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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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Two ISS 2CT divisions Thursday at Red Mile

on 10/02/2018 2:00 AM
Both winners in Bluegrass splits last week, Cantab Fashion and Green Manalishi S put their win streaks on the line when they compete in the third of three divisions for the $275,600 Trixton International Stallion Stakes, sponsored by the Trixton Syndicate, for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Thursday at The Red Mile.  Trained by Jim Campbell, Cantab Fashion won his fourth straight ...
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Three straight for Wind Of The North

on 10/02/2018 2:00 AM
Wind Of The North turned back the determined uncovered bid of Call For Justice and collected his third straight victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Wind Of The North had to step lively to reach the leaf from post 7 in 27.3, but when Aaron Merriman gave the 8-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding a 30.2 second-quarter breather, he was refres...
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Lex Selected average climbs; $360,000 top price

on 10/02/2018 2:00 AM
The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale started with a bang on Tuesday night at the Fasig-Tipton Sale Pavilion in Lexington as the yearlings sold in the opening session generated an average price of $126,471, an increase of 10.6 percent over the 2017 opener. As expected, the success of the offspring of pacing sire Captaintreacherous gave the sale added strength this year, and while those yearl...
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Backstretch with Gordon: Let the sunshine!

on 10/01/2018 2:00 AM
Wow! What a beautiful Monday morning in the Bluegrass! The sun is shining and the weather forecast has shifted and now after only a slight chance of rain tomorrow, it's supposed to be in the low 80s through Sunday! I was brave enough today to not wear my "barn shoes." I was also brave enough today to remove the newspaper pages I had covering the floor mats of my car so as not to drag in the...
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Sky Racing launches North American wagering

on 10/01/2018 2:00 AM
Sky Racing World, the Louisville, Ky.-based distributor of international horse racing content and subsidiary of Australian wagering operator Tabcorp, has launched harness racing from multiple Australian states in North America. From Oct. 7, Sky Racing World’s North American advance depositing wagering partners will offer simulcast wagering on harness racing from Australia every Sunday and Mon...
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Mission Accepted beats elders at Meadows

on 10/01/2018 2:00 AM
The only 3-year-old in the field, Mission Accepted took it to his elders with a powerful uncovered move that carried him to victory in Monday’s feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 conditioned trot. Mission Accepted entered the race off a victory in the $53,100 Ohio Breeders Championship and was hammered down to 3-5 as a result. He looked every bit the part, blowing by Top Dollar for Dave Pa...
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Four DSBF 2YO finals Wednesday at Harrington

on 10/01/2018 2:00 AM
The top Delaware-sired 2-year-olds will be showcased Wednesday as four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals will be contested on a 15-race program at Harrington Raceway. Post time is 5 p.m. for one of the richest programs of the year for Delaware harness racing. The finals are part of an all-stakes Pick-4 (races three through six). The first final is for male pac...
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MASS divisions contested at Plainridge

on 10/01/2018 2:00 AM
Dark skies, steadily increasing rain and a track that was downgraded as the program progressed was the stage set for the $163,234 first 2-year-old leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon. But the undesirable conditions didn’t diminish the performances put in by the best bred freshman trotters and pacers in the Commonwealth. $41,200 2-Year-Old Col...
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Ariana G to represent US in International Trot

on 09/30/2018 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced that 4-year-old double millionairess Ariana G has been selected to represent the United States in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino, set for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13. The Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld co-owned homebred daughter of Muscles Yankee comes off a track-record (1:52.1) effort in Friday night’s Dayton Trotting Derby. It was ...
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Veterans come up winners in Yonkers features

on 09/30/2018 2:00 AM
Two hard-knocking veterans who’ve made careers of winning did just that Saturday night, annexing Yonkers Raceway’s co-featured $44,000 Open Handicaps. Ladies first, so props to favored N F Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr. $4.10) for whipping five gelded gentlemen in the weekly trotting feature. Assigned outside all of them, she did her thing—leaving—then went the distance (:27.4, :58.2, 1:...
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Wrenn Jr. wins nine at Northfield

on 09/30/2018 2:00 AM
Ronnie Wrenn Jr. had a big night at Northfield Park on Saturday winning nine times on the 16-race program.  Wrenn’s triumphs were with Chase It Down ($7.20) in race one, Sea Rose ($4.20) in race two, On The Edgeofglory ($2.40) in race three, ER Monica ($3.80) in race five, Crystal Rei ($15.00) in race six, Faith Prevails ($3.00) in race 8, Mcdazzle ($5.00) in race 11, Star Of The Wes...
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Backstretch with Gordon: Oh what a night!

on 09/30/2018 2:00 AM
Oh what a night! Late September in '18. What a very special time for me, ‘cause I remember what a night! What a night it was for me and Bobby McGee. No, make that me and Joe McLead, and the photo shows us in a tender moment. It was also a great night for UK as the Wildcats beat South Carolina 24-10 to go 5-0 on the year. It's a gorgeous Sunday morning in Lexington and with everyth...
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