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Morand hits 7,000 wins

on 12/05/2005 12:00 AM
Jim Morand, a member of the sport's top 20 dash-win drivers, drove his 7,000th winner when he won with He's Personal Sunday night at Dover Downs. Morand, 41, is the 30th leading 1:55 driver and ranks in the top 40 among money-winners with almost $40-million earned by horses he has driven. Although he began his career in Ohio, working with his stepfather, Gerry Bookmyer, Morand has driven on the...
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Zoot Suit dies at 32

on 12/04/2005 12:00 AM
Zoot Suit, who finished second behind Steve Lobell in the 1976 Hambletonian and went on to become a top sire in Sweden, has died at age 32 at Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg's Menhammar Stud in Sweden. Zoot Suit, a son of Nevele Pride out of the pacing-sired mare Glad Rags (by Meadow Skipper), produced many champion trotters in Sweden. His most successful offspring by far was the international star...
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Whosethemaster wins

on 12/03/2005 12:00 AM
Whosethemaster slugged it out with Hillcrest Victory through the stretch and got up in the final strides for a neck victory in 1:56.4 in the $53,000 Charles Singer Memorial Final for 3-year-old trotters Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Whosethemaster’s victory in the Singer pushed his career earnings to $126,184. Lifetime, he has 12 wins, 10 seconds and five thirds from 35...
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Good Oil Burner final

on 12/03/2005 12:00 AM
In the $57,000 Oil Burner Final, Deliver The Goods], driven by Cat Manzi, prevailed by 1 1/4 lengths over Moonlite Jazz in 1:52.3 Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Cam’s Conqueror was third by a length and a half. Deliver The Goods,a 3-year-old gelded son of Richess Hanover trained by Ken Rucker, posted his eighth win with four seconds in 19 starts, banking $63,193 for Mi...
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Village Jolt now retired

on 12/02/2005 12:00 AM
The 2004 Woodrow Wilson and Breeder’s Crown winner Village Jolt p,2,1:51.1; 3,1:50.f-1:52.3h-’05 ($1,634,220) has been retired to enter stud at Fashion Farms in Pennsylvania. The 3 year old concluded an illustrious career in which he retired as the fastest and richest 2-year-old by Cam's Card Shark. He was also the only horse ever to win the Woodrow Wilson Pace...
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French-sired horse wins

on 12/02/2005 12:00 AM
Nelson November reached the winner’s circle in December with a 1 3/4-length tally over former Ohio Sire Stakes star Nahcotta Jude in 1:56.1 in the $35,000 featured condition trot Friday night at the Meadowlands. Nelson November, driven by Brian Sears and trained by Trond Smedshammer, picked up his fifth win of the year. The 5-year-old chestnut son of the French sire Coktail J...
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Pacing mares in action

on 12/02/2005 12:00 AM
Jet Lag N took advantage of the rail starting post to win the $40,000 feature for filly and mare pacers in 1:53.4 Friday night at Woodbine. At the Meadowlands the same night, Miss Galvinator A won the mare feature in 1:53.1. Jet Lag N took control of her race at the half and went on to eke out a neck victory over Valley Electric. Gifted Seelster was third. Stonebridge Kisses, who was shootin...
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Pompano to race series

on 12/01/2005 12:00 AM
Pompano Park has announced that its two top stakes events, the Isle of Capri Pacing Series and Mack Lobell Trotting Series, would go on as scheduled in February 2006. Nomination forms are now available for the two events. Both series will feature preview events plus two weeks of elimination races followed by a final for the top nine point earners in their respective series. Last year, He Wa...
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Jake's Nordic takes Open

on 12/01/2005 12:00 AM
For the second week in a row, Dan and Tom Courtemansche's Jake's Nordic won the $24,000 Open Handicap trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Last week Jake's Nordic turned in a rare victory coming from behind. This time Tim Curtin put the fast-leaver right into the lead and the 6-year-old Michigan-bred gelding rolled to his fastest win of the year turning back seven foes in 1:56.1. Columbus...
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Youbet buying United Tote

on 12/01/2005 12:00 AM
Youbet.com Inc.has announced that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held United Tote Company for approximately $34.2 million in cash. Youbet expects to fund the purchase price and additional capital needs of the company with cash on hand and expected proceeds from an equity financing pursuant to the company’s effective shelf registration statement and a n...
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Lex. sale announces dates

on 12/01/2005 12:00 AM
The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale has announced its 2006 sale dates at the Fasig-Tipton Sale Pavilion, which will be Wednesday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 8. The sale coincides with the second week of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile, concluding the day after the meet closes.
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Fla. track ready to go

on 11/30/2005 12:00 AM
Pompano Park will re-open for night harness racing on Friday, Dec. 2, following repairs and cleanup of damage caused by Hurricane Wilma. The track will begin with live racing three nights a week, on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, with post time 7:25 p.m. “(Monday) night we tested the lighting system and everything worked fine,â€? general manager Dick Feinberg said. Ã...
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Morgan stays hot at DD

on 11/30/2005 12:00 AM
For the second consecutive week, Apache Dame won top honors in the $24,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Nov. 29. It was one of five winners for meet leader Tony Morgan. Post eight was not a burden for Morgan and Apache Dame as the Ontario-bred came up big in a 1:52.3 victory in the distaff feature of the week. Pacific Illusion (Brandon Givens) finished second...
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Manzi's lead slipping

on 11/30/2005 12:00 AM
Only three weeks ago Cat Manzi appeared to have a firm hold on the dash championship as he had a 32-win lead over runner-up Mark MacDonald and a bulging 52-win margin over third-place Tony Morgan. However, Manzi’s grip on first is beginning to weaken a bit as Morgan, who has been on a win binge since recently moving his base to Dover Downs, is only 23 wins away as of Wednesday mor...
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Ford hopes to burn oil

on 11/30/2005 12:00 AM
He may have been initially purchased to race in the claiming ranks, but Moonlite Jazz is now one of the top contenders heading into the $57,500 Oil Burner on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The colt is one of two entrants trainer Mark Ford will start in the final of the three-week Oil Burner Series for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. "He has been a very pleasant surprise,� For...
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Passionate Glide Scores

on 11/26/2005 12:00 AM
Passionate Glide chased down world champion Macaria Hanover in the lane and drew off to a 1:55.4victory in the $516,800 Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly trot with Ron Pierce in the bike. Pure Ivory rallied in the lane to garner the third spot. After an opening quarter in :28.1 by Love On the Rocks, driver Dave Palone sent Macaria Hanover to the lead. Pierce then flushed the Quebec sensation Merl...
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My Little Dragon roars

on 11/26/2005 12:00 AM
Ron Pierce picked up his second Breeders Crown title in as many races Saturday night at the Meadowlands, ushering My Little Dragon to a 1:52.1 victory in the $500,000 2-year-old filly pace. Darlin?s Delight and Yannick Gingras were more than two lengths back in second with Dave Palone bringing Caviart Sydney home third. A multiple horse shuffle in the first quarter mile had Sweetheart winner Lo...
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Chocolatier easy winner

on 11/26/2005 12:00 AM
Chocolatier rebuffed the first-over challenge by RC Royalty at the three quarters and cruised to a 1:56.1 victory for D.R. Ackerman in the $507,600 Breeders Crown 2-year-old colt and gelding trot. Mr. Pine Chip and Dave Palone rallied in deep stretch to be second while Capetown Hall and Brian Sears were third. Starting from post one, Chocolatier did not get a fast start and was fourth behine RC...
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Strong Yankee takes trot

on 11/26/2005 12:00 AM
Strong Yankee held off Vivid Photo down the lane and captured the $610,000 Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt and gelding trot in 1:53.4 for driver Brian Sears. Sir Perseverance and George Brennan closed from the back of the field to be third. Trainer-driver Roger Hammer had Vivid Photo leaving alertly from behind the gate and leading the field to the quarter in :27.4. Then Sears tipped Strong Yank...
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Blur gives Trond threepeat

on 11/26/2005 12:00 AM
Blur swept into the lead after the opening quarter then held off a late surge by Flawless Bluestone in deep stretch and captured the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-year-old filly trot, giving the driver-trainer combination of Brian Sears and Trond Smedshammer a sweep of the sophomore trotting events. Just Like Dream and John Campbell were third. After an opening quarter in :29.2 Sears followed David...
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