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Progress for Illinois bill

on 03/02/2006 12:00 AM
The Illinois horse racing industry has a chance at a big shot in the arm with House Bill 1917, which today (Thursday) passed out of Executive Session in the Senate by a 9-3 vote. The bill, sponsored by State Representative Robert S. Molaro, calls for all of the riverboats in the state - except the Rock Island boat - to pay 3 percent of their adjusted gross receipts to the Horse Racing Equity Tr...
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Toy Dragon wins Open

on 03/01/2006 12:00 AM
It was all Toy Dragon in the featured $26,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace on Tuesday at Dover Downs, scoring in 1:51.4. Handicapped with post position seven in a field of eight, in customary Toy Dragon style with Steve Warrington driving, she left quickly and took the lead from the Billy Mann-driven Crossfire N after a :26.4 opening quarter. From there the Dragon's Lair 5 year old cut fast fra...
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Dink Adoo wins at Balmoral

on 03/01/2006 12:00 AM
Dink Adoo marked his return to Balmoral by taking Tuesday's $15,500 Open Trot in 1:55.2. Driver Mike Oosting took the 4-5 favorite to the rear from post position seven, allowing Universal Star (Dave Magee) to set the early fractions of :28, :58.1, and 1:27.3. By the time Universal Star had reached the top of the stretch, Dink Adoo was third, 3 ½ lengths off the leader. He trotted home in :27...
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P-Forty-Seven aims for CPD

on 03/01/2006 12:00 AM
Trainer Kelly O\'Donnell says he is pointing 2005 Little Brown Jug winner P-Forty-Seven to the Canadian Pacing Derby in June as the 4-year-old pacer\'s first start of the season. Eliminations for the Derby are scheduled for June 17 at Woodbine with the final the following week at Mohawk. \"I\'ve trained him down to 2:30,\" O\'Donnell told harnessracing.com Wednesday morning. \"We\'re keeping hi...
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Top fillies getting ready

on 03/01/2006 12:00 AM
The gals in owner-breeder Bill Weaver\'s life are giving him plenty to keep up with these days. His top trotting fillies during the 2005 season, Macaria Hanover, Quick Credit and Coulantine, are all back in training, and his broodmare Bold Dreamer recently delivered a foal. Weaver told harnessracing.com that Quick Credit has been jogging and is about to start training; Macaria Hanover had minor...
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New takeout at Maywood

on 03/01/2006 12:00 AM
Maywood Park has instituted its own \"March Madness.\" A number of significant changes have been made concerning some of track's exotic wagers starting with the Thursday, March 2 card--the track's 60th consecutive season of harness racing in Chicago. The Pick Three takeout has been reduced to 15 percent, making it the lowest of any Illinois racetrack. The Pick Three also has been moved to later...
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Pa. track sets schedule

on 03/01/2006 12:00 AM
Harrah's Chester Casino & Racetrack has announced it will open its inaugural season of harness racing on Sunday, Sept. 10, with racing every Sunday, Monday and Thursday afternoon. The 45-day meet--which will run through Monday, Dec. 18--will have a daily post time of 12:45 p.m. Located six miles south of the Philadelphia International Airport, the racetrack at Harrah's Chester is a five-eighths...
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A million-dollar baby?

on 03/01/2006 12:00 AM
Cameron Hall, who earned $1.8 million on the racetrack, gave birth to her first foal last Sunday (Feb. 26), delivering a filly by Yankee Glide at Cane Run Farm near Lexington, Ky. Owned by Erkki Laakkonen, Cameron Hall won 19 of 44 career starts and trotted to a record of 1:53.4 as a 2 year old. Laakkonen presently plans to breed Cameron Hall, a daughter of Garland Lobell, back to Yankee Gli...
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You\'re Next unbeaten

on 02/28/2006 12:00 AM
You're Next made it 10 wins in a row with a 1:56.4 victory in a conditioned trot Monday night at Pompano Park. Driver Wally Hennessey fired the 4 year old from post position six to lead from gate to wire. The gelded son of Yankee Paco drew off by 2 ½ lengths to remain undefeated for his career. The mile was also a new lifetime mark for You're Next, who is owned by Deb Sassen and trained by Fr...
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Upset in snowy Open

on 02/28/2006 12:00 AM
Patience, luck and guts combined to give Dreamlands Lidle D a win in the Open Handicap Trot at a snowy Northfield Park Monday night in 2:00.4 Driver Stan Hill patiently tucked the 16-1 longshot in fifth behind dueling Semper Fi Hall (Greg Grismore) and Striking Genius (Kurt Sugg) to the quarter in :28.3. After Striking Genius made it to the top, he made a break before the half in :58.4. Hill...
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Ms. wire to wire

on 02/28/2006 12:00 AM
Ms. Raider never left the rail in a 1:57.4 win in the $10,800 Fillies and Mares Preferred Pace at Monticello Monday afternoon. The 5-year-old daughter of Keystone Raider and driver Larry Stalbaum pulled away by three lengths over Lady Coyote (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) and Pediatrician (Stephane Bouchard) to win her fourth race in six starts this year. Ms. Raider is owned and trained by Kim Asher. ...
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Newcomers at Balmoral

on 02/28/2006 12:00 AM
Fighting Gypsy (1:57.1) and Odds On Casey (1:55.2) won their respective divisions of the Newcomer Pacing Series for fillies and mares Monday night at Balmoral Park. Fighting Gypsy and driver Sam Widger sat back in seventh through much of the mile, then roared home in :26.4 to remain unbeaten in four lifetime starts. Pacesetter Just a Prayer Away (Tim Tetrick) was second and Chi Town Apache fini...
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Monday\'s Dover action

on 02/28/2006 12:00 AM
Keystone Rodeo ground out an impressive win in the $35,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at Dover Downs Monday night, winning in 1:51.3. Action was fast and furious on the front end, as Mark's Secret Love (Tony Morgan), Bobnoxious (Tim Curtin), and Dreamfair Titan (Ron Pierce) all held the lead at one point by the half in :54.4. Brad Hanners waited his turn, pulling Keystone Rodeo from fifth to race ...
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Ontario Boys results

on 02/28/2006 12:00 AM
Buckys Luck (1:54.4) and Blue Burner (1:53) were each second-leg winners of the $15,660 Ontario Boys Pacing Series for 4 year olds at Woodbine Monday night. Favorite Buckys Luck and driver Rick Zeron had the lead to the quarter in :29.1, then relinquished it to Ca Fortune (Roger Mayotte). Buckys Luck hung in on the rail until pulling away in :28.2 to win by 2 ½ lengths. Ca Fortune was second...
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A filly for Cammie

on 02/27/2006 12:00 AM
Eternal Camnation, the richest pacing filly or mare of all time with earnings of $3,748,574, delivered her first foal, a filly, at Hickory Lane Farm in Findlay, Ohio, yesterday afternoon. The brown filly is by Real Artist. Both mother and daughter were doing fine on Monday morning. Eternal Camnation is a daughter of Cam Fella out of the Nihilator mare Cool World. She is a two-time Breeders Crow...
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Walter Bonafice dies

on 02/26/2006 12:00 AM
Veteran harness racing official Walter R. Bonafice, 74, died at his home on Friday, Feb. 24, following a lengthy illness. A prominent representative of the Vernon Downs racing department for more than three decades, Bonafice retired in 1995 as the central New York track's director of racing. He returned as the company's racing secretary on various occasions in recent years, and more recently th...
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3 series legs for Sears

on 02/26/2006 12:00 AM
Driver Brian Sears continued to have a hot hand in series action at the Meadowlands, winning three divisions Sunday afternoon at the Big M. Sears drove John Drew to a nose 1:54.1 score over betting favorite Ideal Lover in the first Sr. Trendsetter division, then came back and won a second split with Austin\'s Best in 1:54.2. Sears later drove Four Starz Robro to a 1:56.4 victory in a divisio...
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Age of Jennas Choice

on 02/25/2006 12:00 AM
Jennas Choice continued his big comeback as a 4 year old--and gave driver Brian Sears a huge sweep--when he won the $79,700 Aquarius final by a neck in 1:51.2 Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Last year Jennas Choice was a Meadowlands winter series final champion and on his way to capturing the Berrys Creek Pace when he suffered a broken bone in a leg, ending his season. He was making his fou...
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Delivering a series win

on 02/25/2006 12:00 AM
The wind was a tough foe for the pacesetters on the backstretch at the Meadowlands Saturday night, but it pushed several horses to fast final quarters - and victories - including Deliver The Goods in the $65,000 Exit 16W final. Deliver The Goods paced his final quarter in :26 flat via a second-over trip to win over Ithinki'msomebody and Mr. Delite. Ron Pierce put Mr. Delite on the front end bef...
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This winner 4 for 5

on 02/25/2006 12:00 AM
Brian Sears got his Saturday night off to a good start when he won the $88,000 Jr. Trendsetter final for 3 year olds with Fox Valley Appeal in 1:52.3 Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Fox Valley Appeal was under wraps at the wire, winning by 2 ¼ lengths over Menno Boy. Sears used a second-over trip to give Fox Valley Appeal his fourth win - and third straight - in five starts this season. ...
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