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2005 dates awarded in Ohio

on 10/21/2004 2:00 AM
Though members of the Ohio State Racing Commission acknowledged there is room for further cuts, they approved a racing calendar for 2005 that reduces dates by about 10 percent. Under the schedule, Northfield Park will race 211 days, the most of any harness track, from Jan. 1-Dec. 30. Raceway Park will offer 113 days of racing from April 8-Dec. 17. Scioto Downs was granted 86 days, from May 6-Se...
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NYSS purses to rise

on 10/21/2004 2:00 AM
Purse estimates for the New York Sire Stakes program have been announced by the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State to reach $8.5 million in 2005. Purses of $7.6 million were distributed in 2004, representing a significant increase for next year. "Despite a number of uncertainties in New York State, which everyone recognizes, the New York Sire Stakes program is still alive and well with $8...
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Bunny Lake retired

on 10/21/2004 2:00 AM
Bunny Lake, the 2001 Horse Of The Year, has been retired from racing. Wendy Spring, who shares ownership of the mare with her husband Skip and trainer John Stark Jr., told Bob Heyden of the Meadowlands that the decision was made after the mare's race at The Red Mile on Kentucky Futurity Day. "I didn't like the way she came off the track at Lexington," said Wendy. "She was a little gimpy during ...
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Man vs. filly at Windsor

on 10/21/2004 2:00 AM
Windsor Raceway has lined up a charity match race between Canada's 2003 College Athlete of the Year Ryan McKenzie and Sammartha Stewart, a 3-year-old pacing filly from trainer Bob McIntosh's stable. The handicap event is scheduled to take place Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. McKenzie, who set numerous collegiate records while running track for the Windsor Lancers, will race a half mile while Sam...
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Mich.: No on Proposal 1

on 10/20/2004 2:00 AM
With less than two weeks before Election Day, horse racing proponents in Michigan are putting forth a full-fledged attempt to garner support in defeating Proposal 1 on the ballot. Admittedly behind in the polls, a come-from-behind victory appears crucial for the future of racing in the Wolverine State. If approved in the Nov. 2 election, Proposal 1 "would amend the state constitution to require...
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Photo Color aims for Crown

on 10/20/2004 2:00 AM
Although trainer Ron Gurfein may have surprised some people by entering Cantab Hall in the Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Trot after scratching the horse "sick" out of the second heat of the Kentucky Futurity, some people were also surprised when the name Photo Color was placed in the entry box. Photo Color, who burst into prominence as a freshman with a 1:56.2 victory in a Campbellville elim a...
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Jug winner bypasses Crown

on 10/20/2004 2:00 AM
Timesareachanging, who appeared to have taken control of the 3-year-old colt pace division after capturing the Little Brown Jug last month, is a notable absence from Saturday night's Breeders Crown festivities as trainer Brett Pelling decided to keep the horse in his stall. Pelling isn't without a starter in the Crown for sophomore colt pacers though as he has Western Terror, who is coming off a c...
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Amigo Hall retires

on 10/20/2004 2:00 AM
Hambletonian winner Amigo Hall has been retired and will stand stud in 2005 at Tara Hills Stud in Ontario. The 4-year-old son of Balanced Image, who captured the 2003 Hambo as the longest price in the trotting classic's history at odds of 27-1, retires with nine wins in 25 career starts, a career best of 1:54 and $928,183 in purse earnings. Amigo Hall was bred by Walnut Hall Ltd., which shared ...
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Stage set for Crown finals

on 10/19/2004 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 7:15 p.m. post time, with the Crown finals being races two through nine. Here are the complete fields for each final by post position: 2YO Colt Trot 1 Driven Sakra 2 Southfork 3 Victory Photo 4 Gettindowna...
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Forest City sale concludes

on 10/19/2004 2:00 AM
The Forest City Yearling Sale held its annual two-day fall sale Sunday-Monday, Oct. 17-18, and sold 314 yearlings for an average price of $22,773(C), or $18,171 in U.S. dollars. That was a decline of five percent from the average price attained at last year's sale when fewer yearlings were sold for an average of $23,922. Three yearlings brought prices of $100,000 or more: Stonebridge Prima, a C...
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Chitown start for Kikikatie

on 10/19/2004 2:00 AM
Kikikatie, forced to miss this year's Breeders Crown when a Coggins scare at The Red Mile kept the 3-year-old pacing filly in her barn, will instead race in a $16,500 Open Pace for fillies and mares at Balmoral Park Thursday night. Kikikatie, who finished fourth in a division of the Glen Garnsey Memorial Pace at The Red Mile Oct. 8, drew post one in the field and will be driven by Dale Hiteman....
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Hanover yearlings online

on 10/19/2004 2:00 AM
Videos of yearlings bred by Hanover Shoe Farms and offered for sale at Harrisburg, Pa., next month are now available online at Hanover Shoe Farm's website at www.hanoverpa.com. The Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg is scheduled to begin on Monday, Nov. 1.
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Perretti to stand Revenue

on 10/18/2004 2:00 AM
Perretti Farm of New Jersey has confirmed that it has reached an agreement to stand the top international star Revenue at stud for the 2005 breeding season. Revenue dazzled North American racing fans with his powerful 1:51.3 victory in the Allerage Farms Open Trot at The Red Mile earlier this month. Details about Revenue's stud fee will be announced at a later date.
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Gregory a USTA director

on 10/17/2004 2:00 AM
Driver/trainer Jeff Gregory has been elected to fill the membership director spot vacated by the resignation of Luc Ouellette in District 12. Ouellette moved to Ontario and thus resigned. The outcome of the voting was announced at the annual membership meeting, held today at Freehold Gardens Hotel in Freehold, NJ. The annual meeting of the district brought together 40 members who discussed rul...
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First day at Forest City

on 10/17/2004 2:00 AM
The first of two sessions of the annual Forest City Yearling Sale in Ontario was held Sunday and the sale topper was a half sister to $1.1 million winner Peaceful Way. That filly, by Yankee Paco, brought a top bid of $90,000 from trainer Gregg McNair. The 159 yearlings that went through the ring brought an average of $22,794. Other top prices included the $80,000 Bob McIntosh bid for a colt sir...
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3YO Filly Trot elims

on 10/16/2004 2:00 AM
Kentucky Futurity Filly winner Housethatruthbuilt, Hambletonian Oaks champion Silver Springs, and the fast, highly-respected filly Peaceful Way will square off in the Breeders Crown championship, all three advancing to the final after elims Saturday night at Woodbine. Housethatruthbuilt won her elim in 1:55.2, rolling to the front after letting Bramasole set most of hte fractions in the mile. H...
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Inca fastest 2YO colt

on 10/16/2004 2:00 AM
Driver Dave Palone said his mount Allamerican Inca got a "little steppy," but that didn't keep the Western Hanover gelding from rolling to an easy 1:52 victory in a Breeders Crown 2-year-old pacing colt elim Saturday night at Woodbine. The second elim went to Shanghai Phil in 1:53.1. Village Jolt, the Woodrow Wilson winner, finished second while Dawn Ofa New Day, the pacesetter for the middle h...
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on 10/16/2004 2:00 AM
Quik Pulse Mindale won the first of two Breeders Crown elims for 3-year-old pacing colts, scoring in 1:51. The second elim was won by Geartogear in 1:51.4. Quik Pulse Mindale, who was supplemented to the race, was given an off-the-pace journey by regular driver Tony Morgan, who later said his horse prefers that kind of a trip. "He'll race in front, but he's a lot better horse from behind," he s...
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Pocono sold to Indians

on 10/15/2004 2:00 AM
Pocono Downs has been sold to the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority by Penn National Gaming, which had to divest itself of the track to satisfy the conditions of Pennsylvania's new slot machine legislation that stipulated that a company that holds 100 percent ownership in one track could hold no more than 33 percent ownership in a second site. Penn National also owns the Penn National Thoroughbred R...
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Balanced Image Dies

on 10/14/2004 2:00 AM
Balanced Image, one of the top Standardbred trotting sires of all time with progeny earnings of more than $81 million, was euthanized early Wednesday afternoon at his home of Glengate Farm in Ontario. He was 26. Balanced Image had been retired from the breeding shed after the 2003 season. He had been battling infirmities brought about by old age. Balanced Image sired six $1 million winners i...
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