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Simpson elected to Hall

on 09/24/2003 8:00 PM
John Simpson Jr., an outstanding Grand Circuit horseman for many campaigns while specializing in trotters, has been elected to harness racing's Hall of Fame. The 60-year-old Simpson won the Kentucky Futurity four times and had a bevy of other stakes winners through his illustrious career. Simpson is the son of another Hall of Famer, the late John Simpson Sr. Some of his top performers were Timo...
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Cantab Hall by dq

on 09/24/2003 8:00 PM
The third division of the $341,600 Bluegrass for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters at The Red Mile Thursday (Sept. 25) was expected to be a heavyweight showdown between Tom Ridge and Cantab Hall, but no one could predict it would be a knockout punch in the stretch that would decide the outcome. Peter Haughton Memorial winner Tom Ridge and driver Ron Pierce controlled the tempo and still had ...
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Average down at Tattersalls

on 09/23/2003 8:00 PM
The average price for a yearling was down 30.23 percent in the opening session at Tattersalls Tuesday night (Sept. 23). The average for the 93 yearlings sold was $55,634 versus $79,736, but there were other differences between this year's first night and last year's opening session. Last year's opening session average was generated by the sale of 72 yearlings, 15 fewer than went through the rin...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 09/23/2003 8:00 PM
Bob Stewart saved me this morning. I didn't tell him that, but when he offered a ride on a golf cart back up to the front offices at The Red Mile, he saved me. No less than twice while wandering around the backstretch this morning I found myself doing a dance around a horse heading toward the track. I didn't know either of the persons sitting in the sulky behind each, but I can tell you that as...
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Kentucky Futurity draws 22

on 09/23/2003 8:00 PM
The draw for the $526,000 Kentucky Futurity was held Wednesday, Sept. 24, and a record 22 horses were entered. Among the starters will be three supplemental entries, Hambletonian winner Amigo Hall, Mr. Eero and Penn Pronto. Two fillies have also been entered, Rapid Rail and Southwind Allaire. “I think the 3-year-old colt division is wide open this year,” said Jimmy Takter, who train...
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Steakhouse feasts in opener

on 09/23/2003 8:00 PM
Steakhouse and driver John Campbell easily won Wednesday afternoon's (Sept. 24) opening race on the 14-race program at The Red Mile. Steakhouse's work was made easier with the scratch of morning-line favorite Photo Color, and he made short work of his five-horse competition by drawing away to win by open lengths in 1:57.2. A 2-year-old son of Muscles Yankee, Steakhouse is out of the dam Chippe...
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Kikikatie still perfect

on 09/23/2003 8:00 PM
Kikikatie's perfect season is still intact after the 2-year-old filly pacer easily won her $115,000 Bluegrass division at The Red Mile Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 24). With David Miller driving, Kikikatie moved to the lead down the backstretch and coasted to a three-length win in 1:53.4. Ron Pierce moved Whig Party into second around the final turn but tucked behind the leader and followed along...
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Fillies shine in Bluegrass

on 09/23/2003 8:00 PM
Four divisions of the $330,000 Bluegrass Series for 2-year-old trotting fillies were held Wednesday (Sept. 24) at the Red Mile. Starting off the series, Housethatruthbuilt and trainer-driver Trond Smedhammer broke her maiden in 1:57 after wearing down Self Indulgent and driver David Miller in the final strides. Enjoy the Sun and Jan Johnson trotted to third. At the start of the race, one of ...
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Art Major scratched from Am-Nat

on 09/23/2003 8:00 PM
Word has come from Balmoral Park that Art Major has been scratched from Saturday's (Sept. 27) $210,000 American-National. According to co-owner Lou Domiano, the sport's top-ranked horse has a gutteral pouch infection that will force him to miss what would have been his final career start. Art Major, who won eight of 11 starts this year and more than $1 million in purse earnings, was also possib...
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No Amigo in Futurity?

on 09/22/2003 8:00 PM
Trainer Blair Burgess, who was attending a sponsorship dinner held at The Red Mile Monday night (Sept. 22), said he was doubtful his colt Amigo Hall would be supplemented to the Kentucky Futurity. The entry box for the Futurity closes Wednesday morning (Sept. 24). Burgess said the Hambletonian winner was scratched out of the $1.3 million Canadian Trotting Classic because of a serious foot infec...
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Top 2YO colts to tangle

on 09/22/2003 8:00 PM
Peter Haughton Memorial winner Tom Ridge, three-time winner Great Challenger, and the undefeated Cantab Hall, who took a mark of 1:56.2 at Springfield this summer, will square off in a division of the Bluegrass at The Red Mile Thursday. Tom Ridge will be coming into the race off of his loss at Mohawk. Great Challenger and Cantab Hall have been solid in their recent outings. The three colts w...
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Meeting about Kadabra

on 09/22/2003 8:00 PM
Peter Heffering and other members of the Abra Kadabra Stable were planning to meet in Lexington Tuesday (Sept. 23) to talk about their plans for Kadabra, who sustained a serious injury last month just prior to the Breeders Crown. Kadabra is expected to be formally retired and to stand at stud for the 2004 breeding season.
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 09/22/2003 8:00 PM
With the rain gone and the sun shining over the famed clay oval at The Red Mile this wonderful Tuesday (Sept. 23) morning, I had a chance to meet Jack on the backstretch. With seven qualifiers starting at 9 a.m., the backstretch at The Red Mile was busy when I arrived around 8. It was hard to get much more than a ‘Hello,' or a ‘How are ya?' from any of the horsemen scurrying around ...
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Native scratches in qualifier

on 09/22/2003 8:00 PM
Allamerican Native, who made a break in his Little Brown Jug elimination in his first start after coming up sick following his third-place finish in the Cane Pace, was scratched out a Tuesday morning (Sept. 23) qualifier at The Red Mile. Trainer Mark Capone was slated to drive the 3-year-old colt pacer but they never made it behind the gate in what was to a be a three-horse race. Sophomore colt...
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1:54 by Georgia Pacific

on 09/22/2003 8:00 PM
Georgia Pacific, a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship finalist in the 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt division, won at The Red Mile Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 23) in 1:54. With David Miller driving, Georgia Pacific was locked in until midway through the homestretch. Miller found a gap, shot to the outside and Georgia Pacific hit the wire first. Yankee Lariat finished second. Both colts are by Western H...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 09/21/2003 8:00 PM
Geez, I'm beginning to wonder which person over at The Red Mile offended Mother Nature so badly. The spring meet was plagued by rain, with something like 27 of the 30 racing days having to deal with precipitation. The early part of the fall meet has been OK, but wouldn't you know it? Today is the first day of the two-week "Big Meet," and it's raining. Make that pouring. It's supposed to rain al...
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Red Mile card canceled

on 09/21/2003 8:00 PM
The Red Mile has canceled racing on Monday, Sept. 22, due to a sloppy track condition caused by unrelenting rain from early morning until noon. The 11-race card, which consisted solely of late-closing events, will not be rescheduled. The connections of all horses entered today will divide the nominating payments accordingly.
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NYSS champions crowned

on 09/20/2003 8:00 PM
New York Sire Stakes championships, with each division worth $150,000, were held at Yonkers Raceway Saturday night. The winners were as follows: 2YO Filly Trot--Becca J (Sir Taurus) in 2:02.1; 2YO Filly Pace--Donna's Girl (Village Jove) in 1:58.3; 2YO Colt Trot--Last Call At Dems (Sir Taurus) in 2:04; 3YO Filly Trot--Miss Gibbons (Giant Hit) in 2:01.3; 2YO Colt Pace--Uleavemebreathless (Sealed ...
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Southwind Allaire wins

on 09/19/2003 8:00 PM
Hambletonian Oaks winner Southwind Allaire cruised to a 1:57.3 victory Friday night at The Red Mile in the second of two $12,000 divisions of the Max Hempt Memorial late closer for 3-year-old filly trotters. Ron Pierce was in the bike as the daughter of Muscles Yankee scored by two lengths over Sunday Yankee and Mike Lachance. Mass Protest and Jacqueline Ingrassia were third. Jimmy Takter tr...
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No Pan Intended wins Jug

on 09/19/2003 8:00 PM
No Pan Intended became the first Ohio-owned horse since 1973 to win the Little Brown Jug when he paced to a 1:53 win in the second and decisive heat before an announced crowd of more than 52,000 at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds Thursday afternoon (Sept. 18). After winning his elimination, No Pan Intended drew the rail in the second heat and driver David Miller used it to full advantage as he l...
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