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Donato, Flirtin Man take Futurity eliminations

on 10/06/2007 2:00 AM
Donato Hanover and Flirtin Man won their respective eliminations of the $742,000 Kentucky Futurity Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile, with each leading the top five finishers in those elims into a second heat under hot and muggy conditions.   Flirtin Man won the first elim after a third-over trip for driver and co-owner John Campbell. Supplemental entry Green Day, driven by Jim Raymer, set...
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Donato trots 1:50.1, equals world record

on 10/06/2007 2:00 AM
Donato Hanover made easy work of the 115th edition of the Kentucky Futurity, trotting to an open-lengths victory in a world-record equaling 1:50.1 in the second and deciding heat. With regular driver Ron Pierce aboard, Donato left from the rail, yielded to John Campbell and Flirtin Man in the first turn, and then took control midway down the backstretch.   Fractions for the mile were :27, :...
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Mystical Sunshine trots 1:50.3

on 10/06/2007 2:00 AM
Mystical Sunshine, with Daniel Dube in the sulky, trotted to a 1:50.3 victory in the Allerage Open Mare Trot at The Red Mile, and thetime would have set a world record if Giant Diablo had not won in 1:50.1 earlier in the afternoon.   Mystical Sunshine, a 6-year-old mare by Yankee Glide, picked up her eighth win of the year for trainer Chris Ryder. The mare won the Ms. Versatility ...
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Mister Big wins Allerage Pace in 1:48.1

on 10/06/2007 2:00 AM
With a fast early pace, Mister Big used a stretch rally to win the $169,000 Allerage Farms Open Pace in 1:48.1 to close out the Kentucky Futurity Day program at The Red Mile Saturday afternoon.   Palone Ranger was leading the field at the top of the stretch, but several pacers were stacked up and seemed ready to rally. But Mister Big, with David Miller driving, were the only ones to g...
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Cantab Hall colt brings $350,000

on 10/05/2007 2:00 AM
A Cantab Hall half brother to the accomplished filly Passionate Glide topped the second night of the Lexington Selected Sale at $350,000, bringing a bid of $350,000 from trainer Erv Miller, who was acting as agent on behalf of John Carver. Carver has raced many horses over the years, including the top pacing mare Anniecrombie.   The $350,000 bid is also the highest at the sale thus far...
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Justice Hall to stud in Quebec

on 10/05/2007 2:00 AM
Justice Hall, a 6-year-old stallion by Garland Lobell, will begin a stud career in the 2008 breeding season at Les Ecuries SOS Bedford, Inc. in Stanbridge Station, Quebec.  The announcement was made jointly by the stallion’s owners and Monalisa Pagliericci and Francine Morrissette of Fermes SOS.   Jusstice Hall\'s introductory stallion service fee will be $2,500 for a live ...
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Backstretch with Gordon--Friday

on 10/05/2007 2:00 AM
I am pretty sure the weather forecast for Lexington Friday was a slight chance of scattered thunderstorms, but it started pouring around 9 o’clock and continued that way for close to an hour and because I only had my child’s umbrella that I got Meadowlands Pace night and really didn’t want to get soaked, it was great that I had a chance to talk to Ed Gorgei this morning on The Red Mile ...
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Another world mark by Gabby Glide

on 10/05/2007 2:00 AM
Not only did Tim Tetrick drive six winners on Thursday\'s (October 4) 12-race program at Harrah\'s Chester, he partnered Gabby Glide to yet another record-breaking performance, this time orchestrating a 1:52.2 mile by the 4-year-old trotting gelding. Last week Gabby Glide, a 4-year-old Yankee Glide gelding, trotted a 1:52.3 mile against Open Handicap company, etching his name in the record books...
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Dali, On The Brink take ISS 2CP divisions

on 10/05/2007 2:00 AM
The Duane Marfisi-trained horses Dali and On The Brink captured the first two $92,500 divisions of the International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old colt pacers Friday afternoon at The Red Mile. Dali won the opening split in 1:51.1 while On The Brink scored in 1:52, with that division raced during a steady rain.   Luc Ouellette was scheduled to drive both but did not make the trip to Lexingt...
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Vulcanize, Flash Lightning win Filly Futurity elims

on 10/05/2007 2:00 AM
Vulcanize brushed off a second-over trip to win the first of two eliminations for the $377,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity Friday afternoon at The Red Mile, while Flash Lightning took the lead at the quarter pole and led the rest of the distance to capture the second elim.   In the first elim, George Brennan protected his inside post position with supplemental entry Exotic Destination as he for...
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Michelle\'s Power, Hana Hanover take Garnsey divisions

on 10/05/2007 2:00 AM
Michelle\'s Power parlayed a two-hole trip from driver Jody Jamieson into a victory in the first of two divisions of the $301,500 Glen Garnsey Memorial Pace for 3-year-old filly pacers on Friday afternoon at The Red Mile, while Hana Hanover won the second division.   Jamieson left from post seven, taking the early lead heading into the first turn. Brian Sears pulled Lady Mattgalene from thi...
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Falls For You forces Filly Futurity race-off

on 10/05/2007 2:00 AM
There will be a race-off for Kentucky Filly Futurity honors after Falls For You won the second heat in 1:53.2 Friday afternoon at The Red Mile. Falls For You will join elim winners Vulcanize and Flash Lightning in the race-off, but with Vulcanized scratched by trainer Bob McIntosh just two will line up behind the gate.   The complexion of the second heat changed heading into the first ...
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Race-off decides 43rd Kentucky Filly Futurity

on 10/05/2007 2:00 AM
Falls For You won the $377,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity race-off Friday afternoon at The Red Mile in essentially a walkover as Flash Lightning made a break shortly after the start of the two-horse race-off. With Brian Sears in the sulky, Falls For You coasted through fractions of :28.3, :57.2 and 1:28 before crossing the wire under wraps in 1:58, taking home the entire purse of $75,400 reserve...
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$300,000 yearling tops opening session

on 10/04/2007 2:00 AM
With multiple bids on yearlings flying around the newly redecorated auction ring at the Fasig Tipton Sale Pavilion, the Lexington Selected Sale opened on Wednesday night with strong prices, with the average price of $87,824 a 22.7 percent increase from last year’s opening session. The average at last year’s opening session was $66,756 for 123 sold.   The sale topper in the opening ses...
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Backstretch with Gordon--Thursday

on 10/04/2007 2:00 AM
And the beat goes on in Lexington—and the heat goes on as it’s expected to reach 90 degrees on Thursday, temperatures about as hot as the opening night of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale yesterday out at Fasig-Tipton. Before I talk about my Thursday morning walk through the barn area, I have to gush about the sale and last night’s activities.   After the races finished up on Wedn...
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Ponder moving to Kentucky for 2008

on 10/04/2007 2:00 AM
Ponder, a world champion son of The Panderosa, will be relocating to Kentucky for the 2008 breeding season and will stand at Peninsula in Kentucky, where the state’s sire stakes program will feature $300,000 finals for each class beginning next year. His stud fee will remain at $6,000. In 2007 he stood his first year at stud at Peninsula\'s Pennsylvania farm.   “The money available...
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Colt trotters extend win streaks in ISS splits

on 10/04/2007 2:00 AM
Deweycheatumnhowe trotted to his sixth straight victory in as many starts in the fourth and final $90,500 division of the $362,000 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old males Thursday afternoon at The Red Mile. The son of Muscles Yankee crossed the wire in 1:54.2 with trainer-driver Ray Schnittker.   Schnittker moved Deweycheatumnhowe to the lead approaching the half and fro...
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Backstretch with Gordon--Wednesday

on 10/03/2007 2:00 AM
We’re just three days away from the Kentucky Futurity and there are 17 entered, including Donato Hanover, Pampered Princess, Green Day and Val Taurus, the $50,000 supplemental Montreal invader who I went straight to see Wednesday morning when I arrived at The Red Mile’s backstretch.   Bob Stewart had told me on Monday that he had a stall reserved for Val Taurus, and I was hoping Bobby w...
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Tetrick wins big stakes in Chicago

on 10/03/2007 2:00 AM
Driver Tim Tetrick went home to Chicago Tuesday night, drove in six races, and snagged the big one on the card, taking the $120,000 Lady Lincoln Land Stakes Final with Gloria Wyoming, a 2-year-old filly trotter sired by Wilson Wyoming.   Owned by Joe and Guy Dimaggio and Shaun Phillips, Gloria Wyoming made every call a winning one in 1:59.2.   The Ken Collier-trained m...
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3,000 wins for Eric Goodell

on 10/03/2007 2:00 AM
Eric Goodell, one of the hottest drivers at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs during the 2007 season, collected his 3,000th win Tuesday afternoon. The milestone victory occurred with Jack Q in a $12,500 claiming pace.   Jack Q, trained by Ross Croghan, tripped the timer in 1:53. Goodell, a native of Michigan, collected five wins Tuesday afternoon, bringing his win total at the northeas...
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