Ont. harness racing to see decrease in allocation
Ontario Racing (OR) has announced a reallocation of the Horse Improvement Program (HIP) purses between the Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing, commencing in April, 2019.
The new funding distribution is a formula based on wagering by horse playing customers on races originating from Ontario’s Thoroughbred and Standardbred racetracks. Currently, 55 percent of all sources betting on Ontario horse racing is wagered on the province’s Thoroughbred racetracks and 45 percent on Ontario’s Standardbred racetracks.
The HIP program purse budget, worth approximately $2... more...
Helpisontheway standing at Indiana's Maple Lane
Helpisontheway, 3,1:51.4 ($610448) a multiple stakes winner and the richest son of Chapter Seven, will stand his first season for a fee of $6,000 at Maple Lane Farm in Grabill, Ind., it was announced by stallion owner Jon Wiesman.
Helpisontheway won the Circuit City at Hoosier, the Drazin and Tompkins Memorial at the Meadowlands and the $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final at Yonkers... more...
Ohio horseman Jan McPherson dies
Horseman Jan McPherson, 85, died peacefully Dec. 3, in Florida, where he resided.
A longtime resident of the Xenia, Ohio, area, he was graduated from The Ohio State University. He was a veteran, having serviced in the United States Army. He retired from Xenia Schools where he taught high school math for many years.
His true loves were math and horses. He trained and drove harness horses, both his own and for Chip Noble Stables. Among his top horses was the Ohio stakes-winning filly Susie Tup.
Many Xenia locals know him well and he could be seen frequenting m... more...
Bioness equals five-eighths trot record
The North American record for trotters racing in a five-eighths mile contest was equaled Thursday night at Pompano Park.
In Race 1, the second of three $10,000 divisions of the Dash For The Cash Series, the French-bred Bioness went wire to wire to score in 1:09. Trainer Hunter Oakes was in the sulky for the effort that tied the previous mark that was set by Sooo Handsome last February at Pompano Park.
The win was the second straight and seventh of the year for Bioness, a 7-year-old gelding by Sam Bourbon. Bioness is owned by Northfork Racing Stable.
Also on... more...
New! Weekend Preview now available!
Jeff Cullipher was the leading trainer by wins and earnings at Hoosier Park, and he’s now racing a small stable on the East Coast. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Cullipher talks about his five pacers in action on Friday night at the Meadowlands with Gordon Waterstone. Another pacer in action in the coming days is Southwind Amazon, who is tied as the winningest horse in the North America in 2018 with 20 trips to the winner’s circle, and trainer Paul Holzman reveals his training strategy.
Also, the best Indiana drivers will take on the best Ohio driv... more...
Air Strike ready to launch at Yonkers
When trainer Erv Miller went to the Tattersalls July Sale with owner John Koliopoulos, they didn’t intend to come home with Air Strike. The 4-year-old Always A Virgin son impressed at 2, winning a $75,000 Indiana bred stakes at Hoosier Park and dead-heating in the $147,200 Kindergarten Classic at the Meadowlands. But with unimpressive resumes at 3 and 4, Air Strike didn’t even make Miller’s short list.
However, as Miller stood around the sales ring watching horse after horse sell for more than he could stomach, he noticed Air Strike in the ring. Bidding maxed out at... more...
Abbeylara a heads-up winner at Big M
Abbeylara loves to win from off the pace. So much, in fact, that he did it for a second straight start at the Meadowlands, hitting the wire a head in front of The Bruiser to win the Dash For The “G” Notes Final Thursday night. Pumped Up Kicks was third.
Abbeylara moved into the Nick Surick barn less than a month ago, and it’s been all systems go ever since. He won his first start as a Surick student on Nov. 24 at Freehold before finishing second at the half-mile track in his next outing.
The 9-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again-Lisbella came to the Big M on... more...
Headlines • December 14, 2018
▪ Ont. harness racing to see decrease in allocation
▪ Helpisontheway standing at Indiana's Maple Lane
▪ Ohio horseman Jan McPherson dies
▪ Bioness equals five-eighths trot record
▪ New! Weekend Preview now available!
▪ Air Strike ready to launch at Yonkers
▪ Abbeylara a heads-up winner at Big M
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