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Field set for inaugural Forest City Pace

on 10/13/2009 2:00 AM
The $189,000(C) inaugural edition of the Forest City Pace is set for Saturday night at Western Fair Raceway and will find locally-owned To Helen Back leaving from the middle of the pack with Mike Saftic in the sulky.   Saftic, one of Canada’s leading drivers for many years, will make a rare appearance at the London, Ont. half-mile oval to steer To Helen Back who has not been driven by any...
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Agricultural festival set for Saturday at Yonkers

on 10/13/2009 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway will be showcasing the Fall Harvest Festival at Empire City this Saturday night. The track will feature the best the Empire State has to offer both on and off the track. "We want to show that we are a part of the agricultural industry in New York State,” said Yonkers Raceway vice president and general manager Bob Galterio.   More than 40,000 people directly or in...
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Ontario makes slight modifications to urging rule

on 10/13/2009 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has approved some modifications to its penalty guidelines for inappropriate urging of a horse, stating, "these minor refinements to the rules represent the ORC’s commitment to making the policy, rules, and practice work better, and not to significantly modify the rules."   The rules call for two sets of penalties, one for "inappropriate urgi...
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Crawford posthumously honored with Bruce Hamilton Memorial Award

on 10/13/2009 2:00 AM
Harness Horse Breeders of New York State has announced James A. Crawford Jr. as the third annual recipient of the Bruce Hamilton Memorial Medal. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to harness horse racing and improvements of the breeding of Standardbred horses in the State of New York.   Crawford served as the president of Harness Horse Breeders for 22 years from 1985 to 2007. D...
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Pacing colts lead Lexington in dollars

on 10/12/2009 2:00 AM
This year’s Lexington Selected Sale finished on Sunday and the numbers fell about how sale managers expected. A total of 792 yearlings were sold for a gross of $27.7 million. When horses which had reserves on them are taken out of the total, the average works out to $35,003. That’s a drop of 13.6 percent from 2008, when the sale posted an average of $40,494 on a gross of $32.1 million. The med...
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Indiana yearling sale up 10 percent

on 10/12/2009 2:00 AM
With slots-enhanced purses and a breed development program that recently announced it will sweeten an already lucrative pot to the tune of $2.5 million next year, interest in the Indiana harness racing couldn’t be higher. The renewed focus on the Hoosier State was reflected in yearling prices at Indiana Standardbred Sale Company’s Select Sale, held Saturday, October 10 at the Indiana State Fai...
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Meadows moves to afternoon post

on 10/12/2009 2:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will shift to a 4:05 pm post time beginning the week of Monday, Nov. 2. It will also Fridays to its live racing schedule (pending Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission approval).   With the changes, The Meadows will offer live racing each Monday through Friday for the balance of 2009 with the exception of Thanksgiving week and the period fr...
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Windsong Espoir being syndicated by Walnut Hall Ltd.

on 10/12/2009 2:00 AM
Windsong Espoir 2,1:55.3 ($763,230), Canada’s Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of 2007, has been syndicated by Walnut Hall Ltd. and will stand at Westwind Farm in Ontario for a fee of $3,500 (Canadian). The announcement was made by Alan J. Leavitt, president of Walnut Hall Ltd.   Leavitt stated that over his many years in the breeding business, it became clear that the best indicator of a stall...
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Bulletproof pulls the trigger with 2 supplements

on 10/12/2009 2:00 AM
"It’s the Breeders Crown,” said Bulletproof Stable owner Jeffrey Brooks. “It’s a night like no other…we have to be there.”  The “we” in question are just two of the stable’s brilliant homebred pacing fillies, Yellow Diamond (in photo) and Shacked Up.     Any hesitation in writing a check for the $62,500 supplemental fee for each filly was alleviated by the pair...
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Lexington Selected average rebounds Saturday night

on 10/11/2009 2:00 AM
The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continued to show signs of a weaker marketplace this year as the average price at the fourth session, held Saturday night at the Fasig-Tipton Sale Pavilion, declined by 11.2 percent. That follows declines of 13, 14 and 16.8 percent in the previous three sessions. The median held up more on Saturday night, dipping by only 4.7 percent.   With the drop of 1...
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Services set for Brody Johnson

on 10/11/2009 2:00 AM
Funeral services have been announced for Brody Johnson, the executive assistant for Harness Tracks of America, who died last week in Fort Collins, Colorado.   Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 1 pm at Walker Mortuary in Morgan, Wyoming. Friends and family may call at the mortuary from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm prior to the services. Interment will be in Milton Cemetery. &n...
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Equity scores 1:59.4 Gold final victory

on 10/10/2009 2:00 AM
After finishing in the runner-up position in his last three starts, sophomore trotting colt Equity reclaimed his place in the victor’s chair with a Gold Final triumph at Western Fair Raceway on Friday evening.   Equity and regular reinsman Jack Moiseyev lined up at Post 4 in the $130,000 contest and were in high gear early, powering out to a one and three-quarter length lead at the first ...
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$125,000 top price at third Lex session

on 10/10/2009 2:00 AM
The third session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale mirrored the first two sessions: there were some solid prices, but overall the average price paid declined. With 156 yearlings sold, the average dropped to $34,628, down from $41,600 in the same session last year. That’s a 16.8 percent decline, following drops of 13 and 14 percent, respectively, in the average on the first two n...
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Saturday Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/10/2009 2:00 AM
Well, it's finally the final day of the two-week Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile, and it's a raw Saturday morning in Lexington. The sun is expected to come out this afternoon but the high is expected to barely reach 60. Still, it's a far cry from yesterday's nearly-all-day rain, including three monsoon-type storms that soaked the track during the afternoon. With the weather being a bit of a dow...
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Sophomore colt trotters battle in Bluegrass

on 10/10/2009 2:00 AM
With Kentucky Futurity champion Muscle Hill sitting the week out in preparation for the upcoming Breeders Crown, 27 sophomore colt and gelding trotters were entered into Saturday's Bluegrass at The Red Mile, and Explosive Matter, who has been chasing that colt all year long, took full advantage. Driven by Ron Pierce, Explosive Matter scored an open-lengths win in the third of the three $102,0...
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Lanson, Buck I St. Pat win Allerage Older Trots

on 10/10/2009 2:00 AM
Allerage action for older horses got underway Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile and Lanson was on top of his game once again, despite galloping in the post parade. Lanson took control of the $133,200 race before the half and then held off the late rally of Michaelrowyourboat to win in 1:54.1. Buck I St. Pat was able to pick up a second-over trip from just past the half and easily trotte...
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Mister Big, Tug River Princess win Allerage paces

on 10/10/2009 2:00 AM
The Allerage events for older pacers got underway at The Red Mile Saturday afternoon when Tug River Princess scored in 1:51, and a few races later Mister Big rode a two-hole trip to a 1:49.2 score in the Allerage for male pacers.   The $149,000 Allerage Horse & Gelding Open Pace got underway with plenty of horsepower as 10 were lined up behind the starting gate. Brian Sears le...
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If I Can Dream, Vintage Master take Tattersalls

on 10/10/2009 2:00 AM
Heavily-favored Well Said fared no better than fourth in the second of two divisions of the $585,000 Tattersalls Pace for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile, as If I Can Dream sprung the 13-1 upset. Vintage Master led wire to wire to win the first Tattersalls split.   Ron Pierce got away fifth with Well Said, winner earlier this year of both the Meadowland...
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Freehold hosts New Jersey Futurity splits

on 10/10/2009 2:00 AM
Tobago Cays and JK Kinahurra, both sons of Rocknroll Hanover, won divisions of the New Jersey Futurity for two-year-old pacers on Saturday, October 10 at Freehold Raceway.   The New Jersey Futurity is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey and restricted to offspring of New Jersey stallions.   Tobago Cays, who won the $34,500 first division, rea...
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Haul Away earns OSS Gold final victory

on 10/10/2009 2:00 AM
Haul Away captured his second consecutive Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final for rookie pacing colts with a sharp closing rally on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack for driver Jody Jamieson.   The gelded son of Modern Art - Armbro Reno got away fifth in the early going and watched as elimination winner Grin For Money blasted to command from the outside post 10 in a first quarter of :27.3. T...
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