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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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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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