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O'Brien Award winner Elusive Desire retired

on 10/29/2010 2:00 AM
Trainer Mike Keeling has announced that two-time O'Brien Award winner Elusive Desire has been retired from racing and that breeder Valley High Stable has agreed to purchase the mare. The announcement comes in the form of a video interview with WEG's media department.   Elusive Desire, a daughter of Angus Hall, has had an off season with earnings just under $100,000. She has earned more than...
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Holiday Road to stand at Seelster Farms

on 10/29/2010 2:00 AM
Seelster Farms announced Friday that they have acquired an interest in Holiday Road 2,1:54; 3,1:52.4 ($426,200), who will stand at their Lucan, Ont. farm starting with the 2011 breeding season.   A $115,000 yearling purchase, Holiday Road is the full brother to former Ontario sire and Breeders Crown winner Ken Warkentin 2, 1:55.3; 3, 1:52.3 ($902,355). Holiday Road is a son o...
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Pardon to be supplemented to Am-Nat

on 10/29/2010 2:00 AM
Pardon, the number one freshman filly pacer in Illinois, will get the chance to compete on next month’s American-National Night at Balmoral Park.   “Dick (owner Balog) has decided to supplement Pardon to the American-National,” said the talented filly’s trainer Dirk Simpson. “We talked about it and Dick says she deserved the opportunity to race in the American-National a...
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Ontario suspends Morrill indefinitely

on 10/29/2010 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission has suspended driver Jim Morrill Jr. from racing indefinitely. The action was taken Thursday, Oct. 28.   Last Saturday Kentucky stewards asked Morrill  to turn in his Kentucky Racing Commission license when he refused to take a breathalyzer test at The Red Mile. Morrill was seen steering a horse erratically in the post parade. He was examine...
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Sammy Syd set to tackle best in Forest City final

on 10/29/2010 2:00 AM
"She is basically a part of the family and is spoiled rotten," noted Gord Young of Sammy Syd who will tackle some of the best pacing mares in North America in Saturday night’s $167,000 Forest City Pace Final at Western Fair.   "We’ve been lucky to have her and have turned down some pretty good offers for her. We want to keep her and eventually breed her ourselves," said Young,&n...
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Red Star Hottie wins Meadows feature in 1:53.3

on 10/29/2010 2:00 AM
Red Star Hottie charged right to the lead and scored a facile front-end victory — her 10th win this season — in Friday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.Although Red Star Hottie hadn’t raced since Oct. 11, Dave Palone sent her forward from post 7. She encountered a contested 27.1 opening panel but got a 29 breather the next quarter. Unchallenged thereafter, ...
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Flirtiscape, J T's Mr. Lavec win at Yonkers

on 10/29/2010 2:00 AM
Flirtiscape (George Brennan) patrolled a Friday night pocket, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $38,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   It was a two-speed number, as Flirtiscape was in play from post position No. 4. He was stuffed in behind 9-10 favorite Symphony in Motion (Jeff Gregory) before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. After a :57.2 intermission, last week's winner, Betting o...
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Indiana-bred yearling brings $107,000 final bid

on 10/29/2010 2:00 AM
Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale kicked off its two-day event Friday, October 29 with a strong first session. Bolstered by notable out-of-state horsemen looking to invest in Indiana’s lucrative program, yearlings brought record prices Friday, with a Southwind Elian filly bringing a $107,000 final bid. All told, 202 yearlings passed through the sale ring Friday grossing $2.25 million. The session av...
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Crys Dream sets mark in Goldsmith Maid elim

on 10/29/2010 2:00 AM
A pair of $25,000 Goldsmith Maid eliminations took place Friday night featuring the best two-year-old trotting fillies in North America. Crys Dream scored in a new Woodbine Racetrack track record in the first elimination with Massive Drama posting an upset in the second.   Driver Luc Ouellette sent Crys Dream to the lead and never looked back as she lowered the track record stopping the clo...
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Extreme Yankee triumphs in Vernon feature

on 10/29/2010 2:00 AM
Extreme Yankee parlayed a pocket trip into a 1:57.4 victory in Friday night’s $13,200 featured seventh race at Vernon Downs.   With Claude Huckabone, III doing the steering for owner and trainer Brett Smith in the week’s top Miracle Mile trotting test, Extreme Yankee ($21.60) drafted along in second behind the pace-setting Armbro Doyle until the stretch drive, and then used hustle and m...
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Takter trainees sweep Big M series divisions

on 10/29/2010 2:00 AM
Although he is known as a trotting master, trainer Jimmy Takter sent out a trio of young pacers to victory as Meadowlands Racetrack's fall stakes series kicked off Friday night.   Takter swept two of the three $15,000 divisons of the No No Yankee for 2-year-old colts with High Noon and Rockstar Temper. High Noon crushed his foes by 3 1/2 lengths in the eighth race division. Driven by Yanni...
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Monticello moves post to 12:25 on Nov. 1

on 10/27/2010 2:00 AM
Beginning Monday, Nov. 1, and continuing throughout the remainder of the year all post times at Monticello Gaming & Raceway will be at 12:25 p.m.   "With the change to Eastern Standard Time forthcoming we will begin our racing programs 25 minutes earlier starting in November,” noted track assistant general manager, Shawn Wiles. “We annually set our post times earlier during this ti...
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SJ's Minolta gets picture taken at The Meadows

on 10/27/2010 2:00 AM
SJ’s Minolta used a quarter-pole move to make the lead, then held on late to capture Tuesday’s $22,500 Fillies and Mares Preferred Handicap--her second straight victory in The Meadows’ top distaff trot. SJ’s Minolta defeated BV’s Sister by a head in 1:55, with Pilgrims Stunner third.   David Wade trains the 4-year-old daughter of S J’s Photo-TJ’s Royal Tigress and owns her wit...
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Hanover yearlings available for x-ray & scoping

on 10/27/2010 2:00 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms has announced that approved customers will be permitted to make radiographic (x-ray) and endoscopic (scoping) examinations of Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings at the Hanover Fairgrounds prior to their being shipped to Harrisburg.   Such examinations will not be permitted after the horses arrive in Harrisburg.  For further information, contact Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky at 7...
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Despite suspension, Morrill drives at Pocono

on 10/27/2010 2:00 AM
Although driver Jim Morrill Jr. was taken off his drives midway through last Saturday afternoon’s card at The Red Mile for allegedly being drunk and refusing to take a breathalyzer test, which led to his indefinite suspension by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, he was allowed to drive Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and will again be in the sulky Wednesday night. “We already...
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Southwind Tempo, Tug River Princess Retired

on 10/27/2010 2:00 AM
Owner Eric Cherry told harnessracing.com today that the planned retirement of Southwind Tempo, who set a world record of 1:48.2 in winning a division of the Allerage on closing day at The Red Mile, was official and that she would be joined in retirement by his other award-winning mare, Tug River Princess. “We’d talked about it with Southwind Tempo, before the Lexington race,” said Cherry. ...
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Handle up 3.3% at Grand River meet

on 10/27/2010 2:00 AM
Grand River Raceway concluded its 2010 race season on October 25, posting an increase in handle, dining room sales and attendance.   In 2010, the on-track wager for Grand River’s live racing product increased 3.3 percent over the previous year, returning wagering on live racing to the level of 2008. Although it was a slow start during the first third of the 69-day season and wagering leve...
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Faraldo addresses Gural's points in new letter

on 10/27/2010 2:00 AM
Joe Faraldo, the president of the Standardbred Owners Association (SOA) of New York, has written the following letter, dated Oct. 27, to the New York State Assembly and Senate members. Faraldo's letter comes just two days after Jeff Gural, the owner of Tioga and Vernon Downs and a Standardbred breeder and owner, wrote why he thought some concessions by the horse industry in the New York City ...
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Ten straight for Northern Chief at Monticello

on 10/27/2010 2:00 AM
Northern Chief equaled the  Monticello Raceway track record of 10 consecutive victories on Wednesday when Mike Merton drove the 7-year-old Apache’s Fame gelding to a 1:59.3 triumph over the muddy racetrack. Northern Chief’s victory tied him with Hogies Cam (2008) and Mr. Thinker (2010), who each won 10 races in a row.   Northern Chief defeated favored Doug...
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Western Graduate gives Napolitano a milestone

on 10/27/2010 2:00 AM
Western Graduate, the 2007 Jugette winner, made her initial appearance of the season at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Wednesday night a successful one. Driven by George Napolitano Jr. and trained by Lou Pena, Western Graduate captured the $24,000 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares in 1:51.4.   The victory was the 300th for Napolitano Jr. at the northeastern Pennsylvania racetrack. ...
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