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RCI lowers bute threshold

on 10/22/2010 2:00 AM
 In an effort to improve the pre-race examinations of racehorse, the Board of Directors of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) gave final approval today to lower the allowable level of phenylbutazone.   The board voted 16-0 in favor of lowering the threshold for penalty from 5 micrograms of phenylbutazone (bute) per milliliter of plasma or serum to 2 micrograms,...
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Wishing Stone in; Muscle Massive out

on 10/21/2010 2:00 AM
Sixteen 3-year-old colt trotters have been entered for Saturday’s Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile, with the field having one surprise entrant and one notable omission.   The addition is Wishing Stone, the winner of last Saturday’s Kentucky Futurity in straight heats, who was expected to bypass the race in lieu of heading to Italy for the Nov. 1 Orsi Mangelli. The omission is Hambletoni...
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2YO filly My Miss Caroline now 10 for 11

on 10/21/2010 2:00 AM
Even though she wasn’t hearing much from her rivals as she quickly opened up a four-length lead, My Miss Caroline continued to put space between herself and her opponents as she cruised under the wire with her 10th win in 11 career starts on  Wednesday night at Balmoral Park in the $45,850 Violet Stakes.   A winner in 10 of 11 starts now with earnings of $155,425, My Miss Caroline ha...
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Thursday Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/21/2010 2:00 AM
It’s another chilly Thursday morning at The Red Mile, but another terrific fall afternoon on top for today’s races. We almost reached 70 degrees yesterday, and it’s supposed to be in the mid 60s this afternoon, although the winds are expected to be steady near 20 miles an hour so it may feel cooler. But they are calling for perfect conditions Friday and Saturday with highs in the low 70s. M...
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Good news! Handle up for Mohawk meet

on 10/21/2010 2:00 AM
The average nightly wagering handle on the 2010 Mohawk Standardbred meet, which concluded Saturday, was up over last year.   The "all-sources" average nightly betting total of $1,219,867 vs. $1,201,513 in 2009, represents a 1.5% increase year over year, despite smaller average field size (8.8 in 2010 vs. 9.0 in 2009) and fewer races per card (11.0 in 2010 vs. 11.4 in 2009).   ...
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Strike An Attitude strikes big in Lexington

on 10/21/2010 2:00 AM
With no disrespect to all of the non-winning horses who competed in the 12 Breeders Crown finals Oct. 9 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, if an award was given for “The Best Effort In Defeat,” it would have gone to Strike An Attitude, who finished a late-closing second to the odds-on choice See You At Peelers in the $600,000 Two-Year-Old Filly Pace. Closing from more than 10 lengths back in nin...
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ISS 2FT splits highlight Red Mile Thursday races

on 10/21/2010 2:00 AM
The first of three divisions of the $272,000 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for 2-year-old filly trotters on a sunny and windy Thursday afternoon at The Red Mile went to Miss Sue V in 1:56.1, who raced barefoot behind after trainer Paul Kelley pulled her hind shoes before the race. Massive Drama sprung a 15-1 upset in the second division with a 1:57.1 effort while Lady Rainbow, a dead-heat wi...
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Air Stewart takes home OSS gold

on 10/21/2010 2:00 AM
The Ben Wallace trainee, Air Stewart committed first over at the half and overtook heavily favored Buckhams Bay down the stretch to score in Thursday night’s $130,000 OSS Gold final for 2-year-old trotting colts at Mohawk Racetrack.   Imperial Count (Steve Condren) took command off the gate from post nine but allowed Buckhams Bay (Jacques Hebert) to clear to the lead past the opening pan...
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Wednesday Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/20/2010 2:00 AM
It’s back to the track on Wednesday morning, although it’s a little chilly and a jacket was required. But I plan on shedding that later for the races as the high today, as well as tomorrow, is expected to reach the mid 60s, and on Friday and Saturday it is supposed to be in the low 70s. More picture-perfect weather for The Red Mile, and with this year’s two-week Grand Circuit meet two weeks ...
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RMTC issues new withdrawal guidelines

on 10/20/2010 2:00 AM
Based on the recommendation of its Scientific Advisory Committee, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors has recommended scientifically identified withdrawal guidelines and plasma thresholds for the short-acting bronchodilator glycopyrrolate, the muscle relaxant methocarbamol, and four anabolic steroids, three of which are endogenous (naturally occurring) in the hor...
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Red Mile action: Intense America sets mark

on 10/20/2010 2:00 AM
Intense America trotted to a national season's best of 1:54.4 while capturing the first of three $10,000 divisions of the Winky's Goal late-closing series for 2-year-old fillies Wednesday afternoon at The Red Mile. The other two splits went to Decolletage in 1:57.3 and Whatsamata Hanover in 1:58.3.   Tim Tetrick was in the sulky behind Intense America, who was moved to the lead in the final...
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Admiral's Express dies after breaking leg

on 10/20/2010 2:00 AM
MIchigan owner Ed Sayfie is grieving after learning this morning that his beloved horse Admiral's Express had to be euthanized after breaking a leg Tuesday night. The 14-year-old gelding was retired from racing earlier this year after compiling an incredible record of 353-86-53-44, taking a mark of 1:49.2 at age nine, and earning $1.7 million.   "Charles Wellington, who takes care of and lo...
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Meadowlands opens with $50,000 Pick 4 pool

on 10/20/2010 2:00 AM
 Meadowlands Racetrack's fall meet kicks off Saturday with an Oktoberfest celebration, a $50,000 guaranteed Pick Four pool, and bonus player rewards.   Post time for the 11-race card is 7 p.m. The Pick Four returns in race six with a $50,000 guaranteed pool. The Pick Four payout averaged $4,266 for a $1 ticket during the January-August meet, with an average pool size of $78,126. The P...
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NJ Democrats announce plans for AC, racing

on 10/19/2010 2:00 AM
New Jersey Democratic lawmakers announced Monday that they have a plan to revitalize Atlantic City and horse racing in the state, and it includes a push for legalized internet betting for Atlantic City's casinos.   According to a story in the Newark Star Ledger, the proposal also calls for streamlining operations at the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park, experimenting with new kinds of wag...
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Mike Stevenson suspended five years

on 10/19/2010 2:00 AM
Mike Stevenson, who was born in New Brunswick and returned to the Maritimes following the 2002 racing season after competing for many years in the United States, has been suspended for five years after testing positive for a controlled substance at Summerside Raceway in Prince Edward Island. Stevenson, 45, previously received a 127-day suspension in 2000 from the Maryland Racing Commission after ...
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Hanover's yearling videos now online

on 10/19/2010 2:00 AM
The Hanover Shoe Farms videos for those yearlings selling at Harrisburg from Monday, Nov. 8 through Thursday, Nov. 11 are now available at the Hanover website www.hanoverpa.com.    To access the videos please click on “Harrisburg Yearling Videos now Online” select HARRISBURG 2010 YEARLINGS or the year of foaling (2009) and the sale location (Harrisburg) and they will be available.
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Dreamfair Eternal set to go in Forest City elims

on 10/19/2010 2:00 AM
The best pacing mare in North America right now, Breeders Crown champion Dreamfair Eternal, is one of 10 top performers set to contest two eliminations of the Forest City Pace on Saturday night at Western Fair Raceway, the richest card ever in the track’s history.   In addition to hosting the two $15,000 Forest City eliminations, Saturday’s card at the London, Ont. half-mile oval also...
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Today tells story of owner whose horses pay for wells

on 10/19/2010 2:00 AM
Harness horse owner Ken Wood, whose story was told in The Horseman And Fair World magazine two years ago by Delaware journalist Heather Moffett, was featured on NBC's Today show on Tuesday morning. The Today show segment was titled "Your Life Calling Today," and Jane Pauley interviewed Wood about his work drilling wells in the African nation of Ghana so that people can have clean water. &nbs...
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Delaware trotters compete in DSBF

on 10/18/2010 2:00 AM
Four divisions of 2-year-old trotters competed in $20,000 divisions Sunday in the second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes at Harrington Raceway. The $100,000 finals for both pacers and trotters will take place Monday, Oct. 25.   In the first division for colts, Winbak Farm and Leblanc Racing’s Obey the Command (Brad Hanners) was a 2:06.3 winner with a fron...
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Horseman suspended after animal cruelty charges

on 10/18/2010 2:00 AM
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board has summarily suspended the occupational license of an owner-trainer who has been charged with beating a horse in Orange County, NY. The story made local news reports.   Dean M. Eckley, 27, of Loda, Ill., was arrested on Oct. 8 by the Mount Hope (N.Y.) Police Department in Orange County on a charge of cruelty to animals after he allegedly drove a...
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