USTA supports federal SAFE Act banning slaughter

on 04/10/2020 1:25 PM
The United States Trotting Association announced Friday (April 10) that it has endorsed the passage of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act of 2019 (H. R. 961), which states that “the knowing sale or transport of equines or equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for purposes of human consumption is hereby prohibited.” This matter was discussed and approved during...
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Ohio racing canceled through May 15

on 04/10/2020 1:07 PM
By Order of the Ohio State Racing Commission, all racing in the state has been canceled through May 15. The text message sent out Friday, April 10, by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association also read: "...If your backside (including dormitories) is open, it SHALL remain open and operational until further notice; If your track is available for training, it SHALL remain open for reasonable...
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USTA meets by teleconference; Faraldo elected COB

on 04/09/2020 7:01 PM
The 2020 U.S. Trotting Association Board of Directors Annual Meeting, which was conducted through a series of teleconferences, concluded Thursday with the closing session of the full board.  Among the highlights of the annual meeting were the election of some new officers, approval of the 2020 budget as well as new rules that will take effect on May 1 plus the announcement of a new locat...
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Vernon Downs’ John Brownie Brown dies

on 04/09/2020 5:57 PM
John A. "Brownie" Brown, 76, of Clay, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family, after a long illness.   He was born in Syracuse on Feb. 24, 1944 son of the late James and Mary Perella. Brownie was an all around athlete, who loved the game of baseball and basketball. After his service in the National Guard, he became a basketball referee and baseball...
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New Special Weekend Preview now available!

on 04/09/2020 4:27 PM
Jeff Gural is optimistic that the Meadowlands can reopen for racing in May, and he spoke to Kathy Parker about the possibility in the new and free HarnessRacing Special Preview. But as racetracks remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, horses are rarin’ to go, and Gordon Waterstone talked to several trainers about the status of some of the returning stars from 2019. Some of those train...
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Warren Schnittker, father of Ray, dies at 91

on 04/09/2020 1:36 PM
Warren Louis Schnittker died Wednesday, April 8, in North Tonawanda, N.Y., with his loving family by his side. He was 91. Mr. Schnittker, the father of U. S. Trotting Association director and successful horseman, Ray, was a talented and respected trainer and owner in his own right for many years, predominantly throughout the East Coast. At the request of the family, there will b...
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Jimmy Freight's book full and closed

on 04/09/2020 12:55 PM
It has been announced that the 2020 book for Jimmy Freight p,4,1:48.1s, $1,457,405(C) is now full and closed. Jimmy Freight is standing his first year in 2020 at Winbak Farm of Ontario. “I am so happy to announce Jimmy Freight, full and closed,” said Pat Woods, Winbak Farm of Ontario manager. “He's a fan favorite and I loved to watch him race. “He could race fro...
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Harrington Raceway delays opening of meet

on 04/09/2020 8:44 AM
Harrington Raceway in Delaware, which was scheduled to open its live race meet on Monday, April 13, has delayed the opening. Here is the statement:   Due to the current mandated COVID-19 related shutdown, the opening of the Harrington Raceway 2020 meet remains delayed until further notice. Applications may still be submitted via the Harrington Raceway website via this direct link. ...
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Krivelin hoping to help harness community

on 04/08/2020 2:57 PM
Bob Krivelin has faced challenging times before with his restaurant-supply business, but nothing quite like the situation he confronts now as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But Krivelin is hoping he can overcome these difficult days while also helping the harness racing community do the same. As first reported by Bob “Hollywood” Heyden in Harness Racing Update, Krivelin is offer...
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Stallion breedings to help New Jersey horsemen

on 04/08/2020 11:05 AM
In the wake of trying times recently, we are excited to share a bit of good news and positive spirit. An auction of four 2020 stallion breedings will be donated to help those New Jersey horsemen most affected by the Coronavirus crisis. The proceeds will be donated directly to the SBOANJ Benevolent Fund.    Deo Volente Farms’ owners Thomas Pontone and Michael Gulotta are ann...
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Cal Expo officials announce meet is over

on 04/07/2020 9:35 PM
We are very sorry to inform our Horseman and Employees that our current meet has officially come to a end. Today we had discussions with the Sacramento County Health Department about possibly reopening,the County's emergency order that was scheduled to expire tonight (April 7), will be extended through May 1. Racing closed to the public is not exempt from the order.   Our barn are...
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MacDonell, Wallace, McWicked, Amour Angus named to Canadian HOF

on 04/07/2020 2:25 PM
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the people and horses being recognized as inductees in 2020. Five people and five horses have been elected from a very deep ballot of candidates. Representing Standardbreds in the Class of 2020 are Driver Paul MacDonell, Trainer Ben Wallace, Female Horse Amour Angus, Male Horse McWicked and Veteran Horse&nb...
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Meadowlands hoping for May racing

on 04/07/2020 1:44 PM
Given the current situation the Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs are doing whatever can be done to look after our employees and be a good neighbor in the community. We also realize the plight of the horsemen that race at our tracks and the anxiety of not knowing what the near future might hold. It is in this spirit that we try to shed a little light on what may be possible. I...
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Rock N Roll Heaven wins 2010 Little Brown Jug

on 04/07/2020 11:01 AM
On Sept. 23, 2010, Rock N Roll Heaven dominated the Little Brown Jug with a historic and still unparalleled performance. The colt won his first Jug heat in a world-record-equaling 1:49.2 and returned later in the afternoon to sweep the event by winning the second heat in a duplicate 1:49.2. It was the first time in history a horse won twice on the same day with sub-1:50 miles. There have been...
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SRF asks for donations to help its horses

on 04/07/2020 7:40 AM
After nearly 32 years of helping thousands of Standardbreds, and shining under numerous awards from Racing Commissioners International, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Harness Tracks of America and many others, the Standardbred Retirement Foundation and its horses are facing serious trouble during this COVID-19 pandemic. Paula Campbell and Judy Bokman have worked tirelessly ...
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Horse owner, Fazoli’s CEO Howard talks about COVID-19

on 04/07/2020 7:29 AM
Horse owner and Fazoli’s president and CEO Carl Howard spoke with U.S. Trotting Association Social Media and Publicity Coordinator Wendy Ross on Monday (April 6) in a remote interview about the challenges facing horsemen and businesses during the current coronavirus pandemic. Howard, who has become very familiar with many important elements of the federal stimulus legislation for his...
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Results of cobalt as PED study published

on 04/06/2020 6:41 PM
In a joint project by the Equine Science Center at Rutgers University; Equine Integrated Medicine, Georgetown, Ky.; Duer Forensic Toxicology, Clearwater, Fla.; and the New York Drug Testing and Research Program, Morrisville State College; a recently published journal article shows that a sterile solution of cobalt salts (50 mg of elemental cobalt as CoCl2 in 10 ml of saline, given IV for three c...
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Gingras, Kakaley, Tetrick talk on COSA TV

on 04/06/2020 3:14 PM
Sunday evening, April 5, saw another Central Ontario Standardbred Association TV episode featuring host Greg Blanchard and three of this generation’s most accomplished and respected catch-drivers—Yannick Gingras, Matt Kakaley and Tim Tetrick. The interview was streamed on COSA TV’s Facebook Page and was produced by Curtis MacDonald’s CUJO Entertainment. The trio of driv...
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May 12 Blooded Horse Mixed Sale canceled

on 04/06/2020 3:11 PM
The Blooded Horse Sales Company has announced it is cancelling it's Spring Mixed Sale scheduled for May 12 in Springfield, Ohio. Here is the announcement posted on its Facebook page:   We’ve waited to make this announcement hoping things would change quickly, however after speaking with the folks at Champions Center and listening to the CDC announcements it’s clear we ...
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Meadowlands Racetrack feeds those in need

on 04/06/2020 1:59 PM
With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting Bergen County extremely hard the Meadowlands Racetrack wanted to help the community in any way possible. After learning the Meadowlands YMCA was working with Table to Table to distribute meals to families in need, the Meadowlands Racetrack and its restaurant partner Ark Meadowlands pitched in to help feed the local community. The racetrack donated over 500 ...
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