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Penn takes Open Trot at Dayton in 1:55

on 10/06/2017 2:00 AM
Track record holder Penn returned to his winning ways on Thursday night (Oct. 5) winning the $18,500 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway in a mild upset. It was two years ago that the now 7-year-old Master Glide gelding established the all-time 1:52.3 standard for trotters, but his 1:55.1 mile on this damp night was good enough for a front-stepping triumph.   Penn and leading...
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Champions converge on Red Mile for GC closer

on 10/06/2017 2:00 AM
Closing day at Red Mile, headlined by the $600,000, 125th renewal of the Kentucky Futurity, features other sophomore stars competing in two heats of the $240,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, two divisions of the $406,000 American Ideal Tattersalls Pace, and the $234,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial, as well as older competitors going in the $67,000 Crawford Farms Allerage Farms Mare Trot and the $10...
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Manchego stays undefeated 10th victory

on 10/06/2017 2:00 AM
Undefeated now in 10 starts, Jimmy Takter trainee Manchego strolled around the track to take the second of five divisions of the $289,000 Muscle Hill International Stallion Stakes (ISS) 2-year-old filly trot, presented by Southwind Farms, on Friday (Oct. 6) at Red Mile. Positioned fourth heading to the quarter, Manchego made her move to the front following a :28.2 quarter established by S M S P...
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Trixton colt sells for $180,000 at Lex Select

on 10/06/2017 2:00 AM
The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale catalog produced another strong session as the Friday night offering, with 124 yearlings sold, generated an average price of $29,629. That's 16 percent higher than the average of $25,522 in last year's Friday session, when 113 yearlings were sold. The Friday night session pulled the sale up to a 2.3 percent gain in average over last year, with that barometer...
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Muscle Hill-Sina filly tops Lex at $480,000

on 10/05/2017 2:00 AM
There were fireworks at the second session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, but you had to wait until Hip 239--20 horses before the conclusion of the session--to see them. Hip 239, a Muscle Hill filly, topped the sale when she sold for $480,000. Consigned by Bob Boni's Northwood Bloodstock Agency as agent for breeders Jeff Gural and Moon Goddess LLC, the filly was purchased by Rob...
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Favorites upset in Ontario Gold for 2FT

on 10/05/2017 2:00 AM
Ontario's two-year-old trotting fillies wrapped up their regular season at Flamboro Downs on Wednesday and fans of the longshot had a field day as the favorites faltered in both $94,800 Gold divisions. In the opener second choice Sorceress Seelster fired out of post 4 to an early lead, reaching the quarter pole three and one-quarter lengths ahead of her peers in :28.1. The filly continued t...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Uh oh, out of gas

on 10/05/2017 2:00 AM
I made it out to Fasig-Tipton last night for the second session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, but alas, I had left by the time Hip 239 went through the ring. Consigned by Bob Boni's Northwood Bloodstock as agent for breeders Jeff Gural and Moon Goddess LLC, the Muscle Hill-Sina filly was sold for $480,000 to Robert Lindstrom, acting as agent for Lennart Agren, who owns 2017 Hambletoni...
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2YO pacers, Allerage at Red Mile Saturday

on 10/05/2017 2:00 AM
Coming in from Canada, Metro Pace-winner Lost In Time and She's A Great Lady-champ Youaremycandygirl compete in their respective divisions of the International Stallion Stakes (ISS) on a program also featuring aged competition with the $136,000 Allerage Open Trot and $119,000 Allerage Open Pace Saturday, Oct. 7, at The Red Mile. By A Rocknroll Dance from the Artiscape mare Summer Mystery, Lost ...
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17 entered in $600,000 Kentucky Futurity

on 10/05/2017 2:00 AM
Seventeen 3-year-old male trotters entered Sunday's 125th Kentucky Futurity at Lexington's Red Mile. Two $90,000 eliminations will be contested, with the top-five finishers from each division advancing to the $420,000 final later in the afternoon. The field includes Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit, Canadian Trotting Classic winner What The Hill, Earl Beal Jr. Memorial champion Devious Ma...
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Met's Hall fastest in Int. Stallion 2CT splits

on 10/05/2017 2:00 AM
Met's Hall trotted into a hot pace to take the top, maintaining and expanding his lead while advancing to a 1:52.4 open-length performance in the fourth of five divisions of the $300,000 Trixton International Stallion Stakes (ISS), sponsored by Deo Volente Farms, on Thursday at The Red Mile. Sitting second as Farsetti Hanover sprinted to the quarter in :26.4, Met's Hall took the front moving i...
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Nuncio makes first start in 3 months, wins easily

on 10/05/2017 2:00 AM
Nuncio, the winner of the 2014 Kentucky Futurity and 2016 Elitlopp, made his first start in three months on Thursday night at the Bollnastravet track and won in convincing fashion. The now 7-year-old son of Andover Hall was sent to the lead early by owner-trainer-driver Stefan Melander and according to reports, the race was never in doubt. He won in a mile-time rate of 1:55.1. Melander s...
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Fred Monteleone, owned top horses, dies at 78

on 10/05/2017 2:00 AM
Long time owner Ferdinand (Fred) Monteleone, 78, passed away on Thursday (Oct. 5) from cancer after ceasing further treatment nine days ago. Buying his first horse almost 50 years ago, Monteleone owned a myriad of horses including Cincinnati Kid ($744,606), Civil Action ($494,911), later sold to Italian interests, and Monte Hall ($834,513). Among his other favorites were I Saw Him Fir...
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Jacobs buys Muscle Hill colt for $335,000

on 10/05/2017 2:00 AM
With his trotting colt Walner missing out on a chance to capture this year's the Hambletonian, Ken Jacobs is still looking for a Hambletonian winner and he picked a potential candidate at the third session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale on Wednesday night. Jacobs bought Hip 368, a Muscle HIll colt, for $335,000. Bred by Southwind Farm, where Walner is slate...
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Bo Mach's 1:55.1 fastest in Ontario Gold 2CP

on 10/04/2017 2:00 AM
London area fans got a look at Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Tuesday evening as the novices wrapped up their Gold Series season at The Raceway at Western Fair District. With a berth in the Oct. 14 Super Final at stake, driver Doug McNair and Bo Mach set the tenor for evening in the first $64,800 division, firing away from Post 1 and stacking Jimmy Freight an...
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Yonkers sets post times for International card

on 10/04/2017 2:00 AM
A pair of $250,000 invites are among the highlights of Yonkers Raceway's ‘International Trot Day,' and while the field is not quite set for the Harry Harvey Invitational Trot, no more calls, we have eight winners for the inaugural Dan Rooney Invitational Pace.   The one-mile Dan Rooney goes as the seventh race (approximate post time 3 p.m.) during Yonkers' $3.3 million program a w...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Grand, 100 Grand!

on 10/04/2017 2:00 AM
I'll get to yet another gorgeous morning in Lexington on Wednesday in a bit, but let's go back first to last night and the opening session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale at Fasig-Tipton. While the average may have dipped slightly, there were 54 horses of the 93 sold who topped $100,000. And congrats to my sponsors, Steve and Cindy Stewart's Hunterton Sales Agency, for leading all cons...
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Hall of Fame-bound Siegel eyes success with 2CTs

on 10/04/2017 2:00 AM
Jules Siegel's successes as an owner and breeder led to his recent selection for enshrinement in the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, but the 89-year-old proprietor of Pennsylvania's Fashion Farms hopes to continue adding to his list of accomplishments. On Thursday, Siegel will watch three of his stakes-winning 2-year-old male trotters--Crystal Fashion, Fashionwoodchopper and Patent Leather--co...
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Manchego looks for perfect 10 in ISS split

on 10/04/2017 2:00 AM
Winning all nine of her starts this season, Manchego goes to extend her unbeaten record from post 8 in the second of five divisions of the $289,000 Muscle Hill International Stallion Stakes (ISS) 2-Year-Old Filly Trot, sponsored by Southwind Farms, at The Red Mile on Friday.   Taking her Bluegrass division by seven lengths in 1:56.1, Manchego, by Muscle Hill from the Cantab Hall mar...
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Overseas horses arrive for International Trot

on 10/04/2017 2:00 AM
They've arrived. The overseas competitors for the $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino touched down early Wednesday morning at New York's JFK International Airport…and if you had 7:20 a.m. in the office pool, you're feeling quite smug about now.   The gang that's all here is comprised of (alphabetically, with country)…Dreammoko (FRA), Midnight Hou...
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Brown Stable's top 3YOs train at Red Mile

on 10/04/2017 2:00 AM
The powerful Brian Brown Stable 3-year-old pacing trio of the colts Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside and the filly Blazin Britches trained a fast mile on Wednesday morning at The Red Mile in preparation for starts in the Tattersalls and Glen Garnsey Memorial, respectively, on Sunday in Lexington.   David Miller and Brian Sears, the regular drivers of Fear The Dragon and Dow...
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