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84 year old steers winner

on 04/26/2006 2:00 AM
Orrin Phipps, 84, scored his first driving victory of 2006 and the 127th of his career Tuesday afternoon at Plainridge Racecourse. Phipps drove Chooch, a 6-year-old son of Muscles Yankee, to victory in 2:00.2, bringing the trotter home in a $4,000 Conditional event at odds of 28-1. A lifelong resident of Yarmouth, Maine, Phipps had 10 wins in 2003, nine in 2004 and six victories last year. B...
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Cat gets congrats

on 04/26/2006 2:00 AM
Reigning Driver of the Year Cat Manzi was honored Tuesday night at a special recognition dinner at Freehold Raceway sponsored by the New Jersey Standardbred Horse Industry Political Action Committee. Manzi, 55, was honored for his 2005 accomplishments which included career highs of 727 wins and $8.6 million in purse earnings on his way to U.S. Harness Writers Association and Harness Tracks of ...
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NY stakes noms pleasing

on 04/26/2006 2:00 AM
\"A pleasing response.\" That\'s what Tioga and Vernon Downs Vice-President and Director of Racing Greg DeFrank had to say about the nominations to the six Early Closing Events to be raced at both New York tracks. DeFrank said, \"Twenty mares have nominated to the \"Miss Versatility Trot\", a unique event that has legs at Tioga, Vernon, and will culminate with the Final at Delaware, Ohio on Jug...
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Ledford challenges Illinois

on 04/26/2006 2:00 AM
Seldon Ledford has filed an appeal with the Illinois Racing Board (IRB) that challenges the state’s reciprocity of his recent 10-year suspension given by the New Jersey Racing Commission for rule violations. A hearing is being held today (Wednesday, April 26) at the board offices in Chicago but no final decision is expected to come before the board meets May 9. Harnessracing.com has learned L...
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Spring Training wraps up

on 04/26/2006 2:00 AM
Next Wave (1:55.3) and Marcarius (1:59.3) captured their respective Spring Training late-closer finals at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Tuesday afternoon. Catch-driver Mike Simons and Next Wave parlayed a second-over trip into the victory of the $21,800 Spring Training Pace final for fillies and mares. Carmine Fusco, who trains Next Wave, also had the second-place finisher in the finals with J...
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Foxy gets Dan Patch nod

on 04/26/2006 2:00 AM
When Hoosier Park conducted the draw for the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational Pace Wednesday afternoon, the name of Foxy Maneuver was added. Director of Racing Kevin Mack invited the Don Eash-trained pacer after receiving notice that Team Hutch will forego Saturday’s contest. Foxy Maneuver won last Saturday’s Dan Patch prep race, which included five other invitees, in 1:50.2 while Team Hutch fi...
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Fast miles at Monti

on 04/26/2006 2:00 AM
With $90,700 in purse money offered on Monticello Raceway’s Tuesday race card, it’s a given that better-class horses were competing on the 12-race program. The fastest mile of the afternoon was turned in by Daylon Trooper, who won the $15,000 Preferred Handicap Pace in a time of 1:54:4. But Daylon Trooper’s clocking wasn’t the only fast mile of the afternoon. Skeeter Todd was victorious...
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Teague qualifies top colts

on 04/26/2006 2:00 AM
Trainer George Teague Jr. qualified his two sophomore pacing big guns Western Ace and Total Truth Wednesday morning at Rosecroft and told harnessracing.com shortly afterward he was pleased with the outcomes. Although Woodrow Wilson winner Western Ace had to settle for second after what Teague called an “adventurous” trip, Total Truth came up a winner. Teague parlayed a two-hole trip with To...
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Berry\'s Creek draws 14

on 04/26/2006 2:00 AM
Fourteen 3-year-old male pacers have been entered in Saturday night\'s Berry\'s Creek eliminations at the Meadowlands. Two elims will be held with the top five in each returning for the $225,000 final on Saturday, May 6. 2nd Race--$25,000 Berry\'s Creek elimination PP Horse, Driver, Trainer, ML 1 Red Stingray, Yannick Gingras, Mark Ford, 15-1 2 Sandro Hanover, Brian Sears, Mickey Burke, 2-...
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New York track to reopen

on 04/26/2006 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs appears headed for its planned June 9 opening after the New York State Racing and Wagering Board issued a temporary, conditional track license to Nevada Gold Inc., operators of Tioga Downs, on Wednesday, April 26. In a release issued by the Racing and Wagering Board, \"the granting of a simulcast license and issuance of race dates will be conditioned upon Nevada Gold Inc. meeting th...
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Tie Silk sweep

on 04/25/2006 2:00 AM
Long On Ability completed the sweep of the Tie Silk Trotting Series at Woodbine Monday night with a 1:56.4 win in the $47,600 final. Driven by Robert Shepherd, the 3-year-old son of Outryt Ability came from eighth at the quarter pole to post a 2 3/4-length for trainer Suzie Kerwood and owners Norm and Isabelle Vartanian. Kelso (Mark MacDonald) took second and Broadway Seelster grabbed third....
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My Boy David preps again

on 04/25/2006 2:00 AM
My Boy David qualified for the second time this year Monday at Balmoral, pacing in 1:57.2 with Andy Miller aboard for trainer Homer Hochstetler. The 3-year-old son of Cole Muffler came home in :26.4. Last year the gelding won $255,999 and took a mark of 1:50.4 for owners Shirley Le Vin and David Ruff. Fox Valley Shimmy, one of Illinois’ richest bridesmaids in 2005, won a qualifier in 2:02....
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Harrington oval scorched

on 04/25/2006 2:00 AM
Cool Flying Fun went the second fastest mile in Harrington Raceway\'s 60-year history Monday night with a 1:51.4 triumph in the featured $18,500 Open Pace. Driven by Brandon Givens, the 6-year-old Bonnie and Clyde stallion set all the fractions (27.1, 56, 1:24.1) while No Free Parking (Mike Cole) battled first over on the outside, Cool Flying Fun was relentless in the stretch and held on for a...
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Ponder qualifies 1:54.1

on 04/25/2006 2:00 AM
Ponder, winner of the 2005 Canadian Pacing Derby, qualified Tuesday morning at Mohawk and notched a 6½-length victory in 1:54.1. The Bob McIntosh pupil had driver Jack Moiseyev in tow, and after leaving from post four, the pair sat fourth through the :28.1 quarter-mile and :56.4 opening half. Moiseyev pulled the 5-year-old son of The Panderosa first-up on the final turn and the career earne...
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Stays denied to Ledford five

on 04/25/2006 2:00 AM
The New Jersey Racing Commission has denied stays for Eric and Seldon Ledford as well as three others associated with the arrests triggered by Operation Horsepower on March 31, 2006. The Ledfords, as well as the husband-wife team of Ryan and Ardena Dailey and veterinarian Dr. John Witmer were arrested by the New Jersey State Police and face a variety of charges related to the possession of vari...
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Bieffe tops European 4YOs

on 04/25/2006 2:00 AM
The great Italian driver Pietro Gubellini stole the show in the most important international 4-year-old race, the 300.000 Euro Gran Premio d’ Europa, held Tuesday afternoon at Ippodromo San Siro in Milan (f). He steered Frisky Bieffe to victory in a mile rate of 1:59 over 2,100 meters. The longshot Filipp Roc (Uronometro) rushed for the lead and Gubellini directly understood his chance and wa...
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Dunkster, Dink Adoo winners

on 04/24/2006 2:00 AM
Dunkster and Dink Adoo each won a $20,000 opening round division of the three-week Father Foley Memorial Trot on Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands. In the second race, the first division, Dunkster led at every call and held off Musclesextrodinair for a 1 ¼-length victory in 1:54.1 on a track rated sloppy. Lhasa Muscles, the 1-2 favorite, closed for third, 2 1/4 lengths back. Dunkster, tra...
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Morgan continues to win

on 04/24/2006 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway\'s leading driver, Anthony Morgan, won four races on the program Sunday, giving him 21 wins in five nights of racing. Morgan started the win parade with Vernon and Jana Hood\'s No Fuel Required (1:56.2), who earned his second lifetime win for trainer Jason Skinner. He then followed with a win in the next race with Andrew Glassmyer\'s Big Discount (1:56.3), then in the ninth w...
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Upsets in Balmoral stakes

on 04/24/2006 2:00 AM
A trio of Illinois conceived and foaled stakes events highlighted another fast-paced weekend of action at Balmoral Park. While the races provided plenty of thrilling results the “chalk” players walked away empty handed as all three battles produced upsets. On Saturday, April 22, a field of 10 state-bred sophomore pacing colts hit the track for the $18,000 Direct Balance Stakes Final. Last s...
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Meadows stays dark

on 04/24/2006 2:00 AM
The track resurfacing project that began on April 17th at The Meadows is taking longer than expected to complete, and will keep the track dark through Thursday. Bad weather in the western Pennsylvania area over the weekend has forced Meadows officials to cancel live racing on Thursday, April 27. Track officials at The Meadows said there will be a draw for Friday’s (April 28) races on Tuesday ...
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