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$350,000 top price at Lexington Selected

on 10/13/2010 2:00 AM
The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale got underway Wednesday night and despite concerns that the crowd might be light, the inside sale pavilion was full shortly after the first horse was brought into the ring. Prices held their own compared to 2009, but the top price of $350,000 eclipsed the highest price at last year's sale ($270,000 for a trotting colt).   A total of 94 horses went through...
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A trio of Gold elims contested at Mohawk

on 10/12/2010 2:00 AM
Despite dirty weather conditions, a trio of OSS Gold eliminations for two-year-old trotting fillies were contested tonight at Mohawk Racetrack.Race-time favorite, Peach Martini delivered in the first elimination for trainer/driver Rick Zeron.My Whispering Eye (Anthony MacDonald) was the quickest off the gate as she took command from post eight posting first quarter speed of :28.4.My Whispering Eye...
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Melnichenko, Bongiorno are Billings winners

on 10/12/2010 2:00 AM
"Joey The Lad” Bongiorno and Vladimir “Butch” Melnichenko each copped their respective divisions of  Billings Trots  at Saratoga Raceway on October 11.   For Bongiorno, perhaps it was fitting that 17 year old won on Columbus Day. However, for  the New Jersey High School student it marked  his second consecutive victory in amateur competition though he had to cut sc...
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Taylor Vit dies after Lexington accident

on 10/12/2010 2:00 AM
Taylor Vit, 22, the son of Standardbred owner-breeder Bill Vit, who races his horses under the name Bowl Stables, died Monday afternoon after a crash Sunday in which the sport utility vehicle he was driving rear-ended a LexTran bus in Lexington. Vit was an assistant captain of the University of Kentucky hockey team who also worked at Saga Farm in Georgetown, Ky.   Vit, of Villanov...
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Tuesday Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/12/2010 2:00 AM
So here we are on another sun-drenched morning at The Red Mile on Tuesday. I say “we” because it’s not just me who is walking around the backstretch but I feel I am taking all of you readers on my travels as well. Remember, “we” can often be imitated but never duplicated, and what a wealth of information “we” learned this morning. And what a difference from yesterday as a lot of the...
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Merriman to return to action Friday

on 10/12/2010 2:00 AM
Aaron Merriman, who led all North American harness drivers when he was seriously injured in a racing spill at The Meadows on June 11, will return to the sulky at Northfield Park, his home track, on Friday, Oct. 15. The return is coming several months earlier than was originally thought.   "I am not going to try to drive full cards or anything," said Merriman, who ranks second at Northfield ...
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Meadowlands opens Oct. 23; plans for 2011

on 10/12/2010 2:00 AM
As the Meadowlands readies for this fall’s harness meet, plans are also underway for 2011. “No one should doubt that there will be a 2011 meet at the Meadowlands – anywhere from 100 to 141 dates -- and it will feature the highest quality of racing with purses ranging from good to industry leading, depending on the success of our negotiations,” said Tom Luchento, president of the Standardbr...
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Backstretch With Gordon

on 10/11/2010 2:00 AM
Now that the Games are over, let the Games begin! Delayed two weeks due to the World Equestrian Games being held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, the Grand Circuit stand at The Red Mile is set to get underway Wednesday, although the first of the big stakes races—the Bluegrass 2-Year-Old Filly Trot—isn’t scheduled until Thursday. So here I am at The Red Mile on a glorious Monday morn...
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Despite sore foot, Chucky headed to Red Mile

on 10/11/2010 2:00 AM
Trainer Chuck Sylvester, reached by cell phone Monday afternoon by harnessracing.com while he was traveling from his home in New Jersey to Kentucky, where the two-week Grand Circuit stand at The Red Mile begins on Wednesday, said his 3-year-old colt trotter Lucky Chucky is also headed to the Bluegrass and a likely start in Saturday’s Kentucky Futurity despite a stubborn foot problem. Afte...
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Shark Gesture retired from racing

on 10/11/2010 2:00 AM
The 7-year-old pacing stallion Shark Gesture p, 2, 1:51.3; 3, 1:49.1; 1:48.1, a winner of $2.8 million, has been retired from racing following his unfortunate break in stride in a Breeders Crown championship on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   "The high check ligament problem that prompted his retirement in the middle of his 4-year-old racing season has come back," said...
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Ohio horseman Frank Todd Jr. dies

on 10/11/2010 2:00 AM
Frank Todd Jr., 66, died Sunday night or early Monday morning in a fire in Delaware, Ohio. The Ohio horseman trained and drove such notable Ohio Sire Stakes performers as Oopsie, Ataxia, and Flashy Message.   Additional details, including survivors, will be posted when available. 
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Fox Valley Armor wins Meadows feature

on 10/11/2010 2:00 AM
Getting the pocket trip he needed following a month’s layoff, Fox Valley Armor charged through the Lightning Lane to capture Monday’s $22,500 Preferred Pace at The Meadows — his 11th victory this year.   Although Fox Valley Armor hadn’t competed since Sept. 13, Tony Hall sent him toward the front, where he settled in behind War Boots, who cut ambitious fractions of 26.1/54.3. Fox Va...
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Meadowlands LC nominations due Friday

on 10/11/2010 2:00 AM
Nominations for Meadowlands Racetrack's six fall stakes series close Friday, Oct. 15. Applications for the late-closing series are available under the Horsemen section of Meadowlands Racetrack.com http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/content.aspx?id=1509 . The fall meet begins Saturday, Oct. 23 and runs weekends through Dec. 18. Post time is 7 pm Friday and Saturday night.   All six stakes e...
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$2.25 million handled on Crown card at Pocono

on 10/10/2010 2:00 AM
A Pennsylvania harness racing wagering record was set at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Breeders Crown night as approximately $2.25 million was wagered in North America on the card. The previous Pocono Downs handle record was approximately $975,000 on a Kentucky Derby day about 10 years ago.   The program with 12 Breeders Crown events at  Pocono fell just shy of the eight-Crown champio...
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Division leaders shine in Illinois

on 10/09/2010 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled freshmen took center stage on Friday, Oct. 8th at Maywood Park as a full field of eight two-year-old pacing colts battled in the $60,350 Cardinal Stake Final while their female counterparts slugged it out in the $54,800 Violet Stake Final.     Proving once again that he is the top colt in the division the Roger Welch trained He’s So Hot grabbed comman...
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A Ps Money Maker in Mohawk track record

on 10/09/2010 2:00 AM
Fresh off a second place effort in the Milton Stakes final on September 25, A Ps Money Maker wore down pace-setter Arts Diva down the stretch to capture the $38,000 Fillies & Mares Open Pace setting a new track record of 1:49.1 in the process.Arts Diva (Paul MacDonell) blasted to the lead off the gate and took her four rivals past the opening panel in :26.2 with Meredith Maguire N (Luc Ouellet...
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Bongiorno wins AHDC event at Freehold

on 10/09/2010 2:00 AM
For most high school students, leaving early from school usually involves a trip to the doctor, dentist or some other mundane adventure. However, when 17-year-old Joe Bongiorno left Colts Neck Regional High School in New Jersey for a few hours on Friday afternoon (Oct. 8), his story may have raised more than a few eyebrows in the school's administrative office.Now, they will have to add, "Leaving ...
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Buck I St. Pat, Enough Talk post Crown wins

on 10/09/2010 2:00 AM
The debut event of the 12-race Breeders Crown extravaganza at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday began with the $250,000 Open Mare Trot and was won by defending Crown champion Buck I St. Pat in dominant fashion. That race was followed up by an open-lengths score by Enough Talk i the $600,000 Open Trot.    Driven by  Tim Tetrick for trainer Ronnie Burke and owne...
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Upsets in Breeders Crown 2-year-old trots

on 10/09/2010 2:00 AM
After finishing fourth last weekend in his Breeders Crown elimination for 2-year-old colt trotters--while charted making a break three separate times--Manofmanymissions did not have a spot in Saturday night's $600,000 final at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. But when trainer Noel Daley scratched Broad Bahn--who had won his elim--prior to the draw last Tuesday morning, the first also-eligible Man...
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Break The Bank K, Impressive Kemp upset

on 10/09/2010 2:00 AM
The $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Trots for both sexes Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs turned out to be the story of beaten favorites as both Lucky Chucky and Behindclosedoors went down to upstart challengers Break The Bank K and Impressive Kemp in their respective events.   In the Colt Trot, what was expected to be a battle between divisional standouts Lucky Chucky a...
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