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Favorites score again

on 02/17/2005 12:00 AM
Mary Sue Too and Vegas Style were repeat winners in the second round of the Tender Loving Care Series for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Wednesday night at the Meadowlands. Sent off as the 1-5 favorite in her $12,500 split, Mary Sue Too was moved to the lead at the half by driver Ron Pierce and then held off late bids by Highland Dextar and Alexa Hall to win by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:58.1. Mary ...
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Scott's license reinstated

on 02/17/2005 12:00 AM
Vernon Downs' majority owner Shawn Scott had his New York State racing license reinstated by a state Supreme Court judge, who ordered the Racing and Wagering Board to prove at a March 11 hearing why Scott shouldn't have a license. Scott owns 52 percent of Vernon Downs but in December 2003 had his license revoked by the Racing and Wagering Board. Earlier this month, Mid-State Raceway, the parent...
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Md. nearing slots bill

on 02/17/2005 12:00 AM
The Maryland state Senate is expected to pass a bill Thursday that would permit 15,500 slot machines at seven sites in the state, including four racetracks. However, the Maryland House of Delegates have reportedly have a compromise bill that precludes slot machines from being added at Rosecroft Raceway or Pimlico Park Thoroughbred track. Although delegates from Prince George's County, the home ...
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He's a clever big dog

on 02/17/2005 12:00 AM
Clever Account won his third straight race Wednesday night at Maywood Park, capturing the $10,000 The Big Dog Series final in a lifetime-best 1:53.2. Driven by Dave Magee, Clever Account took advantage of his rail post position on the Chicago half-miler, leading gate to wire through fractions of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:24.3 before charging home in :28.4 to seal the 6 1/4-length victory over Hockey A...
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Virus hits the Maritimes

on 02/17/2005 12:00 AM
An outbreak of the equine herpes virus has forced Truro Raceway in the Maritimes in Canada to cancel its Sunday program. Northville Downs in Michigan has had four such cases since December and has been forced to close until at least March 1. Two horses in the Maritimes have died in the past few days as a result of being afflicted with the virus: the province's top 2-year-old pacing filly last y...
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The Duke falls short

on 02/16/2005 12:00 AM
Country Duke A's quest to equal the Monticello Raceway record of nine wins in a row fell one win short when the 12-yea-old pacer finished third in a $5,000 claiming event Tuesday afternoon. His eight-win streak was one less than Don Torpid's record set back in 1983. The race was won by A Star Is Born in 2:01.1 over a rain-soaked track. Country Duke A and driver Jimmy Devaux had led throughout m...
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Rosecroft deal collapses

on 02/16/2005 12:00 AM
Published reports in Wednesday's Washington Post and Baltimore Sun have revealed more details in the apparent collapse of the agreement by the family of Baltimore Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos to purchase Rosecroft Raceway. On Monday night the 23 state delegates from Prince George County, the site of Rosecroft Raceway, agreed to oppose any bill that would permit slot machines in the county, in...
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Hawthorne plans big night

on 02/16/2005 12:00 AM
Hawthorne Race Course will become the centerpiece of Illinois-bred racing action on Friday, Aug. 5, when the track will present its first annual "Night Of Champions." Eight finals, each with an estimated purse of $100,000, will bring together the top 10 money earners in each division from three rounds of preliminary stakes The eight finals will feature the finest 2 and 3 year olds in each of th...
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Northville shut til March 1

on 02/15/2005 12:00 AM
Northville Downs has been ordered by the Michigan Office of Racing Commissioner to remain closed for live racing through March 1 as a result of the recent outbreak of equine herpes virus at the track. In addition to the cancellation, there is a quarantine in place prohibiting any horse from leaving or entering the track until March 1. The track will remain open for simulcasting. Under separa...
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Rosecroft deal off?

on 02/15/2005 12:00 AM
The closing of the sale of Rosecroft Raceway to Rosecroft Holdings LLC, the company controlled by members of Peter Angelos' family, was abruptly cancelled Tuesday (Feb. 15) due to Angelos' concern over the events taking place at the state capital regarding legalizing slot machines. Cloverleaf Enterprises Inc., the current owners of Rosecroft Raceway, along with Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners As...
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Art Major to shuttle

on 02/15/2005 12:00 AM
Blue Chip Farms has announced that Art Major, in addition to his stud duty in North America, will be standing the 2005-2006 breeding season in Australia at Rob Van Dyke's Pepper Tree Farms. "We've sold a lifetime lease for the southern hemisphere breeding rights and we've (the northern hemisphere) also retained one third of the southern hemisphere rights," said Blue Chip Farms owner Tom Grossma...
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George Foreman at Delaware

on 02/15/2005 12:00 AM
Former heavyweight boxing champion of the world George Foreman, who has enjoyed fame recently for his indoor grills, found his way to the Blooded Horse Sale ring on Tuesday (Feb. 15). Foreman, who became the world champion in 1970 by knocking out "Smokin" Joe Frazier, took a 10-year break from the sport, and came back at the age of 45 and defeated 26-year-old Michael Moorer and earned another w...
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Isle Of Capri underway

on 02/13/2005 12:00 AM
Maltese Artist swept three-wide on the final turn and was able to nose out Santastic's Pan to win the opening round division of the Isle of Capri Pacing Series at Pompano Park Saturday night. Driven by Richard Macomber, Jr., it was the first win this year for Maltese Artist, who covered the one-mile race in 1:51.1, the fastest mile at Pompano Park this year. A 4-year-old stallion by Artisc...
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Three set marks at Big M

on 02/13/2005 12:00 AM
Fate's Place, JJ's Iron Man, No Rhyme Or Reason and Hi Ho Silver Stareach captured their $12,500 division in the opening round of the Senior Trendsetter series Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands. In the first division, Fate's Place (Brian Sears) took control of the lead around the backside and drew off in the stretch to win by three-quarters of a length in a new mark of 1:52.2. Fate's Place n...
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Filly wins Horse of the Year

on 02/13/2005 12:00 AM
Rainbow Blue has been named 2004 Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association at ceremonies held Sunday night at Ceasers in Atlantic City. In the closest voting since 1975 when Savoir defeated Silk Stockings 52-49, Rainbow Blue outpolled Trotting Triple Crown winner Windsong's Legacy 119-98. The 3-year-old daughter of Artiscape is the second filly pacer to win harness racing's top ...
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First Aquarius leg

on 02/12/2005 12:00 AM
Live Out Loud enjoyed a pylon-skimming trip and took advantage of an opening in the stretch to win the $35,000 opening leg of the Aquarius Series for 4-year-old open pacers Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The time of the mile was 1:51.3. Driven and trained by Patrick Lachance, Live Out Loud held off the quick-charging JK's Royal Flush by a head. Brandon's Cowboy, who fought hard to get the l...
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Three in a row for Johnny

on 02/12/2005 12:00 AM
Johnny Be Cool N won his third straight race at the Meadowlands, this time capturing the $80,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Invitational for open pacers Saturday night in 1:51. Johnny Be Cool N, who paid $12, capitalized on a second-over trip behind Sagebrush and out-sprinted him to the wire. Eaton Road Kill was third. Gary Scurlock trains Johnny B Cool N for owner Robert Ranquist Jr. of the Chicago...
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Mack Lobell Series opens

on 02/12/2005 12:00 AM
Track record holders Chucaro Ahijuna and Damon Runyon made four- and three-wide sweeping moves, respectively, on the final turn to capture their $17,500 divisions of the opening round of the Mack Lobell Trotting Series Friday at Pompano Park. After a three-quarters in 1:25.3 race favorite Hellava Hush (Steve condren) tipped three-wide and on the final turn Chucaro Ahijuna (Kevin Wallis)went fo...
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John R. Gaines dies

on 02/12/2005 12:00 AM
John R. Gaines, who, in addition to developing Gainesway Farm into one of the world's leading Thoroughbred establishments, was a prominent owner of Standardbreds, died Friday at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Ky. He was 76. Mr. Gaines and his father, Clarence F. Gaines, captured both the 1966 and 1967 Hambletonians with Kerry Way and Speedy Streak, respectively. In addition to his direct...
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Jr. Trendsetter action

on 02/11/2005 12:00 AM
David Miller, the leading driver at the Meadowlands, guided both Jo Pa's Shark and Four One One to victory in the first two of four $12,500 divisions of the Junior Trendsetter Series Thursday night at the Meadowlands. Jo Pa's Shark drew off to a 1 3/4-length victory over Mega Hall in the first division. Jo Pa's Shark, trained by Mark Harder for the Emposimato Stables, paced the mile in a 1:55.1...
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