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Friday Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/09/2009 2:00 AM
What a miserable Friday morning it is in Lexington as overnight storms brought heavy rain and high winds, with more of the same expected this afternoon. The only thing that brightened my morning happened while I was waiting on Broadway to make the left turn onto Red Mile Road. Blake Shelton’s song Some Beach came on the radio, so I took the opportunity to sing a bit of “Some beach, some w...
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Daryl Busse dies at 67

on 10/09/2009 2:00 AM
Daryl Busse, 67, for many years a leading driver-trainer both nationally and in Illinois, died Thursday evening, Oct. 8, at home, following a lengthy illness. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.   Mr. Busse, a native of Wisconsin, entered the sport by working for his father, Don, and the pair are noted to have been the only father and son who have won North Amer...
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Sloppy conditions for Bluegrass 3FT at Red Mile

on 10/09/2009 2:00 AM
Margarita Momma won the first of three $86,400 divisions of the Bluegrass for 3-year-old filly trotters Friday afternoon at The Red Mile, posting a 1:53.4 clocking over a track rated "sloppy" after heavy rains deluged Lexington early in the morning and again early on the race card.   Driven by Ron Pierce, Margarita Momma moved three wide around the final turn and the daughter of Yankee...
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All Speed Hanover in 1:50.3 in ISS

on 10/09/2009 2:00 AM
Despite less than ideal conditions on a rainy Friday afternoon at The Red Mile, All Speed Hanover posted a huge 1:50.3 victory over a "sloppy" track in the third of three divisions of the $355,900 International Stallion Stake (ISS) for 2-year-old colt pacers. Finishing second in the race was world champion One More Laugh, coming off wins in the Governor's Cup and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes finals. ...
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Sweep in Garnsey Memorial

on 10/09/2009 2:00 AM
Yellow Diamond was sent off the heavy favorite in the first of two $151,500 divisions of the Glen Garnsey Memorial Pace for 3-year-old fillies Friday afternoon at The Red Mile and she rewarded her backers with a winning 1:52.1 effort for driver Jim Morrill Jr. over a "sloppy" track. Showherthemoney completed the trainer Tracy Brainard/owner Bulletproof Enterprises sweep in the Garnsey with a 1:52....
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Golden Receiver repeats in Pocono feature

on 10/09/2009 2:00 AM
Golden Receiver paced a blistering mile in sloppy conditions to win the featured Open pace on Friday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried a purse of $30,000.   Leaving as the 2-5 favorite from the inside post in a field of 6, Golden Receiver waited until the first time through the front stretch to make a play for the lead, eventually clearing Drive All Night at the ½-mile...
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Shacked Up romps in the slop in OSS Gold final

on 10/09/2009 2:00 AM
Heavy favorite, Shacked Up, took command of a field of top sophomore pacing fillies Friday night at Woodbine and would not be denied a $130,000 victory in her Ontario Sires Stakes Gold final.   With her powerhouse stablemate Yellow Diamond having been scratched, Shacked Up (Luc Ouellette) went off at odds of 1-5, and struck the front in the second panel, overtaking early leader Coming Late ...
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Late closer finals action at Yonkers

on 10/09/2009 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted a quartet of $30,000 finals for New York Bred Late Closers. The freshmen were on display in both sexes and gaits. Dan Daley trained two of the winners, doing the honors himself with the former.   Daley and Miss Conway teamed to win the Speedy Crown Trot for fillies, sitting a loose pocket trip before prevailing in 2:03.3 Thergosmyvacation (Joe Moeykens) ...
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Violet and Cardinal Stakes finals held at Maywood

on 10/09/2009 2:00 AM
While the conditions were cold and wet the action was hot and heavy on Friday night at Maywood Park as Illinois top two-year-old pacers were on display in the $56,500 Violet Stake and the $51,950 Cardinal Stake. The “girls” splashed into action first as a field of eight faced the starting gate for the Violet Stake. Cementing her position at the top of this division Stretch It Again Stables Fox...
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Freshman trotters showcased at Indy Downs

on 10/08/2009 2:00 AM
Indiana Sires Stakes action continued Wednesday night, October 7 at Indiana Downs as two-year-old trotters squared off in the second round of competition. Earl’s Glider won the $25,000 division for freshman colts in 1:59.1 while favorites Call Me Ching and Msnaughtybynature swept the two divisions for trotting fillies.   Earl’s Glider and driver Mark Graber fired to the lead from post e...
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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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