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Barn fire in Maryland

on 02/04/2005 12:00 AM
Fire destroyed a barn at the Arty Foster Farm in Cordova, Md., on Wednesday, killing 10 horses. Three horses were saved. Foster is a highly respected horseman who has campaigned horses at leading Mid-Atlantic racetracks for more than 30 years. He had returned to the farm around 9:30 p.m. with Big Stir, a horse that raced and won at Dover Downs earlier in the day. "I have a bad cold and was ...
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More Ky. slots bills filed

on 02/04/2005 12:00 AM
Less than a month after a bill was introduced in the Kentucky legislature to allow gaming at the state's racetracks, two more bills have been filed that would do the same. Rep. Tom Burch, D-Louisville, has filed two different bills that would allow slot machines at the tracks but not casinos. The first would add slot machines at the tracks and the second would let local voters decide if they wa...
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8 in a row for the Duke

on 02/04/2005 12:00 AM
Country Duke A is now one win away from equaling the Monticello Raceway track record of nine consecutive victories after cruising to a 2:01 decision Thursday at the New York half-miler. Jimmy Devaux directed Country Duke A out of the outside eight post and had no problems as the pair cruised to a three-length victory in the $4,000 claiming event. Leonard Vono owns the 12-year-old pacer who has ...
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Push for casinos in Ohio

on 02/04/2005 12:00 AM
According to a story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper, a Native American tribe is making a push to build Las Vegas-style casinos in Ohio, including one perched near the Pennsylvania border to attract gamblers from the Pittsburgh area. A $300 million casino and resort has been proposed by the Eastern Shawnee tribe of Oklahoma for the Lordstown area near Youngstown. It could compete with ...
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Youbet hits $1 billion

on 02/04/2005 12:00 AM
Youbet.com, the largest provider of online horse racing content in the U.S., has announced that it recently reached the $1 billion mark in online wagers. "Beginning with the 2002 racing season, we've tripled the amount we add to track pools annually," said Youbet CEO Charles F. Champion.
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New Hall of Famers

on 02/04/2005 12:00 AM
The pacer Beach Towel and the trotter CR Kay Suzie are the newest Hall of Famers. They will be inducted on Sunday, July 3, in Goshen, N.Y. Beach Towel was the 1990 Horse of the Year. A winner of $2.5 million, he was campaigned by owner Seth Rosenfeld and trained and driven by Ray Remmen. CR Kay Suzie, a winner of $1.6 million, was bred and raced by the father-son team of Carl and Rod Allen. ...
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Stonebridge Kisses wins

on 02/04/2005 12:00 AM
Stonebridge Kisses defeated the sport's top pacing mares for the third time in five starts when she won the $80,000 Ellamony Super Invitational over Artbitration Friday night at the Meadowlands. The time of the mile was 1:51.3. Stonebridge Kisses and her usual driver, Yannick Gingras, started from post seven but got lucky and worked out a second-over trip behind Nu-Diamond Star. Stonebridge Kis...
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Top mare coasts to win

on 02/03/2005 12:00 AM
Loyal Opposition coasted to an easy 1:54.2 victory in the $15,250 Filly & Mares Open Handicap Pace Wednesday night at Maywood Park. In rein to her regular driver Andy Miller, the winner of $1.8 million-plus scored her 31st victory in 54 career starts. "She was smooth leaving the gate and was very comfortable throughout the mile," Miller noted. "She often takes a few starts to kind of come back t...
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NJSEA's Garland retires

on 02/03/2005 12:00 AM
Bruce Garland, senior executive vice president for the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority (NJSEA), has announced his retirement after nearly 30 years in public service. He has been at the Meadowlands since 1991. Since his arrival at the Meadowlands, Garland has emphasized quality racing supported by superior guest services and integrity in racing. The NJSEA was an innovator in televising...
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Bill to close Ocean Downs

on 02/03/2005 12:00 AM
A bill will be filed this week in the Maryland legislature that calls for the closing of Ocean Downs racetrack, says a story in Wednesday's edition of the Ocean Pines (Md) Independent. Delegate Bennett Bozman will file the bill, which will lay the foundation for Ocean Downs owner Bill Rickman to open a new track in Pocomoke City.
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Truth: Liar wins at Big M

on 02/03/2005 12:00 AM
Although Cunning Liar's 1:51.2 victory in a conditioned pace at the Meadowlands Wednesday night was nothing out of the extraordinary, what makes it unusual is that it was the 7 year old's first race anywhere away from Cal-Expo in California. And that's the truth. A son of Jenna's Beach Boy, Cunning Liar had made all 88 of his previous starts at Cal-Expo. Owned by Billie Schwartz and Denise Maie...
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Monticello back on Wed.

on 02/02/2005 12:00 AM
Monticello Raceway will be back in action Wednesday afternoon after a transformer problem forced the New York track to cancel its Tuesday program. The transformer problem occured at about 10 a.m. Tuesday, leaving the racetrack powerless until 4:30 p.m.
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Tawny upsets at Dover

on 02/02/2005 12:00 AM
Fresh off a two-week layoff, Tawny captured the $23,000 Open Handicap Pace for mares at Dover Downs Tuesday, scoring at odds of 8-1. Driven and trained by Brad Hanners, Tawny brushed three wide down the backstretch, with favored Jett Away and driver Bret Brittingham trying to go even wider at the three-quarter pole. The two mares raced side by side down the stretch with Tawny holding on for the...
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Presidential final at Big M

on 02/02/2005 12:00 AM
Presidential Series leg-two winner Life Source has drawn the rail for this Saturday's $108,600 final at the Meadowlands. The 8-year-old Life Sign gelding finished second in the opening round to Eaton Road Kill, and then after a week off when the New Jersey track canceled its Jan. 22 program due to a snowstorm, came back with a 1:50.1 victory in round two. George Brennan picked up the drive on L...
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Charlie Mitchell dies

on 02/02/2005 12:00 AM
Charles "Charlie" Mitchell, who was known for his company which manufactures high-quality track maintenance harrows, died Tuesday night (Feb. 1) at Grady Memorial Hospital in his hometown of Delaware, Ohio. He was 77. Mitchell was also a long-time member of the Delaware (Ohio) County Fair Board and was always seen working the track at Delaware during Little Brown Jug week. Mitchell was diagn...
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Six for Manzi

on 02/02/2005 12:00 AM
What do five odds-on favorites and one 14-1 longshot equal up to? Six wins by driver Cat Manzi at Freehold Raceway Wednesday afternoon. Manzi, the leading driver at the New Jersey half-miler, swept both halves of the early double, scoring with Reynolds Hall ($4.40) and Three Good Fellows ($2.80). He then won with Star Of Stoney A ($3.40) and followed that with his lone upsetter, The Rau Man ($3...
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History of Pompano Park

on 02/01/2005 12:00 AM
Pompano Park Harness Track and Arcadia Publishing will debut its newest book on the history of the track this Friday, Feb. 5. In Images of America: Pompano Park Harness Track, award-winning historian Frank J. Cavaioli, Ph D, has researched Pompano Park's archival collection of original images and selected the most memorable ones to produce a book certain to entertain and inform. Long a propone...
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OHHA sues Windsor

on 02/01/2005 12:00 AM
The Ontario Harness Horse Association has launched a class action suit against Windsor Raceway, claiming $10 million in damages resulting from the Raceway's closure in early January 2005 and its failure to schedule 153 days of live racing, thereby breaching its agreement with the horsemen. In a release issued by the OHHA, it states that the suit claims that the Raceway failed to meet its respon...
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McIntosh appeals positive

on 02/01/2005 12:00 AM
Ontario-based trainer Doug McIntosh has received a six-month suspension from the Illinois Racing Commission after the filly trotter Strong Tea had a positive test after winning the $160,000 American-National final at Balmoral Park last November. McIntosh, who has never before had a positive test in his 30-plus years of training, told The Horseman Tuesday afternoon he has already appealed and has b...
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Jag de Bellouet wins

on 01/30/2005 12:00 AM
Jag de Bellouet captured the $1,300,000 Prix d'Amerique Sunday afternoon at Vincennes racetrack outside Paris. The 1-2 favorite dominated the race, pulling away in the stretch drive to win by approximately three lengths over Gigant Neo with Ilster d'Espiens third. A field of 18 went to the post on a foggy, misty afternoonwith the temperature in the mid-30s. Jag de Bellouet was among the early ...
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