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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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Feeling You bests Anndrovette by a head

on 10/04/2013 2:00 AM
Feeling You out-paced Androvette in a showdown between two of racing's best aged pacing mares, winning Friday night's featured Preferred Handicap Pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in the process. The race carried a purse of $25,000.   Leaving from post position 5 in a field of seven as the 4-5 favorite, Feeling You (Cambest-Ripreza Hanover), a 6-year-old mare who is the pride of t...
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Average price up 11.8% at Lexington Selected

on 10/04/2013 2:00 AM
The Friday night session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale finished with an average price of $21,314, an increase of 25.9 percent for the comparable session in 2012. That brought the average for the entire sale to $45,483 for an overall increase of 11.8 percent. The cumulative gross through Friday is $25.8 million, an increase of 16.4 percent from 2012. The final session will take place ...
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Average price up in second Lex sale session

on 10/03/2013 2:00 AM
A full brother to the trotter Modern Family 4, 1:51 topped the second session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale on Wednesday night at $175,000. Swedish horseman Bjorn Noren signed the sales slip for the colt named Holy Ground, acting as agent for Courant AB and Knutsson Trotting.   While the top price of the second session of the sale did not exceed $200,000, as was the case l...
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Captaintreacherous to stud at Hanover in 2015

on 10/03/2013 2:00 AM
Myron Bell, the racing manager of the outstanding pacing colt Captaintreacherous and Jim Simpson, President of Hanover Shoe Farms today announced that an agreement has been reached for the great son of Somebeachsomewhere to stand at stud at Harness Racing's greatest breeding farm beginning with the season of 2015. Present plans call for "The Captain" to continue racing for the duration of 2...
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Backstretch with Gordon: Older than Obama

on 10/03/2013 2:00 AM
I feel kind of bad this morning as I shirked my responsibilities to all of you last night. Instead of going out on the town and reporting what I did and saw—at least some of what I did and saw—I stayed home and regenerated myself for the last four days of action in Lexington. I've got racing and the sale today, so I wanted to make sure I was somewhat refreshed. I thought I could get som...
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Fourteen entered in 121st Kentucky Futurity

on 10/03/2013 2:00 AM
Fourteen 3-year-old male trotters were entered for Sunday afternoon's 121st renewal of the $527,000 Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile, with Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life drawing post 4 in the first of two eliminations with driver Brian Sears. The top five finishers in each of the two $79,050 elims will return for a decisive $368,900 second heat, the winner of which will be declar...
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Gingras sweeps ISS 2FT divisions at Red Mile

on 10/03/2013 2:00 AM
Week two of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile got underway Thursday with three divisions of the International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for 2-year-old filly trotters. You wouldn't know it with the hot and muggy weather in Lexington, but hockey season is getting underway, and it seems only fitting that driver Yannick Gingras, a big hockey fan, scored a hat trick by sweeping the three c...
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Sweet Justice lowers 3YO trot mark at Hoosier

on 10/03/2013 2:00 AM
For the fourth time in one week, the track record was lowered over Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval on Thursday (Oct. 3), marking the 22nd track record that has been re-established throughout the 2013 racing season. Sweet Justice, with Tyler Smith at the lines, became Hoosier Park's newest track record holder when he powered home a winner in 1:54.1 in the featured event, a $22,500 event...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Sweet!

on 10/02/2013 2:00 AM
Sweet! That's what Steve Stewart of Hunterton Sales Agency—the sponsor of Backstretch With Gordon—told me told me last night after Hip 2 sold at the opening session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale at Fasig-Tipton. As soon as I arrived, sales manager David Reid came up and said, "What's up ‘Backstretch?'” I moved over to where Steve and Cindy Stewart were watching the bidding...
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Haroun Hanover wins 20th, gets claimed

on 10/02/2013 2:00 AM
On Tuesday afternoon, Ed and James Hall's veteran pacer, Haroun Hanover, won for the 20th time this season when Jimmy Marohn Jr. guided him to a 1:57.3 victory in a $5,000 claiming pace. Much to trainer Danny Gill's surprise the horse was claimed by Jason Ryan.   "You always know when you put a horse in a claiming race someone could claim him but it really caught me by surprise...
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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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