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I Am A Fool sharp in qua.

on 04/30/2004 2:00 AM
Last year's Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year I Am A Fool made his 2004 debut Friday morning (April 30) in a qualifier at the Meadowlands, scoring a come-from-behind 1:53.4 victory. With Ron Pierce driving for trainer Brett Pelling, I Am A Fool got away seventh before working his way up the outside, pacing an unoffical back half in :56. Last year's Breeders Crown champ earned more than $1.1 m...
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Bert Smith banned at WEG

on 04/30/2004 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission has suspended leading Ontario-based owner Bert Smith for 15 days for an altercation with another owner March 27. According to Standarbred Canada, Woodbine Entertainment Group has also given an indefinite "no-trespass" notice to Smith. Smith, the leading owner at Woodbine/Mohawk, has reportedly admitted he used some profanity but that it was only a minor altercation...
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New bet system unveiled

on 04/29/2004 2:00 AM
A new self-service wagering system was recently unveiled at Dover Downs, a machine that provides the player with a wealth of information. Manufactured by United Tote, the new FastBet system allows a bettor to do things like separate tracks by breed, track betting trends, and look for overlays by displaying all possible exotic gimmick payoffs. Future plans for the FastBet system include allowing...
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Kennans Max tough in wind

on 04/29/2004 2:00 AM
World Champion Kennans Max qualified at Balmoral Park Wednesday morning n(April 28), winning in 2:00.3 by seven lengths. "He went real good," said trainer Joel Smith. "He come his last quarter in :28.4, which was huge today. We've got about a 40 mile per hour wind blowing up here today. HE was the fastest last quarter of anybody qualifying. He did real well." Kennans Max, a 3-year-old gelded...
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Mich. VLTs one step closer

on 04/29/2004 2:00 AM
The Michigan Senate on Thursday (April 29) passed by a vote of 20-18 a bill that will allow the introduction of video lottery terminals at the state's seven racetracks. The vote came after hours of discussion and debate and numerous amendments. But when all was said and done, House Bill 4610 passed by two votes, which prompted a loud ovation from the gallery, which was admonished by the chair for ...
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Victory Tilly returns with win

on 04/29/2004 2:00 AM
World champion trotter Victory Tilly returned to the racetrack Thursday night (April 29) for the first time in 11 months after being seriously injured in the 2003 Elitlopp final. Victory Tilly, who trotted to a world-record 1:50.4 clocking two years ago in the Nat Ray final at the Meadowlands, won a fast-class race at the Abu track in Gothenberg, Sweden, in 1:56.2 for the 1,640 meters. Victory ...
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Classic Series on tap

on 04/28/2004 2:00 AM
The second leg of this year's Classic Series goes postward Saturday night (May 1) at the Meadowlands. Find the complete draw of the six events here. 2nd RACE $60,000 CLASSIC OAKS PP HORSE DRIVER 1 TAGAPINE (D. PALONE) 2 LOST LADY ONE (G. BRENNAN) 3 QUEEN CONNIE (S. CONDREN) 4 FOR THE LUVA MONI (C. CHRISTOFOROU) 5 DRESDEN DOLLY (T. RITCHIE) 6 GYPSY BALANCE (J. CAMPBELL) 7 WINDYLA...
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Mich. VLT vote Thursday?

on 04/28/2004 2:00 AM
The future of Michigan racing might have a clearer picture as early as Thursday (April 29) when the full Senate could vote on a bill that would allow the addition of video lottery terminals (VLTs) at the state's seven racetracks. The bill had been before the Senate Gaming and Oversight Committee for months after being approved the state House, but was discharged Tuesday (April 27) by a procedur...
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The harness escapade

on 04/28/2004 2:00 AM
Madcap Escapade, the favorite for the Kentucky Oaks, the filly companion race to the Kentucky Derby, has some ties to harness racing. Her dam, Sassy Pants, was raced by a group that included Chicago harness racing executives Billy Johnston and Phil Langley. Langley said the group campaigned Sassy Pants back in the days when Sportsman's Park played host to both harness racing and Thoroughbred ra...
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Sophs aim for Berry's Creek

on 04/28/2004 2:00 AM
Matt's Scooter and Junior Trendsetter winner Four Starzzz King has drawn the rail in the second of two $25,000 Berry's Creek elimination at the Meadowlands Saturday night (May 1). Facing off against a bulky field of 10 rivals, Mike Lachance has once again been named to drive the 3-year-old son of The Panderosa who is making an early-season statement that he is one of the division's heavyweights. ...
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Campbell busy in Creek

on 04/28/2004 2:00 AM
Although John Campbell didn't drive for the first time in 2004 until April 2 after needing extra rehabilitation for his injured right arm hurt in a racing accident a year ago March, it's obvious he wasn't forgotten. Campbell has quickly worked his way into the mix at the Meadowlands since he returned and on Saturday night (May 1) he was named to drive seven horses among the 21 entered in the Berry...
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Dexter Cup elims drawn

on 04/28/2004 2:00 AM
Sophomore colt trotters will be in the spotlight Saturday afternoon (May 1) at Freehold Raceway as 18 will line up behind the gate in a pair of $29,660 Dexter Cup eliminations. The top four finishers in each will return for the $190,000 (est.) final on May 8. American Mike has drawn the rail in the first of two elims. Owned by Robert Key, the son of American Winner earned $282,461 last year at ...
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Customize wins '04 debut

on 04/27/2004 2:00 AM
Bart Cavanagh Sr.'s Customize romped to an easy 2:01 victory in his first start of his sophomore campaign, the $10,000 Iggy Magoo Stakes at Maywood Park on Monday night. Trained by Dirk Simpson and piloted by Dave Magee, the 3-year-old son of Wilson Wyoming easily bested seven rivals. As a freshman he earned $139,200 and took a record of 1:58.2 at DuQuoin while winning seven of 16 starts, with ...
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Three elims for Lotteria

on 04/26/2004 2:00 AM
HP Paque has been made the favorite and drawn into the first of three eliminations Sunday, May 2, for the $746,130 Gran Premio Lotteria di Agnano in Naples. The entries and the country they represent include: 1st elim--Calvin Capar (Sweden), Cipollini Mario (Italy), Couch Doctor (Sweden), First Lavec (Sweden), HP Paque (U.S.A), Java d´Arche (France), Lets Go (Germany) and Magnetic Power (Nor...
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Big League Barry scores

on 04/24/2004 2:00 AM
Big League Barry hit a home run in the $25,000 ( C ) first leg of the Mohawk Pacing Series Friday night (April 23), wiring the field for a 1:51.1 victory. With Mario Ballargeon in the bike, Big League Barry left from post two and cut fractions of :26.3, :55.1 and 1:23.1 en route to his lifetime best performance. Duca (Randy Waples) followed on his back every step of the way and was 2 3/4 length...
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15 year old wins at Pompano

on 04/24/2004 2:00 AM
Tarport Mark, one of the oldest racehorses in the nation at age 15, posted his fifth win in 10 starts this season with a 2:00.3 triumph in the Florida Amateur Driving Club Trot Friday night (April 23) at Pompano Park. USTA rules allow horses over the age of 14 to compete in amateur driver events only. All other horses must retire after age 14. The $258,000 career winner was driven to victory b...
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Enhanced offset bike debuts

on 04/24/2004 2:00 AM
Although there were plenty of stars competing in the qualifiers Saturday morning (April 24) at the Meadowlands, it wasn't a horse that was the main attraction. Rather, it was a new version of an offset sulky that drew the most attention. A newer, improved version of the Advantage offset sulky, called the Advantage 6.8 (the original version of the bike produced by Evolution Racing is called Adva...
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Modern Art strong in qualie

on 04/24/2004 2:00 AM
Despite a brisk headwind down the Meadowlands backstretch, top sophomore pacing colt Modern Art posted an impressive 1:53.1 clocking, winning by more than a dozen lengths. With David Miller driving, Modern Art set fractions of :28, :57.4 and 1:26.3 (racing into the strong winds) before coming home in :26.3 with the wind at his back. "I told Joe (trainer Joe Holloway) that the time was like a 1:...
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Metropolitan wins qualifier

on 04/24/2004 2:00 AM
Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Metropolitan made his first appearance of 2004 Saturday morning (April 24) in a qualifier at the Meadowlands. John Campbell maneuvered the sophomore son of The Panderosa off the pylons in midstretch and in the four path got up in the final strides to win in 1:56.4, pacing a final quarter in :27 flat. Times in the opening three-quarters were stymied a bit by a s...
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A Rainbow in Blossom

on 04/24/2004 2:00 AM
Rainbow Blue rolled to her seventh straight win and a stakes record of 1:52 in the $73,760 Blossom, the first of three stakes finals on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Driver Ron Pierce settled Rainbow Blue fifth in the first turn as Heather's Gambit led the field to the opening quarter. Despite a brisk wind blowing in the face of the horse's in the backstretch, Double Crème made a move ...
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