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Trap set in Mack Lobell

on 02/27/2004 7:00 PM
Trappers Salute A wore down the competition Saturday night (Feb. 28) at Pompano Park to win the $80,000 Mack Lobell Series final for open trotters. With George Napolitano Jr. driving, Trappers Salute A crossed the wire in 1:55.2, two lengths ahead of Dunkster (Kurt Sugg) and Damon Runyon (Wally Hennessey). Damon Runyon grabbed the early lead and set first-half fractions of :27.3 and :56.4. Appr...
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No luck needed in Isle final

on 02/27/2004 7:00 PM
Making a first-over move past the half, Luckyisasluckydoes wore down a stubborn He Wants It All to capture Saturday night's (Feb. 28) $162,000 Isle of Capri Pacing Series final at Pompano Park. With Bruce Ranger driving, Luckyisasluckydoes crossed the wire in 1:52.4 to complete a sweep of the Isle of Capri. Tony Morgan, driving He Wants It All, dropped in third out of the gate after leaving fro...
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Ann Mossbarger named

on 02/26/2004 7:00 PM
Ann Mossbarger, who gave up a "great job at the Columbus Dispatch" to help launch her husband's veterinary career in 1945, will be the fourth Lady Pace honoree of the Delaware, Ohio County Fair. The $20,000-estimated Lady Pace will be raced Sunday afternoon, Sept. 19, opening day of Delaware's five afternoons of Grand Circuit harness racing. The Little Brown Jug is scheduled for Thursday,...
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Dream Lavec Wins Open

on 02/26/2004 7:00 PM
Dream Lavec swept five-wide through the first turn, took the lead after the opening quarter and went on to a 1:55 victory in the $40,000 Open Trot at the Meadowlands Friday night (Feb.27.). Driven by David Miller, Dream Lavec got away with a :29.1 second quarter after the opening panel was raced in :28.4. He trotted past the three-quarters in 1:27 before holding off the field by two lengths w...
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Lucky surprises trainer

on 02/25/2004 7:00 PM
When the field goes to the post at Pompano Park Saturday night (Feb. 28) for the $162,000 Isle Of Capri Pacing Series final, Luckyisasluckydoes will be going for the series sweep. The Camluck 5-year-old gelding has been the surprising dominant horse in the two preliminary rounds, coming from off the pace with a 1:51 mile in an opening-leg division Feb. 14 and then wiring the field in his split ...
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Ky. casino bill to be filed

on 02/25/2004 7:00 PM
Kentucky racetracks and a key legislator in the State House have reached an agreement to introduce a bill that would allow the opening of nine casinos in the Bluegrass State, five run by racetracks and four non-track sites. Rep. Larry Clark, speaker pro tem in the House, will introduce the bill on Friday (Feb. 27), which would put on the November ballot a constitutional amendment legalizing casino...
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Freehold: no to Pantaleano

on 02/25/2004 7:00 PM
Although he recently received conditional license approval in New Jersey, Jim Pantaleano has hit a roadblock as to where to race his horses in the Garden State. Harness Racing Communications has reported that Freehold Raceway general manager Don Codey, after personally meeting with the trainer-driver who was barred from Northfield Park last month, told Pantaleano he was "not being allowed to pa...
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Hawk down to drive at Nvllle

on 02/24/2004 7:00 PM
David Hawk, who has not driven since Jan. 28 after being barred by Northfield Park, appears to be heading to Michigan to climb back into the sulky. Hawk, who was listed to drive on the overnight sheet at Northville Downs last weekend but whose name never made it to the program, is once again listed on the Friday night (Feb. 27) sheet at Northville. "David (Hawk) has been listed to drive and he ...
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Patio Pete hopes for repeat

on 02/24/2004 7:00 PM
Peter Kleinhans thought he'd give Patio Pete one more shot in the Open Trot at the Meadowlands last Friday night (Feb. 20), and the 7-year-old gelded son of Overcomer surprised even him by capturing the $40,000 contest at odds of 18-1. If Patio Pete hadn't raced well in that start, Kleinhans said he was going to ship the trotter to either Freehold or Yonkers, the latter of which was the site of ba...
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Pompano to race year-round

on 02/24/2004 7:00 PM
The 2004 racing schedule at Pompano Park got a lot busier with Wednesday's (Feb. 25) announcement that the track will stay open for live racing the entire year instead of shutting down May 1 and reopening in October. Pompano Park's schedule is now expanded to 164 nights in 2004. Now racing five nights a week, the track will change to four nights in April and three nights in May before a Friday-...
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Farber, Ingrassia at PPK

on 02/23/2004 7:00 PM
Bea Farber and Jacqueline Ingrassia, the two winningest female drivers in harness racing history, will be acknowledged for their feats Saturday night (Feb. 28) at Pompano Park. Farber, who retired in 1995 with 1,801 wins, will travel from her home in Naples, Fla., to join with Ingrassia, who recently went over the 1,000 mark in career victories, in the special winner's circle festivities.
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Robinson loses appeal

on 02/23/2004 7:00 PM
The Ontario Racing Commission has dismissed the request by trainer Bill Robinson to have his rights to race at Woodbine Entertainment Group racetracks restored immediately. That means Robinson will not be able to race his horses at either Woodbine or Mohawk. Upon issuing the ruling, the commission stated, "The public interest and the best interests of racing generally are served in this matter ...
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Hall of Famer Dennis dies

on 02/22/2004 7:00 PM
Jim Dennis, elected into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2001, died Sunday morning, Feb. 22, at his home in Solana Beach, Calif. He was 79. A native of Idaho, Mr. Dennis trained and drove several stars over his career, but his best-known feat was directing Adios Vic to an upset victory over Bret Hanover in the 1965 Review Futurity at Springfield, Ill., snapping that one's 35-race win streak....
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Ritch Art wins final

on 02/22/2004 7:00 PM
Ritch Art completed his sweep of the Senior Trendsetter Series Sunday afternoon (Feb. 22) at the Meadowlands, capturing the $87,400 final with a 1:52.1 effort. Driving by Cat Manzi, Ritch Art defeated What's Demotta by 1 ¼ lengths, with Dream Believer third. The 1:52.1 effort equaled the career best for the 4-year-old son of Perfect Art. He is owned by Greg Grismore and Thomas Cummins. Grism...
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Record efforts in winter finals

on 02/20/2004 7:00 PM
Carolina Sunshine equaled the stakes record and Thrilled established a new one in their respective Winter Series finals at the Meadowlands Friday night (Feb. 20). Carolina Sunshine, ninth heading into the final turn after starting from post four, circled three wide after traveling fourth-over and charged past her nine rivals to win the $85,650 Cape & Cutter final. With Brian Sears driving, Caro...
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Mack Lobell 2nd-leg winners

on 02/20/2004 7:00 PM
Ultimate Sundance and Dunkster won their respective $17,500 divisions of the second leg of the Mack Lobell Series at Pompano Park Friday night (Feb. 20). That sets the stage for the $80,000 final to be held Feb. 27. For Ultimate Sundance, the win was his 35th in 164 career starts, and his fastest ever. With Bruce Ranger driving, the 9-year-old son of Ultimate Kosmos trotted in a new career best...
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Escape The Wind sweeps

on 02/20/2004 7:00 PM
Escape The Wind toyed with the field for more than three-quarters of the mile then pulled away in the stretch and completed a sweep of the Aquarius Series with a 1:50.3 mile in the $72,275 final Saturday night (Feb. 21) at The Meadowlands. The Aquarius was one of three Winter Series finals Saturday night that also included the $95,000 final of the Junior Trendsetter Series and the $70,000 final...
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Three in Isle Of Capri

on 02/20/2004 7:00 PM
Thunder Bay, Dee Magic Man and Luckyisasluckydoes captured $25,000 splits in the second week of the Isle Of Capri Pacing Series Saturday night (Feb. 21) at Pompano Park. In the first division, Thunder Bay (Michael MacDonald) and Corporate Rrraider (Peter Wrenn) battled head to head through the lane before Thunder Bay gained the advantage by a neck at the wire in 1:53. General Mattarthur (Bruce ...
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Ind. subsidy may be raised

on 02/19/2004 7:00 PM
Pull-tabs may be out of the question in the Indiana General Assembly, but there is a push to give more money to the state's horse racing industry. The Senate Finance Committee adopted an amendment Thursday, Feb. 19 by an 8-7 margin to increase the annual subsidy received by the industry from $27 million to $44 million. Last week pull-tab legislation, which had passed the full House, was shelved...
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Escape The Wind on a roll

on 02/18/2004 7:00 PM
After coming up a winner in the first two legs of the Aquarius Series at the Meadowlands from the seven and eight post, Escape The Wind has drawn the rail in Saturday's (Feb. 21) $72,275 final. Although the switch to an inside post will enhance Escape The Wind's changes even further in completing an Aquarius sweep, trainer-driver Roger Mayotte isn't having the check made out just yet. "I've bee...
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