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Make It Brief fastest

on 12/07/2003 7:00 PM
Make It Brief was pushed by Art's Chip and needed a 1:52.4 effort to capture an elimination for the Provincial Cup Sunday night (Dec. 7) at Windsor Raceway. Make It Brief prevailed at the wire over Boulder Creek, with Art's Chip hanging on for third. Armbro Acquire was fourth to also advance. Another elim was taken by Escape The Wind, who was able to score with a more leisurely effort. He wo...
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Hazel's demolition continues

on 12/07/2003 7:00 PM
The demolition of Hazel Park Raceway's massive grandstand is fully underway. Last week the structure was weakened enough to let the roof and press box come crashing down. When it was first built in 1949, the grandstand consisted of only two floors, and that's what is currently left as the removal of the towering building remains on schedule. Demolition is expected to be complete by the end of t...
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Joseph McLoone dies

on 12/07/2003 7:00 PM
Joseph V. McLoone, who served as president of Harness Tracks of America in 1981, president of the U.S. Trotting Association from 1984-87, and was the longtime CEO of Freehold Raceway, died at his Florida home following a brief illness Friday, Dec. 6. He was 86. Mr. McLoone started at Freehold Raceway working in the publicity department and worked his way to title of chief operating officer. He ...
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Red Mile returns to days

on 12/07/2003 7:00 PM
The Red Mile has announced it will return to an all-afternoon schedule for the two-week Grand Circuit stop in 2004, with the Kentucky Futurity moving back to the closing day card on Saturday, Oct. 9. The past few years the track had raced the first week during the day and then the second week under the lights. The Kentucky Futurity had traditionally been held the last day of the meet until two ...
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Weather cancels cards

on 12/05/2003 7:00 PM
Racing was canceled at tracks along the East Coast as a winter storm blew through the area. That includes the Meadowlands, where rcing was canceled Friday and Saturday nights, along with all simulcasting. The weekend cancellations will hit stables and racetrcks hard. Trainer Mark Ford is hoping his stble will hit $3 million in earnings this year, and he lamented missing the weekend opportunitie...
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Harness men making bid

on 12/04/2003 7:00 PM
Joe Thomson, owner of WinbakFarms, is partnering with longtime Standardbred owner and former track operator Lloyd Arnold to make a bid for Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland. "Harness racing is our background, our passion, and our business," said Thomson. "Lloyd and I both have a deep commitment to Rosecroft to its rightful standing as one of the best tracks in North America." Thomson is a 25 per...
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Ontario’s New Track Opens

on 12/04/2003 7:00 PM
It is some five months until the start of live racing, but Grand River Raceway in Elora, ON will officially open for slot and simulcast business on Saturday (Dec. 6). On Thursday evening (Dec. 4), the $30 million racetrack unveiled its slot machine hall during a gala invitation-only VIP celebration. Much of the rest of the facility - which features a heavilly-banked half-mile track and a seco...
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Weather cancels cards

on 12/04/2003 7:00 PM
Racing was canceled at tracks along the East Coast as a winter storm blew through the area. That includes the Meadowlands, where racing was canceled Friday night and Saturday night. < br /> The weekend cancellations will hit stables and racetracks hard. Trainer Mark Ford is hoping his stable will hit $3 million in earnings this year and lamented missing the weekend opportunities, including a st...
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No Cup for No Pan

on 12/03/2003 7:00 PM
Owner Bob Glazer has told the Meadowlands media relations department that his stellar three-year-old pacing colt No Pan Intended will race no more. That means the Triple Crown-winning colt will skip both the Matron and Windsor Raceway's Provincial Cup and head straight to the breeding shed at Glengate Farms in Campbellville, ON.
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No Cup for No Pan

on 12/03/2003 7:00 PM
Although owner Bob Glazer said following No Pan Intended's Breeders Crown victory at the Meadowlands that he was considering supplementing the colt into the Provincial Cup at Windsor Raceway, he has decided against making the payment, bringing an end to a stellar racing campaign for the sophomore. That means the Triple Crown-winning colt will head straight to the breeding shed at Glengate Farms...
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Provincial Cup drawn

on 12/03/2003 7:00 PM
Although Triple Crown and Breeders Crown champ No Pan Intended was not entered into the $400,000 (est.) Provincial Cup at Windsor Raceway, Breeders Crown runner-up Escape The Wind was and he appears to be the favorite among the dozen 3-year-old pacers dropped into the box Thursday morning (Dec. 4). This year's cup will have two eliminations on Sunday night, Dec. 7, with the final slated for the...
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Horsemen word of day: Fore!

on 12/02/2003 7:00 PM
It's not a foursome of Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia, but a quartet of horsemen Joe Holloway, John Campbell, Brett Bittle and Steve Elliott on the golf course makes for a pretty competitive bunch. The four, along with eight others, including Jack Darling, Dan Creighton and Dan Bittle, are participating this week in a Florida golf outing sponsored by Yankeeland Farms. ...
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Mich. voters OK track

on 12/02/2003 7:00 PM
Voters in Romulus, Mich., on Tuesday (Dec. 2) passed two separate proposals to allow the building of a racetrack and a casino in the city, located just northwest of Detroit and home to Metro airport. The racetrack proposal passed with 53 percent support, 2,664-2,343. The casino proposal passed with 57 percent support, 2,879-2,211. Magna Entertainment Corp. recently purchased 212 acres to build ...
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Turn outs in Kentucky

on 12/02/2003 7:00 PM
It's vacation time for many of harness racing's top performers. While the sunny and warm climates are reserved for when they go back to work, these stars are enjoying the cooler weather and large paddocks on Bluegrass breeding farms. Undefeated Breeders Crown winner Cantab Hall 2,1:56.1 ($461,337) has been turned out at Brittany Farm. Joining him there is Fan Hanover Stakes winner Remember When...
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Stroke Play to Sweden

on 12/01/2003 7:00 PM
The Swedish horseman Stig H. Johansson is expected to soon be training Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Filly Trot champion Stroke Play. Johansson had already increased his stable for next season with the arrival of the top international trotter Rotation, a son of Balanced Image-Expressway Hanover, and the 3-year-old filly Glide About (Yankee Gilde), which was purchased by Natan Schlachet (the Top Spi...
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French trotter back racing

on 12/01/2003 7:00 PM
The 5-year-old French-bred horse Kaisy Dream (Extreme Dream-Daisy Chain, by Speedy Somolli) stood at stud in Canada during the 2003 breeding season, but he's now back racing in France. Kaisy Dream tried the monté trot (for horses racing under saddle) Monday (Dec. 1). He was perfectly "ridden" by Louis Baudron, who saved energy as long as possible but had him under fire for the last furlong...
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Taser Gun has surgery

on 12/01/2003 7:00 PM
Taser Gun, a winner of $898,380, underwent surgery for colic at the University of Illinois recently. "He'll be out of action for some time, but thank goodness it wasn't as serious as we originally thought," said Bob Walker, who trains the 8-year-old gelding. "He's chomping at the bit to get back to work, but the vet says he still needs a little more time to make sure everything is healed up pro...
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Changes for 2004 BC

on 11/30/2003 7:00 PM
The Breeders Crown events for 2 and 3 year olds will return to Canada in 2004 while the Open Crown events will come back to The Meadowlands. The Hambletonian Society, which owns and administers the Breeders Crown, announced that the schedule followed for several years prior to 2003 will be resumed. The 2- and 3-year-old colt and filly events will be raced at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto in lat...
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Pans Culottes Upsets

on 11/28/2003 7:00 PM
Pans Culottes spolied Kikikatie's bid for a perfect season with an upset victory in the $470,000 Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Filly Pace in 1:54.3. Driven by Danel Dube for trainer Ben Wallace and owner Bob Glazer, Pans Culottes came first over after the :55.2 half and locked up with the favored Kikikatie at the 1:25.1 third quarter. The two continued in a stride-for stride battle through the stre...
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Forever Starlet scores

on 11/28/2003 7:00 PM
Forever Starlet, with David Miller driving, swept three wide off cover in the final turn then chased down pace-setting Missive Hanover and drew off under a hand drive for a two-length victory in the $480,000 2-Year-Old Filly Trot in 1:57.4. Missive Hanover and Jim Doherty grabbed the lead at the start and opened with fractions of :28 and :56.4. Meanwhile, Miller moved Forever Starlet off the ra...
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