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Rocknroll tops Jolt

on 05/21/2005 2:00 AM
Rocknroll Hanover rolled past Village Jolt in the lane and captured the $25,000 second elimination for the SBOA New Jersey Classic at the Meadowlands in 1:52.3 Saturday night. In the first elim Load The Dice rallied from of the pace and scored his first victory of the season in 1:51. Rocknroll Hanover and Brian Sears swept into the lead after an opening quarter in :28.1, then yielded to Village...
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Life Source game graduate

on 05/21/2005 2:00 AM
Life Source, under intense pressure both to his inside and on the outside, was dead game down the lane and held on to capture the $225,000 Graduate final in 1:50.4 at the Meadowlands Saturday night. George Brennan had the lines as the 8-year-old Life Sign gelding moved out of the pocket at the :26.4 quarter and swept past Metropolitan (David Miller) into the lead. He took the field past the ha...
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Filly Trotters in PASS

on 05/21/2005 2:00 AM
Traci Spur scored her second victory in as many starts this year, winning the fourth division of the Pennsylvanian Sire Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters at The Meadows Saturday in 1:58.1. Richard Stillings drove the daughter of S J's Photo to the victory. In the three other divisions, also worth $25,998 each, Sneaky Speed (Tagliabue) scored for Stillings in 1:59.4, Equal (Lindy Lane), with ...
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Magee wins 10,000th

on 05/21/2005 2:00 AM
Dave Magee scored his 10,000th career driving victory, steering Up Front Northern to a 1:52.1 triumph in the eighth race claiming pace at Balmoral Park Saturday night. The victory came six races after Magee scored his 9,999th win with Meadowlands Pace eligible Team Hutch in the first of three Cardinal Stakes eliminations in 1:52.3. "I'm relieved to have that monkey off my back," said Magee in a...
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Tinivizion takes Thompson

on 05/20/2005 2:00 AM
Sophomore sensation Tinivizion and driver Don Irvine Jr. handily captured the $16,000 Bill Thompson final Thursday, May 19, with a dominating 1:54 performance at Hoosier Park. The Izatiger filly sprinted home to claim her sixth win in seven seasonal starts by open lengths. Irvine was able to capitalize on what he described afterward as a "perfect second-over trip" with the Dan Perdue trainee, f...
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Strangles at Indy Downs

on 05/20/2005 2:00 AM
Two horses at Indiana Downs showing classic signs of strangles prompted the track to cancel live racing Thursday evening, May 19. Indiana Downs is presently holding its Thoroughbred meet. Its harness meet is scheduled to begin July 1. Both suspected horses, stabled in the receiving barn, were immediately transported to Purdue University for quarantine earlier in the day while the more than 30 h...
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Brittingham gets 1 year

on 05/20/2005 2:00 AM
According to reports, Delaware-based trainer Bret Brittingham has had a three-year suspension handed to him by the state's Harness Racing Commission for a positive EPO test on one of his horses reduced to a one-year penalty. Brittingham will still have to pay the original $5,000 fine. The suspension began Wednesday, May 18. Brittingham originally lost an appeal to the original ruling, but grant...
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Dr. Jack Wilkes dies

on 05/20/2005 2:00 AM
Dr. Jack E. Wilkes, DVM, died after a lengthy illness, Thursday, May 12. He was 77. Dr. Wilkes was born July 2, 1927, in Batavia, N.Y., son of the late Gurdon and Alice Porschet Wilkes. He was a private first class in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Dr. Wilkes then attended Cornell University School of Veterinary Science, graduating in 1954. Dr. Wilkes was one of the original foun...
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7-furlong race at Woodbine

on 05/20/2005 2:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack officials are expecting a current world record to fall Monday night as the Toronto track's fifth race is a $15,000 conditioned pace at a distance of seven-eighths of a mile. The current world record for the distance is 1:51.3, set in 1997 at Hoosier Park by Ima Noble Son and driver D.R. Ackerman. "We just wanted to try something different and maybe add a different dimension t...
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Ga. Pacific wins qualifier

on 05/20/2005 2:00 AM
Over a sloppy Meadows racetrack, last year's Matron winner Georgia Pacific defeated the 2004 Breeders Crown Mare Pace champion Always Cam in 1:55.3 in a qualifier Friday morning. Driven to victory by Tony Hall, Georgia Pacific took the early lead while Brian Zendt and Always Cam sat patiently behind. The 4-year-old gelding set fractions of :28.3, :58.3 and 1:27.3 before the battle began down t...
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Qualifiers at Big M

on 05/20/2005 2:00 AM
A few of last year's top 2 year olds, along with the 2004 Dan Patch 3-Year-Old Trotting Filly award winner, qualified at the Meadowlands Friday morning over a sloppy track. Those 2 year olds of interest include Self Professed (a winner by seven lengths in 1:57), Cabrini Hanover (a winner in 1:57.1), Magenta Hall (second, trotting in 2:02) and Third Reef (second in a 2:00 mile). Also qualifying ...
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Big efforts in Miss NJ elims

on 05/20/2005 2:00 AM
Entrymates Copywriter and Ideal News finished one-two in the second of two $20,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes eliminations for 3-year-old filly pacers at the Meadowlands Friday night, while Freezer Cash posted a 12-1 shocker in the opening split. Freezer Cash, driven by Cat Manzi for trainer Michael Russo and owner-breeder Joe and Joann Thomson, surged past pacesetting and 1-5 favorite Savannah Sky...
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Molson Pace elims held

on 05/20/2005 2:00 AM
Ponder and Buckeye One posted 1:53 victories Friday night in their respective Molson Pace eliminations at Western Fair Raceway, equaling the track record set by Four Starzzz Shark in last year's Molson Pace final in the process. Ponder, driven by Jack Moiseyev for trainer Bob McIntosh, recovered from an early bobble when he touched the starting gate, to come from behind with a first-over trip t...
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8 straight for True Force

on 05/20/2005 2:00 AM
Ken Rucker trainees and heavy favorites True Force and Mantrix romped to victories Friday afternoon at Freehold in a pair of $8,000 divisions of the second round of the Windshield Wiper Series for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. True Force led wire to wire for driver George Brennan to score in 1:54.3, easily defeating Under Boss (Jeff Gregory) and Sunny Personality (Stephen Smith). Owned by...
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Don Pierce dies

on 05/19/2005 2:00 AM
Horseman Don Pierce of Turlock, Calif., the father of top driver Ron Pierce, died at his home May 15 after a long illness. He was 69. Pierce, a true California Horseman, was born in California on July 26, 1935. He started his career on the California fair circuit and became a top-catch driver at several of the pari-mutuel tracks around the country. He was recently honored by California Harne...
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The Big M & VLTs

on 05/19/2005 2:00 AM
According to a report in New York's Newsday, a key lawmaker in New Jersey has said that better than estimated state revenues will kill any prospect of putting video lottery terminals (VLTs) at the Meadowlands. Acting Gov. Richard J. Codey has been proposing slots at the Meadowlands to help the state's fiscal situation. Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew called the slots proposal, "dead, buried and decom...
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Proud to win the Tubby

on 05/19/2005 2:00 AM
Trainer Don Eash made the most of a tough trip and positioned Dream Work colt Proud Dreamer in front late in the mile to capture the $16,000 final of the Tubby Trimble series at Hoosier Park Wednesday, May 18. The lightly-raced sophomore paced a personal best 1:54.3 to collect his third win in six starts. "He didn't leave as well as I thought and we were hung out on the outside," said Eash afte...
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Big Batavia VLT opener

on 05/19/2005 2:00 AM
Batavia Downs became the fourth harness track in New York State to operate a video lottery terminal (VLT) facility when the doors were opened on Wednesday, May 18. Approximately 5,000 people visited before the 2 a.m. closing. "I kept thinking, 'Where did all these people come from?'" said Batavia Downs president Martin Basinait. "We had a great crowd right from the start. It exceeded all our pr...
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26 in Provincial Cup elims

on 05/19/2005 2:00 AM
Twenty-six 3-year-old colt pacers have been entered for this year's $450,000 est. (C) Provincial Cup at Windsor Raceway, forcing three eliminations to be held Sunday night, May 22. The final is scheduled for Sunday, May 29. Stonebridge Regal, who has won seven of nine this year, has drawn post two in the first of the three $25,000 contests, slated as the ninth race. Trained and co-owned by Bob ...
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Carol Cramer Del. honoree

on 05/19/2005 2:00 AM
Carol Cramer, editor of the USTA Stakes Guide and Grand Circuit Steward and Secretary, will be honored as the 2005 Lady Pace honoree at the Delaware, Ohio County Fair. The $20,000-estimated Lady Pace will be raced Sunday afternoon, Sept. 18, opening day of Delaware's five afternoons of Grand Circuit harness racing. The Little Brown Jug will be held Thursday, Sept. 22. A a native of Bloomingb...
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