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Brennan takes broom to Yonkers features

on 09/28/2012 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's usual Friday night pair of $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--for distaff pacers and both-genders-allowed trotters--were won by odds-on Royal Cee Cee N (George Brennan, $2.80) and just-above-even-money Arriba Amigo (ditto Brennan, $4.30).   Assigned penultimate post position No. 7, Royal Cee Cee N had to wait her turn early. Four-deep in the first turn, she eventu...
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$825K yearling Detour Hanover wins at Red Mile

on 09/28/2012 2:00 AM
Detour Hanover, the full brother to the 2007 Horse of the Year Donato Hanover who brought a record $825,000 price as a yearling, cruised to a 1:58.3 victory in a $10,000 late-closing event that closed out the Friday night card at The Red Mile.   Driver David Miller played hardball at the start as he ensured the early lead over Donnie Donato and Up Front Crazy, who settled in second ...
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Sand Violet Blu upsets in Keystone split

on 09/27/2012 2:00 AM
Sand Violent Blu, last year's Pennsylvania freshman champion who has been plagued by physical problems throughout 2012, finally got a win in 2012 on Wednesday at The Meadows when she captured a division of a $90,800 Keystone Classic for trotting fillies. Miss Chip K raced gamely through the stretch to take the other division.   It was a year ago that Sand Violent Blu's medical ody...
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A 'Kadandy' $377 shocker at Monticello

on 09/27/2012 2:00 AM
When Cam Dan Kadandy won the 10th race at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday she sparked one of the biggest mutuel payoffs in Monticello Raceway history. The 4-year-old Cam's Magic Trick mare paid $377 for a $2 wager, with a $66 place price and a $25.40 show return.   "This could be the biggest $2 win payoff we've ever had here at Monticello Raceway, but if it isn't it's certainly...
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Thurs. Backstretch With Gordon: Wishing Stone

on 09/27/2012 2:00 AM
All is right in the world today as Wishing Stone is back in the Dewayne Minor barn, the Tigers are in first place, the NFL refs are back, and maybe, just maybe, they finally found Jimmy Hoffa under a driveway in a city in Michigan where I used to live. I guess that means Jimmy and I could have been neighbors, although it certainly wasn't on speaking terms. And all is right in racing as the ...
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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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