Courtly Choice will be back racing in 2019
Courtly Choice’s ownership group has decided that he will race at 4.
“He was a fun horse to race and we are looking forward to racing him in 2019,” said Joe Thomson, Courtly Choice’s co-owner. “There are several stakes that we will be aiming for in the upcoming season.”
Courtly Choice’s trainer, Blake Macintosh, had mixed feelings about standing him at stud. He discussed Courtly Choice’s future with each of the owners and they decided racing would be the better option.
“We decided to take the initiative to support Jeff Gural with the increa... more...
Batavia names horses of the meet
With the Batavia Downs meet coming to a close this Saturda the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) has announced their horses of the meet.
The Horse of the Meet is In Runaway Bay N.
In Runaway Bay N (Mach Three-Pullover Brown) raced in the top pacing class at Batavia Downs 13 times in 2018, more than any other horse at the meet. From 17 total starts he won five, finished second twice and third five more times and earned $39,455. That total surpassed any other male pacer this season. He also defeated the legendary Foiled... more...
NJ lawmakers advance $100 million subsidy
The New Jersey Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee advanced the proposed legislation on Monday, Dec. 10 by a vote of 13-0. The proposed legislation will provide a $20 million annual subsidy to New Jersey’s horse racing industry, to be divided equally between the Thoroughbred and Standardbred industries. The state’s funding would benefit not just racetracks but everyone involved in racing.
“The horse racing industry has had a long road to recovery, and we feel this purse supplement money, as well as the ability to enter into agreements with sports book opera... more...
Battle lines drawn in Hoosiers vs Buckeyes
The battle lines are drawn and now only the result of the fourth annual Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes Driver’s Challenge this Saturday night remains to be seen. Hoosier Park’s top five available reinsmen will compete with Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway’s five dash leaders in a six-race competition for bragging rights over the next 12 months.
The Hoosier squad is captained by Trace Tetrick, the all-time leading driver at the Anderson, Ind., track, and also includes Ricky Macomber Jr., Lewayne Miller, Mike Oosting and Brandon Bates. Leading driver Jeremy Smith heads up Te... more...
Holiday series gets underway at Meadows
Strawb’s Chippie N zipped to the point and held tough in the lane to score in Tuesday’s opening leg of a Holiday Claiming Series for $20,000 claiming filly and mare pacers at The Meadows. My Kind Of Dance captured the other $15,000 opening-leg split.
The Meadows this week is kicking off six Holiday Claiming Series that conclude on a special New Year’s Eve card that also features the career finale of Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred all time with earnings exceeding $7.5 million. First post Dec. 31 is 5:30 p.m.
Strawb’s Chippie N had won two of her thre... more...
Melady's Monet returns Thursday to Big M
The Meadowlands will race just two nights this week with the Saturday card a casualty of a New York Jets late afternoon game in Met Life stadium. As a result, we are left with a particularly strong Thursday program featuring 10 full fields of what would be the usual Friday fare.
The twin features are $15,000 conditioned races for pacing mares (race 6) and trotters (race 7), both competitive blends of veteran performers.
Fan favorite Melady's Monet (Dave Miller) will make his return to the races in the seventh coming in off a pair of impressive qualifiers after... more...
Pennachio named Amateur Driver of Year
Each year amateur racing becomes a bigger part in the Standardbred sport with many talented drivers displaying impressive abilities guiding spirited steeds to victory. And this season has been no exception especially with the expansive opportunities available with the ever-growing number of amateur organizations dotting the landscape.
In spite of the talents of a multitude of amateur drivers the U. S. Harness Writers Association's National Committee unanimously voted Joe Pennacchio this year's recipient of National Amateur Driver of the Year.
Although havi... more...
Headlines • December 12, 2018
▪ Courtly Choice will be back racing in 2019
▪ Batavia names horses of the meet
▪ NJ lawmakers advance $100 million subsidy
▪ Battle lines drawn in Hoosiers vs Buckeyes
▪ Holiday series gets underway at Meadows
▪ Melady's Monet returns Thursday to Big M
▪ Pennachio named Amateur Driver of Year
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