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Wrenn bags 6,000th

on 08/12/2004 2:00 AM
It was nowhere near his quickest and nowhere near his most prestigious, but for driver Peter Wrenn, Banker's Babe's victory at the Traverse City fair Monday night, Aug. 9, is one he'll remember forever. Racing in the northern portion of Michigan's lower peninsula in a $4,487 Blue Circuit event on a track labeled "heavy," Wrenn directed the 2-year-old filly trotter to a 2:15.2 clocking, his 6,000th...
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Chotat Milk top Arden Downs

on 08/12/2004 2:00 AM
Dave Palone won three of five divisions of the $96,830 Arden Downs for 2-year-old filly pacers at The Meadows Wednesday night, while Brett Miller directed Chotat Milk to the fastest split to remain perfect in three starts. Chotat Milk was a 2 1/2-length winner in 1:55.1 for Miller and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr., who co-owns the daughter of Jate Lobell out of the Ohio Sire Stakes-winning mare Tre...
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Mill Work works gold

on 08/12/2004 2:00 AM
Mill Work, sitting seventh more than 11 lengths behind the leaders at the half for driver Rick Zeron, rallied late to win the $130,000(C) Ontario Sire Stakes Gold final for 2-year-old trotting colts at Windsor Raceway Wednesday night in 2:00.2. With Gold elim winner Brazen scratched, the bettors turned to Victory Hall as the favorite and the 3-5 choice led through fractions of :27.2, :57.3 and ...
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Vernon goes bankrupt

on 08/12/2004 2:00 AM
Published reports state Mid-State Raceway, the parent company of Vernon Downs, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Filing for Chapter 11 allows for a temporary stay on all collection proceedings while the business tries to correct itself. According to the filing, the track owes dozens of creditors, anywhere from $19.16 to $804,222, the latter to an architectural firm. "Our financial conditi...
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Ken Warkentin sold

on 08/12/2004 2:00 AM
The Horseman's Sweden-based European correspondent, Lars Palm, called the home office Thursday to report that a majority interest in the 2-year-old colt trotter Ken Warkentin has been purchased for an undisclosed sum by the Swedish interests who bought two-time Trotter of the Year Pine Chip before exporting him overseas to stand stud. A $26,000 yearling purchase, Ken Warkentin, named for the Me...
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Coulantine now 3-for-3

on 08/11/2004 2:00 AM
Two-year-old filly trotters were divided seven ways Tuesday night at The Meadows in the $99,268 Arden Downs, with Coulantine, remaining perfect in three lifetime starts, the fastest with a 1:58.4 clocking over a "good" track. The winning daughter of Lindy Lane, who has lowered her mark each time she has lined up behind the gate, was driven by Dave Palone. The time was a national season's mark f...
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McCabe wins Dream Maker

on 08/11/2004 2:00 AM
McCabe Hall and driver Mario Bailargeon won the $56,600(C) Dream Maker final for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers at Woodbine Racetrack Tuesday night in 1:53.3. Baillargeon tipped off cover in the stretch with the son of Cambest to go on to the head victory over Mr. Delight Weiss Hanover. McCabe Hall is owned by trainer Ben Wallace in partnership with Brad Grant. Wallace said afterward th...
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Vernon to go bankrupt

on 08/11/2004 2:00 AM
The Post-Standard in Syracuse, N.Y., reported in its Wednesday edition that Vernon Downs chairman of the board Paul Noyes said that the track will file for bankruptscy "as soon as possible." Mid-State Raceway, the parent company of Vernon Downs, has accumulated debts of nearly $30 million and is being threatened by the county to foreclose on the property due to unpaid property taxes. By fili...
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Jayna Bird wins sixth

on 08/11/2004 2:00 AM
Jayna Bird blazed to her sixth straight victory Tuesday night at the Bad Axe fair in Michigan, pacing to a track record-equaling 1:58.1 decision in the $15,605 Michigan Futurity for 3-year-old filly pacers. Trained and driven by Brad Kramer, Jayna Bird is a daughter of Admirals Galley-Right Please owned by Tara Long and Kevin Park. With $43,619 in earnings this year, Jayna Bird, named for co-br...
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Ky. Standardbred 2FT draw

on 08/11/2004 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs' director of racing Jim Ewert has issued a reminder to the connections of those 2-year-old filly trotters headed to that track for the Friday, August 20 Kentucky Standardbred contest that the draw for the race is Tuesday morning, Aug. 17. The track normally draws its Friday card's the previous Sundays but conditions for the stakes event calls for a three-day box.
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Tom Ridge has surgery

on 08/11/2004 2:00 AM
Christina Takter told The Horseman Wednesday morning that the 3-year-old colt trotter Tom Ridge had just undergone surgery for a flipped palate incurred during the Hambletonian last Saturday at the Meadowlands. Tom Ridge led through modest fractions in the Hambo before fading to a distant eighth down the stretch. "He choked and flipped his palate," said Takter, the wife of trainer Jimmy Takter ...
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Ohio dispute settled

on 08/11/2004 2:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission ruled Tuesday in favor of Thistledown Thoroughbred track in its simulcast debut with Northfield Park, two tracks that are located about eight miles apart just outside of Cleveland. Thistledown received approval to import races it hadn't been able to because of state law, which stated Thoroughbred tracks couldn't simulcast out-of-state races which had a first pos...
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Monticello card KO'd

on 08/11/2004 2:00 AM
Due to technical problems at Autotote, Monticello Raceway was forced to cancel the remainder of its racing program on Wednesday, Aug. 11. “Only one race was completed before the break down,� said track general manager Shawn Wiles. “We apologize for any and all inconveniences, but there were circumstances beyond our control.\"
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Md. track waits for ruling

on 08/11/2004 2:00 AM
Officials at Rosecroft Raceway were put on hold Wednesday waiting for a court ruling that could lead to the shutdown of the Maryland track when the session was recessed until Thursday morning. The track raced a 10-race program as scheduled Wednesday night and, according to Rosecroft’s director of operations Mary Manney, will also race Thursday. However, the Saturday night card has...
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Surgery for Cash Hall

on 08/11/2004 2:00 AM
Trainer Bob McIntosh told The Horseman late Wednesday afternoon that his 3-year-old colt trotter Cash Hall had laser surgery Tuesday to correct an entrapped epiglottis. Cash Hall finished third in last Saturday’s Hambletonian at the Meadowlands after losing his cover down the backstretch and racing first-up the rest of the route. “I got a call Thursday morning (b...
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27 entered at The Meadows

on 08/10/2004 2:00 AM
A record 27 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings have been entered in Saturday’s Coors Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows, which will have a record total purse of $500,500. Three eliminations will be held, with the top three in each returning for the $350,350 final. In addition, the three elim winners will draws for posts one through three; the second-place finishers will draw...
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Batavia turns in license

on 08/10/2004 2:00 AM
Published reports state Western Regional Off-Track Betting has surrendered its license for Batavia Downs, which means the track will not in all likelihood reopen this year for live racing. Western OTB is reportedly negotiating with two companies to reopen Batavia Downs with video lottery terminals. Any deal could lead to the remote possibility of the track reopening.
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Vernon Downs foreclosed?

on 08/10/2004 2:00 AM
The Observer-Dispatch of Utica, N.Y., is reporting that because Vernon Downs owes $404,938 in property taxes, the county is beginning steps toward foreclosure. The track made arrangements last year to pay $16,973 a month to settle its property tax issues, with the agreement to run through December 2005. "We owe the money, and we can't pay it," track publicity director Jim Moran told the newspap...
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Windsong's Legacy wins

on 08/07/2004 2:00 AM
Windsong's Legacy used a second-over trip to capture the 79th edition of the Hambletonian Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands. The colt trotted to the victory in 1:54.1 with trainer Trond Smedshammer driving. Tom Ridge took the lead and his driver, Ron Pierce, backed the half down to :57.2, leading some to question whether or not he choked the colt down and cut off his breathing. Tom Ridge fa...
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Oaks to Silver Springs

on 08/07/2004 2:00 AM
Silver Springs had finished fourth behind Peaceful Way in an elimination for the Hambletonian Oaks, but she had finished strongly and was certainly no longshot to win the race, although the bettors at the Meadowlands saw her that way. Nevertheless, she captured the $500,000 Oaks easily in 1:53.3 for driver George Brennan. Driver John Campbell was parked at the halfway mark with Peaceful Way, bu...
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