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New stadium at Big M

on 04/14/2005 2:00 AM
It appears a new $750 million football stadium for the New York Giants will be built at the Meadowlands, possibly opening in time for the 2008 season. The agreement between the football team and the state of New Jersey is expected to be announced at a Thursday morning press conference, according to Associated Press. A source close to the negotiations told The Associated Press th...
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Ill. proposal to aid racing

on 04/14/2005 2:00 AM
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich indicated Wednesday that he is interested in a proposal to expand gambling at existing casino riverboats in the state that would include a subsidy to aid Illinois horse racing. The proposal by Chicago Democrat Rep. Robert Molaro would let casinos expand to include 3,000 slot machines and table games, up from the current limit of 1,200. Casinos would pay the state $...
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Hazel Park story tops

on 04/14/2005 2:00 AM
"Raising the Stakes," a series printed last year about Hazel Park Harness Raceway in the Daily Tribune newspaper that covers the area in suburban Detroit, has won the Michigan Associated Press Sweepstakes Award. The award means the judges considered it the best story among all the award winners in 2004. The series delved into the history of the raceway, profiled people who make their living on ...
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HTA offers scholarships

on 04/14/2005 2:00 AM
Harness Tracks of America has announced that it will be offering $51,000 in college scholarships for the 2005-2006 school year to children of harness racing participants and others active in the sport. With assistance from International Sound Corporation, Harold Snyder and Champion Communications Ltd., HTA will present four $7,500 scholarships and two $10,000 scholarships based on academic mer...
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Daley suspended

on 04/14/2005 2:00 AM
Trainer Noel Daley has been suspended six months and fined $2,500 as a result of an elevated TCO2 test on his horse Night Mystery at the Meadowlands in February, despite the horse testing high once again in a quarantine situation. Although Night Mystery re-tested high, the ruling issued by the New Jersey Racing Commission states: "the Board of Judges are not satisfied on the basis of the eviden...
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Gregory set to return

on 04/14/2005 2:00 AM
Jeff Gregory has told The Horseman he will climb back into the sulky this weekend for the first time since suffering a broken hip in a race accident at Freehold Jan. 14. The 38-year-old driver had a career year in 2004, winning 581 races and more than $4.5 million in purses, but after posting 27 wins in his first 157 starts this year, has been sidelined since the spill. Gregory said he has one ...
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Gural unveils Tioga plans

on 04/14/2005 2:00 AM
New York City-based owner and breeder Jeff Gural met with about 100 Tioga County residents Wednesday night and unveiled his plans for the re-opening of Tioga Park as a harness racetrack in 2006. Gural is planning on investing $20 million in the track that has not hosted live racing consistently since the 1970s. Gural said the project will create 377 jobs, with expected revenue in the first year...
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Ill. detention change

on 04/13/2005 2:00 AM
On Tuesday, at the regular meeting of the Illinois Racing Board, it was decided that effective Saturday, April 16, the current 5-hour detention time for horses will be moved back to a 4-hour detention time. It was also decided that Horsemen will now also be allowed to increase the dosage of Salix to 10CC's. In addition all winning horses will be tested post race with random specials.
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Laugh A Day dies

on 04/13/2005 2:00 AM
Laugh A Day, the most expensive yearling filly ever sold at public auction, died April 3. The 23-year-old mare died shortly after she foaled a Badlands Hanover filly at Winbak Farm in Maryland. In 1983, Lloyd Arnold bid a record $625,000 to buy Laugh A Day, a daughter of Most Happy Fella out of Tarport Cheer. The price is still the highest ever paid for a yearling filly pacer. Though Laugh A...
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Baby wins Mighty M Open

on 04/13/2005 2:00 AM
Bayonne Baby, who was claimed Feb. 2 at Monticello Raceway for $4,000, captured that track's Open Pace Tuesday afternoon in 1:57. Since being claimed, Bayonne Baby has now won six times in eight starts as he rose through the ranks. "I guess you could say we made a good claim," said trainer-driver Jimmy Devaux after the 8-year-old On The Road Again gelding earned a new seasonal speed badge. "Not...
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No veto in NY

on 04/13/2005 2:00 AM
The deadline for New York Gov. George Pataki to veto any part of the state's budget bill, which included new legislation for video lottery terminals at the state's racetracks, has come and gone without the VLT bill being changed. All of the details are not yet known, but this should pave the way for immediate construction of a VLT parlor at Yonkers Raceway.
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Illinois champ returns

on 04/13/2005 2:00 AM
Mini Me is set to return to the races Saturday night, with the now 6-year-old gelding scheduled to line up behind the gate in the $9,000 Open Pace at Pocono Downs. Although Mini Me has 17 wins in 67 career starts and more than $1.1 million in purses, he hasn't won since pacing to a career-best 1:49 win in an Invitational Aug. 2, 2003, at the Meadowlands, a span of 21 starts over the past two years...
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Shanghai Phil about ready

on 04/13/2005 2:00 AM
Shanghai Phil, the 3-year-old colt pacer who was placed in the top five by all six pacing panelists in The Horseman's ratings panel published in the April 6 issue, is reportedly close to qualifying. Trainer and co-owner Dustin Jones told the Woodbine media department that he hopes to qualify the son of Blissfull Hall in about two weeks. "He wintered really well," said Jones. "Right now he's as ...
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Perretti teams with Big M

on 04/13/2005 2:00 AM
Romance as well as riches await the winner of the inaugural Perretti Matchmaker Stakes on July 15 at the Meadowlands. The newest addition to the Meadowlands stakes schedule is for older trotting mares and will carry an estimated purse of $100,000 plus a date for the winner with one of the elite trotting stallions at Perretti Farms in Cream Ridge, N.J.--Muscles Yankee, Revenue, Windsong's Legacy o...
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Huge win by Scarlet Knight

on 04/13/2005 2:00 AM
Scarlet Knight won his first start back after a layoff in huge fashion at the Solvalla track in Stockholm Wednesday night, scoring by about 25 lengths in 1:53.4. He'll now meet Mr. Muscleman in the Elitlopp on May 29. Scarlet Knight was retired from racing earlier this year to exclusively stand at stud, but then was put back into training after the number and quality of mares in his book failed...
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Opposition to meet Blue

on 04/13/2005 2:00 AM
A match-up of Loyal Opposition and Rainbow Blue is guaranteed Monday, April 18, as only seven older mare pacers were entered into the opening round of the Classic Series scheduled for the five-eighths mile track in Delaware. Defending older mare pacer divisional champ Loyal Opposition is riding a four-race win streak heading into the Classic, while 2004 Horse of the Year Rainbow Blue comes off an...
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Runover Feeling wins qua.

on 04/13/2005 2:00 AM
Trainer Kelly O'Donnell won a pair of qualifiers at Spring Garden Ranch in Florida Tuesday morning, April 12, with a pair of highly-regarded 3-year-old colt pacers. Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Runover Feeling was a 1:58.1 winner while Woodrow Wilson runner-up Up Front Charlie scored in 1:59.3. Both colts won four-horse qualifiers that consisted solely of O'Donnell-trained horses. Kelly wa...
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Titans to meet in Classic

on 04/13/2005 2:00 AM
A match-up of Loyal Opposition and Rainbow Blue is guaranteed Monday, April 18, as only seven older mare pacers were entered into the opening round of the Classic Series scheduled for the five-eighths mile track in Delaware. Defending older mare pacer divisional champ Loyal Opposition is riding a four-race win streak heading into the Classic, while 2004 Horse of the Year Rainbow Blue comes off ...
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Elitlopp invites possible

on 04/11/2005 2:00 AM
Don Boss Vita held off the late rally of Mr. Muscleman to win the $154,200 Suc Mac Lad final at the Meadowlands Sunday afternoon in a stakes record 1:52.1. Hurri Kane Billy G finished 4 ¾ lengths behind in third. Don Boss Vita, who won his season's debut last week in the second leg of the Su Mac Lad, had not previously raced since last June when he was sidelined with a suspensory injury. Ove...
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Don wins, Muscles tops too

on 04/11/2005 2:00 AM
Don Boss Vita held off the late rally of Mr. Muscleman to win the $154.200 Su Mac Lad Final in a stakes record 1:52.1 on Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands. Mr. Muscleman was rimmed virtually the entire race and only was beaten by a neck. "He's got the biggest heart," said Virginia Louthan, who trains Don Boss Vita for her fiancé, owner Alvin Beiler of Felton, Del. "As soon as I saw them l...
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