Categories

Always B Miki, Bee A Magician, Sweet Lou to Hall

on 01/07/2020 6:45 PM
The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame announces the results of recent balloting to determine the 2020 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Museum members voted for the three horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorses Always B Miki and Sweet Lou, and racemare&nbs...
Read More

Sweet Mr Pinetucky 1 of 4 MVR wins for Tetrick

on 01/07/2020 6:25 PM
Driver Trace Tetrick completed a Grand Slam on Tuesday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway by guiding Sweet Mr Pinetucky to victory in the $30,000 Open Trot.  Assuming the early lead in the dash standings with the four wins, Tetrick was aided by a pedestrian first half mile without pressure after assuming command easier than expected in a :28 opening quarter.  The winning 6-year-old...
Read More

Aaron Merriman wins 12,000th career race

on 01/07/2020 6:22 PM
 Aaron Merriman isn’t really on a Milestone-A-Day Tour — it just seems that way.   On Dec. 30 at Northfield Park, he became the first driver in harness racing history to record three consecutive 1,000-win seasons. That same day, he wrapped up his fifth straight North American driving title.   On Tuesday at The Meadows, he notched career win 12,000 when he p...
Read More

Crown champ Caviart Ally to race in '20

on 01/07/2020 3:35 PM
Caviart Ally, the 2019 Breeders Crown mare pace champion and O’Brien Award finalist, will return to racing this year and is being pointed to the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series, according to her owners Buck and Judy Chaffee of Caviart Farms.    The lucrative Matchmaker series is expected to begin in mid-March at Yonkers Raceway. “A lot of Caviart Ally’s fans have been ...
Read More

Woodbine Ent. makes changes to leadership team

on 01/07/2020 1:19 PM
Woodbine Entertainment announced Tuesday changes to its senior leadership team as part of a strategic re-alignment that positions the organization to best fulfill its mission in leading the growth and sustainability of the horse racing industry in Ontario. “Our industry and business have changed significantly over the last few years and this re-alignment of our senior leadership team i...
Read More

Queen Of The Pride named Ohio's 3FP of 2019

on 01/07/2020 11:38 AM
The well-traveled Queen Of The Pride has been named the 2019 Ohio 3-year-old pacing filly of the year.   Queen Of The Pride, the daughter of McArdle-Lioness Hanover by Western Ideal raced in five states, Ohio, Indiana, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, as well as Canada in 2019. She was the winner of eight of 19 starts. Owned by Frank Chick and trained by Kevin Lare, Qu...
Read More

Courtney Polan named Caretaker of Year

on 01/07/2020 10:52 AM
Courtney Polan, who works in the Norm Parker Stable based at The Meadows, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Caretaker of the Year Award sponsored by Fair Island Farm in conjunction with the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA).   Polan, 27, has worked for Parker since October 2014, joining the stable after a two-year stint working for Tim Pinske. “This is amazing,&...
Read More

Yonkers back in action; Marohn wins 4

on 01/07/2020 7:41 AM
Yonkers Raceway began its 2020 season Monday night (Jan. 6), with Jim Marohn Jr. throwing down an early gauntlet.   Marohn Jr., whose 177 wins placed him sixth locally a season ago, won four races during Yonkers’ dozen-race opener.   He and 29-1 outlier Sugar Shock ($60.50) busted any number of Pick 5 tickets, upsetting in the first leg of that sequence in 1:53.4, a t...
Read More

Five in a row for Perlucky at The Meadows

on 01/06/2020 6:51 PM
A new racing season began Monday at The Meadows, but it looked like the same old Perlucky, as he rolled to his fifth straight victory in the $18,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot.   Dave Palone sent Perlucky to the point from post 6, and the 5-year-old Lucky Chucky-Paper Girl gelding had nary an anxious moment, defeating the pocket-sitting Cherry Peep by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:55.1. Rising MV...
Read More

Marean, Sorella win USHWA President's Awards

on 01/06/2020 1:12 PM
Don Marean, one of the strongest advocates for harness racing in the state of Maine for going on three decades, and Adriano Sorella, an Ontario advertising executive who is also looking to put harness racing in a more positive light, have been selected for President’s Awards by Shawn Wiles, top officer of the United States Harness Racing Association (USHWA), the sport’s leading media...
Read More

Make hotel reservations now for Dan Patch dinner

on 01/06/2020 12:43 PM
The names of the 2019 award winners have been announced so it’s time to make room reservations at the luxurious Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla., for the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s (USHWA) annual Dan Patch Awards banquet on Sunday, Feb. 23.   If you are planning to attend the gala festivities that will honor the best equines and humans in the sport in 2019, roo...
Read More

Bllack Hole named Ohio's 3CP of Year

on 01/06/2020 12:41 PM
Bllack Hole started the racing season in July as he recovered from surgery, but that didn’t slow him down on his way to winning six of seven starts to become the 2019 Ohio 3-year-old pacing colt of the year.   Bllack Hole, the son of Mr Apples-Feel The Thunder by Modern Art earned $226,948 for his owner, Clarence Foulk’s L & L Stables. Also trained by Foulk of Springfi...
Read More

Brennan reflects on Yonkers tie with Bartlett

on 01/06/2020 11:41 AM
Entering the penultimate night of racing at Yonkers in the 2019 season, Jason Bartlett led George Brennan in the driver standings 423 to 420. The Dec. 16 program saw the drivers combine for six wins on the 11-race program and at the end of the night, Jason Bartlett extended his margin to 4, leading with 427 victories.   However, Bartlett would be absent from the Closing Night program, Tue...
Read More

Wagering, purses show increase in US in '19

on 01/06/2020 11:15 AM
Total handle, purses, wagering per race and per betting interest in the United States all increased while the number of race days decreased slightly in 2019 compared to 2018.   Total wagering increased by $48,525,862 (3.53 percent) from $1,376,360,696 in 2018 to $1,424,886,558 in 2019.   On average, the amount bet per race in 2019 was $39,991, a 4.54 percent increase from $...
Read More

Meadowlands handle increased 26% in 2019

on 01/06/2020 9:39 AM
The Meadowlands 2019 handle was a mixed bag. The amount bet on Meadowlands races was up significantly while the wagering on imported signals at the facility continued to decline.   The amount wagered on The Meadowlands exported signal swelled to $216,983,907 over 90 dates for an average of $2.4 million, a 26-percent increase over the 2018 total of $172,445,226 (86 dates/average $...
Read More

Bercury barn finishes 2019 with .580 UTR

on 01/06/2020 9:28 AM
New Year’s morning in Slippery Rock, southwestern Pennsylvania. The weak early light barely picks up the two figures approaching a barn. Horsenappers? Holiday revelers hung over and lost?   The barn door bursts open, and Bill Bercury and his wife Renee shower their horses with treats, then serenade them with a chorus of “Happy Birthday.”   Most in the Stan...
Read More

CHHA stallion auction begins Thursday, January 30

on 01/06/2020 8:27 AM
CHHA Stallion Auction will run from Thursday, January 30 through Saturday, February 1, 2020. Please consider donating a breeding to your stallion or a breeding you own but do not plan to use. For an up-to-date listing of stallions and bidding information visit www.chha.net/stallion-auction. Breeding donation forms are available to download from our website at https://www.chha.net/wp-content/u...
Read More

Endeavor captures Meadowlands Saturday feature

on 01/05/2020 12:49 AM
 It was about two months ago when the Jeff Cullipher-trained Endeavor pulled off an 11-1 upset in the Nov. 10, $100,000 Potomac Invitational Pace at Maryland’s Rosecroft Raceway, defeating some tough customers such as Dealt A Winner, American History, Dorsoduro Hanover and Courtly Choice. After that, he failed to hit the wire first in his next four outings, but Saturday night ...
Read More

Solid win for Granite at Miami Valley

on 01/04/2020 11:02 PM
Granite, the ultra-consistent 7-year-old son of Real Desire, paced the fastest mile of the meet thus far winning the $30,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:52.4.  The Ken Rucker-trainee won seven races and finished in the money on 24 of 35 occasions in 2019, banking $150,365 for The Panhellenic Stable.  Lifetime, Granite now has 28 victories from 126 starts...
Read More

Pappy Go Go wins Big M feature on $3 million night

on 01/04/2020 4:38 AM
Wagering at the Meadowlands has been on the increase in recent weeks, with last Saturday’s $2.913 million the biggest number during the recently-concluded 2019 Fall Meeting. On Friday night at the Big M, on the second day of the 2020 Winter Meeting, betting surpassed the magic $3-million mark, with all-source wagering that totaled $3,069,967. Play was consistent throughout the...
Read More