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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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Vernon post time moved to 1:15 this week due to fire

on 09/29/2009 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs will be moving post time for this week’s races on Thursday, Oct. 1, Friday, Oct. 2, and Saturday, Oct. 3, to 1:15 pm (EDST), pending regulatory approval.   The change in post time is due to the transformers that caught fire on Saturday, Sept. 26. Management is working on fixing the transformers, but does not know the exact amount of time necessary for repair, therefore the ch...
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Grand Circuit underway at Red Mile

on 09/29/2009 2:00 AM
The two-week Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile got underway under cool conditions Tuesday afternoon, with the first of four divisions of the $352,500 Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly trotters going to Tequila Slammer and driver George Brennan in 1:56.4. There was a big surprise in the third split as Croquet Style sprung a huge upset in defeating Goldsmith Maid, Peaceful Way and New Jersey Sire Stak...
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Yearling credit drawing again at Forest City

on 09/29/2009 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association (SBOA) and Forest City Yearling Sale (FCYS) have announced that they are once again offering $10,000 (CDN) in yearling credit at this year’s Forest City Yearling Sale, which will take place Oct. 17 and 18 at the Western Fair Agriplex in London, Ontario.   Owners and trainers can submit a ballot to win one of two $5,000 (CDN) yearling credit...
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21 entered in Kentucky Filly Futurity

on 09/29/2009 2:00 AM
Friday afternoon's $378,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity at The Red Mile has attracted a field of 21, with the sophomores divided into a trio of eliminations. The top three in each, plus the fourth-place finisher with the highest earnings in 2009, will advance to the final. Each elim carries a purse of $65,520, with the second heat worth $105,840. If a race-off is necessary, the winner-take-all purse i...
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Dead-heat Sunday at Harrah's Chester

on 09/28/2009 2:00 AM
Well into its fourth season of live harness racing, Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack has built a reputation of competitive racing and tight finishes.  The 12-race card on Sunday certainly fit that bill, as three of the races finished with a dead heat for win.   The fifth race saw Lightningjacksback (Andy Miller) and Winbak Prince (Corey Callahan) hit the line together in...
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