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Cliff

on 12/18/2003 7:00 PM
Cliff “Chappy” Chapman, the former publisher of The Canadian Sportsman, died Thursday (Dec. 18) as the result of a stroke suffered Monday (Dec. 15). He was 83. Chapman of Tillsonburg, ON had a distinguished and colourful career in the harness racing industry. He began as a legal bookmaker and bought harness racing’s oldest publication, The Sportsman, in 1959 and ran the magazi...
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2004 Ohio dates awarded

on 12/18/2003 7:00 PM
A lively dates hearing by the five-member Ohio State Racing Commission that lasted nearly three hours resulted in the awarding of 976 live racing dates in 2004 for the state's seven racetracks. Northfield Park, which was fighting the possibility of the commission cutting back its number of racing dates next year, received all 220 it asked for. The Cleveland track will open Jan. 2 and race throu...
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Changes to OSS stud rules

on 12/18/2003 7:00 PM
The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) Friday (Dec. 19) announced the following changes to the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) stallion eligibilty rules have been approved by the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC): (1) The OSS will not recognize foals as twins if produced through embryo transfer. If such foals were produced through embryo/ovum transfer, only the donor mare’s first ...
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Slots coming to Fraser

on 12/16/2003 7:00 PM
On Tuesday night (Dec. 16) city council in Surrey, BC gave Fraser Downs approval to install slot machines. After tying up some loose ends at council in coming weeks, work is expected to begin immediately on adding slots to a temporary location at the Cloverdale, BC harness track. That project is expected to be completed by April of 2004. As soon as the temporary slot hall opens, Fraser Downs...
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No racing at Big M Dec. 20

on 12/15/2003 7:00 PM
With the New York Jets hosting a football game against the New England Patriots Saturday (Dec. 20) at Giants Stadium, there will be no live racing at the Meadowlands that night. The track will have a 15-race card on Friday night (Dec. 19), with a special early post time of 7:15 p.m. The Meadowlands will not re-open for live racing until Friday night, Dec. 26. The track will then race Saturday n...
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The Globe takes Matron

on 12/14/2003 7:00 PM
After posting seven seconds and four thirds this season, but with only two victories, The Globe earned a big win Sunday night (Dec. 14) by taking the $225,000 Matron final for 3-year-old pacing colts. Driver Brian Sears moved The Globe, a colt sired by Life Sign, into action in the third quarter of the mile and the duo cruised home to a comfortable victory in 1:54. Allamerican Captor was second...
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Wind wins in Windsor

on 12/14/2003 7:00 PM
Escape The Wind, fresh off a head loss in the Breeders Crown and a victory in a Provincial Cup elim, captured the $380,500 Provincial Cup final in 1:52 Sunday night (Dec. 14) at Windsor Raceway. The Roger Mayottte-trained and driven colt waltzed through the race, taking control just past the first quarter from Make It Brief and winning by 2 1/4 lengths over Make It Brief and Coreys On Crombie. ...
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Burning Point wins Matron

on 12/13/2003 7:00 PM
Breeders Crown champion Burning Point added the Matron to her 2003 resume Saturday night (Dec. 13) as the 3-year-old filly pacer won the $215,764 race in impressive fashion in 1:51.2. With Kevin Wallis driving, Burning Point's victory on a cold night at Dover Downs was her 22nd of the year. Although she has primarily been raced on the front end this year, Wallis elected to take back out of the ...
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Gallo caught by Jugular

on 12/13/2003 7:00 PM
Gallo Blue Chip was nosed out by 14-1 longshot Jugular at the Meadowlands Saturday night (Dec. 13), denying the all-time richest pacer his fifth win of the year. With Daniel Dube driving, Gallo Blue Chip led through the lane but was just caught at the wire by Jugular and driver Ron Pierce in 1:52.1 in a $25,000 conditioned race. Camcracker came charging home to a 1:51.1 victory in the $40,000 O...
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Racing commissioners meet

on 12/11/2003 7:00 PM
The board of directors of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) held their annual winter meeting in conjunction with the University of Arizona Racing Symposium. Among the business it addressed, the board approved a recommendation from its Drug Standards and Practices Committee to establish a race-day threshold for the use of DMSO. By establishing a threshold, the use of DM...
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Trainer of the Year: Sugg

on 12/10/2003 7:00 PM
Ivan Sugg, the trainer of No Pan Intended, has been named the Glen Garnsey Trainer of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Said Sugg of the honor, "A good horse will make you look good all the time." Thanks to a late-developing colt who grew from a contender to a colossus in a matter of months, Sugg posted career best numbers and realized every horseman's dream, all in one year. ...
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Canadian honor to Cammie

on 12/10/2003 7:00 PM
Eternal Camnation was named the Woodbine Entertainment circuit's Horse of the Year for 2003. The 6-year-old Cam Fella mare won her third Breeders Crown title at Woodbine this summer. Other award winners were: 2-Year-Old Filly Trotter--Peaceful Way 2-Year-Old Colt Trotter--In Conchnito 2-Year-Old Filly Pacer--Glowing Report 2-Year-Old Colt Pacer--Camelot Hall 3-Year-Old Filly Trotter--South...
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Allamerican Ingot moves

on 12/10/2003 7:00 PM
Kentuckiana Farms has announced that Allamerican Ingot, the son of Western Hanover-Incredible Margie who won the 2001 Woodrow Wilson, will be relocated to Hempt Farms in Mechanicsburg, Pa., for the 2004 breeding season. Kentuckiana Farms will remain the syndicate manager of the horse and along with Hempt Farms will manage his breeding career. Hempt Farms has acquired a significant interest in A...
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Winbak acquires Rustler

on 12/10/2003 7:00 PM
In more stud news, Joe and JoAnn's Thomson's Winbak Farm has purchased a majority interest in Rustler Hanover, a leading sire in the Ontario Sire Stakes program. Brittany Farms was previously an owner of the stallion and managed his stud career. Brittany sold its interest and turned the management of the horse over to Winbak. Several original syndicate members retained their shares in Rustler H...
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Gordon's Jin Ms. retired

on 12/09/2003 7:00 PM
Gordon's Jin Ms., one of the top pacing fillies the past two seasons, has been retired from racing by her owner, Craig McEvoy. McEvoy said he plans to breed Gordon's Jin Ms. to Western Ideal. She's a daughter of Real Artist, a son of Artsplace. Gordon's Jin Ms. set a world record of 1:51 at Pocono Downs this season and had won six races before becoming ill after competing in the Adioo Volo. She...
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Gingras named Rising Star

on 12/09/2003 7:00 PM
Yannick Gingras, 24, has been named the 2003 Rising Star of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA). Based at Yonkers Raceway in New York, Gingras has won 393 races this year (through Dec. 9), ranking him 15th overall. Gingras is a third-generation horseman from Sorel, Quebec. As Rising Star recipient he follows in the footsteps of fellow Quebec natives Stephane Bouchard, Danie...
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Seekman: Viva Las Vegas

on 12/08/2003 7:00 PM
A few days removed from this year’s Breeders Crown festivities at the Meadowlands, Michigan-based trainer Joe Seekman and his wife, Tina, traveled to Las Vegas as part of a large group of Wolverine State horsemen. They are still in Nevada, and although it’s usually the norm that “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” insider reports tell us that Seekman is doing pretty we...
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Books closed for top studs

on 12/08/2003 7:00 PM
It's the time of year when the racing season is wrapping up and breeders' thoughts have turned to booking their mares for the upcoming breeding season. The books for a couple of stallions are already closed. The books for Real Artist and Western Hanover are closed for the 2004 breeding season while a few bookings remain for Artsplace, who ranks as the sport's top money-winning sire of 2 and 3 y...
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Mich. VLTs get boost

on 12/08/2003 7:00 PM
Michigan Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema, who had previously opposed the introduction of legislation to approve video lottery terminals (VLTs) at the state's seven racetracks, is now being quoted as saying he will let the Senate vote on the bill. According to a report by Associated Press, a spokesman for Sikkema says the Republican no longer sees any reason to hold up on the vote on what is ...
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Matrons held at Dover

on 12/07/2003 7:00 PM
Radar Sign picked right up where he left off at Dover Downs when he wired the field in 1:52.4 in a $37,500 Matron elim at Dover Sunday (Dec. 7). Crystal Art won a second elim in 1:54.2 by a neck over the Ohio-sired colt Room And Board. Radar Sign had won the Bud Light Progress Pace Final in early November at Dover. Crystal Art, the other elim winner, is an unheralded Artsplace colt trained by S...
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