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Barns full at Saratoga

on 06/10/2004 2:00 AM
A fully-inhabitated barn area at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, which recently opened its video gaming machine parlor, appears to be likely making an impact on the upcoming Thoroughbred meet at Saratoga Race Course. With more than 900 horses stabled at the Raceway--double the number over the past few years--Thoroughbreds, which in the past were able to be housed at that track, will need to find n...
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WEG asks to shift dates

on 06/10/2004 2:00 AM
Standardbred Canada has reported Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) will ask the Ontario Racing Commission for permission to transfer 27 racedates from Mohawk to Woodbine this fall. Mohawk is scheduled to open its fall meet on Sept. 6 and continue through Nov. 11. In the midst of that meet, action was slated to shift back to Woodbine for a two-week meet that begins on Oct. 11 and ends with the ...
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Dube wins on birthday

on 06/09/2004 2:00 AM
Daniel Dube celebrated his 35th birthday by guiding Miki's King to victory in the eighth race, a $9,000 condition pace, Tuesday night (June 8) at the Meadowlands. Miki's King was career victory 4,794 for Dube and his 95th of the Meadowlands meet where he is sixth in the driver standings. Dube put Miki's King on the lead by the quarter and the 4-year-old gelding held on for a three-quarter lengt...
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2:00 freshman trotter

on 06/09/2004 2:00 AM
Twin B Senorita became the first 2:00 2-year-old trotter Tuesday when she won a qualifier at Pocono Downs for trainer-driver Ray Schnittker. A daughter of the first crop of Credit Winner, she enjoyed a two-hole trip until the stretch and then edged to the front by a head at the wire. The filly is out of the Sierra Kosmos mare Senorita Sierra.
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No help for Rosecroft

on 06/09/2004 2:00 AM
In a meeting on Tuesday, the Maryland Racing Commission failed to take any action on an emergency request by Rosecroft Raceway, which seeks to offer Thoroughbred simulcasting. Rosecroft had asked the commission for a temporary, 90-day right to offer wagering on Thoroughbred races from outside Maryland. The Maryland Jockey Club, which operates Pimlico and Laurel, are opposed to cross-breed simul...
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Standardbred in funeral

on 06/09/2004 2:00 AM
When the eyes of the world are on funeral proceedings for the late President Ronald Reagan Friday, they'll also get a glance at a Standardbred at work. This one hasn't pulled a sulky in years, but will serve as the "riderless horse," symbol of a fallen leader, walking behind the caisson carrying Reagan's coffin. The 13-year-old Standardbred, who was registered and raced primarily at Freehold a...
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Cantab Hall to qualify

on 06/09/2004 2:00 AM
Through the years, three-time Hambletonian-winning trainer Ron Gurfein has been one of the most quotable personalities in the sport. Unlike Gary Payton, who refused to talk to the press following the Los Angeles Lakers loss to the Detroit Pistons in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Gurfein is always obliging to those with inquiring minds, whether in a serious tone or through his own light-hearted way of ...
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Elegantimage elims drawn

on 06/08/2004 2:00 AM
After putting in track record-equaling miles of 1:55.2 in the Casual Breeze at Mohawk, both Miss Michelle H and Ifhallscouldtalk have drawn tough assignments for Friday's elimination divisions of the Elegantimage for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Woodbine. Ifhallscouldtalk drew post nine in the first elim. Also getting a tough draw in the first elim was Three Little Words, who has a four-race ...
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Trotting mares square off

on 06/08/2004 2:00 AM
Classic Oaks champion Stroke Play and runner-up Windylane Hanover will square off again at Woodbine on Friday night. The two trotting mares will compete in a pair of $50,000 eliminations for the Armbro Flight. After a thrilling mile in the send off of the the Classic Series' Classic Oaks, Windylane Hanover and Stroke Play will have their rematch in the second of the tilts Armbro Flight elims, w...
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Two-day art auction

on 06/08/2004 2:00 AM
Harness Tracks of America has announced that its 27th annual art auction will take place as a two-day event in Lexington, Ky. The first session will take place at the Tattersalls sales arena on Saturday morning, Oct. 9, Kentucky Futurity Day at The Red Mile. The second will follow a day later, with Keeneland racing that afternoon. All of the art work will be on display in The Red Mile grandstan...
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U.S. trip still possible

on 06/08/2004 2:00 AM
Victory Tilly, who set a world record at the Meadowlands when he won the 2002 edition of the Nat Ray Trot in 1:50.4, could possibly return to compete in the race this summer. Last year after the Elitlopp Victory Tilly suffered a suspensory injury which could have ended his career. But he has returned to the track and made two starts, with his third outing set for Saturday at the Ostersund track...
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NJ committee oks bill

on 06/08/2004 2:00 AM
A New Jersey state Senate committee approved a measure Monday that would allow the state to lease the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park to private operators. The vote was unanimous for the bill. The bill now awaits action by the full Senate. According to a newspaper report, the bill would allow the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which presently operates the Meadowlands and Monmouth,...
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Casinos in Ohio?

on 06/08/2004 2:00 AM
The Toledo Blade newspaper reported that at least two Native American tribes are preparing legal arguments to support land claims that could be used for casino resorts in the state. The story said a California-based developer is working with the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. That tribe is looking at land claims on one million acres in southwestern, southern and central Ohio. Ohio does n...
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Track trying to stay alive

on 06/08/2004 2:00 AM
The Maryland Racing Commission was scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss an earlier commission decision that upheld the Maryland Jockey Club's position of withholding Thoroughbred simulcasts from Rosecroft Raceway. The Maryland Jockey Club and Rosecroft had an 80-20 percent revenue sharing split which allowed Rosecroft to take Thoroughbred signals but then send 80 percent of the revenue to the M...
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EPO positives in Indiana

on 06/08/2004 2:00 AM
One month after putting rules in place for testing for the antibody to erythropoietin (EPO), the Indiana Horse Racing Commission has announced its first positives. Three horses have been presumed positive for the prohibited substance and have been placed on the judge's list. The three positives came from the testing of three Standardbreds: Apache Viking, Exciting Lighting and Lovher's Prince. A...
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Monticello dispute settled

on 06/08/2004 2:00 AM
A strike by horsemen at Monticello Gaming and Raceway that led to the cancellation of four racing programs (June 7-10) has been resolved and the New York track is scheduled to reopen on Monday, June 14. "There was a week-long boycott of the box by the horsemen but everything was worked out yesterday in Albany with track management, horsemen's representatives and the New York State Racing and Wa...
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NA Cup elims drawn

on 06/08/2004 2:00 AM
Thirty-five 3-year-old male pacers have been entered in this year's $1.5 million(C) Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine, with the Toronto track hosting four eliminations Saturday night (June 12). The rich final will be held Saturday, June 19. Last year's Metro Pace winner Camelot Hall has drawn post nine in the third elimination. Modern Art, who has won all three of his starts in 2004, has draw...
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Armbro Fern dies

on 06/08/2004 2:00 AM
Armbro Fern 2, 1:56.4, a winner of $205,701, was euthanized Tuesday morning at the University Of Guelph in Ontario. She had been sent there for colic surgery but suffered complications. She was 20. Bred and owned by Armstrong Bros. throughout her career, she was trained by Chuck Sylvester and driven mainly by John Campbell. At 2 she set a 1:56.4 world record at The Red Mile. She also captured t...
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Colts ready in Ill.

on 06/08/2004 2:00 AM
Two $10,000 six-horse divisions of the Maywood Pace eliminations for 3-year-old Illinois Conceived and Foaled pacing colts and geldings will be contested Friday night at Maywood Park. The top four finishers from each dash will return for the $102,000-estimated final on Friday, June 18. Trainer Dave McCaffrey's Live Out Loud heads the first division, where he'll start from post six for driver Da...
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Who controls Vernon?

on 06/07/2004 2:00 AM
According to a report in the Syracuse Post-Standard on Saturday (June 5), Shawn Scott still has strong ties to Vernon Downs despite selling the majority of his shares in the track. The Post-Standard said Scott retained the right to appoint the track's board of directors when he sold majority interest in the track. The Post-Standard story pointed out that Vernon Downs was allowed to open this se...
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