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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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Shark Haughton favorite

on 07/06/2004 2:00 AM
Four Starzzz Shark has been installed at the even-money favorite after drawing post two for the $700,000 William R. Haughton Memorial final Saturday night (July 10) at the Meadowlands. Currently ranked as the No. 1 horse in the Hambletonian Society /Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll, Four Starzzz Shark will enter the race with a five-race win streak on the line. He will have the services of his...
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NYSS 3CT to Vernon

on 07/06/2004 2:00 AM
The New York Sire Stakes event for 3-year-old trotting colts scheduled at Batavia Downs on Wednesday, Aug. 4, has been relocated to Vernon Downs on the same date. The change is for this event only. The balance of the Sire Stakes and late-closing events scheduled at Batavia Downs may also be relocated due to the uncertainty surrounding the Batavia racing season. A final decision regarding the lo...
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Secret Express wins again

on 07/05/2004 2:00 AM
Secret Express, the undefeated Indiana Sire Stakes champion at Hoosier Park, picked up where he left off, winning the first leg of the Sire Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters at Indiana Downs Sunday afternoon (July 4) in 1:58.1. Fred Finn was in the bike as the Keep It A Secret colt scored his sixth straight victory in as many lifetime starts. Nine of the 11 races on the Indepen...
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Doctor Rodney OhSS winner

on 07/05/2004 2:00 AM
Doctor Rodney ran his latest winning streak to four in a row, capturing a division of the Ohio Sire Stakes 3-year-old colt and gelding pace in 1:53.2 at Scioto Downs Sunday afternoon (July 4). A winner of only two races in 11 last year, the Doctor Of Style colt has put this string together with Greg Grismore in the bike for each victory. The other colt pace winners were Funtime Rocknroll (St...
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Simpson honored in Goshen

on 07/05/2004 2:00 AM
Harness racing honored its newest inductees into the sport's Hall of Fame Sunday night (July 4) at Goshen, N.Y., with cermonies and dinner held on the lawn of the Harness Racing Museum. The night was capped off with the official induction of John Simpson Jr. into the Living Hall of Fame. "This is the greatest honor I could ever have," said Simpson, who joins his father, John Simpson Sr., in the...
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Doherty in Hall of Fame Trot

on 07/05/2004 2:00 AM
Jim Doherty, a member of last year's Hall of Fame class, won Sunday afternoon's (July 4) $8,000 Invitational Handicap Trot for Hall of Fame drivers. Doherty drove the Ray Schnittker-trained Priceless Gem to the 1:59.3 victory, edging John Simpson Jr., the 2004 inductee, driving Danzig. Also driving in the race were Hall of Famers Howard Beissinger, Ray Remmen, Clint Galbraith and Cat Manzi.
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Filly Trot in Pocono PASS

on 07/05/2004 2:00 AM
Blossom Seelster captured her second Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Sunday night (July 4) at the Downs at Pocono in 1:56 with Mark Etsell driving. The victory by the daughter of Tagliabue was one of four Sire Stakes divisions for 3-year-old filly trotters on the card. Other divisional winners were Edgy Hanover (Lindy Lane) in 1:56 for M. Johansson, Tag A Victory (Tagliabue) in 1:56.1 for Steve Smith ...
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Irvine taken off mounts

on 07/05/2004 2:00 AM
Driver Don Irvine was taken off all his mounts at Indiana Downs Sunday afternoon (July 4) after he failed the breathalyzer test. Indiana Racing Commission presiding judge Tim Schmitz said Irvine would most likely be fined $500, which covers the $50 fee in each race to make the driver change. Also, a horse Irvine trains, Mr. Punch, scheduled to compete in race 10, was scratched.
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PA governor signs bill

on 07/05/2004 2:00 AM
The Associated Press reported at 11:55 a.m. Monday (July 5) that Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell signed legislation which legalizes slot machines at Pennsylvania racetracks. Rendell had made the legalization of slots a cornerstone of his 2002 election campaign and a key piece of his plan to bring property tax relief to the state as well as additional revenue to education. "It isn't a panacea, b...
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Online bets for Big M

on 07/05/2004 2:00 AM
The New Jersey Star-Ledger newspaper has reported that the Meadowlands racetrack expects to introduce internet-based account wagering by October. Dennis Dowd, the former president of Freehold Raceway and Ocean Downs, has been heading up the initiative since leaving a temporary post at Vernon Downs this spring. "I expect to have the required application for this filed with the racing commissi...
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