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Crazy Wow to be supplemented to KY Futurity

on 10/03/2015 2:00 AM
The first of two divisions for the $220,000 Bluegrass 3-year-old colt trot at The Red Mile on Saturday night went to Crazy Wow off a pocket trip in 1:55.4. Muscle Diamond took the second split.   Trainer Ron Burke said Crazy Wow will be supplemented to the Kentucky Futurity while his world champion filly Mission Brief, who raced against the colts in the Hambletonian and finished sec...
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Divine Caroline, Bedroomconfessions best in Bluegrass

on 10/03/2015 2:00 AM
Joe Holloway-trainee Divine Caroline put in the fastest mile of the three divisions for the $189,400 Bluegrass 3-year-old filly pace, winning in 1:53.2 on Saturday night.   Divine Caroline, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven out of the Art Major mare Loving Caroline, stalked a pace of :29.1, :57.4, and 1:26 set by Band Of Angels. Driver David Miller tipped the even-money favorite...
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Always B Miki cruises in 1:49 in season debut

on 10/03/2015 2:00 AM
Always B Miki made the first start of his 2015 campaign a winning one as he cruised to a dominant victory in the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes elimination for aged pacing stallion and geldings at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, Oct. 3.   With trainer Jimmy Takter in the bike, Always B Miki stopped the timer in 1:49 under wraps, finishing five lengths in front of his nex...
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Mach It So takes Pocono feature in 1:49.4

on 10/03/2015 2:00 AM
Mach It So, the veteran Mach Three gelding coming off a late-charging victory in the Quillen Memorial at Harrington, used speedy tactics Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, overcoming less-than-ideal conditions and a good field to take the $24,000 featured pace in 1:49.4.   Driver Andrew McCarthy sent Mach It So to the lead after the :27.1, and the career winner of $1...
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Ole Bach dies after Lexington traffic accident

on 10/02/2015 2:00 AM
Horse agent Ole Bach, (in coat and tie), a native of Denmark who resided in the US for the past 30 years, has died in Lexington, KY, after being hit by a car while attempting to cross Red Mile Rd. on Thursday night. Bach, 57, was taken to the nearby University of Kentucky Medical Center, where he later died.   Bach was attending the races at The Red Mile and poli...
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MDSS 2YO finals rescheduled to Oct. 6

on 10/02/2015 2:00 AM
The 2-year-old Maryland Sires Stakes finals at Rosecroft that were scheduled for Sat., Oct 3, have been rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 6, prior to the 3-year-old Sires Stakes.   The Maryland Standardbred Race Fund felt that this was in the best interest for all horses involved due to the weather forecast in the Mid Atlantic for the next two days. This only affec...
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WEG exploring more racing at Mohawk

on 10/02/2015 2:00 AM
Mohawk Racetrack could be home to year-round harness racing in just a few years, the track's executive vice-president of racing told Dave Briggs on Wednesday, the day after the 2015 Mohawk season closed.   Writing for the Guelph (Ont.) Mercury, Woodbine executive Jamie Martin said details and financial considerations are still being reviewed, but the move is alre...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Goodbye my friend

on 10/02/2015 2:00 AM
I had a bad feeling last night when I left The Red Mile and saw emergency vehicles tending to an accident scene outside the Fennell's driveway to Red Mile Road. I had an even worse feeling when I saw the news on TV this morning that a pedestrian had been struck and killed by a car. It became even worse than worse when I learned the news about 8 a.m. that it was my friend--everyone's frien...
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PHHA names Peter Marinari new ex. director

on 10/02/2015 2:00 AM
Sam Beegle, president of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association (PHHA), announced on Friday that the PHHA board of directors selected Peter J. Marinari as Executive Director following a national search.   Marinari has served as manager for the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission at Harrah's Philadelphia since 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. &nbs...
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Ohio fair champions crowned in Dayton

on 10/02/2015 2:00 AM
Eight Ohio Fairs Finals champions were crowned on Thursday night on a cool windy night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. When the dust settled, five favorites had prevailed, two second choices were crowned, and one longshot visited the winner's circle.   A total of 545 Ohio-sired freshman and sophomore pacers and trotters originally nominated with the top nine summer-long Buckeye county ...
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Cree splashes to NJSS Green Acres victory

on 10/02/2015 2:00 AM
Cree (Muscle Hill) overcame heavy rain and a sloppy track to win the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres final for 2-year-old trotting fillies on Friday at Freehold Raceway.   George Brennan drove the Trond Smedshammer trainee to her second win with two seconds and one third in eight starts. She trotted the mile in 2:03 in the non-wagering event.   It was ...
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HHYF Drive for Youth kicks off Sunday

on 10/02/2015 2:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation's Drive for Youth, the organization's annual fall fundraiser, is just around the corner, but there is still time for and trainers, drivers, horse owners and others from across the country to participate. Drive For Youth is a week-long national effort, kicking off on Oct. 4 and running through Oct. 10, culminating on Kentucky Futurity Day at The Red Mile. &...
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Hoosier boosts purses 20 percent; new post time

on 10/02/2015 2:00 AM
Building upon the successes of the 2015 harness racing meet, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino announced a series of enhancements to the remainder of its 2015 season. Effective Oct. 6, all purses will reflect a 20 percent increase and the first-race post time will be changed from 5:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. The 160-day all harness racing season will continue to follow the Tuesday through Saturday sc...
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Always B Miki makes 2015 debut Saturday

on 10/02/2015 2:00 AM
Three Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for the aged pacing divisions will highlight the 14-race card slated for Saturday, October 3 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The elimination for the aged pacing mares division drew a field of twelve while nineteen entered in the aged stallions and geldings elimination and will be contested through two divisions.   Making his 2015 pari-mut...
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Inittowinafortune takes Yonkers feature

on 10/02/2015 2:00 AM
Second choice Inittowinafortune (Dan Dube) held off 7-5 Skippin' By (George Brennan) in two-speed number Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's soggy, $48,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Involved early from post position six, Inittowinafortune left around the people's preference, then went the distance (:27.2, :56.4, 1:25.2, 1:55.3). "Init” prevailed by a neck, with...
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Toddler Tantrum upsets Ideal Jimmy at Meadows

on 10/02/2015 2:00 AM
Dismissed at 37-1, Toddler Tantrum blew up the toteboard Friday at The Meadows when he roared by the favorite in the lane to capture a Keystone Classic division at The Meadows. The $108,000 stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers was contested over three divisions, with Fernando Hanover and Allie's Cruiser taking the other splits.   Toddler Tantrum saved ground for most of the ...
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Fancy Desire wins Pocono mare feature

on 10/02/2015 2:00 AM
Fancy Desire, a four-year-old pacing mare who had won the $300,000 Lynch Final on June 28 of last year at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono but who had fallen on hard times since, seemed to relish the rain, 48-degree chill and sloppy track offered at The Downs Friday and won the $24,000 distaff pacing feature in 1:52.1. The daughter of Real Desire, trained by Daniel Renaud for owner Robert Di...
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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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