Backstretch With Gordon: A beautiful Saturday!

on 10/03/2020 11:10 AM
We had some great racing to open up the six days of Grand Circuit stakes at The Red Mile, and while it was a nice Friday afternoon, a breeze made it chilly unless you were sitting in the sun. Obviously, the crowd was sparse due to attendance limitations, but those on hand and all others watching via simulcast were, as I said, treated to some great racing.   With all respect to the oth...
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Kirby wins four Friday at Meadowlands

on 10/03/2020 7:05 AM
With many Meadowlands regulars in Lexington racing at The Red Mile, opportunities for other drivers were there for the taking at the mile oval Friday night. Making the most of his chances was Delaware regular Victor Kirby, no stranger to the Big M winner’s circle, who won four times on the card, all in the Fall Harvest Series, a late closer for horses of moderate class. Kirby recorded...
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Stars galore racing Sunday at Red Mile

on 10/02/2020 10:22 PM
 Hambletonian winner Ramona Hill leads the Alagna Armada’s charge on Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile, where the champion filly will race in the final of a total 12 divisions of Bluegrass Stakes. Ramona Hill, conditioned by The Red Mile’s leading trainer Tony Alagna, will start from post 7 in the third of three divisions of the $209,600 Bar Hopping Bluegrass Three-Year-O...
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First Up back in Plainridge winner’s circle

on 10/02/2020 7:59 PM
After winning two consecutive starts at Plainridge Park, First Up finished seventh at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono only five days ago. But she returned to The Ridge on Friday and picked up where she left off, winning the $17,500 featured winners-over pace for fillies and mares.    Driver Shawn Gray sent First Up right to the front and had the race in full control from the...
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Seven-win Friday for George Nap at Philly

on 10/02/2020 7:56 PM
A trio of $11,200 events for developing younger horses, two on the trot and one on the pace, headed the Friday afternoon action at Harrah’s Philadelphia.   The pacing contest headed the afternoon’s proceedings, and the Western Ideal sophomore colt Buy In headed the race for most of the mile, pacing twin :56 halves en route to the 1:52 victory. Tony Morgan guided ...
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Dancinginthedark M shines brightest in Bluegrass 2CT

on 10/02/2020 5:13 PM
Dancinginthedark M looped to the top through slow fractions and accelerated under minimal encouragement to a 1:52.2 victory in the first division of the $316,300 Muscle Hill Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot—sponsored by Southwind Farms—on Friday at The Red Mile. Cuatro De Julio cleared control to the first turn with Magical Muscle Man securing the pocket and Dacin...
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Test Of Faith, Fire Start Hanover win Bluegrass 2FPs

on 10/02/2020 4:24 PM
With just one blemish in her eight-race resume, Test Of Faith cruised to her sixth-consecutive victory when winning the first of two divisions of the $268,000 Artspeak Bluegrass 2-Year-Old Filly Pace — sponsored by the Artspeak Syndicate and Winbak Farm — on Friday at The Red Mile. Marsala Hanover hustled for the lead from post 8 and took the field by the opening quarter in :28. T...
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No spectators Fri. or Sat. racing at Big M; site closed until Monday

on 10/02/2020 3:08 PM
The Meadowlands Racetrack will remained closed to patrons for racing, simulcasting and sports wagering until Monday, Oct. 5. Live harness racing will take place as scheduled on Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3 without spectators. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wager online by visiting their favorite online OTW. Must be 18+ to wager. Re-opening details will be...
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Fielding: Future of racing very bright in Ontario

on 10/02/2020 1:52 PM
 Although John Fielding remains modest in speaking of his time on the board at Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG), the contributions he made are quite the opposite.    One of horse racing’s most passionate supporters, Fielding, who owned his first Standardbred at the age of 16, recently announced he was stepping down from the board he served on for 16 years. ...
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Buckeye Stallion Series finals Saturday at Northfield

on 10/02/2020 12:02 PM
The Buckeye Stallion Series Championships will be contested Saturday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway as part of their Grand Circuit Racing Program.  Each of the eight divisions carries a purse of $60,000.   In the 2-year-old events the top fillies and colts in their respective divisions will be going to the post. The 2-year-old filly trot is led by Charming Nancy by Uncle Peter...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Runnin' Roxie!

on 10/02/2020 10:58 AM
I wasn’t sure what to think this morning at The Red Mile when Security Barbara told me my temperature was 35.3. She quickly explained that the thermometer was reading Celsius and she was unable to switch it back to Fahrenheit. The USTA’s Ken Weingartner had reached out to me for something this morning and I told him the story, and he did the conversion and said it was 95.5F.  ...
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Benny Is A Jet zooms to Plainridge track record

on 10/01/2020 8:27 PM
Benny Is A Jet has only made five starts at Plainridge Park this year but it’s not how many starts you make, it’s what you do when you make them. And on Thursday Benny Is A Jet made history as he rewrote the track’s record book after becoming the fastest 3-year-old pacing gelding in the tracks 21-year history.    In a $15,000 conditioned event four 4-year-olds and und...
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Rich And Miserable wins Philly feature from post 8

on 10/01/2020 5:50 PM
Despite drawing the outside post in the field of eight, the Explosive Matter gelding Rich And Miserable was able to reach the top with relative ease in the $14,400 trotting feature at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon and he was not threatened late in a 1:53.3 mile.   Driver Tyler Buter hustled the winner of $438,386 to command nearing a :28 opener, then kept...
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Fields set for Virginia Breeder’s Championships

on 10/01/2020 5:44 PM
Shenandoah Downs will play host to eight divisional Virginia Breeder's Championship races on Saturday with purses totaling $363,575. The eight will be run consecutively, kicking off a 16-race program which also features a pair of $7,000 Open Handicap Paces --- one for colts/geldings and one for mares.   The 2019 Two-Year-Old Colt Pacing Champion Nvrfearlloydishere defends h...
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Bluegrass at Red Mile, Dayton stakes in Weekend Preview

on 10/01/2020 4:24 PM
The stars of racing have converged on The Red Mile and the historic racetrack in Lexington, Ky., has three stakes-laden cards this weekend. The new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has all the details of the six-day stakes meet featuring plenty of Grand Circuit racing action. The 2 year olds start things off Friday and Saturday, and then the 3 year olds battle on Sunday afternoon.  ...
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Faraldo issues statement re: on-track wagering and purses at Yonkers

on 10/01/2020 4:09 PM
Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOA of NY) president Joe Faraldo has issued the following statement regarding the return of on-track wagering and purses at Yonkers Raceway:   The SOA of NY has made every effort to insure a continuity of personal aid and racing from the time of the shutdown of racing at Yonkers, through the resumption of racing in June and after the recent...
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Empire Horsemen oppose HISA

on 10/01/2020 12:33 PM
The Empire State Harness Horsemen’s Alliance, representing harness horsemen, owners, trainers and other racing and agriculture industry stakeholders across New York State, opposes S.4547, the federal Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020. The mission of our Alliance is to support the harness racing industry statewide and to advocate for policies and programs that protect Standard...
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Players betting small, hitting big at Big M

on 10/01/2020 12:15 PM
Meadowlands fans were seen cashing some big tickets during the month of September, and those who collected used the track’s three smallest based-bet wagers to do it. The 20-cent Pick 6, offered nightly on races three through eight, returned an average of $4,113 during September, while the 20-cent Pick 5, which can be played both on races one through five and nine through 13, came back $...
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Ohio racing photographer Barry Conrad dies

on 10/01/2020 12:02 PM
Barry Conrad, who documented many years of Little Brown Jugs and races throughout Ohio, from Scioto Downs to the county fairs, has died. Mr. Conrad had battled a blood disorder for the past couple of years. He watched this year's racing from the Delaware County Fair, but was in hospice and died shortly before midnight on Wednesday (Sept. 30).   More details will be posted when avail...
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Woodbine Mohawk Park expanding MIC'D UP

on 10/01/2020 11:13 AM
Woodbine Entertainment is excited to announce today that through a new partnership with Infotrac – The Hazmat Solution Company and the Worldwide Leader In Emergency Response Services – the expansion of the popular MIC’D UP segment from Woodbine Mohawk Park.    MIC’D UP offered horseplayers and fans an opportunity to get closer to the action by attaching a ...
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