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Stillings hits $40 million in career earnings

on 10/06/2012 2:00 AM
Dick Stillings, who was elected to harness racing's Living Hall of Fame this summer, added another laurel Friday at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino when he passed $40 million in career purses.   Fittingly, he achieved the milestone when he piloted Rembrandt Spur, the co-holder of The Meadows all-age trotting record (1:52.2) that Stillings trains for Richard Davis, to victory in t...
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Saturday Backstretch With Gordon

on 10/06/2012 2:00 AM
I've got a couple of things to say right away this Saturday morning while writing this in the press box at The Red Mile. First, the weatherman got it wrong. Although it is a bit cool this morning, the sun is shining. All predictions called for rain to start last night and continue through this morning, but it looks like all we had was a brief sprinkle at dawn. High of 59 today and mo...
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John Campbell named Grand Circuit president

on 10/06/2012 2:00 AM
The Grand Circuit, at its annual officers and stewards meeting on Saturday morning in Lexington, Ky., named John Campbell as its president.   The 57-year-old Campbell replaces the late Tom Thomson, who served as Grand Circuit president for 21 years before his death this past January. "Certainly it's an honor and something I'm very proud of,” said Campbell. "To be thou...
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Market Share wins in 1:50.3 in Lexington

on 10/06/2012 2:00 AM
In one of the easiest looking 1:50.3 miles ever trotted, Hambletonian winner Market Share cruised to a 3 1/2-length victory in a $10,000 late-closing trot Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile. The 3-year-old colt was not eligible to Sunday's Kentucky Futurity, but his connections decided to not make the supplemental payment and instead race in the late-closer.   Leaving from post one ...
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Economy Terror, Romantic Moment win Garnseys

on 10/06/2012 2:00 AM
With a 1:50 effort, Economy Terror captured the fastest of two $111,000 divisions of the Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile. The other Garnsey split went to Romantic Moment in 1:50.3.   Leaving from post six in the second Garnsey division, Economy Terror was sent for the early lead by driver Dave Palone. Moving past the opening quart...
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Big efforts needed to win ISS 2CP divisions

on 10/06/2012 2:00 AM
Four divisions of the $347,200 International Stallion for 2-year-old colt pacers were contested Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile. Odds On Euuleus won he second division in 1:50 flat, shortly after the first split went to Fool Me Once in 1:51.3. Captaintreacherous continued his stellar season with a 1:50.3 score in the third division while Apprentice Hanover posted a come-from-behind win in 1...
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Sweet Lou in 1:48.1 in Tattersalls Pace

on 10/06/2012 2:00 AM
The 12-horse $510,300 Tattersalls for 3-year-old colt pacers Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile was expected to be a wild and wooly affair and it lived to its expectations as the contest had action to start to finish. When the dust settled it was the reigning divisional champion Sweet Lou reaching the wire first in 1:48.1, fighting off a determined upset bid by Hillbilly Hanover down the stret...
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Code Word wins Yonkers Open for Burke

on 10/06/2012 2:00 AM
Code Word (Jason Bartlett) was left to his own devices and made 'em pay Saturday night, easily winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Leaving from post position four, Code Word had no issues getting around inside assignee McDynamite (Brent Holland) and making the lead. A pair of tepid :28.1 quarters (:56.2 half) gave Code Word the upper hoof before River Shark (Pat Lac...
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Brett Miller takes Driving Challenge at Pocono

on 10/06/2012 2:00 AM
Brett Miller won the night's very first race and never looked back on his way to winning his second straight Battle of PA Driving Challenge on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The event featured drivers from Pocono and The Meadows but Meadows kingpin Dave Palone was missing, driving at The Red Mile on Saturday and Sunday. The nine drivers were awarded points based on the perfo...
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Lex Selected finishes with increase in average

on 10/06/2012 2:00 AM
The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale concluded its 2012 auction on a crisp pre-fall night in Kentucky and the final session kept the sale in positive territory. The sale finished with 677 horses sold for a gross of $23.89 million, resulting in an average price of $35,297. The average increased by 3.8 percent, up from the $34,019 attained last year when 745 horses were sold. The figures do not ...
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Red Mile to remember the sport's greats Sunday

on 10/05/2012 2:00 AM
The Red Mile has been a favorite destination for horsemen and trotting fans for more than a century, and on Sunday, Kentucky Futurity Day, the track will remember many who made the trek there annually and loved every minute of it.   Since last fall's Grand Circuit meet some of The Red Mile's biggest fans passed away. They are: Lloyd Arnold, a breeder-owner who in r...
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Friday Backstretch With Gordon

on 10/05/2012 2:00 AM
The one thing I probably hate most is sitting in my car in traffic. And that's what I had to do yesterday after leaving The Red Mile following the last race. It was total gridlock getting out onto Red Mile Road and I commiserated with Woodbine/Mohawk race secretary Scott McKelvie and his wife, Lori, in the track's parking lot looking at the logjam of cars. I should have expected the traffic...
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Frosh filly pacers sharp in International Stallions

on 10/05/2012 2:00 AM
Parlee Beach got good early position and then was able to rally back to win the first of three divisions of the $256,000 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for 2-year-old filly pacers Friday afternoon at The Red Mile. Authorize came flying late to win the second division, with Hit The Curb capturing the third split..   In the first $85,000 ISS division, Ron Pierce left from post th...
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Colt trotters strong in International Stallions

on 10/05/2012 2:00 AM
Four divisions of the $328,000 International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old colt trotters were on the Friday afternoon card at The Red Mile. Taking home the trophy in the first $81,750 division was Your So Vain, who scored in 1:55 after a break-filled contest.   Show Ticket and Charlie Norris led to the opening quarter of :28.2 when Andy Miller sent My Man Can rushing to the lead. M...
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Aunt Mel wins New Jersey Futurity

on 10/05/2012 2:00 AM
Aunt Mel extended her winning streak to three with a victory in the $45,000 New Jersey Futurity for 3-year-old trotters on Friday afternoon at Freehold Raceway.   The New Jersey Futurity, restricted to New Jersey-sired horses, is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. The open division for sophomore trotters drew five geldings and four fi...
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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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