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Vernon opening delayed

on 04/20/2006 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs’ owner Jeff Gural has told the Oneida Dispatch that the planned opening of the track over the Memorial Day weekend has been postponed due to a delay in obtaining a racing license. Gural said the delay is due to the New York State Racing and Wagering Board’s concern over the repayment of money owed to creditors. An agreement reached regarding the racetrack’s bankruptcy resolut...
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Sand Vic trots 1:55.1

on 04/20/2006 2:00 AM
Sand Vic, a 5-year-old stallion by Mr. Vic, qualified at the Meadowlands Thursday morning with a powerful wire-to-wire score by 15 lengths in 1:55.1. The 5-year-old mare Mystical Sunshine finished fifth in the race. Trainer Trond Smedshammer was in the sulky behind Sand Vic, who finished second in last year’s Allerage Trot, Nat Ray, and Cutler Memorial. He sports a lifetime mark of 1:54.1f ta...
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Big names qualify at Big M

on 04/20/2006 2:00 AM
Highly-regarded sophomore pacer Sandro Hanover posted the fastest of 12 qualifiers at the Meadowlands Thursday morning with a 1:52.1 effort, while peer Palone Ranger had to settle for a third-place finish in his contest. Trained by Mickey Burke, Sandro Hanover already had a win, second and third in three qualifying attempts this year, but the son of Western Hanover posted a career-best effort T...
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Real Hanover wins Fox final

on 04/20/2006 2:00 AM
Driver David Miller capped off a good night at the Meadowlands Thursday by winning the $43,315 Fox Sports Net final with Real Hanover in 1:50.4. Real Hanover rallied from off the pace to win by 1 1/4 lengths over betting favorite Apache Hotspur, one of a trio of Nelson Willis trainees. Real Hanover paid $9.60. Miller sat behind Real Hanover back on Feb. 10, finishing fifth in a preliminary r...
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Aranesp found in Ontario

on 04/20/2006 2:00 AM
The Investigative Unit of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC), working with other police and regulatory services, has taken a supplier of drugs to the horse racing industry out of business, the ORC reported Thursday. On Tuesday, April 18, authorities converged on a residence in Toronto and on a Steel Company in suburban Mississauga to execute two search warrants for illegal drugs, under the Co...
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Morgan wins seven

on 04/19/2006 2:00 AM
Two days into the Harrington Raceway meet, Anthony Morgan is well on his way to making history at the First State\'s half-mile racetrack. Morgan won seven races on the Tuesday card, giving him 11 wins in just two days. Morgan drove the winners of the first four races, including 17-1 Lydia Leister (1:56) in the fourth race. He later piloted Debbie Avery\'s Fake the Moment N (1:54.2) to victory i...
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New Pompano late-closers

on 04/19/2006 2:00 AM
Pompano Park has announced it will hold four late-closer series for 2-year-old pacers this summer: The Sunset Filly Pace; the Early Bird Colt Pace; the Seminole Filly Pace; and the Gator Colt Pace. The Sunset Filly Pace and Early Bird Colt Pace take place the first week of June and are not restricted to state-bred foals. There are two weeks of preliminary rounds followed by finals of $7,500 added ...
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Trotting fillies in action

on 04/19/2006 2:00 AM
Armbro Deliberate pulled off the $24 upset to kick off the second leg of the Celia’s Counsel, the first of three $18,000 divisions in Woodbine’s trotting series for sophomore fillies held on Tuesday night. Rick Zeron drove the San Pellegrino bay, from the eight hole, to the three-quarter length score over Helens Melons. Gyration Hanover was third, beaten 1 ½ lengths. Six trotters were ...
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Catskill OTB opposes Tioga

on 04/19/2006 2:00 AM
Published reports today state Catskill Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation has asked the New York State Racing and Wagering Board to not license Tioga Downs. Catskill OTB president and CEO Donald Groth reportedly said any license approval to Tioga would: 1) Reduce the OTB revenues that the local and neighboring counties have been getting; 2) Take racing and gaming business away from Catskill OT...
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Mare sets season\'s mark

on 04/19/2006 2:00 AM
Snazzy Millie posted a 1:54 clocking in Tuesday night’s $40,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine, setting a North American season’s mark for older trotting mares as well as the Canadian season’s mark for all trotters. Driver Mark MacDonald sent the 6-year-old daughter of Royal Strength to the lead in an opening quarter in :27.3 before yielding to Stiletto (Luc Ouellette), who led the field thro...
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Dan Patch field almost set

on 04/19/2006 2:00 AM
The $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational is set for Saturday night, April 29, and Hoosier Park race secretary Kevin Mack has already invited nine horses to compete in the event. Those already invited include defending champ Maltese Artist, Hop Sing, Team Hutch, Casimir Camotion, Prime Time Bobcat, Tigerama, Escape The Wind, Mypanmar and Rebelman. Last year Maltese Artist won the race with a decis...
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South Park\'s big recovery

on 04/19/2006 2:00 AM
It took rare magnetic resonance imaging equipment in Ontario and the surgical skill of a Cornell veterinarian to restore South Park Hanover to the racetrack. He makes his next start in Thursday night’s $43,315 Fox Sports Net Final at the Meadowlands and is rated 5-1 in the morning line. “He had the surgery on August 12, 2005 at Cornell, and it was performed by Dr. Lisa A. Fortier,” said T...
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Two Tuesday Open Trots

on 04/19/2006 2:00 AM
Near The Limit (1:55.3) and Eye Perfect (1:56.3) captured Tuesday night’s $9,500 and $9,000 Open Trot events, respectively, at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Jim Taggart Jr. drove Near The Limit to a new lifetime mark. The 4-year-old Yankee Glide gelding is owned by Donald Maiorano and trained by James Quinn. Eye Perfect, a 5-year-old Lindy Lane mare, was driven to victory by Tom Jackson. Sh...
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Vivid Photo qualifies again

on 04/19/2006 2:00 AM
Hambletonian champion Vivid Photo finished second in a qualifier at Rosecroft Raceway Wednesday morning. The winner of the 1:55.1 race was Lolique, a 3-year-old gelding by Tagliabue. Fractions for the mile were :28.2, :58.3 and 1:26.4. Lolique is owned by Pam Wagner (the wife of horseman John Wagner) and Scott Woogen. His dam is Crystal Vic, whose first foal (by Credit Winner) was Farmer Jo...
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Purse brings in shippers

on 04/19/2006 2:00 AM
There’s no denying that bigger purses attract better horses. Case in point: Monticello Raceway’s new $15,000 Preferred Pace. Of the solid eight-horse that went to post in the Mighty M’s newly carded event on April 18, three of the pacers who competed came in from other racetracks. In from Saratoga Raceway was the Jordan Myers-trained Bacon Hill Bandit and the Tim Case conditioned Eastern ...
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Big qualifier for Ponder

on 04/19/2006 2:00 AM
The Bob McIntosh Stable sent out a couple of its big guns in qualifiers at Windsor Raceway Wednesday morning. The 5-year-old pacing stallion Ponder won by 10 lengths in 1:54.3 while the 5-year-old trotting stallion Cash Hall scored in 1:56.1. Ponder, who was driven by Don Rankin Jr., sports career earnings of $843,745 and a mark of 1:48.3. Last year he finished first or second in 19 of 27 start...
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Future Destiny wins

on 04/19/2006 2:00 AM
Football’s Wayne Chrebet and boxing’s George Foreman now know what it is like to have a four-legged champion–-a pacing filly named Future Destiny--who won the $70,790 Blossom Final on Wednesday night at the Meadowlands with a 1:52.1 effort. Future Destiny [$4.20, $4.00] drew off to a four-length victory over longshot Pacific Philly [$24.20]. Bikini Bottom, who won both of her preliminar...
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Illinois prospect qualifies

on 04/18/2006 2:00 AM
My Boy David tore off a 1:55.4 qualifying mile at Balmoral Park Monday morning for driver-trainer Homer Hochstetler.Last year as a 2 year old, My Boy David won the $140,000 Abe Lincoln and the $80,000 Governor’s Cup and placed second in the $300,000 Orange and Blue Stakes. The son of Cole Muffler took a mark of 1:50.4 and earned $255,999 for owners Shirley Le Vin and David Riff.
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NHHC deadline looming

on 04/18/2006 2:00 AM
The deadline for the 2006 North America Harness Handicapping Contest—and its first-place prize package that includes $50,000--at the Meadowlands Saturday night, April 22, is approaching fast. Players who wish to ante up the $1,000 ($600 entry fee plus $400 bankroll) have until 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, to participate in the contest against the continent’s finest harness handicappers, inclu...
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Ledfords appeal suspensions

on 04/18/2006 2:00 AM
New Jersey Racing Commission deputy director Mike Vukcevich told harnessracing.com Tuesday morning, April 18, that suspended driver Eric Ledford, trainer Seldon Ledford, stable assistants Ryan Dailey and his wife, Ardena Dailey, and veterinarian Dr. John Witmer have all filed an appeal and requested a stay from commission executive director Frank Zanzuccki. Vukcevich earlier explained that if Z...
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