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Backstretch With Gordon: You gotta have Hart

on 10/10/2015 2:00 AM
I want to be Jason Settlemoir when I grow up! Not that there's anything wrong with being Gordon Waterstone, I just want to be the Meadowlands GM. After all, the guy is hanging out with comedian Kevin Hart nowadays.   Jason is in town this week and he and Jason Hall, the VP of sponsorships at the Gural-owned tracks, ran into Kevin last night at the Marriott Griffin Gate. The two...
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Norway's Papagayo E wins International Trot

on 10/10/2015 2:00 AM
Papagayo E and Ulf Ohlsson snuck up the rail to overtake Creatine in the final strides of the $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday afternoon in a time of 2:26 for the 1 1/4-mile race. The margin of victory was a half-length.   The Norwegian flags were flying and a robust contingent of Norwegian fans cheered the victory by trainer Jan Waaler and o...
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Rock Me Gently, Divine Caroline take Garnseys

on 10/10/2015 2:00 AM
Sophomore filly pacers were in competition at The Red Mile on Saturday afternoon with two divisions of the $232,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial.     Rock Me Gently upset the first division at odds of 17-1 by springing from the back off a fast pace. The speed was established by Bettor Be Steppin, taking the lead through a :26.3 first quarter. Storm Point flushed first over from f...
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D'One, JK Endofanera strong in Allerage opens

on 10/10/2015 2:00 AM
The aged racing divisions were in the spotlight on closing day at The Red Mile, competing in the $79,000 Allerage Mare Pace, $66,000 Allerage Mare Trot, $134,000 Allerage Trot, and $148,000 Allerage Pace on Saturday.   The Jimmy Takter-trained JK Endofanera tracked the cover of Foiled Again while State Treasurer blazed on the lead to rally by the tiring leader and the rest of the fi...
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Wild Honey upsets Mission Brief in Filly Futurity

on 10/10/2015 2:00 AM
Sitting behind Mission Brief as she blazed around the Lexington oval, Wild Honey made her move in the stretch drive, sliding by Mission Brief to win the $262,500 Kentucky Filly Futurity in 1:50.4 on Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile.   Mission Brief set the tempo of :27.2, :54.4, and 1:23.2, with Wild Honey drafting behind her the entire time. John Campbell sent Wild Honey to confr...
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Pinkman is best in 123rd Kentucky Futurity

on 10/10/2015 2:00 AM
Yannick Gingras made his move with the Jimmy Takter-trained Pinkman into the far turn, powering by Crazy Wow under a hand drive to win the $527,000 Kentucky Futurity in 1:51.2 on Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile.   The first quarter was set by The Bank, going :27 with Crazy Wow in the pocket and Pinkman tracking in third. Crazy Wow circled by The Bank and set a :54 half before Pin...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Michigan connection

on 10/09/2015 2:00 AM
I arrived at The Red Mile bright and early this Friday morning and was talking to Chris Oakes when Nicola Ryder came by with Roy, a trotting-bred pony who is here as part of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's Drive For Youth. Chris saw Nicola walking up and jumped up and thanked her for bringing over his new Somebeachsomewhere colt he bought at the sale. Nicola told me former Drive For Youth...
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Pure Country still undefeated after ISS win

on 10/09/2015 2:00 AM
The $224,100 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for 2-year-old filly pacers was the first grouping of Grand Circuit action on the Friday program at The Red Mile.   Undefeated in eight races this season, the Jimmy Takter-trained Pure Country snagged the first of three $74,700 ISS splits in 1:52.1. The Somebeachsomewhere filly from the Western Hanover mare Western Montana secure...
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American Passport, Racing Hill win big in ISS

on 10/09/2015 2:00 AM
The Tony Alagna-trained American Passport claimed one a quartet of races for the $272,000 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) also held over the good track at The Red Mile on their Friday program.   Taking the lead before the quarter, American Passport soon went a :28.3 first panel. He braced pressure from Good Living through a :57.3 half and 1:25.2 third quarter before odds-on favo...
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Ohio owners excited about Pinkman in Futurity

on 10/09/2015 2:00 AM
Joyce McClelland and her husband Richard have spent 35 years in harness racing, but have never enjoyed a year like this one. Pinkman has left them tickled pink.   Pinkman, who counts Joyce McClelland among his owners, is the 2-1 morning line favorite in Saturday's $527,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old trotters at The Red Mile in Lexington. The gelding will start from post No. 9 ...
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Lexington sale finishes with increase in average

on 10/09/2015 2:00 AM
The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale finished with a small session on Saturday night, but the 91 yearlings showed there was still demand as they generated an average price of $16,022, a 15.1 percent increase from the average of $13,926 in the comparable session in 2014. With the Session 5 average, the sale finished with an overall average of $45,220, up 2.5 percent from last year.   ...
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Mare features to Fancy Desire, Al Raza N

on 10/09/2015 2:00 AM
Fancy Desire ($12.80), the 2014 Lynch Memorial winner at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono but winless in 23 starts until coming home first last week, made it two straight in Friday night's $24,000 mares pacing feature here, storming home in 55.1 - 27.2to complete the sloppy track mile in 1:52.2.   After winning off the pace last week, Fancy Desire was sent frontwards early by driver ...
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Southwind Hope, Marion Millionair win at Fhld

on 10/09/2015 2:00 AM
On a sunny, fall day, Southwind Hope was the clear-cut winner of the $40,000 Marion Dancer for two-year-old trotting fillies on Friday, October 9, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. A week ago, the Muscle Hill –Honey Pie filly broke stride at the start of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final on a sloppy track and finished last.   Southwind Hope, driven by Steve Smith and trained ...
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Trotting filly sold for $160,000 in Session 3

on 10/08/2015 2:00 AM
After an afternoon of racing over the historic red clay oval at The Red Mile, the third session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale got underway at the Fasig-Tipton Pavilion. Another157 yearlings were sold, generating an average price of $32,981. That average was down just $79 for the same session in 2014, which put the sale's average at $59,982 for three sessions, an increase of 2.7 perce...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Throwback Thursday

on 10/08/2015 2:00 AM
In honor of Throwback Thursday, I thought I'd look back one year ago today to see what I wrote and what the price of gas was. While gas was $3.32 a gallon, about a dollar more than this year, remarkably what I led with in that Backstretch With Gordon is what I could write today. In fact, let's just copy and paste what I wrote a year ago. No need to change anything as it's written perfectly, al...
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Gorajec leaving Indiana Racing Commission?

on 10/08/2015 2:00 AM
According to a report, Joe Gorajec, who for nearly 25 years has been executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, has gotten word he is being fired this Saturday by his superiors. As is the case in all jurisdictions, racing commission members are appointed by the governor.   "I have been given information that the commission is going to give me an ultimatum, and that is...
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$75,000 guaranteed pool at Yonkers

on 10/08/2015 2:00 AM
All the cash associated with Yonkers Raceway's million-dollar International Trot won't be disbursed on the racetrack. Yonkers Raceway, in conjunction with the Standardbred Owners Association of New York and the U-S Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering, shall offer a $75,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool for the special matinee Trot program (first post 2 PM) as this marquee event returns after a ...
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Southwind Frank sets 1:52.2 world record in Lex

on 10/08/2015 2:00 AM
Southwind Frank (pictured) powered to a world record in a division of the $264,000 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters, contested in five divisions on the Thursday (Oct. 8) program at The Red Mile. Southwind Frank, a son of Muscle Hill out of Flawless Lindy by Cantab Hall, who broke the world record of 1:53.2 set by Centurion ATM in 2014. In a...
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Get ready for big weekend with Weekend Preview!

on 10/08/2015 2:00 AM
There's a huge weekend of racing, beginning Friday afternoon with the Grand Circuit program from The Red Mile getting underway at 1 pm. That's why you need to download the FREE HarnessRacing Weekend Preview so you can follow all the action. The Red Mile plays host to its historic Kentucky Futurity card on Saturday afternoon, with the world champion filly Mission Brief racing in the Filly Futur...
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Lex sale average still up after strong Session 4

on 10/08/2015 2:00 AM
Session 4 of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, held at the Fasig-Tipton Sale Pavilion in Lexington on Thursday night (Oct. 8), kept the sale in positive territory when it came to the average price per yearling. With 142 yearlings sold, Session 4 generated an average price of $21,338, up from last year's same session average of $20,504.   The strong performance of Session 4 put t...
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