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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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Another picture for Vivid Photo

on 09/30/2009 2:00 AM
Vivid Photo, former Hambletonian winner, returned to his winning ways Tuesday (Sept. 29) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.Trained and driven by Roger Hammer, Vivid Photo necked out Yankee Nola (Anthony Napolitano) to capture the $30,000 open handicap trot.Leaving from the three post, Hammer and Vivid Photo sat fourth for the first half of the mile with Grain Of Truth (Mike Simons) taking the eight-h...
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Sportsfancy wins Harrington feature

on 09/30/2009 2:00 AM
Larry Baron’s Sportsfancy ($4.20, Corey Callahan) was a decisive winner Tuesday in the $25,000 Mares Open feature at Harrington Raceway in 1:53.4.Callahan sent the Josh Green-trainee to the front after the quarter-mile and opened up four lengths on the field at the wire for her sixth win of the 2009 season. VC Atom N was second, while Itz Cherry Ripe N closed for third. Sportsfancy has now earne...
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If I Can Dream to stand at stud in NY

on 09/30/2009 2:00 AM
Kentuckiana Farms has announced that If I Can Dream p,2, 1:50.4f, 2; 3, 1:49.4f ($1,146,219) will stand the 2010 breeding season at Kentuckiana Farms of New York.  Kentuckiana Farms will serve as syndicate manager of his breeding career.   If If Can Dream is full brother to the young sire Western Terror. Just last week If I Can Dream finished second in the...
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Wednesday Backstretch with Gordon

on 09/30/2009 2:00 AM
The only reason I can think of that I woke up this Wednesday morning at four o’clock was that this would be my first morning out at The Red Mile for this year’s backstretch tour during the Grand Circuit meet. I couldn’t get back to sleep, and as I tossed and turned I remembered I had a dream. Actually, it was a dream about an upcoming race at The Red Mile, but for now I prefer to keep the ou...
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13 entered in Kentucky Futurity

on 09/30/2009 2:00 AM
Trainer Greg Peck turned, smiled, and said "Lucky seven," moments after Hambletonian winner Muscle Hill drew post seven in the second of two eliminations for the $600,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old colt trotters Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile. The post-position draw was held trackside shortly after the second race on the Wednesday afternoon card, and the 13 entries were divided into two ...
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Put On A Show does just that in Bluegrass

on 09/30/2009 2:00 AM
Put On A Show did just that in the first of three divisions of the $378,900 Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly pacers Wednesday afternoon at The Red Mile, stretching her unbeaten streak to six with a 1:51.4 effort for driver Jody Jamieson. The time equals the national season's mark for a first-year pacing filly.   Jamieson was third-over with Put On A Show heading into the final turn and then s...
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Ohio governor says he won't push VLTs through budget

on 09/30/2009 2:00 AM
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has announced that he does not plan to push for video lottery terminals at the state's racetracks this year following the Ohio Supreme Court's decision that he could not authorize VLTs at the tracks through the state's budget. However, Strickland said he wants the Ohio Supreme Court to tell him whether adding VLTs is a constitutional expansion of the state's lottery. ...
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Favorites upset in PA Stallion Series finals

on 09/29/2009 2:00 AM
On a night when all four favorites in the 2-year-old Pennsylvania Stallion Series championships went down in flames, TSM Ryans Dragon provided the biggest shocker of all, taking the final for pacing colts and geldings at a juicy 28-1.   The championships and consolations offered combined purses of $240,000. The MGM Pan, Thierry and Liz also captured championships. Mike Wilder enjoyed a cham...
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Morand 17th driver to reach 8,000 wins

on 09/29/2009 2:00 AM
Driver Jim Morand registered his 8,000th driving win Monday at Harrington Raceway when he piloted Chipoffablueblock ($4.80) to a two-length score in the 10th race. Morand is harness racing’s 17th all-time leading driver and has won more races in his career at Harrington Raceway than any other driver in the track’s 63-year history.   The 44-year-old Morand made a name for himself on the ...
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Peter Wrenn suspended for "unsatisfactory drive"

on 09/29/2009 2:00 AM
Peter Wrenn, a winner of more than 8,000 races and current leading driver at Indiana Downs, has been handed a 30-day suspension by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. Wrenn was notified of the suspension, which took effect beginning Monday, Sept. 28, over the weekend.   Wrenn said Tuesday morning that he has appealed the ruling and asked for a stay, but since Indiana regulations ...
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Shadow Play wins Red Mile qualifier

on 09/29/2009 2:00 AM
Shadow Play, the 2008 Little Brown Jug winner whose campaign this year has been marked by health issues, won a qualifier at The Red Mile Tuesday morning in 1:52.1. The 4-year-old son of The Panderosa has not raced since finishing third in the Canadian Pacing Derby elimination Aug. 29 at Mohawk.   Shadow Play has made just nine starts this year, with his three wins including a 1:47.4 effort ...
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