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High hopes for Hie

on 11/06/2003 7:00 PM
Trainer Carman Hie had to learn the hard way that three-year-old trotting filly Queen Of Jewels did not care for the restrictions of the retention barn. In her first start (Sept. 19) from Mohawk’s overnight facility the King Conch—Marathons Jewel daughter delivered a lacklustre performance, so for her Oct. 20 Gold Elimination the Beamsville, ON resident attempted to recreate the filly&...
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Serious Comfort primed

on 11/06/2003 7:00 PM
Ontario’s top two-year-old pacing fillies proved that they are still in high gear in spite of the date on the calendar when Serious Comfort stopped the clock in a Canadian record 1:52.3 mile last weekend at Mohawk Racetrack. Heading into their $300,000 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Super Final at the Campbellville oval on Saturday evening (Nov. 8), trainer Roy Jeffries believes his filly’...
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Corwin Nixon dies

on 11/05/2003 7:00 PM
Harness racing lost one of its finest Thursday (Nov. 6) with the announcement of the death of Corwin Nixon. Mr. Nixon, a member of the Hall of Fame who served as president of the U.S. Trotting Association longer than any other individual, was 90. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Oswald-Hoskins Funeral Home, 329 East Mulberry St., Lebanon, Ohio 45036. F...
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$29.7 mil in yearling sales

on 11/05/2003 7:00 PM
Three days of yearling sales at the Standardbred Horse Sale Company's auction in Harrisburg, Pa., concluded with 945 horses selling for a total of $29,716,500. The average of $31,446 was down only three percent from last year, but 42 more yearlings were sold this year. Fifty-three horses brought a price of $100,000 or more, with five bringing more than $200,000. The sale-topper was Cabrini Hano...
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Peaceful Way simply Super

on 11/04/2003 7:00 PM
There is $2.4 million on the line at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday night (Nov. 8) as 76 premier Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) horses battle in eight $300,000 Super Finals. After gathering points through 10 regular season Gold Series Eliminations and Finals, the top point earners from each division are headed to the Campbellville oval to compete for year-end honours. Kicking off the lucrative evenin...
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Maine yes, Scarborough no

on 11/04/2003 7:00 PM
There is good news and bad news in Maine as voters throughout the state approved allowing racetracks to add video lottery terminals, but voters in the city of Scarborough voted against adding them at Scarborough Downs. The Portland Press Herald is reporting that with 85 percent of precincts reporting, Maine voters have approved by a 53-47 percent margin to allow the state’s racetracks to ...
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Colt helps Firlotte’s health

on 11/04/2003 7:00 PM
Saturday night's Super Finals at Mohawk Racetrack come with no shortage of wonderful stories, but none are so poignant as the one surrounding three-year-old pacing colt Casimir Camotion. Veteran trainer Stew Firlotte acquired Casimir Camotion for just $8,000 as a yearling and opted not to race him as a two-year-old. After a winter of impressive training miles the Toronto resident was looking fo...
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Judge rules against Waxman

on 11/04/2003 7:00 PM
A Commonwealth Court Judge in Pennsylvania has refused to extend a stay granted to owner Bob Waxman regarding his recently-imposed suspension initially given by the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission. Waxman had four horses entered in Saturday's (Nov. 8) Ontario Sire Stakes Super finals at Mohawk Racetrack and with Ontario's reciprocal suspension also being stayed while awaiting the Judge's...
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Stroke Play trots 1:54.2

on 11/04/2003 7:00 PM
Stroke Play, a filly by the sire Yankee Glide, set a world record for a 3-year-old filly trotters over a five-eighths mile track when she won a Matron elim at Dover Downs Wednesday (Nov. 5). Brian Sears drove Stroke Play to the upset victory over Hambletonian Oaks champ Southwind Allaire. Trond Smedshammer trains the winner for Norwegian businessman Jorgen Jahre Jr. Two other elims went to L...
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Matron 3YO Colt Trot field

on 11/04/2003 7:00 PM
Eliminations for the Matron for 3-year-old colt trotters will be contested Thursday night (Nov. 6) at Dover Downs. Three eliminations--comprised of 23 horses--are needed. The first elim features Sugar Trader (post one), Muscle King (post seven) and Constable (post eight). The top contenders in the second elim are Mr.Eero (post two), Mr. Muscleman (post five), Power To Charm (post six) and Upal...
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Power To Charm sold

on 11/03/2003 7:00 PM
Sophomore colt trotter Power To Charm, who has won six of 13 starts this year including the Stanley Dancer at the Meadowlands, has been sold to Swedish interests. Owned by Ted Gewertz, Martha and Milton Frank and trainer Trond Smedshammer's American Viking Racing Stable, Power To Charm was purchased by Steffan Nillsson's Staro International. The son of Malabar Man will remain in the U.S. for th...
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Another $300,000 price

on 11/03/2003 7:00 PM
The weather probably set a record in Harrisburg Tuesday (Nov. 4) as temperatures climbed into the upper 70s. For complete results of the Standardbred Horse Sales auction in Harrisburg, go to www.theblackbook.com. As a result of the record-setting temperatures, yearling shoppers walked around in shirt sleeves, a very rare sight at a Harrisburg auction. The bidding for top bloodstock was stron...
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Colts to miss Matron

on 11/03/2003 7:00 PM
Trainer Trond Smedshammer qualified three 2-year-old colt trotters for the $184,126 Matron, but none of them will be in the race Sunday. Only a five-horse field will go postward. Smedshammer said he was under the impression that Dover's race office operated the same way as the one at the Meadowlands: when you enter the elim, you're automatically entered in the final if you advance. So he didn't...
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Field set for Progress Pace

on 11/03/2003 7:00 PM
The field is set for the $350,060 Progress Pace final at Dover Downs Sunday. From the rail out, the field will be: 1--Mystery Man, 2--Armbro Animate, 3--Iced Yankee, 4--Whatanartist, 5--Radar Sign, 6--Canyon Wind, 7--The Real Dion, 8--Brooklyn Hanover.
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Pacing colts mix it up

on 11/02/2003 7:00 PM
Two $25,000 eliminations for the Progress Pace for 3-year-old pacing colts were held at Dover Downs Sunday (Nov. 2), and the division proved to be wide open, especially after No Pan Intended's defeat in the Windy City two days before. Canyon Wind won the first Progress elim with a 1:51.4 effort for driver Brian Sears. The colt sired by Cambest rolled from off the pace to win. He's trained by St...
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Matron for colt trotters

on 11/02/2003 7:00 PM
Great Challenger set a track record in winning the first of two Matron elims for 2-year-old trotting colts Sunday (Nov. 2) at Dover Downs. Great Challenger turned in a 1:56.4 effort for driver David Miller and trainer Jim Campbell. The second elim went to Self Obsessed in 1:58.4. The elim won by Great Challenger (a colt sired by Conway Hall) included world record holder Uncle Vernon, who suffer...
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Am-Nat action for 2yos

on 11/02/2003 7:00 PM
American National stakes action for 2-year-old trotters was held on a miserably rainy Sunday night (Nov. 2) at Balmoral Park. Forever Starlet and Cantab Hall, the favorites, emerged victorious. Despite starting from post eight over the sloppy track, Forever Starlet won by four lengths in 1:57.3 for driver Paul MacDonell. The filly by Self Possessed had finished second behind Peaceful Way in the...
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Pacing filly brings $350,000

on 11/02/2003 7:00 PM
Cabrini Hanover, a filly by Western Ideal out of the top producing broodmare Cathedra, topped the Standardbred Horse Sales auction in Harrisburg early Monday afternoon. For complete results, go to www.theblackbook.com. Anderson Farms of Ontario, which shares ownership of Hambletonian Oaks winner Southwind Allaire, bid $350,000 for Cabrini Hanover, who was consigned by Hanover Shoe Farms. The f...
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MD House tours Winbak

on 11/02/2003 7:00 PM
Thursday, October 30, members of the Maryland House of Delegates Ways and Means Committee, who killed the governor's slot machines bill last session, toured Joe and JoAnn Thomson's Winbak Farm as they continue their study on bringing slot machines to Maryland. "We are pleased that the Committee Chairwoman Shelia Hixson led her committee on the tour of Winbak farm." said Joe Thompson. "Just bei...
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World record for Cammie

on 11/02/2003 7:00 PM
Eternal Camnation continued her push for consideration for Horse of the Year honors Monday afternoon, Nov. 3, by winning her seventh straight race, this time in world record time in the second leg of the Classic Series at Dover Downs. With Eric Ledford driving, Eternal Camnation went to the front and led all the way, drawing clear to a four-length win in 1:51.1 over Bunny Lake (John Stark Jr.) ...
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