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Mare wins stakes at CalX

on 03/24/2006 12:00 AM
Desperatehousewife and driver-trainer Todd Ratchford won what was essentially a match race in a $25,000 California Sire Stakes event at Cal Expo Thursday night in 1:58.3. A field of five 4-year-old mares took to the track for the race, but after a pair of contenders made breaks off the gate and another was a non-factor, British Columbia (Steve Hyman) took to the lead with 2-5 favorite Desperate...
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Another

on 03/24/2006 12:00 AM
Maltese Artist, owned by John Howard, James Koran and George Leon, won a qualifier at The Meadows Friday morning in 1:54 with Mike Wilder aboard. From post position five, Maltese Artist went right to the lead and set fractions of :29, :57.1 and 1:26.1 before pacing his final quarter mile in :27.4. Western Millennium finished second..
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Western brother wins

on 03/24/2006 12:00 AM
Wyvern Hanover, a 3-year-old half brother to Western Hanover, won a qualifier at The Meadows Friday morning in 1:57.4 by 11 ¼ lengths. Trained by Mickey Burke, Wyvern Hanover is a son of Dragon Again. He took a mark of 1:54.2 last year at age two at The Red Mile, one of his four starts for then-trainer Mark Harder.
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Vysoke Tatry scores again

on 03/23/2006 12:00 AM
After earlier capturing the Snow Angel, White Ruffles and Night Styles finals this winter at the Meadowlands, Vysoke Tatry is on target to make it four with a Jersey Girls score next week. The 4-year-old daughter of Dragon's Lair was the 1-5 favorite and she easily dispatched her rivals in the final $20,000 round of the series Wednesday night with a 1:53 effort. Driven by Andy Miller for his tr...
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Kentucky casino bill dead

on 03/23/2006 12:00 AM
A bill that could have led to casinos at the eight racetracks in Kentucky appears to be a dead issue after House leaders on Wednesday prevented the bill from getting to the House Floor. The bill was sent to the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee, where many bills go late in the session to die. The House had to act on the bill by Wednesday, either sending it to the floor for a possible v...
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Great George qualifies

on 03/23/2006 12:00 AM
Great George Two began his 4-year-old season with a strong start as the son of Hobokenbahamamamas was victorious in a trot/pace qualifier at Rosecroft Raceway on Wednesday morning, topping a field of eight with an easy mile in 1:59.3. Racing for the partnership of trainer Bib Roberts, Graham Grace Stables LLC and M&W Stables LLC, the North Carolina-bred trotter came first-over at the half to cl...
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Fire at Ocean kills horse

on 03/23/2006 12:00 AM
A barn fire at Ocean Downs in Maryland late Wednesday afternoon killed one horse and caused minor injuries to a caretaker who was leading horses away from the inferno. Speedy Mac, a 4-year-old mare trotter, was reportedly killed in the blaze that was reported around 5:30 p.m. Speedy Mac made 26 career starts, with eight wins and a mark of Q2:06.1h at Saratoga Harness. She was sold last June to...
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Swedish trotter gets trip

on 03/23/2006 12:00 AM
Credit Winner offspring First Tilly won a Grand Prix Series for 4 year olds at the Solvalla track in Stockholm, Sweden Wednesday night, trotting in a mile rate of 2:01.2 over 2,140 meters. First Tilly, driven by Per Lennartsson, won over another Credit Winner progeny, Blue Chip Star. Finnish guest Old Maid Hall, who spent most of the race first-over, finished third. The eliminations of the s...
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A drug to stop gambling?

on 03/22/2006 12:00 AM
Published reports state a University of Minnesota psychiatrist has found a drug that compulsive gamblers can take to diminish their urge to gamble. Dr. Jon Grant has reportedly found that a drug called nalmefene dramatically reduced gambling thoughts and cravings. Dr. Grant completed a test study of 207 gamblers at 15 outpatient centers across the country. Grant discovered a problem in that two...
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Gidde Palema wins debut

on 03/22/2006 12:00 AM
The Swedish champion and international star Gidde Palema, a son of 1992 Hambletonian winner Alf Palema, made his season\'s debut a winning effort at his home track Axevalla in Sweden Tuesday night. With trainerÅke Svanstedt in the sulky, he cut the fractions and had no serious opposition during the way to a 2:03.4 mile-rated win over 2,140 meters. \"I had hoped for a sharper test, but the t...
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Con Man scores in Sweden

on 03/22/2006 12:00 AM
Another interesting winner at the Axevalla track in Sweden on Tuesday night was Con Man (Conway Hall - Idol Thoughts), who posted his second straight win for the Goop Stable. Björn Goop guided the 5-year-old U.S. import, who failed to show his talent last year when he was raced in Italy. Con Man took a mark of 1:55.1 at The Red Mile in 2004 when he won a Kentucky Sire Stakes championship as a ...
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Ky. casino bill amended

on 03/22/2006 12:00 AM
A proposed bill that could allow up to nine casinos in Kentucky had four amendments attached in the state House Tuesday, including ones that specify casinos at the racetracks. One amendment called for casinos at the eight tracks and three other locations, with those sites not being within a 50-mile radius of a track casino. Another proposal called for a constitutional amendment that would permi...
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Meadows ship-in shines

on 03/22/2006 12:00 AM
Bright Connection shipped in from The Meadows and dominated a good field of Open trotters at Northfield Monday night, winning in 1:57.3. With Brett Miller in the bike, the John Sokol-trainee went gate-to-wire for his fourth win in nine seasonal starts and the 5-year-old Armbro Scorpion gelding won by 6 1/4 lengths over Pine Hill Jewel and favored Semper Fi Hall, who broke leaving the start. ...
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Roddy\'s brother wins

on 03/22/2006 12:00 AM
Deliver The Bags, a half brother to Matron winner Roddy\'s Bags Again, won his second straight lifetime start, this time with a 1:55.4 effort, in an $8,400 Delaware event for 4- and 5-year-old pacers Tuesday night at Dover Downs. Jim King drove the Sealed N Delivered gelding, owned by Dave Slayback, to a wire-to-wire victory, beating CR Shanghai. In other action, the passing lane paid off fo...
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Big Boy wins Open

on 03/22/2006 12:00 AM
Big Boy Josh got a masterful steer from driver-trainer-owner Charles Conrad to win the Open Trot at Balmoral Tuesday night in 1:56.3. Defending Open champ Universal Star, the 1-2 favorite, trotted to the top in :27.4. Driver Andy Miller gave him a break with a soft :31.2 second quarter. Conrad unleashed Big Boy Josh in the lane and he zoomed home in :27.4 to win by one-third of a length. Un...
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Trainer\'s horses at 5 tracks

on 03/21/2006 12:00 AM
New Zealand-born trainer Mark Harder was busy last weekend as the 44 year old started 10 horses at five different tracks in two countries. Harder started four horses at Woodbine, three at the Meadowlands, and one each at Freehold, Flamboro Downs and Georgian Downs. Overall Harder\'s scorecard read 10-1-0-4, with that lone win coming from 2004 Meadowlands Pace winner Holborn Hanover at the Meado...
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Indiana\'s Ewart to retire

on 03/21/2006 12:00 AM
Indiana Downs' Director of Racing Jim Ewart will call it a career later this summer. Ewart, who has been involved in harness racing in one facet or another since 1959, will work in the Indiana Downs race office for the first few weeks of the meet, which begins in July, and then turn over the lines. He will turn 67 in May and will celebrate 25 years of marriage to his wife, Sandy, in August. "It...
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Ohio\'s Earl Bowman dies

on 03/20/2006 12:00 AM
Noted Ohio horseman Earl Bowman, who raced such notables as Bang The Door, Slam The Door and Ruff Door in Ohio, died Saturday just a few days short of his 81st birthday. For many years Bowman trained almost exclusively for Elbridge Moxley. One of the products of their relationship was the fine mare Jane Brewer p, 2:062h, who made her mark as a broodmare. She produced 17 foals, all of which made...
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Two Four Leaf Clover splits

on 03/18/2006 12:00 AM
A pair of veteran campaigners turned in sharp performances with Pacific Renegade (1:50.1) and Shu Hanover (1:50.3), taking their respective $25,000 divisions of the Four Leaf Clover Series on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The two will be among the 10 advancing to $137,120 Four Leaf Clover Final on March 25. In the first division, Pacific Renegade [$10.00, $3.00, $3.00], driven by Yannic...
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Paragon wins series

on 03/18/2006 12:00 AM
Coming from second-over at the top of the lane, Paragon ($11.90, $7.00, $4.30) and driver Rick Zeron held the rest of the closing field at bay in 1:52.3 to win the the 20th edition of the $123,500 Cam Fella Pacing Series Saturday night at Woodbine. The Cam Fella Series was restricted to 3- and 4 year olds. Paraon notched a half-length victory for trainer Tony Montini. Bona Fide X Ample ($11...
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