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Casinos, tracks near deal

on 04/06/2004 2:00 AM
The Press Of Atlantic City is reporting that the New Jersey casinos and the horse racing industry are close to an agreement that would add $86 million to purses over the next four years. Dennis Gomes, president of the New Jersey Casino Association, said he would present details of a potential agreement to association members at today's (April 6) monthly meeting. "Once we discuss it, we'll hopef...
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Dubois in Kentucky

on 04/06/2004 2:00 AM
The famous French horseman Jean Pierre Dubois was at The Red Mile in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday and drove two horses in qualifiers at the track. He finished third with Flight Dream, a 3-year-old by Fill V out of the American Winner mare Fortuna Dream, in a race won by Delmartha in 2:00. Fill V is by Valley Victory while Fortuna Dream is a daughter of $625,887 winner Crown Starlet. Dubois finish...
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Precious Beauty back home

on 04/06/2004 2:00 AM
Precious Beauty p, 2, 1:53.3, a winner of a Kentucky Standardbred Sales Company Stakes at Indiana Downs last summer, won a qualifier at The Red Mile Tuesday morning. With Steve Wallter driving for owner Jim Avritt, Precious Beauty turned in a 1:58.2 effort over the red clay oval. The daughter of Jate Lobell had started in two previous qualifiers at the Meadowlands in March, but Avritt decided t...
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Deaths linked to Garden State

on 04/06/2004 2:00 AM
A rash of deaths among people linked to the former Garden State Park has two New Jersey senators seeking a probe as to whether the cause could have been the result of eating mad cow-tainted meat. According to an Associated Press story, the deceased all succumbed to the brain-destroying disorder Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. New Jersey Senators Frank R. Lautenberg and Jon S. Corzine requested "an i...
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Swingin Glory in 1:51.2

on 04/04/2004 1:00 AM
Two overnight races fetured at Hoosier Park on Saturday night showcased potential starters for the track's big Dan Patch Invitational Pace, set for April 10. Swingin Glory, a 10-yer-old gelding by Raging Glory, the sire of the famed millionaire Red Bow Tie, won an invitational with a 1:51.2 victory by 2 3/4 lengths. His easy victory over Life Sizzles, Foxy Maneuver and Sharky Spur came thanks to ...
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Midnight Jewel scores

on 04/04/2004 1:00 AM
Midnight Jewel, the winningest horse in North America last year, posted her fifth victory of the season when she scored at Hoosier Park Saturday night. The 7-year-old mare took the lead from the 7-year-old gelding Handyman Hank early in the race and then powered on to the win in 1:53.4. Midnight Jewel won 25 of her 43 starts last season. This year she has now won five of 11.
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Sizzling 1:49.4 mile

on 04/04/2004 1:00 AM
Life Source took the lead at the half and pulled away to a 1:49.4 victory in the $40,000 Open Pace Saturday night at the Meadowlands. With Cat Manzi at the lines, Life Source flew home in :26.4 to hold off the late challenge of Whosurboy for a two-length score. Life Source is trained and owned by Rich Banca. The horse surpassed $900,000 in earnings in his 28th career win. The 7-year-old ge...
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Campbell winless again

on 04/04/2004 1:00 AM
Hall of Famer John Campbell drove in six races at the Meadowlands but like the night before, he was winless. Campbell compiled one second, two thirds, two fourths and a sixth in his six drives. Campbell drove in his first races since December on Friday night. His layoff came because of an injury suffered last March, which healed sufficiently for him to return to work last June. However, more reha...
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Win for Royal Mattjesty

on 04/04/2004 1:00 AM
Royal Mattjesty, a 5-year-old stallion by Matt's Scooter, wonthe $55,000 Spring Pacing Championship first leg at Mohawk Racetrack Saturdat night. The time of the mile was 1:50.2. Royal Mattjesty is trained by Nat Varty and owned by Perretti Racing Stable and attorney John Rizzo. The stallion now has career earnings of almost $900,000.
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HP Paque in Su Mac Lad

on 04/04/2004 1:00 AM
HP Paque completed his sweep of the Su Mac Lad Series Sunday afternoon (April 4) at the Meadowlands, capturing the $134,400 final in 1:54.2. The win pushes the career earnings of the 7-year-old son of Tabor Lobell past the $1 million mark. With trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer, HP Paque led at every call, trotting a final quarter in :27.2 to secure the two-length victory over 2003 Older Trottin...
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Campbell wins opener

on 04/04/2004 1:00 AM
John Campbell, winless in his first two nights back after sitting out since last December to further rehabilitate an injured hand suffered in a race accident a year ago, wasted no time Sunday afternoon (April 4) finding the winner's circle at the Meadowlands. Campbell scored in the opener on the daylight card, winning with the trotter Writteninthestars in a $10,000 conditioned trot.
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Trotting Intruder wins final

on 04/03/2004 12:00 AM
Trotting Intruder took the lead at the opening quarter, trotted a :58 second last half and captured the $27,400 final of the Valley Victory Trotting Series Friday night (April 2) at Pompano Park in 1:58.3. Driven by Donald Dupont, trained by his wife, Marie, and owned by Ecuries Dupont and the Dupont Racing, Trotting Intruder posted his third straight win and sixth victory in 11 starts this ye...
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Campbell winless in return

on 04/03/2004 12:00 AM
The only problem for Hall of Fame driver John Campbell on his first night back at the Meadowlands was finding a fast horse to carry him to the winner's circle. Campbell, driving Friday night (April 2) for the first time since December 19, 2003, finished out of the money in all six appearances. "I feel good," said Campbell, a 16-time leading driver at the Meadowlands. "I just wish the horses...
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Youthful Series opens

on 04/03/2004 12:00 AM
The opening round of the Youthful Pacing Series for 3-year-old pacers was held at Mohawk Raceway Friday night (April 2) with driver Richard Zeron driving the winners in both divisions. In the first division, Dream Possession came from off the pace with a :27.1 final quarter to score in 1:56.1 by 1 ¼ lengths over Allamerican Unique (Randy Waples). Western Gem (Tony Kerwood) was third. This...
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Early pace takes toll

on 04/02/2004 12:00 AM
Iwannabesedated, a 3-year-old colt by Real Artist, won in 1:53.3 by a comfortable three lengths at the Meadowlands Thursday night. The favored Boo Yah and the $265,000 yearling Ain't No Stopn Us couldn't withstand first-over trips in a :55.4 first half and finished eighth and ninth, respectively, in the overnight comprised entirely of 3-year-old pacing colts. Larry Remmen trains I wannabesedate...
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Grinfromeartoears win

on 04/02/2004 12:00 AM
Two sons of the sire Grinfromeartoear took lifetime marks at the Meadowlands Thursday night. Tricky Grin, a colt, won his second straight race of the 2004 season and lowered his career record to 1:52.4. Bossy Guy scored in 1:56.2. Tricky Grin's 2 1/2-length victory was secured by a :26.3 final quarter. The colt is trained by Noel Daley. Bossy Guy, trained by co-owner Joseph Skowyra, edged The ...
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Ponder qualifies easy

on 04/02/2004 12:00 AM
Ponder, a highly-regarded 3-year-old son of The Panderosa-Empty Feeling trained by Bob McIntosh, easily won a qualifier under "sloppy" conditions at Mohawk Racetrack Friday morning (April 2). With Steve Condren driving, Ponder won in 1:58.4, posting a last half in :57.3 and final quarter in :27.1. Ponder made one start last year at two, a 1:58 victory at Flamboro Downs, before McIntosh decided ...
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DeFrank to Hazel Park

on 04/02/2004 12:00 AM
Greg DeFrank, most recently the director of racing and race secretary at Vernon Downs, has been hired by Hazel Park Harness Raceway as part of its management team in the role of operations manager. The track opens its 52nd year of harness racing on Monday, April 5. DeFrank, who has also worked at Pompano Park, Northfield Park and the Meadowlands, returns to the suburban Detroit track where he w...
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Artistic Vision qualifies

on 04/01/2004 12:00 AM
Artistic Vision p, 4,1:50.2, who had her best season last year with 13 victories in 22 starts and earnings of $284,050, won her second qualifier Wednesday at Balmoral Park and will make her first start of the season next week at the suburban Chicago track. Tony Morgan was in the bike as the 6-year-old Artsplace mare paced home in :26.3 for a 1:56 mile by 11 1/4 lengths. She won her first qualif...
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New marks for youngsters

on 03/31/2004 7:00 PM
Several races for inexperienced 3 year olds were a part of the Wednesday night card at the Meadowlands. A sloppy track slowed them down a bit, but four 3 year olds turned in the fastest winning miles of their lives. Crazy Character, a 3-year-old colt by Shady Character, won his first start of 2004 by edging Casey's Bonanza (sired by The Panderosa) by a neck in 1:54.3. Crazy Character made six s...
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