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Lexington sale dates set

on 01/21/2005 12:00 AM
The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale has set its dates for its first auction this fall. The sale will begin the night of Thursday, Sept. 29, and run through Monday, Oct. 3. Evening sessions will take place the first three days with full day sessions on Sunday and Monday. A total of 800 horses are expected to be accepted for the sale, which is a joint venture between Tattersalls and the Kentucky...
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Mich. has new commissioner

on 01/21/2005 12:00 AM
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has appointed Christine C. White as acting racing commissioner in the Wolverine State. Ms. White is currently deputy director of the Michigan Dept. of Agriculture and a former administrative officer with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Veterinary Services.
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Ill. owners make donation

on 01/21/2005 12:00 AM
Illinois-based owners Bernie and Deb Paul, who own pacer Fox Valley Tsunami, are donating the earnings produced by the 5 year old in his next four starts to the Red Cross Relief Fund for victims of the recent tsunami in South Asia that took the lives of more than 220,000 people. "My wife and I were talking about the disaster and wondering what we could do to show our support for these people," ...
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Minnesota track approved

on 01/20/2005 12:00 AM
The Minnesota Racing Commission on Wednesday gave its approval to a new harness racetrack, reversing its decision last October to deny the license. The Commission voted 5-3 to grant the license for the new $47 million racetrack to be build in Anoka County.
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White Ruffles winners

on 01/20/2005 12:00 AM
The three $12,500 divisions of the White Ruffles Series for 4-year-old pacing mares at the Meadowlands Wednesday night were won by Smashingpringipisa, Annie Russ and Wind Storm. Smashingpringipisa, driven by David Miller, paced the mile in 1:55.2, winning by a length over Forloveofthegame. Owned by her trainer, Gus Tsanakos, Smashingpringipisa has now won two straight White Ruffles legs. An...
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Third case of EHV-1

on 01/20/2005 12:00 AM
The third case of equine herpes virus has been confirmed at Northville Downs in Michigan. One barn at Northville Downs has been placed under quarantine while the source of infection and extent of spread is investigated by regulators. On Jan. 14, animal health surveillance detected a horse, Pam's Cadet, exhibiting symptoms of illness at the Northville Downs. Further testing at the state's Diagn...
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Windsor to open Jan. 23

on 01/20/2005 12:00 AM
Windsor Raceway has agreed to a 2005 race schedule approved by the Ontario Racing Commission, thus the track will open Sunday night, Jan. 23, for the first of 131 programs. Windsor will race Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays through April, when it will switch to a Sunday-Wednesday schedule in May and June. It will then go to a Sunday-Wednesday-Friday rotation in July and August, a Sunday-Wednes...
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Hoffman wins Messenger

on 01/20/2005 12:00 AM
Dean A. Hoffman, executive editor of Hoof Beats magazine for the last 24 years and one of the world's most respected authorities on harness racing, is the 2005 winner of Harness Tracks of America's highest honor, the Stan Bergstein Messenger Award. Hoffman is the author of three books, with a fourth to be published this year, and of hundreds of articles on the leading human and equine personal...
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Cold cancels Moh. qualies

on 01/20/2005 12:00 AM
With temperatures expected to reach zero Fahrenheit with a wind chill of about 15 below, Mohawk Racetrack has canceled its Friday qualifiers (Jan. 21) and rescheduled them for Monday, Jan. 24.
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Big M suspends bet outlets

on 01/20/2005 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands has announced it has suspended its simulcasting relationship with a trio of wagering outlets named in federal indictments against 17 individuals alleged to be involved in race fixing in New York. Euro-Off-Track on the Isle of Man, International Racing Group (doing business as Holiday Beach) of Curacao and Tonkawa Bingo and Casino in Oklahoma had their simulcast agreements with t...
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March 8 vote in Fla.

on 01/19/2005 12:00 AM
Florida's Broward County has set a date of March 8 for voting on a referendum to allow slot machines at racetracks and jai-alai fronts in the county. If the referendum passes, slots will be allowed as early as July 1 at Pompano Park as well as Hollywood Greyhound Track, Gulfstream Park and Dania Jai Alai. Under terms of an agreement worked out this week by the gaming industry and county comm...
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131-day meet for Windsor

on 01/19/2005 12:00 AM
A four-hour meeting of the Ontario Racing Commission Tuesday night has led to the approval of a 131-date meet at Windsor Raceway. The track has not held a live program yet in 2005 due to a lack of an approved license by the commission. The track initially applied for 121 days, which was reduced to 112 in a second application. The track filed a third application last week that called for a 124-d...
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Pa. breeders add website

on 01/19/2005 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders Association of Pennsylvania has developed a website available to serve its membership and any interested parties throughout the Standardbred industry. In addition to news and information concerning the organization, the website will cover developments related to the soon-to-be-initiated Pennsylvania Breeders Development Fund; cover Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races at bot...
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Albert Albert retired

on 01/19/2005 12:00 AM
After a 16-year stallion career, Albert Albert has been retired by Glengate Farms of Ontario and syndicate manager David James. A world champion on the racetrack, Albert Albert was retired to Stonegate Farms in New Jersey at the end of his 3-year-old season in 1988 and was relocated to Glengate Farms in 1997. He also served as a shuttle stallion for several seasons to Australia. From 1,097 f...
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$220,000 top price

on 01/18/2005 12:00 AM
The Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands took place Monday with 354 horses sold, generating a gross of $5.9 million for an average price of $16,689. The sale topper was the 4-year-old pacing stallion You Rock, who brought a winning bid of $220,000 from Bob Feldman of Gladwaye, Pa. Six more horses brought prices of $100,000 or more. In addition to You Rock, the 4-year-old Ang...
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Castens now at NJSS

on 01/17/2005 12:00 AM
Christopher C. Castens, who has had extensive experience in racing with racetracks and horsemen's associations, has been appointed to the position of executive director of the New Jersey Sire Stakes Program in the State Department of Agriculture. Castens, who is a graduate of Rutgers University and Seton Hall University School of Law, has most recently served as executive director of Harness Ho...
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New home for Tom Ridge

on 01/17/2005 12:00 AM
Tom Ridge, the fastest trotter of all time, will stand at stud in 2005 at Nandi Farm in New Freedom, Pa., under the management of Walnut Hall Ltd. The announcement was made by Alan J. Leavitt, president of Walnut Hall Ltd., which is owned by his wife, Meg Jewett. A son of leading sire Muscles Yankee, out of the great producer Astoric Lobell, by Joie De Vie, Tom Ridge earned $886,144 at ages 2 a...
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Gregory hurt in wreck

on 01/15/2005 12:00 AM
Driver Jeff Gregory will be out of action indefinitely as the result of injuries he sustained in an accident in the 10th race at Freehold Friday. The mishap took place when the leader, Fairy Tale Merit, driven by Yannick Gingras, went offstride and started a chain reaction of interference among the trailing horses. Most notably, Avacal Hope, driven by Gregory, dug his toes into the track and ...
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Manzi's bike breaks

on 01/15/2005 12:00 AM
The popular AdvantEdge sulky promoted by horseman Tom Harmer has been banned at the Meadowlands after a sulky Cat Manzi was riding in collapsed during the post parade for the sixth race Friday night at the track. When horsemen reported for qualifiers at the track Saturday morning, they were advised the bike would not be permitted to be used in races. The bikes have been banned at Freehold Raceway ...
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First Presidential leg

on 01/15/2005 12:00 AM
Eaton Road Kill, a 7-year-old gelding, benefited from a second-over trip to win the first leg of the Presidential Series by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:51.3 Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Brian Sears drove Eaton Road Kill, who started from post six and was lucky to slip in behind Royal Mattjesty, who made a first-over challenge but faded to fifth. Life Source took second while Make It Brief was thir...
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