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Big night for Stewart

on 08/04/2005 2:00 AM
Kentucky breeder Steve Stewart had big back-to-back wins Thursday night as Birminghim won a $130,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold final and just a couple of minutes later Miss Wisconsin captured the Merrie Annabelle Trot. Just before the start of the Merrie Annabelle at the Meadowlands, Stewart and his wife, Cindy, let out a scream and high-fived while sitting in an owner's box at the Meadowlands. ...
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Hoosier Gazette wins 4th

on 08/03/2005 2:00 AM
Hoosier Gazette kept his undefeated streak intact Tuesday, Aug. 2 at Indiana Downs. The freshman trotting colt won an $8,000 Indiana Sire Stakes division with a 2:01.1 performance for driver Joe Putnam. Hoosier Gazette is now four-for-four in his short career. The heavy favorite in the event, Hoosier Gazette finished three lengths in front of 22-1 Pathway Dot Com with Vaundman Bluegrass third. ...
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Hall goes down in wreck

on 08/03/2005 2:00 AM
Tony Hall, The Meadows' third leading driver in purse earnings, was injured in the first race Tuesday night when he was tipped from the sulky and run over by a following horse. "Burke's (Mickey) horse made a break in the first turn, Wilder (who was driving Burke's horse) and I hooked wheels and then I got flipped out of the sulky and Palone ran over me. Dave had nowhere to go, there was no way...
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Hambletonian Oaks drawn

on 08/02/2005 2:00 AM
The three Hambletonian Oaks elimination winners all drew favorable post positions for Saturday's $750,000 final at the Meadowlands. Jersey Gal was the first name out of the box and she landed post one, while Flawless Bluestone will leave from post two and Jalopy will start from the four slot. Flawless Bluestone, who rallied late to win her elim in 1:55.2, has been installed the 3-1 morning-line...
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Campbell on ESPN News

on 08/02/2005 2:00 AM
John Campbell, whose quest for his record sixth Hambletonian victory lies with Northern Ensign in Saturday's $1.5 million final at the Meadowlands, will make a live guest appearance on the ESPN News network on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 3. Campbell will be interviewed from the ESPN Zone in New York City, with his appearance scheduled between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
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Hambletonian field set

on 08/02/2005 2:00 AM
It will be easy to take a "photo" of the two Hambletonian elimination winners as they line up behind the gate for Saturday's $1.5 million final at the Meadowlands as Classic Photo drew post five and Vivid Photo drew post six. This is the 80th Hambletonian and the 25th renewal at the Meadowlands. Classic Photo has been made the 6-5 morning-line choice with Vivid Photo second choice at 7-2. Class...
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Ken Warkentin to race Fri.

on 08/02/2005 2:00 AM
Trainer Jimmy Takter announced at the Hambletonian press conference held at the Meadowlands Tuesday afternoon that Ken Warkentin, who made a break in his Hambo elim last Saturday as the 2-5 favorite and failed to make the final, will compete in the $50,000 Townsend Ackerman on Friday night, Aug. 5, at the Big M. Ken Warkentin had just been tipped out of the two hole by driver David Miller in th...
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Don Irvine sidelined

on 08/01/2005 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs could be losing its current leading driver after Don Irvine Jr. went down in an accident July 27. He has not been medically cleared to return to the track since. In the evening's seventh race, an $8,000 Indiana Sire Stakes event, Don Irvine Jr. and his mount, freshman filly pacer GT Miss Royal, went down in the first turn. The veteran driver doesn't remember the accident, but has ...
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There's gold in Am Nat final

on 07/31/2005 2:00 AM
Odds-on choice Stonebridge Regal took himself out of contention early in Saturday's $250,000 American National at Balmoral Park when he couldn't stay on gait, leaving the door open for Gold Dust Beach to pull off a 14-1 upset with a 1:51.2 effort. Tony Morgan was driving Stonebridge Regal and the 3-year-old colt pacer went offstride before the start and continued on his run throughout the mile....
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84-1? Whattheheck!

on 07/31/2005 2:00 AM
Whatthehecklavec shocked the Mohawk faithful Saturday night with an 84-1 upset victory in the $151,987(C) Canadian Breeders Championship for 3-year-old filly trotters, one of four stakes events for the sophomore set on the card. Trained and driven by Randy Fritz, Whatthehecklavec came up the inside down the stretch to win by more than two lengths in a career-best 1:57. The daughter of Mr. L...
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Classic Photo Hambo choice

on 07/30/2005 2:00 AM
Classic Photo did the expected while winning his Hambletonian elimination at the Meadowlands Saturday, but defending divisional champ Ken Warkentin will not be returning for the final next weekend after making his first break ever and failing to make the cut in the second elim that also saw Southfork pace through the stretch and be disqualified after crossing the wire second. In one of the stra...
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Hambo Oaks final set

on 07/30/2005 2:00 AM
One race after trainer Jimmy Takter watched his Hambo hopes evaporate with favorite Ken Warkentin making a break, the Swede watched his Hambleonian Oaks favorite Flirtin Miss also go offstride in the second of two elims and fail to earn a spot in next weekend's $750,000 final. Jalopy won that elim, and she will join fellow elim winners Jersey Gal and Flawless Bluestone as the Oaks favorites. Je...
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World record Classic finals

on 07/30/2005 2:00 AM
Four $250,000 Classic Series finals for older horses were contested at the Meadowlands Saturday, and once again it was Peaceful Way who stole the show by posting a victory after appearing to be too far off the front to make up enough ground. Also winning their respective finals were Mr. Muscleman, Burning Point and Boulder Creek. All four finals were contested at a distance of 1 1/16th miles, a...
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Klipspringer wins in 1:57.4

on 07/29/2005 2:00 AM
Two-year-old filly trotters Klipspringer, Miss Wisconsin and Celebrity Sweedie won their respective $20,000 Merrie Annabelle elimination races on Thursday night at the Meadowlands. Klipspringer extended her winning streak to three with a three-quarter-length victory over KD Girl in 1:57.4 in the final division. Swedish-bred USA Hornline, making her pari-mutuel debut and first start over a North...
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Croghan Sweetheart sweep

on 07/29/2005 2:00 AM
Ross Croghan trainees Mythical and Lonesome Day won their respective $20,000 eliminations for the Sweetheart Pace for 2-year-old fillies Thursday night at the Meadowlands. The races were held as non-wagering events before the card with the top five in each returning for the $330,000 final Aug. 5. John Campbell drove the Mentally Stable's Mythical to a three-quarter-length victory over Catch An ...
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NYSS invades Buffalo

on 07/29/2005 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes races for the 2-year-old trotting set will invade Buffalo Raceway this Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30, with $262,754 in combined purses. The two days will close out the Sire Stakes season at Buffalo Raceway, which wraps up its 2005 racing schedule the following day, Sunday, July 31. Saturday's program features six divisions of freshmen trotting colts, including the Buf...
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ESPN at Mississippi fair

on 07/29/2005 2:00 AM
ESPN spent Thursday afternoon in Mississippi at the county fair in Philadelphia as part of their "50 States in 50 Days" travels for SportsCenter. The segment include coverage of the races, interviews with some of the drivers, and a piece with SportsCenter anchor Linda Cohn riding in the starting car.
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Campbell gets Mr Dream OM

on 07/29/2005 2:00 AM
Although he is coming off a career-best 1:54.2 victory in an Open Trot July 15 at the Meadowlands, Mr. Dream OM has been transferred on the eve of Saturday's Hambletonian eliminations from the barn of trainer Remi Jensen to Jim Campbell's stable based at White Birch Farm. Owned by Dr. William Solomon and Paul Emposimato's Emposimato Stable, Mr. Dream OM finished his freshman campaign under the ...
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Impressive freshman wins

on 07/29/2005 2:00 AM
Westerm Ace and Pujols each paced to impressive victories in their respective Woodrow Wilson eliminations for freshman colt and gelding pacers Friday night at the Meadowlands. Western Ace held off his rivals down the stretch to post a 1:53 victory while Pujols drew clear from his competition to score in 1:53.3. With driver Ron Pierce, Western Ace had the lead turning into the stretch and then h...
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Cabrini, Kate in Shalee elims

on 07/29/2005 2:00 AM
Despite being parked the entire mile and avoiding road trouble down the backstretch, 3-year-old filly pacer Cabrini Hanover captured her Mistletoe Shalee elimination, while Just Wait Kate cruised to a victory in her division. Brian Sears never found a spot on the rail for the Jimmy Takter-trained Cabrini Hanover, and had to avoid a breaking horse heading down the backstretch. She still proved b...
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