No evictions from Hoosier Park backstretch

on 03/21/2020 12:56 PM
After meetings throughout the late evening on Friday, Hoosier Park's backstretch will remain open to horses and horsemen. Earlier on Friday Hoosier Park and its sister track, Indiana Grand, announced their backstretches would be closed in 14 days and horsemen and horses must leave the premises.   "It's really about doing the right thing right now, and we had very ...
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Joe Morris tells Pompano horsemen: No Eviction!

on 03/21/2020 12:46 PM
A crowd of more than 100 harness racing horsemen and women met outside the race paddock at the Isle Pompano Park Saturday morning and heard the positive news they were hoping for. No eviction from the backstretch for horse people and their horses. “What ever you have heard or read over the past few days is to be forgotten,” said Joe Pennacchio of the Florida Stan...
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Food assistance program available for NJ harness racing industry

on 03/21/2020 11:24 AM
In light of the recent health concern, a food assistance program has been made available for those in the harness racing industry in NJ. The program will allow an individual/family to obtain a food assistance bag *every other week* during this challenging time. The bags will include non-perishables, canned goods, household products and more. To register for the program, please use either following...
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Hawthorne helping in finding space for displaced horses

on 03/21/2020 10:55 AM
Hawthorne Raceway's Jim Miller has tweeted the following, noting help in finding space for horses from racetracks who have closed everything, including the backstretch:   For harness horsemen displaced from tracks closing their backsides, we will try to find a spot for you @ClubHawthorne We are currently limited for dorm rooms. Stall space is free but I ask that you participate when ...
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Open Trot getting Saturday Cal Expo marquee treatment

on 03/20/2020 8:34 PM
Pridecrest, Mandeville and Its a Horse, who have each had victories at the top rung at this meet, square off in Saturday night’s featured $6,700 Open Trot.   The headliner will go as the fifth contest on an 11-race Watch and Wager LLC program and things will underway at 6:10 p.m.   Pridecrest scored three straight Open victories between January 24 and February 15, the...
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Hoosier Park tells horsemen to vacate backstretch

on 03/20/2020 6:52 PM
In a letter dated Friday, March 20, Harrah's Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand said that after consulting with the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, the 2020 racing seasons have been indefinitely postponed and it was giving a 14-day notice, effective immediately, for all horsemen and horses to vacate the backstretch.   "Our team on property is committed to doing everything we ...
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All racing in Ohio canceled until further notice

on 03/20/2020 3:00 PM
Ohio racing has been canceled for the week pending further instructions from Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio State Racing Commission. Racetrack backsides are to remain open. The racetrack is to be maintained and made available for training. Horsemen and racetrack employees are strongly encouraged to practice safe social distancing procedures. The Commission will continue to keep everyone ...
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Plainridge postpones opening of meet

on 03/20/2020 12:44 PM
During a conference call open meeting of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) on Friday (March 20), the Commission voted unanimously to postpone the opening of the 2020 meet at Plainridge Park Casino from April 6 until June 1 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The delayed start to the season was a joint recommendation of Dr. Alexandra Lightbown, the Director of Racing for the MGC, and Stev...
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Rosecroft Raceway cancels live racing

on 03/20/2020 9:16 AM
  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic The Maryland Jockey Club at Rosecroft has canceled live racing until further notice.
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Western Fair suspends live racing

on 03/19/2020 9:16 PM
The Raceway at Western Fair District has temporarily suspended live racing until further notice due to the continued spread of COVID-19. "We wish to thank our horsepeople, and staff for their tremendous co-operative efforts this past week in allowing us to conduct racing," said Western Fair in a statement issued on Thursday night. "However, as the virus spreads, the risks to co...
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Mohawk Park suspending racing as of Friday

on 03/19/2020 6:16 PM
Woodbine Entertainment announced late Thursday afternoon that following Thursday night!s card it will be temporarily suspending live Standardbred racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park effective Friday, March 20, until further notice due to the ongoing efforts in limiting the spread of Covid-19. “We have made the decision to suspend live racing in the best interests of the health...
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New Weekend Preview: news on closures, changes

on 03/19/2020 5:56 PM
The new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has news of how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting the racing industry. Things are constantly changing, and shortly after we emailed the new edition Woodbine Mohawk Park officials announced the suspension of racing as of March 20.   The new Preview has the latest news about racing cancellations, racing restrictions, John Campbell’s ...
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NJ racing could be shut down for 30 days or more

on 03/19/2020 9:12 AM
he New Jersey Racing Commission held a meeting at Monmouth Park yesterday (March 18) where Governor Murphy’s Executive Order #104 relating to the current coronavirus outbreak was addressed. Effective March 16, 2020, all three New Jersey racetracks, Freehold Raceway, Meadowlands, and Monmouth Park are closed until the Governor either revokes or modifies his order. The minimum days closed...
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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. 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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