Ohio establishes donation portal

on 04/06/2020 1:51 PM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) has set up a PayPal donation portal for those that want to help Ohio horsemen in need during the COVID-19 crisis.   All money donated will go to the OHHA Horsemen’s Benevolent Fund.  Those that donate will be able to earmark their donation for either the Equine Benevolent or Human Benevolent fund.   Horsem...
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SOANY announces grants for grooms

on 04/06/2020 1:42 PM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York has announced that it will be providing grants to qualified grooms in order to assist them during the temporary shutdown of racing at Yonkers Raceway. The qualified grooms (those who have paddocked horses more than a threshold number of racing nights) will be receiving a subsidy of $400. The payments will be sent out during the week of April 6...
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Youth Foundation cancels events through August

on 04/06/2020 10:39 AM
On behalf of Harness Horsemen's Youth Foundation (HHYF) trustees and staff, we regret to announce that all HHYF events scheduled for May, June, July, and August have been canceled. Possible programs may be set up for late fall; our hope is to attach "mini-camps" to existing events to continue to make that all-important hands-on connection of young people and Standardbreds.  ...
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Mike Wilder reflects on career

on 04/06/2020 9:14 AM
Mike Wilder was anxious to drive. He was 10 years old and already helping his stepfather David Ritter around the family’s stable, doing stalls, bathing horses. But his desire to jog a horse for the first time was overwhelming and he was constantly bringing it up. Finally, Ritter relented. “He said he would let me jog,” Wilder said. “He told me he was going to let me jog Yu...
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Takter farm looking for help with farm equipment, etc.

on 04/03/2020 7:50 PM
The Takter horse farm in New Jersey is in need of experienced general maintenance help: Mechanically inclined, operate tractors and other farm equipment, grass mowing, upkeep of different types of farm machinery and overall farm facilities.  Salary depending on skills and experience. Contact Christina Takter by phone 609-636-3747 or by email
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PA Sires Stakes, Stallion Series for May postponed

on 04/03/2020 4:10 PM
Please be advised due to the ongoing COVID-19 national emergency, the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has announced that the PA Sires Stakes for 3-Year-Olds, along with the 3-Year-Old Stallion Series, that were scheduled for the month of May have been postponed and will be rescheduled for later in the year. As soon as new information becomes available, it will be provided.
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Michigan announces Hardship Feed Program

on 04/03/2020 3:35 PM
The Michigan Harness Horseman's Association is happy to announce the creation of the MHHA Coronavirus Hardship Feed Program. The program seeks to provide MHHA members (based on 2019 membership list) who are Michigan residents with a Tractor Supply Company (TSC) credit for the purchase of feed for horses stabled here in the state. We are grateful to Northville Downs and Tractor Supply...
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SBOANJ office open, but not to visitors

on 04/03/2020 1:24 PM
The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) would like to remind our members that our staff is continuing to work diligently during these difficult times. Recent state and federal assistance programs that have become available are currently listed on our website. We will continue to locate and post the latest information regarding these programs as it becomes av...
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Gingras remembers Foiled Again’s Crown win

on 04/03/2020 12:09 PM
On Oct. 19, 2013, Foiled Again held off all challengers in a furious stretch drive to win the Breeders Crown Open Pace by a nose over Pet Rock in the slop at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. With the victory, the then 9-year-old gelding became the oldest horse ever to capture a Breeders Crown.   Winning driver Yannick Gingras recently looked back at that memorable performanc...
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SOANY waives insurance payments

on 04/03/2020 9:08 AM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOANY) has announced that effective immediately it will waive for two months insurance payments from the existing participants in its Welfare Fund which provides health insurance coverage to eligible trainers, drivers and grooms.  The waiver will apply to payments due for the months of April and May.  Participants who have already made p...
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Danae, Precious Beauty new Hall of Fame broodmares

on 04/02/2020 9:14 PM
The Living Horse Hall of Fame committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the selections for the 2020 broodmare inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Danae 3,1:54.2 ($529,099) and Precious Beauty p,2,1:53.3 ($112,842) were elected. Danae’s offspring include 2019 Swedish Horse of the Year Propulsion 1:52.1 ($3,572,969...
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New Special Edition Preview now available!

on 04/02/2020 5:55 PM
With no harness racetracks in operation in North America due to the COVID-19 pandemic, horsemen are going to need financial relief, and in the new and free HarnessRacing Special Preview we have all the details on how to find it. Several horsemen’s associations have already begun programs to help, and we also provide information on how trainers can seek relief under the federal CARES act. ...
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Oakes, Surick plead not guilty on charges

on 04/02/2020 4:57 PM
Trainers Nick Surick and Chris Oakes were among 19 who entered pleas of not guilty before U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil Thursday afternoon on federal charges that included conspiracies to manufacture, distribute and administer adulterated or misbranded performance-enhancing drugs to racehorses. The proceedings were held via teleconference due to COVID-19 precautions.   Others ...
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Community focus: Dave Yarock

on 04/02/2020 2:25 PM
A little more than a decade ago, Dave Yarock decided it was time to give up playing basketball. He had played throughout his life; in high school and college and was still going full court two or three times a week into his mid-50s.   After putting hoops on hold, he needed a way to satisfy his competitive nature. That is when he discovered harness racing. Yarock was introduced to the ...
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Microchip deadline extended to 2022

on 04/02/2020 11:50 AM
During the U.S. Trotting Association (USTA) Registration Committee teleconference call on Tuesday, March 31, the members voted unanimously to extend the deadline for all horses to be microchipped from 2021 until 2022. The extended deadline will now require all horses to be microchipped before they race in 2022. The consideration of delaying the deadline was presented as an agenda item by chief op...
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Delaware approves plan to distribute purse money

on 04/02/2020 11:11 AM
The Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) has been working to help our harness racing community during this Covid-19 pandemic while our racing has been suspended. We are happy to announce that Delaware Harness Racing Commission approved a plan on March 31 to distribute purses from the final two weeks of the Dover Downs meet that were not contested. Please see the following corresp...
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Cal Expo suspends racing immediately

on 04/01/2020 5:52 PM
Cal Expo has announced that due to Sacramento County Heath Department guidelines that live racing is being suspended immediately. Cal Expo was scheduled to race Wednesday with a 3:05 p.m. local post time.
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MSOA paying to keep Meadows’ backstretch open

on 03/31/2020 5:59 PM
An Update from the board of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA):   The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association has agreed in principle to pay approximately $100,000 per month to Penn Gaming to keep The Meadows’ backstretch and track open for our horsemen during the COVID-19 shutdown.  This will cover all expenses incurred to keep the facility open such as, bu...
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Trio of April qualifiers at Southern Oaks

on 03/31/2020 5:43 PM
Southern Oaks Training Center will be hosting qualifiers on three consecutive Fridays — April 10, 17, and 24. Please enter by text or phone at (320) 583-4181 the preceding Wednesday by noon. In the event of rain, the qualifiers will be rescheduled for the next day (Saturday). Residents at the Southern Oaks Training Center and those participating in the qualifiers are practici...
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Arraignments on Thursday for Surick, Oakes, others

on 03/31/2020 4:06 PM
Several of the defendants in a federal case focusing on drug misbranding and the doping of racehorses will be arraigned via teleconference on Thursday, April 2.   Among the defendants scheduled to be arraigned include Standardbred participants Nick Surick, Chris Oakes, Chris Marino, Rick Dane Jr. and Ross Cohen and Thoroughbred trainers Jorge Navarro and Jason Servis. The teleconfere...
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