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Ledford suspended 10 years

on 04/12/2006 2:00 AM
The New Jersey Racing Commission has suspended Eric Ledford a total of 10 years and six months and fined him $12,000 as the result of an investigation conducted by the New Jersey State Police and a search executed by the State Police on March 31. Others involved in the investigation - his father, trainer Seldon Ledford, trainer Ryan Dailey and his wife, Ardena Dailey, and veterinarian John R. W...
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Tweedle Dum\'s streak ends

on 04/11/2006 2:00 AM
Ultimate Sundance ($5.00) brought an end to Tweedle Dum's four-race winning streak Monday, posting a neck victory in 1:56.2 in the Preferred Trot at Pompano Park. The $9,000 featured race started off with Tweedle Dum and driver Walter Ross, Jr. going to the early lead with Ultimate Sundance (Bruce Ranger) grabbing the two-hole spot. Tweedle Dum cut fractions of :28.2, :57.1 and 1:27.4 to the th...
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Wailer bests Balmoral mares

on 04/11/2006 2:00 AM
Taylor Wailer rode live cover to a 1:51.3 victory in the $15,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Balmoral Park Monday night, winning at 21-1. A switch to leading reinsman Mike Oosting and a third-over trip turned into a 2 1/4 –length win for the 7-year-old Life Sign mare. Sightings (Sam Widger) used Taylor Wailer\'s cover to grab second and favorite Parklane Powerful (Dale Hiteman) never ...
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Vivid Photo qualifies

on 04/11/2006 2:00 AM
Vivid Photo, the winner of the 2005 Hambletonian, won his first qualifying race of his 2006 racing season in 1:56.1 at The Meadows Tuesday morning. Owner, trainer and driver Roger Hammer guided the 4-year-old son of SJ's Photo to the 1 3/4-length victory over Joyardee. Starting from post two, Vivid Photo went right to the lead and set fractions of :29, :59, 1:27.1 and trotted home in :29.
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Top performers qualify

on 04/11/2006 2:00 AM
Alastor Hanover, a 3-year-old son of Rustler Hanover who starred in Ontario last season, won his first qualifier of 2006 at The Meadows Tuesday morning, wiring the field in 1:56.2. Buck I St. Pat, a 3-year-old trotting filly by Jailhouse Jesse, also won in 1:58.2. Jailhouse Jesse won six of eight starts last season and earned $77,436 while racing exclusively in Ohio. She won the qualifier by 12...
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Choose Six at Big M

on 04/11/2006 2:00 AM
The Choose Six, a new twist on a popular wager, officially launches on Friday, April 21, at the Meadowlands. The Choose Six is a variation of a traditional Pick 6 that requires the bettor to choose the winner of six races on the racing program but with two unique differences: the bettor, not the track, chooses the six races, which can be any six on the card, and the bettor has the option of buy...
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Self Professed trots 1:53

on 04/10/2006 2:00 AM
Making only his second start since he was purchased by Martin Scharf, Self Professed powered to a 3 3/4-length victory in 1:53 in Sunday afternoon\'s $126,500 Su Mac Lad final at the Meadowlands. The time was a lifetime record for the 4-year-old son of Self Possessed, who won at odds of 8-1. "He was nice and relaxed behind the gate," said driver Mike Lachance, winning the Su Mac Lad for the fi...
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Interest sold in Chocolatier

on 04/10/2006 2:00 AM
Southwind Farms has purchased a 25 percent interest in World Champion Chocolatier and will stand the horse at the conclusion of his racing career, it was announced today. "We're excited to stand a horse of this caliber," said Southwind owners Connie and Allen Skolnick, "and we're also delighted to be involved with the Ackermans, one of the classiest families in the sport." Chocolatier is tra...
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Track mark set in Italy

on 04/10/2006 2:00 AM
The Viking Kronos-sired filly Guilia Grif won the Premio Italia over the weekend at the half-mile track in Bologna. She was timed in a new track record of 1:58 over 1,660 meters. Viking Kronos is a son of 1993 Hambletonian champion American Winner and 1985 Hambletonian Oaks winner Conch. The race got underway with breaks by Giotta d'Alfa and Gloria Gainor and when the field was settled the seas...
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Primetime Bobcat wins SPC

on 04/09/2006 2:00 AM
Primetime Bobcat won Saturday night\'s $114,500(C) Spring Championship Series final Saturday night at Woodbine, edging Tigarama by a nose in 1:49.4. The time was a career-best for Tigerama, who was driven by Jody Jamieson to the upset 18-1 victory. Roddy\'s Bags Again was third. After leaving from post eight, Jamieson and Primetime Bobcat settled for second along the cones, as MacDonald and Tig...
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A spirited Big M victory

on 04/09/2006 2:00 AM
Spirit Of A Shark set all the fractions and coasted to a 1 1/4-length victory in the featured $35,000 winners-over conditioned pace on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Brian Sears posted his third winner of the night, guiding Spirit Of A Shark to his second consecutive victory. The 5-year-old son of Cam's Card Shark has four wins, two seconds and one third in eight starts this year. Rob Ro...
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A rebel yell at Hoosier

on 04/09/2006 2:00 AM
Rebelman battled back in his 5-year-old debut and won the $23,000 Invitational pace on Saturday, April 8 at Hoosier Park. With driver Joe Essig Jr. aboard, the gelded son of Electric Yankee rallied, took the lead in the stretch en route to victory, and paced the mile in 1:52.4. "He (Rebelman) felt really good coming down the stretch tonight," Essig said "Not everything went as planned. I didn...
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41-1 upset in Suslow leg

on 04/08/2006 2:00 AM
Pandrogynous, benefiting from a third-over trip, rallied for a 1 1/2-length victory over Real Mean Art in the $22,500 opening round of the Suslow Series, on Friday night at the Meadowlands. Bono Bests, the 8-5 favorite, held on for third. Sent off at odds of 41-1, Pandrogynous posted his fourth win in 11 lifetime starts, first victory in his third start this year. The victory was one of a ...
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Indiana Sire Stakes held

on 04/08/2006 2:00 AM
Joe Putnam and Nowthat'saplanman remained in the pocket until the stretch drive, at which point they pushed past Townline Roll On and driver Don Eash and won the first of two Indiana Sire Stakes, both of which were non-betting races at Hoosier Park Friday night. Putnam and Nowthat'saplaman raced in the second spot for the first three-quarters of the mile, and it wasn't until the stretch that P...
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Kakaley double pays $38.20

on 04/08/2006 2:00 AM
Veteran driver John Kakaley, 45, who has won more than 1,200 races during his successful career, and his 18 year-old son Matt, who won his very first race earlier in the week, grabbed the spotlight in the early daily double at Pompano Park on Friday night. After John took the opener with the 3-year-old pacing filly Iamasurvivor in 1:58, son Matt captured the second half of the double by guidin...
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Youthful splits contested

on 04/08/2006 2:00 AM
Stormaway, who was not entered in round one of the Youthful Series at Woodbine, scored a 1:53 victory in the first of two $20,000(C) second-leg divisions Friday night at the Toronto racetrack. With Mark Megens driving for his trainer-brother, Dan Megens, Stormaway won by four lengths over Armbro Damien and Gran Sasso. The win was Stormaway\'s fifth in six starts. He is owned by Dan Megens, J...
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Pierce wins in series

on 04/07/2006 2:00 AM
Ron Pierce piloted the winners of both $19,000 divisions of the opening round of the Fox Sports Net Series on Thursday night at the Meadowlands, first with Real Hanover and then with South Park Hanover. He scored with Real Hanover in the fifth race and South Park Hanover in the eighth race. Using an explosive final eighth of a mile, Real Hanover [$12.60, $6.20, $2.20] rallied for a half-len...
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Ledford hearing concludes

on 04/07/2006 2:00 AM
According to reports, Thursday's New Jersey Racing Commission hearing regarding the recent raid on the Seldon Ledford Stable at Showplace revealed that blood-doping drugs were stowed in assistant trainer Ryan Dailey's house and in a garage refrigerator and that Dailey told him that Ledford had given them to him more than a year ago and told him to "hold onto it for when you need it." The statem...
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Italian stallion kidnapped

on 04/07/2006 2:00 AM
The 20-year-old champion Italian sire Lemon Dra was kidnapped sometime during the night between April 5 and 6 at the Allevamento Mariano farm. At the moment there is very little information about the kidnapping. Lemon Dra, a son of the champion Italian sire Sharif di Iesolo, is probably nearing retirement as a sire since he has had fertility problems this year. Earlier it was revealed that he w...
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Delay at Plainridge

on 04/07/2006 2:00 AM
The fans of live racing at Plainridge Racecourse will have to wait a bit longer for the opening card of at the 2006 meet -- but the wait will only be 24 hours. The Massachusetts track had been dark for several days while the state legislature haggled over racing legislation that had lapsed. The issue was resolved yesterday, and Plainridge had hoped to race both Monday and Tuesday this coming we...
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