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Ritchie’s OSS hat trick

on 07/04/2003 8:00 PM
Trotting specialist Trevor Ritchie picked up the catch drive on Red Hot Survivor in Thursday night’s Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots event at Hiawatha Horse Park and piloted the three-year-old trotting colt to a lifetime best mark just three-fifths of a second off the track record. Leaving from post four in the second race, Ritchie settled the colt into fourth spot as Tara Ballyduff and H...
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ET lawsuit continues

on 07/03/2003 8:00 PM
A press release from Walnut Hall Ltd. on July 1 states: The USTA has rejected an offer by Walnut Hall Ltd. To settle their outstanding litigation. Walnut Hall Ltd. proposed that if the USTA would register Amour Angus' second twin foal under the original rule 26 subsection 22 concerning twins, Walnut Hall Ltd. would enter into a covenant under which it would agree never to challenge the USTA'...
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Number 3,000 for Simmons

on 07/03/2003 8:00 PM
Driver Tom Simmons of Springfield, Ill., scored his 3,000th career driving win while steering Honest Lawyer p,2, 1:52.3 ($182,567) to victory at the Newton, Ill., fair on Sunday, June 29. Last year Honest Lawyer won the $300,000 Orange & Blue championship for Illinois colts. Simmons, 51, a native of Odessa, Mo., has driven the winners of more than $6.8 million. After achieving the milestone,...
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Three Pace elims

on 07/03/2003 8:00 PM
A total of 27 three year olds were entered in three $50,000 Meadowlands Pace eliminations on Saturday, July 5. The fields are: Race Four 1 Boulder Creek M. Saftic 2 Mt. Vernon Hanover C. Christoforou Jr. 3 Allamerican Native J. Campbell 4 He Wants It All D. Miller 5 Domination R. Pierce 6 Artesian M. Lachance 7 Crystal Art R. Pierce 8 Allamerican Magic L. Ouellette 9 Quarter Ca...
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Yankee Sensation sold

on 07/03/2003 8:00 PM
Yankee Sensation p,3, 1:50.3f ($326,725), the winner of 15 of 39 career starts, has been sold, trainer-driver Ray Paver has confirmed. Yankee Sensation, a 4-year-old stallion by No Nukes, has been campaigned by Bill White's White Creek Stable since White purchased the colt as a yearling. Paver has handled the colt during that time. Yankee Sensation drew post four in the $650,000 William R. H...
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Grass Roots colts impress

on 07/03/2003 8:00 PM
The Ontario Sire Stakes Grass Roots Series for 2-year-old colt pacers opened with a bang at Georgian Downs on July 1. Four of the seven divisions were clocked in 1:57 or faster with the Grinfromeartoear colt Grin Tin Tin claiming the fastest victory in 1:56. Owned by New Yorkers David Scarf and Thomas Kaufman and purchased as a $70,000 yearling, Grin Tin Tin survived a rough trip that saw him s...
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Swedish colt to try U.S.

on 07/03/2003 8:00 PM
The 2-year-old Swedish colt Order By Fax qualified Wednesday morning (July 2) at Sweden’s Solvalla racetrack in preparation for a start in the Peter Haughton at the Meadowlands. Eliminations for the event will be held on July 23. This first workout by the Viking Kronos-Nellies Girl colt was directed in 2:01.2 over a mile by trainer Per Lennartsson, who plans to bring the colt to the U.S. ...
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NJ colts dominate Pace

on 07/03/2003 8:00 PM
Nearly half of the 27 three-year-old colts pursuing the $1 million Meadowlands Pace this year are by New Jersey sires. The 12 New Jersey-bred pacers who have entered the July 5 $50,000 eliminations include Artiscape colts Artesian, winner of the $500,000 SBOA/New Jersey Pacing Classic and the $275,000 Berry's Creek, and Yankee Cruiser, winner of the $1.5 million(C) North America Cup. Preside...
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Cartier Hall back on track

on 07/02/2003 8:00 PM
Owner Joe Mendelson is keeping Cartier Hall on the track this year. The 4-year-old mare by Garland Lobell already has more than $250,000 in earnings on her card. Doug Ackerman and his son, D.R., trained Cartier Hall during her 2- and 3-year-old seasons. Mike Zeller is training the demanding mare these days. Demanding? Well, Cartier Hall still is being managed carefully to make sure that she ...
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Longshot filly in NJSS

on 07/02/2003 8:00 PM
Longshot Linda will be out to disprove her name on Wednesday (July 2) in the last leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes (NJSS) for 2-year-old filly pacers before the best of the class heads to the $150,000 final. According to Pocono Downs-based trainer Roland Mallar, Linda will be a contender. "There are more fillies that have qualified since the last leg, so there are some new ones in there, but i...
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Ohio State Fair opens

on 07/01/2003 8:00 PM
O’Cala Kash extended her win streak to six during the first of four evenings of Ohio State Fair racing on Wednesday (July 30) at Scioto Downs. The 3-year-old trotting filly also scored the fastest of three divisions in 1:57.4. Randy Tharps directed a first-up journey that had the Overcomer filly parked out from the half, but she still topped pacesetter Medoland Miracle by 2 3/4 lengths. Scot...
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Red Mile smoothed out

on 07/01/2003 8:00 PM
The Red Mile's unique clay surface has been revamped for the fall meet, which begins Sept. 1. In a week-long process, the surface of the track was plowed down six inches and 400-500 tons of new clay was added. This removed dips in the track that had resulted from paths over the clay surface used by horses crossing to the infield half-mile training track, paths which were deepened by water this win...
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Kimelman to Russia

on 07/01/2003 8:00 PM
Mike Kimelman is taking a break from running Blue Chip Farm in New York to travel to Russia and compete in a driving tournament, Kimelman, who once worked professionally as both a trainer and driver, leaves for Russia Sunday with his wife, Sally, and their two children. He said the driving competition was scheduled to take place at the Moscow hippodrome track, but he hoped to see other citie...
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He's a real good thing

on 07/01/2003 8:00 PM
Real Good Thing may have his work cut out for him if he hopes to come close to duplicating the freshman season of his big sister Loyal Opposition, but he's off to a good start. After a second and a first at Springfield, Real Good Thing made his first pari-mutuel start at Hawthorne on June 26 and came up a 1:56.2 winner. On Tuesday night (July 1), Real Good Thing will line up behind the gate in ...
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Power To Charm Hambo fave

on 06/30/2003 8:00 PM
Coming off an impressive victory in last week’s Hambletonian eliminations, Power To Charm has been installed as the even-money choice in the $1 million final at the Meadowlands Saturday, Aug. 2. Power To Charm drew post four for the Hambletonian, and will be coupled in the wagering due to common ownership with Muscle King, who drew post nine. Power To Charm is owned by trainer Trond Smeds...
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Farm's lawsuit dismissed

on 06/30/2003 8:00 PM
Harness Racing Communications, the media office of the U.S. Trotting Association, reported late Tuesday, July 29, that Walnut Hall Ltd.'s remaining claims in its lawsuit against the U.S. Trotting Association were dismissed earlier in the day. The hearing on the merits of Count One of Walnut Hall Ltd.'s complaint against the USTA began on July 28, 2003. Count One alleged that two embryo transfer...
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Revenue vs. Scarlet Knight

on 06/30/2003 8:00 PM
The third leg of the World Cup Trot, the Hugo Åbergs Memorial, was raced at the Jægersro track in Malmö, Sweden last night (July 29) and resulted in a victory for the local hero this night, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini, and Revenue. Kolgjini drove Revenue (Reve d'Udon-Hazel Sund, by Sugarcane Hanover) to his second consecutive win in the third event in the six-race series. Revenue has improv...
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Thank God for quick hitch

on 06/29/2003 8:00 PM
Getting 3-year-old trotter Taffeta Seelster to step onto the racetrack requires a lot of manpower. The King Conch-Keystone Tussle filly, who won three Ontario Sire Stakes (OSS) Grassroots events in her rookie season, doesn't like to be hitched to the race bike before her first warm-up mile. So her trainer Ross Henry and co-owner Jim Massey have devised an unconventional hitching method not cove...
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Genesis fillies at Indy

on 06/29/2003 8:00 PM
Freshman filly pacers made their debut on Thursday (June 26) at Indiana Downs in the $8,000 first leg of the Genesis Series. A group of seven lined up behind the gate, five of which were making their pari-mutuel debut. Electric Yankee progeny Crystal's Kilowatt, out of the Armbro Cadet mare Crystal Cadet, notched her third win in as many starts with a 1:58.3 triumph. Driver Jimmy Whisman and Cr...
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German wins World Cup

on 06/29/2003 8:00 PM
The first leg of the World Cup, the Premio UNIRE, was raced in Milan at the capital track of San Siro Thursday night (June 26). The purse was more than $250,000. Early breaks by Brandy dei Fiori and Alesi OM permitted Legendary lover K (Armbro Goal-Legendary Lover) to take the lead. It looked like a walk-over for Legendary Lover K and Pietro Gubellini when Revenue, who had been parked for the e...
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