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Creatine wins Kentucky Futurity in 1:53.2

on 10/06/2013 2:00 AM
Creatine gave Mike Lachance his fourth Kentucky Futurity triumph as the 3-year-old homebred of Diamond Creek Farm rallied in the homestretch to win the 121st edition of the classic, worth $527,000, on a rainy Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile. The time for the mile was 1:53.2, with All Laid Out taking second, Spider Blue Chip third, and Your So Vain fourth. Hambletonian champion Royalty Fo...
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Backstretch with Gordon: Where's GameDay?

on 10/05/2013 2:00 AM
It may be Saturday, Oct. 5, but it sure feels like July in Lexington as the hot temperatures continue. Nothing changes today as it's already hot and humid as I sit in the press box at The Red Mile looking over the gorgeous racetrack and listening to songs from Rocky Horror Picture Show playing over the loudspeaker.   I actually looked for ESPN GameDay here this morning as I figured...
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Annual Round Barn fundraiser Sunday morning

on 10/05/2013 2:00 AM
The annual fundraiser for Floral Hall, the historic Round Barn at The Red Mile, will be held Sunday morning, Oct. 6, at 10 am, with silent and live auctions. Post time for the Kentucky Futurity is 1 pm on Sunday. A list of the live auction items is below.   Proceeds from the fundraiser are used to preserve the historic barn, which is the gateway to The Red Mile. Just this past year ...
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Somestarsomewhere wins ISS in 1:49.2

on 10/05/2013 2:00 AM
The first of a plethora of stakes events on Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile was Race 3, the first division of the $273,000 International Stallion Stake (ISS) for 2-year-old male pacers, which went to Somestarsomewhere in a track-record 1:49.2. The last division was contested in monsoon-like conditions, with the last race of the day, a late-closer, cancelled because the downpour had reduced ...
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Shebestingin in world record 1:47!

on 10/05/2013 2:00 AM
Shebestingin paced the fastest mile ever by a female on Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile, scorching the famed clay oval in 1:47 in winning the first of two $122,500 divisions of the Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers. The time lowered Put On A Show's mark of 1:47.3 set last year at the Meadowlands as a 5 year old, and shattered the divisional mark of 1:48.2 also set in 2012 by...
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Captaintreacherous wins Tattersalls in 1:47.2

on 10/05/2013 2:00 AM
Captaintreacherous kept his firm command over the 3-year-old pacing colt division this year as well as repeating Pacer of the Year honors with a 1:47.2 victory in the first of two $215,500 Tattersalls Pace divisions on a hot and humid Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile. The reigning champion showed his determination as he fought off a game Vegas Vacation from the top of the stretch to the wire...
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In Your Room, Dynamic Youth in record times

on 10/05/2013 2:00 AM
Dynamic Youth captured his second straight Preferred Pace in Saturday night's feature at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and equaled a world record in the progress. The race carried the night's top purse of $25,000. Later, the trotting mare In Your Room turned in a 1:51.4 mile, equaling the world record for older mares on a five-eighths mile track, a mark set earlier this year by Beatgoeson Hanove...
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Lexington Selected finishes with big increases

on 10/05/2013 2:00 AM
The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale concluded its 2013 auction on Saturday night with a huge increase in business for the five nights of sale sessions. The average price for the 676 yearlings sold climbed to $40,127, a 13.7 percent increase from the 2012 sale. The median was up a whopping 42.9 percent, soaring from $20,000 to $30,000. The median is an important barometer because that fig...
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Foiled Again wins 4-horse Kane at Batavia

on 10/05/2013 2:00 AM
Foiled Again, harness racing's richest pacer, and driver Brett Miller captured the $50,000 Robert J. Kane Memorial Invitational on Saturday night's card at Batavia Downs.   Amidst a compact field of four after three horses were scratched from the evening's seventh race feature, Foiled Again worked his way to the lead over Heston Blue Chip and Chris Page during the opening ...
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Big jump in average at 3rd Lex sale session

on 10/04/2013 2:00 AM
The third session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale posted a strong average price of $34,237, climbing a whopping 31.1 percent from the same session in 2012, with three more horses sold in the session this year.The median price of $30,000—the price point where half the horses sell for more and half for less—jumped by 50 percent.   The average price at last year's third ses...
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Backstretch with Gordon: 2 tickets to paradise

on 10/04/2013 2:00 AM
Another great day of racing at The Red Mile on Thursday. It was also another hot and humid day in Lexington, which is what we expect on Friday and Saturday. Sunday looks really dicey right now as the front moves through and storms are likely in the afternoon.   It was a long day for me as I went out to the sale last night. The first person I saw was Bill Haughton, and I noted he was holdi...
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Jackpot Hi 5 to begin Oct. 17 at Mohawk

on 10/04/2013 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) Friday announced the addition of an exciting new wager to its daily betting menu.   The Jackpot Hi 5 will require horseplayers to select the first five finishers in exact order on the last race of the program. The Jackpot proviso means that the entire pool pays out only when there is one winning ticket sold that correctly selects the first fi...
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Pierce wins big in 1:50.1, headed to Crown

on 10/04/2013 2:00 AM
With the 2-year-old gelding pacer Pierce not eligible to Saturday's International Stallion Stakes at The Red Mile and needing another prep start for next weekend's Breeders Crown eliminations at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, trainer Jimmy Takter went the qualifying route on Friday morning in Lexington. The result was a huge 1:50.1 victory, romping over a lone competitor by 28 1/4 lengths under ...
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Canadian Hall of Famer Apaches Fame dies

on 10/04/2013 2:00 AM
Apaches Fame, the pacer that many would consider to be the Standardbred that helped elevate the Ontario Sires Stakes program to a world-class producer of harness racing talent, has passed away at the age of 26.  He died on Tuesday, Oct. 1, due to natural causes. He will be laid to rest on the Chapple family farm.   Bred by Robert Chapple, the son of Apaches Circle - Dovers...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 10/04/2013 2:00 AM
HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is your guide to Grand Circuit weekend racing at The Red Mile in Lexington, with free downloads of program pages courtesy of TrackMaster. Saturday's big card includes the showdown between Captaintreacherous, Vegas Vacation and Sunshine Beach, while on Sunday the 121st renewal of the Kentucky Futurity will be contested, along with Allerage Pace events for older tro...
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Foiled Again headlines Kane Memorial Pace

on 10/04/2013 2:00 AM
It's been four years since Foiled Again, harness racing's richest pacer of all-time, appeared on the Batavia Downs half-mile oval but he'll be back on Saturday night when he headlines the stellar seven-horse field in the 11th annual $50,000 Robert J. Kane Memorial Pace, scheduled as the seventh race on the 13-race program. First post is 6:30 p.m.   "For a small track like ours to get...
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Pet Rock aims for history in Allerage final

on 10/04/2013 2:00 AM
Owner Frank Bellino believes Pet Rock is fast enough to do what has never been done before. Whether he is lucky enough will be determined Sunday. Pet Rock will try to become the first harness racing horse in history to establish world records on three different sized tracks in as many starts when he faces nine rivals in the $175,000 Allerage Farms Open Pace at Lexington's Red Mile on Sunday...
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Muscle Network trots world record 1:53.2

on 10/04/2013 2:00 AM
Muscles Network got Friday afternoon's Grand Circuit stakes action at The Red Mile off on a fast note as the freshman colt trotter scored a world-record 1:53.2 victory in the first of three divisions of the $260,500 International Stallion Stake (ISS). In breaking his maiden in style, the time bested the previous mark of 1:53.3 set ironically by his sire, Muscle Hill, in 2008 at the Meadowlands...
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Blanket finish, world record in ISS 2FP

on 10/04/2013 2:00 AM
Three divisions of the $223,900 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers were contested on the Friday afternoon card at The Red Mile, and while Precocious Beauty posted a world-record effort in the third division, it was the second split that stole the show with a five-horse photo finish that led track announcer Sam McKee to exclaim: "One of the closest finishes in Gr...
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Royal Cee Cee N takes Yonkers Open

on 10/04/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $37,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all qualified--were won by a to-the-house Royal Cee Cee N (Jim Pantaleano, $5.30) and a lane-finding Brando's Muscle Man (Jordan Stratton, $39.60).   In the game early from post position 4, 8-5 favorite Royal Cee Cee N worked around Cocoa Beach (Stratton), making the lead befor...
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