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Complex leg winners

on 01/16/2004 7:00 PM
Token Favorite, Casimir Comotion and Dr. Hannibel won their respective divisions of the Complex Series Friday night (Jan. 16) at the Meadowlands. After cancelling its Thursday card due to the extreme cold, the Meadowlands picked up again Friday with the post time temperature at 17 degrees. Mike Lachance drove Token Favorite to a 1:52.4 win in the opening $20,000 Complex division, holding off Ri...
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It's cold in Saratoga!

on 01/14/2004 7:00 PM
Cold temperatures didn't stop the opening of the 2004 racing season at Saratoga Raceway in New York. The track raced its scheduled card despite the fact that temperatures were below zero for the entire card and eventually dropped to 12 below before sunrise. Despite the cold, racing went on with short post parades and one horse even turned in a 2:00 mile. Itsyourluckyday made the best of the sit...
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Detroit casinos hit jackpot

on 01/14/2004 7:00 PM
The Detroit Free Press is reporting in Thursday’s (Jan. 15) newspaper that the three casinos in downtown Detroit brought in approximately $1.13 billion in 2003, bringing the five-year total since they opened to an “eye-popping” $4.2 billion. Meanwhile, the state’s seven racetracks continue to suffer declines of 30 percent or more. The casino numbers are even more amazing...
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Pull-tab try again in Indiana

on 01/14/2004 7:00 PM
Legislation has been introduced in the Indiana General Assembly calling for electronic pull-tab machines at the state's racetracks and two satellite facilities. The bill was approved by the House Public Policy, Ethics and Veterans committee Wednesday and now heads to the House Ways and Means committee. House Bill 1188 would allow both Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs to each add up to 1,000 pull-...
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Press sees Saratoga slots

on 01/14/2004 7:00 PM
The doors of the brand new gaming facility at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway will open to the public on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 10:00 a.m., but the media got a sneak peak on Wednesday (Jan. 14). The newly designed facility includes more than 1,300 video gaming machines, also known as VGMs, two restaurants, a bar and food court on the gaming floor, a gift shop, and a variety of guest services. Th...
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Big M cancels Thursday

on 01/14/2004 7:00 PM
The Meadowlands has canceled live racing for Thursday night (Jan. 15) due to dangerously cold weather that is predicted for the area during the night. Woodbine also canceled its Thursday night program as well as Friday morning qualifiers at Mohawk. Freehold Raceway also cancelled its Thursday afternoon program.
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Kikikatie home in Michigan

on 01/13/2004 7:00 PM
Dan Patch Award-winning Kikikatie has made her way back to trainer Joe Seekman’s farm in western Michigan after spending about 40 days at Peninsula Farm in Kentucky. Kikikatie won 14 of her 15 starts last year and $788,044 as she dominated her 2-year-old pacing filly division. “We picked her up last week and she’s back,” Tina Seekman, the wife of trainer Joe Seekman, tol...
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Chevie Duramax injured

on 01/13/2004 7:00 PM
Chevie Duramax, who set a world record of 1:53.1 on a half-mile track last year as a 2 year old, has suffered an injury. According to reports, the now 3-year-old gelding broke a sesamoid bone while training down in Illinois. He was shipped to Rood & Riddle Veterinary Clinic in Lexington, Ky., for treatment, which will delay his return to the races in 2004. Lloyd Arnold bought the world champion...
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Ky. regulator resigns

on 01/13/2004 7:00 PM
Bernie Hettel, the executive director of the recently-abolished Kentucky Racing Commission, has resigned the same position with the new Kentucky Horse Racing Authority. Hettel, who also served as a state steward at Kentucky's Thoroughbred tracks, made his resignation effective immediately. Some racing observers in the state speculated that Hettel had been asked to submit his resignation by memb...
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Frank J. Antonacci dies

on 01/12/2004 7:00 PM
Frank J. Antonacci, 75, the owner of Hambletonian winners Lindy's Pride, Speedy Crown and Victory Dream, has died. He was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2000 along with his cousin Guy "Sonny" Antonacci. Frank J. Antonacci became involved in harness racing in the mid-1960s along with his cousin Guy and the Lomangino family. They established Lindy Farm Inc. and one of the first ...
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Yankee Cruiser to Ohio

on 01/12/2004 7:00 PM
Midland Acres has acquired an interest in Yankee Cruiser and will stand the son of Artiscape at its farm in Ohio for the 2004 breeding season. Yankee Cruiser is a son of Artiscape out of the Jate Lobell mare A Yankee Classic. Yankee Cruiser earned $1.15 million and was a winner in 1:51.2 at age two and in 1:49.3 at age three. His biggest victory was the North America Cup.
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Native to stud at Hanover

on 01/11/2004 7:00 PM
Allamerican Native p,3, 1:49.4, a winner of $1.2 million, will stand at stud at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania. Hanover Shoe Farms, Kentuckiana Farms, Winbak Farm, Allamerican Harness Breds and Cameo Hills Farm will share ownership of the stallion equally. Allamerican Native won the 2002 Woodrow Wilson and finished his racing career after his 3-year-old campaign with wins in 13 of 29 career...
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Betty Wehle dies

on 01/11/2004 7:00 PM
Betty Wehle, a longtime Standardbred breeder who bred the top performers Amneris, Cory and Final Score, died Thursday (Jan. 8). Mrs. Wehle operated Wehle Stock Farm in New York for many years, standing a few stallions at stud along with boarding her small broodmare band.
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Gallo wins in 1:50.3

on 01/10/2004 7:00 PM
Former Horse of the Year Gallo Blue Chip proved he's really back on top of his game by winning a leg of the Presidential Series at the Meadowlands Saturday night (Jan. 10). Despite the cold temperatures, the 7-year-old gelding turned in a 1:50.4 mile, the fastest of the night. Royal Mattjesty finished second to Gallo Blue Chip while E Dee's Cam, the betting favorite, was sixth. A second Pres...
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Pronger wins at Woodbine

on 01/10/2004 7:00 PM
Pronger, who won a het of last year's Little Brown Jug, won his second straight leg of the Willowdale Pacing Series at Woodbine. This time the 4-year-old gelding by Cambest scored by 1 3/4 lengths in 1:53.1 Saturday night (Jan. 10). Keith Oliver has driven Pronger to the horse's two straight victories for trainer-owner Ben Wallace. Wolfdancer Mindale won the second Willowdale split with a 1:...
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Armbro Amoretto eighth

on 01/09/2004 7:00 PM
Armbro Amoretto, one of the top two 3-year-old pacing fillies during the 2003 racing season, hasn't taken a break from the racing wars just yet. But she finished eighth in the Open for fillies and mares at Woodbine Friday (Jan. 9). Looketepoedunk, a 6-year-old mare by Look Sharp, won the race by a nose over Arukiddinme in 1:55.3. Armbro Amoretto, driven by Luc Ouellette, started from post nine ...
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Complex action underway

on 01/09/2004 7:00 PM
Two divisions of the Complex Series were contested at the Meadowlands Friday night (Jan. 9) and the winners were Wetern Gambler and Token Favorite. Western Gambler, a 4-year-old stallion by Western Hanover who won three of 26 starts last year, won by a neck over Dream Rocket in 1:52.3. Virgil Morgan Jr. trains the winner. Token Favorite, a 5-year-old stallion by Jate Lobell who won eight of...
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Two for Tuna Whip

on 01/09/2004 7:00 PM
TDuna Whip, a 4-yer-old son of Tagliabue, now has two straight wins at the Meadowlands. The trotter turned in a 1:57.3 effort Friday night, defeating Amazing Glide. Tuna Whip is trained by Trond Smedshammer. Buzzy Sholty developed the horse and trained him last season before sending him to Smedshammer for the Meadowlands meet.
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PJ arrested in Delaware

on 01/08/2004 7:00 PM
The presiding judge at Dover Downs was arrested Thursday (Jan. 8) for allegedly changing official documents to allow an ineligible horse to race in a stakes event last spring at Dover Downs. Delaware State Police charged Donald L. Harmon, 58, with one count of felony fraudulent certificate of registration and one count of fraudulent written statement, which is a misdeamor. Harmon, who had wo...
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Unique stallion deal

on 01/07/2004 7:00 PM
The Sir Luck Syndicate has instituted a unique guarantee. The syndicate is guaranteeing that you will be so pleased with foal resulting from your mare's mating with Sir Luck that if for any reason whatsoever you are not happy with the resulting foal, you are not obligated to pay the service fee. Cliff Siegel, the syndicate manager, said, "We want to do everything we possibly can to insure that ...
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