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Aldebaran Eagle surprises, Billy Flynn upset in ISS

on 10/03/2014 2:00 AM
A cavalcade of freshmen colt trotters gathered at The Red Mile to compete in five divisions of the $383,600 International Stallion Stakes over a slightly wet track on Friday.   Aldebaran Eagle, heading to the pylons right at the gate's dispersal, got a perfect trip, and slid up the pylons to win the final division at odds of 106-1 in 1:55.1.     Whom Shall I ...
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Mohawk cancels after 4 due to power outage

on 10/03/2014 2:00 AM
Due to frequent power outages in the Campbellville area, racing was cancelled following Friday's fourth race at Mohawk.   The power failures have affected the ability to run the races safely.   Live Standardbred racing will continue Saturday evening at 7:25 p.m. (WEG)
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Coffee Addict, Obrigado win Yonkers features

on 10/03/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps—one for distaff pacers and one for trotters with valid membership cards--were won by a pocketed Coffee Addict (Dan Dube, $20.80) and a cone-skimming Obrigado (Eric Carlson, $10.40).   Pole assignee Rock N Loud (Larry Stalbaum) gave her backers an early thrill, leading through a :26.4 opening quarter-mile and a :55.2...
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Hoosier Park adds new overnight series

on 10/03/2014 2:00 AM
As Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues its 21st season of live harness racing, horsemen should be advised that the track will offer several new overnight series for the remainder of the racing calendar.   The 2014 live racing season, comprised of 160 days, offers an extended stakes schedule and will be conducted through Nov. 15. In conjunction with the extended stakes schedul...
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Big crowd for racing at Dayton Hollywood

on 10/03/2014 2:00 AM
Hollywood Dayton Raceway's inaugural program on Friday night (Oct. 3) was a rousing success. An overflow crowd packed the second floor, which includes a traditional clubhouse, inside "stadium" style seating, a sports bar and a simulcast area, as well as the first floor inside viewing area and the apron. The fans were treated to 14 races of full fields. Despite a steady drizzle during the la...
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Average price up 8.1% at Lexington Selected

on 10/03/2014 2:00 AM
The Friday night session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale at Fasig-Tipton finished with an average price of $20,504, a slight decrease of four percent for the comparable session in 2013. That brought the average for the entire sale to $49,272, which is an overall increase of 8.1 percent.   The cumulative gross through Friday with 551 sold is $27,149,000, with the median price...
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Average climbs again; trot filly tops at $180k

on 10/02/2014 2:00 AM
The bidding was not nearly as fast and furious as in the opening session, but buyers were still out in force when the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale conducted its second 2014 session on Wednesday night (Oct. 2) at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion.   The 156 yearlings sold generated gross proceeds of $8,786,000, for an average price of $56,321, an increase of 6.4 percent from l...
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Backstretch With Gordon: The Captain retires

on 10/02/2014 2:00 AM
Eighty-six this afternoon at The Red Mile for the first card of Week 2 of Grand Circuit racing. No, not Agent 86, Maxwell Smart, but the temperature. In fact, one guy on the radio this morning said the high will be "near 90.” So wear shorts, put on your cap, and don't forget the sunscreen. But then here's the weather alert: Rain late tonight through Friday, with a high of 73. Then the bot...
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Father Patrick draws post 1 in Ky Futurity

on 10/02/2014 2:00 AM
Nine 3-year-old male trotters have been entered for Sunday afternoon's $435,000 Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile, with the Triple Crown event being contested in one race for the first time ever. Seven 3-year-old fillies have been entered for the companion $224,000 Filly Futurity, with that race also going as a single heat.   Father Patrick drew post 1 for this year's 122nd ren...
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3 top drivers suspended, fined for kicking

on 10/02/2014 2:00 AM
Ohio has continued to enforce its ban on kicking and handed down three high-profile penalties during the recently concluded Grand Circuit meet at the Delaware County Fair.   Drivers Yannick Gingras, David Miller and Brett Miller were all fined $500 and suspended for two days--Oct. 2 and Oct. 3--for kicking violations. Gingras's infraction came with Allstar Rating, David Miller's wit...
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Robert Baggitt Sr., SBOANJ director, dies at 81

on 10/02/2014 2:00 AM
Robert M. Baggitt Sr. of Allentown, NJ, a longtime horse owner and a member of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) board of directors since 1985, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 1. He was 81. Baggitt was on the owner, finance, pension and special events committees of the SBOANJ. For many years, he co-chaired the SBOANJ's golf outing, which each year...
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2YO filly trotter Mission Brief--1:50.3 world mark

on 10/02/2014 2:00 AM
Mission Brief (pictured) became the fastest 2-year-old trotter of all time when she won a division of the $323,200 International Stallion Stakes in 1:50.3 on the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 2, at The Red Mile. The retirement ceremony for the two-time Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous was also featured during the hot, sunny day in Lexington.   Merrie Annabelle champion M...
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Bowden hoping for second Futurity winner

on 10/02/2014 2:00 AM
Adam Bowden was in the Kentucky Futurity winner's circle last year with Creatine and he hopes to return there following Sunday's 122nd edition of the trotting classic, this time with Father Patrick.   Bowden and his father, Chris, operate Diamond Creek Farm, which is part of Father Patrick's ownership group. Father Patrick, who has won 20 of 23 career races and $1.92 million, drew p...
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Royalty For Life to stud at Tara Hills in Ont.

on 10/02/2014 2:00 AM
Hambletonian Champion, Canadian Trotting Classic winner and Dan Patch "3-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year” Royalty For Life will begin his stud career in 2015 at Tara Hills Stud in Ontario.   In making today's joint announcement with Tara Hills Stud Ltd., Royalty For Life's breeder and co-owner Al Ross said the ownership group--that also includes Ray Campbell and Paul Fontaine--...
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Waples tribute dinner to assist Austin's daughters

on 10/02/2014 2:00 AM
More details have been announced for the upcoming tribute night for Keith and Ron Waples, a fund-raiser for the educational funds for Paige and Paula Austin, daughters of trainer Mark Austin, who passed away suddenly last month.   The event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Mohawk Racetrack, with doors open at 5 p.m., a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m., with the tribute portion to ...
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McWicked, All Bets Off in Yonkers Open

on 10/01/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's fifth race Saturday night doesn't have a catchy name, but "Messenger Stakes Prep” might work. A $25,000 Open Handicap for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings has attracted a pair of standout sophomores with their eyes presumably on the prize the next couple of weekends.   Empire champion All Bets Off (George Brennan, post 6) returns for his first work night sinc...
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New 1:53 track record by O'Sundland at Monticello

on 10/01/2014 2:00 AM
What's going on here? Another new track record at Monticello Raceway? "That's correct,” said the raceway's announcer Howard Oil. "This one is the 10th new track record this season and that's the most we ever had in a single year.”   On Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 30, with the leaves turning shades of red and yellow and beginning to fall to the ground, O'Sundland paced to a new trac...
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Riveting Rosie wins again in Ontario Gold

on 10/01/2014 2:00 AM
Riveting Rosie was the standout two-year-old trotting filly in Canada last season but she struggled for that same dominance this year – until recently that is. Riveting Rosie won Ontario Gold again on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Mohawk. But the 3-year-old daughter of Muscle Mass has had to overcome a number of issues this season including some nasty cuts to her back legs from a training accident pri...
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Backstretch with Gordon: Hot, hot, hot!

on 10/01/2014 2:00 AM
Things are hot in Lexington, and it's just not the weather. Things were sizzling last night at the opening session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale at Fasig-Tipton from start to finish. (Editor's Note: Our initial reporting on the sale failed to note that George Segal bought the filly Sonoma Valley, which was consigned by his Brittany Farms, because Brittany owned th...
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With estate bowing out, Segal buys filly

on 10/01/2014 2:00 AM
George Segal of Brittany Farms and his late friend Brian Monieson campaigned many top horses together over the years, among them the great Artsplace and the top filly Napa Valley, who won major stakes. They kept Napa Valley for a broodmare and she produced accomplished colts and fillies, plus a filly who did not distinguish herself on the track but has done so as a broodmar...
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