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20 qualifiers at Hoosier

on 03/17/2004 7:00 PM
Hoosier Park is set to open its 11th year of harness racing on Saturday (March 20), and the horsemen have been doing their part, getting horses ready to race. A total of 20 qualifiers were held at Hoosier Park Wednesday (March 17). Don Eash, the top trainer at the 2003 Hoosier Park meet, sent out 15 horses in qualifiers. Among those he started were his top older pacer Handyman Hank, who won in ...
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No date set for opening

on 03/16/2004 7:00 PM
Vernon Downs owner Shawn Scott has agreed to step aside in the operation of the track while he appeals his license denial. In return, the New York State Racing And Wagering Board has agreed to renew the operating license for Vernon Downs and the board of directors of Mid-State Raceway, the track's parent company, voted Tuesday night to hire Dennis Dowd as general manager. Dowd is a former chair...
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Ill. horsemen to meet again

on 03/16/2004 7:00 PM
Illinois horsemen will meet again today to discuss the pre-race detention time that the Illinois Racing Board is enforcing for the first time in 17 years. A meeting of the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association members was held yesterday (March 16), but there was no members of the IRB present. Today's meeting is at Balmoral Park following morning qualifiers. A representative from the IRB is ex...
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Ill. Horsemen, IRB meet

on 03/16/2004 7:00 PM
Illinois horsemen and members of the Illinois Racing Board met at Balmoral Park Wednesday afternoon (March 17) to discuss the 4 p.m. detention rule, which has upset horsemen since its implementation March 1. For the time being, the 4 p.m. detention will remain in affect while the IRB drafts emergency rules that could change the detention requirement to between four and six hours. The IRB is le...
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Hall of Famer nears return

on 03/15/2004 7:00 PM
John Campbell told The Horseman on Monday afternoon, March 15, that he plans on climbing back into the sulky during qualifiers at the Meadowlands on Friday, March 19, nearly one year to the day after fracturing his right elbow in a racing accident. Campbell, who will turn 49 on April 8, was out for nearly three months after the March 23, 2003 spill, but limited his drives upon his return. In mi...
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Ill. board picks casino

on 03/15/2004 7:00 PM
Isle Of Capri Inc., owner of Pompano Park, has been awarded Illinois' last available casino license and has pledged to have a casino built in the community of Rosemont within eight months or pay $500,000 a day to the state. According to published reports, the Illinois Gaming Board voted 4-1 late Monday afternoon (March 15) to accept the Isle Of Capri bid over Harrah's Entertainment, whose bid o...
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Maywood races delayed

on 03/15/2004 7:00 PM
Races were delayed at Maywood Park Monday night (March 15) as the debate raged on over detention barn times. The delay was caused by a meeting of IHHA members in the driver's room at Maywood over the Illinois Racing Board-imposed six-hour detention time. Another meeting is scheduled for noon today (March 16). An example of why the horsemen are upset was visible at the Maywood stable gate whe...
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Snow prompts cancellations

on 03/15/2004 7:00 PM
The winter storm moving through the Northeast has caused the cancellation of Tuesday afternoon (March 16) racing at Freehold and the evening card at Yonkers Raceway. The Meadowlands, normally open for simulcasting only on Tuesdays, has also closed for the day.
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Four Leaf Clover leg

on 03/13/2004 7:00 PM
Sagebrush rolled to his second straight victory in a division of the Four Leaf Clover Series Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The $120,000 Four Leaf Clover final is set for March 20. Sagebrush, a 5 yer old sired by Western Hanove, paced the mile in 1:51.2 and established himself as the likely favorite in the Four Leaf Clover final. Trained by Ken Rucker, Sagebrush was purchased by Rucker a...
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Speed at Woodbine

on 03/13/2004 7:00 PM
There was plenty of speed at Woodbine Saturday night as a 1:50.4 mile was turned in by Yulestar N, a 10-year-old gelding by Cameleon. Yulestar N won the $48,000 Junior Free For All on the card, edging Camystic with a :27 last quarter. In other Woodbine action, McDylan won his second in a row with a 1:52.2 mile; So Lucky Hanover scored handily in 1:51.2 in the first leg of the Cam Fella pacing S...
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Driver listed in feature

on 03/13/2004 7:00 PM
Driver Ron Pierce was among those featured in Parade magazine's annual review of "What People Earn." Pierce, whose color picture was shown, had his profession described as "harness race driver." His income was listed as $495,000. Parade magazine is a supplement to Sunday newspapers across the country.
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Maybe a colt to Ponder

on 03/13/2004 7:00 PM
Ponder, a 3-year-old colt by The Panderosa, won his first pari-mutuel start, and just the second of his career, when he captured the first race at Woodbine Sunday afternoon. The colt paced the mile in 1:55.2, winning by 2 3/4 lengths with a :27.4 last quarter. Ponder is trained by Bob McIntosh and owned by McIntosh Stables, CSX Stables and John Fielding. The colt cost $67,000 as a yearling. His...
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New mark for soph filly

on 03/13/2004 7:00 PM
Ferrara Hanover, a 3-year-old filly by No Nukes, paced to a new career mark of 1:55.2 in the second race at the Meaadowlands Sunday afternoon. Trained and co-owned by Kelvin Harrison, Ferrara Hanover made just two starts last yera but has now finished first and second in her only two starts of her sophomore season.
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King now three for five

on 03/12/2004 7:00 PM
Four Starzzz King, the winner of the Jr. Trendsetter Series final at the Meadowlands earlier this yer, won a leg of the Matt's Scooter Series at the Big M Friday night. Driven by Mike Lachance, the colt sired by The Panderosa won easily in 1:52.3. He was the fastest of the division winners. Tubby, a colt sired by Kingston, took the second split, winning after starting from post eight. His time ...
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Burning Point wins

on 03/12/2004 7:00 PM
Last year's Breeders Crown 3-year-old filly champion Burning Point held off the late charge of 1-2 favorite Carolina Sunshine to win the$50,000 first round of the Overbid Series at the Meadowlands Friday night in 1:51.3. Jennie Fanetta was 3 1/2 lengths back in third. Burning Point, driven by George Brennan and trained by Steve Elliott, took the lead at the quarte. The now 4-year-old mare was m...
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2nd for Totally Western

on 03/11/2004 7:00 PM
Totally Western finished second in his second qualifier of 2004 Friday morning (March 12) at Mohawk as he nears his 4-year-old pari-mutuel debut. The 2002 Breeders Crown champion has been sidelined since last June when he suffered a hairline fracture on the eve of the North America Cup. With Mario Baillargeon driving, Totally Western sat second behind the veteran pacer Aahm Canadian Now through...
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Always Cam back on track

on 03/11/2004 7:00 PM
Always Cam, who tangled with Eternal Camnation, Bunny Lake, and other top pacing mares last year, made her 2004 debut in a qualifying race at The Meadows Friday morning. She finished second behind Execujet in 1:58.2. Always Cam, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Hanover, has career earnings of $686,686. Execujet, a 4-year-old son of Presidential Ball, hit the board in 14 of 19 races last year. ...
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Pantaleano in Marino Stable

on 03/11/2004 7:00 PM
The name of Jim Pantaleano, who was barred from Northfield Park in January, has begun reappearing in racing programs in New Jersey. Pantaleano is being listed as the trainer of record for the Chris Marino Stable. Published reports have stated that Pantaleano had been initially granted a full license to compete in New Jersey, but the driver and owner licenses were rescinded and he instead was gr...
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Fool's Goal wins Q

on 03/11/2004 7:00 PM
Fool's Goal, now 9 years old, began another racing season by winning a qualifier at the Meadowlands Friday morning, edging HP Paque by a nose in 1:58.2. He trotted his last quarter in :27.3. Approved Action was third. Fool's Goal has career earnings of $2,632,520. Trainer Trond Smedshammer, who conditions HP Paque, also sent out the 4-year-old Muscles Yankee stallion Center Field, who won in 2:...
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Isle finish restored

on 03/10/2004 7:00 PM
Thunder Bay has been restored to his original third-place finish in the final of the Isle Of Capri Series Feb. 28 at Pompano Park. Thunder Bay was originally taken down from his third-place finish for causing interference to Dee Magic Man nearing the half. Thunder Bay's trainer-driver Michael MacDonald filed an appeal to the placing, and his original finish was restored by the Pompano Park appe...
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