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Ontario Super Finals held

on 11/13/2005 12:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack hosted eight $300,000(C) Ontario Sire Stakes Super Finals Saturday night. Here are the winners: Two-year-old filly trot: Pure Ivory (Striking Sahbra), driven by Steve Condren in 1:57. Two-year-old filly pace: Valkyrie Hanover (Island Fantasy), driven by Roger Mayotte in 1:53. Two-year-old colt trot: Majestic Son (Angus Hall), driven by Rick Zeron in 1:56. Two-year-o...
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Road Kill at Cal Expo

on 11/13/2005 12:00 AM
Eaton Road Kill won the $50,000 Youbet.com Series final at Cal Expo Saturday night, setting a track record for older pacers with a 1:50.1 effort for trainer-driver Ed Hensley. The win was the 44th of Eaton Road Kill's career. He is owned by Gregg Pistochini.
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Gryffindor wins again

on 11/13/2005 12:00 AM
Gryffindor proved he is the sharpest 3-year-old pacer in Delaware these days as he paced wire-to-wire in 1:50 in the $394,120 Progress Pace Sunday night at Dover Downs. Driver David Miller had Gryffindor sprinting away from the gate with plenty of authority and they took command of the race from the rail-leaving Village Jolt. Gryffindor passed the first quarter in :26 and then hit the half in :...
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Woodbine preferred winners

on 11/12/2005 12:00 AM
Jet Lag N and Sweet Deal Hanover captured Preferred contests Friday night at Woodbine. Jet Lag N was a 1:51.1 winner in the $35,000(C) race for pacing mares while Sweet Deal Hanover scored in 1:53.4 in the $40,000(C) trotting event. Luc Ouellette directed Jet Lag N to the victory for trainer Richard Banca. The 6-year-old daughter of Direct Flight defeated runner-up Illusionist by 2 1/2 lengths,...
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Indiana dates announced

on 11/11/2005 12:00 AM
Indiana's 2006 racing calendar calls for the same number of dates as were offered by Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs in 2005, but includes some minor modifications. A total of 141 programs will comprise the meetings at both tracks, including twilight racing at Indiana Downs. The Indiana Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved the 2006 calendar during a meeting Thursday, Nov. 10. In a previo...
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Liberator wins ISOBA

on 11/11/2005 12:00 AM
With only four starters dropped into the entry box for the $12,000 ISOBA Super Sale Stakes on Thursday night at Balmoral Park, this event for state-bred 2-year-old trotting colts was carded as a non-wagering event. In perhaps the best performance of his nine-race career, Liberator continued his late season momentum with a resounding 15 1/4-length victory in 1:59.2. Patiently handled by drive...
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Vivid Photo wins qualifier

on 11/11/2005 12:00 AM
Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo won a qualifier at The Meadows Friday morning in 1:58.3. With Roger Hammer driving, the 3-year-old son of SJ's Photo clicked off fractions of :30, 1:00 and 1:28.3 en route to the easy victory. Vivid Photo has won 16 of 21 starts this year and nearly $1.3 million in purse earnings. Vivid Photo is expected to next start in the Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands. Eli...
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Brett Miller suspended

on 11/11/2005 12:00 AM
Driver Brett Miller has been given a 20-day suspension by the Ohio State Racing Commission for a human drug positive test in August at Northfield Park for benzuylecgonine, which is a metabolite of cocaine. Miller, 32, has not driven since Oct. 15, in which he competed at Northfield despite having a broken left hand. In late September Miller failed a breathalyzer test at the Delaware, Ohio, fair...
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Pompano to re-open Dec. 2

on 11/11/2005 12:00 AM
Pompano Park general manager Dick Feinberg has announced that the racetrack has set a timetable to reopen for simulcasting on Thursday, Nov. 17, and have targeted the return of live racing for Friday, Dec. 2. "After assessing all of the repairs that will be needed to reopen the facility from the damage caused by Hurricane Wilma, we are happy to announce that we should be able to reopen ahead o...
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Cabrini qualifies in 1:56.1

on 11/11/2005 12:00 AM
In final preparations for the upcoming Breeders Crown, Cabrini Hanover won a qualifier at Gaitway Farms in New Jersey Friday morning with a wire-to-wire effort in 1:56.1. With Brian Sears driving for trainer Jimmy Takter, the sophomore daughter of Western Ideal paced to an opening half of 1:00.1 before speeding home in :56 flat to seal the 7 1/2-length victory. Finishing fourth--a distant 17 lengt...
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Broke As Usual cashes

on 11/10/2005 12:00 AM
Broke As Usual A ended Coerfurt's four-race win streak with a 1:55.3 victory in the featured $24,000 Open Trot at Dover Downs Wednesday night. Drivers Ron Pierce and Brad Hanners led the way on the program with four winners each. Broke As Usual A was driven by Tony Morgan. Morgan got away in the middle of the pack with his charge as Hanners took the early lead with Coerfurst. Morgan tipped Brok...
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Yearling sale average up

on 11/10/2005 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Horse Sales Company's annual yearling auction in Harrisburg, Pa., concluded Wednesday night with a total of 1,006 yearlings selling for an average price of $31,541, up six percent from last year's sale. The yearling sale generated a gross of $31,730,000, up from last year's gross of $29,881,000. Last year's gross produced an average price of $29,732 for 1,005 horses sold. Ye...
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Matron finals on tap

on 11/10/2005 12:00 AM
The 2005 Matron Stakes for 2 year olds at Dover Downs come to a close on Saturday, Nov. 12, with $1 million on the line in four division finals. The colt pacers race for a $240,675 purse. Cat Manzi will be back to pilot Western Ace, a winner of 10 of his 11 career starts and $514,108 for Delaware-owners Teague Inc. and Kovach Stables. Mike Lachance will guide Jim Switlynk and Bob Gorney's Ar...
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Even field in Am Nat 3FP

on 11/10/2005 12:00 AM
A very evenly-matched group of 10 three-year-old pacing fillies, led by last week's elimination winners Up Front Dragonfly and Do Me Good, will close out the 2005 American National Stakes season on Saturday night at Balmoral Park. This contentious affair carries a purse of $250,000 and has been carded as race five on a big 12-race program. Up Front Dragonfly was particularly impressive in last ...
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Progress final set

on 11/10/2005 12:00 AM
As the luck of the draw had it, Rocknroll Hanover, the sport's leading money-winning horse this season, and Village Jolt, last season's top freshman pacer, drew posts one and two, respectively, and race as a Jeff Snyder-owned, Brett Pelling trained entry, in the $394,120 Progress Pace on Sunday night at Dover Downs. Village Jolt, with driver Ron Pierce, scored a stunning 1:50.4 career fastest w...
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Lonesome Day aims for BC

on 11/10/2005 12:00 AM
Trainer Ross Croghan said Thursday afternoon that he is pointing 2-year-old pacing filly Lonesome Day to the upcoming Breeders Crown and that is why he decided to not enter the full sister to 2001 Crown champion filly Cam Swifty in Saturday's Matron final at Dover Downs after she had won her elimination last weekend. Lonesome Day has six wins in eight starts this year, including the $330,000 Sw...
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Fla. slots compromise?

on 11/10/2005 12:00 AM
Thursday's Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel is reporting a compromise agreement appears to have been reached between the Florida State House and Senate regarding the addition of slot machines at racetracks and a jai-alai fronton in Broward County, including Pompano Park. The proposed agreement calls for the machines to be the Senate-preferred Las Vegas-style machines, which give higher payouts, instea...
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Strong Yankee takes Open

on 11/10/2005 12:00 AM
Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity winner Strong Yankee led wire to wire against older horses to win a $9,500 Open Wednesday night at Pocono Downs in 1:55.1. The win was the sixth of the year in 16 starts and third straight for the son of Muscles Yankee. Brian Sears was once again in the sulky behind Strong Yankee for trainer Trond Smedshammer and owner Strong Yankee Stable. The colt held off S...
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BC hopefuls in Gaitway quas.

on 11/10/2005 12:00 AM
Elegantimage winner Blur romped home a 13 1/4-length winner in 1:59 in one of 15 qualifiers at Gaitway Farm in New Jersey Thursday morning. The program had several 2 and 3 year olds of both gaits making final preps before the upcoming Breeders Crowns at the Meadowlands. With trainer Trond Smedshammer in the sulky, Blur crossed the wire in 1:59, easily outdistancing runner-up Her Culese, who ear...
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Walnut Hall Ltd. mares sell

on 11/10/2005 12:00 AM
The dispersal of the majority of Walnut Hall Ltd.'s broodmares took place Thursday at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, with 72 mares selling for a gross of $2.5 million. Walnut Hall Ltd., which has been operated by Alan Leavitt and his wife, Meg, announced following its September yearling auction that it would sell most of its broodmares and its weanling crop at Harrisburg. The top...
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