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Bar Hopping's book is full and closed

on February 20, 2020
The 2020 book for Bar Hopping has been announced as full and closed.  A son of Muscle Hill, Bar Hopping 3,1:51.4 ($1,292,433) is standing his fourth season at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania.   Bar Hopping’s first crop of foals sold as yearlings in 2019 and averaged seven times his stud fee, with individual prices as high as $350,000, $185,000 and $175,000.   ...
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Hoosier Park has openings for interns for 2020 season

on February 20, 2020
Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is currently accepting applications for two internship opportunities with the Race Marketing Department for the upcoming 2020 live harness racing season. Both internships will be with the Race Marketing Department and are ideal for students pursuing careers in marketing, hospitality, communications, business, and any equine related fields. ...
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Pennacchio trying to win World Cup for amateurs

on February 20, 2020
The 20th edition of the World Cup for amateur drivers will be held next week at Florida’s Pompano Park and U.S. representative Joe Pennacchio will be aiming to make history. No American has ever won the event, which this year brings together participants from 12 countries from around the globe.   “I’m honored to race under the U.S. flag and represent our country,&rdq...
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Dover writes $50,000 FFA paces for March

on February 20, 2020
Dover Downs is seeking entrants for an older horse and gelding free-for-all pace as well as a fillies and mares free-for-all pace. The purse will be $50,000 for each race. The fillies and mares FFA race will be contested on Wednesday (March 4). Entry box will close at noon on Thursday (Feb. 27). The horse and gelding FFA race will be contested on Thursday (March 5). Entry box will c...
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Mohawk Million filled; names to be released soon

on February 20, 2020
Woodbine Entertainment announced Thursday, Feb. 20, that the inaugural Mohawk Million for 2-year-old trotters will officially be contested on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The deadline to purchase one of nine slots in the Mohawk Million was Feb. 18 and Woodbine has received purchase contracts to fill all slots.  A $55,000 payment was required by the Feb...
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Pick 6 carryover Friday at Meadowlands

on February 20, 2020
It’s been a long time since Meadowlands’ fans have been able to utter the following fabulous phrase: “Pick-6 carryover!”   The carryover of $14,376 might not seem extremely impressive by itself, but what figures to transpire as a result will raise eyebrows from players, regardless of the girth of their bankrolls.   First and foremost, the Big M, in p...
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Harness Horsemen International set for annual meeting

on February 20, 2020
Harness Horsemen International (HHI) will hold its annual meetings from Feb. 24 to 27, at the Embassy Suites Resort & Spa, Deerfield Beach, Fla., beginning with an opening reception at 5:30 p.m. on Monday evening (Feb. 24). HHI meetings begin Tuesday morning (Feb. 25) at 9 a.m. as HHI President Tom Luchento welcomes all associations from throughout North America to the general sess...
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Wagner, Cameron have big night at Rosecroft

on February 20, 2020
In the long history of Rosecroft Raceway, few, if any, have won more races than John Wagner. Wednesday night (Feb. 19), the 63-year-old Wagner put together a card for the ages, winning seven races, including five for trainer Arlene Cameron. Blue Fox ($5.00), Caviart Emma ($5.80), Chillicothe ($4.00), and Stonebridge Pearl ($14.00), are all owned by Wagner. A win with trotter K J Charlie ($8.4...
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Chip Chip Conway invades Saratoga and wins

on February 20, 2020
There were co-features on the Wednesday afternoon card at Saratoga Casino Hotel for New York- sired trotters. Each division went for a purse of $9,000.   Monticello invader Chip Chip Conway (Conway Hall) was the afternoon's most decisive winner as defending leading driver Billy Dobson piloted the Gary Messenger-trained trotter to a four-plus length victory in 1:59.4 in the first o...
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Lougazi picks up second win of season in Buffalo Open Trot

on February 20, 2020
Some hot fractions on the front end and a short field helped spur the always closing Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) to the victory in Buffalo Raceway's $13,000 Open Trot on Wednesday night (Feb. 19).   With a short field of six, Lougazi ($4.80) was in perfect striking range throughout the main event and rolled onto the win late as he caught the pace-setting Rockefeller Lindy (David McNe...
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Tamar uses Lightning Lane to take Meadows feature

on February 20, 2020
Tamar belatedly found the wide-open Lightning Lane, barreled through and captured Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot.   When Jim Pantaleano and Tamar found themselves blocked behind dueling leaders out of the final turn, they initially abandoned the cones to look for a seam. But when the Lightning Lane beckoned, the duo gladly accepted...
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Merriman still sore after Northfield spill

on February 19, 2020
Aaron Merriman remains under the care of doctors following a five-horse race accident a Northfield Park Saturday night.   Merriman said he is sore, and doctors advised him to take a few days off. He suffered a concussion in the accident.   “I have an appointment with the doctor Thursday morning and hope to be back in the bike this weekend," said Merrima...
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Freehold Preferred Pace draws field of eight

on February 19, 2020
Freehold Raceway drew a field of eight for its weekly renewal of the Preferred Handicap pace this Saturday (Feb. 23).    An Australian invader, Major Pocket A, was assigned the outside post position for trainer Chris Scicluna and driver Dan Dube. He qualified for the first time stateside on Feb. 8, finishing second by a neck to the excellent pacing mare Imprincessg...
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Rockin Ron makes 2020 debut Saturday at Meadowlands

on February 19, 2020
When it comes to earning a paycheck, Rockin Ron has never needed to worry about the venue. The 8-year-old pacer has a history of collecting money no matter the size of the racetrack, banking $1.65 million lifetime on his travels throughout the U.S. and Canada.   The Ron Burke-trained gelding makes his 2020 debut Saturday at The Meadowlands in a $30,000 preferred handicap. It will be h...
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Western Fame, Ideal Jimmy win qualifiers at Pocono

on February 19, 2020
Even as a certain well-regarded mare qualified at Dover in what was likely preparation for early season work, two horses who were very prominent in last year’s Levy Series action turned in top qualifiers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Wednesday morning.   Western Fame, the 2019 Levy Series winner who would go on to take a Franklin elim and finish third in the Franklin Champi...
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Shartin N wins qualifier in 2020 debut

on February 19, 2020
Shartin N, arguably the favorite to be announced as the 2019 Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year at Sunday night’s (Feb. 23) Dan Patch Awards banquet at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla., won a qualifier at Dover Downs on Wednesday morning in her 2020 debut.   With Tim Tetrick driving, Shartin N sat third as top-class 6-year-old pacer Highalator set fractions of :28.2, :5...
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Walk The Dan Patch Red Carpet with The Heathers

on February 19, 2020
Want to walk the Red Carpet at the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s (USHWA) annual Dan Patch Awards dinner at Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday night, Feb. 23? An expected crowd of more than 300 will have the chance, but so too do those who can’t make the trip.   For the third year in row, well-known harness racing personalities Heather Vitale and He...
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Tight Lines equals Dover's 1:51.2 track record

on February 19, 2020
Tight Lines equaled the Dover Downs track record for older trotting geldings with a 1:51.2 performance in Tuesday night’s (Feb. 18) $27,500 Open Trot. JL Cruze blasted off the gate and appeared to intimidate the field as he set fractions of :26.3 and :55.2 while even-money favorite Joey Bats settled in the pocket. The field remained in single file until Tight Lines hustled first-up out ...
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Ohio horseman Tim Ungashick, 79, dies

on February 19, 2020
Timothy F. Ungashick, 79, of Delaware, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 13, at the home of his daughter while surrounded by his family. He was born on Nov. 14, 1940, in Canton, Ohio, and graduated from Canton Central High School and served in the U.S. Army. He first worked with the family owned Sanitary Laundry Service in Massillon, Ohio. Mr. Ungashick married his lifelong partn...
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Our GG rallies for Meadows victory

on February 18, 2020
Our GG unleashed a relentless first-over move that carried her to victory in Tuesday’s feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare conditioned pace.   Our GG was fifth by six lengths when Tony Hall sent her after the leader, Circle The Page.  The 5-year-old daughter of World Of Rocknroll-Our Gray Girl overtook Circle The Page in mid-stretch and held off Pa...
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Majestic Player A wins Miami Valley Open

on February 18, 2020
Three races shared the spotlight at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday afternoon as the five-eighths mile oval hosted a $24,000 Open Trot, the $20,000 championship leg of the Robert J. Brown Memorial trotting series and the $15,000 championship of the Survivor Series for $5000 claiming mares.    Majestic Player A (Trace Tetrick), a recent import from Down Under, surged past Party At Th...
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Illinois champs win on Hawthorne opening weekend

on February 18, 2020
The 92-night extended harness season at Hawthorne Race Course kicked off last weekend as numerous state-bred champions were on the track to make their first starts of the year.  The two nights of opening weekend saw chilly temperatures, but a fast track made for solid times, big performances, and some upsets along the way.   The Saturday card opened with a strong field of trotter...
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Museum features NY's Harlem River Speedway and Gilded Age

on February 18, 2020
Spring into the season with the Harness Racing Museum’s latest edition of its popular Learn & Create series. On Thursday, March 19, enjoy an Italian-style luncheon with dessert and then sit back and listen to stories of New York’s Harlem River Speedway and the Gilded Age, presented by museum curator Rebecca Howard. From 1898 to 1919, the picturesque Speedway, now the site...
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Roy proud of his success with young horses

on February 18, 2020
Louis-Philippe Roy recently received his second straight Canadian Driver of the Year Award, but it was his success with two other 2019 O’Brien Award winners that most pleased him.   The 30-year-old Roy was the regular driver of 2-year-old filly pacer Alicorn and 2-year-old male trotter HP Royal Theo, who each captured divisional O’Brien honors earlier this month.  ...
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Watch Dan Patch Awards dinner live!

on February 18, 2020
The name of the 2019 Horse of the Year will be announced Sunday night, Feb. 23, at the annual U.S. Harness Writers Association’s (USHWA) Dan Patch Awards dinner at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. But even if you aren’t among the attendees you will be able to watch the announcement live via USHWA’s Facebook page. After a one-hour cocktail party, the awards ceremony will ...
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Harness Racing Hall of Famer Bob Quigley dies at 90

on February 17, 2020
Harness Racing Hall of Fame member Bob Quigley, a highly respected retired racing executive who led the team at the Meadowlands during its opening and early glory days, died Monday. He was 90. Mr. Quigley was affectionately known as "Quigs" by the staff of the racetracks he managed. Richard Orbann, who served as general manager at Garden State Park while Mr. Quigley was that...
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Friday Night Blues, Sunshine's Finest advance in Hiteman

on February 17, 2020
A jammed leader board atop the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series standings at Miami Valley Raceway makes for an interesting championship when the top nine money winners gather on Monday (Feb. 24) for the $20,000 final.  The series commenced with 27 nominees who were all non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $20,000 lifetime.   The final preliminary leg was contested in two $12,000 d...
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Crocketts Cullen N takes 10th straight Saratoga Open

on February 17, 2020
The President's Day matinee card at Saratoga Casino Hotel was highlighted by the season's first Open Pace.   The $15,000 Open featured a field of five with all of its participants coming from Australia or New Zealand. A familiar face emerged victorious as Crockets Cullen N (Christian Cullen) lengthened his unprecedented win streak in the local Open, prevailing for the 10th con...
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Final Breath captures second straight Meadows Open

on February 17, 2020
Final Breath wrested the early lead from Perlucky and kept him at bay late to capture his second straight victory in Monday's $18,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Although Final Breath was forced to a demanding :27.3 opening panel, Tony Hall was able to give him a :29.3 second-quarter breather. With that, the 10-year-old Victory Sam-First Breath gelding held off the pocket...
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Aldrich wins 5 Monday at Monticello

on February 17, 2020
With Saratoga Raceway now open and drivers Jim Devaux and Greg Merton opting to race there, Bruce Aldrich took advantage of their absence and scored five winners on Monday afternoon at Monticello Raceway. Aldrich won the first three races on the program, starting with the Rick Dane Jr.-trained Ladybeluckytonite. The Art Major mare scored in 1:58.3 and returned $3 in her second ...
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Mohawk Million payment due Feb. 18

on February 17, 2020
As Tuesday’s (Feb. 18) stakes nomination deadline looms, Woodbine Entertainment would like to remind connections of 2-year-old trotters of the increased purse and Mohawk Million slot connected with the William Wellwood Memorial. The winner of this year’s William Wellwood Memorial (to be contested on Sept. 12) will be awarded the 10th and final slot in the inaugural Mohawk Million ...
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Saratoga kicks off 2020 meet

on February 16, 2020
Sunday marked the start of the 2020 racing season at Saratoga Casino Hotel. A 10-race program was highlighted by the $15,000 Open Trot on a day that included a long sleeve t-shirt giveaway at the track. The Open featured a field of just five participants, one of which was the track’s defending Horse of the Year Cash Me Out (Brett Crawford). The millionaire trotter was assigned post positi...
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More Game of Claims splits raced at Pocono

on February 16, 2020
The second preliminary rounds of two of the levels in the Game Of Claims Series took place on Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and sharp horsemen looking for potential thronetakers in the Game Of Claims Championships two weeks hence claimed all three of the night’s series winners.   The Game Of Claims pacing horses who went for a basic price of $12,500 drew ...
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Field set for Miami Valley’s Owens Mem. Series

on February 16, 2020
Three divisions of second round action in the George ‘Red’ Owens Memorial late closing series were featured on the Sunday matinee at Miami Valley Raceway.  The results of the trio of $12,000 splits determined the nine finalists for next Sunday's I $20,000 championship tilt.  The Owens Memorial is one of nine Lebanon Legends series that honor the memory of notable h...
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Pompano cancels Sunday due to power outage

on February 16, 2020
Due to a power outage, racing at Pompano Park has been canceled for Sunday. Racing is expected to resume on Monday, Feb. 17. (Pompano Park)
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I’m Some Graduate 14-1 upsetter at Big M

on February 16, 2020
 Maybe the trip didn’t go exactly as driver Yannick Gingras had hoped, but he made it work nonetheless in the Saturday night feature at the Meadowlands, scoring with I’m Some Graduate in a $31,250 high-end conditioned pace. The 7-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Graduate, dismissed by the bettors at odds of 14-1, was away in good order, sitting second ...
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Swansea, Ostro Hanover best in Yonkers features

on February 16, 2020
Favored Swansea (Austin Siegelman, $3.70) and Ostro Hanover (Dan Dube, $7.50) both lasted on the lead Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s pair of $40,000 Open Handicaps.   Swansea, without a sub-par performance in forever, won the post position Nos. 6-thru-8 draw in the week’s marquee trot. He didn’t squander it, working around Now’s the Moment (Jason Bartle...
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Photo finishes in Miami Valley Opens

on February 15, 2020
Thrilling finishes and quick miles were prevalent on Saturday night at Miami Valley Raceway, highlighted by a $22,500 Open I Pace, a $20,000 Open II Pace, and the final two preliminary divisions of the second annual Bill Dailey Memorial Medley.    I’m A Big Deal (Brett Miller) pulled a mild upset over Windsong Leo (Chris Page) in the Open I, managing a ‘head’...
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Game of Claims Series continues at Pocono

on February 15, 2020
The Game Of Claims Series continued on Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the temperature dropping through the 20s throughout the twilight card but the contested action featuring hot contests and hot horses.   Both winners were claimed out of the $25,000 second preliminary leg for horses this week valued at a base price of $27,500, as horsemen want the right horse ready...
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Services Feb. 18 for Amanda Harris, 34

on February 15, 2020
Amanda Lynn Harris, the wife of trainer Andrew Harris and the mother of two girls, Grace and Kinsley, died Saturday morning, Feb. 15, at home surrounded by her family after a long and valiant battle with breast cancer. She was 34.   Born in Bangor, Maine, she has been a New Jersey resident for the past 10 years. A graduate of the University of Maine, she was a Special Educatio...
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Italian Delight tries Yonkers Open

on February 15, 2020
When it comes to the success of New Zealand-bred Italian Delight N in the U.S., Darran Cassar says there are no secrets. Italian Delight N is 3-for-4 since making his American debut in mid-January and the trainer says the addition of Lasix has been a key in the horse living up to his potential. “Lasix helps him a lot and he’s just a professional horse,” Cassar said. “N...
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Elysium Lindy surprises in Meadowlands feature

on February 15, 2020
Andy McCarthy put Elysium Lindy in play early, and the veteran trotter took care of the rest, pulling off a 10-1 surprise in the featured $31,250 high-end conditioned trot at the Meadowlands Friday night.   The 7-year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall-Olympic Lindy displayed a burst of speed at the start from post six and had the lead around the first turn before yielding the front to 3-5...
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I’mprincessgemma A wins Yonkers Open in ‘20 debut

on February 15, 2020
I’mprincessgemma A (Joe Bongiorno, $6.20) was both widest and fastest Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Sandy Win (Eric Goodell) fronted the fray, doing so through early intervals of :27.1 and :56.3. Robyn Camden (Jim Marohn Jr.), who had left into a three-hole as the 19-10 favorite, made a second move to go after the leader....
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Mister Spot A wins second straight at Meadows

on February 14, 2020
Mister Spot A threw down a final quarter of 27.2, a sizzling brush that carried him to victory — his second straight and fourth in his last five starts — in Friday’s feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 conditioned pace.   Mister Spot A was chasing the leader, Do Work Son, when he uncorked that quick panel for Tony Hall. The 6-year-old Village Jolt-Eerie Iris gelding de...
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$152k Hi 5 Jackpot mandatory payout at Mohawk Saturday

on February 14, 2020
Horseplayers will look to cap off Saturday night (Feb. 15) with a big score by taking home a piece of Woodbine Mohawk Park’s Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout. A carryover of $152,060.29 will be brought into the Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout and past results show that the total pool is expected to be large. The most recent Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout took place less than two month...
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Payments due for New Jersey stakes, Breeders Maturity

on February 14, 2020
A payment of $300 for both two and three-year-olds for the Premier Division of the NJSS is due February 15. A payment of $100 for both two and three-year-olds for the Standardbred Development Fund is also due February 15. Because the 15th falls on a Saturday, the deadline is extended to Tuesday, Feb. 18. (Monday, Feb. 17, is a federal holiday). Send payments to NJSS, PO Box 330, Tr...
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Bettor Memories wins Dover feature; WIJI fades

on February 14, 2020
Bettor Memories rallied from off the pace to capture the $32,500 Preferred Pace on Thursday night (Feb. 13) at Dover Downs. Bo Mach and Wiggle It Jiggleit battled for early position, with Wiggle It Jiggleit vacating an early pocket to take charge at the end of a :27.4 first quarter. Wiggle It Jiggled continued on to the half in :55.4 before facing a first-over threat from Closing Stateme...
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HP Sissy returns to Yonkers Open Mare Pace field

on February 14, 2020
When HP Sissy’s name appeared in the entries for the $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace at Yonkers Raceway Friday night (Feb. 14), trainer Mike Ohol’s colleagues on the Western New York circuit voiced their skepticism. “A couple guys up there were telling me, ‘what are you going down there for,’” Ohol said, but the trainer remained steadfast. “...
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Ettore "Eddie" Annnunziata dies at 85

on February 13, 2020
Ettore “Eddie” Annunziata, a resident of Mahopac, N.Y., since 1970, passed away on Tuesday (Feb. 11) at the age of 85. Annunziata was born in Sarno, Italy, on Nov. 26, 1934, the son of Claudio and Maria (Francesca) Annunziata. Eddie was a long time USTA member, racing heavily on the East Coast, and was considered a strong supporter of harness racing throughout his successful car...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on February 13, 2020
In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer Marcus Melander tells Kathy Parker that the Elitlopp on May 31 in Sweden could be on the calendar for two-time Breeders Crown champion Gimpanzee. Also, trainer Nancy Takter, coming off a career year, makes her 2020 debut on Friday night at the Meadowlands with the 3-year-old filly pacer Caviart Jane.   This week’s Breedi...
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Monti "made some big strides" in '19

on February 13, 2020
When opportunity knocked, Drew Monti answered. It led to the best season of the 25-year-old driver’s career.   Monti was amid what he called a “pedestrian” campaign at his home track, Buffalo Raceway, when he was presented an opportunity to drive regularly at Plainridge Park. It gave Monti the chance to make new, as well as strengthen previous, connections and driv...
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Books of Hanover pacing stallions full and closed

on February 13, 2020
The book for sophomore pacing stallion Stay Hungry has been announced as full and closed.  Stay Hungry  P, 3, 1:47.3M ($1,303,709) is a son of the legendary Somebeachsomewhere out of the world champion double millionaire mare My Little Dragon. Stay Hungry stands in Pennsylvania at Hanover Shoe Farms.   The first foals of this exciting stallion are being born now and uni...
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Stakes deadline extended until Feb. 18

on February 13, 2020
February sustaining and nominating payments for 133 Hambletonian Society stake and late-closing events are due Saturday, Feb. 15 and per USTA Rule 12 section 2, must be postmarked by midnight on Tuesday, Feb. 18.   February is the gateway payment for most 3-year-old and older stakes and closers as well as initial 2-year-old payments for Breeders Crown and Kentuckiana Stallion Manageme...
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Jimmy Freight Stakes to continue in 2024

on February 13, 2020
Adriano Sorella’s aggressive promotion of new Ontario sire Jimmy Freight is not stopping any time soon. This week, the Guelph, Ont.-based Standardbred owner unveiled more significant news.   In December, Sorella and Woodbine Entertainment announced the creation of the Jimmy Freight Stakes. The stakes, which will be contested at Woodbine Mohawk Park, will debut in 2023 and i...
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Competitive racing + low takeouts = Big Big M returns

on February 13, 2020
In harness racing, it’s not uncommon to see tracks with favorites that win at a rate of 45 percent and higher, but at the Meadowlands, the races play out more as they would at major Thoroughbred tracks, meaning bigger payouts for the patrons. As of Monday (Feb. 10), the Big M’s post-time choices have been clicking 36 percent of the time, which is the same rate as at Aqueduct and G...
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Harness Museum's breeding auction now underway

on February 13, 2020
The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has an outstanding list of stallions for this year's breeding auction. Bids on the listed breedings must be called in, emailed or postmarked by this Saturday, February 15, 2020. The breedings that do not receiving successful bids by the close of the auction may be available after that date.   This is your opportunity to breed to Rockin ...
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Wilberforce steps up, captures Buffalo Open Trot

on February 13, 2020
After a couple of narrow losses in the $13,000 Open Trot level at Buffalo Raceway, a better post and a change of equipment proved to be the right remedy for Wilberforce ($3.10) on Wednesday night (Feb. 12)   With a pair of starts from the seven hole, Wilberforce drew the five post and went coast to coast in collecting a 2-3/4 length victory over Lougazi in 2:00.1 over the sl...
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Lakeisha Hall takes Meadows Open Mare Pace

on February 13, 2020
 Lakeisha Hall pounced on the leaders with a quick backside burst and went on to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Lakeisha Hall zipped to the front for Dave Palone and stretched out her early challengers, Touchamatic and McDazzle, to the three-eighths before yielding. Thus, when Lakeisha Hall attacked, that early duo was vulner...
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Blooded Horse has strongest sale in 57-year history

on February 12, 2020
The Blooded Horse Winter Sale held Tue. Feb. 11, at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio, was the strongest in its 57-year history.  Owners, trainers and breeders flooded the pavilion to restock stables and acquire broodmares.   “People love coming to a sale to actually see and touch the horses they want to buy,” said sale manager Jerry Haws. “It may take a b...
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SBOANJ mare residency forms available online

on February 12, 2020
The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey will again offer a resident mare rebate as well as pacing stallion incentive program in 2020. ​SBOANJ membership is required to qualify for all programs. The resident mare rebate will pay up to $500 to owners of mares bred in 2020. A mare does not have to be bred to a New Jersey stallion but must reside in New Jersey for 15...
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Incredible ride for Jim Avritt Sr.

on February 12, 2020
Jim Avritt Sr. bought his first Standardbred in 1963 when he was a senior at Xavier University and nearly 60 years later continues to enjoy the thrills of racing and breeding.   On Feb. 23 in Orlando, Fla., Avritt’s Precocious Beauty will be honored as the Pacing Broodmare of the Year at the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s Dan Patch Award banquet. Precocious Beauty is t...
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Ohio Harness Horsemen's Assn. launching radio show

on February 12, 2020
The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association in partnership with WDLR Radio of Delaware, Ohio is creating a new half hour radio show focusing on harness racing in the Buckeye State. “Horsing Around” is scheduled to debut Saturday, Feb. 15 at 9 a.m.   Kelley Bell of the Little Brown Jug Radio Network will host the show with Michelle Gatchell. The show will featur...
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Ont. Mare Residency Program helping breeders

on February 12, 2020
Seelster Farms topped all participants in the Ontario Resident Mare Program in 2019, earning a total of $370,026 in breeders’ rewards from the efforts of offspring from their Resident Mares. Pacing filly Karma Seelster topped all Seelster-breds competing in 2019, contributing $75,727 to the Lucan, ON nursery’s bottom line. In her freshman campaign the daughter of Sportswriter and ...
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Hawthorne Race Course set to open Saturday

on February 12, 2020
Saturday evening will mark the start of harness racing at Hawthorne Race Course, marking 50 years after the first harness meet was conducted at the Stickney oval in 1970.  This season the schedule for racing in Illinois takes a slight adjustment as construction of a new racing and casino venue will begin on the grounds of Hawthorne Race Course.  With construction ongoing during the...
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Aldrich Jr., Devaux each win 4 at Monticello

on February 12, 2020
Both Bruce Aldrich Jr. and Jim Devaux enjoyed banner days on Tuesday afternoon at Monticello Raceway as each driver won four races on the muddy afternoon.   Track superintendent Anthony Desimone did an excellent job in maintaining the racing oval after two days of rain and mud.   Aldrich started off the day by winning the first race with the heavy favorite Always Ya Baby in...
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Saratoga opens 79th harness season on Sunday

on February 12, 2020
Sunday, Feb. 16, will mark the beginning of Saratoga Raceway’s 79th season of live harness racing. Post time is scheduled for noon. Coupled with the 2020 racing season is the unveiling of the SaratogaBets Simulcast Center, an exciting new trackside venue offering carrel seating, self-service and live teller wagering options, in addition to bar and food service at Diamond Jim&r...
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Tight Lines takes Tuesday's Open Trot at Dover

on February 12, 2020
Tight Lines took the overland route to the winner’s circle in Tuesday night’s (Feb. 11) $27.500 Open Trot at Dover Downs, posting a Corey Callahan floated Tight Lines forward from his assigned post seven, and the pair dropped in fourth behind early fractions of :27.2 and :56 set by Home’n Dry. Up the backstretch, Tight Lines rushed first-over while mare Sheez On A Cruze was towe...
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East Coast veterinarian John Peters dies at 87

on February 12, 2020
John Thomas Peters, DVM, 87, a leading equine veterinarian who practiced at Vernon Downs and tracks in the Mid-Atlantic region, died Feb. 11.   Born in Howard County, Ind., in 1932, Dr. Peters was the son of Ralph and Thelma Peters. He graduated from Greentown High School and was on the high school basketball team that beat Kokomo High School in the Sectional Championship in 1950. Dr....
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CHHA scholarship application now available

on February 12, 2020
Scholarship application is now available for the Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association Scholarships. The application can be found at www.chha.net. Completed applications, including all attachments, must be postmarked by April 30, 2020.   Purpose: To assist students from Christian families involved in harness racing in continuing their education by providing financial aid t...
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Art Of Norma closes late for Meadows victory

on February 11, 2020
Art Of Norma charged three wide through the final turn and had just enough racetrack to overtake the leader, Strawb’s Chippie N, and capture Tuesday’s co-feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   Art Of Norma moved second-over and had plenty of pace when Brady Brown sent her wide for the drive. But could she rally over the sloppy surface and c...
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Brett Miller wins 8,500th career race

on February 11, 2020
Driver Brett Miller reached a pair of milestones on Tuesday afternoon at Miami Valley Racewaty, winning for the 8,500th time since beginning his sulky career in 1991 and surpassing $90 million in purse earnings with the horses he has driven. The 46-year-old Miller, who returned to his native Ohio roots at the beginning of 2019 after a decade stint as one of the top drivers on the ...
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Host tracks announced for Canada's Driving Championships

on February 11, 2020
Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce the host tracks and dates for the 2020 Regional Driving Championships and National Driving Championship which will ultimately determine Canada’s representative to the 2021 World Driving Championship for harness racing.   The 2020 National Driving Championship will take place at Century Mile in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday, Sept. 11. ...
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California horsemen show support for Wiseman

on February 11, 2020
They say cancer has no friends, but in the case of Steve Wiseman that is not the case. The longtime California horseman has just been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. To say that the Cal Expo horsemen were devastated to hear this news is an understatement. With the horse community being as tight as it is, the news spread across the country and into Canada in one day with horsemen rallying to suppor...
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Pennacchio to represent US in World Amateur Cup

on February 11, 2020
Joe Pennacchio will be representing the United States in the World Amateur Cup 2020, which will be held at Pompano Park beginning Feb. 22.   Pennacchio earned the honor to represent the U.S. on Monday night at the South Florida oval by piloting the Walter La Freniere Jr. trainee B R Flying Dali to victory in the World Cup qualifier. Owned by William H. McElvain Jr., the 8-year-old son...
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Yonkers narrowly misses million-dollar Monday

on February 11, 2020
The second Monday of the month (Feb. 10) resulted in another admirable Yonkers Raceway handle. A week after the single-season high ($1,025,349) figure, a total of $982,740 was wagered. The soggy dozen-race card included wins by P L Munson (Renaldo Morales III, $6) in the $16,000, sixth race pace (1:54.3) and Weona Sizzler A (Jason Bartlett, $3.60) in the $14,500, 10th race pace (1:54.2).&...
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Dead heat in Mohawk's Preferred Trot

on February 11, 2020
The photo finish camera couldn’t separate On The Ropes and Perfetto leaving Monday’s $36,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park with two winners. The dead-heat finish came as Perfetto and trainer-driver Dagfin Henriksen were able to reach up in the final strides to hit the wire at the exact same moment as On The Ropes and driver Jonathan Drury. The duo trotted the mile in 1:54...
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Trio of impressive winners in Hiteman Mem. divisions

on February 10, 2020
Highlights of the Monday matinee at Miami Valley Raceway were three divisions of the first leg of the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series and four splits of second elimination round action in the Survivor Series for $5,000 male pacers.    American Trademark (Trace Tetrick) captured the first division of the Hiteman for green pacing horses in 1:55.1 over a track rated good, topping ...
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Palone directs Explosive Magic to Meadows win

on February 10, 2020
Explosive Magic let Cherry Peep do the heavy lifting, then roared passed her in the lane to capture Monday’s feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 conditioned trot.   Cherry Peep cut three-quarters in 1:58, a moderate tempo under ordinary circumstances but one that left her vulnerable on the sloppy surface. The pocket-sitting Explosive Magic and Dave Palone took full advantage, poun...
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Dan Patch awards dinner auction items now online

on February 10, 2020
The Dan Patch Awards Dinner will be held on Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando. The annual silent auction will be held in conjunction with the evening’s festivities. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation Summer Programs and U.S. Harness Writers Association industry outreach initiatives will benefit from the proceeds.   This year’s auction f...
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Mohawk Million payment due Tuesday, Feb. 18

on February 10, 2020
The deadline to enter for a slot in the inaugural Mohawk Million at Woodbine Mohawk Park is approaching and several of the industry’s most prominent owners have submitted for a slot. “From the moment I learned of the Mohawk Million, I was immediately interested in participating,” said award-winning owner John Fielding, who signed his purchase agreement on Wednesday. “T...
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With $152k carryover, mandatory payout at Mohawk Saturday

on February 10, 2020
Woodbine Entertainment today announced a mandatory payout for the Woodbine Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 will be held this Saturday (Feb. 15). Jackpot Hi-5 wagering has been suspended for the remainder of the week until Saturday’s mandatory payout. The carryover heading into the mandatory payout is $152,060.29. The most recent Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout at Woodbine Mohawk Park to...
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Southwind Amazon, Carolina Beach, Windsong Leo face off

on February 10, 2020
The best pacers in the Midwest compete in the $16,000 Open Pace on Monday (February 10) at MGM Northfield Park. Southwind Amazon is the 2-1 slight favorite over 5-2 Carolina Beach and 3-1 Windsong Leo in the evening’s featured ninth race. Southwind Amazon enters the race off two wins in a row against Northfiled’s Open competition.  He has won three of four starts already...
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Darn Tootn Hanover takes PcD mare feature

on February 10, 2020
The Game Of Claims Pacing Series, which will offer rich paydays to those who can claim the throne as best in the respective price divisions, continued on Sunday evening at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with two sections each of first round preliminaries, offering $7500 for $7500 claimers and $10,000 for $10,000-tagged horses.   Remarkably, six of the eleven horses in the $10,000 action w...
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Hilary Barry N fastest in Owens series

on February 09, 2020
Hilary Barry N (John DeLong) stamped herself as the favorite in the George “Red” Owens Memorial series for green pacing fillies and mares, winning the quickest of three first round divisions on Sunday (Feb. 9) at Miami Valley Raceway.  The late closer is limited to non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $20,000 lifetime and attracted 27 nominations. Heavily favored Hilary Ba...
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Davidson du Pont tops Face Time Bourbon in Paris

on February 09, 2020
Davidson du Pont, the runner-up in the Prix d’Amerique, got his revenge on d’Amerique winner Face Time Bourbon in the Prix de France on Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Vincennes track in Paris.   Trainer Jean-Michel Bazire put himself in the sulky of Davidson du Pont and put his horse in position to win the 2,100-meter race (600 meters—or .37 miles shorter--than the d’Ame...
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Longtime Ohio owner Ken Sommer dies at 97

on February 09, 2020
Longtime racehorse owner Kenneth Sommer, who kept horses with trainers including Virgil Morgan Jr. and Gregg McNair, died on Friday, Jan. 31. He was 97. In 2019 he won the Ohio Sires Stakes championship for 2-year-old colt trotters with his homebred Action Uncle 2, 1:54 ($225,575).   Mr. Sommer, of Sheffield Village, Ohio, was born to Evan Albert and Laura (nee Fer...
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Trump Nation rules in Big M Preferred

on February 09, 2020
Trump Nation benefitted from aggressive Yannick Gingras handling Saturday night to take the $37,500 featured Preferred for pacers at the Meadowlands.   The 5-year-old gelded son of Betterthancheddar-Late Flyin N was in a first-turn scrum with Sicily and Endeavor and raced second while parked to the quarter as Sicily led in a snappy :26.2. Trump Nation then sped to the top, but led onl...
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Fan Of Terror takes Miami Valley feature

on February 09, 2020
After a winless month of January, Fan Of Terror (John DeLong) returned to his winning ways on Saturday night (Feb. 8) at Miami Valley Raceway.  The 8-year-old Western Terror gelding, whose 18 victories in 2019 fell just one short of being the most in the country, captured the $25,000 Open Pace in 1:52 despite being saddled with a second tier start in the full field of ten of the Midwest&rsquo...
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YR features to Jack's Legend N, Swansea

on February 09, 2020
Popular propositions Jack’s Legend N (Jason Bartlett, $3.60) and Swansea (Austin Siegelman, $2.70) did not disappoint Saturday night (Feb. 8th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s pair of $40,000 Open Handicaps.   Jack’s Legend N took down the weekly adult-table pace in first-over fashion. From post position No. 3 (in one notch after a defection), he saw Tookadiveoffdipper (B...
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Santana Beach edges Catch The Wave in Buffalo

on February 08, 2020
It was hardly 'beach' weather in Western New York on a frigid Saturday night (Feb. 8) but Santana Beach (David McNeight III) topped the ticket in a 'tropical trifecta' by scoring the victory in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,000 Class AA pace.   Santana Beach ($5.90) registered a neck win over Catch The Wave (Jim McNeight Jr.) in 1:56.3 while&nb...
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The Big Muscle posts sixth straight win

on February 08, 2020
The Preferred Handicap Trot and the Preferred Handicap Pace served as the co-features on the 13-race Freehold Raceway card on Saturday (February 8). One proved a tale of continued dominance, another was an underdog story.   The Big Muscle won his sixth start in a row in the Preferred Handicap trot, scoring as the 8/5 favorite for new connections. Driver Pat Berry put his drive where h...
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Pocono opens; 18 claims in series

on February 08, 2020
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono opened on Saturday night, the earliest seasonal start in the 55 years of racing at the track, but while the temperature hung around the freezing mark, the competition on the oval was hot, mainly in the first preliminary leg of two sections of the track’s Game Of Claims Pacing Series.   Action for horses entered at various claiming prices, with thr...
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Dr. Andy Roberts opposes Horseracing Act

on February 08, 2020
In his Op-Ed in Saturday’s (Feb. 8) Star-Ledger/nj.com, “Vets want what’s best for the horse, not their pocketbooks,” Veterinarian Dr. Andy Roberts explains that he, like every veterinarian in America, took an oath of practice to protect animal health and welfare. He says that for politicians to claim that thousands of equine veterinarians are violating this oath by op...
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Des Smith Classic returning to Rideau calendar

on February 08, 2020
A premier event for aged pacers, the Des Smith Classic, which was contested at Rideau Carleton from 1982-2012 producing classic champions such as Coal Harbor, Apaches Fame, Artsplace, Staying Together, Riyadh, Lis Mara and most recently Betterthancheddar, is back on the calendar for 2020. This year, the event will be resurrected and contested on Sunday, Aug. 16, for an estimated purse of $75,...
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Kaitlyn N goes last to first at Yonkers

on February 08, 2020
A last-to-first Kaitlyn N (Jason Bartlett, $4.90) picked off her four rivals Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Watching from the outside post position in the quintet, favored Kaitlyn N was at the rear as Itty Bitty (Dan Dube) led through early intervals of :27.3 and :57.2.  Pole-sitter Wishy Washy Girl (Joe Bongiorno) was...
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Big payoffs for new Big M betting menu

on February 08, 2020
 A new post time of 6:55 p.m. and new betting choices highlighted the action at the Meadowlands Friday night, and despite no horse paying off at double-digit odds through the first nine races, the payoffs for the 20-cent Pick-5, 20-cent Pick-6 and Early 50-cent Pick-4 were all extremely attractive. The Pick-5, which saw its base bet decrease from 50 cents, saw a typical pool ...
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Checks On The Way scores at Miami Valley

on February 07, 2020
Checks On The Way (Trace Tetrick) destroyed a field of classy distaffers in the $24,000 Mares Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (Feb. 7).  Her 1:51.2 clocking, in her first start back after a two-month break, was two full seconds faster than any of the previous five Friday night features thus far in the meet.   Tetrick, confident the 5-year-old daughter of Believein...
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Ehrgott earns trip to handicapping final

on February 07, 2020
Retired air traffic controller Dean Ehrgott earned his first trip to the NTRA National Horseplayers Championship by a total of 40 cents.   For Ehrgott, it wasn’t so much feeling as if he were awaiting the result of a tight photo finish, but more like sweating out a protracted stewards’ inquiry before the 59-year-old married father of four wa...
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Mister Spot A takes Meadows feature

on February 07, 2020
Mister Spot A dogged the leader, Yankee Roller A, for more than one-half mile, put him away in the lane and went on to capture Friday's feature at The Meadows, a $16,500 Conditioned Pace.   Yankee Roller A looked sharp early in his domestic debut but could not endure the relentless pressure of Mister Spot A, who scored in 1:54.1 in the slop. Do Work Son was second, a length back, ...
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Northville Downs signs lease to race through 2024

on February 07, 2020
 Northville Downs management is pleased to announce a long-term lease has been signed to operate at our current location in Northville through 2024. We look forward to a bright future which keeps us steadfast on leading the way to bring positive changes to the racing industry in Michigan. We will continue working with our legislators and our regulators towards a brighter future for all o...
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FSBOA gets contract extension for racing at Pompano

on February 07, 2020
While a lawsuit challenging Eldorado Resorts' plan to play host to jai alai at its Pompano Beach, Fla., racetrack, and eliminate harness racing, is in the hands of a judge, the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA)  has secured a one-year extension of its contract with Eldorado. That means harness racing will continue at the track through 2021.   "We...
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A laughing matter: Time Out I'm Tired

on February 07, 2020
Janine McIlvain laughs when discussing the names of her family’s racehorses. That’s exactly what Janine’s daughter Leigh intended. Leigh was a teenager when she began naming the family’s horses some number of years ago. It was her love of horses as a young girl that had helped prompt Janine’s father, Bill Mears, and Janine’s husband, Bob, to invest in their...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on February 06, 2020
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf wants to raid the state’s Race Horse Development Fund of more than $200 million and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Kathy Parker looks at the situation and the effect it would have on horse racing. Read what trainer John Butenschoen said would be the impact he would feel if racing was decimated by this action.   Kathy also talked to ...
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Burke Stable offering unique pair sale at Blooded Horse

on February 06, 2020
To paraphrase horse owner Mark Weaver, everything old is new again. Weaver, part of the Weaver Bruscemi partnership that owns horses with trainer Ron Burke, is resurrecting the practice of offering two horses — at the same time — for sale at auction.   On Tuesday, 4-year-old female trotters Matterlei and Wildfire Seelster will be sold as hip numbers 120B and 120A, respecti...
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Horseman Calvin LaQuan Harris, 25, dies

on February 06, 2020
Horseman Calvin LaQuan Harris, 25, died Feb. 2. Born on May 9, 1994, Mr. Harris resided in Forest, Miss. Growing up with a love of horses, he learned the sport of harness racing from his uncle, Chad Parker. Mr. Harris started his career by grooming for various stables and then going on to earn his trainer/driver license. Racing at tracks such as Thunder Ridge, Bluegrass Downs, and Red Mi...
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Former owner Gail Wahl, 84, dies

on February 06, 2020
Former Standardbred owner Gail R. Wahl, 84, of Wilmington, Del., passed away peacefully Feb. 1. Born in Wilmington, to the late Harry and Thelma Rubenstein; she attended P.S. DuPont High School, Connecticut College, and Finch College. She attended the latter when she married Milton Wahl of Wilmington. They soon moved to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida where he was a physician in the U...
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New bets with low takeout at the Meadowlands

on February 06, 2020
The opportunities will be plentiful for Meadowlands players interested in low takeout multi-race wagers effective with the race card of Friday, February 7, when, in addition to an extra Pick-4 and a brand new Pick-6, a new post time of 6:55 p.m. promises to get players home a little earlier after the last race hits the finish line.   “All of us at the Meadowlands understand that l...
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NY announces 2019 breeders fund distributions

on February 06, 2020
The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund has released annual Breeders Awards for the 2019 racing season, totaling $1,000,000. A total of 332 New York-bred horses earned awards for 154 different entities.  A total of 18 breeders earned more than $15,000 in awards. The full list of awards can be found at the New York Sire Stakes website.  ...
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Goshen Yearling Sale set for Sunday, Sept. 13

on February 06, 2020
The 2020 Goshen Yearling Sale will be held on Sunday (Sept. 13) at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, NY. This is a real sweet spot for the sale this year as it’s slotted between the Yonkers International Trot and New York Sire Stakes finals at Yonkers Raceway which will be contested on Saturday (Sept. 12) and the New York Sire Stake consolations which will go at Montic...
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Meadows launches live social media interviews

on February 06, 2020
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) has introduced a live video feature to help fans get up close and personal with horsemen and horsewomen at The Meadows.   Called Straight from the Gate, the 10-minute interview show airs on Facebook Live each Friday at 12:15 PM. Dawnelle Mock, MSOA marketing director, conducts the interviews while track photographer Chris Go...
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Sean Bier wins 2,500th career race at Rosecroft

on February 06, 2020
Driver Sean Bier captured his 2,500th career win Wednesday night as he steered Believe In Him ($4.60) to a 2 1/4-length victory in Race 10 at Rosecroft Raceway. Believe In Him rallied from seventh to score the win in 1:56.4 for owners Betsy Brown, trainer James Brown and Morgan Marston. Bier, who now resides in Delaware, picked up his first career win in 1994 with Walt Shaker at The Downs...
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Lougazi charges to win in Buffalo open trot

on February 06, 2020
Lougazi continued to use his patented late charge to the wire and once again it paid off in a victory as he captured the $13,000 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (Feb. 5).   First over and sitting third past the half mile marker, Lougazi made steady progress to the front and took command at the top of the stretch, beating a closing Daylon Phantom (Renaldo Morales III) b...
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Officially My Way has it her way at Meadows

on February 06, 2020
Officially My Way had it her way on the front end, scoring her second straight victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $12,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   Officially My Way was pressed early in a three-ply battle for the lead, but Mike Wilder threw on the brakes once on top, giving the 4-year-old daughter of Art Official-Eagle Way comfortable internal panels of 5...
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Close contests as O'Brien vote totals announced

on February 05, 2020
Standardbred Canada has released the breakdown of the voting for the 2019 O'Brien Awards. The ceremony took place Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga, Ont.   The complete breakdown of the official voting appears below. Thirty-eight voters from across the country and along with one Fan Ballot (put together based on the most number of ...
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Lorentzon working toward successful '20 campaign

on February 05, 2020
When trainer Anette Lorentzon enters a new year, her hope is to better her stable’s previous season’s results. She’s accomplished that goal each of the past five years, but acknowledges it gets more difficult as the successes pile up.   “You never know,” the 36-year-old Lorentzon said. “It’s tough. You’ve got to be lucky in the big races...
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Inductees into Fla.'s Hall of Fame announced

on February 05, 2020
The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association has announced the 2019 inductees to the Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame. The four new human inductees are Tony Alagna, Frank Antonacci, Tom Merriman and Laurie Poulin. There was one equine inductee, the pacing stallion McWicked. Their induction will take place on Friday, March 27, at McDivot’s at the Ca...
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Meadowlands 2020 stakes information

on February 05, 2020
Horsemen should be aware of the following details as the nomination deadline for the 2020 Grand Circuit stakes at The Meadowlands draws near.   Payments will be accepted with a Feb. 18 postmark as per USTA guidelines, what with the 15th falling on a Saturday and Monday the 17th a holiday.   The conditions for top money winning stakes format has been revised with t...
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Bruce Kearns, owner of Backstreet Guy, dies at 81

on February 05, 2020
Bruce Lawrence Kearns, 81, of Wayne, Pa., died Feb. 2. Mr. Kearns campaigned the 1989 Peter Haughton Memorial Trot winner Backstreet Guy T1:54.4 ($754,573). Mr. Kearns was the founder of Forum Communications Group, Ltd. and the former publisher of The Physical Therapy Forum. Upon retirement from publishing in 1995, he founded The Short Stop in Malvern, Pa., a purveyor of clothing for shorter ...
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Peggy Sue wins Miami Valley Open Trot

on February 04, 2020
Hello Peggy Sue! Good bye heart! The 5-year-old Donato Hanover lass, named after the 1957 Buddy Holly tune, won the hearts of  her current faithful followers on Tuesday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway, winning the $24,000 Open Handicap Trot in 1:54.2 for driver-trainer Brady Galliers over a sloppy surface.  She topped Majestic Player A (Walter Haynes Jr.), who was maki...
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Touchamatic best in Meadows F&M open

on February 04, 2020
Touchamatic stalked Lakeisha Hall from the pocket, then powered past her in the lane to capture Tuesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Touchamatic and Lakeisha Hall distanced themselves from the rest of the field, effectively turning the stretch drive into a two-mare duel.  Touchamatic had little trouble overtaking her rival, downing her by ...
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Statement from USTA president on PA budget

on February 04, 2020
Following is a statement from USTA President Russell Williams responding to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s proposal made during his budget address on Tuesday (Feb. 4) of establishing a new “Nellie Bly” Scholarship Fund by redirecting $200 million of existing tax dollars from the Race Horse Development Trust Fund. Statement from USTA President Russell Williams Like good ...
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Breedings to benefit New Vocations listed at ongait

on February 04, 2020
Breedings to Trixton, Always A Virgin, Andover Hall, Courtly Choice, Jimmy Freight, JK Endofanera and Racing Hill are among the 75-plus offered in the 22nd Annual New Vocations Stallion Auction that is currently in progress via OnGait.com. Visit https://ongait.com/s/newvocations to view breedings and bid until 2:00 p.m. Thursday Feb 6. The auction is held in an open-ended-format t...
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Freehold cancels Friday due to lack of entries

on February 04, 2020
Freehold Raceway announced that their card scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7, had been cancelled due to a lack of entries. All horses entered for Friday can be re-entered for Saturday; anyone with questions should contact the race office. Racing for Thursday, Feb. 6, will continue as scheduled with a first race post of 12:30 pm. (Freehold)
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Pocono opens Saturday, earliest in 55 years

on February 04, 2020
The trotters and pacers take to the track at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday for the earliest seasonal opening in 55 years of the harness sport in northeast Pennsylvania, with the first of thirteen races scheduled for 5 p.m.   The opening set of features during February’s racing at The Downs will be part of the new Game of Claims Series, grouping horses of varying value...
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PA Governor's budget proposes major cuts to racing

on February 04, 2020
Individuals throughout Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry reacted with alarm today to Governor Tom Wolf’s FY 2020-21 budget proposal, which seeks to raid $204 million from the Race Horse Development Trust Fund. “If approved by the legislature, this raid would result in the end of horseracing in Pennsylvania by eviscerating the primary funding source for the purses and breed...
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Million-dollar Monday at Yonkers

on February 04, 2020
The first Monday of the month resulted in a Yonkers Raceway single-season high handle. The dozen-race card attracted $1,025,349 through the windows, electronic or otherwise. Needless to say, more than a few of those dollars found their way to 1-20 favorite Globaldomination N (Jordan Stratton, $2.10), who won the $18,000, third-race pace in a life-best 1:53. The 5-year-old Down Und...
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Blackwell Ruby IR goes for four at Yonkers

on February 04, 2020
As speedy imports go, Blackwell Ruby IR has had no problem learning the rules of our roads.   The 5-year-old Irish homebred daughter of Kikikolt goes after a fourth consecutive victory Tuesday night, looming a short price from the pole in Yonkers Raceway’s $16,000, second-race pace.   Blackwell Ruby IR stepped up the restricted class ladder and summarily dusted her la...
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Final Breath battles to Open Trot win at Meadows

on February 03, 2020
Final Breath and Icanflylikeanangel staged a stirring duel for the final five-eighths before Final Breath finally surged ahead to capture Monday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Icanflylikeanangel grabbed the early lead for Mike Wilder in a demanding 26.1, prompting Tony Hall to send Final Breath after them at the quarter. When Icanflylikeanangel refused to release...
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18 horses change hands in Miami Valley series

on February 03, 2020
A total of 40 of the 73 starters “survived” the first elimination round of the popular Survivor Series for $5,000 male claiming pacers at Miami Valley Raceway on Monday (Feb. 3). Many of those that met the top five finish requirement to advance from the eight divisions will go postward for new owners in Round 2 as 18 horses changed hands via the claim box in Round 1. Only t...
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Top Flight Angel ready to return to racing

on February 03, 2020
Top Flight Angel, the winner of the 2017 Yonkers Trot, is ready to return to the races this week and his connections hope he will be continuing his ascent to the million-dollar level.   A 6-year-old stallion, Top Flight Angel has won 14 of 65 career races and $902,820 for breeder/owner Alan Hainsworth, a New Yorker who races under the name Legendary Standardbred Farm. Hainsworth has a...
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First qualifiers of season held at Pocono Monday

on February 03, 2020
The 2020 racing season got off to a quick start at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Monday morning as the Big Jim pacing mare Jossie James A won the first qualifier of the season in 1:54 while making her U.S. debut.   Yonkers driving leader Jason Bartlett sent the oft-winning mare away quickly from post seven and tucked third. They sat in that position as Lyons River Pride, fir...
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Pompano handles $400,000-plus on Super Bowl Sunday

on February 03, 2020
Despite the fact that Pompano Park was the only U.S. track racing on Super Bowl Sunday night with most simulcasting venues closed, as well, the South Florida "Winter Capital of Harness Racing" posted a healthy handle of $413,000, including the largest non-carryover Pick-5 pool of the season--over $21,000--a Pick-4 pool exceeding $30,000 and a Pick-6 pool in excess of $10,000. The hand...
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Callahan sweeps features on $3 million Big M night

on February 02, 2020
The action at the Meadowlands has heated up in a big way of late, and the trend continued Saturday night. Wagering on the 13-race card pushed past the $3-million mark for the second time this year as $3,026,740 was put in play. The other time betting went past the magic $3-million mark was on Jan. 3, when $3,069,967 was pushed through the windows. Saturday night got off to a good ...
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Bettor Memories best in Yonkers feature

on February 02, 2020
Bettor Memories (Eric Goodell, $21) did it the hard way Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $35,000 Preferred Handicap Pace with a first-up foray.   Unhurried from post position No. 4, Bettor Memories saw reformed claimer—and 7-10 favorite—Keystone Phoenix (Dan Dube) lead through seemingly-soft ’flat’  intervals of :27 and :56. Bettor Memories t...
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Statesman prevails in Freeehold feature

on February 01, 2020
Statesman was bet down to favoritism in the Preferred Handicap pace at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, and lived up to his 8-5 billing, winning by a length. Driver Joe Bongiorno took him back in the early stages, sitting in fourth place most of the way. As they neared the five-eighths point, Bongiorno activated his charge, sending him first-over after early leader Machtu. Statesman grabbed...
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Forbidden Trade named Canada’s Horse of the Year

on February 01, 2020
Standardbred Canada announced the winners for the 2019 O’Brien Award at the 31st edition of the annual O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala held at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale hotel in Mississauga, Ont. The O’Brien Awards honor Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season and are named in honor of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding horseman and member ...
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Pocono gearing up for Feb. 8 opening

on February 01, 2020
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is preparing for the earliest-ever opening in its 55th season, with qualifying races scheduled for Monday and Tuesday ahead of the first card of this year taking place Saturday, Feb. 8.   Trainer-driver Ray Schnittker has several interesting prospects in the Monday qualifiers, which start at 10 a.m., including Wild Bill, a full brother to Huntsvill...
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Three straight for Windsong Leo at Miami Valley

on February 01, 2020
If either the Kansas City Chiefs or the San Francisco 49ers perform as well as Windsong Leo has been lately at Miami Valley Raceway they should have no problem trouncing their adversary in the Super Bowl.    Windsong Leo, who won 15 races in 30 starts in 2019, is undefeated in four 2020 starts—all in Open Handicap contests where he has  been assigned an outside post.&nbs...
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Gingras wins 4 at Big M, including Dayson in feature

on February 01, 2020
 Yannick Gingras drove four winners Friday night at the Meadowlands, and among them was Dayson, who took the featured $20,000 conditioned trot.   “He’s such a nice horse that tries his best every time,” said Gingras. Sure, Dayson did his job, no doubt, but so did Gingras, who gave his horse a perfect steer. The first turn looked like a rugby scrum as L...
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Sugar Dance, Bettor B Going win Mohawk finals

on February 01, 2020
Bettor B Going and Sugar Dance took home the gold in Friday’s Winter Series finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 4-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding Better B Going grabbed the front early and wired his competition in the $40,000 Snowshoe final. Driver Chris Christoforou cleared command with Bettor B Going before a :27.2 first quarter. The Wilford Perrault trainee continued unconte...
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Colorful Sky captures Miami Valley Open

on January 31, 2020
Colorful Sky (Sam Widger) copped her first Open Mares event in quite some time, upsetting Sandy Sue (Chris Page) and heavily favored Golden Paradise (Trace Tetrick) at odds of 7-1 on Friday night (jan. 31) at Miami Valley Raceway.   Four of the seven top level mares gunned out of the gate with Elysium Seelster (Josh Sutton) gaining command as they sorted things out around the first tu...
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Snobbytown 1:52.3 winner at Yonkers

on January 31, 2020
Odds-on choice Snobbytown (George Brennan, $2.60) fooled no one Friday night (Jan. 31st), airing in Yonkers Raceway’s $27,000, month-end pacing feature for the ladies.   There wasn’t much to it, as Snobbytown—from post position No. 5—left for an immediate lead. She worked around polester Wishy Washy Girl (Joe Bongiorno) before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile, with...
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Bettor Than Spring wins Mea feature

on January 31, 2020
Bettor Than Spring fended off multiple challenges to capture Friday's feature at The Meadows, a $15,000 Conditioned Pace, and help his driver, Mike Wilder, to a five-bagger. Tony Hall also enjoyed a stellar afternoon, with four wins on the 13-race card.   Once Bettor Than Spring was forced to a 26.2 opening panel on a "good" surface, he faced multiple threats, including ...
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Caviar Star upsets at 38-1 at Freehold

on January 31, 2020
Not many bettors could predict Caviar Star's win in the Preferred Handicap trot on Friday (January 31) at Freehold Raceway. Those that did were well-rewarded, as the 7-year-old won at 38-1.   Driver Jim Marshall kept him in the pocket early on, drafting off leader Inukchuk Chuck. While rivals began to move to the outside to take on the leader, Marshall continued to save ground. Tu...
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