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on 03/11/2005 12:00 AM
The 2005 joint annual meeting of Harness Tracks of America/Thoroughbred Racing Associations wrapped up Friday morning, March 11, in Indian Wells, Calif. The 4-hour session was highlighted by a lively exchange about the role of the racetrack fan between Richard Shapiro of the California Horse Racing Board and Bill Hoge, a full-time handicapper who is a former California legislator. Hoge said tha...
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Close finishes at Big M

on 03/11/2005 12:00 AM
Of the first seven races at the Meadowlands Friday night, all but two, including the Overbid leg, resulted in close finishes. The margin in the first race was a neck, the winner of the third scored by a nose, and the foruth, sixth and seventh races were also determined by a mere neck.
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Loyal Opposition wins

on 03/11/2005 12:00 AM
After finishing up the track in the Cape & Cutter final, 2004 Older Pacing Mare of the Year Loyal Opposition rebounded with a victory in the opening round of the Overbid Series, scoring by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:51.3 at the Meadowlands Friday night. Loyal Opposition found room up the pylons to take the $50,000 first leg. Odds On Charmaine edged Ascending for second. "We had a perfect trip tonigh...
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Wilma Hall wins final

on 03/10/2005 12:00 AM
Wilma Hall rallied from mid-pack and got up in the final strides to win the $60,000 Night Styles Series Final for pacing mares Wednesday night at the Meadowlands. Wilma Hall, a 4-year-old daughter of Blissfull Hall, paced the mile in 1:53.2, picking up her second win with four seconds and a third in nine starts this year. Wilma Hall won by a head over Follow Your Bliss. It was three-quarters of...
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Clint Warrington Sr. passes

on 03/10/2005 12:00 AM
Longtime harness trainer and driver Clint Warrington Sr. passed away Monday, March 7, at his home in Allentown, N.J. He was 67. Born in Milton, Del., Warrington relocated to New Jersey in the late 1950s to drive horses at Freehold Raceway and other area racetracks. Warrington later went to work for Hall of Fame horseman Stanley Dancer, and later Stanley's nephew Harold "Sonny" Dancer and other...
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Racing & tennis mix

on 03/10/2005 12:00 AM
Reigning Wimbledon champ Maria Sharapova is being exposed to racing this week as she is just one of several tennis stars also staying at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort and Spa in Indian Wells, Calif., the scene of the HTA/TRA annual meeting set to get underway Thursday morning. Sitting alongside several racing attendees at the pool Wednesday afternoon in the mid 90-degree heat was Sharapova, ...
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Pa. Court hears complaint

on 03/10/2005 12:00 AM
Opponents of Pennsylvania's gambling law that would allow 61,000 slot machines at seven racetracks in the state argued before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Wednesday that the law is "constitutionally suspect." According to a story in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the lawyers for Pennsylvanians Against Gambling Expansion are complaining that the bill, which began as statute on fingerprinting peopl...
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Slots dead in Indiana

on 03/10/2005 12:00 AM
Any chance of a slots bill passing in Indiana has apparently died as a result of the revelation that an Indiana state senator has connections to Centaur, a part owner of Hoosier Park. The Indianapolis Star made the revelation in a story last week, reporting that Sen. Jeff Drozda, R-Westfield, was hired to do marketing for a Centaur casino in Colorado. Today the Star reports that senators ask...
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Integrity discussed again

on 03/10/2005 12:00 AM
The 2005 Harness Tracks of America/Thoroughbred Racing Associations joint annual meeting began Thursday morning in Indian Wells, Calif., and after welcoming remarks made by TRA president Joe Harper and HTA president Jeff Smith, four women with high-ranking positions in the racing industry told the gathering of their individual situations. Cheryl Buley of the New York Racing and Wagering Board, ...
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Slots coming to Pompano

on 03/09/2005 12:00 AM
According to reports in South Florida newspapers, slots at the county's racetracks have been approved by Broward County voters. But Miami-Dade voters narrowly rejected the proposal in voting on Tuesday. According to reports, the split decision cuts almost in half the $438 million in new tax revenue promised to improve education statewide. Hollywood Greyhound Track, Dania Jai-Alai, Pompano Pa...
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Life Sign sweeps Jug poll

on 03/09/2005 12:00 AM
Life Sign, the 1993 Little Brown Jug winner, was chosen as the fans' all-time favorite and his dramatic win over Riyadh and Presidential Ball was voted as the favorite race in the 59-year history of the Delaware, Ohio Classic. Life Sign edged 1980 Jug winner Niatross by 19 votes as the fans' all-time "Favorite Winner" in one division of the U.S. Trotting Association poll. Life Sign was a mu...
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Purse increase for KYSS

on 03/09/2005 12:00 AM
Thanks to legislation approved by the Kentucky legislature on Tuesday, purses for Kentucky Sire Stakes finals will double in 2006 from 2004 and 2005 levels, jumping from approximately $100,000 to $250,000. Both chambers of the Kentucky General Assembly approved Gov. Ernie Fletcher's budget and tax modernization plan on Tuesday that includes a provision creating a breeders' incentive plan in the...
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Millionaire Magician retired

on 03/09/2005 12:00 AM
Magician, the 2000 Older Trotter of the Year and the all-time leading money-winner at the Meadowlands, has been retired. The 10-year-old bay gelding will lead post parade and be feted in the Meadowlands winner's circle on Sunday, April 10, the day of the Su Mac Lad Final, a stakes which he won three times. Magician retires with $3,579,103 in earnings for eighth place on the all-time earnings li...
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Earl Laviana dies

on 03/09/2005 12:00 AM
Earl Laviana, who campaigned the great gray pacer Laag along with world champion Trim The Tree, died March 8 in Pompano Beach, Fla., after a short illness. He was 91. Laviana raced his horses in partnership with his wife, Geraldine, under the banner of Hubbardton Farms. A memorial Mass was scheduled to be held Friday, March 11, at St. Gabriels Catholic Church in Pompano Beach. Memorial contr...
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Daguet Rapide ready

on 03/08/2005 12:00 AM
The Jean-Pierre Dubois champion Daguet Rapide, a son of Pine Chip, will make his season's debut in France at the Laval track on March 16. The $1.8 million winner will race in the Grand Prix du Conseil Général de la Mayenne, which is an international event. As a 4 year old Daguet Rapide was the European 4-year-old champion. He has had his stakes engagements In Italy where he also won the I...
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Sears hits 5,000 mark

on 03/08/2005 12:00 AM
Brian Sears, 37, became the 49th driver in harness racing history to win 5,000 win races when he scored with Thomas Thomas Monday night at Dover Downs. Sears used the passing lane to drive Juliana Swinford and Wendy Crissman's Thomas Thomas to a 1:53.3 victory in a $25,000 claiming race. Earlier Sears' 4,999th win came in the first race behind Cobbler Hanover, a 1:53.2 winner of a $20,000 Dela...
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More $ for Bobnoxious

on 03/08/2005 12:00 AM
It's getting to be a habit for Bobnoxious. For the seventh time at the current Dover Downs meet, the 5-year-old pacer has picked up the biggest paycheck in the Preferred Handicap. This time he turned in a 1:51.1 victory in a $35,000 event on Monday, bringing his season bankroll to $106,300. On a spring-like race day, Bobnoxious left quickly from the outside in a field reduced to five when Soho ...
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New CEO at Magna

on 03/08/2005 12:00 AM
Just two weeks after Magna Entertainment Corp. announced a loss of $95.6 million for its 2004 fiscal year, the racetrack owner has announced that it has a new chief executive officer. Thomas W. Hodgson has been appointed CEO, replacing Jim McAlpine. A Magna press release said McAlpine has been appointed vice chairman of corporate development for the racetrack operating company and will also con...
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Snowstorm hits New Jersey

on 03/08/2005 12:00 AM
A sudden snowstorm which pummeled sections of the northeast forced the cancellation of the final six races on the 10-race card of live racing at Freehold Raceway today. The late afternoon and evening simulcasting schedules were scrapped as well. Freehold will resume live racing Wednesday afternoon, March 9, with a 12-race card slated to being at 12:30 p.m. Meanwhile, up the road at the Me...
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Early returns in Florida

on 03/08/2005 12:00 AM
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper web site, early returns showed Broward County voters approving slot machines at the county's pari-mutuel facilities. With 621 of 810 Broward precincts reporting, 75,396 votes, or 56 percent, were cast in support of the plan to permit Las Vegas-style slot machines at seven dog and horse tracks and jai-alai frontons, compared with 58,401 votes, o...
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