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Trois Rivieres cancels

on 04/04/2006 2:00 AM
Trois Rivieres Racetrack in Quebec has canceled its Tuesday night live race card and qualifiers due to unsafe conditions. Live racing will not resume until Tuesday, April 11.
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NJ arrest release issued

on 04/03/2006 2:00 AM
The New Jersey State Police has issued a release detailing the arrest of four horsemen in New Jersey, including driver Eric Ledford. \"With these arrests, the New Jersey State Police has dealt a crushing blow to illegal activity in the sport of harness racing," said Colonel Rick Fuentes. Troopers in the Horse Race Unit arrested four people after an investigation into illegal performance enhan...
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Seldon Ledford suspended

on 04/03/2006 2:00 AM
The New Jersey Racing Commission has indefinitely suspended trainer Seldon Ledford following the raid on his barn at Showplace Farms in New Jersey last Friday that resulted in his son, Eric, and three others being arrested. Racing Commission executive director Frank Zanzuccki ruled that "…as a result of the investigative action taken New Jersey State Police on March 31, 2006, and based on...
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Great George Two scores

on 04/02/2006 1:00 AM
Great George Two rallied four-wide in the stretch and drew off to 1 3/4-length, 1:53.4 victory over Self Professed [in the $50,000 second-round of the Su Mac Lad Series Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands. The finish reversed their meeting last fall at The Red Mile, when Self Professed won a Bluegrass division. Great George Two was driven by Jonathan Roberts, the son of trainer Bib Roberts. ...
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Irvine off mounts

on 04/01/2006 12:00 AM
Hoosier Park opens tonight for its 13th season of harness racing and the Indiana track will be without its most accomplished driver. Don Irvine Jr. will not drive in the opening night card or the Sunday, April 2, program after failing field sobriety tests following a March 26 traffic accident. "We took him off his mounts today and Sunday. The decision was made yesterday morning," Hoosier Park p...
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Arrests following search

on 04/01/2006 12:00 AM
Driver Eric Ledford was arrested in the drivers' room at the Meadowlands before Friday night's program. The arrest came following a search by New Jersey State Police at the stable of his father, Seldon Ledford, at Showplace Farms earlier that day. The State Police searched the stable of Seldon Ledford Friday morning at Showplace Farms in Englishtown. Later that day all of Seldon Ledford's horse...
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Plainridge opening delayed

on 04/01/2006 12:00 AM
The opening of the 2006 race meet at Plainridge Racecourse is on hold. After the Massachusetts State Senate passed a simulcast extension late Friday afternoon, Speaker Sal Dimasi adjourned the House of Representatives until Monday April 3 at 11 a.m. (EDT). As a result, Plainridge Racecourse was informed by the Massachusetts Racing Commission that further operations would not be lawful. There...
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Dead heat at Big M

on 04/01/2006 12:00 AM
The photo finish could not separate Apache Hotspur and Live Out Loud at the wire, and they were both declared winners of the featured race at the Meadowlands Saturday night and shared the winning time of 1:51. Live Out Loud cut the fractions while Apache Hotspur made his bid out of the two hole, getting up in the final strides for the dead heat. They finished a length and three-quarters ahead o...
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New mark for Red Pop

on 04/01/2006 12:00 AM
Red Pop won his second straight race for trainer Casie Coleman, who began conditioning the horse following a claim on March 17. Red Pop's effort, a 1:50.2 mile, lowered his lifetime best by 2 1/5 seconds. Red Pop started from post four in the six-horse field and took the lead and sped through fractions of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:22.3. Colonel Cam rallied in the stretch drive, but Red Pop, a 5-year-o...
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A winner for Foreman

on 03/31/2006 12:00 AM
Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion George Foreman won his first race as harness horse owner. Future Destiny, a highly promising but lightly raced 3-year-old pacer, romped to a 1:55.1 victory at Dover Downs on Thursday, March 30. Foreman and Wayne Chrebet, former pass catching star of the New York Jets who owns other Standardbreds and races under the nom de course of Double Down stable, pu...
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Big Charmer three-peats

on 03/31/2006 12:00 AM
Big Charmer rattled off his third straight win in the $9,900 Preferred Handicap at The Meadows Thursday night, trotting in 1:56.2. Coming out of the nine hole, Dave Palone took the 6-year-old gelding back to sixth off the gate as Mysterious Speed (Tom Davis) and Rose Run Elvis (Don Rothfuss) fought for the lead to the quarter in :27.3. Things calmed down as Rose Run Elvis led the field through ...
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Seven wins for Manzi

on 03/31/2006 12:00 AM
Cat Manzi put together a six-win Thursday afternoon at Freehold, and then added one more at the Meadowlands that night. Manzi won with Blissfull Winds (1:58.2), Wyvern Hanover (1:56.2), Aster Hanover (1:59.3), Heza Gambler (1:58), Armbro Dictate (1:56.3), and AG's Legend (1:59.2) at Freehold. The longest-priced score was with Heza Gambler at 3-1. Manzi also won with Mystical Foil (1:57.1) at th...
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Commission confirms search

on 03/31/2006 12:00 AM
According to reports, the New Jersey State Police were at Showplace Farms early Friday morning, entered the barn of trainer Seldon Ledford and told all of those inside to exit the barn. The State Police then began a search of the barn. A spokesperson for the New Jersey Racing Commission, which was contacted by harnessracing.com, confirmed that the State Police were at Showplace Farms but had no...
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Investigation in NJ

on 03/31/2006 12:00 AM
Horses trained by the Seldon Ledford Stable--the leading stable at the Meadowlands--were scratched off of the Meadowlands program, starting Friday night, March 31. The Ledford Stable currently leads the Meadowlands' standings with 48 wins. The New Jersey Racing Commission ordered the scratches based on investigative activities on Friday morning at the Ledford barn at Showplace Farms in Englisht...
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Top mare injured again

on 03/31/2006 12:00 AM
The Delaware News Journal has reported that Rainbow Blue, the 2004 Horse of the Year, has been retired. Trainer and co-owner George Teague Jr. said today that the now 5-year-old daughter of Artiscape re-injured her leg in training earlier this week. Rainbow Blue, sidelined with a torn tendon in her left leg since last June, had been training well for a return to the racetrack until Teague notic...
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Youthful Woodbine winners

on 03/31/2006 12:00 AM
Three divisions of the first leg of the Youthful Pacing Series for 3 year olds were held at Woodbine Friday night and in the final split Master The Art broke the four-race win streak of Denim Jeans. Master The Art, a gelding by Real Artist trained by Duane Marfisi, won by 2 ¼ lengths over Jake Of Diamonds in 1:53. It was the fourth win in seven starts this season - and third in a row - for ...
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Irvine in car accident

on 03/31/2006 12:00 AM
According to a story published in the Anderson Herald Bulletin Thursday, March 30, Don Irvine Jr., Hoosier Park's six-time leading driver, was involved in a bizarre series of events March 26 that left his 2002 Dodge embedded in an Anderson residence. Alcohol was a factor in the crash. The story stated that Irvine "drove his truck into a pole, then a brick sign and finally stopped after he crash...
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Ambootia wins Jersey final

on 03/30/2006 12:00 AM
There would be no miracle recovery for Vysoke Tatry in the $55,000 Jersey Girls Final on Wednesday night at the Meadowlands as Ambootia capitalized on her foe\'s mistake and won the race wire-to-wire in 1:52. Ambootia returned $28.40 to win. There was no place or show wagering. Three weeks ago Vysoke Tatry broke stride, recovered and won the $57,000 Night Styles Final. This time she would b...
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Accident at the Big M

on 03/30/2006 12:00 AM
Driver Daniel Dube was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center for x-rays after a being thrown to the track in a spill near the finish line of the fourth race on Wednesday night at the Meadowlands. Dube appeared to hit the ground head first when he was unseated by El Nino Hanover after a collision with the sulky of CPW, which had been vacated when Andy Miller was flipped out when he was p...
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Another win for Solveig

on 03/30/2006 12:00 AM
The 4-year-old trotting mare Solveig is now three for six this year after edging Mighty Moses by a neck in 1:54.4 Wednesday night at Dover Downs. The mare sired by Yankee Glide was driven by her trainer, Jimmy Takter, to the wire-to-wire score in the $27,000 Open. Solveig lowered her career mark with the victory and increased her earnings to $679,696.
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