Indiana star May Baby romps in Gil Crest qualifier

on 05/09/2020 10:26 PM
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 05/08/2020 9:49 PM
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 05/08/2020 3:46 PM
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 05/08/2020 1:41 PM
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 05/08/2020 10:06 AM
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 05/08/2020 9:46 AM
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 05/08/2020 6:46 AM
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,, is the storefront of our company,” said own...
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International Moni's book full and closed

on 05/07/2020 7:17 PM
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 05/07/2020 4:07 PM
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 05/07/2020 4:06 PM
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 05/07/2020 4:01 PM
 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 05/07/2020 3:22 PM
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 05/07/2020 2:31 PM
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 05/07/2020 1:06 PM
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 05/07/2020 9:39 AM
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 05/06/2020 6:39 PM
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 05/06/2020 2:37 PM
According to, 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 05/06/2020 1:42 PM
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 05/06/2020 8:43 AM
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 05/05/2020 6:30 PM
  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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