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Royal Mattjesty dominates

on 06/22/2004 2:00 AM
Perretti Racing Stable’s and John Rizzo’s Royal Mattjesty shattered the track record by winning the $135,000 War on the Shore Invitational in 1:51.1 Monday (June 21) at Harrington Raceway. The 5-year-old Matt’s Scooter stallion was driven by Stephane Bouchard, who also piloted him to a 1:51 win in the $125,000 Battle of Lake Erie on June 12. Tr...
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Bill to lease tracks passes

on 06/22/2004 2:00 AM
A measure that would allow the New Jersey sports authority to lease the Meadowlands Racetrack and Monmouth Park to private operators in an effort to pull in more money from the horse racing industry was approved by the New Jersey state legislature Monday (June 21). According to an Associated Press story, supporters of the bill said it could boost state revenues from the two racetracks up to $30...
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Jug, Jugette future odds

on 06/22/2004 2:00 AM
Odds for the first of three Little Brown Jug and Jugette future pools have been released, with betting slated to begin through 24 outlets on Thursday, June 24, and continuing through Sunday, June 27. Metropolitan, who came within a head of capturing the $1.6 million North America Cup, has been installed the 3-1 choice in the Jug pool and last year's divisional champion juvenile filly Kikikatie has...
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KY Authority narrows list

on 06/22/2004 2:00 AM
The Kentucky Racing Authority has narrowed its list of applicants for it executive director’s position to three candidates, according to Authority chairman Bill Street. Street, speaking at the Authority’s monthly meeting Monday (June 21) at the Kentucky Horse Park, said that each of the three finalists is from out of state. The three, who were not identified, s...
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Compromise in PA slots bill

on 06/22/2004 2:00 AM
As lawmakers work toward an agreement that would legalize slot machines in Pennsylvania, gambling opponents gathered at the state Capitol Monday (June 21) in an attempt to stop the momentum building for the bill. But even some speaking at the rally conceded that the effort comes late in the debate and is unlikely to work. "Gambling companies have hired every lobbyist up here," state Sen. Gibson...
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Oh say can you sing

on 06/22/2004 2:00 AM
If you can sing as well as you train or drive a horse, the Meadowlands wants you to perform the National Anthem. �We think there might be some hidden talent in our midst," marketing manager Dan Shapiro said in a Meadowlands press release. “We know we have the best trainers and drivers in the world. Maybe there are also a few who are also vocalists and would like to sin...
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Sale of star filly reported

on 06/22/2004 2:00 AM
Horseman European correspondent Lars Palm reports that Sweden’s Jahnslund Stud has bought a share of Elegantimage winner Mystical Sunshine and will race the 3-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide in Europe next year. However, the filly’s trainer Chris Ryder told the Horseman Monday (June 21), that no ownership transaction has taken place. Jahnslund Stud, which sto...
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World record challenge off

on 06/22/2004 2:00 AM
An attempt in Sweden to break Victory Tilly’s mile track world record of 1:50.4 will not take place. Owners of Elitlopp winner Gidde Palema have decided not to enter the proposed race. The attempt was to be arranged at the new Tingsryd track, Sweden’s only mile track. The challenge would have featured Gidde Palema and Copenhagen Cup winner Revenue. But when pro...
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Marchand Gives Palone 300th

on 06/20/2004 2:00 AM
When Dave Palone drove Marchand to a 1:51.4 victory Saturday night in a division of a $122,480 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, it was a special moment. Not only was it Palone’s 300th stakes win at The Meadows in a time that matched the stakes record, but he also was piloting a colt originally named for him. Palone sent Marchand straight to the l...
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Kikikatie survives inquiry

on 06/19/2004 2:00 AM
Kikikatie won her season debut, a $24,603 division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows Friday night (June18), but she had to survive an inquiry first before being declared the winner. Kikikatie, driven by Dick Stillings for trainer Joe Seekman, was sitting fourth after the :27.1 opening quarter. Stillings tipped the daughter of Real Artist at the half, only to get snarled in a multih...
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Coldheartedrevenge scores

on 06/19/2004 2:00 AM
Coldheartedrevenge took advantage of a break in stride by ML’s Boy and captured the $102,000 Maywood Pace for Illinois conceived and foaled 3-year-old colt pacers Friday night (June 18) in 1:53.2. Driven by Andy Miller, Coldheartedrevenge sat second behind ML’s Boy (Tony Morgan)_through fractions of :26.3, :55.3 and 1:24.1. But in the lane ML’s...
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Four Starzzz Shark qualifies

on 06/19/2004 2:00 AM
Four Starzzz Shark, the top ranked Standardbred in the country, won a qualifier at the Meadowlands Friday morning (June 18) in 1:51.1. Regular driver Mike Lachance was in the bike as the 6-year-old Cam’s Card Shark stallion sat second through fractions :28.1, :56.4 and 1:25.1, then blitzed the final quarter in :25.4 for a three-quarter length victory over Hollywood Sam and Rich...
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NJSS shocker

on 06/19/2004 2:00 AM
The first of three $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers at the Meadowlands Saturday night (June 19) produced a shocker of the greatest kind as 1-9 favorite Modern Art finished fourth in the first split behind 32-1 longshot All My Life. Modern Art and driver David Miller moved to the lead against a strong backstretch wind and they were still on top turning for home. But the ...
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North America Cup upset

on 06/19/2004 2:00 AM
In one of the biggest upsets in the 21-year history of the Pepsi North America Cup, Mantacular and driver Cat Manzi pulled off a 26-1 upset in Saturday night's (June 19) $1.6 million renewal at Woodbine Racetrack. Manzi was able to get into the outer flow coming out of the first turn but that came after some early anxious moments near the back of the pack as horses jockeyed for early position i...
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Stroke Play in Flight

on 06/19/2004 2:00 AM
Brian Sears kept Stroke Play game down the long Woodbine stretch and the 2003 Three-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year went on to win the $353,250(C) Armbro Flight final Saturday night (June 19), easily holding off the 2003 Older Trotting Mare of the Year Windylane Hanover. Stroke Play crossed the wire in 1:53.4, holding off comfortably the late charge of Windylane Hanover and driver Ron Pierce...
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NYSS action

on 06/19/2004 2:00 AM
Donna’s Girl had the fastest time of 1:57 in her $31,052 division of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday night (June 19) at Saratoga. Howard Okusko Jr. expertly guided the Village Jove filly to the easy win for owners Claude Incaudo and Carol Okusko. Cha Cha Meg scored her first lifetime win, finishing ahead of Oops Im A Filly in 1:58.3. Joe and J...
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Legacy left in Goodtimes

on 06/19/2004 2:00 AM
Windsong's Legacy closed with a flourish to just catch Cash Hall at the wire to win Saturday night's (June 19) $322,700 Goodtimes final at Woodbine Racetrack. Cash Hall, driven by John Campbell, was parked past the half in :56.4, finally clearing for the lead past favored Eilean Donon and driver Tom Sells. Despite the tough first-half trip, Cash Hall opened up on his competition through the str...
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Sun shines in Elegantimage

on 06/19/2004 2:00 AM
Mystical Sunshine pulled a minor upset in the $601,300(C) Elegantimage final at Woodbine Saturday night (June 19) as heavily favored Zorgwijk Emani had her five-race unbeaten streak this year snapped when she went offstride past the half. With Paul MacDonell driving, Mystical Sunshine moved to the lead past the front-stepping Zorgwijk Emani (Kevin Wallis) down the backside. Mystical Sunshine dr...
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Bunny ready for Liberty

on 06/18/2004 2:00 AM
The 2000 Horse of the Year Bunny Lake is now six and, according to trainer and co-owner John Stark Jr., she's as good as ever. "The Bunny" is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line for Friday night's (June 18) $238,600 Lady Liberty final at the Meadowlands and will have the driving services of John Campbell from post two. "She's as good now as she's ever been soundness-wise," Stark told The ...
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Tax bill passes House

on 06/18/2004 2:00 AM
The American Horse Council has issued a release stating that the U.S. House or Representatives, on Thursday (June 17), passed its version of the international tax bill, the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 (H.R. 4520). Unlike the Senate-passed international tax bill, the House bill does not include two provisions important to the racing industry: the clarification that the 30 percent alien withh...
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