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Heather's Western sparkles

on 06/21/2003 8:00 PM
Three-year-old filly pacer Heather's Western, fresh off a sparkling 1:53.4 victory over older mares at The Meadows, stepped to a lively 1:53 triumph in the second of two $20,400 Tompkins-Geers divisions at Scioto Downs on Friday (June 20). With Mike Wilder driving, Heather's Western moved to the lead past the opening quarter and never looked back to win by 2 1/2 lengths over Nells Bells, pushin...
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Fiery Hit fastest in NY

on 06/21/2003 8:00 PM
Fiery Hit trotted to a 2:02.1 victory Friday night (June 20) at Buffalo Raceway, the fastest of five divisions of the $68,080 New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters. Driven by Wally Hennessey, it was the first lifetime win for Fiery Hit in her fourth career start. Mickey McNichol guided a pair of NYSS winners to the winner's circle. He drove favored 2002 NYSS final champ Sir Drea...
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Miller ready for battle

on 06/20/2003 8:00 PM
Piloting the winner of the fastest North America Cup elimination may give David Miller confidence for the final, but he doesn't expect it to be an easy fight. "All three winners, as well as me, all raced well," he said. "It's going to be a good race." Miller, who has never won a North America Cup, will be steering second choice Allamerican Theory from post seven in the $1.5 million final. ...
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Soph ties stakes record

on 06/20/2003 8:00 PM
Center Field, with trainer Trond Smedshammer driving, closed fast in the stretch to win Thursday night's (June 19) $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes final at the Meadowlands in 1:54.2. The time equaled the stakes record previously shared by three others. Center Field edged stablemate Power To Charm by a head for the win, denying driver John Campbell a trip to the winner's circle in his first pari...
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Totally Western scratched

on 06/20/2003 8:00 PM
Breeders Crown champion Totally Western has been scratched out of Saturday's (June 21) $1.5 million North America Cup after suffering a hairline crack in his pastern bone. Trainer Ben Wallace scratched the colt Friday morning, which allowed the also-eligible Quality Western to draw into the field. Wallace is a co-owner of the son of Western Hanover, along with Joie De Vie Farm, Canamerica Ca...
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Tompkins-Geers at Scioto

on 06/20/2003 8:00 PM
After opening night Grand Circuit action at Scioto Downs was wiped out due to a power failure, the Ohio track got back in action Thursday (June 19) with Tompkins-Geers races for the 2-year-old colt trotters and pacers. D. R. Ackerman's trip from Michigan was worthwhile as he swept the trio of races for the freshman trotting colt set. He first guided Spring Steel to a 2:03.3 victory, the third s...
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Rosecroft cancels

on 06/20/2003 8:00 PM
Rosecroft Raceway was forced to cancel its program on Thursday night (June 19) following the fifth race due to lightning produced by a severe thunderstorm. Racing will resume on Saturday night with a first post time of 7:20 p.m.
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Pizza Dolce qualifies

on 06/20/2003 8:00 PM
In her first appearance since winning the Goldsmith Maid final in December, the Dan Patch award-winning Pizza Dolce qualified at the Meadowlands on Friday morning (June 20) with regular driver David Miller up. In her ususal style, the now 3-year-old filly trotter eased off the gate to the back of the field, pacing home in 1:57.4. With no urging from Miller, she was second by a nose to Mom's Mil...
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Horsemen speak their minds

on 06/19/2003 8:00 PM
With a tour through the Woodbine paddock on Tuesday night (June 17), there was plenty of commentary to be found about the upcoming North America Cup as well as the recently revamped Woodbine racing surface, which created two sub-1:50 miles on the night of the Cup elims. Last month the Woodbine turns were elevated by track consultant Daniel Coon. "I don't know if (the renovations) have helped a...
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Christoforou likes his chances

on 06/19/2003 8:00 PM
Christoforou likes his Cup chances Driver Chris Christoforou likes his chances to win his first Pepsi North America Cup after drawing the rail with Allamerican Native and being installed as the 6-5 morning line favorite for Saturday's (June 21) $1.5 million event. "It's a great spot to be. I think when they called them (post positions), there was either one, eight and 10 left and I was swe...
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Speedy colt in Tompkins-Geers

on 06/19/2003 8:00 PM
Among the young colts heading out in the Tompkins-Geers on Thursday (June 19) at Scioto, pacing colt SS Knight Raider has done the most to prove himself so far. The Michigan-bred Keystone Raider colt is the fastest freshman of the season on a five-eighths track, sporting a 1:55.4 mark (last quarter in :27.3) earned in a maiden race at Scioto on June 5. In the winner's circle after that race, dr...
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MTR to manage Scioto

on 06/19/2003 8:00 PM
According to the Columbus Business First newspaper, MTR Gaming Group has signed a five-year deal to manage Scioto Downs while it completes its purchase of Scioto Downs. In a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing on Monday (June 16), MTR said it has finished due diligence on Scioto Downs and is awaiting approval from shareholders. Scioto Downs shareholders can either take $32 a share ...
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Laakkonen moves horses

on 06/19/2003 8:00 PM
Kentucky horseman Bob Stewart has confirmed that owner Erkki Laakkonen has decided to make a trainer switch and that he will no longer be training those horses. Stewart said that as of Wednesday (June 18), three of the horses have already left his barn at The Red Mile, and he expected the remaining three to be gone by the end of the week. The Stewart/Laakkonen team has had great success over...
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Shanachie vs. nine in NJSS final

on 06/19/2003 8:00 PM
Trainer Chris Ryder isn't intimidated by the four-horse entry his Shanachie will face in Thursday night's (June 19) New Jersey Sire Stakes final for 3-year-old trotting colts. "I don't worry about it. I just concentrate on my horse and let them do what they're going to do," he said. "There's a nine-horse entry in there the way I look at it; there's nine to beat, not four." But despite Ryder'...
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Rainy Big M 2-year-old races

on 06/19/2003 8:00 PM
Overnight rains which caused the Meadowlands track to be "sloppy" also forced a plethora of scratches from the scheduled 13 two year old races on Wednesday (June 18). From the original 89 freshman entered, just 37 made it behind the starting gate in seven races which were shuffled a bit to accomodate the lower number. Despite the less-than-ideal conditions, Cara's Allamerican a son of first-yea...
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Yankee Glide lass wins

on 06/19/2003 8:00 PM
Stephen Smith drove Glide About to a 1:55.2 victory in the $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies at the Meadowlands on Wednesday night (June 18). The 6-5 favorite in the field, Glide About was sent to the front at the half by Smith and then went on to win by a diminishing half-length over Blue Skies Hanover. "She was a little tight in the first turn, bu...
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Scioto Downs cancels

on 06/19/2003 8:00 PM
A power failure shortly before the Wednesday night card was to begin at Scioto Downs forced the track to cancel the program. With no power, the track was also forced to cancel its simulcasting for the evening as well. There were three Tompkins-Geers divisions for 2-year-old trotting fillies and two Tompkins-Geers divisions for 2-year-old pacing fillies on the canceled card. The races will not...
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Lotto winner new director

on 06/19/2003 8:00 PM
Keith (Bim) Ford, a Charlottetown, PEI, horseman who shared a $5 million lottery win earlier this year, is among four new directors of the Hillsboro Trotting Club, operators of Charlottetown Driving Park (CDP). The CDP, home of the famed Gold Cup & Saucer, will play host to the first leg of the World Driving Championship this year on July 20, the first time a world harness racing event has bee...
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Mare sets Windsor mark

on 06/19/2003 8:00 PM
Canada's top percentage driver and fourth leading trainer now has a track record to his name. Trainer-driver Evzen Pindur, a native of Czechoslovakia who now makes his home in Rodney, ONT, guided 7-year-old pacing mare HT Bo Majee to a 1:51.2 victory in a $11,000 conditioned test last night (June 18) at Windsor Raceway. The mark, a Canadian season's record for older pacing mares on a five-ei...
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Will Campbell make Meadowlands Pace?

on 06/18/2003 8:00 PM
John Campbell will be sitting on the sidelines this weekend as the $1.5 million North America Cup is contested at Woodbine, the first time since 1992 he won't have a mount. Campbell, who was injured in a racing accident March 23, is just now returning to driving, so it appears likely he will be back in the sulky in time for the lucrative Meadowlands Pace on July 12. Campbell returned to the sul...
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