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Ontario Super Finals on Saturday at Mohawk

on 10/10/2017 2:00 AM
The 2017 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) season will come to a close with the $1.8 million Super Finals this Saturday (October 14) at Mohawk Racetrack. A total of eight $225,000 championship races will be contested to decide the best Ontario sired two and three-year-olds.. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   Here is a quick glance at each of the eight $225,000 OSS Super Finals.   Race 2:...
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Tessa Seelster wins with quarter-pole move

on 10/10/2017 2:00 AM
Tessa Seelster quarter-poled to the top and cruised home from there, capturing Tuesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace in a sharp 1:51.3. Tessa Seelster was away second for Dave Palone, but sat only briefly behind Spreester before powering to the top. The 5-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Titania Seelster drew off late, downing Spreester by three l...
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Art auction to benefit harness racing charities

on 10/09/2017 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, in celebration of the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, is sponsoring a charitable art show and silent auction in conjunction with Anderson(IN) Community Schools. The auction supports the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption and the Standardbred Retirement Fund. The Madison County Animal Protection League will also benefit. Art...
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Eriksson looks forward to International Trot

on 10/09/2017 2:00 AM
Kim Eriksson's trip to the U.S. for Saturday's $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino will be different from the driver's previous experiences in the States.   "I wanted to work there around six years ago, but since I wasn't good enough I didn't get to drive anything but the wheelbarrow," Eriksson said in an email. "So the return is definitely something I'm going to e...
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Post positions drawn for Saturday's NYSS finals

on 10/09/2017 2:00 AM
Post positions have been drawn for 10 of the 11 races comprising the richest day ever in New York harness racing, Yonkers Raceway's $3.3 million all-stakes extravaganza this Saturday afternoon. Post positions for the $1 million Yonkers International will be drawn Tuesday afternoon at a press conference luncheon in Manhattan. NYSS 2YO Colt & Gelding Pace--Hitman Hill (Brett Miller) just ...
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Simeon lowers lifetime mark to 1:54 at Pocono

on 10/09/2017 2:00 AM
The Andover Hall gelding Simeon ended his short but productive stay with trainer Toni Freitas by overcoming the outside post eight to win the $14,000 claiming handicap trotting feature Monday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, lowering his lifetime mark a tick to 1:54.   The win did not come easily for the 2015 Fair Sire Stakes Championship winner, as Simeon and driver Marcus Miller h...
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Foiled Again wins 96th career race

on 10/08/2017 2:00 AM
The nation’s leading trainer Ron Burke shipped two of his millionaires into Batavia Downs on Saturday night and won the two biggest overnight races of the season at the oldest lighted harness track in America with Foiled Again and DW’S NY Yank. Burke, The Burke Brigade and driver Kevin Cummings had a very good night.  The pacing feature was the $15,000 George "Duke" Dranichak Memor...
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Backstretch With Gordon: It's a Red Mile wrap!

on 10/08/2017 2:00 AM
Two inches! Actually, more than two inches! That's how much rain we received in Lexington overnight, and the reason why this closing Sunday Backstretch with Gordon column is really "Driving Around the Perimeter of the Backstretch with Gordon" column. I heard about somebody else driving around in high fashion through Lexington last night, but I'll get to that later. But first, the weather fo...
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Ice Attraction upsets Ariana G in Filly Futurity

on 10/08/2017 2:00 AM
After finishing third in the first of two elimination heats, Ice Attraction stalked a contested pace, weaving into contention late to overtake stretch leader and 1-9 favorite Ariana G to win the $168,000 final of the Kentucky Filly Futurity at odds of 29-1 in 1:54.2 over a "sloppy" track at The Red Mile. Elimination one went to Ariana G, strolling to a 1:54.4 victory over finalists Highland To...
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Emoticon Hanover, Nike Franco N win Allerages

on 10/08/2017 2:00 AM
Popping the pocket into the stretch, Emoticon Hanover edged past 1-2 favorite Pasithea Face S to narrowly take the $67,000 Crawford Farms Allerage Mare Trot, one of two Allerage Open events, on Sunday at The Red Mile, winning in 1:51.2 over a "sloppy" track.     Pasithea Face S grabbed the front, leading a single-file field through fractions of :28.3, :56.3, and 1:24.2 befor...
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Fear The Dragon, Mike's Z Tam take Tattersalls

on 10/08/2017 2:00 AM
Fear The Dragon stormed down the center of the track to take the second of two divisions of the $406,000 American Ideal Tattersalls Pace, sponsored by Brittany Stallion Management, in 1:51.2 on Sunday at The Red Mile. Positioned fifth, Fear The Dragon sat off a :28.1 quarter set by Art Scene before flushing out cover with Blood Line prior to a :56.1. Filibuster Hanover, sitting the pocket, tip...
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Snowstorm Hanover surprises in Ky Futurity

on 10/08/2017 2:00 AM
The 125th Kentucky Futurity was raced on a rainy Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile. Blowing into contention at odds of 82-1 in the elimination, Snowstorm Hanover replicated his first-heat rally to storm by Devious Man and win the $420,000 second heat of the Kentucky Futurity, sponsored by Hunterton Farms, Stoner Manor Inc., and Menhammer Stuteri Ab., in 1:53.2 over the "sloppy" track. "I really...
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Freshmen featured in ISS finals at Hoosier

on 10/07/2017 2:00 AM
The Hoosier state’s freshman trotters and pacers were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday as the evening’s 14-race card was highlighted by three $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals. It was the fifth and final round of the $75,000 preliminary Indiana Sires Stakes final for the 2-year-olds. The evening’s action kicked-off with the 2-year-old trotting fi...
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Huntsville scratched from Tattersalls Pace

on 10/07/2017 2:00 AM
Trainer Ray Schnittker told harnessracing.com Saturday morning that Meadowlands Pace champ Huntsville has been scratched from Sunday's Tattersalls Pace at The Red Mile after getting hurt. Schnittker later said he noticed filling in a leg after he trained Huntsville at The Red Mile earlier in the week in preparation for the Tattersalls.   While in Lexington, Huntsville was also ridden ...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Darn you Nate!

on 10/07/2017 2:00 AM
Darn you Nate! I know we need rain badly in Lexington as we haven't had a drop now in 17 days, but it looks like the streak will soon be over, courtesy of Hurricane Nate. According to weather.com, we're in for another terrific 85-degree afternoon at The Red Mile, but around midnight it's supposed to storm. But……they're calling for a cloudy and windy afternoon on Sunday, with zero percent cha...
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Futurity preview in new Weekend Preview!

on 10/07/2017 2:00 AM
The Red Mile is still rockin' with Grand Circuit action and in the new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview now available, we take a look at Saturday and Sunday's cards, including the 125th renewal of the Kentucky Futurity. Kathy Parker has all the Futurity story, including a chat with trainer Frank Antonacci about International Moni, who was an impressive Bluegrass division winner last weekend. Ka...
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Hannelore Hanover's 1:49.2 second fastest ever

on 10/07/2017 2:00 AM
Supplemented by a swift pace, Dan Patch Award winner and world champion Hannelore Hanover catapulted off the rail in the stretch and was unleashed to a 1:49.2 victory in the $136,000 My MVP Allerage Farms Open Trot, sponsored by Jeff and Paula Gural, at The Red Mile on Saturday.   Positioned third, Hannelore Hanover stalked a tempo set by I Know My Chip, revved up in a battle to the quart...
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Youaremycandygirl in WR 1:50 in ISS split

on 10/07/2017 2:00 AM
Off a pocket ride, Youaremycandygirl popped past odds-on favorite Rainbow Room to win the second of three divisions of the $197,900 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) 2-year-old filly pace, presented by the Woodbine Entertainment Group, in a world-record timing of 1:50 on Saturday at The Red Mile. The winners of the other divisions were Miswave Hanover and Kissin In The Sand.   Marching ...
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Dealt A Winner wins Allerage Open Pace

on 10/07/2017 2:00 AM
 World champion and 2015 Cane Pace victor Dealt A Winner swept to the front and held off a late bid from McWicked to take the $119,000 Mister Big Allerage Farms Open Pace, sponsored by Muscara Standardbreds, in 1:47.3, equaling his lifetime best, on Saturday  at The Red Mile. Check Six was sent straight to the lead and set a swift pace, going a quarter in :27 ...
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Hayden Hanover fastest in ISS 2CP splits

on 10/07/2017 2:00 AM
Exiting a second place performance in the $660,960 Metro Pace, Hayden Hanover went wire-to-wire to take the first of four divisions of the $232,000 Captaintreacherous International Stallion Stakes 2-year-old colt and gelding pace, sponsored by the Captaintreacherous Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms, on Saturday at The Red Mile in 1:50. The other divisional winners were Karpathian Kid, Nutcrack...
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