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White Birch honored

on 01/27/2005 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey has announced Joe Parisi's White Birch Farm in Allentown as breeder of the year for 2004. A special presentation will be made Saturday, Jan. 29, at the annual New Jersey Equine Awards dinner at the Freehold Gardens Hotel. Usually listed among the top breeders in North Aerica with the sale of yearlings each fall, the Parisi family is...
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Kadabra has 1st foal

on 01/27/2005 12:00 AM
World champion trotter Kadabra's first foal came at 5:30 a.m. Thursday at Concord Stud Farm in Cream Ridge, N.J. The filly is out of the stakes-winning mare Odessa Drummond, who is owned by Lee and Linda DeVisser. "Lee was very excited when I told him. He told me to call The Horseman and call everybody else," said Concord's Julie Meirs, adding that the owner was as excited as any proud father w...
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More slots in Florida?

on 01/26/2005 12:00 AM
According to reports in South Florida, as Broward and Miami-Dade counties prepare to vote on adding slot machines at local pari-mutuel tracks, the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians has written Gov. Jeb Bush a letter, arguing that putting the slots referendum on the ballot gives them the green light for slots. In a letter to Gov. Bush, the tribe argues that passage of Amendment 4 by voters last Nov. 2...
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Rumsfeld wins Super Bowl

on 01/26/2005 12:00 AM
Rumsfeld had the strategy and the firepower to win the $71,035 Super Bowl Final Tuesday night at the Meadowlands, turning in a 1:56 effort for owner Antoinette Nigito. John Campbell sent the 4-year-old trotter three wide on the final turn, taking the lead in the final strides for a three-quarters of a length victory. Grain Of Truth was second. "We bought this horse for $55,000 as a yearli...
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PPK slots by November?

on 01/26/2005 12:00 AM
Bernie Goldstein, chairman of Isle of Capri Casinos, which owns Pompano Park, was quoted in Wednesday's Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel that he hopes to have 3,000 slot machines operating by December at the racetrack. Final approval for the slot machines still must come from Broward County voters, who will go to the polls March 8 in a local referendum. A local referendum is also scheduled for Miam...
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Pacers fly to wins

on 01/26/2005 12:00 AM
The honors of the continent's fastest miles Tuesday might lead to a person wanting to take to the friendly skies. Pacing to 1:52.3 victories, Jett Away captured the $22,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace at Dover Downs while Armbro Airborne captured a conditioned pace at the Meadowlands. For Jett Away, a 5-year-old daughter of Dream Away, the win was her first of the year in four starts. Trained and ...
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Girls sweep Aussie card

on 01/26/2005 12:00 AM
It was definitely girl's night out at the Ararat racetrack in Australia Tuesday night as female drivers swept all eight races on the program. Australia's leading driver Kerryn Gath accounted for six of the wins while D'Arne Bellman and Brooke Hansen captured the other two events. For Gath, her win binge equaled her previous high set in 2000 at Moonee Valley. That six already earned her a share ...
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4,000 wins for Stillings

on 01/25/2005 12:00 AM
Richard "Dick" Stillings, 60, who began his career in the 1970s with Ohio horseman Dick Buxton, drove his 4,000th winner at The Meadows Monday night. Stillings achieved the milestone win with Goodly Chip. Stillings and Hall of Famers Billy Haughton and Herve Filion are the only drivers to have trained two or more Little Brown Jug winners and driven more than 4,000 winners. Stillings trained Jug...
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Big night for Roberts

on 01/25/2005 12:00 AM
Johnny Roberts, who had just four wins to his credit at Maywood Park this year, scored a four-bagger on Monday night's card. Roberts captured the second race for his father, trainer Ronnie Roberts with Steven Leita's Big Spiel in 2:03.2, and followed that up by winning the fifth race in 1:57.3 with Olivia's First for trainer Steve Weiss and owner Ray Howard. Roberts then steered Squirt The ...
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USTA picks Sharbaugh

on 01/25/2005 12:00 AM
Eric M. Sharbaugh, 47, a vice president of a Pennsylvania information technology firm has been recommended by a search committee to fill the post of executive vice president of the U.S. Trotting Association. Sharbaugh is the son of Richard E. Sharbaugh, a former chief executive of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association and the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission. The committee, comp...
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3,500 wins for MacDonell

on 01/24/2005 12:00 AM
When Paul MacDonell drove Rockingham, a 4-year-old pacer, to the wire first on Sunday at Woodbine, he also hit a milestone: It was his 3,500th career win in the sulky. MacDonell, who will turn 42 on Saturday, started from the outside post position nine with Rockingham, a 12-1 longshot. MacDonell is coming into the 2005 season off of what is arguably his most accomplished season to date. He ...
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Jim Crane dies

on 01/24/2005 12:00 AM
Jim Crane, the developer of such stars as Nero, Royce, Andrel, Radiant Ruler, Judge and Black Ace, died Friday, Jan. 21, from complications due to myelodysplasia, a bone marrow malfunction. He was 82. Mr. Crane's first horse was Dark Satin and for several years he trained at a farm in Maryland. He raced at tracks all along the East Coast before accepting a job training and driving in California...
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Rich race under saddle

on 01/23/2005 12:00 AM
The $900,000 Prix de Cournulier was won by Jag de Bellouet, the favorite for the Prix d'Amerique on Jan. 30 but he was tested by Scarlet Knight, the winner of the 2001 Hambletonian, who finished a strong second in his first race ever under saddle. The time was a mile rate of 1:59 over 2,700 meters on a cold day in Paris. Scarlet Knight was raced conservatively at the rail and did not have racin...
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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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