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PASS champ Billy Flynn still perfect after Bluegrass win

on 09/27/2014 2:00 AM
Freshman colt trotters occupied the Friday night card at The Red Mile, with four divisions of the $396,000 Bluegrass Stakes contested. Habitat, The Bank and Southwind Stryker put in the quickest miles of the four divisions contested.   William Wellwood champion Habitat once again reigned supreme, this time by three-quarters of a length over Honor And Serve and Cruzado Dela Noche in 1:53.4...
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Backstretch with Gordon: Strike up the band

on 09/27/2014 2:00 AM
We made it through night two of week one of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile on Friday without incident. Things got underway at 7 p.m. and wrapped up before 11 p.m. Good job mutual director Julie Sorrell in moving things along, let's keep it that way the rest of the way. There were—as usual—plenty of nice horses in Friday night; congratulations to all the winners. I was sitting up i...
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Jet Airway, Three Of Clubs win last OSS prelims

on 09/27/2014 2:00 AM
Jet Airway's Ontario Sires Stakes record for the year is now a perfect four-for-four following a 1:50.1 tally in the first of two $105,000 Gold Series tests for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Three Of Clubs was the winner of the other division.   With Randy Waples at the lines, Jet Airway worked out a second-over trip behind Speckled Door...
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Dealt A Winner, Strut My Stuff win Babics

on 09/27/2014 2:00 AM
Dealt A Winner and Strut My Stuff won the Lou Babic Pace Finals for New Jersey-sired 2-year-olds on Saturday (Sept. 27) at Freehold Raceway.   Dealt A Winner, a son of Cam's Card Shark, extended his winning streak to four and secured his fifth win in six career starts in the $100,000 Babic for colts, the ninth race.Sent off as the 1-9 favorite, the Ed Hart trainee drew away to an ei...
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Always B Miki 8-length winner in 1:47.4

on 09/27/2014 2:00 AM
With the $500,000 Tattersalls Pace, a staple of The Red Mile's Grand Circuit showcases, slated for next week, two divisions of sophomore colt pacers competed on the Saturday (Sept. 27) card in the $185,200 Bluegrass.   Always B Miki started from post eight and was parked for part of the first half of the mile, but cleared the front into the far turn and sprinted home in :25.3...
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Wins by Gallie Bythebeach, Gettingreadytoroll

on 09/27/2014 2:00 AM
A duo of divisions for the $146,600 Bluegrass Stakes was contested for 3-year-old filly pacers on Saturday (Sept. 27) at The Red Mile. After blazing fractions established by Ali Blue, Gallie Bythe Beach traveled third over and stormed by her rivals to win in 1:49. Gettingreadytoroll took the other division in 1:49.2.   In Gallie Bythe Beach's race, Ali Blue sprinted to the front, while...
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Artspeak jogs in 1:51.3; In The Arsenal fastest

on 09/27/2014 2:00 AM
Freshmen colt pacers congregated at The Red Mile on Saturday (Sept. 27) to compete in four divisions of the $331,000 Bluegrass Stakes. In his first mile since his Metro Pace triumph, undefeated Artspeak led for nearly every step as the 1/9 favorite, winning in 1:51.3. The fastest of the four winners was In The Arsenal, who scored in 1:49.4 in the last race.   Sicily and Blood B...
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LeWayne Miller will be driving a Corvette

on 09/27/2014 2:00 AM
The second and final round of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's 2014 Champion Driver Series highlighted the 14-race card on Saturday (Sept. 27) and it was LeWayne Miller who stole the show. After taking home top honors in the opening round of Hoosier Park's inaugural Champion Driver Series earlier in the season, LeWayne Miller accumulated a total of 83 points in the final round to win the gra...
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Vertigo Hanover undefeated at Colonial meet

on 09/27/2014 2:00 AM
By winning Saturday's (Sept. 27) featured event in wire-to-wire fashion, Vertigo Hanover has yet to has one all three of his races during the early stages of the Colonial Downs fall harness meet.   The 8-year-old The Panderosa gelding has led every step of the way in each of the three, but a step up in class Saturday made the effort much more interesting than the prior pair. ...
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Colby Jate takes Vernon feature in 1:50.4

on 09/27/2014 2:00 AM
Colby Jate (Jate Lobell-Cam Press Shania) scored the victory in the $10,000 featured pace on Saturday night (Sept. 27) at Vernon Downs.   Colby Jate (Aaron Byron) did not have an easy time getting to the front as there was a four-way fight for the early lead. Only No Monkeys Allowed (Fern Paquet Jr.) did not try to get to the front in the field of five. However, once Colby Jate got ...
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Stubborn Belle, Danielle Hall win in Ontario

on 09/26/2014 2:00 AM
Stubborn Belle cruised to a new life mark in the first and fastest of two $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for 2-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday night (Sept. 25) at Mohawk. Danielle Hall captured the other division. Amoureuse Hanover and Doug McNair grabbed the lead early in the first test and got the girls by the opening marker in :27.3. She was passed by Youre Majes...
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Backstretch with Gordon: Transformer (not the movie)

on 09/26/2014 2:00 AM
The 2014 Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile got underway Thursday night with perfect weather conditions. The first race went to the Leigh Raymer-owned and trained B Stern, and as Leigh passed by me on the apron I yelled over to her congrats and that she was the leading trainer at the meet. She smiled and said thanks and went on her way to the winner's circle. I watched the race with The Red...
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2-day BC Challenge for handicappers

on 09/26/2014 2:00 AM
The first Meadowlands World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC) qualifier will be a two-day Breeders Crown Challenge on Nov. 21-22. The total challenge fee is $300 ($150 entry fee plus $150 bankroll) and requires players to bet all 12 Breeders Crown races. The Challenge format is win, place, show or wps wagers with $10 minimum, no maximum wager. The official Breeders Crown Challenge broc...
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Lexington Racing & Sale Preview now available!

on 09/26/2014 2:00 AM
Apologies to the New York Times, but the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has all the news that's fit to print about the big weekend of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile and the upcoming Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. One horse who won't be in action is Sebastian K, and we've got the story of what's the top-ranked trotter has been up to as he waits for next weekend's Allerage fi...
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Shebestingin, Thinking Out Loud in sub-1:50 in qualifier

on 09/26/2014 2:00 AM
Older pacers Thinking Out Loud and Shebestingin tuned up for Allerage finals in qualifying action at The Red Mile Friday morning and with Thinking Out Loud cranking out fractions of :28.3, :56.3 (:27.3 second quarter) and 1:22.4, the mile was clocked in 1:49.1! Shebestingin had put her neck in front of Thinking Out Loud at the wire after racing in the two hole with regular drive...
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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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