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ISS finals at Indy Downs

on 10/06/2006 2:00 AM
Favorites claimed three of four Indiana Sires Stakes finals Friday, Oct. 6 at Indiana Downs. Undefeated JSC Merit Raise was the lone upset victim, finishing second during a night where three of the champions set or equaled lifetime best marks, including a stakes record. Jeff and Sharon Bislich’s two-year-old trotting gelding entered the $54,100 ISS final looking to remain perfect in 10 career...
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Pennsylvanian wins contest

on 10/05/2006 2:00 AM
Anthony Beltrami of Bethlehem, PA is “feeling good” about the 2006 Little Brown Jug. Beltrami vaulted from 15th place to win the Little Brown Jug Fantasy Contest following Mr. Feelgood’s victory in the 61st renewal of the pacing classic. Beltrami edged Jeff Johnson of Thornville, Ohio, by a 1,478 to 1,466 margin to win the first-place prize, a $7,000 John Deere Buck ATV, courtesy of Joh...
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$270,000 tops at opener

on 10/05/2006 2:00 AM
With a large crowd in attendance, the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale got underway on a warm fall night in the Bluegrass. The average price at the first session climbed to $71,562--an increase of almost nine percent from last year. The top price in the opening session was the $270,000 bid for an Andover Hall filly out of Victory My Way 3, 1:54.3, the dam of Make You Mine 3, 1:54.1. The partner...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/05/2006 2:00 AM
All is right in the world! I\'ve been battling lameness and went to the doctor this morning to get a little work done and he helped immensely, but I had a fear before going he would send me home, which, of course, would have meant track management would have had to cancel racing today as they could not have raced without me. But everything is good--at least for now. Even made it through part o...
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Yankee wins in ISS split

on 10/05/2006 2:00 AM
Cabana Fever rallied down the stretch to win the first of four divisions of the $321,000 International Stallion Stake (ISS) for 2-year-old filly pacers Thursday afternoon at The Red Mile. With Ryan Anderson driving, Cabana Fever closed with a flourish to win by a length over Liberty Skiperty in 1:54, with Daily Laugh third. Co-holder of the season\'s fastest mile by a freshman filly pacer (1:51...
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Donato Hanover cruises

on 10/05/2006 2:00 AM
The Takter factor was evident in two of the four divisions of the $316,000 International Stallion Stake (ISS) for 2-year-old colt trotters, but it was Donato Hanover who finished it off in fine fashion when he captured the last split with a dominant 1:57.2 effort over Great Success and Snowboarder. The quartet of races were part of the action of the Thursday afternoon program at The Red Mile. D...
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Thursday Lex late-closers

on 10/05/2006 2:00 AM
Two Weeks Notice won the $12,000 late-closer for male trotters at The Red Mile Thursday afternoon with a 1:55 effort for driver George Brennan. The 5-year-old gelded son of Yankee Glide defeated Corlewon and Lucasey for his eighth win of the year in 20 starts. Trained by Steve Waller, Two Weeks Notice is owned by Jason and Matt Sullinger of Lexington, Ky. The win increased his earnings to $101,...
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Red Mile Tuesday wrapup

on 10/04/2006 2:00 AM
Tuesday brought with it lovely blue skies and a menu heavy with late-closers for diagonally-gaited distaffers to The Red Mile. The event for 3 to 5-year-old trotting mares fielded three divisions and local “Cinderella story” Trophy Stand continued her form spree for Red Mile regular Jackie Gray Jr. The Garland Lobell filly did not race at two but has been near flawless this season. She has ...
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Amateur driver final set

on 10/04/2006 2:00 AM
The Midwestern Amateur Driving Association Final will be raced Sunday, Oct. 15, at Balmoral Park. All 2006 amateur driving participants in good standing with the M-WADA are eligible. Marcus Miller, of Sherman, Ill., and a 17-year-old Williamsville High School senior, captured the regular season points championship and was rewarded with a start in the Amateur Division at Delaware, Ohio, during L...
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Force Nine wins the green

on 10/04/2006 2:00 AM
Force Nine, a son of Dream Away, scored the first victory of his brief career with a 2:02.2 victory in the $35,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres final for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings Tuesday at Freehold Raceway. With Hall of Famer Catello “Cat” Manzi driving, the colt had to go three wide at the half-mile mark to avoid a breaking horse and get the lead. The colt then pulled ...
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114th Ky. Futurity draw

on 10/04/2006 2:00 AM
Top 3-year-old trotting colts Glidemaster and Chocolatier drew into the first of two eliminations for Saturday\'s 114th Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile, with the Hambletonian winner and World Trotting Derby winner landing posts six and seven, respectively. The pair are among 14 sophomore colts and geldings that will go postward in a pair of eliminations, with the top five in each returning for t...
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Magic--A world record!

on 10/04/2006 2:00 AM
Possess The Magic set a new world record for 2-year-old trotting fillies Wednesday afternoon at The Red Mile, posting a 1:54.2 victory in one of five divisions of the $364,000 International Stallion Stakes (ISS). The time broke the mark set just one week ago by Pampered Princess. Mike Lachance was in the sulky behind the daughter of Self Possessed, who defeated Satu and Likely Volo on her way t...
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Wednesday Red Mile winners

on 10/04/2006 2:00 AM
Here are the winners of the late-closing events on the Wednesday afternoon card at The Red Mile: 1st race--$12,000 late-closer for 2-year-old colt & gelding trotters The Bosses Lindy (John Campbell) 1:57 2nd race--$12,000 late-closer for 2-year-old colt & gelding trotters Swanderful (Charlie Norris) 1:58 5th race--$12,000 late-closer for 2-year-old colt & gelding trotters Extra Strengt...
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Cardinal and Violet elims

on 10/04/2006 2:00 AM
The Cardinal Stakes elimination proved to be a stroll in the park for Vapor Maker as he made every call a winning one in a career best of 1:57.4 at Balmoral Park Tuesday night, Oct. 3. Under no urging whatsoever from driver Brent Holland, Vapor Maker trotted home in :29 to win by 5 ¾ lengths for co-owners Bruce & Dean Alexander and Connie & Homer Hochstetler. Homer Hochstetler trains the son o...
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Marohn in spill at Colonial

on 10/04/2006 2:00 AM
Driver Jim Marohn Jr. escaped serious injury from a scary chain-reaction spill in the sixth race at Colonial Downs Tuesday night, Oct. 3. Marohn was taken to Bon Secours Memorial Regency Medical Center in nearby Mechanicsville. X-rays were negative and he was released Tuesday night with a headache and a bruised lower back. The accident occurred around the five-sixteenths pole as Five Somewhere...
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Artistic Fella won\'t race

on 10/04/2006 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Pace winner Artistic Fella will not be supplemented to this Saturday’s Tattersalls Pace. Trainer Steve Elliott said he trained the colt at The Red Mile Tuesday morning, but scoped him afterward and found mucous. Although Artistic Fella, a winner of 10 straight races, showed signs of illness when he was scoped, Elliott said the colt paced his last quarter in his training mile in :2...
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Baseball at Pompano Park?

on 10/04/2006 2:00 AM
Pompano Park is being pitched as a new location for a baseball stadium for the Florida Marlins. According to reports, local government officials have been in talks with the Marlins for several months. “There are possibilities,” said Pompano Beach Mayor John Rayson, who told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that he has toured the track with representatives of the Marlins and the track’s owne...
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HRTV to cover Red Mile

on 10/04/2006 2:00 AM
HorseRacing TV\'s (TM) exclusive coverage of the fabled Red Mile\'s two-week Grand Circuit meeting will reach a rousing conclusion on Saturday, Oct. 7, when it airs the $600,000 Kentucky Futurity, the second leg of Trotting\'s Triple Crown. HRTV\'s duo of Standardbred experts, Peter Lurie and Kevin Decker, will anchor the network\'s coverage from the studio. The 114th edition of the Kentuck...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/04/2006 2:00 AM
The dog days of summer are back in Lexington. Or at least today it will feel like summer as the high today is expected to reach the mid 80s. It was a glorious morning at The Red Mile as there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and there were plenty of things going on. The first person I saw walking into the backstretch was, of course, John Cashman, who was proudly wearing his New York Yankees hat. I d...
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Harr handles $1.1 mil

on 10/03/2006 2:00 AM
A new single night high for total handle ($1.1 million) was set at Harrington Raceway Monday. The old mark of $963,000 (est.) was established on May 8, 2006. The Monday card on Delaware\'s half-mile racetrack typically produces the top overnight events and has the highest purse distribution of the track\'s five live racing days during the week. Three $16,500 winners-over divisions were conteste...
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