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WEG purses to rise

on 12/03/2004 12:00 AM
The Woodbine Entertainment Group and the Ontario Harness Horse Association have announced a five percent increase to overall Standardbred purses at Woodbine effective Jan. 1. "There has been a stabilization of our wagering levels and slot revenues that allows this overall purse increase," said Jamie Martin, Woodbine Entertainment's vice president of Standardbred racing. "We are optimistic, going ...
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10 yards with Bradshaw

on 12/01/2004 12:00 AM
Maybe on next week's football pre-game show on the Fox network Terry Bradshaw will invite New York Jets wide receiver Wayne Chrebet to go "10 yards" with him. On last Sunday's pre-game show Bradshaw fired questions at Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme, who owns Thoroughbreds, including one that asked if he would prefer winning the Kentucky Derby or Hambletonian. Small pictures of Derb...
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Favorites set in finals

on 12/01/2004 12:00 AM
Saturday night's card at the Meadowlands will feature the four fall finals for 2 year olds: the $200,000 Three Diamonds for pacing fillies, the $237,400 Governor's Cup for pacing colts and geldings, the $228,600 Valley Victory for trotting colts and geldings and the $211,800 Goldsmith Maid for trotting fillies. Breeders Crown champion Restive Hanover is the slight 6-5 morning line favorite in t...
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Matron elims at Dover

on 11/30/2004 12:00 AM
Two eliminations for the Matron for 3-year-old pacing colts had colts owned by Perfect World Enterprises in the winner's circle, but it was not the ones expected to win. Geartogear and Rapid Dialing were the victors, with Rapid Dialing equaling the five-eighths mile track world record of 1:49.1 with his victory. Both horses are now trained by Deshawn Minor, brother of Dewayne Minor, known for h...
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No minor trainer change

on 11/30/2004 12:00 AM
If you did a double take when horses trained by DeShawn Minor swept the two Matron eliminations for 3-year-old colt pacers at Dover Downs Monday night, you probably weren't alone. The winning Geartogear and Rapid Dialing are both owned by David and Terry Brooks' Perfect World Enterprises, and both had the relatively-unknown Minor listed as trainer. "I've been with (David Brooks) for over three ...
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Cammie a happy retiree

on 11/29/2004 12:00 AM
It's been nearly two months since Eternal Camnation made the last of her 101 career starts, finishing second in the Allerage Mare Pace at The Red Mile and trainer and co-owner Jeff Miller says the retired "Queen" is just now finally settling down to her new routine, which will soon include a date in the breeding shed to Real Artist. "She's finally starting to tone down." Miller told The Horsema...
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Preps for Final Four

on 11/28/2004 12:00 AM
Ron Pierce won with both Just Wait Kate in the $20,000 Three Diamonds Prep and Dawn Ofa New Day in the $20,000 Governor's Cup Prep on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Just Wait Kate got up in the final stride to win the Three Diamonds Prep by a head over the pacesetting Restive Hanover in 1:53.1. Dawn Ofa New Day drew off a three-quarter length 1:54.3 victory over Voracious Hanover in the Govern...
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10,000 wins for Palone

on 11/28/2004 12:00 AM
Driver Dave Palone steered his 10,000th career winner Saturday night at The Meadows in the last race on the card. Palone, a Pennsylvania native, drove in all 15 races on the card and won seven. His victory in the last race with Kris A Character gave him the career milestone.
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20 wins for "Blue" in '04

on 11/26/2004 12:00 AM
Rainbow Blue, the undisputed 3-year-old pacing filly champ of the 2004 racing season, defeated five other females in an Open Pace at the Meadowlands Friday night. It was her 20th win of the season, and she picked it up handily, scoring by two lengths in 1:51.1. Driven as usual by Ron Pierce, Rainbow Blue settled third in the first turn, then was sent to the front. She edged to the lead just bef...
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Faves take preps

on 11/26/2004 12:00 AM
The 2-year-old trotting filly Motivational and the 2-year-old trotting colt Diesel Don won preps for the Goldsmith Maid and Valley Victory, respectively, at the Meadowlands Friday night. Motivational trotted to her victory in 1:582. while Diesel Don scored by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:56.4. In the Valley Victory prep, two colts were judges scratches: Travelin Lite and recent Matron stakes winner Stro...
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Yankee Slide scores

on 11/26/2004 12:00 AM
Breeders Crown champion Yankee Slide won a division of the Charles Singer Memorial Trot Friday night at the Meadowlands. He won with a 1:56.4 effort. Futile Qwest took the second division in 1:56.3.
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New PA commissioner

on 11/24/2004 12:00 AM
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has announced the reappointment of Roy W. Wilt as chairman of the Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission. Rendell also announced the appointment of Richard J. Bolte Sr. to a commissioner spot vacant since the resignation of George Patterson earlier this year. They will make up the three-man Commission with present commissioner C. Edward Rogers Jr. Wilt, a ...
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Business up at Colonial

on 11/24/2004 12:00 AM
Colonial Downs enjoyed double-digit increases in handle and attendance during the 2004 harness racing meet, which concluded this past Monday night. The total handle for the meet was $5,815,294, a 40 percent increase over 2003's $4,148,072. The average daily total handle was up 23 percent over last year, $181,728 compared to $148,145. The $181,728 average total handle is the highest in Colonial ...
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Big M numbers up

on 11/24/2004 12:00 AM
Handle--both on-track and total--for the first weekend of harness racing at the Meadowlands was up versus comparable dates in 2003. On-track handle for the Nov. 19 and 20 programs averaged $808,459, an increase of 6.6 percent. The total harness handle (including the wagering on the live harness program both inside the track and at simulcasting locations) averaged $3,648,626, up 11.7 percent. At...
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Rainbow Blue in at Big M

on 11/23/2004 12:00 AM
Rainbow Blue isn't getting any time off just yet. The sport's top pacing filly will take on older mares at the Meadowlands Friday night in a $40,000 Open. She has drawn post three in the six-horse field and will be taking on Young's Tower, Feathery Fame, Maybe A Rita, Jet Lag N and Figure The Odds.
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No elims for 2YO stakes

on 11/23/2004 12:00 AM
There will be no elims for the Goldsmith Maid, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds or Governor's Cup Final Four stakes at the Meadowlands this weekend, so $20,000 races for each group will be held as preps, but no horses will be eliminated. The trainer of two of those entered--Ladymatic in the Goldsmith Maid and Slovenia in the Valley Victory--opted to skip the prep. $20,000 Goldsmith Maid Prep (Fri...
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Rosecroft sold to Angelos

on 11/22/2004 12:00 AM
Rosecroft Raceway chief executive officer Tom Chuckas Jr. has confirmed to The Horseman that the Maryland racetrack has been purchased by the family of Baltimore Orioles' owner Peter G. Angelos. The agreement was reached by fax over the weekend, which still has to be approved by the Maryland Racing Commission. The Angelos group has placed $7.5 million in escrow to pay off the track's mortgage. ...
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Dancer to Holborn Hanover

on 11/21/2004 12:00 AM
Holbron Hanover held off Timesareachanging downs the lane and scored a stakes and track-record 1:51.2 victory in the $258,190 James B. Dancer Memorial at Freehold Saturday. With George Brennan in the bike, Holborn Hanover swept into the lead after opening fractions of :27.2 and :55.4 were set by Art Director and Metropolitan, respectively. Holborn Hanover's lead at the three quarters in 1:23....
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Freshmen win 6th straight

on 11/21/2004 12:00 AM
Sanfandango and Florida Boy won their respective divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes Saturday at Pompano Park, each posting their sixth straight victories. Sanfandango, a 2-year-old daughter of Mean Mr Mustard, wired her field of fillies in 1:56.2 for driver Bruce Ranger. Her six straight triumphs have come in eight starts for trainer Melvyn Aylor, who co-owns and co-bred the filly with Le...
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Maywood hosts four stakes

on 11/20/2004 12:00 AM
Western Terror surpassed the $1 million mark in seasonal earnings Friday night at Maywood Park, capturing the $350,000 Windy City Pace final in convincing fashion. As the richest entrant into this year's Windy City for 3-year-old colt pacers, Western Terror received a bye directly into the final. With Brian Sears driving, Western Terror rushed past Georgia Pacific in the stretch anhd drew clear...
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