Stall space and qualifers at Olympia Palm Beach

on 03/26/2020 10:55 AM
Sam Stathis, owner of Olympia of Palm Beach Training Center, formerly known as the South Florida Trotting Center, wants everyone to know that the track will be hosting harness racing qualifying races on Wednesday, April 1 and that the training center has stall space available for Florida horsemen. “I want everyone to know that we are here to help all horse people during this crisis,&rdq...
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Hambo Society, others keeping April 15 payments

on 03/26/2020 9:03 AM
After careful and extensive consideration, the Hambletonian Society, in conjunction with Meadowlands, The Red Mile, Little Brown Jug Society and other industry clients, partners and stakeholders, have concluded that the April 15 payment deadline for stake and early-closers will remain intact.   All entities fully realize that all members of the racing community are in the midst of ext...
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Woodbine Mohawk suspends April 15 stakes payments

on 03/25/2020 4:25 PM
Due to the suspension of live racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Woodbine Entertainment has made the decision to suspend the upcoming April 15, 2020, Standardbred stakes payments. “It’s important for us to recognize the challenges facing everyone in the horse business at this time, and we want to help where we can,” said Jim Lawson, CEO of W...
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Let’s Drink On It co-owner Hal Hewitt dies

on 03/25/2020 3:17 PM
Hal H. Hewitt, 82, husband of Phyllis B. Hewitt, passed away Monday, March 23, at his home surrounded by his family. A Standardbred owner for more than 17 years, Mr. Hewitt's well-known horses he shared ownership in included Let's Drink On It, who took a mark of 1:48.3 and had earnings of $851,927. In 2014, Let's Drink On It won his Little Brown Jug elimination and then finishe...
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Ballot announced for Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

on 03/25/2020 2:27 PM
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2020 ballot. A total of 30 people and horses comprised of 15 Thoroughbred and 15 Standardbred candidates, have been selected to appear on the voting ballot.  A 20-person Election Committee for each breed will determine the recipients in their respective categories.  Results will be announced Tuesday, April 7. ...
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Deo Volente announces first foals born by Lazarus N

on 03/25/2020 1:45 PM
Deo Volente Farms is excited to announce the arrival of its first two Lazarus N foals of 2020. The first is a colt out of Worldly Beauty p,4,1:49.3 ($1,900,255). Worldly Beauty is the matriarch of the farm’s pacing broodmare band and was the 2- and 3-year-old Dan Patch champion filly of the year. Her full sister, Worldly Treasure, is the dam of Captaintreacherous. “This baby is beauti...
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Bugler Witherite giving Facebook jazz concerts

on 03/25/2020 1:41 PM
James Witherite is known to harness racing fans for his years of race calling and occasional performances as a bugler for major stakes events. Away from the track, though, Witherite’s musical talents extend far beyond, most notably as an accomplished composer and jazz musician.   This past Monday, Witherite opened that world to an audience on Facebook with the first in a series ...
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Thirty Two Red standing at Dupuis Farm in Maine

on 03/25/2020 11:41 AM
The Bettors Delight stallion Thirty Two Red will stand at Dupuis Farm in Saco, Maine, this breeding season for an introductory fee of $2,000. A winner of more than $430,000 during his career, he was a multiple stakes winner as a juvenile.   Raced by trainer Ray Schnittker throughout his career, Thirty Two Red was a tough campaigner with 173 lifetime starts under his harness.  ...
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Meadowlands addresses horses trained by Indicted trainers

on 03/25/2020 8:58 AM
Be advised that any horse that was being trained by a trainer named in the recent Federal indictments at the time those indictments were handed down will not be accepted to race at The Meadowlands, Tioga or Vernon Downs in overnights or stakes for 60 days from the date that the tracks reopen for live racing. (Meadowlands)
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Michigan postpones payments until May 15

on 03/24/2020 2:46 PM
After consulting with the Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association's (MHHA) board, the MHHA will be delaying the deadline for all April 15 payments to May 15 in response to COVID-19. While we know we will not be able to solve every issue members may have we can at least delay payments to sustain or make late nomination payments to summer programs that may provide critical income later...
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Indiana stakes nominations postponed

on 03/24/2020 2:24 PM
Due to the COVID-19 government restrictions currently in place, nominations for stakes payments for the Indiana Standardbred Breed Development Program have been postponed from April 15 to May 15. We realize this is a difficult time for everyone, especially members of our Indiana horse racing community, and are hopeful this postponement will ease some of the financial burden many of our participan...
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Butewicz sisters and NJ's Food Assistance Program

on 03/24/2020 1:59 PM
Amy and Stacy Butewicz have been around horses for nearly their entire lives. Amy began riding at the age of four and Stacy followed in her older sister’s footsteps. Several years ago, they were introduced to harness racing and fell in love with the Standardbred, the sport, and the people.   When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closing of New Jersey’s racetracks earlier t...
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Cal Expo’s request to change schedule denied

on 03/23/2020 10:31 PM
On Monday the California Horse Racing Board announced that it had denied Watch and Wager LLC’s request to alter this week’s schedule at Cal Expo. Consequently, the planned Tuesday (March 24) and Wednesday (March 25) programs will be raced on Friday (March 27) and Saturday (March 28) as originally scheduled. On Sunday, March 22, Watch and Wager LLC received conditional approval fr...
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SBOANJ can help in search for employees

on 03/23/2020 9:12 PM
If you are in a position where you are shorthanded and need help during this critical time, the SBOANJ would like to help you. Please contact us at or call (732) 462-2357 to let us know what type of employees you are in search of. We will gladly post positions needed on our website with any contact information you would like to give and help you get the word ...
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Statement from Hambletonian Society on indictments

on 03/23/2020 3:19 PM
The following statement was released by John Campbell, president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society:. On behalf of the Hambletonian Society I would like to applaud the efforts of the FBI and all of the law enforcement agencies that were involved in the historic horse racing investigation and subsequent arrests. I would also like to commend Jeff Gural, the Jockey Club, and all the ent...
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SBOANJ will post job openings

on 03/23/2020 2:10 PM
If you are in a position where you are shorthanded and need help during this critical time, the SBOANJ would like to help you. Please contact us at or call 732-462-2357 to let us know what type of employees you are in search of. We will gladly post positions needed on our website with any contact information you would like to give and help you get the word out. (SBOANJ)
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2020 Huff's National Fair Guides have been shipped

on 03/23/2020 1:45 PM
The 2020 Huff's National Fair Directory, a compilation of 67 county fairs in Ohio, has been printed and mailed out. Included are race dates, events, conditions, etc.   If you haven't ordered your copy, they are still available for purchase at $9.00 each by emailing or by calling 859-276-4026, ext. 3. Visa and MasterCard accepted. Please keep in min...
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Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available

on 03/23/2020 12:37 PM
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has made Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EID Loan) available for qualifying businesses that have suffered economic injury as a result of the epidemic. Funds from an EID loan may be used by small businesses to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The terms of an E...
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Harness Handicapping Championship moved to July

on 03/23/2020 12:36 PM
Due to the COVID-19 virus and the indefinite shutdown of harness racing at the Meadowlands Racetrack, the 2020 World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by has been rescheduled to July 25, 2020. The Meadowlands will look to add an additional qualifier or two once it reopens for live racing. DerbyWars will host regular online Qualifiers for the WHHC through July. ...
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Faraldo now positive for COVID-19; his condition improving

on 03/22/2020 1:44 PM
.“We were notified today that SOA (Standardbred Owners of New York) President Joe Faraldo has been re-tested and has now been informed that he has tested positive for COVID-19.  He is in communication with his doctor and local health officials and is currently recovering at home under quarantine where he has already been for nearly two weeks.  Joe says, “that the last four da...
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