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Artistic Fella gets nod

on 05/02/2006 2:00 AM
Artistic Fella, winner of two straight, including his elimination division, has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in Saturday night’s (May 6) $225,000 Berry’s Creek final at the Meadowlands. The Berry’s Creek, the featured eighth race Saturday, is the first major test of the year for 3-year-old pacers. Artistic Fella will leave from post five (betting number four) with Ro...
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Record purses at Monticello

on 05/01/2006 2:00 AM
Monticello Raceway will offer $94,500 in overnight races on the 12-race card of Tuesday, May 2. “This is the largest amount of money we’ve ever given out for an overnight card in all of the 48 years that we (Monticello Raceway) have been in existence,” noted Monticello Raceway general manager Shawn Wiles “We present our best racing programs on Tuesday afternoons and the races usually a...
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NYSS finals to Saratoga

on 05/01/2006 2:00 AM
The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund and Harness Horse Breeders of New York State have announced that Saratoga Gaming and Raceway will host the New York \"Night of Champions\" on Saturday, Sept. 16, and introduce the new Choose Six wager that night as well. The evening will feature the eight New York Sire Stakes division finals with purses totaling $1.2 million. ...
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Berry\'s Creek field set

on 04/30/2006 2:00 AM
Artistic Fella and Real Mean Art won their respective elimination races Saturday night and will be joined by eight others who advance to the $225,000 Berry’s Creek final on May 6 at the Meadowlands Artistic Fella powered to the lead in the stretch and drew away to a 2 1/4-length victory over Sandro Hanover in the first elim, pacing the mile in 1:51.2. Bono Bests was third. Royal Man and...
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Hackett finals raced

on 04/30/2006 2:00 AM
Fritzie Bunnie and Psilvuheartbreaker both scored neck victories in the filly and colt divisions, respectively, of the James K. Hackett Memorial at Lebanon Raceway Saturday night. In the filly division Fritzie Bunnie and James Daly took the field to the quarter and then sat a pocket trip behind I C Linda and Bill Long Jr. into the home stretch the second time over Lebanon’s half-mile track. D...
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Ponder sets Hazel record

on 04/30/2006 2:00 AM
Ponder knocked one-fifth of a second off the Hazel Park all-age track record Saturday night, winning the Invitational Pace in 1:51. The previous mark of 1:51.1 was held jointly by Final Cheers, who established the record in 2000, and Rainbow Blue, who tied it in 2004. Peter Wrenn was in the bike as Ponder sat third through the :26.3 opening quarter, then swooped into the lead and cut fractions...
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Dink Adoo takes win

on 04/30/2006 2:00 AM
Dink Adoo charged to the lead on the backstretch and held off the late challenge of Lhasa Muscles to win the $20,000 second round of the Father Foley Series in 1:53 Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands. Dink Adoo won by three-quarters of a length for driver Brian Sears, who also set a single-month victory record with his 65th win. Dink Adoo is owned by the Panhellenic Stable Corp. and trained ...
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Stormyway Breezes

on 04/29/2006 2:00 AM
Stormaway won his third straight and seventh in eight season starts with a 1:53.1 score in the $20,000 first leg of the Ontario Sires Spring Series at Woodbine Racetrack Friday night. The 3-year-old son of Northern Luck took the lead through an opening quarter in :27.2 for driver Mark Megens and set fractions of :57.3 and 1:26.2 before sprinting home in :26.4 to win by 1 3/4 lengths over Nates...
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Our Beer Buddy romps

on 04/29/2006 2:00 AM
Our Beer Buddy went wire to wire and romped to a 6 1/4-length victory in the Taser Gun elimination at Maywood Park in a career-best 1:54.1 Friday night. Sam Widger was in the bike as the 3-year-old Sportsmaster gelding defeated Third Day and Mack In Black for his second triumph of the season in nine starts for trainer Paul Stafford and The Panhellenic Stable Corp. My Boy David, winner of las...
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Hop Sing Scores in 1:51.3

on 04/29/2006 2:00 AM
Hop Sing, with the nation’s leading dash-winning driver, Tony Morgan, at the lines, overtook Maltese Artist in deep stretch and held off Mypanmar and Primetime Bobcat to win the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational in 1:51.3 at Hoosier Park Saturday night. Hop Sing never found the pylons as he got away near the back of the field from post position four while Escape The Wind and Roger Mayotte took ...
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Hoosier hosts sire stakes

on 04/28/2006 2:00 AM
Universal Star led wire to wire to win the second $16,000 division of Indiana Sire Stakes action in 1:55.2 Thursday at Hoosier Park, while Los Barvos captured the first split in 1:58.2. Driven by Dale Hiteman, Universal Star led runner-up Big Boy Josh and driver Charlie Conrad across the wire by 1 ¾ lengths, with Awesome Tom and driver Neil Coleman third. The win was Universal Star’s sixt...
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Six-pack for Morgan

on 04/28/2006 2:00 AM
Tony Morgan padded his dash-winning lead at Harrington Raceway Thursday with six trips to the winner’s circle. Morgan, who won eight on Wednesday, has notched 43 wins in just nine days of racing at Harrington. Morgan appears headed to shatter the single-meet win mark at the First State’s half-miler. Brad Hanners currently holds the record of 118 set in the fall of 2005. Ross Wolfenden, who...
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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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