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WEG now supports legalization of sports betting

on November 26, 2020
In response to the Federal Government introducing a Bill that proposes to legalize single event sports wagering in Canada, Woodbine Entertainment would like to congratulate the Government of Canada for considering the potential impacts to the horse racing industry. While the proposed Bill to Amend the Criminal Code would permit single event sports betting on most sports, Woodbine Entertainmen...
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Fortify upsets in Progress; Takter sweeps exacta

on November 25, 2020
Nancy Takter trainee Fortify ($22.40) took the second-over route to a 10-1 upset over stablemate No Lou Zing in the 2020 season’s final Grand Circuit stop for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, the $325,000 Progress Pace, on Wednesday night (Nov. 25) at Dover Downs. Favorite No Lou Zing and driver Dexter Dunn were embroiled in a :25.2 first-quarter battle with Tattoo Artist (Yann...
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Lougazi splashes to victory in Batavia Open trot

on November 25, 2020
They say it's not where you start, it's where you finish and Lougazi is the poster boy for that motto. And he proved it true once again on Wednesday night (Nov. 25) as he went from worst to first in the $8,500 Open I Handicap trot at Batavia Downs in a driving rain over a sloppy track.     Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) got away last by 15-1/2 lengths as Cordoba Hall (Billy Dav...
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Opus Blue Chip, Whata Foolbelieves win at Plainridge

on November 25, 2020
A pair of $18,000 condition contests highlighted the racing action at Plainridge Park on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 25) with front-end speed prevailing in each.   In the District 9 special event "The Brown", Opus Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer Jr.) went right to the front and paced to the half unencumbered in :56.4. Then during the second half he turned back a mid-race challenge fr...
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Dr. Katie Flynn appointed State Vet at KY Dept. of Ag

on November 25, 2020
The Kentucky State Board of Agriculture (SBOA) yesterday unanimously approved Dr. Katie Flynn to serve as the new State Veterinarian at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA). Dr. Flynn joined KDA as the Deputy State Veterinarian earlier this year. Dr. Alex Hagan, a veterinarian in Shelbyville, Kentucky, has been approved by the SBOA to serve as Deputy State Veterinarian, taking Flynn&rs...
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Progress Pace in new Weekend Preview!

on November 25, 2020
As an appetizer for some Thanksgiving day football, how about some Progress Pace action at Dover Downs? In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Hall of Fame driver David Miller gives insight into his strategy behind Cattlewash, who starts from the outside post 8. And with co-favorite No Lou Zing to Cattlewash’s left in post 7, it should make for an interesting first quarter. ...
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Ohio stallion registration deadline looming

on November 25, 2020
The deadline to renew Ohio-registered Standardbred stallions is Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 for the 2021 Ohio breeding season.   In 2020, a total of 125 stallions were registered in Ohio for the breeding season, which runs from Jan. 15 through July 15 in the Buckeye State. According to the United States Trotting Association statistics, 2,860 mares were bred in Ohio in 2020, the mo...
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Back-to-back $5-million weekends at Big M

on November 25, 2020
When a track hosts “event programs” with marquee races such as the Meadowlands Pace and Hambletonian, it’s difficult to stack up a third card to match the other two in terms of excitement and impact.   But on Saturday night, Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night did well to live up to those programs with thrilling racing where divisional honors were won and lost, as well as...
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2021 Dan Patch Awards banquet canceled

on November 25, 2020
The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) is formally announcing that due to travel concerns related to the covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 Dan Patch Awards Banquet, scheduled to be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 21, 2021, has been canceled.  The 2020 divisional equine awards will be announced virtually, as will an abbreviated roster of human awa...
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Hilary Lynn Spears, 37, dies

on November 25, 2020
Hilary Lynn Spears, much beloved daughter of Drs. Laura and Paul "Pete" Spears, died on Nov. 21 at the age of 37. Hilary was born in Harrisburg and raised in York. She attended York Country Day School before graduating from York Suburban High School in 2001. In 2007 she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in photography from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA...
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Prairie Westerngal wins Pompano F&M open

on November 25, 2020
Prairie Westerngal, stepping up a notch after a win last week in Open II company for fillies and mares, took top honors as she won a close photo finish in the $11,500 Open Handicap for fillies and mares on Tuesday night at Pompano Park, stopping the timer in 1:52.1, a new lifetime mark. The 4-year-old daughter of Western Ideal had Wally Hennessey in her sulky for trainer Mike Deters, who co-o...
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Big Al M, Jazzy Judy win DSBF 2YO finals

on November 25, 2020
Jazzy Judy and Big Al M were best of all in their respective $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals for 2-year-old trotters on Tuesday night (Nov. 24) at Dover Downs.   In the filly trot, named for the late Brandywine Raceway and Dover Downs publicity director Marv Bachrad, Jazzy Judy was a dominant 1:59.4 winner, 4-1/2 lengths in front of Designer’s Edge and Kim&rsqu...
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Dobson, Levine take Saratoga awards

on November 24, 2020
The tandem of trainer Jaymes McAssey and driver Shawn Gray scored a double on closing day at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Tuesday. The young conditioner and the veteran reinsman won the final feature of 2020 with Always Mindy (Always A Virgin), who made her local debut in the $10,000 Fillies and Mares Open. Always Mindy was a $10,000 claim for McAssey at Plainridge back in September and afte...
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Summer Charm one of 6 wins for Hall

on November 24, 2020
Hammered down to 1-5, Summer Charm justified the support with a front-end victory — her third straight — in Tuesday’s $17,900 Filly & Mare Open Handicap at The Meadows. It was one of six wins for Tony Hall — including three for trainer Scott Betts — on the 13-race card. Summer Charm scored in 1:52, holding off a serious late challenge from Diamondtequilashot ...
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No Lou Zing heads to Progress exceeding expectations

on November 24, 2020
Bob Aerenson and his father Buddy have owned racehorses for 15 years, but Bob’s interest in harness racing goes back to his childhood.   Before he was old enough to drive, the Wilmington, Del., resident would ride his bike to nearby Brandywine Raceway and offer to jog horses in the morning before returning later to watch the races. He also would hitch rides to area tracks with c...
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Muscles For Life repeats at Pompano

on November 24, 2020
Muscles For Life, the rugged 7-year-old son of Muscle Mass, scored a repeat win at Pompano Park on Monday night, taking top honors in the $11,500 Open Handicap Trot for Wally Hennessey in 1:54.3. Assigned the outside post seven in his talented septet, Muscles For Life was on the prowl early, taking command at the :27.4 opener and carving out subsequent panels of :56.3 and 1:25.4 before his :2...
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Wilfong captures Oak Grove driving title

on November 23, 2020
Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel concluded their 2020 meet on Monday afternoon, Nov 23. The leading driver and trainer were presented with a trophy and a $1,000 check for their accomplishments.    The leading driver of the meet was Kyle Wilfong. Wilfong went to the winner's circle 28 times from 115 starts with a UDRS of .389. Tyler Shehan finished second with 1...
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Eurobond best in Plainridge feature trot

on November 23, 2020
Eurobond took a while to grab the lead but when he did, it was for good and it paid off handsomely for his connections as he won the $25,000 winners-over trot at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon.     Eurobond (Bruce Ranger) chased Make It A Double (Matty Athearn) to the quarter in :27.3 before taking over the lead past that station and calling the shots from there. Eurobo...
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Pass The Vape gives Chris Shaw his 1,000th winner

on November 23, 2020
Chris Shaw notched career win 1,000 at The Meadows when he piloted Pass The Vape to victory in Monday’s featured race, the $16,200 Open Handicap Trot.   Shaw, who got his first win at the York Fair in 2006, grew up in Lebanon, Pa., and was graduated from Lebanon High School, which also produced noted Standardbred owner Sam Bowie, who was known to play a little basketball in...
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USTA board of directors to meet online in 2021

on November 23, 2020
Due to travel concerns related to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 US Trotting Association (USTA) Board of Directors annual meeting will not be held in person, but rather all board meetings and functions will be conducted exclusively online.   The determination was made through a unanimous vote of the USTA Executive Committee, which convened via Zoom this past Wednesday&nb...
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Captain Trevor to stand at Farrier Acres

on November 23, 2020
Farrier Acres Farm has announced that Captain Trevor p 2, 1:49.2;  3, 1:49 (Captaintreacherous p, 1:49.2, 1:47.1 ($3,148,657)– It Was Fascination p 2, 1:54.1, 3, 1:51.2 ($317,222), will stand in Illinois, at its Arcola farm. The 2021 fee will be $2,500.   Captain Trevor is the first foal from his American Ideal dam, the second being his full brother Captain Midnight&nb...
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Double duty for Catch The Fire in 2021

on November 23, 2020
Sugar Valley Farm and the owners of Catch The Fire are excited to announce that the Adios victor will be joining the Sugar Valley Farm stallion roster for the 2021 season, while continuing his racing career. Catch The Fire will stand in Ohio for an introductory fee of $3,500.   Catch The Fire, a son of standout stallion Captaintreacherous and out of the Bettor’s Delight mare Dre...
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Plainridge sets mandatory Hi-5 on Nov. 27

on November 23, 2020
The Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta wager has been one of the most popular bets offered at Plainridge Park since its introduction and also one of the toughest to hit. Since the last winning ticket was cashed here back in September, the carryover pool has now grown to $47,420 after the ninth race on Friday, Nov. 21. Now with the meet heading into the final week, the pool must be paid out.   Whe...
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Tuesday's Hi-5 mandatory at Meadows expected at $250K

on November 23, 2020
Tuesday’s Super Hi 5 jackpot at The Meadows will carry a mandatory payout. With the carryover already at $111,462.16, the final pool is projected to reach $250,000 or more. The last time The Meadows offered a mandatory Super Hi-5 payout, the pool ultimately exceeded $300,000.   The Meadows offers the Super Hi-5, with a minimum 20-cent wager, on the final race of each live card.&...
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Ideal Feeling wins Pompano feature; Sunshine finals held

on November 23, 2020
Ideal Feeling, superbly handled by Dave Ingraham, held off the determined late charge from Mach West to score a narrow repeat win in Pompano Park’s Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night in 1:50.4, the identical time of last week’s win.   The 5-year-old son of American Ideal left with alacrity from his outside post (seven with a scratch) and swept into the lead with Mach West ...
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Dealt A Winner scores in Philly

on November 22, 2020
Veteran campaigner Dealt A Winner ($6.80) overcame a post eight dispatch and held his ground while under siege late to take Sunday's (Nov. 22) featured event at Harrah's Philadelphia, an $11,600 upper-level conditioned pace. Dealt A Winner and driver Yannick Gingras were strung out a bit by 2-1 favorite Rock The Town (Anthony Napolitano) through a :27.3 first quarter, but cleared for so...
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Trace Tetrick, Tyler George take meet titles at Hoosier

on November 22, 2020
Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino closed the curtain on its 27th season of live harness racing on Saturday, November 21. In conjunction with a dynamic 14-race card, the leading driver and leading trainer honors were awarded. Driver Trace Tetrick took home his ninth leading driver title and trainer Tyler George broke through a competitive group to take home his first title. ...
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Always A Miki, Blue Diamond Eyes win pacing stakes

on November 22, 2020
Supporters of the betting favorites found themselves empty handed following the Fall Final Four pacing events on Saturday (Nov. 21) at the Meadowlands. Breeders Crown champ Summa Cum Laude grew leg weary off quick fractions while pocket-sitter Always A Miki vaulted with fresh legs to a 1:50.2 victory in the $371,900 Governor’s Cup—sponsored by Walnridge Farm & Heritage Hill Fa...
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Plunge Blue Chip wins TVG, retired from racing

on November 22, 2020
Three months have passed since When Dovescry and Plunge Blue Chip clashed at The Meadowlands in a Steele Memorial thriller. Saturday night (Nov. 21), both million-dollar mares returned to settle the score in the $140,000 TVG Mares Trot. Plunge Blue Chip prevailed, and her trainer-driver, Ake Svanstedt revealed in a surprise post-race announcement that the mare made her final tr...
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Dunn, Takter appear to lock up year-end honors

on November 22, 2020
Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night saw a handful of horses lock up divisional honors Saturday night at The Meadowlands. It also saw the two most-coveted human awards cinched by a pair of the game’s biggest stars. First up was Dexter Dunn, the 30-year-old native of New Zealand, who in his second year driving full time in America, left no doubt whom the United States Harness Writers As...
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Bettor's Wish, Kissin In The Sand victorious in last starts

on November 22, 2020
Bettor’s Wish closed out his racing career in style with a powerful performance in Saturday’s (Nov. 21) $340,000 TVG Series Open Pace championship, defeating Backstreet Shadow by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:48.1 at The Meadowlands. This Is The Plan finished third. Bettor’s Wish led to the first turn before yielding to Southwind Ozzi in a :27.1 opening quarter. Southwind Ozz...
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Long Train Runnin takes Batavia Open Trot

on November 21, 2020
Long Train Runnin showed a lot of heart and determination as he snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the $8,500 Open I Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 21). Long Train Runnin (Shawn McDonough) got away third as Stratosphere (Drew Monti) took the scratch-shortened, single-file field to the half in :58. As they passed that station, Long Train Runnin was already out ...
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Anoka Hanover prevails; Bee Forever upsets in trots

on November 21, 2020
On Nov. 21, a filly defended her crown while a gelding of regal blood scored himself high honors in Fall Final Four action at the Meadowlands.   Anoka Hanover won the $451,800 Goldsmith Maid for freshman trotting fillies—sponsored by Hunterton Farms. Todd McCarthy drove the Noel Daley-trained filly to victory in 1:53.2. The Kindergarten Classic champion scored her seventh-straig...
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Manchego goes out a winner in TVG

on November 21, 2020
 Manchego made her final career start a winning one, capturing Saturday’s (Nov. 21) $320,000 TVG Open Trot championship by 1-1/4 lengths over Atlanta in 1:51.3 at The Meadowlands. Lindy The Great finished third. Manchego, a 5-year-old mare, was retired in a ceremony in the winner’s circle following the race. She ended her career with 33 wins in 56 career starts and $2.72 mill...
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Jim Morrill Jr. drives 7,500th winner

on November 21, 2020
Driver Jim Morrill Jr. hit another milestone in his illustrious career after he steered Love The Dragon ($3.00) to victory in the third race at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 21) to reach 7,500 wins lifetime. In his typical style, Morrill went right to the front, rated a perfect mile and was a wrapped-up winner in 1:58.3. To date, Jim Morrill Jr. now has 40,273 starts with 7,500&n...
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Cattlewash standing at Walnridge

on November 21, 2020
Cattlewash will stand at Walnridge Farm in New Jersey for the 2021 breeding season. The Somebeachsomewehere colt trained by Ron Burke has 6 wins in 16 lifetime starts, shares the world record for 3-year-old pacers on a mile track in a time of 1:46.4, and has earnings of over $490,000. The 3-year-old is set to race in $350,000 Progress Pace on Wednesday (Nov, 25) at Dover Downs hopin...
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HL Revadon rebounds to score at Meadowlands

on November 21, 2020
After failing in consecutive starts as the favorite, HL Revadon had probably lost a few fans heading into Friday night’s $20,000 high-end conditioned trot, the feature race at The Meadowlands. But those chalk players who went to the well just one more time got to pay for the drinks at the race's end. The super-consistent HL Revadon, who had hit the board in five straight starts...
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Beyond Better, Northern Sultan take Mohawk finals

on November 21, 2020
Beyond Better and Northern Sultan rallied to victories in Friday evening’s Harvest Series finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Harvest Series for three-year-old colts and geldings wrapped up with the $51,400 final for pacers and $50,500 final for trotters. Each final saw full fields of ten compete. Beyond Better capitalized on wicked fractions up front rally from fifth and seven lengt...
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Betterlatethnnever ekes out head victory at Plainridge

on November 20, 2020
Shipping in fresh off a win at Yonkers Raceway last week, Betterlatethnnever moved up in class and showed his as he beat a stellar field of pacers in the $17,500 Winners-Over feature race at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Nov. 20). Betterlatethnnever (Kevin Switzer Jr.) got away seventh off the gate while the heavily favored Hudson Phil (Jay Randall) marched off a stiff :26.1 first quar...
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Wally McIlmurray Jr. dies at 64

on November 20, 2020
Waldo "Wally" McIlmurray Jr., 64, passed away Thursday, Nov. 19. He was born July 19, 1956 in Detroit, the son of the late Waldo Sr.and Patricia McIlmurray .   He was a talented hockey player when he was younger. He was visited by many hockey scouts and had the skill and opportunity to play professional hockey. Instead he chose to spend his life doing what he lo...
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Tyler Miller gives mom Julie her 2,000th training win

on November 20, 2020
Julie Miller celebrated her birthday in grand style on Friday afternoon (Nov. 20) at Freehold Raceway, as she won her 2,000th race as a trainer.   It didn't come easy, as Keystone Orion won the third race in a nail-biter. Her son, Tyler, put the horse on the lead early, and set comfortable early fractions in the TrackMaster-conditioned trotting affair. Around the third turn, ...
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General Ward takes 1:52.2 mark in Philly overnight

on November 20, 2020
A trio of $11,200 events for up-and-coming younger horses, two on the trot and one on the pace, served as the headliners at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday afternoon. On the pace, General Ward tucked third early and stayed inside, then found room mid-turn and overhauled the favored pacesetter Rockin The Blaze by three-quarters of a length. The Somebeachsomewhere sophomore came home in :...
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Retired Meadows trainer Pat Thomas dies

on November 20, 2020
Retired Meadows-based horseman Pat E. Thomas, 81, of Eighty Four, Nottingham Township, Pa., died Nov. 18 at his home.   He was born Sept. 9, 1939, in Barberville, Fla., a son of Jack and Mary Helen McMillan Thomas. He was a member of Abundant Life Baptist Church in Washington, the United States Trotting Association, and was an avid hunter.   During the late 1970s and early ...
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Midwest Mixed Sale set for Tuesday

on November 20, 2020
  The annual Midwest Mixed Sale is set to take place on Tuesday, Nov. 24, beginning at Noon (EST). The sale will once again be held at the spacious Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana, Ind.   A quality group of both breeding stock and racehorses are cataloged, as well as several supplemental entries. All entries, including the supplemental entries, may be viewed at Midwe...
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Scarborough Downs will permanently close Nov. 28

on November 20, 2020
Scarborough Downs in Portland, Maine, is nearing the end of its 70 years playing host to horse racing. It is scheduled to hold its last live harness racing event on Nov. 28.   Mike Sweeney, the track’s publicist and race announcer, confirmed the track’s closing with the Portland Press Herald. Scarborough Downs has struggled financially for years and horsemen knew the futur...
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A Fancy Face tops strong Blooded Horse Fall Sale at $88,000

on November 20, 2020
The 73rd Annual Fall Blooded Horse Sale held November 17-18, at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio, was terrific in spite of the pandemic. Virtual live bidding via Proxi-bid bolstered the already strong on site attendance. An abundance of two and three year olds fresh from the Midwestern stakes programs along with 122 yearlings and dozens of in foal mares provided attractive restocking op...
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Rock Diamonds N rallies off cover for Plainridge win

on November 19, 2020
Rock Diamonds N made an early second-over move behind live outer cover and turned it into a victory in the $17,500 District 9 Gronk Series at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon.    Avatartist (Bruce Ranger) got away sharp and was two on top at the quarter in :26.4. Shortly after that station, Bet You (Kevin Switzer Jr.) pulled first into the breeze while Rock Diamonds N (Ron C...
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Scirocco Rob holds on to win Philly Thursday feature

on November 19, 2020
The veteran Explosive Matter gelding Scirocco Rob got his own way on the front end, then held off a late challenge from pocket-sitter 38-1 shot Pappy Go Go to take the $14,400 handicap trotting feature Thursday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia in 1:54.   The winner of $475,629 left well from his assigned outside post seven for driver Tim Tetrick, and, certainly not hurt w...
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Final Four, TVG finals in new Weekend Preview!

on November 19, 2020
It's a big weekend of racing for 2 year olds and older horses as the Meadowlands hosts on Saturday night the Fall Final Four and TVG championships. A pair of 3-year-old stars will be tackling older foes in the TVGs, and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview trainer Nancy Takter talks about her chances with Hambletonian Oaks champ Sorella and Breeders Crown winner Peaky Sneaky. Yann...
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Meadowlands looks to raise handle bar again

on November 19, 2020
One week after setting new Fall Meet handle marks for a single card and a weekend, The Meadowlands is in position to better both bests again as the upcoming pair of race cards (Nov. 20-21) feature plenty of competitive racing, with Saturday night's Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night standing dead center in the spotlight.   The stakes-race eight pack – the third bigge...
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Trio of stars retiring after TVG finals

on November 19, 2020
Harness racing will say goodbye to three Dan Patch Award winners following Saturday’s TVG Series championships at The Meadowlands. Bettor's Wish, Kissin In The Sand, and Manchego will be retired to breeding duties after their careers conclude this weekend and each will be honored in ceremonies following their respective races at The Big M. Bettor's Wish, a 4-year-old stallion, rec...
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Michiana Classic set for next Wednesday

on November 19, 2020
The annual Michiana Classic Yearling Sale is set to take place next week, Wednesday, Nov. 25, at the Michiana Event Center (MEC) in Shipshewana IN. The start time is 12 pm EST.   A large number of yearlings from first crop sires Crescent Fashion, Dover Dan and Luck Be Withyou among others are included in the 180-head catalog.   Up-to-date TrackIt pedigrees, catalog&nbs...
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Robin Banks wires field in Autumn Leaves final

on November 19, 2020
Robin Banks scored in the $18,000 Autumn Leaves Series final on Wednesday at MGM Northfield Park. Brad Ater of Williamsport, Ohio, owns the sophomore filly trotter.  Kurt Sugg was aboard for the winning drive for trainer Edward Miller. Robin Banks (Break The Bank K-Arelia-Donato Hanover) started from post 6. Sugg fired her off the gate and she led her competition thro...
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No Lou Zing wins Progress Pace elimination

on November 19, 2020
Supplemental entry No Lou Zing won the Progress Pace elimination at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Cattlewash, driven by David Miller, and No Lou Zing, handled by Dexter Dunn, left alertly at the start of the race and established early race position. Once Cattlewash cleared the lead, Dunn pulled the pocket with No Lou Zing and wrestled the lead away from Cattlewash. Th...
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Three divisions of DSBF 2YO filly pace at Dover

on November 18, 2020
Three divisions of two-year-old pacing fillies came out tonight to earn points to qualify them for the $100K final next Wednesday (Oct. 18) evening November 24th. The first was a non-wagering event which was won by Cinder’s Baby (Rockabillie-Cinderlla), a full sister to the Harrington final 3-year old winner, Cinder Rock. Time for the mile was 1:58.4 under rein to trainer/driver Art...
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Wild Wild Western finds wire in Meadows $17,900 pace

on November 18, 2020
Wild Wild Western retook the lead near the three-eighths and found the wire just in time to capture Wednesday's $17,900 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Wild Wild Western opened a 2-length lead past the three-quarters but found himself under siege late from Rock Candy on the outside and Carolina Beach in the Lightning Lane. The 4-year-old son of Western Ideal-Caila Fra had eno...
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Northfield post time now 4:20pm to comply with curfew

on November 18, 2020
MGM Northfield Park has announced a temporary change in post time to 4:20 pm for its live racing programs beginning Saturday, Nov. 21.  These programs are conducted every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Simulcasting continues daily from 12 pm to 9:45 pm. The change in post time is needed to accommodate the state of Ohio’s Department of Health&rs...
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Pacing For The Cure announces its first ever virtual 5K 

on November 18, 2020
There is still time to join Pacing For The Cure’s First ever virtual 5K which will run through the end of November. The proceeds from the 5K will help with the organization’s quest to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis.   Entrants can run, walk, ride or pace anytime during the month to be eligible. A 5K is equal to approximately 3.1 miles...
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Case involving Oakes unlikely to start before July

on November 18, 2020
The wheels of justice are moving slowly when it comes to the trainers and others indicted in March. Following a Nov. 17 arraignment, it appears that hearings on pretrial motions may not take place until July. The Standardbred horsemen indicted in a broad, alleged doping scheme include Chris Oakes and Rick Dane Jr.   During a conference via telephone on Tuesday (Nov. 17) before Unit...
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New protocols for owners to attend Mohawk races

on November 18, 2020
With Halton Region currently in the red “control” zone, Woodbine Entertainment has released updated protocols for owners attending the races at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  Starting Thursday (November 19), Woodbine will permit one owner, plus one guest, access to the Woodbine Mohawk Park apron for only the race their horse is competing in. The owner and guest will not be allowed en...
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Ann Straatman new Woodbine board member

on November 18, 2020
Woodbine Entertainment (Woodbine) announced today the appointment of Mr. Michael Lay, Mr. Mark Saunders and Ms. Ann Straatman to its Board of Directors. “Woodbine is proud to announce the appointment of three new members to our Board of Directors,” said Christine Magee, Chair, Woodbine Entertainment Board of Directors. “The Board is excited to work with such outstanding lead...
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Muscular Superstar upsets in Election Night final

on November 18, 2020
This year’s presidential election was predicted by nearly every pollster on the planet, however the Election Night Series champion was a 25-1 longshot. Muscular Superstar shocked his rivals with a gate-to-wire victory, capturing the $18,000 Election Night Series final on Tuesday at MGM Northfield Park. The 4-year-old trotter is owned by Twoforone Stable. His conditioner Lonnie Graber list...
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Fields set for DSBF 2YO trot finals at Dover

on November 17, 2020
 Four $20,000 events for juvenile trotters contested the second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund series on Tuesday at Dover Downs. The first division for fillies saw Whitesville Beulah record a lifetime mark of 2:01.2 and capture her second win in a row. David Hill drove the daughter of Anders Bluestone and Whitesville Tara to victory for owner, trainer and breeder Gary White...
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SBOANJ recaps Monday’s annual meeting

on November 17, 2020
On Monday executive administrator Al Ochsner hosted the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey’s annual meeting along with president Mark Ford and the board of directors. For the first time ever, the meeting was held virtually online, and streamed live on Facebook. The meeting opened with messages from Ford and Ochsner. Ford mentioned that the SBOAN...
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Gray goes two-for-two Tuesday at Saratoga

on November 17, 2020
Driver Shawn Gray came in to pilot two horses on Tuesday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The veteran reinsman sat behind the Jaymes McAssey-trained Nerve Of Steel (Art Official) and Pasultimatedelite N (Bettor’s Delight). The former went wire-to-wire in a $5,200 claiming race while the latter sprung an upset in the $5,850 featured race for the ladies.   The 11-year old Pa...
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Marvalous Song upsets in Meadows feature

on November 17, 2020
Dismissed at 10-1, Marvalous Song overtook the 1-9 favorite, Seadog Lady, at the top of the lane and drew off late to capture Tuesday’s feature at The Meadows, a $10,100 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   Marvalous Song was five lengths off the lead in fourth when Tony Hall sent her first up after Seadog Lady. The 5-year-old daughter of Delmarvalous-Margie’s Song go...
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A breeding bargain available through the CHHA

on November 17, 2020
A breeding to Real Or Magic p,1:51 ($194,867), by Real Desire-Magical Western is available through The Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association (CHHA), which includes two months of boarding at Elisha Lafreniere’s farm in Winchendon, MA for just $1,200. The foal will be eligible for the rich Mass Sire Stakes. Boarding for additional months is $600 a month. The foal should be at the farm...
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Cattlewash making headlines heading into Progress elim

on November 17, 2020
After suffering respiratory issues earlier this season, Cattlewash is healthy and hitting his best stride. The 3-year-old pacing colt has won three of his last four races and finished off the board only once in his last seven starts as he heads to Wednesday’s single $35,000 Progress Pace elimination at Dover Downs, where he is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. Cattlewash enters the elim of...
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Ten to battle in Progress Pace elimination

on November 17, 2020
Eleven horses were entered for the Progress Pace elimination race, at Dover Downs on Wednesday, but with Captain Midnight subsequently scratches, 10 will go behind the gate. Seven horses will place their noses on the gate and there will be three trailing horses scoring from the second tier. The purse is $35,000.   Trainer Ron Burke’s Cattlewash, who won the Matron S...
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Muscles For Life takes Pompano Monday feature

on November 17, 2020
Muscles For Life, handled by Wally Hennessey, took top honors in Pompano Park's Open Handicap Trot on Monday night, stopping the timer in 1:54.2.   The 7-year-old son of Muscle Mass, starting from post seven, took charge a few long strides after the wings opened and carded splits of :27.4, :57.4 and 1:26.1 before an effortless :28.1 finale over a sloppy racing oval to report ...
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USTA District 7 (PA) reports on Monday virtual meeting

on November 16, 2020
On Monday (Nov. 16), Chairperson Sam Beegle and Directors Barry Brown, Mark Loewe, Rich Gillock and Russell Williams hosted the annual USTA District 7 meeting. For the first time ever, all USTA District Meetings are being held virtually online. The meeting included opening messages from USTA Executive Vice President/CEO Mike Tanner and USTA President Russell Williams. The remainder of the age...
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Number of mares bred in 2020 up over six percent

on November 16, 2020
The US Trotting Association (USTA) released the 2020 List of Mares Bred statistics on Thursday (Nov. 12). As of that date, there have been 12,229 mares bred by 623 stallions. In 2019, there were only 11,513 mares reported by this date. The numbers indicate an increase of 6.21 percent compared to 2019. The expectation is that the reports on the numbers of mares bred wi...
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2YO Henrico wins third in a row in Delaware Breeders

on November 16, 2020
Three divisions of two-year-old colt and gelding pacers led off the week in the second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders’ Fund series Monday (Nov. 16) at Dover Downs. First of two non-wagering events went to Z’s Drea (Dream Away-Eastwood Aurora N) in 1:56.4 making it two in a row for owner Leonard Hubbard and trainer Andrew Stafford. Driven by Andrew’s brother, Art S...
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Trotter Marseille joins Diamond Creek stallion roster

on November 16, 2020
Diamond Creek Farm and the owners of Marseille are excited to jointly announce that Marseille will be joining the stallion roster at Diamond Creek Farm in 2021. Marseille finished his career with $516,791 in earnings and a record of 1:51.4. Marseille’s signature win came when ‘David slayed Goliath’ in the $500,000 Earl Beal Memorial. Marseille’s takedown of the oft-spo...
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Saratoga Pacer of Year Artful Way gets first win of year

on November 16, 2020
Trainer Kyle Spagnola and driver Phil Fluet won the Open Trot together for the third consecutive Monday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Though that feat is impressive enough, it is made all the more noteworthy due to the fact that the three Opens have been won by three different horses. Two weeks ago, Waiting On A Woman went coast to coast to win the trotting feature while Cash Me Out got...
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Tequila Party upsets in Meadows mare feature

on November 16, 2020
Tequila Party followed cover into the final turn, then poured it on through the lane to pull off a 7-1 mild upset in Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   Tequila Party picked up the live cover of Amelia's Courage A before Chris Shaw sent her wide for the drive. The 4-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Tea Party Princess held off ...
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Supplements for Hambo Maturity: postmark by Nov. 17

on November 16, 2020
Three-year-old colt and filly trotters not made eligible to the 2020 Hambletonian or Hambletonian Oaks with a Feb. 15, 2020, payment can supplement to the 2021 Hambletonian Maturity via a $2,000 supplemental payment postmarked by midnight Tuesday, Nov. 17.     The $400,000E Hambletonian Maturity at The Meadowlands is the richest race restricted to 4-year-old trotters and ...
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Merton drives four winners at Monticello Monday

on November 16, 2020
If Michael Merton looked at his horoscope today, it would have told him that today was going to be a good day, as on the 10-race card at Monticello Raceway as Merton won four of them. The quadruple began in Race 2 from the eight hole aboard Brutally Lucky, who was just that. The two longest shots on the board finished 1-2 Brutally lucky paid $59.50 with the 65-1 Paradise Pain...
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Hollywood Dayton suspends racing through Nov. 26

on November 16, 2020
Following a positive COVID-19 test emanating from racetrack operations and out of an abundance of caution, Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway has suspended its live racing cards through at least Thursday, Nov. 26. Simulcast wagering and gaming operations remain open. (Hollywood Dayton)
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Leonidas A upsets Bettor’s Wish in Potomac Pace

on November 16, 2020
Leonidas A, a 15-1 longshot driven by Austin Siegelman, came charging down the stretch Sunday evening past 1-5 favorite Bettir's Wish to win the fifth edition of the $100,000 Potomac Pace Invitational at Rosecroft. The 5-year-old Australian bred who arrived in the U.S. in July after being purchased by Steve Finklestein’s Jesmeral Stable, set a lifetime mark of 1:48 while winning ...
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Ideal Feeling wins Pompano opening feature

on November 16, 2020
With Tropical Storm Eta all gone, Pompano Park finally opened its 2020-2021 season on Sunday night with a very competitive 13-race pari-mutuel program.   The extravaganza featured a million-dollar field in the Open Handicap Pace and it went to Ideal Feeling, scoring a hard-earned victory in 1:50.4 for Dave Ingraham, who was in the bike for trainer Peter Blood and owner Rick ...
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Mr Ds Rock scores in Gridiron Series final

on November 15, 2020
Mr Ds Rock won his fifth consecutive race when he captured the $18,000 Gridiron Series final on Sunday at MGM Northfield Park. The 3-year-old pacer is owned by the partnership of Tammy Carter, Debra Carsey, SCP Stable and Peggy Carter.  Brian Loney, his trainer, called upon Chris Page for the winning drive.             Mr D...
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Southwind Ozzi repeats in Philly

on November 15, 2020
After his 1:48.4 statement a week ago, Southwind Ozzi ($3.20) delivered a similarly decisive score in Sunday's feature at Harrah's Philadelphia, an $11,600 high-level conditioned pace. Southwind Ozzi and regular driver Daniel Dubé worked to clear Da Delightful (Tim Tetrick) through a :27.2 first quarter, and after rating a :56.2 half, the 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere thre...
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Ohio's Jim Snyder, 74, dies

on November 15, 2020
James "Jim" Snyder, a well known Ohio horse owner for many years, died Saturday morning, Nov 14, at Brookdale Memory Care Center. Mr. Snyder, 74, died of Alzheimer's disease, surrounded by his family.   Mr. Snyder owned such notable racehorses as Camsurge, Real Hanover, Durgin Hanover, and Casino Miss, winners in winter series action at the Meadowlands for Mr. Snyde...
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Always A Miki, Notorious Pink win Final Four preps

on November 15, 2020
A couple of 2-year-old prep races for the Nov. 21 Fall Final Four were contested Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   Always A Miki (Always B Miki-Beach Gal) readied himself for next week’s Governor’s Cup by taking a 2-year-old colt and gelding pace in 1:52.3 for driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Nancy Takter as the 6-5 favorite, ending a ...
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Karma Seelster, Lmc Bumble Bee take SBOA Finals 

on November 14, 2020
Karma Seelster and Lmc Bumble Bee captured SBOA Stakes glory to wrap up the 2020 stakes season on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.    With the temperature sitting at the freezing mark, the SBOA's saw full fields of ten Ontario sired fillies clash in the $138,518 pacing final and $141,518 trotting final.    Karma Seelster finally got her big win, shootin...
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Million dollar field highlights Pompano opener

on November 14, 2020
With Tropical Storm Eta finally out of the way, Pompano Park opens its 2020-2021 season on Sunday, November 15 with a million dollar field featured in the Open Handicap Pace. The stellar field of nine features three sub-1:50 performers, including Ideal Feeling, who took his 1:48.4 mark at The Meadowlands this season, Maxdaddy Blue Chip, the author of a 1:49.1 lifetime mark and Bass Player, wh...
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Percy's Z Tam takes Open pace at Batavia Downs

on November 14, 2020
Percy's Z Tam fought off a pair of challenges in the mile en route to winning the $8,500 Open I Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 14). When the gate released race, no one left and they headed around the first turn in post position order. Seeing the opportunity, Jim Morrill Jr. tipped Percy's Z Tam from third and took the front by the quarter in :28 and from there,...
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Harvest Series continues at Mohawk

on November 14, 2020
The second round of the Harvest Series headlined Friday night harness action at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The series, which is for Ontario-sired three-year-old colts and geldings that are non-winners of $30,000 during the 2020 season as of September 30, included three $17,000 second leg divisions for trotters and pair for the pacers. Delightful Terror ($19.30) and driver Jonathan Drury pull...
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Lindy The Great wins 1st of 2020 to become millionaire

on November 14, 2020
Even though he’d earned more than $339,000 from just 14 starts this year, Lindy The Great was winless heading into Friday night's high-end conditioned trotting feature at the Meadowlands.   “I was petting him this morning,” said trainer Julie Miller, “and I said to him ‘all the talk is about you being an oh-fer. Let’s change that.'"...
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The Fun Marshall wins fifth straight at Plainridge

on November 13, 2020
The Fun Marshall has certainly had a good time since coming to Plainridge Park. After getting her first win of the year at the Meadowlands on October 2nd, she is now four-for-four at The Ridge after taking the $12,000 fillies and mares feature pace on a very inclement Friday afternoon (Nov. 13).   Best Honey Hanover (Kevin Switzer Jr.) took the lead with The Fun Marshall right behind,...
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Perlucky cruises in Meadows trot; Pantaleano wins 5

on November 13, 2020
Perlucky exploded to the front from post 5 and never had an anxious moment as he captured Friday's $16,200 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   The 5-year-old Lucky Chucky-Paper Girl gelding already was comfortable on the front when he threw down a 28 third panel, effectively sealing the deal. He scored in 1:53.1 for Dave Palone, 3 lengths better than Wind Of The North while White...
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Hollywood Dayton suspends racing as covid precaution

on November 13, 2020
As the result of a positive COVID-19 test on an employee in its racetrack operations department, and acting out of an abundance of caution, Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway announced Friday it will suspend live harness racing, effective immediately. All other operations at Hollywood Gaming remain open, including gaming and dining options as ...
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Ryder on Party Girl Hill: "She's not retired"

on November 13, 2020
Trainer Chris Ryder told harnessracing.com Friday afternoon that contrary to a quote attributed to him in a Dover Downs’ press release following Party Girl Hill’s 1:49 track-record victory in Thursday night’s $154,250 Matron, the 3-year-old filly pacer is not being retired and will return to race as a 4 year old in 2021.   Ryder said he declined an invitation to race...
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Seeking breeding donations for CHHA 2021 Stallion Auction

on November 13, 2020
The CHHA is requesting breeding donations  for the CHHA January 2021 Stallion Auction. Covid-19 made 2020 a very difficult year for fundraising. Yet, our ministry and our expenses continued. The good news is, God is alive and well in our industry. Our 2021 Stallion Auction will run on www.ongait.com from Thursday, January 28 – Saturday, January 30, 2021. We plan to advertise t...
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Royal Mattjesty moves to Winbak Farm of Delaware

on November 13, 2020
World Champion, Royal Mattjesty, p, 2, 1:50.3; 3, 1:50.2s; 1:48.4 ($1,653,367), will be moving to Winbak Farm of Delaware for the 2021 Breeding Season. “As a yearling, Royal Mattjesty sold for $210,000,” said Garrett Bell, General Manager. “He is a great-looking individual with an outstanding pedigree.” Royal Mattjesty is the richest living son of Matt’s Scoot...
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Swan Legacy impressive in Philly debut

on November 12, 2020
The Indiana invader Swan Legacy made an impressive local debut in the faster of the $12,800 featured trots on Thursday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, using the cover of favored Rosalie Swan as a springboard to a 1:55.4 victory over a "good" track.   Tim Tetrick got the Swan For All sophomore gelding out behind Rosalie Swan as that one went uncovered down...
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Amigo Volo, Party Girl Hill set Dover records in Matrons

on November 12, 2020
Dexter Dunn rewrote a sizeable chunk of the Dover Downs record book on Thursday night, piloting both Amigo Volo ($3.20) and Party Girl Hill ($2.60) to track record performances in their respective Matron Stakes splits in the First State. Amigo Volo’s 1:50.2 effort in the $162,350 Matron for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings earned him a place in the track and world record books, kn...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on November 12, 2020
Tis the week before the Fall Final Four and TVG finals and some of those headed to the Nov. 21 events are in action this weekend in conditioned races at the Meadowlands. in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, driver Yannick Gingras gives his take on starting from post 10 with JK Alwaysbalady and David Miller talks about Blue Diamond Eyes, both 2-year-old filly pacers headed to the Thre...
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K Ryan Bluechip follows cover to Meadows victory

on November 12, 2020
K Ryan Bluechip followed live cover into the final turn, then brushed wide through the lane to capture Thursday’s $17,900 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   K Ryan Bluechip was sixth down the backside when Dave Palone tipped him off the cones to follow the first-over Carolina Beach. The 8-year-old Art Major-Fool That I Am gelding had enough late to down the ground-saving Wild ...
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Hoosier invader Whata Swan wins Dayton trot

on November 12, 2020
Owner John Barnhard asked trainer Luis Quevedo to ship Whata Swan across the Indiana-Ohio border on Thursday, and the result was a 1:53.4 score in the $15,000 Open Trot.   When odds-on favorite Refined made a break in stride shortly after the starting car's wings folded, it was anyone's race. Whata Swan (Tyler Smith) elected to allow Pass The Vape (Trevor Smith) and Wesly...
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Manchego to retire after Nov. 21 TVG start

on November 12, 2020
The record-setting career of Manchego will come to an end Nov. 21 at the Meadowlands. Barry Guariglia, who owns the 5-year-old trotting mare, said her final start will be in the TVG Series championship, either in the Mare Trot or Open Trot. Manchego has won 32 of 55 lifetime races and earned $2.56 million. Her victories include the 2018 Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown titles at ages 2, 4...
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Big M offers $300,000 in guaranteed weekend pools

on November 12, 2020
There will no doubt be plenty of money put in play over the course of the upcoming weekend (Nov. 13-14) at The Meadowlands as the track’s popular multi-leg wagers will offer a total of $300,000 in guaranteed pools.   On Friday night, the 20-cent Pick-6 – which begins in the eighth race – has a guaranteed pool of $20,000. Big M management saw fit to make the monetary ...
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Protect Blue Chip, Il Mago, Davis Jr. win big at Batavia

on November 11, 2020
The Wednesday evening (Nov. 11) racing menu at Batavia Downs featured a pair of $8,500 Open I handicap events that produced definitive winners on both the pace and the trot and also saw the meet's second winningest driver, Billy Davis Jr., win five races on the card.   In the handicap pace for fillies and mares, Protect Blue Chip (Billy Davis Jr.) took the lead and was pushed thro...
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DSBF 2-year-old pacing fillies at Dover Downs

on November 11, 2020
On a rainy warm Wednesday, Nov. 11 evening, three divisions of fillies went forward on a very sloppy track. It was a muddy sweep for Winbak Farm stallion Roddy’s Bags Again. The first division was a non-wagering event won by Harrington final winner, Stealing Bases (Roddy’s Bags Again-End To End Hanover) in a new lifetime record of 1:56.3 by a seven-length margin for drive...
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Summer Charm wins Meadows feature

on November 11, 2020
Summer Charm knifed through the sloppy Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $12,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   Sent off the 7-5 second choice, Summer Charm zipped to the early lead for Tony Hall but released Sansovina Hanover at the quarter in favor of the pocket. That decision paid off late as Summer Charm had pace aplenty to defeat the first-...
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Abigail Dawn finds way to winner's circle at Philly

on November 11, 2020
The Real Artist mare Abigail Dawn had to have everything go right for her in the $11,600 handicap featured pace for distaffs on a soggy Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia – and when they did, driver Dexter Dunn put the mare in position to win, and she took a close finish in 1:52.3 over a sloppy track.   Early on Abigail Dawn thought about leaving, but Its Mesmerise...
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Shartin N qualifies in 1:50.1 at Dover

on November 11, 2020
Shartin N, the 2019 Horse Of The Year, qualified Wednesday morning at Dover Downs. The track was fast with overcast skies and the temperature was 72 degrees. Driver Tim Tetrick sent Shartin N quickly to the top. The race fractions were :27.3, :56.4  and 1:24.2, with the mare finishing the mile in 1:50.1. The mare won by 18 1/2 lengths, under wraps.   Jim King Jr...
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DSBF freshman splits raced at Dover Downs

on November 10, 2020
​The summer temps continue in the Delaware Valley and the 2-year-old DSBF trotters opened the Tuesday card at Dover Downs with two non-wagering events for colts and geldings. The fillies followed in the Daily Double on the regular card. All purses were $20,000. The ​fiest non-wagering event went to Rhett (Keystone Activator-Lake Serena) in a new lifetime record of 1:57.4 for dri...
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George Napolitano Sr. dies at 96

on November 10, 2020
George Napolitano Sr., 96, passed peacefully at his home on Saturday, Nov. 7, after enjoying a life with horses for three-quarters of a century. At the age of 12 or 13, he, along with his father, Joseph, broke mustangs as wagon pulling horses used for the delivery of fruits and vegetables. Married at the age of 17, Mr. Napolitano soon thereafter served his country in World War II ...
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Jessiejesorjessica best in Tuesday Meadows feature

on November 10, 2020
Pinned to the pylons into the final turn, Jessiejesorjessica found wide racing room and captured her 13th win this year in Tuesday’s co-feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot.   When Dave Palone swung her wide for the drive, the 4-year-old daughter of Justice Hall-Ziggy Wiggy had only open racetrack and tiring trotters in front of her. She score...
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Tricky Dick nixes foes for second straight at Pocono

on November 10, 2020
The 2-year-old Winning Mister-Pictures Of Millie gelding Tricky Dick won his second straight race in a $10,400 feature on Tuesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and his 1:55.4 time was only a second off the divisional track record – not bad for a horse who didn’t break his maiden until Oct. 6.   Tricky Dick nosed out Gerard last Tuesday, and these ...
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SBOA finals wrap up Mohawk stakes season Saturday

on November 10, 2020
Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies will cap off the 2020 stakes season at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a pair of SBOA Stakes finals this Saturday.    Full fields of 10 will clash in the $141,518 trotting filly final and $138,518 pacing filly final. The SBOA Stakes were rescheduled to this Saturday from their usual position in May.   Last Saturday’s card saw a pai...
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O'Brien Awards go virtual on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021

on November 10, 2020
On Sept. 30, Standardbred Canada’s Board of Directors announced that the 2020 O’Brien Awards would be a “Virtual Event” due to the ongoing global pandemic.   Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce that the 2020 Virtual O’Brien Awards Gala will take place on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021. The virtual event will be available for viewing on standardbredcana...
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Kentucky horseman Scottie Harris, 84, dies

on November 10, 2020
Kentucky horseman Scottie Harris, 84, of West Paducah passed away on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Clinton Place in Clinton, KY. Mr. Harris was well known on the Kentucky racing circuit.. He was also a former president of Kentucky Harness Horseman Association, where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Mr. Harris was a 1954 graduate of Heath High School and a member of Milburn C...
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Former race official Don Knapton dies at 77

on November 10, 2020
Donald A. Knapton, 77, died peacefully at the Inn at Village Square on Friday, Nov. 6.   He was born in Westbrook on Dec. 5, 1942 to Donald and Barbara (Paine) Knapton. He graduated from Gorham High School and Gorham State Teachers College. He then taught at Massabesic Junior High for 16 years before turning to horse racing.   Mr. Knapton had started following races in...
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Ramona Hill returns to action Thursday in Matron at Dover

on November 10, 2020
The Matron Stakes for 3 year olds are in the spotlight Thursday night at Dover Downs.   Ramona Hill, who beat the boys in capturing the Hambletonian this year, takes on Hypnotic AM and Sorella in the 3-year-old filly trot. Ramona Hill has not raced since Oct. 11 when she made a break in the Kentucky Filly Futurity at The Red Mile. Entered to start in the Breeders Crown eliminations on...
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Pompano Park cancels Tuesday night card

on November 10, 2020
Due to the electrical malfunction resulting from Tropical Storm Eta, Pompano Park is forced to cancel the racing program for Tuesday, Nov. 10. "The extensive damage caused by the storm and subsequent electrical malfunction cannot be remedied for today," said director of racing Gabe Prewitt. "We have exhausted all options and we our confident our generators will b...
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Del. 2YO pacers in action; Henrico equals mark

on November 10, 2020
On a very warm November evening at Dover Downs the Delaware Standardbred Breeders’ Fund series for 2-year olds started Monday (Nov. 9) with three divisions of pacing colts and geldings.   The early non-wagering event went to a two time winner from Harrington, Z’s Dream (Dream Away-Eastwood Aurora N), who earned a new lifetime mark of 1:55.3, winning by a quarter-length ...
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Kathie An Pfister, 71, dies

on November 10, 2020
Kathie Ann Pfister passed away Sunday (Nov. 8), at her home surrounded by her loved ones. She was 71. She was born Feb. 4, 1949, in Kenton, Ohio to the late William “Bill” & Dorthea “Dottie” Davis. Ms. Pfister graduated from Richwood High School in 1967. She was a member of the Richwood Tigers Marching Band. She was retired from General Industries in Marysv...
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Saratoga Horse of Year Cash Me Out returns and wins

on November 09, 2020
Saratoga's defending Horse of the Year made his return on Monday afternoon. The Kyle Spagnola-trained Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) was named the top horse of 2019 at the Spa but has spent much of his ’20 campaign traveling to other tracks to compete. The winner of a local Open back in March and another in June, Cash Me Out had post eight in the $10,000 co-feature on Monday. Phil Fluet pi...
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Nows The Moment takes Plainridge trot feature

on November 09, 2020
After a successful stint at Yonkers Raceway,  Nows The Moment returned to Plainridge Park and reclaimed top honors after dominating in the $17,500 Winners-Over trot on Monday afternoon (Nov. 9). Nows The Moment (Mike Stevenson) left three-deep into the first turn and took the lead before the quarter in a blistering :26.2. Mister Muscle (Bruce Ranger), who was tracking right behind h...
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Full Surge trots to 1:52.4 lifetime mark

on November 09, 2020
Full Surge surged to the top from post 6 and never let a rival get close, scoring in a career-best 1:52.4 in Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Conditioned Trot.   Sent off as the 1-1 favorite, Full Surge threw down a 56.1 back half for Tony Hall, enabling him to defeat the pocket-sitting Joey by 1-1/4 lengths. Vegas Ticket was a ground-saving third.   Miles Wol...
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2YO filly trotter Aela Jamieson named USTA District 8 HOY

on November 09, 2020
The 2-year-old trotting filly, Aela Jamieson, by Chapter Seven of Blue Chip Farms in Wallkill, N.Y., has been named the United States Trotting Association District 8 Horse of the Year. The award was presented to trainer Julie Miller at Sunday’s New York Sires Stakes and USTA District 8 virtual awards banquet. “We loved her at Lexington at the sale, she was a smaller filly, but ...
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Hanover announces 2021 stud fees

on November 09, 2020
Hanover Shoe Farms has announced their 2021 service fees.  All stallions except Nuncio stand in Pennsylvania. Stallion books will open this week.   Andover Hall - $6,000;  Bar Hopping - $8,500 (shipped semen not available); Betting Line - $ 7,500; Cantab Hall - $15,000; Captaintreacherous - $30,000; Greenshoe - $25,000; International Moni -...
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HHYF Holiday Box now available

on November 09, 2020
Have horse-loving kids on your holiday gift giving list? Then we hope you consider supporting the Harness Horse Youth Foundation by ordering our Holiday Activity Boxes! Designed with the intent of combining fun and light learning, the box contents are suitable for ages 10 and up.     Activities included are how to decorate a Ginger’bred’ Standard’bred' ...
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Pompano to race Monday after Sunday's washed-out opener

on November 09, 2020
After Pompano Park's scheduled season kickoff was canceled on Sunday due to Tropical Storm Eta, Pompano Park's director of racing, Gabe Prewitt, has announced that Monday is a "go" as the track begins its 57th season. Highlighting the 11-race pari-mutuel program is the Open Handicap Trot featuring a full field of 10, including Sooo Handsome, The Lionking AS, Explosivebr...
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Meadows pauses Super Hi-5; mandatory on Nov. 24

on November 09, 2020
Thanksgiving week could bring extra reasons to give thanks for players of the Super Hi-5 at The Meadows. The track has announced that on Tuesday, Nov. 24, the Super Hi-5 will carry a mandatory payout. With the Super Hi-5 jackpot already at $111,462.16, the final pool could be huge, indeed.   Ordinarily, The Meadows offers the Super Hi-5, with a minimum 20-cent wager, on the final race...
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NJ residents can now bet when they are out of state

on November 09, 2020
New Jersey residents can now place bets on horse races even when they are out of state.   Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer (A2355) that allows residents to place wagers using New Jersey’s account wagering system while in another state.   “All New Jersey residents should be allowed to place wagers on horse racing no matter w...
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Southwind Ozzi finds winner’s circle at Harrah’s Philly

on November 08, 2020
Aided by a drop in class to the easiest field he has faced since his 2-year-old campaign, 2019 Little Brown Jug winner Southwind Ozzi ($3.60) broke a five-race losing skid with a scintillating 1:48.4 mile on Sunday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Southwind Ozzi wasted no time establishing command of the terms in the $10,000 fourth-level conditioned pace and was guided by Daniel Dub&...
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Pompano Park cancels Sunday opener due to Eta

on November 08, 2020
Due to Tropical Storm Eta, Pompano Park has been forced to cancel its opening night program on Sunday, Nov. 8. As the track of the storm progresses, a determination about the racing program scheduled for Monday, Nov. 9 will be made when appropriate. South Florida is in the cone of the storm, which is expected to bring as much as 10 inches of rain with winds approaching hurricane for...
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Summa Cum Laude, Fire Start Hanover win Kindergarten paces

on November 08, 2020
 On Saturday night, a week after he and Perfect Sting recorded the first dead-heat Breeders Crown win, Yannick Gingras steered Summa Cum Laude to a 1:50.2 win in the $204,050 Kindergarten Series final for freshman pacing colts and geldings at thr Meadowlands.  Soaring to first off the gate was Shakespeare, followed by Captain Sleeze, with the Ron Burke-train...
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SBOA elims in the books at Mohawk Park

on November 07, 2020
 Ontario-sired fillies were in the spotlight Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the eliminations of the SBOA Stakes.    A total of four $25,000 elimination races, two for pacers and two for trotters, were part of Saturday’s 12-race card. The top-five finishers in each elimination advanced to next week’s finals.    P L Notsonice had an...
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Dee’s Red Delicous, Anoka Hanover take Kindergarten trots

on November 07, 2020
Leading a tightening bunch after leader Jack Fire, Dee’s Red Delicous emerged victorious in the $207,570 Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack.    Driver Corey Callahan floated Dee’s Red Delicous into fourth to a :28 first quarter as 3-5 favorite Lindsymusclemania broke into a gallop entering the ...
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GD Western Joe rallies to win Dayton Open

on November 07, 2020
GD Western Joe (Chris Page) used come-from-behind tactics on Saturday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway to capture the $14,000 Open Pace in a snappy 1:49.4 clocking.    Odds-on favorite Our Majordan A (Brett Miller) couldn't clear to the lead until well past the :26.4 opening panel, then faced a stern challenge from Grantmeawish (Josh Sutton) from the :54 halfway juncture to pa...
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Mr. Euroman N repeats in Batavia feature

on November 07, 2020
 Fresh off a late-closing victory in the top pace at Batavia Downs last week, Mr. Euroman N found himself right back in the winner’s circle once again after capturing the $8,500 Open I Handicap pace on Saturday afternoon.    Mr. Euroman N (Billy Davis Jr.) got away fourth as Tullow N (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the lead by the quarter and then paced smartly to the half ...
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Hot pace sets up Pocono win for Burning Midnight

on November 07, 2020
A hot battle on the front end tired out the favorites and set the $16,000 claiming handicap pacing feature up for a closer, with the Mach Three gelding Burning Midnight filling that role nicely as he won the Saturday afternoon feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:51.1.   Mark With A K, the second choice, was insistent on controlling the pace from the pole, putting...
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Meadowlands purses to increase 25%

on November 07, 2020
The Meadowlands is pleased to announce that purses will be increased by 25 percent across the board starting with the upcoming condition sheet for Nov. 13-14.   "The bump keeps our purses in line with the highest offered among tracks currently racing,"said Racing Secretary Scott Warren. "We're heading into the time of year when full fields and competi...
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Wild Wild Western uses 3-wide move to win Preferred

on November 07, 2020
Forced to go three wide near the three-quarters, Wild Wild Western still had plenty of lick in the lane as he captured Friday's $17,900 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows in a career-best 1:50.1.   Wild Wild Western was third over when his cover began to falter, the signal for Tony Hall to send him three wide. The 4-year-old son of Western Ideal-Caila Fra zipped the final panel in ...
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Gai Waterhouse best in Plainridge feature

on November 07, 2020
Coming off a heavy slate of stake action in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Indiana, Gai Waterhouse drew into a $12,000 overnight conditioned event at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon and paced away with her first win of 2020. Watchful Eye (Shawn Gray) took the early lead before Gai Waterhouse (Drew Monti) grabbed the top spot in front of the stands. Positions changed again when Watchful E...
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Trevor Henry drives 7,000th career winner

on November 07, 2020
A last-to-first rally with pacing mare Gias Surreal gave driver Trevor Henry career driving win 7,000 on Friday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.    Henry entered Friday’s card three wins shy of the 7,000 mark and recorded the “Hat-Trick” victory in Race 11 in upset fashion, scoring at odds of 12-1.     Gias Surreal will go down as winner ...
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Warrior One goes wire to wire in Big M feature

on November 07, 2020
Warrior One started the year like a house on fire, scoring in seven of his first nine starts for trainer Ron Burke before going winless in his next seven outings. So much for the losing streak. The 4-year-old gelded son of Father Patrick-Yoga, the only wire-to-wire winner on the card, made his fifth 2020 visit to the Meadowlands winner’s circle in the featured high-end conditioned tr...
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Cattlewash wins Monument Circle as Hoosier wraps up stakes

on November 07, 2020
Just one week after hosting the 37th edition of the Breeders Crown, Grand Circuit racing action was back in the spotlight at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday as some of the sport’s brightest stars ventured back to Hoosier Park for the final night of Grand Circuit racing this season. The evening’s 13-race card was highlighted by the $160,000 Monument...
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Hambo Society thanks those who made Breeders Crown a success

on November 06, 2020
On behalf of The Hambletonian Society we would like to thank everyone who played a part, whether large or small, in the just concluded $6.4 million Breeders Crown at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. The racing was tremendous and some of these races and horses will go down as all-time greats in history. A heartfelt thank you is owed to all the horsemen and women, trainers, caretakers, and ...
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Broodmare Somwherovrarainbow sells for $240,000

on November 06, 2020
Pacing broodmare Somwherovrarainbow, a Dan Patch Award winner at age 2, was purchased in foal to stallion Always B Miki for $240,000 by Crawford Farms to lead Friday’s (Nov. 6) first session of the Standardbred Horse Sale’s mixed sale at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.   The 10-year-old Somwherovrarainbow is the offspring of two Horse of the Year winners, Somebeachsom...
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USTA District 8 announces 2020 award winners

on November 06, 2020
United States Trotting Association District 8 has announced the winners of its 2020 year-end awards. For the second year in a row, George Ducharme has been named Trainer of the Year; Pari-Mutuel Driver of the Year goes to Jason Bartlett; and Leon Bailey is the County Fair Driver of the Year. Ducharme earned a combined $382,482 in the New York Sire Stakes and Excelsior Series this year with 77...
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SBOANJ says new whipping rule now in effect in NJ

on November 06, 2020
Earlier this week the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) reached out to the New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC) regarding the implementation of the new whipping rule and a possible transition period with written warnings. The SBOANJ was told that the NJRC staff considered a transition period with written warnings but decided against it. The new whipping rule bec...
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Hambletonian Champion Trixton to stand in Ontario at Winbak Farm

on November 06, 2020
Mike Gulotta of Deo Volente Farms and and Joe Thomson of Winbak Farms are pleased to announce that Trixton, the 2014 Hambletonian Champion, will stand stud at Winbak Canada in Ontario for the 2021 breeding season.    Joe Thomson, owner of Winbak farm said, “We are very happy and extremely excited to have the opportunity to stand a stallion of Trixton’s caliber here at W...
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Propulsion to stand stud at Deo Volente Farms in 2021

on November 06, 2020
Stall Zet and Johan Arneng are pleased and proud to announce that their standardbred champion Propulsion (Muscle Hill - Danae- Andover Hall) will be coming to the United States to stand stud in 2021 at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, New Jersey. “I have partnered with Deo Volente Farms for years. They have done an outstanding job on Trixton and for that reason I am highly confident in ...
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Pompano Park set to kick off season on Sunday

on November 06, 2020
Pompano Park kicks off its 57th racing season on Sunday, Nov. 8, with track-record holder Panocchio and Sunshine State Stakes action highlighting the lofty 11-race program.   Panocchio, the rugged son of No Pan Intended, now 10 years old, set his track record five seasons ago and has amassed 72 career wins—45 of those at Pompano Park—and $649,596 in earnings for ...
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Harrah's Philadelphia extends meet to Dec. 31

on November 06, 2020
Officials at Harrah's Philadelphia have announced that the current meet will be extended through Dec. 31, 2020. The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has approved an additional four racing programs to be contested at Harrah's Philadelphia following the originally scheduled closing day of Dec. 20. The additional dates are: • Wednesday, Dec. 23 (12:25 p.m. first post) &b...
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Bet You holds on to win "The Gronk" leg at Plainridge

on November 06, 2020
District 9 event for Plainridge Park-based pacers with a Trackmaster of 87 or less known as “The Gronk” continued for a second week with a $17,500 purse on Thursday afternoon with Bet You claiming the winner’s share of the purse. Driver Kevin Switzer Jr. floated out third to the quarter with Bet You while Waves (Nick Graffam) took the lead. But once Waves settled, Bet You ma...
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Rau Ru, Publicity Seeker win Harvest colt finals

on November 06, 2020
Harvest Series finals for two-year-olds continued Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with male pacers and trotters in the spotlight.    A full field of 10 clashed in the $48,100 Harvest Series final for pacing colts and geldings, while over on the trotting side it was a field of seven in a $45,100 contest.    Rau Ru powered by No Free Launch in deep str...
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Burke brings out broom in Matron 2YO paces

on November 05, 2020
Following a narrow defeat in the Breeders Crown, Southwind Gendry ($2.60) bounced back with authority and posted a 1:50 win in Thursday’s $193,000 Matron Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Dover Downs and capping a sweep of the Matrons for rookie pacers for trainer Ron Burke. The son of Always B Miki and Gambler’s Passion was caught wide in midfield after...
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Yankees Beast rallies late to win Philly feature

on November 05, 2020
The Yankee Glide gelding Yankees Beast, a noted closer, got his preferred second-over trip and had the most late in winning the $13,600 feature on the “Trottin’ Thursday” card at Harrah’s Philadelphia.   Marcus Miller swung the Anette Lorentzon trainee three wide late on the far turn and overhauled pacesetting Macmorris Hanover by a length at the end of the ...
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Pacing colt sells for $115,000 to top third day

on November 05, 2020
Pacing colt Shadowmoon Rising led Thursday’s (Nov. 5) final yearling session of the Standardbred Horse Sale, purchased for $115,000 by Dr. Ian Moore at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.   A son of Shadow Play out of Lofty Yankee, the colt is a full brother to Shadow Moon, who was a Grand Circuit stakes winner for Moore. Shadowmoon Rising was bred and consigned by Spring ...
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Refined beats the boys in Dayton Open Trot

on November 05, 2020
Refined, the lone mare in a field of eight talented Open trotters, withstood a challenging first-over trip and pulled away to a one length victory in Thursday afternoon's feature race at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.    Driver Cameron McCown, sitting in for regular pilot Brett Miller, got away from the gate third behind Fanatic (Josh Sutton) and Pass The Vape (Trevor Smith) in...
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Hoosier stakes, Kindergarten finals in Weekend Preview!

on November 05, 2020
The Breeders Crown championships may be in the books but several finalists are back in action this weekend, including some of the winners. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, we take a look at Friday night’s stakes races at Harrah’s Hoosier Park and Saturday night’s Kindergarten finals at the Meadowlands.   Peaky Sneaky, who won the Crown 3FP final at ...
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Kindergarten finals, new betting menu on tap at Big M

on November 05, 2020
When it comes to the best that harness racing has to offer, all roads lead back to the Meadowlands.   Last week a winding stakes highway that took the best horses and horsemen from Woodbine at Mohawk Park in Ontario to the Delaware, Ohio Fairgrounds to Lexington’s Red Mile made its final stop at Indiana’s Hoosier Park for the Breeders Crown.   Now, the Big M will ...
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Sansovina Hanover cruises in Meadows feature

on November 05, 2020
Sansovina Hanover left the field gasping with a 27.1 third quarter and rolled home in a career-best 1:50.3 in Wednesday’s feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 filly & mare conditioned pace.   Sansovina Hanover quarter-poled to the lead for Jim Pantaleano, but it was only when she threw down her sizzling third panel that she wrapped up the race. The 5-year-old daughter of Somebe...
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Napolitano wins seven Wednesday at Philly

on November 05, 2020
Driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Gilbert Garcia-Owen captured both of the pacing features on “Distaff Day” Wednesday at Harrah’s Philadelphia as part of a giant day for both horsemen.   Despite having to go first-over against pacesetting favorite Machnhope in the $14,400 top-line event, the veteran McArdle mare Lispatty was able to get to the line first, and ...
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Lorentzon, Deaton double up in Kentucky mini-series

on November 05, 2020
Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel played host to a new mini-series for Kentucky Sires Stakes or Fair Stake-eligible 3-year-old trotters on Wednesday afternoon.    Eight trotting fillies lined up behind the gate on a warm, sunny fall afternoon in the first of the two $15,000 elimination races. Graceful Winner with driver Elliott Deaton got up in time to beat Delovely Hall ...
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Lougazi, Tellawoman shine in Batavia features

on November 04, 2020
One came from behind and one led all the way, but both were the best in their class at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening (Nov. 4).   The $8,500 Open I Handicap trot was won by Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) who got away a gapped fifth while Daylon Phantom (Dan Yetman) took an unchallenged lead to the half in :58.2. There, Before I Die (Jim McNeight Jr.) pulled first over with an advancing Lo...
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Captaintreacherous colt sells for $180,000 to top day 2

on November 04, 2020
Anyone who missed the first yearling pass through the auction ring at Wednesday’s (Nov. 4) second session of the Standardbred Horse Sale also missed the day’s top seller.   Nautical Hanover, a pacing colt by Captaintreacherous out of Naughty Marietta, was purchased by Tony Alagna for $180,000 to lead a group of 14 horses that reached six figures. He is Naughty Ma...
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Katkin American recovering from fractured cannon bone

on November 04, 2020
Trainer James Yoder has reported that Katkin American, who was a late scratch Saturday night from the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot at Harrah’s Hoosier Park, has undergone successful surgery to repair a fractured left front cannon bone. Yoder posted on his Facebook page Wednesday afternoon that the injury occurred when the 5-year-old gelding Katkin American “took a bad step warmi...
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Average drops, but still strong prices at Timonium

on November 03, 2020
After dealing with the collapse of a tent where horses were stabled on Monday, the Standardbred Horse Sales Company’s annual yearling auction got underway on Tuesday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, at the facility where the Thoroughbred sales giant Fasig-Tipton annually holds sales.   According to consignors, attendance was strong at the sale, with East Coast-base...
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Sports betting poses threat to racing in Canada

on November 03, 2020
Racetracks of Canada, Ontario Racing and Woodbine Entertainment are raising significant concerns with Private Member’s Bill C-218. The bill is currently being debated by Members of Parliament in the Canadian House of Commons.   PMB C-218 seeks to legalize Single-Event Sports Betting in Canada, but damage to the horseracing industry may end up being an unintended consequence of t...
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Greenhilldebatable holds off Greenhill Hanover at Meadows

on November 03, 2020
Greenhilldebatable made the lead with a strong uncovered move and had just enough in the tank to hold off her stablemate, Greenhill Hanover, in Tuesday’s feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   Greenhilldebatable was fourth when Dave Palone sent her after the leader, Elysium Seelster. Even after putting that rival away, Greenhilldebatable needed st...
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Surfer Beach scores in Pocono feature

on November 03, 2020
Surfer Beach may be starting to pace into his considerable pedigree, as he won a $10,400 pace on Tuesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   An altered son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the $2.3 million-plus winning Southwind Tempo, two-time divisional champion, Surfer Beach did not race at two, and he won only one of his first 13 races at three. But he has now won two...
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CHHA announces scholarship award winners

on November 03, 2020
The CHHA Scholarship Committee considered the 11 terrific applications received this year. Three were outstanding: Aubrey Schwartz, Sydney Trotto and Meadow Twaddle. For more about these faith-filled harness racing students please visit our website at https://www.chha.net/scholarship-recipients-2020-2021. Aubrey Schwartz, our John and Janet Klark Scholarship recipient, plans to study Agricult...
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Midwest Mixed Sale entries online

on November 03, 2020
The Midwest Auction Company is pleased to announce that entries for the 2020 Midwest Mixed Sale, to be held Tuesday, Nov. 24, in Shipshewana, Ind., are now online. Entries may be viewed at MidwestAuctionCo.com.   Catalogs are expected to be mailed later this week. The sale will once again take place at the Michiana Event Center and will start at Noon on the Tuesday befo...
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Matron hopeful Mysweetboymax special to owners

on November 03, 2020
When colt Mysweetboymax races in Thursday’s $193,000 Matron Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers at Dover Downs, he carries not only his owners’ hopes for a win but their memories of a dear friend. Bred and owned by the father-and-son team of Robert Horowitz and Brandon Horowitz, Mysweetboymax is named in memory of Max Liroff, the best friend of one of Robert’s other sons, Case...
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Mister Muscles tops Eurobond at Plainridge

on November 03, 2020
Northfield Park regular Mister Muscle took the short 635 mile ride down the 90 to Plainridge Park and immediately flexed his way to the winner’s circle in the $17,500 Winners-Over trotting feature on Monday afternoon (Nov.2).   Mister Muscle (Bruce Ranger) took the lead and opened up a two length advantage over Ronnie Goldstein (Shawn Gray) at the quarter in :27.4. With a gapped...
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Shes A Sassy Beach, Hawaii take Harvest finals

on November 03, 2020
The Harvest Series for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies concluded Monday with a pair of finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A field of nine squared off in the $46,000 final for pacing fillies, while a compact group of six clashed in the $45,400 final for trotting fillies.   Ken Middleton trainee Shes A Sassy Beach and driver Sylvain Filion came out on top in the pacing fillie...
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Jeffrey P 22-1 upset winner at Meadows

on November 02, 2020
Seventh heading into the final turn, Jeffery P roared wide through the lane to spring the 22-1 upset in Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Conditioned Trot.   Rising MVP reached the front with an uncovered backside move but couldn't hold off the rallying Jeffery P once Brady Brown got him into gear. The 5-year-old Full Count-Betty Jean gelding triumphed in 1:56, 1-1/4 le...
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American Zest A takes Saratoga feature

on November 02, 2020
Different horse, same result for Larry Stalbaum in the Monday Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The dominant force in the local Open in the last couple of seasons has been Crockets Cullen N. That veteran campaigner has thrived for Stalbaum and won the Open last week (Oct 26). On Monday, Stalbaum unveiled his American Zest A (American Ideal) at the Spa for the first time. The Aussie inv...
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Woodbine Mohawk Park to race over holidays

on November 02, 2020
Woodbine Entertainment has received approval to swap several race dates from its Standardbred racing calendar to allow Woodbine Mohawk Park to conduct live racing over the upcoming holiday season. The following dates have been added to the Woodbine Mohawk Park racing calendar: Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020; Monday, Dec. 28, 2020; Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020; Friday, ...
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Hoosier Park sets record handle in 2020 Breeders Crown

on November 01, 2020
There were a lot of hurdles to overcome for the 37th edition of the $6 million Breeders Crown Championships at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Amidst a pandemic that limited crowd capacity, the track pulled in its largest handle in the 27-year history with a total of $2,474,344 wagered on the 15-race card Saturday, Oct. 31. The previous track record for handle on a single program was set during ...
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A Major Omen takes Big M Feature

on November 01, 2020
Trainer Trish Adams had a big night at The Meadowlands Saturday, winning three times on the card, including the $17,000 high-end conditioned pacing feature with A Major Omen. The 4-year-old gelded son of Art Major-Omen Hanover has been on a roll of late, with victories in three of his last four starts. He's been winning despite continuing to face better stock every week, as his current st...
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Century Farroh pounces, upsets in Crown Open Pace

on November 01, 2020
David Miller had Century Farroh in just the right spot, and the 4-year-old son of Mach Three charged by favorite Bettor's Wish in the late stages to capture the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday night (Oct. 31). Century Farroh left hard from the outside and tucked in behind early speedster Backstreet Shadow heading into the first turn. Tim Tetrick gu...
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Breeders Crown three-peat for Gimpanzee

on October 31, 2020
Gimpanzee made it three Breeders Crown titles in a row by winning Saturday's (Oct. 31) $500,000 Open Trot by a length over Crystal Fashion in 1:51.3 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Atlanta finished third. Gimpanzee, a 4-year-old stallion, became the fifth trotter in history to win at least three Breeders Crown trophies, joining Peace Corps, Grades Singing, Mack Lobell, and Manchego — wh...
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Sandbetweenmytoes shocks in Breeders Crown, upsets Tall Dark Stranger

on October 31, 2020
Despite Tall Dark Stranger's most valiant effort, his absolute reign among 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings came to an end in Saturday night's (Oct. 31) $500,000 Breeders Crown, as 200-1 shot Sandbetweenmytoes lifted down the grandstand side to narrowly record a 1:48.3 win over the divisional leader. Sandbetweenmytoes got away ninth in the field of 10 while Cattlewash (David Mille...
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Breeders Crown redemption for Kissin In The Sand

on October 31, 2020
Thrice a Breeders Crown competitor but now finally a bride, Kissin In The Sand kept defending Horse of the Year Shartin N at bay and equaled the stakes record in the $300,000 Breeders Crown Mare Pace on Saturday (Oct. 31) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Kissin In The Sand was parked to a :26.4 opening quarter, but cleared command from Shartin N entering the backstretch. Warrawee Ubeaut raced thir...
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Amigo Volo hangs tough in Breeders Crown sophomore trot

on October 31, 2020
Dexter Dunn drove Amigo Volo to victory for the second week, posting a 1:53 win in the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt and gelding trot on Saturday (Oct. 31) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Play Trix On Me left quickly along with Back Of The Neck, who advanced to take the lead at the end of a :27.1. Amigo Volo angled from third and rolled by the new leader to take control of the pace. ...
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Peaky Sneaky upsets Party Girl Hill in Crown 3YOFP

on October 31, 2020
Peaky Sneaky became the first filly to defeat Party Girl Hill — and she made the most of it, capturing the $500,000 Breeders Crown sophomore filly pace on Saturday night (Oct. 31) at Harrah's Hoosier Park in rein to driver Yannick Gingras. Gingras and Peaky Sneaky left explosively to secure the lead before yielding into the opening bend to Rocknificent and driver Scott Zeron. The Na...
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Next Level Stuff steps up for Breeders Crown title

on October 31, 2020
Long left in the shadow of her division's titans, Next Level Stuff took the throne with an open-stretch dash past Hypnotic AM and Hambletonian Oaks winner Sorella to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old filly trot on Saturday (Oct. 31) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Protecting position from the pylon post, Next Level Stuff eased into the pocket as Sorella slid to top and Hypnotic AM ro...
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Manchego surges to third Breeders Crown title

on October 31, 2020
Manchego became only the fourth trotter in history to win three Breeders Crown trophies by capturing Saturday's (Oct. 31) $300,000 Mare Trot in 1:52 at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Dispatched as the 4-5 favorite, Manchego won by 3-1/4 lengths over Plunge Blue Chip. When Dovescry overcame a break at the start to rally for third. Manchego joined Peace Corps, Grades Singing and Mack Lobell as th...
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