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Backstretch With Gordon: Meeting a Goddess

on 09/26/2013 2:00 AM
What a beautiful Thursday morning in Lexington and at The Red Mile! Although there was some fog early, when I arrived at the track the temperature was 60 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. I actually discovered the power of this column just as I began my travels around the backstretch, as trainer Bruce Saunders came by on his way to the track with a horse and he thanked me for the great ...
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USTA rejects RCI rules; withdraws from RMTC

on 09/26/2013 2:00 AM
The Executive Committee of the United States Trotting Association unanimously voted to reject the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) proposed model medication rules on Wednesday.   In a separate unanimous vote, the committee agreed that the USTA will immediately withdraw its membership from the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium Inc. (RMTC).   ...
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Hanover yearlings available for scoping/x-rays

on 09/26/2013 2:00 AM
All 2013 Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings are now available for x-rays and scoping. Potential purchasers should contact a veterinarian of their choosing to make arrangements to do so. The cost of these procedures is the responsibility of the potential purchaser.   Veterinarians hired to x-ray and/or scope any Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings should contact Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky in advance...
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Red Mile clubhouse open every program during meet

on 09/26/2013 2:00 AM
The Red Mile Grand Circuitrace meet begins Thursday night and the Clubhouse dining room will be open and serving a selection of culinary delights for each racing program. The setting is trackside with a view of the racing along with televisions to follow the action.   Hosts Angie & Matt Falcone of Bayou Bluegrass Catering have developed quite a following in the Lexington ma...
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Indiana's Paul Estridge Sr. dies at 79

on 09/26/2013 2:00 AM
Paul E. Estridge Sr., at one time a major shareholder in Indiana Downs and a Standardbred breeder and owner who campaigned the stakes-winning filly pacer Bold Pink, died Monday (Sept. 23) at St. Vincent Hospital in Carmel, Ind. He was 79.   Bold Pink was trained by Indiana horseman Joe Thompson and today she is owned by Hanover Shoe Farms and is the dam of top pa...
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Pair of elims for Allerage Farms opens Sunday

on 09/26/2013 2:00 AM
The Red Mile Grand Circuit concludes week one with a thirteen race matinee card on Sunday. The program features five divisions of the Bluegrass Stakes for sophomore trotters, three colt divisions and a pair for the fair sex.   A pair of eliminations for the Allerage Farms Open stakes, containing the stars of the mature set, highlight the program. When Racing Secretary Billy Perkins opened...
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Certified Ideal wins NJSS Green Acres final

on 09/26/2013 2:00 AM
Certified Ideal breezed to a three-length victory, extending her winning streak to three, in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Final, the featured seventh race on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Freehold Raceway.Six three-year-old pacing fillies went postward; My Tallia Ideal was scratched sick.   Jim Pantaleano put Certified Ideal [$2.20] on the lead, and she performed l...
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Pompano to open 50th season on Oct. 5

on 09/26/2013 2:00 AM
Pompano Park is set to kick off its 50th anniversary pari-mutuel season on Saturday, Oct. 5. John Yinger, Director of Racing, said that this season will feature new wagering options for the fans, as well as several new faces stiffening the competition, a new lighting system and a bump in purses.   "We are going to offer a Pick-5 wager to kick things off on the wagering side--this to...
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World record 1:52.2 for 2FT Designed To Be

on 09/26/2013 2:00 AM
Two weeks of Grand Circuit racing got underway Thursday night at The Red Mile with three divisions of the $287,600 Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly trotters highlighting the 10-race card. The night finished off with a bang as Designed To Be trotted to a world-record 1:52.2 victory in the third $96,200 Bluegrass division, besting Snow White's mark for freshman filly trotters on a one-mile track o...
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Hoosier Park drivers to race for charity

on 09/26/2013 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host two big nights of racing, family activities, and free fireworks, all for charity on Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28. The All-Star Standardbred drivers will be the stars of the show as they go head to head in two pari-mutuel races for their chance to win $5,000 for their respective charities.   Racing fans will have the opportunity ...
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Nfld applies for 212 dates; ScD asks for 90

on 09/25/2013 2:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission approved wagering formats, simulcast schedules and track officials for the Walton Hills meeting at Northfield Park during its monthly meeting in Columbus yesterday. The race meeting begins in October. The commission approved the rescheduling of live quarter horse racing dates at Beulah Park. The new dates are Nov. 2 and Nov. 16. Prior live dates awarded to the ...
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Meadowlands racing application available

on 09/25/2013 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Racetrack has posted the 2013-2014 racing application its website meadowlandsracetrack.com. A completed application is required for all trainers wishing to race at the Meadowlands from November 23, 2013 through August 2014. All conditions from the previous year's application have been carried over to this year's application. The 2013-2014 season begins in the brand new faci...
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Perretti Farms to completely disperse this fall

on 09/25/2013 2:00 AM
Perretti Farms will be offering its final consignments at this year's Standardbred Horse Sales auctions in Harrisburg, Pa., in November. The New Jersey breeding farm is holding its final dispersal, selling yearlings, broodmares and weanlings. "It's been a great run,” said Perretti's Bob Marks. "We've bred great horses and had some wonderful sires that have influenced the breed. You can't ...
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Backstretch with Gordon: Season Premiere

on 09/25/2013 2:00 AM
Sept. 22, 2003. Not only was that the day the TV show Two and A Half Men premiered, but it was also the day of the premiere of Backstretch With Gordon. Here we are 10 years later and who would have thought that although Two and A Half Men is still on the air, that I would have outlasted Charlie Sheen? Now that's winning! I even picked up a sponsor a few years ago in Steve and Cindy Stewar...
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Montrell Teague on "Crowd Goes Wild" on Fox

on 09/25/2013 2:00 AM
Driver Montrell Teague will be interviewed live on Fox Sports 1's "Crowd Goes Wild” sports discussion program Thursday.   "Crowd Goes Wild” is a live sports entertainment talk show airing weekdays from 5 to 6 p.m. and is hosted by TV legend Regis Philbin. The program has taken a recent interest in harness racing at Harrington Raceway by following the career of Regis The Horse an...
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The Captain in action in Saturday's Bluegrass

on 09/25/2013 2:00 AM
Saturday's Grand Circuit card at The Red Mile features the glamor boy division and "The Captain" is in to go. On a night when 2- and 3-year-old pacing colt stakes dominate the 10- race card for total purses in excess of $650,000, the weatherman is predicting favorable conditions for a speed-filled program.     Captaintreacherous will face a solid group of six in the $95,500 Bluegres...
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Well-known horse agent Angelo Cardin dies

on 09/25/2013 2:00 AM
Angelo Cardin, 66, a well-known horse agent in both the trotting and horse eventing worlds, was found dead in his hotel room in Lexington, KY Wednesday. Mr. Cardin had told friends over the weekend that he wasn't feeling well, but gave no specifics about his health.   A native of Padua, Italy, Mr. Cardin was a trainer-driver in that city before moving to the U.S. to work a...
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Harness Museum part of Museum Day Live!

on 09/24/2013 2:00 AM
The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, as part of Smithsonian magazine's ninth annual Museum Day Live! on Saturday Sept. 28, will conduct a drawing for "The Glorious Standardbred,” a limited series of porcelain statuettes including Hambletonian, Dan Patch, Greyhound and Niatross by noted artist Bev Lopez. Visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at the time of admission will be ...
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Court upholds Indiana commission on licensing

on 09/24/2013 2:00 AM
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission was updated at its Sept. 17, 2013, meeting concerning an Indiana Court of Appeals decision that affirms the Commission's broad discretion in determining who is required to be licensed by the agency. IHRC General Counsel Lea Ellingwood updated the Commission on the case, which stemmed from an appeal of an agency decision filed by Edmund Martin Jr. Mr. Mart...
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Palone wins 16,000th career race

on 09/24/2013 2:00 AM
Hall of Famer Dave Palone, already the "winningest" driver in North American harness racing history, continues to go where no North American driver has gone before, becoming the first with 16,000 career wins. He notched the historic win Tuesday at The Meadows when he piloted DM Big Dog Daddy to victory in the second race.   Palone vaulted atop the win list July 5, 2012, wh...
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