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Cantab Hall wins seventh

on 10/01/2003 8:00 PM
Cantab Hall continued his career-long roll with a dominating victory in the $113,000 International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old colt trotters at The Red Mile on Thursday (Oct. 2). The son of Self Possessed pulled out to the lead with driver Mike Lachance past the quarter and drew away in the stretch to win in 1:56.1, setting a new career mark and equaling the national season’s record wh...
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Pompano drops show bets

on 09/30/2003 8:00 PM
Pompano Park will start its 40th season of harness racing on Friday, Oct. 10 by becoming the first major pari-mutuel horse racing track in North America to drop show wagering. Track management has announced that it will offer high stakes poker games beginning at noon on opening day, a 20 per cent increase in race purses, a free cash prize drawing every night during the meet, a totally revamped ...
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Ky. S-bred Sale Concludes

on 09/30/2003 8:00 PM
The Kentucky Standardbred selected yearling sale concluded in Lexington on Tuesday (Sept. 30). With a sunny fall afternoon as the backdrop, the third and final session rallied with a 27.4 percent gain. The third session boost brought the average for the entire sale to $29,532, a dip of 3.87 percent from last year's sale. A total of 473 horses were sold this year versus 509 last year, when the s...
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Quebec stakes action

on 09/30/2003 8:00 PM
On Tuesday night (Sept. 30), the track at Trois Rivieres played host to two divisions of the Circuit de Quebec for three-year-old pacing colts. The fastest time was clocked by Frostys Paycheck in the first $18,000 division. The Shipps Burser - Lady Beware gelding posted a three-length win in 1:57. In the second division, it was Wally Saurel first at the wire in a time of 2:00 flat. A son of ...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 09/30/2003 8:00 PM
I'd been trying to make my way to "The Big Top" for a few days now, and finally today I was able to do so as I wondered what life was like under the tent. With an overflow of horses entered to race at The Red Mile, extra stalls were needed. So the track added three temporary big tents that housed more than 300 horses. "If you're selling anything, we're not buying," was what Jerome Brown, a care...
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Totes discuss delays

on 09/30/2003 8:00 PM
Delays in the time it takes to get final odds posted on a race in progress can be improved, but aren’t going away any time soon, according to a panel of tote company representatives at the International Simulcasting Conference. James Quinn, who represents a players’ group for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) said it often takes a minute or more for final odds to b...
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Racing writer comes out

on 09/30/2003 8:00 PM
ESPN.com is reporting that a Boston Herald sports writer whose primary beat is horse racing has come out of the closet as gay, saying he could no longer tolerate the "unabashed homophobia" in professional sports. Ed Gray, 55, has worked at the Herald for some 20 years. He came out in a column which ran Tuesday (Sept. 30). "I just got to the point where I didn't want to be silent anymore," Gr...
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Sugar Trader stays home

on 09/30/2003 8:00 PM
Trainer John Brennan says Sugar Trader is at home in New Jersey, resting up for the Breeders Crown and the Matron stakes later this fall. "He was eligible to a stake at Freehold, but we're going to skip that to get him ready for the Breeders Crown," said Brennan. "I think his campaign caught up with him in Canada." In the Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk last month, Sugar Trader didn't sh...
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Saftic tops $50 million

on 09/29/2003 8:00 PM
Driver Mike Saftic topped the $50 million mark in career earnings on Monday night (Sept. 29) at Mohawk when he drove Armbro Approach to a career-best 1:56.3 victory in a $53,117 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Series elimination for three-year-old trotting colts. Saftic, a 41-year-old native of Sudbury, ON, has long been a fixture on the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) circuit. He has 3,246 ...
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Smile of Gold

on 09/29/2003 8:00 PM
Putasmileon shaved a full second off his personal best capturing the $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Final for two-year-old pacing colts on Monday evening (Sept. 29) at Mohawk Racetrack. The son of Grinfromeartoear—Giggles N Grins and driver Randy Waples defeated Freedom Hanover by one-and-a-quarter lengths in 1:53.4. Early leader Im A Lucky Cam stayed game for third. “H...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 09/29/2003 8:00 PM
Horse manure! That's right, the words of the day are "horse manure." Even Tuesday morning, three days after the now infamous "horse manure" incident where Yankee Cruiser made a break in deep stretch while stepping over a pile of the abovementioned material that cost him a win in his Bluegrass division, they're still talking about it at The Red Mile. As usual, when I arrived this morning I poked...
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Ont. Liberals, NDP speak

on 09/29/2003 8:00 PM
As the Ontario provincial election looms on Thursday (Oct. 2), the Liberal Party is predicted to form a majority government and unseat the Progressive Conservatives who delivered both slot machines and a tax break to the horse racing industry. How will this affect the industry? Recently we asked the Liberals and Ontario's third major political party, the New Democratic Party (NDP). Interviewed wer...
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Pacing star heads to stud

on 09/29/2003 8:00 PM
Bob Marks, marketing director of Perretti Farms of Cream Ridge, NJ has announced McArdle has been retired from racing and will stand at stud at Perretti’s in 2004. Marks said McArdle scoped sick after finishing fifth in his Sept. 27 start in the $210,000 American-National final at Balmoral Park. Driver Mike Lachance said the four-year-old son of Falcon Seelster—Lilting Laughter was ...
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Red Mile Racing Resumes

on 09/29/2003 8:00 PM
Glowing Report sprinted away from the field at the head of the stretch and then cruised to a 1:54 victory in a $135,500 division of the International Stallion Stakes 2-year-old filly pace as Grand Circuit action resumed at The Red Mile on a cold and rainy evening. George Brennan was in the bike as Glowing Report took command of the race after an opening quarter in :27.2. The daughter of Artspl...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 09/28/2003 8:00 PM
One week down and one week to go, and what a week it was at The Red Mile, capped off by a terrific Kentucky Futurity, which was raced under sunny and pleasant skies after heavy rains threatened to really dampen the festivities. I really didn't expect that much going in but I can say that I was pleasantly surprised, especially by Mr. Muscleman's efforts in both his races. The weekend was filled ...
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Peaceful Way flawless

on 09/28/2003 8:00 PM
Peaceful Way’s performance in Sunday’s Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) $130,000 Gold Final at Windsor Raceway belied the filly’s tender age and limited experience on the racetrack. The freshman trotting lass toiled on the outside through the entire mile like a seasoned veteran and then easily disposed of her peers through the stretch to score her fourth straight victory. Chris Chri...
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Chappell notches 1,500th

on 09/28/2003 8:00 PM
Stampede Park leading reinsman John Chappell recorded his 1,500th career driving victory by recording another hat-trick on Saturday (Sept. 27) at the Calgary, AB oval. He won with Racy Ratt, Armbro Vocal and Blue Star Breeze. The 41-year-old Prince Edward Island native will fondly remember victory number 1,501, too. It came the next day with Dudes Leaving Town in the $95,241 President's Pace fo...
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$200,000 pacing colt sold

on 09/27/2003 8:00 PM
Kentucky Stamdardbred Sales Company kicked off its opening session on Sunday afternoon. Thankfully, the rain that fell just before the start of the sale didn't dampen the enthusiasm of buyers. Topping the 163-head session was the sale of the pacing-bred colt Beyond The Stars, who brought a bid of $200,000 from Robin Schadt, agent for Odds On Racing. The colt is a Real Artist brother to the stak...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 09/26/2003 8:00 PM
Make that Muddy Backstretch with Gordon. Remember last Monday when I talked about Mother Nature having it in for The Red Mile when rain forced the cancellation of the card? Well, something turned it around after that because, except for a five-minute shower a couple days ago, the weather has been beautiful. Until this morning. This isn't quite the same as that San Francisco baseball writer cove...
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AllAmerican Theory cruises

on 09/26/2003 8:00 PM
The first division of the $249,000 Bluegrass Series for 3-year-old colt gelding pacers was won by Quality Western and driver Mike Lachance in 1:51.3. Just before the wire, race leader, Yankee Cruiser (Andy Miller) tripped over a pile of dirt causing him to break stride. He quickly gained back his pace and crossed the wire first, because of the break, he was placed fourth. Second in the division...
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