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Historical Horse Racing requested in Canada

on 05/05/2020 2:15 PM
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 05/05/2020 2:09 PM
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 05/04/2020 9:47 PM
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 05/04/2020 4:22 PM
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 05/04/2020 1:22 PM
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 05/04/2020 1:12 PM
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 05/03/2020 8:13 PM
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 05/03/2020 12:44 PM
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 05/01/2020 4:14 PM
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 05/01/2020 2:10 PM
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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New HarnessRacing Special Preview available!

on 04/30/2020 4:09 PM
Harness racing in North America continues to be on hold as the covid-19 pandemic continues, but jurisdictions are starting to make plans on the reopening of racetracks. Jeff Gural, who owns the Meadowlands in New Jersey and Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs in New York, has ideas on how his tracks will look when the doors are open again. Learn what Gural is hoping for in the new and free HarnessRacin...
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Ohio has discount feed program for horsemen

on 04/30/2020 3:46 PM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) has announced a discount feed program for its membership.   In partnership with Centerra Co-op, Champion Feed & Supply, Granville Milling, Heritage Co-op, Nutrena, Purina, Tizwhiz and Tribute Equine Nutrition, the OHHA has put together a program that will allow members to purchase feed at discounted prices.   The prog...
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May stakes at the Meadowlands postponed

on 04/30/2020 3:30 PM
Stakes that had been scheduled for the month of May at the Meadowlands will be postponed to a date to be announced. These stakes include the first leg of the Graduate series for both pacers and trotters, the Cutler Memorial and the New Jersey Sires Stakes for all divisions of 3 year olds.  
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More financial assistance for Ohio horsemen

on 04/30/2020 1:52 PM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Health and Retirement Plan  (HHHRP), Trustees as administrators of the Harness Horsemen’s Retirement Trust, have announced direct benevolent relief for all 2019 Ohio HHHRP Plan Participants.   Due to the April 2, 2020 Order canceling racing until May 15, 2020, each 2019 Qualified Retirement...
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New HHYF Activity Boxes now available

on 04/29/2020 3:16 PM
Nothing replaces braiding a foretop or jogging a horse on the track--we know that!   However, in an effort to still provide education and a whole lot of fun, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) will be offering “Activity Boxes” this summer – four boxes in total, each with its own theme, for May, June, July, and August.   The Activity Boxes are s...
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Standardbred Canada announces ‘Return to Racing’ blueprint

on 04/27/2020 6:55 PM
  In early April, Standardbred Canada’s Board of Directors appointed a 'Return To Racing' task force to develop a blueprint for the return of Standardbred racing. Today (Monday, April 27), SC’s Board has approved the plan and will be releasing 'The Return to Standardbred Horse Racing in Canada Blueprint' to industry stakeholders to assist them in the plan...
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Trotting mare Lisa America dies at age 15

on 04/27/2020 12:04 PM
The 15-year-old trotting mare Lisa America died Friday morning, April 24, while giving birth to a Ready Cash foal that also did not survive. The daughter of Varenne, who was bred in Italy and campaigned overseas for the late owner Lou Guida and trainer Jerry Riordan, won more than $1.9 million in her racing career with a mark of 1:52.4. At the time of her death, Lisa America was owned by SRF Sta...
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A look back at the 2008 Breeders Crown finals

on 04/27/2020 10:32 AM
Honors as the 2008 Horse of the Year were decided on Breeders Crown night at the Meadowlands, with the New Jersey racetrack hosting the eight finals for 2 and 3 year olds of both gaits and sexes. You can watch all eight of those videos by scrolling down to the video box on the home page of www.harnessracing.com. The four finals for older horses had been contested in late August at Woodbine Mohawk ...
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Info: regarding hair follicle testing in NY

on 04/24/2020 6:53 PM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOA of NY) has provided the following information to owners and trainers:   The procedure as far as the SOA of NY has learned is that commencing April 29th , and continuing on April 30th and May 1st the trainers currently in possession any and all horses requiring Hair follicle testing, must call this number 845-794-5061 after 9 AM o...
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Racetracks and horse owners eligible for PPP loans

on 04/24/2020 4:48 PM
The Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association is pleased to announce that the Small Business Administration today has issued new guidance clarifying that racetracks and small entities such as horse ownership entities are eligible for loans under the Paycheck Protection Loan Program. The new guidance is as follows: “d. Part III.2.b. of the Third PPP Interim Final Rule (85 FR 21747, 21...
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