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Campbell honored by NJ

on 06/17/2004 2:00 AM
Driver John Campbell will be honored Monday, June 21, by the New Jersey State Assembly for his racing achievements and contributions to the sport. Campbell is the sport of harness racing?s all-time leading driver with more than $220 million in purses earned. He has driven the winners of more than 9,300 races. He became the youngest person elected to harness racing's Hall of Fame at the age of 3...
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Filly trotters in NJSS

on 06/17/2004 2:00 AM
The Jimmy Takter-trained entry of Have You Ever and Armbro Bluejay finished first and third, respectively, in the first of three New Jersey Sire Stakes divisions for 3-year-old filly trotters at the Meadowlands Wednesday night (June 16). Housethatruthbuilt and In The Shell came up victorious in the other two splits. Ron Pierce directed the Brittany Farms-owned daughter of Yankee Gllide to the 1...
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Big M baby races

on 06/17/2004 2:00 AM
Last Saturday the Meadowlands played host to 17 races for 2 year olds and on Wednesday (June 16) four more freshman splits went behind the gate. Honors for the fastest of the quartet of winners went to Magical Murphy, a son of Magical Mike who won in 1:57 for driver Jeff Gregory. On Fantasy Island, a daughter of Island Fantasy, won her division in 1:57.2 for trainer-driver Paul Doherty. Salt...
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Varty takes suspension

on 06/17/2004 2:00 AM
Ontario-based trainer Nat Varty has withdrawn his appeal for an Ontario Racing Commission-imposed fine of $5,000 and 45-day suspension for allegedly using an inhumane head pole. According to an ORC document, Varty dropped the appeal in exchange for a 20-day stay of the 30-day suspension he received a couple of days ago for two positive tests. Varty was fined $5,000 and suspended 30 days for ...
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Osage Hanover dies

on 06/17/2004 2:00 AM
Osage Hanover, who competed in the North America Cup elims and finished fourth in the elim won by Western Terror, has died. He reportedly had somehow swallowed a two to three inch metal piece of brush or wire as long as two or three months ago and the metal eventually pierced the wall of his small intestine. Osage Hanover was in Ontario with trainer Scott McEneny, who rushed the horse to the Gu...
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Jackpot hit at Saratoga

on 06/17/2004 2:00 AM
Saratoga Gaming and Raceway awarded an individual jackpot payment of $50,000 to a player on Saturday, June 12. The lucky winner hit the $50,000 jackpot by getting a red, white and blue star in a row on a $5 Stars & Stripes video gaming machine. This is the largest jackpot, breaking a previous amount of $40,000 that was also paid out at Saratoga. The player also won a $5,525 jackpot less than tw...
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Armbro Cadet dead at 23

on 06/17/2004 2:00 AM
Armbro Cadet, one of the most successful pacing stallions in the history of the state of Michigan, died suddenly on June 1 at the age of 23. After a stellar racing career, Armbro Cadet was retired to stud duty at Oldfield Farms, where he sired more than 750 foals who earned more than $32 million. ?It appears to be a heart attack or some sort of aneurysm,? Oldfield Farms manager Patti Gira told ...
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Emani looking elegant

on 06/17/2004 2:00 AM
One of the surprise performers of the season is Zorgwikj Emani, the 3-year-old Valleymeister filly who is undefeated this year and a national season's leader. This after posting an unspectacular freshman season in which she won just four of 10 starts and took a record of 2:01.2h. While Zorgwijk Emani was not garnering any headlines during her freshman season, she caught the eyes of Shelby Novi...
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Top-ranked trotter scratched

on 06/17/2004 2:00 AM
Top-ranked 3-year-old colt trotter Cantab Hall's heavily-anticipated 2004 debut will have to wait for another time after trainer Ron Gurfein made the decision to scratch his charge when heavy rains turned the Meadowlands racetrack sloppy Thursday night (June 17). Voted 2003 Trotter of the Year after going undefeated in 10 starts, Cantab Hall was supposed to start in the second of three $25,000 New...
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Loyal Opposition sharp now

on 06/16/2004 2:00 AM
Two years ago, Loyal Opposition was voted the Dan Patch Award by the U.S. Harness Writers as the top freshman filly pacer in the country. Last year she was not quite as sharp at times, despite being first, second or third 17 times in 20 starts. But this year the 4-year-old daughter of Cole Muffler, owned by Daniel Waxman, appears to be back on her game full time. She goes into the Lady Liberty fin...
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Freshman filly in 1:56.2

on 06/16/2004 2:00 AM
Two-year-olds were in the spotlight at Balmoral Park Tuesday night (June 15) in a leg of the Egyptian Grande for Illinois conceived and foaled filly pacers. Barkney Spears paced a final quarter in :28.1 and came from third in the lane to score her maiden victory in 1:56.2, the fastest mile in the country to date by a freshman filly pacer. Finishing second, 1 1/4 lengths behind the winner, was S...
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Costly Legs, Jay Low win

on 06/16/2004 2:00 AM
Steve Warrington and Rebecca Pitre's Costly Legs and Jeanne McInnis and Nancy Jackson's Jay Low each won their respective $15,000 divisions of the second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) races for 3-year-old pacing fillies Tuesday (June 15) at Harrington Raceway. Jay Low and driver Ross Wolfenden hit their best stride late and passed leader Tug River Willow for a 1:59 win, ...
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MTR looks to Minnesota

on 06/16/2004 2:00 AM
MTR Gaming Group Inc. announced Tuesday (June 15) that its wholly owned subsidiary, MTR-Harness Inc., has acquired a 50% interest in North Metro Harness Initiative, a subsidiary of Southwest Casino and Hotel Corp. According to a Thoroughbred Times story, North Metro Harness Initiative officials intend to build and operate a Standardbred facility about 30 miles north of downtown Minneapolis in Colu...
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Future Jug wager set

on 06/16/2004 2:00 AM
Early wagering on the Little Brown Jug and Jugette will begin at 12 noon (EST) Thursday, June 24, and continue for four days through Sunday, June 28. This will be the first time for the early wager. The minimum wager is $2 and there is only win betting. Each Little Brown Jug and Jugette future wagering pool will comprise 24 betting interests. These interests will include 23 horses chosen by a p...
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No Nonsense Man commutes

on 06/16/2004 2:00 AM
No Nonsense Man, a retired racehorse, surprised New York City commuters on Tuesday morning when he walked through the Port Authority, the world's busiest bus terminal. The 5-year-old trotter, owned and trained by Kelly Stackowicz, was driven through the terminal by Hall of Fame driver John Campbell at 8 a.m., coinciding with the typical morning rush hour. The event was staged to launch a "stati...
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Casino deal approved in NJ

on 06/16/2004 2:00 AM
A state agency gave final approval Tuesday (June 15) to an $86 million deal in which Atlantic City casinos will bail out New Jersey's financially troubled horse-racing industry to prevent the tracks from installing video slot machines. According to a story in the Atlantic City Press, the casinos will subsidize the purses at Monmouth Park, Freehold Raceway and the Meadowlands over the next four ...
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OHRIA elects board

on 06/16/2004 2:00 AM
The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) elected its board of directors at its annual general meeting at Georgian Downs Tuesday (June 15). Tom Deacon, Chairman of OHRIA, thanked out-going board members Dr. Moira Gunn, SBOA, and Hugh Mitchell, Woodbine Entertainment Group, for their service as OHRIA board members. At the same time, Deacon welcomed two new board members: Tammy McN...
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Elijah fastest freshman

on 06/15/2004 2:00 AM
Elijah Craig, a son of first-crop sire Richess Hanover, who won the 1999 Woodrow Wilson, won a $6,000 Illinois-bred stakes event at Balmoral Park Sunday night (June 13) in 1:55.1 to become fastest juvenile of the 2004 season. Bred by Freedom Hill Farms, the 2-year-old Elijah Craig is owned by Jessie and James Springfield of Brownsille, Tenn. Trained by Benjamin Bryant, the youngster was directe...
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Soph fillies in Gold elims

on 06/15/2004 2:00 AM
With a light day of racing action on Monday (June 14), attention was focused on a trio of $41,731(C) Ontario Sire Stakes Gold eliminations for 3-year-old pacing fillies at Woodbine, with 2003 Canadian Breeders Championship winner Special Magic leading the way. The fastest of the three events went to the Camluck daughter Special Magic, who scored in her split in 1:51.3. Trained by Bob McIntosh a...
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New president for sale

on 06/15/2004 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Horse Sales Company has announced that Paul F. Spears has been named the company's president and CEO. Spears is the son of Paul E. Spears, who has served in active management of both the sales company and Hanover Shoe Farms for many years. Russell C. Williams was elected chairman of the board of the sales company and will continue in active management along with Paul E. Spears ...
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