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Splits to Check Six, Western Fame, Lindy Beach

on 10/02/2016 2:00 AM
Check Six made his move first over heading into the far turn, eventually passing tempo-setter American Passport to win the first of three divisions for the $173,900 Bluegrass for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings in 1:50 on Sunday, October 2 at The Red Mile.   American Passport took the lead, pacing the first quarter in :27.4 and the half in :55.4. Sitting third, Check Six mo...
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WIJI, Obrigado capture Dayton stakes

on 10/01/2016 2:00 AM
 The clubhouse was sold out seven days ago, the denizens of the apron stood shoulder-to-shoulder despite the deluge the area had withstood 14 of the last 24 hours and before the first race went off on the card at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway on Friday all people could discuss was how fortunate they were to witness live the most elite equine athletes on the continent.   In...
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LA Delight strikes gold again in Ontario

on 10/01/2016 2:00 AM
Powerful winds swirled around Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening, but Ontario’s top 3-year-old pacing fillies were still able to show off their world class skills in a pair of C$105,000 Gold Series divisions.   Reigning division champion L A Delight, fresh off her win in the historic Jugette in Delaware, Ohio, sailed to an impressive victory in the first division.   Lea...
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Mach It A Par aces Yonkers feature

on 10/01/2016 2:00 AM
Apparently, Yonkers Raceway has a new incentive plan -- win a race at a triple-figure mutuel, meet a former major league baseball All-Star. That was the carrot at the end of the Friday night stick for trainer/driver Pat Lachance after his last-to-first, 53-1, eight-hole upset with Ace Of Clubs. The bombardier paid an even $108 to win the fifth race going away by 3-1/4 lengths. The soggy,...
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Overdraft Volo upsets in Bluegrass 2FT split

on 10/01/2016 2:00 AM
Overdraft Volo brushed past Fine Tuned Lady, sent off the 1-5 favorite, to pull off a 23-1 upset in the final of five divisions for the $298,000 Bluegrass for 2-year-old trotting fillies on Friday at The Red Mile. Feed Your Head took the lead from Fine Tuned Lady through a :28.4 opening quarter before losing it to her heading to the half. Timed in :57.2, Fine Tuned Lady remained in co...
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Former USTA director Michael Murphy dies

on 10/01/2016 2:00 AM
Former USTA director Michael Edward Murphy, 79, of Forney, Texas, formerly of Bloomington-Normal, Ill., died Aug. 10, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his family.   He was born July 17, 1937, the only child of Lyle and Ruth Burroughs Murphy, and graduated with a business degree from Florida Southern College.   Mr. Murphy served on the USTA Board for nine years, from 1978-...
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Backstretch With Gordon: I apologize!

on 10/01/2016 2:00 AM
It's a gloomy Saturday morning in Lexington, with sprinkles already falling at The Red Mile and a good chance of a thunderstorm this afternoon. It's also gloomy as today marks the one-year anniversary of the death of our friend Ole Bach, who died last year while in Lexington for the Grand Circuit meet. After an email from the Hambletonian Society's Moira Fanning, I went and purchased some flow...
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NJSS Green Acres finals raced at Freehold

on 10/01/2016 2:00 AM
Two New Jersey Sires Stakes Green Acres finals for 3-year-old trotters took center stage at Freehold Raceway on Friday afternoon. Both the filly and colt divisions competed for a purse of $25,000 each.   The fillies took to the track for the first division. This was a non-betting race held before the regularly scheduled card. Southwind Venus with driver Lucas Wallin overcame he...
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Keystone Velocity tops Rockin Ron, Mel Mara

on 10/01/2016 2:00 AM
The spotlight was put to overtime service on a rainy Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as star performances were turned in by feature race winner Keystone Velocity, harness racing's all-time money champ Foiled Again, driver George Napolitano Jr., and trainer Chris Oakes.   Keystone Velocity, an eight-year-old stallion who has always been one of history's footnotes a...
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Pompano opens 53rd season on Sunday

on 09/30/2016 2:00 AM
Pompano Park opens on Sunday, Oct. 2, for its 53rd season--a 126 night stand which concludes May 30, 2017. The track will offer a "lavish wagering buffet," including a Pick 5 beginning with the first race, a Pick 6 encompassing races three through eight anda Pick-4 covering races six through nine. The popular pentafecta will be conducted on the fourth race while the Super Hi-5 will, as usual, ...
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Meadows back in action Monday with Keystone Classic

on 09/30/2016 2:00 AM
Following a three-week break, live racing at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino resumes Monday, Oct. 3, with a card that features a pair of Keystone Classic stakes worth an estimated $181,000.   The Meadows will race three days per week — Monday, Tuesday, Saturday — in October and will add Wednesday programs for November and December. In addition, the track will offer a special ...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Give Frank an "A"

on 09/30/2016 2:00 AM
Trainer Ron Burke told me earlier this week that Friday morning's qualifier for Southwind Frank at The Red Mile would be a test to see if the trotter performed well enough to be entered in the Oct. 9 Kentucky Futurity, and after watching the race, if I was a teacher giving grades, I'd give Frank an "A." The qualifier only had three in it, but it was a power-packed field as the field also in...
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Slots tax ruling in PA would hurt communities

on 09/30/2016 2:00 AM
Media outlets in Pennsylvania locals with either casinos or gaming at racetracks are reporting that municipalities are reeling over Wednesday's Pennsylvania State Supreme Court ruling that a portion of the commonwealth's casino law is unconstitutional because it has different tax rates. In its ruling, the high court struck down the municipal portion of the local share tax that most casino...
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Tambur has high hopes for Boogie Shuffle

on 09/30/2016 2:00 AM
Bob Tambur enjoys watching his horses compete, but even more than that he delights in simply watching them grow up.   "I just have a love for raising these horses; I get a big kick out of it," said Tambur, a northeast Pennsylvania resident whose homebred Boogie Shuffle races out of the training stable of Mark Harder in Saturday's (Oct. 1) first of five Bluegrass Stakes divisions for...
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Lexington races, sale in new Weekend Preview!

on 09/30/2016 2:00 AM
The first of two weeks of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile is underway and the free and new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has all the stories. We take a glimpse at some of the races as well as an inside look at next week's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Trainers Brian Brown and Bob Stewart look to have some serious contenders in Bluegrass action, and we talked to both about their cha...
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Yonkers announces field for International Trot

on 09/30/2016 2:00 AM
In this election season, the votes have been counted…for Yonkers Raceway's International Trot.   The complete field of 10 world-class invitees/acceptances for the million-dollar event, set for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 15, is now final. The seats at the table (alphabetically), with country of representation: BBS Sugarlight – Norway; Explosive de Vie – Sweden; Flanagan Memory ...
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Raymer wins three DSBF events Wednesday

on 09/29/2016 2:00 AM
Trainer Leigh Raymer had four wins and captured three of the $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old trotters at Harrington Raceway Wednesday (September 28). Raymer co-owns Luv Is Blind ($2.80, Victor Kirby) who prevailed for the second straight week in 2:04.3. The Keystone Activator gelding drew clear of the field at the top of the stretch for a decisive ...
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Pre-Jug party raises big money for New Vocations

on 09/29/2016 2:00 AM
On Sept. 21, the annual Pre-Jug party and charity auction was held in Delaware, Ohio, following the Jugette in the big pavilion on the first turn of the famous track.   Trainers, drivers, owners and fans were among the hundreds that came to eat, socialize and bid on a wide variety of unique items that included exotic vacations, historical racing art and memorabilia and even a pony w...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Scoop Witherspoon

on 09/29/2016 2:00 AM
I was up really early this Thursday morning, and not just because of being excited for tonight's opening card of the Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile. I had some breaking news in my back pocket—they don't call me "Scoop Witherspoon—I mean Waterstone" for nothing—about next week's Kentucky Futurity and was ready to spill the beans today. Alas, since I'm a tease, you're going to have to ...
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2FT Magic Presto, On A Sunny Day win ONSS

on 09/29/2016 2:00 AM
In spite of a track soaked by a full day of rain, 2-year-old trotting fillies Magic Presto and On A Sunny Day put on an impressive show at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening.   Competing on a surface rated three seconds slower than normal, Magic Presto fired away from Post 5 to a :27.3 opening quarter in the first $105,000 Gold Series division. Driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON ea...
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