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Hambo winner under saddle?

on 01/10/2005 12:00 AM
The $1 million Prix d'Amerique is the feature of the prestigious winter meet at the Vincennes track in Paris, but first up on Jan. 22 is the $900,000 Prix de Cornulier with trotters racing under saddle, and Scarlet Knight may be one of the starters. Nathalie Henry, the talented female who rode Vasterbo Daylight to victory in a top event at Vincennes on Jan. 9, was scheduled to give Scarlet Knig...
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Ford sweeps features

on 01/09/2005 12:00 AM
Whosurboy captured the $47,500 Open Pace with a 1:49.4 mile at the Meadowlands Saturday night, giving trainer Mark Ford a sweep of the weekend features. Ford won the mare open the night before with Stonebridge Kisses. Whosurboy's victory in 1:49.4 was the first sub-1:50 mile ever posted in the month of January. Jim Morrill Jr. moved the seven-year-old son of Artsplace on the backstretch to f...
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Gallo paces home strong

on 01/09/2005 12:00 AM
Gallo Blue Chip, the sport's richest pacer of all time with $4.2 million in earnings, made his first start of 2005 at the Meadowlands Saturday night and paced his final quarter in :26.1, although it only netted him a sixth-place finish. With regular driver Daniel Dube aboard, Gallo Blue Chip started from post five but got away eighth in the 10-horse field. He then dropped back to 10th at one po...
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Escape The Wind prevails

on 01/09/2005 12:00 AM
Escape The Wind prevailed by a head this time at Woodb ine instead of being edged at the wire. He won the track's $50,000 Open Saturday night in 1:51.1 over Admirals Express. Escape The Wind had a string of victoreis going from November through mid-December before he had to settle for second and third finishes, missing vicotires by margins of one-half length or less. Royal Mattjesty, a top c...
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Woodbine series starts

on 01/09/2005 12:00 AM
The Willowdale Pacing Series for 4 year olds got underway at Woodbine Saturday night and Crombes Last Laugh won by a head over Brandon's Cowboy in 1:52.2. Crombes Last Laugh, a 4-year-old gelded son of Abaercrombie, took a mark of 1:50.3 at The Red Mile last fall. He is now trained in Canada by Brett Robinson.
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Armstrong wins Cam Fella

on 01/07/2005 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada has announced that Armstrong Bros. Farms of Inglewood, Ont., has been voted the 2004 recipient of the Cam Fella Award. Named in honor of the world class Standardbred racehorse and stallion, the award recognizes extreme and recent meritorious service to the Canadian harness racing industry. The Armstrong legacy is synonymous with extreme effort and dedication to Canadian harn...
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Illinois drivers move east

on 01/07/2005 12:00 AM
Racing at the Meadowlands will have a slightly Chicago flavor when the sport's premier racetrack opens its doors for the 2005 season Friday night. The already-tough driving contingent has gotten even tougher with the arrival of Chicago-based drivers Eric Ledford, Patrick Berry and Brent Holland. Ledford left Chicago in 2002 to compete at the Meadowlands, but returned to Illinois last year due t...
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Palone wins HTA honors

on 01/07/2005 12:00 AM
Dave Palone has been named the winner of Harness Tracks of America's 2004 Driver of the Year Award, the second straight season he has captured the title and fourth time in the last five years. Based at The Meadows, Palone, 42, won the HTA title by finishing first in wins in North America with 669 victories, first in percentage standings with a .425 in-the-money average, and 13th in purse earnin...
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Broodmares of the Year

on 01/07/2005 12:00 AM
The late trotting mare Yankee Windsong and the pacing mare Windsun Dee have been elected as the winners of the Broodmare of the Year Award as voted by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. The awards are given to two broodmares, one of each gait, whose offspring had an extraordinary season. The connections of both mares will receive a trophy at the USHWA/USTA Dan Patch Awards Dinner, to be held...
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Another Kiss win

on 01/07/2005 12:00 AM
Stonebridge Kisses closed from last to first to take the $42,500 Open Pace for mares Friday night at the Meadowlands. The 5-year-old daughter of Artiscape paced the mile in a lifetime best of 1:51.3. Driven by Yannick Gingras and trained by Mark Ford, won by a half length over Jet Lag N while Feathery Fame, who cut the fractions, was third by a half-length. Maybe A Rita and Artbritration finis...
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Casino at Red Mile?

on 01/06/2005 12:00 AM
A bill to allow Kentucky voters to decide whether to legalize gambling--including the addition of casinos at the racetracks--in the Bluegrass State is once again being hotly discussed by legislators. According to Thursday's Cincinnati Enquirer, the bill would allow nine casinos across the state, including one in Lexington that would be likely operated through a partnership between The Red Mile ...
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Plainridge dispute continues

on 01/06/2005 12:00 AM
According to Thursday's Boston Herald, a Massachusetts Appeals Court judge has ruled that Louis Giuliano, an original investor in Plainridge Racecourse, is entitled to stock shares, a decision that could lead the way for a possible ownership change of the track. That could be another major obstacle to hurdle since the track is now controlled by a different entity than the one that built the track....
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Capitol leases Idaho track

on 01/06/2005 12:00 AM
According to reports, Capitol Racing has reached an agreement to purchase the operating lease for Les Boise Park in Idaho. The track is located in Ada County, with the county owning the track and the surrounding Western Idaho Fairgrounds. The county commissioners had a previous lease agreement with Lariat Productions, but in December had asked a judge to let them evict them, citing violations i...
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USHWA honors Governors

on 01/06/2005 12:00 AM
Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell have been named recipients of 2004 President's Awards by U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) president Gordon Waterstone. Minner, who in November was elected to a second term, was instrumental in getting another $1 million added to the Delaware Sire Stakes program, bringing to $3 million the total purses available to offspring ...
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Bigger purses at Big M

on 01/05/2005 12:00 AM
Bolstered by the second purse increase in three months, the entry box for opening weekend of the Meadowlands' 2005 harness meet received a strong response from horsemen. When racing resumes on Friday night, it will be with the second purse increase since November, and will lift the overnight purse distribution to an average of $200,000 per program. This is a 10 percent increase on top of the fi...
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Seminars to be sponsored

on 01/05/2005 12:00 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms will sponsor a series of seminars in 2005 for those considering first time purchase of a Standardbred. The Pennsylvania breeding farm will support the seminars, begun by the USTA in 1999, to educate potential horse owners before they make their first purchase. "Hanover Shoe Farms wants to play a part in giving potential new horse owners the tools they need to be effective and...
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Kohlers express interest

on 01/05/2005 12:00 AM
Trainer Bob McIntosh has told The Horseman that Michigan-based owners Ron and Mike Kohler have expressed interest in purchasing Windsor Raceway, which has been shut down since Jan. 1 after being denied a 2005 racing license from the Ontario Racing Commission. "It's just turned into a bad situation," said McIntosh, who trains and shares an interest in horses owned by the father and son duo. "The...
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Late horseman honored

on 01/04/2005 12:00 AM
Carl Allen, whose life was exemplary on and off the racetrack, has been selected for the prestigious Proximity Award by the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA). Allen, who passed away this past year at age 74, got into the harness game after the riots in Detroit in 1967. That prompted Allen to change his vocation from selling vacuum cleaners to training trotters and pacers, with which he w...
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Horsemen's Trot underway

on 01/03/2005 12:00 AM
The $55,000 opening leg of the Horsemen's Trotting Series was contested Sunday afternoon over a very sloppy Woodbine oval, a fact confirmed by the five seconds in time was allotted by the judges. But the conditions did not stop either Y Chance It or Chip Dot Com from winning in 1:57.4 and 1:58, respectively. Y Chance It and driver Paul MacDonell got the job done in the first division as they to...
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Windsor ceases racing

on 01/03/2005 12:00 AM
Windsor Raceway has announced all live racing and simulcasting has been canceled due to the lack of a 2005 license. The track has requested 112 live racing dates while the Ontario Harness Horse Association has stipulated that the track race 153 days. The Ontario Racing Commission has denied Windsor's license request, thus prompting the track to shut its doors and notify employees of impending l...
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