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Maltese Artist heads to BC

on 07/25/2006 2:00 AM
At first glance the numbers are mind-boggling. As of the last week of July, 69-year-old Mickey Burke, the leading dash-winning trainer in North America, has captured 255 races, nearly 60 more than his nearest competition. That is an average of a win a day, every day! The mind-boggling statistic connected with those 255 wins is the fact that Burke has sent out more than 1,275 starters in 205 day...
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Crowns, Hambos on OLN

on 07/25/2006 2:00 AM
The $1.8 million Breeders Crown Open finals and the eliminations for the $1.5 million Hambletonian from the Meadowlands Racetrack will air on OLN (Outdoor Life Network) in a one-hour special, the first of its kind for the network. The show will air Thursday, Aug. 3 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. (ET). OLN, a cable and satellite dish channel dedicated to sports and outdoor adventure, recently added the Na...
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Geers finish at Tioga

on 07/25/2006 2:00 AM
The two-day run of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes came to a conclusion at Tioga Downs on Monday night. Marcus Johansson and Don’t Blink Twice won the second division for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters in a track record time of 1:59.3. The $100,000 yearling purchase is trained by Jimmy Takter and owned by the Don’t Blink Twice Partnership of Versailles, Ky. Penn Monie Mosie and driver Brian...
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Governor\'s Day on tap

on 07/25/2006 2:00 AM
An eight race card with purses exceeding $500,000 will be contested Thursday on the Governor\'s Day program during the 87th Annual Delaware State Fair at Harrington Raceway Thursday. There will be a special 11 a.m. post time. Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals will be featured for 3 year olds. The first three races are final events for sophomores. The colt and geldi...
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Two Hambo elims needed

on 07/25/2006 2:00 AM
Mr. Pine Chip has drawn post three in one of two $100,000 Hambletonian eliminations at the Meadowlands Saturday, July 29, with the 3-year-old colt trotter the pre-race favorite among the 13 horses entered. Reigning divisional champ Chocolatier, coming off a break in the Dancer final that was won by Mr. Pine Chip, has drawn post five in the other elim. The top five in each elimination will retur...
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Woodbine racetrack woes

on 07/25/2006 2:00 AM
Although Woodbine has been using its Standardbred racetrack to contest Thoroughbred races since July 8 due to the renovation of the main track to Polytrack, recent heavy rains have prompted the track to cancel some of those contests. Woodbine canceled its last seven inner-track races last Sunday, and it also canceled its entire race card last Wednesday and the last dirt race on Friday. \"We too...
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Hambo Oaks draws 18

on 07/25/2006 2:00 AM
There will be two eliminations for this year\'s $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks Saturday, July 29, at the Meadowlands. Eighteen 3-year-old filly trotters were entered, with the top five in each elim returning for the Aug. 5 final. Here is the draw for the two Hambletonian Oaks eliminations: 1st elimination 1 Workout Doll 2 Passionate Glide 3 Northern Possession 4 Celebrity Sweedie 5 Velma K ...
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Tuff colt in NYSS

on 07/25/2006 2:00 AM
After a few weeks off, trainer Ray Schnittker told harnessracing.com that Tuffofthetoughest will be in-to-go in a New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo Raceway next week. Tuffofthetoughest, a 3-year-old colt by Bettor’s Delight, finished second to Givemebackmybullets in his last start, a NYSS at Saratoga July 15. Givemebackmybullets won by five lengths in 1:54.3, which is a new track record. “...
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Breeders Crown Pace draw

on 07/25/2006 2:00 AM
The connections of Breeders Crown Pace elimination winners Lis Mara and Holborn Hanover on Tuesday afternoon selected posts one and two, respectively, for Saturday’s $500,000 final at the Meadowlands. Lis Mara, the Canadian Pacing Derby winner, will be driven by Brian Sears while Holborn Hanover, the 2004 Meadowlands Pace champ, will have George Brennan in the bike. Holborn Hanover won his e...
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Breeders Crown Trot draw

on 07/25/2006 2:00 AM
Breeders Crown Trot prep winner Corleone Kosmos on Tuesday afternoon drew post eight while Titan Cup champ Sand Vic got post five for Saturday’s $800,000 final at the Meadowlands. Corleone Kosmos’ time of 1:51.3 in the Breeders Crown prep last Saturday was a world record for 4-year-old geldings. He will be driven by John Campbell, the series’ all-time leading driver, with 41 victories. Sa...
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Hambletonian updates

on 07/24/2006 2:00 AM
WIth less than a week to go before the Hambletonian eliminations at the Meadowlands, Mr. Pine Chip is the likely favorite. The eliminations for the $1.5 million Hambletonian are Saturday, July 29. Mr. Pine Chip romped in 1:52 in the Stanley Dancer Memorial, and will now put his five-for-five season on the line. “He came out of the Dancer back to his normal self, nothing phases that horse,” ...
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Speed Demon ties Moh mark

on 07/24/2006 2:00 AM
Speed Demon equaled the Mohawk track record for older horse pacers Saturday night with a 1:48.4 winning effort in a $32,000(C) conditioned pace. Chris Christoforou was in the sulky behind the 4-year-old son of Life Sign, who rallied late with a :26.2 last quarter. Rair Earth had the lead at the :53.1 half, going on to a 1:20 three-quarters, equaling the fastest three-quarters clocking in Mohawk...
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Light Headed sets Pa. mark

on 07/24/2006 2:00 AM
Two-year-old colt trotter Light Headed romped to a 53 ½-length victory—yes, 53 ½ lengths—in a $1,508 contest at the Bloomsburg, Pa., fair Sunday afternoon, setting a state record for freshman with his national season’s best 2:00.3 effort. The mile comes just four days after the son of SJ’s Caviar broke the all-time trotting track record at the Hughesville fair with a 2:01.4. effort. T...
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Daley to start RC Royalty

on 07/24/2006 2:00 AM
Dan Daley has started four horses in the Hambletonian over his career but has yet to make the final. Daley, 47, is hoping 2005 Valley Victory Trot winner RC Royalty—who many consider the “wild-card horse” because of his high speed--will change all that in this year’s edition of the trotting classic. Making a final start before the Hambo at Monticello Raceway Monday afternoon, RC Royalty...
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A little R&R for Chocolatier

on 07/24/2006 2:00 AM
Although Hall of Fame trainer Doug Ackerman was obviously disappointed when Chocolatier made a break down the backstretch and took himself out of contention in the $375,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial final at the Meadowlands July 15, he is optimistic that the 3-year-old colt trotter “will get them this week” in the Hambletonian eliminations this Saturday. Ackerman told harnessracing.com Monday...
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Field the pick in LBJ future

on 07/24/2006 2:00 AM
Bettors in the second Little Brown Jug Future Wager have made “the field” the 4-1 favorite, with North America Cup and Hoosier Cup winner Total Truth second choice at 6-1. Also at 6-1 is defending divisional champion Jereme’s Jet, who won his American National elimination at Balmoral Park last Saturday night in 1:49.4, his second straight victory (on the heels of his win in the Meadowlands P...
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Posts drawn for Crowns

on 07/23/2006 2:00 AM
Defending Breeders Crown Mare Trot winner Peaceful Way drew post six for the July 29 $250,000 final at and was made the 2-5 favorite in the seven-horse field.and Easton Alliance N was made the 2-1 favorite for the $331,500 Mare Pace after drawing post three. Draws for the mare events were held following the seventh race at the Meadowlands. The draws for the $800,000 Breeders Crown Trot and ...
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Jet wins Am-Nat elim

on 07/23/2006 2:00 AM
Jereme\'s Jet won his elimination for the $250,000 American National final at Balmoral Park Saturday night, scoring in 1:49.4 in a field that included Meadowlands Pace runner-up My Boy David. Thisbigdogwillfight won the other elim with a 1:50.2 effort, beating Devilfish, who broke stride. The top five finishers from each elim advanced to the final. The opener proved to be a showcase for the Il...
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NYSS action at Buffalo

on 07/23/2006 2:00 AM
Hitwiththeladies, a 2-year-old Giant Hit colt, won for the fourth time in a row on Saturday night at Buffalo Raceway, and for the second-straight time in the New York Sire Stakes, and has established himself as the horse to beat in his division of the rich state-bred series. “He’s awesome,” said driver Jack Flanigen said of the colt owned bytrainer Allan P. McCarty . “This is one of the...
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Track mark at Saratoga

on 07/23/2006 2:00 AM
Quandary Hanover, who was just purchased by his woners, extended his career winning streak to three and set a new track record for 2-year-old pacing geldings when he paced home in 1:55.3 in his New York Sire Stakes division at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway Saturday night. Purchased this past week by Mike Bucaria and the father and son team of Arthur and Howard Berke, the chestnut gelding pulled o...
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