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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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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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