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A celebrity at the fair

on 08/11/2005 2:00 AM
Roger Hammer's friends on the Pennsylvania fair circuit are giving him some grief about his new-found celebrity status. A chair with a sign on it that read "Hammer Was Here" was waiting for him in the Race Office at the Wayne County Fair in Honesdale earlier this week. His friends also put a sign on the bathroom door!
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Arden Downs for 2YOFT

on 08/10/2005 2:00 AM
Tresokay, a daughter of Self Possessed, used a two-hole trip to turn in the fastest mile (1:59) in Arden Downs stakes action for 2-year-old trotting fillies Tuesday night at The Meadows. Dewayne Minor drove Tresokay to the victory by 1 1/4 lengths. The time 2:00.1 was the magic number for the four other division winners as all hit th wire for that clocking. Kosmopolitan, a filly by Sierra...
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13 in Adios for 2 elims

on 08/10/2005 2:00 AM
The field for the Adios is set and follows, and millionaire Village Jolt, voted harness racing's 2004 Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year, headlines one of two elimination heats for 13 horses for Saturday's $421,800 Delvin Miller Adios Pace at The Meadows. Village Jolt drew post six in the 10th race elimination (post time at approximately 5 p.m.), with Ron Pierce named to drive by trainer Bre...
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More action for Hammer

on 08/10/2005 2:00 AM
Horseman Roger Hammer was home cleaning house the day after the Hambletonian, back driving at the Pennsylvania fairs on Tuesday at Honesdale, and is planning on racing at The Meadows Thursday night. in Arden Downs action. At the Honesdale fair Tuesday, Hammer won five of the six races. He won the first race on the program with Internet Exploiter, then came back and won a second heat with the ho...
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Mister Big races big

on 08/10/2005 2:00 AM
Mister Big raced big out of the outside 10 post Tuesday night at Mohawk Racetrack to win the $50,000(C) Dream Maker Series final for 2-year-old pacers. With Phil Hudon driving, Mister Big was back in the pack early but moved first-over and eventually edged runner-up Faust Blue Chip by a quarter-length in 1:54. A son of Grinfromeartoear, Mister Big is trained by Tim Pinske for the Pinske Stables...
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Hambo bet well outside US

on 08/10/2005 2:00 AM
Hambletonian day at the Meadowlands resulted in a record $9 million handle, and it was announced Tuesday that nearly $1 million of that came from international sources. More than $700,000 was wagered in Canada on the 15-race program while the Nordic pool - Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark - added another $213,876. "The Hambletonian, and the Meadowlands, are tremendous brand names in Europe a...
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Kisses sis wins

on 08/10/2005 2:00 AM
Stonebridge Luau, a 2-year-old half sister to the top open mare pacer Stonebridge Kisses, won her first career race Tuesday night at Mohawk Racetrack, capturing a $15,000 race restricted to members of her division in 1:55.2. With Mike Saftic driving, Stonebridge Luau led wire to wire, holding on by a neck over Texas Sweetheart and Letmedowneasy. A daughter of Island Fantasy-Twointhemorning, Sto...
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Another Ky. slot plan

on 08/10/2005 2:00 AM
A report in Wednesday's Lexington (Ky.) Herald Leader revealed that State Rep. Tom Burch, D-Louisville, was pre-filing a plan that would allow up to 21,000 slot machines placed in the state, including 10,000 that would be shared by racetracks and certain hotels. Under Burch's plan, each of Kentucky's 120 counties would be eligible for an initial allowance of 50 terminals. The remaining 5,000 ma...
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EEE afflicts NJ horse

on 08/10/2005 2:00 AM
New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Charles M. Kuperus announced Tuesday that the illness of a 2-year-old quarter horse mare in Gloucester County has been attributed to infection with Equine Eastern Encephalitis (EEE). This is the first diagnosis of EEE, a mosquito-borne virus, in a horse in New Jersey this year. The horse's owner reported that the horse became ill on July 31. The horse's condi...
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Indy hosts freshman pacers

on 08/10/2005 2:00 AM
Two divisions of freshman colt and gelding pacers faced off Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Indiana Downs in the fourth and final leg before the Aug. 16 Indiana Sire Stakes final. In this last points scoring opportunity, one favorite succeeded while another faltered. In the first split Art Creek Boy and driver Joe Putnam took command racing to the three-quarter pole and never looked back. The Mark Johnatha...
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Harness action on HRTV

on 08/10/2005 2:00 AM
In addition to showing this week's Grand Circuit action from The Meadows, HorseRacing TV (HRTV) and The Red Mile today announced a wide-ranging partnership that provides for broad carriage of Red Mile racing, including live, on-site Kentucky Futurity Day coverage on channel 404 on the Dish Network. Under the agreement, HRTV will televise full Red Mile cards on Thursdays and Sundays throughout t...
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Merriman on sidelines

on 08/10/2005 2:00 AM
Reports state Aaron Merriman, the second-leading driver at Northfield Park and the ninth-leading dash driver in North America with 308 wins, will be out of action six to eight weeks after a race accident early on last Friday night's card at the Cleveland track. Merriman returned to the sulky later that night, winning twice. Merriman, 27, will undergo surgery to insert a screw and repair the bro...
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Pacer trots, finishes 2nd

on 08/10/2005 2:00 AM
Three stewards at Charlottetown Driving Park in Prince Edward Island have been fined $100 each for "failure to disqualify a horse trotting the whole mile while racing as a pacer." The incident occurred Saturday, Aug. 6, in the 7th race when the 9-year-old gelding pacer Run For The Top finished second after actually trotting the entire distance unbeknownst at the time to the stewards. Wendell Fo...
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Warkentin in Yonkers Trot

on 08/10/2005 2:00 AM
Defending divisional champion Ken Warkentin has drawn post two in the first of two $49,635 Yonkers Trot eliminations at Freehold Raceway Saturday afternoon. The 3-year-old colt and driver David Miller will obviously be out to make amends after making a break in his Hambletonian elimination and then finishing second in the Townsend Ackerman after suffering interference when he was pushed three wide...
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Armbro Dancer in 1:54.4

on 08/10/2005 2:00 AM
Armbro Dancer, a filly by Blissfull Hall, was the fastest of the Arden Downs 2-year-old filly pace winners Wednesday night at The Meadows, pulling away in the homestretch and hitting the wire in 1:54.4 as an 8-5 shot. Dave Palone drove Armbro Dancer to her second victory in four career starts for trainer Alan Sacco. Her previous win also came at The Meadows, in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action. ...
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Vivid Photo's next races

on 08/08/2005 2:00 AM
Trainer Roger Hammer said his Hambletonian champion Vivid Photo will be entered in the upcoming American National at Balmoral Park and if all goes well then head to Du Quoin for the World Trotting Derby. Hammer said Vivid Photo will need to be supplemented to both the American National and Trotting Derby, but noted "we've got money to play with now." The American National is scheduled for Sa...
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Winners take their time

on 08/08/2005 2:00 AM
Trainer Roger Hammer, his companion Vicki Fair, and Vivid Photo took their time leaving the Meadowlands Saturday after capturing the Hambletonian. Vicki, who is also the caretaker of Vivid Photo, cooled the horse out while Hammer handled the post-race interviews in the Meadowlands press box. Hammer took advantage of the offer of a steak dinner in the Pegasus dining room at the top of the Meadow...
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1:53.1 Q for Village Jolt

on 08/05/2005 2:00 AM
Instead of competing in the Oliver Wendell Holmes with his stablemates Rocknroll Hanover and Cam's Fool, Village Jolt took to the track on an oppressively-hot Friday morning at the Meadowlands and won in 1:53.1. With Ron Pierce in the bike, Village Jolt paced his final two quarters in :28 flat to win the race by open lengths.
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Western Ace wins Wilson

on 08/05/2005 2:00 AM
Western Ace tipped off the first-over cover from race favorite Pujols and brushed home with a final quarter in :28.2 to capture the $375,000 Woodrow Wilson final for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers in 1:51.2 Friday night at the Meadowlands. Ron Pierce was in the bike as Western Ace followed the first-over move by Pujols and Brian Sears while 75-1 shot Action Nuke and John Campbell led the f...
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Lonsome Day a Sweetheart

on 08/05/2005 2:00 AM
Lonesome Day and David Miller moved into the lead before the half and went on to score an impressive 1:53.1 victory in the $330,000 Sweetheart final for 2-year-old filly pacers Friday night at the Meadowlands. Miller moved the daughter of Cambest into the lead before the :55.4 half then was joined on the outside by Knock Yourself Out and George Brennan. The two raced head to head past the three...
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