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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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Ralph R, Wimborne Hanover win Keystone Classics

on 09/24/2014 2:00 AM
Ralph R moved confidently first over as the 1-5 favorite and rolled to an easy victory in Wednesday’s $117,200 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Wimborne Hanover took advantage of breaks by four of his six rivals to capture the other division in the stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Although he had just one victory on his card, Ralph R appeared to be the best following a thir...
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Harper Blue Chip wins again in Ontario

on 09/23/2014 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old trotting colt Harper Blue Chip has made three starts in the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division this year and has won them all, including the second of two $105,000 divisions on Monday night at Mohawk. Harper Blue Chip was sent off as the heavy favorite and quickly showed why as he flew up from sixth to grab early control and was well settled by the opening quarter in :27...
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Raymer sends out two in Keystone Classic 2CT

on 09/23/2014 2:00 AM
Jim Raymer isn't in a rush to see 2-year-old male trotters Don't Mind Me and Newcastle make headlines this season. Which probably is just fine with Don't Mind Me.   "He can do what you ask him to do,” Raymer said, continuing with a laugh, "He'd just rather you not ask him.”   Don't Mind Me and Newcastle will compete in Wednesday's Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Don'...
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Burlesque dances way to 7th straight win

on 09/23/2014 2:00 AM
Bruce Aldrich Jr. and Bob Lounsbury are at it again. Two years ago at Monticello Raceway that driver/trainer combination had 18 consecutive victories with a claiming pacer by the name of Tracy's Song, and currently they're running another string with Burlesque, also a claiming pacing mare.   On Monday afternoon, Aldrich guided the Lounsbury-trained Burlesque to an eas...
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Pre-Jug party raises more than $60,000

on 09/23/2014 2:00 AM
On Wednesday, Sept. 17, the annual pre-Jug party and charity auction was held in Delaware, Ohio, following the Jugette race in the big tent around the first turn of the famous track. Trainers, drivers, owners and fans were among the hundreds that came to eat, socialize and bid on unique equine art, driving colors, jewelry, exotic trips, and even a pony, with the auction raising money to b...
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Stars set to battle in Bluegrass 2CT & 2FP

on 09/23/2014 2:00 AM
The Red Mile will play host to another powerful Grand Circuit card with eight divisions of the Bluegrass stakes drawn for Friday night. The Walnut Hall Limited 2-year-old colt trot required five races to accommodate the 41 entries and freshman filly pacers split three ways in the Crawford Farms.   All of the top trotting colts have been entered for the $393,000 Walnut Hall with...
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First horses hit track at Hollywood Gaming Dayton

on 09/23/2014 2:00 AM
Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway opened the gates to its brand new five-eighths-mile oval on Monday morning and two dozen local horses and their trainers were invited to get their first glimpse of the racing surface.   Trainer Sam Coven and his pacer Noble Commander were the first to step foot on the track at 9:05 a.m. and by 12 noon all 24 horses had either jogged or trained, ...
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Cover Model fastest in Keystone Classic 2FPs

on 09/23/2014 2:00 AM
Pecking for late racing room outside and inside, Cover Model finally found a seam and poured through to score in Tuesday’s $88,600 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Alexa Said took the other division of the stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. Cover Model was sixth near the three-quarters when Dan Rawlings slipped her off the cones into the outside flow. When cover took him nowhere, Rawling...
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Riveting Rosie, Kate Smith win in Ontario

on 09/22/2014 2:00 AM
Riveting Rosie and Kate Smith captured the two $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for three-year-old trotting fillies contested over a track rated "good" on Sunday night at Flamboro Downs.   Riveting Rosie was the dominant performer in the first division, as she never relinquished her pole position and led through splits of :27.4, :58.3 and 1:27.4 and was home by more than...
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Average price climbs 4.5% at Morrisville sale

on 09/22/2014 2:00 AM
The annual Morrisville State College Equine Institute's Fall Yearling Sale was held Sunday, Sept. 21, at the college in Morrisville, NY, with 130 yearlings old. The average price was $10,714, an increase of 4.5 percent from the 2013 average of $10,246.   The top price at this year's sale was the $85,000 price paid for the RC Royalty-sired filly Royal Encore, who was purchased by Wan...
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Tioga ends season with handle up 5.4%

on 09/22/2014 2:00 AM
An overall increase in handle (total money wagered) and seven track record performances marked a successful 2014 season at Tioga Downs, which concluded on Saturday, Sept. 13. Overall handle on the 61-day meet was considerably improved in comparison to the 2013 season, with all-sources handle showing a 5.4% increase. This increase was largely due to a more involved simulcast audience, whose ...
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Captaintreacherous to be retired at Red Mile

on 09/22/2014 2:00 AM
Jim Simpson, president of Hanover Shoe Farms, and the members of the the Captaintreacherous racing group, have announced that The Captain will be officially retired at Lexington's famed Red Mile during the races on Thursday, Oct. 2.   Tony Alagna, the colt's trainer, said "Captain just hasn't been himself for the last several weeks. He's been fighting a low respiratory bug and we ju...
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Bluegrass 2FT kicks off Red Mile Grand Circuit

on 09/22/2014 2:00 AM
The annual fortnight of Grand Circuit racing begins on Thursday with the $336,000 Bluegrass Stakes for freshman trotting fillies, traditionally the kick-off to the meet. This stake has been known for a number as years as the Norman S. Woolworth Memorial remembering one of harness racing's most beloved personalities.Twenty seven fashionably bred debutantes were entered and split into quad-...
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Kelsey's Keepsake's 1:57.3 fastest in Keystone

on 09/22/2014 2:00 AM
Staring at a 4-1/2-length deficit behind the loose leader, Kelsey's Keepsake launched a determined first-over move that carried her to the upset victory in the fastest division of Monday's Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The $118,200 stake for 2-year-old filly trotters was contested over three divisions, with Blessings Counted and Wouldn't Itbesweet also capturing splits.   Winning...
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Master Of Law defeats Sebastian K

on 09/21/2014 2:00 AM
Master Of Law pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season as he was able to wear down the overwhelmingly favorite Sebastian K late in the stretch to win the $238,500 Centaur Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, Sept. 20. Driven by trainer Jimmy Takter, Master of Law was able to close off cover to win at 21-1 in 1:54.2 over a track rated good. Sebastian...
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Vernon hosts Excelsior "A" Series Finals

on 09/21/2014 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs held Finals in eight divisions of the New York Excelsior "A" Series on Saturday night with purses totaling $360,000. The 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings were first up and provided an 11-1 upset with Commissioner Daley (Conway Hall-Irish Washerwoman) storming through the stretch once he got into the clear and rolling right past Genius At Work late to win in a final time...
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Homecoming win for Gingras in Prix d'Ete

on 09/21/2014 2:00 AM
It was a magnificent homecoming Sunday afternoon for Quebec native Yannick Gingras, who guided Sunfire Blue Chip to a track record-setting performance of 1:50.4 in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete for 4-year-old pacers at Hippodrome Trois-Rivieres.   The son of American Ideal-Shot Togo Bluechip powered to the lead from his outside starting spot and powered away from the competition en route ...
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Big night on tap at Hoosier Park

on 09/20/2014 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park will offer arguably the best 14-race card of the 2014 live racing season to-date on Saturday, September 20. Grand Circuit racing action will make its way to Hoosier Park for the second time this season and with it, bring the top rated horses in North America to Hoosier Park as they convene on the seven-eighths mile oval in search of the lucrative purses offered on the card beginning...
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Contraire wins Green Acres by a nose

on 09/20/2014 2:00 AM
Four two-year-old trotting fillies hit the wire together, and it took the photo finish to award a victory in the $7,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Green Acres to Contraire in the sixth race on Friday, September 19, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Contraire [$6.00], with Ake Svandstedt driving, slipped up the rail to win by a nose over four-wide Model Behavior in 2:01.2.  Bot...
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