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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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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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