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Rich finals in Florida

on 02/25/2006 12:00 AM
Hellava Hush showed his class by turning a first-over move into a 1:54.2 victory in the $82,600 Mack Lobell Final, while He Wants It All turned the tables on Hop Sing this week to win the $159,000 Isle of Capri by a neck in 1:51.1 Saturday night at Pompano Park. In the Mack Lobell Trot, Ultimate Sundance set the pace, just as his regular driver, Bruce Ranger, predicted. Driver Tom Sells sent He...
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From last to first

on 02/25/2006 12:00 AM
Last to first; that\'s how Sleep Easy won a $26,000 overnight--race 4--at the Meadowlands Saturday night. With Eric Ledford driving the horse trained by his father, Seldon, Sleep Easy was 10th, three wide, at the three-quarter mark. Coming off the turn he was still racing 10th, and certainly didn\'t appear to be a winner. But halfway through the stretch his rally seemed serious. In the final...
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Saint Nicklaus wins at DD

on 02/24/2006 12:00 AM
Saint Nicklaus scored a 1:57.1 victory at Dover Downs Thursday, capturing the $12,000 featured trot. Driver Hal Belote sent Saint Nicklaus to the lead entering the clubhouse turn and the 5-year-old Sierra Kosmos gelding owned by Doris Marine went on to the win, his second in two weeks. Godess Of Chaos took second for Brad Hanners with Victory Starburst and Tony Morgan third.
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Jimmy C\'s set to open

on 02/24/2006 12:00 AM
Care to order a "John Campbell pizza," with all the toppings, or just "George Brennan-style" with olives and pepperoni? How about a \"Jo Pa\'s Shark salad?\" Hambletonian-winning trainer Jim Campbell is about two weeks away from opening up "Jimmy C's," an Italian pizzeria on the South Jersey Shore in Point Pleasant Beach. Campbell said he has been searching for a site to open a restaurant for a...
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Winning rally for Restive

on 02/24/2006 12:00 AM
For the second straight year Loyal Opposition was the betting favorite to win the Cape & Cutter, but once again a victory eluded the 2005 Dan Patch Pacing Mare of the Year. This time Restive Hanover, her stablemate, captured the $100,000 race, using a second-over trip behind Loyal Opposition to win by 2 ¼ lengths in 1:51.4. Although George Brennan drove Loyal Opposition to most of her $673,5...
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Another top Teague filly

on 02/24/2006 12:00 AM
After Future Destiny won the $64,000 Tender Loving Care final at the Meadowlands Friday night with a 1:53.2 effort, trainer George Teague Jr. was asked if she could be another Rainbow Blue. "I'm praying for it!" quipped Teague. Ron Pierce, who drives Rainbow Blue, has been in the bike for both of Future Destiny's starts. Pierce put the Artiscape-sired filly in a second-over position on the bac...
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Vysoke Tatry still rolling

on 02/23/2006 12:00 AM
A few weeks off did nothing to take the edge off Vysoke Tatry, who captured the first of two $16,000 opening-round divisions of the Night Styles Series on Wednesday night at the Meadowlands in 1:52.2. It was the 4-year-old Dragon\'s Lair mare\'s third win in four starts this year and 10th in 14 career starts. She was making her first start since winning the White Ruffles final on Jan. 26. ...
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He Wants It All Isle pick

on 02/23/2006 12:00 AM
Pompano Park track record holder He Wants It All, who won last year's Isle of Capri final, drew post five and is the 6-5 favorite Saturday in this year's $159,000 finale. Hop Sing, the fastest and richest harness horse in North America this year, drew the rail post position and has been installed as the 8-5 second choice. The richest race to date in harness racing for 2006, the eighth annual Is...
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RC Destiny in Dover upset

on 02/23/2006 12:00 AM
RC Destiny took no prisoners en route to a 1:57.1 win over a "good" track in the $26,000 Open Handicap Trot Wednesday at Dover Downs. Owner-trainer-driver Tony Poliseno took 13-1 longshot RC Destiny away fastest in the Open Handicap, putting Coerfurst in the two hole on the way to the first quarter. The 5-year-old Giant Hit gelding cut out every step in his second win of the year. Coerfurst...
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George out of Exit 16W

on 02/23/2006 12:00 AM
George At Bigs has been scratched from the $65,000 Exit 16W final at the Meadowlands Saturday night and the first also-eligible, Magnum, has moved in, expanding the Mark Ford-trained entry to four. "Last week when he made a break, he cut himself some," trainer Mark Harder said of George At Bigs. "He\'ll miss a few weeks, but he\'ll be back to fight another fight. I like him. He\'s got some qual...
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Big tune-up for Florida Boy

on 02/23/2006 12:00 AM
Florida Boy, a 4-year-old Florida-sired gelding who earned $126,392 racing for the father-son team of Jay and Brian Sears, tuned up for his first Meadowlands start with a big 1:53 qualifying effort at the Big M Thursday morning. With Brian Sears in the bike, Florida Boy enjoyed a two-hole trip before sprinting home the last quarter in :26.1 for a 9 ¼-length victory. Florida Boy is a son o...
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Shake Away wins by neck

on 02/22/2006 12:00 AM
Shake Away, a 6-year-old mare by Dream Away, picked up her fifth win in eight starts this season when she captured the $26,000 Open Pace in 1:52.1 Tuesday night at Dover Downs. Shake Away won a battle with Toy Dragon in the stretch drive after losing by just a nose to Toy Dragon in her previous start. Trained, driven and owned by Jim King Jr., Shake Away started from post seven in the eight-...
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American Lane wins series

on 02/22/2006 12:00 AM
Trotters grabbed the spotlight on Tuesday night at Balmoral Park as a field of eight diagonally gaited specialists battled for supremacy in the $10,000 final of the Self Possessed Series. American Lane cruised to a 1:57 victory in Tuesday night's $10,000 final of the Self Possessed Series at Balmoral Park, defeating runner-up Van Joe by three lengths with Miss Gator third. Trainer Homer Hoch...
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Cullen hurt when bike snaps

on 02/22/2006 12:00 AM
Al Cullen was sent tumbling to the racetrack at Western Fair in London, Ont., on Monday, the spill occuring as a result of his race sulky breaking. \\\"I\\\'m fine. I\\\'m just banged up a little bit,\\\" said Cullen the following afternoon. \\\"(I feel) a little bit sore but I am fine today.\\\" Cullen was aboard the 1-5 favorite Stonebridge Celest in the $14,400 Preferred Pace for fillies ...
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Grismore wins 4,000th

on 02/22/2006 12:00 AM
Greg Grismore got his 4,000th career victory Monday night at Northfield Park, reaching the milestone number with Just Oui in the 14th race on the card. Just Oui is trained by Dale Whipple and owned by Larry Columbia Jr. of Lexington, Ky.
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Shake Away takes DD Open

on 02/22/2006 12:00 AM
Shake Away avenged last week\\\'s setback to win the $26,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace while Crossfire N used the passing lane to take the $21,000 Mares Jr. Open on Tuesday at Dover Downs. It was déjà vu in the feature. Toy Dragon, reined by Steve Warrington, worked hard to get the lead from post eight and cut out the fractions as Shake Away worked her way up from the tail end following th...
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Winter Series draws

on 02/22/2006 12:00 AM
This weekend\'s cards at the Meadowlands are highlighted by the five Winter Series finals. Here are the draws for the finals, with two held Friday night and three going postward Saturday. Friday, Feb. 24 5th Race -- $100,000 Cape & Cutter Final [from the rail out with driver and morning line odds]: Miss Galvinator A, John Campbell, 8-1; Young's Tower, George Brennan, 12-1; Restive Hanover, ...
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Fox Valley a series force

on 02/22/2006 12:00 AM
A quartet of horses bearing Fox Valley as part of their names will be among the 10 sophomore pacers heading into Saturday night's $88,000 Junior Trendsetter final at the Meadowlands. Fox Valley Appeal and Fox Valley Bigshot are both in a position to make a clean sweep of the Junior Trendsetter after victories in the series' preliminary legs, while Fox Valley Cruiser and Fox Valley Slam It each ...
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Mare takes Pompano feature

on 02/21/2006 12:00 AM
Three Little Words and driver Wally Hennessey took command at the three quarters and drew off to a 3 1/4 –length victory in the $9,000 Preferred I Handicap Trot at Pompano Monday night, crossing the wire in 1:54.2. The win is the first out of two 2006 starts for the 5-year-old daughter of Conway Hall for trainer Jonas Czernyson and owner White Creek Stable Inc. It's also a new lifetime ma...
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Newcomers at Balmoral

on 02/21/2006 12:00 AM
Fighting Gypsy (1:58) and Odds On Casey (1:56.3) won their respective $5,500 divisions of the Newcomer Series at Balmoral Park Monday night. Fighting Gypsy used a masterful second-over trip from Sam Widger to win by 2 ¼ lengths. The 4-year-old daughter of Fighting Major is undefeated in three lifetime starts for trainer Roger Welch and owner Mitchell Rosethall. Lemon Marengo (Dale Hiteman)...
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