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Shanghai Phil wins from 10

on 10/02/2004 2:00 AM
Shanghai Phil, a colt by Blissful Hall, won the first division of the Bluegrass Series for 2-year-old pacing colts with a virtual wire-to-wire effort from post 10. His time was 1:52.2. Shanghai Phil, who Mike Lachance drove for trainer Dustin Jones, was comiing into the Bluegrass off of a runner-up finish in the Nassagaweya, a win in a Champlain division, and a third-place finish in the Metro f...
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Mr. Muscleman scores

on 10/02/2004 2:00 AM
Mr. Muscleman put forth a a four-wide stretch rally to win an elimination of the Allerage Farms by a nose over HP Paque in 1:53.4. Muntineer won the first elim in 1:54.4, defeating Elegant Man. In Mr. Muscleman's race, Fool's Goal was also on the wire but broke stride when pressured. Since no other horse was lapped on, he stood as the third-place finisher. The top four finishers in the race, al...
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Upset in 2YO colt pace

on 10/02/2004 2:00 AM
Getting Real, a 23-1 shot, pulled off an upset in the second Bluegrass division for 2-year-old pacing colts. With George Brennan driving, Getting Real, a colt by Riyadh, turned in a big stretch rally to defeat Michael's Marvel and Thin Blue Line in 1:53.2. Noel Daley trains Getting Real, who had finished fifth in a Kentucky Sire Stakes final in his previous start.
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Inca charges to victory

on 10/02/2004 2:00 AM
Allamerican Inca came from far back at the top of the stretch to win the third $158,700 Bluegrass division for 2-year-old colt and geldings pacers at The Red Mile Saturday afternoon. The freshman gelding, who set a world record with a 1:51.2 win at The Meadows two starts ago, won the Bluegrass by open lengths in 1:53.2. Dave Palone was behind the son of Western Hanover, waiting patiently in the...
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DQ in second Transy split

on 10/02/2004 2:00 AM
Show Me The Monet was about to become a rare front-end winner on the Saturday Red Mile card when he broke stride just before the wire. He ran through the wire and the judges placed the fast-closing Sky Watch first in the $112,400 race. Driver Don Irvine Jr. took control with Show Me The Monet at the quarter and then posted fractions of :57.4 and 1:27.1 before turning into the homestretch. Sky W...
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Soph colts battle it out

on 10/02/2004 2:00 AM
Western Terror, driven by Brian Sears, rallied from far back in the first $87,500 division of the Bluegrass Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings to win in 1:51.2. Santastic's Pan captured the lead from Little Brown Jug elim winner Blissed Out at the three-quarter mark and remained on top as they headed for home, but North American Cup winner Mantacular charged up on the lead. Lurki...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/01/2004 2:00 AM
This morning was THE MORNING as I decided it was time for the first - and only - backstretch debate. No, I didn't go political and ask horsemen if they preferred John Kerry or George W. Bush; I posed the topic of whether there was a preference between trotters and pacers. With the backstretch loaded with those known as "trotting trainers," I had a pretty good hunch I knew which side would win. And...
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Stroke Play wins qua.

on 10/01/2004 2:00 AM
Four-year-old trotting mare Stroke Play, who has not raced since finishing fifth as the 1-5 favorite in the Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands July 31, won a qualifier at The Red Mile Friday morning in 1:55.2. With Brian Sears driving, Stroke Play defeated Gildone and Mike Lachance by three lengths. Stroke Play has won six of eight starts this year, going past the $1 million mark in career earni...
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Glowing Report in 1:50.4

on 10/01/2004 2:00 AM
Fresh off her Jugette victory last week at the Delaware County Fair, Glowing Report captured her $96,200 division of the (Bluegrass) Winbak Farms-Stonegate Farms 3-year-old filly pace in a lifetime best 1:50.4 Friday (Oct. 1) afternoon at The Red Mile. The second division saw Nu-Diamond Star score a mild upset in 1:51.2. Driver George Brennan sent Glowing Report to the lead after the :27 openin...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 09/30/2004 2:00 AM
So you think it's pure glamour being a world traveler? If you ask Revenue, the star of Swedish trotting who arrived at The Red Mile Wednesday night, you just might get a different answer. The 8-year-old trotter has made a couple of trips back and forth across the Atlantic the last two months, with his latest stop being Lexington where he will race in the Allerage Trot on Oct. 9. I arrived at th...
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Katie gets driver change

on 09/30/2004 2:00 AM
Dale Hiteman, who is a perfect three-for-three behind Kikikatie the last two years, will get a chance to make it four-for-four as the Chicago-based driver has been named by trainer Joe Seekman to direct the 3-year-old filly pacer in the second $95,200 Bluegrass division at The Red Mile Friday afternoon. "The owners (Lee and Linda DeVisser) wanted to make a change to see what happens and change ...
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Delmartha to be retired

on 09/30/2004 2:00 AM
It took her a few moments to speak the entire sentence, but a reluctant Martha Gray told The Horseman Wednesday afternoon that Delmartha, the 4-year-old trotting mare she owns with her husband, Jack, will make her final career start Oct. 9 in the Allerage Mare Trot at The Red Mile. "That will be….that will be….yes, that will be her last start," said Martha Gray, shortly after Delmar...
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Ken Warkentin in 1:55.3

on 09/30/2004 2:00 AM
Ken Warkentin turned in one of the most remarkable performances in the history of The Red Mile Thursday (Sept. 30) afternoon, coming from far off the lead to win his division of the $327,000 (Bluegrass) Walnut Hall Ltd. Cup 2-year-old colt and gelding trot in a season's record 1:55.3. Ken Warkentin and driver David Miller were trapped fourth along the pylons by a steady outer flow through fract...
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New breeders group

on 09/29/2004 2:00 AM
A new, formal organization of breeders in North America has been established. The Breeders Alliance of North America is a well-represented organization of breeders formed to provide leadership and guidance to the industry on issues that impact all breeders. The organization is open to all breeders; from the largest to those who have produced as few as three foals. The organization welcomes me...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 09/29/2004 2:00 AM
It was an easy decision as to where I would head this chilly morning as I made my first trip of 2004 through The Red Mile backstretch as the two-week Grand Circuit stand gets underway. Race secretary Nick Salvi told me that the epicenter of the action in the morning is usually at Noel Daley's barn, but how could I not head right for Trond Smedshammer's stable to see Windsong's Legacy? As I walk...
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I Am A Fool to Ontario

on 09/29/2004 2:00 AM
Kentuckiana Farms has announced that last season's 2003 Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year, I Am A Fool, a son of Life Sign, will stand the 2005 breeding season at Kentuckiana Farms of Ontario, located at Milner Farms in London, Ont. Owned by David Brooks' VAE Enterprises, I Am A Fool is currently standing in New Zealand for the Southern Hemisphere season. I Am A Fool earned $1,159,062 at t...
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Fast Ruffles sets pace

on 09/29/2004 2:00 AM
Fast Ruffles, Western Cruise and Allamerican Coed captured their respective divisions of the $366,700 (Bluegrass) Southwind Farm 2-year-old filly pace on a cool, overcast afternoon Wednesday (Sept. 29) at The Red Mile. The fastest of the three divisions went to Fast Ruffles in 1:52. Ron Pierce sent the Western Hanover filly quickly to the front after the :28 opening quarter and she immediately ...
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Rainbow Blue returns to Lex.

on 09/28/2004 2:00 AM
Trainer George Teague Jr. told The Horseman Tuesday morning that he plans on supplementing his top-ranked filly Rainbow Blue into the Glen Garnsey Memorial Pace at The Red Mile Friday, Oct. 8. Teague, who shares ownership with his sister, Brenda, and Kevin and Ron Fry's K & R Racing, said the group will pay the $12,000 supplemental fee to enter the filly, who has not raced since winning the $222,5...
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Top fillies to go in Bluegrass

on 09/28/2004 2:00 AM
Thereal Ideal, undefeated in five starts following her world record-equaling 1:54.1 win in a Standardbred division at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds Jug day, has drawn the rail in the first of three divisions of the $366,700 Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly pacers at The Red Mile Wednesday, Sept. 29. A daughter of Western Ideal owned by Adam Victor & Son Stable and Smart Money Stable, Thereal Ide...
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Freshman fillies on display

on 09/28/2004 2:00 AM
Grand Circuit racing got underway at The Red Mile Tuesday (Sept. 28) afternoon with four $100,500 divisions of the (Bluegrass) Norman Woolworth Memorial for 2-year-old filly trotters. Darling Monique and Don Irvine Jr. took home the blanket with the fastest division, a lifetime best 1:56.4 mile. Irvine moved the Muscles Yankee filly to the front shortly after the :28.2 opening quarter and she c...
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