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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Backstretch With Gordon: A quiet Sunday

on 10/04/2020 10:53 AM
Another great afternoon of racing Saturday at The Red Mile. I’m on the Perfect Sting bandwagon and the Joe Holloway trainee did not disappoint, winning his Bluegrass division with driver David Miller gamely over Summa Cum Laude, who was trying hard up the inside for Yannick Gingras but fell a half-length short in 1:50. As announcer Gabe Prewitt said, “Perfect Sting tacked on the...
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Highalator wins third straight at Meadowlands

on 10/04/2020 7:07 AM
It’s easy to run short of superlatives when describing Highalator, and Saturday night at the Meadowlands in the featured Preferred for pacers, he once again showed why. The 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Higher And Higher won his third straight at the mile oval competing in the weekly feature, and rather than prevailing after a nail-biting stretch duel as he did in his l...
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Bettor’s Wish, Atlanta win Dayton Derbies

on 10/04/2020 12:12 AM
On a night when eight track records were either beaten or tied at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, Bettor's Wish (Dexter Dunn) edged an outstanding field of North America's top older pacers winning the seventh annual Dayton Pacing Derby in 1:49 on Saturday. Dancin Lou (Brian Sears) was lapped on the winner at the wire and Century Farroh (David Miller) was just beaten by a single length. ...
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Kissin In The Sand edges Shartin N in Dayton Distaff Derby

on 10/03/2020 11:58 PM
Trainer Nancy Takter thought long and hard about giving Kissin In The Sand a week off after a convincing 1:49 win in the Milton Stake at Woodbine Mohawk Park last Saturday.  But a change in plans, possibly caused by a realization that Hatfield Stables of Ohio co-owns the magnificent mare with Marvin Katz of Toronto, resulted in an epic battle with Shartin N and another 1:49 s...
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Visitation for Barry Conrad, 78

on 10/03/2020 8:39 PM
Barry Edwin Conrad, 78, of Canal Winchester, Ohio, died in his home on Sept. 30, 2020. He was born Feb. 11, 1942, in Circleville, Ohio. He founded Conrad Photographs and Darkroom Artists photo lab in the basement of his home in 1968 and later moved it to Clintonville. The photography business encompassed every aspect of portrait, wedding and professional lab work. He became well known thro...
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NY Development Fund: "solid...2021"

on 10/03/2020 7:07 PM
Statement from the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund regarding 2021 New York Sires Stakes: “As the yearling auction sales season gets underway in Lexington next week, the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund, which sponsors the New York Sire Stakes program, assures breeders and buyers that we are fully preparing for a sol...
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Perfect Sting still perfect in seven after Bluegrass victory

on 10/03/2020 5:31 PM
 At the site of his sire’s and dam’s world-record miles, the Always B Miki-Shebestingin colt Perfect Sting remained undefeated with a 1:50 performance in the third of three divisions for the $359,300 Stay Hungry Bluegrass 2-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace—presented by the Stay Hungry Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms—on Saturday at The Red Mile. Away third to a...
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Surprises in Bluegrass 2FTs at Red Mile

on 10/03/2020 5:27 PM
Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt pounced 10-1 shot Presto from the pocket and powered past 9-5 second choice You Ato Dream to win the first division of the $349,000 Norman Woolworth Memorial Bluegrass 2-Year-Old Filly Trot on Saturday at The Red Mile. Svanstedt sent Presto for the lead from post 7, but yielded control as You Ato Dream brushed from third to the lead by a :27.3 first quarter. You A...
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Backstretch With Gordon: A beautiful Saturday!

on 10/03/2020 11:10 AM
We had some great racing to open up the six days of Grand Circuit stakes at The Red Mile, and while it was a nice Friday afternoon, a breeze made it chilly unless you were sitting in the sun. Obviously, the crowd was sparse due to attendance limitations, but those on hand and all others watching via simulcast were, as I said, treated to some great racing.   With all respect to the oth...
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Kirby wins four Friday at Meadowlands

on 10/03/2020 7:05 AM
With many Meadowlands regulars in Lexington racing at The Red Mile, opportunities for other drivers were there for the taking at the mile oval Friday night. Making the most of his chances was Delaware regular Victor Kirby, no stranger to the Big M winner’s circle, who won four times on the card, all in the Fall Harvest Series, a late closer for horses of moderate class. Kirby recorded...
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Stars galore racing Sunday at Red Mile

on 10/02/2020 10:22 PM
 Hambletonian winner Ramona Hill leads the Alagna Armada’s charge on Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile, where the champion filly will race in the final of a total 12 divisions of Bluegrass Stakes. Ramona Hill, conditioned by The Red Mile’s leading trainer Tony Alagna, will start from post 7 in the third of three divisions of the $209,600 Bar Hopping Bluegrass Three-Year-O...
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First Up back in Plainridge winner’s circle

on 10/02/2020 7:59 PM
After winning two consecutive starts at Plainridge Park, First Up finished seventh at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono only five days ago. But she returned to The Ridge on Friday and picked up where she left off, winning the $17,500 featured winners-over pace for fillies and mares.    Driver Shawn Gray sent First Up right to the front and had the race in full control from the...
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