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Chapter Seven, Big Rigs win Bluegrass splits

on 10/09/2011 2:00 AM
Chapter Seven, whose health issues this year have limited the 3-year-old trotter to just six starts, was an open-lengths winner in 1:52.4 in the first of two divisions of the $226,000 Bluegrass Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile. Finishing second was Hambletonian winner Broad Bahn, with Spectator K third. The second division went to Big Rigs in 1:52.2, just one-fifth of a second off the na...
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Bold And Fresh, Seducedbychocolate win at Red Mile

on 10/09/2011 2:00 AM
Favorite Cedar Dove broke well before the start for driver Ron Pierce and was far out of contention in the second of two divisions of the $213,000 Bluegrass for 3-year-old filly trotters Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile. With the recent Kentucky Filly Futurity winner out of the picture, that left the door open for Filly Futurity runner-up Bold And Fresh--who was an upset winner in the Hambletonian...
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Alsace Hanover, Hugadragon win Tattersalls splits

on 10/09/2011 2:00 AM
Alsace Hanover, despite drifting right down the stretch, managed to hold on to win the $243,000 first division of the Tattersalls 3-Year-Old Pace Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile. With Ron Pierce driving, Alsace Hanover reached the wire a diminishing nose over Westwardho Hanover to score in 1:50. The second $243,000 split had an adventurous start as North America Cup winner Up The Credit threw in ...
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I Wanna Go Fast 1:49.2 winner at Colonial

on 10/09/2011 2:00 AM
Aptly named I Wanna Go Fast lived up to his billing by collecting a wire-to-wire victory in a sizzling 1:49.2 in Sunday's featured race at Colonial Downs.   The 4-year-old Three Olives gelding, who had not raced since September 5, was coming off a pair of recent qualifying wins at Harrah's Chester Downs. Facing four other foes in the $6,000 winners-over pace, I Wanna Go Fast got out front e...
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FL horsemen wary of plans for PM barrel racing

on 10/09/2011 2:00 AM
The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA) has issued a statement in which it warns its members of an "an attempt to use a quarter horse permit/license application to replace the Florida statute required live quarter horse race days with a limited number of barrel racing rodeo events on which pari-mutuel wagering is planned."   The statement continues: "This effort is,...
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She's Country wins at Indiana Downs in 1:59.3

on 10/08/2011 2:00 AM
Favorites captured two of three $40,000 Indiana Sires Stakes divisions for freshman filly trotters Friday evening, October 7 at Indiana Downs. In the fastest division of the evening, She’s Country and trainer Charlie Conrad held off Sweetasmusic and Walter Haynes Jr. by a neck in 1:59.3. Js Foxy Lady and Josh Sutton trotted third.   She’s Country and Conrad, starting from post three, le...
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Green Acres finals held at Freehold

on 10/08/2011 2:00 AM
Driver Jim Pantaleano scored a driving double by winning both $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres finals for 2-year-old pacers today at Freehold Raceway.   In the Green Acres final for freshmanpacing colts and geldings, Prince Sharka (Cam's Card Shark) led from start to finish, holding on to edge a fast-closing Caviart Shiloh (Rocknroll Hanover) by a neck in 1:54.4.  Hang Ten (W...
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American Jewel injured in race at Red Mile

on 10/08/2011 2:00 AM
The world champion 2-year-old filly pacer American Jewel broke a P-1 bone in a sesamoid while competing in stakes action at The Red Mile Friday night and being nosed out on the wire in 1:50.2.   Trainer Jimmy Takter said the filly was lame after the race and was taken to Rood & Riddle Equine Clinic in Lexington on Saturday morning, where the injury was diagnosed. Famed equine veterinari...
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A Rocknroll Dance in 1:49.4 in ISS split

on 10/08/2011 2:00 AM
The 2-year-old pacing colt A Rocknroll Dance picked up his fourth win in seven career starts when he turned in a powerful effort to win the first of four divisions of the $333,400 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) division in 1:49.4 Saturday night at The Red Mile. The Rocknroll Hanover colt was parked in the first turn as driver Yannick Gingras elected to float on the outside after startin...
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Strike An Attitude in 1:48.4 in Garnsey division

on 10/08/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Bob McIntosh noted earlier this week that his 3-year-old filly pacer Strike An Attitude loves the racing surface at The Red Mile, pointing out her back-to-back victories in Grand Circuit action. After a second-place finish last week in a Bluegrass division in Lexington, Strike An Attitude's fondness of the track was on full display Saturday night as she rallied to a world record-equaling 1...
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Cadence Hall repeats in PA Fairs championship

on 10/08/2011 2:00 AM
Cadence Hall had to duel for the early lead, but he was much the best once there, drawing off Saturday to score by 6 1/4 lengths and capture the Pennsylvania Fairs championship for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. In the process, he established a PA Fairs divisional record of 1:56.2 and became the ninth horse in the history of Keystone State fairs to win back-to-back titles.   On a spa...
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Update on Zeron; suffers shoulder injury

on 10/08/2011 2:00 AM
An accident occurred during the sixth race at Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday night, which unseated four drivers. Whippet Good, driven by Jason Brewer was sixth past the half on the outside when the gelding fell, unseating Brewer, which caused interference to the rest of the field.   Driver Rick Zeron (aboard Blended Whiskey) could not avoid Whippet Good and was unseated, as was his son, Sco...
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Miss Paris, Circles lead Ontario Gold elim winners

on 10/07/2011 2:00 AM
There were few surprises at Woodbine Racetrack on Thursday evening, as the favorites in both two-year-old trotting filly Gold Eliminations sailed home to effortless victories.   The first $40,000 elimination saw Miss Paris and driver Scott Zeron sit briefly on the rail in third before making a move to the front. The Kadabra daughter wrestled control from Frisky Strike just past the :58.4 ha...
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Florida judges say more casinos OK

on 10/07/2011 2:00 AM
A three-judge panel in Florida has ruled that destination casino resorts are legal in the state without first putting the issue before voters, according to reports.   Meanwhile, lawmakers are put the finishing touches on legislation that could bring Vegas-style casinos to Florida. The legislators, Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, and Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, are pla...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Moves Like Jagger

on 10/07/2011 2:00 AM
“It was wild and crazy last night,” starter and trackman Greg Coon told me first thing this sunny Friday morning when I arrived at The Red Mile. Despite the late-night celebration of the Tigers victory over the Yankees, which led to me making moves like Jagger, I arrived bright-eyed bright and early for my walkaround. Of course, destiny called as Joe Holloway, arguably the biggest Yankees fan...
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Black Book 2 now available online

on 10/07/2011 2:00 AM
The 2011 edition of The Black Book 2 can now be found on Standardbred Horse Sales Company's website theblackbook.com. Hard copy volumes of the catalog are expected to be available on Oct. 12.   The mixed portion of the Harrisburg sale begins on Friday, Nov. 11, and ends on Saturday, Nov. 12. It follows the conclusion of the select yearling sale which takes place from Monday, Nov. 7 through ...
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EL Rock, Market Share win at Freehold

on 10/07/2011 2:00 AM
EL Rock, who already won the $75,000 Charles I. Smith last month, added the $40,000 New Jersey Futurity for 3-year-old trotters to his stakes credits on Friday at Freehold Raceway.   The gelded son of Yankee Glide, driven by George Brennan, held on for a neck victory over the hard-charging Taya’s Photo (Classic Photo), one of three fillies in the field.  It was 2 3/4 lengths b...
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Lexington sale finishes with average up 9.7%

on 10/07/2011 2:00 AM
The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale finished its 2011 auction on Friday afternoon in the heart of the Bluegrass and the results showed that while harness racing is embattled on several fronts, the purse money that’s out there is still keeping people in the sport.  The 745 yearlings that were sold generated $25.3 million in gross sales for an average price of $34,019. The gross is up 3.3 p...
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Freshman colt trotters in ISS action at Red Mile

on 10/07/2011 2:00 AM
Four divisions of the $303,000 International Stallion Stake (ISS) for 2-year-old colt trotters were on top Friday night at The Red Mile, with the first $75,750 split going to Big Chocolate in 1:54.3. The second division went to Possess The Will in 1:54, a national season's mark for first-year trotters on a mile track. From Above won the third division, scoring a mild upset over favorite ...
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Big McDeal nips American Jewel in 1:50.2

on 10/07/2011 2:00 AM
The 2-year-old filly pacers Big McDeal (outside) and American Jewel wowed The Red Mile crowd on Friday night with a spirited stretch duel before finishing on the wire noses apart in a world-record equaling time of 1:50.2. Big McDeal, a filly by McArdle, got the nod at the wire in the first of three divisions of the $254,600 International Stallion Stake (ISS) and grabbed a share of A...
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