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One Awesome Lavec returns to Saratoga\'s winner\'s circle

on 10/07/2008 2:00 AM
Michael Polansky’s One Awsome Lavec halted a nine-race losing streak on Monday when taking the co-featured $5,500 non-winners trot at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway in 1:59.4, giving trainer Dave Spagnola his third victory of the matinee program. Driven from post one by Brian Cross, One Awsome Lavec settled comfortably in the pocket as Primo trotted on the lead through moderate fractions of :28.3...
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Pennsylvania Fair finals for sophomore fillies at Meadows

on 10/07/2008 2:00 AM
Talk All Day found late racing room between horses and captured the $20,000 Pennsylvania Fair final for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Monday at The Meadows. Though she set track records this year at Gratz and Arden, Talk All Day was second choice in the wagering behind the powerful Roger Hammer entry of Makerbark and Ty’s Artist. However, when Makerbark endured an extended first-over trip ...
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Jersey-based driver says he\'s a couple weeks away from sulky

on 10/07/2008 2:00 AM
Driver George Brennan told harnessracing.com Tuesday morning that he is within a couple of weeks of returning to the sulky after recovering from a broken right wrist suffered in a race accident at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in late May. Brennan, 41, said he had surgery last week to take a plate out of the wrist and that he hopes to be driving soon at Harrah’s Chester and Freehold as he prepares...
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Ohio\'s steroid prohibition to begin Jan. 1

on 10/07/2008 2:00 AM
At the Ohio State Racing Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting on September 17 at the Log Cabin on the grounds of the Delaware County Fairgrounds, the commission voted unanimously to approve an anabolic steroid policy and forward it to the Analytical Toxicology Laboratory at the Ohio Department of Agriculture.   Commissioner Ted Brown made the motion to adopt the new policy a...
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Lexington Selected Sale concludes

on 10/06/2008 2:00 AM
The 2008 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale was completed at the Fasig-Tipton Pavilion Sunday, and when the numbers were tallied, a total of 793 horses were sold for an average price of $40,494, a drop of 10.1 percent from the 2007 average. The average price, however, was still ahead of the 2006 average of $39,117, and gross sales also outpaced 2006 ($32.1 million in \'08 versus $30.7 in \'06). &nb...
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$165,000 yearlings tops third session at Lexington Selected sale

on 10/04/2008 2:00 AM
The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continued Friday night and another 156 yearlings were sold, with the average price of $41,397 a 10.5 percent decline from last year\'s average of $46,238 for the third session. A total of 151 yearlings were sold in last year\'s third session.   The average price was up 2.3 percent for the first session and declined 10.6 percent in the second session. &n...
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Trace Tetrick wins four, scores training double at Indy Downs

on 10/04/2008 2:00 AM
Defending leading driver Trace Tetrick had a big night at Indiana Downs Friday, October 3, collecting four wins on the 11-race card. Two of the winners, Koby’s Lass and Ima Parkin Oops, were also trained by Tetrick. Tetrick’s first win of the night came in the third race, as he guided the Jeff Brewer-trained Stone Cold Fever to a 1:54.4 win. The six-year-old gelded son of Rustler Hanover, sen...
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Trainers say they\'ll fight EPO positives

on 10/04/2008 2:00 AM
Four horses at The Red Mile have tested positive for illegal blood-doping agents under the track’s new out-of-competition testing policy, but all four trainers—who are not being named by The Red Mile—have told The Horseman And Fair World magazine that they were shocked to hear they had positives, are denying they their horses could have been given any such drugs, and are questioning how thei...
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Saturday\'s a $6-million backstretch morning with Gordon

on 10/04/2008 2:00 AM
It\'s a $6-million Saturday morning at The Red Mile--I\'ll explain why in a bit--and as I sit in the press box shooting the breeze with my friend, Dean Hoffman--I first asked him if I could call him Joe but he reminded me his name was Dean--it\'s just a glorious day in Lexington. Bright sunshine and a high expected in the low 70s; I already have my jacket off and plan on bringing it back to m...
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Bruschette wins Allerage Mare Trot

on 10/04/2008 2:00 AM
Bruschette picked a great time to win her first race since late June as the 4-year-old daughter of Andover Hall was rallied from far back at the top of the stretch to win the $85,500 Allerage for older mare trotters Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile. Ron Pierce, the leading driver during this year\'s two-week Grand Circuit stand in Lexington, was in the sulky as she closed fast to win in 1:53.1. ...
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Hana Hanover scores in Allerage Mare Pace

on 10/04/2008 2:00 AM
Hana Hanover, who paced to a world-record equaling 1:49.2 victory last fall at The Red Mile as a 3 year old, equaled that clocking Saturday as a 4 year old in winning the $86,300 Allerage final for mares over that same racetrack. Brian Sears was in the sulky as the daughter of Western Hanover showed extreme gameness down the stretch to earn the hard-fought victory.   Ideal Weather and drive...
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Prayer I Am springs huge upset in Allerage Open Trot

on 10/04/2008 2:00 AM
Two-time Kentucky Sire Stakes champion Prayer I Am gave Lexington-based trainer Kevin Thomas an 83-1 upset victory in the $160,000 Allerage Farms Open Trot Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile. Driver David Miller sat patiently on the inside until deep stretch when he tipped his charge to the outside and on to the 1:51.4 victory.   Leaving from post one, Miller sat third on the pylons down th...
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Dewey wins first heat in 1:52.3

on 10/04/2008 2:00 AM
Deweycheatumnhowe overcame post 10 and a trip that put him far behind the pacesetters and rallied five and six wide through the homestretch to finish alongside Clerk Magistrate, but get the slim win in the first heat of the Kentucky Futurity in 1:52.3 on a sunny Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile.   Crazed took the early lead, then yielded to supplemental entry Define The Wor...
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Mister Big comes up big in Allerage Open Pace

on 10/04/2008 2:00 AM
Brian Sears pulled Mister Big from fourth approaching the half to take aim at the leading Won The West and the 5 year old was able to grind his way to a 1:49.4 victory in the $157,000 Allerage Farms Open Pace, surpassing the $3-million mark in career earnings along the way.   Won The West and Greg Grismore set fractions of :26.2, :55 and 1:23.2 but was unable to fend off the determined big ...
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Somebeachsomewhere, Art Official win Tattersalls splits

on 10/04/2008 2:00 AM
Somebeachsomewhere didn\'t match his world-record clocking from last week but the 3-year-old colt pacer cruised once again to an impressive victory in the first of two $293,000 Tattersalls divisions Saturday at The Red Mile. Driven by Paul MacDonell, Somebeachsomewhere moved from fourth to first shortly after the opening :26.3 quarter and then led the rest of the way through fractions of :53.4 and...
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Celebrity Secret edges Crazed, Dewey third

on 10/04/2008 2:00 AM
Celebrity Secret held off Crazed and upset Deweycheatumnhowe in the second elimination of the Kentucky Futurity, winning by a neck in 1:52.3, and forcing a two-horse race-off to determine the 116th Futurity.   Deweycheatumnhowe was rough-gaited behind the gate and John Campbell sent Celebrity Secret toward the front from post five. Campbell yielded to Clerk Magistrate and driver Trevor Ritc...
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Dewey wins race-off over Celebrity Secret

on 10/04/2008 2:00 AM
It was Deweycheatumnhowe\'s day in Lexington as the Muscles Yankee colt sat behind Celebrity Secrety in the race-off for the $684,000 Kentucky Futurity, then in the homestretch sprint pulled alongside his rival and finally put his nose on the wire first in 1:59.3.   Celebrity Secret drew post one for the race-off and driver John Campbell took control of the race at the start, and ...
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Second session average drops from \'07

on 10/03/2008 2:00 AM
The second session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale on Thursday night had a distinctly slower pace than the opening night on Wednesday, and after the last horse to sell was hammered down, the numbers showed the average price for the second session had declined 10.6 percent from the previous year. The first two sessions combined for this year\'s sale show a 5.7 decline in average. &nbs...
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Spending $700 billion on the backstretch with Gordon on Friday

on 10/03/2008 2:00 AM
It’s a glorious Friday morning in Lexington and as I walk through The Red Mile backstretch I was thinking about how to break the news that I was purchasing The Horseman And Fair World, compensating the owners generously and taking care of my co-workers—however not too generously since I wouldn’t want them all to quit their jobs since I plan to no longer do anything but sit back and enjo...
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Winning Master scores in OSS Gold final

on 10/03/2008 2:00 AM
Winning Mister battled an extremely sloppy race track, along with nine rivals, to capture the $120,000(C) Ontario Sire Stakes Gold final for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters on a rainy Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The black son of Angus Hall-Taking Flight sat patiently in fifth position for driver Sylvain Filion through the first quarter in :29.3 which was put up by Play Right. ...
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