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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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Youth Foundation fundraiser Sunday at Red Mile

on 10/01/2014 2:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation's (HHYF) annual fall fundraiser, Drive For Youth, is rapidly approaching, with an Oct. 5 kickoff at The Red Mile. The event runs through Oct. 11. The Red Mile day will feature HHYF Trottingbred star Royal Attire and participants Jacob Zeiger and Maddy Lester leading post parades, as well as assistance from HHYF graduate and 2014 Sweet Karen Scholarship recipi...
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New Lexington Preview now available!

on 10/01/2014 2:00 AM
Week 2 of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile gets underway Thursday afternoon and in our Lexington Special Preview we talk to trainer Julie Miller about her three starters in the International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for 2-year-old filly trotters, as well as Rich Gillock who has an entry of his own. We then move to Friday, and trainer Nancy Johansson tells the inside story about her stable star ...
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Tattersalls rematch for Miki, He's Watching

on 10/01/2014 2:00 AM
Always B Miki and He's Watching on Saturday will appear in the same race for the first time since the Meadowlands Pace in July, and Joe Hurley is looking forward to their next round.   Hurley bred and co-owns Always B Miki, who finished second to He's Watching in the Meadowlands Pace despite starting from post nine and racing on the outside -- three to four wide at times -- the enti...
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Bi Polar Rose wins Lady Lincoln Land

on 10/01/2014 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled trotters were back in the spotlight on Wednesday night with a pair of stakes highlighting the nine-race card. Freshmen fillies had the chance to grab their biggest payday of the year for the state-bred set as a field of nine went postward in the $90,000 Lady Lincoln Land Stake while a compact field of six sophomore trotting fillies gathered in a $10,100 Betzoti...
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A win to remember for Anaffairtoremember

on 10/01/2014 2:00 AM
Anaffairtoremember made her debut at The Meadows a memorable one when she peeled off cover late, roared through the lane and captured Wednesday's $16,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot.   Anaffairtoremember, who had been plying her trade at Hoosier Park and Mohawk, was away sixth for Aaron Merriman when she picked up the live cover of the first-over Mistress Va...
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I Like My Boss back on winning track

on 10/01/2014 2:00 AM
Two new track records for trotters were set on the 14-race program at Harrington Raceway Wednesday, both of which were driven by Jonathan Roberts.   I Like My Boss ($6.40, Roberts), who suffered his first career defeat in 16 starts on Sept. 17, got back on the winning track and broke his own track record in the process with a 1:55.4 win in the $18,000 Open Trot. Owned by trainer Bob...
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Wishingonadragon fires late to win VHHA final

on 10/01/2014 2:00 AM
Wishingonadragon came outside in the turn then passed three frontsteppers in deep stretch en route to a well strategized victory Wednesday in the $7,750 Virginia Harness Horsemen's Association (VHHA) Pacing Series finale at Colonial Downs.   The 3-year-old Dragon Again filly scored a first leg division win Sept. 17 in 1:55.4, then finished third in last week's second leg. Reins...
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Cobalt study sets threshold at 70 parts per billion

on 09/30/2014 2:00 AM
Results of an intensive, United States Trotting Association-funded scientific study intended to ascertain the appropriate regulatory level for determining the excessive presence of the naturally-occurring substance cobalt were announced on Tuesday (Sept. 30).   Based upon extensive research, the scientists have concluded that 70 parts per billion in blood is the appropriate regulato...
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Backstretch with Gordon: You know Swedish?

on 09/30/2014 2:00 AM
And the beat goes on in Lexington. Another gorgeous morning on Tuesday, highs continue in the low 80s. I was again delayed 10 minutes due to traffic, but once I arrived I decided to start at the top and work my way back. So my first stop was to see Andy and Julie Miller and the new world champion Cee Bee Yes. Andy was just bringing Cee Bee Yes from off the track. Dr. Andy Roberts was nearby...
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Commander Crowe to race at Yonkers and Crown

on 09/30/2014 2:00 AM
France-based trainer Fabrice Souloy told harnessracing.com Tuesday morning at The Red Mile that he plans on bringing the 11-year-old trotter Commander Crowe to Yonkers Raceway for the $250,000 International Trot on Saturday, Oct. 25, and he has also accepted an invitation to race in the Breeders Crown Older Horse Trot on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Meadowlands.   "He will fly to New Y...
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