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Wagering up at Clinton

on 10/08/2003 8:00 PM
Clinton Raceway, which closed for the season on Oct. 5, saw a six per cent climb in the live racing wager over last year’s 17-day meet. The rural Ontario oval staged two major fundraising racing events — Legends Day and the Drivers’ Charity Challenge (DCC). The return of Legends Day raised $18,000 for the local hospital, while the 22nd annual DCC granted $6,000 towards literac...
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No Nukes retired as stud

on 10/08/2003 8:00 PM
No Nukes, who has sired the winners of more than $118 million - the most of any living sire - has been officially retired from stud duty at Hanover Shoe Farms. The pacing great is 24. The son of Oil Burner - Gidget Lobell was inducted into the Living Horse Hall of Fame this past July in Goshen, NY. No Nukes was the first sire to have three double-millionaires -  Die Laughing, Western...
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Fall four underway

on 10/07/2003 8:00 PM
Freshman competition is set to light up Mohawk Racetrack Oct. 11 as the youngsters line up behind the gate for eliminations of the ‘Fall Four'. With the finals set for next Saturday, Oct. 18, a number of early standouts will take on their peers in the eliminations of the Valley Victory, Goldsmith Maid, Three Diamonds and Governor's Cup. In two $24,000 divisions of the Valley Victory elims t...
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Ky. Standardbred dates

on 10/07/2003 8:00 PM
The Kentucky Standardbred Sales Company has set the dates for its fall yearling sale in Lexington in 2004. Kentucky Standardbred will kick off its sale on Sunday, Oct. 3, and continue Monday, Oct. 4, and then conclude Tuesday, Oct. 5. All sessions are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. The schedule mirrors the same format used last week.
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Triple Crown race to Yonkers

on 10/07/2003 8:00 PM
After being contested at The Meadows for nine years, the Messenger Stakes will be returning to Yonkers Raceway in New York in 2004. First contested in 1956 at Roosevelt Raceway, that track hosted the race that is one-third of pacing's Triple Crown until it closed in 1987. Yonkers, which then assumed the rights to the race, hosted it in 1988, but then it moved to Freestate Raceway the following ...
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Baillargeon returns, wins 3

on 10/06/2003 8:00 PM
Back in the sulky, looking like he never missed a beat, Mario Baillargeon made a splash in his return Monday (Oct. 6) evening at Mohawk from a three-month layoff due to a broken collarbone. Leading three mounts first to the wire, it was like he never left. The accomplished reinsman wasted no time finding his way to the winner’s circle in the opening race, fittingly behind three-year-old t...
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Approach’s gritty Gold win

on 10/06/2003 8:00 PM
Post 5 proved lucky for the third time in Armbro Approach’s career on Monday night (Oct. 6) as the three-year-old trotting colt captured his first Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Final over Mohawk Racetrack’s seven-eighths mile oval. The Mr Lavec—Embraceable You son, in rein to Trevor Ritchie, sat third through much of the mile. Heading around the final turn Armbro Approach to...
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Silk Stockings dies

on 10/06/2003 8:00 PM
Silk Stockings, one of the greatest pacing fillies of all time, died Oct. 3 at Boxwood Farms in New Jersey. She was 31. While Silk Stockings's lifetime mark of 1:55.2 and lifetime earnings of $694,894 pale by today's records, her exploits on the track were always of championship caliber. She won many top stakes and was the first filly to be named Pacer of the Year when she was voted the honor i...
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Christoforou adds five

on 10/06/2003 8:00 PM
Chris Christoforou Jr. added another five wins to his already impressive career total on Monday night (Oct. 6) at Mohawk Racetrack. The native of Milton, ON earned top honours with Reason To Smile, Miss Penny Royal, April Rustler, Casamirbadmoonrisn, and Pierce Seelster. None of the entries Christoforou drove during Mohawk’s 11 card evening went postward as a race favourite. Christofor...
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Magreta at Red Mile

on 10/06/2003 8:00 PM
Greg Magreta, former Harness Tracks of America executive assistant and public relations director at Hazel Park Harness Raceway, and his wife, Marilynn, were at The Red Mile Friday night, Oct. 3. Although they made a point to come to The Red Mile, they were actually in Lexington to attend the opening weekend of the Keeneland Thoroughbred meet. Magreta left Hazel Park when Jane MacFarlane, the wi...
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Colt to try for Triple Crown

on 10/06/2003 8:00 PM
Although driver David Miller said in The Red Mile's winner's circle following No Pan Intended's Tattersalls division victory that, "I'm glad I didn't have to overdrive him because we've got the Triple Crown coming up next week," owner Bob Glazer made it official Tuesday, Oct. 7, that he would be supplementing the colt into the Messenger Stakes at The Meadows for $35,000 in quest of Triple Crown gl...
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Willmot talks Liberals

on 10/06/2003 8:00 PM
David Willmot, Woodbine Entertainment Group's (WEG) chairman and chief executive officer, says Ontario's horse racing industry need not fear the province's new Liberal government. The Liberals ushered out racing's strong political allies, the Progressive Conservatives, in the Oct. 2 provincial election. The Tories held power for eight years and during their reign delivered both slot machines an...
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Boulder Creek surprises

on 10/05/2003 8:00 PM
Heading into Sunday’s (Oct. 5) Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Final at Windsor Raceway, owner Cliff Siegel was confident one of his colts would earn a sizeable share of the $130,000 purse. When the Brooklyn, NY resident learned the results of the 11th race from the border oval, he was delighted with the outcome, but surprised by the victor. Rather than elimination winner Sir Luck, who Si...
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Wanabeamillionaire upsets

on 10/05/2003 8:00 PM
Wanabeamillionaire scored a major upset at Flamboro Downs on Sunday (Oct. 5), capturing a wire-to-wire victory in the $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Final for three-year-old trotting fillies. Taking full advantage of Post 1, driver Don McElroy sent Wanabeamillionaire directly to the front. Heading down the stretch the Mr Lavec—Next Victom daughter dug into the reserves to hold o...
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Burning Point flawless

on 10/05/2003 8:00 PM
Burning Point scored an impressive Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Final victory at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday (Oct. 5), extending her win streak to five with an effortless 1:53.3 score. Leaving from Post 3, the Camluck—Tour De France daughter and driver Kevin Wallis assumed command early in the race and then pulled away from the field of three-year-old pacing fillies down the stre...
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Mystical Maddy dies

on 10/05/2003 8:00 PM
Besides No Pan Intended’s Little Brown Jug triumph providing owner Bob Glazer with the thrill of a lifetime in his home state of Ohio, it also helped ease the pain of a recent loss. Glazer’s magnificent pacing mare Mystical Maddy passed away earlier in September from complications following colic surgery at the New England Veterinary Clinic in upstate New York. “She was suc...
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No new track for Red Deer

on 10/05/2003 8:00 PM
The Westerner Exposition Association (Westerner Park) at Red Deer, AB, has cancelled plans to develop a race track/casino complex in the burgeoning city located between Edmonton and Calgary. The association had been granted a 10-year license by Horse Racing Alberta last year. “The cost to construct a first-class facility had escalated dramatically in a year,” Westerner Park general ...
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Clinton finale raises $6,000

on 10/05/2003 8:00 PM
Clinton Raceway raised $6,000 for local schools on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 5) during its 22nd annual Drivers’ Charity Challenge, the highlight of the season finale. Funds will be directed to literacy programs at elementary schools in Central Huron. The Clinton Raceway Drivers’ Charity Challenge (DCC) has now raised in excess of $155,000 for local charities and community projects. ...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/03/2003 8:00 PM
I've been a frequent visitor to Buffalo Wild Wings, located just across the street from The Red Mile, ever since I moved to Lexington five years ago. In the 2002 Lexington Preview Issue we gave the place a plug as one of the best sports bars in town, and it seems that since that was in print that more and more horsemen have made their way there to chomp on the wings and sip a beverage, or two, or ...
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Escape The Wind wins

on 10/03/2003 8:00 PM
Escape The Wind, a winner of seven of 10 starts but none against the top colts until his Bluegrass victory, took the first of three divisions of the Tattersalls Saturday night (Oct. 4) at The Red Mile. The winning time was 1:51.1. Allamerican Theory was favored to win the race and took command early after blasting out of the gate from post seven. He got shuffled back in the final quarter and wa...
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