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Express Ride dies at 22

on 04/06/2005 2:00 AM
Express Ride, who trotted to a 1:53 world record for 4-year-old stallions at The Red Mile in 1987, died at Menhammar Stud farm in Sweden Wednesday. Racing without shoes that day at The Red Mile, Express Ride turned in a breath-taking performance for driver Berndt Lindstedt. At the time the clocking was the fastest ever by a trotter at The Red Mile. As a 2 year old Express Ride was trained by Ha...
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Continuance for Daley

on 04/06/2005 2:00 AM
Trainer Noel Daley reportedly requested and received a continuance of a court appearance concerning his arrest on charges of possession of prescription drugs without a prescription and possession of hypodermic needles and syringes. The items were found after a subsequent search of his barn at Magical Macres following an elevated blood-gas test on one of his horses. Daley requested the continuan...
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Former Flyers' filly wins

on 04/05/2005 2:00 AM
Rick MacLeish, a Hall of Fame hockey player with the Philadelphia Flyers, isn't skating on the ice these days. Instead, he's getting his sports rush from the 3-year-old Jenna's Beach Boy pacing filly Ain't Goin back, who is now two for two this year. Ain't Goin Back is trained and driven by Benjamin Stafford Jr. She posted her last win on March 31 at Dover, scoring by four lengths in 1:57. She'...
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No Lasix for Muscleman

on 04/05/2005 2:00 AM
According to reports from the Meadowlands, Mr. Muscleman will not be racing on Salix (the bleeder medication formerly known as Lasix) when he competes in the Su Mac Lad final at the Meadowlands Sunday. The change appears to be to prepare the horse for a possible start in the Elitlopp in Sweden next month. However, Mr. Muscleman must first be invited to the Elitlopp, and there is speculation re...
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Village Jolt 3 weeks away

on 04/05/2005 2:00 AM
Trainer Ed Hart has reported to The Horseman that 2004 Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year Village Jolt is about three weeks away from making his first qualifying start. The Woodrow Wilson and Breeders Crown winner is "training very good," according to Hart. "So far everything has been excellent. He looks good, sound and no sickness," Hart told The Horseman. "I'm not sure if we will qualify him...
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No invitation just yet

on 04/05/2005 2:00 AM
Hans Lindskog, the race secretary at the Solvalla racetrack in Stockholm, Sweden, told The Horseman's Lars Palm that he plans to attend the Su Mac Lad final at the Meadowlands Sunday so he can decide if Mr. Muscleman should be invited to the May 29 Elitlopp. Previous reports have stated that Adam Victor and his son, Adam Victor Jr., have already received and accepted an invitation to race Mr. M...
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Joe Napolitano dies

on 04/05/2005 2:00 AM
Joseph Napolitano, one of the top-10 trainers at Pompano Park Harness Track over the past eight years, died late Monday evening. He was 61. Napolitano was involved in the sport for nearly 40 years. His father, George Napoltaino, is a trainer, and his sons, George Napolitano, Jr. and Anthony Napolitano, are also drivers-trainers at Pompano Park. He started his career as a horse trainer at Mon...
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Quik Pulse Mindale in KY

on 04/04/2005 2:00 AM
Quik Pulse Mindale is scheduled to be at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., this morning for for a check-up on a front leg after his fourth-place finish in a $45,100 leg of the Spring Pacing Championship at Woodbine on March 26. "He had some heat in a front leg, but he's not lame," driver Tony Morgan explained. "After his race, Mike (trainer Mike Arnold) and I thought it best to b...
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New Yorker wins contest

on 04/04/2005 2:00 AM
Jim Lang of Cohoes, N.Y., earned the $50,000 grand prize and the title of "National Harness Handicapping Champion" in the sport's first national handicapping tournament held at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday, April 2. Lang, a 47-year-old equipment recovery manager for Time Warner Cable, finished the tournament with a bankroll of $812. He earned his entry into the National Harness Handic...
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Gigant Neo sets track mark

on 04/04/2005 2:00 AM
Gigant Neo, a son of Super Arnie-Clorita Lobell trained by Sweden's Stefan Melander, set a new track record of 1:55.4 when he won over Prime Prospect in the Grand Prix Costa Azzurra at the Torino track in Italy Monday. The race had been delayed from Sunday since all sporting events in Italy were cancelled due to the death of Pope John Paul II. Because of the postponement of the race, Gigant Neo...
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Provincial Cup still May 29

on 04/04/2005 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission has ruled that Windsor Raceway must hold the Provincial Cup for 3-year-old colt pacers on May 29 as advertised. The track, citing concerns over a three-week delay in racing in January, had asked for permission to move the race to December. The track earlier simply announced the race would move from May to December, but that decision hit a roadblock when the commiss...
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Hoosier Park opens

on 04/03/2005 1:00 AM
Hoosier Park opened its 2005 harnes meet Saturday night and there was a familiar winner on the card as Swingin Glory, a senior citizen at age 11, won one of the 14 races on the card by one length in 1:53.3. Trained and driven by Ricky Macomber at Hoosier Park, last year Swingin Glory won 9 of 27 starts, earned $97,414 and took a mark of 1:50.3 at Hoosier Park. His victory on Hoosier Park was t...
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No winner announced yet

on 04/03/2005 1:00 AM
The National Harness Handicapping Contest concluded at the Meadowlands Saturday night, but the winner won't be revealed until after a second review of the data. The Horseman And Fair World's Gordon Waterstone reported that he finished "somewhere in the 50s" after leaving the gate with a bang early in the contest.
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Muscles in Su Mac Lad

on 04/03/2005 1:00 AM
Mr. Muscleman, the winner of the 2003 Kentucky Futurity and a winner of 7 of 14 starts last season, won his first start of his 2005 campaign with a 1:53.3 score in a leg of the Su Mac Lad Series Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands. With Ron Pierce driving, Mr. Muscleman defeated the Argentinian-bred Chucaro Ahijuna and Hurri Kane Billy G. Dink Adoo, who won the first leg two weeks earlier, brok...
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Rain, wind pummel Big M

on 04/02/2005 12:00 AM
Saturday night's card at the Meadowlands was canceled due to high winds and heavy rain. A steady wind of about 40 miles per hour and rain made conditions unsafe to race. Officials at the track waited until 8 p.m. to make the decision, a half hour after scheduled post time. The track took a second hit when the high winds led to a transformer in the backstretch blowing, sending sparks through the...
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$50,000 on the line

on 04/01/2005 12:00 AM
Handicappers from across North America will be descending on the Meadowlands Racetrack Saturday night for the chance to walk away with a guaranteed $50,000 first prize in the inaugural National Harness Handicapping Championship. Among the nearly 100 entrants will be Gordon Waterstone of The Horseman And Fair World magazine and harnessracing.com. Potential entrants have until 10 p.m. on Friday n...
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Top colts Jug eligible

on 04/01/2005 12:00 AM
Village Jolt, Rocknroll Hanover, Shanghai Phil and Speed Demon are among the 176 horses eligible to this year's $650,000 (estimated) Littled Brown Jug, which will be held Sept. 22 at the Delaware (Ohio) County Fair Other outstanding colts eligible to the Jug include Allamerican Inca, Syncro's Z Tam, Leading X Ample and Dawn Of A New Day Village Jolt won the $432,000 Woodrow Wilson Final at ...
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Slots drafts in FL

on 04/01/2005 12:00 AM
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Florida legislature's first stab at setting the regs for slots at Broward County pari-mutuel facilities was a disappointment to some. The first slots bill to clear a committee in the state legislature would allow only electronic bingo. Also, instead of using the taxes on gambling profits for students around the state, the Republican-led committe...
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Gordon gears for contest

on 04/01/2005 12:00 AM
Hi! My name is Gordon Waterstone and I'm a handicapper--at least I think I'm a handicapper. I'll find out just how good I am as I travel to the Meadowlands Saturday to compete in the National Harness Racing Handicapping Championship. I've been the author of tip sheets sold at Hazel Park and for one spring at The Red Mile, so I'm pretty sure I can pick some winners. My major claim to fame is one...
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NY budget bill passes

on 04/01/2005 12:00 AM
New York lawmakers have passed a budget on time for the first time in 21 years and the $105 billion spending plan, passed on Thursday, also includes a new video lottery terminal bill. The new VLT bill raises the fee paid to the track operators and specifies monies for a Breeding Fund that will pay purses and breed incentives. The New York Times reported that the budget may still face challenges...
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