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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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Magna Gets Mich. License

on 05/18/2005 2:00 AM
Acting Michigan Racing Commissioner Christine C. White announced Tuesday morning that Magna Entertainment has been awarded a license to build a racetrack in Romulus, directly across from Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The proposed track--to be called Michigan Downs--is expected to cost $100 million and is scheduled to open in 2009. It will include a 1 1/8-mile mile dirt track, a one-mile turf co...
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NY bill for Internet bets

on 05/18/2005 2:00 AM
Published reports state New York State Senator Bill Larkin, chairman of the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, plans to introduce legislation Wednesday that will allow Internet wagering in the state. "Other states are doing it, and we're going to lose out," Larkin was quoted as saying in the Middletown Times Herald-Record.
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Batavia opens VLTs

on 05/18/2005 2:00 AM
Batavia Downs, forced to close last year for financial reasons, opened its reported $2 million video lottery terminal parlor that includes 586 machines Wednesday morning. Demoninations for the machines run from a penny to five dollars. In a press release issued by Batavia Downs, it stated revenue from the machines should help the track pay off $9.2 million in debut within the next 10 to 12 year...
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2004 HOY misses a week

on 05/18/2005 2:00 AM
Rainbow Blue sat on the sidelines last weekend when the Open Pace at the Meadowlands didn't fill, and this week she will once again sit out after coming up slightly sick, according to trainer and co-owner George Teague Jr. "We scoped her and she came up a little bit dirty; she had a little bit of mucous and I didn't want to chance it, so I left her out of the box," Teague told The Horseman Wedn...
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Niatross Made 1980 Debut

on 05/17/2005 2:00 AM
It was 25 years ago this week that the great Niatross embarked on his 3-year-old racing campaign with a 1:56.1 victory in the $55,000 Hanover and Hempt Stakes at Vernon Downs. After finishing his freshman season with 13 victories in as many starts, $604,900 in earnings and Horse of the Year honors, Niatross began his sophomore season just as impressively. With 8,248 fans on hand to watch, Niatr...
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Jolt, Rocknroll to square off

on 05/17/2005 2:00 AM
Village Jolt and Rocknroll Hanover have drawn in the same elimination for the New Jersey Classic. Thirteen horses were entered in the race, requiring two elims Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Village Jolt drew post two in the second elim while Rocknroll Hanover will start from post five in the same elim. From the rail out, the fields are: First elim 1--Load The Dice 2--South Park Hanover ...
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Graduate final set

on 05/17/2005 2:00 AM
The Saturday card at the Meadowlands will feature elims for the New Jersey Classic along with the $225,000 Graduate final and $180,000 Cutler Memorial final. Graduate final 1--Life Source 2--Boulder Creek 3--Holborn Hanover 4--Articulator 5--Mini Me 6--Mypanmar 7--Metropolitan 8--Casimir Camotion 9--Town Champion 10--Driven To Win $180,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial 1--Al Dente Han...
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No mare open at Big M

on 05/17/2005 2:00 AM
For the second week in a row there is no open pace for mares at the Meadowlands, and as a result top pacing mares eligible to the Classic Series are prepping at Woodbine and Hoosier Park. The next leg of the Classic Series is June 4 at Woodbine. Glowing Report, Stonebridge Kisses, Burning Point and Carolina Sunshine are competing in a $45,000 Open at Woodbine Saturday night. At Hoosier Park, Ar...
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Mr. Eero wins debut

on 05/16/2005 2:00 AM
Mr. Eero, who won a heat of the 2003 Kentucky Futurity and finished second behind Mr. Muscleman in the Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Championship that year, won his European debut in Sweden Monday night. He defeated world champion Victory Tilly in a mile rate of 1:56.4. Mr. Eero, who was driven by Jorma Kontio, is a son of Conway Hall. Erkki Lakkonen bred and still owns Mr. Eero. Victory Ti...
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Lindy Five Hundred wins

on 05/14/2005 2:00 AM
Lindy Five Hundred, benefitting from a carefully rated drive by George Brennan, held off a determined final surge by Great George Two to win the $184,425 Dexter Cup final in 1:59.1 Saturday at Freehold Raceway. Brennan drove Lindy Five Hundred quickly from post two at the start and got his colt to the lead before the first turn. Great George Two, driven by Jonathan Roberts, was also hustled fr...
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Two Helen Dancer splits

on 05/14/2005 2:00 AM
A pair of $66,035 divisions of the Helen Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old pacing fillies were contested Saturday at Freehold and the winners were Digga Digga (1:55.3) and Vegas Style (1:56.3). In the first division, David Miller guided White Birch Farm's Vegas Style to victory by a nose over Marnie Hall (Dan Dube) in 1:56.3. Chattanooga (Brian Sears) finished one-half length back in third. The...
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Rocknroll in 1:50.4

on 05/14/2005 2:00 AM
Rocknroll Hanover eked out a nose win over Jo Pa's Shark in 1:50.4 in a New Jersey Sire Stakes division at the Meadowlands Saturday night while a second division was won by Village Jolt in 1:51.2. Both Rocknoll Hanover and Village Jolt--the top two rated colts in pre-season polls--were making their first starts of the season. Rocknroll Hanover was raced off the pace and then edged Jo Pa's Shark...
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A delightful 3 year old?

on 05/14/2005 2:00 AM
You may not know Mr. Delite, a 3-year-old by The Panderosa, but he's making a name for himself at Woodbine, where he's now won two of three starts, with the latest a 1:51.4 effort Saturday night. He defeated American Ideal by a handy two lengths. Mr. Delite is trained by Bob McIntosh and was driven by Jack Moiseyev. While Moiseyev put his youngster on the front, betting favorite American Ideal ...
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