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Statement from USTA president on PA budget

on 02/04/2020 4:34 PM
Following is a statement from USTA President Russell Williams responding to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s proposal made during his budget address on Tuesday (Feb. 4) of establishing a new “Nellie Bly” Scholarship Fund by redirecting $200 million of existing tax dollars from the Race Horse Development Trust Fund. Statement from USTA President Russell Williams Like good ...
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Breedings to benefit New Vocations listed at ongait

on 02/04/2020 3:44 PM
Breedings to Trixton, Always A Virgin, Andover Hall, Courtly Choice, Jimmy Freight, JK Endofanera and Racing Hill are among the 75-plus offered in the 22nd Annual New Vocations Stallion Auction that is currently in progress via OnGait.com. Visit https://ongait.com/s/newvocations to view breedings and bid until 2:00 p.m. Thursday Feb 6. The auction is held in an open-ended-format t...
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Freehold cancels Friday due to lack of entries

on 02/04/2020 3:42 PM
Freehold Raceway announced that their card scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7, had been cancelled due to a lack of entries. All horses entered for Friday can be re-entered for Saturday; anyone with questions should contact the race office. Racing for Thursday, Feb. 6, will continue as scheduled with a first race post of 12:30 pm. (Freehold)
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Pocono opens Saturday, earliest in 55 years

on 02/04/2020 3:41 PM
The trotters and pacers take to the track at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday for the earliest seasonal opening in 55 years of the harness sport in northeast Pennsylvania, with the first of thirteen races scheduled for 5 p.m.   The opening set of features during February’s racing at The Downs will be part of the new Game of Claims Series, grouping horses of varying value...
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PA Governor's budget proposes major cuts to racing

on 02/04/2020 3:07 PM
Individuals throughout Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry reacted with alarm today to Governor Tom Wolf’s FY 2020-21 budget proposal, which seeks to raid $204 million from the Race Horse Development Trust Fund. “If approved by the legislature, this raid would result in the end of horseracing in Pennsylvania by eviscerating the primary funding source for the purses and breed...
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Million-dollar Monday at Yonkers

on 02/04/2020 8:34 AM
The first Monday of the month resulted in a Yonkers Raceway single-season high handle. The dozen-race card attracted $1,025,349 through the windows, electronic or otherwise. Needless to say, more than a few of those dollars found their way to 1-20 favorite Globaldomination N (Jordan Stratton, $2.10), who won the $18,000, third-race pace in a life-best 1:53. The 5-year-old Down Und...
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Blackwell Ruby IR goes for four at Yonkers

on 02/04/2020 8:32 AM
As speedy imports go, Blackwell Ruby IR has had no problem learning the rules of our roads.   The 5-year-old Irish homebred daughter of Kikikolt goes after a fourth consecutive victory Tuesday night, looming a short price from the pole in Yonkers Raceway’s $16,000, second-race pace.   Blackwell Ruby IR stepped up the restricted class ladder and summarily dusted her la...
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Final Breath battles to Open Trot win at Meadows

on 02/03/2020 8:00 PM
Final Breath and Icanflylikeanangel staged a stirring duel for the final five-eighths before Final Breath finally surged ahead to capture Monday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Icanflylikeanangel grabbed the early lead for Mike Wilder in a demanding 26.1, prompting Tony Hall to send Final Breath after them at the quarter. When Icanflylikeanangel refused to release...
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18 horses change hands in Miami Valley series

on 02/03/2020 7:57 PM
A total of 40 of the 73 starters “survived” the first elimination round of the popular Survivor Series for $5,000 male claiming pacers at Miami Valley Raceway on Monday (Feb. 3). Many of those that met the top five finish requirement to advance from the eight divisions will go postward for new owners in Round 2 as 18 horses changed hands via the claim box in Round 1. Only t...
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Top Flight Angel ready to return to racing

on 02/03/2020 4:13 PM
Top Flight Angel, the winner of the 2017 Yonkers Trot, is ready to return to the races this week and his connections hope he will be continuing his ascent to the million-dollar level.   A 6-year-old stallion, Top Flight Angel has won 14 of 65 career races and $902,820 for breeder/owner Alan Hainsworth, a New Yorker who races under the name Legendary Standardbred Farm. Hainsworth has a...
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First qualifiers of season held at Pocono Monday

on 02/03/2020 4:12 PM
The 2020 racing season got off to a quick start at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Monday morning as the Big Jim pacing mare Jossie James A won the first qualifier of the season in 1:54 while making her U.S. debut.   Yonkers driving leader Jason Bartlett sent the oft-winning mare away quickly from post seven and tucked third. They sat in that position as Lyons River Pride, fir...
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Pompano handles $400,000-plus on Super Bowl Sunday

on 02/03/2020 11:58 AM
Despite the fact that Pompano Park was the only U.S. track racing on Super Bowl Sunday night with most simulcasting venues closed, as well, the South Florida "Winter Capital of Harness Racing" posted a healthy handle of $413,000, including the largest non-carryover Pick-5 pool of the season--over $21,000--a Pick-4 pool exceeding $30,000 and a Pick-6 pool in excess of $10,000. The hand...
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Callahan sweeps features on $3 million Big M night

on 02/02/2020 1:02 AM
The action at the Meadowlands has heated up in a big way of late, and the trend continued Saturday night. Wagering on the 13-race card pushed past the $3-million mark for the second time this year as $3,026,740 was put in play. The other time betting went past the magic $3-million mark was on Jan. 3, when $3,069,967 was pushed through the windows. Saturday night got off to a good ...
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Bettor Memories best in Yonkers feature

on 02/02/2020 12:05 AM
Bettor Memories (Eric Goodell, $21) did it the hard way Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $35,000 Preferred Handicap Pace with a first-up foray.   Unhurried from post position No. 4, Bettor Memories saw reformed claimer—and 7-10 favorite—Keystone Phoenix (Dan Dube) lead through seemingly-soft ’flat’  intervals of :27 and :56. Bettor Memories t...
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Statesman prevails in Freeehold feature

on 02/01/2020 11:09 PM
Statesman was bet down to favoritism in the Preferred Handicap pace at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, and lived up to his 8-5 billing, winning by a length. Driver Joe Bongiorno took him back in the early stages, sitting in fourth place most of the way. As they neared the five-eighths point, Bongiorno activated his charge, sending him first-over after early leader Machtu. Statesman grabbed...
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Forbidden Trade named Canada’s Horse of the Year

on 02/01/2020 11:03 PM
Standardbred Canada announced the winners for the 2019 O’Brien Award at the 31st edition of the annual O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala held at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale hotel in Mississauga, Ont. The O’Brien Awards honor Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season and are named in honor of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding horseman and member ...
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Pocono gearing up for Feb. 8 opening

on 02/01/2020 10:56 PM
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is preparing for the earliest-ever opening in its 55th season, with qualifying races scheduled for Monday and Tuesday ahead of the first card of this year taking place Saturday, Feb. 8.   Trainer-driver Ray Schnittker has several interesting prospects in the Monday qualifiers, which start at 10 a.m., including Wild Bill, a full brother to Huntsvill...
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Three straight for Windsong Leo at Miami Valley

on 02/01/2020 10:52 PM
If either the Kansas City Chiefs or the San Francisco 49ers perform as well as Windsong Leo has been lately at Miami Valley Raceway they should have no problem trouncing their adversary in the Super Bowl.    Windsong Leo, who won 15 races in 30 starts in 2019, is undefeated in four 2020 starts—all in Open Handicap contests where he has  been assigned an outside post.&nbs...
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Gingras wins 4 at Big M, including Dayson in feature

on 02/01/2020 7:23 AM
 Yannick Gingras drove four winners Friday night at the Meadowlands, and among them was Dayson, who took the featured $20,000 conditioned trot.   “He’s such a nice horse that tries his best every time,” said Gingras. Sure, Dayson did his job, no doubt, but so did Gingras, who gave his horse a perfect steer. The first turn looked like a rugby scrum as L...
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Sugar Dance, Bettor B Going win Mohawk finals

on 02/01/2020 12:02 AM
Bettor B Going and Sugar Dance took home the gold in Friday’s Winter Series finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 4-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding Better B Going grabbed the front early and wired his competition in the $40,000 Snowshoe final. Driver Chris Christoforou cleared command with Bettor B Going before a :27.2 first quarter. The Wilford Perrault trainee continued unconte...
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