Ohio set to resume harness racing May 22

on 05/14/2020 12:01 PM
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 05/14/2020 12:00 PM
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 05/14/2020 8:50 AM
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 05/13/2020 4:27 PM
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 05/13/2020 12:05 PM
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 05/13/2020 11:18 AM
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 05/13/2020 10:31 AM
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 05/13/2020 9:29 AM
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 05/13/2020 9:00 AM
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 05/12/2020 10:34 PM
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 05/12/2020 4:46 PM
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 05/12/2020 10:57 AM
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 05/12/2020 6:43 AM
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 05/12/2020 6:39 AM
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 05/11/2020 11:03 PM
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 05/11/2020 7:37 PM
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 05/11/2020 3:34 PM
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 05/11/2020 3:27 PM
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 05/11/2020 3:08 PM
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 05/11/2020 8:47 AM
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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