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Big M holiday schedule

on 12/14/2005 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands has sent out a reminder that there will be no live racing Saturday, Dec. 17 through Wednesday, Dec. 28. Live racing will resume on Thursday, Dec. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Day and night simulcast wagering will be available at the Meadowlands with the exceptions of Dec. 17 (closed due to football game at Giants Stadium) and Dec. 25 (Christmas). Afternoon only simulcasting will be conducte...
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Colt springs 24-1 upset

on 12/13/2005 12:00 AM
Roddy’s Bags Again pulled a stunning 24-1 upset to win the $260,238 Matron final for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers Monday night, Dec. 12, at Dover Downs. With Eric Ledford driving for trainer Seldon Ledford and owner Bob Messick, Roddy’s Bags Again won by three lengths over 4-5 favorite Gryffindor in 1:51.4. Gryffindor and driver David Miller led to an ope...
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Amateur Driver of Year

on 12/13/2005 12:00 AM
Dein Spriggs, who conquered the amateur driving circuit this season, winning awards and establishing records, has been named the Amateur Driver of 2005. For the past decade the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) has annually chosen the nation’s most outstanding amateur driver. A committee, headed by the president of USHWA and the president of the Delvin Mille...
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American-bred wins big

on 12/13/2005 12:00 AM
The Wallenius Cup, with $25,000 to the winner, was held last weekend at the Solvalla track in Stockholm, Sweden, and it became a success for the U.S.-bred 3-year-old filly Old Maid Hall (Conway Hall-Ocean Breeze). Although she started from post 11, she challenged immediately and took command of the race with a round left on the five-eighths mile oval. With catch-driver Stig H. Johansson along f...
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Pacific Mariner romps

on 12/11/2005 12:00 AM
Pacific Mariner turned in another convincing effort and captured the $52,000 ( C ) final of the Autumn Series at Woodbine Saturday night by seven lengths over Haulin Oars in 1:51.3. Almost Gunned Down was third. Driver Luc Ouellette brushed Pacific Mariner to the lead at the :55.2 half and from there the 3-year-old gelded son of Astreos was in complete command. The three-quarters was passed in ...
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Miller wins on birthday

on 12/11/2005 12:00 AM
David Miller celebrated his 41st birthday with a 1:50.2 victory behind Shu Hanover in the $35,000 winners-over feature race Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Shu Hanover was pulled out of the pocket with an eighth of a mile to go and battled the pacesetting Casimir Camotion before taking the lead and a half-length victory. It was Miller's 405th win of the 2005. His $10.7 million in earnings ...
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Nelson November wins

on 12/10/2005 12:00 AM
Nelson November forged to the lead with an eighth of a mile to go and withstood the challenge of longshot Woody Woodrow to win the featured $35,000 trot Friday night at the Meadowlands in 1:53.3. Nelson November, with Brian Sears in the bike, was a half-length winner over Woodyd Woodrow and John Campbell, posting his second straight victory this month and sixth in 16 starts this year. Mohamme...
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Stonebridge Kisses Scores

on 12/10/2005 12:00 AM
Stonebridge Kisses sat a first-over trip from before the half then took over the lead from the favored Miss Galvinator and drew off to a 2 1/4-length victory in the $35,000 filly and mare pace Friday night at the Meadowlands in 1:52. Yannick Gingras was in the bike as the 5-year-old Artiscape mare posted her 10th victory of the season and first since late June and increased her seasonââ...
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Big M changes draw

on 12/10/2005 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands draw for Thursday, Dec. 29, has been changed. Entries must be declared by 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 26. There will be a double draw Tuesday morning, Dec. 27, for Friday, Dec. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 31 [special 2:30 p.m. post time]. The first two draws for the 2006 meet will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec.r 29, for the Wednesday, Jan. 4, program, and 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, for the Th...
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3-Year-Old Filly Trot set

on 12/09/2005 12:00 AM
Blur took the lead after the opening quarter and breezed to victory in 1:56.3 while Ticket To Glide made a three-wide move at the three-quarters on the way to a 1:56 victory in split $31,531 Matron Stakes 3-Year-Old Filly Trot elimination divisions on Thursday, Dec. 8, at Dover Downs. Breeders Crown winner Blur had no difficulty leaving from post eight in her Matron elim. Brian Sears moved the...
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High tax rate for Fla. slots

on 12/09/2005 12:00 AM
Florida legislators passed a bill putting a 50 percent tax on slots revenues Thursday, prompting Pompano Park's management, as well as management at other Broward County pari-mutuel facilities, to say a high tax rate on slots will force them to change their plans. "I imagine we'll have to go back to the drawing board," said Dick Feinberg, general manager of Pompano Park, which is owned by Isle ...
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Jackson sold to MTR

on 12/09/2005 12:00 AM
MTR Gaming has finalized its agreement with Jackson Racing Inc. to purchase a 90-percent interest in Jackson Trotting Association that operates Jackson Harness Raceway in Michigan. The agreement reportedly guarantees live racing at the Jackson County Fairgrounds through 2012 and guarantees $250,000 in capital improvements to the facility by June 30, 2006, with an additional $250,000 in capital ...
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Rucker suspended 180 days

on 12/09/2005 12:00 AM
Trainer Ken Rucker, whose 304 wins in 2005 place him third on the national standings and $3.79 million in purse earnings ranks him sixth, has received six suspensions of 30 days each for positive tests for indomethacin in his home state of Illinois. Illinois Racing Board projects manager Mickey Ezzo confirmed to harnessracing.com Friday that Rucker had recently been fined a total of $3,000 for ...
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Big night for Oosting

on 12/08/2005 12:00 AM
Driver Mike Oosting had a banner night, capturing both $5,500 divisions of the Incredible Finale Series for sophomore pacing colts and geldings. Oosting steered the winning Sidecar to a 2:00.1 victory in the first dash and then returned in the second dash to pilot Tommys King to victory in 1:58.3. In addition, Oosting drove four other winners on the evening's card, pushing his total to six. Sid...
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Sir Perseverance upsets

on 12/08/2005 12:00 AM
Heavyweight sophomore trotting colts Vivid Photo and Strong Yankee were upset in Wednesday night’s $60,523 Matron elimination at Dover Downs as Sir Perseverance emerged victorious in the track record time of 1:54.4. Eleven went behind the gate with the top eight returning for next Wednesday’s rich final. Roger Hammer went to the lead with Vivid Photo after leav...
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Big M qualies on Saturday

on 12/08/2005 12:00 AM
Meadowlands director of racing Tad Stockman has announced that in light of a snowy forecast for Friday morning, this week's qualifiers will be moved to Saturday, Dec. 10.
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Slots agreement in Fla.

on 12/08/2005 12:00 AM
According to news reports, Florida legislative leaders signed off on a slots agreement late Wednesday that would put 1,500 slot machines at Broward County pari-mutuel facilities within six months. The full legislature must still vote on the matter. The compromise ended a battle between the House and Senate, where lawmakers had their own ideas about how many slots should be at the tracks and wha...
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Pocono files for license

on 12/08/2005 12:00 AM
On Thursday morning (Dec. 8) the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA), which owns Pocono Downs, filed its application for a Conditional Category 1 gaming license--which included a $50 million check--with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Owners of Downs Racing LP, which owns and operates Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and its off-track wagering sites, the MTGA is the first in the state to f...
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Salvi new PPK race sec.

on 12/08/2005 12:00 AM
Nick Salvi, most recently the race secretary at The Red Mile and current executive director of the Classic Series, has been hired as race secretary at Pompano Park. Salvi was the racing secretary at The Red Mile from 2001 to 2005 and has been the executive director of the Classic Series that is run by the Hambletonian Society since 2000. He was also the television commentator at The Meadows fro...
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Lebanon cancels Thursday

on 12/08/2005 12:00 AM
With a forecast of freezing rain and heavy snow, Lebanon Raceway in Ohio has canceled its Thursday night live racing program.
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