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Yankee Bounty wins 8th straight in Keystone Classic

on 09/26/2014 2:00 AM
Although he was pressed in the stretch, Yankee Bounty extended his career unbeaten streak to eight by capturing a division of Friday's $91,998 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Mike Simons and trainer John Butenschoen teamed to take the other two splits, with Dragon Eddy and Tomy Terror, in the event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers.   Yankee Bounty quarter-poled to the lead for Eric...
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Ideal Nuggets golden in 123-1 Bluegrass shocker

on 09/26/2014 2:00 AM
Freshman filly pacers competed in three divisions of the $287,600 Bluegrass stakes on Friday night at The Red Mile. With favorites dominating a majority of the evening, Ideal Nuggets defied the math in the last $96,200 split and blew up the tote board at 123-1 in 1:50.4. Bedroomconfessions left for the top, while Ideal Nuggets was sent into the pocket. After a quarter in :27.4, ...
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Miller aims to defend Hoosier Driver Series title

on 09/26/2014 2:00 AM
After taking home top honors in the opening round of Hoosier Park's inaugural Champion Driver Series earlier in the season, LeWayne Miller is set to defend his title on Saturday during the second and final round of the 2014 Champion Driver Series.   Miller, a 27-year-old Indiana native, accumulated a total of 47 points after the five races of the opening challenge and was crown...
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Venus Delight, Traverse Seelster win at Yonkers

on 09/26/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps—one for distaff pacers and one for trotters of any affiliation--were won by a from-last Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett, $93.50) and a stubborn Traverse Seelster (Tyler Buter, $5.20).   Venus Delight, beginning outside of her foes, viewed from the rear as 3-2 choice Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton) made the lead around Scand...
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NJ resident takes "Pick the Jug Winner" contest

on 09/25/2014 2:00 AM
Bob Chlebnikow of Fair Lawn, NJ, is the winner of the "Pick The Jug Winner” contest sponsored by Fazoli's and hosted by 123Racing. As the official contest winner, Chlebnikow will receive a VIP trip to the 2015 Little Brown Jug compliments of Fazoli's including airfare, hotel, preferred seating and an on-track fan experience including a ride in the starting gate, a visit to the an...
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Hoosier drivers vying for use of Corvette

on 09/25/2014 2:00 AM
Ten of the top drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will take center stage on Saturday, Sept. 27, as they compete in a five-race challenge for the ultimate prize, a one-year lease of a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, in the inaugural 2014 Champion Driver Series. The first of its kind, the 2014 Champion Driver Series will pit the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino agai...
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Antonacci likes his 2 Bluegrass colt contenders

on 09/25/2014 2:00 AM
Trainer Frank Antonacci liked what he saw when he purchased Sonic for $155,000 at last fall's yearling sale in Lexington. So much so that he was willing to spend another $155,000 on family member Whataworkout a month later in Harrisburg. On Friday, Antonacci sends the two sons of stallion Muscle Hill into separate Bluegrass Stakes divisions for 2-year-old male trotters at The Red Mile. B...
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Backstretch With Gordon: "The Deck"

on 09/25/2014 2:00 AM
What a glorious day in Lexington! Perfect! Not a cloud in the sky, high this afternoon of 80, and holding onto the warm side this evening for the first night of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile that gets underway at 7 p.m. I had a bit of a slower start this morning as I realized when I got on New Circle Road that an unmarked car of Lexington's finest was right behind me, which meant goi...
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Burke says Sweet Lou ready for Scioto

on 09/25/2014 2:00 AM
Sweet Lou and Foiled Again headline Saturday's $200,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational at Scioto Downs. Both horses are trained by Ron Burke, who recently topped $20 million in purses for the year. It is the second consecutive season Burke has eclipsed $20 million, following his record-setting $22.2 million campaign in 2013. Burke broke his own record of $19.6 million established in...
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Pompano meet opens Oct. 4 with TVG deal

on 09/25/2014 2:00 AM
Pompano Park's 2014-2015 season gets underway on Saturday (Oct. 4) with a purse boost, new post time, a new buffet of wagering options and an added perk of an agreement with TVG to showcase the racing. The 126-date meeting will feature a 7:30 p.m. post time and an estimated purse structure of $8.2 million through next year's closing date of June 27.   Brett Revington, Director of Ra...
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New PA rule: drivers must keep lines in hands

on 09/25/2014 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission on Thursday (Sept. 25) imposed stricter standards to safeguard equine athletes from direct contact with whips during harness racing at the state's tracks, said Agriculture Secretary George Greig.   "Harness racing is a timeless sport that relies on quality horses, so protecting our equine athletes is a top priority,” said Greig....
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Smooth sailing for SS Poseidon in Dancer

on 09/25/2014 2:00 AM
It was smooth sailing for SS Poseidon who scored a two and three-quarter length victory in the $40,000 Harold Dancer Trot on Thursday (Sept. 25) at Freehold Raceway. The Harold Dancer, restricted to New Jersey-sired two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. It was contested as a non-wagering event.   S...
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Father Patrick headlines Bluegrass 3CT

on 09/25/2014 2:00 AM
The sport’s leading 3-year-old colt trotter, Father Patrick, will race in the Bluegrass stakes at The Red Mile as the Grand Circuit meet continues on Sunday afternoon. Fifteen colts were entered in the stake, Father Patrick drew into the 10th race and will race for a purse of $93,100. The Cantab Hall colt from Gala Dream comes in after a resounding success in the Canadian Classic at Mohaw...
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Jolene Jolene's 1:52.1 win equals world mark

on 09/25/2014 2:00 AM
Despite a 90-minute delay provoked by a blown transformer outside the first turn of The Red Mile's one-mile oval, the $336,000 Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly trotters was contested in four divisions on Thursday, Sept. 25. The splits featured a world record holder, and a new world record holder as well as Jolene Jolene equaled the 1:52.1 mark for freshman filly trotters in her Bl...
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John Yinger hired as PJ for 3 Ohio tracks

on 09/24/2014 2:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission has hired John Yinger to serve as presiding judge at three of the state's four harness tracks -- Scioto Downs, Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, and Miami Valley Gaming and Racing. The racetracks are expected to have 250 or more live racing dates with no overlapping live days in 2015. At all Ohio racetracks, the racing commission employs the presiding judg...
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Ducharme likes his 2YOs set for Bluegrass

on 09/24/2014 2:00 AM
Trainer George Ducharme hopes Bee The Queen can ascend to the top ranks of 2-year-old female trotters. Ducharme sends out Bee The Queen and Concentration in Thursday night's Bluegrass Stakes divisions for 2-year-old fillies at The Red Mile in Lexington. There are four divisions, with Concentration competing in the third and Bee The Queen in the fourth. Wild Honey, a Jimmy Takter-trainee fresh ...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Season 12 Premier

on 09/24/2014 2:00 AM
Welcome to the premier of season 12—yes, SEASON 12—with Backstretch With Gordon from The Red Mile. Hard to believe this all began in 2003 with the simple request from Boss Kathy: "Why don't you go out to The Red Mile, walk around and write what you see and hear?” Along the way I even picked up a sponsor, so I say thank you to Steve and Cindy Stewart's Hunterton Sales Agency for their ...
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Cal Expo meet opens Oct. 4 with late closers

on 09/24/2014 2:00 AM
The fall harness meeting at Cal Expo is set to begin Saturday, Oct. 4, with Saturday programs in October expanding to Saturday and Sunday night action in November. Watch and Wager LLC, the operator of harness racing at Cal Expo, has released the list of Late Closers for the 2014-2015 meeting.   Opening night will feature the first legs of the Bill Conlin Pacing Series for colts and ...
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Big Ohio night includes Foiled Again, Sweet Lou

on 09/24/2014 2:00 AM
The table has been set for the richest night in Ohio history, Ohio Super Night. On Saturday (Sept. 27), a 16-race program will boast purses in excess of $2 million at Scioto Downs Racino. The action-packed race card will feature the best Ohio bred freshman and sophomore, colts and fillies along with some of racing's biggest stars.   The stakes program will kick off with th...
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Limelight Beach tops Saturday Red Mile card

on 09/24/2014 2:00 AM
Saturday night racing at The Red Mile features the top pacers in the land with another eight divisions of the Grand Circuit Bluegrass Stakes. Freshman colts and sophomores of both sexes are on the bill with over $700,000 in purses distributed over the twelve race card.   The Bluegrass 2-year-old pacing colts split four ways with each division of the "Westen Ideal” racing for over ...
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