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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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Wheeling N Dealin to race in Kentucky Futurity

on 09/30/2013 2:00 AM
Although Wheeling N Dealin is winless in nine starts this year—a far different scenario from 2012 when he was a perfect nine-for-nine on his way to divisional honors in the U.S. and Canada—trainer Dustin Jones told harnessracing.com Monday afternoon that he has changed his mind and now plans on entering the 3-year-old colt trotter in Sunday's Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile. Jones rec...
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Freshman filly trotters set for ISS at Red Mile

on 09/30/2013 2:00 AM
Daytime Grand Circuit racing returns to The Red Mile on Thursday with post time set for 1 p.m., as will be the case through the balance of the meet.   Three divisions of the $266,500 International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old trotting fillies are the Thursday feature, with two of the three winners returning from last week's Bluegrass tests.   Struck By Lindy took a...
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Backstretch With Gordon: A broken record

on 09/29/2013 2:00 AM
I know I sound like a broken record, but it's another glorious Sunday morning in Lexington, and what a crystal-clear view I have of downtown as I sit in the press box at The Red Mile and write this. Speaking of broken records, how about the racing so far over just the first three nights of Grand Circuit action? World records by the 2-year-old filly trotter Designed To Be and the 2-year-old gel...
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KYSS champ Ma Chere Hall scores in Bluegrass

on 09/29/2013 2:00 AM
In a battle of former stablemates, Ma Chere Hall (pictured) bested Shared Past in the first of two $86,600 divisions of the Bluegrass for 3-year-old filly trotters on Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile. The second split went to Handover Belle, who unleashed a furious stretch rally to gain the victory.   Leaving from post 7 in the first Bluegrass split with Ma Chere Hall, driver Corey ...
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Arch Madness upsets in Allerage elimination

on 09/29/2013 2:00 AM
Trainer Trond Smedshammer entered Arch Madness into the Allerage Farms Open for older horse trotters at The Red Mile in the waning minutes before the box closed, and then passed on an opportunity for the 9-year-old gelding to receive a bye directly into the final. Smedshammer's decisions all paid off on Sunday afternoon when Arch Madness scored a 1:50.2 victory in the single $10,000 Allerage e...
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A Rocknroll Dance steps to Allerage elim win

on 09/29/2013 2:00 AM
A Rocknroll Dance continued his late-summer surge on Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile, capturing the single $10,000 Allerage Farms Open for older pacers in 1:48.4. After going winless in nearly a year, A Rocknroll Dance has been on a tear over his last 10 starts, scoring six wins and two seconds. Tim Tetrick was in the sulky for trainer Jim Mulinix and owner A Rocknroll Dance Stable. &...
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Sophomore colt trotters strong in Bluegrass

on 09/29/2013 2:00 AM
Spider Blue Chip (pictured) set a new Red Mile track record for 3-year-old gelding trotters with a 1:51.3 effort in the third $87,900 division of the $261,700 Bluegrass on Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile. Creatine notched a 1:52.3 victory in the first $86,900 division, while  Your So Vain rallied from last to first to win the second $86,900 split in 1:53.3.   In the first Blue...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Da Bus

on 09/28/2013 2:00 AM
It's a beautiful Saturday in Lexington, with a predicted high of 80 degrees and staying warm tonight. Ten great races on the card that begins at 7 p.m., and don't forget it's the same starting time as kickoff for the UK-Florida football game, so if you're heading to the track you might want to leave a bit early. Tony Alagna has 15 in tonight, but with 35 in his barn, that's just 43 percent ...
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Captaintreacherous in 1:47.1 at The Red Mile

on 09/28/2013 2:00 AM
The Captain still controls the ship. Top-ranked Captaintreacherous (pictured) captured the first of two divisions of the $192,000  Bluegrass for 3-year-old colt pacers on Saturday night at The Red Mile in 1:47.1, the fastest mile ever at night over the historic clay oval and the second fastest race mile ever, behind only Somebeachsomewhere's 1:46.4 efffort in 2008. Sunshine Beach, th...
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Freshman colt pacers impressive in Bluegrass

on 09/28/2013 2:00 AM
New Jersey Sires Stakes 2-year-old colt pace champion Western Vintage won his first major stakes of his career Saturday night at The Red Mile, scoring a career-best 1:49.4 win in the first $76,750 division of the Bluegrass. Limelight Beach and driver David Miller also posted a career-best 1:49.4 score in the second $77,750 division. Smack Talk was a 1:50.4 winner in the third $77,750 split, wi...
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