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3 years for Brittingham

on 04/08/2005 2:00 AM
The Delaware Harness Racing Commission has reportedly upheld a 3-year suspension and $5,000 fine against trainer-driver Bret Brittingham for a positive EPO test on his horse Judy's Beach Towel last December. Brittingham reportedly admitted he gave the horse the druge erythropoietin (EPO) in April of 2004, and the horse tested positive eight months later following a win on Dec. 19. Brittingham s...
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Dover Downs director dies

on 04/08/2005 2:00 AM
Melvin Joseph, 83, one of the original founders of Dover Downs, a prominent name in motor sports, and a longtime harness horse owner, died April 6 at his home in Georgetown, Del. Joseph is best know in The First State and in racing as the man who brought motorsport racing to Delaware. The Melvin Joseph Construction Company built Dover Downs' one-mile speedway, which surrounds its five-eighths m...
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Ouellette taken off drives

on 04/08/2005 2:00 AM
Luc Ouellette was taken off his drives Thursday night at Woodbine when he failed to pass a breathalizer test. In a posting on the harnesslist, Greg Reinhart, who maintains a website for Ouellette, explained Ouellette admitted he had a "couple of beers over the noon hour, went for his afternoon nap, got up at four, went to the track and blew over when he got there." Ouellette told Reinhart the s...
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Balmoral averts shutdown

on 04/08/2005 2:00 AM
Balmoral Park has averted a possible shutdown after removing potentially dangerous door latches from buildings that could have trapped persons in a fire. Officials at the track were told Wednesday by the state fire marshal's office that if the latches, which locked doors from the outside on its worker dormitory and barns, weren't removed by Thursday then the attorney general's office would be c...
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Bluegrass winner qualifies

on 04/08/2005 2:00 AM
Green Dot, a winner of a Bluegrass Stakes division for 2-year-old colt trotters at The Red Mile last fall and a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion, qualified with a 1:59 win in his 3-year-old debut at The Meadows Friday morning. Dave Palone handled the driving for trainer Steve Bush. Palone got away second behind Paco Spur and Richard Stillings. After settling in, Palone made his move and put G...
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John Campbell turns 50

on 04/08/2005 2:00 AM
The man who holds nearly every driving record in harness racing history and is the sport's all-time leading money winning driver at $227 million turns 50 years old today. For John Campbell, turning 50 is just another milestone to check off during a long and illustrious career. John Campbell will spend this birthday (Friday, April 8) driving 10 races at the Meadowlands, his racing home since 1978. ...
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Worldly Beauty a mom

on 04/07/2005 2:00 AM
Worldly Beauty, one of the premier pacing mares in recent years, gave birth to her first foal, a filly by Western Ideal, Tuesday, April 5, at Perretti Farms in Cream Ridge, New Jersey. "She looks like her mom," said Mike Gulotta, who owns Worldly Beauty in partnership with Craig Lipka. "She's bay with one white stocking. Both Worldly Beauty and her baby are doing just great." Worldly Beauty,...
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Rainbow Blue debuts Mon.

on 04/07/2005 2:00 AM
The 2004 Horse of the Year Rainbow Blue will make her first start of the 2005 season Monday night, April 11, as she takes on six rivals in a $50,000 Invitational Pace at Dover Downs. Rainbow Blue has drawn post five in the field and trainer and co-owner George Teague Jr. has once again named Ron Pierce, voted the 2004 Driver of the Year, to drive. Among her rivals is Dover Downs' 2004 Horse of ...
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Ideal News breaks maiden

on 04/07/2005 2:00 AM
Ideal News fired off cover in the stretch and drew off to a 1:52.3 victory in the $22,500 first round of the three-week Blossom Series for 3-year-old pacing fillies Wednesday night at the Meadowlands. John Campbell guided the daughter of Western Ideal to a second-over trip, following Cheyenne Adrienne until the top of the stretch. Ideal News finished a 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Righteous Renee wit...
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Smedshammer's pacer wins

on 04/07/2005 2:00 AM
Legend Hall, the lone pacer residing with 54 trotters in trainer Trond Smedshammer's overflowing stable at White Birch Farm in New Jersey, won his first race since July 2003 last Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands, scoring in a $20,000 claiming event. The 6-year-old son of Cambest will try to duplicate that effort on Sunday, April 10, as he once again takes on a field of $20,000 claimers. The ...
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Mare prepping for Lotteria

on 04/07/2005 2:00 AM
While Mr. Muscleman's connections are prepping for a possible start in the May 29 Elitlopp at Solvalla in Stockholm, the 4-year-old Angus Hall-sired mare McCall Magic is getting ready to head to Naples, Italy, for the May 8 Lotteria. McCall Magic sports a mark of 1:55.1 taken at Woodbine last year. Owned by Antonio DeRossi's La Perla Inc. and trained at The Red Mile by Kevin Thomas, McCall Magi...
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Jackson sale approved

on 04/07/2005 2:00 AM
Michigan's Acting Racing Commissioner Christine C. White today approved MTR Gaming Group Inc.'s purchase of a 90 percent interest in the Jackson Trotting Association, which operates Jackson Harness Raceway in Jackson, Mich. Commissioner White said, "After careful review of the purchase agreement between MTR Gaming and the Jackson Trotting Association, the Office of Racing Commissioner (ORC) has...
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10 mares in $100,000 invite

on 04/06/2005 2:00 AM
The Thomas Strada Memorial, named after the late son-in-law of Hall of Famer George Sholty, is set for the Meadowlands Saturday night and last year's Dan Patch award winner Loyal Opposition will be taking on nine other foes, but not Rainbow Blue. Rainbow Blue had to pass to honor a commitment to race at Dover Downs on Monday, April 11. Loyal Opposition, who has six wins this year, will start fr...
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Big open field at Big M

on 04/06/2005 2:00 AM
Boulder Creek and Georgia Pacific will be returning to the track for their first starts in Saturday night's $47,500 Open at the Meadowlands, and they'll be taking on Life Source, a winner of 4 of 10 this season. Boulder Creek is a winner of $1.2 million who sports a record of 1:48.1, which he took last season at the Meadowlands. Georgia Pacific concluded his sophomore season last fall with a vi...
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Quik Pulse has surgery

on 04/06/2005 2:00 AM
Driver Tony Morgan thought something was bothering Quik Pulse Mindale, but he didn't think it was serious. He was wrong as the now 4 year old will be sidelined after undergoing surgery Monday in Lexington, Ky., for a torn suspensory. Lloyd Arnold owns, Quik Pulse Mindale, a 4-year-old son of Jenna's Beach Boy. Quik Pulse Mindale finished fourth in the opening round of the Spring Championship...
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Giants sue NJSEA

on 04/06/2005 2:00 AM
The New York Giants have sued the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, operator of the Meadowlands Racetrack. The Giants want Giants Stadium renovated to "state of the art" standards. About a month ago plans for the New York Giants to build a new $750 million stadium in conjunction with the NJSEA fell apart. "This was not a step we wanted to take, but we had no choice," Giants executiv...
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Express Ride dies at 22

on 04/06/2005 2:00 AM
Express Ride, who trotted to a 1:53 world record for 4-year-old stallions at The Red Mile in 1987, died at Menhammar Stud farm in Sweden Wednesday. Racing without shoes that day at The Red Mile, Express Ride turned in a breath-taking performance for driver Berndt Lindstedt. At the time the clocking was the fastest ever by a trotter at The Red Mile. As a 2 year old Express Ride was trained by Ha...
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Continuance for Daley

on 04/06/2005 2:00 AM
Trainer Noel Daley reportedly requested and received a continuance of a court appearance concerning his arrest on charges of possession of prescription drugs without a prescription and possession of hypodermic needles and syringes. The items were found after a subsequent search of his barn at Magical Macres following an elevated blood-gas test on one of his horses. Daley requested the continuan...
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Former Flyers' filly wins

on 04/05/2005 2:00 AM
Rick MacLeish, a Hall of Fame hockey player with the Philadelphia Flyers, isn't skating on the ice these days. Instead, he's getting his sports rush from the 3-year-old Jenna's Beach Boy pacing filly Ain't Goin back, who is now two for two this year. Ain't Goin Back is trained and driven by Benjamin Stafford Jr. She posted her last win on March 31 at Dover, scoring by four lengths in 1:57. She'...
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No Lasix for Muscleman

on 04/05/2005 2:00 AM
According to reports from the Meadowlands, Mr. Muscleman will not be racing on Salix (the bleeder medication formerly known as Lasix) when he competes in the Su Mac Lad final at the Meadowlands Sunday. The change appears to be to prepare the horse for a possible start in the Elitlopp in Sweden next month. However, Mr. Muscleman must first be invited to the Elitlopp, and there is speculation re...
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