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Yonkers to close June 25

on 06/17/2005 2:00 AM
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board approved a request from Yonkers Raceway Thursday to cease live harness racing after its card on June 25 to begin construction for its new VLT facility. New York Sire Stakes races and the Night of Champions that were scheduled at Yonkers will be relocated, however, an effort will be made to keep the original dates unchanged. A new schedule for these e...
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Burning Point top Lady

on 06/17/2005 2:00 AM
Burning Point burned up the Meadowlands racetrack with an opening panel in :25.4 from post position eight, relinquished the lead to Carolina Sunshine, then battled back for a 1:50.1 victory by a head over Carolina Sunshine in the $215,000 Lady Liberty final Friday night. Driven by George Brennan for the first time in more than a year, Burning Point let Brian Sears and Carolina Sunshine take the...
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Ideal News rolls

on 06/17/2005 2:00 AM
Ideal News rolled to her seventh victory in nine starts this year, capturing a $36,650 division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for driver avid Miller in 1:52.2 Friday at the Meadowlands. In a second division of the Sire Stakes, Felicia Scott scored a neck victory for driver George Brennan over the pacesetting Dream Are Great in 1:52. In her first start since winning the $200,000 Miss New Jersey ...
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Tendon injury shelves HOY

on 06/16/2005 2:00 AM
Unlucky 13 has struck again for Rainbow Blue as the 2004 Harness Horse of the Year has suffered a tendon injury and will likely miss the rest of the year. Rainbow Blue suffered her only defeat of 2004 while trying for her 13th straight victory of the year in the Mistletoe Shalee last August at the Meadowlands, and she would have been aiming for her 13th consecutive victory in Friday night's $215,0...
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NJSS soph filly winners

on 06/16/2005 2:00 AM
Flawless Bluestone and Ticket To Glide captured their respective divisions of New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters at the Meadowlands Wednesday night. Flawless Bluestone and driver David Miller scored a one-length victory over longshot Jalopy in a career-best 1:56 in the $32,650 first division. Her Culese finished nearly three lengths back in third. The win was the first of t...
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Daley's charges dropped

on 06/16/2005 2:00 AM
Trainer Noel Daley has reportedly been granted a conditional discharge in relation to being charged with possession of hypodermic needles and syringes and had charges of possession of prescription drugs without a prescription dismissed without prejudice on Wednesday in Chesterfield Township Municipal Court in New Jersey. The conditional discharge procedure allows defendants charged with certain...
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Pocono mark for Windylane

on 06/16/2005 2:00 AM
Windylane Hanover set a new Pocono Downs track record for older trotting mares Wednesday night, scoring a 1:55 victory in a $7,000 Open Handicap Trot. The 6-year-old mare was driven by Mike Simons for trainer Brett Bittle. Voted the 2003 Older Mare Trotter of the Year, Windylane Hanover lowered the mark set last year by Iffrida by three-fifths of a second. The 2002 Hambletonian Oaks winner is a...
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Ken Warkentin wins debut

on 06/16/2005 2:00 AM
Ken Warkentin, making his season debut in a $34,450 third-leg division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, made a miracle finish and won pulling away in 1:57.3 for driver David Miller. Clearway (Ray Schnitker) and Willistown (Rod Allen) finished second and third, respectively. Northern Kid and George Brennan inherited the lead just before the :28.2 first quarter when several of the 3-year-old colt a...
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Brianna Joy wins final

on 06/16/2005 2:00 AM
Brianna Joy shot to the lead from post four at the start of the $100,000 Filly Maywood Pace final Thursday night and there was no catching the Sportsmaster lass as Michael Oosting drove her to a going away victory in 1:53.4 over the Chicago half-mile track. With fractions of :28, :57.2 and 1:26, Brianna Joy was never challenged as the Seldon Ledford trainee romped to her third victory in four ...
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AdvantEdge loses approval

on 06/15/2005 2:00 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association has announced it is withdrawing its approval of the AdvantEdge Model 6.8 race sulky produced by Evolution Racing, which announced it was recalling all 368 bikes in circulation in North America. Additionally, the Ontario Racing Commission has banned the use of the sulky in the province of Ontario until further notice. Evolution's Tom Harmer told The Horseman Tuesday...
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Fla. Indians want slots

on 06/15/2005 2:00 AM
Associated Press is reporting that Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and the Seminoles Indian tribes have agreed to begin negotiations over the addition of slot machines at the tribe's six gambling facilities in the state. Negotiations come as a result of the election last November when Florida voters changed the state constitution to allow slot machines at South Florida tracks and jai-alai frontons if approv...
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AdvantEdge sulky recalled

on 06/14/2005 2:00 AM
Tom Harmer, whose Evolution Racing produces the AdvantEdge Model 6.8 sulky, told The Horseman Tuesday morning he is issuing a recall notice of all 368 race bikes that are in use across the continent. The action comes as a result of some of the sulkies breaking, most recently incidents at the Meadowlands and Hoosier Park and another last Saturday night at Pocono Downs involving driver Mike Simons. ...
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NA Cup final drawn

on 06/14/2005 2:00 AM
Connections of North America Cup elimination winners Runover Feeling, Stonebridge Regal and Rocknroll Hanover picked posts three, four and five, respectively, for Saturday's $1.5 million final at Woodbine Racetrack. Rocknroll Hanover has been installed the 7-5 morning-line choice for driver Brian Sears, while Stonebridge Regal (Jack Moiseyev) is the 5-2 second choice and Runover Feeling (Luc Ouell...
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Top colt comes up sick

on 06/13/2005 2:00 AM
Trainer Ed Hart told The Horseman Monday morning that reigning divisional champ Village Jolt will probably miss the Meadowlands Pace next month after coming very sick after finishing seventh as the betting favorite in one of three North America Cup eliminations at Woodbine Saturday night. Village Jolt won his first start of this year in a New Jersey Sire Stakes contest, but then finished third ...
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Banca withdraws appeal

on 06/13/2005 2:00 AM
The Horseman has learned that Richard Banca Sr., who owns Life Source, has withdrawn his appeal of the placing of that horse from second to last in the second leg of the Classic Series June 4 at Woodbine. Life Source had drawn the trailing 12 post in the race but driver George Brennan reportedly had trouble holding the horse and ended up leaving on the gate from post two, squeezing out Eaton Ro...
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Artist holds on in Battle

on 06/12/2005 2:00 AM
Driver Brett Miller sent Maltese Artist to the front just past the opening quarter and then just held on over a fast-closing Ponder to win Saturday night's $125,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park. After an early speed duel between Metropolitan (Aaron Merriman) and He Wants It All (Tony Morgan) resulted in an opening quarter of :26.1, Miller rushed Maltese Artist to the lead. The 4-year-...
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Roddy sets Keystone mark

on 06/12/2005 2:00 AM
Three-year-old colt pacer Voracious Hanover set a Keystone Classic stakes record of 1:51 in the first of three divisions Saturday night at The Meadows, but the mark was short-lived as Roddy's Bags Again lowered the time to 1:50.2 in the second split. With Ben Stafford Jr. driving, Voracious Hanover cruised to a 1 1/2-length victory over Allamerican Apache, with Up Front Tornado third. The win w...
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Lynch Memorial elims

on 06/12/2005 2:00 AM
Ray Paver moved Just Wait Kate to the lead past the quarter and the sister to Kikikatie never looked back en route to a 1:52.4 victory, the fastest of three James Lych Memorial for 3-year-old pacers elimination winners. Sub Rosa Hanover gave a valiant effort to be 1 1/4 lengths behind in second, with Up Front Norma and George Napolitano Jr. 6 1/2 lengths behind in third. Just Wait Kate, a da...
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Gray Gladiator in 1:48.2

on 06/12/2005 2:00 AM
Nine-year-old veteran Admiral's Express set an all-age Woodbine track record Saturday night, capturing the $50,000(C) Open Pace in 1:48.2. Ironically, the time was equaled in the final race on the card by Dr. No. Driven by Paul MacDonell for trainer Mike Hales, Admiral's Express led through fractions of :26.1, :54.2 and 1:21.4 before closing it out with a final panel of :26.3 to seal the victor...
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Popular sulky sidelined

on 06/11/2005 2:00 AM
The AdvantEdge sulky has been put out of business at the Meadowlands after drivers at that track agreed to immediately not use the popular bike in the aftermath of several recently breaking. In a release issued by the Meadowlands, it states at least two of the sulkies produced by Evolution Racing broke at the Meadowlands and similar incidents took place at other tracks. "The AdvantEdge sulk...
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