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Modern Art ready to go

on 05/12/2004 2:00 AM
Although the 3-year-old pacing heavyweights Modern Art and I Am A Fool have drawn into the same $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes division at the Meadowlands Saturday night (May 15) in their season debuts, Modern Art's trainer Joe Holloway said to not read too much into the outcome. "We're ready and as good as we can be. They have to race sometime," Holloway told The Horseman by cell phone Wednesd...
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AG shoots down casino

on 05/12/2004 2:00 AM
Adding a 10th casino in Illinois hit another roadblock Tuesday (May 11) when the state's attorney general said she was withdrawing her support for the transfer of the license. Meanwhile, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says he wants to build a city-owned land-based casino in the Windy City. Attorney General Lisa Madigan rejected the Illinois Gaming Board's 4-1 vote to allow bankrupt Emerald Isle Ca...
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License snafu for Evers

on 05/12/2004 2:00 AM
Trainer Mark Evers had marked the Graduate Series at the Meadowlands on the race schedule of Art's Chip, but hit a bump in the road when New Jersey racing officials wouldn't license the 46-year-old Ohioan. After entering the 4-year-old son of Artsplace in a Graduate prep race on May 8, a problem with Evers' license prompted the track stewards to scratch the colt. According to New Jersey State S...
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Camelot Hall qualifies

on 05/12/2004 2:00 AM
Camelot Hall made his first qualifying start of the season at Balmoral Park Wednesday morning, winning by more than three lengths in 1:55.4. The 3-year-old son of Blissfull Hall-Cirque De Soleil won the Metro final and was second in the Woodrow Wilson final last year while taking a mark of 1:51.4 and earning $647,435 for owners David Scharf, Steven Arnold, Jerry Silva and the Sampson Street Sta...
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Work continues at Mighty M

on 05/12/2004 2:00 AM
Construction at Mighty M Gaming at Monticello Raceway is continuing at a swift pace as the renovation of the 47-year-old building dashes towards the June 30 finish line and opening date. The new gaming venue facility will accommodate 1,743 video gaming machines (VGMs), the 350 seat Winner's Circle buffet, the Mighty Mmmm Food Court and the 75 seat Lava Lounge featuring nightly entertainment....
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Dunkster sets world mark

on 05/11/2004 2:00 AM
Dunkster, a 5-year-old son of Striking Sahbra owned by Dean Davis and trained and driven by Kurt Sugg, set a new world record of 1:54.2 for older geldings on a half-mile track in winning Northfield Park's Open Trot Monday night, May 10. The time knocked one full second off He's Nifty's previous mark of 1:55.2 set in 1999 at Delaware, Ohio, and it also eclipsed the all-age record for geldings on...
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World record by Dunkster

on 05/11/2004 2:00 AM
Dunkster went gate-to-wire winning Northfield's Open Trot Monday night in 1:54.2, setting a new all-age world trotting record for older geldings in the process. The previous mark was 1:55.2. Dunkster and trainer-driver Kurt Sugg were parked to the :27.2 quarter by Glory Bound, but once the pair cleared it was all over but the shouting. Dunkster, a 5-year-old son of Striking Sahbra, posted frac...
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Randy Waples penalized

on 05/11/2004 2:00 AM
Driver Randy Waples has been fined a total of $1,500 and put on probation for one year by the Ontario Racing Commission. Acccording to Standardbred Canada's listing of Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) penalities, Waples was fined $1,000 for remarks he made on the SCORE television show, then fined another $500 by the judges at Mohawk for "improper conduct towards the judges." The ORC also put his...
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HP Paque draws post 5

on 05/11/2004 2:00 AM
The field has been set for Sunday's (May 16) Oslo Grand Prix and HP Paque has drawn post five in the 10-horse field. The Oslo Grand Prix has attracted most of the top horses in Europe, including Prix d'Amerique winner Kesaco Phedo and last year's top older trotting horse in the United States, Rotation. The field for the race over 2,100 meters (1 1/4 miles) from the rail out includes: Gidde Pale...
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Prov. Cup winner qualifies

on 05/11/2004 2:00 AM
Dreamfair Vogel, who won the 2002 Provincial Cup, made his first racetrack appearance as a 5 year old Tuesday morning (May 11) at Mohawk Racetrack, winning a qualifier in 1:54.1. Driven by Randy Waples, Dreamfair Vogel edged Gallo Blue Chip, the 2000 Horse of the Year and richest pacer of all-time, by a half length. Striking Conway, a 3-year-old son of Conway Hall, won the opening morning test ...
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Saratoga adds fall dates

on 05/11/2004 2:00 AM
Saratoga Gaming and Raceway has announced that due to the postponement of the construction of the five-eighths mile track, it has added racing dates for the fall. After a one week break starting on Sept. 5 (as scheduled), live harness will resume on Wednesday, Sept. 15 and continue every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings through Dec. 18. The four Tuesdays in June (June 8, 15, 22, 29) or...
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Lexington landmark burns

on 05/11/2004 2:00 AM
A castle that was a Lexington, Ky., landmark for decades burned in a spectacular fire Monday night (May 10). The castle, located at the corner of Pisgah Pike and Versailles Rd. west of the city, was not far from Brittany Farms. In fact, Brittany Farms foreman Dale Logan told the Lexington Herald-Leader that they didn't see flames shooting out of the building until 8:20 p.m. "We saw all this clo...
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New Harrington marks

on 05/11/2004 2:00 AM
Kilowatt breezed to a 1:52.2 win in Monday's (May 10) $18,500 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway, setting a new track record for older pacing stallions. Driven by Hal Belote for trainer Chuck Crissman Jr., the 5-year-old Western Hanover stallion set all the fractions in his half-length win. It was his second straight win. Black Cat Bone finished second with Mr. Thinker third.
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3YO stars set for NJSS

on 05/11/2004 2:00 AM
I Am A Fool and his rival Modern Art, are scheduled to make their 2004 debuts Saturday in New Jersey Sire Stakes action at the Meadowlands. I Am A Fool won nine of 15 starts, including his final five, and earned $1.16 million last year. Among his wins were the Breeders Crown, Governor's Cup and Matron. "He's been perfect," trainer Brett Pelling said. "I feel once we get past the training an...
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Four wins for Pat Berry

on 05/11/2004 2:00 AM
The royal blue and orange colors that clung tightly to Pat Berry's frame on four occasions in the Maywood Park's winner's circle on Monday night could barely be seen, as they were plastered in a fine covering of mud and track dirt. A horribly rainy and sloppy night didn't deter the 28-year-old, however, as Berry piloted four winners on the evening's 11-race program. His first winner came ...
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George Dempsey dies

on 05/11/2004 2:00 AM
George Dempsey, a native of Iowa who trained horses at Quad City Downs and raced at tracks in both Iowa and Illinois, died May 7 after an extended illness. He was 62. The most notable horse Dempsey trained was Rock Creek, a $439,336 winner, who Dempsey won with 22 times.
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Woodruff Series underway

on 05/10/2004 2:00 AM
Istanbul and Muscles Marinara were the winners in two $18,000 divisions of the opening leg of the Hiram Woodruff Series Sunday afternoon (May 9) at the Meadowlands. The series is set to conclude with a $200,000 (estimated) final on May 23. Istanbul, with driver Ron Pierce in the sulky, trotted a strong last quarter of :28 and blew past Donnegal in the final strides to win by a length in a perso...
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Ryder takes first two

on 05/10/2004 2:00 AM
Trainer Chris Ryder sent out the winners of the first and second races at the Meadowlands Sunday (May 9), and his 3-year-old students turned in superlative efforts. The trotter Mystical Sunshine won the first race in 1:55.3, taking a lifetime mark with the 3 1/2 length score. The filly by Yankee Glide made 10 starts last season but could only muster a qualifying mark of 2:02 at Balmoral Park. ...
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Empire City at Yonkers

on 05/10/2004 2:00 AM
Last week Yonkers Raceway owner Tim Rooney revealed that when the new slots/casino area at Yonkers Raceway is operational, it will be known as Empire City at Yonkers. Management at Yonkers has been mostly quiet about details for the track's video lottery terminal (VLT) area, which it has said will cost $140 million and create 825 permanent jobs. In a story published May 8 in the New York Jou...
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Cullipher sidelined at HoP

on 05/10/2004 2:00 AM
Roger Cullipher is scheduled to be released Monday (May 10) from an Anderson, Ind. hospital following an accident at Hoosier Park Wednesday, May 5. The 46-year-old horseman was thrown from his mount, SD Poignant in the third race on the program. He suffered a broken collarbone, seven broken ribs and a punctured lung in the accident, and will be out for the remainder of the Hoosier Park meet. Th...
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