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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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Response time investigated

on 05/18/2006 2:00 AM
Published reports state the Delaware Harness Racing Commission is investigating the circumstances surrounding the response time by emergency medical technicians at Harrington Raceway in regard to the race accident Monday, May 15, that led to the death of driver Hal Belote. There have been several different reports out of Harrington regarding the whereabouts of the technicians when the accident ...
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Jereme\'s Jet qualifies

on 05/18/2006 2:00 AM
Freshman pacing champ Jereme\'s Jet qualified at Hawthorne on Wednesday morning, and the 1:52.3 mile was everything that trainer Tom Harmer could have hoped for, and more. With Harmer in the bike, the 3-year-old Breeders Crown champ posted an impressive 16 ¾-length victory. The son of Western Hanover went right to the top, coasting through fractions of :29, :56.3 and 1:26 before smoking the final...
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Incredible Cal-Expo win

on 05/18/2006 2:00 AM
The best pacers on the grounds at Cal-Expo Raceway slugged it out Wednesday night in the $12,570 Albatross Free For All Handicap Pace and Doggone Incredible circled the field, winning in 1:51.2. Following his cover four wide to the top of the stretch and moving five and six wide for the drive, the 4-year-old gelding by The Big Dog kicked into gear. \"Once we straightened away--he seemed to b...
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Hats off to Trimble winner

on 05/18/2006 2:00 AM
It came as no surprise that favorite Hat-ies RC won the $16,000 Tubby Trimble final at Hoosier Park Wednesday, May 17; it was the way in which he stormed to victory. The Wrath Of Pan 3 year old customarily wins on the front end, and by significant margins. Wednesday night he managed to claim a close victory after racing off the lead, but did so in record time over a sloppy track. Hat-ies RC and...
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Welch wins with fillies

on 05/18/2006 2:00 AM
Tomato and Go Go Gabby, both sent to the post at odds of 3-5 by trainer Roger Welch, posted dominating victories in their respective divisions of the Silhouette Star for Illinois 3-year-old trotting fillies Wednesday night at Hawthorne Race Course. In the first division, Tomato remained perfect in four starts this season for driver Tim Tetrick in 2:00.1 over a sloppy track. Fifth on the rail pa...
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Log Cabin

on 05/18/2006 2:00 AM
Herb Wilson, who served as “major domo” of the log cabin staff at the Delaware, Ohio, County Fair for 52 years, died Tuesday at his son Leonard’s home in Springfield, Ohio. Wilson was 81. “Herb will be sorely missed by all of us at the fair,” said Tom Thomson, director of racing. “He was a fixture here for more than 50 years.” In 2004, the Delaware Fair honored Wilson in a wi...
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