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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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Sister to Snow White tops Lex at $230,000

on 10/07/2015 2:00 AM
The second session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale,held at the Fasig-Tipton Pavilion in Lexington, Ky. continued to set a strong pace as 154 horses were sold for an average price of $55,981. The average price for the session was down slightly from last year's second-session average of $56,320, but with the increase in the opening session, the sale has a 2.5 percent gain in average pric...
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Horse sculpture brings $11,000 to benefit HHYF

on 10/07/2015 2:00 AM
The auction of a unique horse sculpture before the Tuesday session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale was a big benefit to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. With the sculpture placed in the auction ring and a sizeable crowd in attendance, Scott Robinson had the final bid at $11,000. The proceeds benefit the Youth Foundation, a charitable 501©3 organization dedicated to pr...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Week 2 begins!

on 10/07/2015 2:00 AM
Since I couldn't say it at all last week, excuse me for once again boasting of what a glorious day it is in Lexington today. Week 2 of the Grand Circuit gets underway this afternoon and we could reach 80 degrees. Tomorrow's forecast is to top the 80-degree mark. I arrived at the racetrack early today so I could do my tour, come back to the office and write my column, and get back to The Red...
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Pinkman draws post 9 in 10-horse Ky. Futurity

on 10/07/2015 2:00 AM
Trainer Jimmy Takter won last year's Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile and he'll have five chances on Saturday to repeat as send out half the field in the 123rd renewal of the trotting classic, including Hambletonian champion Pinkman. The 10 three-year-old trotters will race in a single dash for $527,000. Pinkman will start from post 9 with Yannick Gingras in the sulky. Takter's quintet also in...
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Haughty now six-for-six after ISS victory

on 10/07/2015 2:00 AM
The Red Mile hosted four divisions of the $268,000 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for 2-year-old filly trotters on Wednesday afternoon. Celebrity Eventsy was uncontested in her wire-to-wire effort of 1:54 in the first division of the ISS. Sent off the 1-9 favorite, the filly by Manofmanymissions, out of the American Winner mare Little Ms Queenie, held off a late challenge by first-ov...
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Creatine returns to U.S. for International Trot

on 10/07/2015 2:00 AM
Each of the past two years, Bob Stewart watched Creatine post memorable victories on Kentucky Futurity Day at Stewart's home track, The Red Mile in Lexington. On Saturday, Stewart will hope to see Creatine win again on a Futurity Day afternoon, but this time the race will take place hundreds of miles from Kentucky.   Creatine is among the 10 horses in Saturday's $1 million Internati...
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All-time track record carryover for Red Mile

on 10/07/2015 2:00 AM
Having been in existence since 1875, The Red Mile is the second oldest harness track in the United States. However, it will move into uncharted territory on Thursday afternoon’s Grand Circuit program. A carryover in the 20-Cent Super Hi-Five of $50,398 will be the largest carryover in the 140-year history of the track. Track officials, in conjunction with the United States Trott...
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DSBF 2CP divisions contested at Harrington

on 10/06/2015 2:00 AM
Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes action for Delaware sired 2 year olds debuted for the season Monday at Harrington Raceway with four $20,000 divisions completing the first leg for pacing colts and geldings.   Rowdy Patti ($4.60, Bryan Truitt) captured the first division for owners Roland Hall and Bryan Truitt Jr. in 2:00. The Roddy's Bags Again filly set all the fra...
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Breeders Crown supplements, entries near

on 10/06/2015 2:00 AM
The Breeders Crown, harness racing's 12-race $5.8 million divisional championship series, rolls into Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday, Oct. 24.   Even as the final Grand Circuit week at Lexington's Red Mile gets underway, there are still several divisional titles up for grabs among harness racing's elite.   It's decision week for foreign invitees to the $500,000 ...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Perfect night for a sale

on 10/06/2015 2:00 AM
I'd say that was a pretty good opening session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale at Fasig-Tipton last night. My sponsors (who are in the photo), Steve and Cindy Stewart's Hunterton Sales Agency, sold three that topped $200,000, including a pair going to trainer Tony Alagna. Tony signed for eight last night, but he told me this morning three more are heading to his barn, including a Somebea...
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Creatine post 1, Bee post 5 in International

on 10/06/2015 2:00 AM
Following the draw for Saturday afternoon's $1 million International Trot at Yonkers Raceway, the phrase of the day is "Girl Power.” Converting the expression into multiple languages might prove tricky, but it is unlikely Bee A Magician's prowess gets lost in translation for the world's harness racing fans.   Bee A Magician, a 5-year-old mare who was North America's Horse of the Y...
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Hoosier to offer ownership seminar Oct. 17

on 10/06/2015 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, in partnership with the Indiana Standardbred Association, will offer a free, introductory seminar for those considering first-time horse ownership of a Standardbred race horse on Saturday (Oct. 17) at Hoosier Park. The seminar, which will run from 2-5 p.m., will cover horse racing basics, the rewards and financial obligations of horse ownership and the various...
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Undefeated Pure Country tops ISS 2FPs

on 10/06/2015 2:00 AM
The Friday afternoon program at The Red Mile attracted three divisions for the $224,100 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for 2-year-old filly pacers and four divisions for the $272,000 ISS for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers.   The opening freshman filly ISS split features the return of undefeated Pure Country, owned by Diamond Creek Racing. The winner of seven starts and $34...
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Wakizashi Hanover sharp in Keystone Classic

on 10/06/2015 2:00 AM
Wakizashi Hanover turned in a sharp tune-up for the Breeders Crown when he won effortlessly in Tuesday's Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Yankee Bounty took the other division of the $69,750 stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers.   Wakizashi Hanover ranks third among all North American Standardbreds in seasonal earnings, and he's seventh in the current Hambletonian/Breeders C...
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