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Eilean Donon twice Golden

on 10/02/2003 8:00 PM
Two-year-old trotting colt Eilean Donon earned his second straight Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Final victory with an impressive front-end effort on Thursday (Oct. 2) at Mohawk Racetrack. The son of Angus Hall—Legend Queen and driver Chris Christoforou fired out of Post 5 and ticked off fractions of :27.4, :59 and 1:28.2 on their way to a career-best 1:57.1 victory over a hard-closing ...
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Liberals sweep Ontario

on 10/02/2003 8:00 PM
Ontario’s Liberal Party swept to power on Thursday night (Oct. 2), ushering out horse racing’s strong political allies, the Progressive Conservative party and premier Ernie Eves. The Liberals, under the leadership of Dalton McGuinty won 72 seats. The Tories, which delivered both slot machines and a tax break to Ontario’s horse racing industry during its eight years in power, f...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/02/2003 8:00 PM
Congratulations to the Joe Holloway and Mario Zuanetti stables as they were voted the "Best-Dressed Barns" at The Red Mile. I wanted to offer my congratulations so this morning I made my first stop the Holloway barn to see for myself what it takes to win such an honor. I picked up a passenger as I was making my way through the barn area as race secretary Nick Salvi, telling me that with all the...
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Quality Western in tough

on 10/02/2003 8:00 PM
Trainer Blair Burgess says Quality Western has a difficult assignment when the three-year-old pacing colts contest the Tattersalls Pace on Saturday (Oct. 4) at The Red Mile. Quality Western, the winner of the Oliver Wendell Holmes at the Meadowlands in August, has drawn Post 7 in the second of three $153,000 Tattersalls divisions. The Western Hanover - True To Life son is coming off a win in th...
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Two Garnsey divisions

on 10/02/2003 8:00 PM
My Fantasy, a filly with just three wins on her card this year, came flying down the stretch at The Red Mile to upset Armbro Amoretto in a $130,800 division of the Glen Garnsey Memorial Friday night (Oct. 3). Armbro Amoretto took the lead before the half was reached in :54.2 and appeared to be a winner, but My Fantasy's wide rally was good enough to nip the favorite by a head at the wire in 1:5...
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Pizza Dolce thrills crowd

on 10/02/2003 8:00 PM
The 3-year-old trotting filly Pizza Dolce turned in another performance that earned her applause from The Red Mile crowd Friday night. Pizza Dolce battled with the pacesetting Southwind Flanders to the half in :55.4, couldn't clear and slipped down to the inside late in the last turn, then showed her heart by edging to the front and winning in 1:55.3. Driver John Campbell, aboard Southwind F...
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1:51.4 by freshman colt

on 10/02/2003 8:00 PM
Mantacular, a 2-year-old colt by Western Hanover, was the fastest winner of three eliminations of the International Stallion Stakes Friday night at The Red Mile. Driver Dave Palone took advantage of the fact that a fast early pace took its toll on Woodrow Wilson winner Modern Art. Driver David Miller brushed Modern Art to the half in :54.4. Palone's charge rallied wide in the homestretch to ear...
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1:49.4 by Henry Clay

on 10/02/2003 8:00 PM
Henry Clay--the horse, not the Kentucky statesman--turned in the fastest mile of the second week of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile when he won a late-closer in 1:49.4 Friday night. Henry Clay's 1:49.4 effort lowered his career mark by 1 1/5th second. He's a 4-year-old son of Jate Lobell and the former world champion mare Kimmee Lyn. Virgil Morgan Jr. trains the stallion. The mile came ...
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Blackberry wins again

on 10/01/2003 8:00 PM
Blackberry Hanover followed up her victory in the Bluegrass last week with a dominating 1:57.4 victory under chilly conditions Wednesday night (Oct. 1) at The Red Mile in a $69,000 division of the International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old trotting fillies. David Miller drove the daughter of Donerail to her second victory in five career starts. Missive Hanover, also off a Bluegrass victory, s...
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ORC supports grooms' 1%

on 10/01/2003 8:00 PM
The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) is seeking industry input on a recent proposal submitted by the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA). The OHHA proposal seeks to have licensed grooms receive a mandatory one per cent cut of purses payable on winning horses in their care. The proposal, slated to be implemented industry-wide in January, 2004, would be voluntary. Owners and trainers wishing ...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 10/01/2003 8:00 PM
There’s something about Harry. I've wondered about Harry for awhile now so I decided I had to finally ask trainer Ron Gurfein. Ronnie's been absolutely terrific when anyone here at The Horseman has had to call upon him for a story, and whenever I've been at his barn, his right-hand man Harry--whom I'm sure you've seen if you've been in the backstretch where Ron is stabled--is always around. ...
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Hurricane rips CDP, sale

on 10/01/2003 8:00 PM
Hurricane Juan roared into Prince Edward Island early Monday (Sept. 29) delivering a knock-out punch to the oldest continuing stakes races in Canada and causing postponement of the Atlantic Classic Yearling Sale, which was to offer 98 head on Oct. 3. The winds tore a 30-foot section of roof off the grandstand of Charlottetown Driving Park (CDP), ripping apart a section of the officials’ s...
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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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