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Banca withdraws appeal

on 06/13/2005 2:00 AM
The Horseman has learned that Richard Banca Sr., who owns Life Source, has withdrawn his appeal of the placing of that horse from second to last in the second leg of the Classic Series June 4 at Woodbine. Life Source had drawn the trailing 12 post in the race but driver George Brennan reportedly had trouble holding the horse and ended up leaving on the gate from post two, squeezing out Eaton Ro...
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Artist holds on in Battle

on 06/12/2005 2:00 AM
Driver Brett Miller sent Maltese Artist to the front just past the opening quarter and then just held on over a fast-closing Ponder to win Saturday night's $125,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park. After an early speed duel between Metropolitan (Aaron Merriman) and He Wants It All (Tony Morgan) resulted in an opening quarter of :26.1, Miller rushed Maltese Artist to the lead. The 4-year-...
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Roddy sets Keystone mark

on 06/12/2005 2:00 AM
Three-year-old colt pacer Voracious Hanover set a Keystone Classic stakes record of 1:51 in the first of three divisions Saturday night at The Meadows, but the mark was short-lived as Roddy's Bags Again lowered the time to 1:50.2 in the second split. With Ben Stafford Jr. driving, Voracious Hanover cruised to a 1 1/2-length victory over Allamerican Apache, with Up Front Tornado third. The win w...
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Lynch Memorial elims

on 06/12/2005 2:00 AM
Ray Paver moved Just Wait Kate to the lead past the quarter and the sister to Kikikatie never looked back en route to a 1:52.4 victory, the fastest of three James Lych Memorial for 3-year-old pacers elimination winners. Sub Rosa Hanover gave a valiant effort to be 1 1/4 lengths behind in second, with Up Front Norma and George Napolitano Jr. 6 1/2 lengths behind in third. Just Wait Kate, a da...
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Gray Gladiator in 1:48.2

on 06/12/2005 2:00 AM
Nine-year-old veteran Admiral's Express set an all-age Woodbine track record Saturday night, capturing the $50,000(C) Open Pace in 1:48.2. Ironically, the time was equaled in the final race on the card by Dr. No. Driven by Paul MacDonell for trainer Mike Hales, Admiral's Express led through fractions of :26.1, :54.2 and 1:21.4 before closing it out with a final panel of :26.3 to seal the victor...
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Popular sulky sidelined

on 06/11/2005 2:00 AM
The AdvantEdge sulky has been put out of business at the Meadowlands after drivers at that track agreed to immediately not use the popular bike in the aftermath of several recently breaking. In a release issued by the Meadowlands, it states at least two of the sulkies produced by Evolution Racing broke at the Meadowlands and similar incidents took place at other tracks. "The AdvantEdge sulk...
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Surprises in Elegantimage

on 06/11/2005 2:00 AM
Jersey Gal, Blur and Magenta Hall won their respective eliminations Friday night at Woodbine for the Elegantimage Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters. In the final elim, won by Magenta Hall, reigning Dan Patch Award winner Solveig made a break past the half and failed to make the final. Jersey Gal lit the board at odds of 37-1 in taking the first elim in 1:55.2. Driven by Luc Ouellette, Jersey...
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Fox Valley Flan sets mark

on 06/11/2005 2:00 AM
Fox Valley Flan became the fastest mare trotter in the history of Hawthorne Racecourse Friday night, capturing the first of two Erwin F. Dygert eliminations in 1:53.3. The mile easily bested the previous mark of 1:56.4. The 4-year-old mare was driven by Andy Miller for trainer Erv Miller and owner Tanah Merah Farms. Dink Adoo finished second with Full Count third. Mr. McNally also trotted th...
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Lawman ties world mark

on 06/11/2005 2:00 AM
Lawman equaled the world record for 4-year-old trotting horses Friday night at the Meadowlands when he scored a 1:51.3 victory in a $21,500 conditioned event. The time tied the mark set by Kadabra on July 11, 2003. Driven by Eric Ledford for his father and trainer, Seldon Ledford, and owners Tonya Ledford, Eric Ledford's wife, and James Jesk, Lawman won for the second straight time. Lawman is ...
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Pierce sweeps features

on 06/11/2005 2:00 AM
Mr. Muscleman posted his fifth straight victory Friday night at the Meadowlands, capturing the $47,500 Open Trot in 1:52 for driver Ron Pierce. Pierce also directed Burning Point to a 1:50.3 victory in a $40,000 prep for next week's $215,000 Lady Liberty for older mare pacers. Mr. Muscleman, a 5-year-old gelded son of Muscles Yankee, now has six wins in seven starts this year. Lemon Pepper was ...
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Field set for $1.5 mil race

on 06/11/2005 2:00 AM
Stonebridge Regal, Rocknroll Hanover and Runover Feeling each posted impressive victories Saturday night at Woodbine in the trio of eliminations for the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup on June 18. Stonebridge Regal scored the fastest of the elims with a 1:49.4 effort. Driven aggressively on the front by Jack Moiseyev, Stonebridge Regal drew clear down the stretch after fending off the firs...
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Freshman winners at Big M

on 06/11/2005 2:00 AM
Xhilaration, a daughter of Western Hanover out of the 1995 Miss New Jersey winner Motivation, was the fastest of 12 freshman winners Saturday morning at the Meadowlands, pacing to a 1:56.4 victory. Driven by George Brennan, it was the second straight win in as many starts for Xhilaration. Columbia Court, a son of Pacific Fella out of Southwind Katy, also won his second straight baby race, this ...
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Record in Goodtime elims

on 06/11/2005 2:00 AM
Great George Two trotted to a 1:52.1 victory in the third of three eliminations for the Goodtimes for 3-year-old colts Saturday night at Woodbine, the fastest mile ever trotted in Canada for that division. Driven by Jonathan Roberts, Great George Two held off Ro Lo and Bare It All for the victory. Vino Camielle won the first elim, scoring impressively in a career-best 1:54 for driver Jack Moise...
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New York Yank wins debut

on 06/10/2005 2:00 AM
Peter Haughton Memorial winner New York Yank, Muscle Memory and Muscle Bound each set career marks en route to capturing their respective $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes divisions for 3-year-old colt trotters at the Meadowlands Thursday night. Driver Ron Pierce sent New York Yank to the lead at the half and the son of Yankee Glide drew off to a 1:54.3 victory, besting runner-up Chocolate Dipped ...
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WEG issues statement

on 06/10/2005 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group has issued the following statement, posted on its website, regarding the future of the commingling of wagering pools in Canada with those at tracks in the United States: Woodbine Entertainment Group has been leading the charge to gain access into the large U.S. pari-mutuel wagering pools ever since the U.S. Internal Revenue Services' 30 percent withholding tax on wi...
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Jug future set to open

on 06/10/2005 2:00 AM
The first 2005 Little Brown Jug future wager will begin at noon, Thursday, June 23, and continue through 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, at racetracks throughout North America. "Our first wagering pool follows the $1.5 million North America Cup which will be raced Saturday, June 18," said Phil Terry, director of marketing for the Delaware, Ohio County Fair. "Fifteen of the starters in this wee...
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NJ committee OKs VLTs

on 06/10/2005 2:00 AM
The New Jersey Senate Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee Thursday approved by a 4-2 vote a bill that would allow as many as 5,000 video lottery terminals to be placed at the Meadowlands racetrack. The vote went by party lines, with four Democrats voting for and two Republicans voting against. Because the approve of VLTS would raise an estimated $150 million in revenue to the ...
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Qualifiers at Big M

on 06/10/2005 2:00 AM
Several top horses qualified at the Meadowlands Friday morning with 70-degree temperatures prevailing. Among the winners was Timesareachanging, who scored in 1:52.4. Other winners were older trotter Fool's Goal, who won in 1:56.4 in his first start since being scratched lame from a Cutler Memorial elimination; the 3-year-old filly pacer Ideal News won in 1:53.4; and Diesel Don, a top rated 3-ye...
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10-cent Supers in Mich.

on 06/10/2005 2:00 AM
The Michigan Officer of the Racing Commissioner has approved 10-cent Superfecta wagers at tracks in the state, although no track has yet announced the wager as part of its menu. In issuing its order, the commission noted that Superfecta wagering is already authorized in the state and the 10-cent Super would "merely represent a smaller denomination of an approved wager."
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Thishorsewillfly flies

on 06/09/2005 2:00 AM
The aptly-named Thishorsewillfly did just that at Monticello Raceway Wednesday afternoon when he obliterated the all-age track trotting record with a 1:56.3 victory in a conditioned event. Romping home to a 20-length victory, Thishorsewillfly crushed the previous Mighty M standard of 1:58.3, set one day short of eight full years ago by Allot. Trained by Brian Horlacher for Paul Mandel's Thunder...
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