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Hambletonian elims set

on 07/27/2003 8:00 PM
Twenty-eight 3-year-old trotters have been entered into this year's $1 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands, with pre-race favorite Power To Charm drawing post four in the second of three eliminations. Defending divisional champ Pizza Dolce drew post six in her elimination for the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old filly trotters. With 24 names dropped into the box, three elimination ...
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Tom Ridge strong again

on 07/27/2003 8:00 PM
Two-year-old colt trotter Tom Ridge (above) lowered his national season's mark to 1:56.2 with an impressive victory in his Wednesday night (July 23) elimination for the $440,000 Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands. With Ron Pierce driving, Tom Ridge was on cruise control on top, besting longshot runner-up Keystone Navigator by four lengths. SOS Matrix was third, with American Mike and Mr...
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Don't forget Center Field

on 07/27/2003 8:00 PM
Center Field may be starting out in "center field" in his Hambletonian elim at the Meadowlands Saturday, July 26--leaving from the outside post 10--but Trond Smedshammer is still hoping he can find a way to steer that colt into the $1 million final. Most of the attention in Smedshammer's barn has been centered on pre-Hambo favorite Power To Charm. Smedshammer has turned the lines over to John C...
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Jr. Mint back on track

on 07/27/2003 8:00 PM
Jr. Mint was back on the racetrack Wednesday, July 23, winning a qualifier at Windsor Raceway by 16 lengths in 1:56.4. With trainer Jack Darling in the sulky, the 3-year-old colt pacer strolled to a first-half clocking in 1:00.4 before putting on the burners in a :56 final half. The start was the first for Jr. Mint after making back-to-back breaks in his Motor City elimination and final at Haze...
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Jamieson clings to WDC lead

on 07/27/2003 8:00 PM
Jody Jamieson of Canada holds a narrow two-point lead over Mark Jones of New Zealand after three legs of the World Driving Championship (WDC) being held this week in Canada. Last night (July 23) at Hippodrome de Montreal, Jamieson record a win, but finished off the board in his three other starts. Jones, who led the competition after the first leg on Sunday (July 20) and was surpassed by Jamies...
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No 2004 Red Mile spring meet

on 07/27/2003 8:00 PM
The Red Mile will seek approval to open its 2004 season on Aug. 9, abandoning its spring meet. The session would then conclude with the two-week Grand Circuit stop that will finish up in early October. This year's spring meet's numbers were held down significantly by the weather, with only a handful of programs conducted on nights when there was no rain. Better summer weather, along with the li...
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Cammie to give it her all

on 07/27/2003 8:00 PM
Although 11 mares were nominated to the new $185,000 Golden Girls Pace at the Meadowlands, the connections of only four paid the $2,500 starting fee for the Saturday (July 26) contest. Worldly Beauty and Bunny Lake have already hooked up in a two-horse match race on June 6 (won by Bunny Lake), and although Eternal Camnation and Molly Can Do It will join them this time around, there are some who...
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Two Hambo bids for Sholty

on 07/27/2003 8:00 PM
Although George "Buzzy" Sholty will be driving outsider Tuna Whip in the first of three Hambletonian eliminations at the Meadowlands Saturday (July 26), he arguably has a much better chance at reaching the final winner's circle with pre-race favorite Power To Charm. Power To Charm is a son of Malabar Man out of the dam Velvet Sauce, who is owned by the George F. Sholty Stable. Power To Charm wa...
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Scioto Sire Stakes

on 07/27/2003 8:00 PM
Despite starting from the outside seven post, Imageofasweetgirl drew clear to win the first of three $20,000 Ohio Sire Stakes divisions for 2-year-old filly trotters at Scioto Downs Thursday (July 24) by more than five lengths. With Brett Miller driving, the daughter of Striking Sahbra remained perfect in three starts by trotting to a career-best 2:00.1 clocking. Charles Peter trains for owner ...
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Delaware Gov.'s day

on 07/27/2003 8:00 PM
World record holder Cambest Prince won the $40,000 Governor's Cup at Harrington Raceway Thursday afternoon (July 24), the feature of a 10-race Governor's Day card sponsored by the Delaware State Fair. The card carried purses of more than $330,000 and attracted an overflow crowd of more than 5,000, including Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner. With Greg Grismore driving for trainer Jeff Cox and o...
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Swede tops in WDC

on 07/27/2003 8:00 PM
Erik Adielsson of Sweden jumped from third place to top spot on Friday afternoon (July 25) at Flamboro Downs in the fourth leg of the World Driving Championship (WDC) being contested in Canada this week. Adielsson posted a first, second, third and fourth at Flamboro to up his point total to 136 and take a three-point lead over New Zealand’s Mark Jones into the fifth and final leg of the c...
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Feelin’ Groovie at Elmira

on 07/27/2003 8:00 PM
Groovie Day defeated race favourite Our Lucky Killean by a length in 1:57.3 to win the fastest of four eliminations Friday night (July 25) at Elmira Raceway for the half-mile track’s premier event, the $200,000 Battle of Waterloo for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts. It was the first of three advancing positions for owner Cliff Siegel of Brooklyn, NY, who also earned spots in the f...
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13 entered in Wilson

on 07/24/2003 8:00 PM
Only 13 two-year-old pacing colts have been entered in this year's Woodrow Wilson Pace. Two eliminations, one with a field of seven, the other with just six starters, are a part of the Thursday (July 24) card at the Meadowlands. The fields for the two eliminations follow, with the breeding of each horse after their name. First elimination: 1--Winbak Hotshot (Artsplace-Sanbelle Hanover) 2--...
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Glazer watching first crop

on 07/24/2003 8:00 PM
Owner Bob Glazer might have one of the best colts by The Panderosa thus far, and needless to say, that makes him happy. After all, he campaigned The Panderosa on the racetrack and continues to own the stallion. "I couldn't be happier with the results so far," he said. "When I looked at the numbers last week, he was tied with Western Hanover for 2-year-old winners." As for his colt Panspacifi...
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Other Nordin colt in Hambo

on 07/24/2003 8:00 PM
Ever since CR V Eight won the Dexter Cup in early May, trainer Lars Nordin has had his sights set on the Hambletonian. But it is that colt's stablemate, Manforallseasons, that will be starting in the trotting classic instead. "We had a virus go through the stable and unfortunately it hit that horse, which was our biggest hope for the Hambo, but now we'll see what Manforallseasons can do." Co...
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Two colts miss Hambo

on 07/24/2003 8:00 PM
Two horses that by early indications were expected to enter the $1 million Hambletonian as leading contenders never dropped into the box on July 22: Ron Gurfein's early-season favorite Classic Response and Jimmy Takter's regally bred Trophy Catch. Gurfein discovered a pus pocket in Classic Response's foot on July 15, a week before the Hambo box closed. "It had to pop by Friday (July 18) for us ...
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Canadian leads WDC

on 07/24/2003 8:00 PM
Defending global champ Jody Jamieson of Canada has the lead after two legs of the World Driving Championship (WDC) being contested this week in his home country. Jamieson jumped over New Zealand’s Mark Jones into first place in the competition with two victories on Tuesday night (July 22) at Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ottawa. “I got some great racing luck tonight and had a couple...
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Rotation gets new owners

on 07/24/2003 8:00 PM
A controlling interest in Rotation, who has been racing both in Canada and overseas this year, has been bought by Swedish interests. Mats Sundin, an NHL center for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Hard Nielsson, a trainer for the team, and Erik Arikssund bought into more than half of the 4-year-old son of Balanced Image. While in Europe this spring, Rotation won his elim and final of the King’s T...
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Gingras healed for Rooney

on 07/24/2003 8:00 PM
Young Yonkers up-and-comer Yannick Gingras (just one week back after three weeks for a broken left collarbone), may not have the favorite in the $273,984 Art Rooney final on Saturday (July 26), but as he says, "You've got to be in it to win it." The Globe (post two) and Brooklyn Hanover (post four) will form an entry as the 5-2 morning line favorite. The Globe won one elim last week while No Pa...
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Owner Key in four big races

on 07/23/2003 8:00 PM
Owner-breeder Bob Key says he’s suddenly "getting the same chills I got with American Winner.” It’s easy to see why. Key has three solid prospects competing in eliminations for the Peter Haughton Memorial and Merrie Annabelle for 2-year-old trotters this week at the Meadowlands, as well as a Hambletonian contender in Mac’s Crown K and an Oaks starter in Fast Lane K. H...
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