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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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Futurity final set

on 09/26/2003 8:00 PM
Twenty-two horses battled it out in three eliminations for their chance to claim the 111th Kentucky Futurity on Friday Sept 27) Mr. Eero edged out Hambletonian winner Amigo Hall in 1:54.2 in the first elimination of the afternoon. After the hard-fought race, driver Trevor Ritchie said, “I knew he could do it because I had a lot of confidence in him.” Southwind Allaire will j...
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Mr. Muscleman wins

on 09/26/2003 8:00 PM
It was all Mr. Muscleman in Lexington on Saturday, winning in 1:53.3 in the second and final heat of the Kentucky Futurity. For driver Ron Pierce, this makes the second Futurity win in a row; last year he was behind Like A Prayer. Only a $2,000 yearling, Mr. Muscleman is now over the $1 million earnings mark, having taken the third leg of the Triple Crown. Power To Charm and John Campbell c...
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Stakes to Cammie, Peruvian

on 09/26/2003 8:00 PM
Eternal Camnation, with Eric Ledford driving, took advantage of an early speed duel between Worldly Beauty and Bunny Lake. "Cammie" won the Milton Stakes at Mohawk Saturday night with a 1:50 effort. In suburban Chicago, Peruvian Hanover rallied from off the pace to capture the American National with a 1:51.1 mile. McArdle faded after taking the lead at around the half-mile mark. Tim Tetrick dro...
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$500,000 at Tattersalls

on 09/26/2003 8:00 PM
The Saturday night session at Tattersalls was full of energy and hit a high about 20 horses into the sale when Erkki Laakkonen bid $500,000 for Courtney Hall, a full sister to Cameron Hall. Laakkonen also owns the $1.7 million winner Cameron Hall. The filly is by Garland Lobell. Several yearlings brought prices of $100,000 or more. Among those was a Conway Hall sister to the top filly/mare Cart...
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Backstretch with Gordon

on 09/25/2003 8:00 PM
I wasn't planning on making the Jimmy Takter barn my first stop again this morning. But after Thursday's duel between the top 2-year-old trotters Tom Ridge, who Jimmy trains, and trainer Ron Gurfein's Cantab Hall, how could I not? Under the wire, Tom Ridge was just in front of Cantab Hall, but it was obvious that the numbers were going to be reversed after Tom Ridge veered right into his rival in ...
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Animated Art in track mark

on 09/25/2003 8:00 PM
The 3 year-old pacing fillies squared off Friday (Sept. 26) in three divisions of the $225,000 Bluegrass Series at the Red Mile. Armbro Amoretto surpassed the $1 million lifetime earnings mark with her 1:52.2 win in the first division. Luc Ouellette made it a perfect six for six with the Artsplace filly when he moved her at the quarter pole from third and stayed ahead of the field to the finis...
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Pizza Dolce sets track record

on 09/25/2003 8:00 PM
Filly Futurity In the first elimination of the Kentucky Filly Futurity, Southwind Flanders was an easy winner in 1:55.1. Driver John Campbell took her to the front at the quarter pole and kept the lead. Tasty Chip was three lengths behind for second, Don’t Dawdle finished third with Up Front Kay was fourth and Electric Muscles was fifth to also earn a return trip to the final. The...
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Armbro Affair forces raceoff

on 09/25/2003 8:00 PM
Breaks by favored Pizza Dolce and Filly At Bigs before the start of the second heat of Friday's (Sept. 26) Kentucky Filly Futurity at The Red Mile changed the entire complexion of the race, so it was Armbro Affair who took advantage in leading wire to wire to force a decisive third heat. Driven by Ron Pierce, Armbro Affair seized control early as Southwind Flanders and John Campbell took a seat...
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