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West Nile spreading in U.S.

on 07/17/2003 8:00 PM
Horses in 15 states have been infected with West Nile virus (WNV) this year and 33 states have reported detecting the virus as it steadily spreads across the country. The most recent announcements of equine WNV cases were from Kansas and New Mexico. Already this year, the CDC has confirmed human WNV cases in South Carolina and Texas. Nebraska officials announced the state’s first presu...
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$190,000 tops Tattersalls

on 07/16/2003 8:00 PM
Sir Dream, a 3-year-old Sir Taurus full sister to $536,236 earner Taurus Dream, topped the Tattersalls July Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands Sunday (July 13). The filly was hammered down for $190,000 to Blue Chip Bloodstock. Sir Dream, who won six of her seven starts as a 2 year old, was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing as agent. Prior to the sale, she won her two most recent starts in New...
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City celebrating the Pace

on 07/16/2003 8:00 PM
The Meadowlands Pace victory by Allamerican Theory at the Meadowlands Saturday night (July 12) was felt across the Hudson River in New York City as the connections made the short trip and celebrated well into the night. Despite getting short sleep, trainer Des Tackoor and co-owners John and Benjamin Levy returned to their Toronto-area homes on Sunday, as did co-owner Mark Scholes, who elected t...
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Worldly Beauty has “thumps�

on 07/16/2003 8:00 PM
Worldly Beauty, the U.S. divisional champion in each of the last two years, was a victim of the "thumps" when she finished last on Saturday night (July 12) at the Meadowlands in a field of exceptional older pacing mares topped by Bunny Lake. Driver Luc Ouellette, reported Worldly Beauty was discovered to be suffering from the condition which involves a contraction of the diaphragm in sync with ...
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Pizza Dolce has surgery

on 07/16/2003 8:00 PM
The 3-year-old trotting filly Pizza Dolce is recovering from surgery to correct an entrapped epiglottis and is still on track for the Hambletonian Oaks at the Meadowlands, according to trainer Brett Pelling. The Meadowlands press office reported that Pizza Dolce underwent the surgery Saturday (July 12). Barring any complications, the Dan Patch Award winner as 2002 Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly o...
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Almond Joy nuts for NJSS

on 07/16/2003 8:00 PM
After breaking while challenging for the lead in her last New Jersey Sire Stakes leg, Almond Joy had some equipment changes and is poised for a big-money take in the $150,000 NJSS final for 2-year-old trotting fillies at the Meadowlands on Wednesday (July 16). "We changed her shoes, she wasn't grabbing the track, and we changed the driving bit, she was a little bit fussy with her mouth. I'm loo...
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Ohio Buckeyes in 1:55.1

on 07/16/2003 8:00 PM
Up Front Ohio, a 2-year-old pacing gelding, scored a new 1:55.1 national season's mark in Ohio Sire Stakes action on Tuesday night (July 15) at Scioto Downs. The son of Nobleland Sam and driver Randy Tharps were out to the lead at the half and stretched their margin to 6 1/4 lengths under the wire. Kelly O'Donnell trains Up Front Ohio, who earned his first career victory after being the runner-...
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OHRIA website launched

on 07/16/2003 8:00 PM
Yesterday the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) launched its official website WWW.OHRIA.com. The site will act as a key source of information about the horse racing industry in Ontario. "We are launching the first phase of the site today (June 15)," said Wendy Rinella, Executive Director of OHRIA. "In the future more pages will appear including a members only section so our memb...
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Taylor Lynne wins in slop

on 07/16/2003 8:00 PM
Over a Georgian Downs track rated two seconds slower than normal due to the rain, two-year-old pacing filly Taylor Lynne scored the fastest of three Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold elimination wins on Tuesday evening. The Fit For Life daughter and driver Jody Jamieson left sharply from post three and led the field of nine top fillies to the 1:56.3 victory. Taylor Lynne faced a brief challenge a...
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Baillargeon Injured

on 07/16/2003 8:00 PM
Driver Mario Baillargeon is expected to be sidelined at least a month after suffering a broken collarbone in a race spill at Woodbine Tuesday night (July 15). Baillargeon, who wil turn 46 on July 27, was hurt when Mathers Tex Mex, a trotter he was driving for his brother Ben, fell trying to avoid breaking horses in front of him. "Mario is in a Milton (Ont.) hospital right now and he's going ...
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Track record at Summerside

on 07/16/2003 8:00 PM
Maple Leaf Hawk trotted to a new all-aged track record at Summerside Raceway in Prince Edward Island on Monday night (July 14), winning a $900 handicap trot in 2:00.4 for Bill Hicken and co-owner-breeder Ralph Annear of Montague, PEI. The six-year-old Balanced Image - Oh That Treasure horse won by two lengths over Dance Legend to lower the 2:01 standard set by three-year-old West River Exotic i...
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Pace hype suits caretaker

on 07/15/2003 8:00 PM
Although all the pre-Meadowlands Pace attention was centered on 1:49 elimination winner Whatanartist, that colt was actually part of a two-horse Jim Campbell-trained entry with Armbro Animate, who had finished third in his elim. And that suited caretaker Ted Bannister just fine as he was able to tend to his colt without a lot of commotion during the week. "It made my job a little easier with mo...
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Fosse scores Gold upset

on 07/15/2003 8:00 PM
All the pieces fell into place at the perfect time for three-year-old trotting filly Fosse at Kawartha Downs on Saturday evening (July 12). Making her debut in a Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Series Final, the Balanced Image - Tra La La daughter delivered a classic come-from-behind effort to score the 1:58 victory and carry off the lion's share of the $130,000 purse. With owner/trainer Chr...
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Gold to Winning Breed

on 07/15/2003 8:00 PM
Winning Breed chose the perfect day to step up and claim his first Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Series win when he captured the $130,000 Gold Final on Friday (July 11) at Flamboro Downs. The three-year-old pacing colt had been a winner in Grassroots action earlier this spring and finished second in his Gold elimination at the Dundas, ON oval last weekend, but Friday's 1:54.4 triumph was the ...
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Locals impress at Ottawa

on 07/15/2003 8:00 PM
Local fillies Hollywood Beauty and Ifhallscouldtalk scored impressive victories in their Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Series Eliminations on Sunday evening (July 13) at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Hollywood Beauty and Jacques Hebert kicked off the local talent parade with a 2:02.2 victory in the sixth race. The Angus Hall - Green Surface filly won by one-and-a-half lengths over Incredible Iam a...
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Waples has pick of winners

on 07/15/2003 8:00 PM
Randy Waples qualified three two-year-old pacing colts for Thursday night's Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final at Woodbine Racetrack, two elimination winners and a runner-up, and hours after the draw on Monday afternoon the Milton, ON resident was still struggling to decide which one he would drive in the $130,000 Final. "Putasmileon is head and shoulders above the rest right now, but that's not t...
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Luby takes Miller Memorial

on 07/14/2003 8:00 PM
Luby won the $410,000 Delvin Miller Memorial at the Meadowlands Friday night in easy fashion with new Hall of Famer Jim Doherty aboard. The filly by Donerail lowered her lifetime mark to 1:54.4 in the process. Owned and trained by Tom Gonsalves, Luby started from post three and was immediately sent to the lead by Doherty. Delmartha, driven by David Miller, settled in second while betting favori...
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Dancer to Power To Charm

on 07/14/2003 8:00 PM
Power To Charm, a 3-year-old colt by Malabar Man, became the favorite for the Hambletonian when he wired the field to win the $412,000 Stanley Dancer Trot Friday night at the Meadowlands. Driven by John Campbell, Power To Charm fired from post seven, took the lead, and proceeded to control the race with splits of :27.3, :56.4 and 1:26 before hitting the wire in 1:53.3. Trond Smedshammer trai...
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Kadbra sets world mark

on 07/14/2003 8:00 PM
Kadabra's 1:51.3 effort in n Open Friday night at the Meadowlands set a world record for 4-year-old trotters. The clocking also lowered Kadabra's personal best by one full second. Kadabra enjoyed a trip second on the inside while while Mighty Dragon N set fractions of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:23.2. Mighty Dragon N eventually faded and finished last in the six-horse field. Kadabra, driven by David Mil...
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Constable in 1:54.3

on 07/14/2003 8:00 PM
Constable, another of trainer Bob Stewart's Hambo contenders in the past several years, failed to make the cut for the Stanley Dancer Trot, but still showed Hambo potential by winning an overnight in 1:54.3 at the Meadowlands Friday night. The 3-year-old colt by Conway Hall was driven by Trevor Ritchie. Ritchie kept the colt second at the rail until the stretch drive. Muscle King, another Hambo...
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