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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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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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