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27 entered at The Meadows

on 08/10/2004 2:00 AM
A record 27 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings have been entered in Saturday’s Coors Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows, which will have a record total purse of $500,500. Three eliminations will be held, with the top three in each returning for the $350,350 final. In addition, the three elim winners will draws for posts one through three; the second-place finishers will draw...
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Batavia turns in license

on 08/10/2004 2:00 AM
Published reports state Western Regional Off-Track Betting has surrendered its license for Batavia Downs, which means the track will not in all likelihood reopen this year for live racing. Western OTB is reportedly negotiating with two companies to reopen Batavia Downs with video lottery terminals. Any deal could lead to the remote possibility of the track reopening.
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Vernon Downs foreclosed?

on 08/10/2004 2:00 AM
The Observer-Dispatch of Utica, N.Y., is reporting that because Vernon Downs owes $404,938 in property taxes, the county is beginning steps toward foreclosure. The track made arrangements last year to pay $16,973 a month to settle its property tax issues, with the agreement to run through December 2005. "We owe the money, and we can't pay it," track publicity director Jim Moran told the newspap...
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Windsong's Legacy wins

on 08/07/2004 2:00 AM
Windsong's Legacy used a second-over trip to capture the 79th edition of the Hambletonian Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands. The colt trotted to the victory in 1:54.1 with trainer Trond Smedshammer driving. Tom Ridge took the lead and his driver, Ron Pierce, backed the half down to :57.2, leading some to question whether or not he choked the colt down and cut off his breathing. Tom Ridge fa...
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Oaks to Silver Springs

on 08/07/2004 2:00 AM
Silver Springs had finished fourth behind Peaceful Way in an elimination for the Hambletonian Oaks, but she had finished strongly and was certainly no longshot to win the race, although the bettors at the Meadowlands saw her that way. Nevertheless, she captured the $500,000 Oaks easily in 1:53.3 for driver George Brennan. Driver John Campbell was parked at the halfway mark with Peaceful Way, bu...
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Trainer almost doubles

on 08/07/2004 2:00 AM
Trond Smedshammer, who trains Hambletonian champion Windsong's Legacy, almost enjoyed a Hambo Day double as Housethatruthbuilt, a filly that he trains, finished second in the $500,000 Oaks. Smedshammer had Brian Sears in the bike driving Housethatruthbuilt. That filly is also owned by Patricia Spinelli and Ted Gewertz, who share ownership of Windsong's Legacy as well.
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Georgia fastest of day

on 08/07/2004 2:00 AM
Georgia Pacific was the fastest winner of the Hambo Day card at the Meadowlands as he captured the third and final Oliver Wendell Holmes division in 1:49.1. Two other Holmes divisions went to Metropolitan in 1:50.1 and Geartogear in 1:49.4. Georgia Pacific, who was favored to win the $1 million North America Cup earlier this year, defeated Meadowlands Pace champ Holborn Hanover. While Holborn H...
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Quik Pulse scares rivals

on 08/06/2004 2:00 AM
With eight wins in eight starts, including a dominating win in a $15,000 Motor City Pace prep contest last Saturday night at Hazel Park Raceway, Quik Pulse Mindale will face only four in this Saturday's (Aug. 7) $100,000 final. If Quik Pulse Mindale's connections--owner Lloyd Arnold, trainer Mike Arnold and driver Tony Morgan--expect the winner's check to be already made out, they best remember...
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Duramax return cancelled

on 08/06/2004 2:00 AM
Chevie Duramax was intended to make his long awaited 2004 debut Saturday night at Hazel Park Raceway, but was forced to scratch. Expected to be one of this year's leading 3-year-old pacers, Chevie Duramax broke a bone while wintering at a Kentucky farm, an injury which delayed his sophomore return. Chevie Duramax, who set a world record for 2-year-old geldings last year with a 1:50.3 victory at...
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So Artsi qualifies

on 08/06/2004 2:00 AM
So Artsi, the winner of last year's Sweetheart Pace at the Meadowlands, made her first start of the 2004 season in a qualifier at The Meadows Friday morning. She won the race by 4 1/2 lengths in 1:56.1 with Doug Snyder in the sulky. So Artsi, a daughter of Artsplace-So Western, is now trained by Dick Macomber.
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Wilson, Sweetheart raced

on 08/06/2004 2:00 AM
Two-year-old pacers took the spotlight at the Meadowlands Friday night (Aug. 6) with Village Jolt capturing the $432,000 Woodrow Wilson in 1:51.3 and Fox Valley Shaker winning the $443,200 Sweetheart in 1:53.3. Village Jolt moved into the lead going to the :55.4 half for driver Ron Pierce. Up Front Charlie and Dave Palone came first-over going to the three quarters, but after that station was p...
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Services set for Lou Meittinis

on 08/05/2004 2:00 AM
Visitation will be held for horseman Lou Meittinis on Saturday, Aug. 7, and Sunday, Aug. 8, from 3-5 pm and from 7-9 pm at the Oyster Bay Funeral Home, 261 South St., Oyster Bay, NY. (516) 922-7442. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Aug. 9, at St. Dominick's Church in Oyster Bay at 10:45 am. Burial will follow in Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury, N.Y. Meittinis, who trained such champion...
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Tom Ridge appears ready

on 08/05/2004 2:00 AM
Three of the top contenders for the Hambletonian, Cash Hall, Cantab Hall and Tom Ridge, were enjoying cool New Jersey weather after a little work on Thursday morning. Tom Ridge jogged and then enjoyed lunch before he took a walk from his stall to the front of trainer Jimmy Takter's farm for a TV interview with a New Jersey station. Takter said he believes the outcome of the Hambletonian will...
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Hall colts relax at farm

on 08/05/2004 2:00 AM
Cash Hall and Cantab Hall, two of the favorites for the Hambletonian, were relaxing at Showplace Farms near Freehold, N.J., after easy morning exercise. Cantab Hall and Cash Hall both jogged lightly and Cantab Hall also ate as much grass as his caretaker, Emma Peterson, allowed him. Late in the morning Cantab Hall engaged Peterson's yellow labrador, Max, in a bit of fun as he held a rubber sque...
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Holloway recovering

on 08/05/2004 2:00 AM
Trainer Joe Holloway was back at his barn at Showplace Farms Thursday morning after being discharged from a local hospital the previous night. Hollloway was hospitalized after he was diagnosed with Lyme disease. Holloway, who trains such notables as Modern Art, said he began feeling poorly last Saturday. "I thought I was having a heart attack," he said, "so since there are heart problems in my ...
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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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