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McKenzie's Star, Happy Heart take NY features

on 10/05/2018 2:00 AM
McKenzie's Star (John MacDonald) charges late to capture the first of two featured trot races ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (October 5). Hanrahan (Jeff Long) led to the first quarter in :27.3.  Gimme The Cash (Claude Huckabone III) took over and led the group to the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:26.2. McKenzie's Star ($9.70) was fifth after three-quarters.&n...
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Pansy's Image pulls off 40-1 upset in Indiana

on 10/05/2018 2:00 AM
The Hoosier state’s freshmen trotters and pacers were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 5 as the evening’s 14-race card was highlighted by three $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. It was the fifth and final round of the $75,000 preliminary Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the two-year-old competitors.  The evening’s action kicked-off with...
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Muscle Hill colt tops session 2 at $410,000

on 10/04/2018 2:00 AM
The second session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale got off to a strong start as the fourth horse in the ring on Wednesday night lit up the bid board at $400,000. In addition, the average price for a yearling sold in the second session climbed by 9.5 percent to $83,748. Hip 113, a Muscle Hill filly out of Bella Dolce 2, 1;55; 3, 1:54.2 ($730,384), was purchased by Lennart Agren's SRF...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Heaven!

on 10/04/2018 2:00 AM
As I pulled into The Red Mile this glorious Thursday morning Kane Brown's song Heaven came on the radio. As the lyrics go, "I don't know how, I don't know how heaven, heaven could be better than this." We're in a string of 80-degree days in Lexington, although it looks good we're going to get some storms late this afternoon or early evening. Maybe a hit-and-miss shower tomorrow, but Saturda...
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Brothers Deep Impact, Impacter win in Philly

on 10/04/2018 2:00 AM
Deep Impact and Impacter, half-brothers out of the Yankee Glide mare Glide Power, may have close genetic backgrounds, but the routes they took in winning the twin $14,500 featured trots at Harrah’s Philadelphia Thursday (Oct, 4) couldn’t have been more different. The Donato Hanover 5-year-old gelding Deep Impact was first to race, and driver George Napolitano Jr. pointed the class dropp...
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Youcouldbethatgirl wires field i in Saratoga feature

on 10/04/2018 2:00 AM
There were two divisions of $10,700 trotting events for New York-sired trotters featured on Thursday’s (Oct. 4) card at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Jackie Greene’s Weekend Wit Bigd (Lucky Chucky) was looking to repeat on Thursday and was the public’s 7-5 top choice as she drew post position two with Frank Coppola Jr. sitting behind. Weekend Wit Bigd thrived for the second consecutive Thurs...
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Ohio-sired horses in spotlight at Northfield Saturday

on 10/04/2018 2:00 AM
Saturday (Oct. 6) will be a big night of racing for Ohio-bred horses with 12 races dedicated to them and purse totals of $560,000 between the Buckeye Stallion Series finals and the Ohio Sires Stake races for older Standardbreds. Northfield Park will host a variety of promotions and activities and the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association will be there with their Racing with The Stars tent, fea...
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Lazarus N part of Saturday show at Red Mile

on 10/04/2018 2:00 AM
Kiwi sensation turned North American phenomenon Lazarus N will make his fifth start in the west of the Atlantic when he faces nine challengers in the $179,000 Mister Big Allerage Farms Pace, sponsored by Muscara Standardbreds, on Saturday (Oct. 6) at The Red Mile. A 6-year-old stallion by Bettor's Delight, Lazarus N shipped to trainer Jimmy Takter towards the end of May. He paced his first mile...
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Cantab Fashion tops Green Manalishi in 1:51.4

on 10/04/2018 2:00 AM
Sent the 6-5 second choice, Cantab Fashion got the jump on 3-5 favorite Green Manalishi S and outsprinted his competition to take the third of three divisions of the $275,600 Trixton International Stallion Stakes, sponsored by the Trixton Syndicate, on Thursday, Oct. 4 at The Red Mile in 1:51.4 to collect his fifth-consecutive victory. The Jim Campbell-trained colt by Cantab Hall trotted into t...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Oh what a night II

on 10/03/2018 2:00 AM
It was a beautiful evening for the first session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale at Fasig-Tipton last night, and it was a beautiful sale. I saw sales manager Randy Manges with about only 20 horses left to sell before I made my way out, and he told me the numbers were up from last year. I see the final tally shows an average price of $126,471, an increase of 10.6 percent from 2017. It wa...
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Carlo Lattinelli dies at 80

on 10/03/2018 2:00 AM
Carlo J. Lattinelli (affectionately known as Frenchie), 80, of Todt Hill, Staten Island, died Oct. 1, 2018, at Cornell Hospital. He served his country by enlisting for the Korean war and co-founded and partnered in the revitalization of Barnes and Noble bookstores helping to turn it into a global company. Later as an entrepreneur, he partnered in several successful New York City restaurants, not...
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Will Take Charge gets International slot

on 10/03/2018 2:00 AM
There has been a change in the cast of characters for the million-dollar Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino.   Dreammoko, who was to represent the Netherlands, has been sidelined with a sore throat and won't make the trip. In his stead, the fleet Canadian Will Take Charge has been chosen.   For Will Take Charge, it's the culmination of a career season. ...
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Cloud Nine Fashion looks for 7th straight in ISS

on 10/03/2018 2:00 AM
Looking to remain undefeated in seven starts, Jim Campbell-trainee Cloud Nine Fashion races from post three in the fifth of five divisions for the $324,500 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for 2-year-old filly trotters at The Red Mile on Friday afternoon. Four divisions of the $245,000 ISS for 2-year-old filly pacers also highlights the program, with Joe Holloway's Heston Blue Chip fil...
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Avritt has big week in Lexington

on 10/03/2018 2:00 AM
It’s been nearly 23 years since Jim Avritt Sr. bought Dominique Semalu to serve as a broodmare, but Avritt is reminded regularly about the impact she’s had on his life.   "If I hadn’t been lucky enough to buy her, no one would have heard of me in this business," Avritt said. "I sold a lot of high-priced yearlings out of her and kept a bunch of her daughters and they’ve all been...
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Dr J's Kiss scores in 1:52.4 at Philly

on 10/03/2018 2:00 AM
The Somebeachsomewhere mare Dr J’s Kiss, sixth at the three-quarter pole, swung four-wide at headstretch and went right on by in taking the $17,000 featured distaff pace on Wednesday at Harrah’s Philadelphia in 1:52.4.  Driver Simon Allard, guiding the Joe Pavia Jr. trainee for the first time, followed third-over in a 27.1 backstretch flow that took its toll on both pacesetting favorit...
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Palone, Burke win 5 at The Meadows

on 10/03/2018 2:00 AM
The powerful team of Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke flexed their muscles Wednesday at The Meadows when they won five races, including the co-feature, a $13,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace, with newcomer Percy Bluechip. A recent acquisition by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Purnel & Libby and Donald Emond, Percy Bluechip had been racing in Canada, where the 3-year-old...
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Disco Soliel wins $100k final in 2nd career start

on 10/03/2018 2:00 AM
Many of the top Delaware sired 2-year-old horses were showcased Wednesday at Harrington Raceway as four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) events highlighted a 15-race program. The first final was for male pacers as Jo Ann Looney-King's Chillaxin Away ($2.20, Victor Kirby) was a commanding 1:53.4 winner over Dashiki and Keepmywiglegametyt. The Roddy's Bags Again-Shake ...
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International last big race for Up And Quick

on 10/02/2018 2:00 AM
The sun inched toward the horizon in the western Paris skies around 4:30 p.m. Jan. 25, 2015, casting a soft golden glow over Hippodrome de Vincennes. The crystal horse trophy Philippe Delon cradled in his arms captured the rays and it too gleamed in a golden hue as Delon raised it over his head. From atop the podium in the winner’s enclosure, Delon smiled as he looked into the stands at the ...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Questions answered

on 10/02/2018 2:00 AM
The weather people said slight chance of rain today in Lexington, and we got the "slight." Actually, it poured around 7:30 this morning, which made The Red Mile backstretch a bit muddy again, and forced me to bring back out the barn shoes and put the newspaper back on the floor mats. I had some questions sent to me, so this seems a good time to answer a few. First, Nick Salvi asks, "You sai...
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Gingras to drive Ariana G in $1 mil International

on 10/02/2018 2:00 AM
Yannick Gingras told harnessracing.com Tuesday morning that he will be driving Ariana G in the $1 million International Trot at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday, Oct. 13. Gingras had earlier committed to drive the French entry Up And Quick, but made the change after conferring with Ariana G's trainer, Jimmy Takter, after the 4-year-old mare won last Friday night's Dayton Trotting Derby in a track-rec...
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