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Vida De Vie wins NJSS Green Acres final

on 10/05/2012 2:00 AM
Vida De Vie scored a half-length victoryin the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes- Green Acres Final for 2-year-old trotting fillies on Friday, Oct. 5, at Freehold Raceway.   The Chris Ryder trainee picked up her third win of the year, finishing in-the-money in six of 12 starts. She trotted the mile in 2:02 flat.   Daniel Dube was in the sulky for the victory as Vi...
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Lex Selected Sale average still up slightly

on 10/05/2012 2:00 AM
The fourth session of the 2012 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale on Friday night brought out a nice crowd who enjoyed the warm weather in the Bluegrass. Still, the 145 yearlings sold brought an average price of $16,931, which was a 5.8 percent decrease from last year's average price.   The top price of the fourth session was for Hip 464, a Yankee Glide colt out of the American winner...
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After 2 sessions, Lexington sale up 6.6%

on 10/04/2012 2:00 AM
Another offspring from the first crop of Muscle Hill topped the second session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale on Wednesday night. Southwind Chronicl (hip 163), a colt out of the Broadway Hall mare Caerphilly, a half sister to No Pan No Gain ($415,63), was sold to Bill Augustine, a co-owner of Hambletonian winner Market Share, for $300,000. A total of 153 yearlings were so...
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Thurs. Backstretch With Gordon: Good Times

on 10/04/2012 2:00 AM
As I drove into The Red Mile this glorious morning in Lexington the Owl City/Carly Rae Jepsen song "Good Times” came on the radio and it couldn't have been more fitting as the two weeks of Grand Circuit racing and the yearling sale are always good times. As the song goes, "It's always a good time” at The Red Mile during the GC meet. "Sunny and spectacular” were the words used by a loc...
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OLG says table games possible at Woodbine

on 10/04/2012 2:00 AM
A spokesman for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG)  has gone on the record as saying that there is a possibility that not one, but two casinos could come to Toronto, and that table gaming could be added at Woodbine Racetrack. The news comes via a story in the Toronto Star, which states that the table gaming could come to the suburban Toronto raceway if ...
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Round Barn fund-raiser set for Sunday

on 10/04/2012 2:00 AM
The annual fund-raiser for the Round Barn at The Red Mile will be held Sunday morning, Oct. 7, prior to the big racing card featuring the Kentucky Futurity. The event is free and open to the public andgets underway at 10 am with coffee and pastries. There will be many items offered in a silent auction, plus a brief live auction, with proceeds from the sale to be used for the latest capital nee...
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Scott Zeron, Jamieson battle for driving title

on 10/04/2012 2:00 AM
While Woodbine kicked off its Standardbred Fall/Winter meet this past Monday, the top driver on the WEG circuit continues to remain unclear as the end of the calendar year draws near.   Jody Jamieson, Canada's Driver of the Year in 2011, currently sits atop the leaderboard with 218 victories this season on the WEG circuit, but only six wins ahead of nearest rival, Scott Zeron. Sylva...
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13 in Ky. Futurity; Tetrick to drive Archangel

on 10/04/2012 2:00 AM
Thirteen 3-year-old colt trotters were entered for Sunday afternoon's 120th renewal of the $508,000 Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile. The field was divided into two eliminations, with the top five in each returning for the second heat. If one of the elim winners does not win the second heat, then those two will be joined by the second-heat victor in a third-heat race-off.     ...
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Season-best 1:53.2 efforts top ISS 2FT splits

on 10/04/2012 2:00 AM
Fashion Athena won the first of three divisions of the $293,300 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for 2-year-old filly trotters in a national season's best 1:53.2, a clocking that was equaled in the second split by To Dream On. Capturing the third division was Mistery Woman, who was a tick slower at 1:53.3.   In the first $98,100 ISS split, Brian Sears moved Fashion Athena to...
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14 entered in Kentucky Filly Futurity

on 10/04/2012 2:00 AM
Fourteen 3-year-old filly trotters were drawn into Sunday afternoon's Kentucky Filly Futurity at The Red Mile. Seven will start in a pair of eliminations, with the top five in each returning for the second heat. If there is no double winner, then the three victorious fillies will return for a third-heat race-off.   Drawing post five in one of the elims is the top-ranked Check Me Out...
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Won The West to be retired at Horse Park Saturday

on 10/04/2012 2:00 AM
The Kentucky Horse Park will welcome multiple Breeders Crown winning standardbred Won The West to the Hall Of Champions with a special event to be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 10:15 am.   "We are thrilled to retire Won The West here to the Kentucky Horse Park Hall of Champions, where his fans will have the opportunity to visit with him for many years to come," said Horse Park Direct...
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Peter Wrenn scores 9,000th career winner

on 10/04/2012 2:00 AM
Peter Wrenn scored his 9,000th career victory behind Sand Royal Blu in the second leg of the Indiana Sires Stakes Gold Level on Wednesday (Oct. 3) at Indiana Downs.   One of many individuals in the sport who were born into harness racing families, Peter Wrenn is the son of the late horseman Howard Wrenn. Peter's brothers Gary, Ron, and Mark all preceded him in having success in the ...
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Average drops at third Lex Selected session

on 10/04/2012 2:00 AM
The third session of the 2012 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale showed that the market continues to suffer from a lack of buyers. The crowd was smaller and quite a few people who had bought yearlings on the first two nights of the sale did not show up for the third session. With fewer buyers, and shoppers planning on spending less than the prices seen in sessions one and two, the ...
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Sugar Wheeler sets Grand River track mark

on 10/03/2012 2:00 AM
Ontario's talented 3-year-old trotting fillies graced the Grand River Raceway oval on Wednesday evening and the balmy October weather resulted in another new track record being etched into the track's history books. Sugar Wheeler set a 1:56.1 mark for owners Alan Hainsworth, Paula Wellwood Enterprises, William Weaver III and Kelley Racing Stables. Starting from post 4 in the sec...
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Wed. Backstretch With Gordon: The Sale

on 10/03/2012 2:00 AM
The sun shined bright on my old Kentucky home this morning. Finally! But let's not get too cocky because although the forecast calls for the next three days to be glorious with highs in the high 70s, the bottom falls out on Saturday and Sunday with predicted highs in the low 50s. Not only were things a lot brighter weather-wise at The Red Mile this morning, but things were brighter because ...
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Seven stakes on tap Friday at Red Mile

on 10/03/2012 2:00 AM
Clear skies are forecast for the next few days in Lexington, setting the stage for more intriguing 2-year-old racing in the International Stallion Stakes (INSS). Friday brings with it nearly $600,000 in purses for the taking on the clay carpet. The INSS events begin in the second half of the Daily Double, where two razor-sharp fillies come in off of wins in last week's Bluegrass serie...
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Mohawk meet shows handle increase

on 10/03/2012 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group Wednesday announced the average nightly wagering handle on the 2012 Mohawk Standardbred meet, which concluded Saturday, Sept. 29, was up over last year. The average per night total of $1,526,411 in 2012 was an 18.8 percent increase over the $1,284,883 bet per card in 2011.   The four-day-a-week schedule through the meet proved successful opposed to five d...
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Muscle Hills average $125,625 at Lex Selected

on 10/03/2012 2:00 AM
Last year the debut of the first crop by pacing sire Somebeachsomewhere gave the opening session of the Lexington Selected Sale a boost when 18 yearlings were sold, generating an average price of $114,278 and representing about 23 percent of the gross. This year the first crop by trotting sire Muscle Hill did the same as 16 of his offspring brought an average of $125,625. The gross sal...
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Majestized wins Ontario Gold in 1:57.3

on 10/03/2012 2:00 AM
Heading into Tuesday's Gold Final at Georgian Downs, the 2-year-old trotting colt Majestized had captured three Gold Elimination trophies but had self-destructed at the start of every Gold Final, failing to even post a top five finish.   As a result the colt, who had captured his elimination at Georgian Downs last week, was sent off as the sixth choice in Tuesday's $130,000 Gold Final. St...
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Untersteiner to drive Tamla Celeber at Red Mile

on 10/03/2012 2:00 AM
The Swedish trotting publication Trav Ronden has reported that Johan Untersteiner, who drove Giant Diablo to a world record at The Red Mile in 2007, will be in the sulky this Sunday behind the Swedish mare Tamla Celeber in the Allerage Mare Trot.   Orjan Kihlstrom has been Tamla Celeber's regular driver in Europe, but he will be racing in the Italian Derby on Sunday, thus train...
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