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Backstretch With Gordon: That's a wrap!

on 10/12/2015 2:00 AM
After a day to recover, it's time to wrap up the 2015 Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile. The biggest thing for me this year at the "new” Red Mile wasn't the glistening gaming parlor, or the busy simulcast area and re-done Wagers; it was the painting of lines in the parking lot. Although having painted lines meant there was no Randy in the parking lot directing us to an open spot, it was ...
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Freaky Feet Pete, Creatine supplemented to BC

on 10/12/2015 2:00 AM
The pride of Indiana, 3-year-old colt pacer Freaky Feet Pete, as well as 5-year-old trotter Creatine, back home in the U.S. after an international campaign this year, were supplemented to their respective Breeders Crown divisions by the noon deadline on Monday, Oct. 12. The U.S. $5.8 million Breeders Crown events will be contested on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada....
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Freaky Feet Pete upsets Wiggle It, on to Crown

on 10/11/2015 2:00 AM
The apron was packed, the winners' circle was standing room only and there were many tears of joy as Freaky Feet Pete entered the winners' circle at Hoosier Park on Saturday (October 10) after capturing an emotional edition of the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers over the sport's top ranked horse in Wiggle It Jiggleit. It was as ‘Pete' heard the ro...
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Christoforou takes 3 Ontario Super Finals

on 10/11/2015 2:00 AM
Chris Christoforou missed almost two months of the Ontario Sires Stakes season with a broken collarbone, but standing in the Woodbine Racetrack winner's circle Saturday following the first of what would be three Super Final victories the driver wasted no time lamenting his lost opportunities. "I was thinking today I missed two months, pretty well the whole Sires Stakes season, the meat of it a...
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Sports Sinner sets 1:51 Dayton trot mark

on 10/11/2015 2:00 AM
Top trotter Rehab Mountain and top pacer One Lucky Dragon were repeat winners in their respective Open class races at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (October 10), but a blistering 1:51 divisional track record mile in a $7000 condition pace stole the show. Sports Sinner became the fastest four-year-old in the two year history of the sport's newest venue when driver Chris Page sat...
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Artspeak comes up big in Tattersalls Pace

on 10/11/2015 2:00 AM
After yielding to Split The House at the quarter, Tony Alagna trainee Artspeak sat patiently in the pocket before pulling out at the three-quarter pole and rallying to the wire whilst holding off the bid of Lost For Words in his 1:47.4 triumph in the $450,000 Tattersalls Pace on Saturday at The Red Mile.   Scott Zeron sent Artspeak to the top heading to the opening quarter, pas...
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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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