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Belote dies of injuries

on 05/15/2006 2:00 AM
Harness racing\'s worst fear became a harsh reality on Monday when 51-year-old driver Harold “Hal” Belote was killed in a tragic racing accident in the first race at Harrington Raceway. Two more drivers, Brandon Givens and Steve Warrington, were also injured, but the full extent of their injuries was unavailable at the time of this writing. Warrington was flown by helicopter to Christiana C...
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Boots Dunn injured

on 05/15/2006 2:00 AM
Walter \"Boots\" Dunn, an owner, breeder, trainer, driver and USTA director from Cochranton, Pennsylvania, sustained major, compound fractures to both legs in an accident at the Meadville Fairgrounds on the morning of May 15. Dunn, who owns a heavy construction company, was unloading a paving machine in preparation for blacktop work and his legs became entangled with a chain on the paver. H...
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Yankeeland Farm to close

on 05/15/2006 2:00 AM
Yankeeland Farms has announced that it is ending its business as a commercial Standardbred breeder.The Maryland farm, started in 1955 by famed New York Yankee slugger Charlie Keller, released a statement today which reads: “The distinguished broodmare band, representing 50 years of breeding champions, will be sold at public auction in November. This offering is a complete dispersal of broodmares...
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Bobcat sets world record

on 05/14/2006 2:00 AM
Primetime Bobcat lowered the all-time world record with a 1:47.2 victory in the $50,000(C) Open Pace at Woodbine Saturday night. The time is the fastest ever paced in a race, lowering the mark set by Jenna\'s Beach Boy in 1996 at the Meadowlands by one-fifth of a second. The 8-year-old gelding Primetime Bobcat was driven by Jody Jamiieson. The veteran pacer sat second behind the pacesetting Rai...
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Big efforts in Graduate elims

on 05/14/2006 2:00 AM
Ponder and Quality Western won their respective $50,000 eliminations of the Graduate Saturday night at the Meadowlands and will be among the 10 free-for-all pacers advancing to the $225,000 final May 20. In the first elim, Ponder followed Casimir Camotion into the top of the stretch, fired out of the pocket and took the lead with a sixteenth of a mile to go, winning by seven lengths. Jenna\'s ...
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Colts sharp in NJSS opener

on 05/14/2006 2:00 AM
Artistic Fella and Pownal Bay Matt were winners in a pair of first round New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings at the Meadowlands Saturday night. Artistic Fella, the Suslow and Berry\'s Creek winner, rolled to a five-length victory over Palone Ranger in the $37,850 first division. It was 12 1/4 lengths to Michelles Gemstone in third. Artistic Fella matched his life...
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PASS record set at Meadows

on 05/14/2006 2:00 AM
Armbro Dancer, last year\'s Pennsylvania freshman filly pacing champion, served notice Saturday night that she has no intention of being dethroned, speeding to a stake record 1:53 in the $102,608 Pennsylvania Sire Stake for 3-year-old filly pacers at The Meadows. The stake was contested in four divisions. Up Front Lady, Heavenly Beauty and Bijou Hall captured the other splits. Dave Palone won ...
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French mare wins in Oslo

on 05/14/2006 2:00 AM
Mara Bourbon, a French mare owned and trained by Jean Pierre Dubois, captured the Oslo Grand Prix Sunday at the Bjerke track in Norway, trotting on the outside the entire race and winning in a mile rate of 1:58.2 for the 2,100-meter distance. Steinlager, last year’s Oslo Grand Prix winner and Norway’s representative in the race, started from post five and was sent to the lead by drier Per O...
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Three straight for trotter

on 05/13/2006 2:00 AM
A Rod, driven by George Brennan, held off stablemate Frank The Hands down the stretch Saturday to win the $166,500 Dexter Cup by a length in 1:58.1 at Freehold Raceway. A Rod sat third for much of the race before going three wide on the final turn to move past fraction-setters Wildwood Days and Ira K. Frank The Hands, driven by Jeff Gregory, followed A Rod through the stretch. Wildwood Days was...
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Hempt elims held at PcD

on 05/13/2006 2:00 AM
Brian Sears drove two of the three Max C. Hempt Memorial Pace elimination winners Saturday afternoon at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. With the track downgraded to good following a heavy rain prior to the elimination races, Sears made a big first-over move down the backside with Sandro Hanover to easily get by Alastor Hanover (Roger Hammer) and draw away from the eight-horse field, winning in 1:...
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Sam\'s Illusion scores

on 05/12/2006 2:00 AM
Sam’s Illusion slipped up the pylons and captured the featured $16,000 condition pace at the Meadowlands Thursday night for his first win of the year. The 4-year-old gelding paced the mile in a lifetime best 1:52.4, finishing 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Beautiful Stranger, with The Bartender, third by four lengths. Sam’s Illusion, driven by Andy Miller and trained by Bruce Saunders, posted hi...
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Historic Track schedule set

on 05/12/2006 2:00 AM
Goshen Historic Track, where it all started and where it is today, is gearing up for it 169th season of exciting harness racing and 2006 marks the 96th year of Grand Circuit Racing at “the Cradle of the Trotter”. On tap this season will be three matinee programs in June and five days of Grand Circuit racing from June 30 through July 4. Action at Historic Track commences on Saturday, June...
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Diplomat field set

on 05/12/2006 2:00 AM
Pepsi North America Cup-eligible Toucam Sam will lock horns with Dodgeball and Armbro Damien this Saturday evening at Woodbine in the $76,000 final of the Diplomat Pacing Series for 3 year olds. The colt’s trainer, Garth Gordon, has said that even though a win in the Diplomat would be great for Toucam Sam, he is waiting for the Burlington (Woodbine, June 3) to figure out what he will do with ...
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Robert Corey Sr. dies

on 05/12/2006 2:00 AM
Robert D. Corey Sr., 71, of Columbiana, Ohio, passed away at 8:20 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at the Cleveland Clinic from complications of heart and lung ailments. Mr. Corey was born on June 27, 1934 in Cortland, Ohio, the son of Preston Robert and Bertha B. Nicklin Corey. He moved to the local area in his youth. He was self-employed as a professional harness horse trainer, driver and own...
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Rucker horse EPO positive

on 05/12/2006 2:00 AM
The 10-year-old pacer Highland Pride A, who was winless in 23 starts in 2005 but has won nine of 17 starts this year, has tested positive for EPO following a career-best 1:52.2 victory at the Meadowlands Sunday, May 7, and has been placed on the stewards’ list. New Jersey Racing Commission executive director Frank Zanzuccki told harnessracing.com Friday morning that a hearing will be held with t...
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Two Billings events this wkd.

on 05/12/2006 2:00 AM
Action in the C.K.G Billings Amateur Trotting Series, often referred to as the “Grand Circuit of Amateur Racing”, continues this weekend with two eastern region divisions slated at Saratoga Raceway on Saturday, May 13 and two midwest region splits set for Sunday, May 14 at Hoosier Park. At Saratoga the Billings events are carded as races three and four on the 13-race betting card. Among...
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Welch vs Welch in Chicago

on 05/12/2006 2:00 AM
Sunday night’s Muscles Marinara final features the winners of the two Muscles Marinara eliminations, that were held last Sunday, but the race itself contains so much more. For starters, the two elimination winners are both trained by Roger Welch. Robert Rietveld and Paul Gibson’s Victor’s Pursuit lived up to her reputation with a one-length victory in the first elimination heat. She exten...
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Canaco Nukes spoils party

on 05/12/2006 2:00 AM
Thursday night’s featured $7,000 condition pace was billed as a battle between Illinois Bred sophomore star Pujols and recent free-for-aller Falcatraz. Canaco Nukes failed to read the billboard and romped home by 8 lengths for his second consecutive victory, both registered on a sloppy track. Pujols, the 3-year-old gelded son of Cole Muffler, was making his second start of the season after a ...
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Cal Expo race investigated

on 05/12/2006 2:00 AM
Drivers Todd Ratchford, Ray Burt, Jason Maier and Danny Maier have all agreed not to race at Cal Expo following a questionable trifecta payoff in the first race at that racetrack Friday night, May 5. The investigation by the California Horse Racing Board was triggered after horses at odds of 6-1, 6-5 and 28-1 finished one-two-three—with open lengths between each—and returned a trifecta payoff ...
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Stars qualify at Mohawk

on 05/12/2006 2:00 AM
World record holder American Ideal and three-time WEG Award winner Invitro both won their respective qualifying races Friday morning at Mohawk. In rein to pilot Mark MacDonald during the morning’s third dash, American Ideal left from post two and sat fourth through fractions of :28.3 and :58.2 before tipping first-over. The 4-year-old son of Western Ideal was a head back to Silent Swing (driv...
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