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Betterthancheddar to miss Lexington with abscess

on 09/27/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Casie Coleman told harnessracing.com Thursday morning that Betterthancheddar, who won the Quillen Memorial Sept. 17 at Harrington Raceway in a world record-equaling 1:49.2, has developed a foot abscess and will not race in the Oct. 7 Allerage Farm at The Red Mile. "He got an abscess in his left front foot and it's doing much, much, better, and I believe he'll be ready for the Breede...
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World Harness Handicapping Championship in April

on 09/27/2012 2:00 AM
The 2013 World Harness Handicapping Championship, which will bring together horseplayers from across North America to compete for $100,000 in prize money, is slated for Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J.   The World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC) marks a new partnership between the Meadowlands and the United States Trotting Assoc...
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New director named for NY Development Fund

on 09/27/2012 2:00 AM
The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Board of Trustees has unanimously approved the appointment of Mike Mullaney as the Fund's executive director.   Mullaney will be responsible for the daily oversight of the Fund's business, including promoting the breeding of New York-bred Standardbred horses and coordinating the state's premier harness racing pr...
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"Only one heat" in Ky Futurity for Check Me Out

on 09/27/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Ray Schnittker told harnessracing.com Thursday morning at his barn at The Red Mile that his 3-year-old filly trotter Check Me Out, the top-ranked horse in North America, will make just two starts in Lexington, including going only one heat in the multi-heat Kentucky Filly Futurity on Oct. 7. "I'm not going to race her in the second heat in the Filly Futurity,” said Schnittker as h...
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Will Bluegrass be a good day for Good Day Mate?

on 09/27/2012 2:00 AM
Owner Tim Hauser believes Good Day Mate's best days are ahead.   The recently crowned Pennsylvania Sires Stakes champion might get to show it Saturday when Good Day Mate faces seven rivals in one of five Bluegrass Stakes divisions for 2-year-old male pacers at Lexington's Red Mile. Saturday's Bluegrass Stakes divisions for 2-year-olds are only part of a star-studded card that inc...
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It's time to shop for yearlings in Lexington

on 09/27/2012 2:00 AM
The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale gets underway beginning at 7 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 2, with sale sessions every night through Saturday. Quite a few consignors will be shipping into the Fasig-Tipton facility on Saturday while others are planning to arrive Monday.   Preferred Equine Marketing plans to show yearlings at Fasig-Tipton on Saturday; Hanover Shoe Farms will begin sho...
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To Dream On in 1:54.3 in fastest Bluegrass

on 09/27/2012 2:00 AM
Four divisions of the $355,000 Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly trotters highlighted the opening night card of the two-week of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile on Thursday night. Speed-badge honors for the quartet of splits went to To Dream On, who won the last $89,250 contest in 1:54.3 with Yannick Gingras driving for the first time.   Picking up the drive on To Dream On because ...
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$37,000 top price in opening Indiana Premier session

on 09/27/2012 2:00 AM
The first of the two sessions of the Indiana Premier Yearling Sale was held Thursday afternoon in Indianapolis. A total of 155 yearlings were sold for an average price of $10,284, down 20.8 percent from last year's opening session average of $12,978 when only 129 yearlings were sold.   The second crop of pacing sire Always A Virgin, and the established trotting sires Jailhouse Jesse...
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Winbak Farm Lexington lineup available for viewing

on 09/26/2012 2:00 AM
Starting September 29th, Winbak Farm's lineup for Lexington will be available for viewing at Barn 8 at the Fasig-Tipton Facility. The lineup includes 51 yearlings selling October 2nd-6th. Yearlings selling are by some of North America’s top stallions including American Ideal, Angus Hall, Art Major, Art Official, Artiscape, Badlands Hanover, Bettor’s Delight, Camluck, Cam’s Card Shark, Con...
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Wednesday Backstretch With Gordon

on 09/26/2012 2:00 AM
I got to The Red Mile bright and early this morning but it wasn't easy. Just one day into this year's Backstretch With Gordon chronicles the paparazzi were chasing me everywhere. I don't mind the cameras, but it's the probing questions that bother me. Once and for all, no, I'm not dating Kim Kardashian. I expected things to be quite wet and muddy at the track but it wasn't too bad. We had r...
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251 Balmoral/Maywood dates for 2013

on 09/26/2012 2:00 AM
The Illinois Racing Board on Tuesday approved a 2013 race schedule for the state that includes 251 dates of harness racing divided at Balmoral Park and Maywood Park.   Balmoral Park received 150 race dates, which includes a schedule that runs from Jan. 2 through Feb. 2, and Feb. 13 through Dec. 29. Racing at Balmoral will be conducted three nights per week on Wednesdays, Saturd...
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Merriman takes lead in Northfield's dash chase

on 09/26/2012 2:00 AM
Aaron Merriman has been feverishly winning races and has taken the lead in the 2012 Northfield Park driver standings. Merriman has 223 victories over Northfield's Flying Turns so far this year. Ryan Stahl (218), Kurt Sugg (134), Wyatt Irvine (124) and Robin Miller (123) round out the top five reinsmen.   The 34-year-old Merriman is a resident of Northfield and is in search of his ei...
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Pocono to host 2013 Breeders Crown finals

on 09/26/2012 2:00 AM
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, which hosted all 12 Breeders Crown championships in 2010, has been selected as the site to host the 2013 event. Eliminations will be held the weekend of Oct. 11-12, with the finals on Saturday, Oct. 19.   In addition, the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association will offer a $1 million bonus to the connections of any 3-year-old trotter ...
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Major Athens aims to be major Lexington player

on 09/26/2012 2:00 AM
A trip to Lexington for harness racing's Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile is often enjoyable, but even more so with a rooting interest. Charles Receski and Tom Brice have a rooting interest this season. The longtime friends from Pennsylvania bred and own Major Athens, who races Friday in one of the four $101,000 Bluegrass Stakes divisions for 2-year-old male trotters.   Major Athe...
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Racing's stars in action Saturday at Red Mile

on 09/26/2012 2:00 AM
The stars of harness racing will light up the night sky in Lexington on Saturday, with the 2- and 3-year-old pacers dominating the 12-race card.   The Bluegrass freshman colt pacers will cover five divisions for a total purse of more than $425,000, and yes, the "Captain” is in the house. Trainer Tony Alagna and racing manager Myron Bell have directed Captaintreacherous through a ...
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Favorites prevail in Lady Lincoln Land elims

on 09/26/2012 2:00 AM
Starting spots in the year's richest trotting event for Illinois conceived and foaled 2-year-old trotting fillies, the $118,000 Lady Lincoln Land Stake, were on the line Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a total of 16 diagonally gaited youngsters battled in a pair of $15,000 eliminations. The top five finishers in each elimination will return next Wednesday for the rich final.   ...
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Leigh Fitch in serious condition after fair fall

on 09/25/2012 2:00 AM
The Portland Press Herald is reporting that veteran driver Leigh Fitch was in serious condition Tuesday morning after he fell out of his sulky and landed on the racetrack Monday at the Cumberland Fairgrounds.   Mike Timmons, president of the Cumberland County Fair, told the paper that the 65-year-old Fitch appeared to have suffered some type of medical issue before fa...
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Tuesday Backstretch With Gordon!

on 09/25/2012 2:00 AM
After turning down a job offer to become a replacement referee in the NFL and remaining here at The Horseman, I'm ready for yet another year of the always popular, mostly entertaining, and sometimes controversial Backstretch With Gordon at The Red Mile for the two-week Grand Circuit meet that begins Thursday. Although yesterday morning was a cold one in Lexington, today it is warmer and mor...
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12 to race under saddle Sunday at Red Mile

on 09/25/2012 2:00 AM
A $20,000 under saddle race scheduled for Sunday afternoon, Sept. 30, at The Red Mile drew an overflow number of entries. There were 17 horses entered for the race, with 12 drawing starting positions and two also-eligibles. The race is currently scheduled to be contested between the fifth and sixth races as a non-wagering event on the Sunday card. All 12 starters will be on the starting gat...
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Half brother to Royal Shyster tops Morrisville

on 09/25/2012 2:00 AM
The Morrisville College Equine Institute Sale was held Monday, in Morrisville, N.Y., with 152 yearlings bringing an average price of $8,879. The sale topper was Planet Hallywood, a son of world champion Cash Hall out of the Pine Chip mare Spin The Planet. Consigned by the Morrisville College Equine Institute, Planet Hollywood was purchased by trainer Trond Smedshammer for $45,000. Planet Ha...
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