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New York horseman William Bailey dies

on 09/30/2018 2:00 AM
William Bailey died Thursday, Sept. 27, at home surrounded by loved ones after an arduous battle with cancer. He was 54.   Mr. Bailey was destined to enter the harness racing industry. He was born in DeLand, Fla., on April 6, 1964, to Jack Bailey and Ann Canton (daughter of Elzoara and Leon Canton).   He began riding and driving ponies at a young age and eventua...
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Tactical Landing, Met’s Hall win Bluegrass splits

on 09/30/2018 2:00 AM
Trainer Jimmy Takter swept the top three spots when he piloted Tactical Landing to a 1:51.1 lifetime best ahead of stablemates Zephyr Kronos and Wolfgang in the second of two divisions of the $242,000 Explosive Matter Bluegrass 3-year-old colt and gelding trot, sponsored by the Explosive Matter Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms, at Red Mile on Sunday.  Zephyr Kronos swept to the front a...
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Phaetosive wins 4th straight in Bluegrass 3FT

on 09/30/2018 2:00 AM
The Trond Smedshammer-trained Explosive Matter filly Phaetosive won her fourth consecutive race and her seventh from nine starts this season when she cruised to a 1:51.3 victory in the third of three divisions of the $206,000 Cantab Hall Bluegrass 3-year-old filly trot, sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farms and Brittany Farms, on Sunday at Red Mile.  What A Knockout led early as Lily Stride, fro...
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Stay Hungry rebounds with Bluegrass victory

on 09/30/2018 2:00 AM
Off a fourth-place disqualification in the Little Brown Jug as he attempted to claim the Pacing Triple Crown, millionaire Stay Hungry came back and battled widest of all in a four-horse stretch-bound sprint, getting a neck in front on the wire to take the first division of two divisions of the $183,000 Somebeachsomewhere Bluegrass 3-year-old colt and gelding pace, sponsored by the Somebeachsom...
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Deo Volente part of new global trotting company

on 09/30/2018 2:00 AM
DVBK a multi- national concern, headquartered in Sweden, with a mission to breed elite horses both European and North American eligible, has been formed and launched; it was jointly announced by Mike Gulotta and Sue Agopian of Deo Volente Farms, Bengt Agerup and Johan Arneng of Brixton Medical and Antonio Carraretto of Allevamento Kronos. ...
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Ariana G, Donttellmeagain win Dayton Derbies

on 09/29/2018 2:00 AM
The Dayton Derbies, a pair of $150,000 Grand Circuit events, brought most of the best older horses in North America to Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway on Friday night producing an outstanding night of racing. The action resulted in four track records, including new all-age overall standards on both gaits in the two featured events. Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick) obliterated the all-time faste...
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Backstretch w/ Gordon: Having a ball at Red Mile

on 09/29/2018 2:00 AM
What a difference a day makes! No fog, so I could actually see The Red Mile this morning, this glorious Saturday morning, and it wasn't long before I could take my jacket off. It's going to reach the low 70s today and tomorrow—when the racing switches to the 1 p.m. post—it's gonna be 80 and sunny!! The Wonder From Down Under, Lazarus N, was training this morning. Owner Duncan Taylor and...
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Merriman tops 800 wins 5th year in row

on 09/29/2018 2:00 AM
Aaron Merriman, who in 2017 became the first driver in harness racing history to win 800 races in four consecutive years, on Friday extended his record to five straight seasons. Merriman got his 800th victory of 2018 with Safe From Terror in the sixth race at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Merriman got win No. 800 last year on Oct. 3 on his way to becoming only the fourth driver in history to surpas...
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Rawlings drives 7 winners at Meadows Saturday

on 09/29/2018 2:00 AM
Dan Rawlings enjoyed the most productive day of his career Saturday (Sept. 29) at The Meadows, winning seven of the day’s 13 races, including a Keystone Classic division with Scuola Hanover. E Dee’s Well Said took the other split of that $61,500 stake for 3-year-old filly pacers. Rawlings, a 37-year-old Maine native who’s been based at The Meadows since 2009, swept the early Daily Double ...
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Foiled Again scores in 1:54.3 in Virginia

on 09/29/2018 2:00 AM
Foiled Again earned his 104th win by defeating four other foes Saturday afternoon in a $10,000 Invitational Pace at Shenandoah Downs. The elite 14-year-old Dragon Again gelding left from outside post five and after settling into third initially, came outside of Highland Hellion before the quarter, cut that panel in :27 4/5 and went on to a convincing five length triumph ...
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Lucan Hanover wins third in a row at Batavia

on 09/29/2018 2:00 AM
Lucan Hanover (John Cummings Jr.) made it three in a row at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 29) after winning the $10,500 Open handicap pace in impressive style. As was the case the past two weeks, Cummings put Lucan Hanover on the point right off the gate and was never headed from there. Posting fast fractions of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:24.2, Lucan Hanover turned for home and paced away ...
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Artful Way picks up 13th victory of season

on 09/29/2018 2:00 AM
Artful Way is the two-time defending Pacer of the Year and reigning Horse of the Year at Saratoga Casino Hotel and on Saturday night, the track’s standout pacer made the familiar trek to the winner’s circle once again. The Jackie Greene-trained Artful Way recorded his sixth win in the local Open Pace on Saturday night as the 6-year-old went coast-to-coast in the $18,000 feature. Frank C...
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Lyons Night Hawk's 1:50.2 leads Bluegrass 2CP

on 09/29/2018 2:00 AM
Trainer Brian Brown, along with Jeff Gillis, bagged two victories in the five divisions of the $367,000 Western Ideal Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace, sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farms and Brittany Farms, on Saturday, Sept. 29 at The Red Mile. Brown’s Captaintreacherous colt Workin Ona Mystery remained unbeaten in his fourth pari-mutuel outing with a 1:50.3 performance in the fourt...
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Kissin In The Sand easy 1:50 winner in Bluegrass

on 09/29/2018 2:00 AM
Sent the 1-9 favorite, Nancy Johansson trainee Kissin In The Sand floated towards the front past the quarter and progressed under minimal pressure to a 1:50 score in the $126,000 American Ideal Bluegrass Three-Year-Old Filly Pace, sponsored by Brittany Stallion Management, on Saturday, Sept. 29 at The Red Mile. Baron Remy rushed to the lead from the center of the track with Double A Mint pushin...
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Rockin Romeo takes Pocono feature in 1:50.3

on 09/29/2018 2:00 AM
Rodeo Romeo used his vaunted early foot and propelled his 2018 earnings over the $150,000 mark when he led at every call in winning the $21,500 pacing feature Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:50.3.   The son of Rocknroll Hanover cleared to the lead just after a 26.2 opening quarter, and then driver Eric Carlson was able to get him a rest to the 55.2 half. From there,...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Lost In The Fog

on 09/28/2018 2:00 AM
I need to get something off my chest right away. What I watched for hours yesterday was ridiculous. It was absurd. I just don't understand how it could continue for so long? Yes, I'm talking about the rain that pelleted Lexington for several hours, rain that wasn't in the forecast. It was supposed to be a bit cooler yesterday but dry, but Mother Nature decided she wanted to make it seven co...
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Weekend Preview looks at Lexington races, sale

on 09/28/2018 2:00 AM
The two-week Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile is in full swing and next week is the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, and the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has all the details. Kathy Parker goes deep inside the sale catalog and spoke to several consigners, who tipped her off to some of the top prospects. Ron Burke also revealed to Kathy a new approach for this year's sale. On the...
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Hervey Hanover fastest in Simpson with 1:53 win

on 09/28/2018 2:00 AM
Two-year-old colts were featured in over $190,000 of John Simpson Sr. stakes action at Harrah’s Philadelphia, with Yonkers’ leading driver, Jason Bartlett, taking a rare excursion to metro Philly and winning the first division of the colt action on both the trot and the pace. Captain Malicious dominated his division of the pacing contests, going right to the front for Bartlett and posting f...
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Mach It A Par takes Yonkers mare feature

on 09/28/2018 2:00 AM
Favored Mach It A Par (Jason Bartlett, $4.10) prevailed from the pocket Friday night (Sept. 28), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Making the first lead from assigned post position No. 4, Mach It A Par gave it up to second choice Newborn Sassy (Eric Goodell) before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. That one rated a :29.1 second subsection (:56.3 intermission) be...
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Zero Tolerance fastest in Bluegrass 2FP

on 09/28/2018 2:00 AM
Joe Holloway trainee Zero Tolerance vaulted from off cover and nailed pacesetter Queen Of The Pride to win the second of three divisions of the $273,100 Artspeak Bluegrass 2-year-old filly pace, sponsored by the Artspeak Syndicate and Winbak Farm, in 1:51 on Friday at The Red Mile.  Driver David Miller positioned the daughter of Heston Blue Chip-Feelinglikeastar in fifth as Queen Of The Pr...
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