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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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Indiana Downs qualifiers cancelled

on 10/01/2012 2:00 AM
Qualifying races scheduled for Tuesday morning, October 2 at Indiana Downs have been cancelled and rescheduled for Wednesday, October 3. For more information call the Indiana Downs race office at 866-478-7223. (Indiana Downs)
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Sun. Backstretch With Gordon: Controversy!

on 09/30/2012 2:00 AM
Saturday was a two-aspirin morning for me but that came as a result of enjoying the late-night entertainment a bit too much. Sunday was also a two-aspirin morning but this was a result of trying to figure out exactly what happened in Saturday night''s fourth race at The Red Mile, the third division of the Bluegrass for 2-year-old colt pacers, when the stewards disqualified Odds On Equuleus fro...
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Sophomore trotters in Bluegrass action

on 09/30/2012 2:00 AM
Guccio, with trainer Jimmy Takter in the sulky, won the first of three divisions of the $227,000 Bluegrass for 3-year-old colt trotters on a sunny Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile. Money On My Mind got up in the final stride to edge Little Brown Fox to capture the second split.   In the first $75,000 Bluegrass split, Takter left from one and settled in third as the the Trond Sm...
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Check Me Out wins in world record 1:51.2

on 09/30/2012 2:00 AM
Check Me Out (pictured) lowered her own world record for 3-year-old filly trotters with a 1:51.2 victory in the third of three divisions of the $211,100 Bluegrass on Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile. On The Bright Side and Chilitodayhotamale scored career-best victories in capturing the opening two divisions.   Driver Tim Tetrick left from post four with Check Me Out in the opening ...
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Melander rides Sand Top Gun to Red Mile win

on 09/30/2012 2:00 AM
Jenny Melander, riding Sand Top Gun, won a racing under saddle "monte" race Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile. The one-mile race, which carried a purse of $20,000, was contested as a non-wagering event between the fifth and sixth races on the card. All 12 starters in the race lined up on the gate.   Melander left from post eight with Sand Top Gun and found good early position. She wa...
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Chapter Seven romps in Red Mile Open

on 09/30/2012 2:00 AM
World champion Chapter Seven scored an open-lengths victory over runner-up Arch Madness in a $7,500 Open Trot Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile. Both older horses used the race as a prep for next Sunday's Allerage Farm at the famed clay oval.   Just six horses lined up behind the gate and it was the Brian Sears-driven Arch Madness who secured the early lead over a stubborn LDees Cred...
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Saturday Backstretch With Gordon

on 09/29/2012 2:00 AM
It's yet another gloomy morning in Lexington as the sun has yet to make an appearance and a mist fell. I'm beginning to wonder what people expect of me because I can't tell you how many times over the past couple days I was asked that because I am a local, why can't I do something about the weather. It's supposed to clear up by post time for tonight's card and Sunday afternoon should have g...
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Controversial dq in Bluegrass 2YOCP

on 09/29/2012 2:00 AM
Recently-purchased Dovuto Hanover scored a national season's best 1:51.1 victory in the first of five divisions of the $381,000 Bluegrass for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers Saturday night at The Red Mile, and the top-ranked Captaintreacherous posted an impressive victory in the fourth division, but it was the disqualification of third-split winner Odds On Equuleus that sparked a tremendous...
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Thinking Out Loud, Lis Mara score in Bluegrass

on 09/29/2012 2:00 AM
Thinking Out Loud charged home with a final quarter of :25 flat for driver John Campbell to win the first of two $101,600 divisions of the Bluegrass for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers Saturday night at The Red Mile. It was another powerful performance from Mel Mara, pacing a first-over back half of :53.2,  to capture the second split for Tim Tetrick.   In the first division...
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Shelliscape, American Jewel win big in Kentucky

on 09/29/2012 2:00 AM
Shelliscape and American Jewel were victorious in their respective $70,000 divisions of the Bluegrass for 3-year-old filly pacers Saturday night at The Red Mile. Shelliscape scored her third win in 13 starts this year with a 1:49.1 effort, while American Jewel posted a 1:50.1 effort for her sixth win in a dozen attempts in 2012.   Shelliscape's win came after a stretch duel with the...
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Fri. Backstretch With Gordon: Go away rain!

on 09/28/2012 2:00 AM
Gordon, calling boss Kathy at 7:30 this morning: "Hi Kathy, it's been raining forever and I'm sure The Red Mile will be a muddy mess, you don't really want me to head over there, do you?” Kathy: "You get paid the big bucks, get yourself over to the track and find out what's going on. I want to know the big news and so does everybody else. No excuses. If you get sick, you get sick. That's why...
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Maryland Sires Stakes qualifying reminder

on 09/28/2012 2:00 AM
The Maryland Sires Stakes will hold a series of races at Rosecroft with the preliminaries on Saturday, Oct. 20, and the Fall Showdown Finals on Saturday, Oct. 27. The Maryland Sires Stakes uses the 30-day rule so please remember to have your horses qualified.  Here are the qualifying times needed: 2YO pace, 2:07; 2YO trot, 2:09; 3YO pace,. 2:06; and 3YO trot, 2:08.   ...
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Annual Round Barn fund-raiser on Futurity day

on 09/28/2012 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 and gets 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 capit...
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Average price drops 31% at Indiana Premier Sale

on 09/28/2012 2:00 AM
With more horses to choose from in 2012 than last year and another yearling sale in the state next month, the Indiana Premier Yearling Sale finished with a 31.3 percent drop in the average price. A total of 280 yearlings were sold--31 more than last year--and the gross resulted in an average price of $7,730, down from last year's average of $10,147. The median price also declined, droppin...
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Freshman filly pacers shine in Bluegrass

on 09/28/2012 2:00 AM
I Luv The Nitelife (pictured) won the first of three $108,700 divisions of the Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly pacers Friday night at The Red Mile, touring the one-mile oval in 1:52.4 over a track rated "good" after several periods of rain earlier in the day.   Brian Sears got the drive behind I Luv The Nitelife for the first time from trainer Chris Ryder and the reinsman had hi...
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Major Athens fastest in Bluegrass 2CT splits

on 09/28/2012 2:00 AM
Brian Sears rallied Major Athens (pictured, #6) off a fourth-over trip around the final turn to win the first of four $101,000 divisions of the Bluegrass for 2-year-old colt trotters Friday night at The Red Mile. Major Athens was timed in 1:56.3 over a "good" racetrack softened up by periods of rain throughout the day.   Vibe Blue Chip and Yannick Gingras led through opening-ha...
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