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Snow Angel final at Big M

on 12/16/2005 12:00 AM
Vysoke Tatry wore down Daisys Dragon, took the lead at the eighth pole and pulled away to a 3 1/2-length victory in the $45,000 Snow Angel Final Thursday night at the Meadowlands. The daughter of Dragon's Lair completed a sweep of the three-week series for 3-year-old pacing fillies with a 1:53 flat mile on the cold and snowy night. Driven to victory by Eric Ledford, the filly scored her seventh...
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MacDonald sets mark

on 12/16/2005 12:00 AM
Mark MacDonald's win with Chianaglia in the fifth race at Flamboro Downs Thursday was his 644th of the year in Canada, breaking the all-time record. He had tied the record on Wednesday afternoon after driving four winners at Flamboro Downs but uncharacteristically went zero-for-nine at Western Fair that evening in an effort to surpass the mark. Gaetan Lamy set a mark of 460 wins in 1990 and then ...
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Try Kacy richest at 14

on 12/16/2005 12:00 AM
Try Kacy N, who became the richest 14 year old ever in his last start, added to that total Thursday night at Dover Downs while winning a $5,500 contest. Driven by Jim Morand, Try Kacy N won in 1:58.2 to increase his 2005 earnings to $66,050, the most ever earned by a 14 year old in a single season. A son of Silk Legacy, the New Zealand-bred Try Kacy N was claimed by longtime trainer Arthur Brew...
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HTA's Nova Award winners

on 12/16/2005 12:00 AM
Harness Tracks of America has announced its 2005 Nova Award winners, which will be recognized at the Night of Stars awards dinner at the Bellagio in Las Vegas Wednesday night, Feb. 8. Note that HTA rules state any horse trained by someone who is on suspension or on appeal of a suspension is not eligible to win a Nova Award. Here are the divisional winners: Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt: Jereme's ...
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Stallion news updates

on 12/16/2005 12:00 AM
Hickory Lane Farm of Findlay, Ohio, has announced Dawn Ofa New Day will stand stud there for the 2006 breeding season. A son of Western Ideal out of the stakes-winning mare Dawn Q, Dawn Ofa New Day has a mark of 3, 1:50.3 and earnings of $474,473. Dawn Ofa New Day won six of 10 starts at two, including dead-heat finish with Rocknroll Hanover in a Champlain division. Earlier this year at three D...
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Three across the wire

on 12/15/2005 12:00 AM
Sir Perseverance had the longest nose in a three-horse, 1:54 photo finish, taking the $199,013 Matron Stakes 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot final over Strong Yankee and Vivid Photo Wednesday night at Dover Downs. Just as in the $66,337 elimination a week go, Sir Perseverance, bred and owned by Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband, well-know Ontario horsemen, drew the rail and enjoyed a perf...
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Meadowlands moves quas.

on 12/15/2005 12:00 AM
For the second week in a row the Meadowlands has moved its Friday qualifiers to Saturday due to a winter weather forecast. The 12 scheduled qualifiers are set to take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
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Big bankroll for brothers

on 12/15/2005 12:00 AM
How many owners do you know who have made $400,000 in overnights alone with just two horses? Jake's Nordic's victory in a $24,000 Open Trot at Dover Downs Wednesday night gave owners Tom and Dan Courtemanche of Michigan that distinction. The Courtemanche brothers also own the open-class pacer Bobnoxious, who has earned $284,570 while winning 14 of 39 starts this year. Jake's Nordic's bankroll c...
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Woodbine cancels Thursday

on 12/15/2005 12:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack has canceled its Thursday night live racing card with a forecast of heavy snow for the Toronto area. The retention barn for Friday evening's card is is also canceled. Friday's live racing card is still scheduled for a first post time of 7:40 p.m.
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Snow shuts Northville

on 12/15/2005 12:00 AM
With snow expected to reach about eight inches, Northville Downs in suburban Detroit has canceled its Thursday night live racing program.
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Astoria Lobell dies at 17

on 12/15/2005 12:00 AM
Astoria Lobell, the dam of Tom Ridge 3, 1:50.2, the world's fastest trotter, died unexpectedly at Concord Stud in New Jersey Wednesday at age 17. The cause of the mare's death is not yet known. Astoria Lobell also produced the stakes-winning filly Dream Of Joy 2, 1:57 ($826,610), who was injured after her 2-year-old season and retired to be a broodmare. A daughter of Joie De Vie, Astoria Lob...
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Trotter struck by truck

on 12/15/2005 12:00 AM
Trotter Nelson November, who has won two straight top-class races at the Meadowlands and four of his last six starts, was killed Thursday morning at White Birch Farm in New Jersey when he got loose while jogging and was struck by a dump truck traveling on the adjoining road. "He got loose and ran out on the road and hit by a truck," trainer Trond Smedshammer told harnessracing.com shortly after...
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The Meadows cancels

on 12/15/2005 12:00 AM
Due to heavy ice accumulation and snow in the forecast, The Meadows has cancelled live racing for Thursday, Dec. 15. Simulcasting will remain open.
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Matron to Restive Hanover

on 12/14/2005 12:00 AM
The 2005 Matron pacing divisions became an all Eric Ledford show as Restive Hanover, an outstanding 2-year-old last season but lightly raced this year due to an injury, closed strongly to win the $183,376 Matron Stakes Final for 3-year-old fillies by a neck in 1:53.4 Tuesday night at Dover Downs. It was the second Matron pace won by Ledford. On Monday he drove 24-1 Roddy's Bags Again to victory...
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Big M holiday schedule

on 12/14/2005 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands has sent out a reminder that there will be no live racing Saturday, Dec. 17 through Wednesday, Dec. 28. Live racing will resume on Thursday, Dec. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Day and night simulcast wagering will be available at the Meadowlands with the exceptions of Dec. 17 (closed due to football game at Giants Stadium) and Dec. 25 (Christmas). Afternoon only simulcasting will be conducte...
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Colt springs 24-1 upset

on 12/13/2005 12:00 AM
Roddy’s Bags Again pulled a stunning 24-1 upset to win the $260,238 Matron final for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers Monday night, Dec. 12, at Dover Downs. With Eric Ledford driving for trainer Seldon Ledford and owner Bob Messick, Roddy’s Bags Again won by three lengths over 4-5 favorite Gryffindor in 1:51.4. Gryffindor and driver David Miller led to an ope...
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Amateur Driver of Year

on 12/13/2005 12:00 AM
Dein Spriggs, who conquered the amateur driving circuit this season, winning awards and establishing records, has been named the Amateur Driver of 2005. For the past decade the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) has annually chosen the nation’s most outstanding amateur driver. A committee, headed by the president of USHWA and the president of the Delvin Mille...
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American-bred wins big

on 12/13/2005 12:00 AM
The Wallenius Cup, with $25,000 to the winner, was held last weekend at the Solvalla track in Stockholm, Sweden, and it became a success for the U.S.-bred 3-year-old filly Old Maid Hall (Conway Hall-Ocean Breeze). Although she started from post 11, she challenged immediately and took command of the race with a round left on the five-eighths mile oval. With catch-driver Stig H. Johansson along f...
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Pacific Mariner romps

on 12/11/2005 12:00 AM
Pacific Mariner turned in another convincing effort and captured the $52,000 ( C ) final of the Autumn Series at Woodbine Saturday night by seven lengths over Haulin Oars in 1:51.3. Almost Gunned Down was third. Driver Luc Ouellette brushed Pacific Mariner to the lead at the :55.2 half and from there the 3-year-old gelded son of Astreos was in complete command. The three-quarters was passed in ...
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Miller wins on birthday

on 12/11/2005 12:00 AM
David Miller celebrated his 41st birthday with a 1:50.2 victory behind Shu Hanover in the $35,000 winners-over feature race Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Shu Hanover was pulled out of the pocket with an eighth of a mile to go and battled the pacesetting Casimir Camotion before taking the lead and a half-length victory. It was Miller's 405th win of the 2005. His $10.7 million in earnings ...
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