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Amigo Hall 3rd in qua.

on 07/02/2004 2:00 AM
Last year's Hambletonian winner Amigo Hall made his first racetrack appearance as a 4 year old Friday morning (July 2) at Mohawk Racetrack as trainer Blair Burgess directed the son of Balanced Image in a qualifying contest. Under a conservative drive from near the back of the field, Amigo Hall finished third in the 1:57.2 mile, 11 lengths behind the victorious Chasing Tail, who was the 2001 Ken...
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Monticello opens slots

on 07/01/2004 2:00 AM
The long-anticipated opening of the video gaming parlor at Mighty M Gaming at Monticello Raceway finally took place Wednesday (June 30) and more than 750 people were in line when the doors opened at 10 a.m. In fact, a middle-aged woman from nearby Newburgh wanted dearly to be the first in line when the ribbon was cut so she came to the track at 2 a.m. to have the honor. The 1,743 video gaming m...
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Freshman colt trotters

on 07/01/2004 2:00 AM
Bar None and Southwind Utica turned in winning performances in their respective division of the EH Harriman Challenge Cup for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings Wednesday night (June 30) at the Meadowlands. In the first $61,425 division, Bar None took the lead on the turn for home and held on for a neck victory over Celebrity Master in 1:58.4. Keaton Zet was third. Bar None, driven by Ca...
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Pa. senators delay vote

on 07/01/2004 2:00 AM
Despite a full day of preparing for a vote Wednesday (June 30), a final draft of a bill to legalize slot machines in Pennsylvania was still being printed at 9:30 p.m. when senators decided it was time to call it a night, the Associated Press reports. After a yearlong buildup, senators held over for one more day an expected vote on whether to legalize as many as 61,000 slot machines in the state...
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KEEP names staff

on 07/01/2004 2:00 AM
The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) has appointed an executive staff to lead the organization's broad-based efforts to raise awareness of the horse industry's benefits throughout the state. KEEP Chairman Brereton Jones announced Wednesday (June 30) that the KEEP board of directors has named Claria Horn Shadwick, an attorney, as executive director of the grass roots equine organization....
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AHC to update study

on 07/01/2004 2:00 AM
The American Horse Council has retained Deloitte Consulting LLP to update the National Economic Impact Study of the Horse Industry in the US. “Calling this task an update is really a misnomer,� said AHC President Jay Hickey said in an AHC release. “This will require another complete study of the industry to do the job correctly.� The study has...
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Mantacular at Vernon

on 07/01/2004 2:00 AM
North America Cup winner Mantacular will be on display for Vernon Downs fans in an exhibition mile after Saturday night’s (July 3) third race. A recent career-best 1:51.2 upset winner for driver Cat Manzi in the $1.6 million (C) North America Cup classic at Woodbine Raceway, the bay son of Western Hanover-Between Two Fires will be teamed in his local workout by trainer Larry Ra...
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Wolf's Tina ties Roc record

on 07/01/2004 2:00 AM
Wolf's Tina staged a mild upset at Rockingham Park Wednesday afternoon (June 30) when she won a $3,000 trot as the 7-2 second choice in track record-tying time of 1:54.7 for horses her age, sex and gait. When the 4-year-old mare covered the mile on a fast, she not only equaled the mark set by Peach Sue last August, but also turned in her lifetime best performance. Knight's Tail, the 3-year-o...
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Top qualifiers Friday

on 07/01/2004 2:00 AM
Three-year-olds pointing toward the Meadowlands Pace and the Hambletonian populate several of the qualifying races Friday morning at the Meadowlands. In the first event, North America Cup runner-up Metropolitan and Berry's Creek winner Brandon's Cowboy will be tuning up for the Meadowlands Pace elims July 10. Panspacificflight, who finished third in the North America Cup, will appear in the six...
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Goshen ready to kick off

on 07/01/2004 2:00 AM
Although many consider the brain center of harness racing to be at the Meadowlands in New Jersey with its status of being the site where the best of the best compete, the heartbeat of the sport is heard about 60 miles northwest in the small town of Goshen, N.Y. The upcoming Fourth of July weekend also brings with it the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremonies as well as racing that includes the L...
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Ella Fitz Hanover scores

on 06/30/2004 2:00 AM
Ella Fitz Hanover held off her entrymate, Spring Art, for a neck victory in the first of two $47,000 divisions of the Debutante Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies Tuesday night at the Meadowlands. The Historic Grand Circuit Week at the Meadowlands opened with a quartet of stakes for 2-year-old fillies: the Debutante for pacers and the Acorn for trotters. Ella Fitz's Hanover, driven by Ron Pie...
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Pompano to have fireworks

on 06/30/2004 2:00 AM
Pompano Park will kick-off the July 4 holiday weekend in grand style with a fireworks show and Family Fun Night Friday (July 2). Post time has been moved to 7:05 p.m. Both admission and general parking are free. The special racing night starts at 7:00 p.m. with free miniature horse rides, clowns, face painting and live music along with the live harness racing and the poker room will be open. ...
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Dominic Frinzi hospitalized

on 06/30/2004 2:00 AM
According to the U.S. Trotting Association, Dominic Frinzi, president of Harness Horsemen International, is hospitalized in his home city of Milwaukee. The USTA states that Frinzi has been hospitalized with pneumonia since June 24. He is not permitted to have visitors or phone calls right now.
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Racino says no to NYRA

on 06/30/2004 2:00 AM
Officials at Saratoga Gaming and Racing have responded to a request by the New York Racing Association to close down its racino during live races at the neighboring Thoroughbred racetrack. NYRA made the public request Monday (June 28). The Albany Times Union reports that closing the racino during live races at Saratoga Race Course would harm workers and race purses at the racino. "We heard from...
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Davis leads at Harrington

on 06/30/2004 2:00 AM
Trainer Paul Davis Jr. broke a tie in the trainer standings with two wins on the Tuesday (June 29) program at Harrington Raceway. Davis entered the night with 24 wins, tied with Josh Green atop the standings for leading conditioner. He broke the tie with wins with Oliver Twist N and Ok Fella N, both driven by Steve Warrington. Green won the 13th race with Peyton Place (Morand) to pull within...
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Daguet Rapide wins in Italy

on 06/30/2004 2:00 AM
As expected, the 4-year-old Daguet Rapide (Pine Chip) won $402,600 Premio Tino Trioss, the second leg in the Italian 4-year-old Triple Crown at Tor di Valle, Rome. He won it wire to wire in a superior way, since he was allowed to reduce the speed initially. The speed was then increased and the last half mile was covered in a 1:50 rate. The average kilometer time was 1:13.9 over 2,100 meters, a ...
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Cantab Hall vs Tom Ridge

on 06/30/2004 2:00 AM
Defending divisional champion Cantab Hall and the colt who figures to be his arch rival this year, Tom Ridge, have drawn into the same division of the Historic Dickerson Cup, which will be raced Friday night (July 2) at the Meadowlands. Twenty 3-year-old trotting colts were divided into two $52,686 divisions of the Dickerson. The first division, which is carded as the fifth race of the evening,...
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Camelot Hall to Harder

on 06/30/2004 2:00 AM
Camelot Hall, last year's Metro Pace champion, has been moved from the stable of Darrin McCall to Mark Harder. The 3-year-old colt by Blissful Hall, who is scheduled to compete in the Jersey Cup Saturday night from post seven at the Meadowlands, joins Skydancer Hanover, another top sophomore, in the Harder barn.
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Cincinnati Kid now ready

on 06/30/2004 2:00 AM
Cincinnati Kid makes his first start of the season Friday night (July 2) in the second division of the Historic Dickerson Cup, and if drawing the nine-hole isn’t bad enough, he also will have to face Cantab Hall and Tom Ridge in his season debut. But this doesn’t bother Ann Schlichtig too much. She trains Cincinnati Kid for owner Fred Monteleone and says that b...
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Purse boost for Crown

on 06/30/2004 2:00 AM
The four Breeders Crown events for freshman pacers and trotters, to be raced October 23 at Woodbine Racetrack, will receive an additional US$50,000 in added money for each final, bringing the total net value of the four events to US$2.5 million. "Because of the rise in payments and stallion fees, we were able to add more to the 2-year-old purses than had previously been estimated," said Tom Cha...
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