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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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Bee A Magician wins Philly qualifier

on 10/04/2016 2:00 AM
 After having been away from the charter’s eye for roughly four months, four-time O’Brien Award winner Bee A Magician took to the track for a qualifying mile on Tuesday.  The winner of $3.8 million in career purses did not disappoint. The Kadabra filly is three-for-three in pari-mutuel races this season, even though she was forced to take her unexpected hiatus from the betting...
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Lispatty sets Keystone Classic record

on 10/04/2016 2:00 AM
Pressured every step of the mile on the lead, Lispatty dug deep late and triumphed in 1:50, establishing a stakes record, in Tuesday’s $71,600 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. I Said Diamonds captured the other division of the event for 3-year-old filly pacers, giving Jim Pantaleano a stakes sweep. Lispatty no sooner assumed the lead than she was challenged by I Said Please, forcing he...
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Gold to Emoticon Hanover, Flowers N Songs

on 10/03/2016 2:00 AM
Ontario's top three-year-old trotting fillies closed out their Gold Series season with a pair of impressive miles over an off track at Flamboro Downs on Sunday evening. Emoticon Hanover took over top spot in the division point standings with a track record effort in the second $105,000 Gold division. Driver Sylvain Filion fired the fan favorite away from Post 6 and dropped in second behind ...
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Backstretch With Gordon: 1 week down, 1 to go

on 10/03/2016 2:00 AM
What a beautiful Monday morning in Lexington! And I made the most of it as I wandered aimlessly around The Red Mile backstretch. Not only was in search of today's late-breaking news, but I also needed to walk off my dinner from last night. Track owner Frank Antonacci invited me to join the group at Le Deauville last night, a gathering in part to celebrate the birthdays of his son, Frank, an...
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Delaware finals set for Wednesday at Harrington

on 10/03/2016 2:00 AM
One of the largest annual purse programs of the year will commence Wednesday (Oct. 5) at Harrington Raceway as four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final events for 2-year-olds will be contested. Aside from the final events, three $20,000 consolation races will also be carded as part of the 13-race program. The trotting colts and geldings will kick-off the stakes action ...
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Brothers to Hambo, Oaks winners out of sale

on 10/03/2016 2:00 AM
Two yearlings sure to be big attractions, and bring top prices, have been withdrawn from the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, which gets underway Tuesday night at the Fasig-Tipton Pavilion in Lexington.   Hip number 51, G Wagon, a full brother to Hambletonian champion Marion Marauder, is now out of the sale. The Muscle Hill colt was consigned by Crawford Farms. Also, Crawford Farms...
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New Jersey's Nick Salenetri, 66, dies

on 10/03/2016 2:00 AM
New Jersey horseman Nicholas Dominic Salenetri, 66, of Crosswicks passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Sept. 30.   Born in the Chambersburg section of Trenton, he was a life-long resident of the area. As the owner of BNS Exhibit Pros, he was the president of the trade show logistics company for 21 years. His true passion was racing Standardbred horses as...
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Hoosier announces 2017 Breeders Crown dates

on 10/03/2016 2:00 AM
The Breeders Crown, harness racing’s annual series of 12 championship events valued at $5.8 million, will race over two nights in the fall of 2017 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Ind.   The Hambletonian Society, which owns and administers the events, and Hoosier Park management have chosen a traditional October weekend for their Crown showcase, with the Crown race...
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