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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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KJ's Caroline takes Vernon mare feature

on 09/29/2016 2:00 AM
The most drastic change of tactics possible proved no issue for KJ's Caroline ($4.80), who once again was best among the top distaffers at Vernon Downs in Thursday (September 29) evening's featured $9,900 Mares Open pacing event.   The 6-year-old Roddy's Bags Again mare, who typically plays a big role in the pacesetting duties, dropped to last immediately, sitting well off pacesette...
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Top Flight Angel takes NYSS consolation

on 09/29/2016 2:00 AM
Two consolations for 2-year-old trotters took center stage at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday evening as several New York Sire Stakes horses wrapped up their stakes campaign.   Top Flight Angel (Archangel) and Teasin N Pleasin (CR Excalibur) emerged victorious, each setting a lifetime mark on Thursday in their $50,000 New York Sire Stakes consolations. Top Flight Angel and driver ...
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Eric Abbatiello congratulated on 2,000th win

on 09/29/2016 2:00 AM
Driver Eric Abbatiello, who reached the 2,000-win milestone early in the day, was duly recognized by Yonkers Raceway.   Proving it's nothing if not a good sport, the Raceway offered congrats to Abbatiello, who arrived at his latest plateau at Freehold Raceway. The 47-year-old Abbatiello, whose Harness Hall of Fame father, Carmine, won a few Yonkers races in his day, is actually at 2...
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Shake It Off Lindy uses first-over move to win

on 09/29/2016 2:00 AM
Shake It Off Lindy (pictured) surged first-over around the final turn to pass pacesetter Southwind Cobra, upsetting in one of the six $334,500 Bluegrass splits for two-year-old trotting colts on Thursday, Sept. 29, in a lifetime best of 1:55.   With Eburry Street and Sortie breaking before the first turn, Moonshiner Hanover inherited the lead, keeping Southwind Cobra parked while Sh...
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Montrell Teague drives 1,000th winner

on 09/28/2016 2:00 AM
Montrell Teague notched his 1,000th career driving win Tuesday at Harrington Raceway aboard Henry The Dragon ($2.20) in a $20,000 division of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings Tuesday at Harrington Raceway.   In the second of four DSBF splits, Henry The Dragon, a son of Custard The Dragon, was a wire-to-winner for owner Ge...
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Encore Deo, Gweneee J score at Pocono

on 09/28/2016 2:00 AM
A pair of nicely-pedigreed distaffs paced back to their distinguished bloodlines in taking the co-featured pacing events at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday.   Encore Deo, a sophomore daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven whose second dam is the $3.7 million-winning Eternal Camnation, rallied from the pocket to catch I Said Please by a half-length in taking the $16,000 "F/M nw 5 ...
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Pet Rock colt tops Buckeye Classic at $90,000

on 09/28/2016 2:00 AM
Unfortunately, Joe Bellino could not personally attend the second edition of the Buckeye Classic Sale conducted in Springfield, Ohio, on Tuesday (Sept. 27), but that did not impede him from purchasing the most sought-after yearling at the event for $90,000.   "I was watching it on Facebook Live and I kept thinking, ‘When is the gavel going to drop?" he said. "It was like he said ...
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"Aggressive" testing, detention at Red Mile

on 09/28/2016 2:00 AM
The Red Mile is committed to creating a even playing field for all. Starting with second week of Grand Circuit, in addition to horses being required to be on the grounds 24 hours prior to their race, a Detention Barn will be implemented for a selected number of stake races. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will be conducting aggressive "Pre and Post Race testing," including "Out of...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Season 14 Premier

on 09/28/2016 2:00 AM
Let's all recite this pledge together: "I (state your name) do solemnly swear that for the next two weeks through the Grand Circuit stand at The Red Mile that I will not discuss politics, national anthem etiquette, birth certificates, chasing Pokemon or yogurt, and instead will focus my attention on the excitement that the sport's top horses, drivers, trainers and owners will bring to Lexingto...
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Kirby, King dominate in DSBF splits

on 09/27/2016 2:00 AM
Jo Ann Looney-King's Spanish Dream ($6, Victor Kirby) was the fastest of four $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund divisions for 2-year-old pacing fillies with a 1:54.4 triumph at Harrington Raceway Monday.   The Dream Away filly overpowered her rivals with a powerful move near three-quarters as she won by open lengths over I Won Them Both and Cashmere's Delight. It was ...
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Yonkers announces $250,000 invitationals

on 09/27/2016 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway is looking to augment its million-dollar Yonkers International Trot (Saturday afternoon, Oct. 15) with a pair of $250,000 Invitationals, one each for trotters and pacers. The distance(s) of the Invitationals race(s) is/are one mile, though either/or may be changed.   Any interested parties are requested, resumes in hand, to contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. ...
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Scarborough opens fall meet Oct. 14

on 09/27/2016 2:00 AM
Scarborough Downs, Maine's premiere horse racing venue since 1950, is set to kick off the fall portion of it's 2016 season on Oct. 14, featuring live harness racing action on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday schedule with post time slated for 1:30 PM (EDT) daily. Festival of Champions Day will headline the opening weekend action as the Maine Sire Stakes championships for three-year-old Ma...
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Ohio owner Dean Davis dies at age 82

on 09/27/2016 2:00 AM
Well known Ohio owner-breeder Dean Davis of Wooster, Ohio, passed away at home, surrounded by family, early Tuesday, Sept. 27. He was 82 and had battled cancer for the past year. Mr. Davis and his friend Jim Snyder became fixtures at Northfield Park, where Mr. Davis was inducted into the track's Hall of Fame. He was also presented the Dr. John D. Stevens Humanitarian Award from th...
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Louis "Booty" Beltrami dies at 82

on 09/26/2016 2:00 AM
Longtime harness racing owner, trainer and driver Louis J. "Booty" Beltrami, of Drums, Pa., passed away at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital on Sunday, Sept. 25. He was 82. Born in Hazleton, Pa., on Oct. 6, 1933, Mr. Beltrami was the last surviving child of 14 children born to Italian immigrants Salvatore and Mary Beltrami. He wore many hats during his lifetime--coal magnate, noted restaurateur...
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Blue Chip's Lex yearlings with Northwood

on 09/26/2016 2:00 AM
Blue Chip Farms has announced that its 2016 Lexington Selected Yearlings will now be available at the Northwood Bloodstock consignment. Individuals from leading stallions American Ideal, Bettor's Delight, Art Major and Somebeachsomewhere will be offered, highlighted by Hip #16 Pericles Blue Chip, the first Art Major filly out of a mare that has produced two million dollar winners. T...
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Winbak's Forest City yearling videos online

on 09/26/2016 2:00 AM
Winbak Farm will be selling 53 yearlings by Ontario sires, with proven records of siring Stakes Winners, at the 2016 Forest City Sale. The sale is held at the Western Fair Agriplex in London, Ont.   Winbak's 2016 lineup includes 12 Glidemaster yearlings, from his first Ontario crop. Also, for those looking at trotting yearlings, Winbak Farm is selling 6 yearlings sired by Angus Hall...
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ABM, WIJI, FFP lead Dayton Pacing Derby field

on 09/26/2016 2:00 AM
Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit, the two most dominant active pacers in the world, will match strides for the seventh time this season in the $150,000 Dayton Pacing Derby at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (September 30). In their head-to-head confrontations, Always B Miki has won three times capturing the Jim Ewart Memorial, the William Haughton Memorial and the Ben Franklin. Wi...
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Services announced for Larry Rheinheimer

on 09/26/2016 2:00 AM
Larry Wayne Rheinheimer, 72, of LaGrange, Ind., died unexpectedly on Saturday Sept. 24, at St. Vincent Anderson Hospital in Anderson. He had collapsed in the paddock area at Hoosier Park while getting ready to warm up his beloved horse Freaky Feet Pete.   Mr. Rheinheimer was born on December 3, 1943 in Sturgis, MI to Raymond "Bud" and Florence (Hooley) Rhein...
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