Mike Merton wins 7 at Monticello on Wednesday
Last week it was Austin Siegelman who put on a driving clinic, this week its Mike Merton. On Wednesday February 20, Merton dominated the snowy afternoon and drove 7 winners on the 12-race card.
He started off hot winning the first race with Mamie Marc in a wire to wire win for trainer Patti Harmon in 2:00.4. In the 3rd he scored with Permanent Joy in a 7-length romp in 1:59 and paid $3.80 to win. Drive em Cowboy accounted for his 3rd win of the day in 1:56.3. Merton then went on to win races 7 – 10 Hi Ho Steverino won race 7 in 1:57 - $3.40. Zach Lee won in 1:56.1, giving trainer Andrew Adamczyk a training triple for the afternoon. Patronne Seelster, a 5-year-old daughter of Bettors Delight (2:00.3 - $9.70) Rounding out the afternoon in race 10 was Caviar Court, the Jim Doherty trainee scored in 2:03.2... more...
Aussie trotter set for Thursday debut at Yonkers
Dozens of pacers hailing from either Australia or New Zealand will compete at Yonkers Raceway in the next several days, which is a common occurrence. Less ordinary is the appearance of a trotter from Down Under, but that will be the case Thursday when Australian-bred La Grange makes his North American debut for trainer Per Engblom.
La Grange, owned by Renee Spahr, is a son of Muscle Hill out of La Coocaracha. He was bred by Yabby Dam Farms in Australia and was a Group 2 winner during his 2- and 3-year-old seasons Down Under. Born in November 2014, he would be a 4 year old... more...
Harness racing books now on Amazon
Through the almost herculean technological efforts of Roosevelt Raceway co-author and Harness Alumni Newsletter publisher Freddie Hudson, the following racing books have been republished and are now available via Amazon:
Roosevelt Raceway “Where It All Began” by Victoria Howard, Freddie Hudson and Billy Haughton. Meadow Skipper “The Untold Story” by Victoria Howard, Bob Marks and Freddie Hudson. Murray Brown “Book Full And Closed” by Victoria Howard, Bob Marks and Freddie Hudson and Rose Runners “Chronicles Of The Kentucky Derby Winners by Victoria Howar... more...
John Jay is “King of the Hill” at Miami Valley
John Jay reigns as “King of the Hill” after capturing the Tuesday $15,000 final of the Survivor Series for $5,000 male pacers at Miami Valley Raceway. The 6-year-old altered son of Dali was claimed from the first elimination leg where he finished third, then copped both a division of the second elimination leg and the lucrative final for new owner Lases Racing of Sheridan, Mich.
Driver Brett Miller and John Jay didn’t have an easy time of it in the championship tilt. After getting away fourth in the early going, Miller was forced to swing his charge first-up in... more...
NJSS gets $1.2 million purse boost in 2019
The recent passage of legislation providing $20 million in assistance for New Jersey horse racing—both Standardbred and Thoroughbred—will mean a significant boost to the purse structure for the New Jersey Sire Stakes over the next five years.
“This legislation will supply the New Jersey Sire Stakes with an additional $1.2 million that will be applied to purses for both the Premier Division and the Standardbred Development Fund,” noted Sire Stakes executive director Chris Castens. “This will allow us to increase our total purse distribution by an estimated 75 p... more...
Walk the Dan Patch Red Carpet w/Heather & Heather
Want to walk the Red Carpet at the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s (USHWA) annual Dan Patch Awards dinner at Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, Fla. on Sunday night, Feb. 24? An expected crowd of more than 300 will have the chance, but so too do those who can’t make the trip.
For the second year in row, well-known harness racing personalities Heather Vitale and Heather Wilder will be walking the Red Carpet, sponsored by Southwind Frank Partners, and broadcasting live on their Facebook pages. The Facebook Live shows will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m... more...
HHYF seeking sponsorships
Summer is right around the corner, which means the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) is getting ready for another full season of fun with its Trottingbreds--events in Indiana, Ohio, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey are on the schedule with a few more to add!
However, these educational programs require financial support from the industry, so HHYF is actively seeking sponsorships of all kinds in the coming weeks. Funds are needed to purchase a new truck, jog carts and other stable equipment as well as to assist with expenses related to very popular hands-on... more...
Headlines • February 21, 2019
▪ Mike Merton wins 7 at Monticello on Wednesday
▪ Aussie trotter set for Thursday debut at Yonkers
▪ Harness racing books now on Amazon
▪ John Jay is “King of the Hill” at Miami Valley
▪ NJSS gets $1.2 million purse boost in 2019
▪ Walk the Dan Patch Red Carpet w/Heather & Heather
▪ HHYF seeking sponsorships
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