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Muscle Hill wins Futurity Final in 1:51.1

on 10/03/2009 2:00 AM
The final heat of the 117th edition of the Kentucky Futurity turned into a case of "Catch me if you can" as Muscle Hill protected his rail starting position and led at every quarter-mile call before exploding to an open-lengths victory in 1:51.1 Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile.   Driver Brian Sears and Muscle Hill left from post one, and surprisingly the Illinois trotter Dr. McDreamy lef...
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Vintage Master bounces back in Bluegrass

on 10/03/2009 2:00 AM
Vintage Master won a $125,500 Bluegrass Series division with a front-end effort that he sustained to the wire, breaking the beam at the finish line in 1:49.4. Dan Dube drove the Adios winner for trainer Jimmy Takter.   Vintage Master started from post six and Dube had him on the lead by the quarter in :26.4. He peeled off splits in :54.4 and 1:22.3 before coasting home by open lengths. Carn...
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Shark Gesture takes Allerage elim

on 10/03/2009 2:00 AM
Eleven older horses lined up behind the gate in an Allerage Farms elimination Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile, with only the last-place finisher not returning next weekend for the rich final. George Brennan directed Shark Gesture to the 1:49.2 victory, the 6-year-old son of Cam's Card Shark's seventh win of the year in 26 starts.   Shark Gesture held the lead down the stretch as Bre...
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Friday Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/02/2009 2:00 AM
I guess Friday morning should be an Almost In The Backstretch column as the weather in Lexington is miserable: rainy, windy and cool. It’s supposed to stay like this until late afternoon, but it appears the Kentucky Filly Futurity race card will be raced on an off track. You know it’s not pretty since post time for the card has already been moved back an hour to 1:30. Since I didn’t want to ...
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Red Mile post time moved to 1:30 p.m.

on 10/02/2009 2:00 AM
Post time for Friday afternoon Kentucky Filly Futurity race card at The Red Mile has been moved back an hour to 1:30 p.m. due to rain that has been falling since the early morning hours in Lexington, Ky. The two eliminations for the $378,000 Filly Futurity are scheduled as the sixth and seventh races, with the second heat carded as the 10th race. Also on the 12-race program (13, if a Filly Fu...
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Pierce granted stay of 10-day whipping suspension

on 10/02/2009 2:00 AM
Kentucky Horse Racing Authority executive director Lisa Underwood told harnessracing.com Friday afternoon that driver Ron Pierce has been given a stay of his 10-day suspension for violating the one-handed whipping rule in a race earlier in the week at The Red Mile. Pierce's suspension was scheduled to begin Sunday, Oct. 4, which would have meant he would have missed the second week of Grand Circui...
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OK To Play, Broadway Schooner, Seaside win Filly Futurity elims

on 10/02/2009 2:00 AM
Daniel Dube moved OK To Play from third to first at the opening quarter and the sophomore trotter led the rest of the way to win the first of three $65,520 eliminations for the $378,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity Friday afternoon at The Red Mile. The time of the mile was 1:53.4 over a track rated "fast" after morning rains caused a one-hour delay in post time. The second elim was won by Broadway...
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Bluegrass 3FP divisions contested

on 10/02/2009 2:00 AM
Jim Morrill Jr. tipped Showherthemoney three wide off a third-over trip turning for home and the daughter of Cam's Card Shark rallied to win the first of two $101,500 Bluegrass divisions for 3-year-old filly pacers in 1:51.3 Friday afternoon at The Red Mile. Also closing in the middle of stretch to win the second split was Shanghai Lil and driver Mike Lachance in 1:51.2.   Showherthemo...
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Seaside Wins Filly Futurity

on 10/02/2009 2:00 AM
David Miller was first to the lead with Seaside in the second heat of the $380,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity Friday afternoon at The Red Mile, and then after relinquishing control to OK To Play and Daniel Dube approaching the half, found room along the pylons in midstretch to emerge the winner of the trotting classic for 3 year olds.   If any of the elim winners won the second heat the w...
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Freehold place to be for Green Acres finals

on 10/02/2009 2:00 AM
Nice Dream trotted to the lead at the quarter-mile pole and drew off to a 12-length victory in 1:58.1 to capture the $50,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres final for 3-year-old colts and geldings Friday at Freehold Raceway.   In the $50,000 NJSS Green Acres final for 3-year-old trotting fillies, Ringside Lauryn benefited from a break in the stretch by Jeansandatshirt to win in 1:59...
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Maywood hosts Violet & Cardinal eliminations

on 10/02/2009 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled two-year-olds were the focus of attention on a cold and rainy Friday night at Maywood Park as the Violet & Cardinal Stake eliminations were contested over a sloppy track.   With a total of 15 two-year-old pacing fillies entered for the Violet a pair of $7,500 preliminaries were contested. The top four finishers in each division will now return next Friday,...
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Bouchard reaches 7,000 career victories

on 10/02/2009 2:00 AM
Stephane Bouchard Friday night did what he's done for the better part of this decade...find his way into Yonkers Raceway's winner's circle. However, his trip there with the mare Winnie the Who was more than a bit special, doubling as the 7,000th victory of his driving career.   "Winnie," a 5-year-old daughter of Emile Angus, stuck her tongue out at just the right moment, winning the $20,000...
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Brainard entry bulletproof in OSS Gold elims

on 10/02/2009 2:00 AM
A late-charging Kabbalah Karen B captured the first of two Ontario Sires Stakes Gold eliminations for sophomore pacing fillies Friday evening, October 2 at Mohawk, while her stablemate Yellow Diamond made short work of her rivals in the second to deliver a sweep for trainer Tracy Brainard and the Bulletproof Enterprises.   In the first of the two $40,000 tilts, Kabbalah Karen B and Sylvain ...
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Donation made to help Justin Hall

on 10/01/2009 2:00 AM
The Horsemen’s Unicorn Foundation (HUF) recently completed its 2009 golf and fund raising event on Monday in Lexington and became aware of Justin Hall’s situation. Hall was severely injured in a racing accident on Aug. 31 at the Noble County Fair in Caldwell, Ohio.   As a result, the Foundation will make a $5,000 donation to Hall, in care of the Huntington Bank, Justin Hall Do...
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Thursday Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/01/2009 2:00 AM
What a glorious Thursday morning it is in Lexington. It was a bit chilly when I arrived at The Red Mile but the sun was out and the temperature quickly rose. Doesn’t look like jacket weather this afternoon for the races as the high should reach 70. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for Friday though as the forecast calls for rain and cooler conditions. And don’t forget if you’re heading to Th...
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Pierce suspended 10 days for whipping at Red Mile

on 10/01/2009 2:00 AM
Driver Ron Pierce has been given a 10-day suspension by The Red Mile stewards for violation of the whipping rule Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 29, during the stretch drive of one of the Bluegrass divisions for 2-year-old filly trotters. The offense is appealable, but one has not yet been filed by Thursday afternoon for the suspension which is scheduled to begin Sunday, Oct. 4, and r...
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Bluegrass 2CT splits held at Red Mile

on 10/01/2009 2:00 AM
Shaq Is Back won the first of five divisions of the $422,000 Bluegrass for 2-year-old colt trotters Thursday afternoon at The Red Mile, scoring in 1:55.3 for trainer-driver Ray Schnittker. The win in the $84,600 split was the fifth in 10 starts this year for the son of Credit Winner.   Schnittker found room along the inside in midstretch to take the lead from a tiring Caviar De Vie. As...
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Sam Stathis to be honored in Monticello

on 10/01/2009 2:00 AM
When the Monticello-Goshen chapter of the US Harness Writers Association holds its 51st annual awards banquet at Kutshers Country Club on Sunday evening, Oct. 25, Sam Stathis will be this years recipient of the chapter’s Most Happy Fella Award in recognition of  the terrific year he has had with the filly trotters that he bred and raised on his Celebrity Farms in Middletown, NY.  ...
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RMTC announces new initiatives

on 10/01/2009 2:00 AM
Moving forward with its initiative to significantly change the structure of drug testing in U.S. horse racing, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors has approved the formation of a committee to oversee the implementation of the Drug Testing Initiative (DTI) Task Force recommendations on quality assurance and laboratory accreditation programs for U.S. horse racing d...
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One More Laugh wins PASS final in 1:50.2

on 09/30/2009 2:00 AM
On a night when $1 million in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship purses inspired a card full of young talent, world champion One More Laugh shined brightest if all, romping to a track record of 1:50.2 in the final for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers Tuesday at The Meadows.   Each of the four PASS freshman championships carried a $200,000 purse, while a like number of c...
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