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Art Official, 2008 winner of the $500,000 Hoosier Cup at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, won a qualifier in 1:56.4 (last quarter :26.3) at the Anderson, Ind. track on Friday, June 5. The 4-year-old Art Major stallion was driven by Travis Seekman.

Broekhuis Stables Booze Cruzin, the 2007 winner of the Windy City Pace at Maywood Park, will make his 2009 debut on Friday night when he takes on seven rivals in a $9,500 conditioned event. The multiple stakes winning son of Art's Conquest is the 2-1 morning line favorite despite coming back from a four month hiatus.

The Lexington Herald-Leader is reporting that four trainers, first notified they had EPO positives that were later found not to be positives through the use of more stringent and independent testing, are suing the Red Mile for damages in connection with the adverse publicity the incident generated.

Tom Miller, attorney for Jan Johnson, Bob McIntosh, Jim Arledge and Joe Seekman, announced late Thursday that the Pennsylvania's Equine Toxicology and Research Laboratory had found blood samples taken from horses the trainers had entered to race at The Red Mile this fall to be negative for recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO) and/or Darbepoetin/alfa (DPO).

Although racing fans once again were unable to see the two standouts in the sophomore pacing class of 2008 do head-to-head battle over the historic clay oval, both once again put on dynamic performances in each of their $293,000 Tattersalls divisions.

The second $293,000 Tattersalls Pace division went to Sawgrass Farms' Art Official in a time of 1:48.3. Ron Pierce piloted the Art Major-Naughty Shady Lady colt to his 13th season's victory and in the process saw his 2008 bankroll climb to $1,502,395.

Brent MacGrath has been around 3 year old pacer Somebeachsomewhere long enough to have a good deal of faith in the colt. The trainer sent 'The Beach' to Lexington's Red Mile with the hopes of challenging the world record, and the horse rewarded MacGrath in his first attempt out of the box.

Art Official fended off a challenge from Share The Delight to win for the 12th time this year in his $134,000 Bluegrass split in 1:48.3 on Saturday afternoon (September 27) at The Red Mile. Art Official and driver Ron Pierce floated away from the gate third and assumed the lead past the quarter, reached in :27.2.

While the reason Art Official raced rough gaited at the start of his Little Brown Jug elimination heat remains a mystery, it's a certainty this stellar New York bred 3-year-old colt will take on the best of the best again next week in the Bluegrass Stakes at Lexington's Red Mile.

Heavily favored Art Official overcame a slight bobble on the first turn and a rough trip to win the third $58,797 Little Brown Jug elimination in 1:52.3 on Thursday at the Delaware, Ohio Fair. Owned by Sawgrass Farms LLC, trained by Joe Seekman, and driven by Ron Pierce, Art Official posted his 11th triumph in 17 season's starts and added to his $1.3 million career bankroll.

Joe Seekman, trainer of Art Official, made it official following the colt's 1:51.1 victory in the Cane Pace. 'We're going to the Jug' exclaimed Seekman in the winner's circle. Art Official has blossomed into one of the sport's brightest stars.

A quartet of New Jersey- sired sophomores are set to battle elim winners Art Official and Badlands Nitro in the $392,850 Cane Pace Final, the first leg of pacing's Triple Crown, on Monday, September 1 at Freehold Raceway.

He's a Gorilla, Ron Pierce said after driving the 3-year-old pacing colt to the fastest mile in the history of Freehold Raceway on August 23 in the eliminations for Labor Day's $392,850 Cane Pace. Art Official, who last month won the Meadowlands Pace in a world-record 1:47 and was supplemented into the Cane Pace for $35,000, took his elim in 1:50.4, beating Lis Deo by 3-1/4 lengths. Rudy Rednose was third and Moon Beam fourth.

Fields were set today for two $ 65,475. eliminations for the 54th Cane Pace to be run Saturday, August 23. The top four finishers in each elimination will advance to the $ 392,850. final held on Labor Day, Monday, September 1.

Trainer Joe Seekman thought his colt Art Official had a shot at a good check in the Meadowlands Pace if he could stay close to favored Somebeachsomewhere. What he didn't figure was driver Ron Pierce steering Art Official by the undefeated pacer in the final strides to the wire, to capture the winner's share of the $1.1 million race in a world record time of 1:47.

Art Official and driver Ryan Anderson put together a strong performance to win the $500,000 Hoosier Cup at Hoosier Park Saturday, June 28. The duo completed the one-mile event in a time of 1:51.0 in front of a crowd that exceeded 4,000.

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