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Horseman dies in KY

on 03/31/2005 12:00 AM
Gregory Gaekle, 49, who was involved in harness racing since the early 1980s, died Tuesday night (March 29) in Lexington, Ky., after his pickup truck ran off of Newtown Pike and struck a fence and then a tree. The accident occurred about a half-mile from Ironworks Pike. Gaekle was training horses at The Red Mile. In past years he had worked for the Dan Shetler Stable..
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Top driver about ready

on 03/31/2005 12:00 AM
Jeff Gregory says he's "getting itchy" to climb back into the sulky after being forced to the sidelines when he suffered a broken hip in a race accident at Freehold Jan. 14. Gregory told The Horseman Thursday afternoon that he has a doctor's appointment scheduled for April 13 where he is hoping to receive approval to return to the racetrack. Gregory said he has been going to a 1 ½-hour rehab...
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Spicegirl wannabe winner

on 03/30/2005 12:00 AM
Spicegirl Kosmos went from ninth to first to win Tuesday night's featured $14,000 final of the BJ's Treasure Series at The Meadows. Making up 10 lengths after sitting ninth at the half, Spicegirl Kosmos won in 1:59, besting runner-up Boopsie by 1 ¾ lengths. Sunbury Girl was third. "I'd driven some of the horses in this race, so I thought it would get a little heated early," winning driver Da...
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Ford trainees ones to beat

on 03/30/2005 12:00 AM
Whosurboy and Street Sign, who won their respective Spring Pacing Championship divisions last Saturday night at Woodbine, have drawn posts one and seven, respectively for this Saturday's second round. With nine entered into this leg only one $55,000(C) division was carded. Both opening-leg winners hail from the barn of trainer Mark Ford. Whosurboy captured his split after sweeping from last to ...
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Handicapping with Gordon

on 03/30/2005 12:00 AM
I--Gordon Waterstone of The Horseman And Fair World--didn't expect to be at the Meadowlands for the Final Four in April, and I'm not talking about the Final Four stakes. I'm headed off to the Big M this weekend to participate in the inaugural National Harness Handicapping Championship on Saturday night. It's a tough trade-off though as the contest is going straight up against Final Four night in t...
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No news on Yonkers Trot

on 03/28/2005 12:00 AM
The pacing Triple Crown will be returning to the state of Delaware once again as Harrington Raceway will again host the Messenger Stakes on Monday, October 17. The race was originally scheduled to be run at Yonkers Raceway, but due to pending construction a change in venue was necessary. No announcement has been made on other Yonkers events such as the Yonkers Trot. Raced last year as the middl...
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Loyal Opposition wins final

on 03/26/2005 12:00 AM
Loyal Opposition signaled her intent to defend her 2004 Dan Patch Older Pacing Mare of the Year title with a waith a stakes record 1:49.4 victory in the $122,520 Overbid Series Final Friday night at the Meadowlands. Sent off as the even money favorite, Loyal Opposition brushed to the lead before the half and sprinted away at the top of the stretch for a three-length victory over a fast-closing...
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Jenna's Choice takes final

on 03/26/2005 12:00 AM
Jenna's Choice surged off a three-wide move on the turn for home and scored a 3 1/4-length victory over 2-1 favorite Gryffindor in the $104,450 Matt's Scooter Series final Friday night at the Meadowlands. You Tell Gordy was third by 7 1/2 lengths. Jenna's Choice, driven by Brian Sears, paced the mile in 1:50.1, a stakes record, chipping four-fifths of a second off the previous mark of 1:51 set...
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Putnam Romeo romps

on 03/26/2005 12:00 AM
Putnam Romeo lived up to his 1-5 backing and romped to a 6 ½-length victory in the $56,200 ( C ) final of the Apaches Fame Pacing Series Friday night at Woodbine. Ijustdontgiveacam was second followed by Home Run Hudson in third. Driver Mike Saftic eased Putnam Romeo away at the start, settling fifth through the opening quarter of :27.2. Once on the backstretch, Saftic sent the 3-year-old G...
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Mr Muscleman 2nd in qualy

on 03/26/2005 12:00 AM
Mack Lobell series winner Chucaro Ahijuna won a qualifier wire to wire Friday morning at the Meadowlands, defeating Mr. Muscleman by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:54.3. The 4-year-old mare Mystical Sunsine, winner of last year's Elegantimage and Matron stakes finals, was fifth in her first track appearance of the year. Brian Sears was in the bike as the Argentinean-bred double gaited world champion cut fr...
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Artbitration qualifies

on 03/26/2005 12:00 AM
Artbitration ended her one-month vacation with a wire-to-wire 1:57.2 romp in a qualifier Friday morning at The Meadows. Trainer and co-owner Norm Parker was in the bike as the 4-year-old daughter of Artiscape glided through fractions of :28.4, :59.4 and 1:28.4. Her last start was exactly a month ago when she finished third in the final of the Cape And Cutter Series at the Meadowlands.
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Strada Memorial on April 9

on 03/26/2005 12:00 AM
The second annual Thomas Strada Memorial, a race to honor the memory of a victim of terrorism, will be contested on Saturday, April 9, at the Meadowlands. The invitational pace for free-for-all mares will carry a $100,000 guaranteed purse. The purse for the memorial race, organized by one of Thomas' brothers, Michael, was enhanced with donations from friends and family. Thomas Strada, 41...
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Maltese Artist wins final

on 03/26/2005 12:00 AM
Maltese Artist outgamed Town Champion down the stretch Saturday night at the Meadowlands to capture the $122,000 Four Leaf Clover Series final. With Ron Pierce driving, Maltese Artist won in a stakes-record 1:49.3, edging Town Champion by three-quarters of a length. Eric Ledford was in the bike behind Town Champion as he took the lead past the opening :26.4 quarter, leading through a half of :5...
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Open repeat for Life Source

on 03/26/2005 12:00 AM
Life Source won his secod straight Open Pace at the Meadowlands Saturday night, scoring in 1:49.4 to defeat Eaton Road Kill and Cunning Liar Driven by George Brennan, the 6-year-old Life Sign gelding Life Source won for the fourth time in 10 starts this year, increasing his career earnings to $1,637,075 with the winner's share of the $47,500 purse.
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Ford sweep in Spring Series

on 03/26/2005 12:00 AM
Whosurboy went from last to first down the long Woodbine stretch Saturday night to win the first of two first-round $55,000(C) Spring Pacing Championship divisions. In the second division, Street Sign sprung a 12-1 upset as 3-5 choice Quik Pulse Mindale tired after leading into the stretch, giving trainer Mark Ford a sweep of the opening leg of the series. In the opening split, Mr. Domi and dri...
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First time Salix a charm?

on 03/25/2005 12:00 AM
Natural Cam, a 5-year-old gelded son of Cam's Card Shark racing on Salix (previously known as Lasix) for the first time, dropped his lifetime mark by almost five seconds when he won in 1:51.3 at the Meadowlands Thursday night. His winning margin was 6 1/2 lengths. Trainer Vincent Fusco Jr. was sending Natural Cam to the post for just the second time. The horse had previously been trained by Art...
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Status quo for PPk purses

on 03/25/2005 12:00 AM
Pompano Park management announced Thursday that it would continue with the current purse structure throughout the summer racing season. "We are winding up a successful winter racing season, both on the track and at the ballot box, and are confident we can maintain current purse levels pending passage of slot legislation this spring," said General Manager Dick Feinberg.
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Gritty mare to be bred

on 03/25/2005 12:00 AM
Artistic Vision, the gritty performer who is the only mare to ever sweep the finals of the White Ruffles, Jersey Girls and Night Styles Series at the Meadowlands, has been retired and is now at Hunterton Farm at Stoner Creek to be bred to Western Hanover. The 7-year-old Artistic Vision retires with 34 wins in 92 starts and $634,808 in earnings for owners Charles "Cotton" Nash, his wife, Julie, ...
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Ohio gambling meeting

on 03/25/2005 12:00 AM
Top gambling supporters from across the state walked out of a three-hour meeting Thursday unified in their desire to get an expanded gambling measure on the ballot. Members of the racing community were also at the meeting. "I'm optimistic because everybody was committed to sticking together and being loyal to one another because we realize the opposition is fierce," Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luk...
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Dube sweeps Jersey Girls

on 03/24/2005 12:00 AM
Driver Daniel Dube swept both $20,000 divisions of the second round of the Jersey Girls Series on a snowy Wednesday night at the Meadowlands. His winners were Gorgeous Lover and Follow Your Bliss. Gorgeous Lover held off 1-5 favorite Queen OTRA for a 1 1/4-length victory in 1:54.2 in the first division of the Jersey Girls. It was Gorgeous Lover's second win in 10 starts this year. The 4-year-...
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