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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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22 races at Hoosier Park

on 03/18/2006 12:00 AM
Hoosier horsemen prepped for the opening of the Hoosier Park race meet on April 1 by sending out horses in seven qualifiers and 15 matinee races Saturday morning at Hoosier Park. Boo Bugg, a 3-year-old colt by Grinfromeartoear, was one of the fastest performers. He turned in a seven-length victory in 1:57.3 for trainer-driver Mark Evers.
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Holborn back on track, wins

on 03/18/2006 12:00 AM
Holborn Hanover made his first start after a layoff--as well as his first start on Lasix--and won in 1:50.1 over Deliver The Goods Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The 2004 Meadowlands Pace winner had performed poorly in the Presidential Series in January, finishing sixth and ninth and failing to advance to the final. His usual driver, George Brennan, drove him to the victory.
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Fly With Action upsets

on 03/17/2006 12:00 AM
Jimmy Marohn directed Fly With Action to a 19-1 ($41) upset in Thursday's St. Paddy Pace for drivers of Irish descent at Monticello Raceway. The lone mare in the race, Fly With Action won in 2:00.2, defeating Wise Guy and driver Jim Doherty by a length. Uncle Gary and driver Steve Quinn finished third. "This mare (Fly With Action) has had trouble finishing lately but Murray (trainer Murray ...
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Fanning solves crisis

on 03/17/2006 12:00 AM
Although trainer Tom Fanning had a tough day Wednesday having to scratch two horses "injured" out of races at the Meadowlands, he quickly left that crisis mode when his 4-year-old mare Crisis won Thursday night at the Big M. Crisis was North America's fastest performer on Thursday with a 1:52 gate-to-wire effort in a $12,500 conditioned pace. It was the daughter of The Panderosa's first win in ...
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Maltese Artist back racing

on 03/17/2006 12:00 AM
Maltese Artist is back on track this year, wining a qualifier at The Meadows Friday morning by 11 3/4 lengths in 1:57.2. Last year Maltese Artist, a 5-year-old gelding by Artiscape, finished first or second in 15 of 25 starts while racing in the top events for older male pacers. Mike Wilder drove him to his qualifier victory for trainer Mickey Burke.
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New names for NJ races

on 03/17/2006 12:00 AM
Effective this year, the $500,000 New Jersey Pacing Classic will be known as the Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Pacing Classic, and the $200,000 Miss New Jersey Pace will be known as the Tom D'Altrui Miss New Jersey Pace. The renaming of New Jersey's two richest state-bred races (both to be raced this year on May 27 at the Meadowlands) was done by the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association. ...
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Loyal Opposition prevails

on 03/17/2006 12:00 AM
Loyal Opposition was the best of the mares in the $50,000 Overbid while Bono Bests extended his winning streak to four and Cactus Creek pulled off an upset in the Matt\'s Scooter Series Friday night at the Meadowlands. Loyal Opposition, driven by Andy Miller and trained by Erv Miller, followed Artbitration into the stretch, took the lead with a sixteenth to go and held off Burning Poin for a 1 ...
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Stormaway rolls on

on 03/17/2006 12:00 AM
Stormaway was at it again at Woodbine Friday night, making mere mortals of nine rivals in the second leg of the Apaches Fame Pacing Series. It was the fourth win in as many starts for Stormaway, a Northern Luck colt, who is the new sensation at the Toronto oval. In the first leg of the Apaches Fame last Friday, he was a wire-to-wire two-length winner. Tonight, he sat in fourth early, with...
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Five straight for mare

on 03/16/2006 12:00 AM
Vysoke Tatry extended her winning streak to five, employing her patented stretch sprint for a 1:52.3 score in the $20,000 opening round of the Jersey Girls Series Wednesday night at the Meadowlands. The winner of the Snow Angel, White Ruffles and Night Styles Series, Vysoke Tatry was sent off as the 2-5 favorite and she rallied with a :26.3 last quarter to win. The 4-year-old Dragon's Lair m...
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