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NJ committee oks bill

on 06/08/2004 2:00 AM
A New Jersey state Senate committee approved a measure Monday that would allow the state to lease the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park to private operators. The vote was unanimous for the bill. The bill now awaits action by the full Senate. According to a newspaper report, the bill would allow the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which presently operates the Meadowlands and Monmouth,...
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Casinos in Ohio?

on 06/08/2004 2:00 AM
The Toledo Blade newspaper reported that at least two Native American tribes are preparing legal arguments to support land claims that could be used for casino resorts in the state. The story said a California-based developer is working with the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. That tribe is looking at land claims on one million acres in southwestern, southern and central Ohio. Ohio does n...
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Track trying to stay alive

on 06/08/2004 2:00 AM
The Maryland Racing Commission was scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss an earlier commission decision that upheld the Maryland Jockey Club's position of withholding Thoroughbred simulcasts from Rosecroft Raceway. The Maryland Jockey Club and Rosecroft had an 80-20 percent revenue sharing split which allowed Rosecroft to take Thoroughbred signals but then send 80 percent of the revenue to the M...
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EPO positives in Indiana

on 06/08/2004 2:00 AM
One month after putting rules in place for testing for the antibody to erythropoietin (EPO), the Indiana Horse Racing Commission has announced its first positives. Three horses have been presumed positive for the prohibited substance and have been placed on the judge's list. The three positives came from the testing of three Standardbreds: Apache Viking, Exciting Lighting and Lovher's Prince. A...
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Monticello dispute settled

on 06/08/2004 2:00 AM
A strike by horsemen at Monticello Gaming and Raceway that led to the cancellation of four racing programs (June 7-10) has been resolved and the New York track is scheduled to reopen on Monday, June 14. "There was a week-long boycott of the box by the horsemen but everything was worked out yesterday in Albany with track management, horsemen's representatives and the New York State Racing and Wa...
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NA Cup elims drawn

on 06/08/2004 2:00 AM
Thirty-five 3-year-old male pacers have been entered in this year's $1.5 million(C) Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine, with the Toronto track hosting four eliminations Saturday night (June 12). The rich final will be held Saturday, June 19. Last year's Metro Pace winner Camelot Hall has drawn post nine in the third elimination. Modern Art, who has won all three of his starts in 2004, has draw...
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Armbro Fern dies

on 06/08/2004 2:00 AM
Armbro Fern 2, 1:56.4, a winner of $205,701, was euthanized Tuesday morning at the University Of Guelph in Ontario. She had been sent there for colic surgery but suffered complications. She was 20. Bred and owned by Armstrong Bros. throughout her career, she was trained by Chuck Sylvester and driven mainly by John Campbell. At 2 she set a 1:56.4 world record at The Red Mile. She also captured t...
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Colts ready in Ill.

on 06/08/2004 2:00 AM
Two $10,000 six-horse divisions of the Maywood Pace eliminations for 3-year-old Illinois Conceived and Foaled pacing colts and geldings will be contested Friday night at Maywood Park. The top four finishers from each dash will return for the $102,000-estimated final on Friday, June 18. Trainer Dave McCaffrey's Live Out Loud heads the first division, where he'll start from post six for driver Da...
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Who controls Vernon?

on 06/07/2004 2:00 AM
According to a report in the Syracuse Post-Standard on Saturday (June 5), Shawn Scott still has strong ties to Vernon Downs despite selling the majority of his shares in the track. The Post-Standard said Scott retained the right to appoint the track's board of directors when he sold majority interest in the track. The Post-Standard story pointed out that Vernon Downs was allowed to open this se...
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Horseman Angus Allen dies

on 06/07/2004 2:00 AM
Horseman Angus Allen, a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, passed away early Friday morning (June 4) in Maryland after a valiant battle with cancer. He was 88. Born April 19, 1916 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Allen's love affair with harness racing began at the age of 14 and his driving career was launched competing at the many Nova Scotia ovals. In 1953 Angus, along with his wife, Loretta, and dau...
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Big M sets Belmont record

on 06/06/2004 2:00 AM
A Meadowlands daytime crowd of 10,388 turned out to watch and wager more than $1 million on the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Both the attendance and the wagering were records for a Belmont Stakes Day at the Meadowlands. The $1,038,997 in common pool Belmont Stakes wagers represented a 37.5 percent increase over last year. Monmouth Park's crowd of 15,308 contributed $602,136 for a combined New J...
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Coventry romps in Connors

on 06/06/2004 2:00 AM
Coventry, a homebred owned by Doug and Ada Jen Ackerman, romped to victory in the $100,000 William C. Connors Memorial final at Hazel Park Saturday night (June 5). D.R. Ackerman was in the bike as the 3-year-old Mr. Lavec colt sat fourth while Southwind Elian and Peter Wrenn led the field of nine past the half in :57.4. Ackerman then moved his colt first-over at the 1:26.3 three quarters. In th...
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Record for youbet

on 06/06/2004 2:00 AM
Youbet.com Inc., the leading online live event and wagering company, announced that its customers wagered more in May 2004 than in any previous month in the company's history as handle for the month rose 16 percent over May 2003. The total amount wagered through the Youbet network in May was $32 million, $4.4 million higher than the previous record of $27.6 million set last year in the same mon...
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Colts score in Sire Stakes

on 06/05/2004 2:00 AM
Two divisions of the second leg of New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers were raced at the Meadowlands Saturday night (June 5). In the $32,200 first division Maltese Artist (Artiscape) at Patrick Lachance scored a 1:51.2 victory by 2 3/4 lengths over Squaw's Fella and David Miller. Art Director and Ross Wolfenden were third. In the $31,600 second division, Timesareachanging (Cam'...
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Larry Albano dies

on 06/05/2004 2:00 AM
Larry Albano, long time harness racing handicapper, horse owner and former Pompano Park track statistician, passed away early Saturday morning (June 5) after a long illness. He was 53. Born in Brooklyn, N. Y., Mr. Albano was also the color commentator for Pompano Park's nightly television replay show in the 1990s and the owner/handicapper of "Mickey's Green Sheet." Mr. Albano held a drivers...
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Eternal Camnation rallies

on 06/05/2004 2:00 AM
Eternal Camnation, last in the field of eight mare pacers, charged from behind and captured the $250,000 Classic Distaff final. It was one of four Classic Series finals held at Mohawk Raceway Saturday night (June 5). Eternal Camnation and driver Eric Ledford were 11 lengths off the lead when Carolina Sunshine took the field past the half in :56.3. But by the three-quarter pole (1:25.3) Ledford ...
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Georgia Pacific in 1:49.4

on 06/05/2004 2:00 AM
Georgia Pacific equaled the fastest mile of the year by a 3 year old when he captured one of four $100,000 ( C ) divisions of the Burlington Stakes in 1:49.4 at Mohwak Saturday night (June 5). With Brian Sears in the bike, Georgia Pacific took the lead after an opening quarter in :26.2 by Marchand (Ron Pierce). From there the Western Hanover gelding dictated fractions of :54.4 and 1:22.4, comin...
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3YOs win at Big M

on 06/04/2004 2:00 AM
A 3-year-old colt by Matt's Scooter and a 3-year-old filly by Shady Character earned new lifetime marks at the Meadowlands Thursday night. Booga, a chestnut colt by Matt's Scooter, lowered his mark to 1:53 with a victory for driver Steve Smith. The win was the second in 11 starts this season for Booga. Amanda's Bestfriend scored in 1:54, giving her two wins in eight starts this season. Danie...
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New OTB request in Ill.

on 06/04/2004 2:00 AM
The Illinois Racing Board, at it's next meeting on June 10, will receive a request by Hawthorne Race Course for a new intertrack wagering location (OTB) license at 540 North LaSalle St. in downtown Chicago. One of the very first OTBs to open in Illinois was located downtown on State Street.
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Stroke Play faces Windylane

on 06/04/2004 2:00 AM
Saturday night's (June 5) $250,000 Classic Oaks final at Mohawk will bring together for the first time Windylane Hanover and Stroke Play. Both raced in the three preliminary legs of the Classic Oaks, but on each occasion they drew into separate divisions. Not only are they racing against each other for the first time, but they also will be eye-to-eye when they go behind the starting gate. Strok...
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