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Woodbine announces new integrity conditions

on 09/27/2018 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment today announced new stakes conditions to be implemented for the 2019 Standardbred racing season. The new conditions reflect Woodbine Entertainment’s commitment to strengthening integrity in the sport. The updated rules have been approved by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA).   Effective January ...
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Backstretch With Gordon: You Belong To Me

on 09/27/2018 2:00 AM
Yesterday morning when I arrived at The Red Mile it was 74 degrees. Today it was 61 degrees. It's only supposed to top out at 66 today so it's gonna be a chilly one tonight for night one of the two-week Grand Circuit stand. When I went to sleep last night rain wasn't in the forecast today, but this morning there is now a chance for some of the wet stuff this afternoon. But then it's supposed t...
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Thursday Lexington Preview now available

on 09/27/2018 2:00 AM
HarnessRacing Preview's special Lexington issue is now available. Spotlighting Thursday night's opening card of the two-week Grand Circuit stand at The Red Mile, we spoke to Jimmy Takter, Andy Miller and Peter Wrenn about their starters.   We have the program pages for the Bluegrass stakes divisions on Thursday's card. Please click here to go straight to the FREE download of Har...
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Tetrick heads to Dayton just shy of $200 million

on 09/27/2018 2:00 AM
Tim Tetrick is on the verge of extending his record for consecutive $10-million seasons to 12--he needs $251,403 to accomplish the feat-- and is grateful to drive a group of workmanlike horses that have helped get him there.   "I'm enjoying my run," said the 36-year-old Tetrick, who sits atop this year's driver standings for purses with $9.74 million and ranks fourth in North American har...
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E Dee's Well Said seeks more in Keystone Classic

on 09/27/2018 2:00 AM
When Christen Pantaleano dropped E Dee's Well Said into last week's Jugette, some observers might have concluded the trainer had "Jugette Fever" and was racing just to say she did. Her filly's credentials-- success in late closers at The Meadows, second in the Pennsylvania Sires Stake consolation--didn't seem to justify a battle with the finest 3-year-old fillies in the sport.   ...
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McNair to represent Canada in WDC

on 09/27/2018 2:00 AM
By virtue of four wins in tournament races, Doug McNair claimed the 2018 National Driving Championship, presented by Standardbred Canada, on Wednesday night at Grand River Raceway.   McNair will represent Canada alongside 2017 World Driving Champion James MacDonald in the 2019 World Driving Championship, to be held in Sweden next May.   A winner of more than 3,000 races and cl...
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Foiled Again in Saturday Invite at Shenandoah

on 09/27/2018 2:00 AM
Foiled Again, the richest horse in harness racing history, will head to Virginia's scenic Shenandoah Valley this Saturday in search of victory number 104. The 14-year-old Dragon Again gelding is the early 4-5 favorite in the fourth race, a $10,000 Aged Invitational Pace at Shenandoah Downs in Woodstock.   Foiled Again will leave from post five with driver Chris Shaw in the sulky. The...
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MacDonald poised for big OSS Grassroots night

on 09/27/2018 2:00 AM
The duo of driver James MacDonald and trainer Mark Steacy are sitting pretty heading into Saturday's $400,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Championships at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   MacDonald, who sits sixth in the Lampman Cup standings, has a drive in all eight of Saturday's $50,000 finals and will team up with Johnston Cup leading trainer Steacy in five of the finals.   The Stea...
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Time Is Fleeting fastest in Saratoga co-features

on 09/27/2018 2:00 AM
There were co-features on the Thursday card at Saratoga Casino Hotel for New York-sired trotters and each of the three divisions went for a purse of $10,000. Time Is Fleeting (Lucky Chucky) was the fastest of the three winners and also paid the biggest price among the trio of co-features. Jimmy Devaux piloted Time Is Fleeting for trainer Dave Dewhurst and worked hard early in the mile to se...
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Renaissance Lady K leads Simpson winners

on 09/27/2018 2:00 AM
The John Simpson Sr. stakes series, honoring the late Hall of Fame horseman and executive, got underway at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon with two-year-old filly action, with over $190,000 in combined purses for three divisions of pacers and two of trotters.   In the first pace, the Well Said- Lady’s Portrait filly Renaissance Lady K was sent to the front by driver ...
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Cantab Fashion fastest in Bluegrass

on 09/27/2018 2:00 AM
Jim Campbell trainee Cantab Fashion collected his fourth consecutive win when trotting to an open-length 1:55.3 victory in the final division of the $343,000 Uncle Peter Bluegrass 2-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot, sponsored by Hickory Lane Horse Farms, on Thursday at The Red Mile. Away fourth at the quarter, Cantab Fashion sat off a :29.2 opening quarter set by 3-2 favorite Prospect Hill be...
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Atlanta finishes second in Mohawk Preferred

on 09/26/2018 2:00 AM
Hambletonian champion Atlanta battled heavy rain and older rivals to finish second in Tuesday’s (Sept. 25) $26,180 Preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 4-year-old trotting mare Royal Witch delivered a top-notch effort in the rain to pull off a 12-1 upset victory in 1:56.1 for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ben Baillargeon. Dunbar Hall fronted the field of six into the backstretch...
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Roy has big Ontario Sires Stakes day

on 09/26/2018 2:00 AM
It is not every day a driver can win Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series events at two different racetracks, but Louis Philippe Roy accomplished the feat on Tuesday evening (Sept. 25), steering 2-year-old trotting filly Blue Magic to a win at Flamboro Downs and 3-year-old pacing filly Shower Play to a victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Roy kicked off his winning evening at Flamboro Dow...
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Uncle Peter filly tops Buckeye at $33,000

on 09/26/2018 2:00 AM
On Tuesday (Sept. 25) Indeed A Dream was exactly that for her breeders when the daughter of Uncle Peter-Iam Spikes Wish brought the sum of $33,000 at the 2018 Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale in Springfield, Ohio. Consigned by Trotting Traditions LLC, Indeed A Dream was purchased by Jim Arledge Jr. as agent and demonstrates the popularity of her sire in the Buckeye State, as the 9-year-old wor...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Season 16 premier

on 09/26/2018 2:00 AM
Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends. We're so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside. Yep, it's the premier of Season 16 of Backstretch With Gordon and, unlike Penny, Leonard, Sheldon and Amy, my contract with Boss Kathy states there will be a Season 17. And with strong continuing sponsorship from Steve and Cindy Stewart's Hunterton Sales Agency, looks like you're s...
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Scott Stanley joins UK Gluck Center

on 09/26/2018 2:00 AM
Scott Stanley, a professor at the University of California, Davis, has accepted the professor of analytical chemistry position at the University of Kentucky’s Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center. Stanley will join the UK Department of Veterinary Science as a faculty member in a few months.   "The continued use of performance enhancing substances remains an area of concern to b...
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American Kronos looks for win in GC debut

on 09/26/2018 2:00 AM
American Kronos was slowed a bit getting to the races, but quick to make a good impression. It might come as little surprise; she was viewed favorably since the time she was born.   A 2-year-old female trotter, American Kronos was bred in Italy at Antonio Carraretto's Allevamento Kronos farm. Her sire Donato Hanover was 2007 Horse of the Year and dam Glide About was a New Jerse...
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Fillies in Friday Bluegrass action at Red Mile

on 09/26/2018 2:00 AM
Freshman filly pacers and trotters will flock to The Red Mile on Friday night with the trotters contesting in four divisions of the $373,000 Norman Woolworth Memorial Bluegrass Stakes and the pacers in three divisions of the $273,100 Artspeak Bluegrass Stakes.   Evident Beauty, second in the $296,450 Peaceful Way at Woodbine Mohawk Park, leads the first division of filly trotte...
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DSBF prelims for 2YO male pacers wrap up

on 09/25/2018 2:00 AM
Freshman pacing colts and geldings completed their second Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) leg in a pair of $20,000 divisions Monday at Harrington Raceway.   Jo Ann Looney-King's Chillaxin Away ($12.20, Victor Kirby) prevailed in the first division in 1:54.3. The Roddy's Bags Again gelding out-kicked pacesetter Dashiki, who finished second, after a big move to the lead approachi...
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Forbidden Trade sets Canadian record in OSS

on 09/25/2018 2:00 AM
Canadian racing history was rewritten at Grand River Raceway for the second time this season as Ontario's top 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings gathered at the Elora oval for Gold Series action on Monday evening.   Five of the six top-ranked trotters in the division squared off in the second $49,896 Gold division and delivered a performance worthy of the pre-race hype. Fan favorite D...
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