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Manzi wins 10,000th

on 11/12/2003 7:00 PM
Cat Manzi won his 10,000th career race Wednesday (Nov. 12) at Freehold Raceway, scoring his milestone victory with Series Sweep. Manzi, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year, is the third North American-based driver to reach the 10,000-win plateau. Only Herve Filion, with 15,005 wins, and Walter Case Jr., with 11,027 wins, stand ahead of Manzi. "I'm proud to have accomplished it,"...
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Tim Pinske honored in Ill.

on 11/12/2003 7:00 PM
Tim Pinske, the father of the late Brian Pinske, has been awarded with the inaugural Brian Pinske Memorial Award in Illinois. The newly-created award will be presented annual to honor success in open stake races throughout the state. Brian Pinske, who campaigned one of the biggest stables in North America, passed away suddenly while attending the Harrisburg sale in 2002. Tim Pinske assumed the ...
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Big M qualifiers loaded

on 11/12/2003 7:00 PM
Breeders Crown hopefuls are set to hone their edges in qualifiers scheduled for Saturday (Nov. 15) at the Meadowlands. The first qualifier includes the 2-year-old pacing colts The Preacher Pan, Panspacificflight, Camelot Hall and Modern Art. Modern Art drew post 10 in the race. The 3-year-old filly trotters set to race include Luby, Pizza Dolce and Rapid Rail. Top 2-year-old trotters are ...
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Matron to Stroke Play

on 11/12/2003 7:00 PM
Stroke Play picked up where she left off last week by winning the $243,076 Matron for 3-year-old filly trotters in 1:57.2 in a misty drizzle at Dover Downs Wednesday (Nov. 12). The Yankee Glide filly displayed her now customary racing from behind style. Armor Affair took her seven rivals to the quarter in :28 and rated the half in 1:00.2. The tempo picked up on the backstretch as Lexus Hall sho...
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Delmartha hopes for deja vu

on 11/12/2003 7:00 PM
Jack Gray Jr. is hoping the 2003 Breeders Crown experience will be a repeat of 2002 for his 3-year-old filly trotter Delmartha. In last year's Breeders Crown, Delmartha finished second in her elim and then third in the final, giving Gray and his wife, Martha, high hopes for her sophomore campaign. Although Delmartha has earned $84,040 this year, slightly more than she banked as a juvenile, it's...
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Muscle King in the Matron

on 11/12/2003 7:00 PM
Muscle King won the $303,613 Matron for 3-year-old trotting colts Thursday (Nov. 13) in 1:56.1, battling a fierce wind along with his equine colleagues. Cat Manzi drove Muscle King to the victory at Dover Downs. He directed the Muscles Yankee-sired horse to the lead from posts seen and they were never headed. Mutineer, driven by David Miller, finished second while Stand Strong was third. Mr....
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Great Ontario stud foundered

on 11/11/2003 7:00 PM
Balanced Image, the leading trotting stallion in North America the last eight consecutive years has been retired from stud duty. Pat Bullock, owner of Glengate Farms in Campbellville, ON told The Sportsman Wednesday morning (Nov. 12) the decision to retire Ontario's ground-breaking stallion was made Tuesday after Balanced Image foundered on the weekend. Bullock said there was no imminent thr...
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Corwin Nixon laid to rest

on 11/11/2003 7:00 PM
Corwin M. Nixon, a legendary harness racing leader who died last week at age 90, was laid to rest in his hometown of Lebanon, Ohio, Wednesday (Nov. 12). Among those paying their respects was Ohio Gov. Bob Taft. A 90-minute funeral service included remarks from Rob Portman, who represents Ohio's 2nd Congressional district in Washington, D.C., and Fred Noe, executive vice president of the U.S. Tr...
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Tetrick going to Big M

on 11/09/2003 7:00 PM
Tim Tetrick, who will turn 22 on Nov. 22, is planning to head to the Meadowlands and try to establish himself as a catch-driver at the meet. Tetrick, who has 246 wins this season and a UDR of .239, has been driving primarily on the Chicago circuit. He has driven in many stakes events this season, including the Jugette, where he was up behind Odds On Charmaine.
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Katie, Berry win Matrons

on 11/08/2003 7:00 PM
Kikikatie's fabulous season continued Saturday night (Nov. 8) at Dover Downs with the 2-year-old filly pacer's 1:53.4 victory in the $225,000 Matron. The win was Kikikatie's 13th straight as she remained undefeated, becoming one of only a handful of horses perfect in its career heading into the Breeders Crown. With David Miller driving, Kikikatie had to overcome being parked through the opening...
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Ontario Super Finals

on 11/08/2003 7:00 PM
The 30th edition of the Ontario Sire Stakes Super Finals got off with a bang Saturday night (Nov. 8) at Mohawk Racetrack as Peaceful Way continued her domination in the 2-year-old filly trotting ranks. With Chris Christoforou driving, Peaceful Way made her way to the front past the quarter and cruised to an OSS record 1:57 victory in the first of eight $300,000(C) finals on the card. Ifhallscou...
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Courageous win for CC Spice

on 11/08/2003 7:00 PM
CC Spice led wire to wire to win Saturday night's (Nov. 8) $130,400 Courageous Lady Pace for 3-year-old fillies. With Brett Miller driving, CC Spice set fractions of :26.2, :56 and 1:23.4 before crossing the wire in 1:53.3, ahead of Tracy Lou (Dave Hawk) and Cheshire Kitty (Randy Tharps). Favored Numeric Hanover (Dave Palone) was rebuffed after making a challenge in the stretch, making a tired bre...
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Rain derails Florida finals

on 11/08/2003 7:00 PM
Cracker Sue secured her share of the $100,000 Florida bonus by winning the $62,054 Florida Breeders Stake at Pompano Park Saturday night, but whether or not she receives it all or half will have to wait as the track was forced to cancel the card following the fifth race due to heavy thunderstorms which pounded the area for well over a half hour. With John Kakaley driving, Cracker Sue cruised to...
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Great Challenger in Matron

on 11/08/2003 7:00 PM
Radar Sign captured the $350,060 Progress Pace for 3-year-old colt pacers and Great Challenger was victorious in the $184,126 Matron for freshman colt trotters at Dover Downs Sunday night (Nov. 9). For the past two months it has been a pattern of win one, lose one, for Radar Sign. But after winning his Progress Pace elim last weekend, Radar Sign finally put two successful efforts back-to-back a...
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Diamond shines at Vernon

on 11/07/2003 7:00 PM
Diamond Goal, who has had his ups and downs through his racing career, won his first race of 2003 at Vernon Downs. With trainer Dan Daley driving, Diamond Gold easily captured the Open Trot Friday night (Nov. 7) with a 1:58 effort. Daley moved Diamond Goal to the lead past the opening quarter and from there trotted easily to the 2 1/4-length victory, his first in 12 attempts this year. Last ...
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Matron 3CT field set

on 11/06/2003 7:00 PM
Mr. Eero trotted to a 1:57.4 victory over a sloppy Dover Downs racetrack Thursday (Nov. 6) in the second of three Matron eliminations. With Trevor Ritchie driving, the $25,000 supplemental entry Mr. Eero defeated Stanley Dancer winner Power To Charm (John Campbell) by 2 1/4 lengths, with Upalazyriver (David Miller) third. Favored Mr. Muscleman (Ron Pierce), who was riding a four-race win streak...
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Trainer hopes Amigo’s Super

on 11/06/2003 7:00 PM
When Amigo Hall pulls up after the seventh race at Mohawk Racetrack Saturday night (Nov. 8), trainer Blair Burgess is hoping he can offer the colt an Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Super Final trophy to scratch his head on. “When he comes off the track he always has an itchy head,” says the Milton, ON resident. “If he doesn’t get an automatic opportunity to scratch it, he...
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High hopes for Hie

on 11/06/2003 7:00 PM
Trainer Carman Hie had to learn the hard way that three-year-old trotting filly Queen Of Jewels did not care for the restrictions of the retention barn. In her first start (Sept. 19) from Mohawk’s overnight facility the King Conch—Marathons Jewel daughter delivered a lacklustre performance, so for her Oct. 20 Gold Elimination the Beamsville, ON resident attempted to recreate the filly&...
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Serious Comfort primed

on 11/06/2003 7:00 PM
Ontario’s top two-year-old pacing fillies proved that they are still in high gear in spite of the date on the calendar when Serious Comfort stopped the clock in a Canadian record 1:52.3 mile last weekend at Mohawk Racetrack. Heading into their $300,000 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Super Final at the Campbellville oval on Saturday evening (Nov. 8), trainer Roy Jeffries believes his filly’...
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Corwin Nixon dies

on 11/05/2003 7:00 PM
Harness racing lost one of its finest Thursday (Nov. 6) with the announcement of the death of Corwin Nixon. Mr. Nixon, a member of the Hall of Fame who served as president of the U.S. Trotting Association longer than any other individual, was 90. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Oswald-Hoskins Funeral Home, 329 East Mulberry St., Lebanon, Ohio 45036. F...
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