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Fillies pace 1:56.1

on 07/08/2004 2:00 AM
The timer read 1:56.1 when two New Jersey-sired pacing fillies hit the wire first to win stakes at the Meadowlands Wednesday night. Crystal Slipper, a daughter of Artiscape, won by a head in 1:56.1 while Dreams Are Great was a more comfortable 1 1/2 lengths the best in 1:56.1. A third division was won by World Of Dreams in 1:57. World Of Dreams overcame interference going to the three-quarter m...
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What NY ruling means

on 07/08/2004 2:00 AM
As might be expected, speculation was running rampant after a New York court's ruling on Tuesday that the state's video lottery terminal revenue sharing formula that includes horse racing is unconstitutional. So what's next? According to reports and analysis, it is expected that VLT parlors already up and running will continue to operate since the decision will be appealed. However, those that ...
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NY VLT answers

on 07/08/2004 2:00 AM
The Associated Press released a question and answer story regarding Wednesday’s (July 7) court ruling in New York that invalidated the 2001 law that allowed video lottery terminals to be introduced at the state’s racetracks. Saratoga, Buffalo, Monticello and Finger Lakes already have their slots operation open, while Yonkers, Vernon Downs, Batavia and Aqueductâ...
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Yonkers to move forward

on 07/08/2004 2:00 AM
A public hearing on the environmental issues surrounding the future of adding video lottery terminals at Yonkers Raceway was held Wednesday night (July 7) despite the court ruling earlier in the day that ruled the machines unconstitutional because of the revenue splits. According to the New York Journal News, Yonkers' general manager Bob Galterio attended the hearing and said that he hoped the ...
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Eilean Donon out of Dancer

on 07/08/2004 2:00 AM
Three-year-old colt trotter Eilean Donon has been scratched out of the Stanley Dancer elims at the Meadowlands Friday night (July 9) after having an operation to repair a scrotal hernia on Wednesday (July 7). The horse was in distress following a morning jog at White Birch Farm and the condition was discovered after trainer Bob Stewart had veterinarians examine him. “He jogged f...
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Can he win like Citation?

on 07/08/2004 2:00 AM
Although he has one of the most regal names in the annals of horse racing, the 3-year-old colt trotter Citation is considered a longshot to win the Stanley Dancer at the Meadowlands, which has eliminations Friday night (July 9) and rich final on July 16. Citation, a son of Conway Hall, is actually the fourth Standardbred to have the same name as the 1948 Thoroughbred Triple Crown winner. Althou...
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23 in Meadowlands Pace

on 07/07/2004 2:00 AM
The 2004 edition of the $1 million Meadowlands Pace has attracted 23 entries, with several horses in the field newcomers to this level of competition. As expected, North America Cup champion Mantacular and Meadowlands track record holder Camelot Hall are among the entries for the three eliminations, which will be held Saturday night. Those horses entered who are thus far winless in 2004 and ...
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Sports guys want slots

on 07/07/2004 2:00 AM
Two prominent Pittsburgh sports figures, hockey great Mario Lemieux and Pittsburgh Steeler player Jerome Bettis, are involved with efforts to bring slots to the city. The Pittsburgh Penguins, a National Hockey League franchise, is seeking a slots license for downtown Pittsburgh and plans to use proceeds to build a new arena. Hockey great Mario Lemieux is the controlling partner in the team and ...
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Churchill meet down

on 07/07/2004 2:00 AM
The spring meet at Churchill Downs suffered notable declines and track officials are citing poor weather, construction, and continuing "long-term competitive pressures" from a Caesars riverboat just across the Ohio River from Louisville and a new off-track betting parlor in Indiana as reasons. Average on-track attendance was down 13 percent and handle dropped 9 percent from the 2003 spring meet...
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Bill Zendt in accident

on 07/07/2004 2:00 AM
Bill Zendt broke his collarbone in an accident at The Meadows Tuesday night. Zendt, who will turn 55 on July 28, was on the lead with Sweet Deal Hanover in an overnight trot when the horse broke stride and then got a wheel hooked. Zendt was not run over, but hit the track extremely hard. Sweet Deal Hanover pulled himself up after the mile and was easily caught while Zendt was taken to a local ...
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Lindy Lane colt fastest

on 07/07/2004 2:00 AM
Lindy Five Hundred looked like he was ready for the Daytona 500 as he zoomed to a 1:59.2 victory by 4 1/2 lengths in a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows Tuesday night. The 2-year-old Lindy Lane-sired colt is trained and driven by Ray Schnittker. Other winners were My Tech, who scored in 2:04 for trainer-owner John Ducharme, Sugar Ray Kosmos in 2:02.3, and Vivid Photo, who was a 2:03 victo...
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2,000 for Brian Cross

on 07/07/2004 2:00 AM
Brian Cross recorded his 2,000th career driving victory with the pacer Behind Enemy Lines in Tuesday night’s second race at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway. Cross, 37, has driven the winners of more than $5 million in purses. He currently ranks second in the track's drivers standings, behind Dan Cappello Jr. Raised in a harness racing family from Bennington, Vt., Cross came to Sara...
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Court rules against NY VLTs

on 07/07/2004 2:00 AM
A New York appeals court ruled Wednesday (July 7) that the 2001 bill approving video lottery terminals (VLTs) at the state’s racetracks is unconstitutional. By a vote of 5-0, the state Supreme Court’s Appellate Division ruled that the revenue-sharing agreement contained in the law that approved the VLTs at the tracks is unconstitutional in that since the machines ...
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Life Source at his best

on 07/07/2004 2:00 AM
Trainer Richard Banca got what he wished for, an inside post position for Life Source in the $700,000 W.R. Haughton Memorial Saturday night (July 10) at the Meadowlands. Life Source drew post four with regular driver Cat Manzi in the bike, and he's been made the second choice on the early morning line at 4-1. "I wanted him to draw inside, that' all I really wanted," Banca said. Unfortunately ...
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Moni Maker's foal wins

on 07/07/2004 2:00 AM
Touch Of Moni, the first foal from Moni Maker, the second richest Standardbred of all-time with $5.5 million in earnings, won her first lifetime start Wednesday morning (July 7) in a baby race at the Meadowlands. Trainer Jimmy Takter directed the daughter of Valley Victory owned by the Moni Maker Stable to the wire-to-wire 2:02.1 victory, trotting her final quarter in :28.2. Finishing second wa...
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McIntosh babies qualify

on 07/07/2004 2:00 AM
Art's Risk, a full brother to 1998 Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year Artiscape, won a qualifier at Windsor Raceway Wednesday morning (July 7) in 1:59.2, pacing a final half in :56.2. The 2 year old is trained by Bob McIntosh, whose horses were the main attraction of the session. Steve Condren directed Art's Risk to the victory for owners Brittany Farms and Brian Monieson Revtrust. Muscle...
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Knox benefit at Maywood

on 07/07/2004 2:00 AM
A benefit to help the family of Dan Knox, the Illinois-based horseman who died last month, will be held this Friday, July 9, at Maywood Park. Anyone wishing to attend may obtain more information by calling Maywood Park at (708) 343-4800. Driver Eric Ledford has donated a new Blackjack race bike, which will be auctioned in front of the Maywood Park paddock at approximately 9 p.m. (CDT) that eve...
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Monticello mare dies

on 07/06/2004 2:00 AM
Lady Credible, last year’s Older Pacing Mare of the Year at Monticello Raceway, died immediately after finishing third in the eighth race, the pacing feature, on Monday (July 5) at Monticello. Kyle DiBenedetto was driving the 7-year old daughter of Incredible Finale for owner Alan Cohen and trainer Norman Bradbury. According to DiBenedetto, after crossing the finish line Lady ...
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Owner won't supplement

on 07/06/2004 2:00 AM
Owner Lloyd Arnold has told the Meadowlands that he doesn't plan to supplement his 3-year-old pacer Quik Pulse Mindale to the Meadowlands Pace, which will have eliminations this weekend. "It just doesn't seem like a good bet to me; $150,000 (the supplement entry fee) to win $500,000," he said. "But I will be there to see it. I wouldn't miss it for anything." Quik Pulse Mindale has won the Pr...
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Hall of Fame nominees

on 07/06/2004 2:00 AM
Trainer Ron Gurfein, driver Ron Pierce, and executive Tom Thomson have been recommended for induction into the Living Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y., by a seven-member screening committee representing the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) and an advisory committee comprised of three current Hall of Fame members. At the same meeting held in Goshen on Sunday, July 4, Marie Hill, Tom White and N...
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