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Escort dies

on 11/03/2005 12:00 AM
Escort, winner of the first Meadowlands Pace in 1977, died Wednesday at the Concorde Stud Farm in Cream Ridge, NJ, which had been his home since being retired from stallion duty in 1990. He was 31. According to farm owner David A. Meirs III, Escort laid down in tall grass on the farm, where he was tending to the newest weanling foals and just couldn't get up again. "Escort means a great dea...
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Morgan wins 3 in DD debut

on 11/03/2005 12:00 AM
Tony Morgan has shifted his base of operations to Dover Downs and he got off to a fast start at his new home by winning his first two drives at the track. He won with T Roy L Hanover in 1:55.3 in an $11,400 conditioned pace and then with Rocco And Gaetano in 1:53.4 in a $20,000 event. He finished the card with three victories as he won the finale with Fritzie Scoo Doo in 1:57.3. Coerfurst notch...
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Casino at Monticello?

on 11/03/2005 12:00 AM
Published reports state the St. Regis Mohawk Indian Tribe in New York has decided to drop its idea of building a casino at Kutsher's Sports Academy and only pursue building one at Monticello Raceway. The tribe sent a letter to the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs informing it of its decision. The tribe's application for a casino at Monticello Raceway was approved by the BIA in 2000, but it late...
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New driver for top frosh

on 11/03/2005 12:00 AM
Western Ace has drawn post six in the first of two Matron eliminations Saturday at Dover Downs, but for the first time the 2-year-old gelding who earlier this year won the $375,000 Woodrow Wilson Pace will not have driver Ron Pierce behind him. With Pierce opting off for the two-for-two Took Hanover (who drew post one), trainer and co-owner George Teague Jr. made the decision to use 2005 North Ame...
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No license issued in Pa.

on 11/03/2005 12:00 AM
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has reported Thursday morning that the Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission has rejected both Centaur Inc. and Bedford Downs Management Corp.'s applications for the state's fourth and final harness racing license. According to the story, the commission did not give reasons for rejecting the applicants at a hearing held Thursday morning but said it would do so...
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Cal carryover at $29,605

on 11/03/2005 12:00 AM
Fans wagering on Cal-Expo on Thursday night once again have a chance at big money, as the Pick Six on Wednesday night wasn't hit. Even with over $23,000 wagered into the Wednesday night pick six pool, and despite the highest win price of the six winner's being only $11.60, fans were only able to correctly select five of six. Since no one correctly selected six of six, Thursday's carryover is $...
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Mare overcomes post 8

on 11/02/2005 12:00 AM
Time Flies N won the $24,000 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares Tuesday at Dover Downs, the fourth win in the last five starts for the 6-year-old daughter of In The Pocket. With Brad Hanners driving from the outside post eight, Time Flies N led gate to wire to score in 1:53. Also winning at Dover Tuesday was Four Winds N, a 5-year-old daughter of Beach Towel who scored in an $11,000 condi...
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Fla. poker rules shot down

on 11/02/2005 12:00 AM
Published reports Tuesday state that a Florida court has ruled that the agency that overseeings the card rooms at racetracks and jai alai frontons in Florida exceeded its authority when it attempted to limit jackpots and establish other regulations. Lawyers for Calder Race Course Dania Jai-Alai had challenged the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering's rules last year. One of the attorneys said afte...
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Future: stud or racing?

on 11/02/2005 12:00 AM
Although two weeks ago trainer Kelly O'Donnell said he was hoping to start Little Brown Jug winner P-Forty-Seven in the Breeders Crown later this month at the Meadowlands, he has decided instead to shut the sophomore colt down for the year. "I think he was just a little tired, and since I didn't want to take a chance on him looking bad, we just quit with him," O'Donnell told harnessracing.com W...
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MacDonell tops WEG

on 11/02/2005 12:00 AM
Paul MacDonell led all drivers for the month of October at Woodbine and Mohawk with 27 wins and $1,006,297(C) in purse earnings. MacDonell won one more race than Rick Zeron and Luc Ouellette during the period. Randy Waples was fourth with 25 winners followed by Chris Christoforou with 22. On the month-long money list, MacDonell finished far ahead of runner-up Zeron, who had purse earnings of $6...
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Am Nat finals on tap

on 11/02/2005 12:00 AM
Balmoral Park will be the site Saturday night for a trio of $250,000 American National finals, including a match-up of top older trotters Peaceful Way and Hellava Hush. The two are both coming off wins in their respective Allerage Farm finals at The Red Mile Oct. 8. Peaceful Way has won eight of nine starts this year and $545,804 to increase her career earnings to more than $1.88 million. The 4...
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16G carryover at Cal Expo

on 11/02/2005 12:00 AM
Wednesday night's card at Cal Expo is highlighted by a Pick Six carryover of $16,115. Starting off the Pick Six races is an $18,000 California Sire Stakes contest for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Former Maywood Park all-age track record holder (1:51) Michael's Western is now racing at Cal Expo, and the 6-year-old gelding is the 7-2 morning-line choice in the eighth race $6,000 claiming p...
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Frosh Matrons overflowing

on 11/02/2005 12:00 AM
Never in the history of the Matron Stakes, the oldest and one of the most prestigious stakes events in the sport, have 90 freshmen--the most in modern history--been entered in the elimination round of the $1 million stake. The qualifiers in the four 2-year-old division finals for colt and filly pacers and trotters will be decided in 11 elims this Saturday, Nov. 5 at Dover Downs. Since its ince...
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Fairbank Gi big in Italy

on 11/01/2005 12:00 AM
Fairbank Gi, a son of the Italian sire Lemon Dra, captured the Orsi Mangelli in Milan Tuesday, Nov. 1. The Credit Winner son Cromwell won his elim and was third in the final. Fairbank Gi won his elim in a mile rate of 1:57.1 and then came back and won the final in a mile rate of 1:56.2 over the 1,600 meter distance (about one mile). In the final heat Fairbank Bi challenged to take the lead a...
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Filly Mangelli to Dubois

on 11/01/2005 12:00 AM
Le Reve, a 3-year-old filly owned by French horseman Jean Pierre Dubois, won the Orsi Mangelli filly division Tuesday, Nov. 1, defeating 18 other fillies. She was timed in a mile rate of 1:58.3 over 1,600 meters. The race got underway with such furious speed that if it continued, all would struggle home. Courtney Hall (Garland Lobell-Canne Angus) took command at the quarter, but was immediately...
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American National elims

on 10/30/2005 1:00 AM
Both trotters and pacers shared the spotlight at Balmoral Park on Saturday night as elimination's for next week's American National 3-Year-Old Filly Trot and Aged Pace were contested. Both finals will be part of the big American National Festival of Racing on Nov. 5 and both of the finals for these events will carry a purse of $250,000. In the first of two $28,000 elimination's for the sophomo...
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Freehold hosts 3 year olds

on 10/30/2005 1:00 AM
Rocknroll Hanover and Gryffindor won their respective, $136,400 divisions of the James B. Dancer Memorial Pace for 3 year olds at Freehold Raceway on Saturday. In the first division, Rocknroll Hanover made every pole a winning one, cutting fractions of :27.3, :57 and 1:25 en route to a one-length victory in 1:53 with Brian Sears in the sulky. Speed Demon (Ron Pierce) sat a pocket trip behind th...
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Vivid Photo in 1:52.3

on 10/30/2005 1:00 AM
Hambletonian and World Trotting Derby winner Vivid Photo led wire to wire to win a $9,000 Open Trot over the 1 1/4-mile racetrack at Colonial Downs Saturday in 1:52.3. The time is a world record for 3-year-old geldings on a track greater than one mile. Trainer-driver Roger Hammer was once again at the controls as Vivid Photo set fractions of :26.3, 55.1 and 1:23.2 on his way to the victory. The...
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Primetime on the grass

on 10/30/2005 1:00 AM
In a special one-mile race over the turf course at Indiana Downs Saturday afternoon, Primetime Ranger led a trio of longshots across the wire in the $20,000 Invitational for Indiana-sired trotters. Driven by Jay Cross, the 37-1 Primetime Ranger bested runner-up 13-1 Awesome Tom by 1 1/2 lengths in 2:05.2. DC Wizzing Music, a 26-1 outsider, finished third. The 3-5 favorite Chiva's Rocket, in rei...
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Michigan colt scores

on 10/29/2005 2:00 AM
Thin Blue Line won Friday night's $275,000 Windy City Pace final at Maywood Park, crossing the wire in 1:52.3 for driver Mike Oosting. Thin Blue Line closed up the passing lane to wear down the pacesetting Gold Dust Beach to score by three-quarters of a length. Arts Day rallied late to finish third. Trained by Dick Oldfield for owner Oldfield Farm, Thin Blue Line won for the third time in 14...
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