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Varty has two positives

on 06/15/2004 2:00 AM
Ontario-based trainer Nat Varty has been slapped with a one-month suspension and $5,000 in fines for a pair of positive tests last month at two different tracks in the province. Each positive resulted in a two-week suspension and $2,500 fine. Varty, 33, received a positive on the horse Mattygone A for a race on May 16 at Flamboro Downs and then had another on the horse Captain Dave on May 27 at...
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North America Cup draw

on 06/15/2004 2:00 AM
The draw for Saturday night's (June 19) $1.6 million(C) Pepsi North America Cup is complete and the four elimination winners are hoping that the percentages from the 20-year history of the race remains on their side. In the NBA Finals matching up the Los Angeles Lakers and the Detroit Pistons, which has Game 5 scheduled for Tuesday (June 15), no team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit to win...
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New board for Vernon

on 06/15/2004 2:00 AM
The Post-Standard of Syracuse has reported that four directors of Vernon Downs' parent company, all appointed by Shawn Scott, the Las Vegas investor who has since sold his interest in the track, resigned from the board on Monday. Among the new directors are Justice Cheney and Kim Crawford. Cheney has twice served as CEO of Vernon and is presently a director of the U.S. Trotting Association. Cra...
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No land, but casino?

on 06/15/2004 2:00 AM
People in Seneca Falls, N.Y., protested a proposed Cayuga Indian land claim settlement Monday, the Syracuse Post-Standard has reported. They were protesting last week's settlement that would allow the Cayugas to build a casino at Monticello Raceway. The case is currently under appeal in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but the proposed settlement would put an end to the Cayuga's claim for...
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Wagering up at Hoosier

on 06/15/2004 2:00 AM
Final numbers released from Hoosier Park show an increase of total wagering from $31.6 million in 2003 to $43.3 million in 2004. The track raced 60 days this year compared to 50 in 2003. Average daily handle increased by 14 percent over 2003, with the track in Anderson, Ind. averaging $721,566 nightly compared to last year's $632,840. The increase can be attributed to a 16.9 percent rise in out...
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Pocono left out of slots?

on 06/15/2004 2:00 AM
Published reports state that if and when Pennsylvania works out a plan to legalize slot machines at the state's racetracks, The Downs at Pocono may likely be left out of the mix. One current plan bars any company applying for a slot machine license from owning a controlling interest in more than one parlor, or owning an interest in more than one business that could be eligible for a slots licen...
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Campbell at Pt. Authority

on 06/14/2004 2:00 AM
Hall of Fame driver John Campbell will direct the 5-year-old trotter No Nonsense Man into the New Jersey Port Authority's main concourse on Tuesday morning (June 15) to help launch a two-month advertising campaign by the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority to promote the summer championship harness racing schedule at the Meadowlands. Following a call to the post by the Meadowlands' track b...
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Ageless wonder wins

on 06/14/2004 2:00 AM
Taser Gun, now 9 years old, won again for the sixth time this year in only seven starts. The gelding paced in 1:50.2 for driver Andy Miller Saturday night (June 12) at Balmoral Park. He scored his neck victory over the hard trying Silver D Moon (Dale Hiteman) for trainer Bob Walker and pushed his seasonal earnings to $70,212 and is well on his way to the $1 million plateau, with $968,592 in car...
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Rosecroft sold to Angelos

on 06/14/2004 2:00 AM
The Baltimore Sun is reporting that Rosecroft Raceway has been sold to the family of Baltimore Orioles majority owner Peter Angelos. Directors of Cloverleaf Enterprises voted 15-1 on Saturday (June 12) to sell the track to the Angelos family for $13 million. The agreement also calls for purses at the track to rise from $42,000 daily to $50,000. Because Major League Baseball rules state Angel...
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Royalty in Battle

on 06/13/2004 2:00 AM
Royal Mattjesty became the sport's newest millionaire Saturday night (June 12) when he captured the $125,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park. Driven by Stephane Bouchard, Royal Mattjesty closed fast in the stretch to edge Cambest Prince to win in a stakes record-equaling 1:51. Favored Allamerican Captor had led for most of the way for driver Brett Miller, but yielded down the short North...
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Schilling claims in Chicago

on 06/13/2004 2:00 AM
Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling claimed the 9-year-old New Zealand bred gelding Thunder Storm N for $45,000 on Saturday night (June 12) at Balmoral Park.. The 37-year-old Schilling sports an 8-3 record for Boston this year and 171 career victories. He signed with the Red Sox as a free agent this year after playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He also previously pitched for the Philadelp...
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Services for Dan Knox

on 06/13/2004 2:00 AM
Services for Chicago horseman Robert Daniel ''Danny'' Knox, who was found dead Friday morning, will be held Tuesday (June 15) in Melrose Park, a suburb of Chicago. Knox is survived by his wife, Denise; two children, daughter Deanna and son Robert; his father, Robert, a retired horseman and starter; a sister, Vickie Owen; and a brother Philip, also a horseman. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p...
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Zorgwijk Emani still perfect

on 06/12/2004 2:00 AM
Extending her unbeaten streak, Zorgwijk Emani headlined a trio of $30,000 elimination divisions of the Elegantimage Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies Friday evening (June 11) at Woodbine. Not disappointing, the daughter of Valleymeister took the fastest of the three divisions, which also saw Shannon Hall and Mystical Sunshine make a trip to the winner’s circle. Leaving from post...
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Stroke Play wins again

on 06/12/2004 2:00 AM
Stroke Play and Windylane Hanover, one-two in the Classic Oaks at Mohawk a week ago, battled to the wire in an elimination of the Armbro Flight at Woodbine Friday night (June 11) with Stroke Play prevailing again. Scully Fbi (Rick Zeron) cut fractions of :27.4, :58.1 and 1:25.4. Then Stroke Play, with trainer Trond Smedshammer in the bike, pulled from the pocket and went head-to-head with the l...
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Maywood Pace elims held

on 06/12/2004 2:00 AM
Live Out Loud and Enemy At The Gate scored victories in Maywood Pace eliminations Friday night (June 11) in Chicago. In the first $10,000 elimination Live Out Loud (Dale Hiteman) sat a pocket trip while He Does It All (Peter Wrenn) cut fractions of :28.2, :56.3 and 1:26. In the lane Live Out Loud challenged the leader and prevailed at the wire by a head in 1:54.4. Coldheartedrevenge ((Patrick B...
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Hennessey one shy of 6,000

on 06/12/2004 2:00 AM
Wally Hennessey moved to within one victory of 6,000 wins with a trio of victories, including two features, at Pompano Park Friday night (June 11). Amethyst remained unbeaten with her second straight win in the Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace Friday (June 11) at Pompano Park, scoring a three-length triumph in 1:54.3 with Hennessey in the bike. Hennessey brushed Amethyst to the lead bef...
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Loyal Opposition wins

on 06/12/2004 2:00 AM
Loyal Opposition the Dan Patch Award winning pacing filly at two, surged up the pylons to nab the pacesetter Burning in the final strides and win by a nose in the $40,000 mares open on Friday night (June 11) at the Meadowlands. Loyal Opposition, a 4-year-old daughter of Cole Muffler, paced the mile in a personal best of 1:49.4. It was a length back to Valiant Heart N in third. “I wante...
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Sophs shine in NA Cup

on 06/12/2004 2:00 AM
Georgia Pacific went the fastest of four eliminations for the North America Cup Saturday night (June 12) at Woodbine, with Panspacificflight, Rogue Hall and Western Terror also posting victories. With Brian Sears driving, Georgia Pacific left from the eight hole to get the lead heading down the backstretch. John Campbell pulled Metropolitan to the outside followed by David Miller and Modern Art...
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Big efforts in Goodtimes

on 06/12/2004 2:00 AM
Eilean Donon, American Mike and WIndsong's Legacy won their respective eliminations for the Goodtime Stakes for 3-year-old colt trotters at Woodbine Saturday night (June 12). Eilean Donon won by five lengths for driver Tom Sells, crossing the wire in a career-best 1:54.4. Customize (John Campbell) was second, with Castle Of Fortune (David Miller) third. Miller directed American Mike to a car...
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Artbitration wins Lynch

on 06/12/2004 2:00 AM
Artbitration romped to an easy victory in the $114,176 James M. Lynch Memorial final for 3-year-old filly pacers at The Downs at Pocono Saturday night (June 12). With Pat Berry driving, Artbitration withstood early pressure and was still able to easily draw clear of her competition to win by open lengths in 1:52.4. West Coast Arturo was second for George Napolitano Jr. Owned by trainer Norm Par...
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