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Beulah Dygert passes

on 03/07/2004 7:00 PM
Beulah Dygert, who helped keep harness racing flourishing at Hawthorne Race Course under the Suburban Downs banner for many years, died Feb. 10 at a nursing home in Danville, Ill. She was 94. Mrs. Dygert and her husband, Erwin, joined the Carey family in moving the Suburban Downs license to Hawthorne. After her husband's death, Mr. "D," as she became known to many in harness racing, became a fi...
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Four Leaf Clover underway

on 03/06/2004 7:00 PM
The Four Leaf Clover Series for 4 and 5 year olds featured two divisions at the Meadowlands Saturday night and the winners were Sagebrush and Image of Dawn. The $150,000 final is scheduled for March 20. Sagebrush drew off to a 3 1/4-length victory over Mt. Vernon Hanoverwhile Iron Legend was third in a 1:51.2 mile. "I made a big brush to the half with him," said driver Daniel Dube of Sagebrush....
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1:49.2 year's fastest mile

on 03/06/2004 7:00 PM
Eaton Road Kill turned in a 1:49.2 mile when he won the $40,000 Open Pace at the Meadowlands Saturday night. The 6-year-old Cambest gelding charged home with a final quarter in :25.4. Driven by Daniel Dube for trainer Mark Harder, Eaton Road Kill lowered his lifetime mark with the victory, his 34th in 93 career starts.
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Fog hides mare pace

on 03/05/2004 7:00 PM
Carolina Sunshine didn't exactly hide from her competition, but you would never have known it after she captured the $40,000 Open Pace for mares over the fog-shrouded Meadowlands racetrack Friday night (March. 5). The thick fog made it impossible to see the race once the field left the front stretch, until the mares returned for the drive to the wire. But it was Cape & Cutter Series final winne...
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Four Starzzzz Hope in style

on 03/04/2004 7:00 PM
Four Starzzzz Hope popped out of the pocket behind a tiring Stormie's Girl and drew clear to a 4 3/4-length victory in Thursday night's (March 4) $65,000 Night Styles final at the Meadowlands. With Mike Lachance driving, Four Starzzzz Hope had the lead but yielded to the favorite Stormie's Girl, who made a quarter-pole move to take command. Biding his time, Lachance seized the opportunity when ...
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His return totally delayed

on 03/04/2004 7:00 PM
Breeders Crown champion Totally Western's 2004 debut has been delayed. The winner of the 2002 Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Crown Pace, Totally Western was scheduled to race in a Friday morning (March 5) qualifier at Mohawk, but inclement weather forced the cancellation of the races. After capturing his Crown, Totally Western returned to the races at three but suffered a hairline fracture a few...
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Wagering rebates hot topic

on 03/04/2004 7:00 PM
The issue of rebates to big bettors, or "whales," as they're referred to by some in the pari-mutuel industry, occupied most of the discussion at the Friday morning session of the annual joint meeting of Harness Tracks of America and Thoroughbred Racing Associations. David Willmot, chairman and CEO of the Woodbine Entertainment Group, spoke passionately about the situation, saying "The only reas...
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Night Styles contenders

on 03/03/2004 7:00 PM
Owner Jeff Cohen is hoping that Four Starzzzz Hope and Four Starzzzz Ittt provide a fitting birthday present for trainer Dave Sabatelli in Thursday night's (March 4) $65,000 Night Styles final at the Meadowlands. Sabatelli turned 39 on Wednesday (March 3), and will be sending out the two 4-year-old mares in the rich final of the three-week series. Athough they are racing with head numbers 2 and...
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Panel to vote on casinos

on 03/03/2004 7:00 PM
Kentucky's casino bill will take its first steps toward a likely House vote next week when the bill comes up for a vote in the House Licensing & Occupations Committee next Wednesday (March 10). A Lexington Herald-Leader story says the bill, which provides for the establishment of nine casinos throughout the state, with five at the state racetracks, is expected to pass the committee vote since n...
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Frank Boni dies

on 03/03/2004 7:00 PM
Frank Boni, the father of Northwood Bloodstock Agency owner and president Bob Boni, died Wednesday, March 3. He was 83. Retired from the automotive business, Mr. Boni was raised in Manhattan, N.Y. and attended the harness races at Roosevelt Raceway, which eventually led to becoming a Standardbred owner for more than 30 years. The first horse he purchased was from the late Hall of Famer Billy Ha...
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Track operators meeting

on 03/03/2004 7:00 PM
Members of Harness Tracks of America and Thoroughbred Racing Associations began their joint meeting in Sanibel Island, Fla., Wednesday (March 3) and heard several presentations in a joint session on Thursday morning. A panel of drug testing experts gave their thoughts on where the matter of drug testing is headed during a 45-minute discussion. Dr. George Maylin, a leading medication and testing...
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Smith new HTA prez

on 03/03/2004 7:00 PM
Jeff Smith, an executive with Centaur Racing, an owner of Hoosier Park, was voted the new president of Harness Tracks of America during the association's annual board meeting. Smith replaces Chris McErlean, who served a two-year term as HTA president.
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NJ Senator honored

on 03/03/2004 7:00 PM
Richard Codey, president of the New Jersey State Senate, was honored with Harness Tracks of America's Distinguished Service Award for his efforts on behalf of horse racing. At a luncheon held Thursday, Senator Codey spoke about horse racing in New Jersey and legislative efforts to help the industry. He said that "racing...requires constant, creative legislation" to keep it viable in today's wor...
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Sheddan suspended 7 years

on 03/02/2004 7:00 PM
Still facing criminal charges in New Jersey, trainer Dan Sheddan and associate Bruno Chiodo have been handed long suspensions and fined by the New Jersey Racing Commission. The two were discovered administering an oral substance to the horse Henry Clay at Sheddan's barn at Magical Acres on Feb. 21 by plainclothes detectives from the New Jersey State Police and subsequently arrested. The commiss...
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Mr. Muscleman in training

on 03/02/2004 7:00 PM
Kentucky Futurity winner and 3-Year-Old Colt Trotter of the Year Mr. Muscleman is back in training. Trainer Noel Daley reports that the now 4-year-old gelded son of Muscles Yankee has been "back at work" for three weeks. "He was turned out at Chris Coyle's place (Olive Branch Farm in Wingate, N.C.)," Daley told The Horseman. "He came back looking great; he filled out a lot. He (Coyle) did a goo...
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Jr. Mint nearing return

on 03/01/2004 7:00 PM
Trainer Jack Darling told The Horseman Tuesday (March 2) that the 4-year-old pacer Jr. Mint is less than a month away from qualifying. Darling said Jr. Mint will make his pari-mutuel debut in the Spring Championship Series at Mohawk, and that he has heavily staked the son of Northern Luck for his 2004 campaign. It was one year ago this week that Jr. Mint won a conditioned event at Woodbine, whi...
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Vernon denied license

on 02/27/2004 7:00 PM
The fate of Vernon Downs is up in the air after the track was denied a 2004 racing license by the New York State Racing & Wagering Board. At a special meeting held Friday (Feb. 27), the board decided to not approve the license request of the track, which had asked for a 120-day meet opening April 3.
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Hawk Mich. debut delayed

on 02/27/2004 7:00 PM
Although Dave Hawk was programmed to drive three horses at Northville Downs Friday night (Feb. 27) he never made it into the sulky. Hawk, who had received approval of Northville Downs' management to resume his driving career after recently being barred from Northfield Park, met with the commission stewards at the track prior to the card but was told a decision on his receiving a Michigan license w...
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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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