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Under-saddle race for trotters Sunday at Red Mile

Standardbred trotters raced under saddle earlier this year at Historic Track in Goshen, N.Y. (Photo by Mark Hall, USTA)
Standardbred trotters raced under saddle earlier this year at Historic Track in Goshen, N.Y. (Photo by Mark Hall, USTA) Mark Hall (USTA)

Fans of standardbred horses will have an opportunity Sunday to see a form of racing they might never have witnessed before.

The Red Mile is hosting a $20,000 race for trotters competing under saddle. No sulkys. No drivers. Just riders and saddles.

The race has attracted a field of a dozen trotters, who will compete in the non-betting contest between races five and six on Sunday.

Post time for the afternoon card is 1 p.m.

This "hybrid" type of horse racing is not new, but many American racing fans have never seen such a race, which is common in Europe.

Two of the dozen rider/trotter combos competing on Sunday have already won under saddle this year, in addition to competing regularly in traditional races in harness.

Leigh Nichol will be riding Windsun Galaxie, who's won $311,843 in his career.

Tina Duer will ride Chinese Cuisine, with career earnings of $62,953.

Chinese Cuisine and Duer won an under-saddle race at Meadowlands Racetrack on Aug. 17.

The field for the race is: 1. Windsun Galaxie (Leigh Nichol); 2. Take My Picture (Therese Lindgren); 3. As Ya'll Like It (Nancy Johansson); 4. Dream Kid (Jennifer Connor); 5. Felipe Makaay (Emelie Loewenborg); 6. Celebrity Playboy (Maria Andersson); 7. Chinese Cuisine ( Tina Duer); 8. Sand Top Gun (Jenny Melander); 9. Angel Eyes Hanover (Anita Valstad); 10. The Chancellor (Helene Gregory); 11. My Minnie Chip (Kristin Shetler); 12. Muscolo (Karen Isbell).

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