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Illinois purses to increase

on 05/05/2006 2:00 AM
Lucrative Illinois riverboat casinos would have to share their profits with the horse racing industry under legislation lawmakers approved Thursday. According to a report in the May 5 Chicago Tribune, four of the state\'s nine riverboats--those that make more than $200 million a year--would have to share 3 percent of their profits with the horse racing industry, which would generate about $36 mil...
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Tioga gears up for opener

on 05/05/2006 2:00 AM
Friday, June 9 will mark the return of racing to Tioga Downs in Nichols, New York. Racing has not graced the 5/8 mile track for 30 years. Tioga Downs will be racing a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday schedule through the end of June. Tioga will switch to its normal Friday, Sunday, and Monday schedule with the scheduled opening of Vernon Downs on July 1. Post time for Sunday cards will be 12:4...
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Mohawk qualifier recap

on 05/05/2006 2:00 AM
Y Chance It returned to form during the Friday morning qualifying session at Mohawk, trotting a gate-to-wire 1:54.4 mile with Randy Fritz in the bike. The 7-year-old Yentls Image gelding left from post five and recorded the fractions in :28.2, :57.2 and 1:25.4 before coming home in :29 to seal the one-length victory over Harlequin and driver Jody Jamieson. Trained by Ron O’Neill for partne...
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Vivid Photo ekes out win

on 05/05/2006 2:00 AM
Vivid Photo made his first start of his 4-year-old campaign a winning one by edging Hellava Hush at the wire in 1:54 at the Meadowlands Friday night. With trainer and owner Roger Hammer in the sulky, the 2005 Hambletonian champion left from post two and took the early lead as New York Yank, who started from post one, broke stride at the start. Hellava Hush dropped back to fourth as Sir Valahad ...
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Loyal Opposition fades

on 05/05/2006 2:00 AM
Easton Alliance N zipped home in :26.2 to sweep past Burning Point and Glowing Report and win a $32,500 feature for pacing mares in 1:50.2 at the Meadowlands Friday night. Strada Memorial winner Loyal Opposition led through the middle half but faded to sixth. Easton Alliance N, who won the Overbid Series final earlier this year, got away fifth in the seven-horse field early in the mile but then...
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Dancer splits for fillies

on 05/05/2006 2:00 AM
Xhilaration paced to a 1:54.1 score and Western Wisdom turned in a 1:54 effort to win the two $76,262 splits of the Helen Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old pacing fillies Friday afternoon at Freehold Raceway. Blossom winner Future Destiny finished second in the division won by Western Wisdom. Xhilaration, a daughter of Western Hanover, was sent to the front by driver George Brennan before the half...
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Eight wins for Stormaway

on 05/05/2006 2:00 AM
Stormaway continued his dominance over Ontario-sired 3-year-old pacing colts racing at Woodbine as he won a series leg in 1:51.4, giving him eight wins in nine starts this season. A 3-year-old colt sired by Northern Luck, Stormaway won by two lengths to post his fourth straight win at Woodbine. Dan Megens trains the colt and owns him in partnership with Janice Van Nest and Peter Caetano. Mark M...
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Hoosier Sire Stakes action

on 05/05/2006 2:00 AM
Ho Lotta Speed and driver Joe Essig Jr. used a last second maneuver to win the $12,000 second leg of the Indiana Sire Stakes Friday, May 5, at Hoosier Park. Kicking home with a final panel of :27.3, the 3 year old took a new lifetime mark of 1:55.2, besting her old one by one tick of a second. “I just put her (Ho Lotta Speed) on cruise control tonight,” said Essig Jr. “I was expecting to ...
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3YO winners at Big M

on 05/04/2006 2:00 AM
The 3-year-olds Badland’s Legacy, Wellesley Hall, Wiggle Out Of This and Bell Bottom Pans scored their first career wins at the Meadowlands Wednesday night. Badland’s Legacy, a filly by Badlands Hanover out of the unraced Die Laughing mare Sugarland Express, won by 2 ¾ lengths in 1:53.2 after starting from post nine. The filly was unraced as a 2 year old but had finished second and third i...
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Two in a row at Pompano

on 05/04/2006 2:00 AM
Tweedle Dum, fresh off his all-age track equaling performance of the previous week, had little trouble once again wiring the field in 1:54.3 in the $9,000 Preferred-Handicap Trot Wednesday night at Pompano Park. There were three quick lead changes by the opening quarter mile in :27.4 as driver Walter Ross Jr. had Tweedle Dum on the lead and in command for good. Talk About Me (Mickey McNichol) p...
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Hawthorne opens Saturday

on 05/04/2006 2:00 AM
Chicago Harness Racing returns to the in-town track on Saturday, May 6, as Hawthorne Race Course opens its37-night meet. Hawthorne will race six nights a week with a 7:20 p.m. post Tuesday through Saturday and a 6:30 p.m. post on Sundays and on opening night. To highlight the spring meeting, Hawthorne will present a pair of “Super Saturdays”. The second annual “Night Of Champions” will ...
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Record at Harrington

on 05/04/2006 2:00 AM
For the third consecutive night at Harrington Raceway, a track record was broken as 4-year-old trotter Nathan My Boy (Tony Morgan) set a new mark of 1:57.1 in the featured $13,500 winners-over trot on the First State\'s half-mile racetrack Wednesday. Owned by Brooks Stables, Fred Hertrich III and Green Racing, the Ilooklikemymom gelding set all the fractions and coasted to a one-half-length win...
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Race dates cut in Ontario

on 05/04/2006 2:00 AM
Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (GCGC) announced Thursday that it will cut race dates at Flamboro Downs and Georgian Downs in response to decreased wagering at both Ontario tracks. In a 24-page business plan released by the GCGC, data shows that wagering has fallen 14 percent at Flamboro since 2003 and 12 percent at Georgian Downs in the past nine months compared to the previous year. Overall...
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All-star qualies at Big M

on 05/04/2006 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands hosted 14 qualifiers Thursday morning featuring a bevy of 2005 stars making their return to the track, most notably Boulder Creek and Cabrini Hanover. In the first qualifier, Wherley stepped off a 1:58.4 mile, finishing fourth. Last year, the 3-year-old filly by Dream Vacation took a mark of 1:58.2 and earned $182,328. In the fourth qualifier, two-time Breeders Crown winner ...
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Connor OK after spill

on 05/04/2006 2:00 AM
Charles Connor Jr. suffered some bumps and bruises in a spill during qualifiers on Thursday morning at the Meadowlands. Connor, 50, of Durhamville, N.Y., was driving Yankee Slammer in the 11th race when his horse grabbed a boot and went down. \"The horse grabbed a bell boot and fell down while on a break,\" said Connor\'s son, Brian. \"The horse is okay, too.\" The senior Connor was take...
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Mertons sweep features

on 05/03/2006 2:00 AM
Monday afternoon at Monticello Raceway featured the $15,000 Mares Preferred and the $12,500 winners over pace and when the dust had settled the Merton brothers each came away with a victory. Mike won the Preferred Pace with Vivacious Raider in a 1:56:1 clocking and younger brother Greg copped the winners over with Bliss N Vinegar in a time of 1:57:4. According to Mike Merton he was the secon...
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Bright Connection wins Open

on 05/03/2006 2:00 AM
Bright Connection scored easily from the rail in Monday\'s $8,000 Open Trot at Northfield, posting a 1:56.4 gate-to-wire win. Bright Connection posted fractions of :29.1, :59.2 and 1:28 en route to the victory. His :57.2 back half was very impressive as he ended up 3 3/4 lengths better than Muscle Sprouts, with Oneforthemaster third. It was the sixth win in 13 starts for the 5-year-old Armb...
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Toy Dragon sets world mark

on 05/03/2006 2:00 AM
Joann and Joe Thomson\'s Toy Dragon set a world record for older mares on a half-mile racetrack Tuesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:52 win in the $15,000 Filly and Mare Open. The 5-year-old Dragon\'s Lair mare and driver Steve Warrington set fractions of :27.2, :55.2 and 1:23.4 before a :28.1 last quarter, in which she held off previous track record holder Yada Yada Yada A to the wire. Cross...
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Trooper prefers Monti

on 05/03/2006 2:00 AM
Daylon Trooper proved his superiority over the stalwart field in the $15,000 Preferred Pace at Monticello Tuesday when Stephane Bouchard guided him to a 1:55:2 victory. At the start Skeeter Todd (Ray Schnittker) charged for the lead, took command and led the field by the first panel in :28:2. He was still on the engine when the field of pacers breezed by the half-mile pole in a :58 clocking. ...
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New Pa. yearling sale

on 05/03/2006 2:00 AM
In addition to its traditional early November sale in Harrisburg, Standardbred Horse Sales Company will be conducting a yearling sale featuring Pennsylvania-bred yearlings in Harrisburg during the last week of August in 2007. Standardbred President Paul F. Spears said, “We are very pleased that we were able to secure the (Pennsylvania) Farm Show for this new venture. In addition to its well k...
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