Standardbred ownership a great hobby for Wahlstedt

on 10/01/2020 10:50 AM
Rick Wahlstedt owns fine-dining restaurants across the U.S., so his ownership of racehorses provides a welcome distraction from the demands of his everyday business life.   Even if it’s not always a relaxing distraction.   “I’m more nervous at a horse race than I am opening a restaurant,” Wahlstedt said with a laugh. “The restaurant, I can cont...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Morning With Champions

on 10/01/2020 10:32 AM
Well, I’m going backwards. When Security Barbara took my temperature this glorious Thursday morning at The Red Mile, I was at 94.1. I asked if she could check my pulse and make sure I was still breathing. Barbara told me she passes the time on her phone or reading, and when she gets done at noon she heads to the backstretch as she operates the Magna Wave machine.   Although it w...
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Big Al M fastest of four DSBF splits

on 09/30/2020 11:58 PM
Bobby Myers’ Big Al M ($3.40, Eddie Davis Jr.) was the fastest of four Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 2-year-old trotting divisional winners Wednesday(Sept 30)at Harrington Raceway. The Anders Bluestone gelding marched to the lead from post seven and never relented over Altar Call and Roll Juan. Trained by Eric Davis, “Al” redeemed himself after hitting the...
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Billy Davis Jr. wins six Wednesday at Batavia

on 09/30/2020 10:33 PM
Heavy rain, strong winds and sloppy goings were not the best conditions for racing on Wednesday night (Sept. 30), but they were no match for the storm Billy Davis Jr. kicked up on the track while winning six of the 13 races at Batavia Downs.   Davis came out of the gate strong, winning both ends of the double with Surfers Paradise (1:57.3, $3.10) and The Land Shark (2:01.2, $14.80) an...
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Abigail Dawn first when it counted in Philly feature

on 09/30/2020 9:22 PM
Four of the six entrants in the $11,600 distaff pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon had the lead at some point of the race; the one who had it when it counted most was the Real Artist mare Abigail Dawn, who won in 1:52.   D Gs Elsa, leaving from the outside post, streaked by favored Apple Hanover going to the 1/8, looping Abigail Dawn and Anytime N; Appl...
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Front-end score for Crisp Mane in Meadows feature

on 09/30/2020 9:21 PM
Crisp Mane thwarted the first-over challenge of Always Giggling en route to victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   Crisp Mane and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. used their rail position effectively, powering to the point and seating Amelias Courage A and Always Giggling. Always Giggling charged hard near the three-quarters, but Crisp Mane ...
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Standardbred Racing Investigative Fund launched

on 09/30/2020 1:54 PM
The Standardbred Racing Investigative Fund (SRIF) announced its formal launch on Tuesday, Sept. 29. SRIF is a 501(c)(3) corporation formed to fund expert investigations into matters concerning the health and welfare of horses in the harness racing industry, such as prohibited medication practices and fraudulent trainer listings. “Independence and confidentiality must go hand-in-hand to ...
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O'Brien Awards gala to be a virtual event

on 09/30/2020 1:17 PM
Standardbred Canada’s Board of Directors Wednesday announced that the 2020 O’Brien Awards Gala will be a virtual event.   “The harsh reality is that the pandemic is still here and large gatherings of crowds won’t be possible for the foreseeable future. With that in mind, the Board has decided to move forward with the planning of a virtual event for the 202...
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SOANY opposes Horse Racing Integrity Act

on 09/30/2020 12:46 PM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOANY), representing thousands of harness horsemen across New York State, strongly opposes S.4547, the federal Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020. While our harness horsemen absolutely take issues of safety and integrity seriously, the fact of the matter is that this legislation was clearly written specifically for the Thoroughbred in...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Season 18 premier!

on 09/30/2020 10:52 AM
Let’s get this started with the most important number of the day: 96. No, before y’all get excited and think that’s the price of gas in Lexington, it’s my temperature as taken by Barbara, the security guard keeping an eye on things at The Red Mile due to covid-19 protocols. Don’t worry, my normal temperature is never higher than 97.4.   Honestly, a few we...
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Western NY horseman Larry Draper, 76, dies

on 09/30/2020 8:59 AM
Larry I. Draper of Cheektowaga, NY, entered into rest on Saturday, Sept. 26. Mr. Draper was born in Warsaw, NY, and grew up in western New York and after leaving school, joined the United States military and proudly served his country during the Viet Nam war. After his term of service was over, Mr. Draper returned home to his family and worked hard to support them. But he also got involved ...
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Alicorn back in Ontario SS Gold winner's circle

on 09/30/2020 8:57 AM
Ontario’s top three-year-old pacing fillies wrapped up their Gold Series regular season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday, Sept. 29, and both Alicorn and Rose Run Victoria returned to the winner’s circle after a three-month absence. Alicorn lined up at post 3 in the first $105,600 Gold division with regular pilot Louis-Philippe Roy in the race bike. The fan favorites got away fou...
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Cinder's Baby, Stealing Bases sweep in DSBF legs

on 09/29/2020 8:13 PM
Eli Beiler, Clint Crellin and Elam Esh’s Cinder’s Baby ($2.10, Art Stafford Jr.) was the fastest of a trio of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 divisions Tuesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:57.1 win.   The Rockabillie filly completed a sweep of her divisions after her 1:59 win in round one on Sept. 22. Trained by her driver, Cinder’s Baby imp...
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Gabe The Babe takes Michigan SS final for ninth straight win

on 09/29/2020 8:05 PM
Gabe The Babe captured his ninth consecutive win and became a two-time Michigan Sire Stakes champion with a 1:58.1 score during Tuesday afternoon’s (Sept. 29) Michigan Sire Stakes program at Northville Downs. Over $150,000 in purses were contested on the non-wagering program. In the $25,950 event for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, Gabe The Babe and driver Charles Taylor worked cl...
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Tamar rallies for 1:54.4 score in Meadows feature

on 09/29/2020 8:02 PM
Tamar followed live cover down the backside, then brushed wide through the lane to capture Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot.   Tamar was sixth when Jim Pantaleano edged her out behind Broadway Kabam, who continued to gain ground despite a parked-out trip. When the 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-High Gear Sahbra shed cover, she outkick...
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No spectators Friday at Meadowlands

on 09/29/2020 4:17 PM
The Meadowlands Racetrack will close at 6 pm today, Tuesday, Sept. 29.  The racetrack continues to take an aggressive stance against the spread of COVID-19.   Over the past several days the medical team has identified a few individuals that tested positive for COVID-19 that they acquired either in the workplace or at home. Contact tracing is ongoing.   Out of...
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Federal legislation passes US House

on 09/29/2020 3:28 PM
Congressman Paul D. Tonko's bipartisan national horse racing reform bill, H.R. 1754, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday. The bill has long been co-led by Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) and would designate the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority to design and implement uniform national horse racing medication and racetrack saf...
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Former harness owner Jack B. Piatt dies

on 09/29/2020 2:53 PM
Jack Boyd Piatt Sr., a prominent western Pennsylvania entrepreneur, friend of Harness Racing Hall of Famer Delvin Miller, and Standardbred owner and breeder for a period of time, died peacefully Friday, Sept. 25, surrounded by family at the age of 92. Mr. Piatt son Jack and grandson Jack III have continued to race horses. A native of Washington, Pa., Mr. Piatt was chairman of the boar...
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NJ budget includes appropriation for harness racing

on 09/29/2020 2:45 PM
The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) applauds the New Jersey legislature for passing the Fiscal Year 2021 budget which includes a $15 million appropriation to help support the New Jersey horse racing industry, particularly as we recover from the implications of the covid-19 pandemic. In 2019, the legislature passed critical legislation which annually appropr...
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Pastor Stephen to stand in Indiana in 2021

on 09/29/2020 12:26 PM
Pastor Stephen, the 2010 Dan Patch 2-year-old Trotting Colt of the Year in North America, has been purchased from Europe for an undisclosed price by Taylor Made Stallions and will be standing in Indiana for the upcoming 2021 breeding season.His race record of 1:52.4 and $1,048,607 in earnings, together with his pedigree, makes him one of the most impressive prospects available to breeders in rec...
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