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Drivers injured in Tuesday night accident at Nfld

on May 27, 2020
MGM Northfield Park resumed racing on Tuesday night and all was going well, with the track on its way to a handle of $1,984,387, until Race 13 of the 15-race card. While racing fifth to the three-quarter pole--and near the Northfield Park paddock--the Ryan Stahl-driven JK Parlay took a bad step and fell to the track, causing a chain-reaction accident. Behind JK Parlay, and unable to get ...
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Revised Buckeye Stallion Series calendar available

on May 26, 2020
With the resumption of racing in Ohio, the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association is releasing the revised schedule for the Buckeye Stallion Series.    The first leg of the 3-Year-Old Colt Trot series which was scheduled for May 2 at Miami Valley Gaming and Raceway has been rescheduled for Monday June 15 at MGM Northfield Park.  Leg two has been rescheduled for ...
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Scioto posts another $1 million handle

on May 26, 2020
Eldorado Scioto Downs held a special Memorial Day card on Monday (May 25) with a 6:30 p.m. post. For this, the third racing day for the 2020 racing season, Scioto handled more than $1 million on the card.   "Historically we've had an afternoon post time on holidays," said race secretary Jason Roth. "However, Joe (Morris, senior vice president of racing for Eldorado ...
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Horseman Ronnie Bencal, 77, dies in Florida

on May 26, 2020
Horseman Ronald “Ronnie” Bencal, 77, died on Sunday after being hospitalized since early May at the Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, Fl. Mr. Bencal had health issues and also tested positive for coronavirus.   Born in New York City, Mr. Bencal was drafted in the Army and served for four years. Although his father was a New York City detective, Mr. Bencal’s fath...
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New dates announced for Mohawk Park stakes

on May 25, 2020
Woodbine Entertainment today announced new dates for several Standardbred stakes to be held this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The stakes rescheduling only impacts events that were originally slated for May or June. All other races remain the same on the 2020 stakes calendar. As previously announced, the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old pacers has been reschedu...
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Tioga to open June 7; Vernon to race June 10

on May 25, 2020
Live harness racing will come to both Tioga and Vernon Downs the beginning of June with qualifiers the first week and live racing the next.   Following the orders of Governor Cuomo, racing will get underway on the first day permitted with qualifying races held and Tioga on Monday, June 1 and again on Wednesday, June 3. At Vernon qualifiers will be on Tu...
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Fields set for Elitlopp elims; Propulsion post 8

on May 24, 2020
The two eliminations for Sweden's Elitlopp, set for Sunday, May 31, have been drawn. The race will be held at the Solvalla track in Stockholm, but without spectators. The field includes Propulsion, bred in the U.S. by Rikki Caldwell of Cane Run Farm and Bluestone Farms.   First Elimination Heat: 1--Vivid Wise As (driver Björn Goop), 2-Sorbet (Per Linderoth), 3-Disco Volante (Ca...
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Scioto draws for Next Generation

on May 24, 2020
On Saturday (May 23) Eldorado Scioto Downs held the draw for participants in the Next Generation pace for 2-year-old Ohio-bred pacers. Nominations to the event, at $10,000 each, were due March 15. There was an over subscription for both the colt and filly divisions. Both have a maximum of nine starters, which resulted in Saturday’s draw. The draw was scheduled to be held on ...
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Finkelson scholarship applications now accepted

on May 23, 2020
The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Racing Writers Association (USHWA), has announced that the chapter is now accepting applications for its 2020 Allen J. Finkelson Scholarship Awards. The scholarship fund was established in memory of Hall of Famer Allen J. Finkelson, the former Vice President of Public Relations at Pompano Park and longtime Chairman of the Board of the national ...
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Big night for Page, Burke as Scioto reopens; handle tops $1 million

on May 23, 2020
Harness racing returned to North America for the first time in nearly two months Friday night as Scioto Downs hosted a 12-race card. The program generated total wagering of $1,054,294. The track's highest handle, $1,231,444, was wagered on Sept. 7, 1996. On the track, driver Chris Page won six races, including four for trainer Ron Burke. Page and Burke got the card underway with a win wi...
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Training resumes May 27 at Mohawk Park

on May 22, 2020
Training at Woodbine Mohawk Park with strict physical distancing protocols in place will be available from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27 and Saturday, May 30. Training hours will be allotted by signing up on a first come first serve basis.   Sign-ups will start at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 25th.  Trainers are limited to no more than 10...
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Northfield Park ready for May 26 opener

on May 22, 2020
Free past performances, multiple guaranteed pools, full fields and millionaire-dollar earners highlight a strong program of racing as MGM Northfield Park re-opens (without spectators) on Tuesday, May 26 (post time 6 p.m.) The wagering menu on the 15-race card is highlighted by a $40,000 guaranteed pool in the 13th race (20-cent Super High Five), which includ...
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NY in process of changing qualifying date rule

on May 22, 2020
 The New York State Gaming Commission has apparently removed the 60-day cap that limited its ability, and that of its judges, and now allows discretion to extend the length of time a horse need not qualify, to account for unexpected events that interfere with the opportunities for otherwise horses to race.   It is anticipated that the Gaming Commission will factor in the...
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OHHA to have Facebook live event for ScD opening

on May 22, 2020
After an almost two-month layoff, harness racing returns tonight in the United States with a 12-race card at Eldorado Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio.  To celebrate the return, the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) will host a special two-hour Facebook Live event, with heavy hitters from the harness racing history.   “The Voice” Roger Huston, OHHA Brand ...
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NYSS dates to be determined when reopenings finalized

on May 22, 2020
he New York Sire Stakes(NYSS) is working closely with harness tracks throughout the state as they develop reopening plans. As soon as revised racing dates are finalized for all tracks, the NYSS will move forward with building an updated racing schedule and will share this information with participants.   “Right now we are anticipating that NYSS events will start approximate...
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Scioto set for opening night Friday; post time 6:30 pm

on May 22, 2020
Friday (May 22) marks the re-opening of harness racing. Both Eldorado Scioto Downs and the Ohio horsemen are ready to provide the action, while safely following state and health department protocols. First post will be at 6:30 p.m. for both the Friday and Saturday evening 12-race cards.   The Scioto team has worked diligently getting the racetrack and barns ready for horsemen, while a...
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PA shutdown, reopenings elsewhere big concern for trainers

on May 22, 2020
Before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down harness racing March 16 at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, veteran trainer Randy Bendis had 25 horses in his stable. That’s down to 23, as Bendis was forced to sell two mares to raise cash to pay his bills and avoid laying off staff.   Now, that number may decline even further as racing venues in states other than Pennsylvania are reope...
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DSBF 3YO races to begin June 22 at Harrington

on May 21, 2020
​The 3-year-old races for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) first and second legs at Harrington will be pushed back one week from the original schedule which means they will begin on Monday, June 22. The finals which are normally held on Governor’s Day at the Delaware State Fair will now be held the week of July 6. Purses will remain as advertised. Legs are $20,...
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New Weekend Preview: Racing Is Back!

on May 21, 2020
It’s been nearly two months since a live harness racing was contested in North America, but that’s all about to change as racetracks are beginning to reopen. First to get back on track after being shuttered due to the covid-19 pandemic is Scioto Downs, and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, the track’s leading trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr., talks about what it&rsqu...
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Mohawk qualifiers set for May 28-29, June 1-2

on May 21, 2020
Attention trainers: All horses wishing to qualify at Mohawk Thursday, May 28 & 29 and June 1 & 2 must enter with the race office before noon Friday, May 22. Preference for qualifying shall be given to Ontario-sired 3 year olds. The Race office will produce qualifying entry sheets for those four dates on Monday, May 25. Horses who currently meet the amended qualifying stand...
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Pacific Rocket dies in New Zealand at 29

on May 21, 2020
Pacific Rocket, who joined the stallion ranks for owners Dr. Andrew and Suzanne Daniels at their Calderwood Farm in Albion Park, North-South Wales in 2008, succumbed to a sustained bout of colic and had to be humanely euthanized on Thursday (May 21). “Rocket” as he was affectionately known, had a successful stud career in both the U.S. and New Zealand. He was a lovely black horse s...
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OnGait.com releases new App

on May 20, 2020
Ongait.com, the sport’s leading online sales company, has just released a state-of-the-art Mobile App to make using its service on an IPhone, IPad and Android even easier.  Horsemen worldwide with hand-held devices can now seamlessly start auctions and private sales, bid on horses, search listings, upload photos and much more. Download the App at Ongait.com “We didn&r...
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Ohio Sires Stakes announces revised 3YO schedule

on May 20, 2020
The Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Commission (OSDFC) has approved revisions to the 3-year-old divisions of the 2020 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) schedule. The first legs of the OSS series for 3 year olds—originally scheduled to take place on May 1 and 3 at Miami Valley Raceway—were canceled due to the covid-19 pandemic.   The revised schedule is as follows: June...
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Hillbilly's galore At Jackson's Virginia farm

on May 20, 2020
Amanda Jackson is a registered nurse who works in the recovery room at Saint Francis Medical Center in the Brandermill section of south Richmond (Va.) by day, and is a Standardbred horse trainer/breeder/owner on other parts of the days, evenings, weekends and holidays when she is not working.    She has been active in Virginia's pari-mutuel harness racing circuit since 2008 w...
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June 22 Midwest Mixed Sale canceled, next sale Nov. 24

on May 20, 2020
The June 22, 2020 Midwest Mixed Sale has been canceled due to lack of entries related to the Covid-19 crisis. Unfortunately, the timing for the sale didn’t quite work out, but we thank those that did enter and were overwhelmed with the amount of catalog requests. Our next sale will be the annual November Midwest Mixed Sale, to be held Nov. 24, 2020, which is the Tuesday before Thanksgiv...
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Retired trainer Bill Carroll, 85, dies in NC

on May 20, 2020
Forrest William “Bill” Carroll, 85, passed away at his home in Pinebluff, NC, on May 10.   A native of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada, Bill was born on April 30, 1935. He was a horseman from day one, learning from his parents Weldon and Isabel Carroll. Weldon was a longtime trainer for Clearview Stables and Bill proudly followed in his father’s harness racing ...
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Tellmeaboutit headlines Wednesday qualifiers at Hoosier

on May 19, 2020
Tellmeaboutit, last year’s sophomore pacing colt champion in Indiana, will make his 2020 debut in the second round of qualifiers at Harrah’s Hoosier Park since emerging from Covid-19 restrictions. Trained by Alvin Miller, the Tellitlikeitis gelding will start from post nine in the fourth race on the program Wednesday, May 20. The qualifier will mark the first start for Tellmeaboutit...
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NA Cup rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 29, at Mohawk

on May 19, 2020
 Woodbine Entertainment is excited to announce that the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup for three-year-old pacers is scheduled for Saturday, August 29 at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Milton, Ontario.   The eliminations will be held the week prior on Saturday, Aug. 22.   Originally scheduled for June 20, the 37 Pepsi North America Cup was postponed due...
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Dancer sponsors resolution calling for racing at Meadowlands

on May 19, 2020
As shuttered sectors of New Jersey's economy begin inching back to life with more outdoor activities approved, such as horseback riding, Assemblyman Ron Dancer has sponsored a resolution supporting the Meadowlands Racetrack to resume horse racing, initially without spectators. “With a proper plan in place, the Meadowlands Racetrack should be allowed to operate, especially with Gover...
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Running Aces backstretch set to open June 1

on May 19, 2020
Running Aces has completed many aspects of our preparations for opening our backstretch beginning June 1. The backstretch will be open at 6 a.m.–8 p.m. Horsemen and women are encouraged to reference the following links for information detailing the COVID-19 response prepared by Running Aces as well as complete the required forms prior to arrival at Running Aces. All health certificat...
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Indiana star TJ’s Top Pick in Tuesday qualifiers at Hoosier

on May 19, 2020
A total of 10 qualifiers have been assembled at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Tuesday, May 19. The program marks the first round of action since the shutdown took place in mid-March for Standardbred racing due to Covid-19. Qualifiers will begin at 12 p.m. and horsemen and horsewomen are urged to arrive earlier than usual to pass through extended safety procedures set in place. Several standouts a...
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MSOA extends health insurance coverage

on May 18, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact horsemen at The Meadows, The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association has extended health insurance coverage for all members under our health insurance plan for an extra month. (MSOA)
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Harrington gets OK to reopen; shooting for June 15

on May 18, 2020
The Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) advised its members on Monday, May 18, that Gov. Carney had approved racing activities to resume in the state on June 1. Harrington Raceway plans to schedule qualifiers and is estimating reopening on June 15, with new protocols in place.   "DSOA is currently in negotiations with Harrington regarding several items such as a pu...
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USHWA to sponsor monthly handicapping contest

on May 18, 2020
The United States Harness Writers Association has announced that it will be the title sponsor of Scott Alberg’s monthly harness racing handicapping contest on Facebook. Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping champion, who also has numerous other handicapping titles, has been a Standardbred owner in the past, and has agreed to partner with USHWA as the contest’s new title spons...
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Auctioneer Cris Caldwell dies at age 63

on May 16, 2020
Cris Caldwell, a fourth-generation auctioneer who has been part of the auction team at Tattersalls and Keeneland since for more than 40 years, has died at the age of 63 of pancreatic cancer. Caldwell, along with brother Scott, followed his father, the late Tom Caldwell, into the auction stand. Cris Caldwell was a regular working the Tattersalls Mixed sales at the Meadowlands. When ...
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Hickfromfrenchlick stars in Goshen qualifiers

on May 16, 2020
As harness racing starts to make plans to resume activity around North America, many top Standardbreds from 2019 will be making first appearances of the season at tracks across the continent. One of those stars of last season to emerge for the first time in 2020 is New York Sires Stakes star Hickfromfrenchlick. The son of So Surreal - My Girls A Star was a winning machine for his connections in...
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Burke/Page win 5; OHSS champ Action Uncle romps in Scioto qualifiers

on May 16, 2020
  Scioto Downs had their test run on Saturday in the form of 16 qualifying events in preparation for their pari-mutuel opening on May 22--their 62nd season. With Eldorado Resorts Senior Vice-President of Racing Joe Morris and Racing Secretary Jason Roth on hand to greet horsemen and women at the stable gate, the entry box was bursting with enthusiasm in the form of over 140 entrie...
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New York gets green light to reopen racing June 1

on May 16, 2020
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces at his daily Covid-19 briefing Saturday morning that all racetracks in the state can reopen for live racing, without fans, on June 1. The announcement specifically said all tracks can race without spectators, harness and Thoroughbred, and Yonkers, which is located close to New York City.   Cuomo added that guidelines will be announced in the...
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Coleman trainees impress at Sunshine Meadows qualifiers

on May 16, 2020
Sunshine Meadows in Florida hosted eight qualifiers on Friday and there was plenty of star power in action including a fine-looking roster of 3 year olds from the stable of trainer Casie Coleman. The Pepsi North America Cup is on the dance card of two of the Glamour Boys who faced the gate this morning for Coleman including Indictable Hanover -- a very talented youngster w...
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Over 350 horses entered in ScD qualifiers

on May 15, 2020
Over 350 horses dropped into the box for the first 2020 qualifier to be held at Eldorado Scioto Downs on Saturday (May 16). Due to the overwhelming response, unfortunately, many horsemen were left out. Preference was, and will continue to be, given to trainers who have been part of the racing program and regularly raced horses at the south Columbus oval.   “We wrote a ‘con...
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Ill. horsemen told governor's office reviewing plan for racing

on May 15, 2020
Thousands of workers employed in the harness racing industry are waiting to take to the track again to race without fans in the grandstand. Members of the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association (IHHA) have worked with the Illinois Department of Agriculture, the Illinois Department of Public Health and Hawthorne Racetrack to devise a safe, effective way to resume live racing. “Live ...
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Hall of Fame induction ceremony postponed to 2021

on May 15, 2020
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the re-opening of New York State, and with continuing concerns regarding COVID-19 and large gatherings, the Board of Trustees of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has made the unprecedented decision to cancel the 2020 Harness Racing Hall of Fame induction dinner and ceremonies in Goshen, NY. Harness Racing Hall of Fame honorees, including Hall of ...
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Meadows horsemen respond to PA Gov. Wolf

on May 15, 2020
After 11 days of silence, PA Gov. Tom Wolf responded to the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission (PHRC) on when it could resume horse racing in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately for horsemen, his response was not what we wanted to hear: “As part of this reopening effort, we foresee horse racing reopening when counties enter the green phase, like other entertainment (casinos, theaters, etc). I...
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Hennessey drives 4 winners at Pompano qualifiers

on May 14, 2020
Though the usual Florida sunshine was hidden by the thick clouds above, the mood at Pompano Park Thursday was more than sunny as the track hosted 13 qualifying events in anticipation that the racing season throughout the country is "hot to trot!" Horsemen lauded the efforts the track crew, as well as the efforts of The FSBOA, the Florida Amateur Driving Club and racing secretar...
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Double draw for Northfield qualifiers Friday

on May 14, 2020
Northfield will hold a double-draw for qualifiers on Friday (May 15) morning.  The box closes at 10 AM and the qualifiers will be raced on Monday, May 18, and Tuesday, May 19 at 1 p.m.  Preferences for the qualifiers will be for trainers that regularly race at Northfield, and for horses that fit the conditions for Northfield’s opening night card on Tuesday, Ma...
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Racing on track to return in new Special Preview!

on May 14, 2020
In the words of actor Matthew McConaughey, “All right, all right, all right!” After an absence of two months, harness racing is set to return as loosened restrictions due to the covid-19 pandemic will allow racetracks to open. In the new and free HarnessRacing Special Preview, Northfield Park and Scioto Downs in Ohio, Harrah’s Hoosier Park in Indiana, and Mohawk Park in Ontario...
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Ontario relaxes restrictions; Mohawk to open June 5

on May 14, 2020
The return of live horse racing in the Province of Ontario just got one step closer.   Earlier today, the Ontario government announced a framework to gradually reopen the Province in stages. Stage 1, which is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 19, allows for horse racing without spectators and physical distancing measures in place.   “This is great news for the s...
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Ohio set to resume harness racing May 22

on May 14, 2020
After technical issues with the Ohio State Racing Commission’s 7 p.m. (May 13) meeting and adjournment, Thursday morning (May 14) the Ohio State Racing Commission unanimously finalized a Resolution and Statewide Protocol Plan to commence racing live. Ohio has been cleared to start live racing on May 22. Ohio’s Standardbred permit holders said Wednesday that qualifiers can ...
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SOANY helping grooms with another check

on May 14, 2020
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOANY) has announced that it will be providing a second grant to qualified grooms (those who have paddocked horses more than a threshold number of racing nights) in order to further assist them during the shutdown of racing at Yonkers Raceway.  Last month, the SOANY provided a stipend of $400, and an additional payment of $400 is being issued...
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Qualifiers set for May 19-20 at Delaware, Ohio

on May 14, 2020
Qualifying races will be held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio, on Tuesday, May 19, and Wednesday, May 20. Post time each day will be at 11 a.m. These races are for horses trained by Ohio trainers only. No spectators will be allowed. Entries for both days of racing will close at noon on Sunday, May 17. Entries may be made online through the USTA or phoned to Bill Peter...
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Hoosier Park requests reopening on June 16

on May 13, 2020
Pending approval from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Harrah’s Hoosier Park will kick off the delayed start of its 2020 Racing Season on Tuesday, June 16, with a 6:30 pm EDT first post time. Racing will be contested on a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through Nov. 21 for a total of 111 days. It should also be noted that racing will be conducted in a "Spectator Free" ...
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SOANY announces Goshen qualifiers canceled

on May 13, 2020
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOANY) has posted the following information announcing the cancellation of qualifiers at Goshen Historic Track. The posting stated: “Due to our inability to get a response thus far from the State Economic Development (SED) Corporation as was recently (Friday) required by the Chief of Police of the Village of Goshen, the SOA of NY reg...
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Percy's Z Tam keeps grinding away

on May 13, 2020
A name not recognized on the Grand Circuit stage, but a local New York favorite is Percy’s Z Tam, a former champion who continues to shine bright after returning home to where it all began. Percy’s Z Tam, a $75,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase in 2015, showed a lot of promise through his 2-year-old season for owners M & M Harness Racing, Royal Flush Stable, Z Tam ...
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Ohio racing could resume on May 22

on May 13, 2020
In a conference call of the Ohio State Horse Racing Commission on Wednesday morning, the commissioners agreed on a resolution for safety protocols and a resumption of racing in the state as early as May 22. Due to late changes in the safety protocol document, the commissioners agreed they would wait until 7 pm tonight, or even tomorrow morning, before voting on the resolution. Chairman Scott Borge...
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Hawthorne waiting for state to say racing OK

on May 13, 2020
Hawthorne Race Course's Director of Publicity Jim Miller sent the following letter to the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association this week, explaining the delays in resuming live racing in the state of Illinois: This will be quite detailed, but here goes. The second week of March was when the Executive Order was put into place by (Illinois) Governor (J. B.) Pritzker. At that time the...
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PA Gov. says no racing without casinos; coalition says why?

on May 13, 2020
The following letter was sent by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to Russell Redding, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Dated May 12, the letter is in response to Redding's letter asking when the horse racing industry in the commonwealth might be permitted to reopen for racing. Earlier this year Gov. Wolf  proposed itaking money – $204 million annuall...
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Longtime Batavia horseman Bernie Hanley dies

on May 12, 2020
Bernie E. Hanley, age 84, of Batavia, N.Y., died peacefully on Thursday, May 7, at the home of his daughter while under the care of Hospice and his loving family.    Mr. Hanley was born on Feb. 9, 1936, in Fulton, N.Y., a son of the late Laurence and Mary (Welch) Hanley. After graduating from Batavia High School, he went on to honorably ser...
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Mohawk Park planning on early June re-opening

on May 12, 2020
On Tuesday's (May 12) 'Stronger Together' video stream, Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson expressed optimism that racing in Ontario can resume as early as next month, and outlined some of the plans in place to prepare for horses returning to the starting gates at both Woodbine Racetrack and Woodbine Mohawk Park. "We're very much hoping that we're starting in June,...
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Ohio commission to consider reopening

on May 12, 2020
Meeting, Directive, and Resolution Information released this morning from the Ohio State Racing Commission verifies that a potential "spectator-less racing" Plan will be considered at a meeting scheduled at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday. A Directive circulated and under consideration provides that, "Scioto Downs Racetrack and Northfield Park Racetrack MAY open their facilities for ...
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NJSS payments due May 15

on May 12, 2020
The New Jersey Sire Stakes payments due May 15 are as follows: Premier and Standardbred Development Fund Payments Due NJ Sired Yearlings - $50 for mares bred in NJ, $100 for mares bred outside of NJ. No additional payment for SDF for mares bred to NJ sires. $25 additional fee for nominations submitted without proof of registration Standardbred Development Fund $5...
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SBOANJ working on return to racing

on May 12, 2020
As we work towards a plan to re-open racing at the Meadowlands, the SBOANJ has been in constant contact with a number of New Jersey legislators that have consistently been supportive of our program, including Senate President Sweeney and Senators Sarlo and Gopal. Senator Sarlo has been appointed by Senator Sweeney to head “The Strategy for Fiscal Recovery to Restart the New Jersey Econo...
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Gold Cup & Saucer still on Red Shores calendar

on May 11, 2020
The PEI Provincial Association of Exhibitions issued a press release stating Old Home Week has been cancelled. While this announcement unfortunately affects the Provincial Exhibition/ Old Home Week such as the midway, horse shows and agriculture displays, this does not impact the harness racing events scheduled from Aug. 13 to Aug. 22 including the Guardian Gold Cup & Sauce...
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Scioto Downs cancels 2020 Ewart, Hill Memorials

on May 11, 2020
Eldorado Scioto Downs has announced that the $400,000 Jim Ewart Memorial and the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial will be suspended for the upcoming racing season.    Due to the current economic environment, it has been decided to keep overnight purse competitive to 2019 levels for Ohio horsemen.  Therefore, Grand Circuit events have been suspended with the intentions of...
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Gural hoping to open Tioga, Vernon by end of May

on May 11, 2020
In light of the recent announcement that the New York regions containing both Tioga and Vernon Downs will be among the first to make a gradual return to business, Jeff Gural is working toward opening those tracks for live racing, hopefully by the end of May.   Negotiations with the horsemen's organizations regarding details on just how to accomplish that in a fashion that would gi...
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Muscles Yankee dies at Perretti Farms at 25

on May 11, 2020
Muscles Yankee (Valley Victory-Maiden Yankee), the Hambletonian champion of 1998 and among the greatest trotting stallions in history, passed away peacefully in his paddock at Perretti Farms on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9, it was reported by Nicola Abrams, manager of the still existing Cream Ridge New Jersey farm. He had been most recently standing stud at Winbak Farm of New York...
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Kentucky star Camgrandest dies at 12

on May 11, 2020
Camgrandest, who starred in Kentucky over the past decade and earned more than $300,000 on the racetrack, died Friday, May 8, at Dragonsmeade Farm in Winchester, Ky. He was 12.   A son of Cambest, Camgrandest was bred and owned by Janet Banks. Camgrandest earned more than $90,000 each of his first two years of racing. At two, Camgrandest won the Kentucky Fair final and was second in t...
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New dates announced for Standardbred Horse Sale

on May 11, 2020
In order to accommodate potential travel challenges for customers who attend the Breeders Crown races at Hoosier Park, Standardbred Horse Sales Company announces that the sale dates for its 2020 annual sale in Harrisburg will be shifted forward one day. The new dates for the 2020 annual yearling sale are Tuesday, Nov. 3, through Thursday, Nov. 5. The new dates for the 2020 annual mixed sale are F...
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Indiana star May Baby romps in Gil Crest qualifier

on May 09, 2020
James Yoder steered a pair of Guccio sophomore fillies to victory during qualifiers held at Gil Crest Training Center in Bell, Fla. Saturday, May 9. Queen Margherita and May Baby were both winners in their individual races. Starting from post one, Queen Margherita and Yoder got on the lead from the start and led the field by open lengths before receiving a challenge by Susie’s Sister and ...
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Impasse in Ohio holding up return of racing

on May 08, 2020
Renee Mancino, executive director of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, posted the following on the OHHA's Facebook page at approximately 8:50 p.m. on Friday night. "We are disappointed to report that despite multiple plans submitted and meetings beginning on April 1st and moving forward, we are nearing the close of another week in Ohio without a clear path forward to resum...
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Northfield cancels ‘20 Battle of Lake Erie, Cleveland Classic

on May 08, 2020
MGM Northfield Park announces the cancellation of both the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie (June 6) and the $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic (July 3). Both “By-Invitation-Only” events are among the highlights of Northfield’s year-round racing calendar, and annually feature the best veteran pacers and trotters in North America. “The health and safety of our guests and t...
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HHI scholarship deadline extended to June 1

on May 08, 2020
Due to the interruptions and limitations caused by the COVID-19 crisis, Harness Horsemen International’s (HHI) Board of Directors has extended the deadline for 31st annual Jerome Hauck Scholarship application to June 1, 2020.    The $4,000 award is granted to a son or daughter, or any person with a legal guardian, of an HHI-affiliated association member.   T...
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Early June PASS & Stallion Series to be rescheduled

on May 08, 2020
Please be advised that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has postponed the following Sires Stakes and Stallion Series races. June 6–Meadows-3-year-old pacing fillies-Sires Stakes and Stallion Series June 7–Pocono-3-year-old trotting fillies-Sires Stakes and Stallion Series June 11–Harrah’s Philadelphia-3-year-old tro...
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Meadowlands payments due May 15

on May 08, 2020
The Meadowlands reminds the connections of those horses made eligible to our stakes that the deadline for the final sustaining payment on a number of those races is (postmarked by) May 15.   Yearling nominations on the foals of 2019 to race in 2022 Meadowlands Pace are also due by May 15.   Complete information on Meadowlands stakes payments and lists of eligibles...
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New website reflects Preferred’s growth

on May 08, 2020
Despite this generally static time in the horse racing business, there’s one thing that’s new and improved for industry participants, and that’s the attractive, redesigned website recently unveiled by the sport’s number one sales agency, Preferred Equine Marketing.   “Our website, preferredequine.com, is the storefront of our company,” said own...
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International Moni's book full and closed

on May 07, 2020
The 2020 book for trotting stallion International Moni  3,1:51.4M ( $775,463) has been announced as full and closed. A son of French super stallion Love You and out of the greatest trotting mare to ever wear a harness, Moni Maker, International Moni is standing his second season at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania for a fee of $5,000. International Moni also served a full book of mar...
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HarnessRacing Special Preview now available!

on May 07, 2020
Harness racing has been shut down since mid-March and it now appears some states might begin to allow racetracks to open, albeit it without fans at first. In the new and free HarnessRacing Special Preview, longtime owner Carl Howard, also the CEO of Fazoli’s restaurant chain, talks about a petition he initiated to send to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to ask that tracks in the Buckeye State re-ope...
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Maryland 2-year-old payments extended to June 15

on May 07, 2020
The May 15 second sustaining payment for 2 year olds to the Maryland Sire Stakes and the Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes has been extended by the State of Maryland to assist the horsemen in these trying times.   The second 2-year-old payment is now due June 15, 2020. This only applies to 2 year olds!!!   Please check the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund website www.msrfonl...
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Qualifiers set for May 19 at Harrah's Hoosier Park

on May 07, 2020
 After receiving approval from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Harrah’s Hoosier Park will begin the process of reopening its barn area on Monday, May 11. Horsemen will be assigned days and times for arrival to ensure an orderly entrance into the Harrah’s Hoosier Park barn area beginning on Monday, May 11.  On this date, horses located in Indiana will be eligible to ...
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Harrah's Hoosier Park could re-open June 14

on May 07, 2020
On Friday, May 1 Indiana’s Governor released a five-stage phase-in for Indiana businesses to re-open using differing dates through July 4. The Indiana Horse Racing Commission and racetrack management have been working in conjunction with the governor’s office to confirm where horse racing falls within this reopening plan and the timeline below outlines those stages. Please be aware t...
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Remembering Cornstalk's 1983 Ohio Sires Stakes championship

on May 07, 2020
Ohio trainer-driver and Hall of Famer Howard Beissinger was no stranger to the winner’s circle and in 1983, he brought forth onto the Ohio Sires Stakes scene a colt with close ties to his heart, the youngster Cornstalk.   Cornstalk was the son of a previous Beissinger trainee, Lindy’s Pride, 3, 1:57.3 ($396,209) who Beissinger had driven to win trotting’s top five st...
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Dancin Yankee's book full and closed

on May 07, 2020
Cool Winds Farm is proud to announce that the stud book for World Champion and 3-time Ohio Older Pacer of the Year Dancin Yankee p,1:47.2f ($2,003,907) is full and closed for the 2020 breeding season. Extremely pleased with the interest shown in the horse’s inaugural season, co-owner Mark Weaver stated, "It is a great feeling to see Dancin Yankee receive the response he did in...
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Online wagering immediately approved in Michigan

on May 07, 2020
The Michigan Gaming Control Board on Wednesday issued an order that will allow online wagering on  horse racing. The order allows onling wagering through a third-party provider, which must be selected by management at Northville Downs, the state’s lone remaining racetrack.   Northville Downs was unable to open its meet in March due to the covid-10 pandemic and the stay-at-h...
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Supplemental entries for Jug in 2022

on May 06, 2020
Little Brown Jug Society president Tom Wright has announced some sweeping changes to future Little Brown Jugs and its filly companion event, the Jugette. In 2022, the Little Brown Jug will start accepting supplemental entries with a payment of $45,000 (Jugette supplements would pay $15,000). Horses will no longer have to win either the Cane Pace, the Messenger, North America Cup or the M...
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Antonacci Family Foundation donates $125K to food drive

on May 06, 2020
According to Masslive.com, the Antonacci Family Foundation has donated $125,000 to launch the Millions of Meals food drive with the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts during the COVID-19 pandemic. The $125,000 donation was announced by representatives of the foundation and the Food Bank at Trinity United Methodist Church on Tuesday morning, May 5. To read the full story, click here.
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Waterstone, MacDonald on Thursday's PT with Mike & Mike

on May 06, 2020
Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday, May 6, at 10:30 a.m.  Guests include Gordon Waterstone and Curtis MacDonald.   Waterstone, recently appointed to the Hall of Fame Screening Committee, will join to discuss how the process works and how someone goes about getting nominated for the Hall of Fame.  He...
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Standardbred Transition Alliance accredits first organizations

on May 06, 2020
The Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA) announced the completion of its inaugural accreditation and grant process on Tuesday.   The three aftercares accredited by the STA are: New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program with locations in Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania; Racer Placers in Jefferson, Wisc.; and Sunshine Horses in Clay, N.Y.   With this maj...
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Michigan horseman Giovanni Finateri dies at 79

on May 05, 2020
  Longtime horseman Giovanni Finateri of Flint Township, Mich., died Monday, May 4. He was 79.  Mr. Finateri was born March 17, 1941 in Patrica, Italy, son of Luigi and Violina (Salvati) Finateri. He has resided in Flint Township for over 50 years. He married Heather (Rathburn) Cundiff July 7, 2005 in Toledo, Ohio. He grew up in the interior of war torn Italy at...
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Historical Horse Racing requested in Canada

on May 05, 2020
It was announced on Tuesday, May 5 that Woodbine Entertainment, Ontario Racing and Racetracks of Canada have approached the Federal Government and have requested that Historical Horse Racing be legalized. In an announcement that has appeared on the Ontario Racing website, the three organizations have jointly stated that the legalization of Historical Horse Racing (HHR) would provide much need...
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Ashley Tetrick named to USTA Board of Directors

on May 05, 2020
District 12 of the U.S. Trotting Association (USTA) Board of Directors announced Tuesday that Ashley Tetrick has been selected to replace John Brennan as a director for the organization. Brennan, who was a USTA director for 23 years and chairman of District 12, died March 10. Tetrick’s term will begin immediately and will run until the next District 12 meeting, which has yet to ...
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Dean Gillette named track photographer at Harrah’s Hoosier Park

on May 04, 2020
Dean Gillette has been the official photographer for the Indiana Standardbred Association over the past several years. Now, he will take his talents full time to Harrah’s Hoosier Park once racing resumes. A native of Kalamazoo, Mich., Gillette spent most of his career as a volunteer firefighter, which led to him becoming a licensed EMT. He worked in the Lansing and Battle Creek area, but ...
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Alan Leavitt back on KY Horse Racing Commission

on May 04, 2020
Standardbred racing and breeding in Kentucky now has two representatives on the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Gov. Andy Beshear has appointed Alan J. Leavitt of Walnut Hall Ltd. to the commission. Leavitt has previously served on the commission when Beshear's father, Steve, was Kentucky's governor and now joins Ken Jackson of Kentuckiana Farms as the only Standardbred members of the co...
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USTA ID techs begin scheduling appointments

on May 04, 2020
The USTA ID Technicians will be providing DNA and microchip services effective Monday, May 4. We have provided strict guidelines for the ID Technicians to follow in an attempt to ensure a safe environment for everyone involved. To learn more about what you can do to protect your equine facility from the spread of COVID-19, visit the link from the American Association of Equine Practitioners found...
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Western Fair cancels 2020 Camluck Classic

on May 04, 2020
After much consideration, management at The Raceway at Western Fair District has made the decision to cancel the Camluck Classic Invitational which was scheduled for Friday, May 29. The $150,000 race is slated to return in 2021. The City of London Series, which had finals slated for the same night as the Camluck Classic, has been postponed and will be worked into the schedule when live racing res...
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Former Batavia Downs executive Jim Samberg dies

on May 03, 2020
James "Jim" P. Samberg, former vice president of operations at Batavia Downs, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, at the age of 85.  His late wife, Barbara, was a daughter of Pat Provenzano, a founding member of Batavia Downs in 1941.   Mr. Samberg was born in 1935 in Detroit, Mich., where he attended Precious Blood Catholic School and Catholic Central High Sc...
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Illinois Hall of Farmer Tex Moats dies

on May 03, 2020
Tex Moats, 76, of Fairfield passed away at 9:39 p.m. on Friday, May 1, at his home.  He was a well-known horse trainer and was inducted into the Illinois Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2005. Among his top performers were the 1994 Langley Memorial Super Night winner Without Reproach and the filly pacer Panned Out, who was nosed out on the wire by Galleria on Hambletonian Day a...
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Updated USTA rule book now available

on May 01, 2020
The 2020 version of the U.S. Trotting Association’s rule book is now available on the USTA website by clicking here and will be available via the USTA Rule Book App found on Apple iTunes and Google Play stores by searching “USTrotting” in the coming weeks. Following are highlights of the new rules in the updated 2020 Rule Book: • An extended pari-mutuel mee...
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Huston among the 2019 Pennsylvania honorees

on May 01, 2020
Roger Huston, the Communicators Hall of Fame member who ended a 44-year announcing career at The Meadows racetrack last November but continues harness involvement in his native state of Ohio, has been voted the highest honor annually given by the Keystone Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), the Mary Lib Miller Award, named for the lifelong helpmate of “Mr. Har...
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