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Pierce sweeps frosh trots

on 08/05/2004 2:00 AM
Ron Pierce, the Meadowlands’ leading driver, added two more stakes to list of victories Thursday night (Aug. 5) as he drove New York Yank to a 1:58.2 victory in the $420,000 Peter Haughton for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings, and Reinvent to a 1:57.1 score in the $450,620 Merrie Annabelle for freshman filly trotters. In both races, Pierce rallied his horses late for the ...
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Condren wins 6,000th

on 08/03/2004 2:00 AM
Steve Condren won his 6,000th career race at Woodbine Racetrack Monday night, guiding Make It Brief to the milestone victory. Condren, 47, has won at least 200 or more races on the Woodbine Entertainment circuit for 18 of the past 22 years during which he has won multiple driving titles. He also won an O'Brien Award as Canada's 1997 Driver of the Year and was runner-up in 1998. "I was fortu...
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Amigo Hall 4th in return

on 08/03/2004 2:00 AM
One year to the day after he captured the Hambletonian, Amigo Hall returned to the racetrack in a $50,000 Open Trot at Woodbine Racetrack, where he finished fourth. With trainer Blair Burgess driving, the 4-year-old son of Balanced Image was far back for most of the mile but closed late to tighten the gap to only a length under the wire behind the winning JM Vangogh and driver Ron Waples in 1:5...
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IHRC denies Ky. ban

on 08/03/2004 2:00 AM
An attempt to ban Kentucky Thoroughbred signals from Indiana facilities was once again turned away by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission Monday, Aug. 2. Indiana Downs, with the support of the Indiana Horse Racing and Breeding Coalition, had asked the IHRC to consider banning the signals in an attempt to bring Kentucky horsemen to the table and negotiate sending the signal into the Shelbyville ...
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Cantab lands Hambo rail

on 08/03/2004 2:00 AM
Reigning Trotter of the Year Cantab Hall drew the rail for Saturday's $1 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands, while morning line favorite Tom Ridge, who captured his Hambo elim in record fashion, has landed post six. "The rail is not my favorite post position but in this case it's pretty good," said driver Mike Lachance at the Hambletonian press conference held at the Meadowlands Tuesday af...
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Peaceful Way Oaks fave

on 08/03/2004 2:00 AM
Peaceful Way, who won the Delvin Miller Memorial in 1:52.3 and then came back to capture her Hambletonian Oaks elim, has been installed the 8-5 morning line choice for Saturday's $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks at the Meadowlands. Although there had been some pre-race talk that trainer Dave Tingley might bypass the Oaks in favor of taking on the boys in the Hambletonian, he entered her in the race a...
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Murray named FSBOA dir.

on 08/03/2004 2:00 AM
The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association has named E. Jane Murray as executive director of the organization. The FSBOA, with offices located at Pompano Park, represents the horsemen racing at Pompano Park and the breeders in Florida. Murray is a native of Wisconsin and is a graduate of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program. While studying in Tucson, she traveled...
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Shark has lung infection

on 08/03/2004 2:00 AM
Blood work on Four Starzzz Shark reveals that he has a lung infection, according to his trainer, Dave Sabatelli. The horse is currently recuperating at owner Jeff Cohen’s Four Starzzzz Stable in Glenwood, N.J. Sabatelli, who already announced the horse would not race in this Saturday’s (Aug. 7) U.S. Pacing Championship at the Meadowlands, said there were no de...
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Crowns set through 2007

on 08/03/2004 2:00 AM
Tom Charters, president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society, announced at the press conference for the Hambletonian draw that the Meadowlands and Woodbine Entertainment Group have agreed to play host to the Breeders Crown through 2007. The races for older horses and 2 and 3 year olds will alternate between the two tracks. The Breeders Crown events for 3 year olds will be held at the Meadowlands...
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Out of Pacing Championship

on 08/02/2004 2:00 AM
Four Starzzz Shark will not race in Saturday’s (Aug. 7) U.S. Pacing Championship at the Meadowlands, according to Dave Sabatelli, trainer of the 6-year-old Cam’s Card Shark stallion. “I can’t put him back on the track off that start until I know everything that’s wrong,� Sabatelli told The Horseman Monday...
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A quik Motor City elim

on 08/01/2004 2:00 AM
Quik Pulse Mindale remained perfect in eight starts this year Saturday night at Hazel Park Raceway, easily winning the $15,000 Motor City Pace elimination over eight rivals. Eleven 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers were supposed t go behind the gate in the elim to pare the field for the $100,000 final Aug. 7, but with the scratches of Dr. No and Dream Possession, all nine starters will return. ...
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Van Lennep to ORC

on 08/01/2004 2:00 AM
The Breeders Crown committee of the Hambletonian Society has selected the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) to receive its annual Frederick L. Van Lennep Memorial Achievement Award. The ORC was selected for its efforts to improve the image and integrity of racing. The award will be presented at Woodbine Saturday, Oct. 23, the night of the Breeders Crown finals for 2 and 3 year olds.
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CBC finals held

on 08/01/2004 2:00 AM
Invitro paced to a track record equaling victory in the $139,028 Canadian Breeders Championship for 3-year-old filly pacers at Woodbine Saturday night, crossing the wire in 1:50.3 for driver Paul MacDonell. The time equaled the mark set by Burning Point last year. A daughter of Camluck, Invitro won for the fifth straight time, defeaeting On This Day by two lengths with Double Creme third. Gordo...
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Surprises in NYSS

on 07/31/2004 2:00 AM
Three B's, a daughter of Three Wizzards, sprung a 66-1 surprise on heavily-favored Cafe Bar to win one of four New York Sire Stakes divisions for 3-year-old filly pacers at Buffalo Raceway Friday night. Chris Carrubba drove Three B's to the 2 3/4-length victory over Cafe Bar, crossing the wire in 1:59 in a $31,802 division. John Dutchick trains and co-owns the winner with Pamela Dutchick. Do...
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Hambletonian field set

on 07/31/2004 2:00 AM
Tom Ridge, hoping to become the first horse ever to win the Peter Haughton Memorial at two and come back and win the Hambletonian the following year, and Eilean Donon, who underwent emergency hernia surgery less than a month ago, won their respective $100,000 Hambletonian eliminations at the Meadowlands Saturday, July 31. The Hambletonian appears to be a wide-open contest as reigning Trotter of...
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Peaceful Way in Oaks elim

on 07/31/2004 2:00 AM
Peaceful Way solidified her status as Hambletonian Oaks favorite but she didn't have it easy in her $25,000 elimination Saturday at the Meadowlands, eking out a head victory over longshot Ivy Swinger in 1:52.3. Driven by John Campbell, Peaceful Way got away fourth and then worked her way forward, taking a short lead midway down the stretch. But Ivy Swinger and driver Stephane Bouchard found roo...
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Creek wins Crown Pace

on 07/31/2004 2:00 AM
In one of the biggest shockers in Breeders Crown history, the 1-9 favorite Four Starzzz Shark could only muster up a seventh-place finish behind 20-1 longshot Boulder Creek in Saturday's $552,500 final for older pacers at the Meadowlands. With Ron Pierce driving, Boulder Creek left fast but yielded the front to John Campbell and Royal Mattjesty. After opening-half fractions of :26.1 and :52.1, ...
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Armbro Affair in Mare Trot

on 07/31/2004 2:00 AM
Armbro Affair pulled off a 13-1 upset of her own in the $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot as favored Stroke Play finished off the board for the first time this year. WIth Ron Pierce driving--his second Crown victory of the card--Armbro Affair crossed the wire in 1:54.1 to defeat Lost Lady One and Gypsy Balance. A 4-year-old daughter of Garland Lobell, Armbro Affair is trained by Bob McIntosh an...
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Always Cam upsets mares

on 07/31/2004 2:00 AM
Always Cam continued the upset-themed Breeders Crown events for older pacers at the Meadowlands Saturday night when she captured the $300,000 contest for pacing mares with a career-best 1:49.2 effort for driver David Miller. Always Cam was the only mare that elected to skip last weekend's Crown prep race at the Big M, remaining at her home track of The Meadows where she finished second in a Prefer...
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HP Paque sends 'em packing

on 07/31/2004 2:00 AM
HP Paque and driver Brian Sears captured the $800,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot at the Meadowlands Saturday night in a career-best 1:52.2. War Paint and driver John Campbell had set the fractions of :27.2, :55 and 1:23 before going offstride at the top of the stretch. Sears, sitting second with HP Paque, took the lead but it appeared he may get passed by Elegant Man and Cat Manzi, but that one a...
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