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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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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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