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Progress final set

on 11/10/2005 12:00 AM
As the luck of the draw had it, Rocknroll Hanover, the sport's leading money-winning horse this season, and Village Jolt, last season's top freshman pacer, drew posts one and two, respectively, and race as a Jeff Snyder-owned, Brett Pelling trained entry, in the $394,120 Progress Pace on Sunday night at Dover Downs. Village Jolt, with driver Ron Pierce, scored a stunning 1:50.4 career fastest w...
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Lonesome Day aims for BC

on 11/10/2005 12:00 AM
Trainer Ross Croghan said Thursday afternoon that he is pointing 2-year-old pacing filly Lonesome Day to the upcoming Breeders Crown and that is why he decided to not enter the full sister to 2001 Crown champion filly Cam Swifty in Saturday's Matron final at Dover Downs after she had won her elimination last weekend. Lonesome Day has six wins in eight starts this year, including the $330,000 Sw...
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Fla. slots compromise?

on 11/10/2005 12:00 AM
Thursday's Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel is reporting a compromise agreement appears to have been reached between the Florida State House and Senate regarding the addition of slot machines at racetracks and a jai-alai fronton in Broward County, including Pompano Park. The proposed agreement calls for the machines to be the Senate-preferred Las Vegas-style machines, which give higher payouts, instea...
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Strong Yankee takes Open

on 11/10/2005 12:00 AM
Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity winner Strong Yankee led wire to wire against older horses to win a $9,500 Open Wednesday night at Pocono Downs in 1:55.1. The win was the sixth of the year in 16 starts and third straight for the son of Muscles Yankee. Brian Sears was once again in the sulky behind Strong Yankee for trainer Trond Smedshammer and owner Strong Yankee Stable. The colt held off S...
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BC hopefuls in Gaitway quas.

on 11/10/2005 12:00 AM
Elegantimage winner Blur romped home a 13 1/4-length winner in 1:59 in one of 15 qualifiers at Gaitway Farm in New Jersey Thursday morning. The program had several 2 and 3 year olds of both gaits making final preps before the upcoming Breeders Crowns at the Meadowlands. With trainer Trond Smedshammer in the sulky, Blur crossed the wire in 1:59, easily outdistancing runner-up Her Culese, who ear...
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Walnut Hall Ltd. mares sell

on 11/10/2005 12:00 AM
The dispersal of the majority of Walnut Hall Ltd.'s broodmares took place Thursday at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, with 72 mares selling for a gross of $2.5 million. Walnut Hall Ltd., which has been operated by Alan Leavitt and his wife, Meg, announced following its September yearling auction that it would sell most of its broodmares and its weanling crop at Harrisburg. The top...
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Pa. rejection reasons

on 11/10/2005 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission has issued an 87-page report why it denied last week both Centaur and Bedford Downs' applications to build a new harness racetrack in the state. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette stated the report revealed that the reason behind the rejection of Centaur's proposed Valley View Downs was because the site was too small and that it didn't like the track's ...
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PA Ag chief buys mare

on 11/10/2005 12:00 AM
Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Dennis C. Wolff became the newest Standardbred owner Thursday when he bought the broodmare Yankee Dallas for $22,000. The mare by Balanced Image is in foal to 2004 Trotter of the Year Windsong's Legacy. She was consigned by Hempt Farms and was knocked down for the $22,000 price to Dr. Paul F. Spears, one of the breeders of Windsong's Legacy. Secretary W...
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Average up after 2 days

on 11/09/2005 12:00 AM
With yearlings from the first crop by Andover Hall fetching big money, the annual Standardbred Horse Sales Company yearling auction at Harrisburg, Pa., appears headed for a solid finish. Through Tuesday's second session, when an Andover Hall yearling was sold for $250,000 - the fourth by the sire to top $200,000 - the average price at the sale was $38,782. Last year's first two sessions gener...
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Average up after 2 days

on 11/09/2005 12:00 AM
With yearlings from the first crop by Andover Hall fetching big money, the annual Standardbred Horse Sales Company yearling auction at Harrisburg, Pa., appears headed for a solid finish. Through Tuesday's second session, when an Andover yearling was sold for $250,000 - the fourth by the sire to top $200,000 - the average price at the sale was $38,782. Last year's first two sessions generated ...
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Magna sells The Meadows

on 11/09/2005 12:00 AM
Magna Entertainment Corp. has announced it has reached an agreement to sell The Meadows and its off-track betting parlors in the western part of the state to Millennium Gaming and Oaktree Capital Management for $225 million. According to a press release issued by Magna, it will continue to manage racing operations at The Meadows on behalf of Millennium-Oaktree pursuant to a minimum five-year racin...
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Marymatt in 1:49.4

on 11/09/2005 12:00 AM
Marymatt Hanover, who won his first 11 races this year by an average of 6 1/2 lengths, stepped off a wire-to-wire 1:49.4 victory in an $18,480 conditioned pace at Woodbine Racetrack Tuesday night. The win now gives the sophomore colt 14 wins in 16 starts this year. With Mark MacDonald driving, the son of Blissfull Hall set fractions of :26, :54.3 and 1:21.4 en route to his career-best victory, ...
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Stars in Gaitway qualies

on 11/09/2005 12:00 AM
Twenty-seven qualifiers will be held over Thursday and Friday mornings at Gaitway Farms in New Jersey, with several 2 and 3 year olds in action in final preparation for the upcoming Breeders Crowns at the Meadowlands over the Thanksgiving weekend. Fifteen qualifiers are scheduled for Thursday while 12 have been carded for Friday, with both sessions beginning at 9:30 a.m. On Thursday, 3-year-old...
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Chocolatier wins qualifier

on 11/08/2005 12:00 AM
Two-year-old colt trotter Chocolatier easily won a qualifier at Mohawk Racetrack Tuesday morning. Coming off a break in his Valley Victory elimination, Chocolatier romped home a 7 1/2-length winner for driver D.R. Ackerman in 2:00.2. The son of Credit Winner is now headed to the Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands. A winner of six of eight starts this year, including a world-record 1:54.4 victory...
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American Ideal vs. elders

on 11/08/2005 12:00 AM
World champion 3-year-old colt pacer will take on a field of older pacers Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Trainer Casie Coleman has entered the son of Western Ideal owned by Mac Nichol and Brittany Farms in the $50,000(C) Open Pace where he will take on six rivals, including Admiral's Express. American Ideal won a Bluegrass division at The Red Mile on Oct. 1 in 1:47.4, the fastest mile ev...
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Horses die in barn fire

on 11/07/2005 12:00 AM
Carol and Bob Yohn of Wisconsin suffered one of a horsemen's worst nightmares Saturday night when a barn fire killed nine of their horses. The barn was left in rubble, Carol Yohn told friends. "It was our future, yearlings and 2 year olds," she said. " We had a couple of the race horses in another barn, and our mare and foal turned out as well, a 5 year old and a 6 year old that may or may not ...
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Swedish BC action

on 11/07/2005 12:00 AM
The Swedish Breeders Crown semifinals for the fillies were raced at the Halmstad track in southern Sweden Monday night. The first semi went to Joy As (Malabar Man-Nevele Duchess), who has mixed many ups with a few downs during the season. Joy As had a bad day in the Swedish Oaks, but was back again in best shape and won her Breeders Crown heat wire to wire. She was timed in a mile rate of 2:01....
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Peaceful Way beats boys

on 11/06/2005 12:00 AM
The 4-year-old trotting mare Peaceful Way beat the boys in 1:53.3 in the $250,000 American National Saturday night at Balmoral Park near Chicago. With regular driver Trevor Ritchie aboard, Peaceful Way won handily over Mohammed Mali, with Hellava Hush taking third. The only other mare int he field, Mystical Sunshine, finished sixth. Peaceful Way has now won nine of 10 starts this season and...
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Escape The Wind wins

on 11/06/2005 12:00 AM
Escape The Wind won the $250,000 American National for older pacers at Balmoral Saturday night, pacing to a 1:51.1 score over Town Champion on a sloppy track. Boulder Creek finished third. Escape The Wind now has seven wins in 26 starts this year for trainer-driver Roger Mayotte.The victory pushed his career bankroll over $1 million.
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Colt wins after layoff

on 11/06/2005 12:00 AM
Self Professed had not raced since winning the Bluegrass at The Red Mile on Oct. 8, but the vacation from racing didn't seem to bother the 3 year old as he won a $72,5000 Hanover Stakes in 1:55.3 Saturday night at Balmoral Park. Starting from post eight Self Professed trotted to a 2 3/4-length score over Magic Swan. Patrick Berry drove the winner for trainer Don Swick.
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