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Father Patrick colt tops Lex opener at $330,000

on 10/03/2017 2:00 AM
The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale got underway Tuesday night at the Fasig-Tipton Sale Pavilion and while there were no record-setting prices, bidding was spirited and the 93 horses sold generated $10.6 million in sales for an average price of $114,344. Last year's average was higher ($129,333) but included the sale of a yearling for $800,000 and another for $550,000, which was not expected ...
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PA Fair Finals at Meadows Saturday

on 10/03/2017 2:00 AM
The Meadows Standarbred Owners Association and The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will host a special day of racing this Saturday (Oct. 7). The card will feature the Pennsylvania Fair Finals, as well as a Pink Out event including the track's second annual Mini-Pony races. For the full-sized horses, the stakes racing action will kick off with race one, the first of eight $24,200 divisions of...
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Hostess Lisa captures Harrington mare feature

on 10/03/2017 2:00 AM
Brian Malone's Hostess Lisa ($4.20, Tony Morgan) was a 1:54.2 winner in the $16,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Trained by her owner, the 8-year-old Sagebrush mare held off a game effort by Terror At Night for a narrow win. Sweet Bobbie was third. It was the 8th win of the year for Hostess Lisa and 35th in her career. Malone had an owner/trainer grand slam on the program and i...
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Hickory Big Black wins for first time in 53 starts

on 10/03/2017 2:00 AM
As the saying goes, "it had been a long time between drinks" – but Hickory Big Black, after 53 successive unsuccessful starts, finally got to the promised land of the Hanover Shoe Farms winners circle at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning the $16,000 distaff featured pace on Tuesday night in 1:53, a lifetime best. Eric Carlson hustled the victorious daughter of Village Jolt to the l...
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Napolitano takes Sunday Pocono features

on 10/02/2017 2:00 AM
George Napolitano Jr., driving the favorite, went wire-to-wire in both $18,000 featured races Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, in both cases holding off a late charge by a longshot driven by his brother Anthony in what would be an outstanding day for the Napolitano boys. The Credit Winner trotting mare Earn Your Wings finally broke through with a victory after being a beaten...
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Backstretch with Gordon: A memorable Sunday

on 10/02/2017 2:00 AM
It's hard to believe that it's been 17 years—Oct. 6, 2000—that Julie Krone rode Moni Maker to that world record, under-saddle mile at The Red Mile. The atmosphere that day was something special, and the effort led me to shedding some tears after the two great ladies crossed the wire. And this morning I admit shedding tears for the second time ever at a racetrack, which happened after the s...
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Burke's In Secret to represent US in International

on 10/02/2017 2:00 AM
If you gaze at his recent resume, it should be no secret that In Secret has been chosen to fill out the field for the $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino. The 5-year-old gelding, a son of 2008 Trotter of the Year Deweycheatumnhowe, becomes the second American representative for the world-class, 1-1/4 mile event, hosted by Yonkers Raceway on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 1...
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Nutcracker Sweet fastest of Bluegrass 2CP's

on 10/01/2017 2:00 AM
Nutcracker Sweet sat the pocket as Closing Statement moved for the top, besting the 4-5 favorite in the stretch to win the second of four divisions of the $302,000 Western Ideal Bluegrass 2-year-old colt and gelding pace, presented by Hanover Shoe Farms and Brittany Farms, at The Red Mile on Saturday in 1:50.3.  Taking the front after a :28.3 quarter, Nutcracker Sweet later yielded to ...
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Six straight for In Secret at Yonkers

on 10/01/2017 2:00 AM
Red-hot In Secret (George Brennan, $4.30) and renaissance horse Shane Adam (Brent Holland, $16.80) were the standouts Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 co-featured Open Handicaps.   The week's marquee trot saw even-money favorite In Secret make it six consecutive wins in an effort that was effective, if not necessarily glamorous.   Out and moving from post position ...
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Kissin In The Sand bests Rainbow Room at Lex

on 10/01/2017 2:00 AM
At The Red Mile on Saturday night, Kissin In The Sand made a slingshot move in the stretch to best odds-on favorite Rainbow Room in the first of three divisions of the $262,700 Artspeak Bluegrass 2-Year-Old Filly Pace, presented by the Artspeak Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms, in 1:51. Kissin In The Sand, sitting second to Double A Mint around the turn, circled to the front ...
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Backstretch with Gordon: Day to remember

on 10/01/2017 2:00 AM
It's a beautiful Sunday morning in Lexington and it's also a day of remembrance at The Red Mile. It was two years ago today that Ole Bach lost his life while here, so as I drove into the track this morning I stopped by the Fennell's entrance where the accident occurred to pay tribute to Ole. Moira Fanning had called me a couple of days ago about Ole and she wanted to make sure she paid tribute...
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Caviart Ally, Tequila Monday win Bluegrass 3FPs

on 10/01/2017 2:00 AM
Brushing to the lead moving into the turn, Caviart Ally won the second of two divisions of the $177,500 Galleria Bluegrass 3-Year-Old Filly Pace, presented by Fashion Farms, by 3 1/2 lengths in 1:51 on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile. Awash went for the front, setting a :27.1 quarter before undergoing pressure from Caviart Ally through a :55.2 half. Inverse Hanover, sitting fourth,...
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Ariana G cruises to Bluegrass 3FT victory

on 10/01/2017 2:00 AM
At The Red Mile on Sunday afternoon, the filly Trotting giant Ariana G continued her reign over the division, taking the second of three divisions of the $183,900 Cantab Hall Bluegrass 3-Year-Old Filly Trot, sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farms and Brittany Farms, by 4 1/4 lengths in 1:52.2. Going as the 1-9 favorite, Yannick Gingras floated Ariana G towards the top, wide before clearing the lea...
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Statements made in Bluegrass 3CT splits

on 10/01/2017 2:00 AM
Commandeering the field after the half, 2-1 favorite Dover Dan (pictured) blew away his competition in the second of three divisions for the $216,300 Explosive Matter Bluegrass 3-year-old colt and gelding trot, presented by the Explosive Matter Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms, romping by 8 3/4 lengths in 1:51.3 on Sunday at The Red Mile.  Getting away fourth, Dover Dan made his ...
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Filibuster Hanover edges Huntsville

on 10/01/2017 2:00 AM
Drafting in the pocket, Filibuster Hanover (outside) angled off the rail into the stretch, outsprinting pacesetter Huntsville to take the second of three divisions of the $220,200 Somebeachsomewhere Bluegrass 3-year-old colt and gelding pace, presented by the Somebeachsomewhere Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms, by a neck in 1:48.4 on Sunday at Red Mile. Sitting while Huntsville put up uncon...
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Manchego wins 9th straight in Bluegrass 2FT

on 09/30/2017 2:00 AM
Manchego won her ninth start in a row, taking the fifth of five divisions of the $330,000 Norman Woolworth Memorial Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Filly Trot, sponsored by Arden Homestead Stable, E.T. Gerry & Peter Gerry, Margareta Wallenius, Kleberg, Stoner Manor Inc., Menhammer Stuteri Ab, Continental Stables, Jorgen Jahre Jr., and LST Stables, on Friday at The Red Mile.   Sent off ...
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Pasithea Face, Rockin Ron win Dayton Derbies

on 09/30/2017 2:00 AM
A large and enthusiastic throng turned out Friday night for a pair of Grand Circuit stakes at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. In the Dayton Trotting Derby, Pasithea Face S, one of just two mares in the eight-horse affair, showed her heels to the field in 1:53, a new track record for trotting mares at the 4-year-old five-eighths mile oval. Driver Tim Tetrick hustled the daughter of Muscle ...
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Backstretch with Gordon: I found "Bones!"

on 09/30/2017 2:00 AM
I finally found Bones! Larry "Bones" Rathbone left his Florida home to escape Hurricane Irma and he arrived in Lexington early, but after having lunch with him a couple of weeks ago I hadn't seen him. Howie Okusko has been playing a game on Facebook where he posted photos of Bones at various locations, asking "Where's Bones?" I finally found him this morning as he was coming off the track with...
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Bettor's Up, Terrortina take Keystone Classics

on 09/30/2017 2:00 AM
Headed in mid-stretch, Bettor’s Up dug in gamely and put her nose in front at the wire in Saturday’s (Sept. 30) $68,300 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Terrortina pulled off a 6-1 upset of Freakonomics in the other division of the event for 3-year-old filly pacers. Bettor’s Up entered the Keystone Classic off an impressive win in the Simcoe that persuaded punters to hammer her down to 1-...
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Mykindachip speeds to Dayton victory

on 09/30/2017 2:00 AM
Mykindachip exploded off the starting car a lot like his maternal grandpa (Precious Bunny) used to do and proceeded to speed through fractions of :26.2, :54.3, 1:22.3 and 1:50.3 to capture the $18,500 Open Handicap Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday. The 8-year-old gelded son of Art’s Chip is enjoying another stellar season with seven wins and 20 on-the-board finishes in 29 tries. T...
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