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Pa. slots reported OK'd

on 06/24/2004 2:00 AM
Reports coming out of Pennsylvania state that a tentative agreement has been reached in the legislature that will allow slot machines in the state, including at the racetracks. The agreement will allow up to 3,000 at each of up to 12 locations, including the eight tracks and four off-track locations. Up to 500 machines will also be allowed at two resort sites. A gambling commission whose seven ...
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Gidde Palema doubtful for BC

on 06/24/2004 2:00 AM
Although there are reports out that the owner of this year’s Elitlopp winner Gidde Palema, Karl-Erik Bender, has said he will not be bringing the trotter to North America to compete in next month’s Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands, Hambletonian Society president and CEO Tom Charters told The Horseman he has not yet heard any word of any definite decision. â...
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Noe to retire in 2005

on 06/24/2004 2:00 AM
Fred Noe, the executive vice president of the US Trotting Association since March, 1993, will retire effective March, 2005. USTA president Phil Langley said Noe wishes to retire at that time, when his current term expires, and return to Virginia, where he lived prior to taking the USTA post. Langley said Noe announced his intentions during a meeting of the USTA Executive Committee on Wednesday....
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Sunshine sale not done yet

on 06/24/2004 2:00 AM
Sidney Korn, who along with Alvin Jacobson owns Elegantimage winner Mystical Sunshine, has confirmed that an agreement in principle has been reached with Swedish interests for the purchase of a share of the 3-year-old Yankee Glide filly. Jacobson also told The Horseman that the sale is not yet final, that negotiations are still ongoing. Korn said the Swedes have shown interest in the filly sinc...
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Unspoken, Ella Fitz win

on 06/23/2004 2:00 AM
Two-year-old filly pacers Unspoken and Ella Fitz Hanover each posted game victories in their respective $40,750 New Jersey Sire Stakes divisions at the Meadowlands Tuesday night (June 22). Unspoken, with George Brennan driving, was a 16-1 upset winner in the first split, using a final quarter of :27.3 to close late and get the nod in a five-horse blanket finish in 1:56. World Of Dreams (Jim Mor...
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Myolin wins 1st of year

on 06/23/2004 2:00 AM
Myolin, one of this year's leading contenders to find the Hambletonian Oaks winner's circle in August, won her first race of the year Tuesday night (June 22) at the Meadowlands, posting a 1:55.4 victory in a $10,000 conditioned event. Fellow Oaks eligible Muscle Toy finished second, while Hambletonian-eligible Keystone Navigator was third. Ron Pierce drove the winner, a daughter of Muscles Yank...
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Betting while doing dishes

on 06/23/2004 2:00 AM
According to a report on ESPN.com, convenience wagering is about to take a step even further next month when Youbet, the leading on-line wagering company, introduces its wireless hand-held devices. Simply put, that means bettors will be able to make wagers while tanning on the beach, walking the dog, taking out the garbage or watching the kids play softball. The devices are already being used i...
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Calif. VLTs dealt blow

on 06/23/2004 2:00 AM
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has put a damper on the prospects of the addition of video lottery terminals at racetracks in that state by signing revenue-sharing compacts with five Native American tribes that will allow them to install an unlimited number of machines in exchange for underwriting $1 billion in bonds and paying new license fees for additional slot machines. In announc...
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Big efforts in Coon Mems.

on 06/23/2004 2:00 AM
Benn's Riverdance and Bobnoxious, both making their 42nd career starts, won their respective Charles Coon Memorial finals for 4 year olds at the Croswell, Mich. fairgrounds Tuesday night (June 22). With Brad Kramer driving, Benn's Riverdance won her $10,952 elimination by 16 lengths in 1:59.3 and then posted a 10-length victory in the same time of 1:59.3 in the $32,856 final. Cashel, who won he...
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Titan Cup elims drawn

on 06/23/2004 2:00 AM
Dan Patch champions Mr. Muscleman and Fool's Goal head the names entered in two $40,000 Titan Cup eliminations at the Meadowlands on Friday night (June 25). It will be the second start of the year for the 4-year-old Mr. Muscleman, who was the 2004 Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year. In his debut last weekend, he finished second behind Fool's Goal, the 2002 Older Trotter of the Year, in a...
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Sophs vie in Am-Nat elims

on 06/23/2004 2:00 AM
Provincial Cup winner Quik Pulse Mindale and North America Cup beaten favorite Georgia Pacific have drawn into separate American-National eliminations for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers at Balmoral Park Saturday night (June 26). Except for one qualifier, Quick Pulse Mindale hasn’t started since winning the Provincial Cup at Windsor May 30; he wasn’t eligibl...
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Royal Mattjesty dominates

on 06/22/2004 2:00 AM
Perretti Racing Stable’s and John Rizzo’s Royal Mattjesty shattered the track record by winning the $135,000 War on the Shore Invitational in 1:51.1 Monday (June 21) at Harrington Raceway. The 5-year-old Matt’s Scooter stallion was driven by Stephane Bouchard, who also piloted him to a 1:51 win in the $125,000 Battle of Lake Erie on June 12. Tr...
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Bill to lease tracks passes

on 06/22/2004 2:00 AM
A measure that would allow the New Jersey sports authority to lease the Meadowlands Racetrack and Monmouth Park to private operators in an effort to pull in more money from the horse racing industry was approved by the New Jersey state legislature Monday (June 21). According to an Associated Press story, supporters of the bill said it could boost state revenues from the two racetracks up to $30...
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Jug, Jugette future odds

on 06/22/2004 2:00 AM
Odds for the first of three Little Brown Jug and Jugette future pools have been released, with betting slated to begin through 24 outlets on Thursday, June 24, and continuing through Sunday, June 27. Metropolitan, who came within a head of capturing the $1.6 million North America Cup, has been installed the 3-1 choice in the Jug pool and last year's divisional champion juvenile filly Kikikatie has...
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KY Authority narrows list

on 06/22/2004 2:00 AM
The Kentucky Racing Authority has narrowed its list of applicants for it executive director’s position to three candidates, according to Authority chairman Bill Street. Street, speaking at the Authority’s monthly meeting Monday (June 21) at the Kentucky Horse Park, said that each of the three finalists is from out of state. The three, who were not identified, s...
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Compromise in PA slots bill

on 06/22/2004 2:00 AM
As lawmakers work toward an agreement that would legalize slot machines in Pennsylvania, gambling opponents gathered at the state Capitol Monday (June 21) in an attempt to stop the momentum building for the bill. But even some speaking at the rally conceded that the effort comes late in the debate and is unlikely to work. "Gambling companies have hired every lobbyist up here," state Sen. Gibson...
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Oh say can you sing

on 06/22/2004 2:00 AM
If you can sing as well as you train or drive a horse, the Meadowlands wants you to perform the National Anthem. �We think there might be some hidden talent in our midst," marketing manager Dan Shapiro said in a Meadowlands press release. “We know we have the best trainers and drivers in the world. Maybe there are also a few who are also vocalists and would like to sin...
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Sale of star filly reported

on 06/22/2004 2:00 AM
Horseman European correspondent Lars Palm reports that Sweden’s Jahnslund Stud has bought a share of Elegantimage winner Mystical Sunshine and will race the 3-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide in Europe next year. However, the filly’s trainer Chris Ryder told the Horseman Monday (June 21), that no ownership transaction has taken place. Jahnslund Stud, which sto...
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World record challenge off

on 06/22/2004 2:00 AM
An attempt in Sweden to break Victory Tilly’s mile track world record of 1:50.4 will not take place. Owners of Elitlopp winner Gidde Palema have decided not to enter the proposed race. The attempt was to be arranged at the new Tingsryd track, Sweden’s only mile track. The challenge would have featured Gidde Palema and Copenhagen Cup winner Revenue. But when pro...
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Marchand Gives Palone 300th

on 06/20/2004 2:00 AM
When Dave Palone drove Marchand to a 1:51.4 victory Saturday night in a division of a $122,480 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, it was a special moment. Not only was it Palone’s 300th stakes win at The Meadows in a time that matched the stakes record, but he also was piloting a colt originally named for him. Palone sent Marchand straight to the l...
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