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Springfield Chamber wants slots at fairgrounds

on 09/29/2011 2:00 AM
The Greater Springfield (Ill.) Chamber of Commerce is supporting the idea of slots at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Chamber directors voted this week to support the bill which would allow slots at the state fairgrounds.   An expanded gaming bill passed the Illinois General Assembly in May, but has been held in the state Senate because Gov. Pat Quinn has threatened...
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Big Jim to stand at Seelster Farms in 2012

on 09/29/2011 2:00 AM
Seelster Farms has officially announced that it will stand world champion Big Jim at its Ontario farm. Big Jim p, 2, 1:49.1s will begin stud duty beginning with the 2012 breeding season.   Winner of the 2010 O’Brien Award and the USHWA Dan Patch Award for Two Year Old Pacing Colt of the Year, Big Jim dominated his competition in his freshman season. His stakes victorie...
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Backstretch With Gordon: McIntosh's Tigers

on 09/29/2011 2:00 AM
First stop at The Red Mile for me on a sunshine-filled Thursday morning was at Bob McIntosh’s barn, and as I arrived Bob was coming off the track—adorned in Detroit Tigers gear! All I can say this morning is that it’s a lot better being here than in Boston or Atlanta this morning after the collapse of the Red Sox and Braves. Bob is a Tigers season-ticket holder and has first opportunity to ...
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OSS Gold winner Machapelo Breeders Crown eligible

on 09/29/2011 2:00 AM
Machapelo, the latest king of the 2-year-old Ontario Sire Stakes Gold division, is Breeders Crown eligible. The Mach Three son won Monday night’s Gold Final at Grand River Raceway with a head victory over Warrawee Needy in 1:54.2. Squaring off against reigning Gold Final champion I Found My Beach and two-time Gold Final champion Warrawee Needy, Machapelo fired off the starting gate from po...
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See You At Peelers: "Problems with her heart"

on 09/29/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Jimmy Takter told harnessracing.com Thursday morning while at his barn at The Red Mile that after giving See You At Peelers a rigorous workout on Tuesday afternoon at his New Jersey farm that the 3-year-old filly has been suffering from a virus and some heart issues.   "Peelers has some problems with her heart," said Takter of the daughter of Bettor's Delight who has nearly $1.5 mil...
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10 entered in Kentucky Futurity; 12 in Filly div.

on 09/29/2011 2:00 AM
Ten 3-year-old colt trotters have been entered for Sunday afternoon's 119th renewal of the $490,000 Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile. Including among the field is Hambletonian winner Broad Bahn and Colonial Trot winner Manofmanymissions, as well as $50,000 supplemental entry Dejarmbro. There are 12 entries to the $291,000 Filly Futurity, including Hambletonian Oaks winner Bold And Fresh. &n...
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Youth Foundation announces fund-raiser

on 09/29/2011 2:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation will be conducting its second annual Drive For Youth fund-raiser during the races at The Red Mile on Kentucky Futurity weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2.   HHYF staff and trustees will be in the grandstand, clubhouse and apron requesting pledges from drivers, trainers, owners and fans. Contributions will assist in supporting all HHYF activities...
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3rd Yonkers legislator's challenge on tap

on 09/29/2011 2:00 AM
With the calendar having done its job, Yonkers Raceway is busily preparing for its third Fall Harvest Festival.             The event, set for Saturday night, Oct. 22, runs from 5:30 PM-9:30 PM on the track apron and showcases the thriving relationship between horse racing and agriculture all across New York State.     ...
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San Pail's trainer talks about Breeders Crown

on 09/29/2011 2:00 AM
t’s hard to believe that San Pail, who has three Maple Leaf Trot scores and over $2.5 million in earnings to his name, has never raced in the Breeders Crown. But that’s about to change. On October 29, Canada’s older trotter of the year in both 2009 and 2010 will line up in the $600,000 Breeders Crown for aged trotters at Woodbine Racetrack for trainer Rod Hughes, who co-owns with Glenn Van...
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From Brown Jug to Bluegrass

on 09/29/2011 2:00 AM
Little Brown Jug winner Big Bad John highlights one of two divisions of the Bluegrass Series for sophomore colt pacers at the Red Mile on Sunday, Oct. 2. The Sunday card is an afternoon card with the first race post time at 1 p.m.A little more than a week after his straight-heat win in the Little Brown Jug on Thursday, Sept. 22, owner Ed Telle’s Western Terror colt is preparing to meet another t...
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Post positions drawn for Kentucky Futurity

on 09/29/2011 2:00 AM
Post positions for Sunday's 119th renewal of the $490,000 Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile were drawn early Thursday evening and Colonial Trot winner Manofmanymissions was made the slight 5-2 morning-line choice over Hambletonian winner Broad Bahn, who is listed at 3-1. Manofmanymissions and driver David Miller will start from post three while Broad Bahn and driver George Brennan will line up in ...
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Check Me Out bests Win Missy B in Bluegrass

on 09/29/2011 2:00 AM
Check Me Out exacted a small measure of revenge over divisional rival Win Missy B, winning the first of three divisions of the $326,300 Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly trotters in 1:53.3 Thursday night at The Red Mile. The second split went to She Wears It Well, who broke her maiden with a 1:55.3 effort at odds of 29-1, while favored Maven scored a 1:56.3 in the final division.   After openi...
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Pizza Dolce filly Miss Paris wins Ontario Gold

on 09/29/2011 2:00 AM
Miss Paris absolutely manhandled the competition in Thursday’s $130,000 OSS Gold Series final for two-year-old trotting fillies at Rideau Carleton Raceway, winning in 1:58. The filly by Kadabra-Pizza Dolce is owned by Herb Liverman, David McDuffee and Mel Hartmann and trained by Nifty Norman. With Scott Zeron at the helm, Miss Paris dropped into the six-hole in the ear...
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National season's mark for 2YOCT Uncle Peter

on 09/29/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Jimmy Takter has stated several times this year that he believed Uncle Peter could be the best 2-year-old trotter in his barn and on Thursday night at The Red Mile the son of Cantab Hall may have proved his conditioner right. With Takter driving in a $10,000 late-closing event, Uncle Peter romped to an open-lengths win in 1:54.2, the fastest mile by a freshman colt trotter in 2011.  ...
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Backstretch W/ Gordon:Me and Mrs. Mrs. Jones

on 09/28/2011 2:00 AM
The 2011 season premiere of Backstretch With Gordon, sponsored by Steve and Cindy Stewart’s Hunterton Sales Agency, got off to a rough start this sunny Wednesday morning in Lexington as a normal 12-minute drive from my home to The Red Mile took 40 minutes due to massive traffic caused by a motivational seminar at Rupp Arena.  But once I got to the track all was forgotten as it was great to...
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Make plans to attend Red Mile events

on 09/28/2011 2:00 AM
Don't miss this year's fund-raiser for the historic Round Barn, to be held immediately following the Kentucky Futurity on Sunday, Oct. 2. Kentucky's First Lady, Jane Beshear, is scheduled to drop by to welcome the Standardbred community.   The casual Round Barn fund-raiser will include food, drinks, and a silent auction of harness racing memorabilia. Tickets are $40 per ...
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San Pail just one star in action Sat. at Red Mile

on 09/28/2011 2:00 AM
In Grand Circuit racing Saturday night at The Red Mile, the top-ranked San Pail heads a field of seven standouts in the $145,000 Allerage Open Trot while We Will See and Foiled Again, both already with million-dollar seasons in 2011, are part of a full 10-horse field in the $183,000 Allerage Open Pace. Also on tap on the star-studded 12-race card is the $153,000 Bluegrass for 3-year-old filly pac...
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Saratoga NYSS Night of Champions Saturday

on 09/28/2011 2:00 AM
The $1.4 million New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) Night of Champions is on tap at Saratoga on Saturday, Oct. 1, with eight finals for trotting and pacing freshmen and sophomores of both sexes– each worth $175,000.Two-year-old trotting colts and geldings get things under way in the third race on the card. Although the Dan Daley-trained and driven colts Royal Shyster and Flyhawk Jester dominated their ...
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Watch interview with New Meadowlands GM

on 09/28/2011 2:00 AM
Get to know Meadowlands Racetrack’s new general manager Mike Newlin in our latest video feature. Mike has worked in the pari-mutuel wagering industry for over 20 years, including the Nebraska State Fair and Canterbury Park.Click here to learn more about his vision for a new racing and wagering experience at the Meadowlands: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6P89_l-jQM
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Wholly Louy wins Harrington feature

on 09/27/2011 2:00 AM
Scott Dillon, Keith Pippi and Josh Green’s Wholly Louy ($3.40) made his seasonal debut at Harrington Raceway a winning one Monday with a 1:53.1 win in the $20,500 Open Pace. Driven by Ross Wolfenden, the 7-year-old Camluck gelding set all the fractions in his one length win over Shakearosa and Jeremy’s Successor. It was his fourth win of the year as his career earnings ballooned to nearly...
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