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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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Seven freshmen Bluegrass Friday at Red Mile

on 09/25/2012 2:00 AM
The freshman colt trotters and filly pacers take the stage for day two of the Red Mile Grand Circuit as part of a 12-race extravaganza on Friday evening.   The trotting colts split into four nine-horse divisions, each for a purse of $101,000. The first of the four is carded as race two and is perhaps the most competitive with Kentucky Sires Stakes champ Mystical Dew, American Nation...
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Mistery Woman a pleasant surprise

on 09/25/2012 2:00 AM
After initial suspense over whether she would make it to the races this year, Mistery Woman has been a pleasant surprise.   A 2-year-old filly trotter, Mistery Woman is two-for-two heading into her start Thursday in one of four Bluegrass Stakes divisions at Lexington's Red Mile. Mistery Woman will start from post one in a field of seven and is 7-2 on the morning line, behind 9-5 fav...
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Record 1:54.1 wins in Keystone Classics

on 09/25/2012 2:00 AM
Not only did Another Amaretto and Lindys Jersey Boy each win a division of Tuesday's (Sept. 25) $93,200 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters at The Meadows, but they also scored in the identical time of 1:54.1. That makes them joint holders of the new stakes record.   Another Amaretto moved first-over from fifth for Andy Miller and gobbled up the leaders, drawing o...
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Handle increase at 2012 Tioga meet

on 09/25/2012 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs saw an increase in live wagering handle and export handle during its recently concluded live racing season.   The live wagering handle (money wagered on-track on live races) increased by 2.5 percent while the export handle (money wagered on live races at off-track facilities) increased by 3 percent.   "We are very pleased with these positive business results a...
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Construction begins on new Big M grandstand

on 09/25/2012 2:00 AM
Foundation work for the new grandstand at the Meadowlands Racetrack is underway. Pile installation is on schedule to be finished this week, with concrete work to follow. The 155,000 square-foot building is expected to be completed by 2014. The new grandstand is the integral part of track operator Jeff Gural's plan to reinvigorate racing at the Meadowlands.Live attendance and wagering at th...
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Feeling You sets Pocono track record

on 09/25/2012 2:00 AM
Feeling You won a stretch duel with Southwind Jazmin to capture the featured Open pace for mares at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Tuesday night, setting a track record in the process. The race carried the night's top purse of $50,000.   Leaving from the outside post in the eight-horse field as a 2-1 second choice, Feeling You (Cambest-Ripreza Hanover), with Tyler Buter in the bike ...
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Indiana farms holding yearling open house

on 09/24/2012 2:00 AM
Maple Lane Farm and Chapel Ridge Farm will be jointly hosting an open house for yearling inspection on Thursday, Oct. 4. The special open house, for yearlings the farms have consigned to the Hoosier Classic sale, will take place from 2-6 p.m., with horses turned out in a paddock from 3-5 p.m.   A barbeque dinner will be served at 5 p.m. and there will also be drawings for yearl...
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Cal Expo LCs named for late, greats of sport

on 09/24/2012 2:00 AM
The schedule of late-closing events for the upcoming Watch and Wager meeting at Cal Expo harness has been released, with these series honoring some of the great names in California harness history. The meeting is set to begin on Friday, Nov. 2, and will run through May 11,  2013. Events have been named for owners Dr. Gary Budahn, Bob Staats, Marvin Shapiro, Lonnie Beck, Richard Staley...
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Stakes-winning filly For A Dancer retired

on 09/24/2012 2:00 AM
Multiple-stakes-winning filly trotter For A Dancer has been retired, owner Mitchel Skolnick of Bluestone Farms said Monday. The 3-year-old For A Dancer won 14 of 21 career races, finished no worse than third a total of 18 times, and earned $521,127. Her victories included the New York Sires Stakes championship for 2-year-old filly trotters, from post eight at Saratoga Raceway, and this sea...
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Bluegrass 2FT to open Red Mile Grand Circuit

on 09/24/2012 2:00 AM
With the Little Brown Jug and various regional finals now history,the focus of harness racing shifts to the Bluegrass for the premier Grand Circuit event of the season, two wonderful weeks at The Red Mile. The action begins with a 10 race card featuring the Bluegrass 2-Year-Old-Filly Trot on Thursday, Sept. 27. Entries for the stake numbered 26, necessitating four divisions, each for a pu...
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Dancin Yankee repeats at Harrington

on 09/24/2012 2:00 AM
Robert Briley and Baron Racing Stable's Dancin Yankee ($2.60, Ross Wolfenden) overcame post eight to prevail in the featured $20,000 Open Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.   It was the second straight win for the 4-year-old Yankee Cruiser stallion, who is trained by Josh Green and made his Harrington debut last week with a 1:51 win that resulted in a track record. The record was...
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Winning It fastest in Keystone Classic 3FP

on 09/24/2012 2:00 AM
Winning It, an early-season terror at The Meadows, regained her golden touch Monday at the track by capturing a Keystone Classic division in a stake-fastest 1:52.3. The $105,000 event for 3-year-old filly pacers was contested over three divisions, with Campanile and Podges Lady also taking $35,000 splits.   Winning It swept a pair of spring series at The Meadows with six straight vi...
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New York Night of Champions at Yonkers

on 09/23/2012 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway played host to the richest night of racing in the state Saturday, the $1.8 million New York Night of Champions, proudly hosted by Yonkers Raceway. Eight, $225,000 sire stakes divisional finals--for 2- and 3-year-old of both sexes and gaits—in the 23rd Night of Champions, which were each again sponsored by a prominent Empire breeding farm or ownership group. The Reader's Di...
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Hot Shot Blue Chip wins Pride In Progress

on 09/23/2012 2:00 AM
Hot Shot Blue Chip put away Tamla Celeber S at the top of the lane and withstood a late charge by Opening Night to capture the $205,500 Pride In Progress for free-for-all trotters Saturday night, September 22 at Indiana Downs. Driven by Corey Callahan, the millionaire trotter stopped the timer in 1:54.4. Drawing post five in the field of nine, Callahan and Hot Shot Blue Chip got away third ...
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Hall Of Muscles leads Keystone Classic winners

on 09/22/2012 2:00 AM
Hall Of Muscles, who hadn’t seen the lead in seven straight races, got there by accident Friday at The Meadows and discovered he liked it as he clicked off a stake-fastest 1:56.2 victory in a Keystone Classic division. The $125,198 event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters was contested over three divisions, with Major Athens and Hes An American taking the other splits. Hall Of Muscl...
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