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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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TCS supplements due

on 03/31/2004 7:00 PM
The deadline for supplemental nominations to The Classic Series (TCS) is approaching as they must be received at the Hambletonian Society by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 5. The supplemental payment schedule is as follows: Horses sold at a TCS sponsor sale or nominated to TCS by the December yearling payment require a payment of $10,000; Horses not sold at any public auction as a yearling or horses b...
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Vernon sets opening date

on 03/30/2004 7:00 PM
Vernon Downs officials announced Tuesday (March 30) that the Central New York track will open April 23 for a 110-day session. The track was scheduled to open April 3, but licensing delays prompted the change in schedule. In actuality, the track will race 17 more days than it did in 2003. The track will have a first post time of 6:30 p.m., one hour earlier than last year. General manager Dennis ...
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Mich. slots bill has life

on 03/30/2004 7:00 PM
A story in Wednesday's (March 31) Detroit Free Press quoted a spokesman for the State Senate Majority Leader as saying he expected a bill that would allow the introduction of video lottery machines at the state's racetracks to be soon approved by a Senate committee and go before the full Senate. The spokesman for Ken Sikkema added that backers of the bill believed they had the necessary 20 Senate ...
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Hanners suspended at Dover

on 03/30/2004 7:00 PM
According to published reports, Brad Hanners, the leading money-winning driver and second-leading dash driver at Dover Downs, has been suspended after exceeding usage guidelines for a prescription drug. Hanners, 31, admitted taking the pain-killer Percocet, for a back injury sustained in a racing accident. According to Allen J. Cook Jr., the acting presiding judge at Dover Downs, Hanners will b...
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Scarlet Knight wins debut

on 03/30/2004 7:00 PM
Scarlet Knight, the 2001 Hambletonian champion, won his first race of the 2004 racing season on Wednesday night (March 31) at the Solvalla racetrack in Stockholm, Sweden. The 6-year-old son of Pine Chip covered the one-mile distance in 1:54.2. "I don't believe there could be a better trotter than this right now," said Scarlet Knight's trainer-driver, Stefan Melander, immediately after the race....
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ETC in Kentucky Bluegrass

on 03/29/2004 7:00 PM
Eastern Tent Caterpillar (ETC) season opened in the Kentucky Bluegrass this past weekend, and while it will not be as devastating as 2001, horse farms will be on the lookout for the little, brown, fury creepy crawlies, which have been blamed by many to have caused the death of hundreds of foals. It has been three years since the breeding industry in Kentucky suffered the devastating blow of wha...
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Artbitration qualifies

on 03/29/2004 7:00 PM
Artbitration, who came within a nose of upsetting eventual divisional champion Kikikatie in the She's A Great Lady at Woodbine last summer, won a qualifier in easy fashion at The Meadows Tuesday morning (March 30). Now 3, Artbitration won her first start of the year wire to wire by eight lengths in 1:57 for trainer-driver Norm Parker. A daughter of Artiscape, Artbitration won four of eight star...
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Horses stolen at Lebanon

on 03/28/2004 7:00 PM
Reports out of Lebanon Raceway in Lebanon, Ohio, state that three horses were stolen over the weekend from the barn area at the track. Montana Mike, Bud's No Wiser and RK's Bullwinkle disappeared from their stalls in a barn that housed 17 other horses. The horses were discovered missing when trainer Dave Seitser's grandmother went to feed RK's Bullwinkle Saturday morning (March 27). A search of...
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Hawk, Tharps back driving

on 03/28/2004 7:00 PM
Drivers Dave Hawk and Randy Tharps, who were barred from racing at Northfield Park in late January and were not welcome at other tracks, finally got back in the sulky for pari-mutuel action at Raceway Park this past weekend. Hawk and Tharps both competed on the opening card of the 2004 meet at Raceway Park on Saturday night. Hawk finished third in his first drive since Jan. 28 and then won his ...
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Cammie qualifies

on 03/27/2004 7:00 PM
Eternal Camnation, the richest pacing mare of all-time, qualified at Hoosier Park Saturday (March 27), winning easily in 1:56.3 with Jay Cross in the bike. "Cammie" heads into the 2004 season with $3,385,398 in earnings. Named the Dan Patch Award winner as the leading older pacing mare last year, she finished out the campaign with a nine-race win streak. Her last start and victory came on Nov. ...
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Holliday suspended

on 03/27/2004 7:00 PM
The already-depleted driver colony at Northfield Park has lost another of its reinsmen for the next 45 days. Ken Holliday has received a 45-day suspension from driving, one-year suspension from training, and a $7,000 fine for an elevated TCO2 test on Funtime Buddy Boy last December. Earlier this year the track ruled off its grounds leading drivers Jim Pantaleano, Randy Tharps and Dave Hawk.
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Su Mac Lad continues

on 03/27/2004 7:00 PM
HP Paque made it two straight wins in the first division of the second round of the Su Mac Lad Series at the Meadowlands Sunday afternoon (March 27), while Fool's Goal rebounded from a subpar effort to win the second split. The first $50,000 division turned into a virtual match race as HP Paque and Windylane Hanover drew away from the field down the stretch. HP Paque and trainer-driver Trond Sm...
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