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Rekila looking for Titan win in International Stallion

on 10/02/2013 2:00 AM
EL Titan is heading to Lexington for Friday's International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters and trainer Riina Rekila has high hopes for the lightly-raced son of Muscle Hill. Bred and owned by Erkki Laakkonen, the colt has won once in three starts and earned $27,414.   He won his first start in 1:58 on Aug. 22 at Mohawk Racetrack and finished second to Father Patrick, w...
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Important Breeders Crown deadlines looming

on 10/02/2013 2:00 AM
Though Grand Circuit action at Lexington continues through Sunday's Kentucky Futurity, Breeders Crown deadlines for the $5.6 fall championship series on Saturday, Oct. 19, are imminent. All entries and declarations must be made through Rick Kane at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs' race office.   High noon on Sat., Oct. 5, is the deadline for invited foreign horses to declare into t...
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HHYF Drive for Youth week starts Oct. 6

on 10/02/2013 2:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation's (HHYF) Drive for Youth is rapidly approaching. The program, expanding from a one-day event at The Red Mile to a week-long program of National scope, kicks off on Oct. 6 at The Red Mile and runs through Oct. 12. HHYF representatives will be particularly focused at the Red Mile on Kentucky Futurity Day, but horsemen everywhere are encouraged to participate. ...
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I Luv The Nitelife qualifies Thursday at Pocono

on 10/02/2013 2:00 AM
Many horses making their final preparations for the upcoming Breeders Crown races can be found in Thursday's qualifying races at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, where the first of 10 "Q” races faces the starter at 10 a.m. (EDT).   The best match-up of the morning action is saved for last, as in the 10th qualifier top free-for-all millionaire pacers Warrawee Needy and Razzle Dazz...
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Woodbine harness dates approved through March

on 10/02/2013 2:00 AM
The Director of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has approved changes to the Woodbine Standardbred race date calendar through to March 31, 2014. The result of these changes creates a consistent year round Standardbred Premier calendar (Woodbine and Mohawk), with a three-day-a-week schedule from mid-October through March and a four-day-a-week schedule from April through mid-October.  ...
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Win Missy B wins Meadows F&M Trot

on 10/02/2013 2:00 AM
Win Missy B, a winner of more than $1.5 million who struggled for most of 2013, took another large step forward Wednesday at The Meadows when she destroyed a fine field in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. Win Missy B won 16 of her first 33 races, most against top divisional competition, but faltered this year at 4. The daughter of Conway Hall-Winning Missbrenda manage...
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The Captain to meet two top foes in Tattersalls

on 10/02/2013 2:00 AM
The Captain is still the king, but he faces another tough challenge in Saturday’s Tattersalls Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers at Lexington’s Red Mile. Fourteen horses entered the Tattersalls and the field was divided into two seven-horse divisions. Captaintreacherous, the defending Pacer of the Year and sport’s top-ranked pacer this season, will compete in the first of the two $21...
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Nat A Virgin lowers Hoosier Park track record

on 10/02/2013 2:00 AM
For the third time in one week, the track record was lowered over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval on Wednesday, October 2, marking the 21st track record that has been re-established throughout the 2013 racing season. Nat A Virgin, with Brad Hanners at the lines, became Hoosier Park’s newest track record holder when she powered home a winner in 1:52.4 in the second round of the ...
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Bailey's Wish cruises in Lady Lincoln Land Final

on 10/02/2013 2:00 AM
Continuing a nice late season surge towards divisional honors James Bafia and Eugene White’s Bailey’s Wish completely dominated nine rivals in the year’s richest race for Illinois conceived and foaled two-year-old trotting fillies, winning Wednesday $105,000 Lady Lincoln Land Stake by 3 ½ lengths at Balmoral Park. The final time was 1:59.4. Given a perfect steer by driver Dave Mage...
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Equipment break puts longshot in Classic winner's circle

on 10/01/2013 2:00 AM
Classic Martine, Pennsylvania's co-champion 3-year-old filly trotter, flashed that championship form Monday at The Meadows as she powered to victory in 1:53.3, a Keystone Classic record. The $90,000 event was contested over three divisions, with Thistle Dhu and Drink The Wine, both piloted by Brett Miller, taking the other splits.   Keystone Classics for 3-year-old filly pacers...
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Langley's letter to RCI explains USTA position

on 10/01/2013 2:00 AM
The Executive Committee of the United States Trotting Association unanimously voted to reject the Association of Racing Commissioners International proposed model medication rules last Wednesday (Sept. 25). In a letter to RCI President and CEO Ed Martin, USTA President Phil Langley explained the reasons behind the USTA's decision. Below is Langely's letter to Martin.   Dear Ed: O...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Dog days in Lex

on 10/01/2013 2:00 AM
I can assure you there's no shutdown in Lexington on yet another glorious Tuesday morning. In fact, thing are just starting to heat up as the Lexington Select Yearling Sale gets underway tonight at 7 p.m. There seems to be really big buzz about the sale, especially the first-night offerings. In anticipation of a big week, I stayed home last night and relaxed, enjoying a grilled ch...
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Excelsior 2YO finals held at Monticello

on 10/01/2013 2:00 AM
Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon hosted four $45,000 finals of the Excelsior Series for 2-year-old pacers and trotters. Arguably the most impressive victory was the effort turned in by Spreester when she easily defeated seven other New York-bred pacing fillies by four lengths in 1:57.4.   Jimmy Morrill Jr. was in the sulky when Spreester started from the seven hole but th...
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Julie Miller talks about her 2YO trotting fillies

on 10/01/2013 2:00 AM
Trainer Julie Miller will send Cee Bee Yes into Thursday's International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters while giving newly minted world champion Designed To Be a breather before the upcoming Breeders Crown. Cee Bee Yes races in the third of three International Stallion Stakes divisions at Lexington's Red Mile on Thursday afternoon. Last week, she finished second to Chivaree H...
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Freshman colt trots, filly pacers Friday at Red Mile

on 10/01/2013 2:00 AM
Trotting colts and pacing fillies will race for nearly a half million dollars in purses in the Grand Circuit International Stallion Stakes on Friday at The Red Mile.   Outburst returns to the scene of his world record effort of last week in Friday's fourth race. The Explosive Matter gelding set the fastest mark of any male freshman trotter in the sport's history when he convert...
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Aperfectyankee shatters Keystone Classic mark

on 10/01/2013 2:00 AM
Parked the entire first quarter before making the front, Aperfectyankee had plenty left in the tank and rolled to victory in a stake-record 1:53 in Tuesday's Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The $94,998 event for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters was contested over three divisions, with Rossini and Bambino Glide taking the other splits.   Charlie Norris, who drove Aperfectyankee ...
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Speed Trap fastest in Indiana SS history, 1:50.4

on 10/01/2013 2:00 AM
Speed Trap, with Sam Widger at the lines, shattered the track record for two-year-old pacing geldings when he powered home a winner in 1:50.4 in the featured event, the second round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, October 1. Notching his fifth win of the season, Speed Trap bested his lifetime ma...
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2 yearlings top $400,000 at Lexington Selected

on 10/01/2013 2:00 AM
Beginning when Hip 2 was sold for $260,000, the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale showed there was plenty of life in the Standardbred yearling market. The 100 yearlings sold on Tuesday night, the opening session, generated an average price of $89,010, an increase of 1.96 percent from the 2012 opening session. The sale had plenty of fireworks as bidding was spirited on horses...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Two grayheads

on 09/30/2013 2:00 AM
Sunday wrapped up the first week of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile and it was another great day of racing. There were some ominous times during the day when it looked like we'd get some rain, but it held off until early in the evening, and then it was just some light drizzle. What's really nice about the Grand Circuit meet is that everything is so up close and personal. Before the rac...
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Show goes on at Batavia--with no on-track betting

on 09/30/2013 2:00 AM
The show will continue to go on at Batavia Downs this week as the track will conduct live racing on Tuesday and Wednesday night beginning at 6:30 p.m. without any pari-mutuel on-track wagering.   The grandstand and clubhouse will both be empty due to the fact that the facility is temporarily closed as the track moves into itsnew gaming home on the first floor with the opening set fo...
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