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McArdle noses Haughton

on 07/07/2003 8:00 PM
In the battle of the two prodigious stablemates, McArdle nosed out Art Major on Saturday night (July 5) in the $650,000 final of the William Haughton Memorial for older pacers. Taking advantage of relatively-pedestrian fractions (:26.3, :55.1 and 1:23.3) set by early unchallenged front-runner Four Starzzz Shark, Mike Lachance kicked McArdle out of the pocket and into gear in the stretch, then h...
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Bobnoxious in Motor City

on 07/07/2003 8:00 PM
The $150,000 Motor City Pace final at Hazel Park Raceway on Saturday (July 5) had a script nearly identical to last week's single elim with Bobnoxious winning after heavily-favored Jr. Mint made a break. With Peter Wrenn driving, Bobnoxious came up the insde in the stretch to win in 1:54.2, the fourth win in a row for the Nude Beach colt owned by Wrenn and Dan and Tom Courtemanche. Jr. Mint ...
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JM Vangogh’s big comeback

on 07/06/2003 8:00 PM
If JM Vangogh can pull off a victory in the $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Final at Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening (July 6) it will put the icing on the three-year-old trotting colt's remarkable comeback from a devastating fall last October. Trainer/driver Ron Waples is still unsure why the trotter fell in the freshman Gold Final, but at the time he was fairly confident it meant th...
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Josee Rocket primed for final

on 07/06/2003 8:00 PM
When the two-year-old fillies line up behind the starting gate for their first $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday evening, trainer Ian Downey will be feeling less pressure than many of his peers. When Downey's filly Josee Rocket won her $44,414 elimination last week she repaid her $5,500 purchase price, nine months of training bills and put some away for a ...
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Claimer to Pace champ?

on 07/06/2003 8:00 PM
Build A Fire, one of 27 colts vying this Saturday night (July 5) for 10 spots in next week's $1 million Meadowlands Pace, has the distinction of coming into the eliminations out of a claiming race. On June 27, trainer Mark Ford snatched the three-year-old gelding for $75,000 for owner Martin Scharf of Lawrence, NY, and paid the fees to enter him in the Meadowlands Pace elims. Daniel Dube will b...
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Driver Gingras injured

on 07/06/2003 8:00 PM
Driver Yannick Gingras, a native of Sorel, QC, is recovering from a broken left collarbone sustained in an accident at Yonkers Raceway last weekend. "I was dragged for about 100 feet because I was stuck in the bike," he said. "But I don't have any leg injuries. I broke my left collarbone, but it's not as bad as they thought originally. I don't need surgery and it'll only be about three weeks in...
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Famous at Flam in 1:52.1

on 07/06/2003 8:00 PM
Apparently this three-year-old pacing colt and Flamboro Downs get along Famously. While his better-known stablemates from the Bill Budd Stable were in New Jersey preparing for their Meadowlands Pace eliminations the following night, Famous Seelster proved he was no slouch on Friday afternoon (July 4) at the Dundas, ON half-miler. The son of Rustler Hanover - Finesse Seelster established a Canad...
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Lovefest’s impressive debut

on 07/06/2003 8:00 PM
When Larry Clements watched Lovefest score the fastest win of four $29,670 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Grassroots divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies at Elmira Raceway on Friday night (July 4), the owner from Listowel, ON could not help but feel a pang of regret. He and trainer Mark Etsell had considered sending the Village Jiffy - Summer Love daughter to the Gold Series at Woodbine Racetr...
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Sno Doubt in Trillium

on 07/06/2003 8:00 PM
Sno Doubt About It stepped off the fastest mile in four Trillium Series divisions for two-year-old trotting fillies on Friday evening (July 4) at Rideau Carleton Raceway. With Rideau regular Darrell Coville in the race bike, Sno Doubt About It, the heavy favourite, went straight to the front and never had to glance over her shoulder as she reeled off fractions of :30.1, 1:02.3 and 1:32 en route...
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Ladylind a Merrie winner

on 07/04/2003 8:00 PM
Ladylind, a 2-year-old filly by Muscles Yankee, overcame post seven and won the $350,000 Merrie Annabelle final Thursday night (July 31) at the Meadowlands. The filly won by a head over Funny Malentine in 1:57.3. Betting favorite Missive Hanover, driven by Jim Doherty for owner-trainer Tom Gonsalves, broke stride just after the start and couldn't recover in time to be competitive. Funny Malent...
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Tom Ridge takes Haughton

on 07/04/2003 8:00 PM
Tom Ridge, the 2-year-old Muscles Yankee colt owner Kenneth Ross named after his good friend who serves as the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, won the $440,000 Peter Haughton Memorial Trot with a powerful three-wide move on the last turn at the Meadowlands Thursday night (July 31). The colt's time was 1:56.1. Ron Pierce drove Tom Ridge to his fifth victory in as many career starts. Jimmy ...
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He wants to atone in Pace

on 07/04/2003 8:00 PM
Trainer Ross Croghan believes he found the problem that caused He Wants It All to make a break in his elim for the $1.5 million North America Cup at Woodbine on June 14, and that the 3-year-old colt pacer is now ready for Saturday night's (July 5) eliminations for the $1 million Meadowlands Pace. After seven wins and two seconds in his first nine starts this year, the 3-year-old colt pacer He W...
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Jr. Mint gets second chance

on 07/04/2003 8:00 PM
Jr. Mint received a second chance at Hazel Park Raceway when he moved into the $150,000 Motor City Pace field on Saturday (July 5) when one of the qualified finalists elected not to enter. The top-ranked 3-year-old colt made a break after getting jammed up in the two hole in the single 11-horse elim for driver Kevin Wallis and his 10th-place finish originally left him out in the cold. But when ...
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Chuckie T ready to trot

on 07/04/2003 8:00 PM
It's been a slow start this year for CC's Chuckie T, but trainer Chuck Crissman is hoping sickness and breaking problems are out of his colt's system for his $35,000 elimination of the Stanley Dancer Trot. Last year's Peter Haughton winner will start from post one on Friday (July 4) at the Meadowlands. "He's about 99 percent," said Crissman on Wednesday (July 2). "He trained really well for me ...
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Perretti's pacing power

on 07/04/2003 8:00 PM
Perretti Racing LLC, a new entity of well-known breeder-owner Bill Perretti, will be represented in the William R. Haughton final by the tough 4-year-old McArdle. But wait, Perretti got out of the pacing business a couple of years, when he dispersed his pacing broodmares, right? Not exactly. Perretti has started anew in the pacing game, and McArdle, who he bought into in May, is just one of his...
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Tackoor has a Pace theory

on 07/04/2003 8:00 PM
Trainer Des Tackoor is hoping his Meadowlands Pace hopeful Allamerican Theory will be a reversal of fortune from his experience a couple of years ago. Tackoor, who also has a full-time job as a firefighter in Toronto, trained the 2000 Metro final 2-year-old winner Pro Bono Best. That colt went on to earn more than a half-million dollars his freshman campaign, however an injury forced an early ...
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Angus Hall sons storm OSS

on 07/04/2003 8:00 PM
Wake Up And Drive stepped off the sharpest mile of four Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series eliminations at Flamboro Downs yesterday afternoon. The two-year-old trotting colt performed like a seasoned veteran, firing to the front from post five and rolling steadily through fractions of :30, 1:02.3 and 1:32.4 en route to the 2:03.2 victory. Wake Up And Drive led Lucky George and Angus Scott to a sw...
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Bax's OSS hopes in Aimees

on 07/04/2003 8:00 PM
Ontario Sires Stakes excitement arrives at Kawartha Downs on Saturday, July 5 with an impressive line up of three-year-old trotting fillies competing in three $36,407 Gold eliminations. Trainer John Bax will send two fillies over to his local oval for the Gold elims, Vics Flag and Aimees Image. Bax is hopeful Aimees Image picks this weekend to put together a winning performance. “She&#...
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True Story in world record

on 07/04/2003 8:00 PM
True Story lowered the double-gaited world record Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack when he trotted his way through a mile in 1:54 at the hands of driver Paul MacDonell. When added to his career best 1:55 on the pace, the combined time of 3:49 bests the previous record of 3:49.4 set by Noble Gill (1:53.4 on the pace and 1:56 on the trot). True Story, a six-year-old gelded son of Kentucky ...
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Groovie win for Budd

on 07/04/2003 8:00 PM
In the days leading up to Thursday evening’s Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final at Rideau Carleton Raceway trainer Bill Budd was confident that Duke Of Luck was the nicest two-year-old pacing colt in his Carlisle, ON barn. And through the early stages of the race there was no indication that the veteran trainer’s assessment was anything but dead accurate. Sent off as the favourite, Mik...
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