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Freshman colt trotters vie in Bluegrass action

on 09/30/2011 2:00 AM
The first of four divisions of the $340,000 Bluegrass for 2-year-old colt trotters Friday night at The Red Mile went to Scary Good, who rallied late for driver Brian Sears to score in 1:56.4. Although a power outage delayed the races for several minutes prior to the second split, the wait was worth it for the connections of Possess The Will, who won in 1:55.1. A break-filled third division went to...
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American Jewel dazzles in Bluegrass 2FP

on 09/30/2011 2:00 AM
American Jewel remained undefeated in eight career starts with a 1:52.1 victory in the second of two $134,700 divisions of the Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly pacers on a brisk Friday night at The Red Mile. Driven by Tim Tetrick, American Jewel cruised under the wire to keep her perfect record intact. In the first split, Destiny's Chance sprung a 30-1 upset in a career-best 1:52 for driver Yannick ...
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Lightning Treasure, Looking Hanover win at Yonkers

on 09/30/2011 2:00 AM
Lightning Treasure (Dan Dube), patient from the three hole Friday night, ducked inside en route to winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $52,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from the pylons, she watched as Panagler (George Brennan) outleave her seven inside rivals. That one made the lead, only to yield to 17-10 favorite Billmar Scooter (Eric Goodell) right at the 27-second o...
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Sand Violent Blu wins, but Lex start uncertain

on 09/30/2011 2:00 AM
Hammered down to 1-9, Pennsylvania champion Sand Violent Blu needed every bit of her talent and determination to eke out a victory Friday in a division of a $92,998 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The stake for 2-year-old filly trotters was conducted over three divisions, with Delicious and Sculpted Vanity taking the other splits.   Sand Violent Blu won the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes f...
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Daylon Magician takes Ontario Gold final

on 09/30/2011 2:00 AM
Canadian Trotting Classic champion Daylon Magician, who was not eligible to the Kentucky Futurity, instead raced in Canada and earned his seventh straight victory and third Ontario Sires Stakes Gold trophy of the season on a cool, windy Friday night at Grand River Raceway. His winning time was 1:58.1. Fresh off a 1:57.2 track record performance over a sloppy track in his Gold ...
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Keystone Classic sweep for Fashion Farms

on 09/29/2011 2:00 AM
Pennsylvania champion Stormin Normand made it six victories in seven career starts Wednesday at The Meadows by winning a Keystone Classic division under wraps. When his stablemate, Fashion Astral, captured the other split in the $98,800 event for freshman colt and gelding trotters, it gave Dave Palone, trainer Jim Campbell and owner Fashion Farms a stake sweep. Stormin Normand was beaten a he...
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Fillies battle in Lady Lincoln Land elims

on 09/29/2011 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled two-year-old trotting fillies took to the track on Wednesday night for a pair of $15,000 Lady Lincoln Land Stake elimination’s. The top five finishers will return next Wednesday to slug it out in the $107,000 final making it the richest state bred trotting event of the season for these youngsters. In the first division Redbud Stables and Jim Eaton’s Fox Valle...
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Driver changes pay off at Pompano

on 09/29/2011 2:00 AM
The handicapping angle of trainers stepping aside in favor of accomplished catch drivers worked in both cases and without fail for astute observers of the Wednesday, September 28 program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.The top example of the tactic played out in the $12,000 purse trotting feature. Trainer Jim McDonald turned over the reins of Hesgotlegs to the track's 2011 leading driver, W...
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Drivers, horses escape serious injuries

on 09/29/2011 2:00 AM
At Monticello Raceway on Wednesday afternoon, September 28 the pouring rains finally abated  just  prior to post time still a continual drizzle made the racetrack wet, though not slippery.. Featured were  four $12,200 NYSS late closer divisions for 2-year-old pacing colts.   Zeke Parker won  the first  NYSS late closer split –race one—with the Steve Elliot-train...
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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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