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Sophomore stars set for Sunday Bluegrass action

on 09/29/2017 2:00 AM
The 14-race program at The Red Mile on Sunday features harness racing stars such as Hambletonian Oaks winner Ariana G, Meadowlands Pace champion Huntsville, and Canadian Trotting Classic winner What The Hill, all of which highlight a total of 11 Bluegrass divisions on the first afternoon card of the Grand Circuit meet.   Ariana G starts from post two in the second of three divisions ...
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Racing, Yearling Sale in new Weekend Preview

on 09/29/2017 2:00 AM
It's Bluegrass time in the Bluegrass as Grand Circuit action is underway at The Red Mile. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, we have loads of stories about all the upcoming racing action as well as in-depth look at next week's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Manchego, Rainbow Room, Filibuster Hanover, Huntsville and Manverick, we have all those inside stories. Kathy Parker tak...
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KY horsewoman Bonnie Zubrod dies

on 09/29/2017 2:00 AM
Bonnie Jean Zubrod, 89, of Louisville, Ky., passed away with her family by her side Thursday, Sept. 28. Her son, Art, manages Brittany Farms. She was a native of Louisville, daughter of the late Marvin and Gladys Tuggle. She was a graduate of the Louisville Girls School and attended the University of Louisville. Bonnie was a pioneer as a woman in the Saddlebred industry in Louisville a...
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Hurrikane Empress wins Renaissance final

on 09/29/2017 2:00 AM
Freehold Raceway hosted the $55,300 Renaissance final for 2-year-old filly pacers in a early race before the card on Friday. The third race was the New Jersey Standardbred Development Fund final (NJSDF) final where 3-year-old filly trotters competed for a $50,000 purse. Hurrikane Empress and Southwind Avanti captured those contests. Hurrikane Empress was parked to the quarter in :28 before taki...
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Ohio Commission hosts medication forum

on 09/29/2017 2:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission hosted the first of several medication forums on Tuesday at the Riffe Center in Columbus, Ohio. A well-attended crowd listened to testimony from veterinarians and horsemen’s representatives during the near three-hour forum. "We were seeking practical insight into medication issues affecting horses racing in Ohio," explained Dr. James Robertson, OSR...
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Newborn Sassy wins Yonkers mare feature

on 09/29/2017 2:00 AM
Favored Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton, $4.30) stalked, then starred, from second-over Friday night (Sept. 29), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried early form post position six (in one notch after a defection), Newborn Sassy saw Betabcool N (Eric Goodell) through down a reasonable early gauntlet of :27.2 and :56.2. Delightful Dragon (Brent H...
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On A Sunny Day headed to Ontario Super Final

on 09/28/2017 2:00 AM
Ontario's talented 3-year-old trotting fillies brought Grand River Raceway's 2017 season to a thrilling conclusion on Wednesday evening as they battled to a track, Ontario Sires Stakes and Canadian record in the last race of the program. With $125,000 and the last set of points toward a Super Final berth on the line, the fillies were swinging for the fences early. Delcrest Magicstar left al...
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Amateur driver challenge to benefit vets

on 09/28/2017 2:00 AM
On Friday, Nov. 10, America will commemorate the valiant services of members of our armed forces with pageantry, speeches, parades and other various celebrations. But on the previous day, Nov. 9, two local amateur clubs are planning an amateur driving challenge at Monticello Raceway as an impetus to raise money for the local veteran's food banks.However, since the Mighty M is dark on Fridays t...
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Backstretch with Gordon: Danger Zone!

on 09/28/2017 2:00 AM
I found myself in the Danger Zone this gorgeous Thursday morning at The Red Mile, and I'm not referring to recovering from dinner last night at Merrick Inn. No, I had to contend with danger when I was walking up toward the racetrack and had a wall of horses coming at me. But the danger didn't come from the wall, just the guy directing the horse who was at the side closest to me: Jimmy Takte...
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Freehold paying only with direct deposit

on 09/28/2017 2:00 AM
Freehold Raceway has implemented a new system for issuing Purse, or Driver or Trainer commissions. They will no longer be issuing paper checks. All monies will be settled through direct deposit to a checking or savings account with a bank or credit union of your choice.   Click on the direct deposit form below and send it to Freehold Raceway Horseman's Bookkeeper. Forms are also ava...
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New PM withholding regs now official

on 09/28/2017 2:00 AM
The updated regulations regarding the withholding and reporting of pari-mutuel proceeds adopted by the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) became official on Wednesday, as expected, with their publication in the Federal Register. The regulations will reduce the number of winning tickets that require withholding and reporting, returning more money to horsep...
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Easy Lover Hanover heads to Dayton Derby

on 09/28/2017 2:00 AM
Easy Lover Hanover won six of his final seven races last year, including the Progress Pace to close his 3-year-old campaign, but trainer Ben Wallace was in no rush this season to push the gelding into action against the sport's top older pacers.   After watching Easy Lover Hanover's development over the course of this year, though, Wallace thinks the horse is ready to climb the ladd...
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Manchego puts streak on line in Bluegrass

on 09/28/2017 2:00 AM
Yannick Gingras is no stranger to driving successful filly trotters. In the past six years alone, the list of such horses includes Maven, Mission Brief, Lifetime Pursuit, All The Time and Ariana G.   And now there is Manchego.   Manchego is a perfect 8-for-8 this year for Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter. Her next start is Friday in the fifth of five $66,000 Bluegrass Sta...
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Hugh Hefner scores at Yonkers

on 09/28/2017 2:00 AM
Turns out the reports of Hugh Hefner’s death were greatly exaggerated. Hugh Hefner N obviously didn’t read the obituaries How else could we possibly explain a Yonkers Raceway’s appearance in Thursday night’s seventh race?  Granted, it was a sort of ghoulish hunch play, but Hugh Hefner N did deliver in the $15,000 event for 20-grand claimers. Opening as an odds-on favorite, he cont...
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Fashionwoodchopper 1:53.1 winner in Lex

on 09/28/2017 2:00 AM
Brushing to the lead after the half, Jimmy Takter-trainee You Know You Do cruised to a 2-3/4 length victory to take the first of five divisions of the $366,000 Bluegrass Stakes, named "The Uncle Peter" and sponsored by Hickory Lane Horse Farm, at The Red Mile on Thursday (Sept. 28). The contests were for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Driver Yannick Gingras positioned You Know You Do in third m...
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Field buddy T Barrr wins Ontario Gold

on 09/27/2017 2:00 AM
Gregg McNair and Ian Fleming have bred and owned horses together for years, but when the 2-year-old trotting gelding T Barrr arrived in the winner's circle at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening, McNair learned the partnership did not include the newly minted Gold Series winner. "I asked him if I owned part of him, but he said no. I said, ‘I'll be in on this one too, eh,' ‘No, no,' he s...
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Another big night for Napolitano, Allard

on 09/27/2017 2:00 AM
The $14,000 feature pace for fast-class distaffs was race ten on the Tuesday night card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and by the time of the end of the race, if your last name wasn't "Napolitano" or "Allard," it might have been a good night – perhaps even weekend -- to take off from the racetrack at The Downs. George Napolitano Jr., the all-time leading driver here, posted his fourt...
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HHYF, HoP collaborate on youth field trips

on 09/27/2017 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, in partnership with the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and the Anderson School Corporation, will host a series of field trips for the fourth grade students in Madison County on Wednesday, Sept. 27 and Thursday, Sept. 28. The initiative is back by popular demand after Hoosier Park successfully hosted fieldtrips in 2016 as part of Indiana's Bicentennial Celebrat...
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2PF Gracefully Forgiven still undefeated

on 09/27/2017 2:00 AM
Jeff and David Clark's Gracefully Forgiven ($2.20, Art Stafford Jr.) remained unbeaten in three starts with a 1:57.2 win in one of three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 eliminations for 2-year-old pacing fillies at Harrington Raceway Tuesday. The Roddy's Bags Again filly was a dominant front end winner over Lydia and Studio Session and gave Stafford Jr. his third of five win...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Dog days of summer

on 09/27/2017 2:00 AM
It may be early fall but it sure still feels like the dog days of summer here in Lexington. We just missed 90 yesterday and it's going to be close again today. It's supposed to cool off starting tonight and by the time we hit Saturday it won't even reach the 70s. But the long-range forecast is to warm back up to the low 80s for the second week of racing at The Red Mile. I checked out the Tr...
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