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Sale finishes up 24 percent

on 10/09/2006 2:00 AM
The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale closed out its 2006 auction with a 24 percent increase in the average price per yearling. On a beautiful Sunday fall afternoon in the Bluegrass, a good mix of buyers were still shopping for yearlings, which propelled the final session to a five percent increase in the average price. The overall average for the sale was $39,248, up from $31,654 in 2005. Throu...
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Revamped KYSS a success

on 10/09/2006 2:00 AM
A bill recently passed by the Kentucky legislature that sends the sales tax collected on all stud fees into a combined breed pool has met with immediate success in the Standardbred industry. For the first time ever this year, 2 year olds raced for three $50,000 legs and then a $200,000 final in the Kentucky Sire Stakes, far more than what was available in the past with only eliminations and a f...
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Gary Gibson dies

on 10/09/2006 2:00 AM
Former four-time Vernon Downs race-winning driving champion Gary Gibson died Friday, Oct. 6, at the Veteran’s Hospital in Syracuse hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 62. A product of both the Fred Haslip and Webber Farms training facilities in western New York, Gibson began his driving career on the Buffalo Raceway/Batavia Downs circuit. Following success at t...
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Pocono slots on Nov. 14

on 10/09/2006 2:00 AM
Officials at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs issued a release Monday stating it has scheduled Tuesday, Nov. 14, as the grand opening date for 1,083 slot machines in its Phase One facility. The date is still pending receipt of all approvals by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. \"This is the culmination of a pledge to this region by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority and our dedicated managemen...
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Strong fourth sale session

on 10/08/2006 2:00 AM
The 138 yearlings that went through the auction ring during the Saturday night session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale generated an average price of $28,732, an increase of a whopping 74 percent from the average for the comparable session at the 2005 sale. The sale topper in the fourth session was an Artsplace colt out of the champion Illinois filly Incredible Tillie p,3, 1:49.2 ($916,0...
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Another strong session

on 10/07/2006 2:00 AM
The third session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continued the auction’s strong pace with the sale of 141 yearlings generating an average price of $41,225, an increase of 24.6 percent over last year’s third session. Boosting the third session on a beautiful Friday night was the sale of eight yearlings for prices of $100,000 or more. A colt by Western Ideal from the maternal family ...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/07/2006 2:00 AM
Lexington knows all about college basketball\'s \"The Shot,\" and now harness racing has \"The Wave\" after Ron Pierce bid adieu to Trond Smedshammer as he went by with Passionate Glide to win the Filly Futurity raceoff yesterday afternoon. It was an exciting Filly Futurity as Smedshammer\'s Queen Serene handed Passionate Glide her first defeat of the year in the second heat to set the stage fo...
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Gold to Doonbeg, Majestic

on 10/07/2006 2:00 AM
Mohawk Racetrack officials gave a nod to Majestic Son’s dominance on Friday evening by declining to offer show wagering in the 3-year-old trotting colt Gold final and the division leader responded with another effortless Ontario Sires Stakes record performance. Was It A Dream, Colonel Talbot and Yorktown Gunner fired off the starting gate in the sophomore trotting colt Gold Final and Was It A...
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Pierce given warning

on 10/07/2006 2:00 AM
The Red Mile stewards held a hearing Saturday morning regarding the the Kentucky Filly Futurity raceoff Friday where driver Ron Pierce waved at Trond Smedshammer as he passed him in the stretch with eventual winner Passionate Glide, and issued Pierce a strong warning because of his actions. Presiding steward Marc Guilfoil told harnessracing.com that Pierce was asked to explain his reason behind...
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Allerage Farms finals

on 10/07/2006 2:00 AM
Peaceful Way trotted to a world record-equaling 1:52 victory in the $88,000 Allerage Farms Series final at The Red Mile Saturday afternoon. Driver Trevor Ritchie moved the 5-year-old mare to the lead at the opening quarter and led the rest of the route, drawing clear to win by open lengths over runner-up Abbey Craig, with Ticket To Glide right behind in third. Last year\'s Dan Patch Award winne...
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Red Mile Sat. late-closers

on 10/07/2006 2:00 AM
World Filly Trotting Derby winner Cool Muscles opened up the Saturday Kentucky Futurity card at The Red Mile with a 1:56.2 win in the Cash Hall Retirement Trot. The win was the first for the 3-year-old daughter of Muscles Yankee in four starts since winning the three-heat World Filly Trotting Derby at Du Quoin Sept. 1. Jimmy Takter got the catch-drive from trainer-owner Buck Sprinkle. The win w...
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Shark bites in Tattersalls

on 10/07/2006 2:00 AM
Shark Gesture\'s hot streak continued as the son of Cam\'s Card Shark won for the fourth straight time in the first of two $288,000 Tattersalls divisions at The Red Mile Saturday afternoon. With Geore Brennan driving, Shark Gesture rallied for a career-best 1:49.1 victory, defeating Western Guy and Tyrant Hanover. Norm and Gerald Smiley and TLP Stable share ownership of Shark Gesture. Erv Mille...
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Colt two-thirds to Crown

on 10/07/2006 2:00 AM
Glidemaster shook off a determined bid by EL Mikko in a stretch-long battle to win the $526,000 Kentucky Futurity in straight heats Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile, crossing the wire in 1:51.3. John Campbell moved Glidemaster to the lead from fourth after a :55.3 half, and then fought off EL Mikko and driver Tim Tetrick as the two elimination winners drew side by side in the stretch. This was C...
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Big prices in session 2

on 10/06/2006 2:00 AM
With the 135 yearlings sold generating gross sales of $8,444,000, the average price at the second session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale on Thursday night was $62,088, a huge leap from last year’s figure of $46,122 for a comparable number sold. The average price in this year\'s second session was up 34 percent from 2005. Despite a light drizzle falling in Lexington, buyers were in at...
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Trotters on the turf @ Indy

on 10/06/2006 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs will again play host to trotters on the turf Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 10. The Shelbyville track’s race office received enough interest in the condition race, dubbed “The Green Mile,” that two divisions of nine will take to the seven-eighths mile turf course, each for a purse of $10,000. Racing Secretary Scott Peine looked for enough trotters to drop in the box to fill one rac...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/06/2006 2:00 AM
Today\'s backstretch story actually began in the car driving to The Red Mile as I got a phone call from Jerry Connors asking if I knew the reason Lis Mara was not in the Allerage tomorrow afternoon. I told him I was pretty sure I remembered he wasn\'t eligible, but that I would trek over to Erv Miller\'s barn to find out for sure. Erv\'s barn is at the back of the backstretch, so I knew it would b...
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Anvilanunoit wins opener

on 10/06/2006 2:00 AM
With a steady win blowing from the northeast, exremely rare at The Red Mile, Friday\'s race card began under brisk-but-sunny conditions. The first race was a $12,500 late-closer for horse and gelding pacers and Anvianunoit N rolled to his fourth straight victory with a 1:51 effort. David Miller was in the sulky behind the 7-year-old Jaguar Spur gelding owned by former University of Kentucky and...
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Kenneth J ties Lex mark

on 10/06/2006 2:00 AM
Metro Pace winner Yankee Skyscaper won the first of four International Stallion Stakes divisions for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers Friday afternoon at The Red Mile, crossing the wire in a career-best 1:52.1 with driver Jody Jamieson. The son of Artiscape won for the fourth time in eight starts, with Spin Rate second and Mr. Apples third. Chris Ryder trains the winner for owner Yankee Skys...
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Raceoff settles classic

on 10/06/2006 2:00 AM
The 41st Kentucky Futurity Friday at The Red Mile came down to a two-filly raceoff between Passionate Glide and Queen Serene, but it was P Glide who came away a 1:53 winner after sitting second after a patient drive by Ron Pierce. Trond Smedshammer set fractions of :28.4, :57 and 1:25.3 with Queen Serene, who won the second heat and automatically received post position one. She had just Passion...
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My Little Dragon in Garnsey

on 10/06/2006 2:00 AM
My Little Dragon captured the $296,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial Pace with a first-over rally, hitting the wire four lengths the best in 1:51. Brian Sears drove My Little Dragon, a daughter of Dragon Again out of the Jate Lobell mare My Little Pretty, for trainer Noel Daley and owner the Adam Victor & Son Stable. Art’s Temptress finished second in the 12-horse field while Caviart Sydney was third...
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