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Chicago half-miler opens

on 01/11/2006 12:00 AM
After a one-week delay due to the horsemen's strike, Maywood Park begins its 60th consecutive season Thursday night. Since 1946 Maywood Park has conducted a live racing meet, the longest in the State of Illinois Standardbred history. Post time at Maywood has been moved up to 7:20 p.m. (CST) each racing night. The opening round of the Fox Valley Redhot will share the spotlight on Friday's Ma...
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Mom Shake Away wins

on 01/11/2006 12:00 AM
Shake Away, who was away from the races for nearly two years as she was bred and subsequently delivered a foal, put away seven rivals to win the $24,000 Open Handicap Pace for mares at Dover Downs Tuesday in a career-best 1:51. The hiatus from racing has not not proved to be a deterrent to Shake Away, a 6-year-old daughter of Dream Away. The Jim King-leased mare made a three-wide move as she r...
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Maine vote falls short

on 01/11/2006 12:00 AM
Maine's House on Tuesday failed to override Governor John Baldacci's veto of a bill that would have called for a statewide referendum on a new racino in the state, the Associated Press reported. The vote, 77-63, was well short of the two-thirds majority needed to send the matter to the Senate. Supporters of the racino are focused on a petition drive to get the referendum on the November ball...
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Morrill shuffles to Buffalo

on 01/11/2006 12:00 AM
Jim Morrill Jr. has told the Buffalo News that rumors of his return to the Meadowlands after dominating the driving ranks at Batavia Downs are unfounded, and that he plans to stay in New York and also compete at Buffalo Raceway. After making the move last year to Batavia, Morrill won 128 times in 307 races--a win average of 41.7 percent--and more than $434,000 in purse earnings. Morrill told th...
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Oosting sweep on ice

on 01/11/2006 12:00 AM
Trotters took center stage on Tuesday night at Balmoral Park as 15 went postward in a pair of divisions in the first leg of the Champion On Ice Series. In the opening split Busto made it look easy as he trotted to a 2 ¼-length victory in 2:00.4 over a track rated as "good." Driven by Mike Oosting, the 4-year-old gelding owned by James Mowatt and trained by Andrew Robinson was winless in 23 s...
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Car accident for D'Altruis

on 01/11/2006 12:00 AM
A story in Wednesday's Courier News in New Jersey reports that Standardbred owner Thomas D'Altrui Sr., 86, apparently had his foot slip off the brake and hit the gas pedal as he was parking his car in front of his DI Farm's office in Hillsborough Jan. 5, sending it crashing through the wall and trapping his son, Thomas, underneath. According to the report, the accident happened shortly after 1 ...
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Holton into Ohio Hall

on 01/11/2006 12:00 AM
Terry Holton has been selected as the 32nd inductee into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame in balloting of the Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. Holton's selection will be announced at the Ohio Harness Horsemen/U.S. Trotting Association District One banquet on Saturday night. Other Ohio USHWA award winners are Jim Rhodes, elected into the Immortal Hall of Fame; S...
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Foxy Maneuver pays $60.60

on 01/07/2006 12:00 AM
Longshot Foxy Maneuver rallied for a 1:50 victory and lit up the toteboard with a victory in the $35,000 pacing feature at the Meadowlands Saturday night. The 7-year-old gelding by Armbro Maneuver won by 2 1/4 lengths over Rare Jewel. He returned $60.60, $13.00 and $4.80 in his 2006 debut. On Dec 3 he won a winner's over $25,000 lifetime class at the Meadowlands in 1:52.2. In his previous Bib ...
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1:50.4 by Anvilanunoit N

on 01/07/2006 12:00 AM
Anvilanunoit N, a 7-year-old son of Jaguar Spur bred in New Zealand, paced to a lifetime mark of 1:50.4 at Woodbine Saturday night for owner Sam Bowie. Last year Anvilanunoit N won three of 17 starts and paced to a mark of 1:52.3 at Balmoral Park. His Woodbine victory came in a non-winners of $17,500 last six class. Bowie, a former All-American basketball player at the University of Kentucky...
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Illinois racing to resume

on 01/06/2006 12:00 AM
The 2006 contract between Maywood and Balmoral Park and the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association has been finalized. The IHHA Board of Directors voted 15-0 to endorse the 2006 contract, which sees 70 percent of recapture deferred to new legislation with a seven-year sunset clause, while the racetracks will take 30 percent of recapture from the 2006 purses. As well, there will be no stall rent c...
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Willmot wins Messenger

on 01/06/2006 12:00 AM
David Willmot, chairman and chief executive officer of Woodbine Entertainment Group, is the winner of Harness Tracks of America's Messenger Award, the highest honor bestowed by the association of 41 U.S. and Canadian harness tracks. A brilliantly articulate and far-seeing racing executive, Willmot has built Woodbine Entertainment into a world leader in racing and gaming, and he is expanding its...
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Manzi HTA's top driver

on 01/06/2006 12:00 AM
Cat Manzi, recently voted 2005 Driver of the Year by directors of the U.S. Harness Writers Association, has also been named Harness Tracks of America's Driver of the Year. To win HTA's award a driver must rank in the top 25 in North America in three categories: wins, money won and driving percentage (minimum 1,000 starts). Only three drivers--Manzi, Dave Palone and Tony Morgan--of 4,922 who dro...
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Vyingforthecrown wins

on 01/06/2006 12:00 AM
Vyingforthecrown, a stakes contender at three, won her 4-year-old debut in a $12,500 condition trot, Thursday night's seventh race at the Meadowlands. Sent off at odds of 17-1, Vyingforthecrown trotted a lifetime best of 1:55.3, finishing a half-length ahead of Lawman. CR Dream Catcher was third by 2 1/2 lengths. The daughter of Striking Sahbra, racing for the Jesmeral Stable of Wood Ridge,...
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HHI names award winners

on 01/06/2006 12:00 AM
Harness Horsemen International has announced the winners of its major awards for 2005. Jim Whelan, the president of the Ontario Harness Horse Association was named the winner of the Man of the Year Award; the Appreciation Award will go to Tom Winebrener, president of the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners' Association; the Clyde Hirt Memorial Media Award will be presented to Bob "Hollywood" Heyden,...
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Restive Hanover wins

on 01/06/2006 12:00 AM
Restive Hanover, a Breeders Crown champion at age 2 and the winner of the Matron final last December at 3, stepped up and beat the older mare Stonebridge Kisses in 1:52.4 at the Meadowlands Friday night. With Eric Ledford driving, Restive Hanover started from the rail but eventually yielded to Stonebridge Kisses after carrying that rival wide through part of the first turn. Stonebridge Kisses c...
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Another boycott settled

on 01/06/2006 12:00 AM
According to reports, the Ontario Harness Horse Association and Western Fair Raceway have signed a new racing contract that will allow racing to resume Monday, Jan. 9. The contract calls for the traditional 50/50 split of revenues from pari-mutuel racing. Management at one point had held firm on a deal for a 50/50 split only if the horsemen settled for fewer live racing dates than they wished.
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Camelot Hall qualifies

on 01/06/2006 12:00 AM
Camelot Hall, who was bred to one mare in 2005 and never lined up behind the starting gate, is back on the track at age 5. He won a qualifier at Mohawk Friday morning in 1:57.1. At age 2 Camelot Hall, a son of Blissfull Hall, won the $830,798 Metro and finished second in the $640,000 Woodrow Wilson. At age 3 he finished second in elims for the North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace, but failed ...
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Bullet Bob leaves Saratoga

on 01/05/2006 12:00 AM
Veteran race track announcer Bob Meyer recently announced his retirement from Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, and has turned the mike over to Mike Sardella, who served as his back-up announcer for the last four years. Sardella, a Scotia, N.Y. native, is also known to racing fans as Saratoga's in-house TV and web-site track handicapper, a position he will keep along with his announcing duties. He a...
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You're Next wins again

on 01/05/2006 12:00 AM
You're Next remained unbeaten in four career starts on Wednesday when he won the first race, $3,200 trot, at Pompano Park. Driven by Wally Hennessey, the 1-9 favored You're Next led from start to finish and won by 5 1/2 lengths in 1:58.4. The pocket-sitting Possibility (George Napolitano Jr.) finished second and Ranger Star (Mickey McNichol) finished third. Trained by Fred Cohen, You're Ne...
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Rucker's stay extended

on 01/04/2006 12:00 AM
Trainer Ken Rucker has received an extension of his stay regarding an aggregate suspension of 180 days and fines totaling $3,000 after having six positives on six different horses for indomethacin in his home state of Illinois. Rucker's stay began Nov. 30 and was to have expired Dec. 30, but it is still currently in effect. "The Racing Board has extended his stay indefinitely pending further te...
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