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Walner sets 2CT world record 1:51.3 at Red Mile

on 10/06/2016 2:00 AM
Sweeping to command off a :55.1 half, Walner gradually drew clear of his rivals and sprinted home in the stretch to win one of five divisions for the $280,000 International Stallion Stake on Thursday afternoon at The Red Mile in 1:51.3, beating Southwind Frank's world record of 1:52.2 set in the International Stallion Stake last year.   Dover Dan grabbed the lead through a :28....
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MacDonald wins five at Vernon

on 10/06/2016 2:00 AM
Leading driver John MacDonald notched a five-bagger on Thursday evening's eight-race card at Vernon Downs, sweeping the back half of the program. The 34-year-old Prince Edward Island native extended his advantage over Chris Lems in the seasonal table to 40 wins, taking his first win of the night in a $3,600 trotting event with Empirestateofmind ($5.70, 2:01.1), a 2-year-old daughter of Cant...
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Bull market continues at Lexington sale

on 10/06/2016 2:00 AM
The bullish marketplace at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continued on Thursday night, Session 3, with 145 yearlings generating an average price 26.8 percent higher than for the same session in 2015. This year Session 3 posted an average price of $41,834 versus $32,980 in 2015.   The average price for the entire sale, with 378 yearlings sold, is $73,198, an increase ...
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New Preview! Be ready for Thursday racing

on 10/05/2016 2:00 AM
The Red Mile resumes Grand Circuit racing on Thursday afternoon, and with great weather predicted, you'll want to make sure you can follow the action and a special edition of HarnessRacing Lexington Preview is required.   The free and new Preview has stories about 2-year-old trotters set to compete, along with complimentary TrackMaster past performance pages.   The new Pr...
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Always B Miki to stand at Diamond Creek in '17

on 10/05/2016 2:00 AM
World champion Always B Miki p, 1:47f ($2,227,368), who holds the distinction of winning three races in 1:47 in a single season—no other horse has more than one 1:47 or faster mile--will be retired to stud duty at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania at the end of his 2016 racing campaign. He is scheduled to compete in the Allerage on Sunday at The Red Mile and then complete his career at the ...
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Bubba Washington dies at 77

on 10/05/2016 2:00 AM
General Washington Jr., 77, aka "Bubba," a retired harness horseman and staple of the Monticello community, died Sept. 30 at Catskill Regional Medical Center.   Mr. Washington is the son of the late Bessie and General Washington and was born Feb. 12, 1939, in Timmonsville, S.C. Born to humble beginnings, he migrated north where he mastered his craft and love of horses and was n...
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Pompano closes simulcasting due to storm

on 10/05/2016 2:00 AM
Due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Matthew, Pompano Park has revised their simulcast schedule for Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7. Pompano Park will be closed for simulcasting on Thursday and will re-open for regular simulcasting on Friday beginning at 12 noon. On Thursday, we will continue to pass through harness signals to other facilities within the State.
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Full brother to Mission Brief brings $800k in Lex

on 10/05/2016 2:00 AM
Come See The Show kicked off the opening session of the 2016 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale with a bang, selling for $550,000, and a steady pace of high prices continued until Hip 70, a Muscle Hill full brother to Mission Brief, flirted with a record-setting price until he was finally hammered down for $800,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion on Tuesday night.   The record pric...
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Backstretch with Gordon: Holy crap!

on 10/05/2016 2:00 AM
Yannick Gingras texted me two words after Oaks champ All The Time won a qualifier yesterday morning at The Red Mile: Holy crap! Yannick Gingras texted me two words after learning a full brother to Mission Brief, who he drove, sold for $800,000 at last night's opening session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale: Holy crap! Yannick Gingras texted me two words this morning after seeing a vide...
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European trotters arrive at JFK for International

on 10/05/2016 2:00 AM
Six world-class European trotters from touched down Wednesday morning (Oct. 5) at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, ready to compete in Yonkers Raceway's $1 million Yonkers International Trot. The million-dollar event, set for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 15, features 10 invitees racing at the mile-and-one-quarter distance. First post that day is 1:10 PM, with the Trot scheduled fo...
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Injury sidelines Freaky Feet Pete for season

on 10/05/2016 2:00 AM
The connections of Freaky Feet Pete have announced that the star 4-year-old pacer will not race again in 2016 due to injury. He finished third this past Friday in the Dayton Pacing Derby won by Wiggle It Jiggleit.   A posting on Freaky Feet Pete's Facebook page as follows: "This is a very hard announcement to make, but unfortunately due to injury Pete's season has come to an end. It...
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Point leader Mass Production wins in Ont. Gold

on 10/04/2016 2:00 AM
Ontario's top 2-year-old trotting colts and pacing fillies got clear skies and a fast track at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening to bring the curtain down on their Gold Series regular season.   Division point leader Mass Production got things off to a quick start, capturing the first $105,000 trotting colt split in a sharp 1:55.3, just three-fifths of a second shy of the Ontario Si...
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Napolitano, Allards dominate at Pocono

on 10/04/2016 2:00 AM
The Allard brothers,  driver Simon and trainer Rene, had the spotlight for most Monday evening at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but then hot-driving George Napolitano Jr. won three consecutive late races to get a share of the accolades. Trainer Rene Allard plays the claiming game and the trio of winners he conditioned, all driven by Simon, were in for a tag – Star P...
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Oaks champ All The Time wins Red Mile qualifier

on 10/04/2016 2:00 AM
Hambletonian Oaks champion All The Time, in her first appearance since undergoing emergency colic surgery the day after her win in the Aug. 6 trotting classic at the Meadowlands, won a qualifier Tuesday morning at The Red Mile. With trainer Jimmy Takter in the sulky, All The Time bested recent Charles Smith winner Dominion Beach by a half length. The infield timer did not flash the time, but T...
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2017 Hambo, Oaks set for Aug. 5 at Meadowlands

on 10/04/2016 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Racetrack, longest-running host track of the classic Hambletonian race for 3-year-old trotters, has set a date of Saturday afternoon Aug, 5, 2017, for the 92nd edition of the classic event. The Hambletonian Society, which owns the race, and Jeff Gural, chairman of the New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC, have an existing contract to host the Hambletonian through 2021.   Th...
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Backstretch with Gordon: Santa Claus is here!

on 10/04/2016 2:00 AM
Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas from The Red Mile! I felt like Santa Claus this glorious Tuesday morning when I arrived at The Red Mile as Boss Kathy had filled three bags of The Horseman And Fair World shirts for me to give away. Since I couldn't carry them all at one time I grabbed a bunch, and I didn't even get past the first couple of barns before I was sold out. So I trekked back to the ca...
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SBOANJ issues statement about BC purses

on 10/04/2016 2:00 AM
With the Breeders Crown races set for later this month at the Meadowlands, Mark Ford, president of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, has issued the following statement: "The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey would like to clarify that while bringing the Breeders Crown races to the Meadowlands this fall costs $900,000, of that amo...
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HFW magazine nominated for Bergstein award

on 10/04/2016 2:00 AM
Team Valor International has nominated a story from The Horseman and Fair World detailing suspicions that trainers intended to give their horses illicit substances before the Little Brown Jug and Jugette harness races at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. According to the piece by Gordon Waterstone, associate editor of the bi-weekly magazine, a filly was scratched from the Jugette on Septemb...
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Obrigado invited to Yonkers International

on 10/04/2016 2:00 AM
Trainer Paul Kelley has announced that Obrigado, most recently the winner of the Dayton Trotting Derby at Hollywood Dayton, has been invited to the $1 million International Trot on Oct. 15 at Yonkers Raceway. The field had been announced earlier but an opening came up when an Italian horse was taken out. More will be posted when available.
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Small Treviso had big engine

on 10/04/2016 2:00 AM
When Charlie Norris prepared to ask Treviso for her best effort in her Bluegrass Stakes division last week, the 2-year-old female trotter was ready. In fact, she didn’t even really need to be asked. Treviso pulled out from behind leader Broadway Idole, driven by Brett Miller, in the stretch and trotted to a two length win in 1:54.1 last Friday at Lexington’s Red Mile. The time is the secon...
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