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Ritch Art wins final

on 02/22/2004 7:00 PM
Ritch Art completed his sweep of the Senior Trendsetter Series Sunday afternoon (Feb. 22) at the Meadowlands, capturing the $87,400 final with a 1:52.1 effort. Driving by Cat Manzi, Ritch Art defeated What's Demotta by 1 ¼ lengths, with Dream Believer third. The 1:52.1 effort equaled the career best for the 4-year-old son of Perfect Art. He is owned by Greg Grismore and Thomas Cummins. Grism...
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Record efforts in winter finals

on 02/20/2004 7:00 PM
Carolina Sunshine equaled the stakes record and Thrilled established a new one in their respective Winter Series finals at the Meadowlands Friday night (Feb. 20). Carolina Sunshine, ninth heading into the final turn after starting from post four, circled three wide after traveling fourth-over and charged past her nine rivals to win the $85,650 Cape & Cutter final. With Brian Sears driving, Caro...
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Mack Lobell 2nd-leg winners

on 02/20/2004 7:00 PM
Ultimate Sundance and Dunkster won their respective $17,500 divisions of the second leg of the Mack Lobell Series at Pompano Park Friday night (Feb. 20). That sets the stage for the $80,000 final to be held Feb. 27. For Ultimate Sundance, the win was his 35th in 164 career starts, and his fastest ever. With Bruce Ranger driving, the 9-year-old son of Ultimate Kosmos trotted in a new career best...
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Escape The Wind sweeps

on 02/20/2004 7:00 PM
Escape The Wind toyed with the field for more than three-quarters of the mile then pulled away in the stretch and completed a sweep of the Aquarius Series with a 1:50.3 mile in the $72,275 final Saturday night (Feb. 21) at The Meadowlands. The Aquarius was one of three Winter Series finals Saturday night that also included the $95,000 final of the Junior Trendsetter Series and the $70,000 final...
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Three in Isle Of Capri

on 02/20/2004 7:00 PM
Thunder Bay, Dee Magic Man and Luckyisasluckydoes captured $25,000 splits in the second week of the Isle Of Capri Pacing Series Saturday night (Feb. 21) at Pompano Park. In the first division, Thunder Bay (Michael MacDonald) and Corporate Rrraider (Peter Wrenn) battled head to head through the lane before Thunder Bay gained the advantage by a neck at the wire in 1:53. General Mattarthur (Bruce ...
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Ind. subsidy may be raised

on 02/19/2004 7:00 PM
Pull-tabs may be out of the question in the Indiana General Assembly, but there is a push to give more money to the state's horse racing industry. The Senate Finance Committee adopted an amendment Thursday, Feb. 19 by an 8-7 margin to increase the annual subsidy received by the industry from $27 million to $44 million. Last week pull-tab legislation, which had passed the full House, was shelved...
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Escape The Wind on a roll

on 02/18/2004 7:00 PM
After coming up a winner in the first two legs of the Aquarius Series at the Meadowlands from the seven and eight post, Escape The Wind has drawn the rail in Saturday's (Feb. 21) $72,275 final. Although the switch to an inside post will enhance Escape The Wind's changes even further in completing an Aquarius sweep, trainer-driver Roger Mayotte isn't having the check made out just yet. "I've bee...
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Harry Ivey dies

on 02/18/2004 7:00 PM
Harry Ivey, a longtime horseman in Wisconsin, died Wednesday (Feb. 18) in Mineral Point, Wis. He was 85. Mr. Ivey's and his son, Tom, campaigned Yankee Paco and won the 2000 Hambletonian. Harry Ivey had been a long standing member of the USTA and was formerly the director of the Iowa County Fair and its racing secretary. He was the town pharmacist in Mineral Point for more than 60 years. ...
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Ohio's Heckman resigns

on 02/18/2004 7:00 PM
Ohio State Racing Commission chairman Luther Heckman has resigned upon the request of Gov. Bob Taft, with commission member Scott Borgemenke appointed his successor. Heckman and former commission executive director Cliff Nelson were recently singled out in an investigative report that concluded they had both violated policies that precluded them from wagering on live races at any Ohio track. Ac...
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Mountaineer joins in Minn.

on 02/18/2004 7:00 PM
Mountaineer Gaming, which purchased Scioto Downs last year, has become a partner with Southwest Casino in plans to build a new harness track in Minnesota. Plans for the track were presented to the Minnesota Racing Commission Wednesday (Feb. 18). The $30 million facility will be build in Anoka County, more than 50 miles from Canterbury Park. Racing would begin in 2005 with 50 days of live racing...
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Bangor receives license

on 02/17/2004 7:00 PM
The Maine Harness Racing Commission voted 4-0 on Tuesday (Feb. 17) to grant Penn National Gaming a conditional license to open Bangor Historic Track on May 21. Penn National still must undergo a background check before it can be issued a regular license. The commissioners also added a stipulation that the Bangor grandstand is returned to a condition conducive to racing and wagering by no later tha...
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All Electric winner

on 02/16/2004 7:00 PM
Electric’s A Flyin held off pocket-sitting Hearty Fellow by a neck and captured the $23,500 final of the Artsplace Series at Pompano Park Monday night in 1:52.4. Richard Macomber Jr. drove the 4-year-old Electric Yankee gelding to a wire-to-wire victory, his third in four starts this year, all in the Artsplace Series. Hearty Fellow and Marc Aubin sat behind the winner through fraction...
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Berndt Hanovers promising

on 02/16/2004 7:00 PM
Trainer Bob McIntosh has tutored more than his share of young horses over his Hall of Fame career, so it's a no-brainer to stop and take notice when he proclaims his group of 2 year olds by Berndt Hanover as being the best from a first-crop sire he has ever seen. "I've been around long enough that you never know for sure, but I know one thing: there are eight of them and they are all good-gaite...
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Will ICU in winner's circle?

on 02/15/2004 7:00 PM
Monday night's (Feb. 16) $23,500 Artsplace Series final at Pompano Park could very well be called "The Battle Royal of Barn A." Gordon Norris, the leading trainer as far as dash wins in the 40-year history of Pompano Park, and Brain Hauck share stalls in the same barn, the aforementioned Barn A at Pompano Park. But neighborhood associations and brotherly love will go out the window when two of ...
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Isle of Capri underway

on 02/14/2004 7:00 PM
Luckyisasluckydoes captured the fastest of the three opening round divisions of the Isle of Capri Pacing Series at Pompano Park Saturday night (Feb. 14). Hipeka A and Quality Of Life also came up winners in their respective $25,000 divisions in the first leg of the three-week series. With Bruce Ranger driving, Luckyisasluckydoes came up first-over down the backstretch but never stopped pacing a...
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Escape The Wind in Aquarius

on 02/14/2004 7:00 PM
The expected duel between Escape The Wind and Pronger in the $35,000 second leg of the Aquarius Series at the Meadowlands Saturday night (Feb. 14) never materialized as the former dominated the field to win his fourth straight. With Roger Mayotte driving, Escape The Wind used a :26.3 final quarter to cruise to a three-quarter-length victory over Boulder Creek (Daniel Dube) in 1:51.1, giving him...
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Valentine's Day proposal

on 02/14/2004 7:00 PM
If you were at Northfield Park Saturday night (Feb. 14) or watching via simulcast, a horse named "Will You Marry Me" didn't suddenly enter the contest at the half. Ayers Ratliff, who has filled in for regular announcer Greg Young at Northfield, called the third race and in the middle of the race proposed to his girlfriend Heidi Edler. Edler was brought up to the announcer's booth prior to the t...
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Mack Lobell Series

on 02/13/2004 7:00 PM
Lori Louise, a 6-year-old mare by Jurgy Hanover, scored a neck victory over I'm Dam Goog and Son Of Flair A in the opening round of the $125,000 Mack Lobell Trotting Series Friday night (Feb. 13) at Pompano Park. Lori Louise trotted to a 1:56.1 victory. The second dvision was very similar to the first as Ultimate Sundance held off Trappers Salute A at the wire to win in 1:56.1. Bruce Ranger dr...
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HTA announces winner

on 02/13/2004 7:00 PM
Dr. George A. Maylin of Cornell University, one of the world's leading researchers in equine drug testing and veterinary toxicology, is the 2004 winner of Harness Tracks of America Messenger Award. Dr. Maylin, an associate professor of toxicology at Cornell, is co-director of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Super Drug Testing Laboratory; director of the New York State Racing and ...
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Setback in Indiana

on 02/12/2004 7:00 PM
Legislation authorizing electronic pull-tab machines at Indiana's racetracks and two satellite wagering facilities suffered a major setback Thursday (Feb. 12). It is now unlikely the full Senate will vote on the matter. House Bill 1188 was assigned to the Senate Rules committee by Senate President Pro Tempore and committee chairman Robert Garton. "I've made it no secret that I'm not in favor of...
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