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Old 12-21-2012, 10:07 PM   #1
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Mountaineer Looong race

I thought they did not have any races longer than 1 3/4 mile in the US. I was really surprised when I switched to MTR R8 after the last race at Penn national (just to watch something)..

This race kept going on and on..

Post time: Dec, 21 21:57
Distance: 2 1/4M Surface: Dirt
Track Conditions: Muddy
Purse: $30,000.00
Race Conditions:
FOR THREE YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD WHICH HAVE STARTED FOR A CLAIMING PRICE OF $10,000 OR LESS IN 2011-2012. Three Year Olds, 122 lbs.; Older, 123 lbs. Non-winners of a race at a mile or over since November 21 Allowed 3 lbs. (Claiming races for $12,500 or less not considered in estimating allowances) (First Preference to this Marathon Series Winners)(Preference To Highest Earnings In 2011-2012).

TWO and a QUARTER?? Can American horses even run that much? Romance Argentino.. the winner did control the pace well and then bound off to win by 8 lengths. But I am still in shock. A 2 mile + flat race in US???
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:06 PM   #2
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Beulah has a 2 mile race and Ellis Park has a 2 1/4 mile race called the Twice Around.
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Old 12-22-2012, 07:34 AM   #3
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I thought they did not have any races longer than 1 3/4 mile in the US. I was really surprised when I switched to MTR R8 after the last race at Penn national (just to watch something)..

This race kept going on and on..

Post time: Dec, 21 21:57
Distance: 2 1/4M Surface: Dirt
Track Conditions: Muddy
Purse: $30,000.00
Race Conditions:
FOR THREE YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD WHICH HAVE STARTED FOR A CLAIMING PRICE OF $10,000 OR LESS IN 2011-2012. Three Year Olds, 122 lbs.; Older, 123 lbs. Non-winners of a race at a mile or over since November 21 Allowed 3 lbs. (Claiming races for $12,500 or less not considered in estimating allowances) (First Preference to this Marathon Series Winners)(Preference To Highest Earnings In 2011-2012).

TWO and a QUARTER?? Can American horses even run that much? Romance Argentino.. the winner did control the pace well and then bound off to win by 8 lengths. But I am still in shock. A 2 mile + flat race in US???
Is it over yet?
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:33 AM   #4
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A lot of small tracks used to a series of races with increasing distances as the meet wore on. I believe here Lincoln, they had race at either 2 1/2 or 3 miles on closing day for a number of years. People liked to talk about, but I am not sure if they actually bet on it. I know it was a lot laps around a 5 furlong track.
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Old 12-22-2012, 11:17 AM   #5
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Is it over yet?
Nope, you can view the "Alice's Restaurant Stake" in progress at www.dadarewethereyet.
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Old 12-22-2012, 02:20 PM   #6
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Beulah has a 2 mile race and Ellis Park has a 2 1/4 mile race called the Twice Around.
Neat. would be fun to watch one live.. just like R goren noted.
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Old 12-22-2012, 02:44 PM   #7
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I thought they did not have any races longer than 1 3/4 mile in the US. I was really surprised when I switched to MTR R8 after the last race at Penn national (just to watch something)..

This race kept going on and on..

Post time: Dec, 21 21:57
Distance: 2 1/4M Surface: Dirt
Track Conditions: Muddy
Purse: $30,000.00
Race Conditions:
FOR THREE YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD WHICH HAVE STARTED FOR A CLAIMING PRICE OF $10,000 OR LESS IN 2011-2012. Three Year Olds, 122 lbs.; Older, 123 lbs. Non-winners of a race at a mile or over since November 21 Allowed 3 lbs. (Claiming races for $12,500 or less not considered in estimating allowances) (First Preference to this Marathon Series Winners)(Preference To Highest Earnings In 2011-2012).

TWO and a QUARTER?? Can American horses even run that much? Romance Argentino.. the winner did control the pace well and then bound off to win by 8 lengths. But I am still in shock. A 2 mile + flat race in US???
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Old 12-22-2012, 04:57 PM   #8
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Well done Mountainman. Time to enjoy the Holidays and hibernate.

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Old 12-22-2012, 05:10 PM   #9
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Whenever I watch those long races, it seems some jockeys lose track of what lap they are on.
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Well done Mountainman. Time to enjoy the Holidays and hibernate.

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Hated that first dark period two years back. Now need it to blog, update track profile and do some research. Happy holidays. Hope 2013 is profitable for you.
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Old 12-22-2012, 05:19 PM   #11
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Whenever I watch those long races, it seems some jockeys lose track of what lap they are on.
It's been awhile. We can only hope it happens again.
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Old 12-22-2012, 05:43 PM   #12
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Whenever I watch those long races, it seems some jockeys lose track of what lap they are on.
Funny, are you referring to the marathon race at MNR a few yrs ago (maybe 5 to 7 yrs ago--can't remember exactly) when a jockey thought the first time around was the finish of the race? He was first under the wire and then stopped riding. What made it even better (as long as you didn't bet that horse) was the announcer called the race as if it was over. It was the former MNR announcer. After the race, the announcer came on and apologized for his screw up. For some reason, I think the rider was a Stokes, but not sure. Does anyone remember this?

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Old 12-22-2012, 05:54 PM   #13
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Funny, are you referring to the marathon race at MNR a few yrs ago (maybe 5 to 7 yrs ago--can't remember exactly) when a jockey thought the first time around was the finish of the race? He was first under the wire and then stopped riding. What made it even better (as long as you didn't bet that horse) was the announcer called the race as if it was over. It was the former MNR announcer. After the race, the announcer came on and apologized for his screw up. For some reason, I think the rider was a Stokes, but not sure. Does anyone remember this?
I recall lumpkins doing it once. But that was since pete became our announcer, and he would never make that kind of mistake.
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I recall lumpkins doing it once. But that was since pete became our announcer, and he would never make that kind of mistake.
What year? Driving me crazy that I can't remember the year or horse.
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How many turns is 2 1/4 miles at Mountaineer?
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