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Wallis takes Jr. Mint

on 06/29/2003 8:00 PM
North America's top-ranked Standardbred Jr. Mint will be gunning for his 12th straight victory when he takes on 10 in Saturday night's (June 28) Motor City Pace elim for 3-year-old colts at Hazel Park Raceway. Kevin Wallis was named on five of the 11 starters but the 46-year-old driver who is closing in on 7,000 career wins picked Jr. Mint as his mount. "He looked like the best," simply stat...
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Giantess huge in NYSS

on 06/29/2003 8:00 PM
Giantess, the 3-year-old Giant Hit filly now owned by the FS Starzzzz Stables, put in a huge effort at Vernon Downs on Thursday night (June 26) to win her New York Sire Stakes trotting filly division. Jeff Gregory drove for trainer Dave Sabatelli. After getting out to the middle of the pack, Giantess came late and rushed down the stretch, just nipping Howard Gill's pocketsitter Miss Gibbons by ...
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Taurus Dream back in Ryan

on 06/29/2003 8:00 PM
The Frank Ryan Memorial Trot at Rideau Carlton on Sunday (June 29) won't be an easy first start this year for Taurus Dream, facing off against the likes of Liberty Balance, Rotation, Blastaway Sahbra and more. "That is a major race there, so we were expecting it wasn't going to be easy," explained Thierry Vandenplas, who with his brother, helps to manage owner J.P. Dubois' vast number of horses...
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Oops, she's a filly

on 06/26/2003 8:00 PM
Can you imagine being a new-born parent and having a hospital nurse tell you a few minutes later after having told you it was a boy that "he" was actually a "she?" "The farm called me and told me I had a colt. I thought, a Covert Action colt--that was the best," remembered Ann-Mari Daley of June 13, 2001, when she received a call and learned that her broodmare Sassy Cessiann had delivered her f...
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Diversity in Alberta sale

on 06/26/2003 8:00 PM
Variety will be the spice of life at the annual Alberta Standardbred Horse Association (ASHA) yearling sale being held Aug. 30 on the Stampede Park grounds in Calgary. Even though the number of cataloged yearlings has dropped by nearly 100 (to 140) from 198 last year and is down from 239 in 2002, bidders will have no fewer than 39 sires from which to choose.
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Jenna to shuttle

on 06/26/2003 8:00 PM
Jenna's Beach Boy, the sire of such champions as millionaire Three Olives, $800,000 winner Lady MacBeach, and this year's top colt Allamerican Theory, will be shuttling to Australia to stand at stud during the breeding season in the southern hemisphere. The Jenna's Beach Boy Syndicate has agreed to stand the horse at Rob Van Dyke's Pepper Tree Farm in Australia. Van Dyke said the horse will ...
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Grand Royal dispersal

on 06/26/2003 8:00 PM
Grand Royal Farms, the home of trotting sires Royal Strength, Super Pleasure and KM Lazer, will hold a complete dispersal sale of broodmares, weanlings, yearlings and horse equipment on Sunday, Oct. 5. The sale will be held at the farm, located southeast of London, Ont., near the small town of Vienna. Formerly Shadowland Farm, the property was purchased in 1988 from Jack Graham. Currently owned...
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Rosecroft sale in turmoil

on 06/26/2003 8:00 PM
The deal for Delaware North to purchase Rosecroft Raceway with Centaur Inc. now seems a long shot after Centaur abruptly announced the deal was off on Monday (June 23) without giving a reason, reported the Washington Post on Wednesday (June 25). Delaware North officials were shocked and insisted the deal remained intact. "This was absolutely a huge surprise to us," said one spokesperson. "We fe...
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Gorgeous Lover wins in 1:54.2

on 06/26/2003 8:00 PM
Gorgeous Lover, a filly by Real Artist out of the Jate Lobell mare Kiss Me I'm Lucky, led the parade of 2-year-old Historic winners at the Meadowlands Wednesday night (June 25). The smooth-striding filly won her $54,500 Historic event in 1:54.2. David Miller drove the filly for trainer Donald Queen and owner Heather Ronay. Jules and Arlene Siegel, who raced Real Artist and now stand him at stud...
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Pizza Dolce breaks stride

on 06/26/2003 8:00 PM
The top-rated trotting filly Pizza Dolce broke stride behind the gate in a $43,000 Historic division at the Meadowlands last night (June 26) and spoiled her 3-year-old debut. That left the door open for Muscles Onbroadway to trot wire-to-wire to win the division in 1:56.3. The John Campbell-driven Southwind Flanders finished second while Don't Dawdle was third. Pizza Dolce finished far back at ...
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Saratoga ownership changes

on 06/25/2003 8:00 PM
The father and son duo of Joe W Gerrity Jr. and Daniel Gerrity have taken over a majority interest in the Saratoga Equine Sports Center through a $1.68 million stock purchase. The track's name has already been changed back to Saratoga Raceway, which will change again when video lottery terminals are installed. Joe Gerrity will remain as the track's chairman and Daniel Gerrity is the new preside...
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WEG interested in Big M

on 06/25/2003 8:00 PM
Canada's Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) would love to own or operate the Meadowlands. So says David Willmot, WEG's chairman and chief executive officer. The news sets up the intriguing possibility that North America's two biggest harness racing outlets could be operated by the Toronto-based company. The state of New Jersey has said it is considering selling or leasing the Big M. "We have...
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World Cup leg set

on 06/25/2003 8:00 PM
The Premio UNIRE is the first leg in the 2003 World Cup Trot, Europe's great champiopnship trotting series. The Premio UNIRE will be held Thursday (June 26) at the San Siro track in Milan with a purse of about $220,000 to the winner. The starting field of 10 is as follows with their post positions and drivers: 1-Vidar (Andrea Guzzinati up); 2--Legendary Lover K (Pietro Gubellini); 3--Freiherr A...
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Darling in Lexington

on 06/25/2003 8:00 PM
There was one unexpected visitor at The Red Mile last Saturday (June 21): trainer Jack Darling. The Ontario-based Darling trains the top-ranked sophomore colt Jr. Mint, but with that pacer ineligible for that night's $1.5 million(C) North America Cup at Woodbine, he decided to use the opportunity to relax for the weekend. So he brought his wife, Ann, and their daughter and her boyfriend to Lexingt...
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Scorching Canadian mark

on 06/25/2003 8:00 PM
Burning Point is on fire and torching everything in her path. Last night (June 23) the daughter of Camluck-Tour De France set a new Canadian record for a 3-year-old pacing filly on a seven-eighths mile track when she recorded a 1:50.3 mile at Woodbine in her $130,000 Ontario Sire Stakes (OSS) Gold final. The mile was a North American season's record, a new Woodbine track standard for her age, ...
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New OHRIA chair

on 06/25/2003 8:00 PM
Lawyer and Thoroughbred owner Thomas G. Deacon has been named the new chair of the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA), the alliance which in 1996 successfully lobbied for both slot machines and a tax break. Deacon--who replaces outgoing chair Herb Bryant--formerly served as a member of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) for six years. In 2000, he retired after 39 years of practi...
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Pizza Dolce debuts

on 06/25/2003 8:00 PM
Pizza Dolce makes her first pari-mutuel appearance of the season on Thursday (June 26) in one of two $43,000 splits of the Historic-Coaching Club for 3-year-old filly trotters. She has just one qualifier going into the event, but regular driver David Miller was happy with that 1:57.4 effort. "She was good," Miller said the evening following the June 20 qualifier at the Meadowlands. "She kind of...
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New sires in Historic

on 06/25/2003 8:00 PM
Nearly one-third of the 2 year olds entered in the Historic Series at the Meadowlands on Wednesday (June 25) are by first-crop sires. The offspring will be proving their stock in the second 2003 Grand Circuit stop for freshman. In the Harriman Cup for trotting colts, three Self Possessed sons will start, including the Ron Gurfein-trained Sky Watch, who is out of the dam of $1.9 million winner L...
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Tammy G wins in 1:57.3

on 06/25/2003 8:00 PM
Tammy G controlled the lead from the half and drew off to a 1 1/2-length victory in the $126,000 Acorn, trotting a stakes record 1:57.3 for the mile on Tuesday night at the Meadowlands. The Acorn for 2-year-old trotting fillies kicks off the week-long Historic Week Series of stakes. Tammy G, driven by Jim Doherty, has now won both of her starts for trainer-owner Thomas Gonsalves. Almond Joy,...
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McIntosh qualifies 28

on 06/25/2003 8:00 PM
Trainer Bob McIntosh was pleased today after starting 28 of his 2 year olds in qualifiers at Windsor Raceway under sunny skies and 90 degree weather. The day began and ended with winners. The first McIntosh charge to leave the gate was the $300,000 Self Possessed yearling Cash Hall, who won with Steve Condren in 2:03. The last horse the trainer sent out, Western Affluence, also won with Condren...
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