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New HarnessRacing Special Preview available!

on 04/16/2020 4:52 PM
There may not be any live racing going on at a track near you, but there is still plenty of news happening and the new and free HarnessRacing Special Preview has it all. In this week’s issue, we remember the Hall of Famer Phil Langley, the former USTA president and a giant in not only Illinois racing but in all of racing. USTA executive director Mike Tanner adds some personal memories he h...
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Waterstone named to HOF screening committee

on 04/16/2020 11:11 AM
Gordon Waterstone, a 42-year veteran of harness racing journalism who has worked at The Horseman and Fair World for over two decades and is a member of harness racing’s Communicators Hall of Fame, has been appointed to the Hall Of Fame Screening Committee of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) by Kim Rinker, president of the sport’s leading media organization. &n...
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Hanover announces $250k matching grant to support integrity

on 04/16/2020 9:55 AM
Following is a letter from Executive Vice President Bridgette Jablonsky, V.M.D. of Hanover Shoe Farms announcing the establishment of a $250,000 matching fund grant to support the work of restoring full integrity to the harness racing industry.   To All Industry Participants:   I hope this letter finds you well and withstanding the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pand...
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NA Cup postponed; WEG looking into Historical Racing

on 04/15/2020 3:21 PM
In a “Stronger Together” live video session Wednesday afternoon that included a lengthy question-and-answer period with viewers regarding theCovid-19 pandemic and the shutdown of harness racing across North America, Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson announced that the Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old colt pacers at Woodbine Mohawk Park, which had eliminations scheduled for Ju...
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Update on Yonkers' stakes races

on 04/15/2020 10:19 AM
With the disruption in racing at Yonkers Raceway, some adjustments have been made to upcoming Stakes payments and scheduling. The MGM Springfield Stakes will now have nominations and first payment fee of $250 closing on May 15, 2020. The sustaining payment will now be due June 15, 2020. The race is hoped to be contested with eliminations on July 4 and a final on July 11. Divisions of the R...
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Stakes-winning filly Artbitration passes at 19

on 04/15/2020 9:42 AM
Artbitration p,4, 1:52; BT1:50.1 ($727,129), a stakes-winning filly who memorably engaged in a stirring stretch battle with Kikikatie in the 2003 She’s A Great Lady final at Woodbine and was beaten just a nose by her rival, died Tuesday, April 14, following a brief illness. She was 19.   Although Artbitration was just the second foal from a daughter of $880,492 winner So Cozy, t...
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Woodbine update with Jim Lawson at 2 pm Wednesday

on 04/15/2020 9:01 AM
The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted everything we do. From world economies to going to the store, everything is different right now. What’s the impact on horse racing at Woodbine? Due to the Provincial Declaration of Emergency, Woodbine has temporarily suspended the Standardbred season at Mohawk Park, postponed the start of the Thoroughbred season and the 161st Queen&rs...
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Ohio horseman Darwin “Bub” Steinke, 81, dies

on 04/15/2020 9:00 AM
Darwin “Bub” E. Steinke, 81, of Pioneer, Ohio, died March 31, at Evergreen Manor Nursing Home in Montpelier. He was born Jan. 19, 1939, in Bridgewater Township to J.E. and Dorothy (Cline) Steinke. Mr. Steinke graduated from Montpelier High School in 1957, then went on to Toledo Barber College. He married Sharon E. Rupp on Oct. 17, 1964 and she survives. For 53 years they lived ...
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Freehold cancels Dexter Cup, Lady Suffolk for 2020

on 04/15/2020 8:27 AM
Freehold Raceway announced today the cancellation of the 2020 Dexter Cup Trot and the Lady Suffolk Trot due to the continued closure of live racing and shelter in place orders from Governor Phil Murphy due to COVID-19. The finals for both races were scheduled for Saturday, May 2. All nominating and sustaining payment refunds will be handled by the Hambletonian Society in accordance with pu...
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Midwest Auction to hold June mixed sale with online bidding

on 04/15/2020 8:25 AM
The Midwest Auction Company is pleased to announce the addition of a new  Standardbred mixed sale date. In addition to the company’s November sale, the June Midwest Mixed Sale will be held on Monday, June 22, 2020. The sale will be held at the auction company’s normal venue, the Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana, Ind.   Citing demand for the mixed sale created by o...
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Prix d'Ete canceled; nominations to be refunded

on 04/14/2020 3:14 PM
The following press release was issued by the Quebec Jockey Club on Tuesday: Since the arrival of COVID-19, we, the Board of Directors of the Quebec Jockey Club, have made every effort to ensure the health of everyone by complying with the confinement and gathering prohibition issued by the government. We are working on acceptable solutions to meet the needs of the industry. A request to...
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Sweden's Elitlopp to be held without spectators

on 04/14/2020 9:27 AM
Solvalla race track officials have announced that the Elitloppet will be held this year as scheduled on Sunday, May 31, but without an audience. At the same time, the Sweden Cup is canceled, and the winner of the Meadow Road race will qualify for the Elitloppet.   "The Elitloppet is an annual sporting highlight for many Swedes and we currently feel confident tha...
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Racing reflections with Matt Kakaley

on 04/14/2020 8:43 AM
Matt Kakaley was 16 when Rickards Ed arrived in the stable run by his parents, Linda and John, at Pompano Park. Matt was just starting to work in the barn more frequently and quickly formed a bond with the then 7-year-old pacer. Looking back, it was a time and relationship that helped propel Matt into his career in harness racing. In fact, such was his connection with Rickards Ed that four ye...
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Currier & Ives Filly Trot at The Meadows postponed

on 04/13/2020 12:19 PM
The Meadows announced today that the Currier & Ives Trot 46 for 3-year-old filly trotters will be postponed from its current May 22 date. A rescheduled date for the event will be announced in the near future. The Currier and Ives Trot 46 for 3-year-old trotters is currently scheduled for June 20. A decision about conducting that event on that date is being reviewed and future updates w...
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Mike Tanner remembers Phil Langley

on 04/13/2020 8:21 AM
Phil Langley loved obituaries. No one alerted us to more deaths than he did, a practice that didn’t abate even after he stepped down as the USTA president at the end of 2016. And it wasn’t just that he would let us know that someone had passed away. Almost always, the notification came attached to a personal quote, anecdote, or story from Phil, along with a brief me...
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Hall of Famer Phil Langley dies at 83

on 04/11/2020 3:12 PM
Phil Langley, 83, president of the U.S. Trotting Association for 13 years, died Saturday, April 11. He was elected as a USTA director in 1983 and became president in 2003 before resigning at the close of 2016. His leadership at the USTA was characterized by great advances in technology, such as online entry for races at all levels and a social media presence that made it possible...
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SOANY sends $400 checks to 155 grooms at YR

on 04/11/2020 10:53 AM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOA of NY) completed mailing out 155 checks in the amount of $400 each to those grooms who participated at Yonkers Raceway over an extended period of time and on a regular basis. The total cost of today’s aid for our most dedicated caretakers amounted to $62,000. Joe Faraldo, president of the SOA of NY, said, “These worthy individua...
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CHHA scholarship application date extended to July 15

on 04/10/2020 5:56 PM
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 July 15, 2020. Purpose: To assist students from Christian families involved in harness racing in continuing their education by providing financial aid to worthy ...
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Loan information for Delaware racing community

on 04/10/2020 1:30 PM
As the Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (D.S.O.A.) continues to proudly represent our harness racing community during the suspension of racing during this Covid-19 pandemic, the organization has more information that may help many local horsemen and women.  The D.S.O.A. has been working closely with Delaware’s Department of Agriculture on eligibility options for “HELP&r...
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Flashback: Somebeachsomewhere's 2007 Metro victory

on 04/10/2020 1:27 PM
On Sept. 1, 2007, Somebeachsomewhere paced the fastest mile in history by a 2-year-old to win the Metro Pace by two lengths over Moon Beam at Mohawk Raceway in Ontario. It was the day, for all intents and purposes, when Somebeachsomewhere became The Beach. Winning driver Paul MacDonell, who earlier this week was elected to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, recently looked back at that m...
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