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Big M Pick 6 finally hit

on 03/16/2006 12:00 AM
Despite a 33-1 winner in the fourth leg of the wager, there were winning tickets on the Pick 6 for the first time since March 2. It paid $9,556.30 for six-of-six for the 5,9/1/6,10/9/4/2 combination. The night began with a carryover of $64,607 and the pool grew to $156,969. The Pick 6 winners were GTs Graig ($6.20) in the fourth race, Hit Away ($6.80) in the fifth, Vysoke Tatry ($2.80) in t...
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No lucky day for Fanning

on 03/16/2006 12:00 AM
The luck of the Irish wasn't smiling on Tom Fanning two days before St. Patrick's Day as the New Jersey-based trainer had two horses in to go at the Meadowlands Wednesday night and had to scratch both "injured" - including recent Tender Loving Care leg-winner Annie Duke. "Annie Duke stuck her foot in the water bucket and (Cajun Laagacy) went out in the field in the morning and came back lame; w...
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Dover Downs expands

on 03/16/2006 12:00 AM
Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. announced an expansion plan that will more than double the number of hotel rooms and add a luxurious 8,000-square-foot spa to the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. By the summer of 2007, the company expects to have added 268 luxury rooms to the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, bringing the total number of rooms to 500. Twelve of these rooms will be specially de...
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Top 2005 3YOs win

on 03/16/2006 12:00 AM
Self Professed, who earned $349,669 last season, and $340,661 earner Jo Pa\'s Shark each won qualifiers at the Meadowlands Thursday morning. Their times were 1:58 and 1:55.2, respectively. Self Professed, a 4-year-old son of Self Possessed, wired the field with Tyler Stillings aboard. Last year the gelding put together a record of 17-4-2-1 along with a lifetime mark of 1:54. Jo Pa\'s Shark, ...
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Repeat for Western City

on 03/15/2006 12:00 AM
For the second straight week Western City used an overland route on the way to a 1:54.2 win in the $21,000 Junior Open Pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. In similar fashion to last week\'s distaff feature, Western City began her quest by moving up after the half to engage the leader Tawny, driven by Brad Hanners, in mid backstretch. They raced as a team from the three quarters around the fin...
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Star wires Balmoral trotters

on 03/15/2006 12:00 AM
Universal Star trotted to a lifetime-best 1:55.2 in the $15,500 Open Handicap at Balmoral Park Tuesday night. Driven by Andy Miller, the 5-year-old Keep It a Secret gelding wired the field, finishing 2 ¾ lengths ahead of Southern Victoriak (Art Gregory Jr.). American Lane (Homer Hochstetler) zoomed home in :27.3 to grab third. Universal Star is three for four this year for owners Jackie R...
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New management at Youbet

on 03/15/2006 12:00 AM
Youbet.com Inc. announced today that Joe Tracy, former CEO of newly acquired United Tote, will spearhead the subsidiary's development of new technology-based games, products and services for commercial and consumer distribution from Las Vegas. United Tote's research and development operations will play a key role in the effort. With Tracy assuming his new development responsibilities, racing...
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Donna James dies

on 03/15/2006 12:00 AM
Donna Irene James, wife of the late Bert V. James, died Monday, March 6, at the age of 89 in Windsor, Ont. Mrs. James loved the Standardbred industry and attended many race meets and yearling sales throughout the years with her husband. The James family owned the legendary Albatross solely at 2 and in concert with partners during his 3-year-old season and Mrs. James was proud to never have miss...
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Casino bill approved

on 03/15/2006 12:00 AM
Authorization of a constitutional amendment to allow casino gambling in Kentucky was approved by a House committee Wednesday, but racetracks have currently been left out of the equation - although they could still be included. The constitutional amendment passed by the committee reads: \"The General Assembly may by general or special law authorize the operation of casino gaming at designated v...
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New races for mares

on 03/15/2006 12:00 AM
Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs will begin racing this summer and the tracks will play host to several new events, including one for older trotting mares (with the $75,000 final at Delaware, Ohio) and another for pacing mares with a $75,000 final at Vernon. The first annual Miss Versatility Trot for mares 4 years old and up will consist of two legs which will be contested for $25,000 at Tioga Down...
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Trotter wins 12th straight

on 03/14/2006 12:00 AM
Undefeated trotter You're Next won his 12th straight start at Pompano Park Monday night, winning in 1:55.2 and tying the track record for most consecutive wins set by Lady Netty N in 1999. Driven by Wally Hennessey, You're Next left from post seven in the $7,000 Open Trot and was never headed, leading from start to finish and winning by 1 ¾ lengths over Railee Possible (Tom Sells) with On Th...
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Missy wins Preferred Pace

on 03/14/2006 12:00 AM
Park ‘Em Out Missy and Matt Romano got up in the final strides to take the $10,800 Preferred Handicap Pace for fillies and mares Monday afternoon at Monticello, going four turns in 1:57.2. Sitting fifth at the top of the stretch, the 5-year-old Park Place mare came home in :29.2 to beat 2-5 favorite Jet Lag N (Billy Parker Jr.) by a head. Lady Coyote (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) was third by a nec...
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Accident at The Meadows

on 03/14/2006 12:00 AM
Star Fiftyfour, a 7-year-old trotter driven by Todd Cummings, fell in the ninth race Monday night at The Meadows, causing Sugar Donut, driven by Ralph Leogrande, to fall as well. The accident occurred after the half-mile marker when it appeared that Star Fiftyfour got his shoe caught in a hobble and proceeded to fall to the racetrack. The accident happened so quickly that Leogrande had no time ...
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Three Dover features

on 03/14/2006 12:00 AM
Three feature paces went postward Monday night at Dover Downs, highlighted by Armbro Animate's 1:52.1 win in the $36,000 Preferred Handicap. Top trainer Josh Green won three races, including two of the features. Driven by Tony Morgan, the 6-year-old Artsplace gelding came from off the pace again to win by a neck over favorite Casimir Bad Boy (Eddie Davis Jr.). Black Cat Bone (Ron Pierce) was th...
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Gypsy wins Newcomer final

on 03/14/2006 12:00 AM
Fighting Gypsy drew away to win Monday night's Newcomer Series final at Balmoral Park in 1:55.2. The 4-year-old Fighting Major mare and driver Sam Widger went to the lead out of post position five, but relented to slow-starting Odds On Casey (Tim Tetrick), who clipped a second-quarter split of :25.4. Fighting Gypsy regained the lead in the stretch and drew off to win by 4 ½ lengths. Odds...
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CR Dream Catcher scores

on 03/13/2006 12:00 AM
CR Dream Catcher caught a dream trip and trotted to a three-quarter-length victory in the $89,400 Horse & Groom final Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands. The 5-year-old gelded son of Royal Troubador caught Wildfire Bo in the final 50 yards, crossing the finish line in 1:56 over a track rated good after daylong showers. Lhasa Muscles was third. CR Dream Catcher, driven by Jeff Gregory and train...
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Jenna\'s Choice Passes Test

on 03/12/2006 12:00 AM
Jenna's Choice won his fourth in a row and Fate's Place prevailed in a five-horse finish in a pair of $25,000 first-round divisions of the Four Leaf Clover Series Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Inn the first division Jenna's Choice took the lead before the half and held on for a three-quarter-length tally over Pacific Renegade, who edged 3-5 favorite Hop Sing, the Isle of Capri winner. ...
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Rair Earth in 1:48.2

on 03/12/2006 12:00 AM
Rair Earth, fresh off of his 49-1 upset in last week\'s Open Pace at Woodbine, stunned the Woodbine spectators for a second week with a 1:48.2 mile that ties the track record. Phil Hudon put Rair Earth on the lead from the start and cut fractions of :26.2, :55 and 1:22 before blitzing a final quarter in :26 seconds. Jr Mint was 3 1/2 lengths back in second while Our Lucky Killean was third. Th...
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Appeal wins fifth straight

on 03/11/2006 12:00 AM
Fox Valley Appeal extended his winning streak to five with a 1:53.4 victory in the second of three $16,000 divisions of the Matt's Scooter Series Friday night at the Meadowlands. Other division winners were Royal Man in 1:53.1 and Bono Bests in 1:52. Fox Valley Appeal, one of driver Brian Sears's six winners in 12 drives on the night, kicked off cover at the top of the stretch and easily moved...
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Storming to series victory

on 03/11/2006 12:00 AM
The Apaches Fame Pacing Series kicked off Friday night at Woodbine with Stormyway (1:53.1) and Natesgotagrin (1:54.1) winning $17,000 ( C ) splits. Stormaway lived up to his name with a powerhouse victory. The son of Northern Luck took charge right from the start for driver Mark Megens and cut fractions of :27.2, :57.2 and 1:26.2 before jetting home in :26.4 with the lightly-raced youngster. Dodg...
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