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Armbro Cadet dead at 23

on 06/17/2004 2:00 AM
Armbro Cadet, one of the most successful pacing stallions in the history of the state of Michigan, died suddenly on June 1 at the age of 23. After a stellar racing career, Armbro Cadet was retired to stud duty at Oldfield Farms, where he sired more than 750 foals who earned more than $32 million. ?It appears to be a heart attack or some sort of aneurysm,? Oldfield Farms manager Patti Gira told ...
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Emani looking elegant

on 06/17/2004 2:00 AM
One of the surprise performers of the season is Zorgwikj Emani, the 3-year-old Valleymeister filly who is undefeated this year and a national season's leader. This after posting an unspectacular freshman season in which she won just four of 10 starts and took a record of 2:01.2h. While Zorgwijk Emani was not garnering any headlines during her freshman season, she caught the eyes of Shelby Novi...
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Top-ranked trotter scratched

on 06/17/2004 2:00 AM
Top-ranked 3-year-old colt trotter Cantab Hall's heavily-anticipated 2004 debut will have to wait for another time after trainer Ron Gurfein made the decision to scratch his charge when heavy rains turned the Meadowlands racetrack sloppy Thursday night (June 17). Voted 2003 Trotter of the Year after going undefeated in 10 starts, Cantab Hall was supposed to start in the second of three $25,000 New...
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Loyal Opposition sharp now

on 06/16/2004 2:00 AM
Two years ago, Loyal Opposition was voted the Dan Patch Award by the U.S. Harness Writers as the top freshman filly pacer in the country. Last year she was not quite as sharp at times, despite being first, second or third 17 times in 20 starts. But this year the 4-year-old daughter of Cole Muffler, owned by Daniel Waxman, appears to be back on her game full time. She goes into the Lady Liberty fin...
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Freshman filly in 1:56.2

on 06/16/2004 2:00 AM
Two-year-olds were in the spotlight at Balmoral Park Tuesday night (June 15) in a leg of the Egyptian Grande for Illinois conceived and foaled filly pacers. Barkney Spears paced a final quarter in :28.1 and came from third in the lane to score her maiden victory in 1:56.2, the fastest mile in the country to date by a freshman filly pacer. Finishing second, 1 1/4 lengths behind the winner, was S...
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Costly Legs, Jay Low win

on 06/16/2004 2:00 AM
Steve Warrington and Rebecca Pitre's Costly Legs and Jeanne McInnis and Nancy Jackson's Jay Low each won their respective $15,000 divisions of the second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) races for 3-year-old pacing fillies Tuesday (June 15) at Harrington Raceway. Jay Low and driver Ross Wolfenden hit their best stride late and passed leader Tug River Willow for a 1:59 win, ...
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MTR looks to Minnesota

on 06/16/2004 2:00 AM
MTR Gaming Group Inc. announced Tuesday (June 15) that its wholly owned subsidiary, MTR-Harness Inc., has acquired a 50% interest in North Metro Harness Initiative, a subsidiary of Southwest Casino and Hotel Corp. According to a Thoroughbred Times story, North Metro Harness Initiative officials intend to build and operate a Standardbred facility about 30 miles north of downtown Minneapolis in Colu...
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Future Jug wager set

on 06/16/2004 2:00 AM
Early wagering on the Little Brown Jug and Jugette will begin at 12 noon (EST) Thursday, June 24, and continue for four days through Sunday, June 28. This will be the first time for the early wager. The minimum wager is $2 and there is only win betting. Each Little Brown Jug and Jugette future wagering pool will comprise 24 betting interests. These interests will include 23 horses chosen by a p...
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No Nonsense Man commutes

on 06/16/2004 2:00 AM
No Nonsense Man, a retired racehorse, surprised New York City commuters on Tuesday morning when he walked through the Port Authority, the world's busiest bus terminal. The 5-year-old trotter, owned and trained by Kelly Stackowicz, was driven through the terminal by Hall of Fame driver John Campbell at 8 a.m., coinciding with the typical morning rush hour. The event was staged to launch a "stati...
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Casino deal approved in NJ

on 06/16/2004 2:00 AM
A state agency gave final approval Tuesday (June 15) to an $86 million deal in which Atlantic City casinos will bail out New Jersey's financially troubled horse-racing industry to prevent the tracks from installing video slot machines. According to a story in the Atlantic City Press, the casinos will subsidize the purses at Monmouth Park, Freehold Raceway and the Meadowlands over the next four ...
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OHRIA elects board

on 06/16/2004 2:00 AM
The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) elected its board of directors at its annual general meeting at Georgian Downs Tuesday (June 15). Tom Deacon, Chairman of OHRIA, thanked out-going board members Dr. Moira Gunn, SBOA, and Hugh Mitchell, Woodbine Entertainment Group, for their service as OHRIA board members. At the same time, Deacon welcomed two new board members: Tammy McN...
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Elijah fastest freshman

on 06/15/2004 2:00 AM
Elijah Craig, a son of first-crop sire Richess Hanover, who won the 1999 Woodrow Wilson, won a $6,000 Illinois-bred stakes event at Balmoral Park Sunday night (June 13) in 1:55.1 to become fastest juvenile of the 2004 season. Bred by Freedom Hill Farms, the 2-year-old Elijah Craig is owned by Jessie and James Springfield of Brownsille, Tenn. Trained by Benjamin Bryant, the youngster was directe...
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Soph fillies in Gold elims

on 06/15/2004 2:00 AM
With a light day of racing action on Monday (June 14), attention was focused on a trio of $41,731(C) Ontario Sire Stakes Gold eliminations for 3-year-old pacing fillies at Woodbine, with 2003 Canadian Breeders Championship winner Special Magic leading the way. The fastest of the three events went to the Camluck daughter Special Magic, who scored in her split in 1:51.3. Trained by Bob McIntosh a...
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New president for sale

on 06/15/2004 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Horse Sales Company has announced that Paul F. Spears has been named the company's president and CEO. Spears is the son of Paul E. Spears, who has served in active management of both the sales company and Hanover Shoe Farms for many years. Russell C. Williams was elected chairman of the board of the sales company and will continue in active management along with Paul E. Spears ...
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Varty has two positives

on 06/15/2004 2:00 AM
Ontario-based trainer Nat Varty has been slapped with a one-month suspension and $5,000 in fines for a pair of positive tests last month at two different tracks in the province. Each positive resulted in a two-week suspension and $2,500 fine. Varty, 33, received a positive on the horse Mattygone A for a race on May 16 at Flamboro Downs and then had another on the horse Captain Dave on May 27 at...
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North America Cup draw

on 06/15/2004 2:00 AM
The draw for Saturday night's (June 19) $1.6 million(C) Pepsi North America Cup is complete and the four elimination winners are hoping that the percentages from the 20-year history of the race remains on their side. In the NBA Finals matching up the Los Angeles Lakers and the Detroit Pistons, which has Game 5 scheduled for Tuesday (June 15), no team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit to win...
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New board for Vernon

on 06/15/2004 2:00 AM
The Post-Standard of Syracuse has reported that four directors of Vernon Downs' parent company, all appointed by Shawn Scott, the Las Vegas investor who has since sold his interest in the track, resigned from the board on Monday. Among the new directors are Justice Cheney and Kim Crawford. Cheney has twice served as CEO of Vernon and is presently a director of the U.S. Trotting Association. Cra...
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No land, but casino?

on 06/15/2004 2:00 AM
People in Seneca Falls, N.Y., protested a proposed Cayuga Indian land claim settlement Monday, the Syracuse Post-Standard has reported. They were protesting last week's settlement that would allow the Cayugas to build a casino at Monticello Raceway. The case is currently under appeal in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but the proposed settlement would put an end to the Cayuga's claim for...
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Wagering up at Hoosier

on 06/15/2004 2:00 AM
Final numbers released from Hoosier Park show an increase of total wagering from $31.6 million in 2003 to $43.3 million in 2004. The track raced 60 days this year compared to 50 in 2003. Average daily handle increased by 14 percent over 2003, with the track in Anderson, Ind. averaging $721,566 nightly compared to last year's $632,840. The increase can be attributed to a 16.9 percent rise in out...
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Pocono left out of slots?

on 06/15/2004 2:00 AM
Published reports state that if and when Pennsylvania works out a plan to legalize slot machines at the state's racetracks, The Downs at Pocono may likely be left out of the mix. One current plan bars any company applying for a slot machine license from owning a controlling interest in more than one parlor, or owning an interest in more than one business that could be eligible for a slots licen...
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