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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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12 entered in $510,300 Tattersalls 3YO Colt Pace

on 10/03/2012 2:00 AM
Twelve 3-year-old colts and geldings will line up behind the gate in the $510,300 Tattersalls Pace Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile, including $60,000 supplemental entry Mel Mara, who will start from the outside post 10 for driver Tim Tetrick. Also included in the field are North America Cup winner Thinking Out Loud and Meadowlands Pace champion A Rocknroll Dance, with those colts lining ...
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Stakes galore on Saturday at Red Mile

on 10/03/2012 2:00 AM
Saturday's 11-race Grand Circuit card at The Red Mile is laden with talented pacers vying for over $1.1 million. The sophomore pacing fillies compete in two $111,000 divisions of the Glen Garnsey Memorial, the Tattersalls stake for the fairer sex.   Carded back to back as races 4 and 5, the Garnsey also boasts the stars of the division led by Brittany's Romantic Moment in the f...
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2YO filly by Infinitif trots 1:54.1 at Colonial

on 10/03/2012 2:00 AM
On a day when nine of 10 winning horses established new life speed marks at Colonial Downs, Dan O'Mara's 2-year-old filly trotter True Day Dream went beyond that and tied a track record that had stood for five years.   True Day Dream entered Wednesday's fifth race with five wins, a second and two thirds in eight career starts, so it came as no surprise that she was sent off as the 1-2 ...
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Little Ms Chrissy wins Lady Lincoln Land

on 10/03/2012 2:00 AM
Robert and Donnie Taylor's Little Ms. Chrissy picked the right time to come up with the biggest effort of her eight race career as she knocked off the heavily favored Trot Fudge Sundae at Balmoral Park Wednesday in the $118,000 Lady Lincoln Land Stake for Illinois conceived and foaled 2-year-old trotting fillies. The late-rushing victory came by 1 ¼ lengths as the filly stopped the clock in ...
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Woodbine opens fall meet; MacDonell wins 5,000

on 10/02/2012 2:00 AM
  Paul MacDonell drove his 5,000th winner as Woodbine opened its 2012 fall meet on Monday night. MacDonell guided Count Speed to victory in a $19,000 conditioned trot in the eighth race on the card. The 3-year-old son of Majestic Son scored a front end victory in 1:56.2. MacDonell, who won the 2008 O'Brien Award as Canada's top driver, was elated to reach the milestone. "It ...
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Tuesday Backstretch With Gordon

on 10/02/2012 2:00 AM
Let's start with a spelling bee this morning. S-T-U-P-I-D. Let's use it in a sentence. Gordon is S-T-U-P-I-D because he left his umbrella in the car this morning after arriving at The Red Mile and it started to pour as he made his way around the backstretch. Yes, you can say ‘Hi, Stupid' to me when you see me as it was a drenching morning at the racetrack. I got soaked and I am now going ...
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Market Share ready for LC start in Lexington

on 10/02/2012 2:00 AM
Market Share's road to the Breeders Crown will go through Lexington this weekend, but not in Sunday's Kentucky Futurity. Market Share, who is ranked No. 4 in the sport's current Top 10 poll, is not eligible to the Futurity, so he will compete in a late closer for 3-year-old male trotters on Saturday at The Red Mile. The Kentucky Futurity, the final jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown, is con...
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Muscle Hill colt tops Lex opener at $360,000

on 10/02/2012 2:00 AM
The opening session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale showed there is still enthusiasm for buying a very good prospect as the 95 yearlings offered were sold for an average price of $87,295, an increase of 9.3 percent from the 2011 opener, when the average was $79,856 for 111 horses. The median price—the point where half the yearlings sold for more and half for less—was $72,000, a 10....
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Indiana Downs to host under saddle race

on 10/01/2012 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs will host an Under Saddle race Saturday, October 6th. The event, which will carry a purse of $10,000, will be contested between races three and four on the card.  The race is a by invitation only event.  For those with questions, contact the Indiana Downs racing office at 866-478-7223. (Indiana Downs)
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Monday Backstretch With Gordon

on 10/01/2012 2:00 AM
Two words I never want to use in the same sentence are jacket and umbrella, but I have no choice this morning. I had to wear a jacket and carry an umbrella because it is yet another cool, damp and dreary day in Lexington. After a sunny Sunday the rain has returned and so did my back-up shoes as I traipsed around The Red Mile's backstretch. Speaking of back-ups, let's back up to Sunday. Ther...
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Kelley looks for Aspidistra Hanover repeat

on 10/01/2012 2:00 AM
If Aspidistra Hanover and Upfrontluckycarol finish side by side in Thursday's third of three International Stallion Stakes divisions for 2-year-old filly trotters at Lexington's Red Mile, no one should be surprised.   Last week, Aspidistra Hanover and Upfrontluckycarol finished in a dead heat for win in 1:56.2 in their division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile. In their previ...
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International Stallions start Thursday at Red Mile

on 10/01/2012 2:00 AM
Grand Circuit racing resumes at The Red Mile on Thursday, Oct. 4, with a matinee post time of 1 p.m. Week two features the International Stallion Stakes (INSS) for all divisions of 2 year olds, beginning with the freshman filly trotters returning to kick off the week's events in three splits worth a total of $293,300.   The INSS races begin with race two where Let It Ride Stabl...
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Schadt appeals DQ of Odds On Equuleus

on 10/01/2012 2:00 AM
Harnessracing.com has learned that trainer Robin Schadt has filed an appeal in the ruling of the disqualification of her horse Odds On Equuleus from first to last in a division of the Bluegrass for 2-year-old colt pacers last Saturday night at The Red Mile. Schadt filed the paperwork herself Monday at the offices of the Kentucky Racing Commission located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexi...
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