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Provincial Cup still May 29

on 04/04/2005 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission has ruled that Windsor Raceway must hold the Provincial Cup for 3-year-old colt pacers on May 29 as advertised. The track, citing concerns over a three-week delay in racing in January, had asked for permission to move the race to December. The track earlier simply announced the race would move from May to December, but that decision hit a roadblock when the commiss...
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Hoosier Park opens

on 04/03/2005 1:00 AM
Hoosier Park opened its 2005 harnes meet Saturday night and there was a familiar winner on the card as Swingin Glory, a senior citizen at age 11, won one of the 14 races on the card by one length in 1:53.3. Trained and driven by Ricky Macomber at Hoosier Park, last year Swingin Glory won 9 of 27 starts, earned $97,414 and took a mark of 1:50.3 at Hoosier Park. His victory on Hoosier Park was t...
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No winner announced yet

on 04/03/2005 1:00 AM
The National Harness Handicapping Contest concluded at the Meadowlands Saturday night, but the winner won't be revealed until after a second review of the data. The Horseman And Fair World's Gordon Waterstone reported that he finished "somewhere in the 50s" after leaving the gate with a bang early in the contest.
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Muscles in Su Mac Lad

on 04/03/2005 1:00 AM
Mr. Muscleman, the winner of the 2003 Kentucky Futurity and a winner of 7 of 14 starts last season, won his first start of his 2005 campaign with a 1:53.3 score in a leg of the Su Mac Lad Series Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands. With Ron Pierce driving, Mr. Muscleman defeated the Argentinian-bred Chucaro Ahijuna and Hurri Kane Billy G. Dink Adoo, who won the first leg two weeks earlier, brok...
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Rain, wind pummel Big M

on 04/02/2005 12:00 AM
Saturday night's card at the Meadowlands was canceled due to high winds and heavy rain. A steady wind of about 40 miles per hour and rain made conditions unsafe to race. Officials at the track waited until 8 p.m. to make the decision, a half hour after scheduled post time. The track took a second hit when the high winds led to a transformer in the backstretch blowing, sending sparks through the...
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$50,000 on the line

on 04/01/2005 12:00 AM
Handicappers from across North America will be descending on the Meadowlands Racetrack Saturday night for the chance to walk away with a guaranteed $50,000 first prize in the inaugural National Harness Handicapping Championship. Among the nearly 100 entrants will be Gordon Waterstone of The Horseman And Fair World magazine and harnessracing.com. Potential entrants have until 10 p.m. on Friday n...
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Top colts Jug eligible

on 04/01/2005 12:00 AM
Village Jolt, Rocknroll Hanover, Shanghai Phil and Speed Demon are among the 176 horses eligible to this year's $650,000 (estimated) Littled Brown Jug, which will be held Sept. 22 at the Delaware (Ohio) County Fair Other outstanding colts eligible to the Jug include Allamerican Inca, Syncro's Z Tam, Leading X Ample and Dawn Of A New Day Village Jolt won the $432,000 Woodrow Wilson Final at ...
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Slots drafts in FL

on 04/01/2005 12:00 AM
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Florida legislature's first stab at setting the regs for slots at Broward County pari-mutuel facilities was a disappointment to some. The first slots bill to clear a committee in the state legislature would allow only electronic bingo. Also, instead of using the taxes on gambling profits for students around the state, the Republican-led committe...
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Gordon gears for contest

on 04/01/2005 12:00 AM
Hi! My name is Gordon Waterstone and I'm a handicapper--at least I think I'm a handicapper. I'll find out just how good I am as I travel to the Meadowlands Saturday to compete in the National Harness Racing Handicapping Championship. I've been the author of tip sheets sold at Hazel Park and for one spring at The Red Mile, so I'm pretty sure I can pick some winners. My major claim to fame is one...
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NY budget bill passes

on 04/01/2005 12:00 AM
New York lawmakers have passed a budget on time for the first time in 21 years and the $105 billion spending plan, passed on Thursday, also includes a new video lottery terminal bill. The new VLT bill raises the fee paid to the track operators and specifies monies for a Breeding Fund that will pay purses and breed incentives. The New York Times reported that the budget may still face challenges...
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Rainbow Blue in 1:51.4

on 04/01/2005 12:00 AM
Rainbow Blue, last year's top 3-year-old pacing filly of the year and certainly one of the greatest fillies of all time, qualified at the Meadowlands Friday morning with a wire-to-wire 1:51.4 effort. As usual, Ron Pierce was in the sulky behind the now 4-year-old mare by Artiscape. Rainbow Blue is scheduled to make her first start of the season at Dover Downs.
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Georgia Pacific qualifies

on 04/01/2005 12:00 AM
Georgia Pacific tuned up for his 4-year-old campaign with a 1:52.1 qualifying victory at the Meadowlands Friday morning. Also qualifying on the card were Glowing Report (1:53.4), who won by 13 1/4 lengths over Apple Krisp, and Boulder Creek (1:52.4).
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Six wins for Kisses

on 04/01/2005 12:00 AM
Stonebridge Kisses posted her sixth victory in nine starts this season when she won the $47,500 Mares Open at the Meadowlands Friday night in 1:51.1. Carolina Sunshine was a head back in second while Artbitration took third. Stonebridge Kisses, a 5-year-old daughter of Artiscape, was taken off the gate at the start by driver Yannick Gingras, but then Gingras brushed her to the front just past t...
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Bliss in Jersey Girls

on 03/31/2005 12:00 AM
Jim Morrill Jr. had quite a night at the Meadowlands Wednesday, capturing the $60,000 Jersey Girls final with Follow Your Bliss and following that up with a victory behind Art's Regard, his 3000th career win. Morrill directed Follow Your Bliss to a career-best 1:52 victory, besting runner-up Artoonist by five lengths with Theresa Hall another 2 ½ lengths back in third. It was the third win i...
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Real Desire on TV today

on 03/31/2005 12:00 AM
A documentary entitled "Harness Dreams," which features 2002 Horse of the Year Real Desire and his owners Blair and Karin Burgess, will premiere on RFD-TV at 4 and 10 p.m. today (March 31). The show is carried on Dish Network channel 9409 and DirecTV channel 379. The show also contains interviews with driver John Campbell and owner George Segal of Brittany Farms, where Real Desire now stands at st...
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Horseman dies in KY

on 03/31/2005 12:00 AM
Gregory Gaekle, 49, who was involved in harness racing since the early 1980s, died Tuesday night (March 29) in Lexington, Ky., after his pickup truck ran off of Newtown Pike and struck a fence and then a tree. The accident occurred about a half-mile from Ironworks Pike. Gaekle was training horses at The Red Mile. In past years he had worked for the Dan Shetler Stable..
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Top driver about ready

on 03/31/2005 12:00 AM
Jeff Gregory says he's "getting itchy" to climb back into the sulky after being forced to the sidelines when he suffered a broken hip in a race accident at Freehold Jan. 14. Gregory told The Horseman Thursday afternoon that he has a doctor's appointment scheduled for April 13 where he is hoping to receive approval to return to the racetrack. Gregory said he has been going to a 1 ½-hour rehab...
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Spicegirl wannabe winner

on 03/30/2005 12:00 AM
Spicegirl Kosmos went from ninth to first to win Tuesday night's featured $14,000 final of the BJ's Treasure Series at The Meadows. Making up 10 lengths after sitting ninth at the half, Spicegirl Kosmos won in 1:59, besting runner-up Boopsie by 1 ¾ lengths. Sunbury Girl was third. "I'd driven some of the horses in this race, so I thought it would get a little heated early," winning driver Da...
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Ford trainees ones to beat

on 03/30/2005 12:00 AM
Whosurboy and Street Sign, who won their respective Spring Pacing Championship divisions last Saturday night at Woodbine, have drawn posts one and seven, respectively for this Saturday's second round. With nine entered into this leg only one $55,000(C) division was carded. Both opening-leg winners hail from the barn of trainer Mark Ford. Whosurboy captured his split after sweeping from last to ...
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Handicapping with Gordon

on 03/30/2005 12:00 AM
I--Gordon Waterstone of The Horseman And Fair World--didn't expect to be at the Meadowlands for the Final Four in April, and I'm not talking about the Final Four stakes. I'm headed off to the Big M this weekend to participate in the inaugural National Harness Handicapping Championship on Saturday night. It's a tough trade-off though as the contest is going straight up against Final Four night in t...
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