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OSS Gold winners at Windsor

on 11/07/2004 12:00 AM
Geartogear and Lady Dillinger, both trained by Nat Varty, won their respective $130,000(C) Ontario Sire Stakes Gold finals at Windsor Raceway Saturday night. Geartogear set a Sire Stakes record with a 1:50.3 victory in the Gold final for 3-year-old colt pacers. Driven by Kevin Wallis, Geortogear defeated Freedom Hanover and Galatin Hanover. Mario Baillargeon was in the sulky behind Lady Dill...
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Vernon to interview 3

on 11/05/2004 12:00 AM
The Syracuse Post-Standard is reporting today three candidates will be interviewed over the next two days for the chief executive officer position at Vernon Downs: Gil Short, Dennis Dowd and Joseph Lashinger. Short was involved in helping launch Colonial Downs and Indiana Downs; Dowd, a former New Jersey Racing Commission chairman and official at Freehold Raceway, ran Vernon Downs earlier this ...
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2005 dates at the Big M

on 11/05/2004 12:00 AM
The New Jersey Racing Commission has approved 161 dates of harness racing in 2005 at the Meadowlands. The track will open Jan. 7 and race through Aug. 6, the traditional Hambletonian day closing card. The track will re-open Nov. 18 and continue through Dec. 31. The Meadowlands will race a Tuesday through Saturday night schedule in January, Wednesday through Saturday nights plus Sunday afternoon...
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Armstrong era completed

on 11/05/2004 12:00 AM
The final Armstrong Bros. consignment went through the auction ring at the Standardbred Horse Sales Company's mixed sale in Harrisburg, Pa., Thursday and 17 mares brought prices of $100,000 or more. The dispersal was led by three mares which fetched prices of $300,000 or more. The $300,000-plus mares were Mars Bar (Malabar Man-Peace A Pie), who was bought by Perretti Farms for $350,00; Armbro V...
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McNichol hurt in Florida

on 11/04/2004 12:00 AM
Horseman Mickey McNichol, 55, suffered a broken ankle that needed surgery for pin placements following a training accident Wednesday morning at the South Florida Training Center. McNichol was training a filly that spooked and dumped him to the track.
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Saginaw may close

on 11/04/2004 12:00 AM
Saginaw Harness Raceway co-owner Marshall Davis told the Saginaw News that because of the defeat of Proposal 1 in the state, "I don't know if Saginaw (which opened in 1980) will be around in 2005." The passage of the proposal, which called for a statewide vote for any expansion of gambling and essentially renders meaningless the passage of bills allowing slot machines at the racetracks by both...
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Rosecroft purchase close

on 11/04/2004 12:00 AM
Published reports state that the family of Baltimore Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos is close to finalizing a deal to purchase Rosecroft Raceway. Earlier talks had broke down but there are reports that a deal is nearing completion.
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Penn National buys Argosy

on 11/04/2004 12:00 AM
Penn National has announced it is acquiring Argosy Gaming Co. for $1.4 billion cash. Argosy announced last week it had purchased Raceway Park in Toledo, Ohio, for about $20 million.
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Brett Miller hurt in spill

on 11/04/2004 12:00 AM
Brett Miller, the leading driver in North America this year with 589 wins, was seriously injured in an accident in Northfield Park's second race on Wednesday night, and will be out of action indefinitely. Miller suffered a broken nose and bruised cheekbone. He will require plastic surgery to repair a serious gash across the nose, cheek, and face. Miller is being treated at Southpointe Hospit...
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Western Terror to Ontario

on 11/04/2004 12:00 AM
Western Terror, whose wins this year include the Breeders Crown, divisions of the Tattersalls Pace and Bluegrass, and a dead-heat effort in the Cane Pace, will stand stud at Kentuckiana Farms of Ontario in 2005. The 3-year-old son of Western Hanover, who has not yet been retired and will start in this weekend's Progress Pace elims at Dover Downs, has a career mark of 1:48.3 and earnings of $925...
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Florida passes amendment

on 11/04/2004 12:00 AM
Two days after the election, it appears now that voters in Florida have approved a constitutional amendment that would allow voters in Broward and Miami-Dade counties to vote on racetrack slot machines. Although it appeared Amendment 4 was going to be defeated, absentee ballots in well-populated counties, including Broward and Miami-Date weren't counted until Wednesday morning, which pushed the to...
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Michigan slots appears dead

on 11/03/2004 12:00 AM
The prospects of slot machines at Michigan's racetracks took a direct hit Tuesday when voters in the state easily passed Proposal 1, which requires statewide and local voter approval of any gambling expansion. Although both chambers of the state legislature voted to allow slot machines at the tracks earlier this year, Proposal 1 is retroactive back to Jan. 1, thus rendering those votes meaningless...
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50-50 vote in Florida

on 11/03/2004 12:00 AM
With more than 6.8 million votes cast--98 percent of Florida's precincts reporting--the vote for Amendment 4 is virtually a tie with the amendment losing by less than 7,000 votes. Amendment 4 would allow voters in Broward and Miami-Dade counties to vote in separate referendums to allow slot machines at the seven horse and dog tracks and jai-alai frontons in the counties. The vote is currently a...
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Star-studded Progress elims

on 11/03/2004 12:00 AM
Breeders Crown champ Western Terror has drawn post three in the first of two Progess Pace eliminations at Dover Downs Sunday night, with the high-quality field of six going postward also including North America Cup winner Mantacular, Meadowlands Pace winner Holborn Hanover and Quik Pulse Mindale, the fastest of the division in 2004. Little Brown Jug winner Timesareachanging has drawn the outsid...
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Courageous Lady split

on 11/03/2004 12:00 AM
One dozen 3-year-old pacing fillies, including two supplemental entrants, dropped into the box for Saturday's Courageous Lady at Northfield Park, which forced the race to split into a pair of $68,600 divisions--each with six starters. The first division features the Peter Pan Stable-owned entry of Pan And Teller and Disneypan, which was made the 5-2 morning line favorite. Pan And Teller is ...
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Average down 5 percent

on 11/03/2004 12:00 AM
In keeping with the industry trend, the Standardbred Horse Sales Company concluded its annual yearling sale in Harrsiburg, Pa., early Wednesday evening and finished with a five percent decline in the average price. The major yearling sales in Kentucky had also posted declines in average. Last year the Standardbred Horse Sale auction averaged $31,446 for 945 yearlings, with the gross slightly mo...
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Magee patriarch dies

on 11/03/2004 12:00 AM
Curtis Magee, the father of horsemen Dave, Dean and Darryl Magee, died Monday (Nov. 1). A wake was to be held Nov. 3 at Wendt Funeral Home in Bonduel, Wisconsin.
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14 in Matron 3YOF Pace

on 11/03/2004 12:00 AM
Fourteen 3-year-old pacing fillies were entered in the Matron, requiring two eliminations on Monday, Nov. 8. Breeders Crown champ Rainbow Blue, a winner of 17 of 18 starts, has been entered and will compete in the first elim, race 10 on the card. Jugette winner Glowing Report is in the second elim. First elim 1--Whig Party 2--Mojo Mama 3--Rainbow Blue 4--Heather's Gambit 5--Fie Foe Fire 6...
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Ohio dates still undecided

on 11/02/2004 12:00 AM
At a meeting last month, the Ohio State Racing Commission awarded 2005 racing dates to the state's seven racetracks. Final approval hinged on a nine-party agreement between the four harness tracks, the three Thoroughbred tracks, the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) and the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. When Thistledown and the Ohio HBPA did not sign the agreem...
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Average up through two

on 11/02/2004 12:00 AM
The second session of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company's annual Harrisburg yearling auction concluded early Tuesday evening with the 684 yearlings selling thus far in the first two days generating an average price of $35,975, up from the $32,868 average through two sessions in 2003. There were several $100,000 yearlings sold on Tuesday, including one of the last horses to go through the rin...
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