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Gallo draws PP3 in Pres.

on 01/20/2004 7:00 PM
Gallo Blue Chip has drawn post position three in Saturday's (Jan. 24) $114,600 Presidential final at the Meadowlands. The 2000 Horse of the Year and the richest pacer of all time with $4.2 million in earnings is hoping to defend the Presidential title he won in 2003. Now seven, Gallo Blue Chip is owned by Martin Scharf and trained by Mark Ford. He has now won four straight races, including vict...
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NY to add VLT sites?

on 01/20/2004 7:00 PM
New York Gov. George Pataki on Jan. 20 unveiled a plan that has the state selling eight video lottery terminal (VLT) franchises to hotels, off-track betting parlors, and other entities. The proposal was part of a plan that calls for a $99.8 billion budget for fiscal 2005 in New York State. The budget includes an extra $147 million in school aid and another $325 million for schools to come from ...
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Whatanartist tops sale

on 01/19/2004 7:00 PM
The now 4-year-old Whatanartist, whose 1:49 clocking in his Meadowlands Pace elim was the fastest mile paced by a sophomore in 2003, brought a Tattersalls Select Mixed Sale high bid of $280,000 Monday (Jan. 19) at the Meadowlands. David Rahal was the successful bidder on the son of Real Artist who earned $413,454 of his $766,121 in career earnings in 2003. The trotter Hellava Hush, a 4-year-...
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Yonkers axes stakes

on 01/19/2004 7:00 PM
With the Feb. 15 payment deadline approaching, it appears two Triple Crown events could be without homes in 2004. Yonkers Raceway has decided not to host the Yonkers Trot and Messenger Stakes, which are parts of the trotting and pacing Triple Crown, respectively, as well as the Art Rooney for 3-year-old colt pacers. Tom Charters, president of the Hambletonian Society, which administers the thre...
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Pantaleano, Tharps ousted

on 01/18/2004 7:00 PM
Following last Wednesday night's (Jan. 14) card at Northfield Park, Randy Tharps and Jim Pantaleano have been ordered off the Cleveland track's grounds. Although no specific reason was given by Northfield Park's chief operating officer and executive vice president Tom Aldrich, observers believe the action stemmed from the sixth race in which Tharps and Pantaleano, driving the favorite and third fa...
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Gallo, Camcracker in Pres.

on 01/17/2004 7:00 PM
Gallo Blue Chip and Camcracker each posted impressive $50,000 divisional victories in Saturday night's (Jan. 17) second leg of the Presidential Series at the Meadowlands. Gallo Blue Chip, the 2000 Horse of the Year and the richest pacer of all-time, won for the fourth straight time. With Daniel Dube driving, Gallo came first-over down the backstretch against the leading E Dee's Cam and with tre...
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Series hat trick for Pronger

on 01/17/2004 7:00 PM
Pronger completed his sweep of the Willowdale Pacing Series by posting a dominating 1:50.3 victory in Saturday's (Jan. 17) $59,300(C) final at Woodbine Racetrack. With Keith Oliver driving, Pronger swept to the lead approaching the half and then drew away from the field to win easily. Finishing 10 lengths back in second was Wolfdancer Mindale, with Lyons Joseph third. An elim winner in last ...
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First Foxy wins at Pompano

on 01/17/2004 7:00 PM
First Foxy, who came within a length of pulling a 54-1 upset over eventual winner No Pan Intended in their Little Brown Jug elimination last September, returned to the races Saturday night (Jan. 17) at Pompano Park. With trainer-driver Ray Paver in the $5,700 conditioned event, First Foxy put away all challengers after taking the lead early to draw off to a 1:53.1 effort in his first pari-mutue...
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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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