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Blissed Out set for '05

on 03/16/2005 12:00 AM
Blissed Out, who joined the top level in last year's 3-year-old pacing colt class when he won a Simcoe Stakes in 1:48.4, is set to make his 2005 debut Saturday night at Woodbine in the Preferred Pace. Now trained by Bill Elliott, Blissed Out finished second in a qualifier at Mohawk on March 11, pacing his own mile in 1:55.1.
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Daley's court postponed

on 03/16/2005 12:00 AM
Trainer Noel Daley's scheduled court appearance in New Jersey for today (March 16) has reportedly been postponed to April 6. Daley's barn at Magical Acres in Chesterfield, N.J. was raided by New Jersey State Police March 2, who allegedly found hypodermic syringes and needles and prescription drugs without a prescription.
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Positive quarantine test

on 03/15/2005 12:00 AM
Night Mystery, the Noel-Daley trained horse who had an elevated TCO2 test following a win at the Meadowlands Feb. 25, has tested high once again following a three-day quarantine period March 8-10. "(Night Mystery) went into the quarantine and the results came out as a high reading," New Jersey Racing Commission deputy director Mike Vukcevich told The Horseman Tuesday morning, March 15. "That me...
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Mohammed Mali wins 7th

on 03/13/2005 12:00 AM
Mohammed Mali extended his winning streak to seven when he held on for a nose victory over Hurri Kane Billy G in 1:54.1 in the $99,300 Horse & Groom Final Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands. Mohammed Mali is a 5-year-old gelded son of Malabar Man and is a half brother to Hambletonian champion Scarlet Knight. David Miller moved Mohammed Mali to the lead at the half and then settled in to fen...
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Gallo Blue Chip retired

on 03/13/2005 12:00 AM
Gallo Blue Chip, the richest pacer of all-time with earnings of $4,260,959, is hanging up his harness. Trainer Mark Ford and owner Martin Scharf made the decision after the 8-year-old gelding finished seventh in a non-winners of $10,000 condition pace on Saturday at Freehold. "I want it to be known that physically he is fine," said Ford. "He is just older, lost a few steps. We don't want to d...
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Four Leaf Clover underway

on 03/12/2005 12:00 AM
JK Royal Flush and Town Champion each won a $25,000 division of the first round of the Four Leaf Clover Series on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. JK Royal Flush scored in 1:50.2 while Town Champion hit the wire in 1:51. JK Royal Flush was driven by Yannick Gingras and is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. Gingras found room up the pylons to score a 1 1/2-length victory over Shattered Halo. "I j...
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Two wins for Bowie

on 03/12/2005 12:00 AM
Former University of Kentucky basketball star Sam Bowie enjoyed two wins on Saturday night, and both were hard-earned. First, Bowie was in Atlanta to watch his alma mater beat LSU in overtime in the SEC tournament. A little later on Saturday night, Bowie's horse Boo's Boy endured a first-over trip to win his second straight race, this time scoring in 1:51.2.
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Big M reschedules qualies

on 03/11/2005 12:00 AM
Due to the forecast of rain and snow, this week's qualifiers at the Meadowlands have been shifted to Saturday, March 12. The first of 10 qualifiers is scheduled for 10 a.m.
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Bottom line tops at MEC

on 03/11/2005 12:00 AM
Establishing a stronger balance sheet is the first priority right now for Magna Entertainment Corp. (MEC), according to its newly appointed CEO Thomas Hodgson. Hodgson, who participated in a conference call with MEC officials, analysts and media Thursday, March 10, said that while MEC had an "impressive" portfolio, it needed to make financial improvements. He noted that MEC has lost money for s...
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The Meadows lifts quarantine

on 03/11/2005 12:00 AM
The Meadows has lifted its quarantine on 30 horses that were required to remain in their stalls for 21 days due to an isolated case of Equine Herpes. "I'd like to thank the Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, and the horsemen in dealing with this difficult issue," said The Meadows' assistant general manger Kevin Decker. "This is obviously a...
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Rate idea floated

on 03/11/2005 12:00 AM
The 2005 joint annual meeting of Harness Tracks of America/Thoroughbred Racing Associations wrapped up Friday morning, March 11, in Indian Wells, Calif. The 4-hour session was highlighted by a lively exchange about the role of the racetrack fan between Richard Shapiro of the California Horse Racing Board and Bill Hoge, a full-time handicapper who is a former California legislator. Hoge said tha...
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Close finishes at Big M

on 03/11/2005 12:00 AM
Of the first seven races at the Meadowlands Friday night, all but two, including the Overbid leg, resulted in close finishes. The margin in the first race was a neck, the winner of the third scored by a nose, and the foruth, sixth and seventh races were also determined by a mere neck.
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Loyal Opposition wins

on 03/11/2005 12:00 AM
After finishing up the track in the Cape & Cutter final, 2004 Older Pacing Mare of the Year Loyal Opposition rebounded with a victory in the opening round of the Overbid Series, scoring by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:51.3 at the Meadowlands Friday night. Loyal Opposition found room up the pylons to take the $50,000 first leg. Odds On Charmaine edged Ascending for second. "We had a perfect trip tonigh...
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Wilma Hall wins final

on 03/10/2005 12:00 AM
Wilma Hall rallied from mid-pack and got up in the final strides to win the $60,000 Night Styles Series Final for pacing mares Wednesday night at the Meadowlands. Wilma Hall, a 4-year-old daughter of Blissfull Hall, paced the mile in 1:53.2, picking up her second win with four seconds and a third in nine starts this year. Wilma Hall won by a head over Follow Your Bliss. It was three-quarters of...
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Clint Warrington Sr. passes

on 03/10/2005 12:00 AM
Longtime harness trainer and driver Clint Warrington Sr. passed away Monday, March 7, at his home in Allentown, N.J. He was 67. Born in Milton, Del., Warrington relocated to New Jersey in the late 1950s to drive horses at Freehold Raceway and other area racetracks. Warrington later went to work for Hall of Fame horseman Stanley Dancer, and later Stanley's nephew Harold "Sonny" Dancer and other...
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Racing & tennis mix

on 03/10/2005 12:00 AM
Reigning Wimbledon champ Maria Sharapova is being exposed to racing this week as she is just one of several tennis stars also staying at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort and Spa in Indian Wells, Calif., the scene of the HTA/TRA annual meeting set to get underway Thursday morning. Sitting alongside several racing attendees at the pool Wednesday afternoon in the mid 90-degree heat was Sharapova, ...
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Pa. Court hears complaint

on 03/10/2005 12:00 AM
Opponents of Pennsylvania's gambling law that would allow 61,000 slot machines at seven racetracks in the state argued before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Wednesday that the law is "constitutionally suspect." According to a story in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the lawyers for Pennsylvanians Against Gambling Expansion are complaining that the bill, which began as statute on fingerprinting peopl...
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Slots dead in Indiana

on 03/10/2005 12:00 AM
Any chance of a slots bill passing in Indiana has apparently died as a result of the revelation that an Indiana state senator has connections to Centaur, a part owner of Hoosier Park. The Indianapolis Star made the revelation in a story last week, reporting that Sen. Jeff Drozda, R-Westfield, was hired to do marketing for a Centaur casino in Colorado. Today the Star reports that senators ask...
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Integrity discussed again

on 03/10/2005 12:00 AM
The 2005 Harness Tracks of America/Thoroughbred Racing Associations joint annual meeting began Thursday morning in Indian Wells, Calif., and after welcoming remarks made by TRA president Joe Harper and HTA president Jeff Smith, four women with high-ranking positions in the racing industry told the gathering of their individual situations. Cheryl Buley of the New York Racing and Wagering Board, ...
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Slots coming to Pompano

on 03/09/2005 12:00 AM
According to reports in South Florida newspapers, slots at the county's racetracks have been approved by Broward County voters. But Miami-Dade voters narrowly rejected the proposal in voting on Tuesday. According to reports, the split decision cuts almost in half the $438 million in new tax revenue promised to improve education statewide. Hollywood Greyhound Track, Dania Jai-Alai, Pompano Pa...
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