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American ideal in 1:49.2

on 10/08/2005 2:00 AM
Fresh off his world record 1:47.4 mile last Saturday afternoon, American Ideal posted a 1:49.2 victory in the $230,500 Allerage Farm Series final for older horse pacers at The Red Mile Saturday afternoon. With Mark MacDonald driving for trainer Casie Coleman, American Ideal defeated Cam's Fool (Brian Sears) and Beretta Hall (Mike Lachance)
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Hellava Hush takes Trot

on 10/08/2005 2:00 AM
Hellava Hush captured the $226,000 Allerage Farm Series final for older horse trotters in 1:54.2 Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile. The race was reduced to nine starters with the scratch of favorite Mr. Muscleman. With Dave Palone driving, Hellava Hush held off Sand Vic (Brian Sears) with Justice Hall (Eric Ledford) third. A 5-year-old gelded son of Lindy Lane, Hellava Hush is owned by Jose...
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Casimir Camotion in 1:49.4

on 10/08/2005 2:00 AM
Casimir Camotion rallied from off the pace and captured the $201,000 Allerage Farms Free For All Pace final in 1:49.4. The race was the last on the Saturday card at The Red Mile and closed the two-week Grand Circuit meeting at the Lexington racetrack. Trained and driven by Pat Lachance, Casimir Camotion was settled in the back of the field while Dr. No (Dave Palone) and Maltese Artist (Eric Led...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/07/2005 2:00 AM
Fall arrived in Lexington Friday morning, bringing much cooler temperatures and a steady drizzle. I had talked to Brett Pelling yesterday about his impending departure to his native Australia and he told me to stop by his barn first thing this morning so that's where I headed. It was pretty quiet in the barn area as stables are shipping out. I saw the Joie De Vie van full loaded and a convoy of...
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Mr. Muscleman season over

on 10/07/2005 2:00 AM
Mr. Muscleman has been scratched out of Saturday's $226,000 Allerage Farm Series at The Red Mile and trainer Noel Daley said this morning that the 5-year-old trotter's 2005 season is over. "He just wasn't good enough today," Daley told harnessracing.com, adding that although he was undecided through the week whether or not to race Mr. Muscleman, he decided to scratch after a morning jog on Frid...
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Courtney Hall takes mark

on 10/07/2005 2:00 AM
Courtney Hall was gapped in the first quarter, but showed plenty of trot as she rallied first-over from the half and edged Flawless Bluestone in 1:55.4 in the first $93,100 division of the Pizza Dolce Trot. Courtney Hall, a sister to Cameron Hall, posted her fifth victory in nine starts this season and lowered her lifetime mark as well. New York Sire Stakes champion Whitesand Samantha finish...
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Faust Blue Chip in ISS

on 10/07/2005 2:00 AM
Faust Blue Chip picked a most opportune time to win his first career race, pacing to a 1:53 victory in the first of two $156,000 International Stallion Stakes divisions for freshman colt and gelding pacers at The Red Mile Friday afternoon. With John Campbell driving, Faust Blue Chip rallied around the final turn to take the lead, then holding off the late bid by Shark Gesture and driver George...
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Her Culese wins again

on 10/07/2005 2:00 AM
Kentucky Filly Futurity winner Her Culese and last year's Merrie Annabelle champion Reinvent were both raced off the pace by driver Ron Pierce, but the stretch drive was all they needed to win their divisions of the Pizza Dolce over a track rated "good." Her Culese is also owned by Pizza Dolce's owner, Dave McDuffee. The pace in the race was set by Sunday Best, who appeared unrateable as she tr...
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Fillies in Garnsey Memorial

on 10/07/2005 2:00 AM
Copywriter wasn't about to be denied her fourth straight win in Lexington, and Cabrini Hanover won her third straight at The Red Mile, in divisions of the Glen Garnsey Memorial. Driver George Brennan left strongly with Copywriter from post six, but when the inside horse Roller Cam shot to the front as well and the pace quickened, Brennan tucked in along the pylons. After Roller Cam hit the quar...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/06/2005 2:00 AM
All is right in the world as hockey is back, the Red Wings won, and it's another picture-perfect day in Lexington for the races. First stop for me this morning was in the judges' room, and I found Kevin, Nick and Mark sitting there with nothing to do except take a few driver changes for Saturday. Mark complained to me that I didn't give him any web time although I saw him nearly every morning, so ...
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Bingo in 2TF ISS

on 10/06/2005 2:00 AM
Flamingo Bingo won her fifth race in seven career starts when she took the fastest of four divisions of the International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old trotting fillies Wednesday afternoon at The Red Mile. Purses for the four events totaled $300,000. With Ron Pierce driving for trainer Jimmy Takter, Flamingo Bingo won her division in 1:55.3, a lifetime mark. The SJ's Caviar filly, owned by Chr...
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Famous Mark sets PPK mark

on 10/06/2005 2:00 AM
Famous Mark rewrote the Pompano Park track record for 2-year-old gelding trotters Wednesday night with a nine-length romp in the $19,756 Florida Sales Stakes. Driven by Wally Hennessey, Famous Mark won in 1:58.1, erasing the previous record of 2:00 set by Me Llamo Jose in 1998. Famous Mark also upset race favorite Admiral Nemo, who needed the victory to remain eligible for the FSBOA/Pompano Par...
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Chocolatier sets record

on 10/06/2005 2:00 AM
Chocolatier, a 2-year-old colt by Credit Winner, trotted to a world mark of 1:54.4 at The Red Mile Thursday afternoon, erasing the previous standard of 1:55.3 set by Mack Lobell back in 1986. Driven by D.R. Ackerman, Chocolatier led for all but about the first eighth of the mile. He was in control of the race at the halfway mark in :57.2 and the three quarters in 1:26.4 before jogging home unth...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/05/2005 2:00 AM
OK, it's taken me a few days to recover from the weekend, but what a weekend it was. An overflow crowd filled The Red Mile Saturday afternoon for the Kentucky Futurity Day card and no one left there without their money's worth. What can you say about Strong Yankee's race-off performance, and what can you say about the mile American Ideal went? First stop this bright and sunny morning at the tra...
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Inaugural sale brings gains

on 10/04/2005 2:00 AM
With its first three sessions propelling the sale, the inaugural Lexington Selected Yearling Sale finished with an average price of $31,654 for 780 horses sold. There were three RNAs. For 25 years, two yearling auctions had been held in Lexington during the fall Grand Circuit meet. That was again the case this year, but the traditional Kentucky Standardbred and Tattersalls auctions were combine...
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More sold, average drops

on 10/02/2005 2:00 AM
The Sunday session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale was much more of a buyer's market than a seller's with the 203 horses sold averaging $16,485. Through Saturday night 387 horses had been sold for an average price of $48,155, and most buyers and consignors considered prices for good stock very strong. The Sunday results dropped the overall average for the sale to $37,258 for 590 sold. ...
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Her Culese wins race-off

on 10/01/2005 2:00 AM
Her Culese came up a winner in a three-horse race-off in the 41st Kentucky Filly Futurity after eking out a dramatic nose decision in the second heat to force the showdown. Her Culese edged first-heat elimination winner Coulantine by a nose in that second heat to set the stage for the match-up between those two and elim winner Nana's Best. Flawless Bluestone, who had also won her elim and then fin...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/01/2005 2:00 AM
It was as good as it gets yesterday afternoon at The Red Mile and it should be even better today with the Kentucky Futurity on tap. The weather was perfect yesterday for the 16-race card that ended with Her Culese's dramatic win in the Filly Futurity race-off, raced before a big crowd. The crowd should be even bigger today for the Futurity that features a showdown between Vivid Photo and Classi...
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Hellava Hush easy winner

on 10/01/2005 2:00 AM
The seven starters in the first race at The Red Mile Saturday lined up in post position order for the first three-eighths of the mile and allowed Hellava Hush to loaf as the leader, and it gave him the edge he needed to win in 1:53.2. Hellava Hush, who finished seventh in the Maple Leaf Trot final, was driven to the victory by Dave Palone for the first time this season. Elegant Man pulled al...
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Another win for young Ace

on 10/01/2005 2:00 AM
Post position eight didn't pose any problems for Woodrow Wilson champ Western Ace, who rolled to a 1:52 victory in the first of four divisions of the Bluegrass for 2-year-old pacing colts Saturday at The Red Mile. Driver Ron Pierce put Western Ace on the front end midway through the mile and the colt was on cruise control through the homestretch. Early pacesetter Sandro Hanover held on for seco...
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