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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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My Boy David in Lincoln

on 10/29/2005 2:00 AM
My Boy David led wire to wire to win the $140,000 Abe Lincoln Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers Friday night at Maywood Park. With Andy Miller driving, My Boy David scored in 1:54.3, besting rival Pujols by just more than a length. My Boy David, a son of Cole Muffler, won for the seventh time in 14 starts this year. He is owned by Shirley LeVin and David Riff, and trained by Homer H...
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Magic in Galt

on 10/29/2005 2:00 AM
New Jersey Sire Stake champion Magic Swan was given a perfect trip by driver Andy Miller in Friday's $135,000 Galt Stakes at Maywood Park and the sophomore trotter took advantage of it, rushing past in the lane to post a length victory in 1:57.3. Vanished came from far back to grab second while the pacesetter Garth Vader held on for third. The 6-5 Ray Schnittker three-horse favored entry was ne...
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Cinderella winners

on 10/29/2005 2:00 AM
Brianna Joy and Digga Digga won their respective $65,000 divisions of the Cinderella for 3-year-old pacing fillies Friday night at Maywood Park. Illinois champion Brianna Joy extend her winning streak to seven in her usual front-end fashion with a 1:53.3 clocking. Driven by Eric Ledford, Brianna Joy defeated runner-up Belovedangel by a half length. Breeders Crown freshman winner Restive Hanover...
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Sarah Myers action

on 10/28/2005 2:00 AM
Street Dancer captured the $42,000 Sarah Myers for 2-year-old filly pacers Thursday night at Balmoral Park, crossing the wire in 1:55.2 over a "good" racetrack for driver Dale Hiteman. A daughter of Richess Hanover, Street Dancer left quickly, yielded the front to Rhyme Or Reason (Andy Miller), and then without room to clear to the outside due to the first-over She's A Big Star (Mike Oosting) c...
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Hanners takes Harr. title

on 10/28/2005 2:00 AM
Brad Hanners won his sixth driving title at Harrington Raceway Thursday as the 2005 summer/fall meet came to a close. The 33-year-old Hanners entered the night four wins up on second place Brandon Givens. Givens won the first race with Davids Feisty Lady to pull within three, but Hanners clinched with wins in the ninth and tenth with Rompaway Ruth and Bank Shot. "I have to thank all the tr...
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Stars qualify in Delaware

on 10/28/2005 2:00 AM
Woodrow Wilson winner Western Ace won a qualifier at Dover Downs Thursday with trainer George Teague Jr. in the sulky. Also scoring in qualifiers were the 2-year-old filly pacer My Little Dragon and world-record holder 2-year-old trotting colt Here Comes Herbie. Western Ace was sent to the front by Teague past the half, but after opening up a three-length lead at the three-quarters saw the marg...
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2TG now 14-for-14

on 10/28/2005 2:00 AM
Two-year-old trotting gelding Maple Leaf Noble is now a perfect 14-for-14 in his career after winning the Lady Slipper Stakes Thursday at Charlottetown Driving Park in Prince Edward Island. Racing on a "sloppy" track, Maple Leaf Noble needed only 2:11.2 to keep his perfect record intact. Bred, trained and driven by Ralph Annear, who shares ownership in the son of Black River with Jack Panting, ...
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Balmoral adds dime supers

on 10/28/2005 2:00 AM
Balmoral Park will begin offering 10-cent superfecta wagering beginning Saturday, Oct. 29. Long considered an innovator of the dime wager with its 10-cent Pick 9, Balmoral will now join a growing number of tracks throughout the country that are now offering this very popular superfecta wager. During the first weekend of action Balmoral will expand its Superfecta format to include races 1,3,5,6,...
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Indy turf race draws 10

on 10/27/2005 2:00 AM
A $20,000 Invitational Trot over Indiana Downs' seven-eighths mile turf course has drawn a full field of 10 Indiana-sired horses. The race, carded as the seventh on the Saturday, Oct. 29 program will send off the Shelbyville oval's 2005 harness meet in style. The track will conduct the finale as an afternoon program on Breeders' Cup Championship Day. Several well-known Indiana-bred trotters wil...
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Freshman DSBF winners

on 10/27/2005 2:00 AM
Ireneonthemove set a Harrington Raceway track record in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final for 2-year-old filly pacers Wednesday night, one of four rich contests for freshmen contested on the card. Driven by Kevin Sizer for trainer Jason Skinner and owner Rodney Wyatt, Ireneonthemove overcame the outside post eight to win by two lengths over Bamba Hanover in 1:56.4. It was t...
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Cinderella splits strong

on 10/27/2005 2:00 AM
A pair of $65,000 divisions of the Cinderella stake on Friday's program at Maywood Park drew some of the best 3-year-old pacing fillies in North America. The second race seven-horse field is particularly strong. The early favoritism is divided among a trio of distaffers - the Bob McIntosh trainee Belovedangel (2-1, John Campbell), last season's Dan Patch freshman filly winner Restive Hanover (...
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Pompano in tough shape

on 10/26/2005 2:00 AM
Pompano Park officials are reportedly meeting Wednesday morning to discuss the fate of racing at the southern Florida track that suffered serious damage from Hurricane Wilma that roared through on Monday. Marty Dannevall, assistant trainer to Gary Lewis, said Wednesday that "we're not good. I've never been through any devastation like this." Dannevall said her eight horses came through the stor...
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