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Hop Sing finds pot of gold

on 03/26/2006 12:00 AM
Hop Sing, who won the Presidential final in January, won the $137,120 Four Leaf Clover final on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The 5-year-old gelded son of The Panderosa set a stakes record of 1:48.4, eclipsing the 1:49.3 mark set by Maltese Artist in 2005. Hop Sing, driven by Ron Pierce and trained by Ettore Annunziata, drew off to a 1 3/4-length victory over Silver Flash. Roddy\'s Bags A...
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He Wants It All wins

on 03/26/2006 12:00 AM
Making his first start since winning the Isle of Capri Pace nearly a month ago, He Wants It All made a triumphal return to the races on Saturday at Pompano Park, winning the $9,000 Preferred Handicap Pace by a neck over his stablemate Star Role in 1:53.1. Driver Tom Harmer sent He Wants It All right to the lead after they had left from post position seven, and Star Role (Wally Hennessey), raced...
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Spring is here at Woodbine

on 03/26/2006 12:00 AM
LH Stryker and Holborn Hanover won their respective $55,000(C) divisions of the first round of the Spring Pacing Series Championship at Woodbine Saturday night. LH Stryker, driven by Mario Baillargeon, led gate to wire to defeat Tigerama and Whosurboy in 1:52.2. Kyle Reibeling trains and shares ownership of the 5-year-old son of Apaches Fame with Ladino Fion. Holborn Hanover rallied late ...
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Eastern Alliance upsets

on 03/25/2006 12:00 AM
In a stunning shocker, Eastern Alliance N sprung a 15-1 upset in the $118,500 Overbid Series final for older mare pacers Friday night at the Meadowlands. The Down Under-bred scored in 1:51.1, edging favored Loyal Opposition and Burning Point by a neck in a blanket finish. "The trip worked out well but anyone has to be surprised to beat those three mares (Loyal Opposition, Burning Point and Res...
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Pow! Surprise at Big M

on 03/25/2006 12:00 AM
Pownal Bay Matt closed five wide in the stretch to win the $106,100 Matt\'s Scooter Series final in a 32-1 upset Friday night at the Meadowlands. Real Mean Art finished a half length back in second with Fox Valley Appeal third. Pownal Bay Matt, driven by Daniel Dube and trained by David Pinkney Jr., paced the mile in a lifetime best of 1:51.2 after closing from last at the top of the stretch. ...
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Dodgeball at Woodbine

on 03/25/2006 12:00 AM
Dodgeball won the $49,800(C) Apaches Fame Pacing Series final Friday night at Woodbine with a 1:53.1 effort for driver Luc Ouellette. Stormaway finished a head back in second with Noble Seelster third by 6 1/4 lengths. Dodgeball, a 3-year-old son of Presidential Ball, is trained by Li Farrelly for owner Elliot Misshula.
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MacDonald wins 3,000th

on 03/25/2006 12:00 AM
Mark MacDonald became the youngest driver to reach 3,000 wins when he directed Three Kilo to a victory in the first race at Woodbine Friday night. MacDonald, who turned 27 in December, surpassed the previous mark set by Walter Case, who was three months shy of his 28th birthday when he won his 3,000th race in late 1988.
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Mares, foals killed in fire

on 03/24/2006 12:00 AM
My Star Chip 3, 1:54.2 ($383,356) and Funny Malentine 3, 1:54 ($330,140) were among the 12 mares and 12 foals that perished in an early morning fire Friday in the receiving barn at Perretti Farms in Cream Ridge, N.J. Farm spokesman Bob Marks told Harnessracing.com by cell phone as he examined the fire scene that the cause of the fire is unknown. The New Jersey State Police and Monmouth County Pros...
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Fire at Peretti Farm

on 03/24/2006 12:00 AM
Two dozen horses died in a stable fire early Friday at Peretti Farm in New Jersey. The blaze broke out after midnight, claiming 12 mares and 12 foals, WCBS-TV and WCBS radio in New York reported. The cause of the blaze was under investigation, with state police and the Monmouth County Prosecutor\'s Office arson squad on the scene. Perretti Farms, which bills itself as the state\'s larg...
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Big Charmer repeats in Open

on 03/24/2006 12:00 AM
Big Charmer rolled to a wire-to-wire, 1 ½-length victory in the $9,400 Open Preferred Handicap Trot Thursday night at The Meadows in 1:56. Driven by leading reinsman Dave Palone, the 6-year-old altered son of Big Victory was never challenged in the five-horse affair. American Tribute (Tony Hall) was second with Dream Photo Kosmos (Bill Zendt) third. Big Charmer's 2006 line reads 9-4-3-1 w...
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Terri Hall tops mares

on 03/24/2006 12:00 AM
Terri Hall came out of the pocket to win the $12,500 Open Pace for fillies and mares at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, pacing in 1:57.2. Delorian Falcon and John Stark set the early fractions until favorite Terri Hall and Kyle DiBenedetto nipped her by a length at the wire. Escapefromparadise (Dan Cappello) was third. Terri Hall, a 5-year-old mare by Blissfull Hall out of Tabloid, is a half-si...
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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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