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OTB robbed in Indiana

on 07/27/2004 2:00 AM
A man held three employees hostage for several hours before emptying the safe at an Indiana Downs off-track betting facility in Evansville, Ind., police said. According to reports, a man entered an abandoned building next to the betting parlor early Monday, broke down a common wall and entered the facility. He located one security guard and two cleaning personnel, and he held them at gunpoint u...
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Fields set for 2YO trots

on 07/26/2004 2:00 AM
The entry box closed for the Peter Haughton Memorial and Merrie Annabelle for 2-year-old trotters, and this year eliminations are not needed for the Aug. 5 finals at the Meadowlands. Instead, the entrants will compete in prep races this week. Missing from the Peter Haughton Memorial is New Jersey Sire Stakes final winner Ken Warkentin, who is not eligible to the race. The Haughton field will in...
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Eilean Donon set for Hambo

on 07/26/2004 2:00 AM
It was almost three weeks ago that Eilean Donon under went emergency surgery for a scrotal hernia and his chances of racing in the Hambletonian looked dicey at best. But after his impressive return to racing over the weekend, his name will be dropped in the entry box Tuesday morning (July 27) for the 79th edition of the Hambletonian classic. Friday night (July 23) the 3-year-old son of Angus Ha...
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Hunt M Down wins Dygert

on 07/25/2004 2:00 AM
Hunt M Down did just that en route to a 1:54 victory in the $115,000 Erwin F Dygert Memorial at Hawthorne Park Saturday night (July24). With Eric Ledford in the bike, Hunt M Down, the early leader, relinquished the lead to Upalazyriver at the :56.4 half, then stalked the leader past the three quarters in 1:25.3 and into the stretch. When Upalazyriver (Jason Dillander) drifted out in the lane, L...
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Colts in Tompkins-Geers

on 07/25/2004 2:00 AM
Three year old colt trotters and pacers were featured at Scioto Downs Saturday night (July 24), the final evening of Tompkins-Geers Stakes. In the fastest of two divisions of the 3-year-old pace, Sand Sax grabbed the lead early in the home stretch and held on for a one-length score over Santastic’s Pan (Mike Wilder) in 1:52.3. David Hawk drove the winning Presidential Ball geld...
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Filly sets stakes mark

on 07/24/2004 2:00 AM
The much antiipated showdown between Rainbow Blue and Kikikatie in the first of two $81,600 Tarport Hap divisions at the Meadowlands Friday night turned into a one-filly show as Rainbow Blue posted an impressive stakes record 1:50 victory over a "sloppy' track. It was the 15th straight victory for the 3-year-old filly pacer Rainbow Blue and her 11th consecutive in 2004. Both Kikikatie and Rainb...
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Eilean Donon wins open

on 07/24/2004 2:00 AM
Showing no effects from recent surgery to repair a scrotal hernia, Eilean Donon showed he was Hambletonian capable with a 1:54 victory in a $25,000 open for 3-year-old colt trotters at the Meadowlands Friday night. On the eve of the Stanley Dancer eliminations earlier this month Elean Donon had to be scratched when the hernia was discovered. A son of Angus Hall, Elean Donon was driven by John C...
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Fast fillies at Scioto

on 07/24/2004 2:00 AM
Pantidepressant and Artbitration won their respective Tompkins-Geers divisions for 3-year-old filly pacers Friday night at Scioto Downs while American Tribue captured the lone Tompkins-Geers contest for 3-year-old filly trotters. Pantidepressant led wire to wire for driver Brett Miller to win her $22,300 division in 1:52.3, a career-best for the daughter of The Panderosa. Townline Lilly (Chip N...
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Vernon races NYSS

on 07/24/2004 2:00 AM
Although Vernon Downs was forced to cancel its Friday night program due to financial problems, four $18,998 New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers were held as non-betting events. Jeff Gregory drove Perfectly Sealed to a 1:58.3 victory in the first NYSS split, winning by five lengths over New Bristol Josie and Sexy Annie. Ray Van Dreason trains the daughter of Sealed N Dellivered for ...
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Delmartha upsets at Big M

on 07/24/2004 2:00 AM
Delmartha, who finished third in the 2002 Breeders Crown and second in last year's Crown final behind Stroke Play, won a $17,500 conditioned trot at the Meadowlands Friday night, rewarding her backers with a nice $31 payoff. Driven by Cat Manzi, Delmartha trotted the mile over a "sloppy" track in 1:55.1, equaling her career best. Stillbrook finished second with Tagapine third. Delmartha is a...
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Vernon completely closed

on 07/24/2004 2:00 AM
Published reports state that Vernon Downs, which was forced to close down due to financial reasons, does not plan to finish its 108 scheduled racing dates this year. The track canceled its Thursday card and raced only four New York Sire Stakes races Friday night as non-betting events, canceling the seven overnights on the program. The track also canceled its Saturday night card. Although it was...
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Elegant Man wins Trot

on 07/24/2004 2:00 AM
Elegant Man, at odds of 16-1, split horses in deep stretch and shot into the lead in the final strides of the $50,000 Breeders Crown Trot elimination, winning in a lifetime best 1:53.2 with Cat Manzi in the bike. Leaving from post 10, Elegant Man raced last while Meadowview Sunny (Mike Lachance) took the field to the opening quarter in :28.1. The entry of Bebop (Trond Smedshammer) and H P Paque...
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Shark, Royal Mattjesty score

on 07/24/2004 2:00 AM
Four Starzzz Shark and Royal Mattjesty captured their respective $50,000 eliminations Saturday night (July 24) and advanced to the Breeders Crown Pace final next Saturday night (July 31) at the Meadowlands. In the first elimination, Four Starzzz Shark was once again an easy winner, this time in 1:48.2 by two lengths over Quality Western. Driver Mike Lachance put the 6-year-old son of Camââ...
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Animated Art beats mares

on 07/24/2004 2:00 AM
Ten of the 11 mares who will be in the Breeders Crown Mare Pace next Saturday night (July 31) lined up in the $40,000 Open Mares Pace Saturday night (July 24) at the Meadowlands with 10-1 longshot Animated Art and Mike Lachance pulling off the upset in 1:50. Animated Art moved first-over at the :55 half as Loyal Opposition and George Brennan set the pace. The third quarter was passed in 1:23 wi...
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NYSS at Mighty M

on 07/24/2004 2:00 AM
Two-year-old trotting fillies went to the post in six divisions of the New York Sire Stakes Saturday afternoon (July 24) at Monticello Raceway. Twin B Senorita and Miss Lauren Paige took home top honors for the day as both fillies wired their respective fields in 2:04.1. Twin B Senorita (Credit Winner) romped by 7 3/4 lengths for Ray Schnitker in her second victory in three starts this year, wh...
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Three wins for Eleven AM

on 07/23/2004 2:00 AM
Eleven Am, a 2-year-old Falcon Seelster colt, picked up his second straight stakes win and third in four starts with a 1:53.4 score in a $69,200 Niatross division Thursday night at the Meadowlands. Just one week earlier he captured a New Jersey Sire Stakes final. John Campbell drove Eleven AM to the victory from post nine for trianer Bruce Saunders. A second Niatross division, worth $68,200,...
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Longshot Catlin NJSS champ

on 07/23/2004 2:00 AM
Southwind Catlin, a filly bred by Southwind Farm of New Jersey and now owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock of New York, was a surprise winner of the $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old trotting fillies. She turned in a 1:57.2 effort Thursday night at the Meadowlands, winning by a head over Flirtin Miss. Southwind Catlin, who was driven by John Campbell, had the advantage of starting ...
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Goodnite for Buddy

on 07/23/2004 2:00 AM
Goodnite Buddy, a colt by Nobleland Sam, enjoyed a good night at Scioto Downs Thursday when he won his Tompkins-Geers division in 1:54.1 for driver Dan Noble. Buddy was the fastest of the three 2-year-old pacing colt division winners in Tompkins-Geers action Thursday night. Kublai Pan, a colt by The Panderosa out of the million-dollar winner Mystical Maddy, posted his first career victory when ...
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Garth Vader trots 1:59.4

on 07/23/2004 2:00 AM
Garth Vader, a 2-year-old trotting colt by Garland Lobell, was the fastest in Tompkins-Geers action for his division Thursday night at Scioto Downs. D.R. Ackerman drove the colt to the victory. One other trotting colt division went to Green Dot, a son of SJ's Photo, who scored in 2:01.1 for his first career victory.
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First PA gaming appointee

on 07/23/2004 2:00 AM
The chairman and chief executive of the Temple University Health System has become Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell's first appointment to the new state gaming commission that will oversee up to 14 gambling venues, including slots at the the state's racetracks. Joseph W. Marshall III, 51, also a former chairman of the state Ethics Commission, oversees Temple's $1 billion, 8,000-employee nonprofit ...
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