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Backstretch With Gordon: When will it rain?

on 09/27/2019 10:29 AM
It was warming up quickly this gorgeous Friday morning at The Red Mile, but it’s only a taste of what’s to come. Today’s high predicted at 92. Here’s the next five days: Saturday-94, Sunday-94, Monday-95, Tuesday-95, and Wednesday-94. It hasn't rained now in 30 days here in Lexington, so trainer Erv Miller decided to make it rain himself so he gave his flower garden a...
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Manticore ready for Saturday's Bluegrass

on 09/27/2019 9:51 AM
In mythology, the manticore was a fearsome creature with the head of a man, the body of a lion and the tail of a scorpion. On the racetrack, Manticore is a 2-year-old male pacer. Like his legendary counterpart, he is proving to be formidable. Manticore, trained by Bruce Saunders for owners M And L of Delaware and M & M Harness Racing, enters Saturday’s (Sept. 28) Bluegrass Stakes fo...
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Mississippi Storm wins Philly trot feature

on 09/26/2019 6:54 PM
Mississippi Storm, advancing without cover through the last half, wore down pacesetter Muscle M Up late to win the $17,500 trotting feature in 1:53.3 on Thursday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Crazy About Pat, going for his third straight win, was out on his second move to the top nearing the :27.3 quarter, made the lead, then yielded to Muscle M Up, who had been limbed with c...
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Amigo Volo sets world record in Bluegrass

on 09/26/2019 6:50 PM
Making his first foray into Grand Circuit company, Carter Pinske trainee Amigo Volo vaulted to the top entering the stretch to win in a world-record 1:52.3 when taking the third of three divisions of the $315,500 Bluegrass 2-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot—sponsored by Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz—on Thursday at The Red Mile. Odds-on favorite Ready For Moni floated to the front ...
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Mohawk Million announced for 2020

on 09/26/2019 3:20 PM
Woodbine Entertainment today announced details for the inaugural ‘Mohawk Million’, a race for 2-year-old trotters with a $1 million (USD) purse, making it the richest harness race in Canada.  Scheduled for late September or early October in 2020 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the Mohawk Million will follow a buy-in formula with nine of 10 slots in the race available for purchase. T...
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McNair has numbers in Ont. Grassroots

on 09/26/2019 2:19 PM
On Saturday night the three-year-olds are headed to Woodbine Mohawk Park for their $160,000 Grassroots Semi-Finals and pacing filly Sports Flix is the only freshman champion with a shot at defending her title. The task will be a tough one. Sports Flix drew the outside Post 10 in what trainer Gregg McNair calls the tougher of the two pacing filly Semi-Finals. Among the fillies Sports Flix will...
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Baby Your The Best In Friday's Bluegrass

on 09/26/2019 2:01 PM
Baby Your The Best was not at her best in her most recent start, but her second-place finish behind Gai Waterhouse in the Kentucky Sire Stakes final that day only added to trainer Linda Toscano’s level of appreciation for the 2-year-old filly pacer. “I love her,” Toscano said about Baby Your The Best, who suffered from muscle cramping in the KYSS final on Sept. 15 and was be...
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FL court rules against Thoroughbred racing

on 09/26/2019 1:50 PM
A Florida state appeals court Wednesday said Calder Race Course, a Thoroughbred racetrack owned by Churchill Downs Inc., can continue operating slot machines even if it discontinues horse racing and offers jai alai games instead.   Harness racing at Pompano Park is being threatened by a similar tactic. The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association filed a lawsuit protesting a...
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Grinfromeartoear, 23, dies in Australia

on 09/26/2019 1:29 PM
Alabar Farms of Australia has announced that Grinfromeartoear p,3, 1:50.1 ($1,746,009) was euthanized Sept. 26 due to a health issue. Alabar added that the 23-year-old son of Artsplace did not recover from a kidney problem earlier this year. Grinfromeartoear won the 1998 Woodrow Wilson and Metro Pace at age two and the Breeders Crown and Tattersalls as a 3 year old for trainer Brett Pelling a...
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Hawthorne hires gaming CEO

on 09/26/2019 11:59 AM
In anticipation of its licensure as part of Illinois’ recent casino and gaming expansion, Hawthorne Race Course has hired Kevin Kline (LinkedIn profile) as its new CEO of Gaming. The 110-year old family-owned and operated business applied to the Illinois Gaming Board for a casino gaming license on Aug. 26 before a 60-day deadline established by the new gaming law which was signed by Illin...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Quiz anybody?

on 09/26/2019 10:37 AM
Day 2 of Backstretch With Gordon began early for me as I woke up at 5:15 a.m. I got up and ran to the window like a kid on Christmas morning so I could look outside and see wet pavement from the predicted overnight rain. Never happened. While it did drizzle for about a second an hour later, that doesn’t count. So we are now in Day 30 of the dry spell in Lexington. It’s so dry here I ...
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Keystone Eureka racing in Keystone Classic

on 09/26/2019 9:22 AM
Keystone Eureka, a winner of a division of The Standardbred stakes at the Delaware County Fair on Jugette Day, will try to build on that achievement in Saturday’s $92,499 Keystone Classic for freshman filly pacers at The Meadows.   She’ll leave from post 7 in race 9 with Tony Hall driving for trainer Ryan Miller and owner Miller Racing Stable. Saturday’s card also fe...
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Shawn Steacy second in Ont. SS standings

on 09/26/2019 9:05 AM
Shawn Steacy heads into Friday night’s two-year-old Grassroots Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park sitting second in the Ontario Sires Stakes trainer standings, just four points behind leader Gregg McNair. The 33-year-old took over official training duties from his father Mark Steacy this season and would love to keep the Johnston Cup in the family; the elder Steacy won the title in 201...
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Zulu sweeps DSBF eliminations

on 09/26/2019 9:03 AM
Favorites prevailed in 3-of-4 $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) second leg divisions for 2-year-old trotters at Harrington Raceway Wednesday evening.   Rod Allen’s Zulu ($4, Allen) was a 2:02.2 winner to complete a sweep of his eliminations for male trotters. The CR Commando gelding unleashed a powerful stretch duel after being shuffled back on the final turn, t...
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Askmelater Hanover fastest in Keystone Classics

on 09/26/2019 9:01 AM
Askmelater Hanover rolled to the front and easily turned back the late challenge of Saxon to score in 1:55.2, fastest division in Wednesday's $90,299 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The event for freshman colt and gelding trotters was contested over three divisions, with Stickler Hanover and Patriarch Hanover taking the other splits.   Saxon stalked Askmelater Hanover from the pocket...
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Classic Gent scores 50th career victory

on 09/26/2019 8:59 AM
Classic Gent paced home for his 50th career victory, winning the thirteenth race at Northfield Park on Wednesday (September 25).  The 9-year-old veteran, with 231 career starts, also has 28 seconds and 34 third-place finishes. Classic Gent (Blissfull Hall-Northern Jade-Northern Luck) has career earnings of $477,629 with a lifetime mark of 1:51.2 at Woodbine Racetrack at age four.  T...
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Final Dream scores in 1:56.2 in Philly

on 09/25/2019 5:08 PM
Despite an absence from racing of 33 days, the Cantab Hall gelding Final Dream showed he was ready for his opposition in the $16,000 trotting feature on the Wednesday afternoon card at Harrah’s Philadelphia, going by late to post a 1:56.2 victory. Driver George Napolitano Jr. positioned Final Dream in a lively outside flow, followed cover to the stretch, then tipped wide to catch Miss Y...
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Special Lexington Preview now available!

on 09/25/2019 4:05 PM
It’s Grand Circuit time at The Red Mile and in the special Lexington Preview issue you can find stories about Thursday and Friday’s Bluegrass action for 2 year olds. The eight-day meet kicks off Thursday with a trio of Bluegrass splits for first-year male trotters, and you can read what trainers George Ducharme and Jim Campbell have to say about their starters, who are moving to the ...
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Jane Ann Thomson Bell, 79, dies

on 09/25/2019 1:07 PM
Jane Ann Thomson Bell, 79, passed away in Middletown,Del., on Sept. 21, with her family around her.   In the early 2000s she started owning racehorses. She enjoyed owning racehorses that she could watch locally, such as Winbak Carl p, 1:51f ($245,621), Magic Card p, 1:52f ($143,812), Low Country Love p, 1:55.4f ($65,498), and Paper Art p, 1:53.2s ($65,193...
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Cashman talks about late father on espn

on 09/25/2019 1:03 PM
The espn website is featuring a story about NY Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman, and he reflects on the lessons he learned from his late father, well known harness racing leader John Cashman Jr.   The espn.com story is titled “How to survive 22 years as Yankees GM? Brian Cashman can thank his Hall of Fame father.” It includes comments from John Cashman Jr.'s wife,...
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