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Adios\' vet dies in Alaska

on 04/13/2006 2:00 AM
Dr. Elmer Marx Jr., the personal veterinarian for the great Adios when the horse lived at Delvin Miller's Meadow Lands Farm near The Meadows racetrack, died Saturday, April 8, in Juneau, Alaska. He was 79. Born in St. Louis, Dr. Marx attended veterinary school in Panama while serving as a bombardier pilot on a B-29 in the U.S. Air Force before completing his education at the University of Penns...
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Process can be lengthy

on 04/13/2006 2:00 AM
After receiving suspensions totaling 44 years and fines of $51,500 Wednesday afternoon from the New Jersey Racing Commission on various charges of violations of commission rules, Eric and Seldon Ledford, Ryan and Ardena Dailey, and Dr. John Witmer all have avenues to appeal the rulings. The commission's findings after the two days of hearings on April 4 and 6 are separate from criminal charges tha...
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Idol star at Plainridge

on 04/13/2006 2:00 AM
American Idol final-16 contestant Ayla Brown has been lined up to sing the national anthem at Plainridge Racecourse Monday, April 17. Brown will sing at 3:30 p.m., a half-hour before the start of the racing card. Brown will also meet and greet fans and sign autographs. A high school star basketball player expected to play college ball at Boston College, Brown is from Wrentham, Mass. On April 9,...
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Blue set for date with stud

on 04/13/2006 2:00 AM
The date\'s not yet set, but Rainbow Blue will soon be bred to Western Hanover. Kevin and Ronald Fry and George and Brenda Teague, the owners of the 2004 Horse of the Year Rainbow Blue, have announced the mating for the recently retired mare. Rainbow Blue\'s trainer, George Teague, said, \"There are several high quality pacing stallions out there, but we felt that we should go to the best avail...
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Cummings wins 1000th

on 04/13/2006 2:00 AM
Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway turned out to be a very special night for John Cummings Jr. On another very sloppy track, Cummings made it to the winner's circle for the 1000th time, scoring with Hananiah Shadrach in 2:02.2. "It is a big achievement that has taken a lot of hard work," said the 43-year-old Cummings. "I owe everything to my dad (trainer John Cummings Sr.). What you try to do ...
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Is colts\' qualie a BC prep?

on 04/13/2006 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands held 13 qualifiers Thursday morning, highlighted by a 1:52.2 clocking for Cookerosa to lead things off. Cookerosa, by The Panderosa, wired a field of 3-year-old colt pacers with owner-trainer Alton Lynch Jr. aboard. He was followed by Sandro Hanover p, 2 1:54.1 ($140,480); Jazzy Jeff p, 2, Q2:00 ($16,311); and Allamerican Input, an unraced brother of Allamerican Ingot p, 3, 1:50...
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A dreamy 8-length win

on 04/12/2006 2:00 AM
Dream-A-While overwhelmed seven rivals to win the $26,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace Tuesday at Dover Downs in 1:50.4. Art Stafford Jr. pulled out of fifth driving Dream-A-While, and whizzed past the leaders on the backstretch to take the lead at the three-quarter mark and then opened up big lead around the final turn to win by eight lengths lengths. Four Winds N, handled by Tony Morgan, was seco...
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Brown hurt at Kawartha

on 04/12/2006 2:00 AM
Driver Doug Brown has reportedly suffered a shattered heel as a result of a race accident Tuesday afternoon at Kawartha Downs. Surgery is needed to repair the damage. Brown, 50, was driving JC's Farewell when the horse he was following, Boned Again driven by Des Tackoor, made a break late in the mile. Brown could not avoid the breaking horse and was sent tumbling to the racetrack. Brown has ...
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Red Mile $78,000 richer

on 04/12/2006 2:00 AM
The Red Mile's budget appears to be more than $78,000 richer this year after the Kentucky General Assembly passed a budget for fiscal 2006-07 that abolishes the daily track fees and instead has the money paid to the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) coming from the state's General Fund. Kentucky Thoroughbred tracks currently pay a daily fee of $3,500 for every live race day to the KHRA whi...
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Plainridge opens meet

on 04/12/2006 2:00 AM
Six different reinsmen posted driving doubles on Tuesday afternoon as the 2006 live racing season got underway at Plainridge Racecourse in Massachusetts. The six drivers that posted two victories apiece Tuesday represented a variety of tracks. Among them was Brad Irvine, who spent the last few months at Cal-Expo. Irvine is the defending driving champion at Plainridge, and has won the award thre...
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Trotter nearing return

on 04/12/2006 2:00 AM
Five-year-old trotter Cash Hall made his first racetrack appearance Wednesday morning since suffering a bout of colic last August, scoring an easy 10-length, 2:02.1 qualifying victory over a "good" Windsor Raceway racetrack. "He's come back in great shape," trainer Bob McIntosh told harnessracing.com a few hours after Cash Hall's return with Don Rankin Jr. driving. "I had trained him in 1:58 on...
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Jug eligibles posted

on 04/12/2006 2:00 AM
Jereme's Jet, reigning 2-year-old colt champion pacer and Dan Patch Award winner, heads a powerful group of colts eligible to the 61st Little Brown Jug. The $575,000-est. Jug Classic will be raced Thursday afternoon, September 21 at the Delaware, Ohio County Fairgrounds. The top seven ranked colts on the U.S. Trotting Association's Experimental Championship ratings of 3 year olds are included a...
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Ledford suspended 10 years

on 04/12/2006 2:00 AM
The New Jersey Racing Commission has suspended Eric Ledford a total of 10 years and six months and fined him $12,000 as the result of an investigation conducted by the New Jersey State Police and a search executed by the State Police on March 31. Others involved in the investigation - his father, trainer Seldon Ledford, trainer Ryan Dailey and his wife, Ardena Dailey, and veterinarian John R. W...
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Tweedle Dum\'s streak ends

on 04/11/2006 2:00 AM
Ultimate Sundance ($5.00) brought an end to Tweedle Dum's four-race winning streak Monday, posting a neck victory in 1:56.2 in the Preferred Trot at Pompano Park. The $9,000 featured race started off with Tweedle Dum and driver Walter Ross, Jr. going to the early lead with Ultimate Sundance (Bruce Ranger) grabbing the two-hole spot. Tweedle Dum cut fractions of :28.2, :57.1 and 1:27.4 to the th...
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Wailer bests Balmoral mares

on 04/11/2006 2:00 AM
Taylor Wailer rode live cover to a 1:51.3 victory in the $15,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Balmoral Park Monday night, winning at 21-1. A switch to leading reinsman Mike Oosting and a third-over trip turned into a 2 1/4 –length win for the 7-year-old Life Sign mare. Sightings (Sam Widger) used Taylor Wailer\'s cover to grab second and favorite Parklane Powerful (Dale Hiteman) never ...
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Vivid Photo qualifies

on 04/11/2006 2:00 AM
Vivid Photo, the winner of the 2005 Hambletonian, won his first qualifying race of his 2006 racing season in 1:56.1 at The Meadows Tuesday morning. Owner, trainer and driver Roger Hammer guided the 4-year-old son of SJ's Photo to the 1 3/4-length victory over Joyardee. Starting from post two, Vivid Photo went right to the lead and set fractions of :29, :59, 1:27.1 and trotted home in :29.
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Top performers qualify

on 04/11/2006 2:00 AM
Alastor Hanover, a 3-year-old son of Rustler Hanover who starred in Ontario last season, won his first qualifier of 2006 at The Meadows Tuesday morning, wiring the field in 1:56.2. Buck I St. Pat, a 3-year-old trotting filly by Jailhouse Jesse, also won in 1:58.2. Jailhouse Jesse won six of eight starts last season and earned $77,436 while racing exclusively in Ohio. She won the qualifier by 12...
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Choose Six at Big M

on 04/11/2006 2:00 AM
The Choose Six, a new twist on a popular wager, officially launches on Friday, April 21, at the Meadowlands. The Choose Six is a variation of a traditional Pick 6 that requires the bettor to choose the winner of six races on the racing program but with two unique differences: the bettor, not the track, chooses the six races, which can be any six on the card, and the bettor has the option of buy...
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Self Professed trots 1:53

on 04/10/2006 2:00 AM
Making only his second start since he was purchased by Martin Scharf, Self Professed powered to a 3 3/4-length victory in 1:53 in Sunday afternoon\'s $126,500 Su Mac Lad final at the Meadowlands. The time was a lifetime record for the 4-year-old son of Self Possessed, who won at odds of 8-1. "He was nice and relaxed behind the gate," said driver Mike Lachance, winning the Su Mac Lad for the fi...
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Interest sold in Chocolatier

on 04/10/2006 2:00 AM
Southwind Farms has purchased a 25 percent interest in World Champion Chocolatier and will stand the horse at the conclusion of his racing career, it was announced today. "We're excited to stand a horse of this caliber," said Southwind owners Connie and Allen Skolnick, "and we're also delighted to be involved with the Ackermans, one of the classiest families in the sport." Chocolatier is tra...
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