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Integrity talk at USTA

on 03/23/2004 7:00 PM
When Harness Tracks of America executive vice president Stan Bergstein addressed the board of directors of the U.S. Trotting Association Monday afternoon (March 22), he thanked them for inviting him to speak, but also lectured them on allowing a man banned from setting foot in a New Jersey casino to be licensed by the USTA. Bergstein was referring to the case of Richard A. Wojcio, who was convi...
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Indiana revenue climbs

on 03/23/2004 7:00 PM
According to published reports, three riverboat casinos in southeastern Indiana enjoyed strong business in February and saw its gross gambling revenues climb by 27.1 percent from the year before. The three casinos collected $61.1 million in winnings. Rising Sun's Grand Victoria Casino & Resort, the riverboat closest to Cincinnati, had the largest jump with a 29.2 percent surge. Nearly 46,000 gu...
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Tremendous week for owner

on 03/23/2004 7:00 PM
For Gerald Levesque the past week has been one of the best in his harness racing career. On March 15, the 4-year-old trotter Crest, who is owned and trained by Levesque, of Bell, Fla., hit a new lifetime mark of 1:56 at Pompano Park. One week later Crest acquired another win, this time five lengths ahead of the field in 1:57.3. "He went to the top and then he got covered up by a couple of horse...
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Totally Western wins in Q

on 03/21/2004 7:00 PM
Breeders Crown champion Totally Western, being pointed toward the Spring Championship Series that begins April 3, won a qualifier Monday morning (March 22) morning at Mohawk Racetrack by nine lengths in 1:56.2. Mario Baillargeon drove Totally Western, who hasn't raced since getting hurt on the eve of the North America Cup last June. This was the third time Western Hanover has qualified in 2...
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Horse ID could be issue

on 03/20/2004 7:00 PM
The Registration Committee of the U.S. Trotting Association discussed several subjects, including horse identification, at its meeting Sunday morning at the Hyatt Capitol Square in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The discussion of identifying horses took two turns: first, USTA director Bob Huff once again proposed a rule change that calls for horses to be permanently identified through freeze branding...
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Su Mac Lad action

on 03/20/2004 7:00 PM
Windylane Hanover and HP Paque won $50,000 divisions of the Su Mac Lad Series at the Meadowlands Sunday afternoon, with the toughest part of the battle the strong wind. HP Paque drew off to a 1:56.1 victory. Driven and trained by Trond Smedshammer, HP Paque sat behind Golden Blend N as the latter commanded the front in a brisk :27.2 opening quarter. The pace then slowed, in large part due to th...
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Trio win in Matt's Scooter

on 03/19/2004 7:00 PM
Four Starzzz King, Hop Sing and Crazy For Ever won their respective $16,000 divisions of the Matt's Scooter Series Friday night (March 19) at the Meadowlands. This was the final round of elims before the $110,800 final next Saturday night (March 26). With Mike Lachance driving, Four Starzzz King wn his division with a 1:53 effort, holding off Prince Vince by a neck. The son of The Panderosa is ...
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Upsets in Apaches Fame

on 03/19/2004 7:00 PM
Longshots prevailed in the two $17,000(C) Apaches Fame divisions at Woodbine Friday night (March 19). Western Gem won the opening split at odds of 30-1, which was later followed up by a 32-1 upset score by Rocket Boy in the second division. Tony Kerwood drove Western Gem to the 1:54.3 victory, defeating Pokegon and PH Tidal Wave. Heavily-favored O Narutac Magic made a break at the start and was...
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Campbell qualifies

on 03/19/2004 7:00 PM
John Campbell competed in six qualifiers at the Meadowlands Saturday morning (March 20), his first time in the sulky since last December. Campbell was hurt one year ago nearly to the day, returned to action three months later, but in December decided more rehabilitation was needed for his injured right arm. "Everything went good, right on schedule," Campbell told the Meadowlands publicity offic...
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Sagebrush all in clover

on 03/19/2004 7:00 PM
Favored Sagebrush and Danel Dube completed their sweep of the Four Leaf Clover Series with a stakes record 1:50.3 mile in the $120,000 final Saturday night (March 20) at the Meadowlands. Sagebrush, a 5-year-old son of Western Hanover, took over just before the :55.2 half then opened two lengths on the field after a three quarters in 1:22.3. Medoland Big Sam (David Miller) made a late surge to g...
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Cam Fella series continues

on 03/19/2004 7:00 PM
Two second-leg divisions of the Cam Fella Series were raced at Woodbine Saturday night (March 20) with So Lucky Hanover and Hustlin Rustler prevailing. In the first division So Lucky Hanover (Chris Christoforou) wired the field in 1:53.1 for his second victory in the series. The 4-year-old Camluck gelding was a 2 1/2-length winner over Major Memory (Trevor Ritchie) with Autobahn Deets (Keith Ol...
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USTA meeting underway

on 03/19/2004 7:00 PM
The annual board of directors meeting of the United States Trotting Association got underway Saturday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio, with harness racing leaders rubbing shoulders with NCAA regional fans at the downtown Hyatt Regency hotel. A gathering of the full board and committee meetings comprised the first day. In the full board session, Joe Faraldo retained his position as chairman of the b...
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Case denied in Ohio

on 03/18/2004 7:00 PM
At a meeting of the Ohio State Racing Commission Thursday (March 18), Walter Case Jr. was denied in his bid to regain his license to compete. In a vote of 5-0, Case failed in his request for reinstatement, however he was told that he could now request a formal hearing, which could be held as early as April 22. "I'd die to drive a horse again," Case reportedly told the commission. "I know it won...
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Bradley Hall returns at PPK

on 03/18/2004 7:00 PM
Bradley Hall, a full brother to Triple Crown champion Blissfull Hall and the third highest-priced yearling sold at auction in 2001, made his first start since the 2002 Breeders Crown in a qualifier at Pompano Park Friday morning (March 19). Bradley Hall finished second to the tough Santa Ana Cam by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.4. Now four, Bradley Hall was a $225,000 yearling purchase by ...
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Always Cam qualifies

on 03/18/2004 7:00 PM
Jugette winner Always Cam won a qualifier at The Meadows Friday morning (March 19), scoring easily by 4 1/4 lengths in 1:59 for driver Brian Zendt and trainer Bill Zendt. Always Cam, who captured the 2002 Jugette, hasn't race since finishing second by a nose to Eternal Camnation in the $250,000 Classic Series final at Dover Downs last November. Also qualifying at The Meadows was the highly-rega...
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New rule for Illinois

on 03/18/2004 7:00 PM
Am emergency rule will go into effect next Wednesday (March 24) which will give Illinois horsemen some relief from the burdensome 4 p.m. detention requirement they have had to live with since March 1. Beginning with Wednesday night's races at Maywood Park, horsemen will have to be in their assigned stall in the paddock five hours prior to the scheduled post time of the race. Also that night, li...
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Buffalo opens slots

on 03/17/2004 7:00 PM
Video gaming machines (VGMs) were open for play at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday, adding another 1,000 slot machines to the western New York area. The Erie County Agricultural Society, which owns and operates Buffalo Raceway at the Erie County Fairgrounds, spent $8 million to renovate part of the facility for slots. As is the case with Saratoga Gaming & Racing, Delaware North is managing the VGM...
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Horse dies in accident

on 03/17/2004 7:00 PM
Four Starzzzz Hope escaped an accident in a division of the Jersey Girls Series at the Meadowlands Wednesday night in 1:54. Unfortunately, Shes All Sporty lost her life in the same race. The spill at the halfway point of the mile began when Azalea Hanover stumbled and unseated driver Daniel Dube. Both Yannick Gingras, with Shes All Sporty, and Alex Kavoleff, with Traker Dream, collided with the...
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Gale joins McIntosh

on 03/17/2004 7:00 PM
Reunited and it feels so good! That's what Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh told The Horseman about the recent addition of Bill Gale to his all-star staff at his farm in Windsor, Ont. McIntosh said he and Gale started in the harness business together in the 1970s and that he has "a lot of win pictures of us together on the walls of my home." Gale, who dominated the driving ranks at Windsor Rac...
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Backwater to Stutzman

on 03/17/2004 7:00 PM
Backwater, the 3-year-old gelded son of Water Tower who is the subject of this week’s Inside Michigan report in The Horseman, has been sold. Riding a five-race win streak, Backwater is now in trainer Joe Stutzman’s barn in Canada after being bought for an undisclosed price by Michigan owner Sam Mignano following the sophomore’s latest victory last Saturday night (March 13) at Nor...
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