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Buyers bet on new sire

on 10/07/2004 2:00 AM
Seven yearlings from the first crop by Bettor's Delight energized the opening session at Tattersalls on Wednesday night as four of them fetched prices of $115,000 or more. The seven generated an average price of slightly more than $107,000. The sale topper was a full brother to Little Brown Jug runner-up Western Terro, who brought a bid of $200,000 from trainer Ross Croghan. The second highest ...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/07/2004 2:00 AM
I sang a little bit of the rainbow blues this morning as my first stop in the barn area at The Red Mile was to see the sport's top-ranked horse, the 3-year-old filly pacer Rainbow Blue, who was supplemented into Friday's Glen Garnsey Memorial. I saw trainer George Teague yesterday afternoon at the races shortly after he arrived from his home base at Harrington Raceway in Delaware with a horse I ha...
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Upsets mark afternoon

on 10/07/2004 2:00 AM
Freshman colt trotters and filly pacers took the spotlight in the International Stallion Stakes at The Red Mile Thursday (Oct. 7) afternoon with the undefeated streak of world champion Cabrini Hanover coming to an end at the feet of Fast Ruffles in 1:52.3. Other filly winners were Restive Hanover in 1:52.2 and Cheyenne Adrienne in 1:53.1. The colt trots were won by Muscles In Blue in 1:57 and long...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/06/2004 2:00 AM
Sometimes things just pop into your head out of nowhere. While I was driving to The Red Mile this morning I started humming a song I bet I haven't heard in years. It's the jingle that went with the commercials selling Windsong perfume: "Windsong stays on my mind." With Windsong's Legacy just three days away from his try for Triple Crown glory, Windsong has really been on my mind. My first stop ...
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Draw for Ky. Futurity

on 10/06/2004 2:00 AM
Windsong's Legacy drew post 11, which puts him at the rail in the second tier, in the $393,300 Kentucky Futurity, the third and final leg of the trotting Triple Crown. Transylvania division winner Al Dente Hanover will start from post 12, the second position, in the second tier while Cantab Hall drew post six. Post 11 was obviously not trainer Trond Smedshammer's preferred choice for Windsong's...
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Trying something new

on 10/06/2004 2:00 AM
Trainer Ray Schnittker has been trying something a little different to get his 3-year-old trotter Self Obsessed ready for the Kentucky Futurity: he's been riding him in the infield at The Red Mile. After Kim Zito, the wife of Thoroughbred trainer Nick Zito and an owner of Centerfold Hall, drew the post positions for the Kentucky Futurity, Ron Gurfein, the trainer of Cantab Hall, was interviewed...
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Two fillies trot in 1:56.3

on 10/06/2004 2:00 AM
Magenta Hall and Seducer Hall shared the fastest times (1:56.3) as 2-year-old filly trotters raced in four $88,750 divisions of the International Stallion Stakes, sponsored by the Status Stables, at The Red Mile Wednesday (Oct. 5) afternoon. Other winners were Possessed Bydreams in 1:57 and Solveig in 1:57.1. Magenta Hall scored her fifth victory in six starts easily. Taking the lead just past ...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/05/2004 2:00 AM
Boy, has it been busy around here these past few days. Trouble is, it's just not work that is keeping me hopping, nor even just the races. It's trying to keep up with the social life that I've discovered goes hand in hand with all the action during these two weeks of Grand Circuit racing and yearling sales. Let's start off with last Friday night, which began with the formal induction ceremonies...
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Average drops at Ky. sale

on 10/05/2004 2:00 AM
A full brother to the top 2-year-old colt trotter Ken Warkentin was the sale topper at the Kentucky Standardbred Sales Company yearling auction at Fasig-Tipton with a price of $290,000, but despite the high-priced seller the overall average price for the three-day session resulted in a drop of 6.95 percent from 2003. The sale offered 459 yearlings, which brought a gross total of $12,612,700, ge...
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Wohlgetan Fraulein

on 10/05/2004 2:00 AM
In one short month Fraulein Bluestone has gone from being the 3-year-old maiden filly trotter who defeated the highly regarded colt Cash Hall in a qualifier at The Red Mile to a bona fide star in the making. After making breaks in four of her first five starts this year in Canada, the daughter of Angus Hall was sent to trainer Steve Elliott by owner David Scharf and she has flourished at The Re...
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NY horsemen indicted

on 10/05/2004 2:00 AM
According to a story in Tuesday's The Buffalo News, several New York-based horsemen have been indicted in what the newspaper is calling "one of the largest methamphetamine rings ever uncovered." Trainer-driver Louis Russo was shipping horses from Canada into the U.S. at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge last July when he allegedly was caught with four duffel bags containing 430 pounds of ephedrine,...
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Mare's last hurrah in Lex

on 10/04/2004 2:00 AM
Eternal Camnation, harness racing's richest pacing mare with $3.7 million in earnings, will race her last race Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile in Lexington. Although the 7-year-old mare finished second in the Milton last Saturday at Mohawk, trainer Jeff Miller said the time had come to retire her. Woodbine is also trying to organize a retirement ceremony for the mare on Breeders Crown night....
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Legacy day in PA

on 10/04/2004 2:00 AM
A press conference will be held on the steps of the Pennsylvania State Capitol building on Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in honor of Windsong's Legacy and his quest for the trotting Triple Crown. The conference is being organized by Pa. State Rep. Peter Daley of the House Agriculture Committee. Invited are all the members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate Agriculture Committees, and the hig...
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Campbell leaves Siegels

on 10/04/2004 2:00 AM
Trainer Jim Campbell told The Horseman Monday morning that he parted ways over the weekend with owners Jules and Arlene Siegel and will open up his own public stable at White Birch Farm in New Jersey, conditioning both racehorses and yearlings. Campbell has trained horses for the Siegels for 10 years, winning several major stakes events including 1995 Hambletonian with Tagliabue. Other top Camp...
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Tom Ridge out of Futurity

on 10/04/2004 2:00 AM
Trainer Jimmy Takter told The Horsman Monday afternoon that he will not be entering Tom Ridge in Saturday's Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile after the 3-year-old colt trotter came up sick following a fourth-place finish Oct. 2 in a Transylvania division. "I don't want to jeopardize the horse and you have to be 100 percent healthy to be able to go two heats," said Takter. "He's been fighting si...
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Tom Ridge falters

on 10/02/2004 2:00 AM
Tom Ridge, the world's fastest trotter, was beaten by Al Dente Hanover in a $112,400 division of the Transylvania Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile. Tom Ridge set most of the pace, but faded to fourth in the 1:54.3 mile. Luc Ouellette raced Al Dente Hanover off the pace as Ron Pierce put Tom Ridge on the front, carving out fractions of :27.4, :56.1 and 1:25.4. When Mark O'Mara tipped from the ...
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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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