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Sears penalty rescinded

on 10/08/2005 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission has rescinded its recent six-month suspension handed to driver Brian Sears for a personal drug violation that occurred Aug. 13 at The Meadows. In a ruling issued Friday, Oct. 7, the commission stated "Ruling No. 050907C dated September 29th, 2005 issued against Driver Brian Sears, is hereby rescinded." A copy of the ruling was presented Saturday ...
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It's all Rocknroll

on 10/08/2005 2:00 AM
Rocknroll Hanover rallied from off the pace to win the first $235,550 Tattersalls division for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers at The Red Mile on a chilly Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile. Driver Brian Sears put the Meadowlands Pace and North America Cup winner in a second-over position turning for home and cruised to the front and a 1:50.3 victory. There was plenty of action in the race w...
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Self Professed scores

on 10/08/2005 2:00 AM
Driver Tyler Stilings earned the biggest victory of his career with a perfect trip behind Self Professed in a $108,750 division of the Transylvania Trot for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile. Stillings got away first with Self Professed bu then yielded the front to Great George Two and driver Jonathan Roberts at the quarter. In mid stretch Stillings tipped ...
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Sir Perseverance perseveres

on 10/08/2005 2:00 AM
Coming off a pair of second-place finishes in the first and second heat of last week's Kentucky Futurity, Sir Perseverance finally won his first race of the year in the second $107,750 Transylvania division for sophomore colt and gelding trotters at The Red Mile Saturday afternoon. Driver George Brennan tipped Sir Perseverance from third approaching three-quarters to go on to the 1:54 victory, ...
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Loyal Opposition wins

on 10/08/2005 2:00 AM
Loyal Opposition cruised to her fifh straight win and 12th of the year in the $80,000 Allerage Farm Series for older pacing mares at The Red Mile Saturday afternoon. With George Brennan driving, Loyal Opposition coasted home to a 1:50.2 win over Glowing Report (David Miller) and Valley Electric (Mark MacDonald). A 5-year-old daughter of Cole Muffler, Loyal Opposition is owned by Daniel Waxman. ...
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Peaceful Way cruises

on 10/08/2005 2:00 AM
Peaceful Way took the lead down the backstretch and then cruised to a 1:54.3 victory in the $81,500 Allerage Farm Series for older mare trotters Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile. With Trevor Ritchie driving, Peaceful Way easily held off runner-up Mystical Sunshine (Ron Pierce) to win by about a length and a half. Housethatruthbuilt (Brian Sears) was third.
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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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