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Pompano opens 47th season of racing

on 10/16/2010 2:00 AM
Greeted by a bustling large crowd and a temperature of 84 degrees under blue skies, the trotters and pacers returned to action on Saturday evening to kick off the 47th season of live harness racing action at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   Bruce Ranger served notice he intends to defend his driving championship as he reined in four winners on the 11 race card. His domination started ...
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Coleman buys Jereme's Jet filly for $92,000

on 10/16/2010 2:00 AM
The Saturday night session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale got underway about three hours after Wishing Stone captured the Kentucky Futurity. A total of 166 horses were sold in the fourth session and they generated an average price of $20,078, down 12.4 percent from the average of $22,912 in last year’s fourth session. The median price in this year’s fourth session was $17,000, down 5....
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Scarborough postpones Friday opener til Saturday

on 10/15/2010 2:00 AM
High winds and torrential rain have conspired to force the cancellation of Friday afternoon's program at Scarborough Downs, delaying the opening day of the autumn meet until Saturday.   Qualifying races have been carried over to Saturday, at 10:30 a.m., eastern, with first post for tomorrow's wagering program slated for 12:10 p.m.   Scarborough Downs will race Friday through Sunday...
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Friday Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/15/2010 2:00 AM
Hold your horses everybody! Before we get to the news of the day from The Red Mile, it's important to tell you that you might want to avoid downtown Lexington Friday night as it's one of the most important days in the Bluegrass--Big Blue Madness. The University of Kentucky unveils its men's and women's basketball teams tonight at 7:30 at Rupp Arena in front of a packed house of more than 24,0...
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Poof She's Gone romps in Red Mile qualifier

on 10/15/2010 2:00 AM
The 2009 Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year Poof She's Gone scored an open-lengths victory in a qualifier Friday morning at The Red Mile, crossing the finish line in 1:57 with driver David Miller. Miller got away third with Poof She's Gone in the six-horse field and sat through fractions of :30.2, 1:01.1 and 1:32 before tipping the daughter of Kadabra around the final turn and rushing past the...
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5 Red Mile horses tested out-of-competition

on 10/15/2010 2:00 AM
Rich Williams, the presiding judge at The Red Mile, told harnessracing.com Friday that five horses had been tested earlier in the day on the first day of out-of-competition drug testing that was recently approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Williams said the horses were picked at random from the starters who competed at The Red Mile on Wednesday and Thursday and all were stabled at th...
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Season's mark set in Bluegrass 2CT split

on 10/15/2010 2:00 AM
Big Rigs had an easy time of it in the first of four divisions of the $354,000 Bluegrass for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters Friday afternoon at The Red Mile, leading gate to wire to score in 1:56.1. Also scoring victories were Blue Porsche, Spring Goal and Neal, the latter of whom set a national season's mark for freshman colt trotters on a mile track.    Tim Tetrick wa...
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Fillies post big wins in Bluegrass 2FP divisions

on 10/15/2010 2:00 AM
Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Cold Mist edged Sweetheart Pace winner Honky Tonk Woman by a nose in the first of three divisions of the $315,000 Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly pacers Friday afternoon at The Red Mile.  Posting wins in the other two splits were Southwind Jazmin and recent Breeders Crown final runner-up Strike An Attitude.   With Tim Tetrick driving, Cold Mist rallied ...
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Harrah's Chester announces late closers

on 10/15/2010 2:00 AM
Summer may be stakes season, but Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack will keep the excitement alive through late December with their new Road To Riches Late Closing Series.   Approximately $870,000 in purses is up for grabs. All seven events – four for pacers, three for trotters – feature three preliminary legs worth up to $25,000 each and finals up to $60,000. Eliminations will h...
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Ticket To Rock wins Bluegrass 3FP in 1:51

on 10/15/2010 2:00 AM
Twelve 3-year-old filly pacers lined up behind the gate in a single $185,000 Bluegrass division Friday afternoon at The Red Mile, and it was Ticket To Rock who rallied late after starting from the trailing 11 post for driver David Miller to score in a career-best 1:51.   Seriously and driver Jody Jamieson set fractions of :27.4, :55 and 1:22.3 but the filly fell victim to the anti-fron...
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Red-hot NJSS win for My Red Hot Mama

on 10/15/2010 2:00 AM
My Red Hot Mama, taking advantage of post position one, led from start to finish to win the $35,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres final for 2-year-old pacing fillies in 1:57.4 on a windy Friday afternoon at Freehold Raceway.   Steve Smith piloted the daughter of Red River Hanover to her fourth victory in seven career starts, including two wins in preliminary rounds of the Green Ac...
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Ontario Gold to Imagine Semalu, Modern Connection

on 10/15/2010 2:00 AM
A pair of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold eliminations for 2-year-old pacing fillies took place Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack with Imagine Semalu and Modern Connection finding the winners circle. In the first elimination, Imagine Semalu (Mario Baillargeon) took over command just past the opening panel of :28.2, set by Village Janus (Mark MacDonald), and never looked back posting fractions of :57, 1:2...
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Thursday Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/14/2010 2:00 AM
Before we get to Thursday morning at The Red Mile, we have to take a look back at last night, when something truly remarkable happened in Lexington—IT RAINED! Sure, it doesn’t compare to the Chilean miners being rescued or even my beloved Detroit Lions actually winning a football game by the score of 44-6, but after going the past two months with as much rain as Las Vegas had, it was a welcome...
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Russell, Simpson elected to Hall of Fame

on 10/14/2010 2:00 AM
“Judge” Walter Russell, who set new standards of excellence for harness racing officials during his time in the stand, and Jim Simpson, who posted a successful career as a trainer/driver, and is now posting an even better one as head of Hanover Shoe Farms, have been elected to membership in the sport’s Living Hall of Fame by the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA).  Russe...
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Bluegrass 2FTs contested at Red Mile

on 10/14/2010 2:00 AM
Although Hot Off The Press set cool fractions of :29.2, 1:01.2 and 1:31.4, she was unable to fend off the stretch rallies of Cedar Dove and Pilgrims Truffles who finished one-two, respectively, in the first $87,500 Bluegrass division for 2-year-old filly trotters on a cool-but-sunny Thursday afternoon at The Red Mile.   Andy Miller left from the outside post seven with Hot Off The Press and...
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Pompano Park opens meet Saturday

on 10/14/2010 2:00 AM
The 47th season of live on-track action at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park will commence at 7:05 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, Oct. 16. Fans of South Florida harness racing will be greeted with major enhancements at the track or when viewing the off-track simulcast TV signal.   "The main floor of the grandstand has been brightened up and refurbished and the improvements for our patrons exte...
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OSS Gold 2YOCT elims at Mohawk

on 10/14/2010 2:00 AM
A pair of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold eliminations for 2-year-old trotting colts took place Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack with Buckhams Bay and Imperial Count finding the winner's circle, both with career best efforts.   Buckhams Bay blasted to the front and never looked back as driver Jacques Hebert controlled the tempo with fractions of :28, 58.1, 1:28 and used final quarter speed...
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Yankee Glide colt tops 2nd session at $170,000

on 10/14/2010 2:00 AM
The Thursday night session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale had a bigger crowd than opening night and more horses for sale. The 154 horses that went through the auction ring generated an average price of $46,065, down 13 percent from the second session in 2009. The median price—the point where half the horses sell for more and half for less—was $40,000.   Last year’s second ses...
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Rock N Roll Heaven to race Saturday

on 10/13/2010 2:00 AM
Frank Bellino, the owner of Rock N Roll Heaven, and Perretti Farms have reached an agreement in principle for the horse to stand at stud at Perretti Farms in 2011. Rock N Roll Heaven joins the stallion roster at Perretti, where his sire Rocknroll Hanover already stands at stud.   Meanwhile, Rock N Roll Heaven is at The Red Mile preparing to race Saturday in the Bluegrass for 3-year-old paci...
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Wednesday Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/13/2010 2:00 AM
First thing this Wednesday morning if you’re headed to The Red Mile-SLOW DOWN! There was a police car stationed in the median near the track as I was going and still as I was leaving. That’s my public service announcement for today. Also, there are 10 entries for Saturday’s Kentucky Futurity and 20 entries for the companion Filly Futurity. I got that info from race secretary Connie Hoch...
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