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New PA commissioner

on 11/24/2004 12:00 AM
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has announced the reappointment of Roy W. Wilt as chairman of the Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission. Rendell also announced the appointment of Richard J. Bolte Sr. to a commissioner spot vacant since the resignation of George Patterson earlier this year. They will make up the three-man Commission with present commissioner C. Edward Rogers Jr. Wilt, a ...
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Business up at Colonial

on 11/24/2004 12:00 AM
Colonial Downs enjoyed double-digit increases in handle and attendance during the 2004 harness racing meet, which concluded this past Monday night. The total handle for the meet was $5,815,294, a 40 percent increase over 2003's $4,148,072. The average daily total handle was up 23 percent over last year, $181,728 compared to $148,145. The $181,728 average total handle is the highest in Colonial ...
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Big M numbers up

on 11/24/2004 12:00 AM
Handle--both on-track and total--for the first weekend of harness racing at the Meadowlands was up versus comparable dates in 2003. On-track handle for the Nov. 19 and 20 programs averaged $808,459, an increase of 6.6 percent. The total harness handle (including the wagering on the live harness program both inside the track and at simulcasting locations) averaged $3,648,626, up 11.7 percent. At...
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Rainbow Blue in at Big M

on 11/23/2004 12:00 AM
Rainbow Blue isn't getting any time off just yet. The sport's top pacing filly will take on older mares at the Meadowlands Friday night in a $40,000 Open. She has drawn post three in the six-horse field and will be taking on Young's Tower, Feathery Fame, Maybe A Rita, Jet Lag N and Figure The Odds.
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No elims for 2YO stakes

on 11/23/2004 12:00 AM
There will be no elims for the Goldsmith Maid, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds or Governor's Cup Final Four stakes at the Meadowlands this weekend, so $20,000 races for each group will be held as preps, but no horses will be eliminated. The trainer of two of those entered--Ladymatic in the Goldsmith Maid and Slovenia in the Valley Victory--opted to skip the prep. $20,000 Goldsmith Maid Prep (Fri...
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Rosecroft sold to Angelos

on 11/22/2004 12:00 AM
Rosecroft Raceway chief executive officer Tom Chuckas Jr. has confirmed to The Horseman that the Maryland racetrack has been purchased by the family of Baltimore Orioles' owner Peter G. Angelos. The agreement was reached by fax over the weekend, which still has to be approved by the Maryland Racing Commission. The Angelos group has placed $7.5 million in escrow to pay off the track's mortgage. ...
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Dancer to Holborn Hanover

on 11/21/2004 12:00 AM
Holbron Hanover held off Timesareachanging downs the lane and scored a stakes and track-record 1:51.2 victory in the $258,190 James B. Dancer Memorial at Freehold Saturday. With George Brennan in the bike, Holborn Hanover swept into the lead after opening fractions of :27.2 and :55.4 were set by Art Director and Metropolitan, respectively. Holborn Hanover's lead at the three quarters in 1:23....
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Freshmen win 6th straight

on 11/21/2004 12:00 AM
Sanfandango and Florida Boy won their respective divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes Saturday at Pompano Park, each posting their sixth straight victories. Sanfandango, a 2-year-old daughter of Mean Mr Mustard, wired her field of fillies in 1:56.2 for driver Bruce Ranger. Her six straight triumphs have come in eight starts for trainer Melvyn Aylor, who co-owns and co-bred the filly with Le...
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Maywood hosts four stakes

on 11/20/2004 12:00 AM
Western Terror surpassed the $1 million mark in seasonal earnings Friday night at Maywood Park, capturing the $350,000 Windy City Pace final in convincing fashion. As the richest entrant into this year's Windy City for 3-year-old colt pacers, Western Terror received a bye directly into the final. With Brian Sears driving, Western Terror rushed past Georgia Pacific in the stretch anhd drew clear...
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Bunny Lake honored

on 11/20/2004 12:00 AM
Bunny Lake, the 2001 Horse of the Year, made her last visit to the Meadowlands winner's circle on Friday night, the opening card of the fall meet. Bunny Lake was presented with a garland of roses, a bouquet of carrots and a new cooler, featuring artwork of a bunny sitting next to a lake. "We have an announcement to make that the first stud [she will be bred to] will be Western Hanover in 2005,"...
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Florida stakes winners

on 11/20/2004 12:00 AM
Dee Day Fame was able to catch pacesetter Talk About Me in the final strides to the wire in capturing the $30,000 Florida Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old trotting colts Friday night at Pompano Park. They won by three-quarters of a length in a lifetime-best of 2:00.4. Youngbro Patriot (Bruce Ranger) was third. It was the fourth straight win and sixth victory of the year for Dee Day Fame, who was...
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WEG announces awards

on 11/20/2004 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment has announced its divisional champion Standardbred horses for the 2004 season. The winners will be honored at the annual Awards Night on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at Mohawk. The horses were chosen by a committee of Woodbine racing officials. The Horse of the Year will be announced from the list of division winners on Dec. 8. The Concord Watch Awards, which are presented to the l...
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Jailhouse Joey wins Matron

on 11/19/2004 12:00 AM
Jailhouse Joey sprung a 16-1 surprise Thursday night in the $258,214 Matron for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters at Dover Downs. With Ron Pierce driving, Jailhouse Joey trotted to a 1:55.2 victory, the fourth Matron score of the year for Pierce. Driver Brian Sears got Breeders Crown champ and Matron elim winner Yankee Slide away quickly and found a spot fourth as Trond Smedshammer moved ENS...
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Minn. track plan revived?

on 11/19/2004 12:00 AM
The Minnesota Racing Commission has voted 5-3 to reconsider its earlier decision to deny a racing license to the North Metro Harness Initiative, which proposed building a new $37 million harness track in the state. North Metro has reportedly been trying to work out an agreement with Thoroughbred horsemen at Canterbury Park that would guarantee increased purses there if the harness track did wel...
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Gallo wins qualifier

on 11/19/2004 12:00 AM
Gallo Blue Chip, the richest pacer of all-time with more than $4.2 million in earnings, won a qualifier at Mohawk Racetrack Friday morning in 1:54.2. Driven by Mario Baillargeon for trainer Mark Ford and owner Martin Scharf, the 7-year-old Gallo Blue Chip won by more than five lengths over Judge Cam and Pronger. Gallo has made only 10 starts this year with three wins. His last pari-mutuel st...
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Bergman leaves Sports Eye

on 11/18/2004 12:00 AM
A changing of the operation at Sports Eye has led to the releasing of both editor Jay Bergman and associate editor Ken Walters. Sports Eye will no longer contain editorial content and instead consist of solely past performances and charts.
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Sun shines in Matron

on 11/18/2004 12:00 AM
Mystical Sunshine got up in the final strides to edge the leading Olympics and win the $220,075 Matron final for 3-year-old filly trotters at Dover Downs. With Ron Pierce driving, Mystical Sunshine followed the cover of Bramasole (Eric Ledford) around the final turn before rushing past Olympics and John Campbell to score in 1:55.4. Ivy Swinger (David Miller) took third while Bramasole held game...
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King Conch dies

on 11/18/2004 12:00 AM
Canadian trotting sire King Conch died Wednesday at the University of Guelph, where he was rushed to after beginning to colic. Surgery was performed but it was unsuccessful. The winner of the 1991 Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Trot, King Conch had spent his entire stud career at Armstrong Bros. of Inglewood, Ont. His performers earned more than $20 million, including millionaire Casual Breeze,...
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Hazel Park drops stakes

on 11/18/2004 12:00 AM
Hazel Park Harness Raceway has announced it is dropping its three remaining open stakes events from the 2005 schedule: the William C. Connors Memorial Trot; the Rose Red 3-Year-Old Filly Pace; and the Motor City 3-Year-Old Colt Pace. "We are deeply disappointed that we are going to have to cancel the track's signature events in 2005," said director of racing Ken Marshall. "Hazel Park Harness Ra...
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Freehold's Dancer drawn

on 11/18/2004 12:00 AM
Sunday night's Progress Pace winner Holborn Hanover doesn't have a lot of time to rest on his laurels as he has been entered into Saturday's $258,190 James B. Dancer Memorial at Freehold Raceway. Also among the eight entries is Little Brown Jug winner Timesareachanging. George Brennan has been named to drive Holborn Hanover, who will leave from the two hole. The 3-year-old gelding, who equaled ...
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