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Lachance driving in Paris?

on 01/23/2005 12:00 AM
European trotting journalists were reporting Sunday evening (Jan. 22) that Swedish trainer Stefan Melander has said he has talked to North American driving ace Mike Lachance about driving one of his entries in the Jan. 30 Prix d'Amerique at the Vincennes track in Paris. Melander will not be starting Scarlet Knight in the Prix d'Amerique, but has other candidates including the Super Arnie sired ...
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Meadowlands cancels

on 01/22/2005 12:00 AM
Racing at the Meadowlands has been canceled for Saturday night, Jan. 22, delaying the Presidential Series. "All the weather forecasts indicate that by post time...we will be in the middle of a significant storm," said vice president and general manager Chris McErlean. "We're making this call early to accommodate our horsemen who ship from Central Jersey and from out of state." The Meadowland...
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Kisses wins Big M Open

on 01/22/2005 12:00 AM
Stonebridge Kisses surged passed Jet Lag N in the final strides to capture the $47,500 mares open feature by 1 3/4 lengths in 1:52.4 Friday night at the Meadowlands. It was 2 1/2 lengths back to Female Champs in third. Driven by Yannick Gingras and trained by Mark Ford, Stonebridge Kisses posted her second win in her third start of the year and increased her lifetime earning to $203,320 for own...
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Complex Series continues

on 01/22/2005 12:00 AM
In the first of two $20,000 divisions of the Complex Series Friday night at the Meadowlands, My Buddy Bob edged JK Royal Flush by a nose to score in 1:53.2. Prince Vince was third. My Buddy Bob, was driven by Patrick Berry. The 5-year-old son of Cole Muffler is trained and co-owned by Rick Dane Jr. in partnership with Michael and Laura Lee. In the second division, Rare Jewel and driver Brian...
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Mack named Red Mile GM

on 01/22/2005 12:00 AM
Hoosier Park has announced Tom Bannon has been promoted to vice president of operations and communications and Kevin Mack, director of operations for Standardbred racing at Hoosier, has accepted the position of general manager at The Red Mile in Lexington, Ky., for a portion of the year. Bannon was promoted to vice president of communications in 2000 and he will now add the responsibility of o...
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A hilarious 7th win

on 01/22/2005 12:00 AM
Despite being parked the last half mile, Hilarious Margie went on to post her seventh straight victory in a lifetime-best 1:54 at Pompano Park Friday night. Driven by Bruce Ranger, Hilarious Margie is a 6-year-old Village Connection mare owned and trained by Don Cromer. Sunduel A and driver Bruce Ranger also remained unbeaten in 2005 with their third straight victory, capturing the Mares Op...
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American wins Count B

on 01/22/2005 12:00 AM
Favorite American Ideal had no problems Friday night in winning the $45,800(C) Count B Series final at Woodbine. The 3-year-old son of Western Ideal settled into the early led and led throughout for driver Mark MacDonald to win in 1:55.2 in bitterly cold conditions. Owned by Mac Nichol, American Ideal earned his second win to go along with a second in three Ontario appearances since shipping i...
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Snow shuts down racing

on 01/22/2005 12:00 AM
The major snowstorm that swept through the Midwest and East Coast has prompted the cancellation of racing Saturday at Freehold, Yonkers, Dover Downs as well as Northville Downs in Michigan, The Meadows in Pennsylvania and Balmoral Park in Illinois. Canada hasn't escaped the wrath of Mother Nature as Woodbine has also canceled its Saturday card, moving the final of the Willowdale Series to Jan. 29....
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Second Hirt leg

on 01/21/2005 12:00 AM
Master This got to the front in the first turn, led at every quarter, and easily won the first of three second-round divisions of the Clyde Hirt Series Thursday night at the Meadowlands. Master This scored in 1:51.4. Master This has now won both of his Clyde Hirt Series starts and has a three-race winning streak heading into the $90,000 Clyde Hirt Final on Jan. 29. Great Expense survived a ...
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Indiana mayor's plan KO'd

on 01/21/2005 12:00 AM
Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson's plan to finance a new stadium by adding 1,500 pull-tab machines downtown was dismissed Thursday. Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma labeled the proposal, introduced in December, as "dead." However, there are still other plans for slots at the state's racetracks. "The message I'd like to send to the mayor is he ought to find another financing mechanism for a dom...
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Lexington sale dates set

on 01/21/2005 12:00 AM
The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale has set its dates for its first auction this fall. The sale will begin the night of Thursday, Sept. 29, and run through Monday, Oct. 3. Evening sessions will take place the first three days with full day sessions on Sunday and Monday. A total of 800 horses are expected to be accepted for the sale, which is a joint venture between Tattersalls and the Kentucky...
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Mich. has new commissioner

on 01/21/2005 12:00 AM
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has appointed Christine C. White as acting racing commissioner in the Wolverine State. Ms. White is currently deputy director of the Michigan Dept. of Agriculture and a former administrative officer with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Veterinary Services.
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Ill. owners make donation

on 01/21/2005 12:00 AM
Illinois-based owners Bernie and Deb Paul, who own pacer Fox Valley Tsunami, are donating the earnings produced by the 5 year old in his next four starts to the Red Cross Relief Fund for victims of the recent tsunami in South Asia that took the lives of more than 220,000 people. "My wife and I were talking about the disaster and wondering what we could do to show our support for these people," ...
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Minnesota track approved

on 01/20/2005 12:00 AM
The Minnesota Racing Commission on Wednesday gave its approval to a new harness racetrack, reversing its decision last October to deny the license. The Commission voted 5-3 to grant the license for the new $47 million racetrack to be build in Anoka County.
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White Ruffles winners

on 01/20/2005 12:00 AM
The three $12,500 divisions of the White Ruffles Series for 4-year-old pacing mares at the Meadowlands Wednesday night were won by Smashingpringipisa, Annie Russ and Wind Storm. Smashingpringipisa, driven by David Miller, paced the mile in 1:55.2, winning by a length over Forloveofthegame. Owned by her trainer, Gus Tsanakos, Smashingpringipisa has now won two straight White Ruffles legs. An...
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Third case of EHV-1

on 01/20/2005 12:00 AM
The third case of equine herpes virus has been confirmed at Northville Downs in Michigan. One barn at Northville Downs has been placed under quarantine while the source of infection and extent of spread is investigated by regulators. On Jan. 14, animal health surveillance detected a horse, Pam's Cadet, exhibiting symptoms of illness at the Northville Downs. Further testing at the state's Diagn...
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Windsor to open Jan. 23

on 01/20/2005 12:00 AM
Windsor Raceway has agreed to a 2005 race schedule approved by the Ontario Racing Commission, thus the track will open Sunday night, Jan. 23, for the first of 131 programs. Windsor will race Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays through April, when it will switch to a Sunday-Wednesday schedule in May and June. It will then go to a Sunday-Wednesday-Friday rotation in July and August, a Sunday-Wednes...
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Hoffman wins Messenger

on 01/20/2005 12:00 AM
Dean A. Hoffman, executive editor of Hoof Beats magazine for the last 24 years and one of the world's most respected authorities on harness racing, is the 2005 winner of Harness Tracks of America's highest honor, the Stan Bergstein Messenger Award. Hoffman is the author of three books, with a fourth to be published this year, and of hundreds of articles on the leading human and equine personal...
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Cold cancels Moh. qualies

on 01/20/2005 12:00 AM
With temperatures expected to reach zero Fahrenheit with a wind chill of about 15 below, Mohawk Racetrack has canceled its Friday qualifiers (Jan. 21) and rescheduled them for Monday, Jan. 24.
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Big M suspends bet outlets

on 01/20/2005 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands has announced it has suspended its simulcasting relationship with a trio of wagering outlets named in federal indictments against 17 individuals alleged to be involved in race fixing in New York. Euro-Off-Track on the Isle of Man, International Racing Group (doing business as Holiday Beach) of Curacao and Tonkawa Bingo and Casino in Oklahoma had their simulcast agreements with t...
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