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Meadows cancels card

on 02/06/2004 7:00 PM
The Meadows in Pennsylvania canceled its Saturday afternoon (Feb. 7) card due to unsafe track conditions. Rain and milder than usual temperatures caused thawing of the track surface that created the conditions the horsemen deemed unsafe.
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Legislation moves forward

on 02/04/2004 7:00 PM
The Indiana House approved a bill Wednesday (Feb. 4) that would permit electronic slot-like gambling machines at the state's two horse racing tracks and in two off-track betting outlets. The bill would allow 5,000 of the electronic machines in the state. Hoosier Park in Anderson would get 1,000 machines, as would Indiana Downs in Shelby County. Off-track betting parlors in Indianapolis and For...
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Governor in attendance

on 02/04/2004 7:00 PM
The newly established Kentucky Horse Racing Authority held its first meeting Thursday at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington and Gov. Ernie Fletcher, who created the new authority, was there to address the 16-member board. The authority replaced the Kentucky Racing Commission, which Fletcher abolished shortly after taking office. Gov. Fletcher reitered his earlier remarks about his plans for t...
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First foal by Andover Hall

on 02/03/2004 7:00 PM
The first foal by Andover Hall has been born. Lovelytobehold 3, 1:54.3 ($457,568) delivered a colt by Andover Hall Jan. 27 at David Meirs' Concorde Stud in New Jersey. Lee and Linda DeVisser own Lovelytobehold, a daughter of Armbro Goal out of a Crowning Point mare. She has one other offspring, a 2 year old by SJ's Photo.
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Sept. 14 date for Messenger

on 02/03/2004 7:00 PM
Harrington Raceway has moved the date of the Messenger for 3-year-old colt pacers and Lady Maud for 3-year-old filly pacers to Tuesday, Sept. 14. Harrington had picked up the races for 2004 from Yonkers Raceway and had originally scheduled them for Oct. 4, which was in direct conflict of the Tattersalls and Glen Garnsey Memorial during Grand Circuit action at The Red Mile. Normally pacing's thi...
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David Miller vacationing

on 02/03/2004 7:00 PM
David Miller won't be in action at the Meadowlands Wednesday night (Feb. 4). He and his wife, Misty, are vacationing in the Carribbean. Miller was planning to fly home Thursday morning so he could be back in action at the track Thursday night for several drives in legs of the Jr. Trendsetter.
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Northfield bars Hawk

on 02/01/2004 7:00 PM
According to sources, driver Dave Hawk was turned away at the gate Friday night (Jan. 30) at Northfield Park and told he had been barred. Hawk becomes the third driver at Northfield to be barred in recent weeks, with Jim Pantaleano and Randy Tharps losing track privileges a little more than two weeks ago. Although no specific incidents have been mentioned as the reason for any of the barrings, ...
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Iron Legend wins series

on 01/30/2004 7:00 PM
Iron Legend, who was purchased by Mark Silva and Mathias Meinzinger on Jan. 8 after the horse raced in the first leg of the Clyde Hirt Series, won the $90,000 series final Saturday night (Jan. 31) at the Meadowlands. Silva and Meinzinger paid $100,000 for Iron Legend, a 4-year-old by the sire Life Sign. With Ron Pierce driving, Iron Legend won the Clyde Hirt Series final by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:5...
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Claimers in 1:51 miles

on 01/30/2004 7:00 PM
Two races of high-priced claimers turned in sub-1:52 clockings at the Meadowlands Saturday (Jan. 31). In a $75,000 claimer, Prince Edward won in 1:51.4. Then in the very next race, a claimer for horses with tags of $50,000 and $60,000, Michael Q scored in 1:51.4.
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Yonkers Trot moves

on 01/29/2004 7:00 PM
The Yonkers Trot, the second leg of trotting's Triple Crown, will be raced at Hawthorne Racecourse in 2004. This is the 50th renewal of the trotting classic but due to impending construction at Yonkers Raceway for the addition of video gaming machines, a change in venue was needed for this year. Eliminations for the Yonkers Trot at Hawthorne will be held Saturday, Aug. 21, with the final on Sat...
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Top Big M Open efforts

on 01/29/2004 7:00 PM
My Fantasy and driver Jim Morrill Jr. overcame the outside nine hole, finding room in deep stretch to win the $40,000 Open Pace for mares at the Meadowlands Friday night (Jan. 30). My Fantasy crossed the wire in 1:53.3, holding off a late-closing Worldly Beauty (Mike Lachance) at the wire, with Her Own Art (Brian Sears) also coming from far back to finish third. Stormies Girl, gunning for her e...
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Snowshoe winners

on 01/29/2004 7:00 PM
Raider Rain looked every bit the 1-9 odds he was backed down to at Woodbine Friday night (Jan. 30) as he was a good-looking 1:58 winner in a $16,000(C) division of the second leg of the Snowshoe Pacing Series. With Chris Christoforou in the sulky, the 4-year-old Raider Rain kept rival Ph Tidal Wave at bay through the stretch to win by a half length and post his second win in four starts in 2004...
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Wednesday cancellations

on 01/27/2004 7:00 PM
Freehold Raceway has canceled its Wednesday (Jan. 28) program due to the fierce winter storm that dumped several inches of snow on the area. On Tuesday, the storm forced the cancellation of racing in states from Michigan to Pennsylvania to New Jersey and New York. Any other cancellations will be posted on this website as soon as they are available.
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New slots bill in Pa.

on 01/27/2004 7:00 PM
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said at a news conference Tuesday (Jan. 27) that he will introduce a plan to authorize slot machines at eight racetracks - four existing sites and four to be built--and four other locations. The new plan calls for a racetrack to pay a onetime license fee of $50 million, with the four non-track locations paying $75 million each. Those licenses would be awarded by a n...
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Announcer Goemmer dies

on 01/27/2004 7:00 PM
Kevin Goemmer, who announced the races at several harness tracks over the past 30 years and was the director of sales and marketing for Charlson Broadcast Technologies, died Tuesday night (Jan. 27) of an apparent heart attack suffered while driving his car. He was 48. Mr. Goemmer's parents sold programs at Audubon Raceway and Louisville Downs, and his first job in harness racing came as a groo...
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VLTs open at Saratoga

on 01/27/2004 7:00 PM
Associated Press is reporting that it was "mass chaos" at the opening of Saratoga Raceway's video lottery terminal area Wednesday morning (Jan. 28). The Horseman's general manager and editor Kathy Parker is at Saratoga for the opening-day festivities and her full report can be found in next week's (Feb. 4) magazine. AP reported that hundreds of people waited more than an hour in poor winter wea...
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Solid crowd throughout day

on 01/27/2004 7:00 PM
The opening of the video gaming machine parlor at Saratoga Raceway drew a steady crowd throughout the day, and officials were braced for an even bigger crowd during the evening hours. Snow had subsided to flurries and travel was no problem for people in the local area. Live racing was also scheduled to take place Wednesday night (Jan. 28), with the feature of the program a filly and mare Open P...
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Bruce Hamilton remembered

on 01/27/2004 7:00 PM
Bruce Hamilton, the late executive of the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State, was remembered with a memorial race at Saratoga Raceway Wednesday night (Jan. 28), the first day slot machines were turned on for business at the track. Hamilton was a key player in lobbying for legislation for video gaming terminals at New York racetracks. Hamilton's widow, Valerie, and other members of his fam...
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Racing cancellations

on 01/26/2004 7:00 PM
The wrath of Mother Nature has once again taken its toll on racing as the Meadowlands, Yonkers, The Meadows and Northville Downs have canceled their Tuesday night (Jan. 27) programs. Also, Kawartha Downs and Western Fair in Ontario have canceled their Tuesday cards.
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Prix d'Amerique to France

on 01/25/2004 7:00 PM
Representing France, Kesaco Phedo won the Prix d'Amerique at Vincennes in Paris on Sunday (Jan. 25) in a stakes record time of 1:56. Driven by Jean Michel Bazire, Kesaco Phedo defeated a field of 17 rivals. Last year's Prix d'Amerique winner Abano As, representing Germany, finished two lengths behind in second, with France's Jag de Bellouet third.
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