Backstretch With Gordon: the track & the sale

on 10/06/2020 11:08 AM
All things considered, Monday night’s opening session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale was pretty good. The session may have been down 16.3 percent from last year’s record-breaking numbers, but it still was the second-best opening night in history. And it was a really good night for my sponsors, Steve and Cindy Stewart’s Hunterton Sales Agency/Hunterton Farm as they sold 1...
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Voelz Delight gets ticket to Ontario Super Final

on 10/06/2020 12:38 AM
Trainer Ben Baillargeon needed Voelz Delight to come up with a big effort in her last regular season Gold Series event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, Oct. 5, and the two-year-old pacing filly responded with a sharp victory to extend her season. “She had to be first, second or third to be in the Super Final, because she only raced once, she only had 25 points,” said Baillargeon...
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Filly out of Mission Brief tops Lex sale at $725,000

on 10/06/2020 12:28 AM
Covid-19 kept many people at home instead of at the annual Lexington Selected Yearling Sale in Lexington, Ky., but as Northwood Bloodstock’s Bob Boni said in advance of the sale, people made sure their money was there. Six-figure prices dominated the opening session at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and a trotting filly was sold for $725,000.   At last year’s sale, t...
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Former Yonkers exec Jerry Lawrence dies

on 10/05/2020 10:19 PM
Jerry Lawrence, who served as vice president and general manager of Yonkers Raceway and then moved on to become Churchill Downs’ general manager, executive vice president and COO from 1984-1991, died Oct. 1. He was 81.   Like Yonkers Raceway owners the Rooney family, Mr. Lawrence grew up in Pittsburgh and was graduated from Central Catholic High School there and then LaSalle ...
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Purameri cracks track and stake marks at Plainridge

on 10/05/2020 8:23 PM
Records continued to fall in the 2020 edition of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes as the 2-year-olds hit the track for their second leg of the series. Monday's (Oct. 5) action was highlighted by pacing filly Purameri (American Ideal-J K Pure Pearl) who lit it up in her $29,000 division.   So Amazing (Bruce Ranger) took a quick early lead before Rightfully Mine (Jason Bartlett) claime...
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Jessiejesorjessica pulls off 34-1 shocker in Meadows feature

on 10/05/2020 5:45 PM
Dismissed at 34-1, Jessiejesorjessica stalked the leader from the pocket, then blew by in the lane to spring the upset in Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Conditioned Trot.   Trainer/driver Shawn Johnston used his rail position to hustle Jessiejesorjessica to the pocket, which proved to be the ideal spot once Mawegonow turned back all the early challengers. But Jessiejes...
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Racing Investigator Certificate Program now online

on 10/05/2020 5:15 PM
On Monday, the University of Louisville Equine Industry program commenced the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) Racing Investigator Certificate Program online. The program, the first of its kind, will be conducted over the course of two days and will conclude on Tuesday, Oct. 6..   The program, an initiative of the Association of Racing Commissioners Intern...
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Meadowlands to remain closed through Oct. 6

on 10/05/2020 5:13 PM
The Meadowlands Racetrack will remained closed to patrons for simulcasting and sports wagering through Tuesday, Oct. 6. Re-opening details will be posted at Winners Bayonne OTW remains open for simulcasting. (Meadowlands)
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Olde Broadside, Gruden score in Saratoga features

on 10/05/2020 3:21 PM
Olde Broadside came into Monday afternoon’s co-feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel on top of his game. After recording a win three weeks back, the Linda Flynn trainee stepped up in company and has been competing in the class that served as the feature for pacers on Monday’s matinee at the Spa.   Following consecutive third-place finishes while a longshot, Olde Broadside was d...
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Va. champions crowned in action at Shenandoah

on 10/05/2020 3:18 PM
Nvrfearlloydishere dominated the $46,800 Virginia Breeders 3-Year-Old Colt Pace Saturday at Shenandoah Downs as eight divisional titles were contested on a picture-perfect fall afternoon in Woodstock. A total of $363,575 in combined purse monies was awarded on Saturday, Oct. 3.   The 3-year-old Rusty's All In gelding won his eighth in a row and competed in the final much like he...
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Meadows horsemen's group opposes HISA

on 10/05/2020 2:58 PM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, which represents the interests of more than 600 harness horse owners, trainers and drivers, staunchly opposes the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 (HISA). While the legislation targets Thoroughbred horses, it clearly leaves the window open for Standardbreds to be regulated by the bill if either state racing commissions or breed organiza...
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Introductory benefits for new KY association members

on 10/05/2020 2:46 PM
The Kentucky Harness Association (“KHA”) is pleased to announce several exciting introductory benefits to serve its members.  Working closely with the team at the newly opened Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel located in Oak Grove, Kentucky, the KHA is able to provide exciting introductory benefits to our members racing in the upcoming fall meet that begins on October 14.&nbs...
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Backstretch With Gordon: And the winner is...

on 10/05/2020 11:22 AM
And the winner is……Deck Of Dreams! Congratulations to Kim Dressler, a horseman from Edmonton, Alberta way, way up in Canada, for the winning name for the trackside deck as chosen by Cindy Solverson, The Red Mile’s director of sponsorships. In his email, Kim said that if his submission was chosen then to donate the hats to young racing fans, and Cindy said she’ll ta...
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KY Sires Stakes program growing in 2021

on 10/05/2020 10:03 AM
“The newly announced enhancements to the Kentucky Sires Stakes Championship Series, Commonwealth Series and Kentucky Proud Series will really boost the budding Kentucky harness racing program.  It’s exciting to see the results of hard work and cooperation among all of the industry stakeholders -- racetracks, owners, breeders, trainers and drivers.  This growth is made ...
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Bettor Sun 1:54.3 Gold winner at Flamboro

on 10/05/2020 9:09 AM
Ontario’s top two-year-old pacing colts wrapped up their Gold Series regular season on Sunday, Oct. 4 over a rain-soaked Flamboro Downs oval. The first $104,800 Gold Series division saw Twin B Fighter get his first win of the season for driver Ed Hensley and trainer Ashleigh Hensley of Dundas, ON. Starting from post 4 in the six-horse field, Twin B Fighter got away third and watched No ...
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Wyatt J sets MASS record at Plainridge

on 10/04/2020 11:35 PM
 It was round two for the 3-year-olds of both gaits and genders in the Massachusetts sire Stakes at Plainridge Park on Sunday afternoon and Wyatt J shone the brightest for the second week in a row in the $28,000 division for pacing colts and geldings.    Teamed with driver Jason Bartlett for the first time, the heavily bet Wyatt J (American Ideal-Think Pink) left sharpl...
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Ramona Hill upset by Ab’sattitudexpress at Red Mile

on 10/04/2020 5:35 PM
Hambletonian winner Ramona Hill began to shorten in stride in the final sixteenth as Ab’sattitudexpress hit her best stride, towering down the center of the course with enough momentum to nail Ramona Hill at the finish of the final division for the $209,600 Bar Hopping Bluegrass 3-Year-Old Filly Trot—sponsored by the Bar Hopping Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farm—on Sunday at The ...
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Tall Dark Stranger game, Cattlewash in 1:46.4 in Bluegrass scores

on 10/04/2020 4:51 PM
Game to the finish once again, Tall Dark Stranger withstood a late challenge from pocket-popper Captain Barbossa to pad his resume with a 1:48.3 victory in the final of three divisions for the $203,800 Captaintreacherous Bluegrass 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace—sponsored by the Captaintreacherous Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms—on Sunday at The Red Mile. Unhurried from the pylo...
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Party Girl Hill still perfect in 12 after Bluegrass win

on 10/04/2020 4:46 PM
Party Girl Hill’s undefeated campaign continued on Sunday at The Red Mile when the Captaintreacherous filly won the second of three divisions for the $236,600 American Ideal Bluegrass 3-Year-Old Filly Pace—sponsored by Brittany Stallion Management—to collect her 12th-consecutive victory. Racing fourth to a :26.4 first quarter, driver Dexter Dunn dashed Party Girl Hill t...
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It’s Academic’s 1:50.3 fastest in Bluegrass 3CT splits

on 10/04/2020 4:42 PM
Off a world record set in Delaware, Ohio, It’s Academic powered to the lead, settled for the pocket and surged for the lead late to take the first of three divisions for the $211,700 Greenshoe Bluegrass 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot—sponsored by the Greenshoe Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farm—in 1:50.3 on Sunday at The Red Mile. Driver Chris Page pushed It’s Academic ...
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