Muscle Hill colt tops third Lex session at $172,000

on 10/08/2020 7:13 AM
The third session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale got underway on a beautiful warm fall night, but again, due to the covid-19 pandemic, attendance was light. A total of 180 horses were sold for an average price of $36,094, down from the average of $44,254 posted in the comparable session in 2019. The average dropped by 18.4 percent, which put the entire sale down 17.9 percent for 479 ...
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DSBF 2-year-old finals showcased Wednesday

on 10/07/2020 10:27 PM
Delaware’s top 2-year-old pacers and trotters were showcased Wednesday (Sept. 7) in four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final events at Harrington Raceway. Owner Bobby Myers’ Big Al M ($3.80, Eddie Davis Jr.) kicked things off with a 2:00.2 win in the final for male trotters. The Anders Bluestone gelding led throughout and was a 1-3/4 lengths winner over A...
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Machnhope returns to Philly, wins Wednesday feature

on 10/07/2020 7:58 PM
After getting a rude parked-the-mile reception in New York, the Mach Three mare Machnhope returned to Harrah's Philadelphia, a track where she had been doing well, and promptly won the $14,000 feature distaff handicap pace in 1:50.2.   Andrew McCarthy got an early tuck with the winner of $296,301 as Caviart Cherie and Imprincessgemma A argued the :26.3 first quarter, then was unde...
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Classy Guy takes Meadows feature; Brown wins 4

on 10/07/2020 7:57 PM
Classy Guy, the 8-5 favorite, fought off a stiff challenge by Pete Stamas and went on to capture Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,200 Conditioned Trot.   Class Guy opened a sizable lead down the backside for Dave Palone but nevertheless found himself under siege by Pete Stamas, who was sharply up in class. The 4-year-old Cantab Hall-Personal Style gelding dug deep in the ...
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ARCI: Undefined HISA costs may threaten 35 tracks

on 10/07/2020 2:25 PM
The new federal legislation being rushed through Congress will have a positive effect on the racing industry by mandating uniform and expanded anti-doping and medication policies but may have a devastating negative affect if the unknown costs force smaller and midsized racetracks, owners, trainers, and breeders out of business, according to an analysis prepared for the Association of Racing Commis...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Jump!

on 10/07/2020 11:08 AM
The temperatures are jumping nicely in Lexington, with Wednesday’s high maybe hitting 80! It will be in the 70s all through the weekend, although the remnants of Hurricane Delta may make things messy on Sunday afternoon for the Kentucky Futurity card.   It was a gorgeous morning at The Red Mile. I am the freshest today that I’ve been as I actually got nearly seven hours sl...
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A late night, but strong prices until the end

on 10/07/2020 1:04 AM
Tuesday’s second session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale turned out to be a marathon that showed strength until the very end at 12:20 a.m. on Wednesday. The sale topper was late in the sale when Hip 277 lit up the bid board at $225,000, but horses were still selling strong in the closing minutes of the session when at 12:18 a.m., Hip 314, a Chapter Seven colt, was sold for $200,000. ...
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3FT Royalty Deal 1:53.3 Ontario Gold winner

on 10/07/2020 12:24 AM
Trotting fillies were in the spotlight at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday, Oct. 6, as both the two and three-year-olds wrapped up their Ontario Sires Stakes regular season with a pair of Gold Series divisions. Fan favorite Imextraspecial battled to a neck victory in the first $105,600 two-year-old trotting filly Gold division, catching pacesetter Dashing Muscle in the last quarter. After pede...
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Pace Baby Pace wins spirited stretch duel at Meadows

on 10/06/2020 6:37 PM
Pace Baby Pace won a spirited stretch-long duel with Diamondtequilashot and captured Tuesday's $17,900 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Pace Baby Pace idled outside before grabbing the point, where Dave Palone was able to give her a 30 second-quarter breather. That left the 4-year-old daughter of Sweet Lou-Breakheart Pass with plenty in the tank to down Diamon...
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Bloodstock advisor Pat Waldo, 79, dies

on 10/06/2020 3:28 PM
Bloodstock agent Pat Waldo, 79, died Saturday, Oct. 3, at his home in Williamsport, PA, after battling health issues since January.   Born and reared in Michigan and the son of a horseman, Mr. Waldo naturally chose a career in harness racing and “did a little bit of everything,” said his wife Charlyn, before landing a position with Phil Tully, who operated Woodstock Stud a...
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Inspection videos for Hanover Timonium yearlings

on 10/06/2020 1:26 PM
Inspection videos for the 237 Hanover Shoe Farm Yearlings selling at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Timonium, Maryland are now being posted. They can be found both on the farm website ( and the sale company website (   The inspection videos will feature each yearling walking, as well as stationary views from the front, each side and behind. In a...
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New fall series at Oak Grove

on 10/06/2020 11:33 AM
The Kentucky Standardbred Development Fund, through the Kentucky Sire Stakes Advisory Panel, approved a new series for the Fall 2020 Oak Grove meet for all 2- and 3-year-old horses that made all sustaining payments to be eligible for the 2020 Kentucky Sire Stakes program and 2020 Kentucky Fair program. The series will be contested with one leg and a final. The leg divisions will be raced f...
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Backstretch With Gordon: the track & the sale

on 10/06/2020 11:08 AM
All things considered, Monday night’s opening session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale was pretty good. The session may have been down 16.3 percent from last year’s record-breaking numbers, but it still was the second-best opening night in history. And it was a really good night for my sponsors, Steve and Cindy Stewart’s Hunterton Sales Agency/Hunterton Farm as they sold 1...
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Voelz Delight gets ticket to Ontario Super Final

on 10/06/2020 12:38 AM
Trainer Ben Baillargeon needed Voelz Delight to come up with a big effort in her last regular season Gold Series event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, Oct. 5, and the two-year-old pacing filly responded with a sharp victory to extend her season. “She had to be first, second or third to be in the Super Final, because she only raced once, she only had 25 points,” said Baillargeon...
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Filly out of Mission Brief tops Lex sale at $725,000

on 10/06/2020 12:28 AM
Covid-19 kept many people at home instead of at the annual Lexington Selected Yearling Sale in Lexington, Ky., but as Northwood Bloodstock’s Bob Boni said in advance of the sale, people made sure their money was there. Six-figure prices dominated the opening session at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and a trotting filly was sold for $725,000.   At last year’s sale, t...
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Former Yonkers exec Jerry Lawrence dies

on 10/05/2020 10:19 PM
Jerry Lawrence, who served as vice president and general manager of Yonkers Raceway and then moved on to become Churchill Downs’ general manager, executive vice president and COO from 1984-1991, died Oct. 1. He was 81.   Like Yonkers Raceway owners the Rooney family, Mr. Lawrence grew up in Pittsburgh and was graduated from Central Catholic High School there and then LaSalle ...
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Purameri cracks track and stake marks at Plainridge

on 10/05/2020 8:23 PM
Records continued to fall in the 2020 edition of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes as the 2-year-olds hit the track for their second leg of the series. Monday's (Oct. 5) action was highlighted by pacing filly Purameri (American Ideal-J K Pure Pearl) who lit it up in her $29,000 division.   So Amazing (Bruce Ranger) took a quick early lead before Rightfully Mine (Jason Bartlett) claime...
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Jessiejesorjessica pulls off 34-1 shocker in Meadows feature

on 10/05/2020 5:45 PM
Dismissed at 34-1, Jessiejesorjessica stalked the leader from the pocket, then blew by in the lane to spring the upset in Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Conditioned Trot.   Trainer/driver Shawn Johnston used his rail position to hustle Jessiejesorjessica to the pocket, which proved to be the ideal spot once Mawegonow turned back all the early challengers. But Jessiejes...
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Racing Investigator Certificate Program now online

on 10/05/2020 5:15 PM
On Monday, the University of Louisville Equine Industry program commenced the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) Racing Investigator Certificate Program online. The program, the first of its kind, will be conducted over the course of two days and will conclude on Tuesday, Oct. 6..   The program, an initiative of the Association of Racing Commissioners Intern...
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Meadowlands to remain closed through Oct. 6

on 10/05/2020 5:13 PM
The Meadowlands Racetrack will remained closed to patrons for simulcasting and sports wagering through Tuesday, Oct. 6. Re-opening details will be posted at Winners Bayonne OTW remains open for simulcasting. (Meadowlands)
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