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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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Walner retired, stud deal "in principle"

on 10/04/2017 2:00 AM
Although trainer Linda Toscano had hoped to bring the 2016 Two-Year-Old Colt Trotter of the Year Walner to The Red Mile as she continued training while he was working through a suspensory injury, it won't be happening. On Wednesday morning, while at her stable on The Red Mile backstretch, Toscano and Walner's owner, Ken Jacobs, confirmed the colt is officially retired from racing and that there...
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Merriman aiming for 1,000 wins in season

on 10/04/2017 2:00 AM
Aaron Merriman is not the type of person who sets statistical goals, but after becoming on Tuesday the first driver in harness racing history to win at least 800 races in four consecutive years, he admitted to having another number in mind: 1,000. Only three drivers have reached 1,000 wins. Tim Tetrick holds harness racing's record of 1,189 victories, set in 2007. Walter Case Jr. won 1,077 race...
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DSBF finals leave two unbeaten

on 10/04/2017 2:00 AM
Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 2-year-old finals, which showcased Delaware's top sired horses, were contested Wednesday at Harrington Raceway on a beautiful fall day. While five horses entered the finals unbeaten, only two remained unblemished when the dust settled on the 13-race program. Jeff and David Clark's Gracefully Forgiven ($2.60, Art Stafford Jr.) won the paci...
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Stalbaum wins 8 at Batavia Downs

on 10/04/2017 2:00 AM
The wind and rain blew into Genesee County prior to post time on Wednesday but the sun did come out for the first race. That combination may have helped Miss Irish Rose A bloom for a second straight week as she easily won the $9,500 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace at Batavia Downs in impressive style. Larry Stalbaum fired Miss Irish Rose A hard off the gate and crossed over to the pylo...
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A 20-1 shocker in Meadows feature

on 10/04/2017 2:00 AM
 Let go at a juicy 20-1, Jumpinthejailhouse shot through the Lightning Lane to pull off the upset in Wednesday’s $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Jumpinthejailhouse was a ground-saving third for most of the mile but lacked racing room as the field turned for home. When the Lightning Lane opened, however, the 5-year-old Jailhouse Jesse-Illiad’s Lady ge...
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Filion wins 2 of 3 Ontario Gold splits at Mohawk

on 10/03/2017 2:00 AM
The sophomore pacers wrapped up their Ontario Sires Stakes regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening and driver Sylvain Filion came within three lengths of sweeping all three Gold Series divisions. Filion piloted Histoire Enchantee to victory in the first $98,000 three-year-old pacing colt contest, sprinting away from the outside Post 10 to a :26.4 opening quarter. The fan favorites ...
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Papa Ray picks up 40th career victory

on 10/03/2017 2:00 AM
Legacy Racing of Delaware and Reginald Hazzard's Papa Ray ($4.40, Victor Kirby) was a 1:51.3 winner in the featured $15,000 Delaware Special Monday at Harrington Raceway. Trained by Wayne Givens, the 8-year-old Village Jolt stallion notched his 40th career win. Papa Ray waited patiently behind pacesetter Framed Art throughout before blazing home in 26.4 seconds for a narrow win. Two "ric...
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Simeon trots to lifetime best at Pocono

on 10/03/2017 2:00 AM
Maybe Simeon just likes the month of October. The five-year-old altered son of Andover Hall, who won his three-year-old trotting colt Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship on October 10 of 2015, came back on Monday to set a new lifetime best of 1:54.1 in the $14,000 claiming handicap trotting feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono – eight days shy of the two-year anniversary of his ...
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Jimmy DeVaux posts 5,000th career win

on 10/03/2017 2:00 AM
It was only fitting that after winning this first pari-mutel drive at Monticello Raceway, James "Jimmy" DeVaux won his 5,000th race also at his home track. The always humble DeVaux scored a wire-to-wire win with Sandy Hook Hanover in the last race of the afternoon. DeVaux also won two races prior in the card. The 50-year-old DeVaux is atop the leader board at Monticello Raceway wi...
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Backstretch With Gordon: I won't back down

on 10/03/2017 2:00 AM
Yet another beautiful Tuesday morning in the Bluegrass. It was 80 degrees yesterday in Lexington and the high today expected to reach 82. The high Wednesday also 82. The high Thursday also 82. Boring but we'll certainly take it. Only the slightest chance of rain maybe late Thursday night into Friday morning. Tonight's the first night of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale at Fasig-Tipton, ...
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Marion Marauder qualifies in 1:53.4 at Mohawk

on 10/03/2017 2:00 AM
On Tuesday morning (Oct. 3), Marion Marauder prepped for the upcoming $1 million Yonkers International Trot by putting in a qualifying mile over Mohawk Racetrack. He won by 9 1/2 lengths in 1:53.4. The 2016 trotting Triple Crown winner has battled some sickness as of late. Last week, trainer Mike Keeling explained to Standardbred Canada's Trot Trot Insider that the career winner o...
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Ont. SS purses projected at $13.2 mil in 2017

on 10/03/2017 2:00 AM
Yearling sale season swings into high gear with the first session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Of the more than 580 Ontario-sired horses that will parade into an auction ring this fall, buyers will find almost 100 of them at the five-day Lexington sale. More than 300 will be on offer at the London Selected Sale Oct. 14-15, and the remainder will be found in the Ha...
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