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Barbara Samberg dies

on 03/07/2006 12:00 AM
Barbara Samberg, 71, the longtime president and CEO of Batavia Downs, died Saturday, March 4, in Boca Raton, Fla., after an illness. Until her retirement in 1998, Samberg had been a prominent member of the harness racing community. Her father, Pat Provenzano, was a founding member of Batavia Downs in 1941, which today has the distinction of being the oldest and longest running harness race...
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Build A Fire is Special

on 03/07/2006 12:00 AM
Build A Fire ground out a 1:52 victory to win the $32,000 Delaware Special Monday night at Dover Downs. Ron Pierce drove three winners on the evening's card while Tony Morgan added to his first-place lead in the national driver standings with two victories. Fred Hertrich\'s Build A Fire, with Brandon Givens driving, sat alongside pacesetter E Shopper and Jim Morand, from the backstretch until l...
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Judge wants more proof

on 03/07/2006 12:00 AM
According to the Syracuse Post-Standard a federal bankruptcy judge on Friday asked for more proof that a company bringing Vernon Downs racetrack out of bankruptcy has enough money to pay creditors. Judge Stephen Gerling ruled that a letter submitted by Vernon Downs Acquisition, saying it has received $5 million from an investor and has a commitment for an additional $15 million, isn\'t proof e...
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Ms. prefers Mighty M

on 03/07/2006 12:00 AM
Ms. Raider looped the field to win the $10,800 Preferred Handicap Pace for fillies and mares at Monticello Raceway Monday afternoon in 1:57.1. Driven by Larry Stalbaum, the 5-year-old Keystone Raider mare left from the eight-hole and could see them all at the quarter in :28.1. Favorite Filly Finale (Stephane Bouchard) and Park ‘Em Out Missy (Matt Romano) battled for the early lead. Ms....
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Upset in Sr. Trendsetter

on 03/06/2006 12:00 AM
Austin's Best pulled off a shocker in the Senior Trendsetter final at the Meadowlands Sunday afternoon, capturing the $72,000 contest at odds of 57-1. With Yannick Gingras driving, Austin's Best covered the mile in 1:51.4, rewarding his backers with a $117.80 payoff. Interestingly, Austin's Best finished second as the even-money favorite in his division of the opening round of the Senior Trends...
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Win must\'ve been fate

on 03/05/2006 12:00 AM
Fate's Place took the lead on the backstretch and held on for a half-length victory in Saturday night's featured $30,000 condition pace at the Meadowlands. Driven by David Miller and trained by Ross Croghan, Fate\'s Place covered the mile in 1:53 flat. Allnightcardgame closed for second, and it was 1 1/2 lengths to King Sands N in third. Fate's Place, eligible to the three-week Four Leaf Clo...
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Print It wins for Kelly

on 03/05/2006 12:00 AM
Although the world of baseball is now focusing on the World Baseball Championship, former Minnesota Twins manager Tom Kelly had his eyes focused on Dover Downs Saturday where his Print It finished in a dead heat for first in the featured $17,000 conditioned pace. Driver Brandon Givens sent Print It into the lead after the quarter then fought off a challenge from Allamericam (Kevin Sizer) on the...
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Casimir Camotion scores

on 03/05/2006 12:00 AM
Casimir Camotion and driver George Brennan won Saturday night\'s featured $35,000 pace at the Meadowlands with a 1:49.3 effort. The 6-year-old son of Camluck won for the first time in 2006 after sitting a pocket trip throughout most of the mile. Kicking home in a final quarter of :26.2, Casimir Camotion blew past pacesetter Mypanmar for the victory Mypanmar held on for second with Life Is A Cab...
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Rair Earth pays $100.20

on 03/05/2006 12:00 AM
Rair Earth sprung a stunning 49-1 upset in the $50,000(C) Open Pace at Woodbine Racetrack Saturday night. With Phil Hudon driving for trainer Todd Gray, Rair Earth returned a hefty win payoff of $100.20 to his backers.! Tigerama and driver Mark MacDonald led through fractions of :27.2, :56 and 1:24 while Rair Earth--who left from the outside 10 post--bided his time in second. Down the stretch H...
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Veteran trotter wins at Big M

on 03/04/2006 12:00 AM
Hez Striking angled out three wide in the stretch and drew off to a 2 1/4-length victory in $32,500 winners-over trot, on Friday night at the Meadowlands. It was the first win since 2004 for the 7-year-old trotter, although he still earned more than $230,000 last year in 19 starts. It was the season's debut for Hez Striking, driven by Ron Pierce and trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman. The mile...
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Mare races to PPK win

on 03/04/2006 12:00 AM
Despite having battled through four lead changes by the half mile pole and then pressured by two horses to a :27.3 third quarter, Race Me Valerie and driver Kevin Wallis were still able to come away with their fourth win in five starts with a 1:53.4 effort in the $9,000 Mares Preferred Handicap Pace at Pompano Park Friday. The feature started off with three horses all vying for the early lead. ...
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Blueblooded winner

on 03/03/2006 12:00 AM
Dragon Island, a 4-year-old Dragon Again half brother to Island Fantasy, won from post nine at the Meadowlands Thursday night, clocking in at 1:51.4. Cat Manzi drove the winner for trainer Manley Brown Jr. Dragon Island picked up his first win in five starts this season. He won eight of 24 last year and took a career best mark of 1:50.3 at Colonial Downs. Also on the track, drivers David Mil...
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Nanny repeats at Saratoga

on 03/03/2006 12:00 AM
Nanny Withafanny made a sweeping move to win the $12,500 Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Thursday in 1:56.4. Driven by Larry Stalbaum, the 5-year-old Incredible Finale mare was sitting last at the half, but swung three-wide and took the lead in the stretch. Nanny Withafanny paced home in :29.2 to win by four lengths for trainer Deb Miller. The mare notches her second consecutive win in se...
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NY horsemen sign Tioga deal

on 03/03/2006 12:00 AM
Tioga Downs, located in the Southern Tier in Nichols, NY, and the Southern Tier Harness Horseman Association (STHHA) have signed a deal paving the way for harness racing at the new racing and gaming facility located just east of Binghamton. \"The Southern Tier Harness Horsemen Association and all its members are very pleased that a contractual agreement with Tioga Downs has been reached. The co...
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Trotter wins sixth straight

on 03/03/2006 12:00 AM
Incredible Nordic trotted to a 2:02.3 win in a $9,650 late-closer final Thursday night at Northville, making him a perfect six for six on the year. Favorite Hoosier Disco (Billy Dobson) stepped out to the early lead, cutting smart fractions of :29.3, 1:00.2, and 1:30.4 with a lead of about three lengths. When it looked like Hoosier Disco was going to control the mile, driver Don Harmon brought...
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Gidde Palema almost ready

on 03/03/2006 12:00 AM
The 11-year-old Swedish and European champion Gidde Palema 1:52.3, a winner of more than $3 million, will soon return to the races after a period of breeding and winter training over a deep sand straightaway track. Gidde Palema was given a faster workout on a conventional oval track this past week and his connections seemed pleased with the effort. He will get another track trip before racing,...
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Mares in series action

on 03/02/2006 12:00 AM
Vysoke Tatry and Lye Creek Betty each won their $16,000 division of the Night Styles Series on Wednesday night at the Meadowlands. The top 10 money earners in the three-week series for pacing mares advance to the $57,000 final on Wednesday, March 8. Vysoke Tatry, who has already captured the Snow Angel and White Ruffles Finals this winter, coasted to a one-length victory in the second race, ...
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NJ Classic date for \'06

on 03/02/2006 12:00 AM
The New Jersey Classic Yearling Sale will be held on a Monday this year instead of its usual Sunday spot due to the opening of Chester Downs on Sept. 10. This year's New Jersey Classic will be held on Monday, Sept. 11.
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Moses wins Dover Open

on 03/02/2006 12:00 AM
Mighty Moses won the $26,000 Open Handicap Trot for the second time in three starts Wednesday at Dover Downs in 1:54.3. Jim Morand turned Mighty Moses loose on the backstretch, passed front-trotting RC Destiny (Tony Poliseno), then opened up around the final turn and was all alone at the wire. Solveig raced locked in until the stretch when Jimmy Takter shook free and the 4 year old closed stro...
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Futurity champ euthanized

on 03/02/2006 12:00 AM
Flak Bait, the winner of the 1982 Kentucky Futurity, was euthanized last week at age 24. \"He was kicked by another horse in the shoulder, and it fractured pretty bad," said Ben Webster, who trained and drove Flak Bait. "He had to be put down.\" Webster said a quarter crack cost Flak Bait a chance at the Hambletonian. \"I had him toned up pretty good for the Hambletonian that year (1985), but ...
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