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Tweedle Dum wins 14th

on 07/20/2006 2:00 AM
Tweedle Dum is now tied as the winningest horse in North America this year, scoring his 14th win of the season with a two-length triumph in the Preferred-Handicap Trot at Pompano Park Wednesday. Walter Ross Jr. drove him to victory. A 6-year-old gelded son of Star Challenge, owned by Diane Norris and Alfred Brotter of Pompano Beach and trained by Gordon Norris, Tweedle Dum is now tied with Elm ...
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ISS at Indiana Downs

on 07/20/2006 2:00 AM
Freshman filly trotters and pacers took center stage at Indiana Downs Wednesday, July 19. Two divisions of trotters and five pacing splits competed in the second round of Indiana Sire Stakes competition at the Shelbyville oval, with each race carrying an $8,000 purse. Several first leg winners duplicated their efforts Wednesday evening. The pacing splits kicked off with plenty of excitement as ...
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Vandervort in 1:52.1

on 07/20/2006 2:00 AM
Leah Vandervort, 27, who was the fourth fastest female driver in history by virtue of a 1:53.4 win at Harrington Raceway in 2004, moved up to second place on the all-woman list Wednesday afternoon at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with a 1:52.4 victory with her 3-year-old filly pacer Miss Tally Ho. Brooke Nickells stand atop the female driving list with a 1:52.1 win with True Charmer at Springfiel...
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Tioga Downs maze

on 07/20/2006 2:00 AM
Stoughton Farm in Newark Valley, N.Y., which is located about 10 minutes from Tioga Downs, has an annual corn maze, and this year the farm\'s maze has been done in conjunction with a promotion for Tioga Downs. As can be seen in the photo, the maze includes a harness horse and driver and the spelling out of Tioga Downs.
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Big M OK\'d for 2 more dates

on 07/20/2006 2:00 AM
The New Jersey Racing Commission has approved the Meadowlands’ request to add two dates in August--the 11th and 12th, the Friday and Saturday nights after the Hambletonian--to make up some of missed racing opportunities lost earlier this month when the state government shutdown caused the cancellation of four racing programs. To thank the fans, the Meadowlands will offer free admission both d...
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Q win for Darlin\'s Delight

on 07/20/2006 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old pacers Artstanding (1:53) and Darlin’s Delight (1:53.1) won qualifiers at the Meadowlands Thursday morning. Artstanding, who was sidelined by illness after the North America Cup elims, tuned up for the Oliver Wendell Holmes with his three-quarter length score over Mr. Thirty Two. Artstanding zipped home in :26.2 to finish off his mile for trainer Tom Fanning. Darlin’s Deli...
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Croghan has 5 Crown hopes

on 07/20/2006 2:00 AM
Veteran trainer Ross Croghan is planning a massive assault on the upcoming Breeders Crown events for older horses at the Meadowlands, with five starters in three of the four events. Coming into this season, Croghan, who turned 53 on July 3, was fourth in all-time wins and fifth in earnings at the Meadowlands. The one thing he does not have is a Breeders Crown championship. “It would be nice t...
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Burns, 91, to drive at home

on 07/20/2006 2:00 AM
Leo Burns, the 91-year-old harness driver and trainer, will compete in front of his hometown crowd Tuesday, July 25. Burns will guide his 2-year-old trotting filly Winsome Wyoming in the Egyptian Colt Stakes. A native of Marshalltown, Iowa, Burns has been a resident of Albion, Ill. since 1970. Now in his 51st year of driving and training Standardbreds, Burns has a standout in Winsome Wyoming, ...
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Florida ready for sunshine

on 07/19/2006 2:00 AM
The Sunshine Stakes for Florida-bred 2 and 3-year-old trotters and pacers gets underway Wednesday at Pompano Park. Total purses for the six-week series are in excess of $400,000. The trotters are in the limelight Wednesday with last year’s top 2-year-old trotting colt, Admiral Nemo, heading the third race. A winner in seven of his 11 starts and $65,000 in earnings, Admiral Nemo starts from po...
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Jack Hankins dies

on 07/19/2006 2:00 AM
Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association (IHHA) Hall of Fame member Jack Hankins, also a founding director of the IHHA, died Monday, July 17, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 80. Mr. Hankins, along with his wife, Joyce, was inducted in the Illinois Hall of Fame in 1989, becoming the first married couple to join that esteemed group. Mr. Hankins began driving harness h...
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Regal ready for Crown?

on 07/19/2006 2:00 AM
Trainer Bob McIntosh already knows that Ponder is capable of competing against the upper echelon of this year’s older pacing class, and he says he is now ready to find out if Stonebridge Regal, one of last year’s top 3 year olds, will also fit in. The two McIntosh trainees will vie in separate Breeders Crown eliminations this Saturday at the Meadowlands. Stonebridge Regal, who won 11 times ...
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No Hap for Darlin\'s Delight

on 07/19/2006 2:00 AM
World champion Darlin’s Delight has been deemed ineligible to compete in Friday night’s Tarport Hap at the Meadowlands because she did not pass the qualifying standard. After June 1, the qualifying standard at the Meadowlands for 3 year olds is 1:57, with a one-second allowance for racing on a half-mile track. In her last start July 16 at Monticello Raceway, Darlin’s Delight won under wra...
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Loyal Opposition resting

on 07/19/2006 2:00 AM
Breeders Crown champion Loyal Opposition will not be defending her title in this year’s $331,500 Mare Pace, which will be raced Saturday evening, July 29, at the Meadowlands. Ervin Miller, trainer of the $2.7 million-winning daughter of Cole Muffler has decided she needs some time off. “She just doesn’t seem like she’s up to that right now, and I want to try and freshen her up, see if w...
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Near The Limit sets record

on 07/19/2006 2:00 AM
Jim Taggart Jr. drove Near The Limit to a 1:54.2 track record for 4-year-old trotting geldings Wednesday afternoon at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The previous Pocono record was 1:55, shared by Bloodstock’s Sam and Ripped. The son of Yankee Glide sat off the pace early, then started his move second-over on the backstretch. He moved three wide at the top of the lane, and then easily trotted b...
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Countess Adios at Big M

on 07/19/2006 2:00 AM
The Artiscape-sired fillies Lady Mattgalane and Me And My Baby took the two $69,100 Countess Adios divisions at the Meadowlands Wednesday night, turning in 1:53 and 1:54.2 miles, respectively. Lady Mattgalane upset the first division field, paying $42.40 to win with her three-length score. Hanover Shoe Farms sold Lady Mattgalane as a yearling for $50,000. Ron Pierce drove the winner for trai...
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Colt hails from top family

on 07/19/2006 2:00 AM
Post position eight couldn’t stop the precocious young trotting colt Penn Noble Rocky from turning in a 1:57 mile to win the $175,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes final for 2 year olds at the Meadowlands Wednesday night. Bred by Louis Peachy of Pennsylvania, Penn Noble Rocky went through the Blooded Horse Sale in Delaware, Ohio, and was sold for just $4,700. Trainer Kevin Lare’s Harness The Power...
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Lolique sets mark at Rcr

on 07/18/2006 2:00 AM
Pamela Wagner and Scott Woogen’s Lolique set a track record for 3-year-old trotting geldings at Rosecroft Raceway on Monday evening, winning a conditioned event easily in 1:54.1. Sired by Tagliabue and out of Crystal Vic, Lolique left the gate from post five under the guidance of driver John Wagner and came first-over after the half-mile marker to challenge Kyle E Koyote (Donnie Russell). ...
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Kisses will be back at Big M

on 07/18/2006 2:00 AM
Stonebridge Kisses, a winner of $598,362, has overcome a career-threatening injury and will be stepping back on the Meadowlands stage for the Breeders Crown Mare Pace. Back on Feb. 17, while competing in a leg of the Cape & Cutter Series at the Meadowlands, the 6-year-old daughter of Artiscape fell. The mare’s sulky lacerated her left hind stifle, requiring hundreds of stitches. The mare...
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Fields set for older Crowns

on 07/18/2006 2:00 AM
A compact group of North America’s richest and fastest pacers and trotters will contest the $1.9 million Breeders Crown Open events scheduled for Saturday, July 29, at the Meadowlands. The $500,000 Breeders Crown Pace drew 13 entries, enough to split into two $45,000 eliminations that will be raced on Saturday, July 22, to determine 10 starters for the final. Elimination winners, in an order ...
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Det. barns canceled at Big M

on 07/18/2006 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands has announced that due to extreme temperatures Tuesday evening\'s stakes detention barns have been cancelled. Horses racing Wednesday night in the Countess Adios and the New Jersey Sire Stakes final are no longer required to report on Tuesday night.
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