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Gene Pownall dies

on 01/07/2004 7:00 PM
Gene Pownall, who hailed from a legendary family of horsemen, died Wednesday (Jan. 7) in South Florida. He was 88. Pownall's brother, Harry, won the Hambletonian with Titan Hanover. Funeral arrangements were incomplete as of Thursday morning.
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Check out '04 stallions

on 01/07/2004 7:00 PM
The Horseman And Fair World's annual Breeders Book, a listing of 180 stallions standing commercially at stud in North America, is now available here online every day. The Stallion Station is available by clicking here.
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Cashman on new Authority

on 01/06/2004 7:00 PM
Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher has created a new board to govern horse racing in Kentucky and John Cashman Jr., former president of Castleton Farm and The Red Mile, is one of those on the new Kentucky Horse Racing Authority. The announcement of the new authority came Tuesday morning, shortly after the governor abolished the Kentucky Racing Commission by executive order. "I was contacted by the...
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Campbell back on bench

on 01/06/2004 7:00 PM
Hall of Fame driver John Campbell has told the Meadowlands that he will be out of action for a while in an effort to completely recover from a fractured right elbow suffered in a racing accident last March. Campbell was on the sidelines for three months before returning in mid-June, but realized that "My elbow didn't react to the heavier work schedule at the Meadowlands, when I went back to rac...
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Gallo ready to defend

on 01/03/2004 7:00 PM
Gallo Blue Chip won his 49th career race at the Meadowlands Saturday night (Jan. 3), doing something he had never done before: return a mutuel payoff at odds of 9-1. Prior to his 1:50.4 win in the $40,000 Open Pace, Gallo Blue Chip's previous high was a score at 7-1 in a 2002 Open at the Meadowlands. With Daniel Dube driving, Gallo Blue Chip was caught along the inside turning for home and midw...
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Pronger scores at four

on 01/03/2004 7:00 PM
Pronger, who won an elim of last year's Little Brown Jug, won his first start as a 4 year old at Woodbine Racetrack Saturday night (Jan. 3), capturing his $40,000(C) division of the opening leg of the Willowdale Pacing Series. With Keith Oliver driving, Pronger rushed to the lead down the backstretch and was easily able to defeat Talon Seelster by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:52, with Westcoast Man third...
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Show bets return to Pompano

on 01/01/2004 7:00 PM
Pompano Park, which last fall became the first racetrack in North America to drop show wagering, has decided to once again offer the bet, effective with its Friday, Jan. 2, 2004 opening card \"We are listening to our patrons and they want show wagering,\" said Dick Feinberg, general manager at Pompano Park. \"Despite the fact that less than 1.5 percent of our total handle last year was wagered ...
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Quarter Horse exhibition

on 12/31/2003 7:00 PM
An exhibition Quarter Horse race was held at The Red Mile in Lexington New Year’s Day. Three horses competed in the event before a small group of spectators. The race, which started at the head of the Red Mile stretch, covered 300 yards with the winner running the distance in :16.3. The track surface was turned over and an hour and a half later an exhibition harness race was held. T...
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Cash Hall hopes to cash in

on 12/30/2003 7:00 PM
Cash Hall, the third highest-priced yearling trotter sold at auction in 2002, has returned to trainer and co-owner Bob McIntosh's farm in Windsor, Ont., in preparation for his 3-year-old campaign. Cash Hall, who won both his pari-mutuel starts in 2003 at two, has been getting some turn-out time at Kentuckiana Farms in Kentucky. "It was just a matter of getting some maturity to him," said McInto...
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Gingras to Meadowlands

on 12/30/2003 7:00 PM
Yannick Gingras, recently voted the 2003 Rising Star of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, told The Horseman Wednesday (Dec. 31) that he is moving his base of operations from Yonkers Raceway to the Meadowlands. "I've decided to take a shot at the Meadowlands for a little while," said Gingras. "(Trainer) Mark Ford had been telling me a few times that maybe it was time for me to m...
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Anniecrombie?

on 12/30/2003 7:00 PM
When you pair up a combination of an Abercrombie filly with loads of talent and heart with Hall of Fame trainer George Sholty, the outcome is nothing less than greatness. After being lightly raced in 1985, Anniecrombie entered her sophomore season with power and determination. Her banner year started in late April in the Elizabeth Rorty Series at The Red Mile. She won by 3 1/2 lengths much to ...
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Liberty Balance returns

on 12/29/2003 7:00 PM
Liberty Balance, who won more than $860,000 in a 2001 season that included capturing the Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Trot, but has battled health problems the last two years, won a qualifier in impressive fashion at Mohawk Racetrack Monday morning, Dec. 29. With Randy Waples driving, Liberty Balance, who hasn't raced since late July, won easily in 1:58.2. Trained by Pat Hunt and owned by Eli...
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Fun in the sun for Sears

on 12/29/2003 7:00 PM
Talk about having some fun in the sun. Driver Brian Sears absolutely basked in the Florida sunshine over the Christmas holiday as he turned Pompano Park into his own personal Disney World. Sears, who competed last winter at Pompano Park for the first time, but then moved his base of operations to the Meadowlands, was in South Florida to visit his family and turned his trip into a businessman's ...
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Gallo Blue Chip wins 48th

on 12/27/2003 7:00 PM
Gallo Blue Chip returned to the winner's circle for the first time in seven months Saturday night (Dec. 27) in decisive fashion, drawing clear to a 3 1/2-length victory in 1:51.4 at the Meadowlands. In winning the $25,000 conditioned event, the 6-year-old Gallo Blue Chip notched his 48th career victory in 112 starts. With Daniel Dube driving, the 2000 Horse of the Year Gallo Blue Chip didn't ma...
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Oil Burner is Sizzling

on 12/27/2003 7:00 PM
Smoke N Sizzle won a break-marred $67,570 Oil Burner Series final at the Meadowlands Saturday night (Dec. 27) in 1:51.2. It was a career-best effort for the 3-year-old gelded son of Ruster Hanover, who was driven by David Miller. Miller sat in the two hole with Smoke N Sizzle behind the leading Miki's King, who had Howard Park subbing in the sulky for John Campbell, who had been scratched "sick...
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Valedictory to Art Auction

on 12/27/2003 7:00 PM
Art Auction, who was the beaten 8-5 favorite in last week's second leg of the Valedictory Series, losing out to 12-1 upstart Johnny Paycheque, turned the tables in Saturday's (Dec. 27) $42,000(C) final at Woodbine Racetrack. With Rick Zeron driving, Art Auction was able to hold off Johnny Paycheque under the wire in 1:53, this time scoring a 13-1 upset himself. Far back in the early going, Zero...
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USHWA Honors Round Barn

on 12/22/2003 7:00 PM
U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) president Moira Fanning has announced that the 2003 recipient of the President's Award is the "Round Barn Committee," formally known as the Stable of Memories. The committee is a non-profit group dedicated to preserving the truly unique structure of the former Floral Hall, built in the 1880s and now known as the "Stable of Memories," at The Red Mile in Lexi...
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Rising Star to Gingras

on 12/21/2003 7:00 PM
Yannick Gingras first came to the U.S. from his native Quebec in mid 2001, basing himself at Yonkers Raceway. Finding quick success, last year he was named the Rising Star of the Year in New York, and he has now received national recognition being named the U.S. Harness Writers Association's 2003 Rising Star of the Year Award winner. "I got (the award) last year but that was only in New York. N...
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Palone aims for HTA title

on 12/21/2003 7:00 PM
Driver Dave Palone was looking forward to a quiet day off Sunday (Dec. 21) when he happened by announcer Roger Huston’s office at The Meadows a few days earlier. As a result of his conversation with Huston, Palone traveled to Raceway Park on Sunday, and the result was a seven-winner night—-all for trainer Bob Belcher. “Roger Huston keeps me motivated, if nothing else,” s...
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Dan Patch finalists named

on 12/21/2003 7:00 PM
The U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) has announced its finalists for 2003 divisional honors. USHWA received 197 votes, with 20 needed to be listed as a finalist. Seven of the 12 divisional winners are already known (an * shows a declared winner) as they were the only horses to receive the required 10 percent of votes to be named a finalist. The winner in each division will be awarded th...
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