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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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Surgery sidelines Foreclosure N

on 10/07/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Chris Ryder told harnessracing.com Friday night at The Red Mile that Foreclosure N, who finished fifth in a Bluegrass division last Sunday at the track and was the 7-2 third choice on the morning line in the second of two divisions of the $486,000 Bluegrass, has been scratched after having emergency surgery Thursday afternoon due to colic and a twisted intestine.  ...
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The Game Plan wins at Woodbine in 1:55.4

on 10/07/2011 2:00 AM
The Game Plan extended his win streak to four after scoring in one of two $40,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold eliminations for freshman trotting colts and geldings Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The John Kopas pupil, who also won the William Wellwood Memorial Trot at Mohawk Racetrack on September 17, picked up his seventh win in 10 lifetime outings.   As Majestic Image (Rick Zeron) ...
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Hammer's Apogee Hanover takes Gold elim

on 10/07/2011 2:00 AM
Eleven two-year-old pacing fillies contested a lone $40,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold elimination Friday evening at Woodbine Racetrack with Apogee Hanover finding the winner’s circle in a stakes-equalling performance. The Erv Miller trainee stopped the teletimer in 1:52, matching the all-time OSS record for two-year-old pacing fillies on a seven-eighths mile oval, which was originally set by Cha...
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Western Silk captures Yonkers mare feature

on 10/07/2011 2:00 AM
Odds-on Western Silk (George Brennan) rallied from second-over Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured, $52,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Assigned outside of her seven rivals, the razor-sharp Western Silk was beating just one of them early. Meanwhile, Breakheart Pass (Jim Pantaleano) fronted the fray through early intervals of :27.1 of :56.1. Hula's Z Tam  (Pat L...
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Average price up at third Lexington Selected session

on 10/06/2011 2:00 AM
The yearling market was still strong at the third session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale on Wednesday night when 163 yearlings were sold for an average price of $29,656. Last year's third session, which was held on a Friday night, saw 164 generate an average of $27,860.   The top seller during the third night of the sale was hip 351, a Somebeachsomewhere colt na...
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Gingras talks about fast filly Drop The Ball

on 10/06/2011 2:00 AM
Yannick Gingras knew Drop The Ball was fast and the 3-year-old filly is showing she can win with that speed. Last weekend, Drop The Ball won the $153,000 Bluegrass Stakes by four lengths over Strike An Attitude in a stakes-record 1:49.1 at Lexington’s Red Mile.   On Saturday, Drop The Ball and Gingras return to action in a $130,000 division of the Glen Garnsey Memorial at The Red Mile. ...
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Dontfusswithruss sets new Indy Downs mark

on 10/06/2011 2:00 AM
Dontfusswithruss established a new standard for freshman gelding trotters Wednesday, October 5 at Indiana Downs. The son of Elegant Man-Ml Jezebel, competing in the second round of Indiana Sires Stakes action, shaved four tenths of a second off the track record with a 1:57 performance. Driven by Joe Essig Jr., Dontfusswithruss defeated pacesetter and favorite Trottin Tiger by two and three-quarter...
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Thursday Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/06/2011 2:00 AM
It’s another terrific Thursday morning in Lexington as the weather just gets better and better. After a great dinner with great friends last night, I pronounce myself fit and ready for the second week of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile. I am so fit and ready that I was able to just keep walking and still catch up to trainer Ron Burke, who was heading up to the track. I’m pretty sure my ...
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Fever forces Roll With Joe out of Tattersalls

on 10/06/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Ed Hart told harnessracing.com late Thursday morning that although he planned to enter Meadowlands Pace winner and Little Brown Jug elim winner and final runner-up Roll With Joe in Sunday’s Tattersalls Pace at The Red Mile, he did not drop the colt’s name in the box after he came up sick on Wednesday. “I shipped him down myself last Sunday, and on Monday and Tuesday the horse w...
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Instant Racing to continue in Kentucky

on 10/06/2011 2:00 AM
The Kentucky Court of Appeals on Wednesday denied a motion filed by The Family Foundation to shut down the Instant Racing machines which have been in operation at the Kentucky Downs Thoroughbred track since Sept. 1. In making its ruling, the court stated it would not consider the request until a judge makes a ruling on the legitimacy of the machines, which allow wagering on historical races. The ...
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Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund meeting

on 10/06/2011 2:00 AM
The board of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders’ Fund will meet at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, at the Delaware Dept of Agriculture. The purpose of this meeting will be to adopt proposed regulations which will create a 4-year-old bonus program.   The program will be open to any Delaware-sired 4 year old who was properly nominated as a yearling or supplemented with the lat...
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Maevey Gravy savors Lady Lincoln Land win

on 10/06/2011 2:00 AM
Despite coming into the race winless through her five-race career, Maevey Gravy looked liked like an old pro returning to the winner’s circle after knocking off nine other Illinois conceived and foaled 2-year-old trotting fillies in Wednesday’s $107,000 Lady Lincoln Land Stake at Balmoral Park.   Given a perfect steer by driver Mike Oosting the daughter of Northern Kid-Grace Elizabeth t...
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Sweet dq for Chocolatta De Vie in Green Acres

on 10/06/2011 2:00 AM
It took a disqualification, but Chocolatta De Vie won the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres Championship for 2-year-old trotting fillies Thursday at Freehold Raceway.   Chocolatta De Vie (Chocolatier) finished second to Pittypat Hanover (Yankee Glide), who was disqualified by the judges and placed behind Chocolatta De Vie for interference just past the quarter-mile mark of t...
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Average in 4th session drops, but overall still up

on 10/06/2011 2:00 AM
The fourth session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale was held on a warm sunny day in the Bluegrass, which attracted a small but solid crowd of shoppers to the Fasig-Tipton Pavilion. Attendance was comprised of shoppers who had already made quite a few buys, plus horsemen who were at the sale for the very first session, choosing to wait until Thursday because they had smaller budgets. &...
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Check Me Out, Win Missy B sharp in ISS wins

on 10/06/2011 2:00 AM
Check Me Out won easily the first of three $93,000 divisions of the International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters Thursday night at The Red Mile, with the victory by the odds-on choice in stark contrast to the second split where 49-1 Personal Style stunned her seven rivals. Chalk prevailed in the third division as heavily-favored Win Missy B easily made the front early and led al...
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Red Mile has contract to sell Tattersalls parcel

on 10/05/2011 2:00 AM
The Red Mile has a contract to sell its Tattersalls sale area, which covers 10 acres, to a Columbus, Ohio, developer to build housing for University of Kentucky students.   The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Wednesday that Hallmark Campus Communities of Columbus, Ohio, proposes to build an 832-bed project with four four-story buildings, a swimming pool, a pool house with an exercise ...
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Sunny Wednesday Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/05/2011 2:00 AM
I went to bed last night in a gloomy mood after the Tigers lost 10-1 to the Yankees, but it’s hard to stay sour when you wake up to a Wednesday morning like this in Lexington. IT’S GLORIOUS! As I arrived at the track, starter and trackman Greg Coon told me, “This is better weather than I deserve.” There were no clouds in the sky and the temperature is already warm enough that I could shed...
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Qualifying races at Rosecroft on Saturday

on 10/05/2011 2:00 AM
For the first time in over a year, Standardbred horses will return to the Rosecroft Raceway oval as qualifying races will be conducted Saturday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m.   Qualifier entries will be taken Friday, Oct. 7, beginning at 10 a.m. Entries can be placed through the Rosecroft Racing Office at 301-567-4401.   A training day has been scheduled for Friday, Oct. 7, with the track ...
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