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Constance Hill wins qualifier

on 06/28/2006 2:00 AM
Walnut Hall Ltd.-bred Constance Hall, a half sister to 2003 Trotter of the Year Cantab Hall, won a qualifier at Windsor Raceway Wednesday morning in 2:04.1. The 2-year-old daughter of Striking Sahbra-Canland Hall failed to make her reserve bid last fall as a yearling and was retained by Walnut Hall Ltd., who turned her over to trainer Bob McIntosh. Peter Wrenn directed the filly to the 3 1/4-lengt...
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3 winners for Gurfein

on 06/28/2006 2:00 AM
Things were going trainer Ron Gurfein’s way at the Meadowlands Wednesday night, just days before his induction in the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. He had winners with Possess The Magic in the Acorn and two other filly trotters in overnight action. Possess The Magic, a filly by Gurfein’s Hambletonian winner Self Possessed, trotted to a 1:58 score in her $61,250 Acorn division despite startin...
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Another winner for Teague

on 06/28/2006 2:00 AM
George Teague and Patrick Callahan’s luck has continued. The two owners of North America Cup and Hoosier Cup winner Total Truth enjoyed a first and a second-place finish in the Debutante Wednesday night at the Meadowlands. Isabella Blue Chip, a daughter of Bettor’s Delight, won her second straight career start with a :27.3 final quarter putting her at the wire first in 1:54.4. She had previ...
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Double Flip wins final

on 06/27/2006 2:00 AM
Double Flip went wire to wire Monday night at Rosecroft Raceway and captured the $9,600 final of the Miss Henson Creek Series for 2-year-old filly pacers in 1:55.3. It was the first victory in the series for the Badlands Hanover filly after finishing fifth and fourth, respectively, in the two preliminary legs of the series. Co-owner John Wagner was in the bike as double Flip won her first race ...
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More slots politics in PA

on 06/27/2006 2:00 AM
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has reported that Pennsylvania state Rep. Mike Veon is trying to change the state’s slots law in order to convert the seventh and final racetrack/casino license into a non-racetrack, free-standing casino. Veon is the second-ranking Democrat in the House. “I am exploring every option,” Veon said of his plans. According to the Post-Gazette report, converting t...
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Tioga VLTs to open Wed.

on 06/27/2006 2:00 AM
The New York State Lottery Commission approved a license for Tioga Downs to open its 750 video lottery terminals, according to a story in Binghamton’s Press and Sun Bulletin. A ribbon cutting for the gaming operation is set for Wednesday at 10 a.m. The five-eighths mile harness track, located in Nichols, N.Y., opened to much fanfare on June 9.
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Saratoga to take signal

on 06/27/2006 2:00 AM
Saratoga Gaming and Raceway has come to an agreement with the New York Racing Association to simulcast the entire six week Saratoga Race Course meet beginning July 26. The harness track will be receiving the signal in exchange for the use of approximately 50 of its stalls. The agreement between the two tracks gives visitors to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the opportunity to wager and view the popul...
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Ohio horsemen lend support

on 06/27/2006 2:00 AM
The three major horsemen’s groups involved in racing in Ohio have all endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment to allow slots at the state’s seven tracks and two locations in downtown Cleveland. The boards of directors of the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA), the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) and the Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners (OTBO) hav...
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Lew Barasch dies

on 06/27/2006 2:00 AM
Lew Barasch, the last of the major racetrack publicists from harness racing’s golden era, died Sunday night at a New York hospital at the age of 90. Unlike many of the flamboyant publicists of the mid-20th century, Barasch, was not flashy, but was one of the most efficient at his vocation. After having begun his career in journalism and in the entertainment industry, Barasch joined the re...
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Andover Hall filly qualifies

on 06/27/2006 2:00 AM
Up Front Laura, an Andover Hall 2-year-old filly, qualified Tuesday morning at The Meadows for trainer Kelly O’Donnell in 2:05.4. Driven by Dave Palone over a track rated \"sloppy\", the filly led at every call in her second qualifying start. She finished fourth in 2:07 June 20. Up Front Laura was a $75,000 yearling purchase that sold under the name of Marli Hanover to Ed Mullinax and James S...
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Meadowlands Pace next race

on 06/26/2006 2:00 AM
Attention, Little Brown Jug Fantasy players, you’ve got through Tuesday, July 4th, to tinker with your stable. For the next nine days you can make up to five changes in your stable roster. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on July 3, the night before the box closes for the Meadowlands Pace eliminations. If you haven’t signed up to play this free contest, you still have time to join in the fun and...
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Amazing night at Big M

on 06/26/2006 2:00 AM
On the night the 2006 Meadowlands Pace champion is crowned, WCBS-TV will be casting for another amazing race, The Amazing Race, in Paddock Park. WCBS-TV’s popular reality show, The Amazing Race, will stage a casting call at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday, July 15, the night of the $1 million Meadowlands Pace, one of harness racing’s premier events for three-year-old pacers. The bigg...
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Conny Nobell invited to US

on 06/26/2006 2:00 AM
Conny Nobell has been invited to the Breeders Crown Trot by virtue of being the winner of the 2006 Elitlopp. Just last week he became the winner of the Elitlopp when first-place finisher Jag de Bellouet and runner-up Let’s Go were disqualified for positive drug tests. Conny Nobell is by Pearsall Hanover, a son of Valley Victory. Olle Goop trains Conny Nobell and his son Bjorn drives the h...
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Duo holds ranking

on 06/26/2006 2:00 AM
Artistic Fella ($175,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes final) and Total Truth ($500,000 Hoosier Cup) solidified their one-two position on the Road to the Meadowlands Pace with impressive victories on Saturday night. The time is growing short for the fine tuning of other contenders aiming for the July 8 eliminations which will determine the 10 finalist behind the gate for the $1 million Meadowlands Pac...
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Trotters on Hambo road

on 06/26/2006 2:00 AM
A trio of Trond Smedshammer trainees--Mr. Pine Chip, Blue Mac Lad and Here Comes Herbie--moved into the top three spots on this week’s Road to the Hambletonian. The $1.5 million Hambletonian will be contested Aug. 5 at the Meadowlands. “All three trained great, and they won’t race until the Stanley Dancer eliminations,” said Smedshammer. “Mr. Pine Chip is the least complicated of the...
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Western Shore Jug favorite

on 06/26/2006 2:00 AM
Despite finishing fifth in both his elimination and final of Saturday’s Hoosier Cup, Western Shore is a heavy favorite in the first of four future wagering pools for the 2006 Little Brown Jug. Western Shore is 2-1 while Hoosier Park and North America Cup winner Total Truth is 10-1 following four days of wagering. The “Field” was second in the early betting, standing at odds of 9-1. The f...
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New incentive in CA

on 06/26/2006 2:00 AM
A huge new horse incentive program for Cal-Expo harness racing, effective Aug. 2, has been announced. The program is a joint venture between Sacramento Harness Association (SHA), and the California Harness Horseman\'s Association (CHHA). Every new horse making its first start between Aug. 2, 2006, and March 31, 2007, will receive a $2,000 dollar bonus. In addition, any time the new horse wins ...
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Fillys vie in Currier & Ives

on 06/25/2006 2:00 AM
Hidden Viggorish turned in her customary “my-way-or-the-highway” trip, languishing on the outside for the first three-eighths before securing the lead and drawing off to victory in a division of the $81,810 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old filly trotters Saturday night at The Meadows. The Currier & Ives was contested in three divisions, with Tresokay and Clareen taking the other splits. Traine...
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Artistic Fella rolls in NJSS

on 06/25/2006 2:00 AM
Artistic Fella, ignoring rain and mud, extended his winning streak to seven with a victory in the $175,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes (NJSS) for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Artistic Fella paced the mile in a NJSS record and lifetime best of 1:49.1. The winner of the Suslow and Berry’s Creek finals is being pointed toward the $1 million Meadowlands Pace on ...
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Dr. No sets Mohawk mark

on 06/25/2006 2:00 AM
Off a pocket trip, Dr. No and driver Randy Waples equaled Mohawk\'s pacing horse track record Saturday night in the $50,000(C) Open, as the Bill Elliott-trained son of No Nukes froze the timer in 1:49. Rair Earth and driver Phil Hudon had gone straight to the front and cut the fractions in :25.1, :53.1 and 1:21.3 before Dr. No powered past for the half-length score. With Jack Moiseyev in the bi...
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