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Hammer named Good Guy

on 11/16/2005 12:00 AM
Roger Hammer, the "King of the Pennsylvania County Fairs," who competed against racing's royalty in 2005 with this year's Hambletonian winner, Vivid Photo, has been voted the winner of the W.R. Haughton Memorial Good Guy Award by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. The down-home Hammer, from Bedford, Pa., certainly has been a superb ambassador for harness racing this summer and fall. He has u...
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1 mil for Merton at Mighty M

on 11/16/2005 12:00 AM
Greg Merton has become the first driver to reach the $1 million mark in purses won during a single meet at Monticello Raceway. Merton, who currently leads the strong driving colony at the Mighty M, has already banked $1,001, 819 with the horses he has driven. Merton's total, which will undoubtedly increase before the curtain drops on the 2005 racing meet in late December, surpassed the previou...
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Fla. sale rescheduled

on 11/16/2005 12:00 AM
After being postponed due to Hurricane Wilma, the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association has rescheduled its annual yearling and mixed sale. It will be held at Pompano Park on Sunday, Dec. 11, beginning at 11 a.m. The deadline for supplemental entries will be Wednesday, Nov. 30. The supplemental catalog will list all changes to the previously published main catalog, along with sup...
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Freshmen score at Dover

on 11/13/2005 12:00 AM
Western Ace survived an inquiry to score a 1:53 victory in the $240,676 Matron final for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers at Dover Downs Saturday night. Western Ace raced outside, uncovered for most of the mile, and still rallied in the stretch for a 1:53 victory for driver Cat Manzi. Palone Ranger finished second for Brian Sears with Took Hanover and Ron Pierce third. The win was the 11th...
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Do Me Good in Am Nat

on 11/13/2005 12:00 AM
Do Me Good won the $250,000 American National final for 3-year-old pacing fillies at Balmoral Park Saturday night. Driven by Dave Magee, Do Me Good won by a half length over Fox Valley Zena, with longshot Sleazebisciuit third in the 1:55.3 contest raced over a "sloppy" track. A daughter of Keystone Raider, Do Me Good is trained by Allen Tomlinson for Michigan owners Ed and Jennifer Engle. Do M...
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American Ideal upset

on 11/13/2005 12:00 AM
Rare Jewel and driver Luc Ouellette went wire-to-wire from post seven in Saturday's $50,000(C) Open Pace at Woodbine, stopping the timer in 1:49. With the 17-1 victory, Rare Jewel upset a field that included the highly-regarded 3-year-old colt pacer American Ideal and the veteran Admiral's Express. Prepping for the Breeders Crown, American Ideal and driver Mark MacDonald worked out a second-ove...
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Ontario Super Finals held

on 11/13/2005 12:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack hosted eight $300,000(C) Ontario Sire Stakes Super Finals Saturday night. Here are the winners: Two-year-old filly trot: Pure Ivory (Striking Sahbra), driven by Steve Condren in 1:57. Two-year-old filly pace: Valkyrie Hanover (Island Fantasy), driven by Roger Mayotte in 1:53. Two-year-old colt trot: Majestic Son (Angus Hall), driven by Rick Zeron in 1:56. Two-year-o...
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Road Kill at Cal Expo

on 11/13/2005 12:00 AM
Eaton Road Kill won the $50,000 Youbet.com Series final at Cal Expo Saturday night, setting a track record for older pacers with a 1:50.1 effort for trainer-driver Ed Hensley. The win was the 44th of Eaton Road Kill's career. He is owned by Gregg Pistochini.
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Gryffindor wins again

on 11/13/2005 12:00 AM
Gryffindor proved he is the sharpest 3-year-old pacer in Delaware these days as he paced wire-to-wire in 1:50 in the $394,120 Progress Pace Sunday night at Dover Downs. Driver David Miller had Gryffindor sprinting away from the gate with plenty of authority and they took command of the race from the rail-leaving Village Jolt. Gryffindor passed the first quarter in :26 and then hit the half in :...
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Woodbine preferred winners

on 11/12/2005 12:00 AM
Jet Lag N and Sweet Deal Hanover captured Preferred contests Friday night at Woodbine. Jet Lag N was a 1:51.1 winner in the $35,000(C) race for pacing mares while Sweet Deal Hanover scored in 1:53.4 in the $40,000(C) trotting event. Luc Ouellette directed Jet Lag N to the victory for trainer Richard Banca. The 6-year-old daughter of Direct Flight defeated runner-up Illusionist by 2 1/2 lengths,...
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Indiana dates announced

on 11/11/2005 12:00 AM
Indiana's 2006 racing calendar calls for the same number of dates as were offered by Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs in 2005, but includes some minor modifications. A total of 141 programs will comprise the meetings at both tracks, including twilight racing at Indiana Downs. The Indiana Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved the 2006 calendar during a meeting Thursday, Nov. 10. In a previo...
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Liberator wins ISOBA

on 11/11/2005 12:00 AM
With only four starters dropped into the entry box for the $12,000 ISOBA Super Sale Stakes on Thursday night at Balmoral Park, this event for state-bred 2-year-old trotting colts was carded as a non-wagering event. In perhaps the best performance of his nine-race career, Liberator continued his late season momentum with a resounding 15 1/4-length victory in 1:59.2. Patiently handled by drive...
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Vivid Photo wins qualifier

on 11/11/2005 12:00 AM
Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo won a qualifier at The Meadows Friday morning in 1:58.3. With Roger Hammer driving, the 3-year-old son of SJ's Photo clicked off fractions of :30, 1:00 and 1:28.3 en route to the easy victory. Vivid Photo has won 16 of 21 starts this year and nearly $1.3 million in purse earnings. Vivid Photo is expected to next start in the Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands. Eli...
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Brett Miller suspended

on 11/11/2005 12:00 AM
Driver Brett Miller has been given a 20-day suspension by the Ohio State Racing Commission for a human drug positive test in August at Northfield Park for benzuylecgonine, which is a metabolite of cocaine. Miller, 32, has not driven since Oct. 15, in which he competed at Northfield despite having a broken left hand. In late September Miller failed a breathalyzer test at the Delaware, Ohio, fair...
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Pompano to re-open Dec. 2

on 11/11/2005 12:00 AM
Pompano Park general manager Dick Feinberg has announced that the racetrack has set a timetable to reopen for simulcasting on Thursday, Nov. 17, and have targeted the return of live racing for Friday, Dec. 2. "After assessing all of the repairs that will be needed to reopen the facility from the damage caused by Hurricane Wilma, we are happy to announce that we should be able to reopen ahead o...
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Cabrini qualifies in 1:56.1

on 11/11/2005 12:00 AM
In final preparations for the upcoming Breeders Crown, Cabrini Hanover won a qualifier at Gaitway Farms in New Jersey Friday morning with a wire-to-wire effort in 1:56.1. With Brian Sears driving for trainer Jimmy Takter, the sophomore daughter of Western Ideal paced to an opening half of 1:00.1 before speeding home in :56 flat to seal the 7 1/2-length victory. Finishing fourth--a distant 17 lengt...
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Broke As Usual cashes

on 11/10/2005 12:00 AM
Broke As Usual A ended Coerfurt's four-race win streak with a 1:55.3 victory in the featured $24,000 Open Trot at Dover Downs Wednesday night. Drivers Ron Pierce and Brad Hanners led the way on the program with four winners each. Broke As Usual A was driven by Tony Morgan. Morgan got away in the middle of the pack with his charge as Hanners took the early lead with Coerfurst. Morgan tipped Brok...
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Yearling sale average up

on 11/10/2005 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Horse Sales Company's annual yearling auction in Harrisburg, Pa., concluded Wednesday night with a total of 1,006 yearlings selling for an average price of $31,541, up six percent from last year's sale. The yearling sale generated a gross of $31,730,000, up from last year's gross of $29,881,000. Last year's gross produced an average price of $29,732 for 1,005 horses sold. Ye...
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Matron finals on tap

on 11/10/2005 12:00 AM
The 2005 Matron Stakes for 2 year olds at Dover Downs come to a close on Saturday, Nov. 12, with $1 million on the line in four division finals. The colt pacers race for a $240,675 purse. Cat Manzi will be back to pilot Western Ace, a winner of 10 of his 11 career starts and $514,108 for Delaware-owners Teague Inc. and Kovach Stables. Mike Lachance will guide Jim Switlynk and Bob Gorney's Ar...
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Even field in Am Nat 3FP

on 11/10/2005 12:00 AM
A very evenly-matched group of 10 three-year-old pacing fillies, led by last week's elimination winners Up Front Dragonfly and Do Me Good, will close out the 2005 American National Stakes season on Saturday night at Balmoral Park. This contentious affair carries a purse of $250,000 and has been carded as race five on a big 12-race program. Up Front Dragonfly was particularly impressive in last ...
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