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Backstretch With Gordon: Futurity Day

on 10/02/2011 2:00 AM
Ahhhhhh, afternoon racing at The Red Mile! What a glorious Sunday this is in Lexington, Ky., with today's card featuring the 119th Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old colt trotters and the companion Filly Futurity. And after two cold, cold nights, it's time for me to put away the heavy shirt, sweatshirt and coat I wore for today's fashion statement: Sunglasses, as there's nary a cloud in the sky. The...
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Roll With Joe to start in Tattersalls Pace

on 10/02/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Ed Hart told harnessracing.com Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile that Meadowlands Pace winner and recent Little Brown Jug runner-up Roll With Joe will make his next start on Sunday, Oct. 9, in the Tattersalls Pace at the track in Lexington, Ky.   Coming off the two-heat Jug Sept. 22 in Delaware, Ohio, Hart decided to bypass the Bluegrass Stake during the opening-week Grand Circuit ac...
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Big Bad John, Hugadragon win Bluegrass splits

on 10/02/2011 2:00 AM
Hugadragon drew clear to an open-lengths victory in 1:50 in the first division of the $202,000 Bluegrass for 3-year-old colt pacers Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Hugadragon put away a determined first-over bid by Foreclosure N before pulling away from his six rivals in the stretch to post a career-best victory. The second division went to Little Brown Jug winner Big ...
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Cedar Dove wins Kentucky Filly Futurity

on 10/02/2011 2:00 AM
Cedar Dove was a straight-heat winner in the $291,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity on a sunshine-filled Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile. After posting a wire-to-wire 1:53.2 career-best victory in the first heat, Cedar Dove came back to score a 1:53.4 win in the decisive second heat, both with Ron Pierce driving.   Twelve horses lined up behind the gate for the first heat, but when the trailing ...
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Dejarmbro, Manofmanymissions take Futurity heats

on 10/02/2011 2:00 AM
Driver Brian Sears had to exercise an incredible amount of patience in the first heat of the $490,000 Kentucky Futurity Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile, but it paid off as his mount Dejarmbro kicked into high gear late in the stretch and won in 1:53.4, with a tiring Broad Bahn holding on for second. The speedster Manofmanymissions, racing without shoes on his rear feet, broke stride while in cont...
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Friendly Amigo, On The Glass win Allerage finals

on 10/02/2011 2:00 AM
Friendly Amigo, a 56-1 shot, won the $83,700 Allerage Farms Open Mare Trot in 1:52.2 Sunday at The Red Mile. In the $85,200 Allerage Farms Open Mare Pace, On The Glass scored a 1:50.3 victory.   Friendly Amigo, a 5-year-old mare by Amigo Hall trianed by Blair Burgess, came into the race off of a 2:001 win at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 19. Although that line didn't impress the bettors...
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Manofmanymissions wins Futurity raceoff

on 10/02/2011 2:00 AM
Manofmanymissions, drawing post one by virtue of his victory in the second heat of Sunday's $490,000 Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile, held off a game bid by first-heat winner Dejarmbro to win the two-horse raceoff in 1:54.3. The raceoff in this year's 119th renewal of the third jewel of trotting's Triple Crown was the first since 2008 when Deweycheatumnhowe bested Celebrity Secret in 1:59.2...
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Drop The Ball a 1:49.1 winner at Red Mile

on 10/01/2011 2:00 AM
Yannick Gingras got away third with Drop The Ball, avoiding a breaking Krispy Apple in the first turn, and waited until the final turn before moving first-over and past the leading Idyllic to easily win the $153,000 Bluegrass 3-Year-Old Filly Pace in 1:49.1. It was a huge mile considering the brisk and windy conditions Saturday night at The Red Mile.   Idyllic and David Miller set...
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We Will See strong with 1:48.4 Allerage win

on 10/01/2011 2:00 AM
We Will See solidified his hold on 2011 Older Pacer of the Year honors with a hard-fought 1:48.4 victory in the $183,000 Allerage Open Pace on a chilly Saturday evening at The Red Mile. Driven by Ron Pierce, We Will See won his third straight and 11th in 21 starts this year as he bested a field that included seven $1 million-plus winners, including triple-millionaire Foiled Again, who he was ...
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Hensley finds the range at Pompano

on 10/01/2011 2:00 AM
Ed Hensley, a former meet driving champ at Cal Expo, Fraser Downs and Tioga Downs, is quickly proving he's loving life in The Sunshine State at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. His talents in the bike were showcased as the South Florida plant presented it's first top class event of the new campaign for pacing fillies and mares on the Saturday evening program.   In the $12,000 purse...
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NYSS championships held at Saratoga

on 10/01/2011 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes night at Saratoga Raceway & Casino was soggy and cool, but some of the most consistent horses in the state-wide competition this summer were crowned champions as eight finals worth $175,000 were held.   The evening started out with trainer-driver Dan Daley taking the 2-year-old colt trot with Royal Shyster, a son of NYSS champion RC Royalty. The colt won in 1:5...
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Saturday Backstretch With Gordon

on 10/01/2011 2:00 AM
The calendar may say Saturday, Oct. 1, but it sure feels more like December here in Lexington today. It got pretty brisk at The Red Mile last night and when I woke up this morning and turned the TV on to the Weather Channel I saw those two dreaded words: Wind chill. The temp was 39 with a wind chill of 31. A couple nights ago I saw Woodbine/Mohawk race secretary Scott McKelvie and his wife, Lori,...
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Arockin Hanover snags NJSS "Green"

on 10/01/2011 2:00 AM
Arockin Hanover, with a three-wide move on the final turn, charged down the stretch to win the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres Championship for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings in 1:54.3 Saturday afternoon at Freehold Raceway.   Eric Abbatiello drove the gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover to a 3-length victory for trainer Erv Miller and owners John A...
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San Pail cruises to 1:52.1 Allerage victory

on 10/01/2011 2:00 AM
San Pail made winning the $145,000 Allerage Open Trot look easy as he brushed to the lead down the backstretch and then opened up his lead in the homestretch to score in 1:52.1 on a cool fall Saturday night at Lexington's Red Mile.   As the crowd cheered for San Pail as he left the winner's circle, Gerald Hughes, who takes care of San Pail, shouted to the crowd on the apron, "I like Kentuck...
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Big miles posted in Bluegrass 2CP splits

on 10/01/2011 2:00 AM
A Rocknroll Dance was an impressive winner in 1:51 for driver Yannick Gingras in the second of four divisons of the $386,000 Bluegrass for 2-year-old colt pacers Saturday night at The Red Mile. The first split went to Bolt The Duer, who won in 1:52.2 for driver Mike Lachance. The third division was won by Mybrothergoerge in a photo finish over Mortal Zin in 1:52.2. The $1 million Metro w...
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Brennan wins eight at Yonkers

on 09/30/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Thursday night tally sheet included 13 races, 11 of which included George Brennan.It also offered 13 trips to the winner's circle, eight of which included George Brennan.The Raceway's leading driver began his night with a third-place finish in the opener. After having the second race off, he and favored Shaky Hanover ($4.80) made short work of the eight-hole in the $12,000, third...
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Who is Allerage contender Swept To Victory?

on 09/30/2011 2:00 AM
The Allerage Trot for older trotting mares, set for Sunday at The Red Mile, includes defending Allerage champion Buck I St. Pat and recent Miss Versatility winner Autumn Escapade, two mares who are well known to regular fans. But the field also includes a bonafide unknown: Swept To Victory.   Swept To Victory was bred in Pennsylvania by Paul and Josephine Spears and their son Paul. She was ...
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Friday Backstretch With Gordon

on 09/30/2011 2:00 AM
There’s certainly no harm in having your picture on the home page of harnessracing.com as trainer Bob McIntosh—pictured yesterday in his Detroit Tigers garb—got off to a fast start on Thursday’s opening-night card of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile. McIntosh had a pair of winners in the first four races, both with John Campbell driving. The weather was great when Thursday night’s p...
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2 Donato yearlings bring top prices in Sweden

on 09/30/2011 2:00 AM
A colt by the French-bred sire Ready Cash topped the opening session of the Swedish Kriterium yearling sale, held Thursday in Stockholm. The colt out of the Berndt Hanover mare Bernies Babe, a granddaughter of Armbro Keepsake, brought $66,000.   A Donato Hanover colt was right behind in terms of price, selling for 450,000 Swedish kroner, or about $65,000. The colt, named Right Or ...
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American Jewel, Pick 4 carryover Friday at Red Mile

on 09/30/2011 2:00 AM
Headlining Friday's races at The Red Mile are four divisions of the $340,000 Walnut Hall Ltd. Cup Bluegrass Stake for 2-year-old trotting colts and two splits of the Walnut Hall Stock Farm sponsored $270,000 Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly pacers.    Trotting colts will take the stage in races 4, 7, 9 and 1 and Ray Schnittker's Delano is the morni...
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