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Strong Yankee--1:50.3!

on 10/01/2005 2:00 AM
After blistering fractions of :26.3, :53.4 and 1:22.3, Strong Yankee rallied from the back of the field and trotted past Classic Photo in the homestretch to win the first heat of the Kentucky Futurity. Classic Photo was fired out of the gate by Ron Pierce and the first quarter clocking was made possible by Eric Ledford leaving with Muscle Memory. That left Ken Warkentin first-over and although ...
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Vivid Photo takes 2nd heat

on 10/01/2005 2:00 AM
Vivid Photo followed Classic Photo down the backstretch, then rallied from outside and trotted to a 1:52.1 score in the second heat of the Kentucky Futurity. Strong Yankee, the first elim winner, was racing third, immediately behind Vivid Photo, while Classic Photo set the pace down the backstretch. Driver Brian Sears was laying straight back trying to rate Strong Yankee and was in very tight q...
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Strong Yankee wins

on 10/01/2005 2:00 AM
Strong Yankee, with Brian Sears driving, controlled the pace in the Kentucky Futurity race-off and won handily over Vivid Photo in 1:51.2. Sears timed the starting gate perfectly from the two hole and driver Roger Hammer allowed him to take the lead. Strong Yankee hit the quarter-mile mark in :27.2 and opened up a bit down the backstretch before Hammer closed the gap before the half-mile marker...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 09/30/2005 2:00 AM
The sun is shining, temperatures are expected to warm up to the high 70s today, and it's Kentucky Filly Futurity day. A bonus driving to The Red Mile this morning was being able to hear back-to-back Buffett and Rascal Flatts tunes on the radio. Even passing the gas stations with a price of $2.99.9 a gallon didn't phase me. Qualifiers were just beginning when I arrived at the track this morning ...
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Lex sale average climbs

on 09/30/2005 2:00 AM
The first session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale averaged $65,756, up 24 percent from the combined first session averages from last year's Tattersalls and Kentucky Standardbred auctions. A total of 123 horses were sold during the opening night session at the Fasig-Tipton facility with the gross topping $8 million. Four yearlings brought prices of $200,000 or more, with the sale top...
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Ltd. to keep some horses

on 09/30/2005 2:00 AM
Walnut Hall Ltd. announced plans on Thursday (Sept. 29) to disperse its broodmare band and 2005 weanling crop at Harrisburg on Nov. 10, but the farm won't be selling all of its horses. The Kentucky farm operated by Alan and Meg Leavitt plans to keep its barren mares, which includes the top producer Canland Hall (the dam of millionaire Cantab Hall), its mares age 19 or older, and any mares which...
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Announcer leaving Woodbine

on 09/30/2005 2:00 AM
According to reports, Frank Salive, the longtime Standardbred announcer with Woodbine Entertainment, has resigned his post and is moving to Western Fair Raceway. Salive began calling races with the Ontario Jockey Club in 1991.
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Walnut Hall Ltd. up

on 09/29/2005 2:00 AM
Spurred in part by the $270,000 paid for a colt by Like A Prayer out of the prolific broodmare Amour Angus, the average price at Walnut Hall Ltd.'s yearling sale at Tattersalls Wednesday night climbed by almost 18 percent. The sale topper, Allstar Hall, is a half brother to the top performers Conway Hall, Angus Hall, and Andover Hall. The yearling was purchased by a consortium led by John Erik ...
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Waxman to sue for purse

on 09/29/2005 2:00 AM
An attorney representing Daniel Waxman was planning to file a lawsuit Thursday morning against the Hambletonian Society for failure to pay the purse money earned by Loyal Opposition when she won the Breeders Crown Mare Pace at Mohawk Racetrack last month. Until last May Loyal Opposition raced under the ownership of Waxman's father, Bob. The ownership of the mare changed during the time that Bob...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 09/29/2005 2:00 AM
It's Thursday and just like yesterday, it's sunny out. It's also much cooler, with today's high expected to reach about 65, nearly 20 degrees cooler than yesterday. We also had a pretty strong thunderstorm go through in the middle of the night (my alarm clock read 3:04 when my cat Maxie and I were rudely awakened by a loud clap of thunder) which brought in strong wind gusts and heavy rain for at l...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 09/28/2005 2:00 AM
What a glorious morning in Lexington. It was picture-perfect walking through the barn area at The Red Mile and it should be picture-perfect for this afternoon's racing card. I first stopped in the race office and said hello to Connie and Dill, and then poked my head in the judges' office where Mark and Nick were taking driver changes and scratches. Dean Magee came in to make a change on his hor...
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24 in Filly Futurity

on 09/28/2005 2:00 AM
With no division standout at this point in the season, horsemen weren't shy when the entry box for Friday's Kentucky Filly Futurity opened Tuesday morning. Twenty-four 3-year-old fillies were entered, necessitating three divisions for the first heat of the fixture at The Red Mile. A filly must win two heats to win the Futurity, which will run for the 42nd time. The first three finishers from e...
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Field set for Futurity

on 09/28/2005 2:00 AM
Just eight 3-year-old trotting colts were entered in the Kentucky Futurity, and Hambletonian champion Vivid Photo has drawn the rail while Classic Photo will start from post five. Here's the entire field: Post--Horse--Driver 1--Vivid Photo ( Roger Hammer) 2--Muscle Bound (Mike Lachance) 3--Self Professed (Tyler Stillings) 4--Ken Warkentin ( David Miller) 5--Classic Photo (Ron Pierce) 6-...
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Two added to Hall of Fame

on 09/26/2005 2:00 AM
Three-time Hambletonian-winning trainer Ron Gurfein and Little Brown Jug Society president W.D. "Tom" Thomson have been elected into harness racing's Living Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y., in voting by members of the United States Harness Writers Association and Living Hall of Fame members. Gurfein, 64, who began training Standardbreds more than 35 years ago, won his first major stakes in 1982 wi...
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Four named to Comm. Corner

on 09/26/2005 2:00 AM
Members of the U.S. Harness Writers Associatin have elected John "Jack" Ginnetti Jr., Bill Heller, Ed Keys and Virginia O'Brien into the sport's Communicator's Corner of the Hall of Fame. Ginnetti, a longtime newspaper writer from Marlborough, Mass., covered harness racing at tracks throughout New England for more than four decades. After an early career at his hometown newspaper, the Enterpris...
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Simpsons at Lexington

on 09/24/2005 2:00 AM
My Little Dragon, a 2-year-old daughter of Dragon Again making her first lifetime start, scored an impressive 1:53 victory in the third of three divisions of the John Simpson Memorial at The Red Mile Friday night. The evening's race card also included three divisions of the Simpson for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Driven by Ron Pierce for the Adam Victor and Son Stable and trainer Noe...
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Sears driving at Freehold

on 09/24/2005 2:00 AM
The New Jersey Racing Commission honors penalties handed down by other jurisdications, but on Saturday morning the judges at Freehold Raceway received a call from a representative of the Pennsylvania commission who told them Brian Sears' suspension was not in effect Saturday. After receiving that information, the judges did not require Sears to be taken off his drives at Freehold.The Pennsylvan...
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Easy win for Classic Photo

on 09/24/2005 2:00 AM
Classic Photo made winning a $1 million race look easy as he cruised to an open-lengths victory in 1:52.3 in the Canadian Trotting Classic Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Great George Two, who started from post eight, left the gate quickly to take initial control of the race. Ron Pierce, Classic Photo's regular driver, settled Classic Photo in fourth in the first turn but then moved him to ...
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Glowing Report scores

on 09/24/2005 2:00 AM
Glowing Report had finished second five times in 16 starts going into a prep for the Milton Stakes, but this time she picked up another win--her second of the season--with a 1:51.2 victory over Invitro. Driver David Miller took control of the race with a move just past the :26.4 first quarter and then loafed to the half in :56.2. Invitro had to race first-over to take a shot at winning. She pul...
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An

on 09/24/2005 2:00 AM
Western Ace, this year's Woodrow Wilson champ, survived a brutal :26 first quarter at Freehold Raceway in the $160,000 Lou Babic Memorial Saturday, winning in 1:53.2. After the sizzling opening panel, driver Ron Pierce and Western Ace yielded to Artstanding, driven by Yannick Gingras, who had pressed the pace. In the last quarter the race was still between the two freshmen with Western Ace edgi...
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