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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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Large crowd attends Round Barn fundraiser

on 10/03/2017 2:00 AM
The Barn Buggy Bash, held at the Round Barn adjacent to the Red Mile on Monday, Oct. 2, was a rousing success, bringing together horsemen, breeders, consignors, racetrack officials and Lexington supporters. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward restoration of two antique carriages, a J.B. Brewster Side Bar Wagon and Park Pheaton, as well as upkeep of the historic structure. The Round ...
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Live video streaming of Lexington sale

on 10/03/2017 2:00 AM
If you can't be in Lexington, the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale will be live streamed. The sale gets underway at 7 pm Tuesday night and continues through Saturday at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Lexington. All sessions will start at 7 p.m.   Live streaming sales video will be available at this link, while the complete sales results can be found at this link. For more in...
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ISS 2CT divisions set for Thursday at Red Mile

on 10/03/2017 2:00 AM
Off a 1:54.4 victory in the Bluegrass Stakes last week, You Know You Do returns to The Red Mile as the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the fifth of five divisions of the $300,000 Trixton International Stallion Stakes (ISS), presented by Deo Volente Farms, on Thursday afternoon.   Owned by Howard Taylor, Order By Stables, Bud Hatfield, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Sam Goldband, You Know...
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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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