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Rucker Denied Stay

on 06/07/2006 2:00 AM
Trainer Ken Rucker\'s request for a stay of his suspension was denied Tuesday by the Superior Court of New Jersey\'s Appellate Division. Rucker was seeking a stay of the Meadowlands Racetrack\'s suspension of entries of horses trained by him. Appellate Judge Joseph Yannotti issued the denial. With the denial of emergent relief, Rucker is still not permitted to enter horses to race at the Meadow...
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IRB to examine racing

on 06/07/2006 2:00 AM
Illinois Racing Board Chairman Lorna Propes has called for hearings to examine the state of Illinois’ horseracing industry. The hearings will be held July 18, 19 and 24 at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago. “The Illinois Racing Board is charged with overseeing the industry, maximizing state revenue and attending to the health of the horseracing industry in general,” Propes said. ...
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World Cup quali at Big M

on 06/07/2006 2:00 AM
The $300,000 Nat Ray Invitational at the Meadowlands will become the first North American race to be included in the European-based World Cup Trot in 2006. The premier international series for older trotters consists of four preliminary qualifying events to be held at racetracks in Italy, Sweden, the United States and France and a 300,000 Euro ($384,433) final to take place Aug. 30 at Kazan Rac...
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Top colts ready for NA Cup

on 06/07/2006 2:00 AM
Trainer George Teague Jr. laughed when asked about the post position draw for Saturday’s North America Cup eliminations, where his colts Total Truth and Western Ace drew the outside posts seven and eight in their respective heats. Total Truth never drew outside post four in seven starts last year and had post five in his Burlington division win last week; Western Ace has landed spots on the star...
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Good times for Campbell?

on 06/07/2006 2:00 AM
Trainer and co-owner Bob McIntosh says Campbell Hall has given an honest effort on the racetrack from day one, and the Hall of Fame conditioner says the well-bred sophomore colt is on the improve. A half brother to 2003 Trotter of the Year Cantab Hall, the first freshman to ever be so honored, Campbell Hall has drawn post eight in the first of two Goodtimes eliminations Saturday night at Woodbine ...
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No Dygert elims needed

on 06/07/2006 2:00 AM
Only 10 trotters dropped into the box for the Erwin F. Dygert Trot on Friday, so elimination races will not be necessary. However, nine of those ten will slug it out in a $24,000 prep race for the Dygert Friday night at Hawthorne. Perhaps the most intriguing storyline leading into the Dygert is the supplemental entry of Battleshoe Victor. The 4 year-old son of Valley Victor was not previously n...
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Tweedle Dum Goes for sixth

on 06/07/2006 2:00 AM
Almost as predictable as the daily rain storms during the summer in south Florida, track record holder Tweedle Dum heads the Preferred-Handicap Trot at Pompano Park Harness Track tonight. The 6-year-old gelding goes for his sixth straight win from post six in the first-race feature for driver Walter Ross, Jr. Tweedle Dum is the winningest horse this year at Pompano Park with 10 victories for ow...
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Horsepower at Pocono

on 06/07/2006 2:00 AM
Horse power of a different kind will be on display Saturday afternoon (June 10) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs as part of a Belmont Stakes party, and fans 21 years of age or older will get the opportunity of driving Robbie Gordon’s White No. 7 Jim Beam NASCAR simulator car. There is no charge. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will have a special harness racing post of 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon wit...
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ISOBA office burns down

on 06/07/2006 2:00 AM
According to reports, the Illinois Standardbred Owners and Breeders Association (ISOBA) office, located at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill., was totally destroyed by a fire Wednesday morning. The ISOBA office has been moved to the Illinois State Fair race office, which is located on the backstretch at Springfield. Saturday\'s race schedule will still be held, with the box clo...
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Katie Terry to be honored

on 06/06/2006 2:00 AM
Katie Terry, a volunteer in the marketing and public relations department since 1998 at the Delaware County Fair, will be honored as the 2006 Lady Pace honoree. The $20,000-estimated Lady Pace will be raced for the sixth time Sunday afternoon, Sept. 17 , opening day of Delaware’s five afternoons of Grand Circuit racing. “Katie has been an extraordinary help to us,” said Tom Thomson, presi...
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Vernon gets temp license

on 06/06/2006 2:00 AM
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board Monday gave Vernon Downs a temporary license to resume racing this year, according to a story in the Syracuse Post-Standard. While the owners of the racetrack, Nevada Gold and Jeff Gural, have set an opening date of Aug. 3, there are still a series of hurdles the track must clear before obtaining its permanent license. One of the first obstacles to s...
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Next Flight wins Special

on 06/06/2006 2:00 AM
Next Flight (Ron Pierce) won the featured $16,500 Delaware Special Monday night at Harrington Raceway in 1:53.2. The Del Cote-trainee received a perfect two-hole trip behind pacesetting Ima Rustler Too. Pierce awaited room in the stretch when he surged by Ima Rustler Too late for a narrow win. It was one of three wins on the program for Pierce. Next Flight is owned by Henry Farragalli III, D...
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Palone Ranger sidelined

on 06/06/2006 2:00 AM
Palone Ranger, considered one of the top contenders for the North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace, will be sidelined for the next two to three months with a heart ailment. “He has arterial premature contractions--an extra heartbeat,” said trainer Chris Ryder. “It\'s something he picked up through a virus most likely. He still has it. We took him to Cornell and they spotted some swelli...
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Battle champ to return

on 06/06/2006 2:00 AM
Trainer Mickey Burke still believes in older pacer Maltese Artist. So much so, in fact, that he and his wife, Sylvia, recently bought a quarter share of the gelding. \"Last year after he lost a race at the end of the season, I told people that if anyone had said he’d win $200,000, we’d have signed up so quick our arms would have snapped off. Well, he won $463,000,\" Burke said. \"Don’t wo...
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Total Truth owners excited

on 06/06/2006 2:00 AM
A couple years ago, Delaware resident Patrick Callahan kept reading stories about the sensational filly Rainbow Blue, who won 20 of 21 races in 2004 and earned Horse of the Year honors. The horse’s connections – trainer/co-owner George Teague Jr. and brothers Ron and Kevin Fry – also were from Delaware and frequently in the news. Callahan, a real estate broker in Delaware and Maryland, ha...
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Mr Feelgood aims for NA Cup

on 06/06/2006 2:00 AM
Mr Feelgood could make his connections feel great if he continues to win races over the next two weeks. Coming off an upset of last season’s 2-year-old champ, Jereme’s Jet, in a division of the Burlington on June 3, the Jimmy Takter-trained pacer now has his sights on the $1.5 million North America Cup at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. Eliminations for the North America Cup are Saturday and th...
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Equine careers spotlighted

on 06/06/2006 2:00 AM
High school-aged girls considering a career with horses are invited to meet two women who have made a successful career working with horses on July 6. Boys are also welcome to this free career exploration event, which will be held in central New Jersey. Trainer-driver Jacqueline Ingrassia and equine surgeon Dr. Patricia Hogan will describe the ins and outs of their jobs, career paths and how y...
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Ponder readies for Battle

on 06/06/2006 2:00 AM
Ponder tuned up for the Battle Of Lake Erie by qualifiying at Mohawk Tuesday morning in 1:54.1. Driven by Rick Zeron for trainer Bob McIntosh, Ponder made a break before the gate in an Open Pace at Woodbine on June 3. Per Canadian rules, all monies wagered on the favorite were refunded and he was forced to re-qualify. Ponder is a 5-year-old stallion by The Panderosa out of $350,000-winning Empt...
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Brittany buys Western Shore

on 06/06/2006 2:00 AM
Western Shore, a 3-year-old pacing colt making just his third career start, turned a few heads when he won at Woodbine in 1:51 Monday night with a :26.3 last quarter. Brittany Farms, which bred the colt, was so impressed they purchased an interest in the horse from owner Ron Michelon. “Brittany bred him and sold him as a yearling for $56,000 to Ron Michelon,” said Brittany spokesperson Myro...
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23 in North America Cup

on 06/06/2006 2:00 AM
Three $50,000 ( C ) eliminations have been carded Saturday night, June 10, at Woodbine for the Pepsi North America Cup. With 23 three-year-old pacers entered, the eliminations have been divided into two fields of eight and one of seven, with the top three finishers in each split, plus one drawn by lot of the fourth-place finishers, advancing to the $1.5 million ( C ) final Saturday, June 17. Fi...
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