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Lawsuit may not be over

on 03/10/2004 7:00 PM
Some Mid-State Raceway shareholders intend to file an amended complaint against Shawn Scott despite a dismissal just last week. Friday, March 5, the federal court in New York dismissed a complaint in a lawsuit filed by shareholders on behalf of Mid-State Raceway Inc. against Shawn Scott and related individuals and companies. The federal court ruled that the shareholders did not sufficiently all...
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Gallo Returning to Big M

on 03/09/2004 7:00 PM
Trainer Mark Ford was not concerned about the break Gallo Blue Chip made in a qualifier at The Red Mile Tuesday (March 9). "I guess they got tangled up there a little bit; I don't think it was his fault," Ford said. "I guess the guy stepped up in his wheel and jerked him sideways. He just ran one step." Gall Blue Chip shipped to Pete Foley's farm just a couple days after finishing second...
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Hawk withdraws from Mich.

on 03/09/2004 7:00 PM
The Horseman has learned Dave Hawk, who had hoped to resume his driving career at Northville Downs after being barred from Northfield Park, has withdrawn his license application to the Michigan Office of Racing Commissioner. Hawk met with commission judges at Northville Feb. 27, and was programmed to drive three horses that night, but was taken off following the hearing pending a further invest...
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Ky. legislation doubtful

on 03/08/2004 7:00 PM
The legislation to establish casino gambling in Kentucky appears dead, according to the sponsor of the bill, Rep. Larry Clark (D). Clark made that assessment in a Tuesday (March 9) Lexington Herald-Leader story. "There'll be no gaming legislation, as far as I'm concerned, passed this session," he told reporters. But he did leave the door open for track officials to "sleep on it" before a schedu...
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Palone to the Big M?

on 03/08/2004 7:00 PM
Dave Palone, annually the leading driver at The Meadows, has told The Horseman he is seriously considering moving his base to New Jersey following this racing season. "I would hate to leave (The Meadows)," said Palone. "It's my home and nobody is more of a homebody than me. I've got my routines and my daily golf buddies and everything, but it's just not good racing here right now. I'm like ever...
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Red Mile hosts qualifiers

on 03/08/2004 7:00 PM
Although he is the richest pacer in harness history with more than $4.2 million in earnings, 2000 Horse of the Year Gallo Blue Chip had to take a back seat to his new stablemate Armbro Animate in a qualifier at The Red Mile Tuesday morning (March 9). Both horses are trained by Mark Ford and owned by Martin Scharf, with Armbro Animate being a $90,000 mixed-sale purchase last January. Adios winne...
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Beulah Dygert passes

on 03/07/2004 7:00 PM
Beulah Dygert, who helped keep harness racing flourishing at Hawthorne Race Course under the Suburban Downs banner for many years, died Feb. 10 at a nursing home in Danville, Ill. She was 94. Mrs. Dygert and her husband, Erwin, joined the Carey family in moving the Suburban Downs license to Hawthorne. After her husband's death, Mr. "D," as she became known to many in harness racing, became a fi...
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Four Leaf Clover underway

on 03/06/2004 7:00 PM
The Four Leaf Clover Series for 4 and 5 year olds featured two divisions at the Meadowlands Saturday night and the winners were Sagebrush and Image of Dawn. The $150,000 final is scheduled for March 20. Sagebrush drew off to a 3 1/4-length victory over Mt. Vernon Hanoverwhile Iron Legend was third in a 1:51.2 mile. "I made a big brush to the half with him," said driver Daniel Dube of Sagebrush....
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1:49.2 year's fastest mile

on 03/06/2004 7:00 PM
Eaton Road Kill turned in a 1:49.2 mile when he won the $40,000 Open Pace at the Meadowlands Saturday night. The 6-year-old Cambest gelding charged home with a final quarter in :25.4. Driven by Daniel Dube for trainer Mark Harder, Eaton Road Kill lowered his lifetime mark with the victory, his 34th in 93 career starts.
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Fog hides mare pace

on 03/05/2004 7:00 PM
Carolina Sunshine didn't exactly hide from her competition, but you would never have known it after she captured the $40,000 Open Pace for mares over the fog-shrouded Meadowlands racetrack Friday night (March. 5). The thick fog made it impossible to see the race once the field left the front stretch, until the mares returned for the drive to the wire. But it was Cape & Cutter Series final winne...
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Four Starzzzz Hope in style

on 03/04/2004 7:00 PM
Four Starzzzz Hope popped out of the pocket behind a tiring Stormie's Girl and drew clear to a 4 3/4-length victory in Thursday night's (March 4) $65,000 Night Styles final at the Meadowlands. With Mike Lachance driving, Four Starzzzz Hope had the lead but yielded to the favorite Stormie's Girl, who made a quarter-pole move to take command. Biding his time, Lachance seized the opportunity when ...
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His return totally delayed

on 03/04/2004 7:00 PM
Breeders Crown champion Totally Western's 2004 debut has been delayed. The winner of the 2002 Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Crown Pace, Totally Western was scheduled to race in a Friday morning (March 5) qualifier at Mohawk, but inclement weather forced the cancellation of the races. After capturing his Crown, Totally Western returned to the races at three but suffered a hairline fracture a few...
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Wagering rebates hot topic

on 03/04/2004 7:00 PM
The issue of rebates to big bettors, or "whales," as they're referred to by some in the pari-mutuel industry, occupied most of the discussion at the Friday morning session of the annual joint meeting of Harness Tracks of America and Thoroughbred Racing Associations. David Willmot, chairman and CEO of the Woodbine Entertainment Group, spoke passionately about the situation, saying "The only reas...
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Night Styles contenders

on 03/03/2004 7:00 PM
Owner Jeff Cohen is hoping that Four Starzzzz Hope and Four Starzzzz Ittt provide a fitting birthday present for trainer Dave Sabatelli in Thursday night's (March 4) $65,000 Night Styles final at the Meadowlands. Sabatelli turned 39 on Wednesday (March 3), and will be sending out the two 4-year-old mares in the rich final of the three-week series. Athough they are racing with head numbers 2 and...
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Panel to vote on casinos

on 03/03/2004 7:00 PM
Kentucky's casino bill will take its first steps toward a likely House vote next week when the bill comes up for a vote in the House Licensing & Occupations Committee next Wednesday (March 10). A Lexington Herald-Leader story says the bill, which provides for the establishment of nine casinos throughout the state, with five at the state racetracks, is expected to pass the committee vote since n...
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Frank Boni dies

on 03/03/2004 7:00 PM
Frank Boni, the father of Northwood Bloodstock Agency owner and president Bob Boni, died Wednesday, March 3. He was 83. Retired from the automotive business, Mr. Boni was raised in Manhattan, N.Y. and attended the harness races at Roosevelt Raceway, which eventually led to becoming a Standardbred owner for more than 30 years. The first horse he purchased was from the late Hall of Famer Billy Ha...
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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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