :54, and 1:23.1. Toy Dragon (Steve Warrington) set the vicious fractions after having been parked to the quarter pole by GE\'s Jen...
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84 year old steers winner

on 04/26/2006 2:00 AM
Orrin Phipps, 84, scored his first driving victory of 2006 and the 127th of his career Tuesday afternoon at Plainridge Racecourse. Phipps drove Chooch, a 6-year-old son of Muscles Yankee, to victory in 2:00.2, bringing the trotter home in a $4,000 Conditional event at odds of 28-1. A lifelong resident of Yarmouth, Maine, Phipps had 10 wins in 2003, nine in 2004 and six victories last year. B...
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Cat gets congrats

on 04/26/2006 2:00 AM
Reigning Driver of the Year Cat Manzi was honored Tuesday night at a special recognition dinner at Freehold Raceway sponsored by the New Jersey Standardbred Horse Industry Political Action Committee. Manzi, 55, was honored for his 2005 accomplishments which included career highs of 727 wins and $8.6 million in purse earnings on his way to U.S. Harness Writers Association and Harness Tracks of ...
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NY stakes noms pleasing

on 04/26/2006 2:00 AM
\"A pleasing response.\" That\'s what Tioga and Vernon Downs Vice-President and Director of Racing Greg DeFrank had to say about the nominations to the six Early Closing Events to be raced at both New York tracks. DeFrank said, \"Twenty mares have nominated to the \"Miss Versatility Trot\", a unique event that has legs at Tioga, Vernon, and will culminate with the Final at Delaware, Ohio on Jug...
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Ledford challenges Illinois

on 04/26/2006 2:00 AM
Seldon Ledford has filed an appeal with the Illinois Racing Board (IRB) that challenges the state’s reciprocity of his recent 10-year suspension given by the New Jersey Racing Commission for rule violations. A hearing is being held today (Wednesday, April 26) at the board offices in Chicago but no final decision is expected to come before the board meets May 9. Harnessracing.com has learned L...
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Spring Training wraps up

on 04/26/2006 2:00 AM
Next Wave (1:55.3) and Marcarius (1:59.3) captured their respective Spring Training late-closer finals at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Tuesday afternoon. Catch-driver Mike Simons and Next Wave parlayed a second-over trip into the victory of the $21,800 Spring Training Pace final for fillies and mares. Carmine Fusco, who trains Next Wave, also had the second-place finisher in the finals with J...
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Foxy gets Dan Patch nod

on 04/26/2006 2:00 AM
When Hoosier Park conducted the draw for the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational Pace Wednesday afternoon, the name of Foxy Maneuver was added. Director of Racing Kevin Mack invited the Don Eash-trained pacer after receiving notice that Team Hutch will forego Saturday’s contest. Foxy Maneuver won last Saturday’s Dan Patch prep race, which included five other invitees, in 1:50.2 while Team Hutch fi...
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Fast miles at Monti

on 04/26/2006 2:00 AM
With $90,700 in purse money offered on Monticello Raceway’s Tuesday race card, it’s a given that better-class horses were competing on the 12-race program. The fastest mile of the afternoon was turned in by Daylon Trooper, who won the $15,000 Preferred Handicap Pace in a time of 1:54:4. But Daylon Trooper’s clocking wasn’t the only fast mile of the afternoon. Skeeter Todd was victorious...
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Teague qualifies top colts

on 04/26/2006 2:00 AM
Trainer George Teague Jr. qualified his two sophomore pacing big guns Western Ace and Total Truth Wednesday morning at Rosecroft and told harnessracing.com shortly afterward he was pleased with the outcomes. Although Woodrow Wilson winner Western Ace had to settle for second after what Teague called an “adventurous” trip, Total Truth came up a winner. Teague parlayed a two-hole trip with To...
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Berry\'s Creek draws 14

on 04/26/2006 2:00 AM
Fourteen 3-year-old male pacers have been entered in Saturday night\'s Berry\'s Creek eliminations at the Meadowlands. Two elims will be held with the top five in each returning for the $225,000 final on Saturday, May 6. 2nd Race--$25,000 Berry\'s Creek elimination PP Horse, Driver, Trainer, ML 1 Red Stingray, Yannick Gingras, Mark Ford, 15-1 2 Sandro Hanover, Brian Sears, Mickey Burke, 2-...
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New York track to reopen

on 04/26/2006 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs appears headed for its planned June 9 opening after the New York State Racing and Wagering Board issued a temporary, conditional track license to Nevada Gold Inc., operators of Tioga Downs, on Wednesday, April 26. In a release issued by the Racing and Wagering Board, \"the granting of a simulcast license and issuance of race dates will be conditioned upon Nevada Gold Inc. meeting th...
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Tie Silk sweep

on 04/25/2006 2:00 AM
Long On Ability completed the sweep of the Tie Silk Trotting Series at Woodbine Monday night with a 1:56.4 win in the $47,600 final. Driven by Robert Shepherd, the 3-year-old son of Outryt Ability came from eighth at the quarter pole to post a 2 3/4-length for trainer Suzie Kerwood and owners Norm and Isabelle Vartanian. Kelso (Mark MacDonald) took second and Broadway Seelster grabbed third....
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