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DSBF finals held

on 10/28/2004 2:00 AM
Med Vac broke his own track record for 2-year-old gelding trotters with a wire-to-wire 2:00.4 victory in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final Wednesday night at Harrington Raceway. Driven by John Wagner, Med Vac was a two-length winner over Maid To Command and Command Of Heart. Also setting a Harrington track mark was Valerin K, who crushed his competition by seven lengths ...
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Man beats horse at Windsor

on 10/28/2004 2:00 AM
In front of an overflow crowd at Windsor Raceway Wednesday night, Canadian collegiate track star Ryan McKenzie edged the 3-year-old pacing filly Sammartha Stewart in a charity match race. McKenzie covered his half mile in a blazing 1:55.4, while Sammartha Stewart, starting her one-mile journey from a standing start, covered the distance in 1:56.1, one full second than her previous lifetime mark...
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Raceway Park sold

on 10/28/2004 2:00 AM
According to a report in Thursday's Cincinnati Enquirer, Raceway Park and the off-track betting parlor it operates near the Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, have been sold to Argosy Gaming Co. for about $20 million. Argosy operates the Argosy riverboat casino near Cincinnati, and a chief executive for the company told the Enquirer the purchase is to "give us a little bit of an insurance pol...
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Ohio dates not approved

on 10/28/2004 2:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission has issued a release stating that the live racing schedule for 2005 approved tentatively by the commission at its monthly meeting in October will not go into effect. The release said: All of the state's seven commercial racetracks and representatives of Thoroughbred and harness horsemen did not sign a written agreement. This agreement was necessary before the ...
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A new Legacy at Perretti

on 10/28/2004 2:00 AM
Trotting Triple Crown champion Windsong's Legacy will be standing at stud for the 2005 breeding season at Perretti Farms in New Jersey. The farm announced Thursday that it had reached a deal to stand the stallion at stud, although a stud fee has yet to be set. Windsong's Legacy became harness racing's first trotting Triple Crown winner in 32 years when he won the Kentucky Futurity, the third le...
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Modern Art to Seelster

on 10/28/2004 2:00 AM
Seelster Farms in Ontario has announced Woodrow Wilson and New Jersey Classic winner Modern Art will stand stud at the farm in 2005. Modern Art is a son of Artsplace out of the top race filly Wendy M Hanover, a full sister to Western Hanover. Modern Art has career earnings of $1,055,233 and a lifetime best of 1:50.2. Purchased as a yearling for $155,000, Modern Art competed against and beat...
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Am-Nat fields drawn

on 10/27/2004 2:00 AM
Two fields of American-National horses are set for the finals on Nov. 6 at Balmoral Park. Set to go are the $180,000 Two-Year-Old American-National Filly Pace, and the $235,000 American-National Aged Trot. The freshman pace for colts and the aged pace both require eliminations, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 30 at Balmoral, with each field garnering three horses each who earned byes via their sea...
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NJ track leasing suspended

on 10/27/2004 2:00 AM
In a statement issued Monday, incoming New Jersey Gov. Richard Codey said plans to lease the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park racetracks to private interests have been suspended indefinitely. "As governor of New Jersey, I want to review what steps are appropriate to ensure the health and prosperity of both the horse racing and casino industries in New Jersey, including whether the leasing of the t...
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Sandy Farber dies

on 10/27/2004 2:00 AM
Sanford "Sandy" Farber, owner of Run The Table and mayor of Palisades Park, N. J., died Sunday, Oct. 24. He was 73. Mr. Farber was a basketball star at the University of Miami, served in Army intelligence, and produced several Broadway shows, including the hit "Little Mary Sunshine." Mr. Farber won a special election for mayor of Palisades Park in 1996. His current term would have expired ...
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Dover nears opening

on 10/27/2004 2:00 AM
Dover Downs is set to open Saturday, Nov. 6, with the opening day card highlighted by Matron eliminations for 2-year-old filly pacers and 2-year-old filly trotters. The Sunday, Nov. 7, card will be highlighted by eliminations for the Progress Pace for 3-year-old colt pacers. The Delaware track has also added Pick 4 wagering to its 15-race cards for its 133-day meet that closes April 21, 2005. D...
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Track review in PA

on 10/25/2004 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission will begin hearings today for the proposal for a new harness track in northwestern Pennsylvania called Bedford Downs. Bedford Downs was scheduled to represent its proposal in person and planned to have several of its consultants testify before the commission. Bedford Downs has plans for a one-mile harness track. It is competing for the license with a p...
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Poor track shuts Northville

on 10/25/2004 2:00 AM
After poor racetrack conditions forced the three-day shutdown of Northville Downs, including the revocation of simulcast rights by the Office of Michigan Racing Commissioner, the track in suburban Detroit is scheduled to re-open Monday night pending a hearing at the commission office earlier in the day. The track opened its fall meet Monday, Oct. 18, and horsemen reportedly were dissatisfied wi...
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Flu strikes at Cal-Expo

on 10/25/2004 2:00 AM
Cal-Expo has been forced to cancel two Wednesday programs as a result of a sudden outbreak of equine influenza that has ravished the barn area. According to a story in the Sacramento Bee, about 125 horses were stricken with the flu last week, including 21 that had to be scratched out of the Oct. 14 program. "It was devastating for a while," race secretary Fred Kuebler told the Bee. "Out of the ...
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Sears Scores Triple

on 10/24/2004 2:00 AM
Brian Sears drove three winners, including 39-1 Yankee Slide, as the Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack saw a typical mixed bag of favorites, not so favorites and longshots walk into the winner's circle Saturday night in Toronto. Sears capped off the evening's eight Breeders Crown races with an iron-tough first-over drive to victory in the $555,000 3-Year-Old Colt Pace with Western Terror. Th...
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Big party for Camie

on 10/24/2004 2:00 AM
Eternal Camnation was retired in a special ceremony at Woodbine Saturday night after she led a post parade for the Breeders Crown. After posing with the world's richest pacing mare, her owners and their friends gathered at a nearby hotel to celebrate. Many of those celebrating Eternal Camnation's racing career had ridden from Ohio on a bus chartered especially for the occasion. Earlier in th...
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Ledford recovers in time

on 10/24/2004 2:00 AM
Driver Eric Ledford battled a stomach flu for much of last week, but recovered in time to travel to Woodbine to drive Bramasole to a second-place finish in the Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Filly Trot and be present for the official retirement of Eternal Camnation, who he drove to many of the mare's greatest victories. Ledford's wife, Tonya, said her entire family was stricken with the bug, which c...
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Crown finals set to go

on 10/22/2004 2:00 AM
This year's Breeders Crown extravaganza for 2 -and 3-year-old pacers and trotters will take place Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. The program will have an early 7:20 p.m. post time, with the Crown finals being races two through nine. Here are the complete fields for each final by post position: 2nd race--$558,900 Two-Year-Old Filly Pace (post time 7:45 p.m.) 1 Twin B Senori...
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Tom Ridge to Southwind

on 10/22/2004 2:00 AM
Southwind Farm has reached an agreement to acquire Tom Ridge, who became the world's fastest trotter when he captured the World Trotting Derby in 1:50.2. Southwind's acquisition of the horse is pending a satisfactory fertility report. Plans call for Tom Ridge, a son of the sire Muscles Yankee, to stand at stud at Southwind Farm, beginning with the 2005 breeding season. Keith Hoffman, manage...
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No

on 10/22/2004 2:00 AM
Rocknroll Hanover, one of the favorites in the Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Pace, has been scratched. No reason was immediately known why the colt was scratched before he was taken to the detention barn at Woodbine Friday night. The winner of the Metro Pace and the sport's first sub-1:50 two-year-old pacing colt, Rocknroll Hanover is trained by Brett P elling. Mark Harder, the trainer of B...
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Inca shoots for title

on 10/21/2004 2:00 AM
Driver Dave Palone is hoping Allamerica Inca finally brings him his first Breeders Crown victory Saturday night at Woodbine. Palone has 18 Crown final starts on his resume, with two seconds and four thirds but no victories, and he says the freshman gelding Allamerica Inca "is probably my best shot." Allamerica Inca comes into the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers riding a th...
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