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Hall of Fame nominees

on 07/10/2003 8:00 PM
John Simpson Jr., a master horseman, has been nominated for harness racing's Living Hall of Fame, voted on by the members of the U. S. Harness Writers Association. In addition, "Hoof Beats" magazine editor Dean Hoffman and author Marie Hill were nominated for the Writers Corner of the Hall of Fame. The three nominees were selected by the Screening Committee of USHWA, which meets annually in con...
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4 top ones miss Gold box

on 07/10/2003 8:00 PM
In two separate incidents, coming just two days apart, four top Ontario Sires Stakes colts have missed the entry box at Flamboro Downs for their respective $130,000 Gold Series Finals. In the case of the two-year-old trotting colts, whose Gold Final is today (July 9) a three-day Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) investigation determined elimination winners Odee Scoot, trained by Ross Henry of Art...
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Shakes has two in OSS Final

on 07/09/2003 8:00 PM
When the Ontario Sires Stakes two-year-old trotting colts return to Flamboro Downs on Wednesday, trainer Paul Shakes will be sending a pair of talented Angus Hall sons after a share of the $130,000 Gold Final purse. Disturbed earned his way into the Gold Final with an impressive wire-to-wire victory from post seven in last week's elimination round. Regular driver Doug Brown will be back in the ...
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David Raymond wins

on 07/09/2003 8:00 PM
David Raymond, the runner-up in the 1998 Hambletonian won by Muscles Yankee, won a major race for older trotters in Finland last weekend. David Raymond, an 8-year-old son of Speedy Crown-Spectra Hanover, won easily in a mile rate of 2:00.1 over 2,100 meters. This was the fourth consecutive win for David Raymond since he qualified this spring after having stood at stud.
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Beissinger tours Italy

on 07/09/2003 8:00 PM
When Howard Beissinger recently traveled to Italy to inspect yearlings for the new Italian Trotting Sales (ITS), a company formed by five breeders, he traveled to some of the most revered locations in the country--Naples, Rome, Milan, Bologna and Venice, among others. Armed with a chauffeur and translator, Beissinger and Swedish veterinarian Arne Lindholm were treated to an eight-day, 1,200 mil...
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3,000 wins for Wilder

on 07/09/2003 8:00 PM
Mike Wilder, whose career in harness racing spans success in both Ohio and Pennsylvania, posted his 3,000th driving win Tuesday night at The Meadows. His milestone victory came with Motorbel NZ in the 12th race on a stormy night. "It's a very good accomplishment," Wilder said. "I'm 31 and didn't really start driving hard until I was maybe 25. So it's a big accomplishment in a short amount of ti...
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A family honor for McIntosh

on 07/08/2003 8:00 PM
With two excellent trainers in a family, you might think there would be a little rivalry, and in the case of the McIntosh brothers - Bob and Doug - that's true. "We're family in the living room and out to win on the track," said Doug, who is nine years older than his brother. Bob will be inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame tonight (Sunday, July 6). But for Doug, a Hall of Fame ho...
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It's a wrap for Goshen

on 07/08/2003 8:00 PM
Most of Sunday's (July 6) winners at Historic Track in Goshen, N.Y., took advantage of front-end trips, including Clint Galbraith in the Hall of Fame Trot. He won the race in 2:00.2 with Texas Cheer, his second time winning the annual affair. Fellow Hall of Famers Ray Remmen, Cat Manzi, Howard Beissinger and Harry Harvey competed, along with 2003 inductees Jim Doherty, Berndt Lindstedt and Bob...
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WTC drives on despite SARS

on 07/08/2003 8:00 PM
SARS, West Nile and Mad Cow. It’s not the winning trifecta that Standardbred Canada hoped to present to international visitors for the upcoming World Trotting Conference and World Driving Championship. But, the show must go on, and organizers have been working diligently to deal with the issue proactively. Hyped media reports of SARS outbreaks in Ontario — most notably in Toronto, w...
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OSS winners at Kawartha

on 07/08/2003 8:00 PM
Wanabeamillionaire looked sharp in her 2003 debut at Kawartha Downs on Saturday evening, capturing the fastest of three Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series eliminations for the sophomore trotting fillies. The Mr Lavec daughter and driver Trevor Ritchie fired off the gate from post two and relaxed on the front end, rolling through fractions of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:27.4 en route to the 1:58.1 victory o...
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Double Creme good as Gold

on 07/08/2003 8:00 PM
Double Creme delivered an impressive finishing kick to capture the two-year-old pacing fillies $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Final on Monday evening (July 7) at Woodbine Racetrack. Sitting at the back of the pack through lightning fast early fractions of :26.3, :55.1 and 1:24, Double Creme did not make a move until the fillies were heading for the three-quarter marker, but when drive...
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Budd loaded for bear

on 07/08/2003 8:00 PM
When Bill Budd heads to Flamboro Downs on Friday evening (July 11) the Carlisle, ON resident will once again require a two-horse trailer. Both Famous Seelster and Village Blitz qualified for Friday's $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Final - Famous Seelster capturing his elimination with an impressive 11-length romp in an OSS record equalling 1:52.1 and Village Blitz delivering a steady t...
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Norman Woolworth dies

on 07/07/2003 8:00 PM
Norman Woolworth, who was elected into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame as an owner and breeder in 1981, died Thursday night, July 3. He was 76. Mr. Woolworth for many years owned Stoner Creek Stud Farm in Paris, Ky. The list of horses Mr. Woolworth bred and owned is endless, with his most recognizable achievements coming with the great pacer Meadow Skipper and in winning the 1983 Hambletonian w...
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Huston relaxes in Goshen

on 07/07/2003 8:00 PM
Roger Huston is on vacation in Goshen, N.Y.--as much vacation as this Meadows-based announcer allows himself. Huston announced four races at the Historic Track on Friday (July 4) during the 2 year old Landmark Stakes and will be back on Saturday for the later part of the program featuring the 3 year old Grand Circuit stakes. On Sunday he will call the Hall of Fame Trot. "The vast number of my ...
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Landmark day for Schnittker

on 07/07/2003 8:00 PM
The applause of hometown fans in the grandstand cheering local trainer-driver Ray Schnittker home could be heard from the backstretch of Historic Track in Goshen, N.Y., as he directed four of ten winners on the first program (Friday, July 4) of the Grand Circuit's two-day stop. The steamy afternoon card featured nine Landmark Stakes for 2-year-old colts and fillies of both gaits and an under sa...
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Allaire tops Millers on DQ

on 07/07/2003 8:00 PM
In a battle of two top three-year-old trotting fillies on Friday night (July 4) at the Meadowlands, Southwind Allaire won the third of four $25,000 eliminations for the Delvin Miller Memorial after race winner Pizza Dolce, the 2002 U.S. two-year-old trotting filly of the year, was disqualified for interference. Southwind Allaire (Valley Victory - Articulate Hanover) and driver Ron Pierce had to...
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Charming victory in Dancers

on 07/07/2003 8:00 PM
John Campbell moved Power To Charm to the front up the backstretch and the third and final $35,000 elimination for the Stanley Dancer on Friday night (July 4) at the Meadowlands was effectively over. Once on the lead, Power To Charm cruised, opening up in the lane and handily holding off Classic Response. Malabar Millennium was third. The 1:53.1 victory was the fastest of the Dancer elims fo...
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Rules and regs out in NY

on 07/07/2003 8:00 PM
Joe Faraldo may have had his C.K.G. Billings amateur race later in the afternoon on his mind, but while standing on the backstretch of the Historic Track in Goshen, N.Y., he was more than eager to talk about the newest development in video lottery terminals (VLTs) on Saturday (July 5). According to Faraldo, the president of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York who has been close to t...
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Historic record for Fergi

on 07/07/2003 8:00 PM
Trainer-driver Ray Schnittker's luck continued at Goshen Historic Track on Saturday (July 5) winning four of the eight Landmark Stakes for 3 year olds featured on the card. He followed a track record-setting performance yesterday with another today when he directed trotting filly Frisky Fergi to a 1:59.1 effort that left all her competitors up the track. It was the first and so far only sub-2:0...
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Whatanartist 1:49 in Pace

on 07/07/2003 8:00 PM
Whatanartist made quite a statement on Saturday night (July 5) at the Meadowlands in the second of three $50,000 eliminations for the Meadowlands Pace. The homebred son of Real Artist - Owhat A Show equalled the 1:49 stakes record set by Mach Three in his elimination in 2002. This year's mile, a career best, was the fastest of the three Pace eliminations and it came as Whatanartist blew away a ...
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