Bettor's Wish barrels to victory in Tattersalls 

on 10/06/2019 3:37 PM
Chris Ryder trainee Bettor's Wish ground first over into the final turn and withstood a late rush from pocket-popper Captain Crunch to take the second of two divisions of the $540,000 Crawford Farms Tattersalls Pace—sponsored by Michelle and Albert Crawford—on Sunday, Oct. 6 at The Red Mile. Captain Crunch led the field to a :26.3 first quarter but settled for the pocket movin...
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Beautiful Sin wins 54th Kentucky Filly Futurity 

on 10/06/2019 3:30 PM
In her second start for trainer Ake Svanstedt Beautiful Sin pounced from a pocket trip to win the 54th Kentucky Filly Futurity—a $267,000 single dash sponsored by the Father Patrick Syndicate and Diamond Creek Farm—on Sunday, Oct. 6 at The Red Mile. When Dovescry, sent the 3-5 favorite, left for the lead from the center of the gate while Svanstedt tucked Beautiful Sin onto th...
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Caviart Ally defeats Shartin N in Allerage

on 10/06/2019 3:11 PM
A season-long bout of runner-up finishes to division leader Shartin N ended on Sunday, Oct. 6 at The Red Mile as Caviart Ally upended the star pacing mare with a 1:48.3 mile in the $87,000 Fear The Dragon Allerage Farms Mare Pace—sponsored by the Fear The Dragon Syndicate and Midland Acres. Shartin N, sent the 1-9 favorite, pushed for the front to lead the field of six through a :27.2 f...
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Manchego motors to World Record in Allerage 

on 10/06/2019 3:10 PM
Driver Dexter Dunn refused to seat Manchego in the pocket and circled the Nancy Johansson trainee to the front, speeding around The Red Mile to take the $69,500 What The Hill Allerage Farms Mare Trot—sponsored by the What The Hill Syndicate and Hickory Lane Horse Farm—in a 1:49 mile, eclipsing the all-age world record for trotting females, on Sunday, Oct. 6 at The Red Mile. Hannel...
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Backstretch With Gordon: It's a wrap!

on 10/06/2019 10:29 AM
We're at the finish line for this year's two-week Grand Circuit stand, and what a meet it's been. We'll wrap up the meet today with the contesting of the 127th Kentucky Futurity. We wrapped up a record-breaking Lexington Selected Yearling Sale last night at Fasig-Tipton, with the five nights setting all-time highs for gross sales and average prices. I'm sure sale managers Randy...
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San Domino wins Yonkers open pace

on 10/06/2019 7:42 AM
San Domino A (Jason Bartlett, $17.40) escaped unscathed Saturday night (Oct. 5), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $42,000 Open Pace.   It was a strangely-contested contested, with 3-5 choice Mac’s Jackpot (Brent Holland)—from post position No. 2—in no hurry early.   He was set to get away fourth until one leaver, Benhope Rulz N (Shaun Valle) broke, wiping o...
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Dancin Yankee wins for 79th time

on 10/05/2019 11:28 PM
Dancin Yankee, one of the best Ohio-sired horses ever, triumphed for the 79th time in his illustrious career on Saturday (Oct. 5) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway in a $12,000 top condition event. The 11-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser, now just $11,000 shy of $2 million in earnings, scored in 1:50.2 for driver Tyler Smith and trainer Ron Burke over Town Icon (Brett Miller) and Feelnlikearockstar (Tr...
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Lexington Selected finishes with increases in gross, average

on 10/05/2019 11:06 PM
With major buyers such as trainer Ron Burke in the house for the last session on Saturday night, the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale completed its 2019 auction with total sales of $46,480,000 generating an average price of $60,997 for 762 horses. The gross was a record, up 16.9 percent, with the average up 7.7 percent.   The last session finished in territory comparable to 2018, with...
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Top Illinois sire Sportsmaster dies at age 30

on 10/05/2019 10:24 PM
Sportsmaster, a son of Abercrombie who became a top sire in Illinois, has died at the age of 30. He was residing at Dr. Ken and Pat Walker’s Fox Valley Standardbreds, where he had made his home since his retired to stud duty following his 3-year-old season.   In announcing the stallion’s passing, Walker Standardbreds posted the following on its Facebook page: “He was...
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PA fairs finals held at The Meadows

on 10/05/2019 9:55 PM
David Brickell and Shawn Johnston each collected a pair of championships — including a victory in which they dead-heated — in Saturday's $200,000 Pennsylvania Fairs Finals at The Meadows. The track hosted all eight championships, each with a purse of $25,000.   Also on Saturday, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association hosted the fourth annual Pink O...
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Mike Caprio gets his 2,000th lifetime win at Batavia

on 10/05/2019 9:12 PM
Saturday night (Oct. 5) will be one that Oakfield, New York native Mike Caprio will never forget because he captured his career milestone 2,000th driving win with his own prized trotter BZ Glide in the featured $12,500 Brian Schroeder Memorial Trot at Batavia Downs.    After a two month summer vacation and one qualifier back, BZ Glide left from the pylons and cut fractions of :28...
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Six Pack's 1:49.2 sets 4YO stallion world mark

on 10/05/2019 5:41 PM
Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt darted Six Pack to the lead moving to the final turn and raced the clock to a 1:49.2 world-record victory in the $145,000 Cantab Hall Allerage Farms Open Trot—sponsored by Jeff & Paula Gural—on Saturday, Oct. 5 at The Red Mile. Following two recalls caused by equipment issues with Trolley the starting gate sent the field to race. Eurobond left for ...
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Warrawee Ubeaut cruises in 1:48.3 in Garnsey Memorial

on 10/05/2019 5:39 PM
World champion Warrawee Ubeaut returned to the site of her 1:48.3 record-setting mile and exited a 1:48.3 winner in the $216,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial—sponsored by the Sweet Lou Syndicate and Diamond Creek Farm—on Saturday, Oct. 5 at The Red Mile. Sent the 1-9 favorite, Warrawee Ubeaut raced fifth to a :26.2 first quarter set by Beautyonthebeach, who soon yielded control to Treach...
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McWicked turns dominates in 1:47.2 in Allerage

on 10/05/2019 5:35 PM
The richest racing stallion in harness history, Mcwicked added to his record-setting bankroll with a 1:47.2 victory in the $186,000 Mister Big Allerage Farms Pace—sponsored by Muscara Standardbreds—on Saturday, Oct. 5 at The Red Mile. Mcwicked left the gate to secure the pocket as Dorsoduro Hanover took the front to a :26.4 first quarter. He sped through fractions of :53.2 and 1:2...
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Prince Of Tides, Ponder The Odds win Freehold stakes

on 10/05/2019 5:34 PM
There were no surprises in the first legs of the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, as heavy favorites Prince Of Tides and Ponder The Odds won their respective divisions. Coming off a big win in the Homegrown Pace, Prince Of Tides was sent off as the 1/20 favorite in the first leg for 3-year-old colts & geldings. Driver George B...
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Major Betts' 1:49.1 fastest; 2 colts remain undefeated

on 10/05/2019 5:30 PM
Metro Pace winner Tall Dark Stranger collected his seventh-consecutive victory to maintain his perfect record with a 1:50 victory in the third of four divisions for the $275,000 Betting Line International Stallion Stakes—sponsored by the Betting Line Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms—on the Saturday, Oct. 5 card at The Red Mile. Leaving from post 1, Tall Dark Stranger sat fourth to...
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Backstretch With Gordon: What are they wearing?

on 10/05/2019 11:37 AM
What a glorious Saturday morning in the Bluegrass. I write this as I sit in the press box at The Red Mile, watching over things. There were a few qualifiers this morning and they're completed, so it won't be long until the afternoon card gets underway at 1 p.m.   I'm really anxious to see what Dave Brower and Gabe Prewitt are wearing, because I luckily found myself in the mi...
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Denali Seelster, Beach Blanket Book earn berths in Super Finals

on 10/05/2019 8:13 AM
Only 10 horses advance to the Super Final and when they lined up behind the starting gate at The Raceway at the Western Fair District on Friday night neither Denali Seelster nor Beach Blanket Book was among the 10. Denali Seelster was sitting in twelfth spot in the two-year-old pacing colt division standings with 29 points and Beach Blanket Book was seventeenth with 18 points. Both colts need...
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Lexington Selected gross sales at record level

on 10/05/2019 8:07 AM
The fourth session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale was held under a clear sky with much cooler temperatures than the first three sessions, but business continued at a hot pace. Five yearling were sold for $100,000 or more in the session, bringing the total number of six-figure yearlings to 121.   The average price for Session 4 was $27,268 for 168 horses sold. The cumulative a...
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Brett Miller wins 5 at Hollywood Dayton

on 10/05/2019 7:20 AM
Rosemary Rose has returned to her winning ways after a two month dry spell.  The half million dollar winning 5-year-old Ohio-sired mare captured her second straight victory on Friday, winning the featured $13,000 top distaff condition event at Hollywood Dayton Raceway in 1:52.    Leading driver Brett Miller was content to get away sixth during the :27.1 opening quarter, despite an ...
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