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Huge prices at Lexington Selected opener

on 09/30/2014 2:00 AM
Bidding took off at a fast clip from the minute the first horse walked into the ring during the opening session of the 2014 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale as Hip 1 sold for $100,000 and Hip 5 electrified the crowd, with Myron Bell having the last bid of $400,000 for Prince De Vie (Cantab Hall-Dream Angel).   By the time all 97 yearlings consigned to the opening session h...
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Box closes at 2 pm Monday for Dayton card

on 09/29/2014 2:00 AM
The inaugural meet at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway commences this Friday night (October 3) at the regular 6:35 p.m. post time. The first "draw" for opening night will take place this afternoon (Monday, September 29) with the box closing at 2 p.m. Trainers are advised to call entries in from noon to 2 p.m. at 937-235-7860 or enter by using the USTA's Online Entry platform. The regular draw sc...
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Red Mile Backstretch: Welcome Sebastian K

on 09/29/2014 2:00 AM
Six years ago, when trainer Brent MacGrath took Somebeachsomewhere out for a training mile at The Red Mile, there were probably 100 people trackside to watch. SBSW went a mile in 1:51 that day, with MacGrath's stopwatch breaking midway through the workout and the trainer tossing it into the infield. Why do I bring that up? Because world champion trotter Sebastian K went a training mile this mo...
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Sebastian K's owner can't wait for International

on 09/29/2014 2:00 AM
Tristan Sjoberg remembers listening to the International Trot on the radio while growing up as a teenager in Sweden. He would be rooting for his favorites Callit and Legolas during the early 1980s when the International Trot was held at the now defunct Roosevelt Raceway. Now, Sjoberg is proud to be part of the return of the International Trot Preview to Yonkers when it returns to Yonkers Racew...
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World record in jeopardy in INSS 2FT

on 09/29/2014 2:00 AM
Grand Circuit racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at The Red Mile with the $323,200 International Stallion Stakes (INSS) for 2-year-old filly trotters. Thirty-three freshman lasses were declared, resulting in four divisions.   The marquee player in the division thus far, co-world record holder Mission Brief has been entered and will leave from post three in the day's fourth race. T...
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Jerrell looks for Grand Circuit win with Armatrading

on 09/29/2014 2:00 AM
Kentucky native Randy Jerrell is enjoying his best season as a driver and wouldn't mind adding to the fun with a win behind Armatrading in Thursday's International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters at The Red Mile in Lexington.   Armatrading, trained by Ken Oscarsson, has won two of eight starts this season, including the Kentucky Sires Stakes championship for 2-year-o...
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Weeper sets 1:51 Keystone Classic mark

on 09/29/2014 2:00 AM
Weeper, Pennsylvania's champion 3-year-old filly pacer, performed like a champion Monday at The Meadows when she rolled to a stakes record 1:51 in a division of a $90,000 Keystone Classic. Katie Said and Do Your Job took the event's other divisions, each in 1:51.4 — the stake record until Weeper smashed it.   Because Weeper is still relatively fresh — only 11 starts this year ...
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Luck O The Irish chasing Ontario "Gold"

on 09/29/2014 2:00 AM
Luck O The Irish, one of the top 2-year-old trotting colts in the Ontario Sires Stakes program this year, took some time before he relaxed for owner/breeder June Durand and her husband Tom, who handles the colt's training and driving.   "He had some trust issues and it took him several months to get over them,” relates June of Puslinch, Ontario. "I was a little worried when we got...
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Just A Jolt posts 15th victory of the season

on 09/29/2014 2:00 AM
John Dayton’s Just A Jolt ($5.20, Victor Kirby) recorded his 15th win of the season Monday at Harrington Raceway in the $18,000 Open Handicap in 1:51.4. Trained by Jim King Jr., the massive win total for ‘Jolt’ is the best in North America this year for 4-year-olds. Kirby placed the 4-year-old Village Jolt gelding first over after pacesetter Mojo Terror after fractions of 27.3,...
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Backstretch: A gorgeous Sunday morning

on 09/28/2014 2:00 AM
I interrupt the regular Red Mile backstretch programming to bring you an important message: I got shipped north last night to Scioto Downs for the Ohio Sires Stakes Super Night, but I've returned to the Bluegrass and on another gorgeous Sunday morning I am now sitting in the grandstand press box. We now switch to afternoon racing, with today's card beginning at 1 p.m., with the same post ...
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Ohio crowns champions; Sweet Lou beaten

on 09/28/2014 2:00 AM
The big Ohio Sires Stakes championship night at Scioto Downs Saturday (Sept. 27) had its share of the expected outcomes and unexpected, and certainly the most unexpected was the fifth-place finish of Sweet Lou in the $200,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational Pace. Instead, Bigtown Hero, co-owned by Allard Racing but trained in Ohio by Ron Steck, rallied from off the pace to win in 1:48.2 for dr...
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Father Patrick, Nuncio win easy in Bluegrass

on 09/28/2014 2:00 AM
Sophomore colt trotters prepped for the $500,000 Kentucky Futurity, slated for Sunday, Oct. 5, in two divisions of the $187,200 Bluegrass Stakes on Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile.   In the second $93,100 division, division leader Father Patrick floated off the gate, took control in the backstretch, and effortlessly trotted to a 1:50.4 victory over Lightning Force.   Th...
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Cee Bee Yes wins Bluegrass in WR 1:50.2

on 09/28/2014 2:00 AM
Sophomore filly trotters were in the spotlight Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile as they competed in two divisions of the $173,400 Bluegrass Stakes.   With Cooler Schooner setting fast fractions in the first $86,700 division, Cee Bee Yes coasted in the pocket, passed her into the stretch and dueled with Hambletonian Oaks winner Lifetime Pursuit, ultimately getting her neck in fr...
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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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