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In Conchnito retired

on 12/10/2004 12:00 AM
In Conchnito 2, 1:57; 3, 1:54--$1,027,233 (C) has been retired for stud duty at Glengate Farms of Campbellville, Ont. The 3-year-old son of King Conch-Inas Gaetane will stand for a $5,000(C) service fee with a multiple mare discount to apply. Owned by Robert McIntosh Stables, David Boyle and CSX Stables, In Conchnito has been leased to Glengate Farms.
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2004 HTA champions

on 12/10/2004 12:00 AM
Harness Tracks of America has announced its 2004 divisional champions, as selected by the racing secretaries of its 35 member organizations. 2CP--Village Jolt 2FP--Restive Hanover & Cabrini Hanover (tie) 2CT--Ken Warkentin 2FT--Solveig 3CP--Timesareachanging 3FP--Rainbow Blue 3CT--Windsong's Legacy 3FT--Housethatruthbuilt Older Horse Pacer--Four Starzzz Shark Older Mare Pacer--Bunny La...
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Pa. track gears up for slots

on 12/09/2004 12:00 AM
Magna Entertainment Corp. has announced reconstruction projects at two of its racetracks, including a $77 million face-lifting of The Meadows. The project will include reconstruction of the clubhouse and grandstand, slot machine facility and related site works. The funding for the construction costs of The Meadows redevelopment comes via a loan from Magna's parent company, MI Developments Inc. ...
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Snow Angel winners

on 12/09/2004 12:00 AM
Madeira Island rallied from off the pace to win the first of two $15,000 Snow Angel divisions Wednesday night at the Meadowlands, with Heavenly Sign breezing to an easy victory in the second split. Stephen Smith guided Madeira Island, a 3-year-old daughter of Island Fantasy, to a three-quarter-length victory over Fairy Tale Merit in a lifetime best of 1:52. Queen OTRA, who cut the fractions, he...
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Knockout blow in Mich.?

on 12/09/2004 12:00 AM
In an interview published in Thursday's Detroit News, Michigan racing commissioner Robert Geake said that the passage of Proposal 1 in the Nov. 2 election "was just about a knockout blow for horse racing in Michigan." The passage of the proposal requires statewide and local voter approval of any new gambling operations, including the addition of slot machines at racetracks. Geake has four ap...
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Lachance is rising star

on 12/09/2004 12:00 AM
In balloting conducted by the directors of the U.S. Harness Writers Association, Patrick Lachance has been voted the winner of the 2004 Rising Star of the Year Award. Additionally, trainer George Teague Jr., the conditioner of the top-ranked filly Rainbow Blue, has been voted the recipient of the William Haughton Good Guy Award, and New York-based owner and breeder Jeffrey Gural has been recognize...
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Big M post change

on 12/09/2004 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands' fall harness meet concludes on Saturday, Dec. 18, with a change in post time. Because of a Giants football game in the afternoon, first race post time on Dec. 18 will be delayed until 8:35 p.m. Gates will open at 6:45 p.m. There will be no qualifying races from Dec. 21 through Dec. 26. Qualifiers will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 29 with the entry box closing at 10 a.m. on De...
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NY VLT legislation stalls

on 12/08/2004 12:00 AM
Legislation introduced in New York to increase the racetrack's percentage of revenue from video lottery terminals, went nowhere as some horsemen's groups protested the deletion of a provision in state law to guarantee a certain percentage of VLT revenues to go to purses and breeders. Presently, 29 percent of VLT revenue goes to the racing industry, and one of the bills introduced this week call...
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Groups interested in Vernon

on 12/08/2004 12:00 AM
A lawyer for Vernon Downs has been quoted that there are two groups of investors willing to spend about $40 million to purchase the track's parent company Mid-State Raceway. The lawyer declined to name to possible buyers, saying though that "These are both very real and very interested parties." A hearing to discuss Vernon's financial problems has been postponed until Dec. 16, which will includ...
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USHWA honors best

on 12/08/2004 12:00 AM
In balloting conducted among the directors of the U.S. Harness Writers Association, Ron Pierce, Trond Smedshammer and Ted Gewertz have been voted the 2004 Driver of the Year, Trainer of the Year and Owner of the Year, respectively. Ron Pierce, 48, who leads all drivers in 2004 with $12.1 million in purse earnings, captured four Breeders Crowns, the World Trotting Derby the Little Brown Jug, the...
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Georgia Pacific upsets

on 12/07/2004 12:00 AM
Voters looking to Monday night's $236,314 Matron final for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers at Dover Downs to help them decide who to cast their ballot for divisional honors were thrown a curveball when Georgia Pacific came up a winner at odds of 14-1 in the world record-equaling time of 1:49.1. Driver John Campbell moved Georgia Pacific to the lead at the half and then held off a late charge...
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Restive comes up diamonds

on 12/05/2004 12:00 AM
Restive Hanover put her neck in front of Just Wait Kate in the final strides to win Saturday night's $200,000 Three Diamonds final for 2-year-old filly pacers at the Meadowlands. With Andy Miller driving, Restive Hanover followed cover around the final turn and after a game stretch effort was able to defeat Just Wait Kate and driver Ron Pierce in 1:52.4. Crystal Slipper was third for Cat Manzi....
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Syncro wins Governor's Cup

on 12/05/2004 12:00 AM
Syncro's Z Tam led wire to wire to capture Saturday night's $237,400 Governor's Cup final at the Meadowlands. With trainer Pat Lachance in the sulky, Syncro's Z Tam led runner-up Voracious Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr.) under the wire by 2 3/4 lengths in a career-best 1:53.1. Favored Dawn Ofa New Day (Ron Pierce) was third. Lachance also shares ownership in the winning 2-year-old son of Blissfull Ha...
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A diesel in Valley Victory

on 12/05/2004 12:00 AM
Diesel Don continued his late-season surge with an impressive victory in the $228,600 Valley Victory final for 2-year-old colt trotters at the Meadowlands Saturday night. With John Campbell driving, Diesel Don charged to the lead first-over around the final turn and drew clear to a 1:57 win. Favored Strong Yankee and trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer had the lead turning for home but tired and w...
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Aeronautess soars to upset

on 12/05/2004 12:00 AM
Aeronautess pulled off a 45-1 shocker in Saturday night's $211,800 Goldsmith Maid final for 2-year-old filly trotters at the Meadowlands. With Jacquie Ingrassia driving, Aeronautess found room in deep stretch and surged past favored Solveig and driver David Miller at the wire to win in 1:59. Flawless Bluestone was third for Brian Sears. Ingrassia, who shares ownership in the winning daughter of...
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Gallo wins 52nd

on 12/05/2004 12:00 AM
Making his 124th career start, Gallo Blue Chip won for the 52nd time, holding on by a nose after a thrilling stretch duel with LCB in a $17,000 conditioned pace at the Meadowlands Saturday night. With Daniel Dube in the bike behind the 2000 Horse of the Year, Gallo charged first-over in the last turn and took the lead, only to have a game LCB (Ron Pierce) come up alongside. The two reached the ...
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Big M Series final winners

on 12/05/2004 12:00 AM
Ecstatic won the $51,300 Charles SInger Memorial Trot final and Armbro Becalm captured the $60,000 Oil Burner final for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers at the Meadowlands Saturday night. With David Miller driving, Ecstatic won in 1:56.3 over Lhasa Muscles (Cat Manzi) and Ripped (Andy Miller).l Trained by Paul Buer for owners Joie De Vie Farm and Jayne Cummins, the winner is a daughter of...
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Jet Lag N wins at Big M

on 12/04/2004 12:00 AM
Jet Lag N, who finished third behind Rainbow Blue the previous week, slipped out from behind the pacesetting Odds On Michelle at the top of the stretch and drew off to a 1 1/2-length victory in 1:53.4 in a $43,000 mares Open Pace, Friday night at the Meadowlands. Jet Lag's victory was her 10th of the year. She has finished in the money in 19 of 29 starts in 2004 and banked more than $200,000 fo...
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Seven claims on card

on 12/04/2004 12:00 AM
The claiming game is alive and well at the Meadowlands as seven horses were claimed out of six claiming races on the Friday night card. The horses changing hands were Die Lute, Camsurge, Cool Flame, Dinero, Michael Q, Future Falcon N, and Image Of Jate.
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Batavia delayed til March

on 12/03/2004 12:00 AM
Reports out of New York state Batavia Downs, which was being targeted to reopen in January after being shut down since last May, will now not likely open until mid-March. Martin Basinait, the president of Western Regional Off-Track Betting, which owns the track, said delays in gaining various approvals are behind the delay. Construction on the video lottery terminal parlor is now scheduled to b...
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