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Backstretch with Gordon--Futurity Day

on 10/06/2007 2:00 AM
It\'s Kentucky Futurity day at The Red Mile, the last day of racing at the historic racetrack in 2007, and after walking through the backstretch I now sit in the press box overlooking the racetrack, and with everyone leaving town I am hoping that after a pretty hectic two weeks it isn\'t too much of a drag tonight as it will probably be pretty quiet around the hot spots in town.   Although ...
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McArdle Park wins Green Acres final

on 10/06/2007 2:00 AM
McArdle Park powered by Dontloseyourdayjob in the stretch to win the $35, 000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres final for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Friday afternoon at Freehold Raceway.   The son of McArdle paced the mile in a lifetime best of 1:54.4, two-fifths of a second off the Green Acres record for 2-year-old pacing colts set last month by Dontlose...
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Alice Springs wins ninth straight in Sunshine final

on 10/06/2007 2:00 AM
Alice Springs left little doubt that she is the class of the Florida-bred 2-year-old filly pacing division on Friday when capturing the $14,000 Sunshine State Stakes final at Pompano Park to sweep the six-race series and remain unbeaten in nine career starts.   Driven from post five by Wally Hennessey, Alice Springs briefly settled in third place through the early stages of the Friday fin...
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The Meadows to switch to afternoon racing

on 10/06/2007 2:00 AM
After being closed since Adios day while the grandstand was demolished to make way for a new grandstand, slots area and hotel, The Meadows will re-open Oct. 17 with an afternoon post time. Because the power source to the lights was removed due to the construction, the track will go to a 12:15 post time.   The simulcast area and other parts of the track are not affected by the power situati...
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Armbro Dancer wins Allerage Farms Mares Open

on 10/06/2007 2:00 AM
On yet another hot and muggy Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile, Armbro Dancer won the $60,000 Allerage Farms Mares Open Pace in 1:48.4. Driven by Ron Pierce, the 4-year-old daughter of Blissfull Hall was victorious for the fifth time in 14 starts while lowering her previous career best by four-fifths of a second.   David Miller sent Molly Darling N to the early lead but coming out of the f...
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Marcus Johansson to open own stable

on 10/06/2007 2:00 AM
Marcus Johansson, who has been working as second trainer for his father-in-law, Jimmy Takter, told harnessracing.comFriday afternoon at The Red Mile that he is in the beginning stages of opening his own stable, which will be based in New Jersey. Johansson, a 29-year-old native of Malilla, Sweden, said he and his wife, Nancy, have already purchased three yearlings at the Lexington Selected Sale and...
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Giant Diablo wins in world record 1:50.1

on 10/06/2007 2:00 AM
Giant Diablo became the fastest trotter in history with a 1:50.1 victory Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile in the $108,500 Allerage Farms Open Trot, as the Swedish-owned 7-year-old mare defeated five male rivals to earn her spot in the record books. The time lowered Tom Ridge\'s previous all-age mark of 1:50.2 set in the 2004 World Trotting Derby and shattered the record for older trotting mares ...
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Yankee Skyscape, Won The West, Tell All take Tatt splits

on 10/06/2007 2:00 AM
Yankee Skyscaper won the first of three divisions of the $575,000 Tattersalls for 3-year-old male pacers Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile, and Tell All took the last split with an off-the-pace rally that resulted in a 1:48.3 score.   Driven by Dave Palone, Yankee Skyscaper moved to the lead heading around the final turn to go on to the 1:49 decision.   Finishing second was Running ...
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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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