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Norma a Countess winner

on 07/22/2004 2:00 AM
Up Front Norma, a 2-year-old filly from the first crop of sire Dragon Again, turned in a 1:53.3 effort to capture a $76,000 Countess Adios division at the Meadowlands Wednesday night. The filly is owned by Ed Mullinax, who campaigned Dragon Again, and his friend Frank Dettore. Both hail form the Cleveland, Ohio, area. Kelly O'Donnell, who trained Dragon Again as a 2 and 3 year old, also conditi...
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Vernon open despite problems

on 07/22/2004 2:00 AM
The Harness Horsemen's Association of Central New York has reportedly sent a letter to the New York State Racing and Wagering Board demanding that Vernon Downs' license be suspended. There were rumors late Wednesday that Vernon Downs would be forced to close its doors before that night's racing card due to bounced purse checks, but racing nevertheless continued at the track. Racing and Wager...
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Hawk finishes second

on 07/22/2004 2:00 AM
Despite charges that threaten to have him expelled from participating in racing for quite some time, Dave Hawk is still competing at Ohio tracks. He drove Goa BB to a second-place finish in Tompkins Geers action Wednesday night at Scioto. Hawk had not previously driven the Cam's Card Shark filly trained by Mike Roth.
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Dr Drew getting sharp

on 07/22/2004 2:00 AM
Among the entries for the $552,500 Breeders Crown Pace is the mid-western-based Dr. Drew. The 4-year-old son of Jenna's Beach Boy has put together a three-race winning streak that prompted trainer Joe Seekman to enter the stallion in the Breeders Crown. "Plans was to race him in there, but he didn't start off so sharp," Seekman explained. "Then took him to Chicago and he's been pretty sharp his...
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Vernon cancels Thursday

on 07/22/2004 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs announced late Thursday afternoon that it was canceling its racing card later that evening because of a ruling made by the New York State Racing & Wagering Board earlier that day. According to Vernon, the New York racing board made the ruling because of insuffiicient funds to cover purses. The track will continue to offer afternoon and evening simulcasts until further notice. The R...
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Field set for Hugo Abergs

on 07/21/2004 2:00 AM
The field has been set for the $133,958 Hugo Åbergs Memorial at the Jægersro track in Malmö, Sweden. The third leg of the World Cup Trot will be raced July 27 over a one-mile distance. The field, in post position order with drivers, includes: Digger Crown (Stig H Johansson), Java Darche (Jos Verbeeck), Magnetic Power (Thor Borg), Scarlet Knight (Stefan Melander), Revenue...
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Neville Award to O'Brien

on 07/21/2004 2:00 AM
Hall of Famer Joe O’Brien, a two-time winner of the Little Brown Jug, has been selected as the sixth recipient of the Joseph Neville Memorial Award to be presented at the Mayor’s Breakfast on Sept. 22, 2004. O’Brien was chosen by a 23-member panel of national and international harness racing enthusiasts. O’Brienâ...
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Trump beats Bird in Ind.

on 07/21/2004 2:00 AM
Donald Trump was awarded Indiana's final license to operate a casino, beating out basketball star Larry Bird's partnership. The Indiana Gaming Commission voted 4-2 to award the contract to Trump Indiana, which will operate the casino in French Lick, ironically the hometown of Bird. Included in Trump's $108 million proposal are payments of $10 million to help renovate two historic hotels in the ...
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Goodell wins 7 at Hazel

on 07/21/2004 2:00 AM
Eric Goodell tied a Hazel Park track record Tuesday night when he recorded seven driving victories on the card. Mario Baillargeon was the first driver ever at Hazel Park to win seven races on a card, doing so on April 28, 1987. In the mid 1990s Kevin Wallis won seven races on a single program on three separate occasions: April 27, 1996; June 22, 1996; and July 20, 1998. Goodell, currently the l...
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Upset in New York

on 07/21/2004 2:00 AM
Cross Creek Smokey, driven by Dan Cappello, pulled off a major upset at Saratoga Tuesday night when he won a division of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting colts in 2:02.3. Sent off as a 45-1 longshot, Cross Creek Smokey sat in the back of the field for most of the mile while betting favorite, Hesa Hit Too let the way. Going down the stretch Hesa Hit Too faded, making room for a ...
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Showdown in Tarport Hap

on 07/21/2004 2:00 AM
Three-year-old filly pacers Rainbow Blue and Kikikatie, both sporting identical records of 16 wins in 17 career starts, will meet for the first time ever in the first of two $81,600 Tarport Hap divisions at the Meadowlands Friday night (July 23). Twelve fillies will line up behind the gate in each division, with Rainbow Blue starting from post seven and Kikikatie from post four in the sixth race o...
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Smedshammer's on a roll

on 07/21/2004 2:00 AM
Trond Smedshammer has been as hot as a horseman can get over the past 10 days, a period capped off by Windsong's Legacy's victory in the $382,000 Stanley Dancer final at the Meadowlands July 16. Over the last 10-day period Smedshammer-trained horses have made 22 starts, racing for $1.26 million in purse money. From those races, Smedshammer's horses have earned $410,296, nearly one-third of what wa...
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NJ to consider agreement

on 07/21/2004 2:00 AM
The Bloodhorse reports that the New Jersey Racing Commission expects to consider a "participation agreement" for distribution of revenue from account and off-track wagering at an Aug. 18 meeting at which the stakeholders are expected to apply for a license to begin account betting. The stakeholders include the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which operates the Meadowlands and Monmout...
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Big Plainridge betting probe

on 07/20/2004 2:00 AM
A story published in the July 20 edition of the Boston Herald says the Massachusetts Attorney General will soon receive a state police report which alleges that Plainridge Racecourse head Gary Piontkowski took illegal phone and credit bets from Sandy Goldfarb, who won the 1998 Little Brown Jug with Shady Character. The Herald story said the newspaper had obtained a copy of the report. It said t...
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Cantab's problem pinpointed

on 07/20/2004 2:00 AM
Trainer Ron Gurfein told The Horseman Tuesday morning that he has been able to pinpoint the reason Cantab Hall could fare no better than fifth in last weekend’s Stanley Dancer Trot final at the Meadowlands and that it was “good news.� “He had something called Anhydrosis, which is an imbalance in his electrolytes,� said Gurfein...
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Times favored in Jug pool

on 07/20/2004 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Pace runner-up Timesareachanging has been installed as the 4-1 choice in the second of three Little Brown Jug Future Wagering pools. Defending divisional champion filly Kikikatie has been made the 7-2 choice in the Jugette pool, both races having early odds set by a panel of experts. Betting on the two futures will begin Thursday, July 22, at noon and end at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, July 25....
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Geartogerar unhurt

on 07/20/2004 2:00 AM
The last time we saw Geartogear he was taking a hard hit from Mantacular in the stretch drive of the Meadowlands Pace. It was such a solid shot that many people have assumed Geartogear surely suffered some injuries. But that’s not what the colt’s trainer, Paul Reid says. “It doesn’t look like it right now,� Reid told T...
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Fields set for elims

on 07/20/2004 2:00 AM
Defending Breeders Crown champions Fool's Goal, Eternal Camnation and Stroke Play headline the 47 pacers and trotters entered in the $1.9 million Breeders Crown Opens to be raced Saturday, July 31, at the Meadowlands. A total of 14 Breeders Crown Trot entries, including one mare, Windylane Hanover, were named to the $800,000 event, which will force a single elimination to be contested as the se...
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Brittany adds a stallion

on 07/19/2004 2:00 AM
Brittany Farms has announced that two-time W. R. Haughton Memorial winner and world champion Four Starzzz Shark p, 1:47.4, will retire from racing this fall and stand at stud under Brittany's management for the 2005 season at a yet to be announced farm in Pennsylvania. The Shark will be formally retired during the Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile In Lexington. He will be syndicated later this fa...
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New mark at Indiana Downs

on 07/19/2004 2:00 AM
For the second time in less than a week, the track record at Indiana Downs was lowered as Street Sign and Don Irvine Jr. won the Invitational Pace Saturday (July 17) in 1:50.2. Street Sign is a 5-year-old gelded son of Life Sign. He lowered his previous lifetime mark of 1:51, which stood as the track mark at Indiana Downs until Cog Hill lowered it to 1:50.4 on July 11. Street Sign is traine...
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