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Filly stolen in Ontario

on 05/20/2004 2:00 AM
Standardbred Canada has reported that a 2-year-old filly has been stolen from the Ontario farm of Lema Chapple, the daughter-in-law of the late Bob Chapple, who owned Apaches Fame. Purrfect Fame, a daughter of Apaches Fame-Purrfection, was discovered missing in late April and because of a number of suspicious circumstances, Lema Chapple believes the filly was stolen. The filly is a light bay...
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Slots closer in Pa.

on 05/20/2004 2:00 AM
The Philadelphia News is reporting that a basic agreement has been reached in the legislature on the legalization of slot machines in Pennsylvania, including the addition of the machines at the state's racetracks. According to the report, the tentative agreement calls for slot machines to be permitted at up to 15 locations in the state, including the four tracks: The Meadows, Pocono Downs, Phil...
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30 entered in Prov. Cup

on 05/20/2004 2:00 AM
This year's Provincial Cup at Windsor Raceway had to be re-drawn Thursday afternoon (May 20) after the original version that was selected earlier that morning had to be scrapped when issues arose over common ownership among the three eliminations. Windsor moved its annual Provincial Cup to May this year and the track was rewarded when an overflow entry box of 30 sophomore pacing colts and geldi...
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Duca lowers life mark

on 05/19/2004 2:00 AM
Duca set a lifetime mark Tuesday night (May 18) as several North America Cup eligibles were in action at Mohawk. Duca and driver Jack Moiseyev put in a sparkling effort in pacing to a lifetime mark of 1:52.2. The gelded son of Western Hanover, who is trained by Nat Varty, went to the lead from third after the quarter had been reached in :28. He put in middle panels of :57 and 1:24.2 before comi...
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OSDF sets finals purses

on 05/19/2004 2:00 AM
The Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) Committee has set the championship purses for the 4- and 5-year-old events in 2004. At its annual spring meeting, the committee approved a $50,000 purse for the trot championship and a $40,000 purse for the pace championship. The difference in purses was determined by the number of nominations received by Feb. 15, 2004. The trot championship receive...
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Vernon Downs losing money

on 05/19/2004 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs lost more than $2.2 million during the first three months of this year, according to new documents filed with the federal government. The Syracuse Post-Standard made those revelations in a story Tuesday (May 18). The newspaper account continued by saying the track's total losses amount to more than $10 million in the 15 months beginning in January 2003. The documents filed Fri...
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Top colts in NJ Classic elim

on 05/19/2004 2:00 AM
Modern Art will face I Am A Fool again Saturday (May 22) in one of two $25,000 New Jersey Classic eliminations at the Meadowlands. In their first confrontation last week in a New Jersey Sire Stakes at the Meadowlands, Modern Art prevailed with a career best 1:50.2 mile while I Am A Fool finished third. In this Saturday's meeting, Modern Art has drawn post three and I Am A Fool will start fro...
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Back-to-back-to-back

on 05/19/2004 2:00 AM
Mother Nature likely prevented a new overall speed mark being set at the Meadowlands last Saturday night (May 15), as a tremendous thunderstorm forced the cancellation of the final three races of the 13-race program. However, along the way a new record was still able to be established. "I was all set to do my average time for the fastest card and then the heavens opened up," Meadowlands statist...
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Vet seminar during Hambo

on 05/19/2004 2:00 AM
The Hambletonian Society announced today plans to host its fifth annual Continuing Education Seminar for Equine Veterinarians, to be held in conjunction with the 79th Hambletonian Festival of Racing. The Continuing Education Seminar will take place Friday, Aug. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at a new location: the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel & Conference Center, adjacent to the Meadowlands Sports...
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Foundation seeks director

on 05/19/2004 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation is looking for a full time placement director for its award-winning national adoption organization based in Freehold, NJ. Candidate must possess all around horse knowledge, excellent computer and office skills. Creativity with marketing skills is also a must. Responsibilities include administrative management of horses awaiting adoption, marketing...
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Challenging the champions

on 05/19/2004 2:00 AM
In every race featuring Modern Art and I Am A Fool this year, the main focus will likely be on the two 3-year-old pacers that had an ongoing rivalry that started before ever facing each other on the track in 2004. On Saturday night (May 22) in a $25,000 elimination of the $500,000 New Jersey Classic the two will face each other again. Everybody knows that on any given day, even the best horse i...
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Earhart Hanover sold

on 05/19/2004 2:00 AM
Earhart Hanover, who makes her next start in Friday night's (May 21) sixth race at the Meadowlands, the second of two $20,000 eliminations for the $200,000 Miss New Jersey, has changed hands. S. Ian Smith of Prince Edward Island sold the 3-year-old daughter of Artiscape after her last race, a two-length victory on May 14 in a $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes, for an undisclosed price. The buyer i...
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Respectednbeloved a princess

on 05/18/2004 2:00 AM
Respectednbeloved had some traffic problems in Monday night's (May 17) $95,500 ( C ) final of the Princess Series at Mohawk, but she overcame them and posted a lifetime best 1:52.3 victory. Starting from post eight, Respectednbeloved was sixth going to the quarter when the leader Armbro Bracken along with Wilma Hall and Swirly all went off stride. When the dust settled Respectednbeloved and dri...
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Fillies trot in Gold elims

on 05/18/2004 2:00 AM
Monday evening's (May 17) card at Mohawk included three Ontario Sire Stakes Gold eliminations for 3-year-old filly trotters. In the first elimination Zorgwijk Emani (Ken Wallace) wired the field in 1:56.3 and won by 4 1/4 lengths over Fiesty Kindof Luv (Trevor Henry) with Armbro Beseech (David Boughton) third. The winning Valleymeister filly is two-for-two this year. In the second elim Miss ...
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Funding needed for KYSS

on 05/18/2004 2:00 AM
The Kentucky Sires Stakes will be funded and raced at The Red Mile this year, but the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority was told Monday (May 17) it must find ways to generate funding and assist the Standardbred industry. Authority member John Cashman, formerly of Castleton Farm and The Red Mile, told the authority the amount available for purses this year is the lowest ever because the number of ...
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Goshen box up for bids

on 05/18/2004 2:00 AM
The prime box at Goshen (NY) Historic Track, directly on the finish line in the first tier, is up for auction for the first time in decades. The box was previously held by Amy Bull Crist, a former director of the track and "First Lady" of Orange County, who died in 1995. The winning bidder gets five seats in the box for matinee racing on June 5, 12 and 19, as well as Grand Circuit Racing on Ju...
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Five to enter Canadian Hall

on 05/18/2004 2:00 AM
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will induct Precious Bunny, Goodtimes, Town Pro and late Chris Van Bussel of Seelster Farms. The ceremony will be held August 26 at the Toronto Congress Centre. Precious Bunny is owned by Peter Heffering of Port Perry, Ont., and set a single year earnings record of $2.2 million in 1991 with 20 wins, including such classics as the North America Cup, Meadowla...
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Decision in Montreal soon

on 05/18/2004 2:00 AM
The fate of Hippodrome de Montreal could be known soon. According to a story in the Montreal Gazette, a representative from one of the racetrack's possible suitors, the Remstar Corp., has been told to expect an announcement within the next two weeks. There are two possible scenarios: keeping the racetrack right where it is, which is what the Quebec racing industry prefers, or moving it to the si...
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Sale of NJ tracks hits snag

on 05/18/2004 2:00 AM
The plan to sell the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority's two racetracks, the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park, has hit a snag. According to a story in the Newark Star-Ledger, there is a state law that only the Sports and Exposition Authority may operate the two tracks. Until the law is changed, investment bankers from Lehman Brothers retained by the sports authority to handle the sale wil...
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Judge rules for Isle of Capri

on 05/18/2004 2:00 AM
A federal bankruptcy judge in Chicago has approved the $518 million sale of Emerald Casino's dormant gaming license to Isle of Capri. According to a story in the Chicago Sun-Times, Judge Eugene Wedoff cautioned Isle Of Capri that the deal could still fall through. Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan is still intent on taking back the license because of alleged mob connections to the city of Ro...
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