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Pompano suspending racing after Wednesday's card

on 03/18/2020 3:21 PM
Pompano Park has announced that it will race its scheduled live card on Wednesday night and then suspend racing until further notice. The decision was made by racetrack management and not by the state.   The barn area will stay the same at Pompano, however only grooms, trainers and drivers are allowed to enter the backside.
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Tioga, Vernon delay opening track stable areas

on 03/18/2020 2:39 PM
Tioga and Vernon Downs are announcing that the stable areas at both tracks will not be accepting horses on April 1 as previously scheduled. It is suggested that had you planned to ship to either track, continue to stable your horses where they are currently housed.   "We are uncertain when our properties will be able to reopen as a whole," said Vice President of Racing for b...
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New safety policies for racing at Mohawk

on 03/18/2020 12:05 PM
In order to maintain live racing and follow the best practices for health and safety, Woodbine Entertainment has issued the following updated paddock procedures for Woodbine Mohawk Park. Effective Friday (March 20) and until further notice, post time for Live Racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park will move to 6:40 p.m. Post time for Thursday evening’s card of live racing will remain at 7:10...
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Rosecroft to race on Wednesday night with restrictions

on 03/18/2020 9:59 AM
Live racing will be conducted Wednesday night (March 18) at Rosecroft Raceway as planned, however the qualifying races, training, and schooling have been canceled. Only essential personnel and Maryland Racing Commission licensed horsemen will be permitted on the grounds during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. The grandstand is closed. Rosecroft urges all horsemen to review the followin...
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K'Love, Cassius Lane take Farwick divisions at Miami Valley

on 03/17/2020 7:48 PM
K’Love (Kyle Ater) and Cassius Lane (Kayne Kauffman)  captured $15,000 divisions of the first leg of the Dr. Dan Farwick, DVM, Memorial Trotting Series at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (March 17).  The Farwick Memorial is one of nine annual “Lebanon Legends” series honoring the memory of former fixtures at old Lebanon Raceway and throughout harness racing ...
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4 members of Fusco family now dead from COVID-19

on 03/17/2020 7:43 PM
Four people associated with harness racing have died of COVID-19 in New Jersey.. On Friday, March 13, Rita Fusco-Jackson, a sister of harness racing participants Carmine and Vinnie Fusco, died at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, NJ. NJ.com reported Wednesday afternoon that Carmine, 55, had also died, on Wednesday night their mother Grace, 73, also passed away at CentraSt...
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Rock N Roll Heaven owner Frank Bellino dies

on 03/17/2020 5:51 PM
Frank J. Bellino, 85, owner of hundreds of Standardbred during his life including 2010 Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven, passed away Tuesday morning, March 17, of a heart attack.   Mr. Bellino, who founded a successful construction firm and also owned commercial real estate throughout the United States, started in the harness racing industry in 1982 and has owned a numbe...
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NYSS encourages April 15 payments be made online

on 03/17/2020 1:48 PM
The New York Sire Stakes is urging participants to consider submitting 2- and 3-year-old payments due on April 15 online due to the uncertain climate surrounding COVID-19. Business as usual continues at the NYSS, but this request is being made so that we may continue to process your payments in a timely manner in the case of office closures or mail disruption in the future. Invoices for 2 and 3-...
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Hambletonian Society continues to process payments

on 03/17/2020 1:14 PM
The Hambletonian Society office is following state and federal guidelines in regard to the suppression and containment of the COVID-19 virus. Credit card payment of stakes fees is working successfully in the inaugural use, and mail and overnight delivery has been uninterrupted so far. Most work is being done remotely from home and employees are staggering office attendance to deal with the in...
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Allard Racing Inc. horses win in Ohio; one Allard horse scratched

on 03/17/2020 12:07 PM
While most harness racetracks across the United States have closed its doors as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Northfield Park and Miami Valley in Ohio continue to race live cards. Both tracks will race on Tuesday, but with no fans in attendance. Miami Valley races at 2:05 p.m. while Northfield Park’s card gets underway at 6 p.m.   “We’re racing with no fans i...
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D'One delivers colt by Walner at Hunterton Farm

on 03/17/2020 11:09 AM
Hunterton Farm’s Steve Stewart sounded like a proud father when he told harnessracing.com on Monday (March 16) that the millionaire trotting mare D’One delivered a colt at his Kentucky Farm the night before. The newborn colt is a son of Walner.   “Finally!” said Stewart. “She had a colt last night.” Stewart said D’One’s journey to bec...
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USTA Board convenes by teleconference

on 03/17/2020 9:17 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association Board of Directors, which saw its annual, in-person conference slated for the past weekend canceled due to the international public health crisis, convened telephonically on Monday afternoon (March 16) in a first step to work through the meeting’s extensive agenda.  The session was led by outgoing Chairman of the Board Ivan Axelrod, who is not see...
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Family of John Brennan sends thanks

on 03/16/2020 8:53 PM
  On March 10, 2020, a shining light went dim. John Brennan, beloved brother, uncle and great-uncle, passed away as a direct result of COVID-19. John was loved and adored by people all throughout the country. Due to the severity of the virus, and in an abundance of caution, funeral arrangements have not been made at this time. Per recommendations, a mass will be held in the ...
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Hawthorne cancels racing through March 30

on 03/16/2020 6:28 PM
In accordance with the recommendation of Governor J. B. Pritzker, live racing at Hawthorne Race Course will be halted for a minimum of two weeks. In an effort to fight the spread of COVID-19, gatherings across the country are being limited. Per Governor Pritzker’s directive, there will be no live racing conducted at Hawthorne through Monday, March 30.  At that time furt...
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Pocono cancels racing at least 2 weeks

on 03/16/2020 6:06 PM
Due to the current state of emergency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and suggested guidelines from Governor Tom Wolf, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will not have live racing for at least two weeks. During this time, iBet Mohegan and Dial-A-Bet will still be available, however deposits will not be able to be made in person. Additionally, training will be prohibited. Please look fo...
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Perlucky captures Meadows Open Trot

on 03/16/2020 6:04 PM
Perlucky shot the Lightning Lane to capture Monday’s $18,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows, a triumph that sent him over $400,000 in career earnings.   Perlucky and Dave Palone patiently stalked Icanflylikeanangel from the pocket, then shot by him in mid-stretch. As it turned out, the greater threat was the first-over Wind Of The North, but the 10-year-old millionaire fell a...
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The Meadows suspends live racing

on 03/16/2020 4:26 PM
As you know our country as well as the world finds itself in an unprecedented set of circumstances attempting to control the spread of Coronavirus. Many governmental entities are implementing restrictions on group gatherings in an effort to thwart the spread of the virus in our communities. To that end the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has issued a mandate, we have no choice but to...
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Spring Garden Ranch cancels Saturday’s matinee

on 03/16/2020 1:17 PM
Spring Garden Ranch in Florida has canceled its matinee of races that was scheduled for Saturday, March 21. A date for 2-year-old races may be rescheduled in the future. 
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Important update from Horseman Publishing Co.

on 03/16/2020 12:00 PM
COVID-19 is impacting all of us—as individuals and as communities—in unprecedented ways. The offices of Horseman Publishing Co. are in Lexington, Ky., and the governor has declared a state of emergency and closed schools, restaurants and bars. While at first plans did not include producing a Weekend Preview this week, the decision has been made to send one out this Thursday aftern...
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USTA closes offices; most staff to work remotely

on 03/16/2020 11:35 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association understands that there is a great deal of anxiety and confusion regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the impact that it is having on everyday life.   The USTA is monitoring and following the guidelines and advice of federal, state and local government authorities. Here in Ohio, our governor has declared a state of emergency and closed schools, restaur...
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