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Manchego puts streak on line in Bluegrass

on 09/28/2017 2:00 AM
Yannick Gingras is no stranger to driving successful filly trotters. In the past six years alone, the list of such horses includes Maven, Mission Brief, Lifetime Pursuit, All The Time and Ariana G.   And now there is Manchego.   Manchego is a perfect 8-for-8 this year for Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter. Her next start is Friday in the fifth of five $66,000 Bluegrass Sta...
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Hugh Hefner scores at Yonkers

on 09/28/2017 2:00 AM
Turns out the reports of Hugh Hefner’s death were greatly exaggerated. Hugh Hefner N obviously didn’t read the obituaries How else could we possibly explain a Yonkers Raceway’s appearance in Thursday night’s seventh race?  Granted, it was a sort of ghoulish hunch play, but Hugh Hefner N did deliver in the $15,000 event for 20-grand claimers. Opening as an odds-on favorite, he cont...
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Fashionwoodchopper 1:53.1 winner in Lex

on 09/28/2017 2:00 AM
Brushing to the lead after the half, Jimmy Takter-trainee You Know You Do cruised to a 2-3/4 length victory to take the first of five divisions of the $366,000 Bluegrass Stakes, named "The Uncle Peter" and sponsored by Hickory Lane Horse Farm, at The Red Mile on Thursday (Sept. 28). The contests were for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Driver Yannick Gingras positioned You Know You Do in third m...
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Field buddy T Barrr wins Ontario Gold

on 09/27/2017 2:00 AM
Gregg McNair and Ian Fleming have bred and owned horses together for years, but when the 2-year-old trotting gelding T Barrr arrived in the winner's circle at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening, McNair learned the partnership did not include the newly minted Gold Series winner. "I asked him if I owned part of him, but he said no. I said, ‘I'll be in on this one too, eh,' ‘No, no,' he s...
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Another big night for Napolitano, Allard

on 09/27/2017 2:00 AM
The $14,000 feature pace for fast-class distaffs was race ten on the Tuesday night card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and by the time of the end of the race, if your last name wasn't "Napolitano" or "Allard," it might have been a good night – perhaps even weekend -- to take off from the racetrack at The Downs. George Napolitano Jr., the all-time leading driver here, posted his fourt...
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HHYF, HoP collaborate on youth field trips

on 09/27/2017 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, in partnership with the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and the Anderson School Corporation, will host a series of field trips for the fourth grade students in Madison County on Wednesday, Sept. 27 and Thursday, Sept. 28. The initiative is back by popular demand after Hoosier Park successfully hosted fieldtrips in 2016 as part of Indiana's Bicentennial Celebrat...
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2PF Gracefully Forgiven still undefeated

on 09/27/2017 2:00 AM
Jeff and David Clark's Gracefully Forgiven ($2.20, Art Stafford Jr.) remained unbeaten in three starts with a 1:57.2 win in one of three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 eliminations for 2-year-old pacing fillies at Harrington Raceway Tuesday. The Roddy's Bags Again filly was a dominant front end winner over Lydia and Studio Session and gave Stafford Jr. his third of five win...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Dog days of summer

on 09/27/2017 2:00 AM
It may be early fall but it sure still feels like the dog days of summer here in Lexington. We just missed 90 yesterday and it's going to be close again today. It's supposed to cool off starting tonight and by the time we hit Saturday it won't even reach the 70s. But the long-range forecast is to warm back up to the low 80s for the second week of racing at The Red Mile. I checked out the Tr...
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Blue Chip Harrisburg yearlings now online

on 09/27/2017 2:00 AM
Blue Chip Farms has announced that its 2017 Yearling Videos for the Harrisburg Yearling Sale are now available online at http://www.bluechipfarms.com/yearlings. Forty-one yearlings from sires including American Ideal, Bettor's Delight, Chapter Seven, Somebeachsomewhere, Sunshine Beach and Sweet Lou are offered for inspection and available for x-ray by appointment at the farm. Please cont...
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Undefeated Manchego heads Bluegrass 2FT

on 09/27/2017 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter-trainee Manchego goes for her ninth-consecutive win in the fifth of five divisions of the $330,000 Bluegrass 2-Year-Old Filly Trot on Friday night at The Red Mile.   Starting from post three, the Muscle Hill filly out of the Cantab Hall mare Secret Magic has amassed $501,948 in earnings this season, including from wins in the $330,800 Jim Doherty Memorial, $252,000...
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One spot for U.S. left in International field

on 09/27/2017 2:00 AM
The field for the million-dollar Yonkers International Trot at Yonkers Raceway is nearing completion.   According to race secretary Steve Starr, nine of the 10 places behind the starting gate for the Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14, mile-and-a-quarter classic have been finalized. Starr indicated the final invite shall go to an American in the next couple of days.   Starr also...
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Marcus Miller looks for big Red Mile GC meet

on 09/27/2017 2:00 AM
Marcus Miller enjoys driving at Lexington's Red Mile. It is not all related to the success he enjoyed there a year ago, but that probably doesn't hurt.   Last year, Miller won three divisions of the International Stallion Stakes and a division of the Bluegrass. He also finished second in three divisions of the Bluegrass and in a division of the Glen Garnsey. For the track's entire G...
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New Lexington Preview now available!

on 09/27/2017 2:00 AM
The Grand Circuit has hit The Red Mile and in a special, new and free HarnessRacing Lexington Preview, we take a look at what Thursday night's card has to offer, including in five divisions of the Bluegrass for 2-year-old colt trotters. Gordon Waterstone's morning trips to the backstretch led him to trainer Dewayne Minor's barn to ask about Bluegrass starter Shoshie Deo, who is coming off a...
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Burke pulls shoes and fillies win Classics

on 09/27/2017 2:00 AM
The barefoot look was a trend at The Meadows Wednesday as Temple Ruins and Sianna Hanover raced without shoes and won in Keystone Classic action.   Trainer Ron Burke removed their shoes for the stakes and each of the 3-year-old filly trotters responded with a victory for Dave Palone. In fact, Temple Ruins blazed home in 1:53.3 to equal Classic Martine's stake record. In th...
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Miss Irish Rose A wins debut at Batavia

on 09/27/2017 2:00 AM
Aussie invader Miss Irish Rose A, who was privately purchased from down-under on August 23 by Larry Stalbaum, made her North American debut a winning one by taking the $9,500 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 27) as heavy downpours moved through the area. From the start, Machin Marley (Kevin Cummings) and Squeeze This (Jim Morrill Jr.) arg...
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Freshman stakes prelims at Harrington

on 09/27/2017 2:00 AM
Four $20,000 divisions for the second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) for two-year-old trotters went postward Wednesday (September 27) at Harrington Raceway. On a night where there were many short fields due to 14 scratches on the program, Bobby Myers' Brother Kenny ($6.00, Jonathan Roberts) prevailed in the first DSBF division for colts and geldings with a 2:03.2 wi...
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McArdle colt tops Buckeye sale at $65,000

on 09/26/2017 2:00 AM
Tap Tap Tap, Hip No. 26, danced his way through the sales ring at the third annual Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale Tuesday (Sept. 26) conducted in Springfield, Ohio, to the tune of $65,000 to agent Steve Cross. Consigned by Winterwood Farm, the son of McArdle- Bombilla Hanover is the first foal from his dam, who collected $204,303 during her racing career. By The Panderosa, Bombilla Hanover i...
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Keystone Classics to Two AM, Aplomb Hanover

on 09/26/2017 2:00 AM
Two AM pulled the pocket out of the final turn and blew past President Lindy to capture a division of Tuesday’s (Sept. 26) $71,700 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Andy M took the other split in the event for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Although President Lindy waltzed through leisurely opening fractions of 28.1 and 57.2, winning driver Tyler Buter indicated he was confident Two...
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Kadabra Queen wins another Ontario Gold

on 09/26/2017 2:00 AM
The 2-year-old trotting filly Kadabra Queen scored her fourth straight Gold Series win at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening, dropping her personal best by a full two seconds. Starting from post 4 in the $126,600 contest, driver Scott Colter eased Kadabra Queen off the starting gate and dropped into fifth as Illusioneesta battled to a :27.2 opening quarter. Heading for the :57.3 half Coulte...
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Warrawee Onyx wins second straight

on 09/26/2017 2:00 AM
Warrawee Onyx made it two straight and three of his last four in winning the $14,000 claiming handicap trot feature Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, surging late to catch Get To Doin It, who after the race welcomed the winner as a new barn mate. The Credit Winner gelding Warrawee Onyx, driven by Simon Allard and trained by his brother Rene (the brothers combined for fou...
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