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Deweycheatumnhowe coasts in Transylvania

on 09/27/2008 2:00 AM
The odds-on favorite Deweycheatumnhowe won the third $107,200 division of the Transylvania for 3-year-old colt trotters Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile, winning in a wrapped-up 1:52.2 for trainer, driver and co-owner Ray Schnittker.   Schnittker left with Dewey but yielded the lead to Velocity Hall and David Miller right before the quarter was reached in :26.4. Schnittker tipped Dewey ba...
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SBSW equals all-age race mark, new division record

on 09/27/2008 2:00 AM
Somebeachsomewhere\'s connections wanted the world record when they aimed for the two-week Grand Circuit stand at The Red Mile and they got it as the 3-year-old son of Mach Three won the second of two $134,000 Bluegrass divisions in 1:46.4, setting a new world record for his division and equaling the all-age race mark set by Holborn Hanover in 2006 at the Meadowlands.   Driven by Paul MacDo...
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Frank Coppola Jr. drives 4,000th winner

on 09/26/2008 2:00 AM
Frank Coppola Jr. reached the 4,000-win plateau on Thursday when he steered Lola Palooza through the wire first in the 10th race at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway. Starting from post two, Lola Palooza led every step of the way en route to an easy victory, setting fractions of :28.1, :58, and 1:26.3 before coming home in :28.2 to post a two-length triumph in 1:55. \"Right now, I’m just...
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Jean-Marc Gingras dies in Quebec

on 09/26/2008 2:00 AM
Jean-Marc Gingras, the grandfather of driver Yannick Gingras, died Thursday evening after a short but sudden illness. He was 78. Yannick Gingras left Lexington late Tuesday and called off his drives Wednesday at The Red Mile to be with his grandfather, but then returned to work on Thursday in Lexington. Jean-Marc Gingras, who is Quebec trainer-driver Raymond Gingras\'s father, had...
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Drivers set for Canadian driving championship

on 09/26/2008 2:00 AM
The road leading to the 2009 World Driving Championship in Norway starts at Grand River Raceway on Monday, October 20, with the first of four regional driving championships that will determine finalists to Canada’s National Driving Championship in 2009. Grand River Raceway hosts the Ontario Regional Driving Championship featuring an eight-race competition for nine of the sport’s most tal...
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Backstretch with Gordon on Friday

on 09/26/2008 2:00 AM
I thought I’d change gaits Friday after spending the past two mornings with pacers, so my first stop at The Red Mile was at Ray Schnittker’s barn, hoping to see the Hambletonian winner Deweycheatumnhowe, who is scheduled to race tomorrow in a division of the Transylvania. The barn was quiet to say the least, and in fact if a couple of the horses didn’t have their heads out of the stalls you...
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Lantern Kronos in season\'s best, upset for Dancing On Stage

on 09/26/2008 2:00 AM
Lantern Kronos trotted the fastest mile by a 3-year-old filly in 2008 in winning the first of two divisions of the $236,700 Bluegrass on a cool Friday afternoon at The Red Mile, while Dancing On Stage won her first race of the year in the second split, springing a 54-1 upset.   Driven by trainer Jimmy Takter in the $117,800 split, Lantern Kronos led gate to wire to score in 1:52.3, lowering...
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Ted Turner at Red Mile Friday

on 09/26/2008 2:00 AM
Media mogul and philanthropist Ted Turner took in the races Friday afternoon at The Red Mile, with his day also including a trip in the starting car for one of those races. Turner was in Lexington to spend some time with his daughter and grandchildren, who live in the area.   Turner, a former owner of the Atlanta Braves baseball team, is also known as the founder of the cable news network C...
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Pa. champ Native Bride bests Midwest rivals at Red Mile

on 09/26/2008 2:00 AM
Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Native Bride posted a career-best 1:50 victory Friday afternoon at The Red Mile as she easily won the $14,000 Leah Almahurst late-closer for 3-year-old filly pacers in a battle of some of the region\'s finest stars. Brian Sears was in the sulky as the daughter of Allamerican Native scored her 11th win in 15 starts this year.   Also in the six-filly field wa...
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Btwnyurheartnmine, Lightning Glory take other 3FP splits

on 09/26/2008 2:00 AM
Although she began to tire in deep stretch--likely due to having gone three heats last week in winning the Jugette--Good News Lady held on to win the third of three divisions of the $247,100 Bluegrass for 3-year-old filly pacers Friday afternoon at The Red Mile.   Good News Lady had been winless her first 12 starts of the year before she won the first heat of the Jugette and then, after mak...
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RMTC announces drug testing initiative

on 09/26/2008 2:00 AM
At their Tuesday board of directors meeting in Lexington, Ky. the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) announced a five-part drug testing initiative aimed at developing laboratory and drug testing standards comparable to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) model. These recommendations are the result of The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Safety Committee-sponsored drug testing meeting in ...
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PASS championships at Harrah\'s Chester

on 09/25/2008 2:00 AM
Ginger And Fred and Panmunjom took advantage of hotly-contested paces in their respective $150,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship divisions for a pair of track record performances on Wednesday at Harrah\'s Chester, and the trots were captured by Braggart and Broadway Paige.   Ginger And Fred ($3.00) quickly assumed control of the pace in the 2-year-old filly division, clearing f...
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Sunny Ben Joe continues winning ways at Indiana Downs

on 09/25/2008 2:00 AM
Sunny Ben Joe turned out to be the only favorite to escape with a victory Wednesday, September 24 in Indiana Sires Stakes competition at Indiana Downs. The Super Ben Joe gelding, driven by Mark O’Mara scored a three and one-quarter length victory in a $15,000 contest for freshman colt trotters, stopping the clock in 2:00. JL Track A Tack claimed the second division with a 2:01.1 effort whil...
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Backstretch with Gordon on Thursday

on 09/25/2008 2:00 AM
Joe Seekman admitted to me Thursday morning in his barn at The Red  Mile that he felt a little bit lonely yesterday, noting that while dozens hovered over Somebeachsomewhere—“that other horse” he was called—he trained Art Official—the only horse to ever beat that other horse—in obscurity.   After giving all my attention yesterday to SBSW I knew that today I had to give equa...
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Queen Creek, Miss Vickie win Lady Lincoln Land elims

on 09/25/2008 2:00 AM
Freshman trotting fillies stepped into the spotlight on Wednesday night as a total of 20 Illinois conceived and foaled youngsters battled in a pair of $12,500 Lady Lincoln Land Stake eliminations at Balmoral Park. The top five finishers in each division get the chance to battle it out in next Wednesday’s final for a purse of $134,000.   In the first division, Delbert and Ruth Burkett...
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Freshman trotters still alive for Florida bonus

on 09/25/2008 2:00 AM
Both 2-year-old trotters, Whosgoinwhosstayin and Pearl Of Capri, overcame a sloppy, rain-soaked track to advance toward a $100,000 bonus at the Isle Pompano Park Harness Track Wednesday. Each horse won their respective $14,000 finals of the Florida Sunshine State Stakes Wednesday to remain eligible for the $100,000 bonus. Whosgoinwhosstayin won the colt division and is undefeated in nine life...
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Record $14.588 million paid in purses at Pocono

on 09/25/2008 2:00 AM
Horsemen at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in 2008 were paid a record $14,588,000 in purses for the 95-day harness meet that recently concluded. The total included $778,000 in bonuses to Pennsylvania owned, bred and sired horses.   Including the Delvin Miller Adios, Max C. Hempt Memorial, W.N. Reynolds Memorial and James M. Lynch Memorial, daily average purses totaled $153,500. Weekly aver...
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Big horses, book signing, Dan Patch memorabilia set for Saturday

on 09/25/2008 2:00 AM
The Red Mile has a big day of racing planned for Saturday afternoon and while the headliners will be Deweycheatumnhowe, Somebeachsomewhere and Art Official, the day’s card will also include the undefeated Indiana champion Mya Tri (in race 1), new world champion Dennis, five divisions of 2-year-old pacing colts, and an appearance by author Charles Leerhsen, who will be signing his book “Crazy G...
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2,500 wins for Troy Boring

on 09/25/2008 2:00 AM
Veteran reinsman Troy Boring reached a milestone on Wednesday night at Batavia Downs Gaming when he notched career win 2,500 by driving Stakeout Hall in the sixth race. The 46-year-old Boring began his career in 1972 when he won two races from 13 starts. His first win came at Jackson Harness Raceway in Michigan. So far his best year was 1989 when he drove 200 winners and had purse earnings...
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Freshman colt trot divisions contested at Red Mile Thursday

on 09/25/2008 2:00 AM
Peter Haughton Memorial winner Muscle Hill was brushed to the lead down the backstretch by Brian Sears and went on to a 1:55 victory in the fifth and final division of the $489,000 Bluegrass for 2-year-old colt trotters Thursday afternoon at The Red Mile. The time was the fastest of the five splits and also equaled Muscle Hill\'s career best taken while winning the $500,000 Haughton at the Meadowl...
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