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Glidemaster colt tops sale at $270,000

on 10/08/2009 2:00 AM
Just like last year, the sale topper in the opening session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale was an offspring of Pizza Dolce, the 2002 Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year and the dam of stakes winner Bella Dolce. This year's Pizza Dolce offspring, a Glidemaster colt, was bought with a bid of $270,000 by trainer Blair Burgess, who trained the Triple Crown winner Glidemaste...
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Cams Van Go, Ginger And Fred Win Keystone Classics

on 10/08/2009 2:00 AM
Saddled with seven consecutive losses, Cams Van Go snapped that streak decisively Wednesday at The Meadows with a front-end victory in a Keystone Classic division. Ginger And Fred captured the other split in the $83,800 event for Pennsylvania-bred 3-year-old pacing fillies.   Cams Van Go raced from off the pace, with limited success, in such marquee events as the Jugette and the Quinton Pat...
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HTA's Brody Johnson Dies

on 10/08/2009 2:00 AM
Brody Johnson, Harness Tracks of America’s young executive assistant, was found dead Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 7, in his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.   Mr. Johnson, a graduate of the Race Track Industry Program at the University of Arizona, had worked with Stan Bergstein and Paul Estok at HTA the past six years, producing the monthly racing surveys and studies that have been a shining ...
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Thursday Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/08/2009 2:00 AM
It was a bright, sunshine-filled Thursday morning at The Red Mile in Lexington (although it was drizzling when I left home but it never rained at the track) as I began strolling through the backstretch. I promised my colleague, Gen Sullivan, I would stroll, since she told me I was doing too much wandering. Maybe it's just a matter of semantics! I strolled last night throug...
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Stratton wins All-America Pace at Monticello

on 10/08/2009 2:00 AM
Monticello Raceway's Heritage Drivers Series final, dubbed the All-America Pace, pitted the winners of each of the eight preliminary races for different ethnicities on Wednesday afternoon, and when the shouting ended Jordan Stratton emerged victorious. The talented youngster reined Bolero Artifice to a two-length victory over Billy Parker Jr and Night Mystery in a 1:59.4 clocking. Jimmy ...
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Record number of claims at Yonkers

on 10/08/2009 2:00 AM
Fueled by higher purses driven by VLTs and increased simulcast exports and revenue through expanding outlets and 244 days of racing, the claiming business is booming at Yonkers Raceway. Since the beginning of 2009, some 558 horses went through the claiming ranks at Yonkers.   While the number of successful claims are huge, they represent but a fraction of the number of claims slips put in b...
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Box closes Monday for Breeders Crown supplements

on 10/08/2009 2:00 AM
The countdown has begun on supplements and entries for the U.S.$5 million Breeders Crown Events, to be raced Saturday, Oct. 24, at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. The $600,000 (guaranteed) Breeders Crown sophomore events carry a supplemental tag of $62,500 (US).   Supplemental declarations for the four 3-year-old events are due and payable on Monday, Oct. 12, by 12 noon in the raci...
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Freshman colt trotters in ISS action

on 10/08/2009 2:00 AM
He's Spooky won the first of five divisions of the $345,000 International Stallion Stake (ISS) for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters on a cool Thursday afternoon at The Red Mile. Driven by Mike Lachance, He's Spooky trotted the mile in 1:56 to earn his maiden-breaking victory in his sixth attempt.   Lachance got away fourth with He's Spooky from post one and was sitting there was Caviar ...
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Power Of A Moment puts 7-race win streak on line at Maywood

on 10/08/2009 2:00 AM
The top 2-year-old pacers of both sexes in Illinois will be on display Friday night as the $56,650 Violet and $51,900 Cardinal share billing on a 14-race program at Maywood Park. Post time for the card is 7:10 pm (central).   Carded as race five on the program, the Violet is headed by the John Butenschoen trained and Stretch It Again Stables entry of Fox Valle...
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Services set for horseman Jack Koth Jr.

on 10/07/2009 2:00 AM
Jack Koth Jr., 63, of Howell and Oradell, NJ, a longtime trainer, driver and owner, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Visiting will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, at the William G. Basralian Funeral Home, 559 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell. Religious services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at the funeral home with interment following at George Washington Memorial ...
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Favorites prevail in Indiana Sires Stakes action

on 10/07/2009 2:00 AM
Two Indiana Sires Stakes contests for freshman colt pacers were held Tuesday, October 6 at Indiana Downs, with favorites prevailing in both splits. Iron Claw and trainer Charlie Conrad won the first $25,000 division with a 1:58.1 performance. Viking Kilowatt and Trent Stohler claimed the other second round split in 1:57.3.   Starting from post three in the nine-horse field, Iron Claw and Co...
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Tidewater Tomahawk edges Arctic Warrior

on 10/07/2009 2:00 AM
Tidewater Tomahawk overcame a brutal trip to win a stirring stretch duel with Arctic Warrior and capture a Keystone Classic division for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers in 1:51.4 Tuesday at The Meadows. Wambam Sam took the other split in the $101,200 event for Pennsylvania-breds.   Leaving from post seven, Tidewater Tomahawk was parked three wide to the quarter before finding a spot...
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Wednesday Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/07/2009 2:00 AM
It’s a brisk Wednesday morning in Lexington, thankfully the sun is out to make it comfortable enough to be in the backstretch at The Red Mile. At least the sun is shining to make me feel a bit better about my Detroit Tigers losing last night.   If I can digress from racing for a moment and go back to last night, the Tigers-Twins tiebreaker game was one of the most exciting ball games I’...
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Higher And Higher sets season's mark in ISS

on 10/07/2009 2:00 AM
Higher And Higher scored a national season's best 1:51.2 victory in the first of three divisions of the $313,000 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers Wednesday afternoon at The Red Mile. Driven by Dave Palone, Higher And Higher routed her competition with a 10-length score as she lowered the previous 2009 standard for first-year filly pacers shared by Native Doll and ...
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Economy a factor for sale

on 10/07/2009 2:00 AM
Despite the economy, this year’s Lexington Selected Yearling Sale might generate good results. The reason is simple: Purse money. Thanks to expanded gaming at racetracks in several racing areas, there is more purse money available today than three years ago. Here’s an example of how much money is out there: Through Sept. 30, 126 two year olds had earned $100,000 or more this season, with the...
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Dwane Parker recovering from training mishap

on 10/07/2009 2:00 AM
Veteran trainer Dwane Parker, 72, is recuperating at home following a training mishap at The Meadows that left him with multiple transverse process fractures and deep brusing.   “The good news is that the injuries are stable,” said Parker's son, Norm, who trains with him at The Meadows. “The doctor fitted him with a brace and gave him medication to ease the inflammation.   "But...
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ISS action continues at Indiana Downs

on 10/06/2009 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs played host to the second round of Indiana Sires Stakes action for freshman filly pacers Monday, October 5, carding two $30,000 contests. Sawgrass Farms’ Electric Presence captured the first division in 1:55.4 while Steve Carter’s Dark Alley Sally claimed victory with a 1:56 performance in the second split.   Electric Presence and driver Sam Widger started from the second ...
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Triumphant Caviar, Garcon win Keystone Classic splits

on 10/06/2009 2:00 AM
Triumphant Caviar followed up his world record performance in Delaware, Ohio, with a crisp, workmanlike-effort that carried him to a facile victory in a Keystone Classic division on Monday at The Meadows. The trotter had been entered in a late-closer at The Red Mile last Friday but was scratched "sick" out of that event.   Garcon took the other split in the $86,200 event for Penns...
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Canadian Mike MacNeill wins first race at Yonkers

on 10/06/2009 2:00 AM
Excel Nine gave driver Mike MacNeill his initial Yonkers Raceway victory Monday night, winning the $20,000, fourth race pace with a pocket trip from the pylons.   "(Trainer) Jason Robertson and I know each other very well from Sudbury Downs (in Ontario), and he's been talking about coming to the states for a while," said MacNeill. "We originally thought about going to The Meadows, but ...
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Giddy Up goes to Harrington winner's circle

on 10/06/2009 2:00 AM
Larry Baron and David Rovine's Giddy Up Lucky ($3), driven by Vince Copeland, improved to two-for-two at Harrington Raceway in his career with a 1:52.4 triumph in the $25,000 Open Pace on Monday.   The 4-year-old Camluck gelding assumed command before the opening quarter for trainer Josh Green, and never looked back in his two-length win over Art Director and Radar Installed. &nb...
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