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George Dempsey dies

on 05/11/2004 2:00 AM
George Dempsey, a native of Iowa who trained horses at Quad City Downs and raced at tracks in both Iowa and Illinois, died May 7 after an extended illness. He was 62. The most notable horse Dempsey trained was Rock Creek, a $439,336 winner, who Dempsey won with 22 times.
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Woodruff Series underway

on 05/10/2004 2:00 AM
Istanbul and Muscles Marinara were the winners in two $18,000 divisions of the opening leg of the Hiram Woodruff Series Sunday afternoon (May 9) at the Meadowlands. The series is set to conclude with a $200,000 (estimated) final on May 23. Istanbul, with driver Ron Pierce in the sulky, trotted a strong last quarter of :28 and blew past Donnegal in the final strides to win by a length in a perso...
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Ryder takes first two

on 05/10/2004 2:00 AM
Trainer Chris Ryder sent out the winners of the first and second races at the Meadowlands Sunday (May 9), and his 3-year-old students turned in superlative efforts. The trotter Mystical Sunshine won the first race in 1:55.3, taking a lifetime mark with the 3 1/2 length score. The filly by Yankee Glide made 10 starts last season but could only muster a qualifying mark of 2:02 at Balmoral Park. ...
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Empire City at Yonkers

on 05/10/2004 2:00 AM
Last week Yonkers Raceway owner Tim Rooney revealed that when the new slots/casino area at Yonkers Raceway is operational, it will be known as Empire City at Yonkers. Management at Yonkers has been mostly quiet about details for the track's video lottery terminal (VLT) area, which it has said will cost $140 million and create 825 permanent jobs. In a story published May 8 in the New York Jou...
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Cullipher sidelined at HoP

on 05/10/2004 2:00 AM
Roger Cullipher is scheduled to be released Monday (May 10) from an Anderson, Ind. hospital following an accident at Hoosier Park Wednesday, May 5. The 46-year-old horseman was thrown from his mount, SD Poignant in the third race on the program. He suffered a broken collarbone, seven broken ribs and a punctured lung in the accident, and will be out for the remainder of the Hoosier Park meet. Th...
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Artsplace's brother wins

on 05/10/2004 2:00 AM
Hanksplace, a 3-year-old full brother to Artsplace, took a lifetime mark of 1:59.3 in a qualifying race at The Red Mile Monday (May 10). Trained and driven by Mark Evers, Hanksplace won by an easy 20 lengths. He was unraced as a 2 year old. In other qualifying action, the 3-year-old Jenna's Beach Boy-Stienam's Girl filly Ms. Pininfarina paced to a lifetime mark of 1:55.1; Justice Hall, a 3-y...
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Rogue Hall scores in 1:53

on 05/08/2004 2:00 AM
Rogue Hall pulled away from the field in deep stretch and captured the $92,500 (C) final of the Mohawk Pacing Series Friday night (May 7). Paul Macdonell was in the bike at Rogue Hall sat third as Big League Barry (Mario Ballargeon) cut fractions of :27, :56.3 and 1:25.2. But by the three quarters Rogue Hall had moved into contention first-over, just a length off the leader. Rogue Hall then spr...
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Beissinger wins Dexter

on 05/08/2004 2:00 AM
Beissinger Hanover posted a 20-1 upset in the $178,000 Dexter Cup final for the 3-year-old colt trotters at Freehold Raceway Saturday afternoon (May 8). A son of world record holders Self Possessed-Beat The Wheel, Beissinger Hanover put his nose in front at the wire in 1:57.1 to win for the third time in four starts this year. Driven by Mike Lachance for trainer Ron Gurfein, Beissinger Hanover ...
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Brandon's Cowboy in Creek

on 05/08/2004 2:00 AM
Brandon's Cowboy stretched his winning streak to five with an impressive 1:51 victory in the $260,000 Berry's Creek final for 3-year-old colt pacers at the Meadowlands Saturday night (May 8). With Daniel Dube driving, Brandon's Cowboy outgamed nine rivals and just held on by a nose at the wire over a fast-closing Four Starzzz King (Mike Lachance) to gain the decision. Dube got away third with B...
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Sophomore PASS action

on 05/08/2004 2:00 AM
Three-year-old colt pacers were divided into six divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action at The Meadows Saturday night (May 8), with four going for a purse of $21,146 and two vying for $20,746. The opening division went to Skydancer Hanover and driver Brian Zendt in 1:52.1. Now trained by Mark Harder, Skydancer Hanover is a son of Western Hanover. He is now two-for-three in 2004 after winn...
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Jim Morrill Sr. dies

on 05/07/2004 2:00 AM
Jim Morrill Sr. died at his home in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. after a lengthy illness. He was 69. Morrill was an outstanding horseman and is the father of Jim Morrill Jr. and owner and breeder Jamie Su Bauslaugh. Born in March, 1935 in Hanover, N. H., Mr. Morrill was a star prep athlete and voted All-State in both football and hockey, and often participated in scrimmages against squads from Dar...
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Survivor's Rupert at Hoosier

on 05/07/2004 2:00 AM
Rupert Boneham, one of the stars of Survivor All Stars, will be making a special guest appearance at Hoosier Park on Hoosier Cup night, Saturday, May 29. Boneham, an Indiana native, is one of the final four players still vying for the $1 million grand prize on Survivor: All-Stars, which concludes on CBS this Sunday. Boneham will be available for autographs and pictures beginning at 6 p.m. on Ho...
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38 nominated to BC Trot

on 05/07/2004 2:00 AM
An impressive group of 38, the highest number of male trotters made eligible since 1992, comprise the list of possible competitors for the $800,000 (gtd) Breeders Crown Trot to be raced at the Meadowlands on a special twilight card Saturday, July 31. Defending Crown champions Fool's Goal, who has won the Trot the last two years in a row, and sophomore Crown titlist Mr. Muscleman, who rode his Bree...
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UN to honor Leonard

on 05/07/2004 2:00 AM
Noted equine photographer Tony Leonard of Lexington, Ky., has been selected to receive the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Photographic Council (IPC), a non-governmental organization of the United Nations. Leonard will be honored during the IPC's "International Professional Photographer's Month" luncheon at the United Nations in New York City on Tuesday, May 11. The I...
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Lady Suffolk winners

on 05/07/2004 2:00 AM
Tag A Victory and Winning Missbrenda won their respective $50,000 divisions of the Lady Suffolk for 3-year-old filly trotters at Freehold Raceway Friday afternoon (May 7). With Steve Smith driving, Tag A Victory posted a career-best 1:58 clocking, while Charlie Norris directed Winning Missbrenda to a 2:00.2 score. Smith gave Tag A Victory a two-hole trip after leaving from the inside post, sitt...
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I Am A Fool wins qualifier

on 05/07/2004 2:00 AM
I Am A Fool won his second straight qualifier Friday morning (May 7) at the Meadowlands, this time in 1:53.2. With Ron Pierce driving for trainer Brett Pelling and owner Perfect World Enterprises, I Am A Fool posted a final quarter of :26 flat to easily defeat just three rivals. Last year's 2-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year, I Am A Fool is expected to make his first pari-mutuel start of 2004 in...
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Burroughs: Time to retire

on 05/07/2004 2:00 AM
Mal Burroughs has told The Horseman that "at 64 years old it's time to start downsizing," and that he plans to sell his 100-acre farm in Flemington, N.J. Three open houses at the farm next month will then be followed by an auction on the grounds on Thursday, June 24. "I'm going to retire and go to Florida. I just can't take the cold weather anymore in the wintertime," Burroughs told The Horsema...
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Ladylind scores in qua.

on 05/07/2004 2:00 AM
Merrie Annabelle winner Ladylind made her sophomore debut Friday morning (May 7) at Pompano Park, winning a qualifier in 1:59.4. Trained by Larry Rathbone and driven in the qualifier by Wally Hennessey, the daughter of Muscles Yankee earned $368,335 in 2003, taking her speed badge of 1:57.3 while winning the Merrie Anabelle on July 31 at the Meadowlands. She is owned by Doug Paul's M and L of D...
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Scioto Downs opens

on 05/07/2004 2:00 AM
Brett Miller had a driving triple and Dan Noble and Jeff Fout each won two races on the opening card of the 2004 season at Scioto Downs Thursday night (May 7). Miller won the curtain raiser with the 1-9 favorite Cmon Suzie Hangon and then two races later scored with He's A Big Dude. He later took the curtain closer with Hit Man Sam. The night's fastest mile went to Make A Big Splash in 1:55.2. ...
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TRM, Tattersalls sponsors

on 05/06/2004 2:00 AM
The Red Mile and Tattersalls Sales Company have reached an agreement with the Meadowlands to be the presenting sponsor of the $350,000 (est.) Merrie Annabelle Trot for 2-year-old fillies on Aug. 5. "The Red Mile and Tattersalls are proud to join the Meadowlands in what I believe must be the first instance of cross promotion between two racetracks with no common ownership," said The Red Mile's r...
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