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Mike Kimelman joins Preferred Equine

on 10/01/2015 2:00 AM
Preferred Equine Marketing, Inc. has announced the addition of Mike Kimelman to its sales team. Kimelman will begin working with Preferred at next week's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and will continue on at Harrisburg and at all upcoming sales. Kimelman is the director of equine operations at Majestic View Farm in Gartner, N.Y., as well as a U.S. Trotting Association director from Distr...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Where'd summer go?

on 10/01/2015 2:00 AM
Not too shabby for me this morning having Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter as my chauffeur. And I really needed him picking me up in his golf cart as it is just one nasty, miserable day in Lexington. The only people I feel worse for today than the horsemen are those going to the Luke Bryan outdoor concert tonight at the Talon Winery. LATE NEWS: Concert has been postponed until next Tuesday be...
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International horses arrive in New York

on 10/01/2015 2:00 AM
They're here. With Yonkers Raceway's million-dollar International Trot just nine days away, the seven European entrants (plus the returning US-bred and owned Creatine) have landed, with nary a word about the in-flight movie. Bright and early Thursday morning, the octet touched down at JFK Airport, complete with pomp, circumstance…and Yonkers Raceway's crack photographers there to capture the...
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Black Book 2 catalog now available online

on 10/01/2015 2:00 AM
The 2015 edition of The Black Book 2 can now be found on Standardbred Horse Sales Company's website www.theblackbook.com/catalog-downloads.php. Printed catalogs are expected to be available for shipping on Oct. 8. The Mixed Sale begins on Thursday, Nov. 5, and ends on Friday, Nov.  6, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, following the Select Yearling Sale which tak...
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Steve Stewart appointed to KY Racing Comm.

on 10/01/2015 2:00 AM
Steve Stewart, who operates Hunterton Farm in Paris, Ky., with his wife, Cindy, has been appointed to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission by Gov. Steve Beshear. Stewart will take the seat held by Standardbred breeder Alan J. Leavitt of Walnut Hall Ltd.   Stewart has bred and raced horses in the Bluegrass for more than 30 years and in recent years has been cracking the top 10 l...
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Abbatiello takes 2 NJSS Green Acres

on 10/01/2015 2:00 AM
Driver Eric Abbatiello collected wins in a pair of $7,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres – one by seven lengths and the other by a head – on Thursday, Oct. 1, at Freehold Raceway. In the first of the two trotting events, both prior to the betting card, Abbatiello guided Mountain Top [Muscle Hill] to a seven-length tally over Switchblade Hall [Muscles Yankee] in the three-year-old tr...
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Red Mile Weekend Preview now available!

on 10/01/2015 2:00 AM
The Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile is underway and the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has all the stories. There are several Hall of Famers in action during the two-week stand, but there is also a Hall of Famer up in Canada who is getting a lot of attention: Ron Waples. In both the U.S. and Canadian Halls, Waples got together with Dave Briggs to talk about returning to the sulk...
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Milligan's School fastest in Bluegrass 2CTs

on 10/01/2015 2:00 AM
Night two of the Grand Circuit meeting at The Red Mile was highlighted by four divisions of the $289,000 Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old colt trotters, which were contested on Thursday, Oct. 1.   Milligan's School sat a pocket trip after failing to clear the lead into the first turn, and slid up a seam in the stretch to draw off to a 2-length win in 1:56.3 in the opening Bluegrass r...
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Woodbine opens Fall-Winter meet

on 10/01/2015 2:00 AM
Two-year-old trotter Moonlight Cocktail crossed the wire first in Thursday night’s opening race at Woodbine Racetrack to kick off the Fall-Winter meet.   Trained by John Bax, Moonlight Cocktail and driver Steve Byron stopped the timer in 2:00 to capture the $14,000 two-year-old trotting event.   The first race Thursday was not only the opening race of the meet, but also the first...
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Kindergarten to include pacing division in 2016

on 09/30/2015 2:00 AM
The Kindergarten Classic Series for 2-year-olds will include a pacing division to go along with the trotting races for 2016. The series originally offered races for both gaits but dropped the pace after the 2009 season.   Designed to provide races for those freshmen getting a late start or not able to compete at the top level, the Kindergarten events will for the most part be scheduled af...
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Mohawk meet posts 18.9% handle increase

on 09/30/2015 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) announced on Sept. 30 that numbers were up for the 2015 Mohawk Standardbred meet, which concluded on Tuesday, Sept. 29. The 2015 Mohawk meet, which began on April 9, featured 118 race cards and an "all-sources” betting total of $181,432,431, an 18.9 percent increase over 2014. The average per race handle of $138,603 showed a 4.2 percent increase over t...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Season 13 Premier

on 09/30/2015 2:00 AM
The late John Ritter had eight simple rules to date his teenage daughter, and I have but one simple rule that needs to be in place as we start Season 13—YES, SEASON 13!!—of Backstretch With Gordon: Do not punch me in the nose! If you don't like what I write, or I offend you with something I say, take it out on me in any way you want, just don't punch me in the nose. Otherwise you're goi...
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SOA adding $25k to Pick 5 on International card

on 09/30/2015 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York will contribute $25,000 to the 50-cent Pick 5 pool on International Trot Day, Saturday, Oct. 10, at Yonkers Raceway. With this added money, the Saturday Pick 5 will be starting with a $25,000 carryover. Based upon that seeding of the pool, Yonkers Raceway and the SOA in conjunction with the USTA's Strategic Wagering Program have guaranteed the...
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Ohio Fairs Championships on Thursday

on 09/30/2015 2:00 AM
Eight Ohio Fairs Championships for 2- and 3-year-old Ohio-bred colt and filly trotters and pacers are set to vie Thursday night (Oct. 1) at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. Each Championship features eight or nine contestants, with a first race post time of 6:35 pm, ET. Ohio-bred freshman and sophomores were made eligible to the series on March 15 of this year by their connections and su...
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Big Bad John colt tops Buckeye sale at $57,000

on 09/30/2015 2:00 AM
The inaugural Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale, held Wednesday at the Champions Expo Center in Springfield, Ohio, proved to be a strong marketplace. A Big Bad John colt out of the Art Major mare Jamie Sue topped the sale when horseman Mark Evers, acting as agent, had the final bid at $57,000. Evers also bought a Big Bad John filly for $47,000.   Overall, 179 yearlings were sold fo...
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Mission Brief, 3CP in action in Lex Saturday

on 09/30/2015 2:00 AM
The entire sophomore division is in the spotlight on Saturday, Oct. 5, with the colts and fillies of both gaits competing in a total of nine divisions on the 13-race card at The Red Mile. The filly pacers will compete in three divisions, totalling in $189,400, while the other divisions will race in two divisions.   The program begins with the first $72,000 division for filly trotter...
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Broadway Donna holds on to stay undefeated

on 09/30/2015 2:00 AM
The opening night of the Grand Circuit meeting at The Red Mile began with two divisions of the $259,000 Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters on Wednesday night, Sept. 30.   Broadway Donna escaped defeat in a stretch-drive duel against Ultimate Shopper, winning the opening division by a nose in 1:59. The 1-9 favorite controlled the pace for a majority of the mile, circling ...
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Mr. Wiggles back at Sugar Valley Farm

on 09/30/2015 2:00 AM
Mr Wiggles, sire of Little Brown Jug and world champion Wiggle It Jigglit, is returning to Sugar Valley Farm in Delaware, Ohio for the 2016 breeding season.   Mr Wiggles' first foals are three-year-olds this year, led by Wiggle It Jiggleit p, 1:47.4 ($1,776,020). His second crop includes Ohio Breeder's Champion Mr Wiggle Pants p, 1:53.2h ($90,993) and Ohsowigglesspecial p, 1:57h ($2...
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2PF Newborn Sassy wins sixth straight

on 09/30/2015 2:00 AM
Newborn Sassy extended her winning streak to six with an effortless victory in Wednesday's $93,800 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Cut And Paste captured the other division of the event for freshman filly pacers, giving Tim Tetrick a stake sweep.   Although Newborn Sassy began her career with a pair of losses, Tetrick was aboard for her debut and was impressed.   "She's ...
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LA Delight wins 10th straight in Ont. Sires Stakes

on 09/29/2015 2:00 AM
Mohawk Racetrack hosted an Ontario Sires Stakes double header on Monday night as the 3-year-old trotting colt and 2-year-old pacing filly Gold Series competitors wrapped up their regular season over the Campbellville oval. Last year's 2-year-old trotting colt champion Dont Rush had captured one Grassroots and two Gold Series trophies heading into Monday's contest and the Infinitif son capt...
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