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Seconditis for Sears

on 05/20/2006 2:00 AM
The night after Brian Sears set a Meadowlands track record of 48 consecutive programs with at least one win, the streak was snapped. Sears was in all 12 races on Friday night with six seconds to his credit. Helping to end that streak were a pair of Hall of Famers who had four-winner nights: Ron Pierce and John Campbell. It was Campbell’s record of 47 consecutive nights in 1986 that was broken...
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Ponder takes Graduate final

on 05/20/2006 2:00 AM
Ponder paced to the lead mid-backstretch and held off longshot Leading X Ample to win the $225,000 Graduate Final in 1:49 Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Ponder [$3.20, $2.80, $2.60], who won his Graduate elim last week in 1:48.3, finished 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Leading X Ample [$13.60, $7.60], with David Miller at the lines. Casimir Camotion [$6.00], driven by George Brennan, was third by t...
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Feelin Friskie in NJ prep

on 05/20/2006 2:00 AM
In a $25,000 prep race for the $500,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic, Feelin Friskie [$13.20, $4.80, $3.80] took the lead before the half and held on for a 1 3/4-length victory over Palone Ranger in 1:51.1. Also in the field was Western Ace, who was making his first start of the season. Feelin Friskie, driven by John Campbell and trained by Scott Bell, is owned by Wayne Whebby of Nova ...
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Sand Vic scores in Cutler

on 05/20/2006 2:00 AM
Last year Sand Vic was second best, but this year he was the easy winner of the $175,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial, defeating Hellava Hush and Vivid Photo in 1:53 Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Sand Vic [$6.20, $4.40, $2.60], with Brian Sears in the sulky, rallied to take the lead from 4-5 favorite Vivid Photo with an eighth of a mile to go. He drew off to a two-length victory in a lifetim...
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Monti seeking older drivers

on 05/19/2006 2:00 AM
Monticello Raceway is at it again as the track that has pioneered such unorthodox events as races for owners, bartenders, big game hunters, women, heavyweight drivers and for drivers of various different ethnic backgrounds, along with races for elephants and camels, has come up with yet another unusual event when it presents “The Metamucil Mile” on Monday afternoon, June 19. The race, w...
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Sears sets driving mark

on 05/19/2006 2:00 AM
When driver Brian Sears reached the winner’s circle with Vodkaontherocks in the fourth race on Thursday night, it marked the 48th consecutive program in which he has had a winner, setting a track record at the Meadowlands. Sears eclipsed the mark of 47 wins established in 1986 by Hall of Famer John Campbell. The last time Sears was shut out at the Meadowlands was on March 2, 2006. Sears...
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Mare just misses track mark

on 05/19/2006 2:00 AM
The temperature was 93 degrees, the pace was just right, and her trip was a perfect one, but while strong in victory, Benn\'s Fire fell just a tick short off the track record for older trotter mares with her 1:55.2 victory at Cal Expo Thursday night. Starting from post-position three in the field of five as the second choice in the wagering at odds of 3/2, driver Bruce Clarke knew where he want...
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Electric Blanket hot at Hop

on 05/19/2006 2:00 AM
Fourth-choice Electric Blanket and driver Ricky Macomber Jr. commanded the field in gate-to-wire fashion Thursday, May 18, to capture the $16,000 Bill Thompson final at Hoosier Park in 1:55.4. The Electric Yankee 3 year old, owned by Joe Seekman Racing Stable and Mar-Jo Horse Farm, raised her record to five wins in nine starts this season. Starting from post position four for trainer Matt Rhein...
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Chocolatier rough-gaited

on 05/19/2006 2:00 AM
Champion 2 year old and Dan Patch award winner Chocolatier made a break in his first qualifying start of the year Friday morning at Hazel Park. According to driver D.R. Ackerman, Chocolatier was leading at around the three-quarter pole when he broke stride. “He wasn’t stroking very clean and we’ve got to re-rig here a little and readjust in some spots,” Ackerman told harnessracing.co...
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Sale of Meadows OK\'d

on 05/19/2006 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission has approved the sale of The Meadows Racetrack to Millennium Gaming Inc. of Las Vegas for $225 million. William Paulos, co-owner of Millennium Gaming, said he expects to close on the deal for the 43-year-old harness racing venue within the next 45 days and then immediately begin construction of the new facility. As part of the sales agreement, MEC Penn...
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Dead heat at Big M

on 05/19/2006 2:00 AM
Little Brown Jug-eligibles Mr. Feelgood and Perfect Union finished in a 1:52.1 dead heat for win Thursday night in the ninth race at the Meadowlands. Wiggle Out Of This finished third by a neck. It was the first start of the year for Mr Feelgood, a Grinfromeartoear colt driven by Ron Pierce. Last year Mr. Feelgood won the $100,000 Metro Consolation en route to earnings of $92,980 and a mark of ...
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American Ideal in 1:50.3

on 05/19/2006 2:00 AM
After posting a qualifying win in 1:56.3 at Flamboro Downs May 3 and then another qualifying victory at Mohawk May 12 in 1:54.2, American Ideal kicked it up a notch by pacing to a 1:50.3 score in a qualifier Friday morning, again at Mohawk. With Mark MacDonald driving for trainer Casie Coleman, the 4-year-old son of Western Hanover was parked at the opening quarter of :27.4 but then hit the bea...
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2YO winner at Pompano

on 05/19/2006 2:00 AM
Spoutin Off became the first sub 2:00 two-year-old of the 2006 season Friday morning at Pompano Park as the pacing filly sired by Intrepid Seelster, from the Abercrombie mare Water Spigot, won a qualifying race in 1:58. Trained and owned by Melvyn Aylor of Bell, Spoutin Off was one of two 2 year olds against three 3 year olds to go behind the gate in the foruth race. Aylor sent his bay filly ri...
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Future Destiny by nose

on 05/19/2006 2:00 AM
Future Destiny [$2.80, $2.40, $2.10] held on for a 1:52 nose victory over the closing effort of One Ace Too Many in the $20,000 Thomas N. D’Altrui Miss New Jersey Prep on Friday night at the Meadowlands. Ideal Weather was third by one length. With only six entrants, all of the 3-year-old New Jersey-sired fillies in the prep advance to the $175,000 final on May 27. Ron Pierce drove Future...
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Jurgy Hanover dies in Mich.

on 05/19/2006 2:00 AM
Jurgy Hanover [1:56.3, $378,130], 32, died on May 17 from the effects of old age at Bonley Farm in Sunfield, Michigan, where had been in stud service for more than two decades. He was buried in his paddock, reports Karen Greengard, proprietor of Bonley Farm Jurgy Hanover’s sons and daughters were dominant factors in Michigan stakes for many years. The son of Super Bowl sired Turnpike Token 9...
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New mark for Ho Lotta Speed

on 05/19/2006 2:00 AM
Ho Lotta Speed and Joe Essig Jr. were unmatched down the stretch and pulled away to a convincing 5 1/4-length victory over On With Life in Genesis Series action Friday night at Hoosier Park. Ho Lotta Speed was quiet for the first half mile but proved to be the cream of the crop down the stretch, pacing to a career best 154.4 score. “She’s better from behind,” said Essig Jr. “She can go ...
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Posts set for Hempt final

on 05/18/2006 2:00 AM
Sandro Hanover, fastest Max C. Hempt Memorial Pace elimination winner last Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, has drawn the No. 6 post for this Saturday’s $178,072 finals. Driven by Brian Sears and one of three Hempt finalists trained by Mickey Burke, Sandro Hanover won an elimination race in 1:52, winning by almost four lengths. Stable mate True North Hanover, who will be driven by ...
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3YO trotters qualify

on 05/18/2006 2:00 AM
Mr Pine Chip, runner-up in last year’s Breeders Crown for 2-year-old colt trotters, won his qualifier at the Meadowlands Thursday morning by four lengths in 2:00.1. Trainer Trond Smedshammer took the lines. A 3-year-old colt by SJ\'s Caviar out of the Pine Chip mare Miss Pine Chip, Mr Pine Chip finished second to divisional champ Chocolatier in both the elimination and final of last year\'s B...
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Alastor diagnosed as bleeder

on 05/18/2006 2:00 AM
Trainer Mark Ford has dubbed him “by far the best 2 year old that I’ve ever had,” but Alastor Hanover is going to have to overcome more than just his group of fellow 3-year-old pacers if he wants to find his way to the $1.5-million Pepsi North America Cup, June 17 at Woodbine. Alastor Hanover, a son of Rustler Hanover, recently raced in an elimination of the Max Hempt at Pocono Downs in P...
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Pink Ribbons returns

on 05/18/2006 2:00 AM
Pink Ribbons returned to the races with a 2:00.2 qualifying mile at Scioto Downs Thursday morning with Jeff Fout driving. The mare by Mr. Vic won $120,125 last year for owners Nancy and Kevin Greenfield and June White. The two women are breast cancer survivors and they decided to donate 10 percent of the filly’s earnings to the Victory Center for cancer patients in Toledo, Ohio. Pink Ribbo...
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