Michigan Governor signs sports wagering bill

on 12/20/2019 3:54 PM
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation Friday morning approving sports wagering in the state.   The bill provides for sports wagering only at the three downtown Detroit casinos and the 23 Indiana casinos located throughout the state. The bill does not provide for sports wagering at racetracks, which currently includes only Northville Downs harness track and possibly...
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Six Pack is welcomed at Deo Volente Farms

on 12/20/2019 3:26 PM
World champion trotting stallion Six Pack was welcomed this week to his new home at Deo Volente Farms by farm CEO Michael J. Gulotta and members of the farm’s staff. The celebration also included a visit from Sarah Svanstedt, whose husband, Ake, trained and drove Six Pack throughout the trotter’s award-winning and record-setting career.   Six Pack, a 4 year old by Mus...
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Meadowlands to offer $14 million in 2020 stakes

on 12/20/2019 2:52 PM
The Meadowlands is proud to announce its 2020 stakes schedule which will total approximately $14 million over the course of the 92-program meet.   The Meadowlands Standardbred meet will have a different look in 2020 due to Monmouth Park exercising their legislated right to race Thoroughbreds on the main track from Oct. 2 through Nov. 21, thus eliminating the possibility for the custom...
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First Mohawk Million payment due Feb. 18

on 12/20/2019 1:45 PM
Woodbine Entertainment today announced the date for the inaugural Mohawk Million, to be contested in 2020 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The $1 million (USD) race for two-year-old trotters will headline a $2.5 million-plus card on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The $850,000 (estimated) Metro Pace and $540,000 (estimated) Shes A Great Lady will also take place on September 26 to showcase harness ...
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Hanover Shoe Farms Foundation makes grant to STA

on 12/20/2019 12:30 PM
The Hanover Shoe Farms Foundation has made a grant of $50,000 to the Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA) to support their mission of accrediting and granting to programs assisting Standardbreds as they transition to new careers. “This gift is meant to incentivize the STA’s establishment of advanced standards for transformative grant making,” said Russell Williams, presid...
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Mandatory Hi-5 payout Dec. 30 at Meadows

on 12/20/2019 12:27 PM
The Meadows Racetrack and Casino has announced a mandatory payout of its Jackpot Hi-5 for Monday, Dec. 30. The carryover heading into the mandatory payout date will be a record $105,000.96.   Jackpot Hi-5 wagering has been suspended for the Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 26, 27 and 28 cards, until the mandatory payout.   “This mandatory payout of the Hi-5 wager should p...
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First Pocono closers deadline is Jan. 15

on 12/20/2019 9:06 AM
Horsemen are reminded to review the early and late closers that will highlight the 2020 racing season of The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The famed northeastern Pennsylvania oval will begin the expanded 139-day race meet on Saturday, Feb. 8.   Starting off the early season in early February will be a new late closer – The Game of Claims Late Closing Series with 6 different progr...
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Ohio Sires Stakes stallions shine in 2019

on 12/20/2019 9:04 AM
Progeny of Ohio-based stallions who participated in the 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes earned a total of $7,100,000 in purses.  Stallions must be registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) during the year of conception for their foals to be eligible to Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) events such as the Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS), Ohio Breeders Championship (OBC) and Ohio Fair St...
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Western NY owner Bruno Coccia dies

on 12/20/2019 8:49 AM
Bruno Coccia died Saturday (Dec. 14) at age 70. Mr. Coccia was the owner of Genesee Printers Inc. and Microera Printers Inc. He was also a co-owner of the Rochester Flash Men's Soccer Team and the C.C.O. Harness Racing Stables.   Mr. Coccia owned several horses in western New York from the late 70's to the mid 80’s and raced successfully at that time. Amon...
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Gingras wins 5 Thursday at Meadowlands

on 12/20/2019 6:53 AM
After last weekend saw him win six races and finish second on nine occasions in just 34 starts, Yannick Gingras upgraded from superb to scintillating at the Meadowlands Thursday night, winning five times on the 11-race program. Gingras, whose horses have earned over $13 million during 2019, now has 32 wins at the Big M Fall Meeting, trailing only Dexter Dunn, who has 41. Dunn did not r...
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Winter series heat up at Mohawk Park

on 12/20/2019 6:49 AM
The preliminary rounds of the Valedictory and Niagara Series for three-year-old pacers concluded on a very cold Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Valedictory for colts and geldings and Niagara for fillies each required a pair of $17,000 second leg divisions ahead of next week’s finals. Lyons Pegasus took advantage of hot early fractions to shoot up the rail by tiring f...
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Whata Swan sets new Dayton 3CT record

on 12/20/2019 6:46 AM
It's not often a track record is obliterated on a December night when the temperature is hovering around the 32-degree freezing mark.  But that is exactly what happened on Thursday at Hollywood Dayton Raceway when Whata Swan, the only 3 year old in the race, found another gear in the stretch and swept to a 1:53.2 score.    The old standard for sopho...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/19/2019 4:15 PM
Southwind Chrome has won two straight top-class events at the Meadowlands and on Friday night the trotter will try for three in a row in the Preferred. It won’t be easy as Southwind Chrome was assigned the outside post 10, and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer Jeff Cullipher spoke to Kathy Parker about being saddled with the tough starting spot.   Manver...
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Michelle Crawford leads rescue effort

on 12/19/2019 3:04 PM
Michelle Crawford, a breeder and owner of horses with her husband, Al, at Crawford Farms in New York, has helped organize the rescue of 53 Standardbred horses held for ransom as they were destined for a kill pen. Michelle worked with the Standardbred Retirement Foundation to raise money to rescue the horses and now they are reaching out to find homes for the horses.   "I called and...
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Record-breaking season at Batavia Downs

on 12/19/2019 12:59 PM
Although the final day of racing was canceled on Saturday, Dec. 14, due to bad weather conditions, the clubhouse that night was still sold out and the 400 or so patrons enjoyed Christmas music instead of race calls. But that was the norm at Batavia Downs in 2019; happy customers having fun at the races. Indicators for every aspect of the racing product pointed toward positive territory and in sev...
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Big Pick-4 pools, full fields at Meadowlands

on 12/19/2019 11:15 AM
The Meadowlands’ Pick-4 pools raised to high levels last weekend, just in time for what is in all probability to be a record three days in terms of average field size at the mile oval.   Last Friday (Dec. 13) and Saturday (Dec. 14) saw the second- and third-highest 50-cent Pick-4 pools of the Fall Meeting, as $95,479 was wagered Friday before $97,773 was bet Saturday. The top Pi...
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Dave Ingraham hurt in Pompano accident

on 12/19/2019 11:13 AM
An accident in the last race at Pompano Park on Wednesday night sent driver Dave Ingraham to the hospital. Ingraham’s son, Dustin, posted on social media Thursday morning that his father was alert and hoping to be released by the end of the day.   Dave Ingraham was driving Kegler Hanover from post 3 in Race 9 when the trotter, who was on the outside, suddenly fell shor...
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Ohio Commission reminds horsemen of Therapeutic Medication Resolution

on 12/19/2019 9:30 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) reminds Ohio horsemen that the new therapeutic medication resolution for regulatory thresholds takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020.   The resolution and OSRC regulatory thresholds list can be found at the OSRC website ( under Licenses, Laws & Rules.   OSRC commissioner Beth Hansen, chair of the OSRC Medication Committe...
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Meadowlands discontinues SNY replay show

on 12/19/2019 9:11 AM
The Meadowlands has a few changes to announce on the racing broadcast horizon as the calendar turns to 2020.   The value of continuing to fund the SNY replay show has been reviewed and the decision has been made to redirect the considerable amount of revenue spent there toward potentially broadcasting select Meadowlands race cards live. As a result, the SNY replay show will cease on J...
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Mac Deeno jogs to second straight at Meadows

on 12/18/2019 8:05 PM
Mac Deeno opened an insurmountable lead into the final turn and cruised to his second straight win in Wednesday's Holiday Series for $20,000 claiming trotters at The Meadows.   Mac Deeno was fourth down the backside when Tony Hall sent him on his way. The 6-year-old son of Broadway Hall-Macdeena forged ahead by 4 lengths at the top of the lane and won geared down by 7-1/4 lengths ...
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