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Hawthorne\'s big night set

on 06/01/2006 2:00 AM
The entries for Hawthorne’s second annual Night Of Champions have been released, and the 13-race program promises to provide memories that will last a lifetime. Early post time for the night’s festivities is 7 p.m. and Racing Secretary Billy Perkins gets the card rolling in grand style with the $49,000 Silhouette Star Final for Illinois-bred 3 year-old trotting fillies. With wins in eac...
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An Andover Hall winner

on 06/01/2006 2:00 AM
World Trotting Derby winner Andover Hall had his first winner as a sire Wednesday as Adrian Chip, out of the stakes-placed mare My Favorite Chip, won a qualifier at Rosecroft in 2:05.1. With trainer Todd Schadel (half of the team behind Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo) in the sulky, Adrian Chip led at every call, drawing clear to win by 3 ½ lengths. Adrian Chip was bred by Junior Jutzy of Ohio...
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Filly champs qualify

on 06/01/2006 2:00 AM
Reigning divisional champs My Little Dragon and Passionate Glide won their respective qualifiers Thursday morning at the Meadowlands, while Bob Heyden, the second highest-priced yearling trotter sold at auction in 2004 at a price of $290,000, also won a qualifier in his first appearance of 2006. My Little Dragon, who won a qualifier May 25 at the Big M in 1:54.3, lowered that time to 1:53.4 wit...
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Four Illinois casinos sue

on 06/01/2006 2:00 AM
Four Chicago-area casinos have sued to overturn a new state law signed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich that requires them to fork over tens of millions of dollars to the struggling horse-racing industry. The four riverboats--Empress Casino and Harrah\'s in Joliet, Hollywood Casino in Aurora and Grand Victoria in Elgin--argue in the suit filed Tuesday in Will County Circuit Court that the law is unconst...
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Yada Yada Yada wins Open

on 05/31/2006 2:00 AM
Yada Yada Yada A won the featured $15,000 Filly and Mare Open Tuesday night at Harrington Raceway in 1:53. Driven by Jim Morand for trainer Eric Ell, the 6-year-old Armbro Operative mare was on the engine early from post three, setting all the fractions of :28.1, :57.3, 1:25.4 before a :27.1 last quarter in which she held off Jenny\'s Picnic and Fake The Moment N for the win. It was her thi...
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Tioga to add race dates

on 05/31/2006 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs announced today the addition of 6 new dates to its racing calendar, raising the total to 49 dates in the 2006 racing season. “The work at Vernon is going to take a little longer than anticipated,” said Jeff Gural. “We’ve decided to move the starting date of Vernon back to August 3rd. In order to make up for the loss of dates in July, we’ve decided to add a day of racing a...
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Jet is top Burlington entrant

on 05/31/2006 2:00 AM
Twenty-nine of the continent’s top 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings will compete in three $100,000 divisions of the Burlington Stakes this Saturday evening at Woodbine. Jereme’s Jet and Western Ace will highlight the 43rd edition of the Burlington, which is Woodbine’s key prep for the $1.5-million Pepsi North America Cup on June 17. Jereme’s Jet, a millionaire son of Western Hanover...
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Pataki Backs Monti Casino

on 05/31/2006 2:00 AM
Empire Resorts, Inc. announced Tuesday, May 30, that on Thursday, May 25, Gregory J. Allen, the Senior Assistant Counsel to Governor George Pataki, sent a letter to George T. Skibine, Director of the BIA\'s Office of Indian Gaming Management, stating that the governor strongly supports the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe\'s efforts to build a casino at Monticello Raceway. In addition, the letter requested ...
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Alexander, colt have fight

on 05/31/2006 2:00 AM
Travis Alexander won the fight of his life against leukemia nine years ago, and it is that same drive to win that he admires in Western Cyclone, his main contender for the $1 million Meadowlands Pace on July 15. The colt is currently ranked second behind 7-5 favorite Jereme\'s Jet on Bob Heyden\'s Road to the $1 Meadowlands Pace, a weekly ranking of three-year-olds heading towards the track\'s ...
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Manzi family matriarch dies

on 05/31/2006 2:00 AM
Caroline Delores Manzi, 86, died Tuesday at the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris N.Y. She was the mother of longtime Monticello Raceway publicist John Manzi and the aunt of Cat Manzi, Steve Manzi and Ed Lohmeyer. Mrs. Manzi was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug 27, 1919. She grew up in Brooklyn during the Great Depression, the only girl among her parents\' seven children. Nina, as her...
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Track mark in First State

on 05/30/2006 2:00 AM
Cliff and Herb Siegel, Lee Wasserman, and John Fodera\'s Spirit Of A Shark won the sixth annual $150,000 First State Free-for-All at Harrington Raceway in a track and world record time of 1:50.4 Memorial Day Monday. The old mark for aged pacing geldings on a half-mile was shared by Cambest Prince and Michael\'s Western. \'Shark,\' a Carl Cito Jr. trainee was driven by Hall of Famer Catello Manz...
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Two chalky MSRF winners

on 05/30/2006 2:00 AM
Both Ireneonthemove [$2.10, $2.10, $2.10] and The Queen of Trash [$2.10, $2.10, $2.10] topped their separate $17,550 divisions of the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund for 3-year-old filly pacers at Rosecroft Raceway on Monday – the first with a wire-to-wire win and the latter with a tougher victory. Ireneonthemove, a Powerful Toy filly owned by Rodney Wyatt, left alertly off of the gate with J...
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Lawrence wins Woodruff

on 05/30/2006 2:00 AM
Lawrence took advantage of swift early fractions for a 1:53.1 win in the $57,175 Hiram Woodruff final for older trotters Monday afternoon at the Meadowlands. Driven by John Campbell, Lawrence brushed to the top past the opening quarter and yielded to heavy favorite Corleone Kosmos in a hot :54.1 half. As the pacesetter suffered a piece of broken equipment and grew leg weary in the stretch, La...
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Surprise mark in London

on 05/30/2006 2:00 AM
The 2006 Molson Pace week at Western Fair Raceway got off to a rousing start with an unexpected track performance on Monday, May 29 program. In the 6th race, a conditioned trot for a purse of $ 11,200 Windsongbraveheart stopped the clock in 1:57.2, besting the London track\'s category record for older horses by one-fifth of a second, which had been set two weeks ago by Nobananas. Trevor Henry h...
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Western Cyclone starts Sat.

on 05/30/2006 2:00 AM
Western Cyclone, second to Jereme\'s Jet in this week\'s Road to the Meadowlands Pace, is scheduled to face older horses on Saturday at the Meadowlands. \"He\'s doing very good,\" trainer Travis Alexander said of Western Cyclone. \"I couldn\'t be happier with him. He trained sharp on Saturday morning. I\'m going to race him this Saturday at the Meadowlands against older horses. I\'m not concern...
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Chocolatier first Hambo fave

on 05/30/2006 2:00 AM
The Road to the Hambletonian on August 5 at the Meadowlands begins with last year’s Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year, Chocolatier, at the top of the standings. The son of Credit Winner, who set a world record of 1:54.4 at The Red Mile for the team of Hall of Famer Doug Ackerman and his son, D.R. Ackerman, and won the Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands, qualified on May 26 at Hazel Park...
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Memorial Day Billings action

on 05/30/2006 2:00 AM
Action in the C.K. G. Billing Amateur Driving Series took place over the Memorial Day weekend at Rockingham Park in Salem, N.H. in the eastern region and at Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio in the Midwest division. At The Rock on May 29, business executive Dave “Yes It’s True” Offenberg reined his first winner of the Billings 25th anniversary season when he guided Mr. Constant to a romping ...
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Morgan sets Harrington mark

on 05/29/2006 2:00 AM
Tony Morgan won six races Sunday, giving him 119 for the meet and establishing a record at Harrington Raceway for most wins at a meeting. Morgan started the card with a win in the first with Promdeck Patty ($5.40) and didn\'t strike again until the seventh with Tossofthecoin ($3.40). He won the ninth with Believe This Point ($4.80) and then races 11 thru 13 with Johnny Burton N ($4.20), Wands ...
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Stephanie wires OHSS

on 05/29/2006 2:00 AM
I Like Stephanie went wire to wire, drawing off by 4 1/4 lengths and captured her second Ohio Sire Stakes 3-year-old filly trot in 1:58.3 for Brett Miller Sunday at Scioto Downs. The race was one of four $20,000 division of the Sire Stakes on the afternoon card. A daughter of Ilooklikemymom, I Like Stephanie won six of 11 starts as a freshman, including divisions of the Ohio State Fair Stakes a...
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Mr. Pine Chip wins debut

on 05/29/2006 2:00 AM
Mr. Pine Chip made his season debut a success, capturing one of the five Pennsylvania Sire Stakes 3-year-old colt and gelding trots in 1:56.2 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Sunday. Trainer Trond Smedshammer was in the bike as the son of SJ’s Caviar collared the pace-setting Adonis B in deep stretch for the three-quarter-length victory. Last year Mr. Pine Chip won the PASS final and was sec...
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