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Willowdale Series opens

on 01/15/2006 12:00 AM
I Zee and Blue Burner posted 1:53.2 and 1:52.3 wins, respectively, in opening round splits of the Willowdale Pacing Series for 4 year olds Saturday night at Woodbine. I Zee went wire to wire for driver Rick Zeron, cutting fractions of :27.4, :57.1 and 1:23.3 en route to a 2 3/4-length victory over Escapable Beaux and Doug Brown. Unraced at two, this was the first victory of the year for the ...
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Sears, Campbell Score

on 01/14/2006 12:00 AM
Smoky Bonz and He's A Nice Guy, both driven by Brian Sears, accounted for victories in two of the five $18,000 opening round divisions of the Clyde Hirt Series Friday night at the Meadowlands. John Campbell also guided a pair of Hirt winners, Ideal Lover and Southwind Apex. Smoky Bonz, sent off as the 6-5 favorite in the first division, rallied for a 1 ¼-length victory over Khaki's Feather ...
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1:51.4 miles in Snowshoe

on 01/14/2006 12:00 AM
Conjugal Visit and Whitesand Invader captured their respective $18,000 divisions of the Snowshoe Series second leg with identical 1:51.4 miles at Woodbine Friday night. The clockings are lifetime marks for both 4-year-old geldings and a second series victory for Conjugal Visit. Conjugal Visit, a son of Artiscape, took the lead after the :55.4 half, then drew away in the lane from another first-ro...
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Vysoke Tatry wins again

on 01/13/2006 12:00 AM
Vysoke Tatry, who swept the three-week Snow Angel Series in December, returned from a brief vacation to win the first of three $12,500 divisions of the White Ruffles Series on Thursday night at the Meadowlands. Vysoke Tatry extended her winning streak to four with a 2 1/4-length victory over Sheeza Shady Lady. The 4-year-old daughter of Dragon's Lair paced the mile in 1:53.2, with Andy Mille...
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Widger wins 2,000th

on 01/13/2006 12:00 AM
Sam Widger nailed down career win number 2,000 in his second drive on opening night of Maywood Park's 60th consecutive year Thursday night, when he guided Kennans Chris to her maiden-breaking victory. The 42-year-old Monee, Ill. resident hustled Kennans Chris away from the number two post position and the Amanda Smith-trained filly never looked back, winning in 2:00 for owner and breeder Ken Sp...
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Super Bowl Series starts

on 01/12/2006 12:00 AM
Series action got underway at the Meadowlands on a rainy Wednesday night with five divisions of the Super Bowl for 4-year-old trotters. The fastest winners of the first leg were Bancroft Hall and Elvis Cole, who both clocked in at 1:56.4. Elvis Cole, a gelded son of Lindy Lane, won by a head over Terminator Hall for his fifth career score. Last year Elvis Cole won four of nine starts and took a...
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You're Next--again

on 01/12/2006 12:00 AM
You're Next scored his fifth straight victory at Pompano Park Wednesday night, leading from start to finish in the second race trot. Driven by Wally Hennessey, You're Next started from post six and left right out of the gate, beating out Claytons Valleylad (Wayne Henry) to the opening quarter mile in :29.1. You're Next cut the mile to the half in 1:00 as Emale Me (Jon Anderson) started moving ...
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Solveig wins at Dover

on 01/12/2006 12:00 AM
Solveig was the 2004 Dan Patch Award-winning 2-year-old filly trotter for trainer Jimmy Takter, but the daughter of Yankee Glide struggled through sickness her sophomore season in 2005, winning just once in 14 starts. Now four, Solveig got her 2006 campaign off on the right note when she captured a $16,500 conditioned trot at Dover Downs Wednesday in a career-best 1:55.3. Takter was in the sulk...
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Ky. tax bill introduced

on 01/12/2006 12:00 AM
A bill has been introduced in the Kentucky legislature that would eliminate the sales tax on horses purchased in the state. The bill, introduced by a pair of Kentucky legislators, calls for the elimination of the six percent tax on horses claimed at Kentucky racetracks, as well as the tax on horses sold at auction. Kentucky residents currently must pay tax on horses under the age of two purchas...
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Trail ride operator honored

on 01/12/2006 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation has announced Janice Kay Lea, owner of Wilderness Village Trail Rides in Alberta, Canada, as the winner of its 2006 Humanity Award. The 30-year-old Lea currently cares for 26 retired Standardbreds that she nursed back to health and trained to second careers as trail horses. That number is just a fraction of the retired racehorses that have been rescued by ...
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Chicago half-miler opens

on 01/11/2006 12:00 AM
After a one-week delay due to the horsemen's strike, Maywood Park begins its 60th consecutive season Thursday night. Since 1946 Maywood Park has conducted a live racing meet, the longest in the State of Illinois Standardbred history. Post time at Maywood has been moved up to 7:20 p.m. (CST) each racing night. The opening round of the Fox Valley Redhot will share the spotlight on Friday's Ma...
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Mom Shake Away wins

on 01/11/2006 12:00 AM
Shake Away, who was away from the races for nearly two years as she was bred and subsequently delivered a foal, put away seven rivals to win the $24,000 Open Handicap Pace for mares at Dover Downs Tuesday in a career-best 1:51. The hiatus from racing has not not proved to be a deterrent to Shake Away, a 6-year-old daughter of Dream Away. The Jim King-leased mare made a three-wide move as she r...
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Maine vote falls short

on 01/11/2006 12:00 AM
Maine's House on Tuesday failed to override Governor John Baldacci's veto of a bill that would have called for a statewide referendum on a new racino in the state, the Associated Press reported. The vote, 77-63, was well short of the two-thirds majority needed to send the matter to the Senate. Supporters of the racino are focused on a petition drive to get the referendum on the November ball...
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Morrill shuffles to Buffalo

on 01/11/2006 12:00 AM
Jim Morrill Jr. has told the Buffalo News that rumors of his return to the Meadowlands after dominating the driving ranks at Batavia Downs are unfounded, and that he plans to stay in New York and also compete at Buffalo Raceway. After making the move last year to Batavia, Morrill won 128 times in 307 races--a win average of 41.7 percent--and more than $434,000 in purse earnings. Morrill told th...
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Oosting sweep on ice

on 01/11/2006 12:00 AM
Trotters took center stage on Tuesday night at Balmoral Park as 15 went postward in a pair of divisions in the first leg of the Champion On Ice Series. In the opening split Busto made it look easy as he trotted to a 2 ¼-length victory in 2:00.4 over a track rated as "good." Driven by Mike Oosting, the 4-year-old gelding owned by James Mowatt and trained by Andrew Robinson was winless in 23 s...
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Car accident for D'Altruis

on 01/11/2006 12:00 AM
A story in Wednesday's Courier News in New Jersey reports that Standardbred owner Thomas D'Altrui Sr., 86, apparently had his foot slip off the brake and hit the gas pedal as he was parking his car in front of his DI Farm's office in Hillsborough Jan. 5, sending it crashing through the wall and trapping his son, Thomas, underneath. According to the report, the accident happened shortly after 1 ...
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Holton into Ohio Hall

on 01/11/2006 12:00 AM
Terry Holton has been selected as the 32nd inductee into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame in balloting of the Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. Holton's selection will be announced at the Ohio Harness Horsemen/U.S. Trotting Association District One banquet on Saturday night. Other Ohio USHWA award winners are Jim Rhodes, elected into the Immortal Hall of Fame; S...
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Foxy Maneuver pays $60.60

on 01/07/2006 12:00 AM
Longshot Foxy Maneuver rallied for a 1:50 victory and lit up the toteboard with a victory in the $35,000 pacing feature at the Meadowlands Saturday night. The 7-year-old gelding by Armbro Maneuver won by 2 1/4 lengths over Rare Jewel. He returned $60.60, $13.00 and $4.80 in his 2006 debut. On Dec 3 he won a winner's over $25,000 lifetime class at the Meadowlands in 1:52.2. In his previous Bib ...
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1:50.4 by Anvilanunoit N

on 01/07/2006 12:00 AM
Anvilanunoit N, a 7-year-old son of Jaguar Spur bred in New Zealand, paced to a lifetime mark of 1:50.4 at Woodbine Saturday night for owner Sam Bowie. Last year Anvilanunoit N won three of 17 starts and paced to a mark of 1:52.3 at Balmoral Park. His Woodbine victory came in a non-winners of $17,500 last six class. Bowie, a former All-American basketball player at the University of Kentucky...
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Illinois racing to resume

on 01/06/2006 12:00 AM
The 2006 contract between Maywood and Balmoral Park and the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association has been finalized. The IHHA Board of Directors voted 15-0 to endorse the 2006 contract, which sees 70 percent of recapture deferred to new legislation with a seven-year sunset clause, while the racetracks will take 30 percent of recapture from the 2006 purses. As well, there will be no stall rent c...
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