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Track operators meeting

on 03/03/2004 7:00 PM
Members of Harness Tracks of America and Thoroughbred Racing Associations began their joint meeting in Sanibel Island, Fla., Wednesday (March 3) and heard several presentations in a joint session on Thursday morning. A panel of drug testing experts gave their thoughts on where the matter of drug testing is headed during a 45-minute discussion. Dr. George Maylin, a leading medication and testing...
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Smith new HTA prez

on 03/03/2004 7:00 PM
Jeff Smith, an executive with Centaur Racing, an owner of Hoosier Park, was voted the new president of Harness Tracks of America during the association's annual board meeting. Smith replaces Chris McErlean, who served a two-year term as HTA president.
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NJ Senator honored

on 03/03/2004 7:00 PM
Richard Codey, president of the New Jersey State Senate, was honored with Harness Tracks of America's Distinguished Service Award for his efforts on behalf of horse racing. At a luncheon held Thursday, Senator Codey spoke about horse racing in New Jersey and legislative efforts to help the industry. He said that "racing...requires constant, creative legislation" to keep it viable in today's wor...
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Sheddan suspended 7 years

on 03/02/2004 7:00 PM
Still facing criminal charges in New Jersey, trainer Dan Sheddan and associate Bruno Chiodo have been handed long suspensions and fined by the New Jersey Racing Commission. The two were discovered administering an oral substance to the horse Henry Clay at Sheddan's barn at Magical Acres on Feb. 21 by plainclothes detectives from the New Jersey State Police and subsequently arrested. The commiss...
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Mr. Muscleman in training

on 03/02/2004 7:00 PM
Kentucky Futurity winner and 3-Year-Old Colt Trotter of the Year Mr. Muscleman is back in training. Trainer Noel Daley reports that the now 4-year-old gelded son of Muscles Yankee has been "back at work" for three weeks. "He was turned out at Chris Coyle's place (Olive Branch Farm in Wingate, N.C.)," Daley told The Horseman. "He came back looking great; he filled out a lot. He (Coyle) did a goo...
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Jr. Mint nearing return

on 03/01/2004 7:00 PM
Trainer Jack Darling told The Horseman Tuesday (March 2) that the 4-year-old pacer Jr. Mint is less than a month away from qualifying. Darling said Jr. Mint will make his pari-mutuel debut in the Spring Championship Series at Mohawk, and that he has heavily staked the son of Northern Luck for his 2004 campaign. It was one year ago this week that Jr. Mint won a conditioned event at Woodbine, whi...
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Vernon denied license

on 02/27/2004 7:00 PM
The fate of Vernon Downs is up in the air after the track was denied a 2004 racing license by the New York State Racing & Wagering Board. At a special meeting held Friday (Feb. 27), the board decided to not approve the license request of the track, which had asked for a 120-day meet opening April 3.
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Hawk Mich. debut delayed

on 02/27/2004 7:00 PM
Although Dave Hawk was programmed to drive three horses at Northville Downs Friday night (Feb. 27) he never made it into the sulky. Hawk, who had received approval of Northville Downs' management to resume his driving career after recently being barred from Northfield Park, met with the commission stewards at the track prior to the card but was told a decision on his receiving a Michigan license w...
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Trap set in Mack Lobell

on 02/27/2004 7:00 PM
Trappers Salute A wore down the competition Saturday night (Feb. 28) at Pompano Park to win the $80,000 Mack Lobell Series final for open trotters. With George Napolitano Jr. driving, Trappers Salute A crossed the wire in 1:55.2, two lengths ahead of Dunkster (Kurt Sugg) and Damon Runyon (Wally Hennessey). Damon Runyon grabbed the early lead and set first-half fractions of :27.3 and :56.4. Appr...
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No luck needed in Isle final

on 02/27/2004 7:00 PM
Making a first-over move past the half, Luckyisasluckydoes wore down a stubborn He Wants It All to capture Saturday night's (Feb. 28) $162,000 Isle of Capri Pacing Series final at Pompano Park. With Bruce Ranger driving, Luckyisasluckydoes crossed the wire in 1:52.4 to complete a sweep of the Isle of Capri. Tony Morgan, driving He Wants It All, dropped in third out of the gate after leaving fro...
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Ann Mossbarger named

on 02/26/2004 7:00 PM
Ann Mossbarger, who gave up a "great job at the Columbus Dispatch" to help launch her husband's veterinary career in 1945, will be the fourth Lady Pace honoree of the Delaware, Ohio County Fair. The $20,000-estimated Lady Pace will be raced Sunday afternoon, Sept. 19, opening day of Delaware's five afternoons of Grand Circuit harness racing. The Little Brown Jug is scheduled for Thursday,...
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Dream Lavec Wins Open

on 02/26/2004 7:00 PM
Dream Lavec swept five-wide through the first turn, took the lead after the opening quarter and went on to a 1:55 victory in the $40,000 Open Trot at the Meadowlands Friday night (Feb.27.). Driven by David Miller, Dream Lavec got away with a :29.1 second quarter after the opening panel was raced in :28.4. He trotted past the three-quarters in 1:27 before holding off the field by two lengths w...
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Lucky surprises trainer

on 02/25/2004 7:00 PM
When the field goes to the post at Pompano Park Saturday night (Feb. 28) for the $162,000 Isle Of Capri Pacing Series final, Luckyisasluckydoes will be going for the series sweep. The Camluck 5-year-old gelding has been the surprising dominant horse in the two preliminary rounds, coming from off the pace with a 1:51 mile in an opening-leg division Feb. 14 and then wiring the field in his split ...
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Ky. casino bill to be filed

on 02/25/2004 7:00 PM
Kentucky racetracks and a key legislator in the State House have reached an agreement to introduce a bill that would allow the opening of nine casinos in the Bluegrass State, five run by racetracks and four non-track sites. Rep. Larry Clark, speaker pro tem in the House, will introduce the bill on Friday (Feb. 27), which would put on the November ballot a constitutional amendment legalizing casino...
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Freehold: no to Pantaleano

on 02/25/2004 7:00 PM
Although he recently received conditional license approval in New Jersey, Jim Pantaleano has hit a roadblock as to where to race his horses in the Garden State. Harness Racing Communications has reported that Freehold Raceway general manager Don Codey, after personally meeting with the trainer-driver who was barred from Northfield Park last month, told Pantaleano he was "not being allowed to pa...
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Hawk down to drive at Nvllle

on 02/24/2004 7:00 PM
David Hawk, who has not driven since Jan. 28 after being barred by Northfield Park, appears to be heading to Michigan to climb back into the sulky. Hawk, who was listed to drive on the overnight sheet at Northville Downs last weekend but whose name never made it to the program, is once again listed on the Friday night (Feb. 27) sheet at Northville. "David (Hawk) has been listed to drive and he ...
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Patio Pete hopes for repeat

on 02/24/2004 7:00 PM
Peter Kleinhans thought he'd give Patio Pete one more shot in the Open Trot at the Meadowlands last Friday night (Feb. 20), and the 7-year-old gelded son of Overcomer surprised even him by capturing the $40,000 contest at odds of 18-1. If Patio Pete hadn't raced well in that start, Kleinhans said he was going to ship the trotter to either Freehold or Yonkers, the latter of which was the site of ba...
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Pompano to race year-round

on 02/24/2004 7:00 PM
The 2004 racing schedule at Pompano Park got a lot busier with Wednesday's (Feb. 25) announcement that the track will stay open for live racing the entire year instead of shutting down May 1 and reopening in October. Pompano Park's schedule is now expanded to 164 nights in 2004. Now racing five nights a week, the track will change to four nights in April and three nights in May before a Friday-...
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Farber, Ingrassia at PPK

on 02/23/2004 7:00 PM
Bea Farber and Jacqueline Ingrassia, the two winningest female drivers in harness racing history, will be acknowledged for their feats Saturday night (Feb. 28) at Pompano Park. Farber, who retired in 1995 with 1,801 wins, will travel from her home in Naples, Fla., to join with Ingrassia, who recently went over the 1,000 mark in career victories, in the special winner's circle festivities.
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Robinson loses appeal

on 02/23/2004 7:00 PM
The Ontario Racing Commission has dismissed the request by trainer Bill Robinson to have his rights to race at Woodbine Entertainment Group racetracks restored immediately. That means Robinson will not be able to race his horses at either Woodbine or Mohawk. Upon issuing the ruling, the commission stated, "The public interest and the best interests of racing generally are served in this matter ...
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