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Willis takes top Fox spots

on 04/14/2006 2:00 AM
Trainer Nelson Willis had two reasons to smile on Thursday night when Apache Hotspur and Johns My Buddy finished one-two in the $19,000 second leg of the Fox Sports Net Series at the Meadowlands. The final time was 1:50.3.Driven by Cat Manzi, Apache Hotspur got up in the final strides to win, holding off his stablemate Johns My Buddy by a neck. It was a half-length back to Cut Loose Hanover in thi...
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Givens wins a pair

on 04/14/2006 2:00 AM
Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) championship finals for 3-year-old pacers and trotters were held Thursday at Dover Downs. The fastest time of the day came in the $100,000 DSBF Colt and Gelding Pace. Eddie Davis Jr. shot Lather Machine, owned by his breeders Gary and Barbara Iles of Harrington, Del., quickly into the lead and continued on the front end with none of his s...
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Harmer prospects qualify

on 04/14/2006 2:00 AM
Maywood Park held three qualifiers Thursday morning, with 3-year-old colt prospect Pujols taking the first dash in 1:57.3. The son of Cole Muffler is returning from a 2006 season in which he posted a line of 11-6-3-2 and won $159,650 for trainer Tom Harmer. He won a $20,000 elimination of the Woodrow Wilson and the $47,600 Sarah Myers, took second in the $140,000 Abe Lincoln at Maywood, and pla...
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Un-Real Desire sets mark

on 04/14/2006 2:00 AM
Real Desire made plenty of headlines while he earned more than $3.1 million over his racing career, and now Un-Real Desire has made his own. On Saturday, April 8, the 6-year-old gelding Un-Real Desire's 1:57.2 win over the half-mile Scarborough Downs racetrack earned him the distinction of being the first Standardbred to pace that fast before mid May in the state of Maine. With John Beckwith dr...
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7 wins for Bono Bests

on 04/14/2006 2:00 AM
Bono Bests held off Pandrogynous for a three-quarter length, 1:53.1 victory in the $22,500 Suslow Series on Friday night at the Meadowlands.The victory came over a track turned sloppy after storms hit the area. David Miller drove Bono Bests to the score over just four starters. He had finished third behind Pandroogynous in his previous start.There were only five starters and no show wagering was o...
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Loyal Opposition scores

on 04/14/2006 2:00 AM
Top pacing mares were back in action at the Meadowlands Friday night and Loyal Opposition easily cruised to a 1:52.1 victory after starting from post one.With Andy Miller driving, Loyal Opposition paced home in :27 to win by 1 1/4 lengths over her biggest rival in 2005, Burning Point. Miss Galvinator A was third.Loyal Opposition now has three wins in five starts this season for owner Daniel Waxman...
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Stormaway sets mark

on 04/14/2006 2:00 AM
Stormaway, a 3-year-old colt by Northern Luck out of a Matt\'s Scooter mare, wired the field and set a stakes mark of 1:50.4 in winning the $57,000 Youthful Pacing final Friday night at Woodbine. Stonebridge Regal held the previous stakes record.Driven by Mark Megens, Stormaway set fractions of :26.3, :55.3 and 1:27 before pacing home in :27.4 to hold off John Dilinger by a neck. Armbro Damien, a ...
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Hellava Hush qualifies

on 04/14/2006 2:00 AM
Hellava Hush, a Pompano Park track record holder and recent winner of the Mack Lobell Trotting Series Final, won a qualifying race at Pompano Friday morning, in 1:56.2. His next start will be in an Open trot at the Meadowlands later this month.With Tom Sells driving on Friday, Hellava Hush cut quarter-mile fractions of ::29.4, ::58.4 and 1:27.3 on the way to a 16 3/4-length score.The career winner...
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Bottom\'s up in Blossom

on 04/13/2006 2:00 AM
Bikini Bottom repeated in the Blossom Series at the Meadowlands Wednesday night, winning the $22,500 second leg in 1:53.1. Driven by Andy Miller for trainer Mark Ford, Bikini Bottom swept to the lead at the three-quarters to win by 1 ¾ lengths. Armbro Davina (Brian Sears) was second with She's Game (Yannick Gingras) third. In last week's first leg, Bikini Bottom, a 3-year-old filly by Cam...
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Princess beats boys at Monti

on 04/13/2006 2:00 AM
Celebrity Princess starred in the $10,800 Preferred Handicap Trot at Monticello Wednesday afternoon, wiring her foes in 2:00.1. The 7-year-old mare by Sierra Kosmos drew the rail after moving up from the Not Listed Preferred class. Driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. sent her right to the lead, and after even fractions of :29.2, 1:00 and 1:30.3, Celebrity Princess won by 2 ½ lengths. Celebrity Princ...
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Adios\' vet dies in Alaska

on 04/13/2006 2:00 AM
Dr. Elmer Marx Jr., the personal veterinarian for the great Adios when the horse lived at Delvin Miller's Meadow Lands Farm near The Meadows racetrack, died Saturday, April 8, in Juneau, Alaska. He was 79. Born in St. Louis, Dr. Marx attended veterinary school in Panama while serving as a bombardier pilot on a B-29 in the U.S. Air Force before completing his education at the University of Penns...
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Process can be lengthy

on 04/13/2006 2:00 AM
After receiving suspensions totaling 44 years and fines of $51,500 Wednesday afternoon from the New Jersey Racing Commission on various charges of violations of commission rules, Eric and Seldon Ledford, Ryan and Ardena Dailey, and Dr. John Witmer all have avenues to appeal the rulings. The commission's findings after the two days of hearings on April 4 and 6 are separate from criminal charges tha...
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Idol star at Plainridge

on 04/13/2006 2:00 AM
American Idol final-16 contestant Ayla Brown has been lined up to sing the national anthem at Plainridge Racecourse Monday, April 17. Brown will sing at 3:30 p.m., a half-hour before the start of the racing card. Brown will also meet and greet fans and sign autographs. A high school star basketball player expected to play college ball at Boston College, Brown is from Wrentham, Mass. On April 9,...
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Blue set for date with stud

on 04/13/2006 2:00 AM
The date\'s not yet set, but Rainbow Blue will soon be bred to Western Hanover. Kevin and Ronald Fry and George and Brenda Teague, the owners of the 2004 Horse of the Year Rainbow Blue, have announced the mating for the recently retired mare. Rainbow Blue\'s trainer, George Teague, said, \"There are several high quality pacing stallions out there, but we felt that we should go to the best avail...
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Cummings wins 1000th

on 04/13/2006 2:00 AM
Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway turned out to be a very special night for John Cummings Jr. On another very sloppy track, Cummings made it to the winner's circle for the 1000th time, scoring with Hananiah Shadrach in 2:02.2. "It is a big achievement that has taken a lot of hard work," said the 43-year-old Cummings. "I owe everything to my dad (trainer John Cummings Sr.). What you try to do ...
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Is colts\' qualie a BC prep?

on 04/13/2006 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands held 13 qualifiers Thursday morning, highlighted by a 1:52.2 clocking for Cookerosa to lead things off. Cookerosa, by The Panderosa, wired a field of 3-year-old colt pacers with owner-trainer Alton Lynch Jr. aboard. He was followed by Sandro Hanover p, 2 1:54.1 ($140,480); Jazzy Jeff p, 2, Q2:00 ($16,311); and Allamerican Input, an unraced brother of Allamerican Ingot p, 3, 1:50...
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A dreamy 8-length win

on 04/12/2006 2:00 AM
Dream-A-While overwhelmed seven rivals to win the $26,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace Tuesday at Dover Downs in 1:50.4. Art Stafford Jr. pulled out of fifth driving Dream-A-While, and whizzed past the leaders on the backstretch to take the lead at the three-quarter mark and then opened up big lead around the final turn to win by eight lengths lengths. Four Winds N, handled by Tony Morgan, was seco...
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Brown hurt at Kawartha

on 04/12/2006 2:00 AM
Driver Doug Brown has reportedly suffered a shattered heel as a result of a race accident Tuesday afternoon at Kawartha Downs. Surgery is needed to repair the damage. Brown, 50, was driving JC's Farewell when the horse he was following, Boned Again driven by Des Tackoor, made a break late in the mile. Brown could not avoid the breaking horse and was sent tumbling to the racetrack. Brown has ...
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Red Mile $78,000 richer

on 04/12/2006 2:00 AM
The Red Mile's budget appears to be more than $78,000 richer this year after the Kentucky General Assembly passed a budget for fiscal 2006-07 that abolishes the daily track fees and instead has the money paid to the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) coming from the state's General Fund. Kentucky Thoroughbred tracks currently pay a daily fee of $3,500 for every live race day to the KHRA whi...
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Plainridge opens meet

on 04/12/2006 2:00 AM
Six different reinsmen posted driving doubles on Tuesday afternoon as the 2006 live racing season got underway at Plainridge Racecourse in Massachusetts. The six drivers that posted two victories apiece Tuesday represented a variety of tracks. Among them was Brad Irvine, who spent the last few months at Cal-Expo. Irvine is the defending driving champion at Plainridge, and has won the award thre...
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