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Dr. Jack Wilkes dies

on 05/20/2005 2:00 AM
Dr. Jack E. Wilkes, DVM, died after a lengthy illness, Thursday, May 12. He was 77. Dr. Wilkes was born July 2, 1927, in Batavia, N.Y., son of the late Gurdon and Alice Porschet Wilkes. He was a private first class in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Dr. Wilkes then attended Cornell University School of Veterinary Science, graduating in 1954. Dr. Wilkes was one of the original foun...
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7-furlong race at Woodbine

on 05/20/2005 2:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack officials are expecting a current world record to fall Monday night as the Toronto track's fifth race is a $15,000 conditioned pace at a distance of seven-eighths of a mile. The current world record for the distance is 1:51.3, set in 1997 at Hoosier Park by Ima Noble Son and driver D.R. Ackerman. "We just wanted to try something different and maybe add a different dimension t...
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Ga. Pacific wins qualifier

on 05/20/2005 2:00 AM
Over a sloppy Meadows racetrack, last year's Matron winner Georgia Pacific defeated the 2004 Breeders Crown Mare Pace champion Always Cam in 1:55.3 in a qualifier Friday morning. Driven to victory by Tony Hall, Georgia Pacific took the early lead while Brian Zendt and Always Cam sat patiently behind. The 4-year-old gelding set fractions of :28.3, :58.3 and 1:27.3 before the battle began down t...
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Qualifiers at Big M

on 05/20/2005 2:00 AM
A few of last year's top 2 year olds, along with the 2004 Dan Patch 3-Year-Old Trotting Filly award winner, qualified at the Meadowlands Friday morning over a sloppy track. Those 2 year olds of interest include Self Professed (a winner by seven lengths in 1:57), Cabrini Hanover (a winner in 1:57.1), Magenta Hall (second, trotting in 2:02) and Third Reef (second in a 2:00 mile). Also qualifying ...
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Big efforts in Miss NJ elims

on 05/20/2005 2:00 AM
Entrymates Copywriter and Ideal News finished one-two in the second of two $20,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes eliminations for 3-year-old filly pacers at the Meadowlands Friday night, while Freezer Cash posted a 12-1 shocker in the opening split. Freezer Cash, driven by Cat Manzi for trainer Michael Russo and owner-breeder Joe and Joann Thomson, surged past pacesetting and 1-5 favorite Savannah Sky...
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Molson Pace elims held

on 05/20/2005 2:00 AM
Ponder and Buckeye One posted 1:53 victories Friday night in their respective Molson Pace eliminations at Western Fair Raceway, equaling the track record set by Four Starzzz Shark in last year's Molson Pace final in the process. Ponder, driven by Jack Moiseyev for trainer Bob McIntosh, recovered from an early bobble when he touched the starting gate, to come from behind with a first-over trip t...
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8 straight for True Force

on 05/20/2005 2:00 AM
Ken Rucker trainees and heavy favorites True Force and Mantrix romped to victories Friday afternoon at Freehold in a pair of $8,000 divisions of the second round of the Windshield Wiper Series for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. True Force led wire to wire for driver George Brennan to score in 1:54.3, easily defeating Under Boss (Jeff Gregory) and Sunny Personality (Stephen Smith). Owned by...
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Don Pierce dies

on 05/19/2005 2:00 AM
Horseman Don Pierce of Turlock, Calif., the father of top driver Ron Pierce, died at his home May 15 after a long illness. He was 69. Pierce, a true California Horseman, was born in California on July 26, 1935. He started his career on the California fair circuit and became a top-catch driver at several of the pari-mutuel tracks around the country. He was recently honored by California Harne...
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The Big M & VLTs

on 05/19/2005 2:00 AM
According to a report in New York's Newsday, a key lawmaker in New Jersey has said that better than estimated state revenues will kill any prospect of putting video lottery terminals (VLTs) at the Meadowlands. Acting Gov. Richard J. Codey has been proposing slots at the Meadowlands to help the state's fiscal situation. Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew called the slots proposal, "dead, buried and decom...
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Proud to win the Tubby

on 05/19/2005 2:00 AM
Trainer Don Eash made the most of a tough trip and positioned Dream Work colt Proud Dreamer in front late in the mile to capture the $16,000 final of the Tubby Trimble series at Hoosier Park Wednesday, May 18. The lightly-raced sophomore paced a personal best 1:54.3 to collect his third win in six starts. "He didn't leave as well as I thought and we were hung out on the outside," said Eash afte...
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Big Batavia VLT opener

on 05/19/2005 2:00 AM
Batavia Downs became the fourth harness track in New York State to operate a video lottery terminal (VLT) facility when the doors were opened on Wednesday, May 18. Approximately 5,000 people visited before the 2 a.m. closing. "I kept thinking, 'Where did all these people come from?'" said Batavia Downs president Martin Basinait. "We had a great crowd right from the start. It exceeded all our pr...
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26 in Provincial Cup elims

on 05/19/2005 2:00 AM
Twenty-six 3-year-old colt pacers have been entered for this year's $450,000 est. (C) Provincial Cup at Windsor Raceway, forcing three eliminations to be held Sunday night, May 22. The final is scheduled for Sunday, May 29. Stonebridge Regal, who has won seven of nine this year, has drawn post two in the first of the three $25,000 contests, slated as the ninth race. Trained and co-owned by Bob ...
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Carol Cramer Del. honoree

on 05/19/2005 2:00 AM
Carol Cramer, editor of the USTA Stakes Guide and Grand Circuit Steward and Secretary, will be honored as the 2005 Lady Pace honoree at the Delaware, Ohio County Fair. The $20,000-estimated Lady Pace will be raced Sunday afternoon, Sept. 18, opening day of Delaware's five afternoons of Grand Circuit harness racing. The Little Brown Jug will be held Thursday, Sept. 22. A a native of Bloomingb...
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Magna Gets Mich. License

on 05/18/2005 2:00 AM
Acting Michigan Racing Commissioner Christine C. White announced Tuesday morning that Magna Entertainment has been awarded a license to build a racetrack in Romulus, directly across from Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The proposed track--to be called Michigan Downs--is expected to cost $100 million and is scheduled to open in 2009. It will include a 1 1/8-mile mile dirt track, a one-mile turf co...
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NY bill for Internet bets

on 05/18/2005 2:00 AM
Published reports state New York State Senator Bill Larkin, chairman of the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, plans to introduce legislation Wednesday that will allow Internet wagering in the state. "Other states are doing it, and we're going to lose out," Larkin was quoted as saying in the Middletown Times Herald-Record.
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Batavia opens VLTs

on 05/18/2005 2:00 AM
Batavia Downs, forced to close last year for financial reasons, opened its reported $2 million video lottery terminal parlor that includes 586 machines Wednesday morning. Demoninations for the machines run from a penny to five dollars. In a press release issued by Batavia Downs, it stated revenue from the machines should help the track pay off $9.2 million in debut within the next 10 to 12 year...
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2004 HOY misses a week

on 05/18/2005 2:00 AM
Rainbow Blue sat on the sidelines last weekend when the Open Pace at the Meadowlands didn't fill, and this week she will once again sit out after coming up slightly sick, according to trainer and co-owner George Teague Jr. "We scoped her and she came up a little bit dirty; she had a little bit of mucous and I didn't want to chance it, so I left her out of the box," Teague told The Horseman Wedn...
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Niatross Made 1980 Debut

on 05/17/2005 2:00 AM
It was 25 years ago this week that the great Niatross embarked on his 3-year-old racing campaign with a 1:56.1 victory in the $55,000 Hanover and Hempt Stakes at Vernon Downs. After finishing his freshman season with 13 victories in as many starts, $604,900 in earnings and Horse of the Year honors, Niatross began his sophomore season just as impressively. With 8,248 fans on hand to watch, Niatr...
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Jolt, Rocknroll to square off

on 05/17/2005 2:00 AM
Village Jolt and Rocknroll Hanover have drawn in the same elimination for the New Jersey Classic. Thirteen horses were entered in the race, requiring two elims Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Village Jolt drew post two in the second elim while Rocknroll Hanover will start from post five in the same elim. From the rail out, the fields are: First elim 1--Load The Dice 2--South Park Hanover ...
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Graduate final set

on 05/17/2005 2:00 AM
The Saturday card at the Meadowlands will feature elims for the New Jersey Classic along with the $225,000 Graduate final and $180,000 Cutler Memorial final. Graduate final 1--Life Source 2--Boulder Creek 3--Holborn Hanover 4--Articulator 5--Mini Me 6--Mypanmar 7--Metropolitan 8--Casimir Camotion 9--Town Champion 10--Driven To Win $180,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial 1--Al Dente Han...
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