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Northville Downs cancels

on 01/13/2005 12:00 AM
Northville Downs has announced Thursday night's card has been canceled due to poor weather in the Detroit area. Heavy rain was expected throughout the day, coming days after a snowstorm. Qualifiers on Friday (Jan. 14) have also been canceled.
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HHI announces winners

on 01/13/2005 12:00 AM
Harness Horsemen International president Dominic Frinzi has announced retiring U.S. Trotting Association executive vice president Fred J. Noe as its 2004 Man of the Year. HHI is also honoring Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association general manager Larry Mallar with its Appreciation Award. Mallar is also retiring this spring after spending 15 years in the Wolverine State. Additionally, Jim Ri...
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New goal for Scarlet Knight

on 01/13/2005 12:00 AM
The 2001 Hambletonian champion Scarlet Knight will be competing under saddle in the richest race for trotters at that discipline, the $900,000 Prix de Cournulier, set for Jan. 22 at the Vincennes track in Paris, France. Scarlet Knight's owner and trainer, Stefan Melander, had the top French jockey Nathalie Henry work the 7-year-old stallion over 300 meters at his farm in France's Normandy regio...
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New series at Delaware

on 01/13/2005 12:00 AM
The New Century Championship Series for Ohio-sired 2 and 3 year olds of both gaits will debut at the Delaware County Fair this year. The series will replace all late closing and overnight events as well as the Ohio Breeders Championship (OBC) consolation races previously held during the fair's Grand Circuit meeting. "The new series will provide more racing opportunities for Ohio-sired colts and...
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Milestone for Hall of Famer

on 01/12/2005 12:00 AM
Hall of Famer Cat Manzi drove his 3,000th winner at the Meadowlands Tuesday night, steering Lhasa Muscles to victory in the third race. Manzi, 54, became only the fourth driver to win 3,000 or more races at the Meadowlands, joining John Campbell, Bill O'Donnell and Mike Lachance in that select club. Overall, Manzi has more than 10,725 victories and nearly $102 million in purses won. Lhasa Mu...
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Services for Gladys Bell

on 01/12/2005 12:00 AM
Gladys Bell, 81, the secretary of the Hambletonian Society for 45 years, died Monday night at her home in Lexington, Ky. Funeral services for Mrs. Bell will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home-Main in Lexington, with visitation on Thursday night from 5 to 9 p.m. The family has suggested memorial contributions to Best Friends Center, 1065 Dove Run Rd., Lexington, KY ...
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Florida vote not certain

on 01/12/2005 12:00 AM
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel has reported that Broward County commissioners on Tuesday delayed a decision on whether to conduct a March 8 gambling referendum until negotiators can finalize a deal with the pari-mutuel industry over how many millions it will pay to install slot machines. Pompano Park is one of the tracks in Broward County, which encompasses Fort Lauderdale. Commissioners explai...
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Rosecroft sale approved

on 01/12/2005 12:00 AM
The Maryland Racing Commission on Tuesday granted unanimous approval for the sale of Rosecroft Raceway to Georgia K. Angelos, the wife of Baltimore Orioles majority owner Peter G. Angelos. Operating as Rosecroft Holdings, Georgia Angelos is expected to complete the purchase in 30 to 60 days. Documents filed with the racing commission said Rosecroft Holdings will pay $13 million for Rosecroft Ra...
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Thomson in Ohio Hall

on 01/12/2005 12:00 AM
W. D. "Tom" Thomson has been selected as the 31st inductee into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame in balloting of the Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. Thomson's selection will be announced at the Ohio Harness Horsemen/United States Trotting Association District One banquet on Saturday night in Columbus. Other Ohio USHWA award winners are Harry Stokes, elected in...
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New joint Lexington sale

on 01/12/2005 12:00 AM
After weeks of speculation and rumors, the Tattersalls and Kentucky Standardbred sales companies have announced that they have joined forces to manage and operate a combined yearling sale in Lexington. The new yearling sale, the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, presented by Tattersalls and Kentucky Standardbred, will feature yearlings from the leading consignors in the Standardbred industry. T...
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Gladys Bell dies

on 01/11/2005 12:00 AM
Gladys Bell, who ran the offices of the Hambletonian Society for many years from its previous headquarters in Lexington, Ky., died Monday night in Lexington. Mrs. Bell had been ill for several years. She was 81.
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More Meadowlands on TV

on 01/11/2005 12:00 AM
HorseRacing TV ("HRTV") has expanded its coverage of racing by adding harness racing's premier racetrack, the Meadowlands, to its daily "morning after" replay lineup. Effective immediately, the Meadowlands kicks off HRTV's two-hour expanded block of replays when the New Jersey track's previous night's races air at 10 a.m. ET/7a.m. PT. The Meadowlands races are followed by Golden Gate Fields (10...
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Horsemen's Trot action

on 01/10/2005 12:00 AM
Just A Lad and Abbey Road C both found the winner's circle Sunday afternoon at Woodbine in a pair of $55,000 second leg divisions of the Horsemen's Trotting Series. Driven by Rick Zeron, Just A Lad went to the lead after the half in the first division and held off the rest of the field for a one-length score in 1:54.4. Zeron tipped Just A Lad first-up as the turn approached. Gaining ground whi...
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Bail out cruise ships?

on 01/10/2005 12:00 AM
The Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper is reporting that Broward County officials may soon have to decide if they should bail out the gambling ships that sail out of Port Everglades because of declining business. Port administrators are warning the three daily cruise lines will fall more than $700,000 short of what they owe in dockage charges this year because of increased competition from places such...
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New baby for trotting

on 01/10/2005 12:00 AM
Nancy Takter, the daughter of horseman Jimmy Takter and his wife Christina, and the wife of driver Marcus Johansson, gave birth to her first child, a baby girl, Sunday night at a New Jersey hospital. Christina Takter reported that the baby girl, her first grandchild, weighed 7 lb., 5 oz. at birth and was 20 inches long. Nancy and Marcus named their daughter Ella Christina.
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Malabar Man to Italy?

on 01/10/2005 12:00 AM
According to reports in Europe, the Italian Breeders Association is close to a deal to purchase the trotting stallion Malabar Man. Malabar Man currently stands at stud at Winbak Farm in New York for owner Mal Burroughs, who also bred the horse and drove him to a victory in the 1997 Hambletonian.
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Hambo winner under saddle?

on 01/10/2005 12:00 AM
The $1 million Prix d'Amerique is the feature of the prestigious winter meet at the Vincennes track in Paris, but first up on Jan. 22 is the $900,000 Prix de Cornulier with trotters racing under saddle, and Scarlet Knight may be one of the starters. Nathalie Henry, the talented female who rode Vasterbo Daylight to victory in a top event at Vincennes on Jan. 9, was scheduled to give Scarlet Knig...
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Ford sweeps features

on 01/09/2005 12:00 AM
Whosurboy captured the $47,500 Open Pace with a 1:49.4 mile at the Meadowlands Saturday night, giving trainer Mark Ford a sweep of the weekend features. Ford won the mare open the night before with Stonebridge Kisses. Whosurboy's victory in 1:49.4 was the first sub-1:50 mile ever posted in the month of January. Jim Morrill Jr. moved the seven-year-old son of Artsplace on the backstretch to f...
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Gallo paces home strong

on 01/09/2005 12:00 AM
Gallo Blue Chip, the sport's richest pacer of all time with $4.2 million in earnings, made his first start of 2005 at the Meadowlands Saturday night and paced his final quarter in :26.1, although it only netted him a sixth-place finish. With regular driver Daniel Dube aboard, Gallo Blue Chip started from post five but got away eighth in the 10-horse field. He then dropped back to 10th at one po...
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Escape The Wind prevails

on 01/09/2005 12:00 AM
Escape The Wind prevailed by a head this time at Woodb ine instead of being edged at the wire. He won the track's $50,000 Open Saturday night in 1:51.1 over Admirals Express. Escape The Wind had a string of victoreis going from November through mid-December before he had to settle for second and third finishes, missing vicotires by margins of one-half length or less. Royal Mattjesty, a top c...
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