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All Artist fastest in DSBF 2CP divisions

on 10/06/2015 2:00 AM
The first leg of action for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings highlighted a 14-race Tuesday program at Harrington Raceway.   Dorothy Ann and Chris Conner's Hail To The Master ($2.60, Art Stafford Jr.) won the first division in 1:56.1 for trainer/co-owner Dorothy Conner. The Rustler Hanover gelding improved to three-for fou...
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$30,000 Hi-Five guarantee Wed. at Red Mile

on 10/06/2015 2:00 AM
Plenty of great wagering options await racing fans on Wednesday afternoon at The Red Mile, as racing transitions to a 1 p.m. post for the final week of Grand Circuit action.   No one had Saturday night's 20-Cent Super Hi-Five, leaving a $6,548 Carryover into Wednesday afternoon's 10th race finale. The 10th race features an 11-horse field and appears to be a wide open affair. Track of...
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Churchill completes Saratoga Harness acquisition

on 10/05/2015 2:00 AM
Churchill Downs Incorporated and Saratoga Harness Racing, Inc. (SHRI) have completed the previously announced transaction whereby CDI has acquired a 25 percent membership interest in Saratoga Casino Holdings LLC (SCH) for approximately $24.8 million. SCH is a newly-formed entity that includes Saratoga Casino and Raceway in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and a 50 percent interest in a joint ven...
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Pompano opens season with Sunshine Stakes

on 10/05/2015 2:00 AM
Pompano Park opened its 2015-2016 126 night racing season on Sunday night with Wally Hennessey, Oho Diamond and Audrey's Dream providing the "fireworks" on a magnificent 80 degree evening. Driver Wally Hennessey, coming into the action with 8,818 lifetime wins during his Hall of Fame career, added seven more of them on opening night, including six in a row encompassing races three through e...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Monday, Monday!

on 10/05/2015 2:00 AM
What a glorious Chamber of Commerce day in Lexington. The sun was shining bright over The Red Mile this lovely Monday morning when I arrived, and there was plenty of action. It's almost as if everybody was hibernating with last week's cold and rainy weather, but they've now come out with a flourish. With so much action going on it wasn't easy trying to grab a few words here and there with the ...
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$5 million wagered on Red Mile Historical Racing

on 10/05/2015 2:00 AM
The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Monday morning that the new Historical Racing machines at The Red Mile produced more than $5 million in wagering in the first 19 days it was open. The gaming parlor opened on Sept. 12 with 902 Historical Racing machines, with each machine averaging nearly $300 in play per day. The Red Mile and Keeneland are partners in the $42-million project, with the t...
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Celebrity Eventsy looks for Red Mile repeat

on 10/05/2015 2:00 AM
Celebrity Eventsy has turned a good number of her races into memorable occasions and trainer Staffan Lind hopes the 2-year-old filly trotter continues to step out in style when she competes in the first of four International Stallion Stakes divisions Wednesday afternoon at The Red Mile. Celebrity Eventsy is the 7-5 morning line favorite in her International Stallion Stakes division o...
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Southwind Frank headlines 5 ISS 2CT divisions

on 10/05/2015 2:00 AM
The Thursday afternoon program at The Red Mile is headlined by five divisions of the $264,200 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters.   The premier split features Milligan's School, who won the fastest division of the $289,000 Bluegrass on Oct. 1, timed in 1:56.3. Owned by Stroy Inc. and trained by Julie Miller, the son of Yankee Glide, out...
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$350,000 top price; average up in Lex Selected opener

on 10/05/2015 2:00 AM
As has become tradition, the opening night of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale had plenty of firepower and this year that drove the average price higher than in last year's opener. With 98 yearlings sold--three fewer than in last year's opening session--the average price was $109,531, up 4.3 percent from $104,958 in the 2014 opener. The average for the 2014 opener was up 17.9 percent ...
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Safe From Terror best in Keystone Classic 3FP

on 10/05/2015 2:00 AM
Safe From Terror, surprise winner of the Pennsylvania Sires Stake championship at 45-1, abandoned her ambush tactics and made short work of the field in a division of Monday's $69,000 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Somewhere Sweet captured the other division of the stake for 3-year-old pacing fillies.   After her PASS triumph, Safe From Terror scored yet another upset with a late ...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Sunday sunshine!

on 10/04/2015 2:00 AM
That bright yellow thing you see at the top of the photo, that's the sun. S-U-N. Sun. Something that hasn't been seen in Lexington in a week. But the big yellow guy is back out in full force Sunday at The Red Mile and you can immediately see its impact as everybody at the track was smiling. "It's great to be squinting again at the sun,” one person told me. Another said, "What a great day ...
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Atta Boy Dan wins Kane Memorial Pace

on 10/04/2015 2:00 AM
The marquee event at Batavia Downs on Saturday night was the $50,000 Robert J. Kane Memorial Pace. But history and outstanding performances in other races combined to provided a show that those in attendance won't soon forget.   In the main event, Atta Boy Dan led at every post en route to a three-length victory in the 13th annual Kane Memorial Pace.   Off the g...
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Arrangements announced for Ole Bach

on 10/04/2015 2:00 AM
The family of Ole Bach, who died in Lexington, Ky., following the races at The Red Mile Thursday night, Oct. 1, has announced a celebration of Ole's life will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Hamilton Manor in Hamilton Township, N.J. Mr. Bach's wife, Rebecca "Becky,” has announced everyone is welcome at the celebration that will take place from 4-7 p.m. Hamilton Manor is at 30 Route 15...
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Pure Country still unbeaten after Bluegrass win

on 10/03/2015 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter's Pure Country, who has won all six of her tries this season, continued her streak over the sloppy track at The Red Mile on Friday by claiming one of three divisions of the $243,000 Bluegrass 2-year-old filly pace.   Through a :30.2 quarter set by Lyons River Pride, driver Brett Miller pulled the 1-5 favorite first-over after a :58.4 half. Pure Country progressed t...
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American Passport fastest in Bluegrass 2CPs

on 10/03/2015 2:00 AM
Earning his second win of the season, American Passport took the first of three divisions of the $292,200 Bluegrass 2-year-old colt pace in wire-to-wire fashion over the sloppy track at The Red Mile on Friday night.   The Tony Alagna trainee cleared the top easily and generated fractions of :29.1, :59, and 1:28 on the lead. The only challenge came from Rodeo Rock first over, with Bi...
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Dayton Derbies produce 2 track records

on 10/03/2015 2:00 AM
Despite howling winds, at times reaching 30 miles per hour, as well as intermittent rain showers all day and night, the two Grand Circuit races at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night produced track records on both the trot and pace.   Native Ohioan and Hall-Of-Fame driver David Miller was aboard both winners, reminding the locals who watched him master his craft at nearby Leban...
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Curtain comes down on Maywood Park

on 10/03/2015 2:00 AM
Illinois' top 2-year-old pacers were in action on Friday night as a pair of state-bred stake events helped bring the curtain down on the 2015 racing season at Maywood Park.   Fillies kicked off the night's action with a compact field of five lining up behind the gate for the $20,500 Violet Stake. Fresh off her win in the Filly Orange & Blue on Super Night division leader Char N Mar...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Brrrrrr!!!!

on 10/03/2015 2:00 AM
Wow! Just when you think the weather couldn't be worse, it is. What a crummy Saturday morning in Lexington. The temperature as I came into The Red Mile was 47 degrees, and with the wind blowing, it felt about 27. My photo today is of the new road that leads out onto Red Mile Road closer to Versailles Rd. Now you can skip going out the main entrance and turning right; instead you can take th...
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Lex sale loses yearlings due to illness

on 10/03/2015 2:00 AM
The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, and two consignments in particular, have been hit hard by illness that has forced a  number of yearlings to be withdrawn from the sale.   Jeff Gural's Allerage Farm had 14 yearlings consigned to the sale through Northwood Bloodstock Agency, but won't be sending them because of a respiratory virus--technically referred to as EHV-4,...
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In The Arsenal, Split The House score in Lex

on 10/03/2015 2:00 AM
Kelvin Harrison's In The Arsenal won the fastest of the two splits for the $185,000 Bluegrass 3-year-old colt pace at The Red Mile Saturday night, winning in 1:52.3 on a cool, breezy fall night, and with the red clay oval still not fast after rain.   Sitting off a hot pace set by Paparazzi Hanover, including fractions of :27.4, :54.3, and 1:23, driver Brian Sears pulled the even-mon...
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