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Donato camp surprised by no detention

on 09/28/2007 2:00 AM
With seven Bluegrass divisions for 2 –and 3-year-old colt pacers on the Saturday program at The Red Mile, the two Bluegrass splits for 3-year-old colt trotters will not race out of detention, and that has left trainer Steve Elliott unhappy. Elliott told harnessracing.com he likely would not have entered his star trotter Donato Hanover in the Bluegrass had he known it would not be raced out of th...
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Backstretch with Gordon-Friday

on 09/28/2007 2:00 AM
What a glorious Friday morning in Lexington as there isn’t a cloud in the sky, compared to yesterday afternoon’s monsoon that soaked The Red Mile midway through the card. If you are headed to the famed clay oval over the weekend, plan on great conditions as well as great race cards.   Before I get to today, I need to look back at last night’s Kentucky Hall of Fame ceremonies which saw...
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Gabby Glide\'s 1:52.3 sets world mark

on 09/28/2007 2:00 AM
Gabby Glide, a 4-year-old gelding by Yankee Glide, lowered the world record for older gelding trotters on a five-eighths mile track with his 1:52.3 victory at Harrah’s Chester on Thursday, Sept. 27.   With Tim Tetrick driving, Gabby Glide raced third to the quarter (:27.1), then took command and set remaining panels of :56.4 and 1:24.1 before trotting home in :28.2 to post the new world m...
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Three filly trot divisions contested at Red Mile

on 09/28/2007 2:00 AM
Pampered Princess, floated out of the gate by driver John Campbell before taking the lead shortly before the quarter, led the rest of the way to win the third $91,000 Bluegrass division for 3-year-old filly trotters Friday afternoon at The Red Mile.   After making her last four starts against her male peers, Pampered Princess returned to face her own division and she proved she was still at...
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Hana Hanover equals world mark in Bluegrass

on 09/28/2007 2:00 AM
Hana Hanover equaled the world record for 3-year-old filly pacers on a mile track with a 1:49.2 victory in the third of three divisions of the $233,000 Bluegrass under cloudless skies at The Red Mile Friday afternoon.   Driven by George Brennan, Hana Hanover got away fourth and waited patiently as Cabana Fever and then Liberty Skiberty led through first-half fractions of :26.3 and :55. Bren...
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U.S. to host 2008 Amateur World Cup

on 09/28/2007 2:00 AM
The North American Amateur Drivers Association will host the 2008 World Cup of Amateur Racing  and although the events are still a long way off, NAADA president Joe Faraldo is beginning to plan an itinerary  for the countries that will participate. \"We (NAADA) last hosted the World Cup of Amateur Racing in 1988 and it was a huge success because of the high quality of ...
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Alastor Hanover paces 1:54 at fair

on 09/27/2007 2:00 AM
At the end of the three days at the Bloomsburg fair, the main topic of conversation around the central Pennsylvania oval remained a $1,050 race that was paced in 1:54.  That was the clocking posted by Alastor Hanover, a 4-year-old pacing son of Rustler Hanover, in winning a free-for-all event on Tuesday.   Veteran watchers of the Pennsylvania scene probably detect...
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Backstretch with Gordon--Thursday

on 09/27/2007 2:00 AM
It’s Thursday and it’s Backstretch With Gordon, but Gordon didn’t really want to be on The Red Mile backstretch as the long-awaited rain finally arrived, and although it’s nice since it’s been something like a year and a half since it last rained in Lexington, couldn’t it have waited another two weeks?   It stormed pretty good early this morning, and I understood that the main t...
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Wild Man Bill upsets in Green Acres final

on 09/27/2007 2:00 AM
Wild Man Bill ($23.60) nipped Orient Address for a nose victory in the $35,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres final for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings, the featured race on Wednesday at Freehold Raceway.   The Banker Hall colt trotted the mile in 2:03, scoring his first win in his sixth career start. He has two seconds and one third to his credit.  &n...
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Southern Rain wins at Pompano

on 09/27/2007 2:00 AM
Mark Rorabeck’s juvenile trotter Southern Rain visited the Pompano Park winner’s circle for the third straight time on Wednesday when capturing his $5,478 leg of the Sunshine State Stakes for 2-year-old Florida-bred colts and geldings in 2:02.1.   Driven from post two by Bruce Ranger, Southern Rain was unhurried through the early stages of Wednesday’s race, finding a spot on the...
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Go Nano Go takes Harrington open

on 09/27/2007 2:00 AM
J&E Stable Inc.\'s Go Nano Go ($6.40, Eddie Davis Jr.) took the $22,000 featured Junior Open Trot in 1:57.2 Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The 6-year-old Balanced Image gelding was sent for the lead from post three and assumed command from eventual pocket-sitter Bud Ross to the quarter mile in :29.3. \"Nano\" led the field of seven through fractions of :59 and 1:28. He outlasted Bud Ross an...
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Horse racing discussion at Monmouth

on 09/27/2007 2:00 AM
Anthony Perretti was among the speakers at an event organized by New Jersey State Assemblywoman Jennifer Beck to highlight the needs of the racing industry in the Garden State, particularly related to purses and pressures from neighboring states with slots-enhanced revenues. The discussion was held at Monmouth Park, which will host the Breeders Cup next month.   Also in attendance were As...
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Muscle Mass still perfect with Bluegrass win

on 09/27/2007 2:00 AM
Mother Nature took care of any chance world champion Muscle Mass had of possibly even bettering his mark Thursday afternoon at The Red Mile, but the son of Muscles Yankee still was able to capture his $91,000 Bluegrass division for 2-year-old colt trotters.   With rain intermittent throughout the early afternoon, the skies opened up just as the starting gate began to move down the stretch f...
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PASS finals for 2YOs held at Harrah\'s Chester

on 09/27/2007 2:00 AM
Athena Hanover, Lady Annie, Lear Jetta and Idle Hour became Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champions with victories in the $100,000 finals at Harrah’s Chester on Thursday afternoon, and Lady Annie and Lear Jetta also became world champions with their efforts.   Athena Hanover, the 9-5 betting favorite, started from post seven and initially took the lead before being joined by Grace N Charlie. G...
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New additions to HTA art auction

on 09/27/2007 2:00 AM
Harness Tracks of America has received a late trio of rarities for its art auction on Kentucky Futurity morning, Saturday, Oct. 6. A Florida consignor has consigned three original watercolors by Robert L. Dickey, the foremost equine artist of the early 1900s.   The watercolors were painted by Dickey in 1906. They may have been painted for M.W. Savage since t hey are representations of thre...
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Happy dreams do come true in Green Acres

on 09/27/2007 2:00 AM
Happy Dreamer turned in a gusty effort to win the $35,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes Green Acres final for 2-year-old filly pacers on Thursday at Freehold Raceway. Driver Pat Berry committed the filly to a move to the lead, leaving from post eight, and was parked for half a mile until she reached the top. She then drew off to a 5 1/4-length victory in 1:56.4. The daughter of McArdle–I’m N...
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Bluegrass action for 2YO filly trotters

on 09/26/2007 2:00 AM
Kentucky Sire Stakes champion Debbie Hall used a late surge between horses to win her $77,600 Bluegrass division in 1:55.1 Tuesday afternoon at The Red Mile. Debbie Hall, owned and co-bred by Walnut Hall Ltd., sneaked between runner-up Timeless Winner and Along The Way at the wire to win with driver Dave Palone aboard for trainer Fred Grant. She has now earned $178,800 in purses in six l...
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***New***Wire To Wire

on 09/26/2007 2:00 AM
In his latest Wire To Wire column, Andrew Cohen is back on the subject of a harness racing commissioner, thanks to a letter he received on the subject from Eric Sharbaugh, executive vice president of the US Trotting Association.   \"I got my response this week in the form of a good, strong, lawyerly letter from Eric Sharbaugh, the USTA’s executive vice president,\" writes Cohen. Clic...
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Backstretch with Gordon--Wednesday

on 09/26/2007 2:00 AM
Of course my first morning Wednesday on The Red Mile backstretch I had to head directly to the stall of the best trotter in the land, so I headed right to where I knew Donato Hanover was—and then I just kind of glanced over as I knew the next barn over was Waterstone, the 2-year-old trotter trained by Jimmy Takter.   For those who don’t know—and for a lot of you that really probably d...
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Lady Lincoln Land elims held

on 09/26/2007 2:00 AM
Maplegrove Natalie and Mis Vapor Trail were the winners Tuesday night at Balmoral Park as 2-year-old trotting fillies took center stage in a pair of $12,500 Lady Lincoln Land Stake eliminations. The top five finishers in each split will be back next Tuesday to battle for a $120,000 jackpot.   In the first division Thomas and Joseph Mullins Maplegrove Natalie turned in a very gritty pe...
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