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Bred to be a Town Champion

on 05/28/2004 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old colt pacer Town Champion is bred to be a champion and on Thursday night (May 27) at the Meadowlands he posted a career-best 1:51.4 victory in a $10,000 conditioned event. Town Champion is a son of The Panderosa-Town Sweetheart, she being a daughter out of the 1981 Sweetheart Pace winner Savilla Lobell. Owned by Larry Lefkowitz and Milton Cahn and trained by Jamie Columbia of the ...
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Tornado hits Lexington

on 05/28/2004 2:00 AM
A major storm that roared through Lexington, Ky., Thursday night (May 27) did heavy damage to parts of the city, including the area near the Fasig-Tipton Sales Arena that is the site of the Kentucky Standardbred fall yearling sale. An unconfirmed tornado struck the new Masterson Station subdivision on the north side of town and funnel clouds were spotted in other parts. The Waffle House restau...
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He's the boss in 1:52.1

on 05/28/2004 2:00 AM
Don Boss Vita, a 5-year-old trotting stallion by Donerail, turned in another 1:52 and change mile at the Meadowlands, this time winning Friday night in 1:52.1. The previous week he scored in 1:52.4. Don Boss Vita is trained by Kevin Lare and has now been driven to three straight Big M victories by Ron Pierce. The horse has won seven of 16 starts this year and bumped his 2004 earnings over the $...
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Taylor Lynne wins Gold

on 05/28/2004 2:00 AM
Taylor Lynne, a 3-year-old filly by Fit For Life who earned $358,200 last year, captured the $130,000(C) Ontario Sire Stakes Gold final Friday night at Western Fair Raceway in London, Ont. Taylor Lynne enjoyed a two-hole trip behind A And Gs Rockette, then rolled to a 1 1/4-length victory in the homestretch. The time of the mile was 1:56.3. Rafaella Seelster finished third while Serious Comfort...
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Champion ready for Classic

on 05/27/2004 2:00 AM
Ontario Sire Stakes standout Burning Point is the sport's newest millionaire, having gone past the milestone mark with her victory in an Open Pace at Mohawk Racetrack last Friday night (May 21). Burning Point was a 22-time winner in 29 starts last year at three, but it wasn't until she closed out her stellar campaign with victories in the Breeders Crown and Matron Stakes that she firmly catapul...
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Loyal Opposition sets mark

on 05/27/2004 2:00 AM
Loyal Opposition paced to a new track record at Maywood Park on Wednesday night (May 26) for driver Andy Miller, stopping the timer in 1:52.1, a track record for 4-year-old pacing mares at the half-mile oval. It eclipses the old record co-held by Apple of My Eye and Giggles the Clown of 1:52.3. "This mare likes to have a challenge on the outside of her, and she enjoys it when she's being chased...
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KEEP meeting a success

on 05/27/2004 2:00 AM
The first town hall meeting of the Kentucky Equine Education Project Wednesday (May 26) was a rousing success, with more than 600 members of the horse industry on hand at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington. The Standardbred industry was well represented as KEEP officials discussed goals for 2004. KEEP was formed in early May and is in the process of forming a board of directors and hiring a...
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Ohio slots defeated

on 05/27/2004 2:00 AM
Racetracks in Ohio were dealt a blow in the wee hours of Thursday morning (May 27) when a vote to allow the issue of placing slot machines at those sites before voters in November fell three votes short of passage in the House of Representatives. The 57-40 vote was completed at 1:16 a.m. after a 90-minute debate on the issue. Ironically, Rep. Bill Seitz, who had introduced the proposal, nearly ...
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Charms Shark in 1:50.4

on 05/27/2004 2:00 AM
Honors for posting the swiftest mile Wednesday (May 26) go to the 3-year-old pacing colt Charms Shark, who scored in a $10,000 non-winners of two event at the Meadowlands in 1:50.4. Unraced at two, the son of Cam's Card Shark-Breathless Charm has now won twice in eight starts in 2004, including his career-best effort on Wednesday. In his previous attempt he finished fourth behind Modern Art in ...
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Lightning strikes at 107-1

on 05/27/2004 2:00 AM
Patrons at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway probably weren't sure if they were betting the races or playing the slots Wednesday night (May 26) when the evening's first harness race was in the books. Bettors of Alpine Lightning must have thought they lined up three sevens on a slot machine when the 3-year-old trotter won and lit up the board at odds of 107-1, returning a hefty $216 for a $2 win bet. ...
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Provincial Cup final drawn

on 05/27/2004 2:00 AM
Quik Pulse Mindale and Four Starzzz King, who won the first two Provincial Cup eliminations at Windsor Raceway last Sunday night at Windsor Raceway, will leave side by side in Sunday's (May 30) $466,000(C) final, while Georgia Pacific, who captured the third elim, will leave just a nudge further outside. Quik Pulse Mindale, recently purchased by Lloyd Arnold, has landed post two for driver Tony...
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War Paint out of Classic

on 05/27/2004 2:00 AM
War Paint, fresh off his career-best 1:53 victory in the Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands, was a noticeable absence when the draw for Saturday's (May 29) third leg of the Classic Series at Mohawk Racetrack was announced. The 5-year-old son of Malabar Man has won seven of nine starts this year and was hoping to redeem himself in the Classic Series after having gone offstride a few weeks ago in th...
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Batavia won't open

on 05/27/2004 2:00 AM
Western Regional Off-Track Betting announced Thursday that the 2004 harness race meet at Batavia Downs, which it owns, has been canceled. The meet had been scheduled to open Aug. 4. Western Regional Off-Track Betting purchased Batavia Downs after it had been operated for years by the family of the late Pat Provenzano. Western Regional reopened the track in 2002 and was expected to open a video ...
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Bucky Waugh dies

on 05/27/2004 2:00 AM
Horseman Lenford "Bucky" Waugh, who trained such notables as the pacing colt Kiev Hanover and the pacing filly Ever And Again for Andray Farm, died Thursday morning in the Washington, Pa., area. He was 68. Waugh had been fighting cancer for about three months. Just shortly before being diagnosed earlier this year, his wife, Ann, died after a long illness.
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Lachance's four stars double

on 05/26/2004 2:00 AM
Last Friday (May 23) Mike Lachance was at Western Fair Raceway in Ontario to drive the 4-year-old pacer Four Starzzz Shark in the Molson Pace elims and the following day he returned to the Meadowlands for the Saturday night card before flying to Detroit on Sunday where he would make the 45-minute drive over the border to Windsor Raceway to direct Four Starzzz King in the Provincial Cup eliminati...
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Beissinger to Jug wall

on 05/26/2004 2:00 AM
Howard Beissinger, a native Ohioan and one of the top trainers of trotters, has been selected as the 20th Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame inductee. Beissinger was chosen by a 23-member panel of national and international harness racing enthusiasts. The Hamilton, Ohio native is a 1974 member of the Harness Racing's Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. and became a member of the Ohio Harness Racin...
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The Preacher Pan wins

on 05/26/2004 2:00 AM
The Preacher Pan and Panspacificflight, a pair of 3-year-old sons of The Panderosa owned by Bob Glazer's Peter Pan Stables and trained in Ontario by Kevin McMaster, won at Mohawk Racetrack Tuesday night (May 25). Raced in foggy conditions, The Preacher Pan won for the first time in two starts this year, scoring for driver Luc Ouellette in 1:51.3. Out of the mare Cathera, The Preacher Pan is ...
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Freshman wins in 1:55.4

on 05/26/2004 2:00 AM
Goodnite Buddy, a 2-year-old son of Nobleland Sam, won a qualifier at Scioto Downs on Tuesday (May 25) in an impressive 1:55.4. The freshman was driven by Dan Noble, who became the father of a baby boy the previous day. It was the third qualifier for the Mike Lee-trained Goodnite Buddy. Previous he qualified in late April at Lebanon Raceway, winning in 2:02.4 and then he finished second by a no...
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Big M on TVG?

on 05/26/2004 2:00 AM
Published reports state that races from the two New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) tracks of the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park could soon be watched on Television Games Network (TVG). NJSEA president and CEO George Zoffinger has confirmed talks are underway to place the races on the horse racing channel but no agreement has been reached. Zoffinger also revealed at a press confer...
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Miss NJ to be crowned

on 05/26/2004 2:00 AM
Although she finished third in her Miss New Jersey elim last Friday night at the Meadowlands, track handicapper Dave Brower has installed BJs Sunset as the morning line favorite in Saturday's (May 29) $200,000 final. Trained by Mark Harder for owner Brian Nixon, BJs Sunset will have the driving services of Ron Pierce. The daughter of No Nukes finished behind Apple Krisp and Earhart Hanover, whi...
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